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Cameron “Cam” Mahkent is a character in The CW and DC Universe series, Stargirl.

He is a reserved student at Blue Valley high school with an affinity for floral designs. He is the son of American Dream founder and ISA member, Jordan Mahkent.

Biography

Cameron was born to Jordan and Christine Mahkent in Blue Valley, Nebraska. Eight years ago, Cameron's mother, Christine, was exposed to a toxin that ultimately gave her cancer. At this point, he was living with his father and Grandparents. One night, Cameron's father, Jordan, took Cameron to say goodbye to his dying mother. Cameron gave Christine a floral drawing of her garden, to which she told him to never stop drawing. They hugged but she went into a cardiac episode which scared Cameron, and he ran away. She died later that night and Cameron was primarily raised by his grandparents, while his father left to explore the country and hunt down the people responsible for Christine's death.

Series

Season 1

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Eight years ago, Cameron's mother Christine was very ill after being exposed to an unknown toxin. Cameron's father, Jordan, held his son's hand and led him into a bedroom where Christine lay dying. Cameron gave her a drawing of a flower from her garden, to which she happily thanked him. She expressed her pride toward him and hugged him close. She told him to never stop drawing as he is talented. She expressed her love for him, with him emotionally returning the sentiment. The heart monitor began to accelerate and scared Cameron, which caused Jordan to pull him back saying that it's alright. Cameron ran out of the room and sat in the hallway and cried. Cameron later witnessed his father rush outside and freeze the garden in an explosive cryokinetic episode.

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In the present day, Cameron attends Blue Valley High School. He is briefly seen walking the halls on Courtney's second day at Blue Valley High.

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One the day of the talent show, he is leaning against his locker which is near Courtney Whitmore's. He is reading a book when he begins to take note of Courtney's interactions with Joey Zarick, a bubbly young student and promising magician. Joey asks her to pick a card and she does, as he explains the talent show and how Cindy Burman always wins. Cameron pays attention to Courtney and the card she pulls and watches her closely when Joey pulls up the wrong card. Courtney, noting the small crowd around them, exclaims it is to a wave of applause for Joey. She turns around and catches Cameron staring at her but merely smiles at him and walks away. Cameron watches her leave and presumably sees her interaction with Yolanda Montez, who had the word "SLUT" painted over her locker in white paint.

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Either later that day or the next, the defamatory word on Yolanda's locker has been covered with a beautiful and colorful floral mural. In math class, Cameron isn't paying attention to the teacher and instead, is sketching flowers in his notebook. Courtney notices him and deducts that he is the one who drew the mural on Yolanda's locker. She confronts him about it but he initially brushes her off until she introduces herself as Courtney Whitmore. He looks back at her introducing himself, but she already knows his name - since both their names start with C his name was easy to remember. They smile at one another and the teacher interrupts them saying that this is math class, not The Dating Game. Cameron and Courtney awkwardly go back to their notebooks.

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That night at the Mahkents, Cameron arrives home and tries to get a snack before dinner but is scolded by his grandmother for trying to eat before dinner. He smiles but is questioned by Jordan for being late. He tells his father they had a memorial for Joey claiming Joey was a good kid. They hug, and Cameron sneaks a snack before heading out of the kitchen, prompting a chuckle from Jordan. Cameron's grandmother tells Jordan that what he is doing is for the best as he's building a safer place for Cameron.[1]

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Cameron hears his father rustling around early in the morning and opens his bedroom door, catching his father in the process of leaving the house. Cameron asks if everything okay, as it's very late in the night. Jordan assures his son that everything is fine and he should go back to bed. Cameron leans against the doorframe and carefully states that today is a difficult day. Jordan nods trying to hide his emotions, telling Cameron he loves him and will be back shortly. Cameron watches his father leave.

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Jordan and Cameron go to Richie's Diner where the waitress brings over a piece of cake with a lit candle. She overheard them talking about someone's birthday and asks which one of them is celebrating. Cameron and Jordan exchange a remorseful look before Cameron slowly explains that it's his mom's birthday, with Jordan adding in that it was her birthday. The waitress realizes her mistake and apologizes profusely for the mistake, offering to take the cake away. Jordan tells her it's okay and to leave it so the waitress goes to a different table. He and Cameron have an awkward moment before Jordan slides the cake towards Cameron, telling him to make a wish for his mother. Cameron pauses then obliges, and very faintly, his breath can be seen blowing out the candle.[2]

