|“||So, what's the verdict this time? Am I stupid or crazy?||”|
Andrew "Andy" Strucker is a main character on The Gifted. He is the mutant son of Caitlin and Reed Strucker. He inherited his destructive, telekinetic abilities from one of the Fenris twins. The day he first discovered his powers changed not just his life, but the lives of his whole family as well.
Initially wanting to be a firm member of the Mutant Underground, he has shifted his allegiance towards the Hellfire Club as he desires to claim the legacy left behind by his great grandfather.
Character Description Edit
"A sensitive kid and bit of a loner, who keeps to himself to avoid the turmoil he faces at school and at home."
Early Life Edit
Once, he and his family nearly got into a car accident with an incoming truck but it managed to swerve out of the way, avoiding them. Unknowingly, this was due to his sister's mutant powers manifesting and saving them.
A year prior to discovering he was a mutant, he and his family had gone bowling with his grandmother and he saw some people teasing a young mutant girl. She let her powers lash out and send a small shockwave that rattled some of the people in the building and watched as his father told the girl and her father that they had to leave before the police had to be involved.
Later on in the year, Andy and his family went on a picnic to the park. Andy was skateboarding while Lauren watched. Andy showed Lauren a trick on his skateboard and he convinced her to try it out. When Lauren attempted to do the trick, she almost fell off; but Andy grabbed by her hand to try and catch her. The moment they touched, their hands began to glow igniting their combined powers. They both looked shocked at what they were seeing before their eyes. Andy and Lauren immediately let go after Reed called out to them. He asked if everything was ok, and Lauren said yeah as they were just messing around. That time stayed with Andy and he wondered just what had happened. It was after that time that he started getting detached and in trouble at school.
In eXposed, at Belleview Acres High School, Andy Strucker waited in the hallway as his parents sat in the principal's office, demanding that the school take action to prevent future bullying incidents and learn about his academic decline. As he waited, he sat down on the floor, drawing a picture of a pouncing wolf.
Once home, he sat at the dinner table with his mother, Caitlin, and his sister, Lauren. His father couldn't make it to dinner because he was called in to interview a suspect at the Garland Detention Center.
Caitlin asked Andy how his day was at school, to which he talked about a debate they had in social studies class about the law they wanted to enforce to test people with the X-gene and monitor them. He mentioned someone in the class who freaked out, Andy's guess was that his cousin was a "mutie". Lauren mentioned how racist that sounded, as "mutie" is a derogatory term for referring to mutants. They got into an argument before their mother stopped it. Andy later sneaked out of the house, telling his mother he was going to bed, and attended a high school dance with his sister.
At the dance Lauren and Andy separated and Andy was cornered and dragged to the locker room by his bullies. They proceeded to mock Andy for telling his parents about them and spray him with hot water from the locker room faucets. In this moment of panic, anger and danger Andy's X-Gene awakened with incredibly destructive results. Unleashing his mutant ability, Andy began to shake the entire school and slam his tormentors into the locker room walls without touching them. Unable to control his emotions and powers, the continued destruction nearly tore down the school gym until Lauren rushed into the locker room and calmed Andy enough to stop his enraged fit. Lauren and Andy quickly exited the school and ran home.
Once home Andy and Lauren told their mother what happened. In disbelief, their mother asked how this could happen. Lauren quickly came to Andy's defense saying this was beyond Andy's control as the X-Gene was triggered in moments of stress or danger and she knew this because she herself was a mutant and had been hiding her abilities for three years now. She first manifested her powers when she saved the family from a near-fatal car accident. Caitlin assured her children that her and their father were not against mutants right before Sentinel Services knocked on the door.
Agent Turner and Agent Week of the Sentinel Services were on the other side of the door, as Agent Turner explained that he was there to take Andy and Lauren into custody, recalling the recent news story of two mutants who committed an act of "terrorism" at the local high school, leaving the gymnasium destroyed. After Caitlin refused to let them in, they forced their way in, knocking Caitlin down. Andy began to shake the house as he angrily told the agents to leave their home. Agent Turner tried to calm him down, but when the shaking escalated, they pulled out their guns, ready to forcefully take them away. Lauren created force fields, trapping the agents, giving the Struckers enough time to run to their family van. As they attempted to flee with the van, the agents surrounded them. Andy tried to use his powers but couldn't control them. Lauren created a force field between the van and the agents and the family escaped.
