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"It is only needs a breath of fire that can purge the evil. Maria Arzonia is a hero. She is a lighthouse amongst the dark mist and shadows that surrounded us. In this savage world filled with nothing but despair, we cannot lose hope to bring peace and end this war. This girl tells us, not with her words, but with her actions, that you need to do what you should have done in this war, or more and more people will get hurt. We cannot tolerate Mafusa Gang anymore. We cannot tolerate the KnightWalkers anymore! This war needs to end... and now, ladies and gentlemen, I announce the foundation of the Catholic Rebels in the name of Ms. Arzonia!"
|Name||María Pirotecnia de Arzonia y Rodríguez|
|Alias||Angel of Flame, Angel of Fire, Angelic Flames, Redeemed One, Nuestra Señora de la Inspiración Divina, Our Lady of Divine Inspiration, Fire of God, Purifier of Sin, Donna, Elvira Mannequin, Anna Mannequin, St. Maria, The Lady Saint, Vermilion Peacock, Seraph, Camael, The Phoenix, Corazon, Heart, Lady Maria, Sol, La Reina de Corazones, Vanilla, Comet of Fire, Ignacia, Ethne, Electra, Udia, the Painlash Overlord (Black Demon Form)|
|Race||Human (formerly); Cyborg (formerly); Spirit Guide|
|Age||13 years old in Saga AA, 16 years old in LOTM: A Draw of Kings and 5,000,000,015 years old in LOTM: Destiny|
Physically 18 years old in Saga AA and physically 25 years old in LOTM: Destiny
|Birthday||November 5th, 2023 (Guy Fawkes Night)|
|Height||1.68m (human), 1.92m (cyborg), 1.75m (Spirit, in Firenza Junior), 1.76m (Spirit, in Unit-CM 130 Arc), 1.81m (Spirit, in Mafusa Gang's Revenge Sub Arc) 1.85m (Spirit, in LOTM: A Draw of Kings), 2m (Spirit, in LOTM: Destiny), 3m (Angelic Berserk), 10m+ (Empowered Berserk Form)|
|Weight||40 kg (human), 80 kg (cyborg), Weightless (spirit)|
|Eye Color||Blue (normal), Orange (brainwashed), Red (Cyborg mask), Green (spiritual)|
|Affiliation||God and Paradise, La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, The Rogues, Team Witness, Alliance of Freedom, Hexenmeister Community, the Order of Flourish|
|Previous Affiliation||Mafusa Gang, KnightWalker Family, Revelation of Qliphoth (indirect participation), Catholic Rebels, Ratatoskr|
|Occupation||Central Leader of La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, Team Witness member|
|Previous Occupation||Terrorist and gangster of Mafusa Gang, KnightWalker Cyborg, Catholic Rebel Leader|
|Partner(s)||Matt Butcher, Katarina Couteau, Carl Robinson, Selina Strawberry, Imperia Deamonne, Vento of the Front, Albert Apple, Drizzt Do'Urden, Kristen Kiwifruit, Adam Frankenstein, Lucas Kellan, Tomas Sev, Helene Hawthorn, Patriach Krans, Noélle Bor, Villian, Acqua of the Back, Aureolus Izzard, La Folia Rihavein, Sister Kate, Poison Ivy, Stgyl Magnus, Vento of the Front, Abel Nightroad, Tres Iqus, Yuri Barnes, Gaius Phoenix, Katya, Kruls Valnir, Kotori Itsuka, Kyouhei Kannazuki, Sephiria Arks KnightWalker, Lucy Sheev KnightWalker, Rentaro Satomi, Plaisir, Melodia Arzonia Butcher, Jane Crane|
|Previous Partner(s)||Arzonia Brothers, Ichabod Crane, Abbie Mills, Eckidina KnightWalker, Misogi "KnightWalker" Kumagawa|
|Base of Operation||Prime Earth; Spain (formerly), Sleepy Hollow (later)|
|Relatives||Paul Arzonia (father, deceased), Felisa Rodríguez (mother, deceased), Vento of the Front (Godmother), Jacob Arzonia (elder half-brother, deceased), Cain Arzonia (elder half-brother, deceased), Robert Arzonia (elder half-brother, deceased), Matt Butcher (husband), Melodia Arzonia Butcher (adoptive daughter), Guinevere Arzonia (half-sister), La Nueva Familia de Arzonia (sworn family)|
|Counterpart||Her brothers, Melancholia, Aki Honda, Eckidina KnightWalker, Michael Langdon, Aryana Westcott, Kanon Rihavein, Sasha, Heis, Ara Astaroth|
|Hobbies||Drawing, burning her enemies, hunting down the worst kind of people, festivals, chatting with her friends, hanging out with her godmother to find peace, helping others|
|Goals||Free herself from the misery haunting throughout her life (completed after death), Atone her sin committed while as a Mafusa Gangster (ongoing), Destroy Michael Langdon, Take down the Fallen Roman Catholic Church, Restore the original Catholic Church, Stop Michael from letting the Period of Tribulations to continue, Destroy the KnightWalker Family, Redeem Carl Robinson from his inner darkness, Destroy Moloch and stop him from taking over the Prime Earth, Defeat Ara Astaroth, Help Matt Butcher to find his past, Destroy the United Kingdom of America after killing Michael, End her above missions and reunited with Katarina Couteau in their battles against Triggers Hell|
|Powers||Spiritual Magic, Pyrokinesis, Lava Manipulation, Photokinesis, High intelligence|
|Type of Power||Spiritual Magic, Pyrokinesis, Lava Manipulation, Photokinesis, High intelligence|
|Weapon||Chain Viper, Sword of Fire, Staff of Light|
|English Voice||Génesis Rodríguez|
María Pirotecnia de Arzonia y Rodríguez (short for Maria Arzonia, also known as the Angel of Flame, the Redeemed One and the Lady Saint) is one of the main protagonists of LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow and its sequel, LOTM: Star Spangled Crown. She is also a major heroine in LOTM: Sword of Kings, LOTM: A Draw of Kings and LOTM: Destiny. She first appeared as an anti-hero/supporting antagonist in LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow & Sword of Kings Crossover - The Corbin Files and will be a supporting hero in the upcoming LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow - Anti-Christ Saga and the upcoming LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow - Moloch Saga (Final Saga) as a holy spirit.
Outside the main story, Maria also serves as the protagonist in many spinoffs, particularly being the main heroine of LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow Spin-Off - Firenza Junior, a supporting protagonist of LOTM: Sword of Kings AA Final - Eckidina Arc, and a supporting protagonist of the upcoming LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow Spin-off - Scorched. Her Astaroth Future counterpart from another timeline serves as the protagonist of LOTM: Los Reina de Corazónes.
Maria was a half-Spaniard illegitimate daughter of a Mafusa Gang member who abandoned his lover. She lived together with her Godmother, Vento of the Front, after her mother died, but her elder half-brothers later kidnapped her and forced her to join Mafusa Gang, where she suffered from her brother's abuse and torture for years until she finally snapped and killed her brothers. After she was snapped, Maria went on a rampage through her way made of death by causing bombing and fire in the places where criminals were gathered, causing deaths of hundreds of criminals but also saved lives of many kidnapped children and ordinary citizens.
Because of the Unknown Figure's attack, Maria was burned and disfigured, but she was later reconstructed into a Cyborg and became a puppet of the KnightWalker Family. Later, she regained her memory and sacrificed herself to save Acqua of the Back from Aleister Crowley by killing herself in a self-explosion, forcing Crowley to retreat. Her soul moved to the Heaven and became a Spirit Guide. Her name was later carried on by many Catholic Church members who was freed from the control of Michael Langdon, who revealed himself to be the Unknown Figure who stole the Grand Grimoire.
Soon afterwards, Maria was held as a spiritual guide by a group of Catholic Rebels, which was founded to defy the KnightWalker Family's influence on the Church as well as Michael Langdon's rule. After Maria's return, the Catholic Rebels eventually evolved into La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, a more heroic reincarnation of the original Arzonia Family and the central faction which leads the Catholic Rebels, as Maria saw her friends as family and would protect them at any cost, becoming a Team Mom of some sort.
After Michael Langdon revealed his true nature and became the new Pope, Maria returned from Paradise and started another holy war against Michael in order to restore Catholic Church. She became the spiritual leader of Catholic Rebels and an ally of Katarina Couteau in her fight against the KnightWalker Family. After the destruction of The Fallen's Essence and Diabla the Qliphoth Tyrant, Maria and her friend, Matt Butcher, tracked an escaped Michael back in time and went into Sleepy Hollow.
Since Maria is grow up in a tough environment beneath the social pyramid, she grows up strong and tough, and she has a troubling childhood like Katarina Couteau. Unlike Katarina, who met La Folia Rihavein when she was already a child, Maria met someone kind to her when she was already born, and that is Vento of the Front, who raised her until Arzonia Brothers captured her and forced her into Mafusa Gang. Due to Vento's influence, Maria started to believe in humanity's bright side and always has an outlook to life itself.
When she was a child, Maria's life turned into a down-way spiral as soon as she was forced to do several evil things for her brothers' bidding, serving them as a servant instead of family, and due to her brothers' coerce, she was responsible (despite being coerced) for the death of Carl Robinson's foster parents, which Maria always felt guilty. In spite of this, even if she knows the world has its cruel side, Maria always makes herself to see the bright side never lose hope, and she tends not to use violence on her enemies unless absolutely necessary, which gained disapproval from Katarina Couteau, Carl Robinson and Azul Jissele. Maria revealed to them that her main purpose in fighting the KnightWalker Family is not about revenge, but it was about saving others and about her own atonement.
Even so, Maria's forgiveness has limits, and she will break her moral code if necessary. Aside from supernatural presence like Michael Langdon, Vira, The Fallen's Essence and Ara Astaroth, the humans she would never ever forgive include Nio Hashiri, Eckidina KnightWalker, Tom Bucky, Arzonia Brothers, Felix Drake, Akrak Couteau, Phyllis Peach and Aki Honda for their inhumane crimes that crossed the lines. Sometimes, Maria was scared by Katarina's own methods of inducing wrath, violence and gore against enemies, but in turn, Katarina was also scared when Maria induced psychological menace to those she was angry of (with Maria's signature death glare), so Maria is sometimes more psychologically dreadful than many members of the Rogues. However, this only happens when Maria's own emotions turned unstable.
Overall, Maria is one of the most recurring heroines in CIS Productions storylines (especially in the Magic Side), and she later even became the one with the Team Witness and later the Alliance of Freedom in order to stop Moloch and later Balam Alliance. After the Balam Alliance's total destruction with the demise of Deus.Ex.Machina Industries Empire, Maria becomes a Guardian Angel and also an ally to New Republic of Deus.Ex.Machina Industries, carrying on the legacy of Team Witness. She's often considered to be a future counterpart of Ichabod Crane.
She is an OC character created by Officer Candy Apple.
NameAs a common name in a country like Spain, Maria is a feminine given name. It is given in many languages influenced by Latin Christianity. It has two separate origins: the feminine form of the Roman name Marius, and, more significantly, as the Latin form of the name of Mary, mother of Jesus.
Maria (Μαρία) is a form of the name used in the New Testament, standing alongside Mariam Μαριάμ. It reflects the Syro-Aramaic name Maryam, which is in turn derived from the Biblical Hebrew name Miriam. As a result of their similarity and syncretism, the Latin original name Maria and the Hebrew-derived Maria combined to form a single name.
The name is also sometimes used as a male (middle) name. This was historically the case in many Central European countries and still is the case in countries with strong Catholic traditions, where it signified patronage of the Virgin Mary (French-speakers often did the same with Marie).
Besides Maria, Mother of Jesus (see Blessed Virgin Mary or Virgin Mary), there are three other women named Maria in the New Testament: Maria Magdalena and Maria Salomé, disciples of Jesus and Maria Betânia, sister of Lazarus. In Quranic tradition, the name is rendered Maryam, but Arabic reflects the Christian given name as Mārya مارية or Māryā ماريا Mārya al-Qibiṭiyya, a Coptic Egyptian woman given to Muhammad as a slave.
When written in Spanish and Galician, Maria was written in the form of "María". Her middle name, "Pirotechnia", is a Spanish word which means "Pyrotechnic", which is a kind of technique to produce fireworks and explosives. The surname "Arzonia" was a play on "arson", "zone" and "pyromaniac", although it's also a play on the name of the State of Arizona. The state's name appears to originate from an earlier Spanish name, Arizonac, derived from the O'odham name alĭ ṣonak, meaning "small spring," which initially applied only to an area near the silver mining camp of Planchas de Plata, Sonora. To the European settlers, their pronunciation sounded like "Arissona". The area is still known as alĭ ṣonak in the O'odham language. Another possible origin is the Basque phrase haritz ona ("the good oak"), as there were numerous Basque sheepherders in the area
Angel FormMaria's angel form is the form of a Seraph, the Angel of Fire.
A seraph (/ˈsɛr.əf/, "the burning one"; pl. seraphs or seraphim /ˈsɛr.ə.fɪm/, in the King James Version also seraphims (plural); Hebrew: שָׂרָף śārāf, plural שְׂרָפִים śərāfîm; Latin: seraphim and seraphin (plural), also seraphus (-i, m.); Greek: σεραφείμ serapheím) is a type of celestial or heavenly being in Christianity and Judaism. The singular "seraph" is a back-formation from the plural "seraphim", whereas in Hebrew the singular is "saraph".
Tradition places seraphim in the highest rank in the Christian angelic hierarchy and in the fifth rank of ten in the Jewish angelic hierarchy. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8) used the term to describe six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy". This throne scene, with its triple invocation of holiness (a formula that came to be known as the Trisagion), profoundly influenced subsequent theology, literature and art. Its influence is frequently seen in works depicting angels, heaven and apotheosis. Seraphim are mentioned as celestial beings in an influential Hellenistic work, the Book of Enoch, and the Book of Revelation.Maria's angel form was influenced by the concept of Camael. Camael (prob. alternate spelling of either Chamuel חַמּוּאֵל (from chammah חַמָּה: "heat", "rage")—"anger/wrath of God" or Qemuel קְמוּאֵל (from qum קוּם: "to arise", "to stand up")—"God is risen", "raised by God", "one who sees/stands before God"; also spelled as Khamael, Camiel, Cameel or Camniel) is the Archangel of strength, courage and war in Christian and Jewish mythology and angelology. He is known as one of the ten Kabbalah angels, assigned to the sephira Gevurah. Camael's name is also included in Pseudo-Dionysius' 5th or 6th century AD, "Corpus Areopagiticum" as one of the seven Archangels along with Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel. He is claimed to be the leader of the forces that expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden holding a flaming sword. Camael is not recognized by the Catholic Church due to the Vatican's decision to ban the veneration of angels not mentioned in the Bible.
On the Kabbalah Tree of Life, Camael was also the angel of the sephira of Gevurah or geburah (גבורה), which is the fifth sephirah in the kabbalistic tree of life, and it is the second of the emotive attributes of the sephirot. It sits below Binah, across from Chesed, and above Hod. Gevurah is 'the essence of judgment (DIN) and limitation, and corresponds to awe and the element of fire,' Gevurah is associated with the color red.
AppearanceBeing in the height of 1.68m, Maria is very tall and attractive for her age (13 years old). She has blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skins. She also has a slender figure and long blond hair, and her hair is waist long. She called her hair "my little waterfall". Maria did not mind talking about her height and jokingly said she just had a "little" growth spurt by the time she was coerced to join Mafusa Gang, and people often mistaken her as 18 years old.
Despite never ever trying to brag about her beauty since she is not a narcissist, Maria's beauty was so noticeably stunning that both Carl Robinson and Patriarch Krans could not ignore her charm when he first saw her, and Carl remarked that Maria's beauty was born natural, like a forest elf. She had a pair of greenish-blue eyes as well as a small nose, and she always looked calmed and gentle, being polite to whoever she was conversing with, from Mikan Tsumiki to Cardinal Sforza.
After she was burned by Micheal, however, Maria's body was scarred and disfigured seriously and horribly, to the point that she cannot even walk without hiding inside her Cyborg armor. With her cyborg armor produced by the KnightWalker Family, Maria's height increased even more. Her eyes turned orange after she was brainwashed into the Angel of Flame, and her hair became shorter resulted by her burns. She wore a mask in order to hide her face, which was severely scarred and burned in Michael's attack. However, her scarred face was still so distinguished that she was immediately recognized by Acqua after he punched her mask.After her return to life as an angelic spirit, Maria was apparently having her long hair growing back and was able to shape-shift into several attires. Her height is not that towering and monstrous when she was a Cyborg, but was still much taller than the time when she was a human. Her eyes turned green due to the golden holy aura combined with her blue eyes had resulted in a green reflection. She mostly presented herself inside a silver armor with golden stripes, wearing a small red hat and wielded a long golden sword that would release light and/or heat.
However, for some times, she disguised herself as a simple wench who wore white hood and behaved like a childish brat in order to cause confusions, like how she test Matt Butcher of being reliable or not, therefore putting her trust in him and sealing the friendship. She also dressed up as ordinary ladies or sailors in order to hide her true identities under certain circumstances (see below paragraphs for more information).
"More than that. They ruined my life and ruined this society. Mafusa Gang, Ultimate Despair, All Jokers, Novosic Kingdom, Godom Empire and even more, they all deserved to be cleansed. You said rain can clean the street, but it was too slow. Fire and explosive can do things fast."
Like Katarina Couteau and Carl Robinson, Maria is relentless towards the worst kinds of her enemy, and she was also selfless, being willingly to sacrifice herself in order to save others. However, Maria tends to be merciful and believes not every villains are irredeemable. Both Maria and Michael became parental substitutes when they formed La Nueva Familia de Arzonia and Langdon Orphans, respectively. Nevertheless, Maria is the fairest of the both, treating her subordinates and friends as true family and would selflessly protect them from the enemies. As for Michael, he cares for his subordinates as well, but he is not beyond using them as tools and would sacrifice them if he needed.Under Eckidina's influence, Maria became an deluded Knight Templar with short temper and thirst for kill. She tried to kill Acqua of the Back under Eckidina's influence, because she believed Eckidina that Acqua is a murderer and is responsible for her brothers' death. Under this evil persona, Maria turned into an insane, cold-hearted and remorseless killer who would kill anyone who had disobeyed her or in her way, and her greatest aim under the brainwashing was to kill Acqua of the Back. As a brainwashed cyborg, Maria often burst into rage like her main personality, albeit much more murderous and vicious.
However, when she saw a hand cuff all by an accident, Maria's memory returned and she eventually felt regret of what she had done under Eckidina's control. Eventually, she returned to her heroic personality and sacrificed herself to save Acqua and defeat Crowley.After she came back into Earth as a holy spirit, she began on another crusade with the Catholic Rebels and had many goals, with the first and the foremost - kill Michael Langdon. After her return as a holy spirit, Maria remained her original personality of being a kind-hearted helper as well as a wrathful and violent well-intentioned extremist, but Maria became more matured as well as more clever.
Maria still retains her kind and loving relationship with her late mother, and once being question if her return to the plane of earth will worried her mother, Maria replied that her mother would understand and will be proud to have such a fearless daughter. She also channeled several spirits of the martyrs in order to fight against the demons from Hell, creating several heartwarming sequence as well.
Despite maintaining her hot-headed and feisty personality when she was alive as a mortal, Maria is also cautious. During the final phase of battle against the New World Order, Maria suspected that the reason which Michael Langdon joined the forces against Diabla the Qliphoth Tyrant was not out of redemption but out of his own good. Therefore, she kept her guard on Michael, knowing that as soon as Diabla was defeated, if she would be defeated, Michael will return back to his villainy.Soon, Maria along with Matt tracked down Michael back to Sleepy Hollow as soon as Diabla was destroyed, and when they witnessed that Michael managed to resurrect Moloch right after the latter's apparent demise, Maria did not hesitate on planning to destroy him in order to stop his plan forever. Maria is the most stoic member of the Catholic Rebels, making herself a perfect team leader, but she will also expressed some little emotions even if she was not enraged or excited, like some small sparks instead of some explosion.
Like Katarina, Maria had no remorse on killing her worst enemy since she considered their deeds are utterly horrid and sadistic, but Maria was much more intelligent and would concerned on strategy, making her seizing the right chance to fight all the time. Also, Maria mostly preferred to kill enemy quickly with fire, instead of giving them a slow and gory demise. Despite this, Maria could be blinded by her own rage and made her underestimate her enemy, though it rarely happened.
However, despite of being freed, Maria was still haunted by Michael's attack on her which ruined her life. She would burst into tears almost immediately when she recalled that horrid events happened in Thanksgiving, when Michael attacked and burned her. Therefore, Maria held a great hatred towards Michael, and this hatred was even harder when Michael started his tyranny after usurping the position of Pope.
In the original concept, Maria was supposed to be absent after she ascended herself into the Heaven and found her peace until the day come for her to return in Emperor Mateus Saga, but soon when Firenza Junior was released, the writer himself decided that Maria should reprise her role as a supporting hero in order to connect Eckidina Arc with both The Corbin Files and Conquest Arc accurately. Therefore, Maria's later role was promoted as a more major and important character, being a spiritual inspiration of many heroes as well.
Tarot Motif - II. The High PriestessThe High Priestess (II) is the second trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. This card is used in game playing as well as in divination. In the first Tarot pack with inscriptions, the 18th-century woodcut Marseilles Tarot, this figure is crowned with the Papal tiara and labelled La Papesse, the Popess, a possible reference to the legend of Pope Joan.
This Tarot card was originally called La Papesse, or "The Popess". Some of the cards directly linked the woman on the cards to the papacy by showing the woman wearing a triregnum or Papal Tiara. There are also some modern versions of the Tarot of Marseilles which include the keys to the kingdom that are a traditional symbol of the papacy.
In Protestant post-reformation countries, Tarot cards in particular used images of the legendary Pope Joan, linking in to the mythology of how Joan, disguised as a man, was elected to the papacy and was only supposedly discovered to be a woman when she gave birth.
However, Italian Catholics appear to only have seen the La Papesse as representing the Holy Mother Church in an allegorical form, with the Pope taking office becoming married to the Body of Christ, which Catholics refer to in the feminine gender. La Papessa in the Visconti-Sforza Tarot has been identified as a depiction of Sister Manfreda, an Umiliata nun and a relative of the Visconti family who was elected Pope by the heretical Guglielmite sect of Lombardy.In the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, upon which many modern decks are based, The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine. She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, "a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place" similar to the crown of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, but with the horns having a shape more like half-crescents, and a large cross on her breast.
The scroll in her hands, partly covered by her mantle, bears the letters TORA (meaning "divine law"). She is seated between the white and black pillars—'J' and 'B' for Jachin and Boaz—of the mystic Temple of Solomon. The veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palm leaves and pomegranates.
The motif that hangs behind the High Priestess’s throne, veiling what ever mysteries she guards, is suggested in the pattern of The Empress’ gown. The two are sisters, one bringing life into the world, the other inviting the living to the esoteric mysteries. Further behind all of that is what seems to be a body of water, most probably the sea. The water flows through most of the cards of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot.
The Priestess means someone with knowledge and wisdom, yet the reversed version of it means someone unable to use that knowledge or someone not able to make decisions. For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, the Priestess symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.
As a HumanMaria is a polite and kind child who is supposed to be pure-hearted, but her childhood was not happy. It was filled with abuse and bullying, and it influenced her personality greatly. Like Michael Langdon, her future archenemy, Maria had a troubled childhood.
Due to the abuse she suffered from her brothers when she was a child, Maria turns into a good example of Sugar and Ice Personality, at first seemly being shy and distant. Originally, Maria is fragile and not confident, as she was an illegitimate child and was teased by many others due to her parentage, as she was conceived outside the formal matrimony and her mother was at the bottom of social pyramid. People around Maria, more often kids in Maria's age, often teased Maria about her mother's poverty, about Maria's father who abandoned her as well as Maria's own abnormal height since she grew faster than many other kids in her age, making her a laughing stock.
As a 9-year-old child, Maria started to feel what was like to be painful, since she never felt pain due to Vento's tendering. Maria quickly matured herself and turned more isolated under such a circumstances, but because of Vento's caring attitude, Maria still believed in kindness. Whenever she was forced to kill people, Maria felt guilty and often cried in bed for the atrocities her family committed. Inside her so-called family like nothing but a birdcage, Maria could not find comforts, either, since her brothers always tended to abuse her and used her as their servant. Maria often found that her so-called family was like a cage, and she was disgusted that she thought she saw the darkest nature of human from her brothers.Therefore, Maria had always thirst for true family, afraid of being alone and unloved. After her only childhood friend, Mikan Tsumiki turned despaired due to conspiracies of Junko Enoshima and The Fallen's Essence, Maria became distant to people and often sat alone if her brothers never ordered her to do anything. She devotes herself to God and is a loyal Catholic, as she believed her caring Godmother arrived in her life by God's grace. She had a good relationship with her Godmother, Vento of the Front, but her brothers separated them and forced Maria to join Mafusa Gang against her own will. Maria also missed her mother very much, showing her love as a daughter, but she was disgusted by her father and never knew what he looked like. She often drew her father as a obese man who only cared about money, and when her brothers discovered those drawings, they torn them apart and beaten her up. Maria saw her brothers as monsters, but she was afraid of them.
Even so, Maria tried hard to impress her brothers and would always be glad if they praised her, believing they have changed their opinion on her. However, Maria was so naive that she never realized that no matter how hard she tried, her brothers always treated Maria as a tool. Maria was also caring towards children, since she could not keep her cool when witnessing children being held captive and was sold to markets by kidnappers. She only realized that after her brothers abandoned her when she accidentally killed a holy knight, leaving Maria to face the Catholic Church's wrath.Years of suffering had also made Maria feisty, and like her brothers, Maria had a short temper. If she was enraged, she could easily went into an argument. In her mind, Maria never give up a chance to curse Aki Honda, Eckidina KnightWalker and Junko Enoshima, three of her most hated Public Enemies, but she was not a magician or a Spirit then. She was too weak that she had to swallow her own bitter pills.
All of those led to her ultimate breaking point when she burned down her brothers after finally fed up by their abuse, so hard that she had to use violence. For the first time, Maria committed murder by killing her brother with the arson weapons they gave her, and she went on a rampage to kill kidnappers in an attempt to save the kidnapped children. Maria's prone towards violence was built upon good intentions, but eventually it proved that no matter how kind a child seemly is, she will turn murderous when she reached her breaking point.
However, Maria was not heartless even after she turned seemly insane. She prayed to Virgin Mary in a church and put all of the responsibility on herself, and she wished the world's ordeal will over and humanity will be saved. The everlasting hope inside Maria, as well as her piety towards God, were the sources that kept her descending into madness, even if she was close to it.
As a CyborgThe Cyborg persona of Maria, under the brainwashing of Eckidina KnightWalker, starts as a self-righteous and murderous Knight Templar, who targets on many people she deemed guilty or not following her own request, including Acqua of the Back who was framed by Eckidina as a cold-blooded murderer. Under the belief that she represents the fire of God, Maria went on to an rampage even worse than before, involving herself on the KnightWalker Family's side and hunted down Acqua, bringing more troubles to the Anglican Church and the forces of the British Royal Family.
According to Kanzaki Kaori, Maria's Cyborg killed many Londoners - including innocent people - and not all of the people in the United Kingdom honored Maria as a martyr. Some condemned her as a sinner due to the Cyborg persona she was wearing, under the manipulation of Eckidina KnightWalker, which caused many people died. Criminals in England also blamed her for killing their collaborators and ruining their crime business.
