The complex and mysterious Rosewood alum, Mona relocated to Beacon Heights Oregon seeking a fresh start away from her tumultuous, dark past. She is soon pulled back into a slew of mystery and darkness, alongside her high school frenemy, after the town experiences its first murder.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Physical Appearance
- 4 Series
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Romantic Relationships
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Notes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Book Comparisons
- 11 Quotes
- 12 Gallery
- 13 Navigational
- 14 References
Mona was born in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, and raised by a single mother, Leona. Mona became friends with Hanna Marin in the 8th grade, and they were great friends. However, when Hanna became part of Alison DiLaurentis' clique in 9th grade, their friendship slowed and eventually ended. Mona was then subjected to intense bullying by Alison, while Hanna and the other girls watched it happen. The bullying intensified over the years.
Mona never forgot the way Alison treated her. Alison often labeled Mona as an outsider and a dork. Alison donned Mona "Loser Mona", a nickname she was referred to by almost every student a Rosewood High. Alison often told Mona, and whoever would listen, that Mona was nothing and treated her as if she were invisible. So much so, that Mona herself began to believe the things Alison said. She resorted to playing with dolls since she didn't any true friends left due to Alison's bullying.
After Alison's disappearance, Mona saw an opening in the school's hierarchy and decided to use the opening to her advantage and become popular. She recruited her former best friend, Hanna Marin, in her goal to take over Alison's spot as Queen Bee at Rosewood High. Hanna didn't pass up the opportunity to become popular after having been on the bottom rung of the ladder. Mona and Hanna helped each other become skinny and "beautiful" over the summer. They also became best-friends once again, confiding in each other and referring to one another as "besties". When they returned to school the following year, they reigned over the students together. She quickly assumed her place as the Queen Bee of Rosewood High. Mona taunted Lucas Gottesman in the same way Alison used to torture her, and nicknamed him Hermie, despite once being his friend when Alison bullied them both.
Hanna and Mona's friendship stayed strong until Alison's body was discovered. The discovery pushed Hanna back to her old friend group, who were all grieving the death of Alison. This made less time for Mona in Hanna's life. The infamous "A" soon began torturing Hanna and her group of friends. The Liars, as they were called by people around them, didn't like Mona, and this was a source of conflict for Hanna and Mona's friendship. Between the distrust for Mona and the secrecy about "A", their friendship crumbled.
In the Season 2 finale, Mona is revealed to be "A", the one torturing, blackmailing, and physically harming Hanna and her friends. Mona was angry at the Liars for taking Hanna away from her in 9th grade, and again after Alison's death. She was also angry that they bullied her for being different. She fell off a cliff but wasn't seriously injured. She was then admitted to Radley Sanitarium where she underwent aggressive therapy to treat her mental health issues.In Season 3, Mona was a patient at Radley Sanitarium for psychological and emotional treatment for several months. She was visited by Hanna, Spencer, and Caleb. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, she was being manipulated by someone wearing a red coat who got her excited to play the game again. Once she received treatment, she was considered emotionally stable by her doctors and released. When she was released from Radley she attempted to make amends with Hanna, who struggled to forgive her for all the things she did as "A". Mona remained under the influence of red coat until the incident at Thornhill when she was removed from the A-Team.
In Season 5, when Alison is revealed to alive and returning to Rosewood, Mona forms her own army of students and people who were victimized by Alison before her disappearance. The goal of the army was to fight against Alison's return and make it clear that Alison wasn't wanted in the town. Her army eventually disbanded and she was able to grow closer to Hanna after framing Alison to be a horrible person. Also during this time, she had an on-and-off-again relationship with Mike Montgomery.When the Liars and Mona believed that Alison was "A", Mona helped the Liars dig up information on Alison that could prove their accusations. She reconciled with Mike and began to form a version of trust with the other Liars. She later found what she believed to be proof of Alison being "A", and was prepared to tell the Liars. She was then believed to be brutally murdered in her own home after the Liars entered the house and saw it torn to shreds. Due to the amount of blood spread over her home, the police concluded that her wounds were fatal. Her death was then ruled a homicide and an investigation was launched. When The Liars were kidnapped by A and taken to A's Dollhouse, they discovered that Mona was alive. She had been kidnapped by "A", who turned on her after they made a plan to fake Mona's death. Mona was than forced to become Alison, so much so that A dyed her blonde hair and forced her to wear Alison's clothes from the night she disappeared. She was also tortured and forced to play games or suffer the consequences. When all of the girls escaped the Dollhouse, Mona left Rosewood for several weeks to recuperate from her traumatic experience. When she returned, she aided the Liars in unmasking the real "A" and ending their suffering once and for all.
After graduating from Rosewood High School, Mona attended Duke University where she received a Poli-Sci major. She returned to Rosewood when Charlotte was up for release at Radley but was soon swept up in old drama and secrets.
At her core, Mona is a self-conscious person. This developed after she was bullied and rejected by Alison in pre-high and high school. Mona began to be unhappy with her life. Although she doesn't show this side of herself in public, it's why Mona felt a desire to remain popular, beautiful, and best friends with Hanna. She took the persona of A due to her fear the Liars would steal Hanna from her. Hanna was her only real friend, and the thought of losing her drove her actions.
Mona is a brilliant young woman who can speak French, hack computers, and do voice impressions. She can be considered a genius. She also has a personality disorder, which was diagnosed by Dr. Anne Sullivan while Mona was in Radley Sanitarium.
