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Davianna Wallace is a close friend and Private School classmate of Augustus Amherst and Shadow Jones. She was Augustus' primary love interest, and remains so even after Augustus' change into the mutant turtle Renoir. She originally came from Japan, but was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and moved to Brooklyn when she was young. Davianna and Shadow are the lead female characters in Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaiden.


Appearance

Davianna Wallace is an Asian teenage girl with light skin, black hair and brown eyes. One of her most distinguishing features is a large red bow which ties her hair into a ponytail. Her outfits can vary with the situation, but she is usually seen wearing her school uniform.

When Davianna removes the bow and wears her hair down, as she does in Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline, her hair combines with the rest of her features such that she appears almost identical to Sayako Morinaga, who may have been her birth mother.

Personality

Davianna's personality has evolved throughout the story. In general, she is a kind, caring, sensitive young woman. She plays high school soccer with a genuine competitive streak, but she has no fighting skills of her own, and is often assumed to be weak and fragile. She has also been a girl in mourning, grieving the loss of her high school crush Augustus Amherst.

In Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, Davianna effectively becomes a damsel-in-distress when Erica lures her out to be seized by the Purple Dragons, reasoning that a grieving girl would be easy prey to pimp out for sex. After Raphael Hamato saves Davianna's life, her friend Shadow tells her Augustus is actually still alive and has returned as a mutant turtle. But when Davianna eagerly believes this and immediately assumes her rescuer Raphael is Augustus, Raphael assumes she is a fragile-minded girl who needs to believe lies to deal with her grief.

Starting in Chapter 11: A Prelude to..., Davianna begins to show a more cunning side, baiting Raphael into a kiss just to prove that he couldn't be her Augustus, who had sworn he'd never kiss her until her 18th birthday. Soon after, Davianna and Shadow are kidnapped by Eikichi Gotoh, and in Chapter 12: ...The Crimson Christmas, Davianna watches the terrifying sight of Shadow being brutally beaten and presumably killed. In Chapter 13: Back into the Shadows when it becomes clear to Davianna that her captors will likely kill her no matter what, she begins to tap into her courage, not only showing defiance to Eikichi, but in Chapter 14: Dogfight!! Up Close and Personal with Remnants of the Foot Clan! she opportunistically stabs a NYC Foot Ninja with his own shuriken to free herself. Later, when Renoir, the relatively inexperienced ninja-in-training, fights to keep Davianna safe, the two of them desperately cooperate to kill their would-be assassin—this proves to be upsetting to Davianna, who had never taken a life before, but Renoir helps her accept it as a necessary act of self-defense.

In Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline, Davianna tells Renoir that she lied both to her parents and to the police about the Eikichi Gotoh incident to protect him and the Hamato brothers, proving herself a friend and ally who can safeguard their secrets.

Biography

Davianna Wallace was born in Japan. As a little girl, she was sent to Brooklyn where she was adopted—"Davianna Wallace" is likely not her original birth name. While the circumstances of her birth are unknown even to her, it is strongly implied in Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline that her birth mother was Sayako Morinaga, who would later be executed in Sendai by Leonardo Hamato acting under the authority of the Foot Clan. The identity of Davianna's birth father is not clear, but Chapter 21: The Curse of "Yamata-no-Orochi" hints that Sayako may have become intimately involved with Eikichi Gotoh, the very same renegade Foot Elite who would later kidnap Davianna and attempt to have her killed.

According to Chapter 2: Reminiscence - Living Memories Beyond Death's Illusions and Chapter 12: ...The Crimson Christmas, Davianna came to Brooklyn initially speaking no English, and was frequently bullied for it. She met and befriended the young Augustus Amherst, and later also befriended Shadow Jones. She eventually became a relatively ordinary Private School student who socializes with her friends and plays on the girls' soccer team.

Davianna encounters her first mutant turtle on the school rooftop in Chapter 1: Enter the Renoir. She is with Shadow when they both find a blood-soaked turtle sitting in the blood and severed limbs of Augustus Amherst. Augustus is presumed dead and murdered, and she mourns her friend's loss.

In Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, Davianna is lured out by Erica who tries to pimp her out to the Purple Dragons, but is saved by Raphael Hamato, Shadow and Renoir. Shadow tells Davianna that Augustus is still live and has come back as a turtle, but Davianna assumes Raphael is that turtle, and Raph plays along, maintaining a charade.

