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Revy
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Name Revy
Information
Gender Female
Affiliates Rock
Dutch
Benny
Affiliation The Lagoon Company
Weapon Dual Modified Beretta M92s
Race Chinese-American
Status Alive
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 00: Black Lagoon
Anime Episode 01: The Black Lagoon
Anime Voice
Japanese Anime Voice Megumi Toyoguchi
English Anime Voice Maryke Hendrikse
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Revy (レヴィ, Rebi), sometimes referred by her full name Rebecca (レヴェッカ, Rebekka), and commonly known as "Two Hands" due to her skill with dual-wielding, is the main female protagonist of the series. She does most of the fighting for the Lagoon Company.


BackgroundEdit

Very little is revealed about her past, although portions can be pieced together through the series. Revy, originally Rebecca or "Becky", is a Chinese-American born and raised in Chinatown, Manhattan, near Mott Street. Flashbacks throughout the series reveal that Revy may have honed her skills with firearms by shooting at cans. Her father was a severe alcoholic who was highly abusive, in one flashback smashing a bottle into Revy's face. One day, having been chased out of the house by her father's violence, Revy sits crying on the sidewalk when a policeman pulls over and arrests her for no reason. Once in the cell, the sadistic officer brutally beats and rapes Revy. What finally pushes Revy over the edge, is when she explains what happened to her father and he simply tells her to get him another drink. She eventually shoots her father at point blank range. She places a pillow over his head to suppress the noise, or to perhaps avoid looking at her first victim.

There are apparently other occasions when the police had abusively exploited their authority over Revy, as she tells Rock about the time the cops beat the hell out of her for no reason at all, which completely breaks her faith in God, which she had previously clung to in desperation. Revy always believed that the police abused her because to them she was "just another little ghetto rat, with no power and no God."

AppearanceEdit

Revy is a youthful and fairly tall Chinese- American woman with fair skin, amber-eyes, and plum-colored hair. She also has a tribal tattoo on her right upper arm. Her hair is upperback-length, usually kept in a ponytail, with short bangs that part at the middle and shoulder-length locks framing the sides of her face. Slender in frame with a slim waist, flared hips, and round rear, Revy also sports a well-toned and lightly muscular build. At the same time, she is has a curvaceous and developed figure with well-endowed breasts. She wears black fingerless gloves with a black shirt that is cut off at her waist revealing her abdomen and navel with cut-off jeans and black boots. She also often wears her double holsters by the shirt.

PersonalityEdit

Revy is very competitive, easily bored, and extremely ill-tempered. Unlike Rock, she is undiplomatic, believing in the use of brute force and coercion to get her way. In contrast to this, she's revealed to be highly ticklish.

Of all the characters in the series, Revy uses the most foul language. She takes maniacal glee in killing anyone and everyone. She has a changing but volatile attitude towards Rock, the newest and most humble crew member of the Black Lagoon. Although she respects him later in the series, she is mostly hostile towards Rock. At one point, in anger she tries to shoot him at point blank range, but he moves her gun at the last second. During a confrontation in episode 7, and in episode 1, she empties most of a magazine in Rock's direction while arguing with Dutch about their hostage. However, she does have a tendency to save Rock from critical situations, and later on she admits to considering him as family.

She also has very little remorse for her enemies and many times have often stepped on male enemies' crotches for fun to show them how weak they are. However, she looks at it as doing them a favor as she believes any man would love a sexy women such as her to "abuse" them.

Due to an impoverished upbringing which involved verbal, physical and sexual abuse from those who had power over her (such as her father or the police), Revy has developed an obsession towards power, over both herself and others, which causes her to appear fiercely independent and violently assertive, often using verbal or physical abuse as a response to anyone who crosses her or to assert her dominance. However, while Revy initially appears to be tough, savage and strong-minded, her exterior actually covers up a profound lack of inner-strength and fear of the powerlessness she felt as a child. Her independence is actually more of a reactive attachment disorder, alienating others as much as possible to prevent the exposure of her own weakness and vulnerability. Revy believes the chief source of power in life is money, the "one thing everyone respects and agrees on", and consequentially has developed an obsession with maximising the profits from each job as much as possible, such as ransoming others and looting corpses, when she feels that the Lagoon is not paid enough.

The inhabitants of Roanapur tend to take Revy at face value, as a sadistic, volatile, gun-crazed psychopath, and this is how Revy initially thinks of herself, ignoring the psychological trauma and emotional turmoil that fuels her behavior, possibly investing herself in this surface image to prevent others from discovering her emotional scars, keeping them hidden even from herself. When Rock arrives, however, he addresses her on a much more personal level, criticising some of her more amoral actions (such as voicing his disapproval of her robbing corpses), causing her to properly think about herself and her lifestyle for the first time. This new-found introspection reawakens a lot of repressed pain, rage and self-loathing for Revy, which causes her to become furious with Rock, initially attempting to push him out of her life and becoming more hostile towards him, culminating in an explosive confrontation at a diner. Rock refuses to apologise to Revy for questioning her way of life, as she is beginning to act like the people in Rock's previous job who always expected him to be submissive and apologetic in spite of their mistreating and abusing him, and she attempts to execute him in response.

Rock berates Revy's arrogance and shameless preoccupation with money and profit (traits Rock saw in his superiors) and exposes Revy's masochistic inner cycle of self-pity over her turbulent childhood and self-destructive urges (viewing herself as a lost cause) that cause her murderous impulses. Revy, who becomes increasingly violent and emotional in the face of the exposure she had feared and done much to avoid, reveals that killing has become the only way she knows of dealing with the problems and people in her life. An example of this is, when becoming uneasy at accepting both Rock and Benny into the Lagoon company, Revy vents her trust issues by becoming particularly unpredictable during missions and getting what Dutch nicknames "Whitman fever", going on indiscriminate shooting rampages and executing hostiles and innocent bystanders alike. After the fight with Rock, however, she realizes he understands what it is like to be powerless and abused by those with power (due to Rock's previous employers bullying him and eventually abandoning and trying to kill him to protect their fortunes) and the two reconcile.

It is increasingly implied throughout the series that Revy, in her own emotionally crippled way, is attracted to Rock, but her severe attachment disorder, nihilism, past traumas and violent temper prevent her from acting on her feelings. Instead, she manifests them by being jealously possessive and protective of Rock, always being by his side and reacting with violent hostility to anyone she perceives as a threat to Rock's safety or as a potential rival for his attention, always using an excuse that Rock is too "reckless" to be in Lagoon. For instance, during the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc, Revy admitted to being Rock's "gun", and she is there to protect him from harm, to the point of going against her rationale just to follow Rock's sense of "justice".

Revy seems to care about Rock's sanity, as seen when Yukio is about to commit suicide in front of them. She yells for Rock to look away and look at her. Also during Roberta's blood trail, she seems very angry at Rock's new attitude, thinking he is becoming crooked, due to being in Roanapur too long.

Eda particularly seems to be aware of Revy's feelings for Rock, and often questions her about them, to which Revy either sidesteps or fails to give a clear answer. Eda also aggressively flirts with Rock in order to provoke Revy, which always elicits a violent threat from Revy and causes her to react in an almost territorial manner. In general, Revy seems to become much more self-conscious and easily embarrassed around Rock: after Revy deflects Eda's mock-flirting with Rock, Eda makes fun of her volatile temperament in front of him, causing Revy to blow up and challenge her to a fight; on another occasion, when Rock walks in on Revy playing Wild West with a group of kids she met in the park, Revy, who had clearly been enjoying herself, first turns red with embarrassment then acts out in defensive anger, breaking one of the kids' cork guns and promising violent retribution should Rock breathe a word about it to Dutch or Benny. There are many other indications as well, such as her fierce reaction towards Jane's interest in involving Rock with an orgy in a later chapter, which other characters have noticed and even touched upon, and with Bao noting that it was unusual to see Revy not by Rock's side now. Benny, in particular, seems more aware of Revy's real feelings towards Rock then he lets on, but only implies it (and only towards Rock), most likely out of concern for his physical well being.

In the "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise" and "Roberta's Blood Trail" story arcs it becomes much more apparent how much Rock means to Revy, and how much the thought of losing him distresses her. Revy by this point is considerably warmer and more empathetic towards Rock, becoming more concerned with the effects that Tokyo and Roanapur have on him, and encouraging Rock to see his family. When Rock jokes that hanging around with the Lagoon company is proof that he is not normal, Revy gives him an uncharacteristically affectionate smile. Another silent diplay of attachment comes when Rock admits later on he is beginning to feel alienated from Roanapur, and though Revy just barely manages to cover it up, she is visibly hurt and upset that Rock might become detached from Roanapur, and therefore her. When Rock ends up talking to Yukio, Revy is pointedly shown sulking, whilst emitting disgusted groans and remarks frequently enough to suggest that she is actually jealous. She also chases after Yukio and Ginji when they kidnap Rock, the second time she has rescued him to no apparent self-benefit, even though she frequently promised to leave him behind if he ever got kidnapped.

Later on in the series it is suggested that, despite her insistance otherwise, deep down Revy actually hates Roanapur, her lifestyle and the person she has become, and that she wants to change but does not know how. In Tokyo, Revy opens up to Rock, saying that she has lived "on dirty air" her whole life and, though she temporarily forgot it, she would be incapable of living in "a good place" like the one Rock came from. In "Roberta's Blood Trail", after Revy states that Fabiola sees the world as a garden of roses, Fabiola retorts that Revy is actually the one who sees the world as a garden of roses, one that she herself was expelled from. This feeling that she was unreasonably denied a happy life causes Revy to adamently view the world as bleak and desolate, to the exclusion of all contradictory evidence. Fabiola also theorizes that this contributes to Revy's attachment to Rock, and her denial of the darker side of his personality that has been emerging throughout the story. Revy has subconsciously cast Rock as her knight-in-shining-armour, capable of doing what she is incapable of: saving her from herself and Roanapur.

