- "No matter what, the dark forces trying to take over will never win, for the heart can never be corrupted. Even in the darkest of times, it will always prevail." - Melissa Devlin
Melissa Eliza Devlin is one of the main characters in The Demon's Light. She is an 18-year-old half-angel (a race also known as "Nephilim") girl with light wavy brown hair that comes to her shoulders and dark hazel eyes. Her twin brother is Steven Devlin.
Along with her brother, Steven, Melissa was born to Stanley Devlin and the angel Jenna. Realizing that while her son was completely human her daughter taking after her was part angel, Jenna begged Stanley to marry a human woman and keep Melissa's abilities a secret for her entire childhood in order to protect her and her brother. Melissa met Atticus and the others after some major injuries resulted in her seeking refuge in a barn. She didn't know who either of her parents were until Season Two.
Role in series
In Getting Screwed, Melissa abandons Atticus and Marshall, when running from a demon. She is shown later regretting her choice, but believes they are dead, so she continues to go to Silivia, in search of Savannah and answers.
After entering Silivia in The City of Silver Lights, Melissa runs into a stranger named Richard Smith who helps her to his lab where she is reunited with her brother Steven Devlin and regains a memory about her past.
Later in the series, Melissa is kidnapped and is brought to The Demon's Fortress. Here, she is experimented on by Giannis Castellanos and transformed into an alternate personality known as Vanessa. When she reverted back to her normal personality, the experiment's side effects awakened her long dormant angelic powers.
Melissa Devlin is caring, protective, and brave. She is a very fun, laid-back, and somewhat immature individual, but she has a mature side when needed. She tries her best to be a good friend, but this has been to varying degrees of success. She is known for her sass replies.
Melissa has the ability to heal others, but cannot heal people who are near death. She also has the ability to teleport, but due to the immense fatigue caused by this technique, it is used sparingly. After being returned to normal from her alternate form as Vanessa, she gained the ability to manipulate illusions and cause hallucinations.
Melissa and Atticus Anoethite make a good team. While they have some arguments and bicker from time to time, they get along very well and have a strong bond.
Chris Wellington and Melissa are good friends. They have a few fights once in a while but Melissa always looks out for Chris.
Steven Devlin is Melissa's twin brother. They have an extremely strong bond, and her trust of Steven exceeds that of anyone else.
Queen of Thieves
Tessa Colmen helped Melissa after she was kidnapped and turned into Vanessa. Melissa was lead to believe that Tessa was a friend and trusted her. However, in Season Three, Tessa betrayed Melissa and the rest of the Protagonists.
- In Season Two, she discovers that her mother is Jenna.
- Somehow, Queen of Thieves becomes Melissa's friend later on.
- Later in Season One, Melissa is given a silver hilt black-bladed dagger that she loves. When she is kidnapped by Kaz, she accidentally leaves her dagger behind. Atticus holds onto it until after Melissa returns to her normal form.
- Her mother made her middle name Eliza after her father's mother.
- "Melissa" means "bee" in Greek. This is the name of a nymph that cared for Zeus after he was left by Rhea in Greek mythology. Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
- "Devlin" This is an Irish surname, meaning "unlucky" or "unfortunate".
In Season Two of The Demon's Light, Vanessa becomes a temporary main antagonist and is the alternate personality of Melissa Devlin. Unlike Melissa, she has black hair and red eyes. She also appears very demonic.
After Kaz sent Giannis to kidnap Melissa in Double Sides, she was taken to The Demon's Fortress and injected with demon blood. Melissa managed to escape and was hiding in the forest in a fragile state when The Queen of Thieves found her and tried to help her.
The demon blood injected into Melissa by Morgan Roots had turned her into a demon-like creature by that point. Unknown to her the angel blood inside her stopped her from transforming into a full demon, but the side-effects caused her to develop multiple personalities creating Vanessa, an evil form of Melissa.
Melissa's personality changed after she developed into Vanessa. She had turned cold and distant, no longer caring for her friends the way she did. She also had a new-found ideology, closely following that of Kaz and the Demon. Now that she was Vanessa she had turned rather bloodthirsty wanting to harm those who were once her friends her soul had turned dark due to the demon blood pulsing through her veins
Due to being injected with demon blood, Melissa gained new abilities as Vanessa. Vanessa has keen senses of hearing, eyesight, and movement.
- Kaz used Vanessa to his advantage since she was a loved member of the group to cause greater harm to everyone.
- Jenna, having re-established contact with her daughter, Melissa, after years of not seeing each other, helped the group find a way to cure Melissa before she was gone forever and only Vanessa was left.