|“||This is a burden, yes, but it's also a gift.||”|
|— Caitlin to Lauren and Andy|
She is the wife of Reed Strucker, and mother of Lauren and Andy Strucker, two mutant teens. Her world is shaken to its core following the discovery of her children's abilities, forcing her family on the run from Sentinel Services.
Character Description Edit
"A woman who is struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed, and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she's stronger than she thinks.".
Early Life Edit
Caitlin's father taught her how to use a gun when she was only four years old.
Caitlin didn't have a good relationship with her late mother, they couldn't be in the same room without fighting - mostly about why Caitlin wasn't a "perfect" and well-behaved teenager like her siblings Jenny and Daniel. Caitlin was only able to fix their relationship when her mother was sick, just before she died.
Once, Caitlin and her family nearly got into a car accident with an oncoming truck but it managed to swerve out of the way, avoiding them. Unknowingly, this was due to her daughter's mutant powers manifesting and saving them. For weeks after this, she had said that them being saved was a miracle.
Two years prior to discovering her children were mutants, she and her family had gone bowling with her mother-in-law and she saw some people teasing a young mutant girl. She let her powers lash out, sending a small shockwave that rattled some of the people in the building and watched as her husband told the girl and her father that they had to leave before the police had to be involved.
Around that same time, her and Reed had taken the family out for a picnic in the park. They were happy to see that their children weren't fighting for a change. Unknown to her, the two had momentarily tapped into their joint power for the first time.
In eXposed, Caitlin and her husband, Reed arrived at Belleview Acres High School to address the bullying of their son, Andy. They met with Mr. Baird, who assured them that Belleview had zero tolerance for bullying. However, they noticed a recent change in Andy's behavior, which in return was negatively impacting his grades. Not to mention that he hadn't been sleeping. In situations such as this, Mr. Baird would recommend the C.A.R.E (communicate, adjust, reconcile, and empathize) system. Though Caitlin would rather more drastic measure be taken. The bullies were terrorizing her son, and they needed to be handled appropriately. Furthermore, should the school continue to neglect Andy's needs, Reed would sue them into oblivion. After Mr. Baird exited the office to retrieve someone more equipped for the task at hand, Caitlin commented on Reed's aggressive demeanor and scary glaring. Sadly, Reed had to leave soon thereafter as he was called in to interview a suspect at the Garland Detention Center. They exchanged I love you's before kissing him goodbye.
Caitlin and Andy returned home that evening, where they were joined at the dinner table by her daughter and Andy's sister, Lauren. Caitlin asked Lauren if she would still be attending the dance at school that night, offering to show her daughter some of her best moves, which Lauren respectfully declined. She then asked Andy about his day, to which he commented was bad, mostly because she was there. As for his classes, in social studies, they debated over a law to reinforce the testing of people with the X-gene and the right to monitor them. Andy mentioned how a student in the class freaked out because his cousin is a "mutie", forcing Lauren to address just how racist that sounded. Caitlin pointed out the fact that they were fighting over social studies of all things, She was hoping that they could have a normal conversation, but that seemed to be beyond reach.
Later that night, Caitlin learned that Andy was a mutant, and that he was responsible for bringing down the school's gym during another bullying incident. Andy tried to explain for his actions, which resulted in the destruction of the gym, but Caitlin was simply in disbelief. She questioned why there weren't any warnings, to which Lauren explained that that's how mutant powers manifest, in moments of great stress or danger. Reed talked about it constantly, though Caitlin was still confused by Lauren's sudden expertise in the subject. Lauren explained that she is a mutant as well, and that she's the reason that she and and Andy made it out safely. Lauren reminded Caitlin of an incident from three years ago, when they were coming back from a concert at church, and a truck narrowly missed them. She went on and on for weeks how it was a miracle that they didn't die, but in actuality, it was mutant intervention, Lauren's intervention to be more specific. After realizing that Lauren had been burdened with keeping that secret for the last three years, Caitlin asked her daughter why she never confided in her. Lauren said that she tried but it was difficult, especially with a father that imprisons her kind, though this wasn't entirely true. As Caitlin explained, Reed prosecuted criminals, but this doesn't mean that he is against mutants.
Caitlin then answered the knock at the front door. On the other side was Agent Turner and Agent Weeks of the Sentinel Services, coming to take Andy and Lauren into custody after the mutant related incident at their school, in which the gymnasium was destroyed. Caitlin refused to give her children up without a fight. She informed them that her husband is a prosecutor, which they are already aware of. Under the amended Patriot Act, it was their job to secure the safety of the community, meaning that Andy and Lauren would have to go with them for the time being, but Caitlin was reluctant in standing by, and just allowing them to take her kids, so she attempted to shut the door on the Agents, but failed as they bypassed her, and knocked her to the ground, which angered Andy, and caused the entire house to shake. As Andy grew angrier, the shaking intensified, forcing the Agents to draw their weapons. However, Lauren obstructed their path with her force fields, which in return bought Caitlin, Andy, and Lauren enough time to escape in the family's van.
After their daring escape, Caitlin stopped at a payphone to inform Reed of recent developments. She told him that while the kids were safe, they weren't attacked by mutants, they are the mutants. In a diner on the outskirts of Atlanta, Caitlin, Andy, Lauren, and Reed discussed their next course of action. Reed asked if anyone was actually hurt and if they instigated the altercation with Andy. Caitlin reminded him that it wasn't a deposition, and that a legal understanding of the matter would do little to help against Sentinel Services. The only reason they got away is because Sentinel Services didn't have enough time to put a full team together. Soon, the pressure would be on. They needed to find some place safe. Caitlin suggested that they stay with her sister, Jenny in Phoenix, but Reed was thinking more along the lines of someplace with less strict mutant laws, like Mexico. As Reed promised to figure something out, Caitlin is pulled close and comforted by Andy.
The next morning, the Struckers awakened at the Caravan Motel. Caitlin joined Reed by the window, and joked that he may be a mutant as well, nut with a snoring ability. Later in the evening, Reed would be meeting with Eclipse, a powerful mutant and member of the Mutant Underground. Caitlin wondered how great their chances were in making it out. They don't have many options, Reed replied. Caitlin was aware that he was doing the best he could. She'd take one option over none. She then asked Reed if he knew how rough it was on the mutant fugitives who were constantly on the run from Sentinel Services. Reed knew it wasn't easy, but they both remembered how it was with the mutants fighting amongst each other, and innocent people getting hurt in the crossfire. Before long, it was time to move again as a Sentinel Services drone was circling the area. While it couldn't see them from inside the room, it knew the license plate of their vehicle. With that in mind, they woke the kids, and exited motel, stealing a truck in the process.
With everything going as planned, the Struckers met up with Eclipse in an abandoned warehouse facility. From there, Eclipse would get them food, water, and blankets before heading down to the border, though Caitlin refused to go any further until she knows all of what he has planned for her family. Eclipse explained that he knew people down by the border with a specific set of skills, that'll allow them to get people under, over, or even through the wall. Once that is done, they'll get them new IDs. There were also churches of people who would help them. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before they were surrounded by Sentinel Services, and ordered to the ground. Luckily, Eclipse was not alone. Two of his fellow mutants, Thunderbird and Blink, came to their rescue. The Struckers and the mutants ran throughout the facility in search of an exit, all the while being pursued by Sentinel Services and the Sentinels. Despite their best efforts, they found themselves cornered by the Sentinels. With all hope seemingly lost, Caitlin grabbed Reed's hand as the mutants fended off the attacking robots. Much to their surprise, Blink's ability was teleporting via portals. She managed to create a portal, and hold it open long enough for Thunderbird, Lauren, Caitlin, Eclipse, and Andy to make it through. However, Blink's ability to maintain the portal was wearing thin, and with Reed being attacked on the other end, he ended up being left for capture.
In rX, as an aftermath of the portal closing, Caitlin and her kids, Andy and Lauren, started panicking about leaving Reed behind. John explained that they were in the Mutant Underground's headquarters. As much as John wanted to help the Struckers with going back to retrieve Reed, the chances of them being captured, or worse, killed, was greater. What was within their ability, however, was tending to Clarice, who had overexerted her power to save them from the Sentinel Services, and ended up collapsing, thus shutting the portal she created, forcing Reed to remain on the other side.
As they were moving an unwell Clarice out of the room, they didn't make it far as Clarice was barely able to stand on her own two feet. Marcos then placed her on a bench by the stairs. With the Struckers still panicking about going back for Reed, it didn't seem to be helping, as Marcos told Andy that his father was planning to help him get his girlfriend, Lorna, out of jail, but as much as he wanted Reed there, they couldn't think of that right now.
Later on, Clarice's condition didn't improve, it was only growing increasingly unstable. Lauren called Marcos and John back down as Caitlin informed them that Clarice was in respiratory distress and her temperature was spiking, which meant she needed medical attention that only a hospital could provide. The Long-distance leap and holding her portal open for such an extensive amount of time really took a lot of energy out of her. Caitlin was a nurse, so she examined Clarice noting that her heart rate was faster than normal. Clarice then began convulsing causing her powers to become unstable. As Clarice was going into shock, her powers started to uncontrollably manifest, causing her to involuntarily open a portal to stretch of road where a truck was headed straight for them. As the truck tried to avoid them, it skidded out of control, as half of the truck got sliced off and came careening into the headquarters, prompting everyone to take cover. Clarice didn't manage to move fast enough, so she held onto the handrail of the staircase, her head getting injured in the process.