Mona is an attractive young woman with black hair, round hazel eyes that communicate most of her emotions, and a fine bone structure. She has plump lips and a mole under her right eye, which is mainly visible in her later years as she wears less makeup. Mona is one of the shorter characters in the series, standing at 5'2". Because of this, she is usually seen in heels or pumped sneakers. In nearly every stage of her life, Mona can be seen with a designer or high-end purse.As a teenager, Mona went through a time in her life forever memorialized as, "Loser Mona". Her low self-esteem was evident in the way she carried herself. She wore youthful tops with bright colors, which she usually paired with either jeans or a knee-length skirt. When wearing a skirt she wore knee-high white socks and bright sneakers. She wore large earrings and minimal makeup, usually only gloss and light eye makeup. Mona parted her hair in the center and wore it in two high pigtails. She also had rectangular brown glasses but rarely made eye contact with people, due to the years of bullying she suffered. Before Alison fled Rosewood, she gave Mona a list of people to see to make herself pretty, and tips for how to age her style. Over the Summer, Mona reinvented herself and took her best friend with her. Together, they lost weight, experimented with makeup, and discovered high-end fashion. Mona began to carry herself with confidence and prestige. She took over the "Queen Bee" title at Rosewood High. She wore heavy makeup, usually brown smoky eye shadow, a deep red lip, and perfect eyebrows. She traded in her sneakers for designer heels. She began wearing contacts and experimented with several types of accessories. Her clothing was refined and sophisticated. She usually wore high-end tops in a variety of colors and patterns. She paired the tops with skinny jeans and heels. She would occasionally wear a leather or denim jacket. Mona wore her hair down in curls, waves, and occasionally straightened it. After being released from Radley Sanitarium, Mona's style was altered. She wore darker colored clothing but desperately tried to hold on to her previous style. This eventually changed as she matured and gave up the A-game for good. Her dramatic eyeshadow was replaced with nudes and purples, she wore less dramatic eyeliner, and her main colors were red, white, and peach-tones. Her style changed frequently, from designer tops or vibrant dresses to a simple black dress. She remained similar to her Sophmore year style but just more refined. In Season 5, Mona's style grew increasingly relaxed as the season progressed. She wore strictly dark-colored tops such as black, greys, and deep blues paired with light-colored jeans or black pants. She wore less makeup and straightened her hair. As an adult, Mona's style was still very similar to that of her teenage self, but much classier and refined. She wore nude tones such as brown, beige, and blacks. She would occasionally wear a brightly colored jacket or top to brighten an otherwise dark outfit. Mona also wore fewer extravagant accessories and instead, opted for a simplistic yet eye-catching necklace or long earrings - but never at the same time as she did as a teenager. Mona also cut her hair to a long bob and went between curly, straightened, and pinned-up styles. She swapped out her bright red or pink gloss for nude shades, with the occasional pink lip or peachy-lip.
While gallivanting as A, Mona donned a black hoodie, black sweats, and black gloves. During her time in Radley, Mona wore a white patient gown and minimal makeup. She also wore dark grey shirts and had a vacant look in her eye.
Pretty Little Liars
Season 1Aria Montgomery's flashbacks, Mona is shown with glasses and 2 pigtails, trying to hang out with Alison and Aria. She asks them to wait up, but Alison DiLaurentis tells Aria to ignore her and Aria obeys, running away from Loser Mona. Mona is crushed and wraps her arms around herself. After Alison's death, Mona is first seen with Hanna Marin shopping in the mall. They comment on each other's accessories that they stole before Hanna goes to talk to Spencer Hastings. Mona shoplifts a scarf then meets up with Hanna who shoplifted a pair of $350 sunglasses. Sean Ackard, and Hanna tells her friend that she will see her later. In English class, Mona saunters in, asking whether she's late, cluelessly calling Mr. Fitz, "Mr. Fritz" to everybody's amusement. Mr. Fitz tells her to just take her seat. When she takes her seat, Hanna points out her mistake. But Mona said she did it on preps. Later, Mona and Hanna are walking out of the mall, flanked with plenty of shopping bags. The two girls are happily chatting about the day's finds when suddenly they catch sight of Darren Wilden, standing in the parking lot. Mona reassures her that he has nothing on her, as she purchased everything legally.
At school, Mona and Hanna discuss their recent shoplifts, when Sean and Noel Kahn walk over. They announce Noel's blowout cabin party planned for the next night. After they leave, Mona questions Hanna about when she is going to have sex with Sean, and Hanna reacts frustrated. Mona states that she isn't pushing for Hanna to do it, but wonders if the relationship is real if they haven't done it. Later, at the party, she see's Hanna marching angrily across the lawn to get to Sean's car. Mona tries asking Hanna what is wrong and why she is taking Sean's car, but Hanna never even responds, instead of driving off with the car.Alex Santiago. At Homecoming, Mona and Hanna talk as they insult what other girls look like. Mona and Hanna get into a heated argument when Mona makes nasty comments to Lucas Gottesman, who has come to photograph the dance for the yearbook. Hanna greets him warmly, but Mona shoos him away. After he leaves, the two argue over whether popularity is more important than being friendly to nerds, in which Mona warns Hanna that she will not go back to being a loser and will lose her friendship with Hanna if it comes to it.