Therefore, as the battle of London started, and Melancholia used the Dome and the bounty posters to tempt the entire city into a huge scale of manhunt, many citizens actually followed in order to capture Maria and her Family for Melancholia so that they could seek vengeance, believing Maria was guilty. In spite of this, Maria still tried to protect them and helped many of them when the criminals tried to kill all of the targets (against the citizens' will) and citizens to gain profits from Melancholia's side, finally earning their trust as she still believed in humanity had their good side despite so many wrongdoings.
Maria lamented that her Cyborg form had harmed many people, and then she returned back from the dead not only to stop Michael and Eckidina, but also making repents towards her sins, which eventually moved Kaori and made them friends. Later, the crimes of Cyborg Maria were rightfully pinned on Eckidina KnightWalker, and the remaining citizens in the United Kingdom now considered Maria as a martyr instead of a sinner, with Maria herself being just another sacrificial lamb in Eckidina's evil plan to wage war on Earth.
As a Spirit (With Psychological Description)After returning back from the dead as a Spirit, Maria returned back to her former personality as a pure-hearted (Note: Not a typically perfect heroine but a heroine with strong will to control her inner darkness) and caring person with her Sugar and Ice Personality remained, but she was much more clever, matured and brave, not being afraid of danger anymore. She was also determined to take down Michael Langdon who made her into a miserable state, but she was not focusing on revenge. Instead, Maria knew that she was not the only victim of Michael and intended to defeat him as well as the entire KnightWalker Alliance in order to save the world from their utter madness.
Maria is one of the few, if not only, characters of CIS Productions who never used any profane or obscene language. She cannot stand any vulgarity either, and she would shut her ears when hearing someone speaking shocking words. Therefore, she utterly feels disgust upon seeing Ara Astaroth's crimes. Even she was angry and/or frustrated, she will avoid cussing and speak normal disapproving words with less vulgarity (like "such bad luck", "such insolence", "deceitful snake" or "no way") instead. After returning back as a spirit, Maria greeted people with courtesy most frequently to people superior to her, and she also shook hands to people she considered equal to her. She is thus considered to be one of the most polite and graceful female characters in CIS Productions stories.Because of her experiences, Maria treasures family dearly and attempts to find a family for herself, and thus she formed La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, a new Arzonia Family that is not a crime family. Maria believed that the family is connected because of bond instead of blood, and thus she had no prejudice towards people joining her. She would care about them as their sister, and she refused to be called as many titles. Instead, Maria would like to be called as her own name as Maria or Arzonia. She was only referred as "Lady Maria" or "Her Majesty" by her guards and minions when the situation are really serious.
Under her stern appearance, she was also shown to be very friendly towards the friends of her friend, as she shook hand with Lucas Kellan and called him a friend due to his identity as an ally of Katarina, whom Maria had saved from Michael's illusions and became friends ever since. Maria helped lost souls like Katarina for she found common in their childhood and experiences, and thus Maria would not allow a lost soul like her to be lonely and isolated like herself was when she was a child.Maria also shown to be rebellious as she hated to follow typical rules and was prone towards Chaotic Good, making her not being a good relationship with some high-ranked leaders from Peace Foundation, including Richard Sampson, their leader, as Maria often criticized Peace Foundation's actions which followed the old rules blindly, even to the point of wasting time and causing horrible troubles. Her dissatisfaction towards Peace Foundation began to accumulate after she knew about the death of Yen Kellan, Lucas' father.
Despite Maria being the central figure of the entire Arzonia Family, she treats her underlings with respect and maintained morally equal relationships, as she wants not an army, not a kingdom, but a family loving each other. She refers them by their names and uses polite words to address them.
Even so, being a rebel does not mean Maria never sets rules. As a leader Maria is a strict person who never allows their tendency being abused upon innocent so that no other innocent people would be jeopardized because of their actions. Despite her kind heart, Maria still had her dark side, including some part of her Black and White insanity forming from Cyborg personality as well as the wrathful persona formed after her breakdown due to being abused. Ironically, all of those traits in Maria's human side, despite not been so severe as many other villains from the Order of Flourish, embodied the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Pride - Sometimes, she can be mildly narcisstic.
- Wrath - Her bad temper is infamous and scary.
- Envy - She's very jealous of Matt's feelings upon Artemeshia, when he met her.
- Lust - Actually have feelings towards Matt but tends to hide it.
- Sloth - Or more precise, apathy and despair, as she nearly lost her hope when she was almost killed by a doppelganger of her very own mother, though Esther managed to snap her out of it.
- Gluttony - She has a fondness of sweetness and a big apetite when she was a child, as she knew what was feeling to be starved.
- Greed - She has desires towards higher social status and wealth, since she grew from a life of poverty.
A case in point, Ichabod defected from the British Army for its tyranny and secret cooperations with demon forces, while Maria defected from Mafusa Gang as she was not a loyalist from the begining and was disgusted by her family's crimes. Both of them lost their mother in a young age and endured harsh childhood, before starting to believe in faith. Also, both of them were once facing choice before they chose the noble one, and they both loath people who has no regards of history or knowledge. Also, both Maria and Ichabod are Europen descendant and are not used to some modern American ways.
As a devoted and religious child from the beginning, Maria is the polar opposite of her brothers who never believed in God. Due to enduring a harsh childhood from the physical and emotional state, Maria knew how to survive in her cruel and harsh old family full of psychopaths and maniacs, while pushing her inner darkness inside so that she won't harm anyone harmless.In a young age, Maria learned how to cook and to put her inner darkness inside since she saw people crying and running due to Arzonia Brothers' sadistic atrocities. Thanks to Vento of the Front, who made her a compassionate lady, Maria actually defied the joy brought by Arzonia Family bloodline's sadism, which was related to a curse set by Sascha Vykos. The so-called Evil Maria, which she chained inside her own Mind Palace ever since the death of Carl Robinson's foster parents as her hand, was actually the Sabbat's work since they're related to turning her ancestors into monsters under human skin via their deal with the devil, so that they could unleash their sadism with no boundaries.
However, not everyone in Arzonia Family is like Maria, who tried to control her inner darkness. Maria's half-sister, Guinevere Arzonia, is fully aware of the inner darkness of Arzonia, but being the polar opposite of Maria, Guinevere believes it's a good thing. Unlike Maria, Guinevere considered Vykos' curse as a bless as it makes every Arzonia free to do whatever they want without boundaries, and she was disgusted by Maria's moral code and kindness to the weaklings, considering them as weakness. In spite of not knowing about Vykos' Curse from the beginning, Maria showed disgust upon Guinevere and disowned her as soon as she saw Guinevere's sadism and self-righteous personality, unwittingly driving Guinevere to the side of Langdon Orphans, which even increased Maria's disgust upon Guinevere once they met again.A highly intellectual young lady, Maria is a scholarly, literary, and cultured woman, which is another similarity she shared with Ichabod Crane, her Team Witness counterpart. Even after her death, Maria still maintained her intellectual curiosity, enjoying attending literary classes and reading.She was described as intelligent, being skillful in the knowledge connected to poison and explosives.
Maria is also helpful towards her friends, always smiling at them and wanting them to just call her "Maria" or "Arzonia", instead of "Your Majesty" or "Milady" and so on. However deep down, she tried to conceal her feelings of a broken and sad young girl who only has family on her side, believing family is everything even better than all the riches in the world. She believed that family was formed due to love and bond, not just blood.
It was suggested that, due to her theme on La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, Maria had some fond towards playing cards (just used for fun and curiousity, as she was strongly against gambling) which is her first game with her former childhood friend, Mikan Tsumiki, before Mikan joined Ultimate Despair and Maria joined Mafusa Gang. Maria had also memorized the meanings behind the four suits. The playing card theme of New Arzonia Family showed her fond upon such a theme, and naming herself as Corazon (Heart) also showed Maria's kindness, for being someone with a big heart.Somehow, Maria also shows a fond towards lost souls like Katarina Couteau and Carl Robinson, purely out of sympathy, and she also helped them whenever she could, or she won't allow her conscience to forgive her if she just stood by and made them consumed by all those miseries that once almost consumed herself.
This feelings also increased when she discovered that she was responsible for Carl's start of darkness by unwillingly killing Carl's adoptive parents. Maria later sealed the friendship between her and Carl after she atoned her sins right in front of him, forming a bond between them because of their similarities - being two lost souls that was looked down and suffered from being manipulated into evil and misery. Therefore, in spite of not forgetting or forgiving all the wrongs done by Esther Blanchett, Maria actually agreed when she discovered that Esther understood Carl's reasons of becoming evil and wanted to rescue Carl and Abel Nightroad, while stopping Firenza Blood's madness.However, the human side of Maria was also obvious as she sometimes almost threw obscene words when she was too angry with someone and something, and she could be violent and cruel towards her enemies when she was enraged.
Maria is also feared by many due to her sudden breaking rage when anyone caused troubles that could jeopardize the entire Arzonia Family, when she angrily slapped Magilou out of sheer rage for doing wrong things, as well as punishing Carl Robinson and Esther Blanchett for adding salt on the horrid situation, but she was not abusive like her brothers. She tends to forgive her enemies if they really have something that can explain their crimes, and she also shows a desire to help them. Her forgiving sides sometimes irritates Carl, who believes any enemies of him deserves no mercy.Maria also showed zero tolerance to treachery, especially those who betrayed the Family for their own personal gains. When she discovered that Aureolus Izzard intended to turn the entire Arzonia Family in, Maria actually almost agreed with Carl's advice to feed Izzard to piranhas, but still she held back and imprisoned him instead. She did this not because of forgiving Izzard, but because there were too much people died in the Battle of London & the Star of Bethlehem, and she wanted no more death.
Nevertheless, Maria's forgiveness has limits, even to humans. She is not someone like Batman who never kills enemies. She stated that she hate everyone serving Manufacturing Progressive Sciences led by B1-Killer Kampfdroide Unit-CM 130, as she was greatly disgusted and horrified by what she saw in Morte Base - the lair of Akrak Couteau, who killed many people around the world with the Hands of Apocalpyse satellite.Furthermore, due to her religious belief and childhood trauma, Maria is evasive towards topics that are connected with sexual and dark humor. Living around so many people that laughed at her (as a child) made her being extremely sesitive to vulgar words, but they won't cause conseuqence as severe as the words like "bastards", "orphans", "outcast" and "pariah" when those were threw at Maria directly. She would go into a fiery rage when she heard the words like those, since she had them enough. She almost attack Kanzaki Kaori when Kaori called Maria as an orphan, but she held back since she knew it was not the time to deal with trivial arguments.
Aside from calling her orphans or committing acts that she cannot forgive, Maria has a lot of Berserk Button which all showed her tolerance has limits. Harming her close one is also a way to drive her into fiery rage, as she found her true family after all those hardships she endured, and she cannot tolerate anyone dared to attack or even laughed at her family. Anyone who dares to mock them will receive immediate punishment in different scales, decided by its severity. She disregared her brothers and Guinevere as her family, since they were just a bunch of psychopaths and mistreated her since she was a child. Since leaving the corrupt house prison of Arzonia Brothers quietly didn't work, Maria decided to kill them to end their reign of terror once and for all.However, aware that she was almost like her own brothers for being nigh-abusive towards her underlings and friends, Maria soon sincerely apologized to Magilou and mended their bonded family relationships, showing her caring nature upon her family. Maria also tried hard to control her fiery rage if situation was not needed for her to angry, in order to prevent herself from slipping into the likes of her brothers. She also never attempted to make anyone whom she deemed as family in danger, whether they joined her rebels or not.
Maria never hesitated to use violence on her enemies, and she could be wrathful when she saw people who killed many lives and treated family and friends like tools or trashes, shown when she berated Akrak Couteau upon learning about the latter's past when her ability during their confrontation.
Despite her wrathful nature as well as not being beyond using violence to certain things, Maria never approved gore, and she was visibly disturbed when she saw Katarina Couteau mutilated a mercenary in Morte Base and allowed blood to be spilled everywhere. Even so, facing certain enemies that caused great mayhem, Maria would put her moral code aside and join the fight as well.
Therefore, Maria earns many genuine respects and is later trusted even from someone like Carl, who was infamous for being unable to trust anyone after being exposed for having demonic blood. In his diary, Matt described Maria was someone who had a sharp tongue like knives and a soft heart like cotton candy. The true feelings of Maria towards her sworn family made every members of the entire Arzonia Family loyal and caring to each other in the condition of not breaking the family rules.
Despite being a originally kind and helpful person who rejected violence, Maria's still far from being incorruptible as she knew she had her dark side and tried to control it. Even so, throughout the stories of CIS Productions, there are several darker counterpart of hers representing her different flaw in personality. Those personality flaw will make her into those counterparts if she lost control in her personality, and unfortunately, they are already formed.
Future Maria - Born From Tragedy (Anti-Heroic)In the Rise of Qliphoth era, as a result of losing her loved ones and suffering from the cruel experiment committed by B1-Killer Kampfdroide Unit-CM 130, Maria's sanity broke apart and turned into an anti-heroic extremist like Carl Robinson who tended to be cruel and sadistic.
During her rebellion against Astaroth Empire, Maria became blood-thirsty and filled with vengeance and hatred due to Ara Astaroth and her companions who had ripped her friends and loved ones away from her. Losing her casual sense of humor and graceful demeanor since she found it tedious to herself after her trauma, Maria became a much darker, more rude and more serious person who will not hesitate to commit murder or massacres even if that would cause mass causalities, thinking it was her own mistake to make her family (most members of La Nueva Familia de Arzonia) slaughtered in front of her. She would do anything to make Astaroth Empire pay for their sins and save the omniverse from being oppressed by her sworn enemy, Ara Astaroth.
In spite of her cruel acts, Maria is shown to care deeply for her deceased step-mother (Vento of the Front) and friends from La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, with the memories of their deaths driving her to the point of madness. Upon facing her enemies, however, she shows absolutely no mercy towards them shouting words such as "eliminate" and "consign" to show the lack of mercy she has and also to strengthen her resolve to kill them.Maria became increasingly confident in her newfound abilities. Constantly, she remained composed and unconcerned with the situation at hand. Even when pressured by enemies like the mercenaries of Manufacturing Progressive Sciences; Vergil and Reaper, she showed no emotional build. Maria has displayed an overbearing sense of pride in her friends' name and a great sense of loyalty to it and kept wearing her organization's crest proudly while refusing to wear any other symbols. Initially, Maria still held onto the notion of sparing the innocent and refused to kill anyone unrelated to her revenge. However as her hatred overcame her, she became cold and ruthless, to the point wheres he was willing to kill anyone who stood in her way and she would kill innocent people if it meant achieving her revenge against Ara Astaroth, including her own subordinates and comrades as living shields or baits.
After being held captive and undergoing intense torture by the hands of Unit-CM 130 (Zelkron) Maria's personality changed drastically. She trashed her previous ideology of "being hurt rather than hurting others," pledging to crush those who dared threaten her place of belonging. She adopted the habit of cracking her fingers from her torturer, Zelkron. In her subconscious, Future Maria cannibalized the Past Maria the image of her Angel-self. This displayed that she accepted the "darkness" within her. Instead of being influenced by it, she appeared to have become the one to surpass it. Maria became ruthless and brutal in order to protect her friends and allies, yet she managed to maintain complete composure and was willing to sacrifice them when necessary. She no longer feared her evil side and was more violent during battles. By embracing her dark nature wholeheartedly, Maria gave up on being "human"; this war more influenced by words of people she met before who did not agree her kindness and soft ideology, such as Carl Robinson, Katarina Couteau and Azul Jissele; whom agreed her enemies should be destroyed instead of being imprisoned and giving them a chance to cause mayhem and death.
Painlash Overlord - Born From Corruption (Villainous)
Dark Arzonia - Polar Opposite (Villainous)As it was later revealed, Dark Arzonia's body was once Maria's parallel counterpart in Planet Sorensen-444 who served the United Kingdom of America, but in fact, the soul inside Dark Arzonia is a parallel counterpart of Phyllis Peach who changed body with her, under the manipulation of the mainstream Phyllis and her apprentice, Gladius Grapefruit.
Despite not being essentially the same, Dark Arzonia had represented the devilish side of Maria which is even worse than Future Maria or Cyborg Maria. Unlike Future Maria, Dark Arzonia has no positive side. She is a combination of the treacherous personality of Phyllis and the negative side of Maria which she always trying to control.
Unlike Maria who is matured, generous and kind, Dark Arzonia is a villain, being extremely voracious, violent and psychopathic. She is prone towards violence and always narcissistic, being acting like a psychopathic juvenile delinquent like Aki Honda. She also had several traits that is similar to Vira's psychopathic side, and she like to commit crime and evil for no reason other than spite.Dark Arzonia also has no loyalty and has no qualm of killing. Unlike Maria who is graceful, Dark Arzonia is extremely rude and will not hesitate to kill anyone innocent who got into her way, but it was out of her pure excitement, instead of enforcing some extreme justice (like that of Future Maria).
Despite not being exactly the same person in their soul, Maria could become someone like Dark Arzonia due to her childhood if she never received love in her childhood. According to Matt Butcher's deducing, it is extremely plausible that Maria would be someone like Dark Arzonia if she never met Vento of the Front in her life, who gave her love after her mother's tragic death. If Maria was taken by Arzonia Brothers even before she met Vento, she will ended up becoming someone like Dark Arzonia, a ruthless, murderous and sadistic villain like those who joined Mafusa Gang and killed people willingly. Therefore, it was love and affection from a true family that saved Maria from turning into someone like Dark Arzonia.
All information of Maria Arzonia, such as her hobbies, her favourite things, etc
- Favorite Color:
- Gold, red, orange and white
- Favorite Foods:
- Spanish cuisine
- Favorite clothes:
- Fire-proof suit as well as her angelic armor
- Favorite hobbies:
- Drawing, burning her enemies, hunting down the worst kind of people, festivals, her friends, hanging out with her godmother to find peace
- Favorite allies:
- Matt Butcher, Acqua of the Back, Katarina Couteau, Carl Robinson, Kyouko Kirigiri, Sonia Nevermind, Jellal Fernandes, Artemeshia Vagorion, Chinatsu, Sister Mary Eunice, Daniel Reynolds, Ichabod Crane, Abbie Mills, Kathrine Sforza, Vento of the Front, Plaisir, Katrina Crane, La Folia Rihavein, Imperia Deamonne, Noelle Bor, Joe Corbin, Jenny Mills, Nick Hawley, Sophie Foster, Diana Thomas, Villian, Molly Thomas, Lara Thomas, Esther Blanchett, Aerisi Kalinoth, Eve Fullbuster, Bismarck Bodewig, Lucas Kellan, Tomas Sev
- Favorite enemies:
- Peace, kindness, freedom, equality, family, love, travel, adventure, revolutions, helping others, fighting against crime, cooking, taking care of her friends, family, happiness, funny stuff, reading books
- Arson (burning innocent people and public property), rudeness, fanatics, fire, war, satanism, human experiments, assassins, mercenaries, Nazis, fascists, Dark Empires, liars, serial killers, perverts, rapists, jeans, destroyers of worlds, slavers, corrupt politicians, greedy people, weak-minded people, warmongers, corrupt priests, dictators, evil demons, evil angels, Triggers Hell, coffee beans, lover stealers, Leohart's Cult, DEM Empire, Sith Empire, Balam Alliance, troublemakers, bully, bullying, juvenile delinquents, genocidal tyrants, aristocrats, serial killers, people who tried to harm her family, people who had no regards of traditions, people who had no regards of history, skepticism, blasphemous people
- Favorite music:
- Classic music
- 13 years old prior to her spiritual transformation
- Hated allies:
- Hated enemies:
- Her brothers, Michael Langdon, Moloch, The Fallen's Essence, B1-Killer Kampfdroide Unit-CM 130, Mephisto, Blackheart, Black Fairy, Sasha, Heis, Melancholia, Eckidina KnightWalker, Hidden One, Evil Carl, Aleister Crowley, Diabla the Qliphoth Tyrant, Malcolm Dreyfuss, Prince Hans, Blackbeard, Demonio, Misogi Kugawama, Terra of the Left, Sascha Vykos, Ara Astaroth, The Fallen, Leohart the Prince of Hell, Vira, Akrak Couteau, Yuuki Terumi, Hazama, Felix Drake
Pure of Heart ProposalBeing a blood-thirsty vigilante does not mean falling into a corruptible state, and Maria Arzonia is an example of this. Being an illegitimate child suffering abuse from her three brothers loyal to Mafusa Gang, Maria hated their family's so-called "family business" - arson and bombing - to her three brother's dismay. The only family in her eyes was her mother, her godmother (Vento of the Front) as well as her childhood friend, Mikan Tsumiki, before Mikan fell into despair. Maria was shocked by the news of Mikan falling into despair but still being friendly to her, hoping to find security from her and making Mikan back to her pleasant and caring personality. After a huge amount of job given by a disguised Michael Langdon came in front of the door of Arzonia Family, the three brothers were tempted, but Maria was not interested in this and only wished to live a peaceful life... which was hard for her to come true. After one of the three brothers had died, the rest of two tried to force Maria into burning the properties belonged to the entire Peace Foundation or being a streetwalker. Being a self-honored girl, Maria had to accept the offer and tried to make her brothers pleased and admire her even if she knew the consequences will be bad. However, her self guilty-conscience after accidentally killing a holy knight drove her to leave her brother and the criminal life of being a Mafusa Gangster. However, she was unfortunately being caught and suffered from abuse, eventually snapped and burned her abusive brothers alive... before praying to Virgin Mary to take the blame on herself, not to others. Then, trying to protect the world, she became a vengeful vigilante and saved hundreds of children from Johan Liebert's minions, but eventually she was attacked by Michael Langdon and suffered from a serious disfigurement, eventually ending up becoming a Cyborg. However, the memories of her good side never died out and eventually broke free from Eckidina's control. Seeing herself ended up becoming a ruthless killer and madwoman, Maria eventually sacrificed herself to stop Aleister Crowley's plan of killing Acqua of the Back, the man who tried to capture her, and became a pure-hearted spirit to the higher existence. She later helped Katarina going through Michael Langdon's illusion despite difficulties, while willingly to take blame for Eugen's death since Maria herself was once a Mafusa Gang member. After her heroic sacrifise, Maria was held as a devine figure by a group of Catholic Rebels who rebelled against Michael Langdon's rule over the Church. In Firenza Junior, Maria later revived as a Holy Guide Spirit like Sister Mary Eunice before her. Although still having her bad temper remained as a result of her traumatic childhood, Maria now turned much better and much more matured. She valued kindness and bond before anything else, becoming a motherly and sisterly figure to her own comrades. Under her care, all those fragile Catholic Rebel factions united together under a single faction, La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, where Maria started a new family for herself as arguably the last living member of the original Arzonia Family. Valuing love as family and believed humanity are never beyond redemption, Maria raised her rebellion against those false hypocrites and corrupt officials who lies to innoncent public. Even though she was later betrayed by Carl Robinson, whose parents was killed by her under the coerce of the Arzonia Brothers, Maria still believed that Carl could be saved and showed him both remorse and affection, struggling herself to get Carl out of Melancholia's corruption, so that he can gain his redemption. Using her actions, Maria showed Carl that the world also has its kind side aside from its cruel side. Maria also admitted to Carl that if she never met Vento of the Front, who showed affection and love to a poor girl like her, she'll become as cruel as Aki Honda as well. Maria's actions and affections not only defrosted Carl's frosty nature and made him into a better person, but also made lost souls like Magilou, Matt Butcher, Abel Nightroad, Esther Blanchett, Adam Frankenstein and Eva Frankenstein to be together in somewhere like family, where everyone respect and love each other. Maria represents bravery as well as revolutionary mind. Despite being a well-intentioned extremist, Maria only tried to make the world a better place instead of hurting others for sheer fun, being the polar opposite of Fiamma of the Right and Kureto Hīragi.
- Free herself from the misery haunting throughout her life (completed after death)
- Atone her sin committed while as a Mafusa Gangster (ongoing)
The Corbin Files
- Restore Mikan Tsumiki back to her original personality (failed)
- Abandon her life as a criminal and quit Mafusa Gang (completed)
- Kill her abusive brothers to stop their crime sprees (completed)
- Have the KnightWalker Family destroyed (failed)
- Quit from being a puppet of the KnightWalkers (completed after death)
- Reunite with her mother in afterlife (completed after death)
- Save Katarina from Michael's control (completed)
- Help Carl Robinson and his allies as much as she could (completed)
- Persuading Katherine Sforza from building the Catholic Rebels (completed)
- Prevent Carl from going berserk (almost failed; temporarily succeeded)
- Help Carl to kill the Future Fusion Melancholia (succeeded)
- Save the soul of Plasir (failed)
- Destroy FOLIE (almost failed; complete after the sacrifice of Matt)
- Save Carl from being dragged into the past (failed)
- Bring Matt Butcher back to life (completed)
Leohart's Cult Arc
Order of Terror Arc
Battle for Earth Arc
All forms and disguise
Matt ButcherWhen Maria firstly met Matt, she attempted to test his own responsibility to resist rude offering, and then Maria was very delight to see that Matt was a reliable person, and she soon helped him to stay away from the dangerous situations for several times, being Matt's own Angel of Protection. They soon developed a budding romantic relationships and fought always together without ignoring each other. Their relationship was based on a view between family, seeing themselves as brother and sister instead of lovers, and they did not have any sexual relationship so far due to Maria's physical age.
Sometimes, Maria would feel fraustrated for Matt's own jovial and careless personality, and comparing him to a lot more cynical Carl Robinson made her fraustrated. Even so, this was only some little annoyance, not dislike. The two at last had developed a relationship combined with romantic relationship, partnership as war comrades as well as family relationship, since both of them were orphans and had tragic suffering.
The great difference between the two's childhood was that Maria was an illegimate child born in misery and suffered abuse in her childhood, while Matt was loved by a lot more people and had a normal life. Even so, this did not denied the fact that both of them suffered after losing their family.
Carl RobinsonEven working as friends and partners, Carl and Maria's relationships is a lot more frosty compared to that between Maria and Matt. Intending to get closer to Carl as his friend, Maria did everything for Carl and tried to tell Carl the most vital thing was not revenge, but nothing worked since Carl only focused on his own revenge.
Despite she herself wanted to seek vengence upon Michael Langdon, Maria knew the true Public Enemy was Eckidina KnightWalker, and Maria wanted to save others so that she fought against the enemies. Carl, on the other hand, was focusing on his own revenge against Pandora and would not care if take a life or not, and Maria was angry that Carl later treated his friends as tools during his falling into depths towards villainy, especially after Carl killed Mary Spencer even after he made a promise not to kill her.
Remorseless of his actions, Carl tried to justify his actions by telling Maria that Lady Spencer had killed so many people and deserved to be sentenced for her guilt, ignoring the fact that Lady Spencer was brainwashed. Hearing this and seeing Carl's rude commenting on Esther's leaving, Maria was so infuriated that she almost cut all her tie between her and Carl, claiming he did not deserve to be a rightful Pica.
However, after knowing that Carl become such a person due to being tricked and betrayed before he met her, Maria eventually decided to return for Carl in order to save him, believing he still had one gilmpse of redemption. This kind of feelings grows stonger than ever when Seth Nightroad, who was once the one with Langdon Orphans, revealed that the couple shot down by Maria (though being coerced) was in fact Carl's foster parents. Maria then decided to save Carl from his corruption no matter what the cause, since she wanted to save herself as well. Believing she was responsible for Carl's start of darkness, Maria decided to rescue Carl so that she can atone her sins as well.Their relationships became closer once Carl was relieved from Cain Knightlord's brainwashing, especially after she lamented Carl's tragedy, as she too knew what it is like to lose a family. She tearfully confessed her crimes in front of Carl and expressed her geniue guilt on how much pain Carl endured in that fatal night which stripped him of anything, feeling so tormented that even the injuries on her body didn't seem pain at all. Carl, having overheard this as he was unable to fall asleep, began to weep, finally having found someone who understands him. Following their relationships began to defrost, Carl and Maria regarded each others as siblings.
For the first time in his life, Carl felt true kindness from someone he once hated, someone who wanted to atone her crimes that casted a shadow on him. Later, Carl became more affectionate to Maria and no longer had grudge against her. Maria also admits that Carl is a mirror to herself, and saving Carl means saving herself, as she considered herself to be the one who caused Carl's start of darkness because of her former cowardice.
MagilouAfter their unexptected meeting, Maria and Magilou retained a good friendship, as Maria fell amused by Magilou's humor, and Magilou admired Maria for her courage. Maria rarely laughed out, but sometimes she will laughed at Magilou's some mildly clumsy and funny moments without any bad intentions, unless this had caused bad consequences and Maria would not laugh since she did not want to mock Magilou.
Once, when Magilou made a mistake of blowing up an artificial sea monster's corpse, an act of which jeopadized the further research towards Michael's futher schemes, Maria was fraustrated that she slapped Magilou out of rage, but when she calmed down, she said sorry to Magilou immediately. Their partnerships did not broke because of this.
Being together within the Catholic Rebels after the destruction of Aldegyr Kingdom, Maria and Magilou also fought together against the Fallen Roman Catholic Church under the ailases of Corazon and Diamante, respectively. Knowing about Magilou's tragic past, Maria often showed warming moments to Magilou, saying she would like to see the latter smile naturally. Maria treated Magilou as her "little sister", despite in fact Maria was younger than Magilou.
Katarina CouteauMaria and Katarina are in very well terms, with the latter considering the former as her best-buddy outside of the Rogues. Maria and Katarina had almost no involvement In-Universe untilt the moment that Maria appeared in Katarina's mind and helped her to snap out of Michael Langdon's illusions during their final battle in Corbin Files. Maria somewhat had a sense of admiration for Katarina in her own way but it was never really explained.
Maria considered Katarina to be an "old friend" since she met her in her past life before she could be reborn as a Spirit Guide and showed respect for her while Katarina feared and loved Maria at the same time due to her scary Mama Bear personality that would scary her very soul out of her body. While they had a little interaction in Saga AA, it was lampshaded that Katarina saw Maria as a "aunt" figure considering she was responsible and a caring person. She clearly knew her scary side was almost like the wrath of a mother who was worried with her kids. In a sense, Katarina considered Maria as her "aunt" on the place of Akrak Couteau who was just vicious sociopath rather than a family.Despite Katarina is way older than Maria, the latter sees her as a child due to her childish, reckless and goofy personality that always put her into danger, forcing Maria to act to protect her from danger. Despite their friendly terms, Maria and Katarina had some things they absolutely hated in each other but did their best to hide it. Katarina showed despise for Maria's mercy and pure-hearted side for enemies while Maria hated Katarina's one-sided view of the world that everyone against her and her friends must die, even children included.
Beside that, what Maria hated the most was the "monster" living inside of Katarina that was in fact her "twin-sister", Elesis Du Tirial. For being a Guide Spirit, Maria could detect and even communicate with Elesis who was sealed inside of Katarina's subsconscious and discovered that person was the source of all flaws in Katarina (dark flaws like sadism, the lust for Rentaro Satomi and homicidal tendencies; the childish and naive facts were original from Katarina herself). When Katarina is sleeping, Maria can easily enter in her mind and have a chat with Elesis to leave her alone, but she is always welcomed with a brutal rain of attacks from Elesis' hands. Inside of Katarina's mind, she discovered Elesis was pure psychopath and was probably the most insane person she ever met before. With many studies, she thought she could kill Elesis inside of her mind when Elesis revealed if she is killed Katarina will die too, making it a double murder.After discovering that Katarina is not a bad person but a victim who shares traces with the monster called Elesis, she began to show more sympathy for her in her battles while keeping her in check she would never use torture techniques to make her enemies suffer just for the heck of it.
Aside from her dark side, Maria absolutely disliked Katarina's stupid side; her memories are so bad that she cannot help herself but to feel pity for the Red Haired Demon who is not only a child with the body of a young adult but also always cause trouble for those around her with her stupidity. When Maria was told Katarina once made all officers of Ratatoskr vomit after cooking rotten testicles, she immediately took place in the kitchen to replace Katarina while teaching her how to cook.Oddly enough, it was Maria who helped Katarina to develop her maturity to the top while the Rogues were only friends who supported, played and trained her. It can be said Maria was a substitute mother of Katarina who helped her to grow mentallity. During their time, it was her who taught Katarina how suppress the carnal and sadistic feelings of Elesis considering she had the same mental problem, making these two the same side on the same coin.
At one point, to make the two more familiar, Maria allowed Katarina to enter in subconscious to meet her evil side; an even more dark version of Future Maria. There, Katarina had a very long conversation with the Evil Maria. After she left, Katarina mentioned her dark side was in a prison, something similar to an imaginale cell. Soon afterwards, she mentioned she was going to teach her how to keep Elesis in a cell like that one, so everything bad about her traces living in Katarina's mentality will disappear.
Even so, Maria learned some things from her as well without training; the power of wrath. The power of emotions allowed her to grow stronger since she had precious memories, places and people to protect. This mental training allowed the two to become stronger from learning about themselves. At the very end, their old relationship ceased and they were now more like sisters, helping each other when they were in need. 5 billion years later, they lost contacted with themselves but Maria was one of the few people whom Katarina could clearly remember (in 5 billion years, almost everyone she met before were fading from her memories due to the long time alive). Maria, however, could remember all times she spent together with Katarina and her past friends thanks to her Divine Immortality that kept not only her body alive for the entire eternity but her memories as well.
Imperia Deamonne (Old Time - New Timeline)
"- Maria: Do you really believe you could beat me in a straight-up old-fashioned fistfight? I'm sure I can beat you any of your games!
Months later, it becomes a very aggressive and hostile relationship between "comrades". Imperia considered Maria to be too pure and flat (amazingly, the same reason because Ara Astaroth hated her previous persona) and acted with arrogance and rudeness when next to her, always referring her as "Stupida Bionda" which means "Stupid Blonde" in ITALIAN just to provoke and tease her when the former discovered being referred as an Italian is one of her Berserk Buttons. Maria, obviously reacted to it while pissed off for pressing one of her Berserk Buttons, would reply back with low-words like calling her a "cow" due to her huge breast size, but instead of considering it as an offense she would reply back with a "thanks" while comparing her size with hers only to show who is superior in female physical appearance, while Imperia always won the fights of appearance looking for dressing more exposed clothes, Maria always won the "mentality contest" since everyone considered Imperia to be such a bully and childish person when Maria is around.
The only thing Imperia won in "mentality contest" was her sadistic personality between the male members of Ratatoskr and the Rogues who considered Imperia to be a Dominatrix, something that 90% of all men in the world love for being more "naughty". Of course, Maria always kept distance from this type of contest, much to Imperia's delight while calling her a "virgin" (but ironically enough, Imperia was said to be virgin episodes before when people Shigure Yukimi called her a "Shoujo" in Japanese that means "Young Girl; as such "virgin" in Japanese means "Shojo", not different from the sound of "Shoujo"). Most of the time, Imperia would win any arguments she has with Maria causing the latter to run away, in tears in a comic, flinging childish insults. This caused the Kotori Itsuka to slap or beat her in the head for making another woman cry. However, it was shown that Imperia and Maria may be progressing into more of a frenemy territory. Some days later, Imperia changed her Maria's nickname and actually seems to like her humiliating nickname "Albino" (in reference to her extremely white skin), as it's the second offensive nickname she has ever been given.
From all people working with her, Maria absolutely hated Imperia, but she didn't realize that Imperia's actions are saving her and others around her from her innocence. Despite being bitter enemies and opposites, Imperia and Maria influenced each other as they begin to change slowly through their views of how the worlds looks, with Maria learning that kindness alone can't change the world, one needs to power to make it absolute while Imperia learned power is not the only thing in the world that will change everything, friendship and love are required if she wish to be one with them.
Although they are antagonistic towards each other for most of the time, they have been also shown to be quite friendly with each other when the family matters were brough to the top; their relationships with their families caused the two known each other better. While Maria was born in a rich crap-family from alcoholic father, Imperia (as La Folia) was born in a rich family closed from the world but was never abused by them. Yet what shocked Maria the most was that Imperia was a clone of another person, born to day like a tool in the hands of her own sister while the entire world watched; a complete doll without purpose on life, a person born to die. This was one of the few traces Maria could find empathy inside of the cold-Imperia.
As time passes, they begin to befriend each other, to the point that their relationship could be considered as "frenemies", the two often engage in fights of all kinds, even who can eat more contest until their relationship becomes a "rivalry" between the two Aces of the respectives organizations. After the end of Madness Sub Arc, soon after Ara Astaroth's demise, they are both extremely friendly and competitive towards one another and enjoy challenging each other. Despite being very close companions, they are willing to fight each other at full strength, disregarding what potential damage they may deal against each other, much to Maria's annoyance as she hates fighting. After some time, Imperia shows a fair deal of respect for Maria and addresses her as "Cupido" which means "Cupid" in Spanish (mainly for being an Guide Spirit similar to an Angel and having a soft skin of a baby (her kindness and love for loving actions take it further)), now in the language of Spanish. While Maria prefer to take joy in pleasing her friends with kindness, she knows that Imperia is the only person whom she can really show her childish side without being critized (even Katarina at times can critize their behavior and hoobies merely because she find them strange). Imperia and Maria often try to cook together or try showing each other new methods of fun such as going to play in playgrounds and game centers where Maria never visited before.
Despite their friendly relationship now, they can easily get annoyed by the antics of each other and laugh while holding themselves to not punch themselves. Yet, at times both Maria and Imperia can say really some low-words when they are angry, even calling others around them (Imperia: slut-flat, shitty-vampire, rest-of-abortion and etc... (Maria: You son of a snake, demented-idiot, annoying-brat and ugly-human)), although Imperia take the offensive names to a lower level; making their friends get away as faster as possible from them.
The sense of respect between the two is most apparent when Maria tells Imperia not to cry and points out that she [Imperia] became a Cyborg so that she no longer had to cry. Unlike many other enemies, Maria is the only opponent that Imperia has ever shown respect for in battle, and even states she would have let Maria kill her when she had the chance as a human; her nihilistic side continued active even after their formed bonds. From there, their relationship finally takes a friendly term where Lucas Kellan and Isis Maxwell stated they would be a perfect couple if Maria wasn't a sexless person and Imperia was a male, a love born from fire. Or, at least, forever-best-friends.
Achyls of the Depravity (Old - Astaroth Timeline)Her relationship with Achyls of the Depravity, the evil future version of Imperia who fell to the dark side, took their rivalry from the past to a true and hatred fueling bond.
Since Imperia and Maria from the past never had the chance to get friendly by the time that Ara Astaroth won and founded the Astaroth Empire, their relationship continued low and empty, with only offensive memories of them being together on the past remnaing inside of their minds.
After the battle of Argentina where the Rogues were teleported to the future and Maria had her entire family destroyed, Imperia was the only one of the Rogues who was not sent to the future by Ara and continued walking through the face of Earth, searching for a way to bring her friends back but after the Astaroth Empire finally took over the Earth, she had no more reasons to live and friends to protect; now she fully entered in the world of darknes by her own free will to find a new "place to return". To find her new place, she joined Ara Astaroth and proved to be a powerful and intelligent servant for 1,000 by destroying planets and enslaving entire races of mortals for Astaroth Queen.
At one point, Imperia renamed herself to Achyls of the Depravity and was put in charge of two omniverses under the control of Astaroth Empire. Even so, despite Achyls' high involvement with Astaroth Empire, the Future Maria never saw her in person and couldn't even remember who was Imperia Deamonne as it's been centuries since she last saw her--Actually, considering their loathsome relationship of their past, Maria preferred to think she was very dead.
When Achyls made her move, she finally met Maria again after 2,000 years and the two expressed their hatred for each other for humiliating each other on the past. Achyls, however, didn't want to just kill her but to torture Maria until she was dead. The provocations of Imperia of the past were harmless and just childish, but the provocation of Achyls took another level of cruelty by dropping the blood of Maria's friends in her face to break her sanity even more than it already was.
Due to Achyls' provocations and for betraying humanity to serve Ara Astaroth, Maria's disgust for Imperia (Achyls) grew stronger than before to the point that she put her in 3rd Spot in her Murder List (behind Ara Astaroth who is in 1st and Vira Hermes who is in 2nd place) When the name of Achyls or her face appear in her mind, Maria will stab herself for remembering such disgusting face while expressing how much she want her to suffer and die. Maria maintains that whatever happens, if the Revelation of Qliphoth surrender and are spared or they fight and are eliminated, Achyls will die at her hands and only her.
Crow Faux & Lord HelioMaria shared sympathy on Crow Faux after hearing his own backstory, but she was annoyed that Crow stuck himself in the past and blamed Lord Helio for his tragedy. Maria was also disgusted when she heard Crow whining about his loss on the Stone of Wisdom, which he claimed that Helio took away from him.
Maria also showed disdain on Lord Helio, saying that she will never forgive him despite understanding the fact that he lost his daughter, Hestia Hawthrone, because of her murder. She namely pointed out that Helio had jeopadized the entire world only for reviving her daughter by starting the second Feast of Apollo, saying that it won't be what Hestia wanted and it won't change anything, only making things worse.
With her clear mind, Maria was able to know the source behind the feud between Helio and Crow was all because of the Stone of Wisdom, which was later used as a tool to contain Hestia's soul. Therefore, Maria supported Ichabod's decision when he decided to hide away the Stone of Wisdom far, far away, so that Hestia will rest in peace and no more human will be corrupted by the desire of gaining the Stone of Wisdom for their impure ambitions.
After the death of Helio, however, Maria mourned Helio like others. Maria said that she still could not forgive Helio, but Phyllis Peach who made him insane was even more unforgivable. After Crow sacrifised himself, Maria felt pitiful for Crow's sealed fate, and she was determined to make Moloch and the United Kingdom of America pay for twisting Crow into a monster. All of those aspects showed that Maria knew the true reasons behind Helio and Crow's fall into darkness, making her to set up further plans that were good for the entire situation.
Selina StrawberryWhen Selina first saw Maria during her quest in the Kingdom of Arendelle concerning the Sapphire of Ice Queen, Selina had saw Maria's skills and started to be impressed by her fire magic, and so she trained herself harder in order to not being a loser. In a way, it was Maria who inspired Selina to develop her fire magic even further.
The good side of Selina is friendly towards Maria and being friendly towards her, while her more cynical and wrathful dark side had a bit of dislike towards Maria (but is not that harsh), and both of these had combined together into one single opinion. Selina appreciate Maria's skills and will of fighting, but she criticized Maria's way of fighting is filled with chaos and disorder.
Since Selina herself is like someone who do things mostly by book, she often had odds with Maria after the two both turned into allies of Team Witness, but Selina never really hates Maria and has an admiration towards her, wishing she herself could be as spared as Maria, although Selina herself admits that she likes to be busy in work.
Adam Frankenstein & The BrideMaria and Adam met during a fight against The Black Army. After Adam and the Bride's timely rescue, Maria was impressed with Adam's martial art technique and will of fight, and she immediately adressed him as her own friend. Maria is friendly towards Adam and the Bride with no ill feelings towards their ugliness, treating them as normal people. That made Adam to see her as a friend as well and vowed his loyalty in front of her.
Maria cares for the two as much as she cared for other people inside her family. She has a sympathy towards Adam as they're both lost souls and both victims of the atrocities committed by Michael Langdon and Eckidina KnightWalker.
Phyllis Peach / Dark Arzonia
Amongst all of the other human villains, Maria loathes Phyllis Peach / Dark Arzonia for her twisted tendency upon the Order of Flourish, which even succeeded her hatred towards Lord Helio. Phyllis at first had no knowledge upon the Angel of Flame until she had a dream, which she had believed to be a prediction to the future. It happened not long after she sold her soul to Moloch.
During her time in building the Dark Empire known as United Kingdom of America, Phyllis visited Moloch's palleral earth later known as Planet Sorensen-444 (named after Nether Sorensen the Demon Prince), where the time and era on Prime Earth was twisted upon Sorensen Planet. As a result of this, Phyllis and Maria on that planet co-existed, and the Palleral Maria was already a Spirit Guide warrior.
With Gladius Grapefruit's assistance, Phyllis persuaded her palleral counterpart to commit evil things for her in order to gain the palleral Earth's Stone of Wisdom. After murdering the palleral Lord Helio, who was far weaker than his Prime Earth counterpart, Phyllis made her palleral counterpart to switch her body with the palleral Maria with the Stone of Wisdom, forming Dark Arzonia in process, and they made her be mistaken as a traitor.After the Palleral Maria was tragically killed by her own comrades unwittingly, Dark Arzonia revealed her true self and then devoured all of the resistance soldiers with her new-found power. Meanwhile, Phyllis had deduced that there will be Maria Arzonia appeared on Prime Earth as well, just a matter of time. After becoming a gluttonous demon by Moloch, Dark Arzonia believed there was another Maria Arzonia on Prime Earth, although she found out that the said counterpart was yet to be born. However, soon after Maria traveled back in time and made an encounter with Dark Arzonia, the latter soon showed obsession towards her mainstream counterpart, and she said she will devour the Angel of Flame to gain more power.
Maria first met Dark Arzonia in Sleepy Hollow during her rescue mission of Carl. She was astonished to find out that there was someone who looked just like her, but she was utterly enraged by Dark Arzonia's cruel and insane tendency towards people. Before Dark Arzonia revealed her true identity, Maria saw Dark Arzonia as a threat to the Witnesses and the world, believing she was just an evil clone of herself.
However, as soon as she found out that Dark Arzonia was actually Phyllis Peach from another world and slaughtered Arzonia Family in that world, Maria went into a flying rage and attacked Dark Arzonia in a fit of blind rage, treating Dark Arzonia as her own personal arch-enemy and would slaughter her with any cost. Dark Arzonia also acheived the Angel of Hellfire form, claiming that it would appear on Maria as well if she delved deeper into her own cruelty. Maria was no amused or fond of such power, knowing that it was made of evil, sadism and cruelty, just like what were embodying Dark Arzonia herself.Besides Dark Arzonia, Maria shared the same hatred upon the mainstream Phyllis as well. It's not only because that Phyllis on the Prime Earth was the mastermind behind Dark Arzonia's formation, but also Phyllis was a horrid criminal mastermind that caused deaths and miseries for so many years, causing the Order of Flourish's dark twist and the town of Sleepy Hollow's tragedy chains.
After Helio's demise, Maria said in discussion that she still had a hard time forgiving Helio for what he did, but she can't forgive Phyllis even more, since she believed that Phyllis was the one who murdered Helio's daughter and was responsible for his twisted and prideful insanity.
The final form of Phyllis, taken after she gained the Stone of Wisdom and absorbed Dark Arzonia with it, was also on Maria's own list to kill. Maria saw Phyllis killing so many people and realized that the second Feast of Apollo's crashing benefitted Phyllis own goal. Maria finally saw through Phyllis' true self and angrily provoked her as a monster in human skin. Not only Phyllis shamelessly admitted this, but also she said that she will return back to her human form after she was done with all her enemies, cleansing both Team Witness and her rivals in the Order of Flourish all together. Maria found out that Phyllis was not a well-intentioned extremist, but a hypocrite and monster just like other corrupt members from the Order, yet the only differnce is that Phyllis don't even try to excuse herself.
Arzonia BrothersWhen she was younger, Maria was scared of her brother who claimed that they offered her a shelter and claimed to be her family. However, Maria was suffered from their notorious abuse, which even some villain like Mukuro Ikusaba was disgusted. Maria's brothers still saw her as a illegimate child and viciously berated her for being conceived outside the formal matrimony, which made Maria even sadder.
At first, Maria was forced to do dirty work for her three dreadful brothers, but she saw it as a way to make them pleased. However, none of her brothers treated her as a family, only as a tool.
When Maria was trapped in a sticky situation, neither Cain nor Robert (her two remaining brothers) had saved her, but leaving her to be arrested by the Church and accidentally killed a holy knight. After her escape attempt failed, Maria was trapped by her brothers and suffered from punishment. Then, that was when she finally snapped and burned them down, freeing herself from the enslavement forever. After that, Maria hardly ever metioned her three brothers, trying to forget them as if they never existed.
Ichabod CraneMaria respect Ichabod for his noble personality, calling him Captain Crane (which is his rank during his time in the Revolutionary War) more often than simply Crane or Mr. Crane, and she helped Ichabod against Michael Langdon with no demand of rewards. At first, Ichabod appeared as Maria's enemy pretty much due to mistakening her as Dark Arzonia, an evil counterpart of Maria herself that killed townspeople for fun.
However, after the truth was clarified, the two worked together immediately, and Ichabod support Maria's actions of bringing Carl back. Maria did not hesititate herself in protecting Ichabod from Dark Arzonia's blades, and thanks to Maria, Ichabod discovered the conspiracy of Orlando Orange, who attempted to release the Horseman of Conquest by spreading the disease of Croatoan Virus fully into the 21st century. Ichabod then had considered Maria as a powerful ally.In spite of their partnership, Maria did not interact Ichabod too much due to Ichabod was a married man and did not want to trouble him, but she would give a hand when he needed help. In spite of this, Maria and Matt later became the successor of the Witnesses willingly after the Cataclymistic War, where Ichabod was killed.
It should be noted that Maria, by coincidence, is exactly a future counterpart to Ichabod Crane, and they shares many similarities, including but not limited to these:
- Both of them was killed in a sacrificial attempt, before coming back to life and acknowledging their destiny.
- Both of them love their mother and have hard feelings towards their father.
- Both of them confronts the greatest evil of their respective time and vows to take them down.
- Both of them shares disturbing childhood.
- Both of them are defectors of decadance, turning against their corrput and tyrannical former faction in order to bring freedom to those who needs help.
- Both of them tends to keep normal partnership with their working partners, avoiding a sexual relationship and shows that they were just working partners (Matt Butcher and Abbie Mills, respectively). Ichabod does this because he's already a married man, while Maria is more focused on familial relationship and tends to control her feelings towards Matt.
- Both of them have bad reputations amongst their former factions, with Maria branded as a terriorist by the KnightWalker Family and Ichabod was condemned by British Empire as a traitor.
- Both of them eventually makes their once bitter rivals to become their frienemy through helping them (Imperia Deamonne and Christine Van Bilj / Kristen Kiwifruit, respectively).
- Both value friendship and familial bond above anything else.
- Both of them shows interest in both technology and historical artifacts, but neither of them actually like some way modern people shared.
- Both of them speaks formally, in a polite and sophisicated tune.
- Both of them shows dislike upon certain dresses they considered too exposed, and both of them have their preference in dressing. Maria prefer to wear tight long dress as a symbol of asceticism, while Ichabod wears trechcoat which symbolizes his soldier spirit.
- Both of them likes to read. They're not only the leader of their respective factions, but also the most polite and sophisicated member comparing to some of their more aggresive partners (e.g. Carl & Katarina to Maria, and Abbie & Jenny Mills to Ichabod).
- Both tends to forgive enemies if they have a chance of redemption, like how Maria tried to save Carl Robinson while Ichabod tried to save Jeremy Crane, both out of guilty conscience, but their forgivness has limits. They shows no tolerance to anyone or any attempt in harming their family.
- Both cannot stand vulgarity and vandalism.
Eckidina KnightWalkerBeing one of the many victims of the KnightWalker Family's vile actions, Maria despises Eckidina intensely and consider her to be the primary threat in the world. Maria's hatred towards Eckidina started to fuel itself when she (under her Cyborg persona) regained her mind and discovered that she became nothing but a mere pawn of Eckidina. Therefore, Maria consider Eckidina as someone she must destroy other than Michael Langdon.
After her return as a spirit and the defeat of FOLIE, Maria set up four major goals for herself, including cutting Eckidina into pieces with her sword. Maria claimed that killing Eckidina would be her most interesting goal of them all, showing how much she hates her. When Kyouko asked Maria to cut Eckidina more on the detective's behalf, Maria agreed without any hestitations. Asking her about Eckidina will also send Maria into a fiery rage, which will make Maria fully lose her temper and curses aloud against Eckidina with all of the most disapproving words Maria could ever figure out.
Misogi "KnightWalker" Kumagawa
VaniferAfter revealing her true identity and shedding her own disguise of Fire Elsa, Vanifer and Maria fought together. They quickly became bitter rivals after they engaged into battle. Maria soon found out that Vanifer's attacks, despite showing similarities with Maria's attack, were proved to be much more powerful and efficient than Maria, as the elemental power of Vanifer already reached her utmost awakening state.
Even so, Vanifer never underestimates Maria and determines to eliminate her before she could become stronger and turns into her imminent threat, and thus she enjoys every seconds of fight against Maria with sheer focus in order to seek out the loose in her own techniques. When fighting Maria in single combat in Arendelle, Vanifer was patronizing and informative towards Maria's many efforts to defeat her.
Despite believing that Maria had no chance of defeating her, Vanifer developed some respect for Maria as she remarked on Maria's skill in her dodging that resorted to Vanifer using her awakened powers. After Maria landed several hits on her, Vanifer's respect for Maria has grown as she complimented Maria for being able to do so and commented that she understood how she was able to overcome her most trusted minion, Crannak Smoulderburn. Vanifer also laments that Maria would be wonderful if she becomes one of her minions but it was a shame that she is an enemy, showing her fond to Maria's courage and power.
When Maria accidentally killed a holy knight named Parcifal by accident, Kyouko (who was investigating a serial bombing and arson with Maria as the pawn) did not know the tragedy behind Maria and attempted to apprehend her. However, when Vento told the story of Maria to Kyouko, Kyouko began to sympathize the girl, especially after she went to the house of Arzonia Family and saw a pair of hand cuffs which the Arzonia Brothers used to punish their sisters with tormenting methods. Kyouko then went on to find Maria in order to make her safe.
Sadly, when they first met, Maria had already lost her sanity and burned down her brothers after suffering enough from their abuse. Filled with nothing but rage, Maria rebuked that the detectives are made for laws and could not balance the conflicts between justice and law, and she did not want Kyouko to come close to her when she was about to denote a bomb. However, turned out that Maria was meant to keep Kyouko safe since she knew Kyouko was not her enemy. Maria never hated Kyouko. Instead, Maria respected Kyouko greatly, and she showed sympathy to Kyouko when she suspected that she had a tragic backstory as well.
After coming back to life as a spirit, Maria met Kyouko again and greeted her friendily, sealing their friendship in their first formal meet. Later, Kyouko had referred to Katarina that Maria was "an old friend". Since they both shared the same goal and had similar backstory filled with sad stories, Maria and Kyouko became bonded, and Maria considered Kyouko as a family as well.
Patriarch KransMaria and Krans, the young Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, showed respect towards each other since both of them have similarities in personality as well as their same goals, despite being in different church.
Krans fully supports Catholic Rebels and becomes a major supportor of La Nueva Familia de Arzonia until his sacrifise. In Maria's eyes, Krans is like her brother, as she considered Krans, Matt and Carl as her brothers instead of the original Arzonia Brothers who constantly abused her. Despite his young age as well as maturity, Krans also encouraged Maria when she was depressed and acted as a mentor in a way.
Upon the death of Patriarch Krans, Maria was utterly devastated by losing someone she cared about so much, but she then commented that the young Patriarch would be remembered forever. In front of the grave of Krans, Maria vowed to avoid more sacrifise as much as possible even to the point of shedded her own soul to achieve this.
Acqua of the BackUnlike Vento, Acqua was once an enemy of Maria, not a friend. When she accidentally burned down Parcifal, a holy knight of the Catholic Church, Acqua went on to capture Maria and tried to bring her to justice, but he was unknown to the fact that Arzonia Brothers forced Maria to do those crimes. After finding out that Maria was abused by her brothers and burned them down, Acqua started to show sympathy towards Maria.
When Maria was brainwashed by Eckdina into the Cyborg Angel of Flame, Maria believed that Acqua had murdered her brothers, who were described as kind people in Eckidina's lies, making her to hunt Acqua down while under her brainwashed state, and she even wounded him seriously.
However, after her memory regained, Maria was encouraged by Acqua to remember her true self. In turn, Maria ultimately threw a heroic sacrifise and saved Acqua's life as gratitude.
After returning back as a spirit, Maria became much more soften and polite in her attitude towards Acqua. Despite often being strict and unsmiling, Acqua cared for Maria as well, treating her as if she was his daughter. In Maria's point of view, Acqua gave her the love from a father she never received in her childhood, so she sees him as a fatherly figure, a man whom she can trust.
Stiyl often shows skeptism and distrust towards Maria's tendency to fight fire with fire like Robin Hood, but Maria never minds it and often shows Stiyl respect as usual. Despite Stiyl is often distant to Maria, he never dislikes her. Instead, like many others in Anglican Church, Stiyl also helps Maria whenever she needed, saying it was only his job to aid Maria's cause. That's enough to make Maria grateful and consider Stiyl as one of her allies.
Vento of the FrontThroughout her life, Vento is a motherly figure to Maria as well as the first member in her new family, who took care of Maria's mother and made her feel the warmth from the humanity. Before Maria's mother died, she made Vento to adopt her child and passed away when Maria was just an infant, and Vento never let Maria's mother down. For Maria, Vento was the first person who helped her to get out of the clouds from her sad childhood life. Maria shows great gratitude towards Vento.
During her days with her wicked brother, Maria's life was shrouded with clouds. However, Vento appeared to her whenever she needed her. Whenver there were celebrations in Spain and even other nations, Vento arrived to Maria's side, and she often gave Maria dress, food and motherly love, taking care of her. Maria and Vento then became bonded and close to each other, and both will fiercely defend each other when people offended one of them. Vento was also the one who influenced Maria's pious devotion towards God, as Maria believed Vento was like an angel from Heaven sent by God to help her from her loneliness.
Because of Vento's love and care, Maria came to believe there were kindness in humanity and never gave up her hope, making her to grow up in a pure heart and having control in her own fragile side as they could be key parts to make her gone corrupt. Had Vento never showed herself up will make Maria someone even worse than Aki Honda and become something similar to Dark Arzonia, a creature made of psychopathy and madness.
Eve FullbusterAs two enemies, Maria never really liked Eve Fullbuster, not even after her redemption. Despite she was a depressed person seeking for help to break out of Isaac Westcott's control, Maria (like ALL heroes of the story), feared Eve for her huge power that could easily break the sanity of people around her; as it was stated before Eve was stronger than Ara Astaroth, Darth Hades and Leohart the Prince of Hell together, making her the second strongest mortal of the Multi-Universe.
When first meeting Eve, she mentioned her eyes were empty and her smile was a façade as it was clearly being forced. In truth, Maria learned to fear but find some light inside of Eve's heart. Yet, her power always made Maria and all members of Alliance of Freedom stay away from her, fearing her destructive power might destroy their cells and even mind.
Eve, on the other hand, never considered Maria as an enemy as she was a Guide Spirit and would never touch her as long Westcott do not order her to. She even mentions she only attacks people when her master order her to do so but personally she will never kill people for the heck of it. That was the moment the two developed an one-sided enemy ship from Maria's part, particulary because Eve was dangerous and would even destroy entire universes if her master ordered her to do so.
After Westcott's death, Eve was free from his control and mentioned she must pay for what she did. For being a Guide Spirit, she came to seek help with Maria to punish her and guide her soul to a hellish dimension where she will pay her sins. But instead of claiming her life, Maria ordered her to travel to all worlds DEM Empire destroyed and help rebuilt everything she made fall and pay services for the victims of the Cataclysmatic War. Considering all universes invaded and abused by DEM Empire's army, Eve would spent centuries and even millennia helping in rebuilding what she helped to destroy. After that, the two never saw each other again for 5 billion years until Aryana Westcott was revived and possessed Eve's body, and revealing to the New Republic, Maria, Katarina and all heroes of the past, she was back inside of Eve.
Maria maintains good relationships with Yuri, seeing him as a strong and powerful ally she can rely on. After the death of FOLIE and prior to Magilou's departure, Maria agrees Magilou's request to make Yuri the temporary Second Diamante/Diamond, since she knows he's a man she can firmly trust. Even so, Maria sometimes criticizes Yuri's cynicial attitude and sarcastic personality, like when he criticizes Meta-Humans after the Battle of Morte, which makes Maria a bit of displeased. Despite this, they have no ill feelings towards each other.
Sephiria Arks KnightWalker
Lucy Sheev KnightWalker
Ara AstarothMaria has a one-sided Foe Yay for Ara from all her enemies. At first, Maria did not consider Ara to be a threat since she thought she was too weak to let her minions do her dirty work, likewise, Ara had no interest in Maria for being too "pure" to the point that is boring but when Ara and Vira killed Magilou and Vento of the Front during their battle in Argentina, the Demon Queen broke the sanity of Maria as her new world order hunted down her organization and killed every single person she loved.
When Ara discovered Maria had a "beautiful" side in the world of darkness, she immediately developed feelings of interest and tried many times to bring her to her side by turning her into a Black Demon like her. However, at that point, Maria had lost all her moral codes and viewed Ara as the source of all evil in her life since the day she discovered Mafusa Gang and KnightWalker Family (including the existence of KnightWalker Cyborg that she created) was working to her.
Maria absolutely despised Ara to the point the mere mention of her name next to her caused the spirit to destroy everything around her with fire, even burning down some people in the process. Maira developed a strong hatred towards Ara, especially due to her being the killer of all her new family she worked so hard to create bonds with them. Maria was especially angry to see her, which eventually causes her blood to boil so much that she made her Spirit's energy go Berserk. Ara, however, is shown to be a sadistic and remorseless person towards Maria in making her suffer in order to destroy every single piece of sanity and emotions inside of her. Ara reveals her obsession for Maria and her abilities while still maintaining a teasing and cordial demeanor towards her to manipulate her and finally awake her "dark side".Unlike Maria, Ara don't seems to hate her but admire her to the point mentioned Maria's name might give a cold in her spine before saying how perfect she is. These feelings grown even stronger when it was revealed Maria's hatred for her was so powerful that all Blackness she devoured was converted to serve her instead of killing her (note: the Blackness in like a poison to Guide Spirits, eating it might kill the Spirit instantly), but instead of killing her, Maria managed to make Ara's Blackness into her source of power. When Ara discovered that, her feelings for Maria were replaced to a lustful-desire. However, Maria obviously rejected all her offers.
At the beginning of Rise of Qliphoth era, Maria considers Ara a power-drunk egomaniac and severely despises her, while Ara holds a severe grudge for Maria's rebel cell that has undermined her authority several times but her feelings of hatred towards the Alliance is only for those who are not Maria herself.
The feeling of despise of Maira towards Ara is not only for killing her family but for destroying her homeland and world, where she had her home and people to make forced labor, under intimidation and murder. Overly confident and naive, Maria organizes her group to eliminate Ara 5 years after the battle of Argentina. However upon being captured by Revelation of Qliphoth alongside her group during her second personal encounter with Ara, Maria displays immense fear of her wrath and superiority to the point all the memories of losing Magilou and Vento returned like a bullet to her head. Following the executions of Matt and Acqua as retribution for Ara's fallen men at Maria's hands, among other acts of intimidation, Maria realizes further retaliation would only bring more heartbreak and tragedy and grudgingly subjects herself to Ara. Hence, upon further interactions with Ara, such as Ara's visit to the Alliance's HQ for their first offering, Maria unwillingly allows Ara full autonomy and acts in a nervous manner.Despite her fear of Ara's wrath, Maria still harbored hateful and vengeful feelings towards her but ultimately suppressed on acting on them for the sake of not risking the lives of the Alliance (at first before her total corruption). After the murders of Abel and Tris, Maria realizes that retaliating against the Emprie is the right and necessary option as serving under Ara's oppression can no longer be seen as a feasible way of living. With her confidence restored and those close to her supporting her, Maria is now willing to go to war with the Revelation of Qliphoth and eliminate Ara.
However, for more than 2 millennia, Maria lost her way and even found herself exactly where Ara wanted; one step of distance away from insanity. In this mode, Maria was totally a ruthless revolutionary who would use innocents as meat shields and even murder children if they are demons. While Ara considered this Maria as a terrorist in media, she would entirely think about her being by her side as the new Supreme General of the empire, replacing Vira for her constant failures to stop the rebels from all omniverses.
B1-Killer Kampfdroide Unit-CM 130While Maria shared a moral (good versus evil) feeling towards her enemy for being cold-hearted monsters, she shared a deep personal feeling of hatred towards Unit-CM 130 and his lover, Ara Astaroth, two of the people who gave her the most dark memories ever since her revival in the mortal world.
Like Ara who took everything from her, CM took most of her world when he sided with Ara. They are pretty much two sides of the same coin. First is that all his actions as the director of Manufacturing Progressive Sciences caused a huge impact in the La Nueva Familia de Arzonia, mostly the Catholic Rebels, when the MPS expanded their interest to the rest of Europe, brutally killing, torturing and using Catholics in brutal human experiments that caused most of the guinea pigs to lose their sanity.
During the course of the war, Maria suffered from extreme stress and psychological damage caused by her former battles with Melancholia and Michael Langdon. At the time that CM showed up, Maria obviously had lost a few parts of her sanity, allowing her dark persona (insanity) to appear in some occasions, and at least, twisting her sense of justice to something almost equal to CM's. CM wants suffering, destruction and death of inferior races using his vile experiments while Maria wants to save others from the fire of the world which “took her mother”.
Their relation hip is basically “when an immovable object meets and unstoppable force”. CM wants to torture Maria as much as he can without ever killing her to show her how her methods of justice are wrong and useless against the true truth of the Aryan race, and Maria wants to save destroy CM using her own sense of justice. They both know the only way this cycle can ever come to an end is if one kills the other.
At first, Maria scoffs Aerisi Kalinoth, the Prophet of Air, intensely due to the latter's lavish personality, believing she's just another spoiled brat who will get angry as soon as her whims and charms are denied. Maria restrained her disgust since she found out that Aerisi is Adam Frankenstein's own benefactor and Eva Frankenstein's creator, but still she cannot forgive Aerisi's deception which lured scholars into Spinward Rise and trapped them. Aerisi, however, is fond of Maria and calls her a creature made of air due to Maria's angelic nature, believing that she was different from Marlos and other so-called "Earth Scums" Aerisi despised.
On the other hand, Maria didn't buy Aerisi's praise. She never liked Aerisi as much as she didn't like Marlos, and yet Adam suggested that they should let Aerisi go after they defeat her. In Howling Hatred Arc, they often had some arguments on this whether they should do it, as both Frankensteins remained feelings to Aerisi. Therefore, when Carl and Abbie suggested that they should punish Aerisi for what she did, Maria stood on Carl and Abbie's side this time.
However, as time passed by, Maria found out that Aerisi showed her haughty side was none other than trying to conceal a fragile heart. In spite of actually being a spoiled person from the beginning, Aerisi had found her love in Dr. Frankenstein ever since she left her family, where she believed to be a stark place, especially after they both endured harsh things after being infamously manipulated by Eckidina KnightWalker.The tragic death of Dr. Frankenstein made Aerisi having a broken heart, and yet she cannot let go of her ambition. She needed her minions and the scholars to acheive her domination upon Sword Coast high above. Therefore, she used her aggresive Alpha Bitch persona to conceal her feelings so that her minions won't lost their visions in a feelings that their mistress was weak-willed.
When telling Maria about Eckidina's scheme, Aerisi started to remember the first day she met Eckidina, who gave her the offer to create life from dead. Aerisi found it interesting and accepted in order to seek out fun, but she soon realized the pain it brought after the horrid betrayl of Eckidina. She had also sympathized Adam because of this, and that's why she helped him and treated him as her own son, having a change of heart and personality due to her responsiblity as a parental substitute.
After taking down the Feathergale Knights, who betrayed Aerisi, Maria later still fought against the Prophet of Air along with Carl and Abbie, but they no longer despise Aerisi. After Aerisi's defeat, Maria eventually had sympathy upon Aerisi and wanted to let her go, saying to Aerisi that Eckidina had died at the hands of another warrior, meaning that the death of Dr. Frankenstein was avenged. However, Aerisi instead gave up resisting, knowing she needed to be punished for what she did. She only felt relieved that Dr. Frankenstein could rest in peace and accpeted her defeat with a sad laugh, saying that her dream ended in a perfect way at the hand of the team of Two Witnesses, regarding Maria as a worthy opponent before giving herself in to the Harpers. Maria later admitted that the way Aerisi accepted her defeat was graceful.
Michael LangdonMaria is the archenemy of Michael, and she was referred by John Dee as the "slayer of the Beast" that was the key person who would stop Michael's reign of terror and his dark legacies forever as the slayer of Anti-Christ.
Aside from Sonia Nevermind, Maria is the most tragic victim of Michael, albeit unlike Sonia, she was at first a indirect one. When Michael sent his request to the Arzonia Brothers on behalf of Sonia, Maria soon became the brothers' tool of stealing the Byzantine Parang, particularly after the demise of one of her brothers (Jacob). Therefore, Micahel was the man responsible for the tragedy and suffering of Maria that changed her entire life, turning her from a shy and innoncent person into a warrior.
The attempted murder on Maria, which was directly committed by Michael, was the key for Michael to make his own nemesis. After returning back as a Spirit, with the knowledge of Michael's true nature, Maria hated Michael and decided to destroy him as well as the evil forces he served so that she would rest in peace, avenging all of those he had murdered in cold blood. Overall, Maria is the most recurring foe for Michael, being his archenemy as well as his foil. Arguably, Maria wanted to see Michael die for good more than anyone else.
After The Cataclysmatic War, Maria became the one who took charge of cleaning Michael's Legion, which were formed from Michael's remaining will. She also took the main charge against Michael when he revived as La Apotasia, in order to to end his reign of terror for good.
Aki Honda (post-death)Due to Maria never meeting Aki Honda before, mainly for living in another country where she was active, she never shared any negative feelings for her. Instead, she considered Eckidina and Ara to be the true root of evil in the organization that her brothers were working to, the Mafusa Gang. Yet, there were some moments where some characters who met her face-to-face said in how brutal and cruel she was; from her crimes of raping women and children, burning down entire houses with families and even killing animals.
However, it came to an end when Maria found Aki Honda alive and kickin' in one of Vira's mansions in Prime Earth, where she witnessed the horror Vira had put her into. It was later revealed (episodes before) Aki Honda was revived by Astaroth Queen to attend Vira's desire to "love" her. And so, she kept Aki Honda alive for years under constant physical, psychological and sexual torture (cutting her belly, ripping off her teeth, brutally inserting large objects in private parts and so go on) while keeping her alive to make sure she would suffer in a "lustful way". When she saw Maria, she begged to save her while tied up in a bed. While Maria did not share any negative feelings for her, she considered Aki Honda to be just as cruel as Vira and other Black Demons, and following this line, she left Aki Honda there to suffer forever in the hands of Vira instead of killing her with a bullet in her head that would free her from her punishment, just to make sure she will feel the pain and suffering of everyone she killed for all eternity.
Marlos UrnayleLike Vanifer and Aerisi, Maria showed extreme and harsh disdain to Marlos due to him being a noble but squandering his family property. Maria believed that Marlos is the worst of all Elemental Prophets who has no likeable quality to begin with, unlike the other three Prophets who have either sympathetic backstory (like Gar) or have great ambitions (like Vanifer).
When Marlos was about to torture Maria in front of his Earth Cultists, Maria treated Marlos as nothing but a blasphemous heretic who takes over a House of God - the Helm's Hold - to build his own fortress known as the Reclamation Rock, merely for his own greed for power.
With her sarcastic personality which got stronger after the events of Eckidina Arc, Maria showed some disrespect to Marlos and spoke long, formal and complicated words to the Cult of Black Earth members, mocking their brute strength and lack of competence, as well as their inablity of showing intellegence. She even mocked Marlos with his uglines, saying he's a rock creep, and she pushed him into rage on purpose. Aside from her disdain on Marlos' egotism, Maria also despises Marlos' cowardice, believing that he was nothing more than an embodiment of disgrace itself.
Vira HermesMaria has a deep comtempt towards Vira once she meets her. Before the Rise of Qliphoth era took place, Maria Arzonia always regards Vira as "False Eugen" as she believed that the original Eugen everyone loved was dead, and this Vira who called herself as "Eugen", played with Katarina's mind, killed Millian Gravik and caused so many mayhem and horror was a fake impostor, who only looked like Eugen. Once upon getting back to Franxinus, Maria and Matt both reminded Katarina that Vira was not Eugen she knew, in order to prevent any possiblity to make Katarina driven into despair by such.
However, once she thought about herself, who was revived as a Guide Spirit, Maria was worried that Vira was indeed Eugen resurrected, albeit as a Black Demon.As time passed, Maria had changed her mind a little bit. She still tried to disregard Eugen and Vira are the same. In spite of this when she thought about Melancholia and Plaisir, she began to deduce that Vira (like Melancholia) was a demonic split personality formed inside Eugen, while Eugen's mind is still inside the body of Vira. After knowing about Vira's origin, Maria attempted to make Eugen's mind snapped out of Vira's control as she believed that Eugen's good personality was inside Vira, just as how Plaisir was inside Melancholia.However, in Rise of Qliphoth era, just after the death of Magilou and Vento (both were instigated by Vira and Qliphoth Force), all sympathy Maria had towards Vira died out. She later deemed that Eugen had dead and Vira is the one who killed Eugen again, and as the time passed, she would hunt Vira (among many others) down for seeking revenge. The deaths of Magilou and Vento were later prevented thanks to Katarina defeating Ara. After that, Maria remained in faith that Eugen is still inside Vira, but she agreed that only killing Vira will free Eugen from sheer misery, believing that Vira is even worse than Melancholia.
During The Cataclysmatic War, when Vira was killed thanks to the real Eugen Katsuragi's efforts, Maria was relieved that with Vira's demise, Eugen was freed at last. After saying goodbye to Eugen, Maria watched Eugen's soul as the latter ascended to Paradise, all the while with tears on her face. With Vira's death, Maria could finally let down this burden, and she conformted Katarina that Eugen was relieved from Qliphoth's curse and could finally rest in peace.
Gar ShatterkeelAmongst all four Elemental Prophets, Gar is the second most formidable one to Maria (behind Vanifer) due to his water element ability, and Maria was shocked to find out that Gar attempted to sacrifice a sea elf to Ollyhdra in order to raise another fatal tidle wave to sweep the Sword Coast. Nevertheless, Maria actually sympathizes Gar in spite of knowing what he did was unforgivable.
As she went further into the battle against the Cult of Crushing Wave, Maria later learned of Gar's dark and troubling past, finding that he grew up in a military life where strong rules upon weak. She also found out that Gar actually cared for his own Water Cult minions, and he treated them as family. This made Maria delved deeper and eventually, she discovered that Gar treated those Water Cultists like brothers and sisters was because they were regarded (in Gar's personal point of view) as the reincarnations of Gar's lost friends and comrades.By the end of Crushing Wave Arc, Maria was shocked to find that Gar went into madness ever since he lost his comrades after a tempest on the sea, having one of his arm being ripped off by a shark, having himself struggling on the ocean for days until he was brushed on the land by wave. Maria also realized that, in spite of Gar's cruelty, he was nothing but a pawn for Vizeran DeVir's monstrous plan, being his tool to murder Drizzt Do'Urden and rise the Elemental Evil at Raven Cliff Beach.
Maria said she didn't actually forgive Gar's actions to create the Fountain of Delight and made the whole Raven Cliff Beach into Drowned Shore. However, she said she could understand his feelings of being lonely, and such tragedy happened on a mere human being will drove them mad definitely.Gar, at first, rejected Maria's sympathy, believing that her pity upon him made him seem weak, saying she had no idea what was like drifting on the ocean for days alone. What made him feared and sad was not the ocean itself, or that shark which almost killed him, but actually was the feelings of loss that drove him into the monster he is today. He don't believe Maria, being someone so cheerful and innoncent, would actually understand.
In spite of this, Gar later showed affection to Maria after realizing that she was also a lost soul who lost many she loved, so she fully understood Gar's own feelings. They teamed up soon after Jasmine Porcelain revealed her true nature and attempted to use Gar's Devastation Orb to make aquatic spiders of Lolth to roam the land.
By the end of Crushing Wave Arc, after his final confrontation with Team Witness to finish the unfinished fight, Gar later accepted his defeat and peacefully left after his Devastation Orb was destroyed. Inside his heart, Gar was reminded of Maria's attempt to understand his feelings. He felt remorseful for what he did and realized that his wrath and sadness can't be excuses for himself to drown the world into water. Therefore, Gar later returned to Team Witness and helped them to defeat Vizeran DeVir, and he, Ichabod, Abbie and Maria started to become friends. After joining Team Witness with a redeemed Cult of Crushing Wave, Gar said that he had eventually found his ocean of peace inside.
Leohart the Prince of Hell
Emperor Tathagata Killer
Terra of the Left
Fiamma of the Right
The Fallen's Essence
Plaisir / MelancholiaMelancholia / Plaisir Permafrost and Maria goes from enemies to friendly rivals as time goes by. At first, before finding out Plaisir's true identity and her wish, Maria believed that Melancholia - Plaisir's alter-ego - was a merely delusional woman who helped Michael Langdon in his vile biddings, except Melancholia never believed it was vile. However, she had eventually discovered that Plaisir / Melancholia worked with Michael for gratitute as well as love and affection, not because of pursuing fame.
No doubt, Melancholia / Plaisir is considered to be a foil to Maria. Maria is a fire-elemental warrior while Plaisir / Melancholia is strong in ice and snow magic, especially after she turned into a snow monster via Supreme Croatoan Virus. During her violent villainous breakdown in her attempt to protetc FOLIE, Plaisir / Melancholia started to lose control of herself. She started to control Maria as her puppet and began to show some heartless traces from Moloch, like she shot at Magilou and drove Maria into despair, but due to her mood whiplash situation, Plaisir / Melancholia immediately regretted the action, realizing she began to turn into a monster as cruel as Moloch, right before the act nearly killed all of the sympathy from Maria. However, Maria wasn't turn insane due to Magilou faked her death to make Maria snapped from Melancholia's control.Even so, Maria eventually restored her sympathy towards Plaisir / Melancholia upon the latter's Supreme Croatoan Form Transformation, when Melancholia's former well-intentions completely shattered and was reduced into an utterly insane creature yelling mad. She realized that Melancholia was twisted because she had no one to rely on after Moloch destroyed her family, unlike Maria who met people being kind to her. She later promised to Melancholia / Plaisir after the latter regained her humanity and pleadged Maria to end the World War III, end Moloch's legacy and save the world in her stead.
Overall, Plaisir / Melancholia and Maria are the exact archetypes of ice and fire, respectively. Acting as a foil to Maria, Plaisir / Melancholia grows into a cold, selfish and deluded person even worse than Carl, because of her despair over herself, becoming a monster as cruel as Moloch. However, after her later defeat, Melancholia eventually started to think it over, believing that Maria was right, since destroy the world cannot really fix anything.
In the meantime, Maria saw through Plaisir's nature as a lonely and despaired person who had nobody to rely on. She resolved believed that Melancholia had a chance of redemption even after everything she did, purely out of understanding, but Maria believed that if Plaisir / Melancholia wanted her forgiveness, she must atone herself.
Later, after Michael's defeat, Plaisir found herself again and became friends to Maria. Maria was confused by the fact that Plaisir still mourned Michael Langdon, but she was relieved that Plaisir was missing that Michael who was kind to her instead of Michael who wanted to destroy the world. Plaisir later became a vital partner after timeskip to help Maria in her battle against Moloch.
Diabla the Qliphoth Tyrant
Akrak CouteauBeing the first human villain who made Maria almost broke her moral code ever since Arzonia Brothers, Nio Hashiri and Guinevere Arzonia, Akrak Couteau easily gains Maria's hatred, as soon as Maria realized that Akrak was resposible for the catastrophe brought by the Hands of Apocalypse satellites, killing countless people in all sorts of disasters.
Maria loathes Akrak and her atrocities so much that she almost tried to kill Akrak when she encountered her during the battle of Morte, especially after knowing about Akrak's endgame that would destroy the Latin America alongside the entire Morte, eventually droving the whole planet to its destruction. She restrained herself only when she realized that Lucas Kellan was the one who should finished Akrak off.Through her Spirit Ability once she stared at Akrak in the face and scanned her past, Maria later found out about Akrak's past, realizing Akrak was the aunt of Katarina and Eugen, but attempted to kill her own nieces when they were babies. Maria was enraged and berated Akrak as an abonomation under a scientist's pretense, saying she had no regards of family. Maria knew about the value of family, and what Akrak tried to do on her sister and her nieces fueled Maria's hatred even harder, being utterly disgusted by Akrak's uncaring nature.
On the other hand, Akrak showed disdain on Maria as well as her religion, saying that Maria seemed not threatening as she once thought (justified by Maria's refined dress). She also denied God's existence in front of Maria and spoke blasphemous words about religions, but Maria simply ignored it and mocked Akrak through her giggling, saying she had already met God once. After Akrak's demise, Maria disregarded that Akrak was Katarina's family, and she was relieved that Akrak was finally gone.
Power & Ablities (Spiritual)
- Tempreture Up - While fighting against an opponent, Maria (as a spirit) is able to increase the amount of heat he produces with this technique. This technique has varying levels which include 3000 degrees celcius, 5,500 degrees celcius, and a maximum level of 10,000 degrees celcius. The more Maria raises her temperature, the redder her skin gets and the more dangerous her techniques become. At his maximum level of 10,000 degrees, Maria turns completely bright red orange and her face in particular turns golden yellow. Due to all of her equipments' heat immunity, the rising tempreture will not burn, melt, boil or vaporize anything wield and wear.
- Extreme Tempreture (Phoenix Form Only) - In her lava form or fire form, however, the maximnum level of tempreture will even increase into 20,000 degrees celcius and cause everything she touched to burn, vaporize or melt, and people who is near her in a zone apprximately 20m in radius will suffer terrible burnt. This is seldom used unless since it is the last resort.
- Maria will also take a form similar to a phoenix when using this ability.
- Extreme Tempreture (Phoenix Form Only) - In her lava form or fire form, however, the maximnum level of tempreture will even increase into 20,000 degrees celcius and cause everything she touched to burn, vaporize or melt, and people who is near her in a zone apprximately 20m in radius will suffer terrible burnt. This is seldom used unless since it is the last resort.
- Steam Iron - After heated herself up with heat magic, Maria slams her heated fist on her foe and inflict damage upon her enemy and cause great damage.
- Steam Iron, 10,000 Degrees (Seraph Form only) - A power-up version of Steam Iron which could be use to turn metal and rocks into molten states, and after that, Maria will slam the newly made magma onto her enemies.
- Steam Iron, 20,000 Degrees (Phoenix Form only)
- Heat Transferring - In combat, Maria can use her heat up ability to transfer heat to other people's weapons in order to make them too hot to hold.
- Photon Transformation - Due to her elemental choice of fire, magma, hor air and light, Maria could transform into photons as she wished, and those photons shall not be destroyed and would serves as attack or diversion until they merged back into Maria's copereal spirit form.
- Speed of Light - Maria makes her own body surrounded golden aura and proceeds to attack her enemies in speed of light, and with this kind of ability, Maria will give as much punches as she want to attack her foes.
- Light Sword - Maria's spiritual sword will turn into a form made of bright golden light and will have great power of destruction towards her enemy.
- Radiant Sphere - In this ability, Maria summons a spherical mass of light of variable size and intensity as a weapon or a source of lumination. Most commonly, it is approximately 85cm in diameter and emits 220 candelas of luminosity, but has been observed to grow to bigger sizes and brighter luminosity. Despite its ability to emit large amounts of light, the sphere emits no heat. It does not appear to be composed of any form of matter, and is able to pass through material barriers effortlessly.
- Radiance Explosion (Seraph Form & Phoenix Form Only) - Maria extended the light sphere into a larger and brigther one, up to 10m in diameter and emit over 100,000 candelas. She then controls the sphere and struck it towards her enemies, causing massive explosion.
Future Maria's Abilities & Skills
The Corbin Files
- Maria VS. Parcifal
- Maria VS. Her brothers
- Maria VS. Aurozia Terrorists
- Maria VS. Michael Langdon
- Maria (Cyborg Persona) VS. Acqua of the Back
- Maria VS. Kaori
- Maria VS. Aleister Crowley
- Maria VS. Melancholia
- Maria VS. Shinya Banba
- Maria VS. Corrupted Mary Spencer
- Maria VS. Corrupted Carl
- Maria VS. Melancholia (Supreme Croat Form)
- Maria VS. FOLIE
CM 130 Arc
- Maria VS. Akrak Couteau
- Maria VS. Vira
- Maria VS. Artemeshia
- Maria VS. B1-Killer Kampfdroide Unit-CM 130
Mafusa Gang Revenge Arc
- Maria VS. Evil Katarina (Elesis)
- Maria VS. Sasha
- Maria VS. Iscariot Section XIII
- Maria VS. Leonardo
- Maria VS. Trolls
- Maria VS. Leohart's Cult
- Maria VS. Sin Archbishops
- Maria VS. Ara
- Painlash VS. The Rogues
- Painlash VS. Katarina
- Maria VS. Aryana
- Maria VS. Michael Langdon
- Maria VS. Terra of the Left
- Maria VS. Emperor Tathagata Killer
- Maria VS. Mikan Tsumiki
- Maria VS. Doppelganger Vento
- Maria VS. Doppelganger Borgia
Order of Terror Arc
Battle of Earth Arc
- Maria VS. The Fallen's Essence
- Maria VS. Diabla (bodiless form)
- Maria VS. Michael Langdon
- Maria VS. Prince Hans
- Maria VS. Vanifer (as Fire Elsa)
- Maria VS. Shadow Carl
- Maria VS. Mephista
- Maria VS. Dragonia
- Maria VS. Doppelganger Abel
- Maria VS. Vanifer
- Maria VS. Elemental Prophets
"Adorable Fool!" - Maria's Sacrifise
LOTM: Witnesses of Sleepy Hollow
- "Finally, I am free..."
- "Don't you understand, Carl? In fact, you're my own reflection in a mirror! If I can become this happy and accepted, become something positive that I never imagined that I could be, why can't you!? Even you turned against me, I still tried to save you from your misery. I pushed your life into a hellhole, so now I'm here to repent my sins... So don't you dare whining and hating yourself. Chop down my arm if you like, but keep the rest of it so that I SHALL PUNCH THAT JERK WHO MADE MY BRETHEN CRY!!!"
- "The age when prejudice rules our mind needs to come to an end! What is the standard of being respected? Wealth? Color of skin? Words? Nationality? None! It is their actions! The actions that is good for many good people is the true action of heroism! I don't like to judge anyone with prejudice. To be honest, as you can see, I am white, I am no homosexual, I am an illigemate child, and I am a Catholic, but that does not mean I have those useless prejudices! For those good people who need a hand, regardless of their gender, sexuality, races, nationality, age group, parentage or religious faith, they are all living beings on Earth. Freedom belongs to them. When this world is put into the utmost danger, I will do anything for protecting them, even using violence... if that can make them safe and away from those wicked maggots who wear false heroic mask!"
- "Carl Robinson, if one day you are in troubles, I wish you will keep your hope. The foremost thing which a man in danger should never lost is the hope."
- "This is my own song sing by the blessed, composed by the blessed, and sing for the blessed."
- "Do you know why I help you for many times, Katarina? I see my own reflection on your personalty. We are all born for a destiny that no one can ever defile it; to save the world from annihilation."
- "Goodbye, Sasha. This time, for good."
- Maria: "Are you okay?"
- Carl: "Why are you keep helping me?"
- Maria: "Maybe you remind me of myself... if I was a doofus."
- "Like one of friends always said, 'comrade' is not a Russian word."
- "Stop! Stop! No profane! My ears are burning in pain!"
- "The night is the darkest before dawn, and I promise you... The dawn is coming."
- "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
- "Please, lead our way, for the night is dark and full of terrors."
- "What were you trying to prove? That deep down, everyone's as ugly as you?! You're alone!"
- "All of my preperations have been done for this moment. This world will be torn apart, and yet out of the ashes, a group of heroes shall rise."
- - Michael: It's such a shame that you're not in my army to serve me, Arzonia. You're much better than your brothers and can be a wonderful ally of mine. Why're you trying fight? Why don't you come to serve me?
- - Maria: I'll serve no maniacs like you!
- - Michael: Well, that's sad. Then, you left me no choice.
- "If this is my destiny, then I do not want to fail."
- "You want to become famous? Try dying. I can help you with that."
- "On Guy Fawkes Night 13 years ago, my mother gave birth to me. On Guy Fawkes Night in the last year, I gave myself a chance of reborn. Now, this phoenix is purified and is ready to set out."
- "But I am only 13... before I died..."
- "Oops, if we fall from such a cliff, we'll die... even though I already died once."
- "You harmed my flesh and I will break your bone... Oh, wait, I have no flesh now."
- "Hola, my old friend. Do you miss me?"
- "Violence can't solve everything, you say? That depends on the situation and society itself. When the social decandance started to defile the true meaning of law, turning it against the people who are needed, it is time to make a change. There are a strict line between criminals and vigilantes. People who have fun killing innoncent people... and people who pay evil unto evil... are utterly different! When the old rules conflicts with the current situation, when the relationship between justice and law begins to become unbalanced, you have to the right things."
LOTM: Sword of Kings
For being a combat story with many epic moments, some of her quotes Took a Level in Badass here.
- "You are no scientist. You are nothing but an amoral abomination. Your have no values on family or morality at all. You don't know what family is. I spent 3 months finding myself a family, and I was glad that I have one, a big one... but you? You threw your family away like dry lemon peels! I HATE YOU! Now, Akrak Couteau, for your crimes against humanity, I will bring you to justice! NO ONE ESCAPES THE LAW!"
- "I really don't care who you are. Just tell me what you want."
- "Katarina... No... Red Moon Tyrant, Elesis! Take heed. Here are your orders. With your silver gun, paint the white army crimson. With your iron gun, paint the black army scarlet. I will know my foes by the stains of red you leave upon their chests! Now search and destroy! SEARCH AND DESTROY! Run them down! Do not let any of them leave the island alive!"
- "Your job, gentlemen, is to fight these monsters with bullets, garlic, and holy water. Put a stake through its heart, cut off his head, burn the corpse, scatter the ashes at a crossroads. For further instructions, consult Bram Stoker. This is what the Revelation of Qliphoth is."
- "Don't underestimate humanity, you freaks! Come on! Let's have it!"
- "We are the servants of God, and the messengers of His justice. We are the instruments of His divine wrath on earth. We are called upon to cleanse His kingdom: bringing ash from the flesh of Thine enemies. Praise to our Lord!"
- "They're not real people. They're like...zombie pumpkins."
- "I’ll make those bastards pay. Every last one of them...will die! I’ll tear them to shreds!"
- "I'm not afraid of anything anymore."
- "If you want to die... If you want to die so much, just hang yourselves! You should've hung yourselves fifty years ago!"
- "Now then, its time to take these children across my knee."
- - Maria: answer to no man's will, but my own and my Lord. I am myself in mind, body, and soul. Maria Arzonia, the Angel of Flame and as the dawn light cuts through the darkness, so shall I reap all of your souls in bloody turn.
- - Ara: GIRL! YOU'RE SO MAJESTIC!!!
- "Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. We are nothing, but dust and to dust we shall return. Amen."
- "Violence is never the right answer, unless used against heathens and monsters."
- "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and for thy possession, the ends of the earth. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron. Thou shalt dash them in pieces, like a potters vessel. Be wise now therefore, ye kings. Be admonished, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way, though his wrath be kindled but a little."
- "Cyborgs do not cry. Are these the tears of a long dead child?"
- "Beautiful moon tonight, don't you think?"
- (Leonardo is shouting from a helicopter to the whole London's population during the invasion of Qliphoth to United Kingdom)
- - Leonardo: YES! Cleanse the Earth of these sinners! May the Lord have mercy! For I! HAVE! NONE!
- - Maria: You know, I think your boy Leonardo's letting his new authority get to his head a little. You should probably have a talk with him.
- - Iscariot Inquisitor: He's — he's just under a lot of pressure!
- - Leonardo: You do not deserve God's MERCY! If He will not turn you to the afterlife, 'THEN I WILL!!
- - Freed: I mean, words only have as much meaning as we give them.
- - Leonardo: Sinners will be allowed no quarter! Kill them all! LET GOD SORT THEM OUT!
- - Maria: You're right, a lot open to interpretation there.
- - Heinkel: Perhaps one of us should have a talk with him.
- - Leonardo: I SHALL BE THE NEW GOD OF THIS WORLD!!!
- - Anderson: Aye, let me go have a wee chat.
- - Maria: Oh, I have an idea.
- - Anderson: Woman...
- - Maria: Why not write down a formal protest?
- - Anderson: Don't you dare...
- - Maria: You can nail it to his door.
- - Anderson: Don't you dare!
- - Maria: Like a Protestant!
- "Don't mistake my patience for cowardice."
- "Prepare yourself for an eternity in Hell."
- "You demons are incomprehensible."
- - Maria: Quick reminder to everyone on the ground floor: these are vampires. Much like ma chère, they won't go down that easy. And a night on the town and a little bit of wine won't woo them over. You will have to show them that you care. Make them feel like they're the only thing that exists for you in this world. And then, when they finally open themselves...give them everything...and leave nothing.
- - Kotori: Exac--Wait! WHAT?!
- - Maria: What?
- - Kotori: Did you just used a...
- - Maria: I meant to fill their bodies with blessed bullets. Black Demons can be killed only by mercury bullets blessed with holy water? Right?
- - Kotori: Ohhh... Thank God...
- - Leonardo: [For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you.]
- - Little Boy: Mummy, what's that man talking about?
- - Leonardo: Yes, my fellow Christians! We have come to save you!
- - London Civilian: Hooray, it's our heroes!
- - Leonardo: FROM YOURSELVES!!!
- - Lucas and all London [protestant] civilians: Oh no, it's the Catholic Church.
- - Maria: Did you just say something...
- - Lucas: Nope.
- - Maria: Don't weep for the stupid, you'll be crying all day.
- (Katarina is seen standing behind Maria with a tearful face)
- - Maria: WAIT IT'S NO--!
- - Katarina: I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS!! BUWWAAA!!
- (Katarina run away while crying)
- "It is only when you refuse to give in with all your heart that you begin to transcend your humanity."
- "In my heart is a flame I could not extinguish even if I wanted to. To live as you are, and to be true to yourself."
- "I did everything that I could to protect them all... I wanted to protect everything. But... I couldn't. That is my Sin. And that is why I can't fail this time!!"
- "All people eventually die. But... as long as someone protects what that person stood for, their principles will never die."
- "I can't stray from my path for those I've left behind."
- "Y-ou, get lost in your afterlife, you damn priest...!! You have no place to be, okay!? Even hell wouldn't take a bastard like you! An impotent guy like you should lay on needles in hell...!!!"
- "Even if the Infinite Universe were to go against us, our burning blood will cut through fate!"
- "My sword is the sword that will pierce the heavens!"
- - Maria: Even if you can kill gods, it doesn't mean that you can kill Angels... So tell me. Why I still here?
- - Leohart: Naive child! METEOR!
- "Don't lose your way!"
- "I am not alone. I can hear them... I can hear everyone's voices... I can sense everyone's feelings... I am not alone... Everyone's feelings... They support me... They are what give me the will to stand and fight!"
- "Sorry, but it doesn't matter if you're a woman or even a child. I don't go easy on anybody who hurts my comrades for selfish reasons."
- "Unwavering faith and resilient bonds will bring even miracles to your side."
- "If it's to protect our family, be it the Kingdom or the entire world... We would make anyone our enemy! That's what it means to be one of Arzonia Family!"
- "Human beings are strong because we have the ability to change ourselves."
- "Attempting to harness the engine of our own destruction... only humans are so foolish."
Funny & Sacarstic Quotes
- - Ara: You're sure an insect.
- (Ara coughing out blood for calling Maria an insect.)
- - Ara: Excuse me, I misspoke, you piece of shit.
- - Maria: Were you that desperate to correct yourself?
- - Maria: You monster, don't be boastful. Matt Butcher will come here and help us.
- - Marlos: Well, that sword-carrying fellow?
- - Maria: He's stronger than you.
- - Marlos: Just a muscular airhead.
- - Maria: He's wiser than you.
- - Marlos: Just rumors.
- - Maria: He's more handsome than you.
- - Marlos: What? I'll kill him!!!
- "I'm getting taller? Well, I can see I am getting farther and farther from the ground."
- "What's the wickedness like? Is it tingly? Are my eyebrows gonna go all pointy and I'm gonna get some evil laugh that turns into a cough?! What if I end up with a hook and a shaved head?!"
- "There is nothing to LOL about!"
- "Once, there were two drunkards who lie down to sleep on their own bunks. The drunkard who was at the top bunk, before falling asleep, began to pray: 'With God I go to bed, with God I get up, alongside the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Spirit sleeping with me and Him.' Then, his bunk collapsed. His friend complained, 'See? That's what happens when you slept with so many people on the same bunk!'"
- "The final words of Maria Arzonia. Good sirs, I'm not a terrorist, but I forgive your common dim witlessness and feeble brains. In short, most of you have the mind of a goat."
- - Maria: You are Selina Strawberry? Aren't you the Prophet of Fire?
- - Selina: Yes, I am using fire, and I am a prophet of some sort, but I never said I am the Prophet of Fire!
- - Vanifer: [cut in] Well... Actually, * I * am the real Prophet of Fire!
- - Matt: I! The Angel Dust! Killer of Darkness! Sword Master! The Blade's Butcher! Have arrived to send you a---!
- - Maria: Matt please... We are not fighting someone yet.
- - Yuri: [facepalms]
- - Magicians: [sigh]
- - Matt: [blushed in embarassment] Really?
- (Matt looked at the ground, entering the portal again, and disappearing)
- - Maria: GET BACK HERE!
- "Come on. I don't have that much of nicknames."
- "May I ask you something? Are you sure that your own father ain't no Zeus?"
- "Resurrected? Come on... Is there anyone in Sleepy Hollow who can just keep dying!?"
- "This is Sleepy Hollow. Next time after you killed someone, please check their pulse."
- "Say hello to my little... Um, sizziling friend."
- - Matt: MPS? Is that stands for "Mango Planting Society"?
- - Sumireko: I guess that stands for "Malteser Purchasing Secrecy".
- - Maria: IS THERE ANYTHING BUT THOSE FOOD THINGY YOU CAN FIGURE OUT!?
- "Every time Matt grabs the phone from the others with his speed, he will definitely share the other side his ambition of life as the first priority."
- - Vento: Let's go.
- - Maira: No, Godmother, this is my mistake. I should be the one who face that Corridor of Unbelievable Agony!
- - Vento: Of course you're facing it. I'll just show you where it is.
- - Maria: Oh...
- - Aerisi: I'll tell you how to stop the Orb... if you speak anything harsh to defile that dead rabid dog by next door; her name is Eckidina KnightWalker.
- - Maria: Oh, easy...
- - Maria: The charges are conspiring to assassinate a man convicted of crimes legally... lawfully... Sorry, I'm slightly confused because I didn't know which verse we were doing. Shall I say it or Eva say it?
- - Eva: It's my line, dear.
- - Maria: Sorry!
- - Eva: It's all right. (Jokingly mimes "Bad, bad" while shaking her fist at Maria as if she wants to punch her face.)
- - Eva: The charges are conspiring to assassinate a man convicted of...
- [Eva takes a sigh with a long pause]
- - Eva: I can't read my own writing.
- - Maria: "Crimes".
- - Eva: "Crimes"? Oh, crimes! Thank you very much!
- - Matt: So now we're set and we'll heading to the... old, silver tower under that stormy cloud?
- - Maria: To the Stratos Tower!
- - Matt: (nodded) To the Stratos Tower!
- - Carl: Set sail!
- - Matt: It's a horrible name.
- - Maria: Who sends you here?
- - Mind flayer: [unrecognized language] &^%%^*$#@\%#*!
- - Maria: [beat] Thanks for clarifying.
- - Melancholia: I'll put my word here! Your IQ is minus 180 (-180), doofus! Admit your defeat!
- - Maria: Yes, yes, Melancholia is a clever person. I came to realize that your IQ is twice of mine.
- - Melancholia: Good to see you realized that... Oh, wait!
- - Katarina: You... I know you...
- - Maria: ¡Katarina! ¡Eres tu! ¡Nunca he encontrado que te encuentras aquí!
- - Katarina: Excuse me, I don't speak Italian. Who are you anyway?
- - Maria: I-Italian? Wait... You don't remember?! It's me, Maria Arzonia! I was the person who helped you on the fight against Michael Langdon as a Spirit!
- - Katarina: You... You... WAIT! YOU ARE............................................... Who are you?
- - Maria: Now, since I have the Grand Grimoire's lost pages and you have the Holy Eye of Order defeated, that means we'll all have a reason to celebrate. We'll be glad and secure to celebrate Tenguu Festival with you. Come with us.
- (Maria and Matt led Katarina, Imperia, Rentaro to Arzonia Family's stage section, where many audiences were watching the Arzonia Family presenting their play, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, a modern day Peking Opera. Adam was playing as the protagonist, Yang Zirong, and Yuri was playing as Luan Ping.)
- - Maria: This is a Peking opera showing based on the real-life story of an incident in 1946 during the Chinese Civil War, about a PLA officer inflitrated into the lair of bandits and brought it down. Now, here's the part in Yang Zirong executing Luan Ping, a villain in the story.
- - Katarina: How would Yang execute Luan Ping?
- - Matt: (whisper) With gun. When Yang said his line and pull his trigger, there'll be a job for a special effects worker, who is at the backstage. That worker will punch a special firecracker with his hammer, creating a voice of boom.
- - Maria: Oh, Matt, don't say too much. You're spoiling our play, heh-heh.
- (On stage, "Yang Zirong" is preparing to execute "Luan Ping". As the stage required, there must be sound of gunshot so that "Luan Ping" would fall on the stage, "dead".)
- - Adam: (onstage as Yang) In the name of people, in the name of the Party...
- (The backstage was somehow quiet.)
- - Maria: (think) * Jesus, Mary & Joseph! I forgot that the firecrakers was soaked with that awful rain yesterday! It can't be exploded even by hitting! *
- - Imperia: The "execution" is ready, but what's with the sound?
- - Matt: (embarrased) Um, Yang Zirong is using a Pistolet Besshumnyy made in Soviet Union...
- ("Yang" took a look at his gun and started to improvise a part to make the story progress.)
- - Adam: (onstage as Yang) Yo, I see. No bullets? (to "Luan Ping") All right, in the name of people, in the name of the Party, I'LL CHOKE YOU!!!
- ("Yang" eventually grabbed "Luan Ping"'s neck and then "choked him to death"...)
- - Maria: ........................!!
- - Matt: .........................!!
- - Imperia: Oh~~ Mr. Yang Zirong has superhuman strength!!!
- (Katarina and Rentaro facepalmed.)
- - Vanifer: I've sent my right-hand to dispose of you.
- - Maria: Your right hand comes off?
- - Vanifer: Say whatever you please. NOW, YOU'LL FALL!!!
- - Helio: Don't you think this is a revolutionary way to propagate one's faith?
- - Maria: Sounds more like an alien invasion if you ask me!
- - Lucrezia: All right, Team Witness. The best way for the we resistence to protect helpless outsiders like all of yourselves, is to bring my father and his minions to justice. Now you were in his basement, so I need to know everything you know.
- [The Team Witness members were relaxing themselves on the chairs. When Lucrezia stared at them, the looked at her for a while before starting an embarrased cheer]
- - Lucrezia: [annoyed] Just tell me everything you know.
- - Maria: Very well. Número uno - never trust a Dutchman in a trade of tulip fight.
- - Lucrezia: [takes notes] "Tulip fight..."
- - Maria: Canada is secretly training an army of Sasquatch.
- - Lucrezia: "Sasquatch..."
- - Maria: Lemon cakes are in fact only 17% actual lemon.
- - Lucrezia: "17%..." [stop taking notes] That everything is not EVERY THING! Just - everything regarding your abduction by my father, Pope Alexandar the Sixth!
- - Maria: Ah... Why didn't you say so?
- - Lucrezia: [confused] What?
- - Imperia: If I pinch you, Kotori will come?
- - Maria: (totally adamant) Of course yes.
- - Imperia: And if she comes. She is going to slap me in the face.
- - Maria: Of course yes.
- - Imperia: And that slap is going to produce me pain!
- - Maria: Of course yes.
- - Imperia: But, the pain of the slap won't help you recover from the pain of the pinch. Right?
- - Maria: (totally worried) Of course not.
- - Imperia: Worth It. (pinches Maria anyway)
- - Imperia: Oh, Stupid Blonda! You... Did you walk all the way here wearing that weird long dress? You're very brave.
- - Maria: Not so much weird as you naught short chinese dress. What do you think you're? A mafia mistress?
- - Imperia: That's the point!
- - Maria: So what do I win?
- - Imperia: My everlasting respect.
- - Maria: [disappointed] Oh.
- (Imperia steals Maria's comics, who then gets angry and chases after her with a brick in hand once her Berserk Buttons were pressed again. When Maria spots Imperia, she throws the brick but bricks hits the lamp bulb on the entrance door of the venidad, shattering it. But the brick hits something else too...)
- - Imperia: See what you did!?
- - Maria: ¡Es solo una bombilla! (It's just a lamp bulb!)
- - Imperia: I'm not talking about the lamp bulb!
- - Maria: ¿Y que? (Then what?)
- - Imperia: Take a look!
- (Sephiria Arks KnightWalker lies knocked out in the floor with the brick completely shattered over her body)
- - Maria: Oh my!
- (After returning back from Carl after stopping a bomb inside Parliament)
- - Lucia: I just can't believe that Carl could join enemy's force! He's now a traitor!
- - Agnese: Arzonia, I believe you've seen it with your own eyes. He attacked you and took the bomb away to somewhere else. We have Borgia in our hands, but still we need to find him. Since he betrayed us, we can capture him now.
- - Maria: Hmm, not really. I know Carl's reason for turning against us, and we need to warm him, defrost him and melt him with out love.
- - Matt: That does correct.
- - Yuri: Then what should we do?
- (Maria suddenly changed to a furious expression)
- - Maria: (angrily) YOU ALL GO TO CAPTURE HIM RIGHT NOW! I'LL LITERALLY MELT HIM, MELT HIM, MELT HIM!!!
Quote about Maria
- "The girl who burned down her dreadful brothers and the minions of Liebert to save lives, the girl who sacrificed herself to save London, the girl had became the true Angel of Flame, her name will be remembered forever. Her name is Maria Arzonia." - Acqua of the Back
- "I have seen many killers, criminals and terrorists. Many of them were cowards, sadists, psychopath or even worse. Maria, however, is completely different from them... Her story shall even make the devil cry." - Kyouko Kirigiri
- "God bless St. Maria Arzonia. May her soul rest in peace. For Jesus Christ, our Lord." - Noélle Bor
- "This is the fault of Aleister. Such a girl with talented bravery... She should work as one of my inquisitors." - Michael Langdon
- "The Angel of Flame saved the soul of us all." - Carl Robinson
- "She does not use her power or technique as a way to gather so many friends beside her, but she manages to make herself a great many friends that is so devoted to her. This girl have the most fearsome power this land have ever witnessed!" - Vanifer
- "Intruder? No, not her! Anyone are allowed to intrude this place, but she's not among them. Get rid of her!" - Fiamma of the Right
- "I see... I heard about you. It took a me while to notice but you're the Angel of Flame, right? The Roman Catholic Church is always talking about you. I see, your fight for God... Even the new generation of Catholic Church are abandoning their past traditions because they noticed God is just a false figure. God smiles at you in the form of a young girl or pulls at your heartstrings in the guise of a weary veteran... so many faces a monster has... and all of them stolen! All of them lies! I despise him. Every cell in my body called for his annihalation! So I destroyed his kingdom and cast him down into the dust, religion itself! Fitting how it took a man with the trappings of a monster to slay a monster with the trappings of a man. Someone like you will just fight and continue to make your own people killed just to discover God does not exist." - Akrak Couteau
- "I ain't gonna see you as a mirror to me! YOU'RE SO HIDEOUS BECAUSE YOU'RE PURE!" - Dark Arzonia
- Maria's character was improvised near the middle of The Corbin Files, and she was not featured in the trailer as a result.
- Originally in the early draft, Maria was named was once considered to be Ophelia Arzonia, and her death (also sacrifice) was connected to a drowning doom rather than explosion, where she sang lullaby to herself before drowning herself in a flood caused by Michael, but not before she saved Vento from the drowning and destroyed her own Cyborg Heart. This scrapped scene is a clear reference to the famous tragic scene (the death of Ophelia in Act IV) in William Shakespere's Hamlet. Later, the name "Maria" actually came out of mind out of nowhere and turned into the finalized concept.
- The scene of watery death was later redesigned and recycled in order to design another improvised character, Melancholia, who was connected to water and ice. Interestingly, Melancholia is the name of a 2011 film directed by Lars von Trier, with the prologue scene had the main female protagonist floating on a slow stream, referencing the famous painting titled Ophelia drawn by Sir John Everett Millais.
- Her middle name, "Pirotechnia", is a Spanish word which means "Pyrotechnic", which is a kind of technique to produce fireworks and explosives.
- Like many characters in LOTM: WoSH, Maria has her distinctive style of laughter: "Ahahahaha".
- Maria is naturally ambidextrous, which means she can be equally adapted in the use of both her left hand and her right hand.
- Being a Catholic, Maria is neutral on homosexual and is not homosexual herself. Even so, she thinks the act of hating homosexual people is absurd. She also views the act of killing homosexual people simply due to hatred is nothing but a stupid and absurd crime. Maria also feels terribly sorry for Kyouko Kirigiri because of her loss of Sonia Nevermind, knowing their relationships are lovers. She also expressed her wish to let Sonia know Kyouko love her when Maria met Kyouko at Eugen's grave.
- When she was a child, Maria had a serious frigophobia. Her frigophobia had cured after becoming a pyrotic holy spirit.
- Maria's favorite food is paella, a Valencian rice dish. Her least favorite food are glutinous rice balls in sweet wine (also one of the least favorite food of her creator, Officer Candy Apple).
- Maria is good at cooking, and Matt enjoyed the quiche she baked.
- In Catholic Rebels, Maria's code name was Corazon, which is Spainish meaning "Heart", fitting the playing-card theme for all of major CR executives.
- Maria - Corazon (Heart) - Love
- Carl - Picca (Spade) - Death
- Matt - Trebol (Clover, representing the club suit) - Happiness
- Magilou - Diamante (Diamond) - Wealth
- In Catholic Rebels, Maria had most of the Berserk Buttons than anyone else, and anything made her enraged shall resulted fatal consequences. Therefore, here is the rules according to the list on Matt Butcher's notebook.
- Never call her birth mother a whore.
- Never say profane words in front of her.
- Never speak ill of anyone whom she considered as her family.
- Never beaten or kill a closed one of hers in front of her.
- Never do oscene things in front of her or on streets.
- Never defile martyrs of whom she idolized.
- Never harm innoncent people in front of her.
- Never try to control her family and friends with mind control.
- Never say xenophobic words in front of her.
- Never betray her and her family.
- Never oppress poors.
- Never commit sexual assault or raping.
- Never burn, kill and/or plunder the innoncent people.
- Never deceive her and/or manipulate her compassion.
- And many, many more, and I am still finding out... ~ Matt Butcher
- Maria's birthday, November 5th, is the very same day of Guy Fawkes Night.
- Maria hated fire and explosives at first, but when she killed her abusive brothers with firecrackers and fire, she began to love them. She referred the death of her brother, which happened on her 13th birthday, is a day for her to reborn like a phoenix, meaning she had cleaned the criminal past of her family, putting her trauma behind and embracing a new life.
- According to Officer Candy Apple himself, Maria is inspired by Bridgit Pike in Gotham and a childhood friend of his own. She is also inspired by El Che Guevera, the famous Cuban Marxism revolutionist.
- Unlike her three brothers, Maria have very much respect on Christianity as well as religions and cultures around the entire world.
- Maria spoke fluent Spanish and English (with some Spainish accent). However, she could sometime even forget how to speak English if she was too shock.
- She speaks Spanish words very often, like when she expressed her gratitude, she spoke "gracias" (in Spanish) instead of "thank you" (in English).
- Her most admired historical figures includes El Che Guevara, Vladimir Lenin, Lu Xun, Sun Zhongshan, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx and Jean-Jacques Rousseau because of the revolutionary thinking.
- Because she had turned into a Spirit, Maria could live forever in this form as long as she was not erased from existence.
- Her favorite writers includes Lu Xun and George Orwell.
- She hated Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Francisco Franco very much because of their dictatorship. However, she do admit that if there was not Stalin's efforts on the East Front, the whole Europe would fall under the control of Nazi Regime.
- Maria is the good counterpart for many villains in the story, including:
- Arzonia Brothers: Maria hates war and terrorism despite she was born in a family like this, and at least she did see her brothers as family even if she is a illegimate child and despie what they did to her (until she finally snapped) since she inherited her mother's benevolence. Her brothers, on the other hand, are all warmongers and abusers who are selfish and greedy, to the point of using their sister as a tool in their actions and would abuse her with no qualm.
- Michael Langdon: Both of them are Catholics, but Maria had true loyalty towards God and intended to save the world with true heroic deeds without any demands or desire of high places; while Michael used a false heroic facade and gained himself the Pope, but having no true loyalty to God and only used the Church as a tool before destroying it alongside anything connected to faith. In addition to that, Maria is purely Chaotic Good and Michael is purely Chaotic Evil.
- Ara Astaroth: Even if they are both having a violent temper AND a sense of humor, Maria and Ara are not just evil counterpart but also a pair of bitter archenemies. Maria hates sexual and vulgar elements, and she cares a lot to the innoncent people. However, Ara have no qualm to make innoncent nuns as sex slaves and slaughter innoncent people of all ages to satisfy her own pleasure, pretty much to Maria's anger and disgust.
- Kanon Rihavein: Both of them have an angel form, but Maria is a real angelic spirit who arguably came back from the dead and became the Redeemed One, whereas Kanon is a human who used the Human Purifier to make herself into an angel. Maria never brags herself as an angel and never hates humans and trying to save humanity from corruption, while Kanon focused talking more on hating humans and trying to destroy humans and create her own utopia.
- Heis: Like Ara, Heis is a contrast to Maria since she is a Fallen Angel born in Kanon's mind and is truly immortal, but Heis is more brutal and cruel than Kanon. Maria is a Angel of Salvation and never have any mind of evil despite her own brutal tendancies, as she only demonstrated them on her enemies in order to save her allies.
- Among the Rogue's major members and allies, Maria's height varies the most throught the storyline, and she's able to grow taller even after becoming a Guide Spirit.
- Similar to Ichabod, who has an usual last name but also an unusual first name, Maria has a usual first name but also an unusual last name.
Che GuevaraErnesto "Che" Guevara (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃe ɣeˈβaɾa] June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967) was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter-cultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.
As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger, and disease he witnessed. His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow at the behest of the United Fruit Company solidified Guevara's political ideology. Later, while living in Mexico City, he met Raúl and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement, and sailed to Cuba aboard the yacht, Granma, with the intention of overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second-in-command, and played a pivotal role in the victorious two-year guerrilla campaign that deposed the Batista regime.
Following the Cuban Revolution, Guevara performed a number of key roles in the new government. These included reviewing the appeals and firing squads for those convicted as war criminals during the revolutionary tribunals, instituting agrarian land reform as minister of industries, helping spearhead a successful nationwide literacy campaign, serving as both national bank president and instructional director for Cuba’s armed forces, and traversing the globe as a diplomat on behalf of Cuban socialism. Such positions also allowed him to play a central role in training the militia forces who repelled the Bay of Pigs Invasion and bringing the Soviet nuclear-armed ballistic missiles to Cuba which precipitated the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
Additionally, he was a prolific writer and diarist, composing a seminal manual on guerrilla warfare, along with a best-selling memoir about his youthful continental motorcycle journey. His experiences and studying of Marxism–Leninism led him to posit that the Third World's underdevelopment and dependence was an intrinsic result of imperialism, neocolonialism, and monopoly capitalism, with the only remedy being proletarian internationalism and world revolution. Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution abroad, first unsuccessfully in Congo-Kinshasa and later in Bolivia, where he was captured by CIA-assisted Bolivian forces and summarily executed. Many people also need to come to grips with the crimes against humanity that Che Guevara and his fellow guerilla soldiers committed against Cuban civilians to achieve victory and secure authoritarian rule under the Castro brothers. Learning the truth will debunk the mythology the regime uses to indoctrinate the Cuban people and hold them back from asserting their human rights.
Che was a cold-hearted killer, who, even before his revolutionary days in Cuba, revealed to his parents his psychopathic personality. He wrote to his father that he had discovered he loved to kill. He wrote to his mother that “I am all the contrary of a Christ.” The Cuban revolution provided Che an outlet and pretext for acting on his psychosis. He boasted, for example: “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”
Pope Pius XIPope Pius XI, (Italian: Pio XI) born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti[a] (Italian pronunciation: [amˈbrɔ:dʒo daˈmja:no aˈkille ˈratti]; 31 May 1857 – 10 February 1939), was head of the Catholic Church from 6 February 1922 to his death in 1939. He was the first sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on 11 February 1929. He took as his papal motto, "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," translated "The Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ."
Pius XI issued numerous encyclicals, including Quadragesimo anno on the 40th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's groundbreaking social encyclical Rerum novarum, highlighting the capitalistic greed of international finance, the dangers of socialism/communism, and social justice issues, and Quas primas, establishing the feast of Christ the King in response to anti-clericalism. The encyclical Studiorum ducem, promulgated 29 June 1923, was written on the occasion of the 6th centenary of the canonization of Thomas Aquinas, whose thought is acclaimed as central to Catholic philosophy and theology. The encyclical also singles out the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum as the preeminent institution for the teaching of Aquinas: "ante omnia Pontificium Collegium Angelicum, ubi Thomam tamquam domi suae habitare dixeris" (before all others the Pontifical Angelicum College, where Thomas can be said to dwell).
To establish or maintain the position of the Catholic Church, he concluded a record number of concordats, including the Reichskonkordat with Germany, whose betrayals of which convention he condemned four years later in the encyclical Mit brennender Sorge ("With Burning Concern"). During his pontificate, the longstanding hostility with the Italian government over the status of the papacy and the Church in Italy was successfully resolved in the Lateran Treaty of 1929. He was unable to stop the persecution of the Church and the killing of clergy in Mexico, Spain and the Soviet Union. He canonized important saints, including Thomas More, Petrus Canisius, Konrad von Parzham, Andrew Bobola and Don Bosco. He beatified and canonized Thérèse de Lisieux, for whom he held special reverence, and gave equivalent canonization to Albertus Magnus, naming him a Doctor of the Church due to the spiritual power of his writings. He took a strong interest in fostering the participation of lay people throughout the Catholic Church, especially in the Catholic Action movement. The end of his pontificate was dominated by speaking out against Hitler and Mussolini and defending the Catholic Church from intrusions into Catholic life and education.
He died on 10 February 1939 in the Apostolic Palace and is buried in the Papal Grotto of Saint Peter's Basilica. In the course of excavating space for his tomb, two levels of burial grounds were uncovered which revealed bones now venerated as the bones of St. Peter.
Liu Hulan (刘胡兰, 1932–1947) was a young female spy during the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. She was born in Yunzhouxi village, in the Wenshui County of the Shanxi province. She joined the Communist Party in 1946 and soon after joined an association of women working in support of the Liberation Army. She was actively involved in organizing the villagers of Yunzhouxi in support of the Communist Party of China. Her contributions involved a wide range of activities, such as supplying food to the Eighth Liberation Army, relaying secret messages, and mending boots and uniforms.
On January 12, 1947, the Kuomintang army under Yan Xishan invaded her village in response to the assassination of Shi Peihuai, the village chief of Yunzhouxi, who was known to be loyal to the Kuomintang. Upon entering the village, Kuomintang soldiers rounded up several reputed Communist Party members believed to be involved of the assassination, among them the teenager Liu Hulan. The party members were decapitated in the town square. Before killing Liu Hulan, the executioners paused, giving her one final chance to renounce her allegiance to the Communist Party. She refused, and was immediately beheaded. She was 14 years old.
The life and death of Liu Hulan has become a symbol of the courage of the Chinese people, and is often cited as a homily of their loyalty to Communism. Her story is often told as an homage to the struggles endured, and the sacrifices made, for the cause of liberating China from centuries of rule by foreign powers. In recent history, Chinese political leaders have praised her heroism as the reason why the Chinese Communist Party has risen to take a dominant place in the politics and culture of modern China. It was in her memory that Mao Zedong wrote the famous line, "a great life, a glorious death" ("生的伟大, 死的光荣").
Charles de Gaulle
Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (French: [ʃaʁl də ɡol]; 22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th President of France, a position he held until his resignation in 1969. He was the dominant figure of France during the Cold War era and his memory continues to influence French politics.
Jiang Zhuyun (Chinese: 江竹筠; 20 August 1920 – 14 November 1949) was a Chinese revolutionary martyr. During World War II, she was assigned an undercover role where she was required to appear as the wife of Peng Pongwu. He already had wife called Tan Zhenglun and because of this they unsuccessfully to keep their relationship professional.
In 1944 the Communist party arranged for her to attend Sichuan University. There she worked secretly and she not only studied Russian but she read Russian media and books. She was happy when she was allowed to marry Peng Pongwu in 1945. The following year their son was born.
Peng was leading a group of guerrillas when he was killed in 1948 and she took on his role. She left her son with Peng's first wife and led the group. Another revolutionary was captured and gave her name to her captors. She was arrested in Wanxian and she was imprisoned in Zhazidong Concentration Camp. She was tortured but she kept all her knowledge secret. She did manage to send out a letter and it is kept in Sanxia Museum in Chongqing. A quote from it says "Tortures are too small tasks for the Communists. Bamboo sticks are made of bamboo, but the will of the Communists is made of iron and steel".
On 19 November, 1949, Jiang Zhuyun was executed, age 29. However, she shall always be remembered as one of the first martyrs in the early days of People's Republic of China. She is the basis of the character of Sister Jiang in the semi-fictional novel Red Crag and in the 1960s opera Sister Jiang, though in the opera the name is changed to Jiang Xueqin.
Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (/kroʊˈpɒtkɪn, krə-/; Russian: Пётр Алексе́евич Кропо́ткин; December 9, 1842 – February 8, 1921) was a Russian activist, scientist, and philosopher, who advocated anarchism.
Born into an aristocratic land-owning family, he attended a military school and later served as an officer in Siberia, where he participated in several geological expeditions. He was imprisoned for his activism in 1874 and managed to escape two years later. He spent the next 41 years in exile in Switzerland, France (where he was imprisoned for almost 4 years) and in England. He returned to Russia after the Russian Revolution in 1917 but was disappointed by the Bolshevik form of state socialism.
Guy Fawkes (/ˈɡaɪ ˈfɔːks/; 13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries. He travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England without success. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.
Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters leased an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he confessed. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation that followed.
Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in Britain since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a fireworks display.
Zhou Enlai (Chinese: 周恩来; Wade–Giles: Chou En-lai; 5 March 1898 – 8 January 1976) was the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. Zhou served along with Chairman Mao Zedong and was instrumental in the Communist Party's rise to power, and later in consolidating its control, forming foreign policy, and developing the Chinese economy.
A skilled and able diplomat, Zhou served as the Chinese foreign minister from 1949 to 1958. Advocating peaceful coexistence with the West after the stalemated Korean War, he participated in the 1954 Geneva Conference and the 1955 Bandung Conference, and helped orchestrate Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China. He helped devise policies regarding the bitter disputes with the U.S., Taiwan, the Soviet Union (after 1960), India and Vietnam.
Zhou survived the purges of other top officials during the Cultural Revolution. While Mao dedicated most of his later years to political struggle and ideological work, Zhou was the main driving force behind the affairs of state during much of the Cultural Revolution. His attempts at mitigating the Red Guards' damage and his efforts to protect others from their wrath made him immensely popular in the Cultural Revolution's later stages.
As Mao Zedong's health began to decline in 1971 and 1972, Zhou struggled against the Gang of Four internally over leadership of China. Zhou's health was also failing, however, and he died eight months before Mao on 8 January 1976. The massive public outpouring of grief in Beijing turned to anger towards the Gang of Four, leading to the Tiananmen Incident. Although succeeded by Hua Guofeng, it was Deng Xiaoping, Zhou's ally, who was able to outmaneuver the Gang of Four politically and eventually take Hua's place as paramount leader by 1978.
Yemelyan PugachevYemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev (Russian: Емелья́н Ива́нович Пугачёв) (c. 1742 – 21 January [O.S. 10 January] 1775) was a pretender to the Russian throne who led a great popular insurrection during the reign of Catherine II. Alexander Pushkin wrote a notable history of the rebellion, The History of Pugachev, and he recounted some of the events in his novel The Captain's Daughter (1836).
The Pugachev rebellion had a long-lasting effect on Russia for years to come. While Catherine II tried to reform the provincial administration, the horrors of the revolt caused her to drop other reforms, particularly attempts to emancipate the peasant serfs of Russia. The Russian writer Alexander Radishchev, in his Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow, attacked the Russian government, in particular the institution of serfdom. In the book, he refers to Pugachev and the rebellion as a warning.
Lu XunLu Xun, formerly romanized Lu Hsün, was the pen name of Zhou Shuren (25 September 1881 – 19 October 1936), a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a short story writer, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, poet, and designer. In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai.
Lu Xun was born into a family of landlords and government officials in Shaoxing, Zhejiang; the family's financial resources declined over the course of his youth. Lu aspired to take the imperial civil service exam, but due to his family's relative poverty he was forced to attend government-funded schools teaching "Western education." Upon graduation, Lu went to medical school in Japan but later dropped out. He became interested in studying literature but was eventually forced to return to China due to his family's lack of funds. After returning to China, Lu worked for several years teaching at local secondary schools and colleges before finally finding a job at the Republic of China Ministry of Education.
After the 1919 May Fourth Movement, Lu Xun's writing began to exert a substantial influence on Chinese literature and popular culture. Like many leaders of the May Fourth Movement, he was primarily a leftist and liberal. He was highly acclaimed by the Chinese government after 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded, and Mao Zedong himself was a lifelong admirer of Lu Xun's writing. Though sympathetic to socialist ideas, Lu Xun never joined the Communist Party of China.
Beatrice CenciBeatrice Cenci (Italian: [beaˈtritʃe ˈtʃentʃi]; 6 February 1577 – 11 September 1599) was a young Roman noblewoman who murdered her father, Count Francesco Cenci. The subsequent, lurid murder trial in Rome gave rise to an enduring legend about her. She was condemned and beheaded for the crime in 1599.
Beatrice was the daughter of Ersilia Santacroce and Count Francesco Cenci, a violent and dissolute man. When Beatrice was seven years old, Ersilia died (June 1584). Beatrice and her elder sister Antonina were then sent to the small monastery, Santa Croce a Montecitorio for Franciscan Tertiary nuns in the Colonna district of Rome.
The family lived in Rome at the Palazzo Cenci in the rione Regola. The members of the extended family living together included Francesco's second wife, Lucrezia Petroni; Beatrice's elder brother, Giacomo; and Bernardo, Francesco's son from his second marriage. A castle also was among their possessions, La Rocca of Petrella Salto, a small village near Rieti, northeast of Rome.
According to historical details leading to the legend, Francesco Cenci abused his first wife Ersilia Santa Croce and his sons and raped Beatrice multiple times, thus being guilty of incest. He was jailed for other crimes, but due to the leniency with which the nobles were treated, he was freed early. Beatrice tried to inform the authorities about the frequent mistreatment, but nothing happened, although everybody in Rome knew what kind of person her father was. When he found out that his daughter had reported him, he sent Beatrice and Lucrezia away from Rome to live in the family's country castle at La Petrella del Salto in the Abruzzi mountains.
The four Cencis decided they had no alternative but to try to get rid of Francesco, and together organised a plot. In 1598, during one of Francesco's stays at the castle, two vassals (one of whom had become Beatrice's secret lover), helped them to drug him, but this failed to kill Francesco. Following this Beatrice, her siblings, and their stepmother bludgeoned Francesco to death with a hammer and threw the body off a balcony to make it look like an accident. No one believed the death to be accidental, however.
Eventually his absence was noticed and the papal police tried to find out what happened. Beatrice's lover was tortured and died without revealing the truth. Meanwhile, a family friend who was aware of the murder ordered the killing of the second vassal to avoid any risk. Nonetheless, the plot was discovered and the four members of the Cenci family were arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to death. The common people of Rome, knowing the reasons for the murder, protested against the tribunal's decision, obtaining a short postponement of the execution. Pope Clement VIII, however, fearing a spate of familial murders (the Countess of Santa Croce had recently been murdered by her son for financial gain), showed no mercy.
At dawn on 11 September 1599, they were taken to Sant'Angelo Bridge, where the scaffold was usually built. In the cart to the scaffold, Giacomo was subjected to continual torture. On reaching the scaffold, his head was smashed with a mallet. His corpse was then quartered. The public spectacle continued with the executions of first Lucrezia and finally Beatrice. Both took their turns on the block to be beheaded with a small axe. Only the 12-year-old, Bernardo, was spared, but he was led to the scaffold and forced to witness the execution of his relatives before returning to prison and having his properties confiscated (to be given to the Pope's own family). It was decreed that Bernardo should then become a galley slave for the remainder of his life. However, he was released a year later. Beatrice was buried in the church of San Pietro in Montorio.
Beatrice has become a symbol to the people of Rome of resistance against the arrogant aristocracy, and a legend arose. It is related that every year on the night before the anniversary of her death, she comes back to the bridge where she was executed, carrying her severed head.
Pope John Paul IIPope Saint John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła; Polish: [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa];[b] 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) served as Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics.
He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name in tribute to him. John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He upheld the Church's teachings on such matters as artificial contraception and the ordination of women, but also supported the Church's Second Vatican Council and its reforms.
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonised 483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world's bishops, and ordained many priests. A key goal of John Paul's papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was "to place his Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians in a great religious armada".
John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523. John Paul II's cause for canonisation commenced in 2005 one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed Venerable by his successor Pope Benedict XVI and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson's disease. A second miracle attributed to John Paul II's intercession was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later (two miracles must be attributed to a person's intercession to be declared a saint). John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014 (again Divine Mercy Sunday), together with Pope John XXIII. On 11 September 2014, Pope Francis added John Paul II's optional memorial feast day to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints, in response to worldwide requests. It is traditional to celebrate saints' feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration.
Religious & Mythlogical Inspirations
Athena or Athene, often given the epithet Pallas, is an ancient Greek goddess associated with wisdom, handicraft, and warfare, who was later syncretized with the Roman goddess Minerva. Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of various cities across Greece, particularly the city of Athens, from which she most likely received her name. She is usually shown in art wearing a helmet and holding a spear. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the Gorgoneion.
From her origin as an Aegean palace goddess, Athena was closely associated with the city. She was known as Polias and Poliouchos (both derived from polis, meaning "city-state"), and her temples were usually located atop the fortified Acropolis in the central part of the city. The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is dedicated to her, along with numerous other temples and monuments. As the patron of craft and weaving, Athena was known as Ergane. She was also a warrior goddess, and was believed to lead soldiers into battle as Athena Promachos. Her main festival in Athens was the Panathenaia, which was celebrated during the month of Hekatombaion in midsummer and was the most important festival on the Athenian calendar.
In Greek mythology, Athena was believed to have been born from the head of her father Zeus. In the founding myth of Athens, Athena bested Poseidon in a competition over patronage of the city by creating the first olive tree. She was known as Athena Parthenos ("Athena the Virgin"), but, in one archaic Attic myth, the god Hephaestus tried and failed to rape her, resulting in Gaia giving birth to Erichthonius, an important Athenian founding hero. Athena was the patron goddess of heroic endeavor; she was believed to have also aided the heroes Perseus, Heracles, Bellerophon, and Jason. Along with Aphrodite and Hera, Athena was one of the three goddesses whose feud resulted in the beginning of the Trojan War. She plays an active role in the Iliad, in which she assists the Achaeans and, in the Odyssey, she is the divine counselor to Odysseus.
In the later writings of the Roman poet Ovid, Athena was said to have competed against the mortal Arachne in a weaving competition, afterwards transforming Arachne into the first spider; Ovid also describes how she transformed Medusa into a Gorgon after witnessing her being raped by Poseidon in her temple. Since the Renaissance, Athena has become an international symbol of wisdom, the arts, and classical learning. Western artists and allegorists have often used Athena as a symbol of freedom and democracy.
Mazu, also known by several other names and titles, is a southeast Chinese sea goddess. She is the deified form of the purported historical Lin Mo or Lin Moniang, a Fujianese shamaness whose life span is traditionally dated from 960 to 987. Revered after her death as a tutelary deity of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China's coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions. She is now generally regarded by her believers as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven. Mazuism is popular on the region Taiwan; her temple festival is a major event in the region, with the largest celebrations around her temples at Dajia and Beigang.
Very little is known of the historical Lin Moniang. She was apparently a shamaness from a small fishing village on Meizhou Island, part of Fujian's Putian County, in the late 10th century. Her Meizhou was an uneducated and superstitious place, where out of "perhaps a thousand households... not one person [could] read". She probably did not live there, however, but on the nearby mainland. During this era, Fujian was greatly sinicized by influxes of refugees fleeing invasions of northern China and Mazu's cult may represent a hybridization of Han Chinese and local culture. The earliest record of her cult is from two centuries later, an 1150 inscription that mentions "she could foretell a man's good and ill luck" and, "after her death, the people erected a temple for her on her home island".
Saint Peter (Syriac/Aramaic: ܫܸܡܥܘܿܢ ܟܹ݁ܐܦ݂ܵܐ, Shemayon Keppa; Hebrew: שמעון בר יונה Shim'on bar Yona; Greek: Πέτρος Petros; Coptic: ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ, translit. Petros; Latin: Petrus; r. AD 30; died between AD 64 and 68), also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simon (/ˈsaɪmən/, About this sound pronunciation (help·info)), according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church. Pope Gregory I called him repeatedly the "Prince of the Apostles". According to Catholic teaching, Jesus promised Peter in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew 16:18 a special position in the Church. He is traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Rome—or pope—and also by Eastern Christian tradition as the first Patriarch of Antioch. The ancient Christian churches all venerate Peter as a major saint and as the founder of the Church of Antioch and the Roman Church, but differ in their attitudes regarding the authority of his present-day successors (the primacy of the Bishop of Rome).
The New Testament indicates that Peter's father's name was John (or Jonah or Jona) and was from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee or Gaulanitis. His brother Andrew was also an apostle. According to New Testament accounts, Peter was one of twelve apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples. Originally a fisherman, he played a leadership role and was with Jesus during events witnessed by only a few apostles, such as the Transfiguration. According to the gospels, Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah, was part of Jesus's inner circle, thrice denied Jesus and wept bitterly once he realised his deed, and preached on the day of Pentecost.
According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero. It is traditionally held that he was crucified upside down at his own request, since he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus. Tradition holds that he was crucified at the site of the Clementine Chapel. His remains are said to be those contained in the underground Confessio of St. Peter's Basilica, where Pope Paul VI announced in 1968 the excavated discovery of a first-century Roman cemetery. Every 29 June since 1736, a statue of Saint Peter in St. Peter's Basilica is adorned with papal tiara, ring of the fisherman, and papal vestments, as part of the celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. According to Catholic doctrine, the direct papal successor to Saint Peter is the incumbent pope, currently Pope Francis.
Two general epistles in the New Testament are ascribed to Peter, but modern scholars generally reject the Petrine authorship of both. The Gospel of Mark was traditionally thought to show the influence of Peter's preaching and eyewitness memories. Several other books bearing his name—the Acts of Peter, Gospel of Peter, Preaching of Peter, Apocalypse of Peter, and Judgment of Peter—are considered by Christian denominations as apocryphal, and are thus not included in their Bible canons.
Archangel MichaelSaint Michael the Archangel (Hebrew pronunciation: [mixaˈʔel]; Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל, translit. Mîkhā'ēl, lit. 'Who is like God?'; Greek: Μιχαήλ, translit. Mikhaḗl; Latin: Michahel; Coptic: ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ; Arabic: ميخائيل, translit. Mīkhā'īl) is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions, he is called "Saint Michael the Archangel" and "Saint Michael". In the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox religions, he is called " Saint Michael the Taxiarch".
Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel. The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that, in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.
In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as "the archangel Michael". Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.
HorusHorus is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. He was worshipped from at least the late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists. These various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multi-layered deity in which certain attributes or syncretic relationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality. He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner falcon or peregrine falcon, or as a man with a falcon head.
The earliest recorded form of Horus is the tutelary deity of Nekhen in Upper Egypt, who is the first known national god, specifically related to the ruling pharaoh who in time came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris, and he plays a key role in the Osiris myth as Osiris's heir and the rival to Set, the murderer of Osiris. In another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife. Horus served many functions, most notably being a god of kingship and the sky.
Freya (Old Norse Freyja, “Lady”) is one of the preeminent goddesses in Norse mythology. She’s a member of the Vanir tribe of deities, but became an honorary member of the Aesir gods after the Aesir-Vanir War. Her father is Njord. Her mother is unknown, but could be Nerthus. Freyr is her brother. Her husband, named Odr in late Old Norse literature, is certainly none other than Odin, and, accordingly, Freya is ultimately identical with Odin’s wife Frigg (see below for a discussion of this).
Freya is famous for her fondness of love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions – and, because of these predilections, she’s considered to be something of the “party girl” of the Aesir. In one of the Eddic poems, for example, Loki accuses Freya (probably accurately) of having slept with all of the gods and elves, including her brother. She’s certainly a passionate seeker after pleasures and thrills, but she’s a lot more than only that. Freya is the archetype of the völva, a professional or semiprofessional practitioner of seidr, the most organized form of Norse magic. It was she who first brought this art to the gods, and, by extension, to humans as well. Given her expertise in controlling and manipulating the desires, health, and prosperity of others, she’s a being whose knowledge and power are almost without equal.
Seidr is a form of pre-Christian Norse magic and shamanism concerned with discerning destiny and altering its course by re-weaving part of its web. This power could potentially be put to any use imaginable, and examples that cover virtually the entire range of the human condition can be found in Old Norse literature.
In the Viking Age, the völva was an itinerant seeress and sorceress who traveled from town to town performing commissioned acts of seidr in exchange for lodging, food, and often other forms of compensation as well. Like other northern Eurasian shamans, her social status was highly ambiguous – she was by turns exalted, feared, longed for, propitiated, celebrated, and scorned.
Freya’s occupying this role amongst the gods is stated directly in the Ynglinga Saga, and indirect hints are dropped elsewhere in the Eddas and sagas. For example, in one tale, we’re informed that Freya possesses falcon plumes that allow their bearer to shift his or her shape into that of a falcon.
During the so-called Völkerwanderung or “Migration Period” – roughly 400-800 CE, and thus the period that immediately preceded the Viking Age – the figure who would later become the völva held a much more institutionally necessary and universally acclaimed role among the Germanic tribes. One of the core societal institutions of the period was the warband, a tightly organized military society presided over by a chieftain and his wife. The wife of the warband’s leader, according to the Roman historian Tacitus, held the title of veleda, and her role in the warband was to foretell the outcome of a suggested plan of action by means of divination and to influence that outcome by means of more active magic, as well as to serve a special cup of liquor that was a powerful symbol of both temporal and spiritual power in the warband’s periodic ritual feasts.
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QingwenQingwen (晴雯) is a major character in the Chinese classical novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, and one of Jia Baoyu's personal maids. Brash, haughty and the most beautiful maid in the household, Qingwen is said to resemble Daiyu very strongly.
Of all of Baoyu's maids, Qingwen is the only one who dares to argue with Baoyu when reprimanded, but is also extremely devoted to him. She is disdainful of Xiren's attempt to use her sexual relation with Baoyu to raise her status in the family. Lady Wang later suspected her of having an affair with Baoyu and publicly dismisses her on that account; angry at the unfair treatment and of the indignities and slanders that attended her as a result, Qingwen dies of an illness shortly after leaving the Jia household.
Qingwen is often considered to be the most tragic and the most sympathetic heroine in Dream of the Red Chamber. In Baoyu's dream, he saw the prophecy poem of Qingwen, which hinted her tragic demise would be caused by slandering and lies, and her death would leave Baoyu devastated. The illustartion of the poem only shows ink-black clouds, symbolizing her tainted reputations. She is portrayed by An Wen in 1987 TV series adaptation and by Yang Mi in the 2010 TV series adaptation.
Konoe A. MercuryKonoe Ayatsuki Mercury, more commonly known as Nine, is a witch, one of the Six Heroes, and one of the Ten Sages. After her supposed death by the hands of Yuuki Terumi, Konoe mysteriously came back as a seemingly brainwashed servant of Hades Izanami, Phantom. She is a playable character in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.
Prior descent into madness as Phantom, Konoe was a person who likes to do things her own way, a trait shared by her daughter. She was a kind-hearted individual who cares about her friends, especially her younger sister Celica. However, she is not easy on Kazuma. Although she seems to have a mature and serious personality, she can be somewhat impulsive and violent when angered, as shown when she attempted to use a fire spell on Bloodedge for annoying her. She was this way even with her lover, Jubei, before falling in love with him as well as rash, headstrong and independent. Before having her daughter, Konoe had more time on her hands to delve into magical legerdemain. This was likely due to the fact that she was the best in her field of expertise. Unlike her daughter who was a whiz with science, Konoe had an ability, charm and prowess with the magical arts. Being the best in her field and from her expertise and leadership, it was easy to see why she responded to others the way she had. These would psychologically determine her to be right-brained and eccentric, if not at least eclectic. Konoe also displays a poor sense of direction similar to her sister, seen when they walk together in the wrong direction during the search for their father.
As Phantom, however, all of her personality has seemingly vanished. She no longer speaks nor has any signs of any emotions whatsoever; becoming an empty shell in comparison to what she was before. While as Phantom, she attacks anyone who is deemed as the Imperator's foe, even going so far to attack Trinity Glassfille and her lover Jubei. When her restrictions as Phantom are released, Nine retains her same arrogant tone and confidence in her abilities; however, she no longer has concern for the well-being of her former comrades and family. Despite this, she still retains her memories, taunting Jubei about their former relationship before engaging him in battle.
However, in Continuum Shift Extend, Chrono Phantasma (Extend), she shows signs of resisting, indicating that she is regaining her original sentience. Unfortunately in Central Fiction, Nine is confirmed to have regained her original sentience from the beginning, but she has acquired a bleak view of the world from being driven mad through all the time she spent in the Boundary. She wishes to destroy it so she could recreate it with her desires in mind and is not above using those around her to achieve her goals. Fiercely determined and viciously vindictive, Nine wants to exact vengeance on the people who caused her so much pain and suffering. Despite her vendetta against Izanami and Terumi, Nine purposely worked for them for her own ends. She retains her characteristic condescension and arrogance, though taken to new and alarming levels, along with a stoic but nevertheless volatile disposition.
It seemed she had completely detached herself from both her family and her former comrades, save for her sister, Celica, an attachment which led to her own undoing and defeat. Some examples include undermining Hakumen for his attempts to stop her in achieving her plans and punishing her own daughter, Kokonoe, for using her younger sister in the events of the previous game. However, there are instances where she acts differently depending on the person she is interacting with. For example, she blames Ragna for everything that’s terrible with the world and would not hesitate to punish him relentlessly. In another instance, she shows sympathy toward Tsubaki Yayoi, who she relates to with regards to being a helpless victim of circumstance. She has even expressed reluctance in harming children, as seen when faced against Carl and Nirvana, but would do so if necessary.
However, underneath all the immense indignation, Nine never lost her humanity. Everything she had done throughout the events of the fourth game was all for the sake of granting everyone’s wishes, most especially that of the people she loves and not just Celica and herself. She was simply so determined to bring her plans to fruition that she would not let even the people she wants to save intervene, even to the point of openly antagonizing them. Even her affection towards her husband never truly wavered as she was very much pleased that she got the chance to be protected by him one last time before she passed. In the end, while her intentions were indeed selfless and noble, her methods were quite extreme, going to the point where she sacrificed herself to grant her loved ones enough time to stop Izanami, proving that deep down inside, she is still a hero and she loves those that are not only close to her, but the ones who also care about her.
Emu Hojo / Kamen Rider Ex-AidEmu Hojo (宝生 永夢 Hōjō Emu), also known by his gaming persona M, is a 24 year-old pediatrics (and later surgical) intern at Seito University Hospital, and is one of the main characters and the main protagonist in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. He transforms into Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (仮面ライダーエグゼイド Kamen Raidā Eguzeido), tasked with eliminating the Bugster virus from an infected patient to save their life.
Emu Hojo is a very clumsy and yet a serious doctor to take on his job. However, his thirst for playing video games has a problem of Emu being absent-minded at times. An example of this is he sometimes fails to remember his work schedule properly and it makes the nurses scold him. He also has a habitual quirk of tumbling down in various comical ways.
As "M", his alias that he uses when playing video games, he shows a completely different side of himself. He displays a focused, calmer, and more confident demeanor. His grammatical persona also changes from 僕 (Boku) into 俺 ( Ore), proving to be extremely skillful at video games, to the point where he has come to be known as the "genius gamer" who never leaves any game unfinished. This carries over to his battles as Ex-Aid, as his knowledge of video games has proven to be a definite advantage. Originally, when shifting to his Genius Gamer M personality, a wind blows through his hair and he makes a cocky smile. But during episode 10, Emu's eyes instead flash pink before turning a less intense, glowing red, after which, his eyes turn back to normal. Though he still makes the same cocky smile as before, showing that he can actually shift into his gamer persona at will.
In the past, Emu's normal and "M" personalities were once one and the same, though following his surgery by the Next Genome surgeons, the leftover Bugster Virus in his body caused him to develop a case of dissociative identity disorder, constantly switching from his naive side to his predative "M" persona. After learning that he was infected with the Bugster Virus, Emu's gamer persona took over as the dominant one, showing no concern for his patients and was instead only interested in playing the game, something which greatly angers Hiiro. However, after Hiiro states what it means to be a doctor, Emu regains control over himself, and becomes fearful of transforming into Ex-Aid. After he gains his resolve, he loses his fear of becoming Ex-Aid.
Emu has a very idealistic attitude towards being a doctor: he invests himself in the well-being of his patient, hoping to help them both physically and personally. He will always try to help a patient in need, even if they are a criminal, an enemy, or refuse to get help. For him, a life is a life and it's worth saving, fitting the morality of a true doctor and their devotion to the Hippocratic Oath. This mindset helped him connect stress as a catalyst for Bugster infection, but also hinders him if the enemy is smart enough to threaten the patient's life. His firm idealism has led to clashes with his fellow CR Rider, Hiiro. Hiiro views Emu as naive and inexperienced, while Emu openly opposes Hiiro's detached and callous approach, going as far to say Hiiro is not a real doctor.
However, Emu is not without a dark side. When pushed too far, Emu can lose control of his temper and when that happens his Gamer side becomes as vicious and selfish as his rivals. This was shown when Kyotaro is infected by Graphite. Emu become so frustrated into believing that he's the only one who can save Kyotaro, to the point that he'll do anything to capture the Hunter Gamer using a stolen Gashacon Sword. While this shows that Emu takes pride in his beliefs as a doctor, at the same time it demonstrates that as a Gamer he shares Genm's and even Taiga's ideals to some extent. However, after some enlightenment from his idol, Kyotaro Hinata, Emu decides to trust his fellow doctor Riders, while also gaining respect from them over time.
Future TrunksFuture Trunks (未み来らいのトランクス Mirai no Torankusu) is the Saiyan and Earthling hybrid son of Future Vegeta and Future Bulma from an alternate future, and one of the main characters in Dragon Ball franchise. By the time present Trunks was born, the timeline had been altered by Future Trunks' and Cell's trips to the past. Therefore, the two Trunks had completely different lives (as opposed to those who lived before the Time Machines arrived, they lived exactly the same lives as their counterparts until the point at which the two timelines diverge: three years before the androids arrived).
Well-mannered, serious and very cautious, Trunks hails from an alternate timeline in which Future Androids 17 and 18 murdered the Z Fighters and proceeded to create apocalyptic hell on Earth. Trunks is trained by Future Gohan as a teenager and becomes a gifted fighter, swordsman and a Super Saiyan; traits that aid him greatly in the battle against the Androids after traveling back in time in order to save his own future.
Years later, Future Trunks would return in Dragon Ball Super, this time fighting against a mysterious entity referred to as Goku Black (and later his partner-in-crime Future Zamasu) wreaking havoc in the future. In the end, Trunks (with the help of Goku and Vegeta) neutralizes the threat, though unfortunately, Fused Zamasu not only survives the ordeal, but his essence began to merge with the universe itself, to the point that Future Zeno had to erase the future timeline completely. Trunks himself is one of the three survivors and is currently living in another future timeline where another Future Trunks exists - created in the anime by Whis warning Future Beerus ahead of time to eliminate the soon-to-be rogue Supreme Kai, while in the manga Trunks and Mai travel to their timeline's past and prevent Future Shin's death with the blessing Beerus as it will save his counterpart, thus eliminating the possibility of the Project Zero Mortals.
Bridgit Pike / Firefly
Bridgit "Bridgy" Pike, later known as Firefly, is a character in the TV Series, Gotham. She is the Gotham incarnation of the villain Firefly and helps her brothers to commit arson attacks throughout Gotham City. She is a minor anti-villain in the Rise of the Villains arc and a supporting antagonist in the Wrath of the Villains arc & Heroes Rise arc.
Bridgit is the step-sister of Joe Pike, who is the leader of a gang of arsonists named "The Pike Brothers", Cale Pike and Evan Pike, and she is also the old friend of Selina Kyle. She is forced to join the family business and take part in a heist of an old knife (which turned out to be the knife that the Wayne family used to cut off part of Caleb Dumas' right arm for making out with Celestine Wayne), in which she ends up getting her leg burned. After taking part in five heists she makes her own fireproof costume. In the next heist she ends up fighting James Gordon and Harvey Bullock which ends with officer Luke Garrett being burned to death. Bridgit escapes with the help of Selina.
Realizing she is now wanted for murder, Bridget plans to escape from Gotham with help from Selina. They decide to rob a club where sex slaves are being sold, something Bridget is deeply upset by. After they succeed, her brothers find out and abduct Bridgit. She is cruelly threatened for attempting to leave them, and warned never to try again. At last, Bridgit snaps and burns both her brothers alive. Selina tells Bridgit that she needs to leave town, but she refuses and revels in what she did to her brothers, swearing she'll go after more criminals in Gotham next. Disturbed, Selina leaves her, telling Gordon where she thinks Bridgit is going: the club they robbed. Inside, Bridgit burns to death the owners who sold women as slaves
When the police arrive outside, Gordon tries to get Bridgit to peacefully surrender, swearing they can help her. She refuses, and attempts to burn Gordon. One of the cops fires and hits her fire suit, causing her accelerant to begin leaking. When she sets a police car on fire, it ignites the accelerant, setting Bridgit on fire. Afterward, Gordon tells Selina she isn't going to survive her injuries. However, it turns out that she is still alive, with her fire suit having melted onto her body, and Bridgit is taken into the secret laboratory Indian Hills for "testing".
She is portrayed by Michelle Veintimilla in Season 2 and later portrayed by Camilla Perez in Season 3.
Carrietta N. White, simply known as "Carrie" is the titular protagonist from Stephen King's first Horror Novel titled Carrie, published in 1974. In the story, Carrie is a friend of Sue Snell in the 2002 film that's a remake of the 1976 film and a girlfriend of Tommy Ross and a girl who was confronted by girls and was allegedly the only daughter of Margaret Brigman and Ralph White, (even though it hints Ralph may have had other children with different women). Carrie was also the granddaughter of Judith Cochran and John Brigman, and the great-granddaughter of Sadie Cochran.
For all of her lonely childhood and misunderstood teenage life, Carrie, an only child, whose father abandoned his family and later died in a construction accident, was disciplined for being taken by curses and secretly abused and beaten into submission by her mentally ill religiously-fanatical mother for everything on a daily basis. Later Carrie was constantly picked on and mistreated by her classmates because of her differences.
Since first grade Carrie had been the school's scapegoat and outcast. Indeed, Carrie was at the bottom of the social pyramid, but what no one knew, not even her mother, was that Carrietta White was no ordinary girl, as she had been blessed or cursed, with hidden telekinetic and telepathic powers that were dormant during her youth, but brought to full force by the time she was in high school after she unexpectedly had her first period in the girl's locker room. This incident would cause a chain reaction of events to occur that would lead to not only Carrie's demise but also hundreds of others, whether guilty or innocent. Since Carrie had no previous knowledge about the concept of menstruation the student's rejection of Carrie became even fiercer.
Tragically, when a so-called "prank" at her senior prom involving pig blood pushed her to her breaking point and beyond her limits, Carrie finally snapped and used the wild talents she possessed to seek her hostile revenge to make her bullies and enemies pay for their cruel actions. Carrie mercilessly eliminated anyone who had ever hurt, neglected, or underestimated her before returning home after leaving a path of destruction in her wake to ultimately confront (and finally kill) her crazy, homicidal mother before dying on that very same night that ended up making national history. In the end, an entire town was destroyed, taking 440 lives with it.
Karna - Lancer of RedLancer of "Red" ("赤"のランサー, "Aka" no Ransā?) is the Lancer-class Servant of Feend vor Sembren of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Shirou Kotomine assumes command over him before he even meets his Master, and through his machinations he later officially becomes Lancer's Master.
He is also the Servant of Jinako Carigiri in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/Extra CCC. Under Jinako, he is called Launcher (ランチャー, Ranchā?) due to Jinako having had modified his status to a made up Servant class based on Brahmastra being a beam-like attack.
Lancer's True Name is Karna (カルナ, Karuna?), the Son of the Sun God (太陽神の子, Taiyōshin no Ko?), the invulnerable hero of the Indian epic Mahabharata, as a hero on the vanquished side. The central conflict of The Mahabharata is the war over influence between the Pandava royal family and Kaurava royal family. Karna became famous as the rival of Arjuna, the great hero of Hindu mythology.
Karna was born from the daughter of a human king, Kunti, and the sun god, Surya. Kunti was the wife of the Kuru king Pandu, but he was under a curse that prevented him from producing children, so his queens each had no choice but other methods to bear children. Kunti was a woman who had a Mantra that allowed her to copulate with and bear the child of any god and, by those means, gave Pandu children, but before she became the king's wife, she tested the mantra and bore a single child. That child was Karna, the golden hero who was born from relations with the sun god Surya. Kunti was a determined woman and, afraid of her first birth and anxiety over whether the god would acknowledge his own child.
Surya heard Kunti's words and gave until the child, as he was born, his own power and attributes. As proof of being the son of Surya, he was given a golden armor and this is the source of the golden armor that made Karna invulnerable. Karna was born to become a great hero. Though she was shown such grace and faithfulness, Kunti abandoned her first son. For her, who was to become the queen of Kuru king Pandu, the existence of her son was nothing but unnecessary. This is how Karna, who was thrown away by his own mother, came to be ignorant of his own birth, but he lived with only the things he had been given by his father, the sun god Surya, held in his chest. Karna grew up with a low social status.
The form of Karna, who didn't know his own mother's face and who questioned whether his mother was motivated by dishonesty, couldn't be called beautiful. Though he possessed his father's brilliant authority, his form was stained black. His countenance was cruel, and his every action was violent. Because of his lack of human mother, he didn't learn the subtleties of human emotion and spent his days being considered a nuisance by the people around him. That was how Karna was raised, but he didn't hate his mother or his surroundings. Instead, he accepted everything. His mother and father were the ones who gave him life so he thought that no matter what kind of person his mother was, he did not hold contempt for her, as if there is anything he had to hate was himself alone. In contrast to his appearance, Karna was an exceedingly virtuous and perceptive child. Possibly the cause of that was because, while he was the child of a god, he was also a child without a single relative. Karna was blessed with the opportunity to question the poor, their lives, and their value. As a result, he chose, of his own free will, the path where he persisted in his own fastidiousness. He believed that as he was born with more than people should display a 'proof of my life' greater than those of people, if he doesn't do so, the people without power will not be rewarded. What Karna had was simply the conviction to live without bringing dishonor to his father's authority and without shaming the people who compensated him. "Though he may be relentless and ruthless, he is also full of majesty," is Karna's stance given form.
Bill DenbroughWilliam “Bill” Denbrough is the leader of the Losers' Club, one of the main characters and the main protagonist of Stephen King's horror novel, It. He is also the son of Zack and Sharon Denbrough, as well as the older brother of the late George Denbrough.
Bill has been steadfast for most of his life, his bravery and power to unite his friends in turmoil which signifies his qualities as a leader. Bill is talented writer, even from a young age he would write stories in his room with the typewriter his parents gave him. Though he is genius with words, Bill's verbal speech is nowhere near as fine tuned since Bill has had a speech impediment (aka "stutter") for the entirety of his childhood.
Bill overcame his stutter during his teenage years thanks to his speech therapist, however his stutter returned unexpectedly when Mike Hanlon called him back to Derry, Bill's stutter also noticeably gets worse when he is upset, angry or afraid. Bill's stutter will sometimes not be apparent such as he when he is reading a different language, doing a impression (e.g Henry Bowers) or when he is making a speech. It's because of his stutter that caused Henry Bowers and the rest of the bullies to bully Bill viciously, though Bill doesn't mind his friends making gentle fun of his stutter. It was shocking for Richie's mother Maggie Tozier to see her son make fun of Bill's stutter and then see the two boys laugh about it, to extent that it frightened her.
Bill's greatest attribute is undying love for his younger brother Georgie, which only strengthened when Georgie was killed by IT and Bill uses the memory of Georgie as a guiding light in the quest to destroy the creature. While his love for Georgie is endearing, it's also a great source of guilt, as he feels Georgie died as a direct result of helping Georgie make the paper boat that ultimately leads to his death. Though he is told by Richie that it isn't his fault, the guilt follows him throughout his childhood and adulthood and enables IT to torment him by making illusions of Georgie. After Georgie's death, Bill's parents grow distant and begin to neglect him, to the point that he wonders if they ever loved him at all. His relationship with his parents never recovers. Decades later, Bill is still convinced that he is to blame for Georgie's death and doesn't recognise that what his parents did to him was wrong and abusive. This doesn't change until IT forces him to confront his greatest fear by turning into Georgie and accusing him of being the reason Georgie died.
The 2017 version further expands on Bill's very character flaws, as he shown to be more delusional in thinking that Georgie must have survived and takes the majority of the movie to come to terms with his brother's death. And while he is undoubtedly a good leader and friend, Bill has issues concerning people telling him of Georgie's fate, as he pleaded with his father that it was possible Georgie could be still alive, even showing his father a diagram model of the Derry sewer system to no avail. Bill even punched Richie down when the latter stated Georgie was dead, though he apologized to Richie later when Beverly was captured by IT. Despite his earlier headstrong and reckless behavior, Bill is completely willing to allow Pennywise to feed on him while the others escape, saying it was his fault they were in danger in the first place. Of course, Richie and rest of the Losers refuse to let him sacrifice himself.
Roland DeschainRoland Deschain is the protagonist and hero of The Dark Tower Series. He is the son of Steven and Gabrielle Deschain and is the last of a long line of "gunslingers", peacekeepers and diplomats of Roland's society. He is also the final human descendant of Arthur Eld. His image and personality are largely inspired by the "Man with No Name" from three of Sergio Leone's westerns, though his quest and many of his personal and internal conflicts are drawn from Robert Browning's poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. Roland is also very old, and stated to be immortal (he is approximately 336 or 337 years old at the end of his quest).
Portgas D. AcePortgas D. Ace, born as Gol D. Ace and nicknamed "Fire Fist" Ace, is one of the major heroes in One Piece. Ace was the adopted older brother of Monkey D. Luffy and Sabo, and son of the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger and his lover, Portgas D. Rouge. He was adopted by Monkey D. Garp as wished by Roger to him before his birth. Ace was the 2nd division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and one-time captain of the Spade Pirates.
Hunted by the World Government for his lineage, Ace was captured and sentenced to death, which resulted in the Battle of Marineford in an all out clash of powers. Ace was freed but he sacrificed his life to protect his younger brother from Akainu. His death ultimately proved to be the catalyst leading to Luffy to train for two years to become strong enough to protect his friends, paving the way for the second half of the series.
Sherry BirkinSherry Birkin is a major heroine in Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Darkside Chornicles and Resident Evil 6. She is an American federal agent attached to the Division of Security Operations. The daughter of the late Drs. William and Annette Birkin, she was placed in protective custody following their deaths during the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, which resulted in a G-Virus infection and the gaining of regenerative abilities.
Makoto NaegiMakoto Naegi (苗木 誠 Naegi Makoto) is the main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and one of the central protagonists of the Hope's Peak Academy Saga. He is a participant in the Killing School Life and the Final Killing Game.
Makoto has the title of Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」chō kōkō kyū no “kōun” lit. Super High School Level Good Luck), though he appears to have both bad and good luck. Later, his title became Ultimate Hope (超高校級の「希望」chō kōkō kyū no “kibō” lit. Super High School Level Hope), due to his unusual optimism and ability to spread hope. He is a student enrolled in Class 78th.
Makoto and the other survivors defeat the Mastermind of the Killing School Life, Junko Enoshima in the final trial and escaped Hope's Peak Academy. Makoto returns in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls as a member of the Future Foundation.
The DVD/BD vol.1 of Danganronpa: The Animation came with a 25~ page booklet called Makoto Naegi Secret File. This short story describes the chain of events that led to Makoto being selected as the Ultimate Lucky Student.
Makoto also appears in Danganronpa/Zero and Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF. His illusory version appeared in the thirty-minutes long OVA, Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World. In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, he appeared as a guest character in the demo gameplay.
Makoto returns in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, attending his trial after he was charged on suspicion of treason for protecting the Remnants of Despair. During the Final Killing Game, Makoto unknowingly triggers the NG Code of his dear friend, a survivor from the Killing School Life, and also his boss in the Future Foundation, Kyoko Kirigiri, putting her into a temporary coma.
During the fifth time limit, Makoto becomes the "attacker" and doesn't kill anyone during the sleeping period, due to intervention by Juzo Sakakura. Along with four others, Makoto survive the Final Killing Game after Juzo deactivates the televisions by switching it to emergency power, causing the bangles to lose power.
Several months after the events of the Final Killing Game, Makoto and the Future Foundation decide to rebuild Hope's Peak Academy. Makoto becomes the new Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy, hoping to create a brighter future for him and everyone that he loves.
JinbeJinbe, also known as the Knight of the Sea, is one of the major heroes in One Piece. Jinbe is a whale shark fishman, the second captain of the Sun Pirates after Fisher Tiger, and a former Shichibukai, who attained the position eleven years ago.
His name was first mentioned by Yosaku, when he was explaining about the Shichibukai. However, he is formally introduced much later, during the Impel Down Arc. He renounced his Shichibukai title at the Battle of Marineford, allying himself with the Whitebeard Pirates. During the war, he befriended Monkey D. Luffy, and later allied with him and his crew to prevent the New Fishman Pirates' coup d'état against the Neptune Royal Family and the Ryugu Kingdom. He was even invited to join the Straw Hat Pirates, but declined due to having unfinished business of still being affiliated with Big Mom; however, he promised that once he was ready, he would return to Luffy again and request to join his crew. During the Whole Cake Island Arc, Jinbe would later leave Big Mom's services by rebelling against her and helping the Straw Hats escape her clutches. He is currently in an alliance with the Sanji Retrieval Team and Fire Tank Pirates seeking to bring down Big Mom.
Donquixote Rosinante (Corazon)Donquixote Rosinante is a flashback hero in One Piece in Trafalgar Law's past. Rosinante was formerly a World Noble of the Donquixote Family descent, as the second son of Donquixote Homing and the younger brother of Donquixote Doflamingo. After his family lost their status as Celestial Dragons and became pariahs, Rosinante became an Elite Officer of the Donquixote Pirates, serving under Doflamingo under the codename Corazon.
The truth, however, was that he was a Marine Commander, working undercover in order to stop Doflamingo. He was found out by the former Corazon, Vergo, and was executed by Doflamingo 13 years ago.
When Trafalgar Law first met with Rosinante, Rosinante was noted for hating kids, especially when Baby 5 and Buffalo played practical jokes on him, such as making him slip upon passing through the doorway or giving him scalding tea that burned his tongue, resulting in his abusive behavior towards them. In fact, the first thing that Rosinante did to Law was to grab him and throw him out the window. This was actually part of an act, however, as it was his duty as a Marine to dissuade children from joining the crew, which he failed with Baby 5, Buffalo, Dellinger and Law.
Despite his outward behavior of a violent man who dislikes children, he genuinely inherited his father's kindness (something Doflamingo himself admits) believing that his elder brother is a monster born evil and only acted crude to children in the hopes of driving them away from following Doflamingo. He cared deeply for his birth family as he wept for his mother's death and cried when his brother was shot with an arrow. From his kindness, he did not possess any manners of a typical Celestial Dragon, and saw it his duty to stop his brother's madness, a sense of justice that led him to join the Marines as an undercover spy.
Because of this, Rosinante was shown to be forgiving since he did not hold any grudge against Law for stabbing him in the back and even kept quiet about his transgression. When Law revealed his true name, he showed genuine concern and worry, even warning him about the danger that he was in. He was capable of compassion as he went as far as to go out of his way with both his brother and the Marines to take Law throughout the North Blue to find a doctor to cure the boy's disease and flew into violent rages whenever the doctors cave into prejudice on their incorrect belief that Law was a walking contagious disease who should not have survived the extermination of Flevance. Despite his extreme methods due to his empathy and courage he appears to follow his own ideals instead of adhering to the Marines' doctrine of Absolute Justice.
He was believed to be incapable of speech due to a prior accident and, according to Diamante, was unintelligent and cannot concentrate. However, this was merely a façade and he was fully capable of speaking, as well as perfectly intelligent, playing on how the others perceive him. Upon hearing Law's full name, knowing the importance of the initial "D.", he was forced to break his silence, showing more perception than what his comrades believed.
Although his mutism and dislike for children were mere acts to hide his true self, the one attribute that was genuine was his clumsiness, easily falling for Baby 5 and Buffalo's pranks and constantly tripping himself. He was also seen smoking, though due to his clumsiness, he accidentally set his own cowl aflame every time he tried to light a cigarette.
SkipperSkipper Skip-king is the leader of a band of penguins bent on a secret agenda of escaping the confines of the zoo and being free in Antarctica. He is the second shortest and chubbiest of the group (Only Private is shorter and chubbier) and he has ice blue eyes. It is probable that Skipper and the rest of his squad are warm climate penguins, for they do not live in an air-conditioned habitat. This is supported in one episode, where the city was having one of the coldest days ever, and the penguins used heat lamps to warm up their habitat, and also in the movie where the penguins aren't bothered by the warmth of Africa and Madagascar, but intensely dislike Antarctica. He is the only penguin that remembers the penguins credo "Never Swim Alone" (A Christmas Caper). His men remembered that when Skipper went alone. (Crown Fools) The only penguin who can get him to do anything is Private. (Night and Dazed)
He a major character of Madagascar, a major character in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a supporting character in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and the deuteragonist of Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie.
Euphemia li BritanniaPrincess Euphemia li Britannia is a major character from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. She's the half sister of Lelouch vi Britannia as well as the younger sister of Cornelia li Britannia, the sixteen year old third princess of the Britannian Imperial Family and of the Holy Britannian Empire and the sub-viceroy of Area 11.
She first appears as a major supporting character in the first season and helps Suzaku Kururugi rise through the ranks of the britannian system to become a knight of the empire and get him closer to reforming the country from within. She also planned on making a zone where the Eleven colonists would be able to be called Japanese and have their rights restored but, she becomes the climatic antagonist towards the final third of the first season where she instigates a massacre under the influence of Lelouch's geass.
Though she is a member of the Britannian royal family, she remains kind-hearted and open-minded to everyone around her and treats everyone with respect even if they are not Britannian; this universal respect probably stems from her own childhood experiences with her siblings Lelouch and Nunnally whose mother wasn't from the nobility and thus were looked upon with disdain by the other members of the Britannian Imperial Family. She is the second person in the Imperial Family to discover that Lelouch is alive and first to know his alter ego as Zero, having deduced it after the hotel hijacking incident. In her childhood, she was quite close to Lelouch and Nunnally. She develops a close, romantic bond with Suzaku Kururugi because of their shared belief that a problem must be changed from within.
Jean ValjeanJean Valjean is the protagonist of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables. Hugo depicts the character's 19-year-long struggle to lead a normal life after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his sister's children during a time of economic depression and various attempts to escape from prison. Valjean is also known in the novel as Monsieur Madeleine, Ultime Fauchelevent, Monsieur Leblanc, and Urbain Fabre.
Valjean and Police Inspector Javert, who repeatedly encounters Valjean and attempts to return him to prison, have become archetypes in literary culture. In the popular imagination, the character of Jean Valjean came to represent both Hugo himself and leftist sentiment. In 1871, when Hugo was living in Brussels during the radical revolt known as the Paris Commune, anti-revolutionary mobs attacked his house and broke windows shouting "Down with Jean Valjean!"
As a parolee, Valjean is issued a yellow passport with marching orders to Pontarlier, where he will be forced to live under severe restrictions. This document, often called a "passeport jaune" (yellow passport), identifies him to all as a former convict and immediately brands Valjean an outcast wherever he travels. Bishop Myriel of Digne, from whom he steals valuable silverware, tells the police that he has given the treasure to Valjean. Out of this encounter, Valjean becomes a repentant, honorable, and dignified man. He becomes kind, a devoted father-figure to a girl who loses her mother, Fantine, and a benefactor to those in need. Though a known criminal and a parolee, Valjean yet grows morally to represent the best traits of humanity. Despite being classified as a criminal outcast, Valjean maintains the highest of human virtues and ethics.
His antithesis, Javert, a dedicated and capable police officer, occupies a place of honor in society. The relationship of Javert and Valjean develops as a binary opposition between law and love. Javert sees Valjean only as the convict he once was, rather than the benefactor of humanity he has become. Javert's struggle against this dichotomy leads to his eventual suicide.
Manuela HidalgoManuela Hidalgo is a major character in Resident Evil: Darkside Chornicles. She is a girl that Leon S. Kennedy and Jack Krauser saved in a church while they were undergoing an investigation in South America. Manuela was born around 1986 to master criminal Javier Hidalgo and his wife Hilda Hidalgo in the area surrounding the isolated South American village of Mixcóatl. Manuela was born around 1986 to master criminal Javier Hidalgo and his wife Hilda Hidalgo in the area surrounding the isolated South American village of Mixcóatl. While her father and the Sacred Snakes controlled the very lives of the local villagers, Manuela and her mother were kept in his mansion far away in safety, and were left unaware of his dealings.
When Manuela was only five years old in 1991, her mother contracted an incurable disease and was administered the t-Virus by Javier in an attempt to save her. While Hilda remained alive, the virus completely transformed her into a monster. Javier sheltered his mutated wife in a private residence and Manuela was told that she had died.
In 2001, Manuela was diagnosed with the same illness that affected her mother ten years earlier, causing her health to rapidly deteriorate. Not prepared to lose his only daughter, Javier and his men began dealing with Umbrella, a drugs company secretly designing Bio-organic weapons and selling them on the black market to bioterrorists. Samples of the t-Veronica virus were purchased at a high price. Using the regenerative abilities of Progenitor virus strains, Javier realized that he could save his daughter.
Father KarrasFather Damien Karras, SJ is a fictional character from the novel The Exorcist, its sequel Legion, one of the main protagonists in The Exorcist and a supporting character in the film adaption of Legion.
In William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, Father Karras was one of the priests who exorcises the demon from young Regan MacNeil. He is a Jesuit psychiatrist suffering a crisis of faith. He searches for proof to lead an exorcism, yet during his investigation he comes to realize that there is no better way for God to prove His own existence than to reveal the foul presence of a demon. During the exorcism, the demon frequently brings up the subject of Karras's mother's death and how he wasn't there to see her die, which seems to trouble Karras emotionally. In the end, Father Karras dies by throwing himself down a flight of stone steps in order to purge the demon from his own body after having coaxed it out of Regan's.
In the sequel, Legion, it is revealed that after the demon departed, another evil spirit invaded Karras's body. Karras was found wandering and amnesiac and was placed in the care of a mental hospital near Washington, D.C. While incarcerated there, the spirit suppresses Karras's personality and makes forays into the bodies of other patients in order to commit a series of ritual murders.
Ichabod Crane (TV Series)Ichabod Crane is the protagonist of Sleepy Hollow and a man who, born in the 18th century, was a former Oxford history professor before becoming a captain in the Revolutionary War. Being killed in battle, Crane somehow awoke in a modern-day Sleepy Hollow. It was eventually revealed to him that his wife, Katrina, and her coven had cast a spell on him in order to resurrect him and put him on the correct path as one of the Witnesses mentioned in the biblical Book of Revelation. He found and formed a team with Abbie Mills, the Second Witness.
As time went on, Crane learned that his son, who was born after his battle with Death, was the Horseman of War. Ironically, to protect his friend Diana Thomas from Malcolm Dreyfuss, he was shot by Dreyfuss and became the new Horseman of War, but was returned to normal.
Crane is very much a duty-driven and selfless man, except initially when it comes to his wife. Ichabod's love for his wife deteriorates ater finding out she is a lying, manipulative witch and his devotion to abby and the greater good ultimately started to overpower his love for his wife and even ultimately cultimating in Ichabod killing Katrina.
Crane is also very loyal to his friends, and values honor above all. He also loves his son and, despite him becoming War, never lost hope in him and was saddened by his death.crane selflessness was proven by the fact he was willing to let abraham and katrina marry despite his own love for katrina,even showing clear discomfort and repulsion towards the idea of Katrina betraying Ichabod best friend. He also proved his selflessness would made him more than willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good,evidenced when he calmly agreed to kill himself so as to kill death and was only stopped by his son masquerading as henry parrish.
Ichabod was so selfless and devoted to the greater good that he even sacrificed himself to eternal torment at the hands of the Devil himself in exchange for a way to defeat Dreyfuss. Despite all his other family members has done to him, Ichabod still deeply loved them and was devastates by the fact he killed his wife and the fact she may not truly love him despite their marriage.he also showed sadness and compassion for his son as Jeremy died, apologising for killing him. The deaths of his family hit Ichabod the hardest he had ever been in his life, showing how very forgiving and a loving family man he could be.The impact of both katrina and jeremy deaths were only matched by the loss of Abbie when it comes to the immense sadness and blow to Crane's life, even becoming depressed for months before regaining back his motivation.
Even then, the death of his family never stopped haunting Ichabod and it's obvious he still deeply cared for his wife and son, showing such remorse and self hatred for his part in killing his wife and son that the illusion of Jeremy quickly convinced Ichabod to nearly hang himself, which would have been absolutely death for Ichabod had he not been saved. He also was visibly distraught when Henry, despite agreeing to make a truce with him, coldly declared he would never forgive Ichabod.
Batman (Nolanverse)Batman is the alias and second identity of billionaire Bruce Wayne, son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Becoming the Dark Knight, he dedicated himself to protect Gotham City. He is the protagonist of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and an adaptational version of the DC superhero with the same name.
Having witnessed his parents' death at the hands of a mugger as a child, Bruce traveled the world as an adult to train and understand the criminal mind in order to combat it. Mentored by Ra's al Ghul, Bruce later returned to Gotham and challenged the city's crime lords, employing unusual weapons and tactics as a mysterious black-garbed crusader. Despite being considered an outlaw by the GCPD, Batman defeated Carmine Falcone and The Scarecrow, and later battled against Ra's al Ghul and his plan to have Gotham tear itself apart through fear.
In continuing to shut down Gotham's organized crime, Batman encountered and defeated the most fearsome of his adversaries, the Joker, while losing his love interest Rachel Dawes in the process. His defeat of Harvey "Two-Face" Dent resulted in Batman going into hiding and taking the fall for Two-Face's crimes in order to maintain Dent's status as Gotham's "White Knight". As a result, Batman became a fugitive and Bruce turned into a recluse, not just as Batman but he also ended contact with associates such as Lucius Fox.
Eight years later, Batman returned to fight the mercenary Bane while entrusting his business and intimacy to Miranda Tate, not knowing that she was actually Talia, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul. After gaining the strength to escape imprisonment, Batman returned to defeat Bane and save Gotham from Talia completing her father's work. Faking his death, Bruce passed on his legacy to John Blake and left Gotham to start a relationship with Selina Kyle.
Bruce Wayne is very dedicated and determined to his work of crime-fighting, sometimes employing illegal and morally dubious tactics (like torture) but ultimately for the good of Gotham. Despite his dark past and serious work, Bruce has displayed a sense of humor around his butler Alfred and a romantic side around his love-interest Rachel and other love interests, such as Miranda Tate and Selina Kyle. Although possessing great hate and anger towards criminals, he has proven himself a very caring and selfless person, constantly putting his life on the line to save innocent lives and bringing the most dangerous criminals to justice for society's protection.
Perhaps Bruce's strongest characteristic is his strong moral code to never kill, believing all men deserve a trial and to do so makes him no better than his enemies, because of this he was been noted by the Joker as being "incorruptible". Although he did let Ra's al Ghul die, coldly saying "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you", he has shown compassion for his enemies, such as when he saved his employee Mr. Reese from getting killed, who was just about to sell him out by telling the public he was Batman. Bruce Wayne has also shown himself to have a good deal of faith in people as evidenced in The Dark Knight when he was confident that the people on the ferries wouldn't blow each other up (which they didn't), which is contrast to the Joker believing people to be just as bad as him when under enough pressure.
To the public, Bruce Wayne takes on the facade of an irresponsible, fun-seeking playboy in order to avoid suspicion of his alter-ego, while as Batman he reveals his dark, intimidating personality in the form of a bat (his childhood fear for his enemies to dread) to frighten the criminals he stands against, believing theatricality to help him seem more than a man, but a symbol. Bruce Wayne's ultimate goal is to bring order and justice to Gotham city, as opposed to the Joker who's ultimate goal is to bring chaos and anarchy.
Myrcella BaratheonPrincess Myrcella Baratheon is the second oldest child and only daughter of Queen Cersei Lannister. Like her brothers, she is also fathered by Cersei's brother Jaime Lannister, but she is ostensibly unaware of this. She is described as delicate, beautiful and courteous and is said to have all her mother's beauty but none of her cruel nature. To ensure that House Martell will support Joffrey, Myrcella is betrothed to marry Prince Trystane Martell when they come of age and is sent to Dorne in A Clash of Kings. After Joffrey's death in A Storm of Swords, Princess Arianne Martell schemes to kidnap Myrcella and crown her queen of Westeros. The plan goes awry, however, and Myrcella is severely injured in the kidnapping.
Myrcella is a year younger than Arya Stark, and a year older than Bran Stark. She is said to have inherited her mother's beautiful looks, but none of her personality. Her mother dotes on her and is keen that she does not suffer Cersei's fate of being "sold" in a political marriage without love.
Like all of Cersei's children she was mostly ignored by King Robert. While Cersei felt she doted on all of her children, she is more attached to her own mental constructs of them than the reality. As Cersei's loveless marriage with Robert dragged on year after year, she increasingly fantasized about how Joffrey would one day succeed Robert and become a great king himself, never acknowledging that he was really a petulant sociopath.
Ironically, despite Cersei's defiant claims (and even earnest belief) that she is a devoted mother to all of her children, she actually became so obsessed with Joffrey (and her fantasies about him) that she all but ignored Myrcella and Tommen throughout their lives. From the moment she gave birth to Joffrey, Cersei dreamed about the great king he would grow into, and how as Jaime's secret son he would be her ultimate revenge on Robert: the births of her two subsequent children were barely an anecdote in the narrative of this mental fantasy which already been established in her mind years before. Her younger children were pushed off to the side, and with Robert a non-factor in their lives as well, they were functionally raised by court servants, such as Septa Eglantine. Even so, Cersei will still become hypocritically enraged when anyone questions her relationship with her younger children.
Despite their parents' loveless marriage, absent father, sociopathic and abusive older brother, willfully blind and functionally absent mother, Myrcella and Tommen still seem to have a good and genuinely loving relationship between the two of them, as fellow-sufferers sharing a household with Cersei and Joffrey.
Tommen goes to the tournament for Joffrey's nameday, having been given permission by Cersei to do a practice mounted joust against a quintain with a straw filled mannequin as his opponent. Joffrey sees that the quality of the jousting is poor (the Hound says they are all gnats, and Ser Dontos Hollard shows up drunk), and Joffrey decides to cancel the whole thing. Tommen and Myrcella protest, as Cersei said Tommen could take part, and Joffrey can't just cancel it. When Joffrey says they are acting childish, Myrcella responds, "We are children. We are supposed to act childish." The Hound laughs and says, "She's got you there", and Joffrey relents.
Myrcella doesn't cry when she is sent away on the ship to Dorne. In fact, she comforts Tommen, who is crying. Myrcella's ship actually doesn't sail directly to Dorne, but rather, sails to the Free City of Braavos across the Narrow Sea, in order to meet on neutral ground (as well as to lessen the risk of Stannis's forces capturing Myrcella's ship and killing her before the alliance can be finalised). When they reach Braavos, Myrcella and her attendants are received by Dornish envoys, who in turn transport them back across the Narrow Sea to Dorne.
After Joffrey is poisoned at his own wedding, several Martell characters remark that they are baffled at how Cersei doted on her psychopathic eldest son to the exclusion of her younger children, when Myrcella is actually the kind of born ruler that Joffrey never was. While Cersei barely paid attention to her daughter, the Martells discover that she is preternaturally more intelligent than many adults (despite being only eleven years old), brave from living through Joffrey's torments, as well as kind and a natural leader due to defending her little brother Tommen from Joffrey when she could. They also find her to be quick-witted, and with a polite courtesy that Cersei never expressed. Just as Tyrion was the only one of Tywin's three children to inherit his keen mind, Myrcella was the only one of Cersei's three children to inherit the famous intellect running in the family - meaning that Myrcella is essentially the intellect of Tywin or Tyrion put in the beautiful body of a young, teenaged Cersei, combined with Tyrion's sympathy for the downtrodden.
As much as the Sand Snakes hate the Lannisters and wish to exact revenge, they and Ellaria Sand have no personal grudge against Myrcella and do not intend to harm her. Tyene Sand has a plan that involves Myrcella: according to Dornish law she is Joffrey's rightful heir, because in Dorne it is the eldest living child, not the eldest living son, that inherits. Since Dornishmen fight best at home, she suggests her uncle to crown Myrcella in order to incite the Lannisters and the Tyrells into attacking Dorne, then the Dornish shall bleed them in the passes and bury them beneath the blowing sands. Prince Doran says grudgingly he will think about that. After Tyene leaves, Doran orders to arrest her and the other Sand Snakes, to make certain they will not push Dorne into a war. However, his daughter Arianne attempts to carry out Tyene's plan, and seduces Ser Arys Oakheart for that purpose. Trystane is not involved in the plan, and it is unknown if he is aware of it.
In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Aimee Richardson in seasons one and two, and Nell Tiger Free in season five and six. Her fate is changed from the novels—in this version, Myrcella is poisoned by Ellaria Sand as revenge against the Lannisters for the death of Oberyn Martell. She dies in Jaime's arms moments after acknowledging him as her father.
Fictional Inspirations - LOTM: Sword of Kings Exclusive
Aishela is a major heroine in Grancrest Senki series. She is is Siluca’s elder sister and an immensely able mercenary who’s mastered the use of a pole weapon. Unlike the logical, idealistic Siluca, she’s uninhibited by nature, and is a gorgeous, voluptuous woman. She adores Siluca. Aishela protected Siluca from discrimination and from being killed when she was abandoned by Aubest Meletes.
Aishela wears a valkyrie outfit beneath her armor, exposing her skin even more than Siluca's. She has waist-length purple hair, the main theme of her battle outfit from the wings on her helmet to her choice of weapon.
Aishela is shown to be protective of her friends and enjoys fighting. She has the hots for Siluca and takes every opportunity to feel her up but also glomps a male soldier on the battlefield and calls him cute before trying to kill him.
Cutie Honey (Cutie Honey Universe)
Honey Kisaragi is the title character of the anime, Cutie Honey Universe. With the Airborne Element Fixing Device, she is able to assume different forms in the fight against Panther Claw. Honey Kisaragi is the main protagonist of the Cutey Honey manga series. She is an android modelled after the late daughter of Dr. Kisaragi, a brilliant scientist who created the Airborne Element Fixing Device for his daughter to use. Armed with the device, she is capable of several transformations including the eponymous Cutey Honey. After the death of her father, Honey entered a never ending battle against the villainous organisation Panther Claw.
As her base Honey Kisaragi form, Honey is a teenager with an average height but buxom figure with long blonde hair worn with a red headband. Honey has light blue eyes. She wears a white and blue dress as well as white boots. She also wears red accessories accented by pink hearts. As Cutie Honey, her hair becomes short and messy and turns red. Her eyes also turn red. She is clothed in one piece costume featuring a red top that shows a cleavage, white elbow length gloves and boots, and a back bottom side. Her accessories like the choker and arm band also change to white.
Compared to her more carefree counterpart from the anime, Honey is more sophisticated and mature for girls her age. Like most teenage girls she is easily embarrassed when seen naked (which happens quite a lot in the series). Honey has a friendly, warm, and cute personality that attracts people to her regardless of age or gender even enemies like Sister Jill. She has a high sense of justice and is willing to fight for this view whether they are petty criminals or the vicious Panther Claw. In Cutey Honey 90s Honey becomes much more bold and shameless, using her attractive figure to her advantage.
Merlin「マーリン」 is a member of the Seven Deadly Sins and is known as the Boar's Sin of Gluttony. She is regarded as the greatest mage in Britannia. Her Sacred Treasure is the Morning Star Aldan, a floating orb she can summon at will and often uses in conjunction with her spells and her inherent power Infinity. The name "Merlin" is actually an alias, and her true name is currently unknown and cannot be pronounced by humans.
Prior to the Seven Deadly Sins' supposed betrayal, Merlin demonstrates a playful nature, telling her teammates that their meeting with the Great Holy Knight might turn out to be a scolding from their superior for destroying the Great Druid Altar. Merlin is also apologetic, in asking for her captain's forgiveness for knocking him out. She enjoys mocking and challenging others, teasing her apprentice Vivian for losing herself in rage again. Merlin tends to use anyone as a magical guinea pig to test out new techniques she learned so long as the results are good (as Meliodas had noted).
Ten years ago, Merlin was wearing a full set of armor with a unique helm that resembled a beetle, like the rest of her fellow Seven Deadly Sins. This armor set had a long dress and she wore high heeled boots. Merlin's wanted poster depicts her as a young woman with long dark-colored hair. Her Seven Deadly Sins tattoo is located at the left side of her neck and is colored red, hence her nickname as the "Crimson Pig".
Ten years afterwards, Merlin was first seen wearing a long violet cloak that covered her whole body and her face, making her sex ambiguous. When the cloak was ripped apart, Merlin was shown to look very similar to her appearance on her wanted poster. She is seen as a slim, attractive, tall woman with three beauty marks below her right eye (though after her reappearance after Hendrickson's defeat, she appears to only have a single, lower-placed, larger beauty mark). Her outfit consists of a highly revealing and open fur collared long coat, with heart shaped buttons, short shorts with a heart on it, and thigh high boots. Merlin's hair is at shoulder length and black.
Nero Claudius (Fate/Extra)
Saber (セイバー, Seibā?) is the Saber-class Servant available to be chosen by Hakuno Kishinami in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War in Fate/Extra and Fate/Extra CCC. She is one of the Servants of Ritsuka Fujimaru of the Grand Orders conflicts of Fate/Grand Order. She is often called Red Saber (赤セイバー, Aka Seibā?) to distinguish her from other Sabers.
Saber's True Name is Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the Fifth Roman Emperor. She had the reputation of a notorious tyrant whose rule was made up of schemes and poison as she oppressed all religious forces, especially Christians, and the Roman Senate during the period from 50 to 60 AD. It is believed in one theory that the Book of Revelation was written as a reaction against said oppression. She was regarded in the same light as the devil as the assumed Hebrew pronunciation of her name as an emperor, Nero Caesar being pronounced as "NRVN QSR", equates with the "Number of the Beast". This name and the "Beast of Babylon" refers to Rome itself and it is not an alias given to her as an individual.
Nero's father was Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, cousin of the Fourth Emperor, Claudius; and her mother, Julia Augusta Agrippina, was the younger sister of Emperor Caligula. Because Nero's father was considered to be a weak man, Nero was barred from succeeding to the throne. Agrippina eventually remarried to Emperor Claudius (Agrippina's uncle) and convinced him to adopt Nero as his heir, leading Nero down the path to becoming emperor by her own evil designs but started by her own mother's debauchery. Agrippina, through her plotting and manipulating, pressured Octavia (Claudius's daughter and Nero's step-sister) to marry Nero. Nero's relatives resented her illegitimate birthright and relations became strain. Nero had more affection for the nameless masses than her relatives.
During her youth, Nero was revered as a very competent judge who brought in several important lawsuits with her fairness and efficiency, though Claudius had forbidden her from doing so due to her young age. Nero eventually succeeded her stepfather after Agrippina murdered Claudius in the year 54 AD, she was enthroned emperor at the age of seventeen, which would have been extremely difficult with her origins.
After claiming the throne, Nero gave out money to all citizens in celebration. She then abolished all indirect taxes. Predictably, the public adored Nero's generosity. Nero attempted to reform a depraved government and the corrupt senate, but her reforms were stalled and met with hostility. Conflicts with the senate erupted when Nero tried to unify the Roman Empire with some troublesome provinces. In contrast, Nero boasted tremendous popularity from the citizens, thanks to her generous policies; her care for diplomacy caused Britannia's relations in Rome to improve during later years, essentially making her the person who built the opportunity for the legend of King Arthur to be born. She was also highly praised by Persia, which lead to Rome being considered "the country of Nero" by Persia after her death.
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