Roxanne "Roxy" Spaulding is the daughter of Alex Fairchild (a Gen-active member of Team 7), and Gloria Spaulding. When Roxy was still very young her father was sent on a secret mission and Gloria had no way of contacting him, so Roxy was raised by her mother and a stepfather, whom Roxy was led to believe was her actual father. While growing up she was enrolled in an all-girl Catholic school where she was often bullied by her classmates. She speaks with a sort of valley girl accent.
Roxy was tested by the International Operations (I.O.) because her father had been exposed to the Gen-factor. Since the I.O. thought the children of the members of Team 7 inherited super human abilities, they started Project Genesis to test and recruit Gen-active children. I.O. eventually tried to enslave the subjects of Project Genesis, so Roxy and her other Gen-active classmates ( Fairchild, Grunge, Rainmaker, and Burnout) escaped. During their escape, Roxy's powers manifested and she discovered that she could manipulate gravity, so she took the codename Freefall.
Freefall was created in 1994 by writers Jim Lee and Brandon Choi and artist J. Scott Campbell when they created the young superhero team known as Gen 13. As the youngest member of the team she was given an alternative look and lifestyle, with dyed pink bangs, a fondness for smoking, and a punk-like fashion sense to reflect her rebellion from a strict Catholic upbringing.
Major Story Arcs
After the five youths escaped from Project Genesis, they decided to form a team and called themselves Gen 13. The team relocated to San Diego, where Freefall snuck into a dance club and met a small furry green alien named Queelocke, who became Roxy's pet. She discovered that her teammate Caitlin Fairchild was her half-sister, which led to considerable anger towards her mother for lying to her about her father her whole life. Roxy finally met her real father, Alex Fairchild, who became a mentor for the team, though he initially had conflicts with Roxy. Eventually she grew to accept him as a father. Unfortunately, Alex was later killed when trying to protect his daughters from a Gen 13 enemy known as Professor Tindalos.
Over the next few months, Roxy had a lot of arguments with her teammates, who had always had difficulties understanding Roxy's infatuation with Grunge, her smoking habits, and her general attitude. Their concerns were proven correct when Roxy found out that Grunge had been having an affair with Swift from The Authority. Despite this all, Roxy was still in love with Grunge. Roxy also became a bit of an otaku, with a great love for J-pop music and anime.
Roxy was thought to be killed in an explosion with the rest of Gen 13, but in fact, Gen 13 had been displaced to an alternate universe and they returned to their own Earth months later.
- Height: 5' 6"
- Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
- Eyes: Violet
- Hair: Black (with dyed pink bangs)
- Co-creator J. Scott Campbell has said in interviews that Roxy's appearance was based on actress Natalie Portman, and in the Gen13 Zine (published by Wildstorm), it is stated that Roxy has the same measurements as Portman.
- Citizenship: American
- Place of Birth: unknown
- Marital Status: Single
- Known Relatives: Alex Fairchild (father, deceased), Gloria Spaulding (mother), Caitlin Fairchild (half-sister)
Powers and Abilities
Freefall has the power to manipulate gravity to various effects. By completely nullifying the gravity beneath her, she can levitate herself or others. She can also increase the gravity around a specific area, inflicting damage, or increase the gravitational pull on an enemy until movement is impossible. This ability requires concentration and is exhausting to maintain for long periods of time. It has also been suggested in dialogue that if she concentrated hard enough, she could affect gravity to the point of warping space and time.
Roxy is said to be "born with the grace of a ballerina and the kinetic energy of a fly girl." In battle, she combines her natural agility with her anti-gravity powers to great effect.
Freefall appeared as a main character in the Gen 13 animated movie (1999), produced by Buena Vista Pictures (a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company). She was voiced by actress Elizabeth Daily. The animated Freefall was generally very similar to the comic book version, though she was not revealed to be half-sisters with her teammate Fairchild in the film. Being the youngest member of Gen 13, Roxy's gen-active powers were the last to manifest, though they did so at a very opportune time. After the team was ejected from an exploding helicopter without parachutes, her powers over gravity finally emerged and she was able to slow their fall so they could land safely.
During the film's production, Gen 13's publisher, Wildstorm, was bought by DC Comics, a subsidiary of Time Warner. Because of this, Disney decided to shelve the film rather than promote a property that had been acquired by a rival studio. It was never released in America and only saw a limited video release overseas.