One of her funnier aspects being quite forgetful, implying that her brash attitude caters to her stupidity; one moment being unable to recall remembering Lotton the Wizard, let alone shooting him, during the Greenback Jane incident, much to Shenhua and Sawyer's amusement and falling for Roberta's trick that her shoe we're untied.


In Vol. 10 (chapter 81) Revy instigates possible bisexuality, by telling Jane that: "I've won over some sex-starved dykes by playing the man's role." "And after that their fingers just weren't enough for them ever again." This is somewhat ironic in Omake 4, as she is actually changed into her opposite gender, as it was for the other characters. Outside of these incidents, the former only being said as a means of sexually intimidating and undermining Jane, who provoked Revy by arrogantly threatening to get Rock involved in an orgy, Revy does not seem to have a sex life or any visible interest in sex, probably due to the trauma of the policeman raping her. However, in the manga it is revealed that she was involved in Roland's S&M show, which may have been more to satisfy her sadism as well as her subconscious self-loathing.

PlotEdit

Revy is a merciless and sadistic killer, without a conscience, who will kill anyone at the slightest provocation, even unarmed civilians (as seen in episode 6). Dutch once made reference to University of Texas shooter Charles Whitman in describing Revy after she slaughtered the crew of the Neo-Nazis' boat after a previous conversation with Rock brought up some unpleasant memories, resulting in an internal fit of rage - she even threatened Rock with death if he ever questions or tampers with her way of life. Of all the characters in the series, Revy uses the most foul language. She takes maniacal glee in killing anyone and everyone. She is also a heavy smoker and drinker.

She has a changing but volatile attitude towards Rock; though she respects him later in the series, she is mostly hostile towards him. She shoots Rock at point blank range, but he moves her gun at the last second, during a confrontation in episode 7, and in episode 1 emptied most of a magazine in his direction while arguing with Dutch about their hostage. However, she does have a tendency to save Rock from critical situations, and later on she admits to considering Rock as family to Balalaika.

According to CIA agents on Basilan Island, towards the end of episode 12, Revy is still notorious in the NYPD, particularly at the 27th Precinct. Since the 27th Precinct does not exist in real-life New York City, this throwaway reference may - or may not - indicate an odd connection to Dick Wolf's Law and Order franchise. This is further suggested in a later episode, when Revy specifically mentions the series.

Revy is one of the deadliest fighters in the series, whose skill with firearms and ability to dodge bullets is almost superhuman and unparalleled. There are only a few other characters, such as Roberta and Ginji, that can hold their ground against her in combat. Her weapons of choice are a pair of modified Beretta 92FS's; which are made out of stainless steel and had their barrels extended from 4.9" to 5.9" each (the 5.9" is the combat MOD barrel) and also adapted for silencers. They are engraved with "9mm Sword Cutlass" on both sides, as well as the Jolly Roger of the infamous pirate Calico Jack (which is also inlaid into the ivory grips), and a manufacture inscription in Thai. Due to her ambidextrous marksmanship skills, she is nicknamed "Two Hands" by the denizens of Roanapur. However, Revy has been seen using a variety of other firearms.

Constantly living on the edge of life, Revy has developed a rather bleak outlook on life, relying only on her own power, skills, and money.

CombatEdit

Revy is one of the deadliest fighters in the series, whose skill with firearms and ability to dodge bullets is almost superhuman and unparalleled—there are only a few other characters, such as RobertaChang and Ginji, that can hold their ground against her in combat. Her weapons of choice are a pair of modified Beretta 92F's; which are made out of stainless steel and had their barrels extended from 4.9" to 5.9" each (the 5.9" is the combat MOD barrel) and are also adapted for silencers. They are engraved with "9mm Sword Cutlass" on both sides, as well as the Jolly Roger of the infamous pirate Calico Jack (which is also inlaid into the ivory grips), and a manufacture inscription in Thai. Due to her ambidextrous marksmanship skills, she is nicknamed "Two Hands" by the denizens of Roanapur. However, Revy has been seen using a variety of other firearms. She is also quite skilled in hand to hand combat as seen when fighting Roberta and multiple other enemies through the series and manga.

TriviaEdit

  • According to CIA agents on Basilan Island, towards the end of episode 12, Revy is still notorious in the NYPD, particularly at the 27th Precinct. Since the 27th Precinct does not exist in real-life New York City, this throwaway reference may - or may not - indicate an odd connection to Dick Wolf's Law and Order franchise. This is further suggested in a later episode, when Revy specifically mentions the series.
  • In a flashback a young Revy is seen using a Smith & Wesson Model 439 to shoot cans.
  • Out of all the members of Black Lagoon Company Revy has been shown smoking cigarettes the most.
  • In "Greenback Jane", it is stated that Revy watches Oprah, but this could be just sarcasm.
  • Rowan states in episode seven of the anime TV series, he wanted Revy to return to his employment as she was a S/M dancer previously. She retorts, "Forget it Rowan. i'm not coming back. Even if there is whipping."
  • Revy appears to be racist, as she refers Shenhua in the manga a "Chink" and a FARC Merc a "Beaner" in the anime.
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