Season 2Isabel Randall's wedding. Before meeting her, Mona had formed a negative opinion of Kate, however, when she meets Kate Randall, she immediately takes a liking to her style and accepts her an invitation to lunch and later a horse farm. The girls had managed to lose Kate's horses. Hanna snaps at Mona, accusing her of befriending Kate for selfish reasons, and Mona counters that Hanna has been bad-tempered ever since Caleb left. She listens to Hanna when she expresses her negative feelings towards her step-family. Mona does seem sincerely apologetic about her mistake and the fallout Hanna has with Kate and her friends. Dr. Sullivan about A. That day, Dr. Sullivan attends the school in an assembly to talk about bullying, and about people threatening you. Mona is seen during Dr. Sullivan's assembly on cyber-bullying and rolls her eyes at Hanna, mouthing the word "boring." Ironically, Mona is "A" and probably cared a lot more about what Dr. Sullivan was saying. Rive Gauche later that night. But, when they get there, Hanna and Mona spot Jenna and Noel sitting together in Rive Gauche. Vice Principal Tamborelli, and Emily notices her staring. She decides to approach Mona about it. She apologizes to Mona for letting Alison torture her all those years. Even though Mona puts on her nonchalant exterior, she seems genuinely affected by the apology. She sides with Emily and lets her know Tamborelli isn't so lily-white himself. She hacks a computer and confronts Tamborelli with his own shady dealings, securing Emily's place back on the team. Mona shows a more friendly side to the girls. A," Hanna confesses that "A" is someone who is tormenting her and her friends. Mona replies that if she can live through Alison, she can survive this anonymous texting. Later, Mona shows Hanna an incident report from when Hanna shoplifted the sunglasses. The report was put into Mona's mailbox by "A." Mona had to give the incident report to the Rosewood Observer or else she'd be filling out a police report herself. The next day, Mona reveals that she went to the jewelry store and returned the necklace she stole. The store owners called the police and her mom is working out a deal. Hanna thanks her and Mona replies that she wouldn't do anything to hurt her best friend and her mom. At school, when Hanna passes by Mona's table, Hanna invites Mona to sit with her, Aria, and Emily. Mona was reluctant first but eventually agrees to sit with them.
Hanna tells Mona that Caleb is in Montecito with his family as they walk down Main Street at night. Then she asks if Mona has gotten any new texts from "A." She says no and begins to complain about the community service she has to do. Aria, Mona, Spencer, and Emily all converge on Hanna, who informs them her mom is "hot on the A trail." Ashley thinks the police report was sent to Hanna, not Mona, and gave it to Wilden because she thinks it will keep them safe. Mona has an idea. It requires a big lie and apparently she is terrible at that. She asks which one of them is the best liar and they all point to Aria. Slightly affronted, she asks Mona what lies she has to tell.
marches up to Hanna in the hall, upset about the latest text from "A" that says if she doesn't break up "Hanna and her hottie" she'll go back to being "a junior high hottie." When Caleb shows up, Mona leaves but promises to be there afterward for their slumber party. At Hanna's request, Mona and Caleb watch Melissa while in a car. They make awkward small talk until Mona explains that though neither of them wants to be there, they are doing it for Hanna. She describes how her close friendship with Hanna changed once Caleb entered the picture and admits that she had been jealous of their relationship. Emily texts Mona "Showtime," and they proceed to make out as Melissa walks out of a building. Caleb pulls away, but Mona assures him they are doing it "for Hanna" and kisses him again and Melissa takes notice.
Season 3Radley Sanitarium, and Wren Kingston is working as one of her doctors. Hanna shows up for answers, wanting to know what she did to make Mona hate her so much. Each time Mona just sits there still and almost lifeless. She has a glazed look in her eyes and remains with a stoic expression. After Hanna leaves, Mona spies as Wren and Hanna speak about her. Later when Wren calls Hanna he states that Mona is making progress and he thinks that it's from Hanna's visits. Hanna tries to get through to Mona again and asks her if she wants her to keep coming back. Mona looks over and smiles but is smiling at an empty chair. Mona is actually hallucinating and sees Alison holding her "Lolita" book, wearing a red coat, smiling back.
"Miss Aria, you're a killer, not Ezra's wife." - Maya knew.
"Where were we? Maya's away sleeping sweet until Garrett's all rosy count on me." - www.massugar.com
"No one to save Ali from evil." - Not safe.
Mona is then sent back to her room. Later, Hanna tells Aria, Spencer, and Emily that Mona was using a code that they had once used to write mean stuff about Alison on her missing flyers. Using the first letter of each word, they realize that the second code/riddle (see above) translates into "www.massugar.com" - Maya's website.
The hospital thinks that Mona has been slipping some of her meds to a visitor. They decide to move her to a maximum-security facility in Saratoga, New York. Realizing that the girls' chances to get more answers about "A" are getting smaller, Hanna approaches Wren about convincing the hospital board to let Mona stay. Wren tells Hanna that he can't do anything about it, so Hanna gives her own formal speech to the board. However, Hanna throws her speech aside and speaks out as Mona's friend to the board. They decide to let her stay.The "A-Team", who is revealed to be Toby. She tells him about her disappointment that the plans didn't work out as they should.
Mona is seen singing the children's song "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and painting a mask, saying she wanted to do it for an art project. She turns around and a black hoodie is revealed. She says she loves Halloween, because of dressing up and tricking people. She hands the person a mixture of pills and bullets, then says "This is going to be the best Halloween ever." "I bet somebody's life on that." When a nurse is checking on Mona, she tricks them by putting her art project under her blankets, making it seem like she is sleeping. Later, a person wearing the same costume as Caleb begins to dance with Hanna. Hanna realizes that this person is a fake, and tears off their mask, revealing another mask and a blonde wig, made to look like Alison. Later, a nurse checks on Mona, and she is smiling with the second mask she was wearing on the ground, meaning she was pretending to be Caleb.
