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Eclipsa Butterfly, the Queen of Darkness

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"I did what I had to do for me. If the Magic High Commission and your mother think that's evil, call me a villainess."
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Voiced by: Esmé Bianco

"Eclipsa, Queen of Mewni
to a Mewman king was wed,
but took a monster for her love
and away from Mewni fled."

Originally thought to be Star's ninth great-grandmother, Eclipsa was revealed to be the last queen of the original Butterfly dynasty before being succeeded by a line of usurpers. Eclipsa garnered a reputation for being quite rebellious and was even believed by many to be outright evil, due to her unapologetic use of taboo dark magic, and for having rejected her arranged marriage to a nobleman, abandoning her kingdom to elope with her monster lover, Globgor, whom the mewmans greatly feared. Eclipsa and Globgor had a daughter together before the forbidden couple was crystallized a full three centuries before the start of the series, with their daughter being given away, growing up to become the villainous Miss Heinous. Eclipsa has since regained her freedom through a bargain struck with Moon, which set in motion a series of events that eventually led to Star willingly surrendering both the wand and the throne of Mewni to Eclipsa.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: At the beginning of season 4, almost every Mewni citizen dislikes Eclipsa mainly because of her treating Monsters as equals. Even some monsters dislike Eclipsa due to mistaking other Mewmans' prejudice as her own. In fact, many of them purchased yada yada berries to turn her into stone. Over the season, her reception to her people begins to be more positive and has achieved the admiration from her subjects as shown in "Cornonation" and the beginning of "Doop-Doop".
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In "Cleaved", she takes on her butterfly form for the first, last and only time (an impressive feat, considering she once admitted to never learning how to use magic without the wand).
  • Adorkable: The first thing she does when Rhombulous temporarily frees her to speak to Moon is to ask for a candy bar from the vending machine. It's really weird, yet it's actually quite endearing to see an allegedly evil queen act in a silly manner. She's also shown to be a passionate guitarist and headbangs like a rock star while whaling on an air guitar.
  • Adult Fear: Eclipsa's life as a mother was not a good one. She and her husband were separated from their baby daughter and crystallized for hundreds of years, while said daughter, Meteora, was basically kidnapped, completely erased from all records, and dumped in a strange place by racist people who were disgusted by the thought of having a hybrid child on the throne. Eclipsa was completely unaware that Meteora was psychologically and emotionally abused far away where she can't see until she was turned into a Tragic Monster.
  • Advertised Extra: Eclipsa's return and her participation in the plot was heavily advertised during the brief hiatus between the Battle of Mewni and the rest of season 3, with her being a constant presence in teasers and promos, hinting at her being a key player in the season. She is, but not until the second half of the season, after another hiatus.
  • All-Loving Hero: Despite her negative reputation, Eclipsa turns out to be this. While the act of abandoning Mewni has painted her a selfish woman, she has shown to do acts of great selflessness (i.e., attempting to kill her enraged daughter to protect Star and save the kingdom), holds no grudge over those who hate her, and is willing to help those in need, especially her loved ones.
  • Always Save the Girl: After finding out what had happened to her daughter Meteora, Eclipsa wanted nothing more than for her to return safe and sound. When Meteora went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Eclipsa interferes with Moon's attack meant to stop her (to keep her from going overboard with said attack). Though she regrets doing so because Meteora refuses to stop destroying buildings and stealing souls until she's seized the Mewni throne (which by all technicality, was stolen from her) and is ultimately willing to risk killing Meteora herself.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Eclipsa is preceded by a terrible reputation, but from questionable sources—the most specific and repeated "crime" attributed to her was miscegenation. Once freed, Eclipsa practically turned herself in and showed a lot of goodwill to Star and others, but doesn't care if people consider her evil. This is subverted later on when she is shown to be a hero at heart and is trying to be a good queen.
  • Anti-Regeneration: One of her spells is capable of killing an immortal. Even if it doesn't score a killing blow, it will inflict a Wound That Will Not Heal. She taught it to Moon to kill Toffee, though Moon used it to blow off his finger instead. According to The Magic Book of Spells, this spell was created specifically to kill Septarians, the race Toffee belongs to, and that she had made it after Globgor expressed his concern over the Septarians amassing an army of sorts.
  • The Archmage: Considered the most powerful of any Mewni Queen by far, and infamous for The Dark Arts. She finally shows what she's capable of by easily trouncing season 3's villain in the season finale.
  • Arranged Marriage: Her marriage to King Shastacan was her mother Solaria's idea of a diplomatic move. Eclipsa refused at first, but acquiesced when Solaria died and specified in her will that they marry.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • In "Lint Catcher" She asks Star "Do you want him to stay?". Through the episode Star has been trying to distance herself from Marco and it seems that she is angry about Marco arriving unannounced and uninvited. However her response to Eclipsa seems to suggest that there's more to this than she lets on.
    • An even better example of this trope is used in "Butterfly Trap" when she asks the Magical High Commission about her daughter.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: She's an immensely powerful magic user and the spells she demonstrates are absolutely devastating against Meteora. However, its implied she doesn't know the consequences of what every spell does given her surprise Meteora turned into a baby and, as mentioned below, she never learned how to cast spells without her wand. Given that the wand is Star's inheritance, Eclipsa's magical powers are essentially gone for good. Until she gets it back in the Season 3 finale.
  • Awful Wedded Life: From her disgusted reaction of seeing Shastacan's hologram during her trial, it can be suggested that they didn't have a happy marriage. Further reinforced in Magic Book of Spells, where he was condescending to her opinions.
  • Black Sheep: Eclipsa became infamous for practicing dark magic and running off with her monster lover.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She's powerless without her wand, being crystalized before even learning how to dip down. Having no acess to the wand during season 3 makes her powerless, but she is back with it in season 4.
  • Casting a Shadow: Most of her dark magic spells are dark in a literal sense, being focused on manipulating darkness or purple flames.
  • Cat Smile: Eclipsa has a tiny one in her portrait, although there appears to be nothing lighthearted or mischievous about her.
  • Character Development: Eclipsa has a shown a great love for family, especially for her monster husband and her daughter. This gets deconstructed in "Tough Love", when she chooses to save Meteora from Moon's deadly attack which leads half of the latter's soul being taken. Come "Conquer", Eclipsa was ready and prepared to kill her daughter to protect Star and the kingdom. And while she does resort to some underhanded methods to free Globgor in "Swim Suit", she ultimately stops because of Star's influence. And "Surviving the Spiderbites" shows Eclipsa now trying to recreate the Magic Book of Spells not to free Globgor but to learn spells for her kingdom, though she ends up trying to free him, she backs down when talked out of it by the man himself.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The Magic Book of Spells reveals that Eclipsa and Globgor have been secretly friends since they were kids, the two would leave messages around the kingdom for each other to find, and eventually they fell in love.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Eclipsa is quite odd and eccentric. When she is freed, her priority is wanting some sweets, she speaks with pidgeons, makes musical instruments out of bones, and so on.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Eclipsa doesn't mess around in combat. Her spells are designed to be lethal, compared to Star's largely incapacitating arsenal. The Magic Book of Spells even explains that she developed her Body Swap Spell as a means to force her enemies to kill themselves.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: The top priority for Eclipsa upon learning that Meteora had been erased from Mewni's records was to find out what happened to her. Along the way, she becomes quite attached to Moon and Star, even after discovering they aren't related to her. These feelings come into conflict when Meteora goes on a rampage and sets out on a vengeful quest to reclaim the Mewni throne and tries to kill Star, but are ultimately resolved when Eclipsa sides against her, realizing that there was nothing more she could do for Meteora.
  • Connected All Along: Heinous turns out to be Meteora, Eclipsa's daughter with her monster husband.
  • Cool Old Lady: While Eclipsa isn't visibly old thanks to her crystallization, she's technically a grandmother. She's also charming and gives a lot of sound advice to Star and develops a nice relationship with Moon, though they aren't really related.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Despite being an incredibly powerful sorceress, she does not know how to "dip down" and use magic without a wand. Justified; since Eclipsa was imprisoned at the peak of her power for 300+ years and she never had to learn how. Glossaryck noted in The Magic Book of Spells that not all queens further develop their magic and learn how to use magic without the wand. "Swim Suit" shows that she also doesn't know how to reverse her own spells and she needed Star to coach her on how to do it, and in "Surviving the Spiderbites" she states that all of her spells are all either combative or can only be used for herself (in spite of the fact that others can use her spells for their own benefit, such as Moon and Star), requiring Star and the Book of Spells in order to improve her skills and learn more spells.
