Melody Powers is a fictional spy character developed by Daria Morgendorffer and included in stories featured in the episodes "Cafe Disaffecto" and "The Old and the Beautiful." The character's stories appear to be set during the Cold War, as she uses sex appeal and bloody brutality to fight Communists.
Melody Powers in Fanfiction
Having Daria write Melody Powers stories has become a staple in fanfiction writing. Galen Hardesty probably gave the best rendition with "Blood Oath of Patriots" and "Blood Oath of Patriots II: By Any Other Name." In Richard Lobinske's Last Summer and Falling Into College stories, Daria published a total of four Melody Powers stories with an action pulp magazine called Literature in Action. Daria has a Melody Powers story published in "Prayer for a SAINT" that causes unexpected problems.
Sometimes in fanfiction, Melody is written as a self-insertion or Mary Sue of Daria herself. Other times, Melody is presented as an independent character; she might even be Daria in disguise (e.g., "Alias: Melody Powers," by Kendra Steiner). In a few stories, Melody is a real person in the Dariaverse or is brought to life therein.
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