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    The Halo Array 
The Halo Array
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  • Appearance: All seven main Halos along with the Ark that can remotely activate them.
  • Alignment: Unknown
  • Portfolio: Weapon Capable of Annihilating All Sentient Life, Ring World Planet
  • Domains: Destruction, Energy, Weapons.
  • The Halo Array is a set of weapons constructed by the Forerunners in order to starve the Flood out of existence by destroying its food source. Its ascention means that should the Flood ever fully infect a House, the Array can used to clear it out in an instant.
  • Upon learning that the Halo Array ascended, Master Chief and the Arbiter both double timed over to the Maximum Security Vault and began adding defenses to ensure that nobody could use them for their own purposes.
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    William Gauge 
William Gauge, God of Nuclear Weapons
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  • Potential House: Explosives
  • Rank: TBA
  • Symbol: Shiva Prime
  • Theme Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbF5sXhM08o
  • Alignment: Chaotic Evil
  • Portfolio: Psycho Prototype, Nuclear Weapons user
  • Domains: Weapons
  • Enemies: The Divine Powers
  • One day, a massive terraformer appeared over the Main House before it used its teleportation to shift over to the House of Weapons. Only a few seconds passed before part of the House was subsequently destroyed in a nuclear explosion caused by several missiles launched from the terraformer. William Gauge has entered the Pantheon.
    • Gauge next visited the Court of the Gods and gave a detailed explanation of why he arrived: Since Warhead was kicked out, Gauge decided that he would be the god of Nuclear Weapons since he actually uses them. A test demonstration of a Nuke Missile and Defense Silo saw the decaying ruins of the Disgraces' house completely destroyed in a nuclear explosion. He then followed it up with the following Oppenheimer paraphrase:
    Gauge: If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. For I have become Death, the shatterer of worlds, and have come to annihilate everyone.
  • A data log revealed that William Gauge is a prototype Cybran who has a quirky attitude and odd sense of humor who disconnected himself from the rest of the Cybran Nation at some point.
  • Most of the Divine Powers were not pleased to see Gauge feed Shesha a nuclear missile, as they worried that Shesha's insane durability on the outside possibly meant the snake's innards wouldn't be able to withstand a nuclear explosion. Fortunately for them, although Shesha took the bait the nuke only gave it mild indigestion.

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     Arle Nadja 

Arle Nadja

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari Inote 

Voiced by:
Reiko Kurusu (Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, Puyo Puyo, Super Nazo Puyo: Rulue no Roux), Kotono Mitsuishi (PC Engine Puyo/Madou games), Mami Inoue (Arcade, 16-bit, and Saturn versions of Puyo Puyo TSU, Mega Drive version of Madou Monogatari I, Madou Monogatari Hanamaru Daiyouchienji), Minako Ozawa (PSX/PC versions of Puyo Puyo TSU, Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Shorts, Madou Monogatari: The Final Test, Saturn version of Madou Monogatari), Emi Motoi (Puyo Puyo~n), Hiromi Miura (Puyo Puyo TSU Perfect Set), Mie Sonozaki (Puyo Puyo Fever - Present), Ali Johnston (English, Puyo Pop Fever), Erica Mendez (English, Puyo Puyo Tetris)
Stage Actor: Risako Ito

For the people of this world! For every man, woman, and child! I will shut you up once and for all!

A young mage apprentice. She is known for being very optimistic, somewhat of a tomboy, and for being one of the more level headed characters in the entire cast. Despite her young looks, she is very prolific in magic, even all the way back in kindergarten. Her optimistic personality means she seemingly doesn't hold grudges towards her enemies, even towards Satan who tries desperately to marry her.Her kindness however hides her general competitiveness with playing Puyo, sometimes causing her to become surprisingly mean spirited.

Being the original protagonist of both Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari, she has a very prolific track record throughout the years, with only Carbuncle and the Puyos themselves rivaling her. This caused her to become an unofficial "mascot" for the Puyo Puyo series alongside those aforementioned characters, especially during Compile's run.

  • Action Girl: A given being a protagonist, and is of the first of the "A" trio.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Once Sega took the reins, her hair changed from brown to orange, her eyes went from brown, to blue (Fever), to golden-brown (Fever 2 onward), and her usual armor pads went from blue to green and back to blue in Fever 2.
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: She fought Dark Prince, Rulue, and Schezo on a daily basis, but in 15th she greeted them, had small talk, and sounded very happy to see her old enemies.
  • The Artifact: Along with Carbuncle in what was otherwise a Continuity Reboot in Fever. Once the new characters were established, Sega slowly began to undo this trope.
  • Badass Adorable: More so in the first Madou Monogatari games.
  • Bag of Spilling: In the Game Gear version, she wakes up trapped in a dungeon with most of her power gone after she gets kidnapped by Schezo in Madou Monogatari II, exclaiming "My power was stolen!" after waking up. The implications that he indeed steal her magic power is very strong, but it ends up spilling again in III without much explanation to go off of.
  • Barrier Warrior: Her Yo~n super attack is a barrier that temporarily holds off Nuisance Puyo.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While she is in general a very positive character, to the point of not holding grudges towards her many rivals, she will still lose her patience if pushed too far.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to the "A" Trio.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": To Suketoudara in his story in 20th Anniversary, and again to her projections of Schezo, Rulue, and Dark Prince in Puyo Tetris for arguing over who battles against her.
  • Board Games with Satan: She's in the same team with him in the Discstation game Madou Sugoroku.
  • Bokukko: Likely to emphasis the point that she's somewhat of a tomboy.
    • This notably causes a translation oversight in the localization of Fever, where Amitie refers to Arle with male pronouns.
  • A Boy and His X: A girl and her curry-loving rabbit that can shoot lasers.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Some of her Puyo matches are started after her mocking her opponents beforehand. Most of them are arrogant clowns, but still powerful magic beings.
  • Call-Back: Arle's dropset consists entirely of pairs as a Call Back to the first four games, which lacked L-shaped and giant Puyo.
    • In 20th Anniversary, Arle regains her spell sequence from Tsu ("Ei!", Fire, Ice Storm, Diacute, Brain Dumbed, Jugem, Bayoen), making her the only character in the game to use six spells. She even references the Madou Monogatari games by stuttering the spell that is used after Diacute.
  • The Comically Serious: Back in SUN. She's focused on trying to foil Satan like usual, but consider the antics she got into trying to get to him in the first place.
  • Conflict Ball: In Tsu she Took a Level in Jerkass mostly for the sake of justifying battles between her and her opponents.
  • Damsel out of Distress: This is how she starts out in Madou Monogatari II, following Schezo knocking her unconscious. Once she figures out she's been kidnapped, she uses sex appeal to snatch her cell key from some guards in Schezo's employ and escape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Big time, during Compile's run. After Sega's makeover, this element of her character was toned down substantially. Although, there was this famous gem from the US version of Minna:
    Incubus: Hey! I just want to get to know you! What's your sign, baby?
    Arle: Octagon. As in "stop."
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In the two Fever games, she only shows up as a generic opponent in the single player, otherwise not contributing much. Later SEGA games would downplay this trope, making her function as more of a Deuteragonist alongside Amitie and Ringo, but still not becoming the main character again until Chronicle.
    • Any game that focuses on another character will often have her downgraded to an NPC role, such as Super Nazo Puyo Tsu or some of the Disc Station titles.
    • In Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars, her only appearance is in a flashback.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the first arcade game she acted as the Only Sane Girl with otherwise good intentions, in Tsu she Took a Level in Jerkass with a lot more Jerkass Ball moments, in SUN she goes for more of a middle ground but is also treated more like a Butt-Monkey, in Yo~n she's back to her personality from the first game but is shown to slowly lose her patience due to Carbuncle's absence, in Minna she's a Deadpan Snarker (especially in the English translation), and from Fever onward she Took a Level in Kindness with her asshole qualities more or less abandoned. This isn't even counting spin-off material like manga that occasionally dips into Alternative Character Interpretation either.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked. She did this to snatch her cell key from some guards and escape in Madou Monogatari II.
  • The Dividual: She and Carbuncle were this in Fever 2, 15th and 7. It was made more obvious in Puyo Tetris, being labeled "Arle & Carbuncle".
  • Drop the Washtub: Amitie dropped one on her head in Puyo Pop Fever 2. Did it get her back home? Nope, it just left a big bump on the head. (The size of Arle's head no less!)
  • Dub Name Change: Was called Silvana in the English translation of the first arcade game. This, like the other English arcade names except Dark Prince, didn't stick for any later Western games.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the earliest MSX games (including Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, the MSX Puyo Puyo, and Disc Station installments of that era), Arle's top has very short sleeves and a red vertical stripe down the middle. She's often depicted without her chest strap and the armor pieces attached to said strap, and wears golden bracelets instead of fabric wristbands. The PC98 version of 1-2-3 gave us the tank top-wearing Arle that, as with many things introduced in the PC98 version, was carried into Puyo Puyo.
  • Fingore: Her fingers fell victim to frostbite after using Ice Storm one too many times in Madou Monogatari III. How badly? They cracked open and bled.
  • Fountain of Expies: Arle would be the basis of not only other protagonists in the Puyo Puyo series, but other Puzzle Game titles. Several characteristics she has would be retooled for future characters like Amitie, Ringo, and Allie, while outside of Puyo Puyo puzzle games (or games that borrow puzzle game elements) like Panel de Pon, Twinkle Star Sprites, Baku Baku Animal, and Star Sweep would have similar Badass Adorable female leads.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Blue and white, which show her hero status.
  • Heart Trauma: Like Sig, she is missing half her soul, which manifests as Doppelganger Arle. Unlike him, however, she seems no worse for wear due to this. However, due to missing half of her soul, a number of her former abilities are strongly implied to have either greatly reduced in strength (i.e. Heaven Ray, Bayoeen) or she has lost access to them altogether (i.e. immortality).
  • Jerkass Ball: Several matches are started because Arle acts particularly cruel or mean spirited. Laughing a Minotaur's nose ring in the Saturn/Playstation version of Tsu, taunting Schezo by comparing him to fungus and moss in SUN, etc.
  • Kid Hero: She was four in Madou Monogatari A, six in Madou Monogatari I, and is 16 in Madou Monogatari II and the Puyo Puyo games.
  • Kill It with Fire: Her first instinct in Sun when seeing Satan is to cast Fire at him, burning his butt.
  • Leitmotif:
  • Limited Wardrobe: She says that she wears the same outfit 365 days a year in Tsu, which The Banshee Trio has a good laugh at. Come 15th Anniversary, she states that she's been doing this for 15 years. (Despite the fact that she underwent slight design changes in between.)
  • Lost in Translation: A rather infamous one: her "Diacute" attack was translated into "Diamond Cutie" in Puyo Pop Fever. Apparently, the translators thought that Diacute was a mashup of "diamond" and "cutie", when it is actually a combination of "di-" as in double, and "acute" as in acuteness. (Diacute is a damage-doubling spell in the Madou Monogatari games.) Puyo Puyo Tetris avoids the entire thing and just has her call "Want more?" instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name when spelled in katakana (アルル Aruru) contains the katakana spelling for roux (ルーRū), an ingredient in Japanese curry. Appropriately her Trademark Favorite Food is curry.
  • Modesty Shorts: We didn't see this in the games themselves until Puyo Puyo Chronicle (which was released long after Sega took over), but at least one figurine showed her wearing these. The costume replica featured in Phantasy Star Online 2 also featured these if you look under the skirt.
  • Moral Dissonance: She tells Lagnus that he shouldn't bully Puyo in Sun, despite the fact that she (along with the rest of the cast) destroy large numbers of them during Puyo Puyo matches.
  • Nice Girl: Other than her Jerkass moments in Tsu, Minna, and her match with Schezo in SUN, she's mostly kind at heart.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In Madou Monogatari II, Arle meets a strange bird named Millu right before her great escape. She manages to get information on where the "Ruberclach" gemstone is from the bird to trade in for a Uranus Staff...and gives it the boot instead of letting it tag along.
  • No Name Given: Strangely, she wasn't given an official name until the PC-98 version of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: She's apparently named after a play called L'Arlésienne (The Girl From Arles), and thus her name should be pronounced "Ah-rll". However, she calls herself "Ah-rl-lee" in the English version of Puyo Pop Fever. The English version of Puyo Puyo Tetris makes a small compromise in that while it is confirmed that "Ah-rll" is indeed correct, Dark Prince exclusively uses "Ah-rl-lee" as the pronunciation of his pet name for her, "Arly".
  • Not Herself: In 7 as Dark Arle.
  • Oh, Crap!: The moment Minotauros began chasing her down, she KNEW she had to run!
  • Only Sane Girl: Up until Ringo appeared, at least.
    • Not So Above It All: Comparatively so anyway. In her own right, she can be pretty ditzy and playful at times.
  • Orbital Bombardment: Her Limit Burst in Saturn, Bayoen, summons a veritable barrage of nuisance Puyo from the sky onto her enemy, followed by a massive Sun Puyo.
  • Panty Shot: Implied in this image of her vaulting over a red Puyo on the cover of Pocket Puyo Puyo, judging from Satan/Dark Prince's reaction.
  • Personality Swap: Temporarily assumes Draco's personality in Tsu as part of a Continuity Nod to their conversation in the first game.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Her daily routine is stopping Satan/the Dark Prince whenever he does something deemed as "evil".
    • Nothing Personal: Despite having to do this almost every game, she really doesn't outright hate him. She even displays concern for him after breaking him free from Ecolo's control.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her Adult form makes her hair grow to waist length, and is downplayed in Puyo Tetris, growing past her shoulders.
  • Refusal of the Call: She refuses to take the Seraphim Orb that she was supposed to inherit in Madou Monogatari: The Final Test, instead choosing to erase the memory of it from everyone's minds.
  • Say My Name:
    • A rather angry "SAAAATAAAAN!" when Satan reveals that his wish was to essentially have a harem of sexy ladies along with Arle's hand in marriage. She does it again when she finds out he was faking his death after the final battle. After the last one? Arle is understandably pissed with his shenanigans.
    • Shouted "SCHEZOOOOO!" in Madou Monogatari: The Final Test as she saw him get killed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In Super Puyo Puyo Tsu she was invited to partake in the ultimate challenge (Normal mode), but left because it was getting late.
      Arle: "Okay buster, you're on! But...it's getting late. Maybe tomorrow."
    • She tries to leave in Minna de Puyo, but Zoh Daimaoh stops her with a Puyo match.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Arle had to solve numerous puzzles of increasing difficulty in Nazo Puyo to get curry ingredients. In the end, Carbuncle gobbles up the curry she just made from right under her nose.
    • In SUN she foils Satan's plans to increase the sun...only for Carbuncle to grow it again.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The epilogue of Madou Monogatari I shows snippets of her growing up. By extension, the Time Skip between I and II counts as well, going from the age of 5, to 16.
  • Shout-Out: Her first name comes from L'Arlésienne as mentioned above, while her last name is from the French novel Nadja.
  • Signature Move: Bayoeen!
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Engages in Butt-Monkey humour as much as the others. The opening title of the first arcade game introduces her by beaning a giant Puyo on her head.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She's able to communicate with Carbuncle. Schezo even says he can't understand a thing Carbuncle says without her around. Arle has no idea what Baromett is saying in their Tsu pre-battle conversation, though.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": One of Sega's early figurines gives us "Aruru Nadya." Likewise, quite a few video game sites list Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux as "Aruru no Ru".
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Her spell Brain Dumbed.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Expectedly, Arle is frequently the final boss you must defeat whenever one of her rivals has a playable campaign. She rarely seems to be that bothered by it though.
  • Spell Theme: ''Fire'', ''Ice Storm'' and ''Thunder'' are her usual spells, which are common elements and uses Diacute and Heaven Ray as well. She eventually switches out Thunder for Brain Dumbed and Heaven Ray for Jugem.
  • Tomboy: She hates the mere idea of having to act proper and ladylike, as she states in Tetris.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Rulue's girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Post-Yo~n, she became a nicer protagonist.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Curry, though not to the same extent as Carbuncle.
  • Trapped in Another World: At first, in Fever. She eventually grew to love Primp, wishing to be able to travel between the two worlds instead of simply going home in 15th.
  • True Companions: With Carbuncle. She claims that she'd be devastated if Carbuncle ever disappeared from her side in 15th, and she is seen to be genuinely upset when he did due to a potion Witch brewed up in Chronicle. Granted it only happened for a short while, but it really tugged her heartstrings. There was also Puyo Puyo~n, in which Carbuncle goes missing for the entirety of the story (save for the beginning and end) due to a disappearing trick by Satan gone wrong. Throughout Yo~n's story, we see Arle gradually become less and less tolerant of the cast's "unique" personality traits. Examples include (but are not limited to) becoming more irritated by the likes of Rulue's infatuation with Satan and Schezo's "interesting" speech impediment among many other things. All this being said, it seems safe to say that not only does Carbuncle truly hold a VERY special place in her heart, but without his presence, Arle might just be a completely different person, and not necessarily for the better...
  • Two First Names: Arle is French, Nadja is German.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Arle keeps the same vocal clips across all three games in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3...meaning that she has the exact same voice at sixteen as she had when she was a kindergartner. Downplayed in the Game Gear versions: Mami Inoue takes over in III and sounds slightly older, while Madou Monogatari A recycles her Saturn Tsu voice clips in an attempt to differentiate 4-year-old Arle from other versions.
    • "Silvana" has the voice of a middle-aged woman.
    • Minako Ozawa's Arle is a borderline case. Her high-pitched, childlike voice matches the super-deformed Arle from Sun...not so much the realistically-proportioned Arle in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She tends to attract all sorts of strangeness throughout the franchise. Even Arle herself comments that she may be cursed in Tetris, due to constantly ending up in weird situations no matter where she goes.
  • With Friends Like These...: From winning her affections to stealing her powers to proving that they're more beautiful/powerful than her, Satan, Rulue, Schezo, Draco, and Witch almost ALWAYS have some kind of beef with her. It almost makes you wonder why Arle STILL puts up with them...

