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'''Ophelia''' ({{Runes|OPHELIA}}) is the [[witch]] form of [[Kyoko Sakura]], making an appearance in ''[[Madoka Magica Portable]]''. Like the anime witches, she was designed by [[Gekidan Inu Curry]].
'''Ophelia''' ({{Runes|OPHELIA}}) is the witch form of [[Kyoko Sakura]], which is set to make an appearance in ''[[Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable]]''. Like the anime witches, she was designed by [[Gekidan Inu Curry]].
 
  
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==Witch Card==
 
{{Card
 
{{Card
|name         = Ophelia
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|name = Ophelia          
|runes         = OPHELIA
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|runes = OPHELIA          
|image         = File:Ophelia_witch_card.jpg
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|image = File:Ophelia_Card_v2.png         
|japanese_desc =  
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|japanese_desc = 武旦の魔女。その性質は自棄。霧の中を虚ろな足どりで永遠にさまよい続ける魔女。いつも傍らにいる馬が何だったのか魔女にはもう思い出せない。
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The witch of wǔdàn. Her nature is abandonment. A witch who eternally wanders with hollow footsteps within the fog. She can no longer remember what the horse that always accompanies her was.
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|type = Wǔdàn witch           
|episodes     = [[Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable]]
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|nature = Abandonment
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|episodes = [[Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable]], [[Madogatari Event]]     
 
