Rita Wilcox was a member of a squad of Fire Breathers initiates who made it to the Fire Breathers' final exam. During the exam, she accused fellow initiate, Sylvester Tate, of causing the deaths of Timothy Wolfe and Andrew Rhodes. She died alongside her squad leader Maxine Ballard, fighting off waves of Scorched in Belching Betty after triggering the mine alarm as part of the final stage of the exam.
Prior to beginning training to join the Fire Breathers, Wilcox was a member of the Responders. She was also possibly romantically involved with fellow Responder, Buck Nixon.