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Detective Maggie Sawyer is a police detective of the National City Police Department and a member of the Science Police. Maggie is also the girlfriend of Alex Danvers.


Early life

Maggie Sawyer was born and raised on Spring Blue, Nebraska, into a very conservative family. She had a hard childhood being discriminated as a Latino-American lesbian, and so was treated as an outcast.[1] When she was fourteen she had her first crush on a girl, Elisa Wilkey, and so, on Valentine's Day, she wrote her a card and asked her to the dance, however, Elisa said no and also showed the card to her parents, who then called the Sawyers - outing Maggie. This led to a big fight between Maggie and her parents, so her dad kicked her out of the house. She then lived with her aunt for three years.[2]

During some point in her life, she was in a serious relationship with Emily, and they dated for five years. However, Maggie cheated on Emily with an unnamed woman, which leads to a very sour break-up. Emily said some horrible things to Maggie, including that she didn't deserve to be happy, which stuck with her for a long time.[3]

A hard-working and tough woman, Maggie joined the police force, rising to the rank of detective and being later transferred to National City Police Department. Shortly after her arrival she began to routinely attend the alien bar and has a brief romantic relationship with one of the bartenders, Darla.[1]

Working with Alex

Alex meets Maggie

Maggie meets Alex.

After the assassination attempt on the President, detective Sawyer collected evidence at the airport, when Alex Danvers came up to her and asked what she was doing in her crime scene, Maggie pointed out that she was from NCPD's Science Police and her work is to investigate everything regarding aliens. Alex tries to throw her off the investigation, but Maggie proves herself as the other woman's intellectual match, culminating in an exchange of banter between the two of them that finally ended with Alex sternly asserting herself. The two would later meet again when Alex led her team into a warehouse raid in search of a supposed rogue Kryptonian, in where Maggie was already there, thanks to her street contact, and casing the edifice from within; Alex's armed gear and team allowed Maggie to discern that the former was in fact, D.E.O., much to the agent's chagrin. Later, Maggie invited Alex to an alien bar and they tried to figure out where Mon-El is since they assumed that he is the one who attacked the president. The next day, Maggie, along with Alex, attended President Marsdin's signing decree on the alien embassy act. During the ceremony Scorcher tried again to assassinate the President; they tried to stop her, but she ran away kidnapping Maggie and brought her to a factory stock where she was strung up. The detective is later rescued by Supergirl and Alex, whom she helps fighting the alien terrorist. After a brief medical check-up at the D.E.O. Maggie thanked Alex for having saved her and then she left, saying she had a date with a girl.[1]

Alex and Maggie at the fight club

Alex and Maggie undercover at the alien fight club.

A few days later Maggie brought Alex to a crime scene, where they found the corpse of an alien and, according to the bruises on his fists, they concluded that before his death, he fought and was killed by another alien. Later, they went to their prime suspect's home, only to see him being kidnapped by few unidentified people in a van.In the evening, they infiltrate an underground National City fight club hosted by Roulette, in which the aliens are forced to fight to the death for the money. In the first battle, M'gann M'orzz fights the kidnapped alien Quill and is about to kill him, when Supergirl shows up, and Alex and Maggie shots into the air to dispersed all those present.[4]

After Kara found out the new address in which Roulette will host the battle, Alex and Maggie organize a police riot and arrest the woman who, however, managed to get released thank to her friends in high places. After that, Alex invites Maggie to have a drink together, but she says she can not and leaves with her girlfriend.[4]

Helping Alex come out

Sometime later, Maggie broke up with her girlfriend and Alex tried to cheer her up. After they met at the site of a diamond robbery, Alex invited Maggie to go somewhere - a bar or a cafe and, as Maggie refused, she tried to persuade her to make each other company, to which Maggie replied she didn't understand Alex likes girls. As Alex begins to deny it Maggie says that a lot of lesbians does the same thing prompting a shocked Alex to leave.

Alex comes out to Maggie

Alex tells Maggie that she may be a lesbian.

