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Molly's mutant powers include super-strength and invulnerability, with which she has toppled a giant monster bigger than skyscrapers, tunneled through miles of rock, and broken solid objects over her head. While in her powered form, Molly's hair gains purple highlights and her eyes glow violet. Like fellow mutant Colossus, Molly must consciously activate her powers when she wants to use them. However, Molly can only use her powers for a limited amount of time before she becomes extremely fatigued and falls asleep. When she first used her powers, Molly fell asleep after only throwing one punch, but as the series continued, Molly has been able to use her powers for increasingly longer periods of time without tiring. Nico once used the Staff of One to give Molly a caffeine rush while fighting a giant monster to keep her awake longer.
Molly's super-strength can only be used for a very short time as using her powers wipes her out completely.
Molly is with friends Alex Wilder, Karolina Dean, Gertrude Yorkes, Chase Stein, and Nico Minoru when they observe their parents calling themselves The Pride and preparing the ritual sacrifice of a young girl. Molly is preemptively escorted away by Karolina while the older children watch the sacrifice commence. They inform Karolina and decide to run away from their homes that very night. After discovering their powers and gifts, the older five kids rescue Molly from her home. Molly awakes from a psychically-induced slumber during the runaways' rescue and sees her mother being threatened by Nico. Molly's mutant powers manifest at that moment in a display of glowing pink hair and eyes. However, Molly first uses her strength to knock Leslie Dean out of the sky, saving Gert. Molly promptly falls asleep from exhaustion and the runaways take her to their new hideout, a dilapidated mansion called "the Hostel."
Throughout the first volume of the series, Molly is skeptical that her parents were accomplices to murder and is unsure why the group ran away in the first place. However, she is excited at the prospect of becoming a superhero and enthusiastically takes the codename "Princess Powerful," while her teammates dub her "Bruiser." Shortly after their "superhero" careers begin, the runaways take in fellow runaway Topher, who turns out to be a vampire. He dies by ingesting Karolina's solar-irradiated blood and when Molly witnesses Topher's death, she realizes that the superhero life is not a game, and cries for her mother.
Alex later deciphers a text kept by his parents called the Abstract, and informs the runaways about their parents' activities as The Pride, their ties to the Gibborim (the Pride's Biblical benefactors), and their ultimate goal of exterminating all human life save for the six most loyal Pride members. Molly expresses disinterest in the Pride's motivations, but is excited when Alex plots to disrupt the Pride's ritual sacrifice to the Gibborim. When the runaways encounter the Pride, Molly witnesses first-hand why she and her friends have been in hiding for months and destroys the sacrifice prepared for the Gibborim. She escapes with the runaways when the Gibborim attack the Pride for losing the sacrifice. After the Pride's demise, Molly is sent to X-Corp for foster care, but breaks out with Gert's help and runs away with the rest of the team.
In the second volume, Molly fights under Nico's command and witnesses the future Gert die in Chase's arms as she warns the runaways about the future supervillain named Victor Mancha. Molly participates in the search, and during the second fight with Excelsior, Molly discerns Chamber's fake accent; he is later revealed to be Geoffrey Wilder in disguise.
After Victor joins the team, Molly accompanies him on group shopping trips under Nico's orders because she believes that Molly is the only individual member of the runaways capable of bringing Victor down should he betray the team. During the runaways' trip to New York City to exonerate Cloak, Molly meets her idol Wolverine, but he scares her and she hurls him out of a church. After the runaways solve the case, they return to Los Angeles, but Wolverine and the X-Men follow them, looking to enroll Molly in Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters. After a short altercation, the X-Men leave Molly alone, realizing that it would be unfair to force her to enroll.
During one mission, Molly gets separated from the team and the Provost abducts her. He coerces Molly and other children into robbing banks for him. Molly rallies the children to stage a coup, and she finds her way back to the runaways.
Molly is abducted in a battle with a second incarnation of the Pride, made up of Alex's MMORPG friends and led by a younger version of Alex's father, Geoffrey. Nico rescues Molly with Xavin's aid, but Gert dies covering their escape. After Gert's death, Molly asks the Leapfrog, the group's transport, if Gert went to Heaven, but it cannot reply since Heaven is not on any of the maps in its database. Soon afterwards, Molly begins hearing a disembodied voice she believes is Gert's, and follows its instructions to help revive Victor. She helps Victor rescue Nico from the Gibborim and subsequently joins the team on their cross-country trek to evade Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. The voice Molly heard is later revealed to have been Alex's.
Briefly used the code name Bruiser.
First Appearance: Runaways (2003) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#2 Avengers Academy (2010)
- 'Benny Beckley to Crazy Eight'
#27 Avengers Arena (2013)
- 'Homecoming Part 2'
#4 Avengers Undercover (2014)
- 'The Survivor'#13
- 'The Devil's Greatest Trick'
#1 Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! (2010)
- 'Descent Part Four'
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (2006)
#1 Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010)
- 'Part One'#2
- 'Part Two'#3
- 'Part Three'#4
- 'Part Four'
#17 Free Comic Book Day 2006 (2006)
- 'Pride Comes..., Part 2'#18
- 'Pride comes..., part 3'#19
- 'Pride Comes... Conclusion'
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Humberto Ramos Toxic Waste Sketchbook (2007)
Infinity: The Hunt (2013)
Marvel Previews (2003)
New Avengers (2010)
Digest TPB vol. 01 Runaways (2005)
- 'Pride & Joy'Digest TPB vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'Digest TPB vol. 03
- 'The Good Die Young'HC vol. 01
- 'Runaways Vol. 01'Premiere HC vol. 01
- 'Pride & Joy'Premiere HC vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'TPB vol. 01
- 'Pride & Joy'TPB vol. 01 (Panini)
- 'Pride & Joy'TPB vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'TPB vol. 02 (Panini)
- 'Teenage Wasteland'#1
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 1'#2
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 2'#4
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 4'#5
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 5'#6
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 6'#7
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 1'#8
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 2'#9
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 3'#10
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 4'#11
- 'Lost and Found, Part 1'#12
- 'Lost and Found, Part 2'#13
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 1'#14
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 2'#15
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 3'#16
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 4'#17
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 5'#18
Digest TPB vol. 04 Runaways (2008)
- 'True Believers'HC vol. 03
- 'Runaways Vol. 03'Premiere HC vol. 08
- 'Dead End Kids'TPB vol. 08
- 'Dead End Kids'#1
- 'True Believers: Chapter 1'#2
- 'True Believers: Chapter 2'#3
- 'True Believers: Chapter 3'#4
- 'True Believers: Chapter 4'#5
- 'True Believers: Chapter 5'#6
- 'True Believers: Chapter 6'#7
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 1'#8
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 2'#9
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 1'#10
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 2'#11
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 3'#12
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 4'#13
- 'Dead Ringers'#14
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 1'#15
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 2'#16
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 3'#17
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 4'#18
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 5'#19
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 1'#20
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 2'#21
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 3'#22
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 1'#23
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 2'#24
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 3'#25
- 'Dead-End Kids'#26
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 2'#27
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 3'#28
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 4'#29
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 5'#30
- 'Dead-End Kids, Conclusion'
Runaways Saga (2007)
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers (2008)
#1 Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age (2010)
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 1'#2
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 2'#3
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 3'
What If? House of M (2009)
#1 What If? Secret Wars (2009)
- 'What If...Scarlet Witch Ended the 'House of M' by Saying, "No More Powers?"'
#1 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'#1 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'
X-Men: Legacy (2013)
#23 X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
- 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'
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