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Blackdahlia
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Gender: Female
Age: 50-60
Likes: Lorenzo, Vitale
Dislikes: Fishbone Gang
Voice Actor: Wendee Lee
Black Dahlia (JP: ブラック・ダリア) is a non-playable character in Skullgirls.

A mysterious woman who is at least partially mechanical, Black Dahlia has risen through the ranks of the Medici Mafia's minions to become one of Lorenzo Medici's top enforcers. When she's not acting as his personal bodyguard, she's being sent on the most important and heinous missions for the Medicis. Beyond that, little is known about her, but she has worked for Lorenzo for at least fourteen years (likely more, since she appears to be highly-ranked even then). The mask she wears obscures her face in all known photographs.

StoryEdit

Little is known of Black Dahlia's backstory, beyond a few details of her past alliance to the Anti-Skullgirl Labs. Many years ago her body was grievously injured, but due to the efforts of Anti-Skullgirl Labs founder Dr. Geiger,  she was rebuilt with a formidable armament of projectile weaponry. Much like Big Band, she was a veteran ASG agent who resided within the labs years before the parasite experimentation that would eventually birth Peacock and Painwheel took place and as such she too is not equipped with a synethic parasite. Black Dahlia eventually went rogue from the Anti-Skullgirl Labs and now works as a seasoned assassin for the Medici Mafia.

Black Dahlia was sent to pursue the Fishbone Gang following their theft of the Life Gem. She killed them all, cut them into pieces, and dropped the remains in the bay of Little Innsmouth. Unbeknownst to Dahlia at the time, one member of the gang - Nadia Fortune - survived her fate, having consumed and bonded with the Life Gem prior to her "demise".

Black Dahlia appeared at the end of Peacock's story, where she was summoned by Lorenzo when the cartoonish cyborg launched an assault against the Medici Mafia. Confronting Peacock in her superior's office, Black Dahlia traded barbs with her opponent before engaging her in battle to allow Lorenzo to escape.

In Squigly's story, Black Dahlia was among the Medici enforcers sent to eliminate the Contiello family after a mysterious woman informed them that Selene Contiello had gained possession of the Skull Heart. Dahlia herself administered the fatal blow to Selene's young daughter, Sienna, taunting Selene the entire time. Shortly afterwards, Black Dahlia was likely among those that battled Selene after she became a Skullgirl.

Playstyle SpeculationEdit

Apart from her signature arm-mounted shotgun, Black Dahlia keeps her arsenal well hidden - grenade launchers, tear gas, and hidden knives are concealed all over her body. She isn’t above dirty tactics, cloaking her movement using her doily. She is a master of misdirection; an attack may look like it will go one way only for her to shift into another. Don’t let the giant gun distract you when the blade hidden in her knee cap is tearing at your liver! Just how much of her is mechanical, anyway?

Gameplay InspirationEdit

  • Chris (Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3)
  • Justice (Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core + Reload)
  • Genjuro (Samurai Showdown 2)

TriviaEdit

  • Her name is a reference to the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, nicknamed Black Dahlia.
  • Black Dahlia appears as the third to last hit in Double's Nightmare Legion Blockbuster.
  • She was the first ASG created.
  • She is the trainer of the Medici's legion of female assassins who specialize in hidden weapons such as the footblades Cerebella uses. They dress in bunny suits and appear in Squigly and Big Band's stories.
  •  She is said to be somewhere between 50 and 60 years old, but the extent of how much she has aged is unknown due to her mechanical parts and exposure to the Life Gem. Peacock refers to her as an old hag. 
  • Black Dahlia was the third possible DLC character to be revealed in the Indiegogo campaign, at $60,000. It has been stated that she is one of the characters who would need to be made playable for the canon Skullgirls storyline to be revealed.
  • The weapon on her right arm resembles the Armsel Striker.
  • Dahlia appears in the background of the Medici Tower stage, standing next to Lorenzo as he gives orders to Vitale and Ottomo in his office.
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