Meredith Gordon is Claire Bennet's birth mother. She was reportedly killed in a fire 14 years ago; in truth, she survived.
Since "Meredith Gordon" has been reported dead, she may be using a different first name now, at least for legal purposes. However, no one has yet referred to her by any other name, and she may have spent enough time out of the country for this to be a non-issue.
After the fire, Meredith Gordon lived several places before returning to Kermit, TX:
- Cuernavaca, Mexico — 50 miles South of Mexico City.
- La Paz, Mexico — There are at least 16 La Paz, Mexicos, none being particularly close to either Cuernavaca or Kermit.
Meredith has the power of pyrokinesis, the ability to create fire. In addition to creating fire, she seems to be resistant to some of the consequences of its use; her flames heated the walls of a shipping container enough to burn Claire's hands, and they consumed enough oxygen to nearly suffocate Claire, but Meredith showed no discomfort from the heat or lack of oxygen.
Meredith was eventually seen using her powers offensively for the first time, able to throw fireballs and conjure large flames to launch them in directed, continuous streams. She can also control the heat of her flames, able to distract Danny Pine instead of injuring him and merely disorientating Mr. Thompson on another occasion.
Meredith can ignite her whole body on fire without harming herself and release her flames in an omni-directional explosive blast. Meredith reveals to Claire that after she exploded, while she was unharmed by the flames around her and she thought that Claire had died in the fire and fled.
According to her assignment tracker, her control index is 74%. Her data analysis shows her biological level at 35, cerebral at 15, elemental at 70, and temporal/spatial at 25.