Contributed by Mike McDermott
Despair, or “Dessy” as she prefers to be called, is the daughter of the demon S’ym from the other dimensional realm called Limbo. She came to Earth to study the mystic arts at the Strange Academy, where she became roommates with Zoe Laveau. Dessy could see Zoe’s zombie form through the illusion generated by her magic amulet, and was fascinated by how Zoe was masking her true form. Unfortunately her inquisitiveness and lack of understanding of human social cues caused her to make her friend uncomfortable and upset until she realized her error.
Despite that early conflict the two girls had a good friendship which has grown into a romantic relationship.
Dessy is a creature of despair, with the ability to both absorb and project it onto others. This ability made her the key to defeating the demonic Mister Misery with when it began attacking the students of the Strange Academy. Like her girlfriend, Dessy has two difference appearances; her default appearance is a relatively human-looking red-skinned, black eyed girl with horns and a tail, but she she unleashes her full powers she takes on a more inhuman appearance with a huge mouth of jagged shark-like teeth, and spikes forming out of her arms!
Dessy first appeared in Strange Academy #1 by Skottie Young and Humberto Ramos. Created by Young and Ramos. Art by Ramos and Edgar Delgado.
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