     Carbuncle 

Carbuncle

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II
Voiced by: Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani (Puyo Puyo TSU Saturn), Ayame Kizuki (Puyo Puyo SUN, Madou Monogatari: The Final Test), Kurumi Mamiya (Puyo Puyo~n), Tamaki Nakanishi (Puyo Puyo Fever - present), Erin Fitzgerald (Puyo Puyo Tetris - English)

Guu!

The yellow rabbit Mascot of Compile-era Puyo Puyo games and Compile in general. He is a mysterious creature that used to be Satan's pet, until Arle found him in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 and decided to join her. However Satan became saddened that Carbuncle left him, with getting Carbuncle back becoming one of his motivations to marry Arle. He is known for having a strong bond with Arle, but will still run off on his own to cause mischief, especially if it involves looking for his favorite food curry.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Some sort of yellow rabbit... thing.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Arle and Satan/the Dark Prince use different-gendered pronouns for Carbuncle - Arle uses masculine pronouns, while Dark Prince uses feminine ones. Meanwhile his bios don't specify if he's male or female. Strangely, he has Bust-Waist-Hip measurements in his Madou Monogatari Saturn bio, which is normally reserved for females, but it could have also been done as a joke.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute rabbit-like creature that can fire lasers from his forehead... that has the strongest AI in SUN, Minna and Fever.
  • Black Bead Eyes: But was switched out for Blank White Eyes below temporarily.
  • Blank White Eyes: In his design in Fever until 7.
  • Bonus Boss: He is one in Sun and Fever. In the case of Fever, he takes Popoi's place for the final boss of the HaraHara course.
    • For Sun: Beat the Hard route without continuing.
    • For Fever: Reach the final boss of the HaraHara course without continues and use Fever mode less than 4 or more than 12 times. Alternatively he can be encountered if your continue count is at a multiple of 7. He will be fought in place of Popoi.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: As deceptively powerful Carbuncle is, he typically doesn't help out at all, preferring to wonder around and goof off.
  • Care-Bear Stare: In Saturn, one of his abilities is to purify Yogs and rid their influence through the power of his gem.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has a rather unpredictable odd behavior, to the point where even Arle can't keep tabs on him all the time.
  • Covert Pervert: In 4komas he often gets nosebleeds when witnessing accidental panty shots or large breasts.
  • Demoted to Extra: He bounces between being a side character and playable. He lost his playable status in Fever 2, 15th and Puyo Tetris, and serves as a sidekick character to Arle. Heck, Puyo Tetris' character selection lists them as "Arle & Carbuncle".
    • He has more or less lost his mascot status after Minna, though he is still often featured in promotional materials.
  • Dub Name Change: Carbuncle appears in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, but his name is changed to "Has Bean". Subverted, interestingly enough, in the English arcade game.
  • Empathy Pet: Subverted in 7 when with Dark Arle. While Arle herself was possesed into being evil, Carbuncle was just playing along.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He took sword swallowing to a hilariously literal degree! Another animated short has him devour an entire food stand!
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: From his forehead.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: He's adorable enough to be a Kid-Appeal Character.
  • Has a Type: Apparently prefers to be around girls rather than boys, and even then, he's more partial to Arle than any other female in the series. Not only that, but he's implied to not be into older women as he's shown favor towards Rulue in ARS (as she was 16 in that game), but once she hit 18, he seems to show more disdain for her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Dubious given who his former owner is, but he was the Dark Prince's pet before leaving him for Arle.
  • Informed Attribute: If supplementary material is anything to go by, there's much more to Carbuncle than meets the eye...
    • He's said to know some form of martial arts. He doesn't perform any techniques, both because he chooses not to, and his low stamina wouldn't support the amount of effort he needs to perform such feats.
    • He's implied to be MUCH smarter and cunning than he lets on.
    • It's also said that he cook curry surprisingly well, if given the opportunity.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Kaa-kun"/"Carby" by Arle, and "Carbuncle-chan"/"Carbunny" by Satan/the Dark Prince.
  • Killer Rabbit: Apart from his aforementioned ability to shoot laser beams from his forehead, Carbuncle is far more dangerous than it seems:
    • In SUN, Minna and Fever, he has the strongest and fastest AI in the game. In the latter, his AI is so fast it's practically unchanged when turned into Core AI.
    • In Fever-based rules, Carbuncle is notorious for having the largest dropset in the series, tied with Baldanders, but unlike the latter, who has the weakest chaining power in the game, Carbuncle's is on par with Amitie's (with the exception of 7, where his chaining power is the same as Baldanders's), making him one of the best characters in that mode.
  • Leitmotif: Since SUN, he's commonly associated with the Floor 1/Area A song from Tsu.
  • The Little Detecto: He can find items for Arle in Waku Puyo Dungeon.
  • Living MacGuffin: Carbuncle being missing or kidnapped is the plot of several Compile-era games.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His name is an archaic name given to red, cabochon cut gemstones. Take a look at his forehead.
    • It's also provided as the name of a creature with a jewel in its forehead in Jorge Luis Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The only one in the series, it's easier to list the times where Arle and Carbuncle are alone than where they are together.
  • Older Than They Look: Considering his original owner was Lilith (Arle's ancestor), he's got to be around 10,000 years old, give or take.
  • Overly Long Tongue: While not shown often, his tongue can be quite long and has been shown grabbing things with it.
  • Purposely Overpowered: Implied in Fever, between his huge dropset and actually-good chaining power. The game describes him as "Balanced Character?", warning that he's indeed not a balanced character to begin with.
  • Really 700 Years Old: His original owner was Lilith (Arle's ancestor), meaning he's at least as old as Satan (who is 100025 years old).
  • Reality Warper: In Sun he turns the moon into a second sun with a simple laser blast.
  • Secret Character: In some games, he's treated as a bonus playable character that requires certain conditions to be met.
    • In SUN, highlight Arle and hold Start for 5 seconds.
    • In Yo~n, highlight Schezo and move off screen to the right.
    • In Fever, beat Carbuncle in the HaraHara course.
  • Series Mascot: Of Madou Monogatari and the Compile-made Puyo Puyo games. In fact, he was the Mascot of Compile itself at a time.
  • Sticky Fingers: He tends to swipe things in front of people. Arle's curry in Nazo Puyo, Sata- err Santa's sack in Tsu, Ringo's curry bread in a 7 comic strip...
  • Super Toughness: He's implied to have a very durable body, allowing him to take all manner of punishment.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Carbuncle loves his curry.
  • True Companions: With Arle. On the rare occasion that he's not around, it's vaguely implied that Arle becomes...less pleasant to be around, either being uncharacteristically depressed, more irritated, increasingly serious to a slightly uncomfortable degree, etc.
  • Unfortunate Names: Carbuncle is most likely named after the red gem or the mythical creature with said red gemstone on its head. The name also has a more common meaning as a very disgusting pus-filled skin boil, and the English translation for Big Kindergarten Kids has Arle comment on his name having the same meaning as a zit.
  • Your Size May Vary: Bounces between being a shoulder companion to the size of Arle's head.

     Draco Centauros 

Draco Centauros

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (Puyo Puyo CD), Ayame Kizuki (Puyo Puyo SUN), Tomoko Miura (Puyo Puyo~n), Kaori Nazuka (Puyo Puyo 7 - Present), Wendee Lee (Puyo Puyo Tetris, English)

No way!! Not only did I lose, but...you're telling me there's no beauty contest here??

A dragon girl who is obsessed with beauty contests, despite her rather boyish looks. She is constantly challenging Arle to beauty contests, whether provoked or otherwise, creating a one-sided rivalry. Despite this she's somewhat of a ditz, constantly mixing up Puyo battles with beauty contests and being infamous for having very weak Puyo skills. But this is all offset by her being deceptively effective at martial arts, in particular being prolific in devastating punches.