Mona is seen talking to Toby in the "A" lair. She is seen hacking into something on the computer, then precedes to tell him that she doesn't call the shots. At school, Mona is seen meeting a group of people, acting friendly and innocent. Later, she is seen in her "A" gear and is seen in Toby's apartment, sitting at the table Spencer set up for her and Toby's anniversary, smiling. It could be implied that she placed Toby's Radley I.D. on his desk to be found. She could have also changed his locks. Earlier in the episode, Mona said were all set for "tomorrow" (possibly meaning that the next day was Spencer and Toby's anniversary), meaning that she and Toby planned for him to be exposed.
Mona tells Spencer that she would hate to see Toby drive all the to the Academic Decathlon competition just to cheer for her. She also says that she's been off her "A" game lately.
Mona is quietly sitting at a lunch table with the rest of the Decathlon members. She doesn't say anything when Spencer accuses her of taking her off the team or when she asked: "is there anything else you want to take away from me?" Mona would send the "good doctor" Spencer's way. She is at the Decathlon practice and starts to talk to Spencer about her being cray-cray, her break up, and if she has any friends. Spencer snaps and attacks Mona, Mona would get help up and says she's fine.
Mona, mentioned by Spencer, is in New York during the time Spencer was locked in the sauna. Mona is at the Brew ordering a latte when Spencer confronts her about "Deepest Sympathy" wreath. She claims she has no idea what she is talking about but tells her not to put the orchids in the sunlight like she did they didn't make it the through the night- before leaving. Mona is at the Brew again when she gets a phone call and leaves, with Spencer following her. She ends up in the woods and briefly disappears, however, just as Spencer is about to lift Toby's helmet off his head, she reappears and says "He's dead." This leads Spencer to chase Mona, Mona would get away.
Season 4Hasting's, she plays "third degree" and reveals what she knows and doesn't know. In the morning when the girls wake up Mona has disappeared but then she brings in their favorite coffee drinks and breakfast. She won't hand over the computer chip but agrees to take them to the A lair. In the lair, she tells them that Wilden and Melissa were dressed as the Queen of Hearts on the Halloween train and has a video showing Wilden, but someone hacks and deletes the file before the second person is shown. Mona tries to rekindle the friendship with Hanna and the two go shopping one day after school. It is clear to Mona that Hanna is just pretending and hands over the computer chip as a gesture of goodwill. She points out that they once did have a true friendship. They find a cell phone which ends up being Ashley Marin's in Wilden's casket.
Mona is eerily absent. The Liars discuss in the opening scene that she was missing from school. They want to hide Ali's stuff they got from Jessica DiLaurentis before Mona sees it. Emily points out she's more concerned when Mona isn't around then when she's with them.The Brew wanting to talk to Spencer. Spencer insists that she can say whatever it is in front of Aria and Emily and Mona reveals that Toby gave A the RV lair and Spencer was hiding it from them. Mona may not be A anymore but she can still do reconnaissance and has evidence. Spencer admits what Mona is saying is true. Later at school, Emily goes to Mona saying she "wants in" and wants to know what she found on Toby. Mona says she wishes she knew and points out that she is not the one pulling the strings anymore and all she has is an empty RV. A has proof of everything bad she and the Liars have done, with one wrong move everything could go up in flames.
Mona is helping Hanna with a plan to save her mom from a conviction, but since Caleb doesn't trust her, she proves her loyalty in an unexpected way by admitting she was the one who killed Wilden.
In this episode, Mona sticks to the fact that she killed Wilden. And puts up quite a performance when she is interviewed by a detective. However, Mrs. Hastings reveals that some of the evidence does not match with what Mona is saying. Mona is later taken back to Radley where she devilishly smiles at a piece of carved writing stating 'will the circle be unbroken?'
In Radley, Wren passes Mona a sketch of a happy-looking family on a farm and asks for her emotional response. Mona says that it's a happy picture and Wren asks her how it makes her feel. She replies, "happy", and he asks what her response is. She makes a sarcastic comment about the artist's drawing ability. Wren wants to know how she feels about what she's said she's done. Mona says that "Look, those girls used to make me feel bad. But recently I've realized that... we're on the same side." She says that she wanted to make up for all the bad things she's done and that Wilden was bothering them so she got rid of him, and she'd do it again. Mona asks why would she ever be honest with him, to which he says that she used to be. Mona replies that that was before she realized where his loyalties were. Wren says he doesn't know what that means but he thought that they'd trusted each other when she was first a patient there. Mona says that that was before she found out that he was keeping secrets from her.
When Mona's life appears to be threatened by "A," The Lairs begin watching her make sure nothing happens to her. When Toby follows Shana to River Valley Bed and Breakfast in Ravenswood, Mona knits on a porch and Shana approaches her. Mona asks if Shana is sure “she is okay with this”, but Shana says “she” doesn’t have a choice. She hands Mona an envelope.
Aria arrives home to find Mona and Mike on a date. Mona asks Aria if everything is okay or not but she goes straight to her room without replying. Mona then looks guilty or possibly sorry.
Season 5The Liars, including Alison, as missing. Displeased, she turns to put on her jacket, and tells someone in a red jacket, that "this changes everything". Mona is next seen talking to someone on her cell phone, before telling Lucas that the Liars are not in Philadelphia, they're in New York. Mona has congregated an army of people who were victimized by Alison prior to her disappearance, to fight against her return. The group includes Lucas, who was the first member, Paige, and Melissa.
Footage of Mona being attacked by "A" is presented at Alison's trial.
