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|“||Now, what would you like to ask me? About the Witch of Gluttony, Daphne, who created beasts that defied the will of God to save the world from starvation?||„|
|~ Echidna talking with Subaru Natsuki about Daphne.|
Daphne, also known as the Witch of Gluttony and Daphne of Gluttony, is an anti-villain in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, as well as its anime television series & manga adaptations of the same name.
Daphne, at some point, absorbed the Gluttony Witch Factor, which gave her access to the power of the Authority of Gluttony. With the Authority of Gluttony, Daphne joined the Witches of Sin, a group of seven other women and one man who each possessed a Witch Factor.
Daphne and five of the other witches eventually died and were devoured by Satella, the Witch of Envy, who was the most powerful of the sins. After Daphne's death, her soul was collected by the Witch of Greed Echidna. Echidna manifested the Witch of Gluttony's soul inside her realm, allowing Daphne to interact with the living when they visited Echidna.
Daphne is voiced by Nao Tōyama in the Japanese version of the anime adaptation and by Michelle Marie in the English version.
Although her exact age at the time of her death is unknown, Daphne had the physical appearance of a adolescent girl around the age of fourteen. Her skin was pale like snow, and her shoulder-length hair was ashen. An x-shaped black blindfold was positioned over both of her golden eyes and her arms and legs were bound in black restraints at all times. Out of the Witches of Sin, Daphne's appearance was the most reminiscent of a traditional witch.
As her Authority and title indicated, Daphne had an insatiable hunger. Due to her constant need to have a full stomach, Daphne did not care what she ate, regardless of the taste. The Witch of Gluttony would even eat non-edible objects like tables and rugs in the hopes that her thirst would be quenched.
A young girl named Daphne one day came into contact with and absorbed a mysterious seed of power known as the Gluttony Witch Factor. This Witch Factor blossomed into a power known as the Authority of Gluttony that made Daphne an incredibly dangerous person. It could be said that she embodied the sin of Gluttony, as she possessed a constant and deep sense of hunger that plagued her her entire life. As the bearer of the Gluttony Witch Factor, Daphne was counted among the Witches of Sin, a group made up of those who bore the other Witch Factors. Because she was the representation of the sin of Gluttony, Daphne was known as the Witch of Gluttony. Like the other Witches of Sin, Daphne was recognised around the world as a figure to be feared and reviled due to her massive destructive rampages where she ate everything and everyone in sight in a vain attempt to satisfy her craving. At some point in her life, Daphne sought to solve the issue of world hunger, considering a need for food was a problem she was well acquainted with. To do so, she used her Authority to create three creatures known as the Black Serpent, the Great Rabbit, and the White Whale. The Whale was a massive creature, meaning that it would yield a large amount of meat in the event that it was killed. Similarly, the Rabbit, that Daphne imbued with her own sense of hunger, had the power to multiplicate rapidly, meaning it could feed many bellies if it was hunted. Lastly, the Black Serpent was created for a different purpose—to kill. In her warped mind, the Serpent destroying life would solve the hunger problem in a far darker way. She also created numerous lesser creatures that collectively became known as Mabeasts. The Serpent, the Rabbit, and the Whale became known as the Three Great Mabeasts.
Two additional unique mabeasts created were the Crimson Scorpion and the Centipede Coffin, the latter of which served as transportation for Daphne who believed moving was a waste of energy that only increased her hunger. Ironically, Daphne eventually died of starvation in a dessert. She wasn't the only Witch to die, as Carmilla of Lust, Minerva of Wrath, Sekhmet of Sloth, and Typhon of Pride all died due to varying circumstances. The souls of the five dead Witches including Daphne's were absorbed by the Witch of Greed Echidna, whose soul was later imprisoned in a tomb by the Holy Dragon Volcanica. Echidna's soul continued to exist in a dream realm which the living could access by entering her Tomb and completing three difficult trials relating to the past, present, and future. A person meeting with Echidna could also commune with the souls of Carmilla and the other dead Witches, as they resided in the dreamscape with the Witch of Greed. Another account suggested that it was actually the Witch of Envy Satella who killed and consumed Daphne and the other Witches. Satella, who was the most powerful of the Witches, had a split personality. With the exception of Echidna who hated both, the Witches only disliked Satella's more unreasonable persona. The Witch of Envy went on to destroy half of the world, before being stopped and eternally imprisoned.
All though she never intended it be as such, the legacy of Daphne was one of destruction and mayhem. The White Whale and the Great Rabbit, that were originally supposed to be food for humans to eat, proved too difficult to kill. The Three Great Mabeasts, who were treated akin to natural disasters due to their overwhelming power, spent the next few centuries wreaking havoc on the world. The numerous species of lesser mabeasts created also sowed chaos all across the world. Ultimately however, the creation of the mabeasts was mistakenly attributed to the Witch of Envy in historical accounts, most likely because she was considered the epitome of evil. Eventually, a trio of siblings succeeded Daphne as the possessor of the Gluttony Witch Factor. These three children, named Louis Arneb, Lye Batenkaitos, and Roy Alphard, also used the power to create discord and ruin lives. They were members of the Witch Cult, an international terrorist group dedicated to the reverence and attempted restoration of the Witch of Envy. The Cult was led by the Sin Archbishops, who each possessed a Witch Factor previously owned by one of the six Witches that Satella apparently devoured. Th siblings were among the ranks of the Archbishops, and were aptly known as the Sin Archbishops of Gluttony. As the successors of Daphne, all three of them could control Mabeasts.
During her first meeting with Subaru Natsuki around four-hundred years after Daphne's death, the Witch of Greed Echidna offered the young man access to her vast knowledge of various affairs. Trying to spike his curiosity, Echidna told Natsuki the names of the Witches of Sin as well as brief descriptions of their history. On the topic of Daphne, the Witch of Greed briefly spoke about the Witch of Gluttony's creation of creatures that defied God's will while conjuring an illusory silhouette of Daphne for Subaru to see.
List of Appearances
- Episode 28: The Long-Awaited Reunion (First mentioned)
- Episode 34: Love Love Love Love Love Love You (First appearance)
- Episode 36: The Taste of Death (Mentioned only)
- Episode 37: The Witches' Tea Party
- Episode 38: The Sounds That Make You Want to Cry
- Like the other Witches of Sin (with the exception of Satella), Daphne received her namesake from a celestial body. 41 Daphne is the name of a large asteroid located in the solar system's asteroid belt. Her name, like the celestial body, may also be a reference to Daphne, a nymph appearing in Greek mythology.
|Capella Emerada Lugunica · Louis Arneb · Lye Batenkaitos · Pandora · Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti · Regulus Corneas · Roy Alphard · Sirius · Stride Volakia|
|Witches of Sin|
|Carmilla · Daphne · Echidna · Hector · Minerva · Pandora · Satella · Sekhmet · Typhon|
|Black Serpent · Great Rabbit · White Whale|
|Gusteko Assassin Organization|
|Elsa Granhiert · Mama · Meili Portroute|
|Balleroy Temeglyph · Bean Argyle · Heinkel Astrea · Kurgan · Melaquera · Miles · Reid Astrea · Roswaal Mathers · Sphinx · Ton, Chin, and Kan|