|Detective Maggie Powers, NYPD|
|Portrayed By||Elizabeth Mitchell|
|Date of Birth||February 9th, 1972|
|Place of Birth||Echo, WY, USA|
|Current Location||New York City, NY, USA|
|Occupation||Homicide Detective (NYPD)|
|Known Relatives||Catherine Powers (mother; deceased?), Roger Powers (father; deceased?), Garnet Powers (grandmother; deceased)|
|First Appearance||Heroes: Paranormal Intent|
Homicide Detective Maggie Powers transferred from the boonies (Wyoming) to the New York Police Department in 2008, for reasons she doesn't discuss. She is a workaholic, dedicated to her job, but had to work even harder after to fit in with the boy's club…
… but she'll fool you, and has proved to have more than one side.
Echo, Wyoming, 1972.
Maggie Anne Powers was born to two parents who, on the surface, couldn't seem any more opposite. Her father was a military man, rough and tumble and with a strong sense of purpose, devoted to serving his country, God, and fellow man through peace and through war. Her mother was a soft, kind soul, a real humanitarian whose only jobs her whole life involved helping the less fortunate, and most of those jobs weren't jobs at all, but volunteer work that paid in nothing but good karma. They met overseas, he on deployment and she feeding the hungry.
It wasn't until Maggie grew up that she'd realize she really was an amalgam of her mother and father.
When she was a child, bright-eyed, booksmart and keen, curious about the whole world, she took after her mother; and no wonder, as even when she was a toddler, the family was abroad and involved in many a humanitarian mission. Maggie wanted to be an artist, or a writer, and she was good at most creative endeavours, like her mother. And like her mother, she always had her head in the clouds. Her father strongly encouraged her to go into law or serve her country like he had, but that wasn't her dream. Her father was behind his wife's similar path, but without that support she'd be broke, living on dreams and good will, an artist's life doesn't pay, he'd tell Maggie, who had no plans of marrying anyone any time soon to make up for her "artist's life".
But Maggie was still a kid. She had a lot of time to decide, however early the opinions were pushed upon her.
They had a good life.
The Powers family had stopped moving for awhile. They settled down in their hometown (Echo, Wyoming, the hometown of Maggie's father, originally), which was quiet and tiny and situated in thee middle of nowhere, the epitome of "the boonies". They didn't mind. It was quaint, cozy. After Christmas, in 1984, the family decided to go on a ski trip in Colorado. It was a fantastic little vacation.
Until the day they were scheduled to go back home.
Maggie had been standing in front of a frozen pond, taking a picture of her mother and father in front of the ski lodge, when she felt something push her. All she saw was sky before she fell through the ice. When she was fished out of the water, her parents were gone.
Twenty-four years later, they'd still be gone.
After the incident in Colorado, police were unable to determine where they went — they seemed to have vanished — nor were they able to determine how their twelve year old daughter wound up in the pond, and Maggie, try as she might, didn't know either. The search for the man and woman who disappeared from the Colorado ski lodge, seemingly in plain sight, was exhaustive.
The Missing Persons case of Roger and Catherine Powers was never solved.
Botswana, Southern Africa, 1995.
In her early twenties, Maggie did a lot of volunteer work abroad, mostly building houses. Uganda, Gulu, South America. She spent her months stateside, between aide endeavours, painting murals. Art and life — those were her passions. She spent a long time being a troubled girl, angry at the world, at the police, at whoever took her parents (there was no other explanation), but she eventually learned to channel everything into her art. She put on a brave face, and she continued her mother's work.
Until, while living in Botswana in 1995, she got word from a detective back in Colorado that her parents' case was re-opened. She flew back to the States.
It wound up being a false lead.
But ten years of distance from her parents' case opened old wounds, and she realized they had never truly healed. She wasn't channelling her emotions into her art, she was pushing them down and pretending it hadn't happened. Her hang-ups over the frustrating lack of evidence over what happened to her parents, paired with the terrible things she'd seen doing humanitarian aide — kids with missing parents just like her — gradually honed a stronger passion in Maggie.
Turns out she'd listen to her father after all.
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2002.
Officer Maggie Powers became Detective Maggie Powers. With the charitable artist only seen in glimpses by her colleagues, Detective Powers was good at her job. True, everyone found out she was that girl whose parents disappeared in 1984, not that she'd talk about it. Woman signs on to law enforcement to be a detective after her parents are part of an unsolved case? Yeah, she's read the hundreds of crime novels that follow the same plot. It didn't change the fact that she had became a cop, then detective, in honour of her father and to prevent what happened to her parents from happening to others.
She specialized in Homicide. Not Missing Persons. Maybe she was cynical.
When she had spare time, she would sometimes paint murals under a pseudonym: Catie Rye, after her mother, Catherine, whose maiden name was Rye.
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2008.
