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“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
“Antics? I do enjoy playing pranks on people, especially if they deserve it.”
Felicity Merriman on antics

Felicity Merriman (born 21 April 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

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

Lissie was mentioned by Adolf Hitler in Hitler is informed about Felicity Merriman's retirement, with the Führer 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.

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. There was even a time when she ordered a batch of weed to be dumped into the bunker's ventilation system[2], even going so far as to personally informing Hitler about her antic.

She was also known to show her more dramatic side at times, such as when she was forced to get off her horse as Jiggy Nye claimed ownership of it. Another instance was when she found out about Constantin Film blocking parodies again, condemning the copyright holders' efforts at limiting the Untergangers' freedom to make parodies.[3][4]

She also made a brief appearance in the fake trailer for a James Bond-style Downfall parody. While it can be noted that she was at the same room as with Grawitz and Goebbels, she only visited them out of random, and "just to see as to how incompetent the Nazis were".

She is also rumored to be a student at the increasingly well-known Tukhachevsky Antic Academy in Moscow, which may explain the rapid increase in her talents.

Antics

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 mercuric oxide[5] 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 Führer'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[6]; 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.

Comparisons to other Antic Masters

Fegelein

Merriman Fegelein
Both are into horses.
Both have committed antics against Hitler.
Both committed antics for fun (not employed by anyone.)
Both creates or improvises equipments for committing antics.
Both are shown to be playful, carefree, or spunky.
The main character of the film, and therefore, a protagonist. Played a supporting role in Downfall.
Merriman spent her teenage years witnessing the events of the Revolutionary War. Almost lived out World War II.
Merriman was simply a civilian. Fegelein is a Grüppenführer of the SS.
Has almost no one else to perform antics to other than Hitler. Performs antics to a wide range of victims, beside the Führer.
Merriman has never been reprimanded or charged with treason for befriending a Loyalist. Has been executed for treason and desertion.

Tukhachevsky

Merriman Tukhachevsky
Both prefer to commit antics on Hitler.
Both are the protagonists of their respective films; both films involving the two were direct-to-video releases, and were exclusive to the countries they were set in.
Merriman spent her teenage years witnessing the events of the Revolutionary War. Never lived to witness World War II
Merriman was simply a civilian. Tukhachevsky was a Soviet marshal.
Merriman is shown to be carefree and cheerful. Tukhachevsky appeared to be cold and somewhat emotionless.
Merriman has never been reprimanded or charged with treason for befriending a Loyalist. Has been executed for treason during Stalin's Great Purge.

Lt. Werner

Merriman Werner
Both prefer to target their antics towards Hitler.
Both are fictional characters.
Always performing antics to Hitler. Werner has yet to perform an antic on Captain Willenbrock.
Usually builds her own antic devices. Purchases his antic tools or uses commonplace items.
Commits antics for fun. Employed by his Captain Willenbrock.
Spent her teenage years witnessing the Revolutionary War. Werner lived out at least the early years of the war.
Merriman is shown to be much more independent and self-reliant (although she does ask Fegelein for some cover). Werner gets assistance from his crewmates aboard U-96.
Merriman is shown to be more playful and carefree. Werner is much more quiet in his depiction.

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References

  1. Felicity's friends and relatives occasionally call her Lissie in the original books and the film.
  2. Hitler's Reefer Madness with Merriman
  3. Felicity Merriman is informed about Constantin Film
  4. The above parody itself was blocked due to it making use of a clip from The Descendants, a film where Shailene Woodley also co-starred in, but was immediately unlocked after filing a dispute. Fox later pulled out their claim on the parody on 23 March 2012.
  5. Mercuric oxide was the same toxic substance used by George Washington, which was given to him in order to treat illnesses such as smallpox and malaria. It only contributed to the loss of his teeth, though.
  6. 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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