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R. Dorothy Wayneright, approximate age 18. The "R" in
her name could possibly stand for "Robot," a nod to science
fiction author Issac Asimov. She was born on Heaven's Day. Her secret?
No one really knows...
Dorothy in animeThe setting is Paradigm City, a city where technology
is a mystery to the common people, yet the wealthy live in complete
decadence. A huge accident occurred forty years ago that stripped
the city of its memories, setting it back to primitive times where
all of the modern technologies must be relearned. Keeping the peace
in Paradigm City is ex-cop Roger Smith, currently making a good
living as a Negotiator. One day, Roger is called in to take care
of a routine hostage situation, only the hostage isn't at all ordinary.
The hostage is R. Dorothy Wayneright and she is an android. So,
the question that begs asking is why does this robot exist when
she shouldn't? Is she the key to Paradigm City's lost past?
Dorothy is supposed to resemble human beings only in appearance,
but unlike the androids we're used to seeing on TV, she is a lot
more sophisticated than that. For that matter, she is a lot more
sophisticated than the average human girl. It's fitting that even
her worst qualities are not so different from the typical teenage
girls'... Dorothy is moody, monotonous, and sarcastic. She will
take almost every given opportunity to taunt Roger, such as remarking
that his taste in clothing is "repulsive", or bluntly
proclaiming him to be "a louse." At worst extreme, she
can appear to be unfeeling and cold (her response to Miguel Soldano's
claim that she is his real daughter is that they are the "deranged
rantings of a dying man"). She was programmed to mimic human
behavior; that includes singing, eating, and playing music. These
traits irritate Roger deeply at first. As the series progresses
and Dorothy regains her "memories," her humanity becomes
more and more apparent.
Music holds something very special for Dorothy, who was programmed
to sing for her father at the Nightingale Club. Dorothy's love of
music is shown again and again and seems to grow with every episode,
particularly in "Legacy of Amadeus" where she actually
pleads with Roger to protect the robot, Instro, who is to teach
her how to play a particular melody. Completely enthralled with
her lessons, she insists that Instro continue to teach her even
after he cuts off his own hands. Dorothy also recollects a song
from seemingly nowhere as she sings to the little grey kitten she
finds in "Lost Cat." Dorothy wonders where the song came
from... who did she sing this song for?
Though both Dorothy and Roger both insist that she isn't supposed
to have any real feelings, Dorothy's persistent actions would suggest
otherwise. Is Dorothy capable of romantic love? It's certainly hinted
at, such as when she tore up Casey Jenkins' business card in "Electric
City." Of course, there is the incident in the episode "Beck
Comes Back" when Dorothy tells Roger that she loves him...
while under Beck's control. At the end of this particular episode,
Dorothy asks Roger a most puzzling question... would they have fallen
in love if they had lost their memories? Roger seems to be very
ruffled by this question. Are they really in love with each other,
or is it an innocent yet awkward question asked by a girl who is
really just the shadow of a dead girl?
Whether it's pleading for the lives of a kitten or a robot, whether
she is innocently asking Roger if they could possibly fall in love,
R. Dorothy Wayneright is both different and the same as the efficient,
sullen girl we first met in "Roger the Negotiator."
Dorothy was created by a scientist named Dr. Timothy Wayneright,
who lost his daughter in "the incident" that occurred
40 years ago. When he regained his memories, he was so distraught
with grief that he tried to resurrect his late daughter by creating
a robot that he referred to as his "nightingale," after
the legend of the emperor who loved to hear
the song of a mechanical bird. Miguel Soldarno also plays a
rather large role in the creation of both Dorothies. He refers to
Dorothy-1 and R. Dorothy as his daughters, though he calls R. Dorothy
his "real daughter." Dorothy tells Roger that Soldarno
funded her creation in an exchange with Dr. Wayneright: if Wayneright
would develop the megadeus Dorothy-1 for him, he would pay for the
construction of the android Dorothy. Soldarno also calls Dorothy
"nightingale" as he lays dying.
Though her initial reaction to him was rather chilly, it would
seem that Dorothy still respects him enough as a professional to
ask him for his protection. However, her respect doesn't stop her
from calling Roger names, making fun of his personal habits and
otherwise putting him and other "mere human beings" down
whenever she gets the chance. Norman takes a shine to Dorothy from
the start, letting her enter the Smith home without Roger's approval
and frequently coming to her defense in a Roger/Dorothy exchange
of barbs. He fits her with the trademark black dress she is seen
wearing through most of the series.
North American voice actress - Lia Sargent. Also the voice of Milly
Thompson in Trigun, Judy in Cowboy Bebop, Nanami in El Hazard, Chun
Li in Street Fighter II. Also worked on dub scripts for 6/13 episodes
of The Big O.
Japanese voice actress - Akiko Yajima. Also the voice of Anna in
Battle Athletes, Boushin in Fushigi Yuugi, Relena in Gundam Wing.