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Melanie King is a paranormal investigator who runs the Ghost Hunt UK Youtube Channel.

Description Edit

Melanie has a scar on her shoulder from being sliced by a scalpel,[1] and she is implied to be skinny in a way that Martin and Basira are not.[2] After MAG 155, she has damaged eyes from blinding herself.

History Edit

Melanie has no known family outside of her deceased mother and father. Her father previously resided at Ivy Meadows Care Home with dementia, but he always remembered Melanie. He died shortly after John Amherst took over the facility.

Season One Edit

Melanie King was the host of a YouTube channel, Ghost Hunt UK, where she and her team went into haunted buildings or sites with scientific equipment in order to look for ghosts and evidence thereof.

In January 2015, Melanie's friend Georgie Barker put her in contact with Sarah Baldwin as a replacement for the group's sound engineer for an investigation of Cambridge Medical Hospital. After the events of that night, she gave a statement to Jonathan Sims, and the two of them end up in a screaming argument.[3]

Season Two Edit

After the aforementioned incident, Ghost Hunt UK gradually folded, and Melanie began doing independent research. Her focus was "war ghosts", hauntings at locations connected to historical conflicts. In her research, she realized that other paranormal researchers focused on the same few locations, the ones "confirmed as safe", and started investigating locations others avoided, predicting that those would be far more likely to be "real."[1]

After sneaking in to investigate a train graveyard with a train that smelled of blood, Melanie was stabbed by a ghost, captured by security guards, and caught on video screaming about blood and ghosts, which went viral and was briefly a meme, costing Melanie the rest of her professional reputation.[1] Doing follow-up research on the train car, she realized she needed a book available in the library of The Magnus Institute,[1] and had to ask Jonathan to vouch for her so she could be allowed to access it without having the usual academic credentials.[4] With the book, she realized there was another similar haunting in India, and came back to the Institute to give Jonathan another statement about her train adventure before leaving to investigate it.

At this point, she asked where Sasha was so she could say goodbye to her, but Jonathan insisted Not-Sasha was the same person. They had an argument as Melanie could tell the two Sashas were different people and thought John was trying to gaslight her.[1]

In Amritsar, India, Melanie predicted when the ghosts of British troops that massacred almost a thousand civilians in 1919 would manifest. The enormous mass of fused flesh and guns shot her before she escaped. The bullet went into her leg, though when she went to the hospital afterwards the scanners showed nothing there.[5]The ghost bullet remained lodged inside her and infected her with The Slaughter.[6]

Season Three Edit

Melanie came back to the Institute thinking to give another statement to John, but found him not there (as he was on the run wanted for murder), and was unable to give her statement to Martin instead. Elias then offered her the job recently vacated by Not-Sasha. Despite a warning from Martin, she began working full-time for the Institute as an archival assistant.[7]

After John heard Melanie was working for the Institute, he came to her to ask her to be his "source on the inside" and help him research leads using Institute resources.[8] She helped him track down Jude Perry and inquired about the calliope organ that had been supposed to be in artefact storage.[9]

When she learned that the archive staff were bound to the institute, Melanie repeatedly tried to kill Elias. He retaliated by implanting in her mind the knowledge of her father's true death at Ivy Meadows Care Home.[10] She had been told that he had died peacefully of smoke inhalation during the fire, but actually The Corruption had infected him and he died suffering.[11] Elias threatens to implant the image of Melanie's corrupted father deep in her brain if she makes any further attempts at his life.

While Martin distracted Elias in the archives, Melanie broke into his office and obtained the tape of Jurgen Leitner's murder as well as other incriminating documents to hand over to the police.[12]

Season Four Edit

When The Flesh attacked the Archives two months before John returned, Melanie got a knife and singlehandedly protected the others.

Upon John's return to the Institute after awakening from his coma, Melanie reacts violently and attacks him, accusing him of being to blame for Tim and Daisy's deaths when stopping The Unknowing.[13]

John's powers let him realize the ghost bullet Melanie mentioned is still lodged inside her leg, above the tibia. The bullet is "pumping violence into her", infecting her with The Slaughter. He and Basira decide to do surgery on her while she is asleep to remove the bullet, as she is currently too violent to react well to being asked. John, who can see the bullet and something rotten inside her, removes the bullet. However, she wakes after the procedure and panics, stabbing John.[6] She later asks Basira to apologize to John for her, and notes that she is now able to cry again.[14]

Melanie walks in on John trying to chop off his finger in an attempt to create an anchor for himself. She tells John about how the surgery broke her trust and made her feel unsafe in the Archives. She didn't want it out. Melanie had used righteous anger her whole life to persevere, and the bullet in her leg finally validated her anger and told her it was okay. As a better way to obtain an anchor, she takes John to Helen's door, where Jared Hopworth is trapped in the corridors after his attack on the Archives.[15]

Some time later, John catches Melanie on her way out the Archives and accidentally compels her to say she's going to therapy. Georgie Barker accompanies her.[16] In therapy, Melanie explicitly states she doesn't want the sessions to be recorded.[17]

Melanie is with Daisy and Basira when they confront John about his 'eating habits.'[18] She accompanies the group as they investigate the house on Hill Top Road. While there, she admits to trying to be more open with her feelings. Melanie and the other ladies seem to be having a good time together.[18]

Continuing her journey of personal growth, Melanie seeks out John to tell him she'll no longer be doing work at the Archives. She can't be a part of it anymore, as the Institute is working for The Eye. She admits to initially being paranoid about a potentially evil therapist.[19]

John informs Melanie that blinding herself would free her from the Eye, and coming to the conclusion that it's a fair price to pay to get out, she uses an awl from the book repair suppliers in the Archive's library to do so.[20] She moves in with Georgie, her girlfriend, and recovers there. She welcomes John visiting as a friend but refuses to help him with anything related to the Archives or the Entities.[21]

Episode Appearances Edit

Bold marks episodes where Melanie has read a statement.

Episode Appearances

TriviaEdit

  • Melanie was named after Stephen King.[22]
  • Melanie starting her recording with a little clap in MAG 86 was a decision made by Lydia Nicholas, her voice actor.
  • Melanie's D&D class would be a ranger.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 MAG 76: The Smell of Blood
  2. MAG 131: Flesh
  3. MAG 28: Skintight
  4. MAG 63: The End of the Tunnel
  5. MAG 117: Testament
  6. 6.0 6.1 MAG 125: Civilian Casualties
  7. MAG 84: Possessive
  8. MAG 86: Tucked In
  9. MAG 88: Dig
  10. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
  11. MAG 36: Taken Ill
  12. MAG 118: The Masquerade
  13. MAG 123: Web Development
  14. MAG 127: Remains to be Seen
  15. MAG 131: Flesh
  16. MAG 145: Infectious Doubts
  17. MAG 136: The Puppeteer
  18. 18.0 18.1 MAG 147: Weaver
  19. MAG 150: Cul-De-Sac
  20. MAG 155: Cost of Living
  21. MAG 157: Rotten Core
  22. MAG 120.1 - Season 3 Q+A (Extended Cut)
  23. Season 4 Q&A Part 2
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