Wendy Lecter, also known as Wendigo (Hannibal's subconscious), is the other part of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, his alter ego. She represents Hannibal's true nature, and is also Ignis' other half, in the same way that Hannibal is Will's.
A Wendigo, or Windigo, is often depicted as a demonic half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is particularly associated with cannibalism.
Basil Johnston, an Ojibwe teacher and scholar from Ontario, gives one description of how Wendigos were viewed:The Wendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Wendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody [....] Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Wendigo gave off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption.
Hannibal's Wendigo appeared when a spark inside him grew into a flame upon seeing Mischa's remains in the tub and wanting revenge on those who killed her. It grew stronger every time he would kill someone, taking full control of him when killing. She became human out of curiosity, wanting to know what it feels like to have emotions, to get hurt, and the like. Although she did become human, she was still a Wendigo at heart, a beast hiding under human skin. She is often found wandering in Hannibal's mind palace, rearranging his thoughts to keep them in order.
When a human, Wendy is typically a caring, lovable person who will do anything for her friends. Though she has a very ugly bad side, if one tries to harm Hannibal or any of her friends, she'll snap.
She possesses an entirely different trait when a Wendigo, she obeys no one but Hannibal, doesn't have emotions to the extent of attacking her friends if they get in the Wendigo's way. The Wendigo mirrors the trait of Ignis, Will's subconscious, and the two of them are bonded. The Wendigo also doesn't have second thoughts about killing someone to satisfy it's hunger.
- Wendy's name came from the shortened version of Wendigo, which is Wendi. The last letter was only changed.
- She also comes from a demonic origin, first starting off as a demon then a Wendigo.
- Most people don't know it since she prefers to hide that she is a Morrigan. The Phantom Queen.
- Wendy has a vault in Switzerland. Not with money, but filled with candy, mostly gummy bears.
- She's in a relationship with Jaguar Chilton, Dr. Frederick Chilton's son.
- She owns a Komodo Dragon named Cuddles.