Gertrud (GERTRUD) is a witch born from negative emotions, who loves roses more than anything else--her barrier is full of them. She uses humans' life energy to feed her roses and hates humans entering her barrier. Her minions are Anthony and Adelbert. She and her barrier are presented in a surreal manner with bizarre cut-and-paste-style photo collages. She also seems to like mustaches as both of her minions have some. Her "body" has parts from a butterfly, and butterflies are seen in her barrier at many points. (See also: Gertrud's maze).
While Gertrud does not appear in The Rebellion Story, her Anthony familiars do under the control of Sayaka Miki. They also appear to exist in the new world created by Homura at the end of the movie. (They are presumably the ones that were summoned by Sayaka, unable to return to the Law of Cycles.)
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.
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.
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.
In Magia Record
Witch and Familiar Descriptions
Same as above Witch Card
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.
In Episode 1, Anthonys are seen surrounding Sayaka and Madoka and yelling the following German phrases in a distorted manner:
|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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.