Amelia Jessica "Amy" Pond (Eleventh Doctor)
Eleventh Doctor: Four?
Amy: I kept biting them.
Eleventh Doctor: Why?
Amy: They said you weren't real.
The Girl Who Waited
Amy, a kissogram (and, later, a model and a writer), is a Scot raised in a small village in rural England. She first met the Doctor as a little girl in 1996, an encounter that everyone but Amy dismissed as imaginary. But Amy never forgot her "raggedy Doctor", and he served as a sort of imaginary friend for her until he finally returned, twelve years later. Her relationship with the Doctor is arguably inspired by Wendy Darling's relationship with Peter Pan... except that in this case, Wendy is Peter's mother-in-law.
- Action Girl: She exerts this when "pushed into a corner". "The Girl Who Waited" sees her exhibit this to her fullest potential by surviving 36 years in a Kindness Facility against an army of hostile robots.
- Adult Fear: Between Series 6 and Series 7, her marriage with Rory became strained after discovering she's infertile due to something done to her at Demon's Run. At the beginning of Series 7, they're about to sign their divorce papers before the Doctor's adventure causes them to reconcile.
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Amy is sent to therapy in two separate realities when others find out what shes experienced and cant believe its real: in "The Eleventh Hour" because of her tales of the Raggedy Doctor note , and in The Big Bang where all the stars have gone out and young Amy is the only person in the world who remembers them.
- Always Save The Boy: The Doctor even lampshades it.
- Amnesiac Lover:
- From the end of "Cold Blood" to the end of "The Pandorica Opens", she doesn't remember Rory because he never existed.
- Played with in "The Wedding of River Song". Amy remembers that she has a husband named Rory whom she loved dearly, but can't remember what he looks like, and therefore doesn't recognize "Captain Williams". It's the Doctor who tries to restart both their memories.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While she often takes Rory for granted, if anything happens to him, she'll be crushed, even suicidal. After she reads about Auton-Rory's disappearance in the Blitz during "The Big Bang", she's utterly devastated. "The Girl Who Waited" is testament to how deeply she's in love with him.Old Amy: You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself for a boy.
Young Amy: You're Amy, he's Rory... and oh yes I am.
- Back for the Finale: She returns briefly as a hallucination in the Eleventh Doctor's dying moments.
- Berserk Button: Growing up, the Doctor was her button.The Doctor: Four [psychiatrists]?
Amy: I kept biting them.
The Doctor: Why?
Amy: They kept saying you weren't real.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When pushed enough or her family's in danger, she can be terrifying. Her (much-deserved) murder of Madame Kovarian, for example.
- Big Damn Kiss: Has a few incredibly Big Damn Kisses with Rory, first in "Amy's Choice" when she made her choice, then in "The Big Bang" on her wedding day, and "The Girl Who Waited", which is effectively "Rory's Choice". She also snogs the Doctor at the end of "Flesh and Stone", while he scrambles to shove her off of him.
- Brave Scot: She's brave. She's Scottish. What more is there to say?
- Broken Bird:
- The Doctor abandons her repeatedly in "The Eleventh Hour", leaving her with lifelong psychological problems as a result.
- She repeatedly suffers this in "A Good Man Goes to War": First she gives birth in captivity, held prisoner God-knows-where in time and space. Then her baby girl is taken away from her by the villains. Then after the sheer joy of getting Melody back and reuniting with her husband and the Doctor, the villains reveal that they've already taken off with the baby and replaced her with a flesh duplicate, which promptly dissolves in Amy's arms.
- In "The Girl Who Waited", she's left to fend for herself against killer robots for 36 years, hardening her into a bitter old woman whose faith in the Doctor has dissolved into hatred.
- Finally, in "The God Complex", the Doctor deliberately breaks that faith in order to save both her life and her future.
- The Call Put Me on Hold: As above, she answered yes to the call long before she was able to actually have the adventure associated.