  • Crystal Prison: She's spent the last few centuries as one of Rhombulus' crystallized prisoners.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She dishes one out to Meteora, who had just taken everything Star can throw at her with nary a scratch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her mother died when she young thus having her become Queen at the same age. She was then arranged to marry Shastacan. Eclipsa ran off and married her monster lover, Globgor and the two had a daughter. At one point, the Magic High Council discovered their home and imprisoned her and Globgor. And then took away her daughter.
  • The Dark Arts: Infamous for it, and her epithet is Queen of Darkness. However, Star disagrees with it, saying that after reading her chapter of the magic book, she found nothing particularly mind-blowing about it, which Eclipsa mentions that she never names her chapter "The Dark Chapter", but it was the Magic High Comission who did. However the spell to kill an immortal seems to be indeed evil, Eclipsa made it with the intention to protect the kingdom from the threat of Septarians and even she feared that spell, deciding to never name it or put it in the Spell Book.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite creating quite a few dark spells in her chapter and being Ambiguously Evil for a long time, Eclipsa is really just an eccentric ex-queen that desperately wants to find out what happened to her daughter, while having a nice relationship with both Moon and Star. And in the season 3 finale, when Star fails to defeat Meteora, Eclipsa takes up the wand and strikes down her own daughter in order to save Mewni, before being pleasantly surprised that the spell somehow reverted Meteora back to infancy.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her mother was Mina's boss, Solaria the Monster Carver, who probably didn't approve of her dating monsters.
  • Dead Man Switch: She managed to create one through the deal Moon made with her, stating that if Toffee is killed, she will be set free. Since Ludo killed the last bit of Toffee, it weakened her prison.
  • The Dreaded: Her spells and additions to the Butterfly family spellbook are constantly referred to with caution at best, and outright fear at worst, with implications that most Butterflies have never even seen said chapter. Noticeably, Hekapoo and Lekmet of the Magic High Commission, flip out when they see Star's about to read one of her pages. Considering what they did to her and her daughter, along with the fact they never bothered to even read her chapter, it's hard to tell how much of this is warranted.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • When Star grabs Toffee's severed finger, several images flash on the screen, including one shot of Eclipsa's face, implying a connection between the two of them. As it turns out, it was her magic power that severed said finger to begin with.
    • In "Crystal Clear", the large collection of imprisoned rogues that Rhombulus has captured over the years has a crystal containing Eclipsa in the background.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the series finale she finally gets her happy ending with her monster-hating mother accepting Meteora beyond the grave and with Mina and her army depowered, she is now able to live a happy and peaceful life with her family.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When a young Moon unthaws her from the crystal prison and the audience meets her for the first time, the first thing Eclipsa asks for is a chocolate bar from the vending machine that happens to be behind them. She is then sympathetic to Moon losing her mother and being torn between two suitors, and offers to teach her the magic she needs, but for a price. Even then though, she makes it clear this magical contract isn't to be taken lightly. All of this provides hints that she may not be as bad as the rumors about her would have you believe.
  • Exact Words: Her contracts appear to work on this. She gives Moon a spell capable of killing Toffee in exchange for her freedom after Toffee is destroyed. Moon manages to evade this by crippling Toffee instead of killing him, but the contract comes back into play when he is killed by Star and Ludo. Of course, this works against her because she never specified permanent freedom, which means recrystallizing her is still possible.
  • Facial Markings: Eclipsa had ones shaped like spades on her cheeks.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In Season 4, Eclipsa will never free Globgor (at least not by her own efforts anyways), even accepting that it's just not the right time to do so (He ends being freed by Rhombulus in an attempt to frame Eclipsa, and gets to stay free).
  • Family of Choice: Despite finding out that she isn't actually related to Star and Moon, she continues to treat them like family members anyway. She offers Star and Marco a place to stay in her castle and she even cries Tears of Joy when she sees Moon return safe and sound. Even Marco she treats like her own son.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. Eclipsa's favorite place in the Mewni Castle was the rose garden and her first scene in season 4 was her decorating her new castle with a number of them.
  • Foil:
    • To Moon. Eclipsa is a carefree woman who is always calm and joyful despite what happens around her; her advices to Star tend to surround the theme of doing what's best for her, focusing on self-discovery and self-empowerment; she also believes that all knowledge is good knowledge, which prompts her to meddle with dark magic; she was known to empathize with monsters and even fell in love with one. Moon carries herself sternly and proudly; while advising Star, her focus is in self-improvement so Star can become the best queen possible; she tends to keep things hidden from others when she notices it might cause trouble and has loathed the dark magic chapter of the spell book Eclipsa wrote; she also harbors the same Fantastic Racism as the rest of her family also share. In regards to being a mother, Eclipsa was unable to be there for her daughter's (Miss Heinous/Meteora) life, while Moon has always been there for Star's.