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Cameron arrives home from school and is greeted by his father. He doesn't respond and keeps walking, lost in thought, and looking upset over something. Jordan notices and calls to him in a slightly more stern tone that catches Cameron's attention. He turns around and admits that the Homecoming dance is coming up. Jordan nods and coaxes the issue from his son. Cameron admits that there's this girl that he wants to go with, but is nervous to ask her out of fear of rejection. Jordan admits that he was hesitant to ask Christine out, admitting that he was scared as there was another man pursuing her. Cameron smiles as Jordan tells his story, eventually asking what his father did since there was another man. Jordan nonchalantly states that he killed him which makes Cameron laugh, as he believes it to be a joke. Jordan then tells Cameron that he was put on the earth to find love, and should be happy. Take a risk and ask her. Cameron thanks his father and begins to walk away, then tells Jordan that mom would want him to be happy too before walking off.

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At the Homecoming game that night, Cameron slides into the empty bleacher spot beside Courtney, much to her happiness. They exchange hellos and he nervously fidgets with his hands, before suddenly turning to look at her. He then asks if she wants to go to the Homecoming dance with him, to which she tries to muffle her excitement. She flounders with her words until she manages to tell him that she wants to go, but already has plans. He is disappointed but she clarifies that it isn't to go to the dance, it's to hang out with Cindy Burman. Cameron is surprised by this but she suddenly states that she can reschedule her plans with Cindy, as she wants to go to the dance. Cameron grins happily and chuckles as Courtney moves past him to cancel with Cindy.[3]

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Barbara invites the Mahkents to a family dinner. Courtney opens the door, and sees Cameron, trying to hide her surprise. Cameron greets her, and she stammers a welcome to the Mahkent's, inviting them in. Cameron walks in, and Courtney says hi to him, to which he replies with "hi", again. They share an awkward laugh before Jordan introduces himself to Courtney, and Cameron's grandparents hug Courtney, expressing their concern for her after the accident.

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Courtney sits next to Cameron during the dinner, as Pat reveals that chicken dumplings are a Dugans' family tradition, and Jordan asks if he can share one of the Mahkent's traditions--a Norwegian grace. After they say grace, a slightly confused Courtney looks over at Cameron, who admits that he studied French. Jordan asks Courtney about her gymnastics skills, claiming that Cameron told him about her. Courtney looks at Cameron before saying that she was a gymnast. Barbara cuts in, saying she was the best on the team in Valley Village, as Cameron keeps his eyes on Courtney. Jordan says he's always admired athletes, as Barbara asks Cameron about his artistic skills, implying that Courtney's talked about him too. Cameron hesitates before replying, "paints, mostly." Lily, his grandmother, adds that he was just like his mother.

When Courtney abruptly takes Pat with her into the kitchen to talk after deducing that Jordan is Icicle, she looks over at the table, to Cameron, who is looking back at her, giving her a smile. Courtney smiles back before finishing her conversation with Pat, worrying that Cameron might be like his father.

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At the end of the night, Cameron puts on his jacket and walks to the door, Courtney walking next to him. He sees her slightly disturbed expression and asks if something's wrong. She tells him that she always looks like that when she eats too much, and he buys it. He tells her that it was "really great" to see her, and is responded with silence. Cameron then asks her out, saying that "maybe we could do something soon," to which Courtney replies with a hesitant "sure." He leans in for a hug, which surprises a wary Courtney. Jordan walks over, telling Courtney that the reason he had come for dinner was to "meet the girl that my son has been talking so much about", saying that he approves of her.[4]

Several days later, Jordan and his parents are in his office at The American Dream when Sofus proposes telling Cameron about Project New America. Jordan refuses the idea but Lily believes that it's time, as it is Cameron's birthright. He should know who his family really is. Jordan doesn't listen any further, simply stating that Cameron shouldn't know.[5]

Season 2

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In the month since the death of his father, Cameron had left Blue Valley but returns on the first day of Summer. He makes plans to retouch the Blue Valley mural. He is spotted that morning by Yolanda Montez and Courtney Whitmore, though he isn't aware of their stares. That afternoon, Courtney stops on her way home to see him at the mural. They talk about him being back and she asks about the mural. He's planning to alter it to honor his dad. They converse for a while, laughing and smiling before she leaves.[6] In the coming weeks, Cameron continues his journey to change the city mural to honor Jordan.

