Theo Anders is the son of Max and Heith Anders, the stepson of Kayden Anders, and Aster's half-brother.


He often worried that he was unsuited for life as a hero; but according to Weaver, he was extremely brave when faced with a real threat based on their patrols together.[3]

According to Crusader, he was "sharper than he looks sometimes. Sharper than he acts."[4] Jack Slash agreed with this assessment.[5] He dedicated his life to a purpose.[6]

Unlike many of the people he grew up with, and unknowingly like his own father.[7] Theo was not a Neo-Nazi,[4] and specifically chose his name because of its Jewish origins.


As Golem, Theo wears a costume with a segmented skirt or kilt composed out of different materials and a mask depicting a solemn expression.

As Theo he is somewhat husky but he is able to put on and take off weight rather easily.

In the Ward he appears bigger than Weld.[8]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Golem received martial arts training from Crusader[4], and more help when under the mentor-ship of Weaver[3] during their time with the Chicago Wards.

Theo has the ability to embed his limbs into a surface in order to create a larger version some distance away from a similar surface. The effect works more slowly the larger he works. Theo has also shown the ability to use the plates of his skirt to access different surfaces with his powers without needing to stop.

His ability to create limbs and faces comes from his mother's powers while the mechanism itself comes from his father.[9]



Theo was raised by Kaiser, whom he disliked. His father was disappointed that he never followed in his footsteps as an athlete and fighter. Theo did inherit his father's intelligence.

Before gaining his powers, he didn't have any friends. [10]

After his father's death Theo was raised by Purity, but she was distant, considering him less important than her daughter or her mission. Nevertheless, they did care about one another.[10]


When the Slaughterhouse Nine attacked Brockton Bay, Jack Slash invaded Kayden Anders' home. Something about Theo piqued Jack's curiosity and prompted him to start a conversation. Theo stated that he wanted to become a hero, and when Jack asked if he would try to capture people like him, he replied that he would kill them.

Jack decided to spare his life, and told him that in two years, if Theo had developed powers he should come to kill Jack. If he failed, Jack would kill one thousand people, ending with Aster and then Theo.

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

When he triggered, he took the name of Golem to show his disapproval of the behavior of his family by referencing a Jewish story. He joined the Chicago Wards.


Was picked up by the protectorate and given the chance to make up for all the ill his family had caused.

Weaver helped prepare him for stopping Jack and the villain's attempt to End the World.


Was the point man for The Slaughterhouse Nine-Thousand crisis.

He lost all the family members he had to the mad men.

Went to Los Angeles with Weaver's strike team to try and stop Jack. He succeeded in stopping Jack but he still failed in stopping the end of the world.

Gold MorningEdit

Dealt with his perceived failure.

In the final push, he used his abilities to create faces of the companion to break Zion's spirit.

He survived the event.


Was active with the Wardens, although he was rarely seen.[11]

He was mobilized during the African crisis.[12]

Fanart GalleryEdit


  1. Interlude 11b
  2. Golem, no doubt a shaker. - Excerpt from Crushed 24.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Scarab 25.2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Interlude 18.y
  5. “Maybe he thought you’d respect him for it, sir? He was always good at reading people.” And making them do what he wanted. Even me.

    “Is that so? I’d like to think I’m much the same. A people reader. But my interest is in the design of people. What makes them tick? What holds them together? All too often, it’s one little thing. In architecture they call it a keystone. The one stone that keeps the entire arch from collapsing. The weak point. And I’m very, very good at finding those weak points. Can you guess what I’m talking about here? Why I’m in this apartment?”

    “Aster, sir?”

    “And you say you’re nothing like your father. You’re sharp, little boy.” - Excerpt from Interlude 11b
  6. Strength
    "Upright: Strength, courage, patience, control, compassion
    Reversed: Weakness, self-doubt, lack of discipline"


    A two year wait - patience indeed. To kill a monster, though he has no confidence - courage. He's a character raised by the hateful who became caring regardless. His crisis is one of an inability to find power, self-doubt (before and after he has powers) and a lack of training. - Major Arcana, bolded addition by Wildbow.
  7. Actually, Kaiser doesn't buy into that ideology at all. He pretends to, and uses it to manipulate others.

    One of those facts that I can't quite recall if I shared it in the story or not. So many words to dig through when fact checking. - Comment by Wildbow on
  8. Polarize 10.10
  9. *The progression of Allfather -> Kaiser -> Golem is largely informed and inspired by interactions with other shards. Golem from his mother, namely. This isn't a 'progression'. Just the shard reaching further afield. It could just have easily backtracked from Blade projectiles -> Blades from surfaces -> Blade Projectiles, given the right inspiration. - Second Gen Capes, Buds, Pings, and Second Triggers (Wildbow,, 2016)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Interlude 26a
  11. Interlude 10.x II
  12. Polarize 10.10