|Birth Name:||Emika Chen|
|Occupation:||Bounty Hunter (former)
Architect (Phoenix Riders) (former) CEO (Henka Games) (Current)
|Family:||Unnamed father |
|Significant other/s:||Hideo Tanaka|
Emika Chen is the main protagonist in Warcross. She is a bounty hunter and hacker, and plays as an Architect in Team Phoenix Riders in the Warcross Championships.
Emika Chen has rainbow-dyed hair. She is Chinese-American Emika also has a sleeve of colorful tattoos along her arm, including: sheet music from Mozart's "Queen of the Night", Aria, peony flowers, planets, and skyscraper buildings coming out of the water.
Emika is a very quick thinker when it comes to hacking. Her father taught her to look at the whole picture rather than the details which helped her be successful as a bounty hunter and hacker, as well as in other scenarios. She was able to fix one of Hideo's code errors in a matter of seconds and has amazing abilities in the technology field compared to that of Hideo's top engineers, although it does take her a while to learn how to take down certain people. Due to her past career as a bounty hunter, Emika is always aware of her surroundings and can analyze someone's personality just with a glance at them. She is also distrustful of anyone she meets.
Emika lived with her father in New York for most of her life before his death. Her mother left when she was very young, causing Emika and her father to move from San Francisco to New York. Emika's father loved her very much, however, he was prone to gambling and racking up debt, which ultimately kept him from seeking the treatment that he needed after his diagnosis.
Emika had a criminal record that prevented her from touching a computer for two years after an incident in high school, in which she hacked into the school system and got information about many students and teachers alike who had shared a naked picture of a girl at school named Annie Pattridge. Even though she was not discovered, Emika turned herself in to the authorities in order to save Annie, who had been falsely accused of spreading the information.
Soon after she was expelled from school, Emika ran away from her foster home because of harsh treatment. She started working as a bounty hunter, catching wanted Warcross criminals (mostly gambled notes) for the police. This was a much depended on way to earn money to pay off her father's debt and for her own survival besides her part-time job as a waitress at a diner.
Before she was whisked off to Japan to work for Hideo Tanaka, she lived in a small studio flat with her roommate Keira. Even though they shared the rent, they were about to get evicted for not being able to pay it. Luckily, when she was taken to Japan, Hideo's company paid off their rent.
Emika was taken to work for Hideo Tanaka after she accidentally hacked in to the Warcross Championships. Deemed by some a dangerous criminal, and others a master hacker, Hideo asked her to be a spy in the next Warcross Championships to find someone who wanted to ruin it, named Zero
As a child, Emika Chen looked up to and admired the accomplishments of Hideo Tanaka, the young entrepreneur who had invented the NeuroLink (see Biography for full explanation of the NeuroLink). During Book 1 of the Warcross series, Emika Chen had a romantic relationship with Hideo Tanaka after she was hired by him. We know that they were genuine because she could sense his emotions through the Link that Hideo created.
Emika was also someone Hideo confided in and trusted in. This is shown when he talks about the painful disappearance of his younger brother, Sasuke, which Hideo shared with her but not anyone else.
They first kiss when Emika gives him information about his recent assassination attempt, and when Hideo shows her the link
Towards the end of the book, Hideo told her about his plan to control people's minds and actions through the new version of the NeuroLink, which were in the form of contact lenses. Emika was very conflicted by this and told Hideo that she could not stand by him while he did that. This issue was not resolved, but the two ended up having another talk in Wildcard.
Emika finds out that Hideo is still very attached to her, and after seeing him, agrees to meet him again. She explains what happened, and they mend their ties and form a relationship again. After all that happens, it is speculated that they are still together.
During the Warcross Championships, Emika is on a team. Her most notable teammates are:
Asher is the captain of the Phoenix Riders, Emika's team, where Emika used to play as an Architect.
Emika and Asher see each one another as comrades. Asher trusts her, and this is shown in the book when he let her go her own way and not according to the team plan during one of the Warcross match-up games. Asher trusts her skills as an Architect for the team as well and is shown to be very confident in her abilities.
Hammie is the Phoenix Riders‘s Thief. In the book, it is noted that she helped Emika train as an architect to go against other Warcross teams. Hammie is a good friend to Emika, which compels her to open up to her at the end of the first book and most of the 2nd book. After the fire in their team quarters, Hammie only survived because Emika was able to carry her out of the house after the bombing.
Roshan plays as a Shield on Team Phoenix Riders. He helps Emika train for the championships in Warcross. In Wildcard, he disapproves of Emika continuing to hunt for more clues about Zero, however he stills sticks by her throughout the whole book.