Later when their father Reed Strucker met up with them at a diner, he told the family that sentinel services was a federal agency with little oversight that had "disappeared" mutant suspects in the past and he would not allow that to happen to his children. At the Caravan Motel, Andy and Lauren discussed their powers and Andy's frustration with his inability to control them. Lauren told Andy that with time he will learn to control them and demonstrated her ability by knocking popcorn loose from a vending machine and encouraging Andy to do the same. When he attempted this, initially having some control, his power escalated when his emotions from the incident at the dance took over, resulting in the machine being destroyed.
Meeting with Eclipse from the Mutant Underground at an abandoned warehouse facility, the Struckers prepared to flee to Mexico, where Eclipse explained he knew people down by the border with a specific set of skills, that'd allow them to get people under, over, or even through the wall. Once that was done, they'd get them new IDs. However, their plan to escape never initiated, as they were surrounded by Sentinel Services. Luckily, Thunderbird and Blink came to their rescue and the family fled through a warehouse, as Sentinel Services unleashed their mutant-hunting robots, the Sentinels. The group was cornered, so Blink was instructed to create a portal to the Mutant Underground Headquarters which she couldn't keep open for long. The group made it through, except Andy and Reed. Reed was waiting for Andy, who was finally able to focus his powers and tear apart the sentinels. After he'd torn them apart, Andy joined the rest on the other side. Ready to follow after Andy, Reed made a move to go through the portal, but never made it through, as he was shot the back, and Blink unable to hold the portal open for much longer, had to close it. Reed was left for capture on the other side.
In rX, Andy and his mother and sister had started panicking as his father hadn't come back with them. They frantically asked for Blink to open a portal to go and get him but she was too weak to even stand. Eclipse told Andy that he wanted Reed back also because he was going to help his girlfriend out of jail but they had to relax as Blink was in no condition to help them now. Suddenly, Blink gasped as her body started going into shock and a portal opened to a random road. A car was approaching and swerved just before the portal closed and they all had to jump out of the way when the back of it crashed into the room.
His mother quickly checked to see if he or Lauren were hurt but they were okay. They noticed that their mom had gotten a small cut on her head but she dismissed it. Blink's power started to act on its own again and a portal opened that led back to the same road. Andy watched as Lauren used her shield to surround and then close the portal. His mother then told the others that to help Blink she needed special medicine but it could only be picked up at a hospital. She, hesitantly, left with Eclipse while Andy and Lauren stayed behind at the headquarters so that Lauren could stay and help to keep closing the portals.
Andy watched as Lauren kept closing Blink's portals before people could come through into the headquarters. He was amazed at what his sister could do and complimented her. He then wondered if mutants drank soda and his sister reminded him that he was a mutant. He told her that the fact was still taking some time to sink in. As Blink's portals kept coming up to the road, they witnessed that a SWAT team was now on the scene. Lauren tried to close it but the strain was too much and she collapsed. A SWAT officer stepped in through the portal but Thunderbird quickly incapacitated him and threw him back out the portal. Andy then saw that the officers were getting ready to shoot and he quickly jumped forward and sent a wave of energy that sent the SWAT officers flying off their feet and even made the other mutants stumble a bit. Blink was thrown off the table and her portal closed back up.
But then her powers started going further out of control as small portals started popping up randomly through the building.When they were forced to evacuate, Andy and Lauren ran outside to find that their mother was back. She checked to see that they were both fine and then ran inside with the medicine to try and help Blink. Andy watched as the portals then stopped appearing after his mother administered the medicine.
She then took him and his sister aside and told them that she was proud of both of them. Andy then asked what was going to happen with their dad and she told him that they would find them. Andy doubted that they would but his mother told him trust that they would. She said that the mutants there had been in this fight for a long time and it was now their turn.
In eXodus, Andy and Lauren tried to pass the time playing a board game but when he called a piece Lauren got upset with him. She explained that their father always was that piece when they played which made him get upset too. As they were sleeping, their mother came and woke them and told them that they were leaving. They snuck out of the headquarters and started to hike into the city to find their uncle and get his help.
They carefully ducked through passing police cruisers but Andy told their mother that their uncle's home was across the city and they couldn't hike the whole way. When Lauren said they would get spotted and should get a cab, their mother explained that they didn't have money for one and their accounts were frozen. Andy then spotted a bank and suggested that he get them some money. Their mother told them they weren't going to rob a bank and Lauren said that they can't do things like that if they wanted to try and get their normal lives back. Andy then angrily pointed out that they were never going to have normal lives ever again. He then looked over at some parking meters and unleashed his power to break them apart, releasing the change in them. He then pointed out that they now had cab fare and didn't need to rob a bank now.
They got a cab and arrived at his uncle Daniel's home and he quickly let them inside. He and Lauren were given some pizza and his cousin Scott started asking questions about what had happened to them since they've been on the run. Andy told him that he had destroyed some Sentinel Service robots which Scott thought was cool. When talk turned to the Mutant Underground, his uncle told them that they should go off and rest in Scott's room.
He and Scott were playing video games and his cousin told him that he would call him Destructo, which Andy thought was lame. After they finished a game, Scott then went to pull out a trophy and asked if Andy could show him his power. Andy told him that he just couldn't use it out of nowhere but Lauren told him that he shouldn't be using it at all and for Scott not to encourage him. Andy told her to go back to cyber stalking her boyfriend Jack but she then gasped. Andy asked what was wrong but she tried to play it off as nothing. He persisted and Lauren showed him an online photo of their house that had been tagged by a schoolmate named Lucas, who Andy had been going to school with for years. Lauren told him to forget about it as they were just stupid kids but Andy started getting angry. His power started to emerge and when Lauren yelled at him, he quickly unleashed it on the trophy, splitting it in half. When the commotion drew their mother, Lauren just played it off as Andy and Scott goofing around with each other. Andy asked if their uncle was going to help them and she told them that they'll see.
The next morning, Thunderbird and Eclipse had come to the house after tracking them down. The house was also surrounded by armed neighbors who were demanding that the Struckers come out. Daniel accused Thunderbird and Eclipse of bringing them but Scott quickly confessed that he had tweeted a picture of the trophy Andy destroyed to a friend. Thunderbird told them that they were surrounded but Andy didn't see a problem because he was sure they could handle them all even if they had guns. Thunderbird told him that they could handle them but someone would end up getting killed but Andy felt that perhaps then the people would know better than to bother them. His mother told him not to think that way but he told her to listen to the hateful things the people were saying outside.
Andy then watched as his uncle went out to try and calm them but they quickly knocked him to the side and started to advance for the house. Andy then unleashed his power to destroy the front door and force the mob back. He yelled for them to leave them alone. When one was getting ready to shoot him, Eclipse moved in to heat his gun and force him to drop it. They all then started to head for the Underground's car and sped off with the mob going after them. Dreamer and Blink intercepted them and helped to create a portal to take them to the headquarters and escape their pursuers.
In Exit Strategy, Andy, along with Lauren and Caitlin, are present at the meeting led by Thunderbird on how to rescue Reed and Lorna.Afterward, Lauren and Andy sat on their beds, discussing how everyone chose not to assist in the mission to save their father. They were screwed, as far as Andy was concerned, though their mother was opposed to such thinking. However, it was time for them to face facts; nobody was on their side. Not to mention that the mission was a huge risk. But, as their mother explained, sometimes you have to take a risk, and hope for the best. The next day, after learning that there was a convoy of military vehicles that were taking her father and Lorna to a military airport, and that the team planned on intercepting the convoy in a warehouse district by stopping the transport bus, Lauren headed out to find Andy, hoping that the two of them could work together in finding out a way to stop the bus without arousing suspicion. Lauren asked if Andy could break the wheel off a truck after recalling his stunt with the parking meters. Unfortunately, Andy explained that he only meant to break one meter, but he broke several instead, meaning his powers were imprecise, and could result in him tearing the entire bus apart with their father in it. Hearing this, Lauren suggested they use her ability to act as an element of precision and focus to Andy's destructive abilities. She told him to aim for the lamp post. As Andy pulled at the lamp post, Lauren used her shields to focus his destructive telekinetic fields, thus resulting in a more precise attack, causing the light to burst.
Lauren and Andy immediately informed John and their mother of this incredible feat, even demonstrating the ability on the tire of an old and abandoned cab, which impressed John enough for him to ask if they were capable of doing it from a longer range, which they could. The best part was that no one would see where it came from. However, their mother was against using them as child soldiers to attack a convoy. John and Andy stayed back while Lauren pleaded with her mother. While she was still hesitant, their mother eventually agreed to allow them to stop the transport bus, but only if John could guarantee her that Lauren and Andy wouldn't be in harms way.The next day, on one of the rooftops of the warehouse district, Lauren, Andy and Caitlin got in position. As the convoy approached, Lauren and Andy prepared to use their combined powers to disengage the transport bus, however, Andy failed to come through on his end. Hoping to motivate him through anger, Lauren blamed Andy for ruining their lives, antagonizing him even further by claiming the bullies who tormented him were right about him. She then challenged Andy to prove them wrong. Allowing his rage to fuel his power, Andy and Lauren attacked the tire of the transport bus, and successfully brought it to an abrupt stop. Afterward, Lauren apologized for attacking him, commenting that he was better when he was angry, Having succeeding on their end of the mission, Lauren, Andy, and Caitlin prepared to leave the area.