- Changed My Jumper: She's a worse offender than the Doctor himself. Wearing a miniskirt in public would probably have at least caused some comment in some of the places she went.
- Character Development: Though she starts as an innocent and adventurous young girl, after being abandoned by the Doctor for 14 years she grows up to be jaded, snarky and emotionally damaged, as well as finding herself sexually conflicted between the Doctor and Rory. Throughout Series 5 and 6 she comes to realise just how much she loves Rory, and her mask of overconfidence is toned down as she becomes more mature. She also comes to see the Doctor as less of a childhood hero and more of a friend and equal.
- Character Tic: In Series 5, she would bulge her eyes and pucker her mouth a lot.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets pretty annoyed when she thinks Rory is more focused on another woman. It's justified for a few reasons; he's her husband, he's had a Single-Target Sexuality on her for most of their lives, he has a tendency to die and she's feeling guilty over calling him her "sort of boyfriend" in their first episode.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy: in the 2011 Comic Relief short when she had a twin and wouldn't stop flirting with it.
- Double Consciousness: After the events of "The Big Bang", she remembers two different versions of her life, as stated in the "Good Night" mini-episode. In "The Wedding of River Song", this is now a triple consciousness, with Amy remembering her life in the time-everywhere universe.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She emotionally and physically beats Rory over the head a whole lot in Series 5, something hinted to be a result of her epic scale abandonment issues. She gets called out on it hard on occasion, and slowly learns that there are other ways to love someone. It's still her default defence mechanism when she feels her that relationship isn't heading the right way, but it's thankfully downplayed/non-existent by the latter part of Series 7A.
- Driven to Suicide: After Rory is sent to the past and "killed" by a Weeping Angel, she chooses to get sent back in time by that same Angel and die early. The Doctor sounds like he's trying to talk her off of a high ledge.
- Drives Like Crazy: According to Rory.Rory: Uh, Doctor, don't. Seriously, I let her drive my car once.
Amy: Yeah, to the end of the road.
Rory: Yeah. Where, according to Amy, there was an unexpected house.
Amy: Aw, he's jealous because I passed my test first time.
Rory: You cheated: you wore a skirt.
Amy: I didn't wear a skirt. ... No, no; I did wear a skirt, but it was any old skirt.
Rory: Have you seen Amy drive, Doctor?
The Doctor: No?
Rory: Neither did her driving instructor...
- Shares quite more than a few traits with Sally Sparrow from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to having a guy that's interested in her that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry Nightingale, Rory definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
- She also shares more than a few character traits with Rose Tyler. However, unlike Rose, she actually comes to love her Muggle boyfriend (it helps that he became a Memetic Badass not far short of the Doctor himself), grows out of her crush on the Doctor, and generally does a lot of growing up.
- Fag Hag: Believed herself to be this to Rory for years.
- Fair Cop: Subverted in her first appearance, when she uses a Kissogram outfit to pretend to be a cop.
- Fanservice Model: Amy was this for a time before starting her adventures with the Doctor. Different from most of the characters on this trope, she didn't wear lingerie or swimsuits, but Fanservice Costumes since she worked as a kissogram. By the time she saw the Doctor again after meeting him as a child, Amy was wearing a police officer costume.
- Fiery Redhead: This ginger companion is quick to lose her temper. As early as her first episode, there's her smacking the Doctor with a cricket bat and sticking his tie in a car door because he left her alone for 12 years and then won't explain what's going on.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Bells of Saint John", the characters including the Doctor, eventually read an old-looking book titled Summer Falls. It's written by "Amelia Williams".
- Freudian Excuse: Her selfishness and bossy personality is in part because the Doctor accidentally abandoned her when she was little after literally promising her the stars, and having to deal with four different psychologists over her childhood basically made her "damaged goods" by "The Eleventh Hour".
- Friends with Benefits: Wants to be this with the Doctor, and she gets one kiss in before he pushes her away. She tries again during her wedding twice.
