StraightYour Villain in detailPower Class:
Mélissa is an expert with blades of all types, most importantly machetes, knives, and her specialty, kukris. It's always her first move in a combat to draw her blades and sprint toward the enemy to overwhelm them before they can even react. Her style is extremely lethal, resting almost entirely on the initial surprise attack, meant to impale her enemy with her kukris before they can even understand what's happening to them or who she is. In the event that she cannot take the enemy down in the very first seconds of a fight, she will instead go for quick slashes and swings of her knives until she gets them tired, and then go for the kill.
She's a quick thinker, and light enough on her feet that she can dodge most of what's thrown at her. She has practiced a lot of parkour and seems to be good enough at it to reliably move around rooftops of a city or navigate in a very short time to places where she's not expected to be, so as to get the drop on her opponent.
If it comes down to it, Mélissa is also an excellent fighter, even without her weapons. On top of being very athletic since her days in the military, she's trained in various martial arts, most importantly brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai.
Against meta-humans that are too powerful to be taken down the conventionnal way, she tries to always find a good counter to their powers, using her vast knowledge of military tactics, and her extreme marksmanship skills. Such strategies often involve booby traps, followed by a hail of bullets or grenades.
Mélissa's strength, while not that great, is fueled by her rage. The angrier she gets, the stronger she becomes, capable of pushing herself way past her limits by sheer determination. Another thing to be noted is that while she's not impervious to pain from her injuries, she will usually keep fighting no matter how badly she's hurt, until she's either knocked out or killed.Weaknesses:
Mélissa's frailness is her main flaw. All of her tactics and abilities are based around compensating for that, but when it comes down to it, she's just slightly more resilient than the average person. While she's used to taking a few punches to the face, she still goes down pretty quick, and she's definitely not immune to pain. In fact, if she doesn't manage to pull a lethal move in the first moments of a fight, odds are she is going to lose on the long run. A good strategy then would be to move back, but then comes her second most important flaw.
Mélissa is way too pride to ever back away from a fight. Her short temper combined with her inferiority complex means that even if she was to get her bones crushed, she'd keep attacking recklessly until she's knocked out or killed. While she can be a great tactician and an exceptionnal marksman, as soon as she starts taking a few hits, she snaps in a rage that makes her go completely careless, only able to try slashing at her opponents or punching them until they go down, or she does. The same goes for her firearms skills. As soon as she starts missing her targets, she gets more and more impatient. Any attempt at shooting a firearm then only results in her having mediocre accuracy, unable to hit even a steady target at a moderate distance. It also becomes a social weakness in the sense that nobody is ever able to calm her down. The only thing that can bring her satisfaction then is getting to murder her target.Look/Appearance:
During combat, Mélissa sticks to clothes of military nature. She usually goes with black or grey as her main color for her pants, T-shirt, kevlar vest and boots, as well as elbow and knee pads. She usually doesn't bother tying up her hair, which can be an inconvenience at times.Their backgroundPersonality:
The blonde is not a person of many words. As such, nobody knows the turmoil that's inside her mind. Being originally a very calm and decent person, a combination of events in her life slowly drove her into madness. Mélissa sees her whole life as a perpetual competition, and gets frustrated to endless amounts whenever she fails, to the point where she becomes completely incapable of rational thought.
The reason she acts that way is because of her over competitiveness. After she's been regarded for a long time as the absolute best at what she did, Meta-humans rapidly started beating her at everything she ever thought to be good at. Defeat after defeat, one humiliation after another, all that's left of her is an empty shell of who she once was. While she wouldn't define herself as crazy, nor would other people see her as that, she's definitely too far gone to be reasoned with.
In a conversation, Mélissa is extremely passive, prefering to listen and act. Never will she talk about her problems. It's been noted by psychiatrists since her childhood that she displays signs of benign autism. The only emotion she often shows is her rage. Despite all this Mélissa somehow still has remains of decency and kindness. She can sometimes make a friendly gesture toward an ally or lend somebody a hand. But as soon as the fighting starts, she becomes a complete stranger, only obsessed with victory, and never feeling any satisfaction when she achieves it.
It's often noted that if she managed to keep her cool, Mélissa might actually be a lot more efficient, but instead, she causes her own defeats by refusing to accept whenever she's out of her depths.
Sometimes, a brief moment of lucidity and clear-mindedness comes over her. That's when she reveals her true color. Turns out she still has a good side, only it's burried so deep in her heart that nobody can ever expect to find it. She then realizes how miserable and messed up she's become, but there's nothing she can do about it as she's suffocated by her own pride.History:
Of algerian descent, Mélissa was born in France. She pretty much grew up in poverty and never had too many friends due to her autism. At age 17, seeing nothing holding her back, she joigned the Foreign Legion for a duration of 5 years. After giving her very best to pass the initial tests and being ranked among the bests, Mélissa finally felt like she had a purpose, something she was good at. After her tour ended, however, she decided she would try something different, breathing some fresh air and finding out more about the world.
On the advice of her mother, she went to visit Algeria. There, she found that she was considered just as much of a stranger that she was in France. Disappointed, feeling like she had no place to call her home after all, she signed up for another service at the Foreign Legion. There, she found that things had changed a lot since the recruitment had been opened up for Meta-Humans. Intrigued at first, and impressed by their abilities, she quickly discovered that their growing number meant that her unit was soon gonna be disbanded, replaced exclusively by those superpowered beings.
Kicked out of a place she considered her home, once more, Mélissa began wandering from one pointless job to another, spending her nights at the bars, drinking too much. One night, one of the bar patrons, a pathetic drunk slob, started messing with her. Pretty confident she could take him, Mélissa stood up and fought. To her surprise, she ended up getting the beating of her life by a Meta-Human with super-strength. As the man kept hitting her and no one could stop him, Mélissa, shocked, humiliated, realized this was the way she was gonna end up. It left a taste even more bitter than the blood in her mouth, when she realized that her intense years of training had all been for nothing, and she was gonna get killed by some random piece of junk with super-powers.
After months of reeducation spent thinking about this event over and over, Mélissa was at her lowest, darkest point. She felt weak, useless, like she was a complete failure. Her lot in life always sucked, she never did have much for herself, but now, thanks to Meta-Humans, she was deprived of everything. It was the most enraging thought in the world. It's this intense fury that enabled her to keep pushing forward and eventually recover from her injury. From there, the fire inside her only got more intense. Later, she was informed that one of her acquaintances was preparing some kind of big heist. Without knowing all the details, she immediatly asked to get in, knowing it was the fastest way to get into a fight with some Meta-Humans.
The night of the heist, she realized she was sadly unprepared. She failed at protecting the other members of the crew, and she barely managed to make it out herself. Another failure. Even when she was the attacker, she still couldn't beat them. On the other hand, her little stunt opened her a new path. The following day, she received a call from a man saying she had performed well considering what she was up against, and that he would like to purchase her services for a job. From there, Mélissa became a mercenary, hired by the dirtiest criminals as an insurance against Metas. Mélissa was now tasked with fighting them, and she was provided all the equipment she ever wanted to do that properly. It was the job of her dreams.Physical description/Other pictures:
Mélissa used to be a natural beauty. However, years of sleep deprivement and bad nutrition took away some of that. Now, while still pretty enough to attract attention, the bags under her eyes and her emaciated face are the features she's remembered by.OtherConnections:
Decisive people who get straight to the point, men of action, and, most importantly, getting to kick a Meta's ass.Dislikes:
Meta-humans and people who support them. Naive peopleOns/Offs: https://elliquiy.com/forums/onsoffs.php?u=55872