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The young woman known as "Ugly Crystal", was Ugly Christine's daughter. Like her mother, she wore her hair in a style that covered her forehead and eyes. Her hair was often aquamarine, presumably dyed.

Crystal never knew her father. She lived at a European boarding school until her late adolescence, when she brought to America by Mr. Bribery.

Ward of Mr. Bribery[]

While shopping at a mall for Christmas presents, she met Honeymoon Tracy and struck up the beginnings of a friendship. Honeymoon saved Crystal from some muggers. Crystal claimed to know krav maga, but didn't demonstrate it. Honeymoon and Crystal met again in the mall, where Honeymoon reacted to headache pain from her horns due to her Lunarian grandfather being nearby. Crystal confessed to Honeymoon that her uncle gave her the moniker "Ugly" and she didn't like it. Honeymoon assured her that she wasn't ugly.

When Mr. Bribery's hideout was surrounded by police, Crystal tried to warn him, but she discovered him torturing Honeymoon's grandfather. Crystal fled into the forest, where she fell into a treewell. Honeymoon (who was nearby) sensed Crystal's distress and found her, using her temperature-manipulating abilities to keep Crystal warm until help arrived.

New Friends and Family[]

Crystal was placed in a shelter until a decision could be made for her future placement, either a foster home or an orphanage. She and Honeymoon continue to spend time together. Dick Tracy made an effort to discover who Crystal's father was, and he was led to believe that it was the occasional police informant Lafayette Austin. A DNA test later proved this to be true, and Crystal and Lafayette learned that they were father and daughter.

Crystal and Lafayette took up residence in a house in the suburbs. Unbeknownst to them, the criminal Shaky II had scouted the house when it was abandoned and had made plans to use it as a hideout. The injured Shaky and his associate Edison Lighthouse arrived at the house after a shoot-out with Dick Tracy. They encountered Crystal, who welcomed them into her home and treated them as guests, though she disapproved of Shaky's smoking habit.

Crystal later encountered Edison at the local shopping mall when Edison was despondent after being mistreated by Shaky. Crystal offered advice and suggested that two should meet up again.

Notes[]

  • Crystal was referred to by the name "Crystal Bribery", but it is not clear if this is her actual name. After learning the identity of her father, she could have adopted the surname "Austin".
  • Crystal's age is unclear. She is a minor and seems to be older than Honeymoon Tracy, so is presumably in her mid-teens.
  • Crystal addressed Honeymoon by the affectionate nickname "Moon Chick".
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