- Future Badass: Thirty-six years spent alone defending herself from robots with a sword in a quarantined medical facility.
- Happily Ever After: While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they had a full and happy life together until their deaths of old age. Karen Gillan herself also thinks they had Babies Ever After as well at the very least, they definitely adopted a child.
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Gives one in "The Time of Angels" when River asks the Doctor to "sonic her" device in order to amplify its signal, as part of her general winding the Doctor up over his relationship with River.Amy: Ooh Doctor, you sonicked her!
- Heroes Want Redheads:
- Inverted with the Doctor, who really doesn't want to fancy her no matter how hard she flirts.
- It's played straight with Rory.
- In the 2011 Comic Relief short, Amy Pond flirts with herself.
- Hidden Depths: She really loves van Gogh's work.
- In-Series Nickname: The Girl Who Waited. Twice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her selfish attitude on occasion, Amy's overall a good person who's willing to sacrifice her own life for those she cares about.
- Jumped at the Call:
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.Amy: When I was a little girl, I dreamed of time and space. Last night, all my dreams came true.
- Invoked by the Doctor with his repeated declaration.The Doctor: Amelia Pond! Get your coat!
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan", her permanent death is confirmed by her tombstone.
- Lady of War: In "The Girl Who Waited", the future Amy has taken a level in badass and become one of these. This attitude is also very much in evidence in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Done to her memories of Rory courtesy of the time-crack, and, it later turns out, to her memories of her parents as well.
- Last-Name Basis: The Doctor has a habit of calling her "Pond".
- Leitmotif: There's "Locked On", which plays while she gives her narration at the start of the American broadcasts of Series 6. As well as a musical piece called Amy's Theme.
- Like Brother and Sister: Despite a chronic case of Will They or Won't They?, she and the Doctor ultimately end up like this when she realizes that Rory is her true love.
- Limited Wardrobe: For the first six episodes of Series 6, appeared to have nothing in her wardrobe except two or three similar-looking plaid shirts. It turned out to be a subliminal hint to the audience that she's actually a mind-linked Doppelgänger in these episodes.
- Love Triangle: Thinks she's in one with Rory and the Doctor. Rory and the Doctor both disagree. She readily accepts the fact that the Doctor wouldn't necessarily love her, being a 907-year-old alien and all, but she still hopes for a quick shag. While it largely dies to nothing by the end of Series 5, the Ship Tease around it eventually becomes a major plot point, due to Trolling Creator, when she becomes pregnant in Series 6 and people start to assume that it might be the Doctor's baby. Of course, it's not despite there being, at first, overwhelming circumstantial evidence for it.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After she marries Rory, she becomes Amy Williams. The Doctor knows, but calls her "Pond" regardless (he even calls Rory "Rory Pond" consistently), unless things get properly serious.
- She evens names her child "Melody Pond", not "Melody Williams". This becomes important later in the series.
- Male Gaze: Her first appearance as an adult is a slow pan up her legs.
- Mama Bear: Very nearly kills a spaceship full of people, including herself and Rory, to save their child. No guarantee that anyone died, but none that everyone lived, either. Madame Kovarian learns this, too.Amy: You took my baby from me and hurt her. And now she's all grown up and she's fine. But I'll never see my baby again.
Madame Kovarian: But you'll still save me, though. Because he would. And you'd never do anything to disappoint your precious Doctor.
Rory: Ma'am, we have to go. Now.
Amy: The Doctor is very precious to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here. [reattaches Kovarian's eye-drive, condemning her to a torturous death by electrocution] River Song didn't get it all from you... sweetie.
- Marry Them All: In her first season, she genuinely intends to have both Rory and the Doctor as her "boys", with Rory's unhappiness with such an arrangement going largely over her head (and the Doctor not having any intention to come between them quite the opposite). She pointedly ignores their protests even during her and Rory's wedding, and tells the Doctor he can kiss the bride. (He doesn't.)Amy (to the Doctor) Oh, you may absolutely kiss the brideAmy: [also to the Doctor] Oi! Where are you sneaking off to? We haven't even had a snog in the shrubbery yet!
