Minette. Take a look at her for a second.
What do you see here? I see someone who’s ready to take on any challenge, whether it be serving the best food Little Innsmouth has to offer, or to take her profession to the battlefield. She is also seen as a cute girl who needs protection, as Ms. Fortune and Yu-Wan protects her with the utmost compassion. However, this is not necessarily true, for she is now being given a chance to stand up for herself and show everyone exactly what a daughter of the River King can do.
Minette can bring much to the cast of Skullgirls in the story and gameplay parts of the game. Her design also fits the “art style” of Skullgirls. Let’s go through these points, shall we?
At the end of Ms. Fortune’s story, Nadia comes back and is surprised to find out that Minette had been kidnapped, and sets out immediately to find her. Scene change to Minette’s point of view. If included in the game, we would be able to see how she got kidnapped, why, and where she was taken. This will allow us to see into the Medici Mafia’s inner workings, possibly garnering more info on the Mafia characters (Black Dahlia, Ottomo, all of the Cirque Des Cartes members except Hubrecht). Imagine if Black Dahlia was the warden for the daughters of the River King, and through Minette’s story, you hear what the Medici’s have planned for the daughters, or maybe Lorenzo Medici took them as a ransom for something else…
As you can see, Minette could possibly bring a lot out into the light, only being rivaled in story strength by Isaac or Marie. Similar to those two, Minette has a style all her own. Let’s talk about that next.
This video shows gameplay from a character called Coyori, a character from a game called Battle Fantasia. Her stance (holding the platter effortlessly while fighting), and her broom attacks coupled with attacks with a pan (like Peach in SSBB) might be some stuff Minette would do herself.
Thanks to Kawaii Freak for bringing Coyori to my attention
Our favorite waitress from Yu-Wan’s Restaurant has a few tricks up her apron to bring to the roster of Skullgirls. Her style is built around her profession, just doing her job while her customers fight for her in various ways.
Here’s where one of her inspirations comes in, Kyosuke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7GuLkO3FRI
Looking at him at first glance, he looks like he has little to do with Minette herself, but her customers might garner their attacks from his patterns. Also, Mike Z has presented the possibility of him, the rest of the team and other characters in the game appearing as Minette’s customers. (We might even get a Mike Zammich reference!)
They would also help her by giving her tips, which gives her “confidence” (akin to “evidence” for Wright and “PP” for Frank). Getting enough of this “confidence” grants her the power to overcome her weaknesses. This means she will start out clumsy at Level 1 and get less and less clumsy. Being the daughter of the River King, this max confidence level could possible bring out her feral side. Look at the River King here (he is to the left of Eliza, right above Valentine):
If Minette is related to that by blood, it could open up some really cool Dagonian power type stuff (like vicious bites, water powers, etc). She might even undergo some kind of transformation…
This possible feral transformation is not what Minette is about on the surface, though. You can see what she is all about as by looking at her design, which we will talk about next.
Minette’s design is, admittedly, very underwhelming at first sight. Although, it is a simple design, it goes straight to the point. An apron and head necklace with a shell (probably to represent her Dagonian heritage). Nothing more, nothing less. Her design gives you the sense of where’s she’s from, and what she’s all about: a hard working Dagonian just doing what she does best. This simple pure design fits into the art style Skullgirls goes for (this point can be up for grabs, as is whether the design of a character is good or not is purely an opinion).
In conclusion, Minette is a character that might not be the sexiest, or the strongest, but she has a charm all her own that could really breathe fresh air into Skullgirls and into fighting games as a whole. I realize you all have your favorite characters, and I respect that. In this coming vote, I suggest that you vote for Minette. Vote for fun gameplay. Vote for Mike Z as an attack. Vote for customer service. Vote for this Dagonian princess. Vote Minette.