Mona returns to Rosewood and reveals to Hanna that she is afraid of Alison planning some revenge since Mona was the one who sent her to jail. Hanna declares that Alison changed and they all got bigger worries now. Mona states that she also might get punished by the police for trying to fake her murder, but Hanna tells her that they are looking for Charles now. As Mona is afraid to go to the police department on her own, she asks Hanna to drive her. On their way to the Rosewood PD they stop by The Brew, Lesli walks over to them, she's angry with Mona for being summoned by the police, because they made her an accomplice for the faked murder. She tells her that all she worked for is now in jeopardy because she thought Mona is a victim. While Mona listens quietly how Lesli blames everything on her, Hanna steps in, saying that Mona never tried to hurt her and she doesn't like her tone. Mona apologizes to Lesli, but she doesn't care and tells her to never contact her again and walks out. Later, Hanna and Spencer find Mona in Radley, who is about to steal Lesli's files. It gets revealed that Lesli stayed in Radley long enough to know Mona and Charles. When Mona calls Lesli to tell her that she failed to get the files and the Liars know about Lesli's stay at Radley now, Lesli freaks out. She declares that she only asked for one thing, but Mona screwed it up.Radley the night Alison went missing: Bethany Young and Charles DiLaurentis. Spencer gives Charles' medical files to Mona to prove that he is dead, but Mona quickly shoots the idea down upon seeing the medications Charles was on. She explains that no one would want his organs and he wasn't an eligible donor. The girls claim that they have a picture which shows that "A" is a girl. Mona says that if they have a picture, it's because A wanted them to have it. Campus security shows up but the girls stay hidden. Clark Wilkins, who she knew was a cop. Mona states that she has been snarfing Alison since she came back to town and that she started receiving texts from Charles the day before. She finds out that the signal source is coming from the Carissimi group and they go there. At the Carissimi group, the girls listen to Charlotte's story. When it is revealed that Charlotte hit Alison, Mona tells the liars that she was the one who hit Bethany, because she thought it was Alison. As they find out that Charlotte brought her family to Radley, the girls rush to get there, but Mona stays and says that she needs to know how the story ends.
Five years later, she is present at a rally for Veronica Hastings campaign where she and Spencer talk and she asks if Spencer if she still has nightmare from the Dollhouse because she still does. Mona is also present at the hearing to decide whether Charlotte should be released or not. To everyone's surprise. She tearfully says that Charlotte deserves to be at home with her family.
It's revealed by Damien, a reporter, that Mona initially wanted to work on Mrs. Hastings' campaign but was turned away, so she went to work on Mrs. Hasting's opponent's campaign instead.
Mona recovers Yvonne's phone after Spencer uses it to look for evidence. When asked if she set this up to spark a conflict between Toby, Yvonne and her, Mona compares it to high school drama saying "We don't do those kinds of things anymore, do we Spencer?" before walking away.
While at a boutique, Mona reveals to Spencer that she told Yvonne to leave her phone at their meeting to prove that she couldn't trust her, but didn't tell Yvonne that Spencer took the phone. Mona tells Spencer that she's sorry about Veronica and prays that she'll be okay, causing Spencer to ask why she went through all the trouble. Mona says that the campaign plans on leaking the report, which is wrong, and that she doesn't believe that Yvonne or her mom knows. Mona quickly realizes that Spencer had no idea that Veronica was sick and apologizes.
Mona approaches Spencer and angrily confronts her about the leak of Yvonne's abortion. She does something genuinely good and ends up paying for it. Mona adds that the Phillips campaign is now going through everything and Mona files of Veronica are discovered which causes her termination and damaged credibility. Later, Mona attends Hanna's shower with a wedding dream book that they made the summer of eighth grade as a present. who offers her a present. After Aria gets burned, her shower gift is shown to be among the damaged gifts. Saddened, she feels her good intentions that look like trash. Emily sees her key chain which looks like the one a witness described for the police about Charlotte's mysterious caller. She gets in the car with Emily.
She reveals to Emily that she called Charlotte to meet her at "The Two Crows" to talk about what Charlotte still had on her, but Charlotte never showed up. Later, she encounters Sara and tells her to leave the girls alone. However, Sara taunts her by telling her no matter what good deeds Mona does, none of the girls are going to trust her and without her games Mona will be alone forever.
She goes to the Hastings' campaign to make amends and later help the girls, Caleb, Toby and Ezra set a trap to catch Uber A.
Season 7Charlotte's Killer for A.D. After Ezra questions the group whether or not they will be able to find the identity of Charlotte's killer within 24 hours, Mona tells the group that "This is the first time we've all been working together, that's what makes it different." Mona also suggests that Mary has to be working with somebody because while they saw her walking around the woods, somebody else stole Hanna from the Motel room at the resort. Mona also adds that she's sure each one of the people in that room have some idea of who killed Charlotte. Mona is at the Hasting' kitchen island reading off the names on the slips of paper in the bowl. This is their method of getting an anonymous popular vote of who they think killed Charlotte. At the motel, Caleb, Spencer, Toby, and Mona see Mary Drake carrying duffel bags from a van into the Resort. They follow her, Caleb and Mona. They tail her to a lot where a few men are loading up misc. supplies into her van, and then to what Caleb predicts to be Alison's house. Mona tells him to cut the lights, which he obeys. When the van pulls past the DiLaurentis house, Mona remarks that Mary is going to Spencer's house.
