Orphan Della Stafford, a promising athlete, had been fostered by Les and Sheila Parker, an unscrupulous couple who wanted to train her to be a champion. In return they had promised her to save the Children’s Home which was threatened with closure when the lease expired. Della had made an enemy of the Parker’s daughter, Paula, who resented Dallas special treatment.
- Della of the Downs – Debbie: #449 (19 September 1981) – #462 (19 December 1981)
Katy Summers is a foster child of the Boswell family, who falsely blame her for their daughter’s accident. Katy’s ambition is to become a ballerina but her attempts to have lessons are constantly stopped by the Boswells.
- No Chance to Dance – Debbie: #212 (5 March 1977) – #219 (23 April 1977)
Orphan Chris Brent was delighted to fostered by the Frasers, until she found out she looked exactly like their dead daughter, Shelley. Now Chris suspects she is being taken over by Shelley’s ghost.
- In the Shadow of Shelley – Suzy: #106 (15 September 1984) – #117 (1 December 1984)
Lucy Dewhurst has been living in a children’s home since her parents’ deaths. She has been left with a huge legacy, but wants to be fostered for herself, not her money. However, each prospective foster family fails because of her legacy.
- Lucy’s Legacy – Bunty: #2064 (02 August 1997) – #2072 (27 September 1997)
Cheryl is being fostered by the Dysons. She is naturally shy and quiet, but then she stands up to a bully, winning admiration from her foster sister and friends. Cheryl then decides that the way to go in not being pushed around is to go all out to get anything she wants, regardless of anyone else.
- The Change in Cheryl – Bunty: #1958 (22 July 1995) – #1972 (28 October 1995)
Carrie Weaver is excited when she is fostered by the Hunts, but then she realises they are still grieving over the death of their daughter Paula. Strange things happen after Carrie moves into Paula’s old room and wears her old ring.
- In Paula’s Place– Bunty: #1822 (12 Dec 1992) – #1829 (30 Jan 1993)
- Electra of the Evil Eye – Bunty: #1157 (15 March 1980) – #1169 (07 June 1980)
Gina Soames lives with her mother; her father is nowhere to be found and is never mentioned. Mrs Soames is a foster mother and her newest charge is an unusual girl named Electra. Gina is suspicious of Electra from day one. I’m more suspicious of their living
arrangements. Despite Mrs Soames having fostered many children before, at the moment Electra is the only foster child in the house but she and Gina have to share a room as they apparently don’t have a spare room. You’d think with foster children coming and going regularly they’d have more than 2 bedrooms!
Electra has a common character trait of many Bunty characters. She acts all sweet and innocent and everyone is taken in by her. Only Gina is suspicious of her and of course Electra gets her in trouble while everyone thinks Electra is the nice girl.
The “evil eye” part of the title is soon revealed when Electra has to release energy and sets fire to a pavilion.
Gina starts becoming suspicious about fires popping up everywhere since Electra’s arrival. Electra continues to get Gina in trouble, which is bad for Gina as this is a time when corporal punishment is still in practice.
Electra decides Gina’s getting too nosy. So Electra locks her in a room with a fire, and then inexplicitly saves her. She seems to think that being in a fire would have made Gina forget about what she has done.
Although she keeps threatening to remove Gina permanently, she never follows through. Which will have bad consequences for her later.
Gina convinces her mom to search Electra’s room. Mrs Soames finds an unusual torch. But Electra appears in the torch she is not happy with Mrs Soames snooping. Mrs Soames ends up in a paralysed state. This seems like a random new power for Electra to display, it is not fire related but apparently whatever powers are needed to advance the story, she has them. These stories often had “a wizard did it” attitude to some events.
Gina sees Electra talking to a fire apparition her master. Electra sets another fire and this time people get hurt. She sets up Gina to take the blame. Gina runs away from the cops to her mum another fire is set at the hospital. Gina helps get patients out. She is then arrested and she figures she’ll be safer behind bars.
Electra contacts her master who tells her to proceed with the Plan X. So in Bond villain style Electra breaks Gina out of jail and reveals the whole plan to her. She tells her of her home planet Mercunopus that is about to explode. To her people flames are life so they setting fires on earth to warm up the atmosphere. Hmm yeah I don’t think that’s how these things work! So while Electra’s people wait for the signal to invade Gina figures out that water stops fire. What is it with aliens that are vulnerable to water trying to take over a planet that is two thirds water? They really should know better. Gina drenches Electra and she does her wicked witch of the west impression.
The aliens get the message, that this isn’t the best planet to invade.