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*Scissors used to be placed next to beds in older times to ward off changelings from replacing human children, since Gertrud has butterfly wings this could be a reference to them
 
*Scissors used to be placed next to beds in older times to ward off changelings from replacing human children, since Gertrud has butterfly wings this could be a reference to them
 
**Scissors are also commonly used as a symbol in relation to ending a life, cutting the thread of life which may refer to Gertrud dying and becoming a witch
 
**Scissors are also commonly used as a symbol in relation to ending a life, cutting the thread of life which may refer to Gertrud dying and becoming a witch
*[[wikipedia:Gertrude Jekyll | Gertrude Jekyll]] was a British horticulturalist and garden designer. Her younger brother was a friend of author Robert Louis Stevenson, who used his surname in his novella [[wikipedia:Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde|''Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'']], about a scientist who transforms into an embodiment of all his negativity and evil after drinking a serum he created
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*[[wikipedia:Gertrude Jekyll|Gertrude Jekyll]] was a British horticulturalist and garden designer. Her younger brother was a friend of author Robert Louis Stevenson, who used his surname in his novella [[wikipedia:Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde|''Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'']], about a scientist who transforms into an embodiment of all his negativity and evil after drinking a serum he created
 
**Gertrud's name may be a reference to [[wikipedia:Gertrude_(Hamlet)|Queen Gertrude]] from Shakespeare's play Hamlet
 
**Gertrud's name may be a reference to [[wikipedia:Gertrude_(Hamlet)|Queen Gertrude]] from Shakespeare's play Hamlet
 
**In the Catholic tradition, [[wikipedia:Gertrude_of_Nivelles|St. Gertrude]] is considered the [http://www.commonweeder.com/2011/03/24/saint-gertrude-of-nivelles/ patron saint of gardeners and herbalists.]
 
**In the Catholic tradition, [[wikipedia:Gertrude_of_Nivelles|St. Gertrude]] is considered the [http://www.commonweeder.com/2011/03/24/saint-gertrude-of-nivelles/ patron saint of gardeners and herbalists.]

Latest revision as of 22:04, 2 September 2021

Gertrud (GERTRUD) is a witch appearing in Episode 2 of the anime. She, along with her familiars, reappear in Madoka Magica Portable, Madoka Magica Mobage, Madoka Magica Online, Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram and Magia Record.

While Gertrud does not appear in The Rebellion Story, rental versions of Anthony do under the control of Sayaka Miki.

Witch Card

Card Gertrud.png

薔薇園の魔女。性質は不信。なによりも薔薇が大事。その力の全ては美しい薔薇のために。結界に迷い込んだ人間の生命力を奪い薔薇に分け与えているが、人間に結界内を踏み荒らされることは大嫌い。

Gertrud

RunesGERTRUD
TypeRose garden witch
NatureDistrustful
EpisodesEpisode 2, Magia Record Game, Magia Record Episode 11

The rose garden witch with a distrustful nature. She holds roses dearer than anything else. She expends all of her power for the sake of beautiful roses. Despite stealing the life-force of humans who wander into her barrier to give to her roses, she loathes the thought of them trampling the inside of her barrier.

Minions

Card Anthony.png

魔女の手下。その役割は造園。おヒゲは魔女にセットしてもらう。

Anthony

RunesANTHONY
TypeRose garden witch's minion
NatureLandscaping
EpisodesEpisode 1, Episode 2, Episode 12, The Rebellion Story, Magia Record Game, Magia Record Episode 11

The witch's minion. His duty is landscaping. His mustache is set by the witch.

Card Adelbert.png

薔薇園の魔女の手下。 その役割は警戒。人間を見つけると、ベルのような警戒音を鳴らし、容赦ない頭突きを食らわせる。視力は 2.5。 小さなタイプは侵入者を阻む薔薇の蔦に変身可能。

Adelbert

RunesADELBERT
TypeRose garden witch's minion
NatureLookout
EpisodesEpisode 2, The Rebellion Story, Magia Record

The rose garden witch's minion. His duty is to act as lookout. Upon seeing a human, he will sound a warning bell and headbutt him mercilessly. They have 2.5 (20/8) vision. The smaller type can change into rose vines to hinder intruders.

