“Jacqueline Hyde, get both your selves over here!” — Carmen, Where in Time season 2 episode 7
((I've loved Carmen since I was about three and watched the PBS game shows. My favorite entry in the franchise, however, is Where on Earth. I've never quite let up on my Carmen fandom, and I run F**k Yeah Carmen Sandiego on Tumblr.
I chose Jacqueline Hyde partly because she's amusing, and partly because I for some reason had a crush on her as a child. (I am, as you may notice, extremely gay.) And, in small part, because as someone who is both the world's biggest bitch and the world's biggest sweetheart, I can relate to the whole duality thing. Though unlike Jacqueline, I don't actually have dissociative identity disorder...))
Jacqueline is pan, though she doesn't realize it as she's never thought about it. Hyde is too busy wreaking and enjoying chaos to be attracted to anyone.
Jacqueline's favorite song is Take a Chance on Me by ABBA.
Hyde developed a year prior to Jacqueline's meeting Carmen, following a car accident (see this post).
Jacqueline has a deeply unsettling recurring dream in which she glows red and is horribly mean, with no moral compass at all. She's not sure what, if anything, it means...
The longest period of time Hyde has taken over Jacqueline was about ten minutes. However, it’s not unusual for the two to switch back and forth repeatedly for only a few seconds each.
Several VILE agents have tried to capture proof of Hyde’s existence to show Jacqueline, but they have never succeeded, often due to their own ineptitude. ACME reportedly has video evidence of Hyde, but it remains unseen by Jacqueline.
Jacqueline’s hobbies include reading, particularly romance novels, and sewing.
Upon leaving her native time and place to join VILE, Jacqueline told her family and friends that she was taking a job in California, leaving the specifics purposefully vague. She occasionally goes back in time to visit her immediate family, but finds that she has grown apart from her high school friends and is now closer to her fellow VILE agents.
Jacqueline’s favorite store in the present day is Forever 21.
Jacqueline was a Catholic schoolgirl in the 1970s Midwest, suffering from an existential case of ennui, when she crossed paths with Carmen, on her way back to the present following a heist in the 19th century. Unbeknownst to her (though known all too well to everyone else), she also hosts an alternate personality, Hyde. Hyde, meanwhile, is perfectly aware of Jacqueline, whom she finds to be a loathsome goody-goody.
Jacqueline is saccharine-sweet by nature, and although her moralistic schooling has been partially undone by Carmen and the rest of VILE, she is sometimes troubled by breaking the seventh commandment. But even if Hyde isn't there to override her qualms, she usually overcomes them by reason of her loyalty to Carmen and her VILE friends. Besides, she likes to admire the pretty things she steals. In summary, she's lawful neutral.
Hyde, on the other hand, is pure chaos, with no moral qualms about thievery at all. For her, stealing is the perfect opportunity to wreak as much havoc as possible.
Jacqueline is driven by a desire for belonging and more than a bit of hedonism. Hyde is pure hedonism - specifically, hedonism by means of chaos - and a heavy dose of sadism.
"Stealing is a big no-no...to which I always say, 'Yes! Yes!'"
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