Matrimona Martínez, born Mona Martínez-Ramírez [she/her], is a 2020-introduced and all-around character.
She is the successor to Juno from The Peacock and Juno and various other fables, and will also succeed Jupiter’s Bride from Jupiter and the Tortoise, all tales by Greek fabulist Aesop. She is a fourth year (or, Classics Year) student at the time of the Rebel Movement and rooms with Virginia de Milo.
The infamous leader of the Olympiads, a god-themed clique of populars, as well as queen of all Aesop fables and senior Royal Student Council President, Mona secures nothing short of worship among her classmates, striking an almost religious fear within the halls of Ever After High.
However, and this is known to none, her superior attitude is largely based in anxiety. The last thing she wants is to lose out on the golden opportunity presented to her and her family, so she therefore tries to remain as close to the role as possible.
Hence, Mona identifies as a Royal.
In fact, she’s perhaps one of the most devoted legacies in all the school, dutifully acting the part of the queen of the gods; smiting several classmates in her wake and adopting all the mythos lingo she can manage. But alas, this is far closer to the truth than she’d care to admit. Mona, for all her authority and intensity, is, in fact, acting a part. At least, that’s how it started out.
As Juno’s successor, she was born outside the legacy, and once offered the role, she realized this was the way out of the unfair cycle her entire family had been living in for so long. With the gift of a story, however, also came an immense fear of failure and losing the salvation her family had only just received. Destiny giveth, and destiny taketh away, and learning she signed a false Storybook certainly didn’t help her nerves.
In response, Mona has become hell-bent on continuously mimicking what a goddess-queen stands for. She cannot lose this scholarship, this role, this new life for her and her family, and is unwilling to risk the opportunity, no matter the number of intimate sacrifices she has to make. For this, she is very determined.
As a result, Mona bases her decision-making on how close it brings her to the gods. She is high, mighty, and will never let you forget it. What she sadly does forget, however, is the way she was raised before destiny knocked on their door. Though once an openly compassionate and helpful person, Mona has forced herself to hide away this original version of herself, becoming standoffish and uncharitable to those around her.
Perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad, if the two sides hadn’t begun to intertwine so much. More than ever before, Mona feels as if she cannot differentiate between the girl her family raised, and the vindictive royal she’s turned herself into.
Additionally, one of the things Mona has also had to give up is simply how artistic she is. To her, artfulness has become a weakness, a window into the softer side of herself she tries so hard to dismiss. For all the pain it’s caused her, though, Mona wouldn’t consider changing her image for anything. Despite the pain that’s come with the role, she’s devoted to her family’s well-being above all else, and is more than willing to be their ticket to a better life. Even if she has to give up the rest of hers to do so.
None of this is meant to imply that Mona possesses no regrets, however. Like the original Juno, she mourns the freedom she’ll never have again while being sworn to her position as queen of the gods. Thus, Mona is not just nostalgic, but also deeply defensive and high-strung, which only aids her image as the meanest mean girl around.
Hobbies and Interests
Her one true passion, Mona was raised with all types of art. Painting, storytelling, and perhaps most notably, singing. Her family, though not fairytales, have made their own mark by applying beauty and theme to everything they can find. But unfortunately, Mona no longer follows in these family traditions. Feeling that these things are not suitable activities for a Queen of Heaven, she has since abandoned these pursuits in their entirety.
Growing up in a struggling household, Mona taught herself how to use clothes to her advantage, creating striking looks that distracted from the sweat and dirt of her former lifestyle. Knowing how to sew and gather fabrics, she’s become adept at visualizing looks fit for the gods. Even at Ever After High, she continues to design her own outfits, using them to further associate herself with the role. Despite this hobby being born out of some form of necessity, however, Mona genuinely finds peace and escape in it.
Royal Student Council
A prominent member, Mona completes the “Popular Fairytale” trifecta of fashion, student council, and cheerhexing by being a top participant in Faybelle Thorn’s infamous squad. Having joined up early on, she offers her services to the Dark Fairy’s daughter by keeping the Classics Year members in line, and is currently the back-spot to Faybelle’s flyer.