  • A-Cup Angst: Occasionally brought up in Compile-era comics, such as getting offended when she realizes Arle has a larger bust size or stuffing her chest with Puyos.
  • Animal Eyes: Has reptile-like eyes in her Tsu portrait and on the back cover of Rulue no Roux.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Downplayed.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Generally the case in the series, despite the rare inversion. It's most notable in 7, where her AI is by far the weakest in the game, and the only one unchanged by Core AI. In 20th, she never rotates her puyos.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Downplayed in 7, but her design in that game features it. Much more the case with her swimsuit in Sun.
  • Beauty Contests: Her fascination with them is her defining trait; for example, the only reason she accompanied Arle at all in her quest to find Carbuncle in Yo~n was because she thought Satan was hosting a beauty contest. By 20th, it has gotten so bad that she mistakes a Puyo match (which, remember, is Serious Business) for a beauty contest. However, it is somewhat justified in Saturn, where competing in beauty contests is how she makes a living.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't like her horns being pointed out in Madou Monogatari: Big Kindergarten Kids.
  • Big Eater: Implied in the SEGA games, as she constantly talks about being hungry or wanting to eat in cutscenes from 20th and Tetris
  • Breakout Character: Was originally a generic enemy type in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, but later became a prominent character in the Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari series.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the SEGA games, she's almost always the target of jokes. Her weak Puyo skills are Flanderized to the point that she's a Joke Character, her campaign in 20th is a "Shaggy Dog" Story where she gets abused several times, and Tetris has her getting lost in space and being treated as the beast in a stage play without her knowing.
  • Characterization Marches On:
  • Cute Monster Girl: Emphasized in the first game's Mega Drive manual, where the Lemony Narrator lists off her appealing qualities (including her good looks and horns), and then laments that her lengthy thinking times leads everyone to believe that she's a third-rate monster.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Became prominent in her Sega design, to the point that her CharaGumin model page specifically claims that this is one of her charming points.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • She and Witch were both captured and chained up by Incubus in Saturn Madou.
    • Played for Laughs in Puyo Puyo Tetris. She fantasizes that she would be cute as a damsel in distress while being lost in space, but gets upset when no one is around to see her be so adorable.
  • Darker and Edgier: Her incarnation in Yo~n. Her feminine qualities are downplayed, instead focusing on her combat abilities to the point she wouldn't be out of place in a fighting game. "Beast Draco" in Box also uses the outfit Draco used in Yo~n, but takes it a step further by giving Draco a darker color palette.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Becomes the main character of Sun's Easy course, making her the only Madou Monogatari Mook to star in a mainline game. Unfortunately for her, she returns to her original status as a Warmup Boss the very moment that her story finishes.
  • Depending on the Artist: The size and color of Draco's wings. From Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 to Puyo Puyo Sun, she has giant red wings. As part of her Yo~n redesign, she is given small green wings. She is given giant brown wings in 7, and her design as of 20th returns to small green wings.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Draco uses Lidelle's Fever rule dropset and stats in 7; in 20th Anniversary, she receives a new dropset while Lidelle retains hers.
  • Draconic Humanoid: A humanoid girl with dragon horns, wings, and a tail.
  • Dub Name Change: "Dragon Woman" in the English arcade translation.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: She gets roasted at the end of her story in Sun and lands in Arle's story with one of these.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her reintroduction to the series via Puyo Puyo 7, Sega establishes their take on Draco by having her be lured to Loch Ness by Dark Arle on the promise of a beauty contest, then battling the player with AI only matched in Artificial Stupidity by that of Skeleton-T.
  • Fangirl: In Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Dai Youchienji, she runs a Satan-fanclub. In his own house. Apparently the only members are other Dracos.
  • Fake Boobs: Some official Compile comics depicts Draco stuffing her bra with Puyo.
  • Fanservice: Just about every shot of her in her swimwear in Sun, her ending being the most blatant. Sun's manual more or less admits that this is the purpose of her story.
  • Fingerless Gloves: In some art, most notably in her profile picture from the first arcade game's Mega Drive manual and the Saturn Madou Monogatari.
  • Freakiness Shame:
    • Averted, big time, in the international version of Minna.
    Draco: "Beauty queens are soooo passé. Girls with big horns are the big thing now."
    • Played straight in Madou Monogatari: Big Kindergarten Kids, where she gets upset when Arle points out her horns.
    • Averted again in Satan's Space Amusement Park, where her idea of an ideal costume for a beauty contest is in essence a fursuit.
  • Girly Bruiser: Zigzags between this and Tomboy with a Girly Streak, with Sega's take and Yo~n's take serving as polar opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • Graceful Loser: She takes her loss to Arle rather gracefully in Minna, and happily gives Arle the rune that she found as a prize.
  • Ground Punch: Dynasonic in 20th Anniversary
  • Horned and Winged Humanoid
  • Informed Attribute. Draco's crush on Satan. The only time it's brought up is in Madou Monogatari Big Kindergarten Kids, and is completely ignored in every other game.
  • Irony: She often wears Chinese-inspired clothing, yet her design is based on European dragons.
  • Jerkass Ball: She has a handful of cruel moments, such as blowing fire on Skeleton-T's teapot in Sun and destroying Rulue's soup in her 20th story.
  • Joke Character: Became this when she came back in 7, which is also the most extreme case of this, since her inability to manually drop her Puyo (even with Core AI enabled) actually makes her WEAKER then Skeleton-T of all people, who is also in the game and fares better then her.
  • Kiss of Death: Part of her attacks in Sun and Yo~n
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Downplayed, but according to Tsu, she has sometimes been mistaken for a boy due to her Boyish Short Hair and occasional Tomboy tendencies.
  • Leitmotif: "Let's Play With A Rival!" in 20th.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Her polarizing dropset from 20th onward. The first half of her dropset are basic paired Puyos, while the second half is filled with all the other Puyo types. This means that she can somewhat mimic the strategies of both Arle and Carbuncle on the same dropset.
  • Mighty Roar: Attempts one in her strongest Yo~n attack. There's also "Dragon Woman's" GAAAAAOOOOOH!.
  • Narcissist: Comes across this way in the first game. Unlike most character traits established in the first game, the sequels actually tone this down...slightly.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Helps Harpy in Sun and gets "rewarded" with a song of gratitude.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Aside from the fact that Draco is a Half-Human Hybrid, she has nothing in common with centaurs.
  • No Respect Girl: In the SEGA-era games, she seems to be becoming this (if she isn't already). As a matter of fact, 20th has Arle almost completely forget who she even is for a brief moment, despite knowing her for so long. Obviously, this didn't exactly sit well with her.
  • No Sense of Direction: She couldn't tell the difference between East and West in her story in 20th.
  • Opera Gloves
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A Half-Human Hybrid Cute Monster Girl dragon who obsesses over beauty contests and can beat you down with her fists.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: At least that's what Arle thought when Draco didn't challenge her to a beauty contest.
    Arle: "...Right. Now go back to bed and let me give you your medicine."
  • Palette Swap: "Beast Draco", who only appears in Box's Scramble mode. She was presumably created solely to give Draco three forms like Arle, Schezo, Witch, Kikimora, and Satan.
  • Playing with Fire: As one might expect from a dragon. In addition to her fire-breathing techniques (Fire Breath and Burning Breath), she can use fire to power up her physical attacks. (Great Fire)
  • Pointy Ears
  • Qi Pao: Although she wears legging pants underneath, save for when she's an Adult in 7.
  • Queen Mook: Super Draco Centauros in Madou Monogatari III.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Draco Special in the newer games. Dynasonic in 7.
  • The Rival: A rivalry that's mostly about beauty contests and entirely one-sided.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Despite her competitive nature, this is averted in Puyo Puyo Tetris, when upon getting second place in Party mode, she'll say "Second's not so bad." (Ai says the same thing but he doesn't seem like the type to be a Sore Loser)
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: In Puyo Puyo~n.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In 20th, she went through a lot of hell getting to the beach with an "amazing swimsuit", ranging from falling down a cliff, getting shoved into river rapids, and taking a wrong turn. The said swimsuit, however, is a men's swimsuit and is swiped by Suketoudara.
  • She's Got Legs: There's been a couple of moments in the series that have put emphasis on her slim legs. Prominent examples include the FMV opening to SUN as well as her ending cutscene in the same game, her Adult form in Puyo 7, and Saturn Madou, in which she wears black stockings.
  • Shoryuken: Draco Upper from her Puyo Puyo~n attacks. Yep, a dragon performs a Dragon Punch.
  • Shout-Out: In addition to the above trope, her heavy damage phrase ("Otegami choudai!", roughly "Fan letters, please!") references the Terrible Trios from the Time Bokan series.
  • Signature Roar: Does a girlish dragon's growl ("Gao!") whenever she is angry or frustrated.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Compile-era games used any combination of Draco/Doraco and Centaur/Centauros. Sega initially went with Draco-Centaur, based on the English version of Minna and merchandise such as the aforementioned CharaGumin, but the fandom stuck with name that the first arcade game went with and Sega America followed suit in Puyo Puyo Tetris.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Beast Draco from several older Puyo games, a more aggressive Palette Swap who comes with stronger AI.
  • Tail Slap: Draco Tail from her Puyo Puyo~n attacks.
  • Tomboy: Her incarnation in Yo~n is by far the most blatant example, while other games downplay it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Witch's girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from the first (Normal) boss in the original game to sitting on the penultimate floor with Minotauros in Tsu; additionally, the versions of Tsu that contain Expert mode and use Super Puyo Puyo Tsu Remix's character order place her right below Rulue and the two Dark Princes. Undone in Sun, where she returns to Warmup Boss status.
  • Trash Talk: She actually does not have a Spell Theme in Sun; instead, she does a lot of boasting and taunting.
  • Warmup Boss: In the first arcade game and Sun. Her AI in the Sega games is based on her original AI as opposed to her stronger AI in Tsu, Yo~n, and Minna.
  • Weight Woe: Implied with her different bios, with both her weight and hip sizes never being specified. It's also interesting to note that her default power in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n is named "Diet," which could be another subtle reference to this.
  • White Flag: Pulls one out in her Sega-era defeat animations.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite Draco and Witch supposedly being friends (Most promotional material covering the entire cast will more likely than not pair the two together), almost every interaction between them results in them arguing and fighting. Going by her interactions with them, the same can be also be attributed to the rest of the major Madou-era Puyo cast more often than not for that matter.
  • You Fool!: Dragon Woman calls Silvana a "brave fool" in the English arcade game.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears Grade A in Sega Saturn's Madou Monogatari.

     Puyos 
First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II

Puyopuyo!

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The titular slimes themselves. Puyos are mysterious creatures that are seemingly everywhere and in endless supplies. On their own they're nothing special, but when 4 or more of the same color combine they pop. This quirk can be taken advantage by magic users to amplify their power, hence why they're commonly used in matches in the Puyo Puyo universe.

Naturally Puyos are extremely prolific to the series, appearing in every single game and being commonly used for promotional purposes.

  • Blob Monster
  • Breakout Mook Character: Subverted. Despite being the namesake of the franchise, Puyo are still fodder that end up getting obliterated by the dozens.
  • The Chew Toy: Their entire existence is to be wiped out by the hundreds. Even in cutscenes they aren't safe from abuse.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience
  • Cosmetic Award: Starting with 15th, players have the option to unlock additional skins that change how the Puyo look.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Each colored Puyo was originally a simple Palette Swap of each other, but as time went on they would gain different shapes and expressions to differentiate themselves. Justified from a gameplay standpoint, since these changes help make them easier to identify for colorblind players.
  • Expy: Of the Slime enemies from Dragon Quest.
  • Gag Boobs: In Compile-era manga, Puyos are sometimes associated with breasts for comedy, either from characters stuffing their chest with Puyos or large breasts being used as an analogy for Puyos.
  • Flat Character
  • The Goomba: Green Puyos are always the first type of Puyo encountered in the RPGs. They lack any special characteristics and can be beaten with just a few attacks. Some games such as Madou Monogatari I and Madou Monogatari Saturn take it a step further, where one of it's "attacks" is effectively killing itself by combining with 3 other Puyos and popping.
  • Helpful Mook: Green Puyos in Madou Monogatari Saturn will occasionally heal the party then run off.
  • Kill It with Ice: In every game that Puyos are enemies, the green ones are weak to ice magic. The red Puyos and blue Puyos in Madou Monogatari Saturn are also vulnerable to ice magic, the former to distinguish them if they're set on fire and the latter to freeze them.
  • Mythology Gag: In the SEGA games, how the Puyo move changes between different modes. Normally Puyo squish and fall smoothly, but for modes that throw back to classic rules like from the original Puyo Puyo or Tsu, the Puyo will move in a much more jerky fashion to mimic the older games. This was actually done prior (but in reverse) by Box, with the game breaking its Retraux aesthetic whenever Yo~n rule is selected to mimic its animation quirks.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Iron Puyo in the Nazo Puyo games are completely invincible, serving as essentially a block that's effected by gravity. Subverted in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n, when they're destroyed by eliminating a large number of Puyo in a single clear.
  • Pink Means Feminine: In "Madou Card", a pack-in card game in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, there's a pink, feminine-looking Puyo as one of the five Puyo cards in the deck.
  • Pokémon Speak
  • Playing with Fire: The red Puyos in Madou Monogatari Saturn are immune to fire attacks. Hitting them with fire magic instead catches them on fire and makes them stronger.
  • Retraux: Several skins for Puyo would reference older games, including a skin similar to the style of the first two arcade games, a skin referencing the Game Gear ports, and a skin that references the "human" alternate skin from the MSX/Famicom Puyo Puyo game.
  • Shout-Out: Several skins starting with 15th would reference other SEGA franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Channel 5.
  • Series Mascot: The green Puyo has arguably usurped Carbuncle for this status in more recent games.
  • Sixth Ranger
    • The teal/grey Puyo from the MSX/Famicom Puyo Puyo. Prototype footage and unused data suggests this Puyo was going to return for the Mega Drive port of Puyo Puyo.
    • "Chu" Puyo in Fever 2, which is a pink Puyo that resembles lips.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Technically, they were originally called "Puyopuyo" in the earlier titles. It was later shortened to simply "Puyo" starting with Yo~n.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the intro to SUN, after Lagnus defeats several Puyos and levels up, he shrinks back down and the Puyos strike back in numbers.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In Tsu during one of Scylla's cutscenes, Arle pulls out a green Puyo and challenges her to a match, but then the green Puyo starts crying.
  • The Voiceless: Zig zagged. In Madou Monogatari it's averted, while in Puyo Puyo it's played straight outside of the first game's Title Scream.
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     Rulue 

Rulue

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (Puyo Puyo CD), Sarukaikai (Puyo Puyo SUN arcade/Saturn), Noa Asagi (Puyo Puyo SUN N64/PSX/PC, Discstation Shorts), Chizuko Hoshino (Puyo Puyo~n), Kanako Kondo (15th - Present), Kira Buckland (Puyo Puyo Tetris - English)
Stage Actor: Mika Kikuchi

I am Rulue, the Fighting Queen! I live without equal for love, beauty, and fists... And I am the future wife of my darling Dark Prince! Don't you forget it!