Cameron sketches the outline of the mural and returns one morning to start painting, when he notices a shift in the wind. He decides to take his supplies indoors as to not risk the impending storm. Paul Deisinger, the school history and art teacher, greets Cameron cheerfully. Cameron explains his predicament with the weather which prompts him to ask permission to use the art room instead. Paul is happy that it's being used for it's intended purpose. As Cameron starts to walk away he drops his sketchbook, and Paul scoops it up to flip through the sketches. He notices that a few sketches have a likeness to Courtney Whitmore. Cameron tries to brush it off as just fooling around, but Paul smiles that Cameron has found his muse. The teacher softens that he had a muse back when he was doing the greatest work of his life. He then relents that he helps others find their muse. Courtney and Yolanda appear behind them and Courtney happily greets Cameron. An awkward silence falls before Yolanda tells Courtney they have important things to discuss like the weather. Courtney agrees and says goodbye to Cameron, heading into the class. Cameron turns around depleted over his lack of words, so Paul encourages him that his art can say everything he can't.

When Cameron enters the art room he finds Cindy Burman waiting for him. He thought she moved away but she ominously states that she's back now. She hopes his art is better than everything else in the room, before apologizing for the loss of his father.[7]

When Cameron finished the mural of his father, his grandparents came by to complement his work, and to reveal their powers to him, thus revealing to Cameron that there’s more to his family than meets the eye.

Personality

Cameron is a quiet and reserved student who stays to himself. He is a talented artist and often uses his art to help others feel better. This is expressed when a young Cameron gave his dying mother a floral design, and again when he painted a beautiful floral mural over the word "slut" on Yolanda's locker. He is kind to Courtney when she introduces herself and seemed to appreciate that she lied about Joey getting her card right to avoid hurting his feelings.

Upon the death of his father, Cameron is more open and doesn't tolerate people like Cindy showing sympathy when they don't mean it. He becomes more honest about his feelings whether they be negative, such as accusing Cindy of never being sorry, or positive in showing his affection toward Courtney. It is also evident that Cameron is very observant and doesn't take anything at face value the way other people do. This is what drew him to Courtney because he sees himself in her as someone who is willing to speak up when no one else will.

Following Paul Deisinger's advice regarding Courtney, Cameron is more confident around her and asks her if she wants to help him set up for the Fourth of July celebrations which is something he used to do with his dad.

Physical Appearance

Cameron is a tall and slender teenager with curly black hair that drapes over his forehead and brown eyes. He wears relaxed clothing and jeans.

Powers

  • Cryokinesis: The ability to manipulate, create, or alter ice. Cameron is only beginning to display his abilities.
    • Ice Breath: The ability to emit cold or ice from within through one's mouth. Cameron's power is only just starting to manifest.

Abilities

  • Artistic skill: Cameron is a talented artist in floral design. He inherited his artistic skill from his mother Christine.

Appearances

Additional Season 2 apperances include being pictured in "Summer School: Chapter Four".

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Notes and Trivia

  • Cameron was raised primarily by his grandparents, despite the presence of his father, Jordan Mahkent.[8]
  • He took French in school.
  • Cameron does not appear to understand or speak his family's native tongue of Norwegian, as evident at the Whitmore-Dugan-Mahkent dinner party.
  • It's possible that Cameron's pending powers were inherited. This is confirmed in "Summer School: Chapter Five" where his grandmother shows her own powers to Cindy.
  • Cameron's love of art was inherited from his late mother Christine. His main art form is paint; very similar to his mother's.
  • Currently, Cameron is the only living ISA legacy that didn't join Injustice Unlimited.
  • The Eclipso-vision of Cameron alludes to the idea that he [Cameron] has the ability to use his powers to choke someone, meaning he might have a form of telekinesis. This is not a power his father appeared to possess.
  • Summer School: Chapter Nine presents a plothole to how old Cameron is. In the Icicle episode, the child actor playing Cameron is credited for playing the character at the age of five. However, Summer School: Chapter Nine has Eclipso playing on Mike's fears of Cameron finding out he killed his father, the Eclipso-vision version says that Christine died when he was eight. Though, Shawn McBee the host of the Stargirl Aftershow addressed in a tweet when asked about it that it's better to trust dialogue rather than credits. So, what the Eclipso-vision says is correct.

Comic Comparisons

  • In the comics, Cameron takes on the villainous moniker of Icicle, Jr., having inherited cryokinesis from overexposure to his father's cold ray gun. He would go on to marry and have a daughter, Isabelle with fellow next-gen Injustice Society member Artemis Crock/Tigress.
  • Cameron's first appearance in the comics is in Infinity Inc issue #34 which has him as a member of Injustice Unlimited which is alluded to the Season 2 premiere when Cindy plans and later fails to recruit him.

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