After the arrest of the criminal gang, Maggie was about to send them to the prosecutor, when Chet Miner started to tell her who supplied them with alien weapons but, suddenly, the ears of all the members of the gang began to bleed and they dies. That night, Alex found her at the alien bar, saying that she knew what had happened. Maggie apologized for how she behaved insolently when considered that she is lesbian, but Alex said that she could not stop thinking about it and that in the fact could be the truth.[5]

Alex kisses Maggie

Alex kisses Maggie.

Then, Maggie advised Alex to come out to her family and promised that immediately after that, they'll go to have a drink together. The next night, Alex comes back to the bar telling Maggie that she is come out to Kara, then kisses her. However, after the kiss, Maggie says to Alex that she does not want to have a relationship with someone who just came out, as it never has a good ending. After these words, Alex exits the bar with a disappointed face.[6]

Relationship with Alex

A few days later Maggie came into the alien bar and asked Alex how she was doing, Alex pretended not to be offended what happened during their last encounter and says that everything is fine.
Alex tells Maggie they can't be just friends

Alex tells Maggie they can't be just friends.

The next day, Maggie gained a warrant for the arrest of the Guardian and reported it in the news. Later, Alex approaches Maggie and asked her to stop the hunt for the vigilante, telling her that they are not looking for him, without revealing any further details. Maggie agrees as they're friends, but Alex tells her that they are not because she was hurt that Maggie does not want to be with her.

That evening, Maggie reached Alex at Kara's apartment and tells her that she cherishes and hopes that they will ever be able to become friends because she did not want to imagine her life without her. Alex agrees to meet her and play pool.[7]

A few days later, after she found out that to spread the Medusa virus on National City Cadmus needs a substance produced by L-Corp, Alex calls Maggie and asks her to send all their available troops to the company headquarters. As Maggie and other police agents arrived there, they see Supergirl fighting Cyborg Superman and opened fire on him. Suddenly, a breach opened above them distracting the cyborg and allowing Kara to knock him down, however, he managed to hurt Maggie whit his cybernetic laser eyes.
Maggie kisses Alex

Maggie confesses her feelings to Alex and kisses her.

The woman is delivered to the D.E.O., where Alex checked her wound, then informed her that she had spoken with her mother, and thanked her for having opened her eyes.

The next evening, Maggie visited Alex at her home, confessing that she has feelings for her, and the two shared a kiss.[8]

Maggie and Alex first morning together

Maggie and Alex the morning after they slept together for the first time.

Maggie began to spend more time with Alex as they explored their new relationship. When Kara went missing, Alex tracked her by her last location and found that she had been taken to the planet Maaldoria where she wouldn't have her powers, she became hysterical and blamed herself as she was distracted by her new relationship and didn't protect her sister. When Maggie arrived, Alex told her that she couldn't see her as Supergirl had gone missing and that it was her fault. Maggie was confused by how she was acting but Alex told her that she had to focus on getting Supergirl back and Maggie couldn't help her. After Alex rescued her sister and returned to Earth, Maggie visited her and revealed that she was aware that her sister Kara was Supergirl as Kara was the only one that Alex could worry about as much as she did. Maggie also told Alex that she wasn't going anywhere and that she deserved to be happy.[9]

After Livewire is broken out of prison, she and Alex helped Supergirl in her investigations to track her down strengthening both their professional and personal relationship.[10]

When Kara was getting ready to spend the day with Alex, she told her that she and Maggie had plans to see a concert. Maggie had scored tickets to their favorite joint band, The Barenaked Ladies, and they were going together. However, Maggie didn't know that Alex had been replaced with a White Martian that was working with Armek to try and eliminate M'gann. When Alex was saved, she quickly called Maggie to tell her of the deception.[11]

When Lillian Luthor and John Corben had escaped from police custody, Maggie checked with the prison logs and saw that Lillian had the prison's only visitor the night before, Lena. She checked with L-Corp security and found footage of Lena Luthor taking Kryptonite from a safe that was used to give Corben back his power as Metallo. She then went to Lena's office and arrested her in front of Kara.[12]