After helping the others, John carried Clarice to a table in the back of the room by the vault. Marcos asked Caitlin that if she said that Clarice was over-exceeding her powers, how was she able to create a portal? Caitlin admitted that she wasn't an expert in that field. As Clarice started convulsing again, a new portal emerged, opening a path back to the same road as before. Civilians with loaded rifles stood on the other side of the portal looking in. Seeing this, Marcos was prepared for a fight. However, John grabbed his wrist and urged him to show restraint as they weren't to hurt innocent bystanders. Before Marcos could do anything else, Lauren walked in front of them and managed to close the portal using her force shields, thus preventing any possible altercation. This shut down Clarice's powers as she fell unconscious.
Marcos then asked Caitlin if she could help Clarice from Headquarters if they managed to obtain the medicine needed, however, Caitlin stressed that this type of medicine cannot be bought at a local supermarket, she'd have to get in the Pyxis machine from the hospital if they were to have any luck in saving Clarice. Marcos offered to take her to the hospital. He instructed Lauren to use her force shields if Clarice were to make another portal, however, Caitlin was afraid of leaving her daughter so close to the portal, in fear of the bystanders actually managing to shoot her the next time. Lauren reassured her that she could handle it.
Marcos drove with Caitlin towards the hospital. Worried about her kids, Caitlin asked how long the drive would take. Marcos explained that they weren't alone, John may be a tracker, but he was also bulletproof. Caitlin made it clear that she expected Marcos to honor his deal with Reed to get their family out of the country. Marcos mentioned that Reed did try to send his girlfriend, Lorna, to prison. Caitlin defended that Reed was only following the law as a prosecutor but Marcos wondered how Caitlin or Reed would be if it hadn't been Lauren and Andy in that gym but two others. Caitlin had nothing to say after that.
At the South Region Hospital, Marcos and Caitlin arrived. As they looked inside the over-crowded urgent care facility, Caitlin noted that they need an emergency in order to enter the treatment area. Lucky for them, Marcos had a bullet wound from their escape, so Caitlin reopened the wound. They entered the hospital, Marcos holding onto his bullet wound that was dripping with no ordinary blood, his blood was bioluminescent. They used this to his advantage as he convinced the person admitting patients that he desperately needed help.
As Dr. Watkin stitched the bullet wound, he asked what caused this, to which Marcos made up a story about getting injured from a ladder. Skeptical about this, Dr. Watkin took Caitlin outside for a word. She had claimed that she was Marcos' girlfriend and noticing the bruises on her face, that, unbeknownst to him, was the result of Clarice's portal bringing half a truck careening into the headquarters, his immediate assumption was that because she's dating a mutant there's a domestic violence situation at hand. Perhaps for the first time in her life, Caitlin began to realize the degree to which people’s casual prejudices adversely affect mutants. Baffled by this, Caitlin reassured him that this wasn't the case.
After Dr. Watkin left, Caitlin dressed as a nurse and got in the Pyxis machine stealing all the medicine she needed. However, when she was turning to leave the room, she saw Dr. Watkin with two officers. She quickly returned to Marcos and informed him of the police. As they were leaving, the cops appeared, prompting them to flee the hospital with Eclipse using his ability to shoot solar energy from his hands to melt the door behind them.
On their ride back to the headquarters, Marcos explained his backstory. When he was thirteen his powers manifested for the first time and he was kicked out by his parents that very same day. He then went to live on the streets of Bogota, and eventually wound up doing "things he wasn't proud of" to survive. She was shocked that his parents would actually just reject their own child but Marcos told her that she hadn't, and that was something.
When Caitlin and Marcos got back to the base, Caitlin was impacted by a mutant, Pedro, who’s a gatekeeper for the base. His abilities allow him to enhance others’ fears. However, Marcos noticed that it was more enhanced than usual. The headquarters was in disarray due to Clarice's unruly abilities, forcing mutants to evacuate. Once they made it past him, they pushed through the chaos of the evacuation to get the medicine to Blink. Caitlin and Marcos quickly advanced toward the entrance meeting Andy and Lauren along the way. As Marcos offered to bring the medicine to Blink, but Caitlin insisted that she go in alone, as she knew just the right amount of dosage Blink needed, and adding too much could make things much worse. She left Marcos to keep her children out of harm's way. Inside the headquarters, the portals had scattered all throughout the building. Seeing a portal with John and an unconscious Clarice on the other side, she jumped through, landing on the sofa next to them. Quickly taking out the medicine from her bag, John assisted her as she stabilized Clarice's potassium levels, which in doing so caused the portals to disappear and immediately relieved Clarice of her pain.
Later, Caitlin sat with her kids as she told them how proud she was of them and that they were going to find Reed, fight for him and for everyone else who had been fighting this fight.