Lauren, Andy, and Caitlin heard gunshots firing all around the warehouse district as they headed back towards their SUV. However, upon arrival, they discovered a Sentinel Services agent examining the vehicle. Lauren and Andy discovered their powers were being blocked, forcing Caitlin to take matters into her own hands. She approached the agent up from behind, and inject him with an unknown substance, that immediately rendered him unconscious. Caitlin then handed Lauren the keys and told her and Andy to take the car, and go without her. Their mother planned to find their father, and meet them back at Headquarters, but for the time being, she needed Lauren and Andy to leave. The three of them then shared a hug, and parted ways.In boXed in, Lauren and Andy were waiting at the headquarters when they were reunited with their father. They quickly ran over into his arms to greet him with a hug. Lauren and Andy followed their mother into the vault, where Harry would be treated for his gunshot wounds. After noticing that they were drawing a lot of unwanted attention from the refugees, Lauren instructed Andy to ignore them, but he believed it was time for them to leave, as they had overstayed their welcome. However, as Lauren explained, they had no place to go. Rather than running, she suggested that they get the refugees to trust them. Their mother then called them over to assist with aiding Harry.
As Lauren applied pressure to Harry's wounds, they discovered that they were running out of supplies, Saline to be exact, which left Andy wondering if Harry was going to survive. Their mother explained that in order to properly treat Harry, she needed actual blood, during which time Andy offered to donate his blood given that he was 0-negative, a universal donor.Lauren later stopped the bleeding with one of her shields. They had also earned the trust of the refugees who quietly watched from afar. That night, Lauren, Andy and their mother were preparing for dinner when returned from his mission with Fade, to redirect the police search from the station. All four of them sat around the table, enjoying their first meal together, as a family, in quite some time. Andy then asked what was next for them, if they were still headed for Mexico since that was the initial plan. However, leaving the station wasn't of much concern given that it still wasn't safe to travel due to the heavy police presence. Their father had also been talking to some of the people around the station who had questions about the Sentinel Services, which he could help them with. So, for the time being, that would mean that they're were staying at the Underground, especially considering that they could use all the help they could get.
In got your siX, Lauren and Andy were tasked with handing out supplies to the new wave of refugees that had arrived at the station. Andy was grateful that they at least gotten beds before the rush, but as Lauren reminded him, they were the reason for the rush. Sentinel Services was looking for them, thus making it their fault. As Andy headed back down to get more water, Lauren was approached by a refugee named Wes, with the ability of image manipulation.
Andy stumbled upon his father talking with the other leaders of the Underground as they were talking about infiltrating the federal building to get information. However, they couldn't find a way to sneak in without raising too many alarms and getting caught. Andy suggested that he go along to use his power to give them a way inside through the concrete walls. His father was opposed to the idea but he insisted that he could do it. His dad reluctantly agreed.
He and his father went with Marcos as they got a lift in a cargo truck. As they were driving, his father brought up the fact that the two of them never really talked about what happened to him back at the school. Andy made a joke that he wanted to bring that up when they were in a dark truck with a peeing bucket between them. Reed told him that he had tried to talk to his principal about the trouble he was having but Andy told him that his talk was the reason the bullies had gone after him in the first place. Reed then said that he could've talked to him before it had gotten that bad but Andy pointed out that he was either at work or had gotten home after midnight.
As they were traveling, the highway patrol pulled them over and the officer asked the driver to open the back so he could look inside the van. Marcos immediately told them to turn off all the lights inside and hide in the back. He and his dad then watched him absorb all the light where they were, as well as the light from the officer's flashlight, to make it seem like there was nothing there to the man's eyes. They were relieved when they were then let go.
As they stopped to rest, Reed went to talk to Andy and he asked him if it ever hurt Andy to use his powers. He had seen Marcos using it and it looked like it hurt him and he wondered if he was the same with his own. Andy told him that it didn't hurt him and that it in fact felt good when he ripped things apart. Reed then tried to remind him that his powers could actually hurt a lot of people but Andy insisted it was only those that tried to hurt them. He then got a little defensive as he felt that his dad should be proud of him embracing his power before he took off to blow a little steam.