Chapter 11: A Prelude to... begins the sequence of events of a Christmas holiday spanning many chapters, finally wrapping up in Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline. Raphael's cover is blown when Davianna realizes he cannot be Augustus. Then she and Shadow are kidnapped by Eikichi Gotoh, who soon after has Shadow brutally beaten and left for dead while Davianna watches. As the turtles and Casey Jones are trying to rescue her, she manages to free herself, and she and Renoir kill an assassin sent after her. She dials 911 on her cell phone—not the most productive thing to do when mutant turtles are involved—but later fixes her mistake and protects the turtles by lying to the police and her parents.

Relationships

Augustus Amherst / Renoir

One of Davianna's oldest friends as well as her school crush. The two are open about their feelings with each other, though Davianna is quick to chide Augustus for his voyeurism and debauchery of random females. Their backstory together is sprinkled throughout the series. When Davianna was first adopted and came to Brooklyn, she was a kindergartner who spoke no English, and would be bullied by other children for it. But the young Augustus stood up for her, and they became friends early on. As romantic feelings developed between them, Renoir promised Davianna that he would not kiss her until her 18th birthday. In Chapter 1: Enter the Renoir, Davianna and Shadow Jones discovers a blood-soaked turtle sitting in Augustus' mutilated remains—this turtle actually is Augustus somehow in a new form, but he is instead presumed to be a wild mutant who killed and ate Augustus, and is captured and taken into police custody. Davianna believes Augustus is now dead, and mourns his loss. They would not meet again until Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, when she is saved by Raphael Hamato with Shadow and Renoir's help. Shadow tells Davianna that Augustus is actually alive as a turtle, but to Renoir's dismay Davianna assumes Raphael is that turtle and Raph plays along, using Davianna to blackmail Renoir against desertion. For a while, Davianna is aware of Renoir's existence, but is led to believe that Raph is Augustus. This does not change until Chapter 11: A Prelude to... when Raph blows his cover, but this has the effect of making Davianna believe Augustus is really dead. In Chapter 15: And So the Pages Turn..., Renoir reminisces with Davianna about their childhood memories together, in the process accidentally revealing his true identity to her. Renoir tells Davianna that the only identity he has that matters to him, is how she sees him, but Davianna tells Renoir that only he can decide his own identity. Davianna gives Renoir a meaningful gift—her magatama pendant. In Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline, Davianna and Renoir speak over the telephone, reconnecting casually as friends for the first time since Renoir's change.

Marion Campbell and Cynthia

Davianna's good friends, classmates and fellow soccer team members at school.

Erica

A teenage delinquent who feigns friendship with Davianna and lures her to an alley where she tries to sell Davianna's body to the Purple Dragons in Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!.

Eikichi Gotoh

In Chapter 11: A Prelude to..., Eikichi kidnaps Davianna and Shadow Jones, intending to use them to lure out and kill Shadow's uncle Michelangelo Hamato. After Eikichi has Shadow brutally beaten and left for dead in Chapter 12: ...The Crimson Christmas, Davianna finds her own courage and shows Eikichi defiance in Chapter 13: Back into the Shadows, finally escaping him in Chapter 14: Dogfight!! Up Close and Personal with Remnants of the Foot Clan!. But Eikichi's association with Davianna may be even more complicated—according to Chapter 21: The Curse of "Yamata-no-Orochi", Eikichi is implied to have become intimately involved with Sayako Morinaga, the woman likely to be Davianna's birth mother—this presents the possibility that Eikichi is Davianna's birth father, though neither of them would seem to know it.

Leonardo Hamato

Though Davianna and Leonardo have not met, Leonardo sees Renoir's magatama pendant that Davianna gave him, and unsuccessfully demands to see Davianna's photograph.

