Are you over 15?: you bet
Time Zone: Pacific
Personal Journal: lunayoshi
Reliable Method of Contact: lunayoshi
Other characters in the game: Mesprit, Marine the Raccoon, Oren (Sylveon)
Name: Rouge the Bat
Game/Series: Sonic the Hedgehog // Adventure 2 et al.
Canon Point: post-Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes
Grade Level/Class Taught/Job:
Dorm or Living Arrangement: Apartment off-campus
Rouge is... something else. On the surface, she is purely a jewel thief who uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants. On the inside, however... well, okay, she's mostly just a jewel thief who uses her feminine wiles, but there's more to her than just sexiness, all the same.
She's flirty. It's quite clear that she likes to flirt. She doesn't just use it to schmooze her way out of tough predicaments. Though she'd never admit it, she also likes the attention. She used to have a hard time getting positive responses from people, but when she hit puberty, it became quite a bit easier. The fact that she steals from others (which doesn't earn her any points in their books) and comes off as completely self-absorbed leaves her with few to talk to and even fewer to call friends. Even sexpot bats get lonely sometimes.
She's rebellious. She hates being tied down. Prolonged periods of responsibility or expectations of politeness will drag her down to high hell. Rouge doesn't DO excessively polite or innocent. To do so would make her come across as weak in her mind. Being seen as weak to her is as bad as not being seen at all. It's actually a delicate balance she flip-flops on depending on her mood. If she's feeling particularly vulnerable, being alone would be better than risking getting mocked. When she's more stable, however, she can take any heat with a grain of salt and just enjoy the reactions she gets out of people. Again, being proved on some level to be worth cursing at is a sign she's worth something. The vulnerability thing doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
You could say Rouge is cocky. She definitely comes off as such. Is she truly that cocky, though? Yes, for the most part. Her time struggling to get by and becoming pretty capable at it made her a bit of a fan of herself. She taught herself how to fight, how to steal, and how to hack, after all. That's no small feat. (She had to if she wanted to get by the way she wanted. To beg and grovel was just not her thing.) Other schmucks would be lucky to teach themselves how to tie their own shoes, she thinks. A smidgen of it is her trying to keep an air of confidence and charm, though. It's something she picked up after seeing some ritzy ladies act that way in old 1950s movies.
For the most part, she flies by the seat of her pants. She takes life as it comes to her. While she's used to being a nomad, she's recently come to like staying in the same place and building on relationships. She's also found serving a purpose besides her own greed and survival instincts can be satisfying. She's never really thought about starting a family or having a career unless you count a career in breaking the law. A life of impulse and little pleasures is fine for her. When she got her job at G.U.N., she didn't expect to stay there forever. She doesn't expect that with any job. It's just something she'll do until she sorts out exactly what she wants, and she's in no rush to find out. It's not terribly important to her, and if she never figures it out, she won't cry over it or anything.
She's relatively fearless. Honing her skills has made almost anything she wants available to her. If she had to settle on one thing she fears, it'd be to be publicly humiliated for getting arrested and imprisoned. That would throw her image and source for positive social interaction out the window. She's grown pretty fond of positive interaction and to lose it would be in turn losing a source of confidence. If anyone asks, she tells them she's not afraid of anything. She can worry about being valued solely as a sex object and not as an actual person, too, but that's another thing she tells herself to worry about when she gets tired of the attention.
Rouge can't remember her parents. The earliest she can remember is being very young and staying at a homeless shelter of sorts. She remembers being hungry but safe, but she also remembers taking someone else's dinner and starting a pretty nasty fight before getting thrown out.
She had to live on the streets after that, stealing to stay alive. Eventually she adapted to homelessness well enough to be able to look fashionable and just "normal" despite not having a place to call home. (She didn't look shabby or disheveled, rather.) She convinced herself it was better and more interesting to stay on the move rather than be shackled to one place.