The self proclaimed "Fighting Queen" Rulue is a beautiful young woman that, true to her title, is an expert at hand-to-hand combat. Her powerful punches and kicks compensates for having weak to non-existant magic, contrasting the majority of the cast. A notable trait is her obsession with marrying Satan. Madou Monogatari ARS' reveals that her obsession is stemmed from Satan rescuing her in the past, and since then she has been determined to become stronger so she could one day marry him. Despite this, her approaches have constantly been shot down, causing her to become increasingly frustrated. Satan's strong obsession with Arle in particular is a sour spot for her, creating one of Arle's most persistent rivals in the process.

  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Rulue's preferences appear to include someone who can actually keep up with her in battle.
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: Despite being a sort of rival to Arle for the Dark Prince's affection, she acts like a close friend to her.
  • Alpha Bitch
  • Badass in Distress: Kidnapped by the Count in Madou Monogatari: ARS.
  • Badass Normal: She lacks the same magic powers as a lot of the cast, but to compensate her powerful punches and kicks makes her still one of the more formidable opponents in the series.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Shows off hers in Yo~n, seen here.
    • She shows it off once more in 15th Anniversary and Puyo Puyo 7.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Not only is she attractive, but she also owns quite the vast fortune.
  • Berserk Button: Easily angered by Arle or Schezo talking about the Dark Prince. This gets exploited by them in Tetris to break her out of her mind-controlled state.
    • In 15th, she gets irritated if she's not addressed as a "queen" or equivalent. In particular, she gets really furious when Ocean Prince tried to convince her to become his maidservant.
  • Blush Sticker: Prominent in her SEGA design from 15th onward.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has a canon bust size of 90cm, notably larger than other characters with confirmed bust sizes. Even in the SEGA games she's one of the rare cases of having noticeable breasts in her design.
    • Fake Boobs: However, one Compile-era comic shows her stuffing her bra with Puyos, similar to Draco.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Twice. Once in Saturn due to a Yog's influence, then in Tetris due to the merging of the worlds.
  • Cute Little Fangs / Fangs Are Evil: In the earlier games, she bears them whenever she is defeated or otherwise upset by Arle.
  • Chocolate of Romance: As Lovestruck Rulue, having a box of homemade chocolates for the Dark Prince. Let us remind you that she can't cook.
  • Damsel out of Distress: This is how she starts out in Madou Monogatari ARS. Once she figures out she's been kidnapped, she takes the opportunity to escape after knocking out the Count's butler.
  • Dark Action Girl: Introduced as an antagonist in Madou Monogatari III.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has her own scenario in Super Nazo Puyo: Rulue no Roux (and replaces Doppleganger Arle as the final boss in the game's Arle no Roux remake), is the main character of Super Nazo Puyo Tsu, and stars in a Windows Discstation game titled Rulue's Spring Break of Fists.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Originally. She eventually started wearing sandals after SUN.
  • Driven by Envy: She's particularly jealous of Arle's magical abilities.
  • Dub Name Change: Named "Lulu" in the English arcade translation. Possibly a case of Spell My Name with an "S", since her initials on the first game's default high score table are "LUL".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: She was a Non-Action Big Bad in Madou Monogatari III, with her combat skills being an Informed Attribute at best.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite her rivalry with Arle and Schezo, she does occasionally team up with them for a common goal. This is most apparent in Madou Monogatari Saturn, where she teams up with Arle to destroy the Yogs influence.
  • Fangirl: For Satan/the Dark Prince.
  • Final Boss: Of the Game Gear version of Madou Monogatari III, as well as Arle's story in Super Nazo Puyo and both Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari games.
  • Foil: To Arle. Arle is the Nice Girl, a tomboy, specializes in magic, has no interest in the Dark Prince, and treats Carbuncle like her best friend. Rulue is a Jerkass, prim and proper, specializes in martial arts, obsesses over the Dark Prince, and often treats Minotaur like a slave or punching bag.
    • This is lampshaded in the manual for Super Nazo Puyo via a Funny Background Event. The pages for Arle shows everyone having a fun time, while Rulue's by contrast shows the characters being injured or scared.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • It's constantly emphasized that she loves Satan, to the point that there's implications of stalking. She's normally fought right before Satan in many of the games.
    • Her weak magic is reflected in her more limiting spell options in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon and Madou Monogatari Saturn as mentioned below.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Occasionally seen with a Dark Prince plushie, and in 20th Rulue mentions that she often sleeps with it. In the same game she also mistakes Risukuma for a stuffed animal and starts talking to him in an affectionate way.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She is very feminine, but will not hesitate to beat people down with her bare fists.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at best, but is still firmly on the side of good, even turning against Satan on some occasions when he goes too far.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even ignoring her Berserk Button mentioned above, she has a habit of easily getting violently mad whenever she's provoked or interrupted.
  • Hidden Depths: As much as she hassles Arle, Rulue doesn't necessarily hold any negative feelings towards her on a personal level, admitting to this to Amitie in Satan's Space Amusement Park. If nothing else, she only dislikes Arle for the sole fact that she's the one obstacle standing in her way of getting to be the Dark Prince's lover.
    • She also attests to being a surprisingly good dancer.
  • Insane Troll Logic: How was Rulue able to deduce for certain that she was kidnapped by the Count in Madou Monogatari ARS? Apparently, the room she woke up in was "way too tacky" for someone of her caliber.
  • Invisible Parents: In a sense. It's said that her parents were always so busy, leaving Rulue's grandmother and butler as some of the few people resembling parental figures in her life.
  • I Shall Taunt You: One of her default spells in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon is to force any enemies in the room to attack her by boastfully laughing.
  • Irony: Her favorite food according to DA! is beef, yet her servant is a bull...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's bossy, short tempered, and selfish, but she has shown to have a caring side on the occasion. For example, she secretly respects Arle despite their rivalry, and when Minotaur pulls a Heroic Sacrifice in Madou Monogatari Saturn she shows genuine concern over him.
  • Kick Chick: Her focus on kicks began with Yo~n.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Literal ass-kicking, no less.
  • Leitmotif: "Combat Queen Rulue!" in 15th.
  • Lethal Chef: She tried to cook curry in Super Nazo Puyo but it turned out terrible (maybe not to Minotauros but still). It comes up again in Draco's 20th story, when Draco comes across Rulue's "Doro Doro (Syrupy/Muddled) Soup", takes a sip, and finds it so terrible that she decides to destroy it when Rulue explains that she made it "with love" for Satan.
  • Light Is Not Good: A downplayed example. Despite usually wearing white, she's not exactly a saint.
  • Love Hurts: She's completely smitten for him, but unfortunately the Dark Prince is too distracted with Arle to notice. This doesn't sit well with her.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Aside from the lack of magic already mentioned, this is also invoked from a gameplay perspective in both Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon and Madou Monogatari Saturn. In both games she has the lowest MP out of all the playable characters, with the former giving her a far more limited selection of spells while the latter gives her lackluster healing moves. Although in the former's case, she starts out with MP higher than Schezo's, it'll quickly fall short in the endgame.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Rulue in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon is a borderline case. Unlike Arle and Schezo who both have a wide number of spells they can learn, Rulue is far more limiting due to her more lacking selection of spells (especially ranged ones) and having the lowest MP of the three. To compensate she has the highest physical attack of the three, has a free spell that forces opponents to attack her, and is accompanied by Minotaur for extra coverage.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name when spelled in katakana (ルルー Ruru-) is similar to Arle's name (アルル Aruru), likely a nod to how she usually serves as a rival. In addition, her name is also similar to the word "roux" (ルーRū), roux being an ingredient in Japanese style curry. This is likely why Rulue receives focus in both Super Nazo Puyo titles.
  • Mythology Gag: Her default power in Pocket Puyo Puyo~n is one of the very few that involve Iron Puyo. These Puyo were introduced to the series in the Super Nazo Puyo duology, which Rulue headlined.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Entering Fever mode is but one example. She does one occasionally in dialogue.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Initially, Rulue ends up on the receiving end of one courtesy of the Count in Madou Monogatari ARS. She later returns the favor once Satan steps in to help her.
  • Pink Fan Of Doom: It suffers a lot less abuse than you'd think, though.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: As performed in the move "Fist Punishment".
  • Rescue Romance: Occurring in Madou Monogatari ARS, this is how she falls in love with Satan in the first place.
  • The Rival: For the Dark Prince's love, at least.
  • True Blue Femininity
  • She's Got Legs: There's been various moments in the series putting notable emphasis on her slim legs. Notable examples include the intro cutscene to her story in Madou Monogatari ARS and SUN's FMV opening. She even admits to Lidelle in 20th that she considers her slender legs her "pride and joy". As mentioned above, her attacks even had more of a focus on kicks starting with Yo~n.
  • Shout-Out: One of her Yo~n attacks looks almost exactly like Chun-Li's Kikosho.
    • In a similar vein, one of Rulue's animations in SUN depicts her performing a Hadouken-like motion at the screen, like Ryu does in the intro to Super Street Fighter II
  • Signature Move: Haganshou (Rock-Crushing Palm Strike) is almost always her first attack and Joou Ranbu (Queen Dance) is almost always her last attack. The latter is upgraded into her Super Attack in Yo~n; upon use, she flips (not rotate) her field upside down and clears all her nuisance Puyo at the same time.
  • Sleepy Head: Her alternate voice is this... but it sounds quite suggestive.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Most video game sites romanize her name as Ruruu when referring to the two Nazo Puyo games that she stars in. Meanwhile, the code for at least one of Sega's websites refers to her as "Leroux."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Implied at times with her zeal in infatuating Satan:
    Rulue: I'll go with you wherever you go.
    Satan: If only you'd lag behind a little.
  • Stupid Sexy Rulue: Ms. Accord thinks she's "very sexy and quite wonderful".
  • Suddenly Voiced: Rulue is the only character in the first arcade game that does not have a voiced catchphrase; this is rectified in Puyo Puyo CD.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: They don't call her the Fighting Queen for nothing.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her defeat quote in 20th translates to "I won't forgive you!" She also says this to Draco after the latter destroys her soup.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Arle's tomboy.
  • The Unfought: She was a Non-Action Big Bad in the MSX and PC98 versions of Madou Monogatari III; in fact, Puyo Puyo is the first time (in terms of real-world releases) that Arle battles Rulue directly. Also averted in the Game Gear version of III, where Arle fights Rulue directly in actual hand-to-hand/magic combat.
  • Un-Sorcerer: She's one of the only characters that can't use magic. She's incredibly displeased about it too, to the point where she tries to defy this trope by tagging with Arle to attend magic school.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A downplayed example, but as Rulue's Spring Break of Fists reveals, Rulue was quite the optimistic little individual as a kid. Unfortunately, following a broken Pinky Swear promise involving her grandmother and a cherry blossom music box she was promised to get for her upcoming birthday, Rulue grew up quite resentful of the whole thing, growing up to become the more temperamental (and occasionally outright bitter) woman we know today.
  • When She Smiles: Rulue has a moment like this occur in Satan's Space Amusement Park. Amitie herself even admits that up until this moment, she never really noticed how Rulue is nothing short of beautiful...when she's not having one of her episodes.
  • Whip It Good: Depicted with a whip in Game Gear Madou Monogatari III
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite being friends with Arle and the rest of the major Madou-era Puyo cast, most interactions with them results in them arguing and fighting. Well, WAY less so with Satan a.k.a. the Dark Prince, and moreso with Arle and Schezo. With that said she is a lot more openly nice in the Madou Monogatari series and related materials, then she often is in Puyo Puyo. Special mention goes to the Saturn Madou Monogatari, where she and Arle spend nearly the entire game together on a rather friendly basis and make for a very effective duo.
  • Younger Than They Look: SUN puts her at 18.

