The Ottoman Empress is a one shot villainess from the second season of the animated series The Tick. She is beautiful and intelligent, and has the unusual ability to both communicate with and control furniture.
The Ottoman Empress enjoys stealing expensive and aesthetically pleasing furniture to add to her collection. Furniture is her passion. One night during a heist, she is ambushed by Die Fledermaus, but instead of fighting, the two fall in love. Because Die Fledermaus is so incompotent as a superhero, he makes no attempt to reform her, but instead protects her from other superheroes like American Maid and the Tick. This allows her to collect the ultimate piece for her collection, the world's most comfortable chair. The Empress has no intention to use the chair herself because it acts as her secret weapon. Once a person sits in the chair they are overcome with the desire to stay seated forever, and thereby permanently incapacitated. The Empress intends to use the chair to immobilize the Tick. With the help of friends, the Tick is able to break free of the chair's evil grip, and the Ottoman Empress is brought into custody at last by Die Fledermaus and American Maid. Both Die Fledermaus and the Ottoman Empress are heart broken by the ending of their romance, and their respective betrayels of one another.
Personality and Back Story
The Ottoman Empress was abandoned as a child in a furniture warehouse. With no human contact, she began talking to the furniture as if it were alive. To her surprise, it started talking back. As she matured, she started learning to telepathically control furniture and cause it to move. She used this special ability to bring her the things she needed to survive, especially more furniture. The Empress is a classy woman who places great value in aesthetics. Part of her attraction to Die Fledermaus is fueled by this shared value. She is also a relatively lonely woman, who has had limited human contact over the course of her life. Though she cares about Die Fledermaus, she does not appear to have any attatchment to or concern for other people aside from him and herself. Despite her name, which is a play on an ottoman as the article of furniture and the historic Ottoman empire, her ethnicity is ambiguous and it is never stated if she is or is not Turkish.