This article is about Vanessa's character biography. For the character's appearance and fight strategies in the Deadmines instance, see Vanessa VanCleef (tactics).

"Hope is a cruel joke, played upon us by a harsh and uncaring world. There is no Hope, there is only Vanessa."
Vanessa VanCleef

Vanessa VanCleef[spoiler] is the daughter of Edwin VanCleef. She was his successor as leader of the Defias Brotherhood. Edwin kept the existence of Vanessa hidden to most people, which served her greatly many years after his death.

Following the death of her father, Vanessa was adopted by the Saldeans, who were unaware that she was the daughter of Edwin.

They named her Hope and parented her whilst watching her grow up over many years. Her new identity as Hope Saldean worked to her advantage, as it allowed her to keep her plot for revenge hidden, whilst also hiding the fact she was the daughter of one of the greatest criminals ever. Hope finally reveals herself as Vanessa VanCleef in Sentinel Hill, and it is further revealed that it is she who murdered the Furlbrow family at the Jansen Stead.

However, she states she took no pleasure in their death and informs Horatio Laine that her reason for committing the murder was to keep her true identity hidden.

She soon after retreated to the Deadmines where Champions of the Horde and Alliance fought her, however in a drug infused haze Heroes witnessed the supposed death of Vanessa, blowing herself up.

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Vanessa soon after joined the Uncrowned where her anti-government motives were well at home. She quickly rose through the ranks to the mysterious Shadows, poised to finally have the means to enact her revenge. Soon after though she was taken off leadership by the same champion and was begrudgingly forced to aid them, becoming a follower.

Personality and lifestyle

"I was never very good at hand-to-hand combat, you know! Not like my father. But I always excelled at poisons, especially venoms that affect the mind."

Unlike her father, Vanessa was not especially skilled in hand-to-hand combat. However, she shows an unprecedented talent for the use of poisons, especially venoms which can cause insanity, as players experience during the fight.

Vanessa also shows broad intellect and cunning. She is able to intricately plan her revenge on those who wronged her father.


  • According to Made Up Characters, however. She died of a heart attack during boss battle was killed by Brigitte Abbendis.



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Preceded by:
Edwin Vancleef
Defias Brotherhood Kingpin
Succeeded by: