The Black Swan
Real Identity: Melissa Hastings
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Jenna Marshall
Lucas Gottesman


Mona Vanderwaal ("A")


- Identity (Exposed)
- Was instructed to wear the Black Swan costume by "A" (Exposed)
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Birds of a Feather

The Black Swan is a previously anonymous woman who attended the Masquerade Ball. The Liars believed her to be the New "A" until her identity was revealed in "Birds of a Feather" to be Melissa Hastings.

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Season 2[edit | edit source]


Mona and Spencer find "A's" lair and find sketches of a Black Swan costume, which Mona thinks is "A's". At the Masquerade Ball, Hanna spots the Black Swan as she walks down the stairs into the ball. Later, the girls ponder about who she is, while Hanna comments that she hates her already because of her height and low weight. The Black Swan talks to Jenna and Lucas and then leaves, as the Liars follow her out. She runs from them and out the door, which the Liars are then unable to open. Hanna then sees a feather on the ground from her costume.

Season 3[edit | edit source]

It Happened 'That Night'

Spencer believes that the other "A" helping Mona is the Black Swan, pointing out that if the Black Swan wasn't guilty of something, she wouldn't have needed to run from the Liars.

Birds of a Feather

The Liars suspect that it could be Melissa in the costume and sneak into her apartment, where they find a bag with a feather in it similar to the Black Swan's.

Later, Spencer confronts Melissa about this and asks her why she was at the Masquerade Ball. Veronica walks in and questions the same thing. Melissa revealed that she received a note from someone she now assumes was Mona, telling her to go to the Ball and distract Jenna or they would reveal her fake pregnancy. When she arrived and saw the other Liars she freaked out and ran.

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