Anthony Rebellion Card.png

薔薇園の魔女の手下(レンタルver.)。その役割は造園。魔女の手下達の中ではかなり従順で数も多いため、ほむら救出の主戦力として薔薇園の魔女から派遣されて来た。直接的に人魚の魔女の指揮下へ入っているため、その魔女の影響で以前とは容姿が少し異なる。胸に付けた勲章は薔薇園の魔女から付けてもらった宝物。

Anthony (rental ver.)

RunesANTHONY
TypeRose garden witch's minion (rental ver.)
NatureLandscaping
EpisodesThe Rebellion Story

Servants of the Rose Garden Witch (rental ver.). They take the role of gardeners. As they are relatively docile and numerous, as far as familiars go, the Rose Garden Witch dispatched them as the main combat force for saving Homura. As they are under the direct command of the Mermaid Witch, the influence of her magic has changed their appearances. The medals on their chests are a treasure added by the Rose Garden Witch.

History

Original Anime

Gertrud's barrier appears in Episode 1 along with her Anthony. Gertrud makes her first appearance in Episode 2 along with Adelbert.

In Episode 1, Madoka and Sayaka are ambushed by Gertrud's barrier after saving Kyubey from Homura. They're surrounded by Anthony but are quickly saved by Mami. All three girls later hunt down Gertrud in Episode 2. They find a woman attempting to commit suicide after having Gertrud's witch kiss placed on her but Mami saves her in time. Mami defeats numerous Anthony and Adelbert before finishing off Gertrud at the deepest part of her labyrinth.

Anthony are shown to attack with black scissors and their faces change drastically when doing so, they seem to have high pitched voices. Adelbert appear in two forms, large and small - the latter often coming in groups of three. They seem to only attack by flying towards their enemy. Gertrud is seen attacking with her red chair and using scissors like Anthony.

The Rebellion Story

Anthony make a reappearance in The Rebellion Story as rental versions, leant out to Sayaka and Oktavia. They appear more like Oktavia with a mermaid tail instead of their butterfly wings. Adelbert also make a brief appearance. Gertrud also makes a cameo appearance during Homura's explanation of witches as well as in the ending where a bottle full of flowers has her name on in Runes.

Manga

Gertrud appears in the original manga just the same as she does in the anime. However she, her familiars and witch kiss don a slightly different appearance and her labyrinth is much more simple. Despite this, her Grief Seed retains the same appearance.

Rental Anthony reappear in the Rebellion Manga fighting alongside the magical girls. They also appear in the new world and Gertrud makes her cameo while Homura reminisces about witches.

Gertrud and Anthony appear in the spin-off The Veranda of Madoka briefly. Mami and Kyoko enter Gertrud's labyrinth on an extremely hot day and Kyoko thinks it's better to stay in the labyrinth since it's much cooler than outside.

Gertrud further makes a cameo in Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Extra Story as Kyubey explains witches to Kirika

Madoka Magica Portable

Gertrud and her familiars reappear in Madoka Magica Portable. Gertrud and her familiars appear in Madoka's Route and Homura's Route. Only her familiars appear in Mami's Route and Sayaka's Route. She appears as the final boss of the mysterious witch's barrier, the joyful barrier.

During her fight, Gertrud sits at the back of the boss room and summons Anthony to fight the magical girl. Once the magical girl gets too close for too long, Gertrud will fly to another edge of the arena. She only attacks herself when a magical girl is directly in front of her. Once defeated she falls down and butterflies cover the screen just like her anime death. Her Grief Seed can be collected to cleanse a magical girl's Soul Gem during battle.

Magia Record

Gertrud and Anthony make an appearance in Magia Record. Gertrud's description stays the same as her original anime description however Anthony's description differs.

Anthony bio

Minions of the witch of rose gardens. Their role is to do landscaping. The witch styles their mustaches for them. They originally resided in a place called Mitakihara, but due to their wholehearted desire to grow more beautiful roses in rich, fertile soil for their master, they unleashed their pioneering spirit and marched right on over to Kamihama. They happily carry on gardening even in barriers besides their master’s, so some witches see them as a huge nuisance. Incidentally, due to the sheer density of witch barriers fighting each other for space in Kamihama, it’s hardly unusual to see a given witch’s minions wandering around other witches’ barriers.

