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Mrs. Finch is a supporting character who was introduced in Season 5 of MTV's Teen Wolf. She is the Advanced Placement biology teacher at Beacon Hills High School. Though it was initially assumed that she was an ordinary human, it was ultimately revealed that she is actually a Werewolf and the Alpha of the pack known as The Primal.
Early life Edit
Virtually nothing is known about Mrs. Finch's life, including whether she was born a Werewolf or if she was bitten and turned into one, and whether she inherited her Alpha status or stole it by killing an Alpha and taking its power. The little that is known is that Mrs. Finch eventually went to school to become a biology teacher, and had at least one child, a daughter named Quinn. She is also a member of a pack of feral Werewolves known as The Primal, who have forsaken their humanity in order to live more like animals; the pack was said to include Mrs. Finch, Quinn, an adult man and three adolescent boys, though their relation to the Finches remains unclear. At some point, Mrs. Finch and Quinn separated from the pack, but it is the former's insistence that they live normal lives that Mrs. Finch believed led the latter to rejoin the pack out of a desire to not have to hide who she is. ("[[Genotype]]|Genotype]]]]")
Throughout Teen Wolf Edit
In Parasomnia, she was revealed to be the new science teacher at Beacon Hills High School due to Natalie Martin moving on to the role of guidance counselor. She began the class with no further announcement and immediately jumped into the coursework by asking if anyone knew what plasmids were; Lydia Martin quickly raised her hand and stated that they were "circular, self-replicating DNA molecules often used in cloning proteins." Impressed by her answer, Mrs. Finch went on to ask what vitamin is absorbed in the stomach via parietal cell production of a glycoprotein, but neither Lydia nor anyone in the class knew the answer—vitamin B12.
Mrs. Finch turned to Scott McCall, who was sitting in the front row of the class with his girlfriend Kira Yukimmura, and asked him if he knew the answer, and he sheepishly admitted that he did not. She reminded him that it is a common test question before then asking what his number one college pick was; she was impressed once again when Scott informed her that he wanted to go to the University of California-Davis, as it was the best school on the West Coast for biological and physical sciences.
She assured him that this was the right class for him if that's what he was planning to do and asked the class for a show of hands as to any others who were in the right place. Mrs. Finch then changed the subject to the test she was administering to them the following day, though she reassured them that it was specifically created to help the students determine if they can keep up with the coursework in AP Biology, cryptically warning that the test will weed out anyone who shouldn't be there, and that it could be any of them who don't make the cut. She also made it a point of informing them that they had two weeks to drop the class if they found they were not a good fit.
In Dreamcatchers, several days had passed, and she began returning the graded tests to the students, praising Scott for his score of 86%. Hoping to keep up Scott's momentum, she asked him to review the previous night's reading with the class, but Scott was distracted by his Beta Liam Dunbar outside of the classroom, trying to get his attention. After some fumbling, forcing Mrs. Finch to call out his name several times in order to get him to focus on the task at hand, Scott quickly tapped his ear to inform Liam to whisper what he learned so that he could hear it with his superhuman senses while he read the passage from the book.
The class was then interrupted by the fire alarm, which Liam had pulled in order to get Scott and the others out of class so they could deal with Tracy Stewart, who they believed was a newly-turned Werewolf who was in the middle of a night terror and inadvertently murdering people trying to help her, such as her father and her psychiatrist.
In Condition Terminal, Mrs. Finch has drawn a very colorful illustration of the route for DNA into cells on the chalk board. As class begins, she asks the students "If 99.9% of our DNA Sequence is the same as other humans, what could account for the missing .1% difference?" She calls on Theo Raeken, who answer correctly with nucleotides. Kira Yukimura asks if there could be more than one species in the same DNA, Mrs. Finch says no, but there can be multiple sets of DNA in the same individual which is called a Chimera. Finch asks the class if anyone knows where the word Chimera comes from, Sydney explains that it's from Greek mythology a lion with a goat coming out of its back and a snake for a tail.
The teacher is not impressed by her explanation due to the fact that it was taken from Wikipedia. She begins to discuss last night's assignment, when Scott admits to not reading it, she's disappointed. She then takes out the drop out forms for those students who realize they are not fit for that class, she watches as Scott takes one of the forms.