Michelangelo Hamato

Davianna and Michelangelo do not know each other very well, and initially her only association with him was when she and Augustus Amherst did a school book report on Dishonor, Despair, Sorrow and Illusions, which was actually the first book Mikey had ever written under his pen name Mikael Buonarotti. But in Chapter 13: Back into the Shadows, Mikey is the first to come to rescue Davianna and his niece Shadow Jones from Eikichi Gotoh. When Davianna shouts to Mikey that her captor has already killed Shadow, this empowers Mikey's determination in Chapter 14: Dogfight!! Up Close and Personal with Remnants of the Foot Clan! to fight even harder to save Davianna. Though Mikey is outnumbered and ultimately needs saving himself, he helps provide the distraction that allows Davianna to free herself and run off. For all this, Davianna tells Renoir in Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline that she considers Mikey her hero.

Raphael Hamato

Davianna first meets Raphael in Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, when he arrives to save her from Erica and the Purple Dragons. When her friend and Raph's niece Shadow Jones tells Davianna that their friend Augustus Amherst is still alive and has come back as a turtle, Davianna assumes that turtle was the big strong Raphael who had just saved her life. Raph, reasoning that Davianna must be in a fragile state of mind to even begin to believe any of this, makes an ill-conceived decision to impersonate Augustus in Davianna's presence. For a while, Raph impersonates Augustus very poorly, but it isn't until Chapter 11: A Prelude to... that Raph finally blows his own cover by almost kissing Davianna—something Augustus wouldn't have done until she turns 18. Raph is forced to properly introduce himself to Davianna, and he tries to tell her that he now believes Augustus is really alive, but she already considers Raph manipulative and refuses to listen to anything else he has to say. After Raph arrives with the other turtles and Casey Jones and help save Davianna in Chapter 14: Dogfight!! Up Close and Personal with Remnants of the Foot Clan!, and especially after she realizes it is Raph's student Renoir who is actually Augustus in Chapter 15: And So the Pages Turn..., Davianna's appears to take a more neutral attitude toward Raph.

Shadow Jones

One of Davianna's close friends and classmates. According to Chapter 15: And So the Pages Turn..., Shadow was originally one of Davianna's bullies. But over time, they became friends, and Shadow would protect Davianna from harm where she could. In Chapter 1: Enter the Renoir, Davianna and Shadow discover Augustus Amherst's mutilated human remains and are effectively the first people to see Renoir in his mutant turtle form. In Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, when Davianna had been seized by Purple Dragons, Shadow arrives with Renoir and helps Raphael Hamato save her. It is Shadow who first tells Davianna that Augustus has returned as a turtle, but when Davianna assumes Raphael is that turtle and Raph starts impersonating Augustus, Shadow decides to trust Raph's judgment and not contradict the charade. But in Chapter 11: A Prelude to... when Raph blows his own cover, Davianna learns of Shadow's involvement in Raph's charade and their friendship is frayed. Not long after, Davianna and Shadow are kidnapped together by Eikichi Gotoh, who sought to kidnap only Shadow but also takes Davianna because the two girls are together at the time. In Chapter 12: ...The Crimson Christmas, Davianna watches Shadow get brutally beaten and presumably killed, believing her friend is now dead. In Chapter 13: Back into the Shadows, this event, along with the realization that she will soon also likely die, galvanizes Davianna's courage, inspiring her to fight for her own freedom. In Chapter 14: Dogfight!! Up Close and Personal with Remnants of the Foot Clan!, the other turtles and Casey Jones arrive to rescue her and Michelangelo Hamato, and they inform Davianna that Shadow has survived and is home safe.

Marcella

A friend and classmate of Davianna's at school. In Chapter 4: Watch Out! Business with the Purple Dragons!, Marcella overhears Erica's plan to pimp Davianna to the Purple Dragons, and discreetly tries to keep Davianna and Erica apart. When Marcella fails to do this, she tells Shadow Jones so that Davianna can be rescued.

In Chapter 24: Blind Trust, Marcella confesses her love to Davianna, at a time when Marcella believes she may not survive much longer.

Sayako Morinaga

The Japanese woman who is very strongly implied to be Davianna's birth mother. In Chapter 22: The Witch-Hunt of a Bloodline, there is a rare scene where Davianna removes her trademark red bow and lets her hair down, and in this moment she appears virtually identical to Sayako. Sayako along with the rest of the Morinaga Bloodline in Japan was hunted down and exterminated by the Foot Clan under Karai and Leonardo Hamato. If Davianna is also a Morinaga, this may be why she was sent to Brooklyn to be adopted.

Mr. & Mrs. Wallace

Davianna's adoptive parents.

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