}}
 
}}
==Translations==
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[[Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03|From the March 2012 Dengeki PlayStation]]
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== Minions ==
<table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="1" style="border-collapse: collapse; border-color: #ddd; margin-top: 20px;">
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{{Card
<tr>
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|name = Zoe     
<th style="text-align: right; background: #efefef;">Source</th>
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|runes = ZOE       
<th style="text-align: left; background: #efefef;">Translation</th>
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|image = File:Ophelia_Minions_Card.png       
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|japanese_desc = 武旦の魔女の手下。その役割は行進。霧の中を規則正しく歩き続ける。主である魔女がこの使い魔の側に寄る事はない。
<tr><td>[[File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_06.jpg|300px]]</td>
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|english_desc = The wǔdàn witch's minions, whose task is to march. They continually walk through the fog in an orderly fashion. The witch typically doesn't have any reason to approach these familiars.
<td><b>Kyoko's witch form<br></b>
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|type = Wǔdàn witch's minion
Kyoko's witch can generate separated bodies, same as the effect of Rosso Fantasma. She can also assault by becoming a lance form. She also has familiars who can shoot fireballs or slash with their deformed heads. Homura fights Kyoko's witch by herself. It is better to utilize her magic to stop time and attack with powerful weapon to beat multiple enemies at once.<br></td></tr>
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|task = Marching
</table>
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|episodes = [[Madoka Magica Portable]], [[Madogatari Event]]        
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}}
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==[[Magia Record]] Description==
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The Doppel of abandonment. Its form is a Wǔdàn. The master of this emotion doesn’t trust her Doppel’s enigmatic power, borrowing its weapon in order to bear arms by herself. Judging by this Doppel’s abilities– manipulating mist, producing illusions, using suspicious hypnosis magic– one may imagine that its master only sees it as a loathsome reminder of her past. Nevertheless, her Doppel holds the past regrets that she stowed away in the depths of her emotions, and despite being suspicious of it, she allows it to assist her somewhat in attacking once it’s been summoned. Also, the candle holder that runs around while carrying the master appears to be a separate individual from the fluttering robe; the latter is the Doppel’s main body.
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''(This is the second version of the Doppel description. The Japanese text of the first version can be found the gallery.)''
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==Observations==
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*Ophelia can be thought of as a [[wikipedia:Headless_Horseman|headless horseman]].
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** Technically, the witch seems to have an eye below the flame, making Ophelia more of a candle-headed horseman. The impression of being headless is likely intentional, as the witch's "head" is flat enough to resemble a neck.
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**In Kyouko's puppet show in episode 7, candles are strongly associated with her father. They appear next to him several times, most notably during a sermon. When she describes how he killed the rest of her family and hung himself, his puppet falls with its head consumed by flame and ignites the rest of the puppets.
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*Ophelia's familiars are colorfully attired warriors, most of whom march around aimlessly. One has a dragon's head emerge from its neck for a powerful melee attack. Another has the ability to summon melee familiars by ringing a bell, and a long-range fire attack. The two reflect the hybrid abilities of Kyoko who possesses both strong melee abilities and range abilities with her weapon.
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**The ringing of [[:wikipedia:Bell (instrument)|bells]] have their place in religious ceremonies, rituals and traditions. In the Eastern world, the traditional forms of bells are temple and palace bells, small ones being rung by a sharp rap with a stick, and very large ones rung by a blow from the outside by a large swinging beam. The bell used by the familiar is a [[:wikipedia:Suzu|Suzu bell]], that is traditionally used to summon [[:wikipedia:Kami|kami]].
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*There are various colored fish swimming in her barrier. They are part of the scenery and not actually familiars. Fish have various symbolic meanings:
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**Early Christians used a [[wikipedia:Ichthys|fish symbol]] to represent the Christian faith.
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**In Buddhism, fish can represent abundance and fertility, or living beings who practice the dharma need have no fear to drown in the ocean of suffering, and can freely migrate (chose their rebirth) like fish in the water.   
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**Adaptability, change, and transformation in Greco-Roman, East Indian, and Norse mythology.
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**Goldfish are associated with fortune and wealth. One of the [[wikipedia:Ashtamangala|eight auspicious signs]] of Buddhism is a pair of goldfish, representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of [[wikipedia:Samsara|samsara]].
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*Ophelia is fought on a narrow, confined area blocked off on either side by her barriers, somewhat reminiscent of the alley where Kyoko fought Sayaka in [[Episode 5]]. It allows her to maximize her use of [[Speculah:Magical_Powers#Mind_Trick.2FIllusion_.28Confirmed.29|Rosso Fantasma]] (previously a lost ability to Kyoko) to create duplicates of herself. These duplicates are not purely illusionary. They are capable of powerful melee attacks.  Ophelia can transform into a spear for a long-range attack.
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*The walls and floors of her barrier are largely unadorned and lined with dark red bricks.
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*It is suggested that [[:File:Blu_ray_mermaid_unicorn_ep_9.jpg|the symbolism of the unicorn]] represents innocence. The fact that Ophelia is riding a horse, instead of a unicorn, has been speculated that the horse represents the loss of innocence and nobility. The image ingrains the idea that the unicorn has lost its horn along with its splendor and that it has become a regular equestrian animal.
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** If a unicorn is a symbol of purity and grace, then this may imply Kyoko lost both before she turned into the witch.
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*Ophelia's witch kiss looks like a [[:wikipedia:Banner#Heraldic_banners|heraldic banner]].
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*How Kyoko becomes Ophelia is described in [[Madoka_Magica_Portable_Kyoko_Route#Story|her game route]] (expand for story spoilers).
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
[[File:Dengeki_ps_kyoko_witch_form.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Ophelia, Kyoko's witch form.]]
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*The official website for [[Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable]] refers to Ophelia as the witch of ''wǔdàn'' (武旦). A [[wikipedia:Peking_opera#Dan|wǔdàn]] is a fierce female warrior in traditional Chinese opera.
*Ophelia will also appear in Mami's Heart Pounding Tiro Finale game.
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*The spear was the symbol of the god [[wikipedia:Wōden|Wodan]] and the most common weapon in Germanic armies; it was cheap to produce because it didn't need much iron and most types could be used for both stabbing or throwing. Most Germanic horsemen carried a shield and a spear though the footmen sometimes carried multiple spears; at the start of a battle these were thrown at the enemy and the last one was saved for close combat. According to Tacitus, the Germans were able to throw these spears immense distances.  
*[[wikipedia:Ophelia|Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet]] was a young woman who had a famous and highly romanticized suicide. She went mad after the death of her father and being spurned by her love interest.
 
