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Villain Overview

My brain trembles!
~ Petelgeuse's catchphrase.
I've been waiting to see you face-to-face for a long time, believer in love. I am a Sin Archbishop of the Witch's Cult, representing Sloth. Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti! Yes!
~ Petelgeuse introducing himself to Subaru Natsuki.
You fool. With the Ordeal before us, you let a problem remain! Is this the sincerity you show in return for our gospel!? Ah, such action is sloth! Its sloth, its sloth, its sloth, its sloth! Please forgive us the sloth that has led us to betray your goodwill. Ah yes, love. We must repay love with love with looove!
~ Petelgeuse's monologue while punishing a Cultist who failed.

Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti, also known as the Sin Archbishop of Sloth and originally known as Geuse, is a major antagonist 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. He acted as the main antagonist of the third story arc, a flashback character in the fourth story arc, and a posthumous antagonist in the fifth story arc. He also made a minor appearance in Isekai Quartet, a 2019 comedy crossover anime television series that features characters from several properties of the "Isekai" genre.

Having lived for three hundred years, Geuse was a kind spirit who had tutored the artificial spirit Beatrice before her retreat into the Forbidden Library. Eventually he met and befriended the half-elf Fortuna and her niece Emilia. One day, Fortuna and Emilia's village was attacked by the Witch Cult led by the Witch of Vainglory Pandora and the Sin Archbishop of Greed Regulus Corneas. Geuse, hoping to protect his loved ones, absorbed the Sloth Witch Factor, gaining the Authority of Sloth in the process. However, after accidentally killing Fortuna, he was driven mad and joined the Witch Cult.

Of the Sin Archbishops who led the Witch Cult, Petelgeuse was the nicest even in the trappings of his psychotic insanity. That being said, in his newfound devotion to the Witch of Envy Satella, Petelgeuse committed a total amount of atrocities that surpassed those committed by the other Sin Archbishops combined. Revering and displaying his love for the Witch of Envy became the only important things in Petelgeuse's life, as, in his madness, Petelgeuse completely forgot his own history. Furthermore, he had a strict obsession with diligence, punishing those who trod the path of slothfulness.

Around a hundred years after becoming Sloth, Petelgeuse sought to use Emilia as a vessel for the Witch of Envy to possess. Petelgeuse, along with his Witch Cult followers, entered the Mathers Domain where Emilia resided. He planned to obliterate the nearby village, slaughter the residents of Roswaal L. Mathers' mansion, and complete the ritual. However, a thorn in Petelgeuse's side appeared by the name of Subaru Natsuki. From Petelgeuse's point of view, Natsuki brought in an army of mercenaries from out of nowhere who laid waste to Sloth's forces. Natsuki then confronted Petelgeuse himself, killing the Sin Archbishop and absorbing his Witch Factor in the process.

Petelgeuse is voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka in the Japanese version of the anime adaptation and by Todd Haberkorn in the English version. Matsuoka's other villainous roles include Freed Sellzen in High School DxD. Haberkorn's other villainous roles include Baatar Jr. in The Legend of Korra, E.N.D. in Fairy Tail, Judar in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Genthru in Hunter x Hunter, Fairy King Oberon in Sword Art Online, Assassin in Fate/stay night, Bellion in The Seven Deadly Sins, Ayato Kirishima in Tokyo Ghoul, Firo Prochainezo in Baccano!, and Apos in Mnemosyne.

In Japanese, Petelgeuse's fingers were voiced by Yōko Hikasa, Hisako Kanemoto, Nobuo Tobita and Hiroshi Yanaka. In English, Petelgeuse's fingers were voiced by Allegra Clark, Julie Ann Taylor, Kyle Hebert, and Patrick Seitz. He was voiced by Yūsuke Kobayashi and Sean Chiplock in the Japanese and English versions respectively while possessing Subaru's body.

Appearance

Huh? I see him, I see him! Uhh, his face looks just as scary as I'd heard!
~ Felix Argyle commenting on Petelgeuse's face.

The face of Petelgeuse's final body was devoid of all life save for his mad eyes.

