Biographical Information
Real NameMollie Steunenberg
Wild Card TraitsFourth dimension teleport gate generation
Social Information
Place of BirthIdaho, USA
CitizenshipAmerican citizen
Event ParticipantAmerican Hero
Base of OperationsMobile, formerly Coeur d'Arlene, Idaho
AffiliationsJoker fight club
First AppearanceSuicide Kings
CreatorIan Tregillis

Mollie "Tesseract" Steunenberg is minor character in the Wild Cards series of books.


Mollie Steunenberg was the only girl in a farm household with her parents, grandparents, and eight brothers. Attempting to make a break from the grind of farm life, she became a contestant on the second season of the American Hero reality television series, but got voted off in the fifth week. Her power was a formidable one however, and drew the attention of Noel Matthews, who was assembling a team of aces for a daring heist in the People's Paradise of Africa.

Matthews needed Mollie to move a large number of gold ingots from a bank vault to a warehouse in Kongoville, before making a second portal to deposit most of the gold on a luxury yacht. Instead of the first jaunt however, she double-crossed the infiltration team and brought them back to her father's barn where her father and several brothers were waiting in ambush. The Steunenbergs killed Broadcast on arrival, but Matthews's skills quickly ended the subsequent gunfight, and he forced Mollie to make another portal back to the African warehouse. Once there, she was tied up and made to generate the various portals needed to split the gold, but her own cut was reduced to a single ingot for her betrayal.

She later found work as Michael Berman's personal assistant, which proved to be a double-edged sword as she detested Berman and he drew her into a human trafficking operation moving jokers to Kazakhstan to participate in a joker fight club. This arrangement came to an end when Berman came under investigation due to his apparent connection to bootleg fight club and American Hero footage, as well as the discovery of Tesseract's own involvement in the trafficking. Francis Black of the Jokertown 5th Precinct and Agent Norwood of SCARE then forced Steunenberg's co-operation to stage an off-the-books raid on the joker fight club in Kazakhstan. Mollie was only too happy to be rid of Berman and strike a blow against the crime ring's leader, but soon fled the resulting chaos stranding Black in Kazakhstan as she stepped through a portal to the safety of Paris.

Wild Cards TraitsEdit

Mollie can generate fourth dimensional gateways at will. Her departure portals can appear anywhere close to her, while the destination portals can be anywhere in the world. A small portal allows her to slip an arm through to manipulate objects that would otherwise be out of reach, and she can also make doorways large enough for any number of people to file through. The alignments of the portals can also be anything she chooses, so she can opt to place two portals close together to transport objects, or part of herself, through otherwise impossible angles.


Mollie is short, plump, and cute, with curling red hair, dark brown eyes, and has a sprinkle of freckles on her nose.


Mollie is competitive to a point, but not well developed enough in a strategic sense to be very successful at winning.

Selected ReadingEdit

  • Wild Cards Volume XX: Suicide Kings
  • Wild Cards Volume XXII: Lowball
  • Wild Cards Volume XXIII: High Stakes

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