Analysis: theories on Electra's character and background.

Personality: Unfortunately, we learn very little about Electra from the movie. Her history is never revealed, except for the fact that she and Vincent were once involved. We don't know about her childhood, her family (if any), how she became involved with the military and Cherious, or really anything that would let us draw more conclusions about how she has become the person who she is.

We can, however, tell some things about her. She is very aloof, and she does not form real relationships with others, but it is unclear whether this is of her own accord or because she simply cannot relate well with other people. Perhaps both. Her job is probably her driving force, partly because of her dedication and partly because she seems to have little else. Like any good soldier, she obeys orders seriously and efficiently, although when it comes to Vincent, obedience and dependence goes out the window. Vincent becomes her motivation.

Despite her cool demeanor, serious nature, and obvious strength- both internal and external- she does have uncertainties, mostly surrounding Vincent. When it comes to Vincent, she is emotional. Her only real concern is him. It's rather telling that even when she was involved with Vincent, she was not sure she was in love with him; this, plus how she acts throughout the movie, suggests she is not very good at describing or thinking about her feelings. As a soldier, she is expected not to let her emotions get in the way of her work; however, Electra may have internalized that to mean having little to no emotion at all. It is only after Electra realizes he doesn't recognize her on the monorail that she begins to understand her feelings. The monorail scene is important, not only because it establishes the link between Vincent and Electra, but because for the first time, we see that there's more to her than just the focused soldier, that she has deep, personal emotions.

She seems used to working alone, which is probably how she likes it. It's likely that she finds it difficult to trust people, especially given her position in the military. She eventually opens up to Spike, but only because she recognizes that he is different and because he seems to understand her very well.

Electra is very self-reliant, which is a positive trait, but when she applies it to Vincent, it's almost a fault. Electra believes that she can save Vincent by herself, and there is a sort of passionate desperation in this belief, which contradicts the cool, emotionless facade she normally wears. Although her determination in saving Vincent initially ends in disaster, at the very end of the movie, it is remembering Electra that allows Vincent to come out of his dream-like state. It really is only Electra who can save Vincent, although it is also Electra who kills him. (Was killing Vincent one manner of saving him?)


Tattoo: The tattoo on Electra's wrist is the symbol for the M.A. Special Operatives Force, Unit 7, of which Vincent was a part. That force became part of Cherious Medical's nanomachine experiments on Titan, and everyone but Vincent died. Vincent, the test vaccine with the anti-nanomachines in his blood, was apparently left on Titan to die.

Electra was not part of Vincent's force even though she also has its symbol tattooed on her wrist. She got the mark, then, because of her involvement with Vincent. Two possible explanations: she got it during their relationship, or, if she believed he was dead, afterwards in his memory.


Death Wish: Electra expected to die when she shot Vincent, believing that he would kill her also. She knew she couldn't save him the way she originally intended, so chose to be with him in death. However, it's unclear whether Electra decided to die at that moment or, if all along, she had secretly harbored that desire (since Vincent's disappearance three years ago). More simply, the question is whether Electra truly wanted to die. In the cell, Electra said that she may have wanted to be saved. Saved from what is never clear; the answer to that is probably related to Electra's reasons for accepting death. If Electra carries a death wish, she would not be the first- Vincent and Spike, too, also have that same, secret desire.


The Julia Connection: It's been suggested by fans that Electra may be a lot like Julia, one reason why Spike is attracted to her. Since Vincent parallels Spike, and the Vincent/Electra relationship parallels the Spike/Julia romance, it's not a great leap to think that Electra may be similar to Julia. Like Electra, Julia is also very mysterious, and little is known about her. From the brief glimpses that we see of Julia late in the series, she appears strong and capable, also like Electra. And the two women are also alike in that they need their other half to be truly complete; otherwise, they remain adrift. However, beyond inferences and suggestions, there's really no clear indication on how alike the two characters are.


Aftermath: Like many other things about Electra, it's difficult to say what she would do after Vincent's death. After all, she killed the only person she loved, and she did so at the moment he finally remembered her. Although she is strong, strength alone can't make someone live. The desire to continue must also be present; otherwise, one dies or lives a half-existence like Spike and Vincent.

After a tragedy, some people, no matter what, can't move on. Is Electra like that? Having realized that she loves Vincent and then having lost him, there seems little left for her in life. Again, she apparently has no close relationships. It was probably her job that sustained her for so long, or if she Vincent was alive, the hope of seeing him again, but returning to Cherious is unlikely.

Can the strength that Spike admires so much help Electra find a reason to live, in spite of what she has gone through? Or would she follow his and Vincent's path? Whatever Electra's future, it is important to remember that at one point in her life, she decided to die, and in doing so, accepted that as her only fate.


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