After a tumultuous year — her grandmother dying at a ripe old age back in Echo and telling her "don't stay here if you can help it", a tough murder case that started as Missing Persons and didn't have a happy ending, and a doomed engagement to a fellow officer — Maggie took the chance to leave when she saw it. The only people who knew of her imminent transfer were her superiors and those involved in the paperwork. She just left.
New York City, New York, 2008.
Welcome Detective Maggie Powers. NYPD.
NYC's nothing like Wyoming or the third world, but chaos is just water off a duck's back for this detective. Despite being a workaholic dedicated to her job, she initially got some flak for not seeming to fit in with her more "hardass" colleagues — but she'll fool you.
- "You're awfully honest for someone who could be thrown out of here with a phone call for snooping around without jurisdiction." — Heroes: Paranormal Intent
- James: "I'm told you dealt with some strange occurrences in the past. Weirdness that left an impact." Maggie: "There's nothing normal about homicide cases." — Aladdin and the Genie
- "The NYPD doesn't believe in magic, and neither do I." — Aladdin and the Genie
- "I don't suppose they sell pants in the hospital gift shop." — Stay Here and Get Better
- Laurie: "Do you trust me?" Maggie: "Ask me that more than a month ago and I might've said no. But ask me now if the guy who jumped into a lake in January to pull me out?" (pause) "Now I'll say maybe." — Doing Something About Mental Health
- "Coincidence is creepy." — Be(w)affled
- "Stalking is simpler in Wyoming." — Somebody's Watching Me
- "You're going to get mayonnaise on the crime scene." — Lovers Quarrel
- Maggie: "Remember, we're here for work, not workouts." Laurie: "Well, if this investigation turns out anything like the others, I might end up doing both. And in the pool." — Lovers Quarrel
- Laurie: "You should've tried getting him in the nose. I hear that's very effective…" Maggie: "I did try. Your face was in the way." — And Into the Fire
- "One with a kill shot adds up to murder. Two bodies usually equals planning." — (yeeeeeeeeeahh) — Heads Will Roll
- "With anything — everything — the whole story can really only be told by whoever lived it." — Worth the Price We Pay
- "I'm not much for wanting to be something I'm not. And as far as I'm concerned what I am is your partner." — to Laurie, Worth the Price We Pay
- "No. No personally distressing cases. Just cases, Dr. Falkland. Murder cases. All murders should be distressing." — Couples Counseling
- "I'd call you a lot of things, O'Meara. Lucky isn't one of them." — Dangerous Bets
- "Just so you know, this is insane." — Breathe Out
- "Not to be dramatic, here, Miles, but this could save you… or it could kill you." — Breathe Out
- "Whoever you're pretending to be … he's not worth losing who you are." — Breathe Out
- "Goodbye is something you do before you die, which you better not do, because I worked very hard to save you. So goodbye would just be a waste of my time. See ya later, Miles." — Breathe Out
- "When you're going to run off, and do something reckless, at least … tell me, so I can get your back." — The Inquiry, Part 4
- Laurie: "When do we ever get the truth?" Maggie: "Pretty often. If you know where to look." — The Inquiry, Part 4
- "In my line of work, I know that assuming gets you in trouble. You can make educated guesses, but at some point, if you don't have enough information, without proof, everything is just circumstantial. Circumstances change." — Worst/Best
- "Plan for the worst, hope for the best, right." — Worst/Best
- If you wanted to convince me that you're a misogynistic jerk, that's great. Congratulations. If you wanted to convince me to be like the rest of you and do nothing, waiting for some big break that might not ever happen now that you have no contact on the inside, then no. I'm not convinced." — to Mason, the NY director of the FBI, Pigs and Cows
- Mason: "Sweet Tits, with a badge, you're a pest at best. Without a badge, you're a civilian liability. A liability I had the power to keep occupied, silly me…" Maggie: "If you call me anything other than Detective Powers again… I'll be a pest giving you the liability of a lawsuit." — Pigs and Cows
- "I'll be here observing the vending machines for clues." — Exceptionless
- "Sometimes, circumstances and what someone deserves or not don't really line up as much as they should." — Excursion
- "Oh, I'm kidnapping you. Aren't you going to call the police?" — Excursion
Trivia (and Plot Hooks)
- In addition to living stateside, Maggie has spent significant time in Africa and South America throughout her life, and can speak a variety of languages.
- Maggie's parents disappeared when she was twelve.
- Maggie left a fiancé behind in Wyoming … but he's not in Wyoming anymore. Actually, who even knows where he is…
- Maggie is involved in charity work, volunteering for various causes when she has time. (Which is almost never.)
- Maggie's mother's maiden name, Ryes, in addition to being her alias for her art, means dweller on an island.
- Maggie has a fear of drowning and has experienced both near-drowning and hypothermia twice. She hates the winter.
- There is Maggie/Laurie fanfiction.
- Bookworm. Books Maggie has been seen with in-scene:
Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
The Stand by Stephen King (twice)
The Stand: Expanded Edition by Stephen King
Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming (in a flashback)
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov (Laurie takes it from her bookshelf)
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
And see also…