From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Belle is a student at Paragon University (when she remembers to go to class; she probably spends more time at Pocket D). She suffered no trauma in her youth—unless being a teenager can be considered traumatic—and led a very normal life in a city with a high population of superheroes. Belle has two older brothers and a mother and father, but they’d be much cooler if they were superheroes.
Belle gained her powers by succumbing to consumerism and vanity. She was never particularly popular or attractive growing up, and she was convinced that a “miraculous” skin cream she saw on an infomercial would instantly transform her into a gorgeous, super-cool swan. (Or something like that.) Instead, it turned her hair and skin silver and gave her strange abilities—but hey, at least people look at her now!
If a story isn’t about fashion or heroes’ secret love lives, Belle probably won’t read it. She wants to be a fashion designer for superheroes, but Icon rejected all 52 of her applications. Paragon City’s focus on heroes probably fueled Belle’s burning desire to be noticed…or maybe she’s just stuck with the typical teenager mentality.
Belle spends an unhealthy amount of time worrying about what to wear and how to act around other people. She’s very gullible, and her opinions are easily swayed by whoever’s talking to her. Sometimes she agrees with people just so they’ll like her more.
Belle isn’t dumb, exactly, she’s just…okay, she’s kind of dumb.
Becoming a Hero(ine)
After nearly being robbed of her favorite silver purse (post-miracle cream transformation), Belle realized she could fight back. Blinding bad guys with light was pretty flashy (no pun intended), and even though she wasn’t too pleased about emitting radioactive waves, the radiation seemed pretty useful. She also realized that someone without powers could have HER favorite silver purse stolen, and that just wasn’t fair. At least Belle’s heart is somewhere in the vicinity of the right place.
Belle’s biggest motivation in becoming a registered heroine, though, is the possibility of becoming famous and well-liked—especially by male superheroes.
Silver, silver, silver. If you’re blind, don’t worry: Belle will make sure that you’re aware of her color coordination. She’s especially proud of the discarded alien armor she found in a dumpster, which she, of course, spray-painted silver.
Belle is relatively short and wears the biggest heels she can find to appear more “model-esque.”
As boy-crazy as Belle is, she has almost no idea how to deal with guys when they compliment her. If she becomes exceedingly uncomfortable, she’ll say she needs to use a restroom. These restrooms have a way of transporting her to other dimensions for seemingly hours at a time (or so she says). Sometimes, Belle will make herself almost invisible without even realizing it.
Belle often has trouble speaking coherently and adds a lot of unnecessary words and pauses.
"Belle Silver! Get it? Like, you know, a silver bell or something?”
“So, um, can I get that in silver?”