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History time!

Okay guys, I noticed we have a couple new members and hopefully some more soon now we've just done a bit of advertising (feel free to pimp out the community yourselves as well, we'd appreciate it!), so I figured now would be a good time to put a fresh discussion topic up.

Like all the Wammy kids, Matt's origins are a mystery. So, whats your Matt's history before he comes to The Wammy's House, where was he born, what was his family like, how did he become an orphan? Is he an orphan or just abandoned? This can also entail how he got to Wammy's if you guys like, just any background info pre-dating his time as a candidate for L's succession.


To go first: My Matt's were born in Detroit, an only child whose mother died in childbirth. His family was quite poor and his father tended to work all day to afford the money for them to live, during the day Matt would run around with all the neighbourhood kids (this is where my Matt picked up his pickpocketing skills) under the poor supervision of the local women. At the age of six his dad was killed in a hit-and-run accident and Matt went on the run from social-services for two weeks before he was caught.
After that he was shunted round a couple of orphanages, always playing the loner and thieving from the other kids, which is how he first discovered videogames and became an addict before his intelligence was finally noticed by one of the teachers who had some connections to Wammy's. Watari came, gave him the explanation and Matt, bored and hating the normal orphanages (and also thinking he had no choice in the matter really), agreed to go.
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Truth to be told: I never thought much about Matt's childhood before Wammy House ._. (because Mello's past was always 'more interesting' for me)
There's only one thing about 'my' Matt, I know for sure: He's from south america XD~ (but not from the jungle, LOL)
Well thats part of what we're here for, to help people think this stuff out~ (Haha, hopefully this issue will come up in the Mello com soon too)
Ohh South America, thats the first time I've ever heard of something having him from there, that sounds like an interesting place for him to come from XD

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Yess, I remember that. I read one in a fanfic I think who was from Italy.

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katamanda

8 years ago

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katamanda

8 years ago

Actually I didn't know until yet, where ppl put Matt.
Nami always makes him french, lol
But aside from this, I never asked anyone: Hey, your Matt - where's he from, huh?

So this topic was VERY necessary XD
Like, from Peru, or Brazil??? O.o
nohoo!!
from Colombia! *rofls*

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Its so weird to imagine Matt as the good little, church going boy XD But I do love the idea of him having a little sister, I imagine he'd have been a very good big brother.

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Wow, thats probably the most violent/criminal backstory I've ever heard for him, or at least for how he became orphaned. Very good reason for that though, yes. My Matt's except for one AU were never involved in Mello's mafia activities, they met up with him post-explosion. The detest for authority figures I completely agree with, my Matt was used to running wild, when he suddenly had to go into an enviroment where people tried to tell him what to do, he hated it.

Haha, I love that as a little hint to the 'dark' side of Wammy's, if you did mean it that way.

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Given how little we know, it could be entirely valid!

Me too, running round, doing pranks, hacking into Wammy's computer databae and driving Roger crazy, it suits them very well. My Matt's mostly a criminal out of laziness and boredom rather than having a liking for it.

Not at all! Why else would they recruit orphans in the first place? They wanted children with no connections to anything outside of Wammy's, who could easily let 'succeeding L' become their reason for being. Dark Wammy's always meets my approval.

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Ahh, see, my Matt never had a deep familial bond with anyone, no mother and a father who was barely around. Which accounts for how apathetic he is towards most people, I usually play it as a good reason for why he's attached to Mello as he is, Mello was the first person he ever felt really connected to.

Exactly, I hate when people try to turn Wammy's into a happy, noble organisation. I mean, the first two successors, one killed themselves and the other became a serial killer. And then the fourth generation with MMN... well look how that turned out. (Well, the only other Wammy kid whose life we know of after Wammy's is Linda, and she became an artist)

Its a 'the end justifies the means' place.

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katamanda

8 years ago

Hmmm Matt's british, I'm sure ^^
I think he never met his dad, and her mom was some sort of alcoholic or drug addicted, and she just died when Matt was 5 or so. He went to a random orphanage, where teachers noticed he was very smart and skilled and then he ended up in Wammy's .
;P
British or American seem to be the most popular choices XD
Awww, poor guy, having a parent like that would have an effect on him for sure.
Well, Matt's a redhead in my mind, and I think there's more redheads in the United Kindom (maybe this is not true...)
And yeah, but I think it'll make him a special person, not very interested in most of the humanity.
Well I don't see many? I think they're about as numerous here as in any other place. The Irish thing I think it is... or Scottish, so now I am imagining Matt in a kilt.
Which goes perfectly well with what little we canonly know.
Ohh Matt in a kilt <33333 I think it's hot XD
Boys look really good in those things *drools*
Your icon is a bit scary. It's that the ghost of Matt?
Heheh I agree.

Umm no, it's L/Matt ^^; from a commissioned work I got from the L player, we play them at Econtra together and some L/Matt stuff happened XD And the L there is dead, so he's very paaale.
naw - near's british, that should be bourgeois enough for that series, LOL
also Jeevas - wtf? what kind of name is that? lolol
Well, this is how it goes for my Matts, whi have unfortunately not ENTIRELY thought-out pasts as this stuff seems to work itself out in game play over time:

I've never been clear about whether he was born in America or England, but I've always figured that it was one or the other. My Matt had a little sister, Nadine, and a single father as his mother died of illness when both Matt and his sister were very young. Matt's dad was killed by a mugger and he didn't want to be separated from his sister, so he took her and basically went on the run from child protective services and tried to care for her on his own. His sister became very will and, despite passionate and extensive efforts to make her better, she became worse and worse until finally, defeated, Matt took her in to the hospital so that she could be made better. While his sister recovered from her severe illness Matt was put into the system with the casual reassurance that his sister would be joining him soon, but she was adopted relatively early on and Matt never saw her again. He kept to himself and didn't like talking to others, but his grades were phenomenal because he was basically an ingenious little kid and when Matt had the chance to go to Wammy's, he took it. He has a strong sense of justice and wants to do right, but because he failed so miserably at caring for his sister when he was a child he has an almost phobic desire to avoid responsibility for anything, so being in 3rd place and always playing distant, efficient subordinate suits him just fine. He has since [via l33t hacking] found out where his sister is and what her name is now, but leaves her be because she's happy and he'd rather not fail her again by getting in-touch with her and proving to be just as shitty at 'brother'ing as he fears he is.
;~~~; *wibbles* jcbvkfjbk the thing... with his sister... no wonder your Matt's always such a sweetie! I adore him to pieces even more now! And thats so loving and noble of him to leave her to live her own life. I want to squish him so much D: