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|“||In this world when one says the word "witch" they're really just referring to one person in particular. The Witch of Envy, Satella. Long ago, she devoured the six witches who bore the names of the deadly sins and drained half the world dry. She's pretty much the worst of the worst. The story goes that she was starved for love. It's said that she doesn't understand human language. It's also been said that her body never withers from age, weakens from sickness, or dies. And although she was sealed by the powers of a dragon, a hero, and a sage, they were still never able to destroy her flesh.||„|
|~ Beatrice giving a description of Satella to Subaru Natsuki.|
|“||I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you... I love you.||„|
|~ Satella's obsessive declaration of love towards Subaru.|
|“||I...love you. Because you...gave me light. Because you took my hand, and you taught me about the world outside. Because... when I trembled on lonely nights, you never stopped holding my hand. Because when I felt lonely, you kissed me and said that I wasn't alone. You gave me so many things... That's why I love you. Because you... you gave me everything.||„|
|~ Satella telling Subaru the reasons she loved him.|
Satella, also known as the Witch of Envy, Queen of the Castle of Shadows, the Jealous Witch, and simply as the Witch, is the enigmatic main antagonist of 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. Although she rarely appears in the story, Satella is often mentioned due to her key role in the history of the world and her connection to the main character Subaru Natsuki. She often plays the role of an unseen or overarching antagonist in various tie-in short stories, side stories, and video games. Outside of Re:Zero, Satella is also an unseen overarching antagonist in Isekai Quartet, a 2019 comedy crossover anime television series that features characters from several properties of the "Isekai" genre.
Satella was a silver-haired half-elven woman who came to possess the Envy Witch Factor, a source of power that ended up being incompatible with her. Due to the incompatibility, a new personality was formed within Satella that possessed a fierce jealousy. As the Witch of Envy, the young silver-haired woman was counted among the Witches of Sin, a group of seven women who wrought havoc upon the world. Eventually, the Witch of Envy, who was the most powerful of the Witches, began rampaging across the whole world. The resulting calamity resulted in the deaths of the other Witches and the decimation of half of the world. Ultimately, Satella was defeated and imprisoned by three heroes. Due to her actions, the Witch became a reviled figure the world over.
Four centuries later Envy, from the confines of her imprisonment, summoned a young man from another world named Subaru Natsuki to her world. Although her reasons remain unclear, she claims to be in love with Natsuki, who'd apparently treated her dearly in the past, although Subaru himself had no recollection of them meeting before. To ensure his continued survival in his new environment, Satella bestowed Subaru with a power that rewound time every time he perished, albeit he had no control of how far back he travelled. However, another aspect of the power also ensured that he could not tell anyone else about the ability, a condition likely enforced by the more possessive personality.
Satella is voiced by Rie Takahashi, (who also voiced Flamberge in Kirby: Star Allies, and Besu Besu in Sailor Moon Crystal) in Japanese and Kayli Mills, (who also voiced Runa Yomozuki in Kakegurui) in English.
According to legend, Satella was a half-human/half-elf demi-human woman with silver hair and eyes that were amethyst with a bluish tint to them. As a half-elf, Satella's ears were noticeably pointed. When she manifested before Petelgeuse in a realm devoid of light, the details of her face and the shape of her body were both obscured by pitch-black mist. The mist that engulfed her form was so impossibly dark that it blotted out the darkness of the realm. In this state, Satella's eyes glowed brightly in contrast to the rest of her form.
When she attacked the Sanctuary in Emilia's body, Satella's form was once again obscured. Although the contours of her body were difficult to ascertain, the shadows surrounding her made her seem as though she wore a dress of darkness and had long raven-black hair. Her voice was muffled to the point that it was difficult to distinguish whether it belonged to a man or a woman.
In the anime adaptation, Satella's clothing deviated significantly from the description provided in the light novel. In the anime, she wore dark-purple thigh-high socks with golden frills on the top, a dark-purple one-piece mini-dress with golden flower decorations, and a long dark veil that covered a part of her face.
According to Beatrice, Satella was starved for love before her imprisonment and was incapable of understanding human language. For unknown reasons, the Witch was obsessively in love with Subaru Natsuki, who, to his knowledge, had never met her before in his life. In the realm of darkness she called home, Satella would simply sit idly and monotonously repeat the words "I love you" over and over again, seemingly swamped by her own obsessive feelings of love towards Natsuki. She was incredibly possessive over Subaru, as she wouldn't allow him to tell anyone else the secret of "Return by Death." She seemed to have no remorse nor did she pay anyone other than Natsuki heed, as she didn't hesitate to execute Emilia when Subaru told her about "Return by Death."
When Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti invaded the body of Subaru, Satella confronted the Sin Archbishop. She was initially disappointed that the man she was face to face with wasn't her beloved, an emotion that grew with every passing second. Eventually her disappointment and despondency morphed into rage, as she was furious that someone would enter the space that was only meant for her and Subaru. The characteristic jealousy and possessiveness she was infamous for flared up and, in her overwhelming rage, the Witch of Envy tore the Sin Archbishop's soul apart. Despite the feelings and dedication he had demonstrated, Petelgeuse proved to be completely worthless and meaningless to the Witch who only cared for her beloved.
If the secret of "Return by Death" was learned by another person without hinderance, Satella would find a method of bypassing her imprisonment and slaughter all of Subaru's allies in that timeline, presumably as a form of strong reprimand fuelled by her possessiveness. Although she usually paid no heed to the words of anyone including Subaru, she would take noticeable offence if Natsuki told her he preferred the other Witches of Sin to her.
Powers & Abilities
Satella the Witch of Envy, in her era, was the most powerful person alive whose defeat could only be attained by the combined efforts of the strongest heroes of the time. Among the Witches of Sin who were reviled by the world, Satella was easily the mightiest. Even within the modern era, the Witch remained almost completely unrivalled in terms of power. The only person whose strength rivalled her own was the Master Swordsman Reinhard van Astrea, the descendant of Reid Astrea who contributed to her defeat four hundred years ago. Despite being physically imprisoned near the Great Waterfall, Satella somehow maintained a link to Subaru's body and was constantly aware of his actions.
- Authority of Envy: The Witch Factors were a set of nine mysterious seeds of power each relating to one of the seven deadly sins (plus the additional sins of vanity and melancholy). When absorbed by a person, a Witch Factor would metamorphize into an Authority, a power which, depending on its user, would produce various different affects. The potency of an Authority was decided by the personality of its wielder, as an individual who strongly embodied the sin of the Witch Factor they absorbed would have a more powerful variation of the Authority than an individual who embodied the same sin to a lesser extent. Additionally, the bearers of Witch Factors, including Satella, gave off a particular scent that attracted mabeasts, terrifying man-eating monsters that were created by the Witch of Gluttony Daphne. Satella absorbed the Envy Witch Factor at some point in her past, bestowing her with the Authority of Envy. However, because of Satella's incompatibility with the sin of Envy, her mind cracked, forming an alternate personality that was more in-line with the persona of Envy. Despite her incompatibility with the sin of Envy, Satella's Authority of Envy was superior to the Authorities of all of the other Witches combined. The exact abilities that the Envy Authority allowed Satella to use are unknown.
- Immortality: Satella, for unexplained reasons, never physically aged past her prime and as such never withered with the passage of time. She didn't need to eat or drink to sustain herself and there was no known illness that could end her life. Furthermore, although she could be injured and defeated, her body couldn't be destroyed by any external force. Even Sage Flugel, who was said to be all-knowing, could not conceive a method to bring about Satella's death. By the time of Subaru Natsuki's summoning, the Witch of Envy had lived for over four-hundred years.
- Possession: Similarly to the Sin Archbishop of Sloth Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti, Satella had the capability to transfer her soul into another individual's body. From the inside, the Witch of Envy would overwrite the body's soul, essentially killing the essence of whomever her victim was and allowing her to take full motor control of what was left behind. Despite the body not belonging to her, Satella was still able to use her powers while possessing a person. However, any body that the Witch inhabited could hypothetically be destroyed unlike her actual body that was completely immortal. The Witch was able to temporarily leave her imprisonment by possessing a person, a capability she demonstrated when she used the body of Emilia to rampage within the Sanctuary.
- Shadow Manipulation: Satella had the power to generate and manipulate shadows on a gargantuan scale. The shadows she created could erode organic and inorganic matter when they came into contact with it. The shadows were also able to affect abstract concepts like memories and thoughts. By creating a veil of shadow over her person, Satella could nullify physical damage directed at her. Even the considerably mighty blows of Garfiel Tinzel merely dissipated upon making contact with the Witch of Envy.
- Teleportation: She was capable of teleportation to the point of planetary travel, evidenced by when she transported Subaru across the universe to her world.
- Time Manipulation: The Witch of Envy had the power to manipulate the flow of time to a certain extent. She could reverse the flow of time at least several days back and could freeze time indefinitely. The Witch could control who had perception of the shifts in time, as her beloved Subaru Natsuki could register and quantify whenever she manipulated the flow around him. Her power of time manipulation was most keenly demonstrated in the "Return by Death" ability that she had bestowed on Natsuki upon his arrival to her world. Every time he tried to tell anyone about his power, the Witch would freeze time around Natsuki while she punished him, displaying impressive chronokinetic ability despite being locked away in her imprisonment.
- Shadow Hands: Satella is able to use a very advanced and unknown version of Yin Magic. These hands made out of pure Shadow are often mistaken for some version of the Authority of Sloth. This is incorrect, since Satella never absorbed the Sloth Witch Factor and never gained it's Authority, since she never devoured the Witches of Sin. Sekhmet, the Witch of Sloth died by falling of the Great Cascade. These Shadow Hands are also visible to the naked eye, as seen when Garfiel was able to doge them, According to the Great Spirit of Fire, Puck, Satella was capable of summoning roughly two-thousand. Satella used these "Shadow Hands" to grasp Subaru's heart every time he told another person about "Return by Death."
Call of the Witch by Kenichiro Suehiro
Satella by Kenichiro Suehiro
Distortion by Kenichiro Suehiro
Light Novel Excepts
List of Appearances
Ex Volume 2
Ex Volume 4
- Satella is the only Witch of Sin who wasn't succeeded by a Sin Archbishop (except for Pandora and Hector). This was because, unlike the other Witches, Satella didn't perish, meaning her Witch Factor wasn't inherited by anyone.
- Aside from the former Sin Archbishop of Pride Stride Volakia, Satella was the only person known to possess a Witch Factor who wasn't named after a celestial body. The author of the series, Tappei Nagatsuki, revealed in a question and answer session that the true meaning of Satella's name will be revealed in the final story arc of Re:Zero.
|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|