      • Their differences are highlighted again in season 4 with Eclipsa, now as Queen, improving to be a better one and doing selfless actions at the cost of her own happiness. On the other hand, Moon is content to live a quiet life in the yurt village with River, but plans a coup against Eclipsa out of anger for the latter accidentally sending her to the Realm of Magic, thus putting her own feelings ahead of others' safety.
    • To her mother Solaria, who in many ways was her opposite. While Solaria was fanatical in her hatred of monsters, Eclipsa understood and related with monsters more than she did with mewmans, even to the point of marrying and having a child with a monster. While Solaria preferred to rule alone, only taking a lover to secure an heir, Eclipsa loved Globgor and hoped their relationship would change Mewni for the better. While Solaria was influential enough to reignite anti-monster bigotry in mewmans that lasted for over 300 years, Eclipsa has a 0% Approval Rating among the mewmans of Mewni but is generally well-liked by the monsters. Solaria was a butch Action Girl who's wand took the form of a Laser Blade that exuded light, Eclipsa is more of a Lady of War who's wand is a parasol that blocked sunlight and reflected her affinity for The Dark Arts. Even their names are total opposites to one another; Solaria's name evoking the sun, Eclipsa's evoking an eclipse, or the blocking of the sun.
  • Forgiveness: Holding grudges isn't really her thing. Even after Moon betrayed her by siding with Mina and forced her to give back the wand, Eclipsa is more than willing to work with her to stop Mina, and encourages Moon to repair her fractured relationship with Star.

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  • Girls Love Chocolate: She demands chocolate immediately after being let out of stasis. When released, in "Stranger Danger", she shows to have eaten a bucket worth of chocolate and admits self-control issues.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her tapestry portrait has them at least. It's especially noticeable because the top half of her face is cast in shade from her hat.
  • Good All Along: When she was first mentioned, Eclipsa was presented as a regrettable part of the Butterfly Family's history for having betrayed them to take on a monster lover and was said to have done all sorts of horrible things to the point she was crystalized. Slowly, once she was properly introduced she appeared to be a Noble Demon who might've been manipulating Moon to gain her freedom and later tried to manipulate Star into thinking she was innocent. It's eventually revealed that while Eclipsa dabbled in some dark magic and was a "monster lover", she was truly a decent woman who was unfairly stigmatized for wanting to end monster persecution and for escaping an unhappy marriage that she was forced into to be with someone who respected her, believing that their union could bring lasting peace between monsters and Mewmans, and having a child with him. All talk of Eclipsa's supposed "evil deeds" were lies and hearsay spread by the Magic High Commission and her vengeful ex-husband Shastacan. It's telling that despite how many people have called her a villain, she never holds a grudge against them and has been known to show concern for her enemies despite being perfectly justified in hating them.
  • Good Parents: When Eclipsa is given a second chance of raising Meteora, she proves to be an attentive, doting mother who instructs her daughter, as seen in "Cornball!", to not "prey on those weaker than her".
  • Hairstyle Inertia: As shown in "Pizza Party", Eclipsa has had the same short, poofy haristyle since her infant age.
  • Happily Married: It's implied her relationship with her monster husband, Globgor, was loving, sweet and very heartwarming. She even blushes upon seeing an image of him in "Butterfly Trap", and wonders how anyone could not fall for his smile.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Eclipsa is preceded by a reputation of being a user of dark magic who abandoned her kingdom to be with a monster. Eclipsa is very honest about her use of dark magic and she openly admits to learning it for her own sake. However, without Eclipsa, Mewni would have been taken over by Meteora and the monsters wouldn't have been allowed access to Mewni. Tensions with Eclipsa are still high to the point that they perceive her as a Falsely Reformed Villain and the level of distrust towards her and Globgor are yet to be warranted. Star has made it her goal to prove everyone wrong and redeem Eclipsa in their people's eyes.
  • Heroic Bastard: The Magic Book of Spells mentions Eclipsa's mother had no interest in a husband, so she simply "went out to sea" with one of her councilors to sire an heir. Solaria was the queen, though, so despite Eclipsa's later reputation, no one held her parentage against her.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a capable guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and she has surprisingly modern taste in music for someone who has been Taken for Granite for centuries. She and Globgor are also revealed to be masterful culinary artists, having baked a disturbingly lifelike cake resembling a Mewman as a gift for Star and Tom.
  • High Class Gloves: Wears a pair of long gray gloves. They hide the corruption on her lower arms from using dark magic.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Similarly to Tom's parents, it's unknown how exactly Eclipsa was able to produce viable offspring with a monster that was at least 20 times her size. She was willing to give some details in "Total Eclipsa the Moon", but Moon preferred not to know that. In The Magic Book of Spells, Eclipsa states that her beloved Prince of Darkness, Globgor, is a type of monster called a size shifter. When the two do interact, it's shown he spends most of his time with her in a state of being about just a head taller than her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Eclipsa's monster lover was so big and muscular that she could use his forearm as a seat. He is later revealed to be a size-shifter and spent most of his time only slightly taller than Eclipsa, though he often becomes so tiny she can carry him in her shoulder.
  • I Am Not Your Father: She is not Star's actual ninth great-grandmother, as initially believed. Star is saddened by this, as she genuinely bonded with her. However, their lack of relation had not gotten in the way of their bond as shown in the season finale when she saves her from her own daughter.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • When asked by Star if she used dark magic, Eclipsa ambiguously, but honestly responds that she did what she had to do for herself, and asks Star to call her a villainess if it makes her evil.
    • The Magic Book of Spells reveals that this is the reason she created the Darkest Spell. It was made to specifically kill Septarians, who did not want peace between Mewmans and monsters and couldn't be killed in any other way because of their regeneration abilities. She didn't even give it an official name because of how dangerous it was towards both the victim and the caster of the spell.
    • Played tragically when she steps up and kills the insane Meteora (or so she thought) to save Star and Mewni. When Star asks what she's done, Eclipsa has the same response, only this time it's clear she would've wanted anything but that.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Eclipsa first meets Moon, she quickly comments on how Moon is too young to be queen unless her mother was dead. Moon's reaction quickly confirms Eclipsa's fears and she immediately apologizes for stepping on that emotional land mine.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • She fell in love with a monster, Globgor (who was a Size Shifter), and left Mewni with him.
    • The Magic Book of Spells reveals that she dated many kinds of monsters, and even had a rating system of dateability written down. She also has had a friendship with the Prince of Darkness, her eventual husband, since she was a child, and the two would leave messages around the kingdom for each other to find.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Eclipsa abandoning her kingdom and Mewman husband to run away with her monster lover (whom she had a daughter with) made her appear to be a selfish person. In "Stranger Danger", Star says that Eclipsa abandoning Mewni was "super selfish". Averted in The Magic Book of Spells where it reveals that her monster lover was the one who insisted she run away with him for a brief period to elope in an attempt to save both their people, a decision she initially refused to make because she didn't want to betray her kingdom. She acknowledged how her eloping with Globgor and leaving Mewni make her seem selfish, but believed that her union with Globgor would create lasting peace between the monsters and the Mewmans, hoping save to both species, and hoped her actions would later be seen as just. To top it all off, she clearly went out of her way to reform Globgor who used to eat people.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Downplayed, as Eclipsa was Ambiguously Evil rather than a jerkass. In "Tough Love", while talking with Meteora, Eclipsa makes a comment about how she was imprisoned and tried by "backwards, maladjusted people", meaning she was talking about the Magic High Commission and Moon (who is offended). But despite the unwarranted comment, Eclipsa's description wasn't incorrect given that the Commission unfairly imprisoned her because she fell in love with a monster and Moon backed out of their deal and initially agreed with the Commission's decision.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. Eclipsa is played up as "evil" by others, including the Magic High Commission, but her conversation/deal with a young Moon shows her an empathetic individual. Her subsequent appearances show that she is by no means "evil" and hardly qualifies as a straight up "jerk".
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Subverted. In the season 3 finale episode, "Conquer", Eclipsa attacks and, ultimately, kills her daughter, Meteora. But given how her daughter was sucking the souls out of Mewmans, causing rampant destruction, and was about to murder Star, Eclipsa's decision was the right one. And she was bereft with what she had to do. And even more happy when Meteora somehow survived and reverted back into a baby.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Eclipsa is an expert in dark magic, wears dark purple and a wide-brimmed hat reminiscent of a Wicked Witch, but she is still an attractive woman with an air of sophistication. She's also said to be one of the most powerful queens in Mewni's history and only Star has as much magical potential as she does. This is proven when she takes back the wand to defend Star from Meteora in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After being a spectator for much of her time onscreen Eclipsa takes up the Wand once more to defend Star and Mewni from Meteora's wrath, delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle in the process.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: Her mother was Solaria the Monster Carver, Mewni's most ruthless monster fighter, who only believed the worst about monsters and thought they were better off dead. Eclipsa is able to see the monsters as people, and eventually married one. Eclipsa's mother was a warrior queen while she was a dark magic mage.
  • Love Across Battlelines: She dated Globgor while her mother was on her mission of genocide.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: What Eclipsa decides to do in season 4 thanks to Character Development. Initially, she was willing to take over Rhombulus' body in order to free Globgor, but Star's insistence that she doesn't, otherwise no one (Star included) would trust Star, reaches Eclipsa. She decides that the kingdom's well-being must come first, no matter how much Eclipsa misses her trapped husband.

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  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Most likely the reason why she fled Mewni. Mewni has a strong prejudice against monsters, so Eclipsa leaving her Mewman husband to take a monster for her lover probably was source of some outrage.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Eclipsa drops her usual cheeky attitude to give a Death Glare to the Magic High Council when they lie about what they did to her daughter.
    • Deconstructed in "Tough Love", when Moon and Meteora are in a fight and the former is about to kill her daughter, Eclipsa intervenes... which leads to half of Moon's soul being drained and Meteora continuing her rampage to Mewni.
    • Deconstructed again in "Conquer". This time Eclipsa is this for Star as she battles Meteora to protect her and ends up almost killing her with a powerful dark spell. Eclipsa is devastated.
    • She unleashes the Spell-With-No-Name against the Solarian warrior Doug-Doug when he's about to kill Star.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name comes from 'eclipse,' a phenomenon where a celestial body, like the Sun or Moon, is obscured in shadow. All signs point to Eclipsa's reign, and the woman herself, invoking Dark Is Evil.
    • "Eclipse" also literally means "to abandon", in reference on how ancient times believed the sun abandoned the earth during a solar eclipse. Eclipsa abandoned her people to run off with her monster lover.
  • Missing Mom: To Miss Heinous aka her long lost daughter, Meteora. At some point, they were forced away from another due to Eclipsa's imprisonment and Meteora being brainwashed into forgetting her identity.
  • Nice Hat: A black Kentucky derby-style hat with a wide brim, decorated with white feathers and what appears to be brambles. She's not the only one, as her uncle Jushtin was also fond of wearing a feathered, wide-brimmed hat.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Her eyes are oval-shaped, whereas a majority of the humanoid characters have round eyes. Also, more subtle, her pupils are tiny while her iris is large, an inversion of how a majority of the other characters eyes are drawn.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: A lot of her actions are sympathetic, and those accusing her of evil deeds, mostly the Magic High Commission, are bigots against her husband and not really the epitome of good morals they claim to be, leading Star to believe Eclipsa to be this. She basically mentions this when asked about the her chapter in the Magic Book, she was never the one that named her chapter "the evil chapter", it was the Magic High Commission.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Moon. Their similarities include being pushed into similar situations in their life, situations that are hard and help them quickly bond when she is briefly released from the crystal. This include how she mentions that she too was forced to be a queen at a young age due to her mother's demise and being torn on their feelings for two different men. Both also are fiercely protective of their families, to the point that they are willing to endanger the rest of their kingdom to keep their daughters safe.
    • And to Star, being a rebellious royal who follows her heart without thinking of the consequences, and has a more open mind toward monsters.
  • Odd Friendship: Glossaryck of all people is the only one to respect Eclipsa and have a form of friendship with her. After Eclipsa's battle with Meteora, Glossaryck leaves with her willingly (although "Swim Suit" has him laugh him her request to reverse the spells she cast on Rhombulus, claiming that he doesn't work for her).
  • Odd Name Out: Most of the other queens have the names of celestial bodies, but Eclipsa's refers to a cosmic phenomenon. Fitting for the Black Sheep of the Mewni queens.
  • Offing the Offspring: Not at first, as she wanted another way to stop Meteora, but only after Moon and Star were endangered did she resort to killing her own daughter. She even looked close to breaking down after doing the deed. Fortunately, Meteora was magically regressed to a baby, giving both her and her mother a second chance at life again.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Despite being mostly a Mellow Fellow, she showcases a lot of emotions in "Butterfly Trap". She makes a blushing face when seeing her husband, anger and resentment towards the Magic High Commission and grief over seeing how her daughter was treated when she wasn't there.
    • In "Conquer", she cries when she's forced to fight and defeat her rampaging daughter.
    • In Ready, Aim, Fire, the normally cheerful Eclipsa enters a state of Tranquil Fury and genuine fear when a Solarian Warrior attacks.
  • Parasol of Pain: Eclipsa's version of the Royal Magic Wand is a pretty parasol that she uses to fire devastating spells against her enemis.
  • Parental Substitute: It's becoming evident that Eclipsa is this to Star, due to Star and her mother not seeing eye to eye. Even though she isn't biologically related to Star, she still treats her family and Star otherwise reciprocates. In Season 4, Eclipsa has also become one to Marco, even helping Marco with his conflicting feelings between Star and Kelly, and gives him a hug. The trope is further enforced once Moon reveals she was the initial Big Bad before being displaced by Mina, Star all but disowning her for her actions, even attacking her at one point, and choosing to help Eclipsa rather than side with her mother. Incidentally, Star's experience with Eclipsa allowed her to put that incident in perspective, making her realize her own mother is no less flawed than Eclipsa, because there will come a time mothers make bad decisions in life.
  • Perky Goth: She dresses in black, wields powerful dark magic and fashions a guitar out of a skeleton, but is generally a quirky, cheerful individual who acts more like The Gadfly than anything else.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Fittingly for her Cloud Cuckoolander persona, she rarely changes expression. Even when held hostage by Omnitraxus Prime. It adds an unnerving tone for her character.
  • Playing Card Motifs: She had spade-shaped markings. Her entire room has spades-like symbols too and even the door to Meteora's room has a huge Spades symbol in it.
  • Purple Eyes: Hers are a grayish shade of lavender, and suit her status as one of the mightiest spell-casters in Mewnian history.
  • Rebellious Princess:
    • After her release, she's shown to possess a few of the stereotypical mannerisms of a mildly rebellious teenager, such as a habit of sneaking out of her room after dark, giggling at ancient crawlspaces being 'dirty', and playing an instrument that looks and sounds like an electric guitar. Her love for the Prince of Darkness, Globgor, is implied to have a hint of Dating What Daddy Hates not just towards her mother, but also towards the whole of Mewni.
    • The Magic Book of Spells shows that Solaria thought her daughter was being kidnapped by a monster when she was a child. In reality, Eclipsa had snuck out of the castle when she wasn't allowed to come to a parley and met with him instead. She kept this friendship going for many years in secret, and eventually they fell in love.
  • Red Herring: Built up as the likely Big Bad of Season 3. It actually turns out to be her daughter, Meteora.
  • Red Right Hand: Her gloves conceal her hands have been blackened by dark magic. It's implied that the marks came from the use of her darkest spell, which Moon has also gotten after using it.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Eclipsa is largely overshadowed by her reputation. She's returned to the throne, gave homes back to the monsters and even saved Mewni from her own daughter. Yet the Mewmans and Magic High Commission refuse to trust her. The commission were also quick to arrest her and Meteora when Globgor escaped, without even investigating the crime scene.
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  • Sad Clown: Admits to Moon that she uses humor to hide her feelings sometimes.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Eclipsa has very questionable ethics regarding her magic. Her immediate suggestion upon getting caught breaking into the royal archives is to Mind Wipe the guard. Possibly justified in that instance since she and Moon were trying to be sneaky as they were attempting to uncover secrets and couldn't allow themselves to be caught. Taken a step further in "Swim Suit" when she uses a "Freaky Friday" Flip spell on Rhombulus in an attempt to free Globgor. Star convinces her to abandon this plan, as no one is going to trust a queen who uses her powers like that.
  • Seeker Archetype: Most of Mewni consider Black Magic better off forgotten, but Eclipsa researched it heavily under the belief that "All knowledge is good knowledge." The same attitude may well be why she familiarized herself with monsters enough to fall in love with one.
