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|“||It's strange, isn't it? Carnivores and herbivores should get along, yet their children are treated like freaks.||„|
|~ Melon venting to Legoshi.|
Melon (メロン Meron) is the main antagonist of the fifth arc of Beastars. He is introducted in Chapter 124 as a worker in the illegal ivory trade. He also earns money quickly by working in other professions with people such as a therapist and university lecturer. A half breed consisting of gazelle and leopard genes, Melon is an antisocial criminal who goes undercover and keeps his identity secret by wearing a surgical mask to hide his mouth.
Melon was born to a gazelle father and a leopard mother. At a young age, his mother killed and ate his father, leaving just Melon and his mother as the residents of their apartment, which she had decorated akin to something out of a fairytale. Melon would not discover the true fate of his father until later on. His mother would always act loving to him, but would never leave the apartment, blaming it on their neighbours supposedly being nasty to them. As revealed in chapter 181, it is heavily implied that his mother may have sexually abused him as well.
One day, while she was ironing, Melon asked his mother about the origin of his name. His mother simply stated that despite Melons not being vegetables nor fruit, they were still sweet, like the life she wished him to live. It is at this point Melon realises the reality of his life as a hybrid, and that his mother very likely wished to eat him. Out of rage, he killed his mother with the iron. Similarly to how his mother would act, he started to don not only his mask, but would always close his eyes to look like an innocent herbivore, which is how he not only got away with the murder of his mother, but also his school bullies.
He is seen using this same ability at his job as a false therapist, where he gets Elephants to trust him before he murders them to sell their tusks in the ivory trade.
Melon is a hybrid with features of both species, including horns, a narrow skull, and sharp claws and teeth. Physically, he has a tall, slender body shape like that of a leopard's and has a long tail. His fur is coloured yellow and has leopard marks all over his body. To cover them up, Melon goes to a tattooist who covers them with melons.
To hide his identity in public, he wears a surgical mask not to scare anyone or be treated like an outcast because of how he looks.
Melon now body grew bigger and more muscular, looking more like a leopard than a gazelle, and much more spots have appeared.
Melon is a sly, dangerous criminal who has no qualms in using others for getting what he wants and killing others when they're deemed to be of no use to him such as murdering an innocent elephant to nearly killing Legoshi twice by shooting him in the ear and stomach. Because the society in Beastars doesn't promote hybrid families and children, Melon often feels like an outcast as a herbivore-carnivore hybrid. Melon makes a great effort to cover up his physical appearance, from wearing a surgical mask to getting tattoos that cover the leopard prints on his torso.
- Melon has most likely murdered the most people in the Beastars franchise, following the Shishigumi.
- Melon most likely has ASPD (Antisocial Personality Disorder) and NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) with symptoms like having no remorse and empathy, manipulation of others' emotion, and putting up a facade.