*Ophelia is riding a horned horse-like creature, which corresponds to the [[Media:Blu_ray_mermaid_unicorn_ep_9.jpg | unicorn wind chime]] that represented Kyoko (opposite Sayaka's mermaid chime) in the BD version of episode 9.
 
*Ophelia can be thought of as a [[wikipedia:Headless_Horseman|headless horseman]].
 
**There are two German folk tales of a headless horseman:
 
***One is set near Dresden in eastern Germany. In this tale, a woman from Dresden goes out early one Sunday morning to gather acorns in a forest. At a place called "Lost Waters", she hears a hunting horn. When she hears it again, she turns around she sees a headless man in a long grey coat sitting on a grey horse.
 
***In another German tale, set in Brunswick, a headless horseman called "the wild huntsman" blows a horn which warns hunters not to ride the next day, because they will meet with an accident.
 
***In some German versions of the headless horseman, he seeks out the perpetrators of capital crimes. In others, he has a pack of black hounds with tongues of fire.
 
*Kyoko is known for being a hot-headed character.
 
 
*The name Ophelia is derived from the Greek οφελος (ophelos), meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet [[wikipedia:Jacopo_Sannazaro|Jacopo Sannazaro]] for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'.[http://www.behindthename.com/name/ophelia]
 
*The name Ophelia is derived from the Greek οφελος (ophelos), meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet [[wikipedia:Jacopo_Sannazaro|Jacopo Sannazaro]] for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'.[http://www.behindthename.com/name/ophelia]
**The word ''[[wikipedia:Arcadia_(utopia)|'Arcadia']]'' has a connotation with an Utopian vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature. This type of setting appears in many works of fiction.
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*[[wikipedia:Ophelia|Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet]] was a young woman who had a famous and highly romanticized suicide. While she lived, Ophelia's main conflict was between obeying her father or her love interest. She had a fear of intimacy and eventually went mad under the pressure of her father's death and her lover's rejection of her. Kyoko lost her family (her father being the driving force behind that) and was spurned by Sayaka.
***Commonly thought of as being in line with Utopian ideals, Arcadia differs from that tradition in that it is more often specifically regarded as unattainable. Furthermore, it is seen as a lost, Edenic form of life, contrasting to the progressive nature of [[wikipedia:Utopia|Utopian]] desires.
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**Ophelia's famous death scene is represented in various paintings, including one painting by [[Wikipedia:File:Millais_-_Ophelia.jpg|Millais]].
 
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**Shakespeare readers have interpreted the Ophelia character to be linked to the idea of regret, corrupted innocence, and unrequited love.
== Speculation & Observation ==
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*Horse meat is known as "sakura" in japan, which is also Kyoko's last name.
*Ophelia's familiars include geishas and goldfish.
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* Ophelia's familiars are based off the ''[[:wikipedia:Rokuro-kubi|rokurokubi]]'', a type of Japanese supernatural creature that look like normal humans by day but gain the ability to elongate their necks at night.
**Fish have various symbolic meanings:
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** The rokurokubi are related to the ''[[:wikipedia:Nukekubi|nukekubi]]'', a similar monster that detaches it's head completely. This may tie into Ophelia resembling a headless horseman.
***Early Christians used a [[wikipedia:Ichthys|fish symbol]] to represent the Christian faith.
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* Ophelia might be based off the Little Matchstick Girl, since it is written by the same writer of the Little Mermaid, {{Spoiler|Sayaka's witch form}}, Hans Kristian Andersen.
***In Buddhism, fish can represent abundance and fertility, or living beings who practice the dharma need have no fear to drown in the ocean of suffering, and can freely migrate (chose their rebirth) like fish in the water.  
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*Ophelia also appears in Mami's Heart Pounding Tiro Finale game.
***Adaptability, change, and transformation in Greco-Roman, East Indian, and Norse mythology.
 
**Goldfish are associated with fortune and wealth. One of the [[wikipedia:Ashtamangala|eight auspicious signs]] of Buddhism is a pair of goldfish, representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of [[wikipedia:Samsara|samsara]].
 
**[[wikipedia:Geisha|Geishas]] were seen as a form of independence for females outside of the traditional wife and family role. Kyoko resorted to non-traditional methods and self-sacrifice to support her family.
 
*Ophelia of Hamlet's main conflict was between obeying her father or her love interest. She had a fear of intimacy and eventually went mad under the pressure of her father's death and her lover's rejection of her. Kyoko lost her family and was spurned by Sayaka. <br><br>
 
[[File:Madoka_BD_5_Menu_Art_2.jpg|right|400px]]
 
:The story of Ophelia's suicide by drowning is striking in a number of ways. First, her death seems to be passive: rather than straight-up committing suicide, as Gertrude (The Queen in Hamlet, who shares a name with the witch [[Gertrud]]) tells us, she accidentally falls in the water and then simply neglects to save herself from sinking. This seems to be a metaphor for the way Ophelia lives her life toward the end of the play – going with the flow, doing what her father tells her to do, rather making decisions for herself. Ophelia's "garments" "pull" her down, as if they had a mind of their own. Likewise, Kyoko followed wherever life lead her and was pulled down by her magical girl status.<br><br>
 
:Ophelia is described as being "mermaid-like" with her "clothes spread wide." Even in death, Ophelia is figured as an erotic creature. Gertrude also suggests that Ophelia's drowning was natural when she describes Ophelia as being like a "native" creature in the water. Sayaka, who Kyoko killed herself in an attempt to reach her, took on the form of a mermaid as [[Oktavia]] and her transformation into a witch resonates with the features of water and the implication theme of drowning. Sayaka and Kyoko appear together underwater in the BD 5 artwork to the right.<br><br>
 
*Ophelia's famous death scene is represented in various paintings, including one painting by [[Wikipedia:File:Millais_-_Ophelia.jpg|Millais]].
 
*Shakespeare readers have interpreted the Ophelia character to be linked to the idea of regret and unrequited love.
 
*In Norse Mythology, [[wikipedia:Valkyrie|Valkyries]] rode into battle with spears —a weapon heavily associated with the god Odin.
 
*The spear was the symbol of the god [[wikipedia:Wōden|Wodan]] and the most common weapon in Germanic armies; it was cheap to produce because it didn't need much iron and most types could be used for both stabbing or throwing. Most Germanic horsemen carried a shield and a spear though the footmen sometimes carried multiple spears; at the start of a battle these were thrown at the enemy and the last one was saved for close combat. According to Tacitus, the Germans were able to throw these spears immense distances. Some types of throwing spears were even equipped with a leather loop for the fingers so that they could be hurled even further.[http://www.geocities.ws/reginheim/equipment.html]
 
*The ceremonial use of candles is found in the practice of many religions. Light is everywhere the symbol of joy and of life-giving power, as darkness is of death and destruction. Fire, the most mysterious and impressive of the elements, the giver of light and of all the good things of life, is a thing sacred and adorable in primitive religions, and fire-worship still has its place in two at least of the great religions of the world.
 
**In Christianity [[wikipedia:Ceremonial_use_of_lights#Candles|the candle]] is commonly used in worship both for decoration and ambiance, and as a symbol that represents the light of God or, specifically, the light of Christ. The altar candle is often placed on the altar, usually in pairs.
 
**An [[wikipedia:Advent_candle|Advent candle]] is a candle marked with the days of December up to Christmas Eve. It is typically used in a household rather than a church setting: each day in December the candle is burnt down a little more, to the mark for the day, to show the passing of the days leading up to Christmas. The custom of having an Advent candle in the house seems to have started in Germany, but it is now widespread in some other European countries such as the United Kingdom.
 
*It is suggested that the symbolism of the unicorn represents innocence. The fact that Ophelia is riding a horse, instead of a unicorn, has been speculated that the horse represents the loss of innocence and nobility. The image ingrains the idea that the unicorn has lost its horn along with its splendor and that it has become a regular equestrian animal.
 
**According to Chinese folklore, each animal is associated with certain personality traits, and those born in the year of the horse are intelligent, independent, and free-spirited.
 
**There is some reason to believe that Poseidon, like other water gods, was originally conceived under the form of a horse. In Greek art, Poseidon rides a chariot that was pulled by a [[wikipedia:Hippocampus_(mythology)|hippocampus]] or by horses that could ride on the sea, and sailors sometimes drowned horses as a sacrifice to Poseidon to ensure a safe voyage.
 
***Homer describes Poseidon, who was god of horses ''(Poseidon Hippios)'', earthquakes, and the sea, drawn by "brazen-hoofed" horses over the sea's surface.
 
**Tacitus (Germania) mentions the use of white horses for divination by the Germanic tribes, where the behavior of a white stallion could decide peace or war.
 
**[[wikipedia:White_horse_(mythology)|White horses]] (which are rarer than other colours of horse) have a special significance in the mythologies of cultures around the world. They are often associated with the sun chariot, with warrior-heroes, with fertility (in both mare and stallion manifestations), or with an end-of-time savior, but other interpretations exist as well. Both truly white horses and the more common grey horses, with completely white hair coats, were identified as "white" by various religious and cultural traditions.
 
***In the New Testament, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse include one seated on a white horse and one on a pale horse - the pale horse carried the rider, Death. However, the Greek word translated as pale is often interpreted as sickly green or ashen grey rather than white. Later in the Book of Revelation, Christ rides a white horse out of heaven at the head of the armies of heaven to judge and make war upon the earth.
 
***Saint George, the patron saint of horsemen among other things, rides a white horse in the tale of [[wikipedia:Saint_George_and_the_Dragon|Saint George and the Dragon]].
 
*It is speculated that perhaps the guilt that Kyoko carried with her due to her failure to protect her family, and later Sayaka, weighted too much on her causing Kyoko to turn into a witch.
 
  
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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===Official Art===
 
<gallery captionalign="left" position="center">
 
<gallery captionalign="left" position="center">
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_05.jpg|Ophelia and her familiars.
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_05.jpg|Ophelia and her familiars.
File:Dengeki_ps_kyoko_witch_form.jpg|Ophelia, Kyoko's witch form.
 
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_06.jpg
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_06.jpg
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_07.JPG
 
File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_07.JPG
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File:PSP_Homura_App_Update.jpg
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File:Game_Mami_TiroFinale12.jpg|Ophelia in Mami's Heart Pounding Tiro Finale
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File:OPHELIA mark.png|Ophelia's mark.
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File:Ophelia grief seed PSP.png|Ophelia's Grief Seed
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File:PSP Ophelia Game Profile.jpg|Game Profile
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File:Inukare Gallery Ophelia.png
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File:Inukare Gallery Ophelia Barrier.png
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File:PSP WitchKissAndGriefSeed Ophelia.jpg|Witch kiss and grief seed in PSP theme
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
== Fanart ==
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===Magia Record===
{{Fanart}}
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<gallery>
<gallery captionalign="left" position="center">
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File:Ophelia_doppel.png
File:Ophelia_witch_card.jpg
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File:Ophelia_doppel_description.png|Current Doppel description.
File:Ophelia_form_human_fanart_badass.jpg
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File:ophelia_doppel_description_original.jpg|Original doppel description. Note the differing Japanese.
File:Ophelia_fanart_witch_form.jpg
 
File:Ophelia-art.jpg
 
File:25337862.jpg
 
File:25323945.jpg
 
File:Candeloro_and_Ophelia.jpg
 
File:25292387.jpg
 
File:25296777 p0.jpg
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Translations===
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[[Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03|From the March 2012 Dengeki PlayStation]]
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<table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="1" style="border-collapse: collapse; border-color: #ddd; margin-top: 20px;">
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<tr>
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<th style="text-align: right; background: #efefef;">Source</th>
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<th style="text-align: left; background: #efefef;">Translation</th>
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</tr>
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<tr><td>[[File:Dengeki_PlayStation_2012-03_06.jpg|300px]]</td>
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<td><b>Kyoko's witch form<br></b>
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Kyoko's witch can generate separated bodies, similar to the effect of Rosso Fantasma. She can also assault by becoming a lance form. Her familiars can shoot fireballs or slash with their deformed heads. Homura fights Kyoko's witch by herself. It is better to utilize her magic to stop time and attack with powerful weapons to beat multiple enemies at once.<br></td></tr>
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</table>
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.pixiv.net/tags.php?tag=Ophelia&order=date_d Ophelia pixiv fanart]
  
  
 
[[Category:Witches]]
 
[[Category:Witches]]

Revision as of 11:16, 9 March 2019

Ophelia (OPHELIA) is the witch form of Kyoko Sakura, making an appearance in Madoka Magica Portable. Like the anime witches, she was designed by Gekidan Inu Curry.

Witch Card

Ophelia Card v2.png

武旦の魔女。その性質は自棄。霧の中を虚ろな足どりで永遠にさまよい続ける魔女。いつも傍らにいる馬が何だったのか魔女にはもう思い出せない。

Ophelia

RunesOPHELIA
TypeWǔdàn witch
NatureAbandonment
EpisodesPuella Magi Madoka Magica Portable, Madogatari Event

The witch of wǔdàn. Her nature is abandonment. A witch who eternally wanders with hollow footsteps within the fog. She can no longer remember what the horse that always accompanies her was.

Minions

Ophelia Minions Card.png

武旦の魔女の手下。その役割は行進。霧の中を規則正しく歩き続ける。主である魔女がこの使い魔の側に寄る事はない。

Zoe

RunesZOE
TypeWǔdàn witch's minion
DutyMarching
EpisodesMadoka Magica Portable, Madogatari Event

The wǔdàn witch's minions, whose task is to march. They continually walk through the fog in an orderly fashion. The witch typically doesn't have any reason to approach these familiars.

Magia Record Description

The Doppel of abandonment. Its form is a Wǔdàn. The master of this emotion doesn’t trust her Doppel’s enigmatic power, borrowing its weapon in order to bear arms by herself. Judging by this Doppel’s abilities– manipulating mist, producing illusions, using suspicious hypnosis magic– one may imagine that its master only sees it as a loathsome reminder of her past. Nevertheless, her Doppel holds the past regrets that she stowed away in the depths of her emotions, and despite being suspicious of it, she allows it to assist her somewhat in attacking once it’s been summoned. Also, the candle holder that runs around while carrying the master appears to be a separate individual from the fluttering robe; the latter is the Doppel’s main body.

(This is the second version of the Doppel description. The Japanese text of the first version can be found the gallery.)

