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Carol Malus Dienheim

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Kanjiキャロル・マールス・ディーンハイム

RomajiKyaroru Mārusu Dīnhaimu
Character Information
AgeUnknown, centuries old
GenderFemale
StatusAlive
NationalityGerman[1]
Hair ColorBlonde
Eye ColorTeal
RelicDur da Blá
Theme Color Violet
RelativesIzak Malus Dienheim (Father, †)
Debut
AnimeGX Episode 1
GameSenki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited
Voice Actors
JapaneseInori Minase


Carol Malus Dienheim (キャロル・マールス・ディーンハイム Kyaroru Mārusu Dīnhaimu?) is the main antagonist of Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX.

She comes from the abyss of Europe, that which has been called the "Dark Continent."

Etymology

  • 'Carol' is a type of song, usually sung at Christmas, to express praise and joy.
  • 'Malus' is a type of apple tree. It also derives from the Latin word for 'malicious'.

Appearance

Personality

Prior to her father's death, Carol was a kind, curious and loving child. She adored her father and was inspired by his curiosity as an alchemist and his drive to learn the mysteries of the world, which in turn caused her to start following in his footsteps.

However, after the death of her father, Carol's personality took a dark turn. Over the centuries, she developed an obsessive, single-minded determination to "dissect" the world using the alchemic secrets learned from her father, which was driven both by her desire for vengeance and her twisting her father's last words and wishes, as he wanted her to learn the mysteries of the world. Due to this, she has displayed a few traits of nigh-mental instability as seen by the glee she displayed in her conversation with Dr. Ver when discussing the reasons why she wanted to break the world apart.

At this point, Carol is willing to sacrifice anyone and anything, including herself to see her plans completed, including placing Elfnein as a sleeper agent inside S.O.N.G in order to gain inside information and make her create the "Ignite Module" and even sacrifice her body and memories to fight the Symphogear users, displaying a determined, callous and manipulative attitude. She became a cold, calm and collected individual with an extreme amount of patience, working centuries to accomplish her goals.

She also seems to be rather arrogant, as she used the Japanese pronoun "ore" (オレ?) when referring to herself. In Japanese culture, "ore" is a masculine pronoun that is traditionally a sign of arrogance.

Synopsis

Symphogear GX

Symphogear XV

Attacks & Abilities

Hidden within her childish frame is a battle capacity of immense proportions, she has mastered and can freely control various energies including the “Aristotle” (the four elements of wind, fire, earth and water). Due to her centuries old age, Carol is an alchemic master who has accumulated a wealth of power and knowledge making her an extremely dangerous individual.

Attacks

  • Alchemic Master: Carol is a master of alchemy , a branch of knowledge that allows the user to manipulate any material to their most basic form, allowing either complete destruction or re-creation of anything they so desire. This is obtained by a unique process referred as "memory combustion", which as the name states consumes the user's memories, converting them into energy to fuel alchemic spells, rituals and techniques similar to how a song can be used to generate phonic gain. Due to her centuries long existence, Carol has a wealth of memories, allowing her to use alchemic powers to their full potential. When there is damage caused by an alchemic source, the affected party is seen being corroded by a red substance of sorts.
    • Alca-Noise: At one point Carol managed to obtain the techniques for which to create Noise, which she modified using her alchemy. The result was the creation of a species of Noise unlike other before. On one hand, the Alca-Noise are susceptible to being damage and even destroyed by conventional weapons (although the amount of firepower required to achieve this still makes conventional engages nigh-suicide), on the other hand, their offensive power is far superior. Their arms have a faint white glow, being armed with something called a "dissection organ". Contact with said organ causes anything to disintegrate and break apart to the molecular level, even a Symphogear, which has a barrier that would normally prevent contact with the Noise to kill the user.
    • Four Elements: Carol's main offensive set of spells. At any point, Carol can generate one of four different symbol patterns, that can bring out one of the four elements: earth (yellow), wind (green), fire (red), water (blue).[2] Generally used as destructive spells, anyone of these spells carries immense offensive power capable of causing widespread devastation and even damage a Symphogear user.
    • Ancient Burst (エンシェントバースト Enshentobāsuto?)[3] - Carol summon 2 symbol patterns on top and bottom of her, then another symbol patterns on her left hand before merged into top symbol patterns creating a huge energy blast to her surrounding.
    • Hermes Trismegistus:[4][5] Carol's three-layered defensive technique. She generate 3 layered protecting shield with 3 different symbol color patterns, that can bring out three elements: earth (yellow), water (blue) and fire (red). The shield have a varies from big to small. Red as biggest shield, blue as medium shield and yellow as smallest shield.
    • Homunculus: As part of her alchemic knowledge, Carol has the ability to create homunculus; a type of quasi-human creatures. Through this process she created Elfnein in her image and with specific parts of her alchemic knowledge to help her develop the Chateau de Tifauges and later work as a sleeper agent in S.O.N.G. She can also see through the eyes of her creations and even manipulated them to a very small extent. Using this knowledge, Carol has also created various copies of her own body, allowing her to effectively cheat death and become immortal, by storing her memories and then transferring then into a spare body, should her current body be killed. However the process seems delicate as when transferring into her latest body, she apparently rushed it and along with the memories of her suicide, caused her current body to try and reject her.