In his final body, Petelgeuse stood at five feet and eleven inches tall, slightly taller than Subaru Natsuki. His cheeks were gaunt and the skin on his bones was unusually thin. If it weren't for the twinkle of madness in his grey eyes, the Archbishop would appear completely devoid of vitality. His complexion and lips, mirroring the rest of his figure, were deathly pale and had a sickly green-tint to them. Sloth's deep-green hair was fairly short but still long enough to catch someone's eye. Despite his madness and general lack of social decorum, Petelgeuse's hair was stylised neatly into a bowl cut. In the anime adaptation, Petelgeuse's eyes were black instead of grey. According to Subaru, Sloth's breath and body both smelled repugnant.

Out of the Sin Archbishops, Petelgeuse's outfit was the most similar to the standard dark-purple Witch Cultist robe. He wore a clerical cassock that had a green stripe down the front and baggy sleeves with peach-colored frills. Over the top of his cassock, Petelgeuse wore a purple cloak with an upturned collar, red seams, and pinkish interior. The cloak had a hood attached to it in the traditional Witch Cult style although Sloth was never seen wearing it. Lastly, a purple zucchetto with a grey ring around its edge rested atop his head.

Personality

A truly dangerous individual, Petelgeuse takes his adoration for the Jealous Witch very seriously, to the point of being obsessed with resurrecting her. He sees her as someone who has send her love to him, and now he was meant to repay his love with all his might. Even after the Witch rejects him, Petelgeuse is still willing to sacrifice his life for her. His rare and wild manners are only a hint of his profound and permanent psychosis, enjoying bringing great pain on others and even to himself in moments of self-pity or stress. Petelgeuse is greatly pleased to see others carrying out his duties diligently, even more if love is the reason behind such duties. Although he is the Archbishop of sloth, he gets angered and frustrated with actions leaded by resignation, surrender, hopelessness, even if those actions minimally derive from sloth.

Petelgeuse was however not always like this. He used to be a rational, caring man who would protect his loved ones with his life, but his mental state changed for the worse after the events of the Elven village.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Authority of Sloth: During the attack on Elior Forest, Petelgeuse absorbed the Sloth Witch Factor which granted him the power of the Authority of Sloth. Considering his incompatibility with the Factor due in part to his diligence, Petelgeuse's Authority of Sloth wasn't very powerful in comparison to the Authorities of the other Sin Archbishops. His predecessor, the Witch of Sloth Sekhmet, had a far more potent version of the Authority due to her natural slothfulness.
    • Energy Construct Creation: The Authority of Sloth allowed Petelgeuse to utilize a power he called the "Unseen Hand". The Unseen Hand was a technique that allowed Petelgeuse to summon numerous invisible hand-like appendages from his body that he could move and extend telekinetically. An Unseen Hand was strong enough to tear through flesh, bend and brake bones, and shatter rock. The Hands could be combined together to create larger and more powerful hands. At his maximum potential, Petelgeuse could summon around a hundred Hands and the force behind each one was akin to a cannonball. Until Subaru Natsuki, Petelgeuse was the only person who could see the Unseen Hand.
      • Flight: Using the Unseen Hand, Petelgeuse was able to summon a Hand large enough to ferry himself across the sky as though he was flying. He was only displayed using his Unseen Hand to fly at his full power, leaving it ambiguous as to whether he was capable of flight while his power was shared with his "fingers."
    • Power Bestowal: Petelgeuse could share his Witch Factor with his "fingers," allowing them to utilize their own variant of the Unseen Hand. However, the potency of Petelgeuse's own Unseen Hand decreased the more individuals shared his Witch Factor, as the power of the Authority was essentially being divided up between multiple people. Therefore, the quantity and density of the Hands Petelgeuse summoned vastly increased whenever he alone possessed his Authority.
  • Magic: Petelgeuse, prior to his absorption of the Sloth Witch Factor, was a practitioner of magic skilled enough to

    Petelgeuse using "Ul Dona" to defend against Julius Juukulius.

    tutor the likes of Beatrice. Since his absorption of the Witch Factor, Romanée-Conti opted not to rely on magic in combat, instead using his Authority of Sloth. That being said, he still used it as a fall back for when his Authority failed him.
    • Earth Manipulation: Of the six magical elements, Petelgeuse's designated element was earth, one of the four more common attributes. As such, he had the capability to use earth-based magic. One spell that the Archbishop of Sloth was capable of using was "Ul Dona," which, when used, would manipulate the earth around the caster to create a large protective dome. Petelgeuse used Ul Dona to defend himself against Julius Juukulius during their battle to no avail.

