Day 9: The Golden Witch

Day 9 — Favorite Villian

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In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, ‘Beatrice’ is more of a title than the name of the actual villain. There are various forms of Beatrice, ranging from good to evil. Beatrice’s role in each game changes a bit. However, the Beatrice I favor is the one depicted as a villain in the first four arcs of the Umineko series.

It is hard to talk about why I love Beatrice without spoiling the series. Beautiful, intelligent, and sadistic, Beatrice is everything I adore in a villainess. Beatrice has a sadistic sense of humor but also a sweet side. Beatrice is the Golden Witch, a woman with a complex past who is capable of anything.

She engages in a battle of whits with the main character, Battler Ushiromiya. Battler does not believe in magic or witches and refuses Beatrice’s existence with every fiber of his being. When challenged by Battler, Beatrice uses tactics and magic to answer questions and produce results from what she wants. Beatrice will do anything in her power to prove that she is a witch. Battler’s denial of the existence of Beatrice causes her pain.

Over time, we learn quite a bit about Beatrice and why she is the way she is. Beatrice is one of my favorite villains because she starts out as an antagonist and evolves depending on the manga/game arc.

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