Mona is seen again driving the car The Liars were driving when they killed Elliot. The car is fixed and Mona says she got it fixed where the people won't ask questions or give answers. She got suspicious of Elliott when Ali started going insane. She tracked Elliott's phone and found the car with the bloody windshield. She says burning the car would've been a "bonehead move". She asks Hanna and Aria where Rollins' burner phone and both are confused as to what she is talking about. Mona and The Liars are at the Radley discussing their next move. She says that they know they can't be sure of anything. She is also stunned that Jenna is back in Rosewood. Mona tries tracking the burner phone and is unsuccessful. Mona apologizes to Hanna and states she wanted to help, but Hanna says she has. Hanna tells Mona that she and Jordan broke up. Hanna realizes she lost her bracelet in Elliott's car. At the car, Mona is keeping watch. Mona keeps urging Hanna to hurry up and Hanna finds her bracelet. They hear a phone ring and Mona finds the burner phone and is surprised to hear Jenna on the phone.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Alison is in her new Beacon Heights home when she hears odd noises coming from her basement. She is about to descend to the basement when there's a knock at the door. She goes to the door and is surprised by Mona, who is holding a kitchen knife. Moments later Mona raises a pastry box and calmly states that she brought pie.
Mona sets the pie on the table and sits as Alison asks why she's here. Mona explains that she works at BHU for recruitment and admissions. She returned to the States to devote her time on her passions, including game design. She left France after the reasons she was there escaped her. Alison is still not following, so she elaborates that ten months ago she was hired at BHU to refine their faculty selection process, and chose her to come. Alison is angered she wasn't told but admits she wouldn't have come if she did ask. Mona admits she wanted to come here for a fresh start, and it was easier to gain people's trust when you haven't given them enough reasons not to. Alison relates - Emily loves her but is struggling with the past. Sometimes they're happy, sometimes they're not, which is why Alison is ready to shed her past as a mean girl. She wants to help the students, and Mona says she will as she begins to pack up the pie. That's when Alison notices Beacon Guard, which Mona explains it's the school's security system. She says she'll give Alison a tour tomorrow as she packs the pie, and asks Alison to store it for later. As she leaves, Mona, looking at the mirror, comments that Alison is as determined as ever.
MONDAY: Mona and Alison begin the tour, with Alison commenting on the philanthropy of the Hotchkiss family to build BHU from the ground up. They pass the Taylor Hotchkiss Memorial Garden, dedicated the Hotchkiss daughter who milled herself a year ago. Alison asks how Mona knew her, to which she says she simply searched her up. Mona adds that Alison is now living in her house, but the furniture is all brand new much to Alison's distress.
Mona entered her apartment immediately after she discovered Nolan's keycard being used to access her apartment. Everything seemed where she left it, aside from an ominous giant present box on her desk. She carefully opened it and was both surprised and creeped out to discover it was filled with cupcakes that spelled out, "Can we be pals?" across the tops and paired with googly eyes.The next day, Mona gathered Alison and the Perfectionists together. The Perfectionists explain that they think the person targeting them, and the one who ran Caitlin over with the car is none other than Dana Booker. Mona seemed hesitant to believe that and reminded them that just the other day they were convinced it was Mason Gregory. She added that someone else was acting suspicious - Taylor. Alison questioned her issue with Taylor, to which Mona explained that someone broke into her apartment and left her cupcakes. Dylan remarked that it didn't sound too bad, a statement he retracted after Mona offered him one of the untouched "Can we be pals?" cupcakes. She sat the box next to Dylan as she explained that whoever left her the message used Nolan's ID card to access her apartment. Alison wanted to know how she knew that, to which Mona hesitated before admitting that she stole Taylor's RV and hid it in the woods. Everyone was shocked at her admittance, but Mona quickly explained that it was a mini Beacon Guard. Alison remarked that she had seen the RV and it was junk. Mona than reminded her of the underground dollhouse she was trapped in. The dollhouse appeared to be a bunker on the outside, too. Ava remarked that they had to Google the pair, to which Mona stated that they were minors at the time so all the records were sealed. Dylan asked where they grew up, to which both Alison and Mona responded Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Alison looked at Mona then and reminded her of the time that A forced Hanna to eat cupcakes, to which Caitlin asked who A was. Mona looked at the group and raised her hand but quickly explained that it was a long time ago. "A" was just a game that got out of control when they were kids. However, what Dana was doing to the Perfectionists was different, as she was an adult. As Alison conversed with the Perfectionists Mona leaned on the kitchen island until she stated that her side of the plan would be to find whoever left her those cupcakes. She hoped it wasn't Dana and explained to Caitlin that it was because Dana is on the inside. She looked to Alison then admitting that she hoped she was wrong about Taylor, too. Alison explained to the Perfectionists that if Dana was on the inside they would need one of their own there too - and they couldn't get more inside then a Hotchkiss.
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The LiarsBethany Young. Later that night, Mona was driving home when she saw Alison walking. She pulled over and realized that Alison had been buried that night. Mona than gave her a ride to the Lost Woods Resort and told her to run away. Alison the disappeared, and Mona became the original A to punish Alison's friends for bullying her. When Alison returned, Mona was originally afraid, but the girls eventually settled into an understanding after a miniature war took place. Mona then faked her death and framed Alison as the murderer. She did so in the hopes of catching the new A and becoming a hero. However, her plan backfired and she was kidnapped by A and Alison was sent to prison. Alison then helped to find Mona and The Liars, and the two settled into an understanding once more. In the present day, Mona and Alison are friendly towards one another for the sake of Hanna, but still, have a large distrust for one another. Additionally, Mona is the killer of Alison's adoptive sister and biological cousin, Charlotte DiLaurentis. They are no longer enemies and have stopped tormenting one another. They aren't considered friends and mainly tolerate one another when in public settings. Charlotte, and Archer, who Alison's sperm donor was and the doctor who performed the procedure and helped her (along with the other Liars) beat Liars Lament. The two are now friendly with one another. Emily doesn't completely trust Mona and probably never will, with Mona wanting to earn Emily (and everyone else's) trust.