In, eXodus, Caitlin watched over a meeting where Eclipse tried to rally support to try and get Polaris out of prison. She expressed her concern that the only option that any of them are exploring would be to attack and fight. Eclipse reminded her that she had already agreed and accepted that they might need to fight but she insisted that there were other ways that didn't include battles. She tried to ask if any of them had tried to go to a lawyer or even to political sympathizers but Eclipse dismissed her words and suggestions as naivety.
She then went off to where her children are playing and overheard them get into a small argument over a game piece that Lauren quickly quells when she explained that their father always uses that game piece when they play. She then made up her mind to go to her brother for help and told her children that she was leaving but they insisted on going as they didn't want to lose her like they did their father. They then quietly snuck away from the Underground Headquarters while everyone else was sleeping.
They spend hours hiking through the city, dodging police cruisers but her daughter pointed out that they couldn't keep doing it or they would get caught and suggested they get a cab. Caitlin reminded them that they had no money for one and their accounts are all frozen. Andy then suggested that he use his powers to get some from a nearby bank. She quickly told him that someone might get hurt and they don't rob banks. When Lauren told Andy that this was about returning to their normal lives, he got angry as they would never have normal lives again. He then released his power and tried to break one parking meter to get some money, but ended up breaking more than intended. He then told them that they now had money for a cab and the 'bank was safe'.
They got a cab and made it to Daniel's house. Daniel welcomed them into his home and entered the kitchen, where his son Scott was eating some dinner which Daniel shared with the Struckers. Caitlin asked where her brother's wife was and he told her that she was out of town. When her nephew began asking questions about his cousins' activities, Daniel told them to go off to his room so that the two of them could talk. Caitlin started asking if her brother could help them and talk to someone so that they could get Reed out of prison but Daniel told her that he couldn't, as his reputation had suffered due to everything that's happened with Caitlin and her mutant kids. He then told her that he couldn't risk his family but she reminded him that she, her children and her husband were his family too. He tells her that she and her children could spend the night and they could take the money that he had in his safe but they had to leave the following day.
Caitlin heard some commotion coming from her nephew's room and saw that he and her children looked a little tense but Lauren told her that it was all from Andy and Scott roughhousing. She then told them to try and get some rest. Andy quickly asked if Daniel was going to help them and she told them that they would see.
As Caitlin napped on the couch, she was awoken by the surprise arrival of Thunderbird and Eclipse. Eclipse scolded her for leaving and she told him that she was just trying to help her family. Eclipse told her that she couldn't do it by calling in favors and going to the authorities but they were interrupted by Daniel. He was angry that they were there and accused Caitlin of bringing mutants into his home but she sternly told him that the only mutants she brought were his niece and nephew. But the arguing was cut short when they found that the house was surrounded by a small mob of Daniel's neighbors, armed with guns. Daniel thought that Caitlin had told someone that she was coming here but she told him that he hadn't. He started to then accuse Thunderbird and Eclipse of being followed but his son Scott told him that he was to blame. Apparently, Scott had sent a picture of a trophy that Andy used his powers on to a friend but had asked him not to tell anyone.
Daniel then told Caitlin that one of the people outside was Chuck, an old high school friend of hers, and he was demanding that she and her children come out. She was shocked that someone that she had known for near her whole life was leading a mob that wanted to bring in her and her children. Her brother went to try and send them all away but he was attacked and the mob started to move in. She watched as her son used his power to threaten them but Eclipse and Thunderbird moved to get them all out of there. Caitlin saw that her brother was hurt and bleeding but he yelled for her to get out of there. They all got into their van and the mob then moved to go after them.
As they were trying to escape, Caitlin pulled her children's heads down as the mob started to fire on them. Dreamer and Blink then arrived to teleport them to safety. As they arrived back at Headquarters, Caitlin admitted that Eclipse had been right all along. Thunderbird and Eclipse then took her to meet with Daniel out on the road where he was going off to lay low with his son. He apologized for his behavior and offered Caitlin a cabin that he had purchased a while back for her and her children to use but she told him that she had to get Reed back. Daniel then told her that he had made some calls and found that Reed was being taken to a mutant holding facility, even though he wasn't a mutant himself. He told her that she had to accept that she might not see her husband again but she remained adamant that she would get Reed back.
Caitlin appears to be level-headed, caring and a loving mother and wife. Upon finding out about her kids, Lauren and Andy, being mutants, knowing her husband's work as a district attorney prosecuting mutants, she still uses her maternal instincts and protects them from the Sentinel Services. She sternly believes that they don't always have to resort to violence though she is slowly accepting that there are situations where fighting is unavoidable.
Physical Appearance Edit
Caitlin is an attractive and slim middle-aged woman with brown eyes and long blond hair.
Abilities and Skills Edit
- eXit strategy
- boXed in
- got your siX
- eXtreme measures
- threat of eXtinction
- 3 X 1