     Satan (the Dark Prince) 

Satan

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (Puyo Puyo CD, TSU), Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani (Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Short), Kenichi Ono (Puyo Puyo~n), Chikara Ousaka (15th - Present)
Xander Mobus - Puyo Puyo Tetris (English)
Stage Actor: Lyra Amato

Curious... you seem strangely tolerant today. Then perhaps... We can finally have our honeymoon! Nothing but blissful love between us! My dream would finally be fulfilled!

The ruler of Puyo Hell (aka Puyo Underworld). The Dark Prince Satan, also known as simply Dark Prince, is a powerful sorcerer and the residential villain of the Puyo Puyo series (if you can call him that). He normally acts indifferent towards other characters, with the notable exception of Carbuncle and Arle. His ultimate goal throughout the series is to marry Arle and get back his former pet Carbuncle, but his approaches always fail due to a combination of Satan creating far too ridiculous plans to win over Arle and Arle herself simply not having any interest to begin with.

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • In the original game, Arle mistakenly calls him Santa.
    • Yu calls him Satin and Stan. In the same cutscene no less!
  • Adorkable
  • Affably Evil: While he's the designated villain, he never really is a jerk to begin with.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: It turns out he could've easily averted everything that happened in Madou Monogatari Saturn. He chose not to just to screw with everyone and relieve his boredom, and by the time he steps in to interfere he's too late.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: His ultimate goal is to marry Arle.
  • And That's Terrible: Played for laughs.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The only evil thing about this guy is the fact they never use his instruments for other songs. "Final De Puyo" indeed...
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Is mind controlled by Doppelganger Arle in Yon.
    • Ecolo tries to possess him in 20th, nearly causing space to tear itself apart from the combination of their magics.
  • Bad Liar: Can't make up a convincing alibi in Saturn to avoid suspicion that he's behind the Yogs appearing in the world. He's not responsible, but he didn't bother stopping them when he should have done and caused chaos as a result.
  • Baldness Angst: He begins to cry after Schezo gives him a bald spot in Sun.
  • Berserk Button: Brushing him off like nothing and calling him a fake really gets on his nerves. Then again, he has a short fuse in 15th Anniversary.
  • Big Entrance: Attempts one of these in the first game...until Arle calls out "SANTA!"
  • Bishōnen
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Puyo Tetris with Ecolo, to Ex. His and Ecolo's power combined created a strong enough warp tunnel to reach the End of Reality, allowing Ex to leave as he pleases.
  • Bowdlerise/Dub Name Change: He is renamed "the Dark Prince" in Western releases, the name being an Artifact from the otherwise-ignored arcade translation that renamed almost everyone. Sonic Runners refers to him as Satan in its Puyo Quest collaboration, but the fact that the English versions of Minna De Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tetris double down on Dark Prince and 3D Puyo Tsu's manual uses the English name wherever it can get away with it suggests that this was due to lack of research more than anything else.
  • Butt-Monkey: Just about gets no respect from anyone he's met in 15th. Calling him "Uncle", being called an impostor, name misconstrued multiple times, the list goes on. In fairness, he dishes out as much as he takes.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: If anything went wrong, he was the first guess. Hell, he was the villain for Compile.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • While Satan always liked Arle, he was originally much more obsessed with Carbuncle. Official comics and character profiles (such as DiscStation) never failed to mention how much Satan absolutely adored Carbuncle and often cried at home, feeling really lonely without his pet. His love for Carbuncle is at the rather disturbing point where his throne room is littered with countless Carbuncle dolls in Madou Monotagati Saturn. However, all of that changed once Sega began running the show; the Dark Prince's love for Carbuncle was downplayed while his crush on Arle was Flanderized.
    • In the first arcade game, absolutely no mention is made of the Dark Prince's obsession with Carbuncle or his crush on Arle. The closest is the Dark Prince trying to pull a We Can Rule Together on Silvana in the English version.
    • In the first arcade game, while still somewhat humorous, his presence was more legitimately sinister and even earned a genuine Oh, Crap! reaction from Arle (this is taken Up to Eleven in the English version where he's a standard villain). Come a couple games later, and he's playing the ukulele while trying to get his super intensified tan.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Masked Satan in Tsu. Naturally, Arle doesn't buy it for a second.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: When you fight him, your pieces will be falling at max speed. His will be going pretty slow.
  • Continuity Nod / Call-Back:
    • In the first Puyo game, Arle misconstrued Satan as Santa, to which he angrily refutes. Fast forward to Tsu, Arle calls out Satan, to which he denies...and calls himself Santa, complete with the ensemble!
    • When Yu meets him in 15th Anniversary, this happens (only in the fan translation).
    Yu: "Satan? So then you're a star?"
    Satan: "You refer to the old name of Venus, "Lucifer"? No, I'm no star in the sky."note 
    • Satan mentions his previous status as a school headmaster in 7, which was way back during the Compile days. He even lampshades the fact that such a small tidbit of information like that is most likely ignored many people today or just plain forgotten.
    Ringo: "Alright! We're at the school!"
    Satan: "You know, I may not look it, but... I'm also the headmaster of another school!"
  • Cool Mask: As Masked Satan. He's the True Final Boss if you score high enough without continuing in Tsu.
    • Paper-Thin Disguise: And it's just a mask, yet he claims to be someone completely different, even spelling his name aloud to point the differences. Arle isn't fooled for a second.
    • Shout-Out: To Tuxedo Mask.
  • Cock Fight: If he, Schezo, and Arle are in the same room, bad things are more than likely to happen.
  • Creator Cameo: "Moo" Niitani himself voices Satan in SUN.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a generally goofy character that tries and fails to marry Arle in desperate ways, but that doesn't change the fact he's a powerful magic user and has among the strongest AI in the franchise.
  • Crush Blush: Of the Blush Sticker variety, and isn't afraid to hide it.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: We don't think the lord of hell (Puyo Hell, rather) could get any lamer than this. He is constantly foiled by the likes of Arle (moreso in Puyo than in Madou Monogatari), and can act like a manchild at times. When accused of being the one behind the Tetriminoes in Primp in the English version, he calls Arle and Carbuncle "meanie-pants" before running off. Then Ringo finds him plucking flower petals in a Loves Me Not fashion while still bawling his eyes out. Yeah...
  • Distress Ball: Ends up picking it up at the start of Yo~n where Doppelganger Arle ends up attacking him following her gaining knowledge of Arle living the life that she was technically supposed to live alongside her.
    • There's also Chronicle, getting spirited away right before Arle's eyes. The whole disappearing act was entirely his own doing, just to have Arle rescue him.
  • Dual Boss: With Ecolo at the end of the last story in 20th.
  • Easily Forgiven: Then again, he doesn't do much to warrant anything but.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: He mocks the player at the end of the first Puyo Puyo's Beginner course. He blatantly acknowledges the difficulty level in the Puzlow Kids/English arcade translation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's not keen on universe destroying apocalypses or possession, at least when Arle's the victim with the latter in 7. Schezo even lampshades this in Tetris.
    Schezo: You know interdimensional chaos is NOT what he looks for in a girl...
  • Evil Laugh: He does this so much, especially in the SEGA games, that his repeating spell a la Arle's Diacute is him doing an evil laugh.
  • Evil Is Hammy
  • Fallen Angel: Much like his namesake. His fall was motivated by falling in love with a powerful human mage named Lilith.
  • Faking the Dead: He did it just to make Arle worried. This, however, annoys Carbuncle and pisses off Arle.
  • Final Boss: Of Madou Monogatari II and most of the Puyo Puyo games. The only exceptions are Yo~n (as the penultimate boss), 7 and Tetris (being a Wake-Up Call Boss in both). In Arle's story in 20th, he manages to be this trope and a Warm-Up Boss, being both the first and last opponent she faces.
  • For the Evulz: Before the first game's final battle, Arle asks the Dark Prince why he put her through so many traps. His response? "It's just my hobby."
  • Giggling Villain: More so as Yellow Satan; it sounds like Chikara was trying hard not to burst into laughter during the spell phrases.
  • Goofy Suit: Wears a Carbuncle one as Yellow Satan, as seen here.
    • Ear Wings: The ears on his suit follow his wing animations on the original sprites.
  • Harmless Villain: For someone named Satan (at least in Japan), he usually has different plans than being evil. If he is doing something "evil", the choice he has in mind isn't.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: If you can control his forced speed spike, you can dish out a chain faster than he can.
  • Horned Humanoid and Winged Humanoid: Being winged seems to be bipolar, since he doesn't have them in Sun, DA!, or Minna. The Game Gear version of Madou Monogatari II suggests he could hide them at will, as he conspicuously lacks his demonic features when he is first seen until his second phase of his boss battle.
  • It Amused Me: In Saturn, he doesn't bother stopping the Yogs at first, enjoying the chaos they caused. However, they grow into a bigger problem than he can deal with alone and he ends up needing the heroes' help.
  • It's Personal: Satan wasn't too pleased with Ecolo meddling with Arle's body in 7...
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the first arcade game. Whenever he appears in cutscenes, he's depicted in a barren wasteland with constant lightning striking, contrasting the typical field the other characters are in. The cutscene before you fight the Dark Prince takes it a step further, with ominous music and the Dark Prince swooping down from the shadows. Battling him also has a sense of tension, due to the more intense music that plays and the sound effects sounding like explosions. To top it off, throughout the whole game his normally goofy personality is downplayed, becoming The Comically Serious at best, due to Arle accidentally calling him Santa. The second game is the first one that depicts him as the Laughably Evil Final Boss he's better known as.
  • Laughably Evil: If he isn't being affable, all the other villains can be taken more seriously than this guy.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Schezo burns his scalp with a white-hot sword in Sun. He's more concerned about it giving him a bald spot than anything else.
  • Mistaken Identity: Oshare mistook him for his missing lover.
  • Not Himself: In Yo~n and 20th.
  • Nice Guy: While usually for selfish purposes (if and only if it involves Arle), he often offers his assistance and he honestly never comes across as someone who'd hurt another. He freely offers his assistance to Ringo in 7 and later shows a friendly relationship with her in 20th Anni, is incredibly nice to Arle in particular, and most of the plots he has are of good intentions, if poorly executed. Heck, in 7, if you choose him instead of Ringo, he'll personally rid Ecolo out of Arle's body.
    • Dogged Nice Guy: Of course, he tries too hard in getting Arle's attention. He made tickets to a Hot Spring for her (which he tore up, and made into runes for her to find, only for her to throw it out), and has tried to impress her on multiple occasions, none of which really succeeded.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Even though he could have easily banished Doppelganger Arle back into wandering the infinite dimensions, Satan instead ends up taking pity on Doppel, allowing her to enter the Madou world. He probably didn't count on Doppel hating him with a passion for accidentally leaving her to wander said dimensions for hundreds of years, though..
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Being the original (and recurring) Final Boss of the series, it's generally Played Straight, but there have been some aversions: his own story modes in 15th and 20th, as well as being Ringo's playable partner in two chapters in 7.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Satan's attempt to take pity unto Doppelganger Arle and her predicament of being lost between the infinite dimensions (that he inadvertently caused) ends up biting him in the butt once she decides to turn on him, possessing him to capture Carbuncle and lead Arle into a life-or-death confrontation.
  • Nothing Personal: Satan/Dark Prince doesn't seem to mind that Carbuncle's left him for the Sega era. Though, his original intention was to give Carbuncle to his fiance, so he expected that he'd transfer ownership at some point.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • In Madou Monogatari Saturn, Arle, Rulue, and Lagnus eventually come to the conclusion that Satan might have the power to be letting the Yogs into the world. Satan acting oddly when they question him doesn't help. However, while he didn't initially stop the Yogs entering the world due to boredom, he was not their source, and by the time the heroes come after him he is trying and failing to contain them.
    • In Puyo Tetris, Lemres reports that he's been sighted at the same time that Tetrimino started appearing in Primp Town. Arle and Ringo jump to the conclusion that he's the culprit... and the Dark Prince throws a tantrum and runs away, citing this trope. However, Schezo actually believes he isn't the culprit, and helps clear his name. After Arle apologizes, the Dark Prince is happy enough to point out the location of the true cause being somewhere in outer space. Unfortunately, he ends up invoking this trope on another past villain...
  • Obliviously Evil: In SUN, he seems to be completely unaware of whichever side effects would making the Sun larger have.
  • Obviously Evil: Until you actually see him in action.
  • Prepare to Die: His voiced catchphrase in both versions of the first game is "Die!"
  • Punch-Clock Villain: We'd love to say "it's as if he just wants Arle's attention", except that's what he really does want.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's 100025 (when Arle is 16).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; if he has a plan, it's most likely very silly.
  • Reincarnation Romance: The Madou Monogatari timeline and The Final Test game implies the reason he's so determined to make Arle love him is because she's the reincarnation of his dead wife.
  • Rejection Affection: Arle has repeatedly stopped his plans of gaining his affection, but he will keep trying.
  • Rule of Cool: Everything about him is, at first, based on this.
  • Rump Roast: Is on the receiving end of a Fire spell cast by Arle in Sun with this result.
  • Sadist Teacher: Implied. After he screws up his wish in 15th for a role as tutoring Ms Accord's students, he vows payback on every last one of the little brats. Popoi feels sorry for the kids.
  • Say My Name: The "Masked Satan" ending in Tsu finishes with him crying Carbuncle's name as both him and Arle leave.
  • Satan: ...We think.
  • Spell Theme: Disaster, Juggernaut, Catastrophe, Cataclysm, and Ascension. Sun also had Punish, Darkness, and Tempest.
    • His console Yo~n incarnation is themed around the circus: Showtime, Pantomime, Beast Show, Mirror Magic, Illusion, and "Circus!"
    • And his handheld Yo~n incarnation is (mostly) themed around natural disasters: Typhoon, Snow Slide, Thunderbolt, Volcano, Devil Twister and Satan Cross.
  • Stalker with a Crush: And Schezo calls him out on this.
    Schezo: Does anyone else hear this guy? Why am I the creeper?
  • This Cannot Be!: His defeat quote in 15th. Although not spoken, his defeat portrait in the first game has him babbling in disbelief.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: There's not many moments (if any) where he's to be taken seriously.
    • SUN: Increasing the sun's size for an endless summer.
    • Minna De Puyo: Tore up a ticket for two for a hotspring clinic and created runes out of it. He tricked Arle into collecting these runes to rescue Carbuncle.
    • Puyo Tetris: Thinking to himself out loud about his ideal honeymoon with Arle didn't exactly win him any points to be taken seriously either...
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Sun.
    Satan: Ahh! A bald spot!? The dark wizard made my head bald! (Sobbing)
  • Villainous Crush: On Arle. Why? According to official Compile sources (e.g. stated by the Satan himself in Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon), the reason Satan is so determined to marry Arle is because Carbuncle is with her. The full explanation: Before meeting her, Satan had already decided that, once he found his "queen", he would give her that which he treasures the most—Carbuncle—as proof of his love. Of course, since Carbuncle voluntarily chose a specific girl, the Satan doesn't even consider other options! This is also why Rulue often tried to steal Carbuncle from Arle in order to get Satan's love. Other materials from Compile imply that Arle is his dead wife's reincarnation, which adds a tragic level to the otherwise comedic interactions between them.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Satan in his Hawaiian shirt trying to have fun and get a good tan by enlarging the sun in PP Sun. Just watch the intro here...
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played for Laughs. He wants to marry Arle, but constantly resorts to ridiculous methods to achieve that.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: He gets a rare last laugh in Schezo's story in Sun. After the latter ruins his sun enhancing tech and scorches a bald spot on his head, he catches him from behind and gives him an offscreen beatdown.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite being friends with Arle and the rest of the major Madou-era Puyo cast, most interactions with them results in them arguing and fighting. Well, he more or less tries to avoid this with Arle and Carbuncle, but they still don't completely enjoy his company in the first place.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Called out by Klug in his own story for 15th.