When they arrived at the federal building, they sneaked down into the adjacent parking garage where Andy focused and managed to crack through the wall and made a hole for his father and Marcos to sneak in. He smiled after he did it and looked back at his father to see that he was a little shocked at seeing his son actually happy for using his power to cause destruction. He tried to run on in after Marcos but Reed held him back. Andy tried to argue that he could handle it and go with them but Reed told him that the plan was for him to wait for them. After Marcos told them that there was no time for their arguing, Andy relented and ran back to the truck. He waited and found that the two had succeeded in getting the drives.
As they were fleeing, they found themselves being pursued by the police. Andy wanted to go out and fight but his father held him back. Andy insisted that he could do it but Reed told him that he knew that he could but not every situation needed for him to resort to using his powers and to trust in the others to help them.
Before discovering he was a mutant, Andy was a typical teenager. He loved playing video games with his cousin and doing youthful activities. Due to a history of bullying, Andy is withdrawn and sullen, though he has exhibited a sarcastic sense of humor, seen when he responded to his sister assertion that "Mutie" was offensive with "Genetically different person", and later, when he told his sister not to get pregnant when she was merely dancing with her boyfriend. Beyond this, Andy has shown to have a bit of a rebellious streak, proven when he told his mother he was going to bed and then slipped out to a dance with Lauren.
Andy is also very protective of his family, willing to risk everything to protect them. He nearly lost control of his powers when Agent Turner and Agent Weeks of the Sentinel Services pushed his mother to the ground. Further proof of Andy's will to protect his family was demonstrated when he destroyed the Sentinels chasing them throughout an abandoned warehouse. When it comes to his sister, he has a "no one messes with her but me" attitude.
Now that he is on the run, Andy has started displaying a great degree of sarcasm with how to handle situations as well as a fiery and heated temper when they run into people that don't hide their hate of mutants. He has stated that it feels good when he uses his power to rip stuff apart and will use his power to intimidate anyone who gets on his bad side. After his time at Trask Industries, Andy's mind has slowly started having darker thoughts in using his powers against those that wish to harm his family and friends. It has also made him spiral to wanting to take harder and more aggressive action against the Sentinel Services and anti-mutant supporters. Ultimately, his desires led him to pursue joining the Hellfire Club as he felt that the Underground wouldn't do what was needed to stop those that wanted to destroy them.
Physical Appearance Edit
Andy is a tall and slim teenager, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and a light complexion. His slim build makes him an easy target for bullies.
Abilities and Skills Edit
- Destructive Telekinetic Field: The opposite of his sister, Andy has the power to push particles and matter apart from each other. He can do it on a physical level such as push people and objects away from him such as when he threw armed SWAT officers away from him as well as Chloe Tan back against some bars. He can also achieve this effect on a molecular level to rip things apart or tear them to pieces, as seen with metal parking meters and walls. Further proof of this ability was demonstrated when he tore apart Sentinels with ease and nearly brought down a school gymnasium. Currently, the focus of the things he can destroy isn't precise and is done in a radius-like field. This is a destructive and chaotic power in its own right, but when fueled by his emotions, it is a force to be reckoned with.
- Limitations: Andy's power does not work against Lauren's. Because she's pulling molecules together and he's pushing them apart, they cancel each other out, as seen in eXtraction. When this occurs, a blast of energy is released, strong enough to launch both Andy and Lauren back several feet.
- Fenris Force: A powerful force of incredible strength. If Lauren and Andy hold hands, they are capable of producing and incredibly strong and destructive blast of light. According to Lauren and Andy themselves, they become a single collective entity. They feel everything around them, especially when inside buildings. They combine Andy's power to push things apart and Lauren's power to pull them together and produce a force they describe as being able “to do anything [they] want.” Whatever they feel, they can destroy. They were able to unleash enough energy to create a large dent in a room made of the supposedly indestructible metal adamantium. When used in the confines of a building of any other material, the building is said to essentially vaporize. The effect of this force when used in an outdoor environment is currently unspecified.
- Drawing: Andy seems to be a talented artist as he takes to sketching and drawing pictures in his spare time. His favorite things to draw seem to be wolves.
- eXit strategy
- boXed in
- got your siX
- eXtreme measures
- threat of eXtinction
- 3 X 1
- His blood type is O-.