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|Anime||XV Episode 1|
- 'Vanessa' is a name that was adopted to refer to a genus of butterfly.
- Vanessa's last name references the Villa Diodati. It served as inspiration for the 1818 gothic horror Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, who visited the villa with friends to tell stories.
Although it may be considered unfortunate, her soft demeanor conceals a a harsh, shrewd personality that allows her to accomplish her goals by any means necessary.
Vanessa is overall a calm, mild-mannered woman with expert knowledge in engineering. Like her companions, she's not above harming innocents or killing in cold blood in order to achieve their end goals. However, she does show to genuinely care for the wellbeing and safety of Millaarc and Elsa, much like a big sister.
Vanessa hails from Stanley, Hong Kong. Her father was of Indian-British descent, and worked as the director of a movie production company. Both Vanessa's parents were members of the Bavarian Illuminati, and since childhood, Vanessa was involved in the Illuminati's activities and social gatherings.
Vanessa had a promising future as an engineer developing the Faust Robes, only to be caught in an accident that severely damaged and almost killed her. She was given a mechanical body — referred to as a 'silhouette body' — developed using Faust Robe technology, making Vanessa into a form of alchemical cyborg. As Vanessa's body was no longer the perfect form alchemists strove for, she had her status and achievements in the organization stripped from her. Vanessa's self-worth was further eroded when she later learned her parents had given the orders to dismiss her. She considers herself to be mere 'scrap metal'. After Vanessa's dismissal, she became used in experiments herself. She was only able to push through the trials because she had her fellow experimental subjects, Millaarc Cranstoun and Elsa Bête, at her side.
After the collapse of the Bavarian Illuminati following Adam Weishaupt's death, Vanessa, Millaarc, and Elsa escaped their confinement. They met Fudo Kazanari, who gave them protection in exchange for cooperating with his plans. Vanessa then became the leader of the remnant group 'Noble Red', consisting of her companions Millaarc Cranstoun and Elsa Bête. Vanessa's position as the leader is not because of any superior combat or leadership skills on her part, but simply because she felt responsible for the role as the most senior member among them.
Attacks & Abilities
As Vanessa is a mechanical cyborg, she can wield her very body to attack opponents in various ways, such as shooting her fists off at an opponent and then retracting them back into her arms. She also has the ability to hover with built-in devices in her legs.
Her body is held together via a high-density energy field not unlike that of the Symphogear or Faust Robes, but unlike those, Vanessa is able to maintain hers indefinitely. On the other hand, its output is not as high as the Faust Robes, and so the technology was not made standard within alchemists.
However, to keep in top form, Vanessa requires a steady supply of blood — specifically, blood of the rare type RH-Xxoyle, which is only found in one out of roughly a million people. See Panacea Formula for more details.
- Collider - Vanessa activates Collider by commands "Switch on! Collider!" and her legs turns into sharp tripod stand, with electricity sparks between them.
During the Symphogear's battle with the coffin, while Elsa and Millaarc were witnessing the event, Vanessa is seen driving to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she would later steal the Vambrace of Shem-Ha from the same facility. After returning to their hideout with the relic, she would report to Fudo.
- Vanessa's character concept, along with her last name, loosely references Frankenstein's monster.
- She appears to be intended as the daughter of the president of Hammer Film Productions, given her father is specified to be of Indian-British descent.
- Interestingly, Hammer Films is famous for gothic horror films featuring characters such as Dracula and Victor Frankenstein.