- "I've always known that you were brought to me for a reason, Michael. That you were ready for great things, but you won't accomplish anything by wallowing."
- —Mary Xavier to Rip Hunter, her foster son[src]
Mary Xavier is the head of "The Refuge", the orphanage of the Time Masters, and the foster mother of Rip Hunter. She raised Rip since he was 10 and remained close with him as an adult, even after he rebelled against the Time Masters. Mary later helped Rip Hunter's team when their past selves were hunted by an elite Time Master assassin, the Pilgrim.
When Rip Hunter and his team docked the Waverider at the Refuge, Mary greeted them. Rip introduced her to his crew as his mother. She informed the team that her loyalty is to her children first, not the Time Masters, and that their past selves would be saved at the Refuge. She then spoke with Rip privately, discussing his 10-year-old self for a brief time. Rip wondered if he's being selfish regarding his whole mission to save his family. Mary assured him by saying things like this was "a load of old codswallop", and that wallowing helps nobody.
When Rip concocted the plan to give his younger self to the Pilgrim, Mary was present, refusing to leave the "neutral ground". After Rip Hunter's team destroyed the Pilgrim, she took young Michael back to the Refuge.
Mary is very protective and loving to her children, but, according to Rip, she is also very strict. She is confident and not afraid to put herself in harm's way, as she allowed the younger selves of the Legends to stay with her even though the Time Masters ordered them erased from existence and she stayed with the Team when they confronted the Pilgrim. Mary possessed a sense of humor that appeared mockingly judgmental, "chastising" Mick Rory for his younger self being "a naughty one".
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Behind the scenes
- Although she is listed as "Mary Xavier" on IMDB and was credited as such in pre-production, the character wasn't actually called by name on-screen, and was known only as "Rip Hunter's adoptive mother".
- Mary's surname Xavier could be a reference to the Marvel Comics character Charles Xavier; both are directors of the mansions who accommodate the children for educational and other purposes; in Charles' case (who is a mutant telepath and has a wheelchair), it is for mutants who have mutant abilities in their childhood or in teenage years and Charles is a teacher and team commander of X-Men; in Mary's case it's the adoption of orphans from various time periods who would become Time Masters in the future and even taking refugees to protect them from harm, such as younger versions of Rip Hunter's team and their families.