In Required Reading, invasive species is the current topic being taught in class, she uses Cane Toad's as an example. Finch explains that once and invasive species is introduced, everything changes. As she's speaking, Sydney gets up and places the drop out course form on her desk and quickly exits the class, Finch says this was a wise decision. Class is over, as Scott leaves, he places the drop out form on Finch's desk, she asks him why he is dropping and he says time commitment. She reminds Scott why he took the class to begin with, he wants to be a vet and it's a prerequisite for the college he wants to get into.
Finch tells him that she doesn't think he should drop the course. At that moment, Scott begins to have trouble breathing and he collapses. She is standing next to Scott wondering where his inhaler is, she then tells the nearby students to find anyone with an inhaler. Liam Dunbar soon enters the class with his inhaler and gives it to Scott.
In Codominance, she is teaching the class about Codominance, she explains that it is "A relationship among alleles where both alleles contribute to the phenotype of the heterozygote." She then tells the students in the first and third row to turn around, because the person directly behind them will be their lab partner. She continues to explain that in codominance, neither allele is recessive and that both phenotypes are expressed. She asks for an example from a student, Corey replies with people with AB blood types are an example of codominance. As Liam and Hayden begin to argue, she interrupts their discussion and tells them to get back to work.
In Memory Lost, after seeking out Mrs. Finch, the Advance Placement Biology Teacher, Scott asks her about the tinted windshield glass shard that is currently blue, he wonders how this could be possible. She explains the chemicals in a muzzle flash from a gun could include copper, barium, cesium, chemicals that can burn blue and green. However, she seems skeptical that a gun could have changed the shard in such a manner.
In Radio Silence,
Mrs. Finch is a stern, strict but fair teacher and encouraged those she saw potential in to not give up on their ambitions. When Scott had an asthma attack, she tried to get help for him. Finch was also secretly an Alpha Werewolf and likely knew that Scott and some members of his pack were werewolves as only the most experienced of werewolves can hide their scent and status from another werewolf, yet despite this, Finch never brought up the matter with him or outed him. When the Anuk-ite began amplifying everyone's fears, Finch was one of the people affected as she was too scared to intervene when Liam was being attacked by the Gabe.
Physical Appearance Edit
Mrs. Finch was an attractive middle-aged woman with slightly tanned white skin, dark blonde/light brown hair that she wears straight in a style cut to her shoulders, and dark brown eyes that turn bright red while transformed due to her status as an Alpha. She's normally seen wearing business-casual clothing due to her job as a science teacher, typically pairing trousers with a blouse or button-up shirt. She has The Primal's pack symbol tattooed on her right deltoid muscle.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Mrs. Finch is an Alpha Werewolf who has managed to live in Beacon Hills undetected for an impressively long time, implying that she is very skilled at concealing her scent and Werewolf status from humans and other supernatural creatures alike. She also seemed to be incredibly resilient against certain weapons used by Hunters against her kind; she did not even flinch when Liam turned on Argent's ultrasonic emitter, and the powdered purple wolfsbane placed on her chalkboard eraser (which was enough to temporarily incapacitate both the True Alpha Scott McCall and the exceptionally strong Beta Liam Dunbar) only made her sneeze, apparently without any other negative effects. She presumably is less powerful than she was due to the fact that her pack has been decimated, technically making her an Omega, but she is still very strong in her own right.
- Finch: The surname "Finch" is of Anglo-Saxon origin, derived from the pre-7th century Olde English fink, meaning "finch bird." It is believed to have two different interpretations, with the first being an occupational surname for someone who breeds finches or who caught them and sold them as "songsters." Secondly, because finches are known for their colorful plumage, it could also be a surname that began as a nickname for someone with a colorful personality or beautiful singing voice, as those are both characteristics of the finch bird. However, in the Middle Ages, this bird had a reputation for being somewhat stupid, so this surname may not have evolved from a pleasant nickname.
- Mrs. Finch was assumed to be an ordinary human until Season 6B, where the Anuk-ite's theft of her daughter Quinn's identity caused her to reveal her status as an Alpha Werewolf.