  • Dur da Blá (ダウルダブラ Daurudabura?): Carol's personal weapon, this complete relic takes the form of a harp. When activated it transforms into a full set of body armor, while also causing Carol's body to mature from that of a child into a full adult body. Aside from this, the harp can also be used a piercing weapon as seen when Carol impaled Dr. Ver with it. Notable among the relics is that this one does not require an activation song to work and can be powered through the same process of memory combustion that serves as the cornerstone of alchemic power.
    • Enhanced Alchemic Power: When under the power of the Robe, Carol's alchemic spells become much more powerful. Her elemental spells become much more destructive to the point of overwhelming three Symphogear users with relative ease. However this takes a toll on Carol as she has to burn a lot of her memories to generate such large amounts of power, as seen when in one battle against Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris, she burned through her entire centuries worth of memories.
    • Superb Song: Also at one point, Carol became capable of singing a Superb Song through unknown means and with none of destructive effects that plague other Symphogear users and allowing her to generate a massive amount of phonic gain. This gives an even greater explosion of power and further enhances her alchemic power.
    • Strings: The Robe's harp stings serve a multi-purpose tool for both offensive and defensive situations. Carol can manipulate the strings into a variety of shapes and forms such as webs or even an arm drill to defend, attack or restrict a foe. Likewise the strings when played seem to trigger Carol's spells in this form. She can also use her strings to create a giant metal beast that can withstand the power of five Symphogear users in X-Drive.

Transformations

Songs

Carol's Songs
Symphogear GX Character Song 8 Symphogear GX Character Song 8 Symphogear GX volume 6 cover NoImageAvailable
Senkin Dur da Blá tomorrow[6] Green Green[6] Sforzando no Zankyō


Quotes

  • "This is the world's dissection!" - Carol said to Symphogear user (Episode 11 of GX)[7]
  • "I have a song that will destroy the world!" - Carol said to Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris (Episode 11 of GX)[7]
  • "Both alchemy and songs were created to restore the lost unified language." - Carol said to Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris (Episode 12 of GX)[8]
  • "My song have the power of seven billion of Superb Song's Phonic Gain" - Carol said to Hibiki, Tsubasa and Chris (Episode 12 of GX)[8]
  • "Miracles are a plague, no different than the one that stuck my village! That's why I swore I would destroy them... That's why I refuse to lose to someone wielding a miracle!" - Carol said to X-Drive Symphogear user (Episode 13 of GX)[9]
  • "I'll destroy miracles! All the miracles! I'll become a murderer of miracles!" - Carol said to X-Drive Symphogear user (Episode 13 of GX)[9]
  • "A rejection? Now? No... These memories of Papa are trying to stop me! I refuse to accept that... I refuse! I don't need memories that will defy me! I'll burn them all and turn them into power!" - Carol said to herself (Episode 13 of GX)[9]
  • "Your songs can't save me. They can't save anyone!" - Carol said to Hibiki (Episode 13 of GX)[9]
  • "A miracle, you say? Not at all. I am the murderer of miracles!" - Carol to Vanessa (Episode 7 of XV)

Trivia

  • Although Carol is a character that newly debuted in the Symphogear GX, her voice actress, Inori Minase was no stranger to the Symphogear franchise, as she first voiced several minor characters in the first season of the series.
  • Her middle name, Malus refers to a genus of apple trees, as well as the Latin word for "evil".

References and Notes

  1. Confirmed European, presumed from her and Elfneins name
  2. The colors and elements are based on Autoscorer: Leiur - earth (yellow), Phara - wind (green), Micha - fire (red) and Garie - water (blue).
  3. While not named in the anime, it was named in Senki Zesshō Symphogear XD Unlimited.
  4. Symphogear GX, Keyword #44: Hermes Trismegistus, YameteTomete translations
  5. The name, which means “Thrice-greatest Hermes,” is the name of a legendary alchemist of the highest caliber who was responsible for the creation of the Emerald Tablet.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Song never used in the anime
  7. 7.0 7.1 Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX Episode 11
  8. 8.0 8.1 Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX Episode 12
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX Episode 13

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