The pair barely interacted before Alison's disappearance, though Mona knew her as the girl who did nothing to stop Alison's bullying. One day Alison and Aria were walking one day when Mona tried to follow them. She wanted to hang out with the pair. Aria told Alison maybe they should wait, but is convinced to run away from her. Their relationship didn't seem to get any better when Mona started dating Aria's younger brother, Mike. Aria did not trust Mona, due to what she's done in the past. Eventually, Aria warmed up to Mike and Mona's relationship. Years later, Mona was the first to figure out Aria was on the A.D. team. When Hanna brought Mona to Aria and Ezra's rehearsal dinner, Aria was not pleased to see her.
Leona Vanderwaal: - Mother/DaughterLeona and Mona have an interesting relationship, as Leona has only interacted with Mona on a few occasions. Following Alison's return, Leona was afraid that Alison's tormenting and bullying had begun again with her daughter, and confronted Hanna about it. Over the Christmas holiday, they planned to leave town to visit their family. Mona had to stay behind to handle some things but promised to meet her mother there. When Mona was believed to be dead she went after Alison as she believed that Ali had killed Mona and knew where her daughter's body was. When Mona returned to Rosewood from the Dollhouse, Leona picked her daughter up from the hospital and the pair went on a spa trip together. They also visited Saratoga together.
Lucas Gottesman: - Friends and former alliesLucas and Mona initially bonded over their mutual hatred for Alison. They both feared Alison resuming her bullying when she returned to Rosewood High following her disappearance. Lucas was a member of "Mona's Army", and helped her attempt to stop Alison from rising to popularity again. Their goal was to stop her from bullying anyone else. Additionally, Lucas was rather nice to Mona when they were both at the bottom of the social rankings in high school. This made Mona feel better when Alison would torment her.
Lesli Stone: - Former friendsLesli and Mona met when the duo were both patients at Radley Sanitarium. No one knew about the pair's friendship except for Mona's mother, Leona. Lesli first appeared after Mona's faked death and seemed genuinely upset about the fact her friend was dead. She also helped Mona put Alison in prison, by falsifying and exaggerating the evidence for her. However, when Mona returned, Lesli lashed out at Mona and blamed her for the fact that she was now an accessory to Mona's crime (faking her death). In an attempt to make it up to Lesli, Mona tried to steal Lesli's Radley file so that the Liars wouldn't find out that she was in Radley and knew of Charles. Mona failed and this lead Lesli to lash out at Mona and the two consequently stopped being friends.
- It was unclear whose side she was on; "A"'s side or The Liars'. However, in the Season 5 mid-season finale "Taking This One to the Grave," Mona was revealed to be on The Liars' side as she was helping them find out about Bethany Young.
- It was later revealed that she was helping "A" to make the Liars think that Alison was "A". After the Liars (included Mona) were rescued from "A"'s dollhouse, she returned to being on the Liars' side to help them find out who Charles really is.
- Janel Parrish had a recurring role for the first two seasons, but was upgraded to a series regular for Season 3.
- In "Touched by an 'A'-ngel," we learn that Mona can speak French conversationally, which is also referred to at the end of the episode "Je Suis une Amie." She was also part of Rosewood High French club as we learn in Now You See Me, Now You Don't.
- Mona wanted to be friends with Hanna after she saw her bow after doing a backflip on the trampoline and puking.
- In "The Naked Truth," we learn that Mona can do perfect impressions of people. We also learn that, like Caleb, she is an expert hacker. She was able to easily access the school's private database, even though she did not know the password.
- The lyrics Mona sang in "Kingdom of the Blind," are:
- In the eye abides heart
- Every pure and tender feeling
- All emotions worth revealing
- Through the eyes their charm impart
- which is a song by Beth Nielsen Chapman; the song was written in 1841 and was originally composed in German as “In den Augen liegt das Herz” by Franz von Kobell.
- Mona secretly gave Hanna a website and other words like "Maya knew." and "Not safe."
- In Crazy," Mona says "I miss my dolls." In "The Lady Killer," once Mona gets to visit the new lair, we see her dolls of the girls in the dollhouse and their accessories laid out in front as if she had just been playing with them.
- At the end of the video Mona made in "She's Better Now," Mona is heard talking to an unknown person, who seems hesitant, and asked him/her to back out if they can't take it.
- Although Mona and Hanna broke friends often, they were friends when she died and Hanna was extremely upset as she was crying more than the other girls when Mona was pronounced dead.
- Mona's personality is slowly revolving around Spencer (she joins the Decathlon Team, she starts to dress like her [scholarly and preppy], she listens to classical music, and even "admires" and "respects" her). They even have similar jobs after the time jump.
- Mona's last name was spelled Vanderwall in Season 1 and 2 but it was changed to Vanderwaal in Season 3 for unknown reasons, most likely because that is how Sara Shepard spelled it in the series.
- Mona is the one who convinced Alison to disappear.
- In in Season 5 summer finale, "Taking This One to the Grave", Mona was believed to have been murdered in her home by an unknown assailant.
- In Pretty Isn't the Point, Mike reveals that Mona intended to fake her own death as part of a plan to expose "A", but "A" double-crossed her.
- In Welcome to the Dollhouse, it is revealed that Mona is, in fact, alive and being held captive by "A".
- Janel Parrish originally auditioned for the role of Spencer Hastings. After being informed she did not get the part, she re-auditioned for the role of Mona and got the part.
- Mona, along with Hanna, have appeared in-character in commercials for TRESemme hair products. The products included TRESemme Climate Control Mousse and TRESemme Fresh Start.