Amy: Shut up, it's my wedding!
Rory: Our wedding!
- Master of the Mixed Message: Towards Rory in Series 5 and early in Series 6, where he goes from her boyfriend to her "sort of boyfriend" to her fiancé, to one of her two "boys" and then forgetting him entirely due to a time crack. Since then, she's clearly established him as her number one priority.
- Meet Cute: She and the Doctor have one when he shows up in a crashed TARDIS asking for an apple.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- She's a Kissogram, and so has several... interesting outfits. Seen onscreen is a Fair Cop police uniform; refered to are Naughty Nurse Outfits, Naughty Nun, and French Maid outfits. She has a general liking for short skirts or hotpants that show off Karen Gillan's long legs; there's only two episodes of the fifth series in which we don't see her in something like that.
- This causes a minor disaster in the 2011 Comic Relief skit, when her wearing a short skirt distracts Rory enough to cause him to drop a thermocoupling, causing a spatial paradox.
- It's also implied she Invoked this to pass her driving test.
- As of the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7, she had a quite successful modeling career. By "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", she seems to have quit.
- Multiple-Choice Past: After the mess with the cracks in time has been resolved, Amy is left with two largely incompatible childhoods one where she had a mum and dad, one where she was raised by her aunt. She remembers both of them, which is a bit of a headache.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Straightforward example Amy is subjected to a horrifying pregnancy and delivery. It leads to a half-Time Lord child though not by the means that anyone expected.
- Oblivious to Love: For a kissogram, she was a little bit slow in realising that Rory liked her.
- Older Than They Look: Not initially, but over her two-and-a-half seasons Amy ages by roughly a decade, though no effort is made to physically reflect this. The Doctor's line about her wrinkles in "The Angels Take Manhattan" is a little hard to swallow when Karen Gillan's face barely has any lines on it even when frowning.
- Painted-On Pants: If she's not wearing a miniskirt, she's probably wearing these.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: In "The Beast Below", she saves all of Starship UK and the Star Whale carrying her while in her nightie.
- Parental Abandonment: When we first meet her, she's living with her aunt (who's never there). The question of what happened to the rest of her family is part of the season arc.
- The Peeping Tom: Had no problem watching the Eleventh Doctor's bare backside when he just started changing clothes right in front of her and Rory not long after his regeneration.Rory: Are you not gonna turn your back?
Amy: [smirks] Nope.
- Phrase Catcher: "Come along, Pond."
- The Power of Love: With Rory, going both ways. In her case, it helps restore her memories of him in the time-everywhere reality, just in time for her to interrupt his attempted Heroic Sacrifice by mowing down half a dozen Silence with an assault rifle.
- Reality Warper: Her Ripple Effect-Proof Memory is the only reason the Doctor's second Big Bang goes off without a hitch, and is also the only way the Doctor comes back into existence.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory:
- Develops this as an actual explicit power, though not so much ripple-proof as ripple-resistant. She can lose memories of her own history if she doesn't really concentrate when the moment is rewritten, but she can get those back. This culminates with her remembering the Doctor back into existence after a nasty Ret-Gone.
- This skill comes back again in "The Wedding of River Song". She and Rory can both remember bits and pieces of the correct timeline, but Amy is the only one able to remember the correct order of things with a lot of effort and many scribbled illustrations.
- Red Is Heroic: Mostly because of her fiery red hair, she also wears a lot of red clothing troughout the series, like her big red sweater and her red scarf.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Frequently wears one throughout Series 5. Less so afterward which, ironically, is about the time she Took a Level in Badass.
- Screw Yourself: When the TARDIS gets tangled in a time loop, Amy finds her slightly-time-displaced-self rather fetching.
- Security Cling: The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic Break the Cutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from her husband Rory every time, of course, that being Eleven's method of making clear that he's not trying to rekindle Amy's affection for him.
