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Melfina
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Melfina (メルフィナ, Merufina?) is a bio-android created by Professor Gwen Khan using ancient biotechnology found within the Grave of the Dragon ruins. The complexity of the information was so vast that even a great mind like his couldn't understand it all. Some time after she was created, both Melfina and the Outlaw Star were stolen from the Kei pirates by the outlaw Hilda, who intended to use them to find the Galactic Leyline. Melfina's appearance is of a petite and slender young woman with shoulder length black hair and large brown eyes. While her physical age appears to be seventeen, her real age is that of only two. She has no recollection of her past or why she was created, which often troubles her throughout the series. Later, on the planet holding the ruins of the Grave of the Dragon, she sings a mysterious song (the ending song for episodes 1-13) which possibly signifies the weight of the questions about her existence that she wants answered. Despite being an artificial humanoid, Melfina possesses both free will and human emotions as well as the physical need for food and rest (although for some unexplained reason she lacks the ability to dream). Her personality is sweet-natured, with a polite and loving -albeit generally naive- demeanor, and because of this Jim thinks of her as a mother figure. She's noted as having a natural talent for cooking, and serves as the Outlaw Star’s official chef in addition to being ship's navigator.

After the death of Hilda, Melfina travels with Gene after he promises to find her purpose, and gradually begins to develop feelings for him. Later in the series, it is revealed that she was created to navigate to the Galactic Leyline, and is the only one able to act as a medium to access its vast powers. Because of this, the pirates referred to her as the "Maiden of the Leyline". In the last episode, the part of her spirit which was created to be the Maiden of the Leyline departs from her and relocates with the Leyline itself, meaning that Melfina is no longer bound to the Leyline and her past, and is subsequently freed from a forced destiny. Afterwards, Melfina and Gene finally admit their love for each other, and she joins him in exploring space aboard the Outlaw Star.

Melfina navigates the Outlaw Star from within a cylindrical chamber on the bridge that rises from the floor and fills with a clear, liquid-like substance, supposedly to help her link with the ship. The liquid is most likely a stabling agent to help ensure that her link is static-free, and because of this she has to navigate without wearing any clothes. She covers herself with her arms across her chest in a formation resembling angel wings, and her lower area is obstructed by the chamber's outer retractable metal coverings. As part of Cartoon Network's editing, the show has her portrayed as wearing tight black shorts and a sports bra.

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Emilie Brown (English)

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Melfina appears as a beautiful and slender young woman with mid length black hair and large brown eyes. She most often wears an outfit consisting of a blue shawl and tie, black tights, black shoes, and a short skirt. Whilst interfacing with the Outlaw Star, she is completely naked.

Melfina is marked by her extreme kindness, bravery, and innocence, and a desire to know who and what she truly is. These questions haunt her for much of the plot and are a source of indecisiveness and doubt at times. She is usually very cheerful and upbeat most of the time, often acting as a foster mother to her friend and team mate Jim Hawking, often ensuring he eats enough and assuring him in times peril that all will be okay. Melfina is also very friendly and easy going with most people. She is shown to be straightforward, in an innocent but often awkward manner.

She is shown to be very close to Gene, even to the point where she falls asleep against his shoulder not long after they return to Sentinal 3 together. Despite this, she does have some doubts as to Gene's true motives in helping her, as she expressed at the Leyline when Hazanko capitalized on her latent mistrust of Gene. In the end, when they were both connected through the Leyline, is shown that Gene is truly in love with her by turning down Melfina's offer to use the power of the Leyline to grant his deepest desire, in turn asking her what she wanted, which she replied to with, "I want to stay who I am. I want to be with you forever, Gene." With this, her doubt in Gene is laid to rest.

She also has a good friendship with Gilliam, mostly due to his confidentiality, and because they share origins.

She also feels a debt of gratitude to Hilda for saving her life.

She is shown to be terrified by Harry MacDougal's advances on her and by his cruelty and mental instability.

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