- In "Never Letting Go," Mona mocks Aria's height at the fashion show dress rehearsal. Mona is the same height as Aria, as both girls are 5'2". In the same episode, Spencer alludes to Mona being five feet tall.
- Mona is familiar with Wizard of Oz enough to reference the film. She told Lucas in "The Perfect Storm" to ask the wizard to give him a penis.
- During her time as "A", Mona used The Wizard of Oz references. She custom-designed a fortune cookie that reads "There's No Place Like Homecoming". Also, in "Can You Hear Me Now?," she sent a flier to the Liars that read, "Ding Dong, the Bitch is Dead," a reprisal of the film's song "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead."
- Janel Parrish revealed in an interview that she did not know she was "A" until a week before they started filming for the finale, but she was always hoping that she was "A."
- Mona was released from Radley in "She's Better Now" which might have been the title's reference to Mona being "better now".
- Mona's favorite Holiday is Halloween, she likes it better than Christmas because it involves more makeup.
- Mona got kicked off the A team at the end of the Season 3 finale and is now considered to be part of the liars.
- "A" puts a doll of Mona with the liars in the dollhouse in "A is for A-L-I-V-E."
- In "EscApe From New York," Mona formed a group of people who have been mistreated by Alison in the past. It is known as "Mona's Army" and included Lucas Gottesman, Melissa Hastings, and Paige McCullers)
- In "'Til Death Do Us Part", Mona kidnaps Mary and Alex and holds them captive in her dollhouse in Paris, presumably to ensure they don't start the game. It is also a way of Mona telling them that she "won" the game in the end.
- Main article: Mona Vanderwaal (Book Character)
- In the show, Mona has dark hair and brown eyes. In the books, she has blonde hair and blue eyes.
- In the books, Mona witnessed The Jenna Thing and received burns from the accident. While in the show, only Toby saw what The Liars did.
- In the books, Jenna and Mona were friends, but in the series, they hardly knew each other.
- In the TV series, Spencer is the first to find out that Mona is A. In the books, it was Hanna.
- In the show, Mona dated Noel. In the books, she hooked up with Noel's brother Eric, before her death in Unbelievable.
- Mona dies after she's revealed as "A" in the books. In the TV show, Mona survives the fall and is admitted to Radley Sanitarium and becomes an ally to the liars after the events of A DAngerous GAme.
- In the books, Mona becomes "A" as revenge for the Liars taking part in the blinding of Jenna Cavanaugh. In the TV show, Mona starts being A and also created the "A-Team" because she feels that the Liars (possibly including Alison, as she received notes from "A" as well) "took" Hanna away from her.
- In the books, Mona is the first A, and seems to have no accomplice. In the show, Mona started the A-Team, and while she was in Radley, Charlotte DiLaurentis stole the game from her.
- Mona dated Lucas before Ali disappeared in the books. This never happened on the show.
- In the books Mona was much more reckless, getting wasted, helping Hanna crash Sean's car, and showing her underwear to guys for fun.
- In the books, Mona's friendship with Hanna was just a ploy to get information, whereas, in the show, they had a real friendship with Mona seemingly atoning for being A.
- In the show Mona and Mike are dating, however in the books they barely interact.
- In the book, Mona is killed when she accidentally falls off a cliff after a fight with Spencer at the quarry whereas, in the TV show, Mona is still alive. In the TV show, she also fakes her death in Taking This One to the Grave, in order to get Alison arrested.
- On September 25th, 2017, it was announced that Mona would return for the Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
Mona [to Hanna]: This sounds totally gay, but if I saw you struttin' it in that dress and kickin' up those heels, I would think about doing you.
Hanna: We had so much fun last summer.
Mona: And some of it was even legal.
Mona [to Lucas]: You can go now. This beauty doesn't need a beast.
Mona: I was eating three almonds a day, and you were getting liposuction?
Mona [to Hanna]: I'm making sure you don't host a pity party for yourself and invite a cheese cake.
Mona [about her birthday gifts]: Whatever it is, I'm sure I'll love it. And if not, I'll return it.
Emily: I can't blackmail a school official.
Mona: Honey, you can't be a shark if you're toothless.
Mona: People are toads.
Mona: Frankly, I'd like to take that cane and whack her like a pinata.
Mona [to Spencer]: You're not the only genius in this car. You, bitches, underestimated me.
Mona: It's easier to forgive an enemy than it is to forgive a friend.
Mona [to Spencer]: I admire you Spencer, so I'm going to let you choose how this ends tonight. You can join the 'A-Team' or disappear.
Mona [to Aria and Hanna]: Miss Aria, you're a killer, not Ezra's wife.
Mona [to Emily, Spencer, and Aria]: Look, I'll take heels over a hoodie any day of the week. But just because I'm not A anymore, doesn't mean I can't recon your asses when I need to.
Mona: And who's looking cray-cray now, Spencer?
Mona: Looks like someone's been skipping their anger management class.
Hanna: You were on the Halloween train dressed like Caleb.
Mona: To think we were this close to our first kiss.
Mona [to Alison]: I don't have to hide, you do. And you're gonna wish you stayed dead.
Mona [to Aria]: Alison is "A"! And now I can prove it.
Mona: Game over Alison. I win.
Mona: Mona? I know it's been a while, but I haven't changed that much, have I? You guys it's me. Alison.
Mona: It thinks it beat me! But I am still here! I am the one who's winning the game!
Mona [to Emily]: Seems whatever I do ends up this way. Good intentions that look like trash.
Mona [to Wren disguised as A.D.]: Are you here to kill me?
Mona [to Alison outside BHU]: By my calculations, he could be...dangerous.
Mona to the Perfectionists: Act normal, Bitches.
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