As statuesque as a Grecian sculpture, Mona is a young woman of Latin American descent with medium brown skin, brown eyes, and straight shoulder-length dark brown hair with fringe bangs.
Her style is preppy, often with a Catholic schoolgirl silhouette, tying traditional Mexican wear with Grecian styled fashions. Her colors are yellow, white, light blue/light green, and gold, while her motifs consist of peacock feathers, diadems, and scepters.
Powers & Abilities
- Avian Summoning: A natural-born skill, which manifested during her early childhood. Though not confirmed, this is likely among the reasons she was chosen by the Greco-Roman Fairytale Authorities for the role of Juno.
- Biological Manipulation: After signing the Storybook of Legends, Mona gained the ability to modify the biology of peacocks, as Juno does in her most notable stories. It is hypothesized that Mona’s ability will extend to all sorts of animals once she completes destiny and achieves god(ess)hood.
Due to rooming with a fellow future Greek goddess, Mona’s dorm is located towards the top of the Dormitory Tower, and is about as high as Fourth Year dorms are allowed to be. Because they’ve been placed among many other Fourth Year Aesop students as neighbors, the hallway has been nicknamed the “Olympus Lobby” by its inhabitants.
Mona’s half of the dorm is a Hacienda-style bedroom. The walls are mostly yellow, decorated with a peacock feather wallpaper pattern resembling the one on her clothes. On the walls hang several pictures of various Catholic saints and Greco-Roman gods alike, and near these photos she keeps a golden peacock-styled room divider, which she can change clothes behind.
Her bed is peacock-shaped—round—and is crafted solely from wood. In addition, she also has a wooden wardrobe and a wooden vanity, where she keeps an old framed photo of her parents and siblings locked away in a drawer. It’s the only physical portrait she brought of her family to Ever After High, and she does not show it to anybody.
The room she shares with Virginia also happens to have a balcony, supported by Grecian columns, which looks over the school’s major courtyards. On Mona’s half of the balcony is a wicker dining table set, where she can host acquaintances if she pleases.
Fairytale - The Peacock and Juno
How It Goes
Main Article: The Peacock and Juno
See also: Juno’s fables
The Peacock was greatly discontented because he had not a beautiful voice like the nightingale, and he went and complained to Juno about it. “The nightingale’s song,” said he, “is the envy of all the birds; but whenever I utter a sound I become a laughing-stock.”
The goddess tried to console him by saying, “You have not, it is true, the power of song, but then you far excel all the rest in beauty: your neck flashes like the emerald and your splendid tail is a marvel of gorgeous colour.”
But the Peacock was not appeased. “What is the use,” said he, “of being beautiful, with a voice like mine?”
Then Juno replied, with a shade of sternness in her tones, “Fate has allotted to all their destined gifts: to yourself beauty, to the eagle strength, to the nightingale song, and so on to all the rest in their degree; but you alone are dissatisfied with your portion. Make, then, no more complaints. For, if your present wish were granted, you would quickly find cause for fresh discontent.
| It was always the custom that whenever the gods had a reason to celebrate they would invite all and sundry to the party. So it was when one day Jupiter decided that he would get married, he invited all the animals to the wedding feast. All the animals were delighted to accept the invitation, they all loved a party, and Jupiter was always a very generous and genial host.
All the animals that is, except the Tortoise. He was feeling a bit grumpy and decided to stay at home. “I don’t care much for parties anyway," he told his neighbor. "I never enjoy myself and I don’t go for all that dancing and singing.”
The wedding was a great success, and everybody had a great time. Of course, it didn’t escape Jupiter’s attention that the Tortoise had not turned up. So the next time the great god came upon the Tortoise, he stopped and asked him why he had not come to join in the wedding celebrations.
“Dear Jupiter," said the Tortoise, "I really don’t like parties. I would much rather stay home. There’s no place like home, after all.”
Now Jupiter was really annoyed with the Tortoise. “If you like your home so much," he thundered, "I decree that from now on you shall forever carry yours on your back!” And so it is that ever since that day, tortoises have to carry their homes on their backs, wherever they go!