Observations

  • Ophelia can be thought of as a headless horseman.
    • Technically, the witch seems to have an eye below the flame, making Ophelia more of a candle-headed horseman. The impression of being headless is likely intentional, as the witch's "head" is flat enough to resemble a neck.
    • In Kyouko's puppet show in episode 7, candles are strongly associated with her father. They appear next to him several times, most notably during a sermon. When she describes how he killed the rest of her family and hung himself, his puppet falls with its head consumed by flame and ignites the rest of the puppets.
  • Ophelia's familiars are colorfully attired warriors, most of whom march around aimlessly. One has a dragon's head emerge from its neck for a powerful melee attack. Another has the ability to summon melee familiars by ringing a bell, and a long-range fire attack. The two reflect the hybrid abilities of Kyoko who possesses both strong melee abilities and range abilities with her weapon.
    • The ringing of bells have their place in religious ceremonies, rituals and traditions. In the Eastern world, the traditional forms of bells are temple and palace bells, small ones being rung by a sharp rap with a stick, and very large ones rung by a blow from the outside by a large swinging beam. The bell used by the familiar is a Suzu bell, that is traditionally used to summon kami.
  • There are various colored fish swimming in her barrier. They are part of the scenery and not actually familiars. Fish have various symbolic meanings:
    • Early Christians used a fish symbol to represent the Christian faith.
    • In Buddhism, fish can represent abundance and fertility, or living beings who practice the dharma need have no fear to drown in the ocean of suffering, and can freely migrate (chose their rebirth) like fish in the water.
    • Adaptability, change, and transformation in Greco-Roman, East Indian, and Norse mythology.
    • Goldfish are associated with fortune and wealth. One of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism is a pair of goldfish, representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of samsara.
  • Ophelia is fought on a narrow, confined area blocked off on either side by her barriers, somewhat reminiscent of the alley where Kyoko fought Sayaka in Episode 5. It allows her to maximize her use of Rosso Fantasma (previously a lost ability to Kyoko) to create duplicates of herself. These duplicates are not purely illusionary. They are capable of powerful melee attacks. Ophelia can transform into a spear for a long-range attack.
  • The walls and floors of her barrier are largely unadorned and lined with dark red bricks.
  • It is suggested that the symbolism of the unicorn represents innocence. The fact that Ophelia is riding a horse, instead of a unicorn, has been speculated that the horse represents the loss of innocence and nobility. The image ingrains the idea that the unicorn has lost its horn along with its splendor and that it has become a regular equestrian animal.
    • If a unicorn is a symbol of purity and grace, then this may imply Kyoko lost both before she turned into the witch.
  • Ophelia's witch kiss looks like a heraldic banner.
  • How Kyoko becomes Ophelia is described in her game route (expand for story spoilers).

Trivia

  • The official website for Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable refers to Ophelia as the witch of wǔdàn (武旦). A wǔdàn is a fierce female warrior in traditional Chinese opera.
  • The spear was the symbol of the god Wodan and the most common weapon in Germanic armies; it was cheap to produce because it didn't need much iron and most types could be used for both stabbing or throwing. Most Germanic horsemen carried a shield and a spear though the footmen sometimes carried multiple spears; at the start of a battle these were thrown at the enemy and the last one was saved for close combat. According to Tacitus, the Germans were able to throw these spears immense distances.
  • The name Ophelia is derived from the Greek οφελος (ophelos), meaning "help". This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem 'Arcadia'.[1]
  • Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet was a young woman who had a famous and highly romanticized suicide. While she lived, Ophelia's main conflict was between obeying her father or her love interest. She had a fear of intimacy and eventually went mad under the pressure of her father's death and her lover's rejection of her. Kyoko lost her family (her father being the driving force behind that) and was spurned by Sayaka.
    • Ophelia's famous death scene is represented in various paintings, including one painting by Millais.
    • Shakespeare readers have interpreted the Ophelia character to be linked to the idea of regret, corrupted innocence, and unrequited love.
  • Horse meat is known as "sakura" in japan, which is also Kyoko's last name.
  • Ophelia's familiars are based off the rokurokubi, a type of Japanese supernatural creature that look like normal humans by day but gain the ability to elongate their necks at night.
    • The rokurokubi are related to the nukekubi, a similar monster that detaches it's head completely. This may tie into Ophelia resembling a headless horseman.
  • Ophelia might be based off the Little Matchstick Girl, since it is written by the same writer of the Little Mermaid, Sayaka's witch form, Hans Kristian Andersen.
  • Ophelia also appears in Mami's Heart Pounding Tiro Finale game.

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From the March 2012 Dengeki PlayStation

Source Translation
Dengeki PlayStation 2012-03 06.jpg Kyoko's witch form
Kyoko's witch can generate separated bodies, similar to the effect of Rosso Fantasma. She can also assault by becoming a lance form. Her familiars can shoot fireballs or slash with their deformed heads. Homura fights Kyoko's witch by herself. It is better to utilize her magic to stop time and attack with powerful weapons to beat multiple enemies at once.

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