     Schezo Wegey 

Schezo Wegey

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari II
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Puyo Puyo CD), Yujiro Ootsuka (Puyo Puyo TSU, Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Shorts, Madou Monogatari: The Final Test), Yasunori Matsumoto (Puyo Puyo~n), Masakazu Morita (15th - Present), Ben Lepley (Puyo Puyo Tetris - English)
Stage Actor: Ruto

I only desire Arle! Nothing more...note 

Schezo Wegey is a mysterious dark mage that wields a powerful sword simply called the Dark Sword. His ultimate goal is to become the most powerful sorcerer, resorting to all measures to achieve his goals, in the process being yet another target towards Arle. Normally he tries to pull off a dignified facade in order to be more intimidating to others, and exemplify his status as a powerful mage. However, he has gained infamy as a pervert/creeper for his crass choice of words, unintentionally being laced with sexual innuendo that either baffles or scares others around him. His facade is also broken if he sees anything cute.

  • Accidental Pervert: Assumed by many, much to his dismay.
    Arle: You know, it makes you sound like a pervert when you put it that way.
  • Action Pet: Has one in the form of the miniature elephant Tenori Zoh in Tower of the Magician, who will sometimes fire magic at enemies during battle and spends the rest of the time encouraging Schezo and cheering him on.
  • Adorkable: On one hand, we have a Dark Wizard who keeps a cool head, despite his problematic articulation. On the other hand? He adores cute things and doesn't even try to hide it and is easily flustered when (he thinks) someone's interested in him romantically.
  • Angrish: After being defeated by Arle and quickly abandoned in Yo~n, he starts yelling out loud and the dialogue box gradually dissolves into random symbols.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: He sometimes has it during some cutscenes, but is usually seen as his defeated animation.
  • Anime Hair: It was... rather poofy in the Discstation animation shorts.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: As "Sherry", who has only made an appearance in Shin Madou Monogatari (a novel series of the game).
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: In-universe his name translates to "The Gorgeous Man Who Defiles the Gods".
  • Badass Cape: You rarely see him without one. In Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician, he wears two of them, and in Puyo Quest, he has a capelet over his cape once he's at gold. Oh, and he learned dark magic when he was only 14. Before he even succeeded the title of Dark Wizard.
  • Badass in Distress: Is kidnapped by Succubus in Saturn and has to be rescued by Arle and Rulue.
  • Badass Unintentional:
    • Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician simply begins with a quest for power. But then it escalates into fighting Dark Matter, who defeated Wish off screen, then possesses her after getting defeated once by Schezo. Schezo eventually wipes him out on the second battle, freeing Wish and preventing impending destruction.
    • In his story on 20th, he gets himself caught in the same mess Arle's involved in, and he defeats Satan in her place. When all he wanted was some quiet time to himself.
  • Bag of Spilling: He only has Areiado, Flame, and Blizzard in Waku Puyo Dungeon, when he's supposed to have more than that. Justified in that he lost his magic prior coming to the titular amusement park, focusing his efforts into rebuilding his strength. This leads to some Gameplay and Story Integration, in which his MP starts out lower than Rulue's, but will grow to more formidable levels.
    • In Tower of the Magician, he is affected by a Power Limiter placed on the titular Tower and must slowly regain magic, only getting access to his full power arsenal when Witch lends him her power.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him a pervert/creeper.
  • Big Bad: Of Madou Monogatari II. He's been at least an Anti-Hero in every game since.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Drops one on Draco in her story in 20th Anniversary.
  • Big "WHAT?!": His response to Witch saying "I want you, alright?" in SUN (He stammers the word in this case.) and 20th.
  • Blush Sticker: Dons them as Nekomimi Schezo at gold rank in Puyo Quest, and in Puyo Tetris when he crosses into Cuteness Proximity.
  • Brutal Honesty: He tells Rulue in her 20th's story that the reason Satan ignores her is because her martial arts abilities being strong enough to keep up with magic scares him (and Schezo himself, as well). He's not wrong, as Satan does get scared by Rulue's idea of butchering a cow with her bare hands shortly after this conversation, but Schezo still gets beaten up because of those words. At least he's smart enough to not try to give his opinion again when Rulue decides to be more ladylike to gain Satan's attention.
  • Butt-Monkey: To start, he gets stuck in a trap, burned and nearly buried alived, stung without noticing, mistaken to be gay while remembering a past incident, gets called a pervert at least four times, and finally gets beaten up by Satan after giving him a bald spot. In the entirety of SUN's Hard story, complete with a sunburn! In 15th, just about half of the people he's encountered calls him a pervert (Arle notwithstanding), within and outside his story.
    • The Discstation short Schezo's Long Day shows that he accidentally lost his sword after he fell asleep and was too embarrassed to ask Arle who just happened to pass by. Turns out Carbuncle ate the sword, but Schezo runs off without realizing this. Cue to what seems to be hours later still looking for it.
  • The Cameo: Interestingly, he's part of a scare spell Arle uses in the Mega Drive port of Madou Monogatari I.
  • Cat Boy: As Nekomimi Schezo, via Animal-Eared Headband and a faux tail.
  • Creepy Child: At the end of his story in Madou Monogatari: ARS, he states his desire to become the most powerful Dark Wizard the world has ever seen, complete with Evil Laugh.
  • Catchphrase: "I want you!" The translations loosely interpret it to "Be my desire!".
  • Caught in a Snare: Within the first few seconds of his story in SUN, courtesy of Kodomo Dragon.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Briefly invoked in 20th, when Rulue calls him out on being very dull and to-the-point in his story. Also happens in 15th, where he says his catch phrase in an spectacularly overblown manner to Arle.
  • The Comically Serious: This guy here puts up a serious, dignified image to exemplify his status as Dark Wizard. Then when he mangles his choice of words, that front is immediately thrown out the window.
  • Continuity Nod: On his "Aloha Shirt" alternate in Puyo Quest, one of his quotes proclaims "It's such a shining day today... and not of someone's doing for once.", referencing SUN's plot.
  • Covert Pervert: In Madou Monogatari Saturn, he claims to have no interest in a beauty contest, but still justifies taking the long hike out of his way to go see it... He is also implied to enjoy being whipped by Succubus when trapped in her dungeon, and immediately pays attention when Arle tries to wake Zoh Daimaoh by telling him there's naked women around.
  • Creepy Good: Bad first impressions aside, he's genuinely an intimidating person to trifle with, wielding vast amounts of dark magic. He's done more heroics than villainy throughout the series.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Schezo finds Tenori Zoh, Dongurigaeru, Onion Pixy, and Ocean Prince(!?) adorable. Arle, however, manages to exploit this in a drama track and gets a free shot on him.
    • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: He finds Dongurigaeru cute enough to trigger this. Twice. It's one of the few times he says "I want you!" on purpose!
  • Cool Sword: A magical sword, no less!
    • Black Swords Are Better: Was black as night in Madou Monogatari ARS, but later games eventually rendered it translucent.
    • Only the Chosen May Wield: He had to fight the very sword he's wielding to be deemed worthy to wield it in ARS.
    • Sword of Plot Advancement: This is the last weapon he picks up, and is the strongest out of what he can equip.
    • Weapon of Choice: His ★4 flavor text as well as the Puyo novels describe the dark sword as "his beloved partner."
  • Dark Is Evil: In Madou Monogatari 2, but averted in later installments.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His motives are selfish, and he's not exactly pleasant, but he occasionally delves into heroics when he's given protagonist status.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's the main character of Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician. He also serves as the player character of Sun's Difficult course, as well as being the central character of Puyo Puyo Tetris DLC chapter 9: A Primp Dream.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If Arle's not the one snarking, he's more than capable of taking up the mantle of snark.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Arle defeats him in The Final Test, he gives her a magical bracelet and later performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save her and Rulue from Phantom God.
  • Depending on the Artist: Schezo's sword has countless designs for each of his appearances. PC-98 Madou Monogatari II is scimitar-like in appearance, Madou Monogatari ARS makes the blade black, the blade flip-flops between being opaque and translucent (Tower of the Magician makes it clear as glass), Waku Puyo makes the grip long enough for two hands, among numerous hilt designs that would take too much time and space to describe them all. So far, the Sega-era designs have been consistent, only going through subtle changes through Art Evolution.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Rather, down a mirror in Madou Monogatari ARS. He comes back as the next Dark Wizard.
  • Dub Name Change: "Devious" in the English arcade translation.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Demands appreciation for helping Arle and Rulue out in Saturn. Rulue, of course, refuses.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He's the only one to call out Satan's Stalker with a Crush tendencies to Arle, even wondering why he's the only one to be called a creeper instead of Satan.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In Madou Monogatari 2 he started out as a genuine villain, who tried to straight up kill Arle to ensure that she wouldn't escape his dungeon before he'd taken all her power, and in the original Puyo Puyo he is trying to take over hell. He still antagonizes Arle in all of his following encounters with her, but has become more of a simple rival then anything else. Including several instances of Enemy Mine.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: Gets one in Sun. Arle mocks him for it.
  • Enemy Mine: He may be a rival, but he is willing to ally alongside Arle to punish Satan/the Dark Prince.
    • In a villainous case, should Arle side with neither him or Satan in Game Gear Madou Monogatari II, he and Satan team up to take down Arle. They succeed. Instant game over!
  • Evil vs. Evil: In the first arcade game, he planned to use Arle's power to take the Dark Prince's place as the ruler of Puyo Hell. Retained in the English translation, just replace "ruler of Puyo Hell" with "Prince of the Black Kingdom".
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of the S story in ARS, as well as in multiple instances in Saturn.
  • Exact Words: The main reason Schezo's wish got corrupted. Because his pronunciation of the word "pervert" was very specific, the medal assumed that specific pronunciation and granted it from there. The translation works around the end result by using "weirdo" instead of the regular pronunciation.
    • Used against him in Madou Monogatari Saturn when Rulue promises him Arle's power in exchange for his help in dealing with a Yog. Her wording lets Arle get out of this by setting him on fire.
  • Female Gaze: Is on the receiving end of this from Witch in Puyolimpics. After he throws off his cape by Witch's demands, she absolutely eats up the sight of Schezo in athletic clothes.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Some of his costume designs has him wear these, but he seems to be wearing them regularly since 15th Anniversary.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: In some games he has the spells Fire (or Fire Storm), Ice Storm, and Thunder Storm.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Thanks to his very loose choice of words, it often sounds like he wants more than just Arle's power. Even after a clear explanation of what he wants, Risukuma interprets it as him being unable to spit it out and suggests he should confess his love to her in person. Arle easily flustering him doesn't help.
