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Artie, "Pilot"

Myka Ophelia[1] Bering is an agent of the United States Secret Service stationed at Warehouse 13 in Univille, South Dakota.

She is the professional and romantic partner of Pete Lattimer.

Biography

Early Life

Early on in her life, in Colorado Springs, Myka's parents opened a bookstore called "Bering and Sons," even though she has no brothers. The 'and Sons' was only added to make the establishment sound classier. Unlike her sister, Tracy,[2] Myka was a tomboy. Instead of growing up playing with Barbies, she was a member of Girl Scouts of the USA.[3] As a teenager, one of her hobbies was fencing.[2] At some point in her life, Myka had a dog.[4]

She attended Lincoln High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated in 2000, which makes her age approximately 30 as of "Merge With Caution" (placing her around 33-34 by "Endless").[5] She then attended the University of Colorado.[3]

Secret Service Career

Myka served as a Shift Lead (GS-14) in the Presidential Protective Division of the USSS. On August 8, 2009, an order was sent to Assistant Director Daniel Dickinson, Myka's boss, ordering her immediate transfer to an undisclosed location from her division in presidential security. The transfer was classified as Top Secret-SCI, and the authorization came from a single name, "Frederic."

Warehouse 13

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Relationships

Arthur Nielsen

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Claudia Donovan

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Helena G. Wells

In season 2 episode 7, just as Helena and Myka are to be run over by a car, Helena pulls out a grappling hook of her own design and whisks Myka to safety.

Season 2 finale

Season 2 concludes with Myka learning of Helena’s betrayal, she states “she played us; she played me,” visibly upset over Helena’s actions. She later talks Helena out of destroying the world, telling her that she (H.G.) wanted to be found and talked down. She forces Helena to place a gun to her (Myka's) head and asks her to end her life there and then, if her plans are truly to end the world. “Kill me…" Myka says, "I want you to look me in the eyes and take my life.” Helena, however, cannot do it and surrenders. 

In season 3, Sykes utilizes Helena’s affection for Myka to carry out his plans as he put her life in Helena’s hands to open a portal to the Warehouse: “I am not going to die…because you are going to save my life.” The season concludes with Helena sacrificing her own life to save Myka, Pete, and Artie’s. 

In season 4, Helena calls Myka because Helena spotted an artifact in the police station where Helena worked. The artifact transformed people into primitive apelike creatures.

Irene Frederic

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Leena

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Pete Lattimer

Throughout the series, Pete and Myka are partners at the Warehouse. They form a strong friendship which, for many years, was platonic. 

In the Season 2 finale, "Reset", Myka looks visibly upset while listening to a conversation between Pete and his girlfriend Kelly Hernandez in which he tells her that he loves her, although she hides this from Pete when he enters the car.

In "Secret Services", Pete and Myka's former colleagues suggest that the chemistry between Pete and Myka is obvious, though both deny it. Later, in Savage Seduction, Pete's ex-girlfriend Kelly Hernandez tells Pete that their relationship never would have worked because Pete is in love with Myka. Pete contemplates this, and in "Cangku Shisi", he tells Steve that he is in love with Myka in order to find out whether or not this is the truth. Steve confirms that Pete is not lying.

In "Endless", Myka believes her defining moment is only about her being able to use her knowledge, deductive skills, and fighting moves, but Steve says the moment suggests she has a "love thing" for Pete. At first, she denies this, but then she acknowledges the look on her face, admits that she is in love with Pete, but also claims that she hates herself for it. 

Myka then goes to Pete, intending to tell him that she is in love with him, but when he is too busy fretting over losing the Warehouse to listen to her, she just kisses him. At first Pete doesn't believe this (he believes she was really Steve using Harriet Tubman's Thimble, that she has a fever, and that she may have been affected by an artifact before thinking it might be "for realsies"), but then he accepts it and they agree to start dating.

Sam Martino

As a Secret Service agent, Myka was partnered with Sam Martino. He called her "Bunny," and she was having a romantic affair with him while he was still married; however, he was separated from his wife at the time. Myka felt for a long time that she let Sam die because she was too slow. She was stricken with guilt and grief over Sam's death until she acknowledged to herself that she had not been responsible, and that Sam had been at fault for not following their plan to corner a criminal. Later, she finds out that she nor Sam were responsible as an artifact had been used to stop time, making Myka late.

Family

Jeannie and Warren Bering

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Tracy Bering

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Skills

  • Combat
    • Firearms: Myka is adept at the use of both conventional firearms (showing exceptional aim, such as successfully firing at a small lightswitch several feet away[6]) and Teslas.
    • Martial Arts: Myka is shown to be very competent at hand-to-hand combat.[7][8]
    • Swordsmanship: As she took fencing lessons when she was young, Myka is adept at swordfighting.[2]
  • Eidetic Memory: Myka has photographic, or eidetic, memory. She can perfectly recall anything she has heard or seen, even if only for a brief time.[9][10]
  • Extensive Knowledge: Myka has a vast range of knowledge on various subjects, ranging from language to history to literature to science. However, she lacks basic knowledge on things relating to pop culture, such as popular comic book characters.[1]
  • Multilingualism: Aside from English, Myka is fluent in at least six other languages: Chinese,[11][12][13] French,[3] Japanese,[14] Latin,[15][16] Portuguese,[17] and Russian.[2] She also has at least a rudimentary familiarity with Arabic[18] and Farsi,[14] and can read Greek.[19]

Personality

Myka likes puzzles[15] and skating because it helps her think.[3] She does not eat sugar except under stress, which likely stems from her strong desire to do things by the book and retain a considerable amount of control over every aspect of her life. Her compulsivity and need for control likely stem from Sam's influence and subsequent death, and what she felt was her part in it. She used to be emotional, impulsive and quick to action,

"Twizzler Obsession"

but has changed since she worked within that particular Secret Service office. Myka has also begun to relax after working at the Warehouse indicating she may have found a balance between who she is and who she was. She also has a fear of heights (as mentioned in "The 40th Floor") and a fear of creatures that have tentacles such as jellyfish and octopi.[20][21] Myka also seems to have a soft spot for animals since she took in the ferret Pete and, acording to Pete in The Greatest Gift, "can't watch a movie where an animal dies." In the first two seasons, she also has a strange obsession with "Twizzlers".

Trivia

  • The name "Bering" is a name for a strait between Alaska and Siberia, named for Vitus Bering, who worked for Peter the Great and led the first European expedition to sight Alaska in 1741.
  • Her right ankle bears a tattoo of an infinity symbol.[22]
  • Her left ankle bears a tattoo that reads "Simply the things I am shall make me live", under the date 03/09/04 (March 9th, 2004).[23] is a quote by the character Parolles in Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. [24]
    • Interestingly, the play's protagonist is named Helena.
  • Myka's favorite coffee is a "large Americano with an extra shot and room."[25]
  • She cried when the Gooery "barfed" on her for the first time when flushing it out.[26]
  • Coincidentally, Myka's ex-lover (Sam Martino) and Pete's ex-wife (Amanda Martin) share nearly-identical surnames.
  • A warren, her father's name, is a term for both a network of wild rabbit burrows and, when artificial, an enclosed establishment for the purposes of raising rabbits for their meat and fur. Sam's nickname for Myka is "Bunny".[7][27][28]

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