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I lost my whole family, everything... But I butchered those fuckers. My family's killers. That's when I realized... I am a killer too and a good one at that.
~ Mistral

Mistral, also referring herself as the Cold Wind of France, is a major antagonist in the video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and the main antagonist of its Bladewolf DLC. 

She's a cyborg ninja that's a member of the Desperado Enforcement LLC, as well as being the only female member as well. She is also the one who trained the IF Prototype LQ-84i K-9000 during his time as an unofficial member of Desperado.

She was voiced by Salli Saffioti, who also voiced Cleo de Nile in Monster High, Eramis, Kell of Darkness in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. and Francesca De Santis in Hitman

Biography

Past

Before the events in Rising, Mistral was orphaned from her French/African family at a young age during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s. She quickly served the French Foreign Legion in attempt to find revenge for the people who killed her family. This would lead to her murdering countless in wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and soon she would quickly grow tired of them. Her ideals would change once she meet Senator Armstrong and that convinced her to join World Marshal.

Training Blade Wolf

Mistral with Blade Wolf.

Within the events of the Bladewolf DLC, Mistral was in charge of maintaining the AI LQ-84i (Bladewolf). This was rigorous training through virtual reality but LQ would always question authority at any chance it got. Nowhere near ready to fulfill an actual mission of assassinating the African Politician Mistral felt LQ was a disappointment. Sundowner would have to carry that mission on his own instea of using UGs. On a mission to liberate Abkhazia Mistral tested LQ by challenging a hired mercenary Khamsin. She desired to see LQ perform at his best by disabling his own inhibitors, which was the moment where LQ escaped and everything in World Marshal was sent out to destroy it. Soon after LQ kills Khamsin only to realize Mistral fooled the renegade AI and always had control over it. She then humiliated and bent LQ to her will.

Encountering Raiden

Mistral blowing a kiss at Raiden.

Mistral later encountered Raiden at Desperado's base of operations, a refinery plant located near the coastline. After dropping her coat off, she revealed all she knew about him, including his former nickname from the Liberian Civil War, "Jack the Ripper." She remarked about their similar pasts, although she quickly learned that the similarities ended there and that they were quite different as people. At first, she had her Dwarf Gekko fight Raiden, but eventually the two fought on the rooftops. 

Later on, their fight fell down to the main level of the plant. Sensing the end of the battle to be near, Mistral then attempted to smash Raiden with "L'Etranger" with a downward slam.

Mistral fighting Raiden

However, Raiden parried the blow with his sword, and then proceeded to inch closer and proceeded to backhand her. Irritated at Raiden's persistence, she then tried to thrust at him with the L'Etranger. However, Raiden jumped over one of her thrusts and L'Étranger pierced a liquid nitrogen tank instead. Landing on her weapon, Raiden performed a flip and cut open the tank, freezing her with the liquid nitrogen. Raiden then finished off the immobilized Mistral in mid-air. Despite her defeat, she nonetheless felt some content in her death because she realized what it felt like to die for a cause, and expressed her wish towards someone (implied to be Steven Armstrong) to continue to fight due to her belief that he wouldn't fall. Her last words, however, were imparted in French as she expressed her love with all her heart. Her client, Dolzaev, having contacted Mistral just after Raiden had landed the finishing blows to her, ended up confused with her remarks and almost broke down regarding her last words due to her never having said this before then, before Raiden took over Mistral's communication radio and informed Dolzaev that she was not talking to him. Afterwards, her Pole-Arm weapon was later copied after a careful analysis of her battle data.

Personality

Mistral, alongside Jetstream Sam, is considered to be the most stable and sane member of the Winds of Destruction. A killer looking for a challenge, she takes an interest in Raiden. She believed she and him shared a lot in common due to the fact they both served as child soldiers. She was also vengeful as a child, taking the life of her parent's killers.

Blade Wolf DLC revealed that Mistral still as cruel and sadistic as Sundowner. She relishes every chance of torturing others, particularly towards her Dwarf Gekkos, which she objectified and seemed to have little regard for, except when they were useful to her in battle. On one occasion, she used the Dwarf Gekko as a makeshift chair and to cradle herself, while the Dwarf Gekko clearly struggled to support her weight. Evidence of Mistral's callous treatment could also be seen when she gave false promise on Blade Wolf just to humiliating the wolf-like robot and briefly gave tender care to a damaged Dwarf Gekko, before forcibly yanking two of its arms off and stomping the core, much to its discomfort.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Cyborg Enhancements: Mistral's physical traits are enhanced by cybernetics. She had the ability to take the arms of Dwarf Gekko, a.k.a. Tripods, and attach them to her body. She could attach up to 14 arms of Dwarf Gekko to her body, 7 arms on each side of her body.

  • Enhanced Strength: Mistral is strong enough to tear a dwarf Gekko limbs off and crush it in half with her foot. She can throw dwarf Gekko cores at a fast enough velocity to generate flames. She is even capable of throwing Raiden a far durance with her weapon. She was capable of tearing apart a power plant pipe with her
  • Enhanced Durability: Mistral is able to take physical strikes from others cyborgs like Raiden, even recovering after being kicked towards a far away pipe on a power plant.
  • Enhanced Speed: Mistral can quickly disappear from Raiden and keep up with him in battle. She can spin her weapon fast enough to act like a buzz saw.
  • Enhanced Agility: Mistral is capable performing agile maneuvers at a superhuman level. she can jump up great heights and even acrobatically move down a collapsing power plant pipe.
  • Enhanced Vision: Similar to Raiden, she possessed optical implants in her eyes. Shortly after her arms were inserted into her body, her eye glowed crimson. In addition, she also saw Raiden from afar revealing that her optical implants could also zoom in via AR.

Abilities

  • Pole-arm Mastery: Mistral is highly skilled at using polearm weapons in combat. She can uses her weapon's different configurations like a spear, a staff, a flail, or a three section staff. She was skilled enough to taken on master swordsman Raiden in a fight, even catching him off guard at a few points, using her weapon's flexibility to throw him off and slip past his guard.
    • Whip Mastery: Mistral is also high skilled at using whip like weapons in combat. She can move her weapon in its whip form at great speed and can even use it as a grappling hook to grab enemies or damage the environment.
  • Expert tactician: Mistral is a highly capable planner. She was able to help Dolzaev with his terrorist activities and even manipulated Blade Wolf into killing Khamsin. She uses the environment her advantage such as using Dwarf Gekkos as weapons, throwing Raiden to a different location, and damaging a power plant pipe she is fighting on.
    • Leadership: Mistral is capable of leading Desperado forces in the field or behind the scenes.
  • Bilingualism: Mistral can speak English as well as her native French.
  • Stealth: Mistral was able to disappear from Raiden's sight.

Equipment

  • Dwarf Gekko Pole-arm: Mistral wields a poleward known as L'Etranger. It is comprised of multiple Dwarf Gekko arms linked together holding knife on each end. In addition to using her L'Etranger as a whip and spear, she could also utilize it in addition to a cartwheel to mow people down in a similar manner to a buzz-saw. She could also loosen both ends to act as grappling hooks to damage the environment and her opponents with a slam, as evidenced with what she did with one of the pipes in the plant during the fight with Raiden.
  • Cybernetic chassis: Mistral uses a cybernetic body that can attach extra limbs from dwarf geckos. The feet also have metal claw protrusions on the toes. She carries three knife blades on her left thigh which she uses in the construction of her pole arm.
  • Dwarf Gekkos: Mistral is accompanied by several of the robots. She uses their arms to make her polearm. She could also use the remaining cores as volleys to bombard her foes with.

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