How Mona Comes Into It
Born and raised in King Luis Potosí City, Hexico, Mona was the firstborn child of non-legacy, working-class parents.
Though their station was fairly middling, they were a quintessentially happy family. Mona had a handful of younger siblings, and along with their parents, they all bonded together over their shared love of storytelling, and often made music together as well, singing to the birds of the city.
But alas, being non-legacies in a fairytale-oriented world, they did not possess the same safety nets as other, more noble families. The patriarch of the Martínez household, Mona's father, tragically developed a terminal illness while she was nearing age 7. With no magic herbs or Godfather Death to stand over his head, he passed away from the disease.
With one half of the pair providing for the family gone from this world, the Martínez clan struggled to hold on to what was left to them. While they continued to mourn, however, Mona took it upon herself to make sure her mother and her siblings were still taken care of. She began to focus less on herself, and took up work to keep the family above ground. It was grueling and difficult, and often not quite enough, but she did it for them.
It wasn't until years later, however, that a new option presented itself. The Martínez household was one day visited by agents representing the Greco-Roman Fairytale Authorities, offering the role of Juno to Mona, discovering that she had been looked after by the goddess herself.
While her mother intended to decline the offer, refusing to put the weight of the future on her daughter, Mona spoke up before her - accepting the role - on the condition that her family would be allowed to experience the same godly privileges, and that they would be provided for while she attended Ever After High.
The Authorities were more than willing to organize this request, and after some quick lessons in Greek mythology (she was already familiar with Aesop’s fables thanks to those childhood story sessions), Mona was transported straight to Ever After High.
Viewpoint on Destiny
On a surface level, Mona is profoundly honored to be the next Juno. After drowning in the poor conditions of her household for such a time, the thought of a royal lifestyle was a proverbial breath of fresh air. And though she never did it for attention, she cannot lie: it was rather reassuring to know that her efforts in providing for her family did not go unnoticed.
But at the same time, being queen was never Mona’s intention. It wasn’t even a fantasy for her. Growing up, she had simple desires. Leave the house, create a life for herself (one that isn’t dictated by others), and then maybe settle down with a partner and grow old together. Basically, the modern version of a fulfilling, happily-ever-after.
Her father’s passing may have diverted things, but it was truly destiny that uprooted her entire future. And with immortality in the cards, there is no escape. No leaving this world to be with the ancestors, none of it. As it has been for every Juno that precedes her, for thousands of years, being Queen of Olympus is an eternal commitment.
But, to Mona, “so is family”, and she would rather descend into the Underworld a thousand times before leaving them behind. Therefore, her choice has already been made. She shall be Matrimona Martínez; the next Juno of Aesop’s fables.
To the story
- Mona is queen bee of her classmates - Juno is mentioned to be the queen of the gods
- Mona is a “mean girl”, but not a genuine one - Juno is proven to be “no better than the rest” by Venus
- Mona appears to have a high opinion of herself - In one of Mercury’s fables, a sculpture of Juno is worth more than one of Jupiter
- Mona wishes to help others but cannot for reputationional purposes - In Cupid and Psyche, Juno is summoned by Psyche for assistance, but cannot work against another goddess
To classical mythology
- Mona is extremely family-oriented - Hera is the goddess of family
- Mona was raised by a single mother - Hera is a patron to women and mothers
- Mona is bound to fulfill her destiny for the sake of her family - Hera is “trapped” in her unhealthy union to Zeus
- Mona rejects her suitors - Hera rejected Zeus the first time he longed for her
- Mona is fond of pomegranates - Hera is associated with the pomegranate
- Mona has dark brown eyes - Hera has the epithet of “cow-eyed”, which are dark brown
- In addition, Hera had the epithet of “widow”. Mona’s mother is a widow
- Mona can summon cuckoos through song - Zeus wooed Hera by taking the form of a wounded cuckoo
Mother - Maria Ramírez-Martínez
Father - Juan Martínez
Siblings - several
Of course, being in her position of power, Mona has enjoyed several suitors from her time at Ever After High, each of them hoping to somehow win the favor of a future goddess. However, she always declines their advances in favor of destiny, making sure she’s ready to be Jupiter’s Bride come retelling.