Abilities

As a Sin Archbishop, Petelgeuse was a capable leader who directed dozens of Witch Cultists into battle. In his robe he kept his Gospel, a text that only he could read. The Gospel, that could divine the future, gave Petelgeuse instructions on what his next move should be. However, unlike the identical copies of the Tome of Wisdom, the future the Gospel told was uncertain and up for interpretation.

Theme

Sloth by Kenichiro Suehiro

Quotes

Is this ridiculous farce over yet? What do you expect to accomplish by adding a single Spirit Arts user to your ranks? I will defeat you all, tear apart those who remain, resume the Ordeal and you can't stop me! My diligence knows not of slothful resignation, nor of demise. Sloth! Sloth! Sloth! Sloth! Sloth!
~ Petelgeuse exclaiming his resolve to Subaru & Julius.
Impossible. Impossible, impossible, impossible, impossible. Impossible! How can it be? Why is this happening? I though I was loved! Loved! I am loved! Loved by Her, by the Witch, by the Witch, by the Witch, by the Witch, by the Witch!
~ Petelgeuse's breakdown during his fight with Julius.
Give me the Witch! Give me Satella! Give her to me! Give me love, love, love, love, love!... Satella! Satella! Satella!
~ A frantic Petelgeuse ordering Subaru to give him the Witch.
The Witch... Satella! SATELLA! I haven't forgotten a single moment of the things you did for me! I'll treasure them forever! Even if you've forgotten, your humble servant will always remember. With all of my diligence, I'll part with my slothful self to repay your love!
~ Petelgeuse's final pleads to Satella.
SUBAARUU NATSUKIIII!!!
~ Petelgeuse screaming his foe's name in his dying breath.

List of Appearances

Light Novel

Volume 5

  • Prologue: And His Name Is— (First appearance)

Volume 6

  • Chapter 1: Immature Negotiations (Mentioned only)

Volume 8

  • Chapter 1: A Beeline Toward Sloth (Mentioned only)

Volume 9

  • Chapter 1: The Gospel Known as Warmth (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 3: The Self-Declared Knight and "The Finest of Knights"
  • Chapter 4: The End of Sloth
  • Chapter 5: —A Tale About That, And Nothing More
  • Interlude: A Brief Moment In A Dragon Carriage (Mentioned only)
  • Chapter 6: To Each Their Vows (Mentioned only)
Anime Adaptation
  • Episode EX: Memory Snow
  • Episode EX: The Frozen Bond (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 15: The Outside of Madness (First appearance)
  • Episode 17: Disgrace in the Extreme
  • Episode 18: From Zero
  • Episode 22: A Flash of Sloth
  • Episode 23: Nefarious Sloth
  • Episode 24: The Self-Proclaimed Knight and the Greatest Knight
  • Episode 25: That's All This Story Is About
  • Episode 26: Each One's Promise (Appears in flashbacks(s))
  • Episode 27: The Next Location (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 28: The Long-Awaited Reunion (Indirect mention only)
  • Episode 32: Friend (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Episode 37: The Witches' Tea Party (Appears in vision(s)) (Appears as corpse(s))
Isekai Quartet
  • Episode 17: Work Hard! Valentine's Day (First appearance)

Trivia

  • According to the author, he is the most benevolent out of all the Sin Archbishops.
  • Like the other Sin Archbishops (with the exception of Stride Volakia), Petelgeuse received his namesake from a celestial body. Betelgeuse is the name of the second brightest star in the Orion constellation which is also the tenth-brightest star in the night sky.
  • Petelguese's last name is named after a famous wine under the same name that was originated in the French Revolution.
  • When the first season of the anime ended, Petelgeuse was regarded as one of the most memorable characters in the show.
  • Petelgeuse shares several similarities with the character Joker from DC Comics. Both Petelgeuse and Joker have green hair, pale skin, and predominately purple clothing. They are both psychotic with little regard for the lives of anyone other than themselves and exude eccentric behavior such as laughing while committing morally sickening acts. Furthermore, both Petelgeuse and the Joker have stoked a personal rivalry with the protagonists of their respective franchises (Subaru Natsuki for Petelgeuse and Batman for the Joker). Lastly, both villains are presented as having horrific backstories that thrusted them into the comfort of madness and down the path of villainy against their own wishes.

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