While she struggled to keep herself fed, she learned that rather than fight other people for their food, it was more efficient to steal money or something valuable to trade for it. It was very effective; once she was skilled enough to sneak into a jewel store and emerge undetected, she was never want for the necessities of life again.
One thirst she couldn't quench, however, was her desire for gems and expensive metals. When she was broke and homeless, she'd often peered through jewelry store windows in awe. It was so shiny and made the wearer so much prettier! She also saw celebrities and characters on TV wearing them so elegantly, she was positively smitten. If only she could afford to own such amazing swag.
Her proficiency in stealth allowed her to get by without being thrown in the brink, which helped her save face. She wasn't terribly popular with the people she'd fought with or stolen from. She had to switch towns quite often after people caught on and tightened their security. Once she got better, however, she stuck around. A lot of the time her targets weren't even aware they'd been ripped off until a day or more after her heist. They would sometimes install security systems, but she taught herself (after muuuuch practice and many false attempts) how to hack the common ones through fancy gizmos she'd yoink from
And then she hit puberty. And grew boobs. She noticed that her new "potential" made a lot of people lower their guard. It made taking what she wanted that much easier and helped absolve her of suspicion. They also gave her more positive interaction than she'd received in a very long time. It felt good. It wasn't glamorous, but it was something. It got to the point where she acted with smug aloofness almost 24/7.
The rest can be found here.
So. Smash Academy! While she enjoyed her job working for G.U.N., she missed the one who showed her compassion not because of her looks but simply because she needed help. This was in spite of her trying to take from him a piece of his livelihood. She'd never known such kindness, and it confused her. It made her curious about him, this "Knuckles" guy. She'd interacted with him many times, but she wanted to know more, to know what made him tick. So, after doing some sleuthing to locate him, she set off for Smash Academy with the intention to become a security officer.
Anything Else?: She currently has no gems, but she completely intends to fix that once she gets to Smash Academy.
In-Character 1st person sample:
My, my, my. What do we have here? A school not just for gaining book-smarts but also for fighting? It's like a private school meets a dojo meets a fight club, it looks like! Ohoho, how amusing.
Hello, dearies. My name is Rouge the Bat, but you can call me Rouge. I'll be your latest Security Guard. Now don't you worry your pretty young heads; I'll keep all the bad guys away so you can sleep soundly and safely. Also, to those of you plotting naughty things: Rouge is watching you! Think twice before you give a wedgie to that nerd in your Homeroom class! ❤
[Private to Knuckles]
I'm heeeere! Did you miss me, handsome? I sure missed you~ What have you been up to? Do you still have that Master Emerald? ❤❤❤
[Private to Eggman]
What are you doing here? Don't tell me you've gone soft, Eggman. I'd expect better of someone who proclaims to be an evil genius!
In-Character 3rd person sample:
Rouge crawled through the vent, huffing and puffing quietly as she squeezed herself up to a vent looking down on a large room lined with maroon carpet. The room was dotted with jewels enclosed in glass cases, glimmering and sparkling in the moonlight. Luckily for her, the biggest and prettiest gem was directly below her.
Delicately, she removed the ventilation grate and eased herself down feet first. She pushed a button on a remote she'd devised causing the security lasers to blink a few times and go dark. Displaying her acrobatic talent, she flipped to the ground, landing in a pose reminiscent of a ballet dance. She walked over to the casing of her new deep blue jewel, wide-eyed and grinning.
"Hello, my precious one. Don't be afraid. Rouge will take good care of you," Rouge whispered. She swiftly opened the casing and grabbed the gem. She spent a second rubbing it against her cheek affectionately before shoving it in her bosom and jumping back up to the grate, swinging herself up and disappearing into the ventilation system.
"Oopsie," she murmured as she stuck her arm back out to aim her remote at the ground. Better to keep from alerting the proper authorities by restarting the security system. At the very least, it wouldn't be off long enough for the system operators to think anything was wrong besides a small power outage. An unnecessary head start would be better than no head start, after all. She replaced the grate and inched back through the ventilation shaft, new gem in hand.