It’s said that for the gods, there is always an exception. And Mona’s exception was a golden-voiced princess by the name of Clemency Charming. Her relationship with the next Stella began all the way back during their Freedom Year, a full four years before the Legacy Day incident.
At first, they were indisputable enemies, what with the crazy cool Citrus Misses always butting heads with the haughty, often mean spirited Olympiads. But as their rivalry kept putting them together, Mona steadily discovered that she was misreading her own feelings for Stella, and what she assumed was a deep disdain was actually a budding attraction.
After all, they had more in common with each other than they did not, such as their affinity for fruits (oranges and pomegranates), being part of cliques, and above all, their love for singing and music. These shared qualities slowly brought them closer together, and by the end of Freedom Year, they had already betrayed their rivalry and began a secret tryst.
Escaping from their respective groups every now and then, the two would meet up wherever they could in private, from empty classrooms to the Enchanted Forest. It was flighty, fun, and let them briefly escape from the stresses and rigidness being tied to royal families often brought them.
Unfortunately, for all the fun of a romance on the downlow, it was Mona’s own unwillingness to commit to a relationship outside destiny that doomed them. She was never particularly open to the idea of dating in front of everybody, and midway through their Legacy Year, Clemency gave her an ultimatum, asking her to choose once and for all whether or not she wanted to honor their courtship in the long term and in public.
Mona, ever devoted to carrying out her role, regretfully chose destiny over Clemency, who ended things for both their sakes. Their rivalry seemed to quietly resume after that, but even Mona’s distracted minions noticed how she now acts differently when it comes to the other group, becoming a bit more somber and distant instead of bold and confrontational. Though she’s never admitted that the romance ever even happened, it’s clear that Mona continues to long for somebody dearly.
Though she had quite a few family birds growing up, Mona didn’t get one of her own until Animal Calling, when she summoned a baby cuckoo she named Bebé.
- In real-world terms, Mona would hail from San Luis Potosí City, Mexico
- She speaks with a Huastecan accent
- ”Matrimona” is not her birth name, but rather, the one she adopted once she started training for her role at Ever After High in order to honor her story
- However, she is still referred to by her real name in the context of a nickname
- She is Roman Catholic (somewhat ironically, given the pagan destiny)
- Mona is a mezzo-soprano, specifically a dugazon
- Prior to dating Clemency, she was simply a soprano
- However, after the breakup and emotions that came with it, her range dropped ever so slightly
- Her favorite song is Cómo Dueles En Los Labios by Maná
- In terms of retelling the story, Mona will be the 100th Juno
- Past Junos include:
- 1st: Hera
- 2nd: Castia “Chastity” Olympos
- 3rd: Ambrosia “Amber” Olympos
- 99th: Nnemkadi Akenzua
- Past Junos include:
- "Matrimona" is a pun on Mona and the word matrimony, which means “state of marriage”
- ”Mona” also happens to be a two-syllable feminine name ending with an open vowel, like Juno or Hera
- ”Martínez" was chosen for a common Mexican surname, as well for alliterative purposes
- "Ramírez" was mostly chosen for this same reason, in order to give Mona an appelido materno
- Her bird's name, "Bebé", simply means "baby" in Spanish and refers to Hera being the goddess of childbirth
- Her faceclaim is Mexican-American and Honduran-American actress Francia Raisa
- Honestly I don’t have anything to add, she’s just an effective faceclaim
- Her birthday, June 22, is a reference to the month being named for Juno
- The date being the 22nd is supposed to invoke how Hera is often seen as the secondary ruler of the gods, behind Zeus
- Her star sign, Cancer, is considered to be very parental, doting, or comforting
- The date being the 22nd is supposed to invoke how Hera is often seen as the secondary ruler of the gods, behind Zeus
- Mona’s concept was inspired by Airy’s own visits to San Luis Potosí, where his family lives
- Her theme song is Carmen by Lana Del Rey
- You can read Mona's Mirror Blog here!
- Here, have a Pinterest board!