  • Seen It All: Her life has been one huge disaster after another, between her mother being a genocidal warlord, getting locked in crystal and separated from her husband and daughter for more than 300 years, and being branded evil for having the decency to treat monsters as people. She's so desensitized to being kicked around that she readily forgives Moon for staging a violent coup against her with Mina and the Magic High Commission, as she treats being reunited with Globgor as a silver lining.
    Eclipsa: So, what do you say, Moon? Want to get into a quick game of pool?
    Moon: How can you even thank of that at a time like this?
    Eclipsa: My whole entire life has been a "time like this", Moon. You learn to enjoy these moments.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Star and Marco, ever since "Lint Catcher" (shortly after she met Star and before she'd actually met Marco yet). In the series finale, despite the dire situation she's quite happy to learn that Star and Marco have become a couple.
  • Shoot the Dog: Her Offing the Offspring moment. She's definitely very reluctant in doing so, shedding tears even as she prepares the spell, and breaking down crying after the deed.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Eclipsa preferred Globgor over Shastacan because the former was apparently nicer and a better husband than the latter. This gets murky when we see Globgor's questionable background, suggesting Eclipsa thought she could make him a better person—even if that meant turning a blind eye to his previous misdeeds.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Created the All-Seeing Eye Spell which allowed her to spy on anyone she wished.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Averted. Eclipsa wouldn't be wholly wrong to be furious with Star and Moon's family for usurping the royal bloodline, striking her daughter from the record, and for going back on their word to free her. But Eclipsa is ultimately warm and cordial to both of them, considering them part of her family despite not being related to them at all (it helps that Star and Moon's family were actually puppet rulers, and thus not actually the usurpers, but the Magic High Commission was.) Both of them also go to great lengths to help Eclipsa out and neither are happy to find out the truth. She's also horrified when in trying to protect her daughter, she causes Moon to lose half her soul, begging her to come back, and ends up attacking Meteora to defend Star and save Mewni.
  • Stealth Expert: Besides knowing secret passageways in the Butterfly castle, she also describes herself as "sneaky".
  • Stellar Name: Named after the astronomical term "eclipse".
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Due to being crystallized for 300 years, she ends up looking younger than her daughter Meteora in the present day, but it's subverted in that Meteora's default appearance is just how she looked even when she was younger, resulting from her stealing the emotions from students at St. Olga's.
  • Sweet Tooth: The first thing she does after being semi-released from her prison is ask Moon for a candy bar. She also says she wants her freedom to buy her own chocolate or the little cling-wrapped muffins at the bottom of the vending machine.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: From what little we see of her genuinely heartwarming interactions with her monster husband and how much of a jerk is her Hate Sink Mewni husband, it's not hard to see and support her decision to leave the latter for the former. Specially when his involvement in Meteora's fate is revealed.
  • Tainted Veins: Her forearms are horribly tainted, with her hands being fully dark. She wears High Class Gloves to hide the fact.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Snookers candy bar. It's the first thing she asked for from a young Moon and she was eating a large amount of them after being freed. She has eaten a bucket of them since her releasing.
  • Tritagonist: A role she shares along with Moon during the second half of Season 3. Her desire to find her daughter Meteora and Moon and Star's goals of proving her innocence drive the deeper Myth Arc of the Season.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: In spite of being unjustly imprisoned, having her family taken from her, Moon reneging on their deal, having to kill her own daughter, most of Mewni hating her, and so much more, Eclipsa never holds a grudge.
  • Unholy Nuke: Her most powerful on-screen spell is "Black Velvet Inferno", a spell that envelops the target in impenetrable darkness and shatters them.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As per her own admittance, she never learned how to cast magic without a wand. That said, she has access to powerful Dark Magic that can slay immortals.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to find information about her without coming across lots of spoilers regarding the end of The Battle of Mewni and the truth about the Butterfly family's legitimacy to the throne.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Baby and other things point towards her having been the most powerful of the Butterfly Queens to ever live. The only other Butterfly to ever have sheer magical power comparable to her is Star, and due to being much more experienced Eclipsa is still way stronger.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Downplayed. Eclipsa admits that she has hurt teenagers before, but only psychologically, and she claims that they deserved it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Eclipsa has dark green hair.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She left her Mewman husband after she fell in love with a monster and ran away with him, which was one of Rhombulus' justifications for crystallizing her. Considering how much of a Jerkass her ex-husband was and how fondly she remembers Meteora's father, there is a reason for this trope.
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