|Molly Hayes was born sixteen years ago in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, Gene and Alice, were Mutant supervillains posing as a Doctor and a Speech therapist. She had a normal upbringingfor much of her youth. Her parents loved her and took good care of her, and she loved them back. She was popular in school, and was a big fan of both her drama and art classes. Everything was perfect. Everything was normal. Everything was a lie.
When Molly was twelve she joined her parents at the Wilder estate, as they did every year to work on plans for the years upcoming charity events. Her parents, along with the parents of several other kids who were there that night, saw eachother only during these get togethers. That night, however, one of the kids led the others into a secret room, where they witnessed their parents in Supervillain costumes, sacrificing a young girl in a ritual. The other kids kept this from Molly has they worked out plans on what to do, and also discovered powers or abilities of their own. One night, they came to rescue Molly.
Molly thought the kids were trying to hurt her mom, and had her first real flare up, before the kids got her away and got a chance to explain things. It turned out their parents were a supervillain group called The Pride, who ruled Los Angeles. They kept only the crime they wanted, while living high off the hog. Eventually the kids discovered that their parents served otherworldy entitites who were planning on taking over the world, at which time the parents would leave the world to their children.
The children went on the run, staging several superheroic escapades before finally confronting their parents in their underwater lair. The leader of their group, Alex Wilder, betrayed them, and he died along with their parents. The escaped, and spent several years moving from place to place, battling evil and having a good, teenage time.
That changed when a villain attacked their stronghold with military might, and the Runaways (As they'd come to call themselves), were scattered. Molly began to move East, doing the best she could on her own and learning to take care of herself.
Now she's arrived in New York, and she has no idea what to do with herself.