Magia Record Anime

Gertrud makes a brief appearance in Magia Record Episode 11. The labyrinth created from Gertrud's appearance steals Sana Futaba's coaster and her, Iroha Tamaki, Tsuruno Yui and Felicia Mitsuki travel into the labyrinth to find it. The Anthony take their findings to the top of the labyrinth, noticeably taking Sana's coaster. They destroy any finding that isn't a rose so the girls quickly reach the top to save the coaster. Quickly after, a stone rose at the top of the labyrinth breaks to reveal Gertrud herself. The girls aren't shown fighting the witch but are shown holding her Grief Seed afterwards.

Note

In Episode 1, Anthonys are seen surrounding Sayaka and Madoka and yelling the following German phrases in a distorted manner:

Original English Translation
Das sind mir unbekannte Blumen.
Ja. Sie sind mir auch unbekannt.
Schneiden wir sie ab?
Ja. Schneiden wir sie ab!
Die Rosen schenken wir unsrer Königin.
Und die schlechten Blumen
steigen auf die Guillotine.
Ja. Schneide sie ab!
Ja. Schneide sie heraus!
Those flowers are unknown to me.
Yes. They are also unknown to me.
Shall we cut them off?
Yes. Let us cut them off.
We present the roses to our queen.
And the bad flowers
go to the guillotine.
Yes. Cut them off!
Yes. Cut them out!

Observations

  • A red rose is commonly associated with romance, passion, humility and romance however a rotten rose could signify the corruption of these values which result from Gertrud's transformation into a witch
  • Scissors used to be placed next to beds in older times to ward off changelings from replacing human children, since Gertrud has butterfly wings this could be a reference to them
    • Scissors are also commonly used as a symbol in relation to ending a life, cutting the thread of life which may refer to Gertrud dying and becoming a witch
  • Gertrude Jekyll was a British horticulturalist and garden designer. Her younger brother was a friend of author Robert Louis Stevenson, who used his surname in his novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, about a scientist who transforms into an embodiment of all his negativity and evil after drinking a serum he created
    • Gertrud's name may be a reference to Queen Gertrude from Shakespeare's play Hamlet
    • In the Catholic tradition, St. Gertrude is considered the patron saint of gardeners and herbalists.
      • Incidentally, she is also the patron saint of cats (and those who also loved them), travelers in search of lodgings, and insane people.[1]
    • In episode 2 there's a grotesque image of Napoleon right before the door to Gertrud's barrier opens. Gertud may have been inspired by Joséphine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was known as Rose until she married Napoleon, and she patronized the development of rose breeding at her gardens at Malmaison, collecting some 250 varieties
  • Anthony's name may be a reference to the incorrect claim in the 16th century that the name "Anthony" was derived from the Greek word "anthos", meaning "flower".
    • They may also be a reference to the character Anthy Himemiya, named for a similar reason, from the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena.
    • Anthony's butterfly on it's body seem to resemble a monarch butterfly, which is a symbol of protection and of guardianship. Considering the Anthony's cut off 'undesirable roses' to please their queen this does make sense
  • Adelbert is named after German poet and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, author of the novella 'Peter Schlemihl's Miraculous Story, in which the titular character sells his shadow to the devil and eventually grows to regret his decision after being ousted from society.
  • The wings on Gertrud's back may be wings of Charaxinae (cf. subgenus Polyura), the butterfly on her head may be Papilio helenus, and the swarm of butterflies that fly away after she dies may be Charaxinae and genus Graphium (cf. subgenus Pathysa) or Protographium.
    • Also, butterfly on Anthony's body is probably Danaus genutia, not the monarch butterfly (D. plexippus). However, Antony's wings have been modified and added the tails of the swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae).
    • Other butterflies can also be seen in Gertrud's Barrier.
  • The way the Anthony destroy foreign things with their scissors in their Magia Record Anime appearance may be the 'guillotine' described in their song from the original anime.

Trivia

  • Seiyus called Anthony ひげおじさん (Higeojisan, Uncle Moustache) in the audio comentary tracks of BD/DVD.
    • They think he is cute
  • The Anthony from Rebellion that appear in the new world are presumably the ones that were summoned by Sayaka, unable to return to the Law of Cycles
  • In The Battle Pentagram, Gertrud has an alternate colour palette with a more blue tinge. Her hair is a bright green, the roses are pink and her wings are blue. Anthony and Adelbert also have blue colour schemes

Gallery

See Gallery:Gertrud

External links