    • In Saturn, he says he wouldn't touch Rulue even if she begged him to. Probably.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: If he's hit with Brain Dumbed in Madou Monogatari II, his next spell will be slurred.
  • The Gadfly: A handful of his victory quotes are specially crafted to get under the loser's skin. For example, in his 20th story, after defeating Arle in, he makes a snide comment if he "would like to teach [her] how to chain", a Call-Back to one of his victory quotes in Sun. Arle is not amused in the slightest.
  • Get Out!: And don't disturb his peace and quiet time! In 20th, Klug wanted the cave's crystals for himself, Sig made a mess with Schezo's belongings just to find a bug, Witch attacks him for his hair, Draco drinks all his clean water, Lemres eats the cake he just baked, and Risukuma finds the climate suitable for his experiments. Schezo was not happy and promptly chases themnote  out. Then he ends up getting caught in the mess Arle planned to stop. Poor Schezo doesn't get a break.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In the fan translations, "Confound it!" is used in moments where he would curse.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: A particularly zigzagged case in Saturn Madou Monogatari, in which he joins and leaves Arle and Rulue multiple times over the course of the game. Ultimately, he is not a member in the final battle, and several of those instances were not him in the first place.
  • Heavy Sleeper / NPC Roadblock: You're going to need to wake him up to get past that bridge in BOX's Quest mode. How? Hot tea. Arle "spills" the tea on him, causing him to jump frantically from getting scalded, and eventually falls into the river.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He comes to Arle's aid when she confronts Satan in the Game Gear Madou Monogatari II.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Final Test has him rip open a portal with the last drop of his strength, shoving Arle and Rulue into it right before Phantom God kills him off.
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Not the shoulder per se, but he holds his side after sustaining moderate damage, then his chest after heavy damage in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He calls Witch out on being a pervert after she accidentally suggesting she wants to sleep with him when one of his biggest character traits is his words coming out wrong. It leads to tension between them when she calls him out on this.
  • Idiot Hair: In his design for 15th onward.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • He calls Lidelle an "imp", but it offended her because it's not true. He's apologetic at first...then she calls her a pervert in response... Imp it is then.
    • Then he tells Rulue the Dark Prince might be fearful of her physical prowess as a result of her lack of magic. The latter sets her off and she proceeds to beat the crap out of him.
  • Irony: The Space-time Crystal he encountered in the prologue of Waku Puyo? He attempted to take its power, only for his own power to get stolen. He wasn't happy about that, and ventured into Waku Puyo Land to get his power back.
  • It's Personal: His reason for finally joining the party in Saturn after joining and leaving many times is that Yoggus dragged him into its attempt at destroying the world and he refuses to let it get away with it.
  • It's Probably Nothing: He gets stabbed on the back of the head with a syringe by Honey Bee, shrugs it off after failing to find her, and passes it off as a figment of his imagination. Then you realize she's your next opponent.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Gives off this vibe by constantly joining the party and then leaving in Madou Monogatari Saturn. Ultimately subverted, as he was being possessed and really didn't know why his path kept crossing Arle's and Rulue's.
  • Leitmotif:
  • Light Is Not Good: Downplayed (Due to him being an Anti-Hero) the times he's used white clothes, which is most of the pre-Fever games.
  • Losing Your Head: Ever seen a decapitated head fight back? ...Yeaaaah...
  • Lost in Translation: The pun on Santa Schezo's skill "Santastorm" is untranslatable in English. Thunderstorm, his first chain spell, is spelled サンダーストーム, while Santastorm is spelled サンターストーム; one dakuten off.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Rescues a miniature elephant in Tower of the Magician. Tenori Zoh then spends the rest of the game riding on Schezo's shoulder and helping him out in battle.
  • Luminescent Blush: In Sun, when he thinks Witch is trying to flirt with him.
  • Magic Knight: Character-wise, Schezo focuses more on the Magic side than the Knight. Gameplay-wise, his Attack and Magic stats are often an even split in games such as Waku Puyo Dungeon and Madou Monogatari Saturn.
  • Man in White: His earliest designs gave him a dominantly white ensemble, as well as the "Cool" variant in Puyo Quest. In the latter case, he is played up to be more mysterious.
  • Mistaken for Gay: By Rulue in SUN, after he was Not Distracted by the Sexy.
    • In 15th, Lemres mistakes Schezo's desire for his power as flirting and tries to turn him down gently.
    Lemres: That's very nice of you, but I just don't swing that way.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Implied defiance in Puyo Quest as Nekomimi Schezo. One of his quotes is him telling you to stop waving a foxtail grass in front of him, and another flatly tells you not to expect him to say "nya" at the end of his sentences.
  • Mystical White Hair: Then again, he does come from a world filled with magic.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In an ancient in-universe language, his name means "the gorgeous man who defiles the god". And his signature move means "breaking the wing of an angel".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Was responsible for Doppelganger Schezo's creation after trying to steal a space-time crystal's power and having it steal his instead.
  • Noble Demon: He refuses to take Wish's power in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician because she was too weak from fighting Dark Matter (and being possessed by him) to stop him from doing so. Instead, he says he will return when she's recovered and face her in a fair fight.
  • Nominal Hero: Often, with varying degrees of heroism and motivation.
  • No Name Given: In the original MSX2 version of Madou Monogatari II, he was just called "The Mage".
  • Noodle Incident: According to Rulue. Given how loose the context is, it could be seen as Schezo being Mistaken for Gay when he said he is not interested in Rulue's body.
    Rulue: Huh?! Are you perhaps... Well, not what you mention it, there was that time, and back then, and even right now... You were doing that kind of things and this kind of things...
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: He just passes by a sunbathing Rulue without batting an eye at her.
  • Not Himself: In Madou Monogatari Saturn, where he's possessed by his light counterpart, Lagnus.
  • Only Sane Man: In Tetris's story mode, while everyone else believed the Dark Prince was the culprit behind the falling Tetrimino, he's the only one that does not jump into conclusions and manages to convince Arle it was not his doing, and also helps her have Rulue snap back to her senses. It still does not prevent Schezo from being a Butt-Monkey, however (due to Arle having him endure Rulue's speech about the Dark Prince).
  • Power Parasite: One of his abilities. His goal is often to steal magic from others.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Apparently Schezo knows how to bake a cake in 20th Anniversary. In a cave.
    • Going into Madou Monogatari territory, he wore a pink dress as Sherry.
  • Recurring Boss: Played for Laughs in the Game Gear version of Madou Monogatari II. While he does catch up and fight Arle, he becomes increasingly tired each time, making him easier to defeat.
  • Reverse Grip: He holds his sword this way when he casts Sting Shade or counters with Dunamis in 20th.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While he stated he stopped caring about his age in Madoh Monogatari Saturn, and official material lists his age as "Unknown", doing some math on the series' timeline indicates he's canonically 180 years old.
  • The Rival: One of Arle's straighter examples.
  • Say My Name: In the Japanese version, he shouts out "ARLEEEEEE!" when she ditches him in Puyo Tetris.
  • Sharing a Body: Involuntarily shares it with Lagnus in Madou Monogatari Saturn. However, when Lagnus is in control, Schezo is completely unconscious, waking up in rather unfortunate situations without knowing how or why. He's understandably pissed at Lagnus for that.
  • Shirtless Scene: You have to fight him half-naked in BOX's Quest mode. There's even another portrait to reflect this!
  • Signature Move: Areiado; the technique even serves as his voiced catchphrase in the first two games.
  • Signature Scene: He is decapitated in the PC-98 version of Madou Monogatari II and his severed head continues to fight Arle. This is still a well known scene in the fandom nearly 30 years later.
  • Slasher Smile: One of his skit faces in Madou Monogatari Saturn. Most notably when Rulue promises Schezo a helping of Arle's power if he helps them out.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The early games couldn't decide on whether his name was spelled "Schezo", "Shezo", or "She-zo".
    • In an example that crosses over into No Pronunciation Guide, the English arcade game might have changed Areiado to "Areiad." It's tough to tell, between the not-so-great vocal quality and the...whatever accent that the voice actor attempted.
  • Spell Theme: Thunderstorm, Sting Shade, Areiado, Shadow Edge, Areiado Special. As expected from a Dark Wizard, he mainly uses dark magic. In previous games, he had Crush, Lwark Void, and Sagitta Adamas. He once used his sword for a chain animation, but it changed into a chain sound clip as opposed to an actual chain attack.
  • Sword Plant: His Victory Pose in 15th and 7.
  • Sword Pointing: A couple of his sprites in dialogue has him do this. Sun, 15th and 7 are some examples.
  • That Came Out Wrong: HOO BOY, Schezo has quite the track record with this one. Half of his sentences get quite inappropriate when taken out of context. Even if a good handful of the entire cast is aware of his bad wording, it's still doesn't stop them from being any less shocked when he does say something inappropriate though. It's got to the point where Arle has to point out how awful his wording is.
    Schezo: Finally, you and I are going to score together!
    Arle: Um... you mean we're gonna rack up SCORES... battling?
    Schezo, you gotta work on your vocab sometimes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He was the Big Bad of Madou Monogatari 2 and has over time turned into a rather reasonable individual.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In Saturn, when Succubus is attempting to make him her slave, he tells her to stop whipping him because he was starting to get a thing for it.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite being decapitated and killed in Madou Monogatari II, he comes back no worse for wear in later games.
    • This is averted in Madou Monogatari: The Final Test, where Arle (after defeating the Phantom God and gaining the Seraphim Orb) wishes for him to return to life, at the cost of him having virtually no memory of that event.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: ARS shows him as a lonely, but rather normal child before being dragged into a mirror. He swore to never become as evil as the villainous Rune Lord whose powers he inherited, but nearly two centuries later we see him in Madou Monogatari II, where he is the Big Bad trying to steal Arle's power.
  • Verbal Backspace: What he does when he catches himself sputtering something that doesn't come out right, though more frequent in the Sega games.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His DLC voice in Puyo Tetris gives him the voice of a little boy, reminiscent of his child form in 7.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Played with; straight in Madou Monogatari II (especially the PC-98 version), but subverts it in the Sega-era.
  • Ye Olde Butchered English: Borders with it; he has the speech pattern, but never uses the words.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: A non-lethal variation. This is how he got his title in Madou Monogatari ARS.
  • Your Size May Vary: A rare canon example. He's officially 178cm (5′8 feet) and 68kg (150Ibs) in Puyo Puyo, but 184cm (6′0 feet) and 71kg (157Ibs) in Madou Monogatari, making him slightly larger in the latter.

     Suketoudara 

Suketoudara

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari I
Voiced By: Takeshi Aono (Puyo Puyo CD), Yasutoshi Akiyama SSS (Puyo Puyo SUN), Yuichi Nagashima (Puyo Puyo~n), Hisayoshi Suganuma (15th - Present)

Fiiish!

