"The Russian Runt"
Height: 4'10 (147 cm)
Weight: 45.5 kg (91 lbs)
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Green
Hometown: Akademgorodok, Novosibirk, Russia
"You don't know me? Let me learn you properly! I'm Nika Vasileva, the Victorious Tsaritsa of the Ring!"
Nika loudly regards herself as the best boxer in the world. This egotistical redhead often adorns her diminutive personage with impressive-sounding titles. Before matches she often sits atop the turnbuckle of her chosen corner as if it were a throne upon which she can survey her "realm", all the better to literally talk down to everybody she deigns to notice.
Everyone else calls her "The Russian Runt". The unflattering nickname originated from Haruko Hitamura, the unimpressed opponent who solidly trounced Nika during the latter's debut. Unfortunately for Nika, the apt mockery stuck to her due to her poor showing and unpleasant personality.
"I will never forgive you! Prepare to be crushed beneath my boot!"
As her unwanted moniker suggests, Nika is possibly the worst boxer in all of history. She's short, light, and lacks the slightest vestige of talent or skill at boxing. She even jobs to jobbers, netting her another unsavoury title, the “Queen of Jobbers”. Her record currently stands at 0 wins, 0 draws, and ALL losses.
"But of course. Let everyone know the title you've concocted for me."
Nika is completely incapable of realizing that she is biting off far more than she can chew. She is equally incapable of accepting that she has ever lost. Nika performs intense mental gymnastics to persuade herself that she somehow won the match. Once in a blue moon she will acknowledge a defeat, only to write it off as luck or cheating on the part of her opponent.
She is understandably sensitive about her height. Bringing up her diminutive size is a sure-fire way to stoke her temper.
“…we're not... done yet…”
Strangely, Nika possesses an unyielding spirit. She is under a lot of pressure to live up to her mother's legacy and her own claim at being the best pugilist in the world. This makes her very stubborn during matches.
Through sheer willpower Nika can endure far more physical punishment than her dainty physique should allow. Her confidence is completely unshakeable. She is always overpowered or outfought or both, but she is never afraid of her opponent and will never ever surrender.
Nika is an absolute rookie in the ring. Her stance is atrocious. She leaves herself wide open, all her punches are painfully telegraphed, and she hits like a girly girl. Her only strategy is to rush the opponent and throw wild punches. She lacks the correct physique, raw power, and tempered skill to enforce her boasts.
Her short height and slight build do make her a somewhat difficult target. But her best asset is her willpower.
"H-h-how do you like that?"
Nika can endure immense pain and punishment for her size and inexperience. More than one match has dragged on longer than it should because she refused to stay down. Her opponents often need to knock her out cold.
Nika is the only daughter of a renowned Russian geneticist and a famous Olympic boxer. She is the apple of her happily-married parents' eyes. In turn she is extremely proud of their achievements.
“When I grow up, Mama, I’m going to be just like you!”
Her mother's respected record in the annals of boxing inspired her own interest in the sweet science. Nika decided to take up her mother's boxing gloves and make a name for herself in the boxing ring.
Unfortunately her illustrious heritage swelled her pretty little head. Given her father’s brilliance at genetics and her mother’s reputation as a formidable fighter, Nika wrongly believed herself to be the perfect natural combination of brains and brawn. Deciding that a genius like her did not require training, she plunged straight into the boxing ring and called out a girl that didn’t impress her.
"Get up here so I can thrash you well and good, you uncultured barbarian!"
Unknown to Nika, her parents started out as a lowly researcher and a backroom brawler, respectively. They worked very hard to achieve lofty positions in their respective fields of expertise. But Nika idolized her parents so much that she glossed over their humble origins and hard work, and her mother and father were too fond of their devoted daughter to correct her understandable misconception.
"How dare you... talk to me... the Triumphant... Queen of Boxers... like that..."
To say her first match turned out poorly is an understatement. The only reason Nika lasted as long as she did was because her kind-hearted opponent, Haruko Hitamura, went easy on her.
"What was that? Speak louder, you..."
Eventually the Japanese girl decided to end the suffering of the grossly-outmatched Russian. Haruka threw her third punch of the match, her only full-powered punch.
Nika went out like a sputtering lamp left out during the winter of her hometown. The limp runt was ignominiously hauled out of the ring.
Following her inglorious initial performance, Nika struggled with depression. The disheartened waif even considered giving up. But her parents dissuaded her from quitting after just one loss.
“You did your best, Nika. And you’ll only get better in the future. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.”
Thanks to their unwavering support, Nika recovered from her misery. She rationalized her defeat, turning it around to favor her side of the mental equation, and promised to avenge herself upon Haruko.
“I didn’t lose. I let her win. Besides, that was a practice match. It doesn’t count! I’ll show them all my true self next time!”
Her confidence restored, Nika continued to pursue her distant dream. She is undeterred by setback after setback, for she has her green eyes on the golden goal of becoming the greatest.
"That was a sneak attack! But it won't stop me for long!"
Her parents - "Mama and Papa are the best in the world!"
Genetics - "Being the daughter of the best, I'm certainly the best, too! …What do you mean, ‘genetics doesn’t work that way’? Silence!"
Boxing - "Thank you for giving me your gloves, Mama! I will do you proud!"
Cold weather - "I love Novosibirsk, but it can get very cold there… I don’t miss winter there at all!"
Arrogant people - "How dare you disrespect me!"
Haruko Hitamura - "You impertinent kitten! I'll destroy you!"
Her real name is Irina Nikitichna Volkova. Only her parents call her by her birth name of Irina.
She is naturally blonde, a trait inherited from her father. Her mother is a redhead, and Nika went for a red dye job to honor her.
Nika wears a black headband with rubber horns to give off a ferocious impression.
Her gloves are the same ones that her mother started out with. Nika carefully repaired them and takes good care of them. They are her most prized possession.
My immense gratitude goes to my good friend Psychopatrick88 . A few nights ago, the two of us started out with a joke about needing more jobber boxers. Our discussion culminated with the creation of Nika. We both hope she grows on you despite her abrasive attitude.