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Felicity Merriman

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Felicity Merriman
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Felicity Merriman, smiling like as if she committed an antic.

Name:

Felicity Merriman

Born:

April 21, 1765

Died:

?

Nicknames

Lissie, Carrot-Top

Notable for

Being a daughter of an antic dealer, riding horses, committing antics at an early age

Allies

Hermann Fegelein, Heinrich Himmler

Enemies

Adolf Hitler

Portrayed by

Shailene Woodley

“What on earth have you done to Mr. Hitler?”

~ Felicity's mum on her daughter

“I don't know, Mother, I did it, you know, 'for the lulz'.”

Felicity Merriman (born April 21, 1765) was an American veterinarian, merchant and anticologist, who was best known for the stories based on her life.

Felicity, who was often referred to as "Lissie" by her mates, is a spunky, independent little girl who's into adventures, horses and committing antics on people, especially her best friend's sister Annabelle (aka "Bananabelle"). She also had a close relationship with her dad's apprentice Benjamin Davidson; the two became a staple of lulz among the American Girl community, as fans of the series would often pair the two and make romantic stuff about them.

Personality[edit]

She's mostly a tomboy of sorts, as she was often fed up with all the things young ladies at the time were supposed to do, much to her mother's disappointment - like most girls of the time, they were expected to be skilled in handwriting, making samplers and table manners. She can be a little brash and foolish sometimes, like Fegelein, but she's also a gentle, caring and trustworthy person, as she can sometimes be seen with her dad at the shop.

Downfall parody universe[edit]

Lissie was mentioned by Adolf Hitler in Hitler is informed about Felicity Merriman's retirement, with the Furher complaining about her being laid off from her "job", and made a cameo appearance in Hitler, the Merrimans and the Tea Party, when her father (who also happened to be a wheelman and an antic dealer) made an ill-fated business deal with Hitler's Reich Corp. She also appeared in Fegelein tampers with Hitler's horse, wherein Fegelein hires her as his newest apprentice and co-conspirator, and may probably make a few more guest roles throughout the Downfall parody universe along with a few other characters.

Despite the fact that slavery was prevalent during her time, she mostly dismisses it as a "piece of shit" thing to do, being that she hates treating people, regardless of race or nationality, as cannon fodder; she often treats Rose and Marcus, two of their family's servants, as friends and occasional accomplices, as the two would sometimes help Lissie in committing antics.

There are also some times where she wondered why she was born on the 21st of April, a day late from Hitler's birthday, and also a day after 4/20, or Weed Day for marijuana smokers. While she herself isn't that of a weed-smoker, she does sometimes advocate the use of the drug out of sarcasm, as tobacco is taxed by the British colonial government in her hometown. The latter, as well as several other personal issues, prompted Felicity's father to wage an antic war against the King of England.

Antics[edit]

It is established that she and her father own an antic shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. As the Revolutionary War looms in colonial-era America, Felicity, her dad and her buddy Ben, who were fed up with King George's rather ridiculous restrictions on the colonists, came up with perpetuating various cruel and often comical antics against the British armies, from bribing horses with treats to even lacing tea with a deadly dose of blue mass, which was served to oblivious Redcoat officers. Her father was also known to have invented various tools and weapons that were used for pranks, such as improvised explosive devices, Predator missiles and modified Brown Bess rifles, which made it evident that the Merriman family were completely ahead of their time and had a deep understanding of engineering, military strategy and the classical methods of practical jokes.

She first started off committing antics back when she was six years old, as per family tradition since the mid-1600s. Her father Edward first taught her on how to piss off Jiggy Nye, the local tanner, by diluting the tanning solution with dyes, as well as several other pranks. Even the Publick Times town fair was no exemption to her mischief, as she would sometimes rig some of the games, giving her a not-so-fair advantage over the other fair-goers. They were also partially responsible for the infamous Boston Tea Party, during which Edward Merriman and his family became well known in the art of pranks when they dumped some shipments of tea into the river.

Fegelein also had a special connection with Merriman, as the two were known to have an affinity with horses. Hermann was known to have worked in his father's riding school when he was a young boy (and was well-versed with horses), so it isn't that surprising for him and Felicity to get along and commit antics together. It then became clear that Merriman has since been on Hitler's hitlist after conspiring with Fegelein, during the Furher's visit to Williamsburg. This didn't bother Felicity, though, as her family has been into the antics business for several years, and angering Dolfy was considered to be a badge of honour for her, even going so far as to paying a visit to the bunker.

It was also established in the book Very Funny, Elizabeth that Elizabeth Cole, one of Felicity's closest friends, was also a fellow antic-doer[1]; one of their victims was Elizabeth's sister, Annabelle Cole, whom they deride as a "bossy, no-good imbecile" bent at making fun of her sister. Elizabeth was first introduced in the art of antics when she attended an anticology class at Miss Manderly's house together with Felicity.

One of her techniques in committing antics was a tactic known as "mark and execute", where she notes the target that is of strategic importance to her, and goes for the big kill by snuffing him/her out.

Similarities with other Antic Masters[edit]

  • Like Fegelein, Merriman had been into horses - Fegelein once worked as a stable boy during his childhood days, while Merriman had been riding Penny ever since she was ten.
  • Fegelein, Merriman, Tukhachevsky, and Werner had been living during the time that their respective home countries have been at war.
  • Both Hermann and Felicity invent their own tools for committing antics - while Fegelein usually names his devices with the prefix "Fegel-", Merriman prefers to give her gadgets alliterative names, pretty much like in the Lemony Snicket series, such as the Sneaky Spring and the Tory Trap.
  • Fegelein, Tukhachevsky, Werner, and Merriman have all primarily targeted their antics against Hitler.
  • Fegelein, Werner, Tukhachevsky, Khamis, and Lissie are all Masters of Antics.

Differences to other Antic Masters[edit]

  • She's the only woman to be officially a master of antics (although some Untergangers portray Traudl Junge as an antic-doer).
  • Unlike Fegelein and Tukhachevsky, Merriman was never charged with treason, let alone executed, making her (along with Werner), one of the only two "official" masters of antics to have survived the events of their respective films.
  • While Fegelein, Khamis and Tukhachevsky lived in real life as historical figures, Merriman, like Lt. Werner in Das Boot, was a fictional character in the American Girl series, although the events of the Felicity books (and, by extension, the film in which the parodies are based), are based on the events leading to the American Revolutionary War.
  • Lissie is the only civilian among the antic masters. The rest have a position in the military. (Fegelein is an SS-Obergruppenführer, Werner is a lieutenant and war correspondent, Tukhachevsky is a marshal, and Khamis is a colonel). It should be noted, however, that Ben Davidson, her boyfriend, did take part in the war as a militaman, and that Lissie did help in her father's antics against the British forces.

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References[edit]

  1. cf. Very Funny, Elizabeth; It was Elizabeth who was the real antic-doer in the Felicity series, although Felicity may have conspired with Cole.

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