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"It's strange, isn't it? Carnivores and herbivores should get along, yet their children are treated like freaks." ― Melon venting to Legoshi.
Melon (メロン, Meron?) is the primary antagonist of the Revenge of the Love Failure arc in Beastars. He is first introduced as a faux elephant therapist, killing them and using their tusks for ivory to make quick money.
Melon is a half-breed, gaining characteristics from both parents. He is a gazelle but with the jaw, claws, and eyes of a leopard.
He wears a surgical mask in public to hide his leopard features.
Because of his life as a half-breed, Melon develops leopard spots on his body gradually which he chooses to hide with tattoos of melon leaves.
On the eve before Rexmas, his body grew bigger and more muscular and his tail grew longer and thicker, looking more like a leopard than a gazelle, and many more spots have appeared.
Melon is a cunning, sadistic individual who can easily manipulate others using his false sense of charm and empathy to achieve his objective. His deceptive nature has led others to be seriously injured or killed, from murdering an elephant with a large syringe to almost killing Legoshi with a bullet to the stomach. As a new boss of the Shishigumi, Melon is cruel and harsh towards the members, unlike Louis, who is firm, yet kind to them. He also has no remorse for what he has done, making him ultimately sociopathic or psychopathic in nature. He seems to be a masochist as well, since getting a tattoo from a sloth excited him immensely, making him blush and stick his tongue out in pure bliss. Melon claims that getting inflicted with pain is the only way for him to feel alive since he can't taste anything due to his hybrid nature.
Melon hates his leopard heritage and tries to cover his spots with melon leaf tattoos. When his body went through a dramatic change, he tried to gouge his spots out but couldn't because his claws were not as developed as a carnivore's. Desperate to stop changing, he shot off the hand of the leopard Madaragumi leader, claiming feline's claws should be capable enough of gouging out his spots.
Skills and abilities
- Blood Loss Resistance
- Psychological Manipulation: Melon is able to manipulate others easily. He uses a surgical mask and closes his eyes to disguise as a herbivore, which always works. He used this disguise to get a job as a therapist for elephants and making them believe he was helping them, only to murder them later.
- Melon displays several symptoms of Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) including a lack of remorse for his past actions, a facade of empathy and kindness, manipulation, condensation, arrogance, and deceitfulness.
- Melon is a dark counterpart of Legoshi if he cannot handle his carnivore instincts.
|Main characters||Legoshi • Haru • Louis • Juno • Jack • Gohin|
|Secondary & recurring characters||Els • Bill • Aoba • Tao • Collot • Durham • Miguno • Voss • Legom • Tem • Riz • Sheila • Pina • Sanu • Ibuki • Free • Gosha • Yahya • Ogma • Seven • Sagwan • San • Kyuu|
|Antagonists||Mizuchi • Bill • Shishigumi • Chief Lion • Riz • Melon • Yahya • Ibuki|
|Minor characters||Mizuchi's Boyfriend • Kai • Dom • Cosmo • Utsugi • Rokume|