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"It's just... everything my whole life has been for my mom and the church. Then I learned that what I thought was the ultimate good is somehow a part of the worst thing imaginable. And what if what I do is connected to that? What does that make me?"
―Karolina Dean[src]

Karolina Dean is a former member of the Church of Gibborim and the daughter of Frank and Leslie Dean. After removing her Gibborim bracelet for the first time, Karolina discovered her powers of light generation. Upon reuniting with her childhood friends, they discovered that their parents used PRIDE to cover up ceremonial sacrifices of the church. She teamed up with her friends and formed the Runaways. Eventually, Karolina learns that Jonah, the mysterious benefactor of PRIDE, is actually her biological father. Having been framed for Destiny Gonzalez's murder, and with no other choice, they are forced to run.


Early Life

"The day that you get your bracelet is one that you'll never forget, unless you're me. I kind of feel like I was born with mine."
―Karolina Dean[src]

Karolina was born the daughter of Leslie Dean and her lover Jonah. However, she was raised by Leslie's lawful husband Frank Dean, who ignored his wife's affair with Jonah. From her youngest age, Karolina wore a Church of Gibborim Bracelet which she never took off, unaware that it actually concealed her light emitting powers. Karolina grew as a faithful member of the Church of Gibborim, helping her mother to recruit new members among the organization.[2]


Discovering Powers

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The Deans at the Church of Gibborim

"It was so weird. The last thing I remember were these lights. They were really beautiful."
"Yeah, it's called drugs. Clearly, you took some strong shit."
―Karolina Dean and Chase Stein[src]

Karolina and her father Frank Dean attended a Church of Gibborim ceremony hosted by her mother Leslie Dean. She asked her mother to sign a permission slip for a field trip, but Leslie refused. Later at Atlas Academy, Karolina overheard Alex Wilder inviting Chase Stein to come over to the Wilder Mansion and Gert Yorkes joined the conversation. Karolina told Alex that she was busy with a church event, whereafter she got into an argument with Yorkes before they all left when the bell rung.

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Karolina is saved from Brandon and Lucas by Chase Stein

Karolina later attended a party. Declining an offer for drugs, she became mesmerized with two girls passionately kissing. As she was also attracted to other girls, she decided to conceal her religious beliefs for once and took off her Church of Gibborim Bracelet, only to become entranced when her arms began to glow. Dancing for a few moments, Karolina then collapsed. While she was unconscious, Stein's friends Brandon and Lucas then took her upstairs and attempted to rape her. However, Karolina was saved by Stein, who put her bracelet back. The pair then left the party to head for the Wilder Mansion.

Sacrifice of Destiny Gonzalez

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The Runaways watch their parents sacrificing Destiny Gonzalez

Karolina, Chase Stein, Nico Minoru, Gert Yorkes and Molly Hernandez all arrived in the Wilder Mansion and Karolina urged her former friends to talk about the death of Amy Minoru so they would be able to move on. They went to find alcohol into Geoffrey Wilder's office, where they soon accidentally opened a secret passageway. Going inside, they discovered their parents apparently performing some kind of ritual. Karolina and her friends then witnessed as their parents put Destiny Gonzalez in the Dematerialization Box. However, Molly Hernandez took a picture of the scene, forcing Karolina and the other teenagers to run away.[2]


The group playing Twister.

Karolina and her friends hid in the guesthouse while Alex Wilder left to cut down the power in the mansion. Karolina, Stein and Yorkes discussed potential rational explanations for their parents' behavior, but found flaws in each other's theories. Once Alex returned, the teenagers decided to act as friendly as they always used to so that her parents would not suspect anything. To that end, Karolina and the others pretended to be playing Twister when their parents found her. Karolina then left the Wilder Mansion with her mother Leslie Dean.[3]

Rescue of Alex Wilder

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The Runaways rescuing Alex.

When Alex was kidnapped, Nico gets Karolina, Gert and Molly to help rescue him, using the Staff of One to track him down. After they are joined by Chase, the group use their newfound abilities to thwart off Darius Davis. The boy Alex shoots earlier, Andre, is taken by Geoffrey Wilder to be PRIDE's newest sacrifice. However, the kids are unable to locate the place of the sacrifice. The sacrifice is successful, reviving a man who demands to see Karolina.[4]

Infiltration into Wizard Headquarters

Karolina and her friends attended their parents' annual gala at Wizard Headquarters. Gert deduces that Karolina has a crush on Nico, with Karolina doing the same for Gert in regards to Chase. Later, Karolina gets drunk on the roof. She falls off, but with Chase grabbing her bracelet, she is shocked to realise that she is able to fly. She has an adverse reaction to Chase kissing her. Karolina was approached by Jonah and questioned who he is. The two were interrupted by Frank.[5]

Infiltration into the PRIDE Construction Site

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Rescue of Karolina Dean

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Running Away


The Runaways watching the news

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Karolina is kind, bubbly, optimistic, but it is revealed that she isn't as happy as much as she puts on. Shown to be struggling with her mother's strict expectations, she attempts to break away from her role of the perfect daughter to explore her sense of identity and pursue her own desires.

Powers and Abilities


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Karolina flying with her colorful aura

"She's beautiful and she glows. Great."
Gert Yorkes[src]
  • Light Generation: When she removes her bracelet, Karolina's skin emits a aura of iridescent light.
    • Light Beam Emission: Karolina is able to project beams of light which are capable of blinding and injuring her enemies. She also can create power outages when using her full power.
    • Flight: Karolina is able to fly, evidenced by when she fell off the Wizard Headquarters.



Karolina removing her bracelet.

  • Church of Gibborim Bracelet: Given to her by her mother, Karolina was told never to take her bracelet off. However, unbeknownst to her, it was actually suppressing her powers.






Appearances for Karolina Dean

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  • In the comics, Karolina Dean is a member of the Majesdanian race, and was bethrothed to a Skrull prince.

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