An armed-and-legged pollock that loves to dance and talks in slang. He normally appears throughout the series as a comic relief of sorts, either because of himself being abused in some fashion or simply showing off his awesome dancing abilities. He is normally a carefree individual that simply wants to show off his dancing skills and likewise wants to see others dance too, but does show a more selfish side on occasion.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears a bow tie in 7.
  • Agony of the Feet: One beating from Raffine later, she just barges past him, stomping on his tail fin in the process.
  • Ascended Extra: He's only slightly less prolific than Carbuncle in advertising. He also has more game appearances than any other Madou Monogatari Mook aside from the Puyo themselves.
  • Berserk Button: Don't interrupt his dancing. Likewise don't mock his dancing.
  • Big Fun: Well, the "big" part might be reaching a bit, but otherwise he's probably the series' most prominent example of this trope.
  • Breakout Character: Was originally a generic enemy type in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, but later became a prominent character in the Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari series. As alluded to above, he was extremely prominent in the 90s Puyo Puyo commercials, and even a non-insignificant amount of modern-day promotion features him.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's dancing!" or "Fish!".
  • Dance Battler: His Sun attacks are dance moves. Most of his animations are themed around surfing in the Sega games, but the attacks themselves still involve dancing.
  • Delicious Distraction: Arle thinks about eating seafood whenever she is around him in Minna.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": His name translates to "Alaskan Pollock", a type of fish.
  • Dub Name Change: Becomes "Goby Captain" in the English arcade game.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Looked more like a realistic fish with more human looking limbs in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3.
  • Engrish: "Let's dancing!", "Groovy", "Fish", "Baby", etc.
  • Elvis Impersonator: His *5 and *6 cards in Quest.
  • Fat Bastard: In the first game and Sun anyway. See Jerkass.
  • Fish People: He has the body of a fish, but has human arms and legs.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears disco pants when fully evolved in Puyo Quest.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In many of the games, AI Suketoudara begins a match by immediately dropping four rows of Puyo. It could spell doom if he manages to get a chain; otherwise, he just gave you a head start.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Hurricane of Puns: In Puyo Puyo Tetris, everything that comes out of his mouth is guaranteed to have at least one pun themed on aquatic life or seafood. He's good enough to cram multiple puns into a single sentence at times.
    Suketoudara: "This clownfish ain't herring a word I'm sayin'. Look chum, I been flounderin' 'round these parts a while now..."
  • Inter Species Romance: Parodied in 20th, where he ends up being a victim of Maguro's "Bishie Beam" and falls in love.
    • Subverted with Seriri. Suketoudara loves her, but Seriri only sees him as a friend. However, there have been occasions that have implied that Seriri wouldn't mind being something more with him, so maybe the issue is that she simply isn't ready for a relationship.
  • Jerkass: In the first arcade game and Sun, at least. He snaps at Arle when she tries to talk to him in the first game and hogs an oasis to himself in Sun. In the latter instance, the sea creatures get their revenge by swarming him and leaving him as a husk.
    • Carries over into the English arcade game, where he claims that Silvana is "probably not an intelligent lifeform" after hearing her speak. To be fair, Silvana had just finished talking about how weird she thought he was.
  • Leitmotif: Seen coming from a mile away, "Let's Dancing Together!" in 15th.
  • Life of the Party: One of his defining traits.
  • Love Hurts: This guy has a thing for Seriri, but she only sees him as a friend. He didn't take getting friend-zoned very well.
  • Making a Splash
  • Meat-O-Vision: He turns into a seafood dinner in his Tsu defeat portrait.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In DA!, he wears a pink tutu and performs ballet.
  • Shout-Out: In the Saturn/Playstation versions of Tsu, he performs Michael Jackson's signature Moonwalk.
    • In Quest, his *5 and *6 cards depict him in garments similar to Elvis Presley.
  • Sore Loser: From 15th onward, his lose animation always depicts him throwing a childish temper tantrum.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His alternative voice set in the Japanese version of Tetris gives him a cute voice similar to a child.
  • Weak, but Skilled: With Fever rules, Suketoutara has among the worst chaining power under normal conditions. However by contrast his chaining power during a Fever is among the best.

     Witch 

Witch

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First Appearance: Madou Monogatari III
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida (Puyo Puyo CD), Nodapon (Puyo Puyo SUN, Discstation Shorts), Yuko Mizutani (Puyo Puyo~n), Sakura Kaoru (20th - Present), Lauren Landa (English, Puyo Puyo Tetris)

Witch is... well, a witch. Specifically, she is a young witch-in-training, constantly hunting for new spells to learn and potions to make. Her ultimate goal is to graduate into a full-fledged comet witch. However, she is rather mischievous when it comes to achieving her goals, going as far as to cheat in order to win, scamming customers on rare occasions, or even casually causing misery to others. She's yet another rival of Arle, due to Witch wanting to beat Arle in magic.

  • Any Last Words?: Word-for-word in the English arcade game. Instead of coming up with a witty reply, Silvana simply asks where Witch comes from.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Witch, as skilled at making potions as she is, has a habit of making said potions far too specific and eccentric to be of any practical use. For a quick example, her story in 20th revolves around her gathering ingredients to make a potion that makes people unafraid of bean-paste buns.
  • Badass in Distress: In Madou Monogatari Saturn, she put up a fight against Incubus, but still got chained up in the basement.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Like Schezo, she does not appreciate being called a pervert in Sun.
    • 20th also suggests that criticizing her tastes in potions is a good way to anger her.
  • Battle Aura: Has a golden one in Comet Summoner.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Only does this in Yo~n though.
  • Blood Knight: She admits she feels a compulsion to fight in Arle's story in 20th.
  • Blush Sticker: Features them as a permanent part of her design in Sega-made games.
  • Breakout Character: Was originally a generic enemy type in Madou Monogatari 1-2-3, but later became a prominent character in the Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari series due to immense popularity.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She was getting ready to take her magical certification exams in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician. 20 years later, she has still not taken the exam and gotten a name.
  • The Cameo: Alongside Harpy in 7 (She looked like this). However, unlike Harpy, she was made playable in 20th.
  • Catchphrase: "Oissu," which is a very informal greeting. It is replaced by "Yah-hey!" in the English arcade game, while the English version of Minna translates it as "Yo!".
  • Cat Girl: One of her costumes in Puyo Puyo Touch.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A minor example, but even Lemres, Primp's resident weirdo, is confused by her potion making choices in 20th.
  • Covert Pervert: In Sun. In Arle's story, she grabs Arle rather inappropriately in her sleep, and in Schezo's story, she accidentally suggests she wants to sleep with him when trying to express her interest in his clothes. She uses the exact same dialogue in Waku Puyo Dungeon again, except referring to Schezo's black outfit.
    • In Madou Monogatari Saturn, she becomes excited to meet Schezo after hearing he is a mega-pervert and asks to touch him.
    • Also in Saturn, she vaporizes a townsperson's clothes.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Her scene with Schezo in 20th is essentially the same as their shared scene in Sun and Waku Puyo Dungeon.
    • Her interactions with Draco and Suketoudara in 20th are also taken from Yon.
  • Cute Witch: A youthful and attractive witch.
  • Damsel in Distress: Her and Draco get caught by a Brainwashed and Crazy Incubus in Madou Monogatari Saturn.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Starred in a Spin-Off game titled Comet Summoner. Weird how Sega gave us a Comet Warlock... She was also a major character in Tower Of The Magician, another spinoff.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has moments in Saturn. This has mostly been downplayed since.
  • Dub Name Change: Averted in the arcade translation, along with Mummy, Zombie and Carbuncle.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is very distressed about her grandmother's condition in Tower of the Magician.
  • Everyone Calls Her Witch: According to 20th's Trivia shop item, one factoid states that she'll get a name once she's finished training. Everyone and herself refers to her as "Witch" because she doesn't have a proper name to refer herself as.
  • Evil Laugh: Ohohohoho!
  • Evil Twin: She's not particularly heroic, but she still receives one named "Dark Witch" in Comet Summoner. Comet Summoner's description suggests she may be fighting against a manifestation of her future self.
  • Fake Special Attack: One of the Puyo Puyo anime shorts depicts a battle between Witch and Arle. After Witch knocks Arle to the ground, she casts Meteor; unfortunately for Witch, only a single tiny star falls to the ground because they are fighting near a city and her comet magic is not as effective near bright light.
  • Fangirl: Schezo's in Saturn Madou.
  • Fiery Redhead: In Madou Monogatari III due to the limited colour palette. In every appearance since she's been blonde.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While they often oppose each other, she and Schezo team up in Tower of the Magician to fight Dark Matter.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Her Puyo Puyo CD Tsu spells include Fire and Thunder (as opposed to Arle's Fire and Ice Storm), and she uses Icefreeze in the aforementioned anime short.
  • Flying Broomstick: She's seen with one in Sun and carries it over for an animation in 20th. Flying on it is a major part of Comet Summoner's gameplay.
  • Freudian Slip: Accidentally suggests she wants to sleep with Schezo in both Sun and Waku Puyo Dungeon when she really wants his clothes.
    • And in 20th she does the same when she wants Schezo...'s hair for a potion.
  • Giggling Villain: One of her recurring traits, even when she's not doing something mischievous. Most notable in the first game (especially the Puyo Puyo CD version), where she only stops giggling long enough to acknowledge Arle.
  • Gone Horribly Right: She makes a power enhancing potion for Amitie. Unfortunately, Amitie spills it on Sig, and it causes him to nearly return to his true self due to the sudden power.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: According to Draco in Saturn Madou, Witch tends to get violently angry at the slightest provocation. In several other games, this trope is downplayed, but this aspect of her personality was brought up once again in 20th, where she lashes out at Lemres and Arle after they question her taste in magic potions.
  • Hidden Depths: If Satan's Space Amusement Park is any indication, Witch might be into punk rock music and the corresponding fashion.
  • Hime Cut: She sports a cartoonish version of this hairstyle.
  • Idiot Hair: During Sega's run.
  • It's All About Me: She is much more selfish and boastful in Saturn Madou than Draco, immediately trying to persuade Arle and Rulue to save her instead of Draco when she sees Arle's key can only open one of their chains because, according to her, she is a much more valuable asset than Draco to a team. The SEGA games also have shades of this, as she has absolutely no issues with messing with other people for her own goals.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's not often nice, if she makes a mistake (such as getting Klug drunk on a potion in 20th, or making a brew that caused Sig to go berserk in Sig's Secret) she will at least make an effort to correct the problem. There's also been occasions where she's taken the opportunity for a cheap shot (Such as attacking Arle when her guard was down in Tsu and springing a surprise Puyo match on Amitie in Sig's Secret), although she will eventually apologize for her underhanded methods. She is also very protective of her grandma.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Upon seeing her grandma lying on the floor in Tower of the Magician she rushes forward without regard for her own safety and gets taken out by a powerful spell for her trouble.
  • Leitmotif: "Darkness of PuyoPuyo2".
  • Male Gaze: The only character to be drawn with defined waist and hips (in her Cat Girl costume).
  • No Name Given: Witch technically isn't her name. In fact, she doesn't have one until she's done with her training.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In Sig's Secret, she feigns stupidity and tears to lure Amitie into a false sense of security before suddenly springing a Puyo match on her.
  • Older Than They Look: She appears in Schezo's story in Madou Monogatari ARS, which could make her closer to 180.
  • Palm-on-Cheek Pose: When taking major damage in Puyo Tetris.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Gives them at low health in Tower of the Magician.
  • The Rival: A more proper example.
  • Ship Tease: With Schezo. Every time they meet she ends up flirting with him (accidentally or not) and every time he gets flustered.
  • Significant Birth Date: Halloween.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her dynamic with Schezo in Tower of the Magician.
  • Sore Loser: Shades of this in Minna. After Arle defeats her, Witch yells that she'll give up the rune if Arle "just goes away."
  • Spell Theme: Meteor, Tachyon, Black Hole, Quasar, and Big Bang all have relevance to stars in the sky or celestial bodies.
    • She serves as an Evil Counterpart of sorts to Arle in Puyo Puyo CD Tsu, using Fire, Thunder, Brain Dumbed and Jugem.
  • Star Power: Her main spell motif. Even her non-star spells have star motifs, such as her version of Fire creating a star shaped blaze in Tower of the Magician or Accelerate having a small star animation buzz around its targets in Saturn.
  • Super Empowering: Gives Schezo her magic so that he can defeat Dark Matter in Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician. He gives it back once he's done with it.
  • Squishy Wizard: In Tower of the Magician she gets taken down by a single Black Eclipse spell.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: She mumbles "I love you very much." after grabbing hold of Arle while sleeping.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Draco's tomboy.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Taking her age possibly being 13 into account, she is not only a Covert Pervert but crafts incredibly dangerous potions and has on several occasions shown a desire for Arle to burn in hell.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: From 20th on, she calls the loser of any of her matches an idiot. In the English dub of Puyo Puyo Tetris she requests a rematch with the loser, claiming she never gets tired of winning.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Makes a power enhancing potion for Amitie that accidentally gets spilled on Sig and starts driving him mad. Her potions also cause chaos in Klug's story when she accidentally leaves them on the Primp schoolyard.
  • Vain Sorceress: In Puyo Puyo Tetris she calls herself the beauty in her Beauty 'N The Beast show while Draco is the Beast. She also takes part in a beauty contest in the Satan's Amusement Park light novel, though since Satan is judging the contest Arle's victory is a Foregone Conclusion.
  • Vague Age: Her age is inconsistent, notably she's been labeled as both 13 and 15 in official bios, and as noted above it's possible she is actually centuries old.
  • Wicked Witch: Shades of this, due to her tendency to be selfish, short-tempered, and cruel to other characters.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite Witch and Draco supposedly being friends (Most promotional material covering the entire cast will more likely than not pair the two together), almost every interaction between them results in them arguing and fighting. Going by her interactions with them, the same can be also be attributed to the rest of the major Madou-era Puyo cast more often than not for that matter.
  • Witch Classic: Has a pointy hat, flies on a broom, and makes potions using strange ingredients like traditional witches. However she mixes characteristics of a Cute Witch and Wicked Witch; She's youthful and cute like the former, but her Jerkass tenancies and dangerous potions gives her characteristics of the latter.
  • You Fool!: Her victory phrase in the Sega games.
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