When it was Valentine's Day, Maggie criticized the holiday and thought that all of the traditions and romantic gestures people do were lame to which Alex pretended to agree. However, Alex went and surprised Maggie with a romantic gesture when she invited her back to the apartment to which Maggie reacted with great anger. She then told Alex that the reason she hated Valentine's Day so much was because when she was in high school, she had given a Valentine to a girl she liked and she told her parents who went and called her parents, who then kicked her out of the house. Maggie was then told by Kara that Alex never meant to hurt her but that she was excited to have someone to actually celebrate Valentine's Day with. Maggie then went and made a romantic gesture of her own to Alex and told her that, with her, she could actually have a reason to like and look forwards to Valentine's Day again.[2]

When Jeremiah Danvers was found by the D.E.O. Maggie went over to Kara's apartment to meet him and celebrate with the rest of the family. Jeremiah was surprised to find out that she was Alex's girlfriend but was still happy to meet her. When Maggie went to visit Alex later on, she found that she was crying. She asked if anything had happened with her father and she went and hugged her for comfort before she was informed of Jeremiah's betrayal.[13]

When Alex was suspended from the D.E.O. for her erratic behavior, she told Maggie that she couldn't just stand back and do nothing. She was resolved to find and protect her father and Maggie agreed to help her. They laid in wait with a registered alien and when Cadmus arrived to kidnap him the two of them came out and foiled their attempt. Maggie used Alex's alien gun and smiled as she easily took out two of Cadmus' men and said that she would have to borrow it more often though Alex amusingly told her no. Alex tracked Cadmus' hideout from the transport and Maggie offered to go with her but Alex told her that she would go alone. They shared a kiss goodbye before they went off.[14]


Maggie is one of the few humans who does not have an anti-view on aliens in general; as she treats both humans and aliens alike with the same equal rights, while not as scientifically specializing as her girlfriend, Maggie has proven capable of keeping up with the extraterrestrial at her own pace, having discovered the existence of an alien bar before the D.E.O. did. Maggie also has a tough personality, but once you crack down her walls, she's a cinnamon roll, being very supportive of Alex Danvers as the latter gradually came to terms with being a lesbian. She once cheated on her ex-girlfriend Emily, but expressed extreme guilt over it, knowing that it was wrong and showing that she has a moral compass.

After Maggie's parents rejected her after she came out as gay, Maggie became closed off to those around her. She doesn't trust easily and doesn't like to talk about herself and her problems, mainly out of fear of being rejected for who she is. After she started dating Alex Danvers, the latter started to help her heal and overcome this fear of being rejected, and help her to be not closed off to those closest to her.

According to Alex, Maggie likes guns and has a love for bonsai trees, as well as scotch.[2]


  • High-level intellect/Expert detective: As a police detective of the National City Police Department, Maggie has proven herself a highly skilled detective; as she was able to figure out that Alex Danvers was not an FBI agent but a member of the D.E.O.,[1] and that her sister Kara was actually Supergirl.[9] It is also likely that she's verseD in forensic work.
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant: As a police detective, Maggie is an expert in unarmed combat and, together with Alex, was able to hold her own against an alien brawler.
  • Expert markswoman/Firearms: Due to her police training, Maggie is an expert with firearms.


  • Guns: Maggie is very proficient in using guns.




  • Maggie Sawyer has a fondness for vegan ice cream[10] and tiramisu,[2] also, she loves to drink Scotch.[2]
  • When she was a teenager Maggie smoked cigarettes.[2]
  • She enjoys yoga.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics Maggie has traditionally been depicted as a blonde caucasian woman; on the show, however, she is introduced as a Latina.
  • Maggie Sawyer is a police officer who has worked in both Gotham City and Metropolis, making her a supporting character in both Batman and Superman comic books. The character was created by John Byrne, first appearing in Superman vol. 2 #4 (April, 1987).


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