- She's Got Legs:
- The "Space" short is based on her long legs, her short skirt, and how her husband is distracted by them.
- Clara's thoughts on the subject:Clara: Dear GOD, that woman is made of legs! That's the most legs on any living human!
- Amusingly, the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor mutters about her legs in comparison to those of the much shorter Clara... because they're both tied up and Clara's trying to reach the dropped sonic screwdriver with her feet.
- Ship Tease: With the Doctor. While it seems to die around the end of Season 5 (the Doctor, for his part, never reciprocated), this becomes a major plot point when she becomes pregnant and her baby turns out to have Time Lord DNA. Rumours promptly start flying about the universe as to exactly what happened, with Dorium noting that anyone now hunting Amy or her family will be in serious trouble, explicitly remarking to the Headless Monks, "I've even heard who's child you've taken. Are. You. Mad?!", before talking up the Doctor's reputation as The Dreaded, implying that the Doctor is the father. Due to Trolling Creator, it takes a while before we find out that it was all a big Red Herring, and the Doctor has never touched Amy.
- Show Some Leg: According to Rory, this is how she got her driver's permit.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Very mild case of this sometimes, as she tends to overestimate her own competence.
- Case in point, during a conversation with River about the Doctor, River says she knows what Amy is thinking. Amy's immediate response is to confidently state that River doesn't. As it turns out, River does in fact know what Amy's thinking though in fairness to Amy, she didn't.
- Surprise Pregnancy: She had no idea she was pregnant, even after having done the deed on or after her wedding night.
- Tangled Family Tree: From late Series 6 onward, Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody a.k.a. Mels. Amy, however, fancied the Doctor and snogged him early on (he did not reciprocate and was extremely surprised, to say the least). She later marries Rory and has a daughter who she names Melody, after her and Rory's best friend. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor after a childhood spent as said best friend Melody, meaning that she was accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I in his previous incarnation, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law and his step-mother-in-law. In the middle of all that, the Doctor snogs Rory for no obvious reason though the main incident of this was a Throw It In!, and could just be the Doctor being excitable and, well, the Doctor. The TARDIS, meanwhile, also fancies "Pretty Boy".
- Took a Level in Badass: Thirty-six years of defending yourself from killer robots will do this.
- Trapped in the Past: Amy and Rory's final fate is to be locked into early 1930s New York by Weeping Angels.
- Trauma Conga Line: She gets severely traumatised roughly every two episodes, from kidnapping to abandonment to adult fear and death.
- Tsundere: A textbook examples. She's the "Harsh" type at the beginning of Series 5, thanks to her many, many issues ("Twelve years! Twelve years, and four psychiatrists!"), and "sweet" by the end.
- Unrequited Love: very briefly for the Doctor, and arguably it's more lust than love. However, she pretty quickly realises that Rory's the one for her.
- Violent Glaswegian: Not actually Glaswegian, but she's still Scottish and still very bad tempered when the mood takes her. She invokes it in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: It's really not a good idea to mess with Rory. While he's a Memetic Badass in his own right, Amy is considerably more ruthless than he is.
- Wham Line: To the Doctor, when he's grilling this "policewoman" on why she lied about how long the Pond family has been gone.The Doctor: This is important! Why did you say six months?
Amy: [screaming, in her real accent] Well, why did you say five minutes?!
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Kissogram, supermodel, travel writer, book publisher... Amy fits in quite a few careers around all the time travelling.
- Wistful Amnesia: Finds herself crying over Rory without realizing it or knowing why several times late in Series 5 after he'd temporarily been swallowed by a crack in reality.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As shown in the comics, when Rory kisses the Doctor by accident and Amy asks them to do it again, but slower.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: As she points out, the Doctor only calls her "Amelia" when he's worried about her, and "Amy Williams" when things get very, very serious.
- You Have Waited Long Enough: Amy runs off with the Doctor on the night before her wedding.