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Ophelia
Ophelia

Ophelia's Symbol

VIZ Media name

Ophelia[1] Speaker (en-us)

Variant

Name: Ophelia[2] Speaker (de), Ofelia[3][4] (es-es Speaker, it Speaker), Ophélie[5] Speaker (fr), 오필리아[6] Opillia Speaker (ko), Офелия[7] Ofeliya Speaker (ru), 奧菲莉亞[8] Àofēilìyà Speaker (zh-hk), 歐菲莉雅[9] Ōufēilìyǎ Speaker (zh-tw)
Nickname: »Ophelia die Wellenklinge«[10] Speaker (Sword Wave Ophelia de), "Rippling Ophelia"[11] Speaker (en-us), Ofelia la Ondeante[12] Speaker (Ophelia the Waving es-es), Ophélie l'Ondulante[13] Speaker (Ophelia the Undulating fr), Ofelia Dell'onda[14] Speaker (Wave Ophelia it), 血塗られた凶戦士[15] Chinura reta kyōsenshi Speaker (Blood-soaked Warrior ja),[16] 漣のオフィーリア[17] Sazanami no Ofīria Speaker (Rippling Ophelia ja), 세파의 오필리아[18] Sepaui Opillia Speaker (Ophelia of the Waves ko), «Вьющаяся Офелия»[19] «Vʹyushchayasya Ofeliya» Speaker ("Curling Ophelia" ru), 波纹奧菲莉亞[20] Bōwén ào Fēilìyà Speaker (Ophelia of the Ripple zh-hk), 漣漪的歐菲莉雅[21] Liányī de Ōufēilìyǎ Speaker (Ophelia of the Ripples zh-tw)

Original name

オフィーリア[22] Ofīria Speaker

Rank No.

4 of the Current Generation[23]

Current status

Awakened, killed by Clare

Ties

Organization

Class

Offensive:[24] Slashing Distortion[25]

Technique

Rippling Sword[26]

Quote

Why don't we play a game?[27]

Anime voice

Ulrike Stürzbecher (de),
Luci Christian (en-us),
Julie Deliquet (fr),
Jenny De Cesarei (it),
Emi Shinohara (ja)

First appearance

Scene 30, Anime Scene 12

EtymologyEdit

The original Japanese Claymore name, オフィーリア, transliterates from "Ophelia," deriving from the Old Greek οφελος (ophelos help). Name invented by the Italian poet Jacopo Sannazzaro for a character in his poem Arcadia (1489).

Later reused by Shakespeare for Polonius' daughter in Hamlet (1599).

Name may allude to the madness of the Claymore Ophelia. Also, the Shakespearean Ophelia is found drowned in river. The Claymore Ophelia's remains are found in a lake.[28]

ὄφις (óphis snake)[29] as the origin of "Ophelia" is false etymology. Ophelia's snake-like awakened form may only be a coincidence.

Ophelia's name may have also come from "Ophiuchus"; a name used in sidereal astronomy. Added as the 13th sign to a potential 13 sign zodiac, which achieved popularity in Japan after it's suggestion by Walter Berg and Mark Yazaki. In Japan, Ophiuchus is known as Hebitsukai-Za (へびつかい座?, "The Serpent Bearer").


This may have been used as a direct refrence to her snake-like yoma form, or popular connotations of snakes pertaining to malevolence or deception, both being traits applicable to Ophelia's violent and often sinister nature.

Moreover, Vasilis Kanatas, author of the book "Astrology of the 13 Signs of the Zodiac", suggested the greek letter Φ (phi) as the symbol for the sign of Ophiuchus. Intriguingly, this novel was published in 2011, long after the release of Claymore.

The symbol Φ (phi) is the 21st letter in the greek alphabet. Ophelia's claymore symbol design looks identical to this letter.

AppearanceEdit

Claymore warriorEdit

PhysicalEdit

Typical Yagi heart-shaped face, emphasized by a widow's peak. Wears a single hair braid in an ironic, maternal over the shoulder style similar to Tabitha. Has long pointed ears.

UniformEdit

Ophelia's uniform consists of a butterfly-shaped buckle holds 3-layer spaulders on the shoulders. The faulds skirt has horizontally overlapped bands on the hips.

Scene 035a
With Rippling Sword

AwakenedEdit

Mermaid-sea-serpent form, with finny ears, spaulders, clawed arms and serpentine tail bristling with three sickles.

Ophelia Awakened link
Ophelia awakened

PersonalityEdit

Mock gentle manner, until provoked. Sociopathic, rather than psychopathic or psychotic. Knows difference between right and wrong, but lacks conscience, or too weak to stop violent behavior. Mental and Leadership baseline rated C.[30]

In Chaldean Numerology, the number 4, Ophelia's number, is often viewed as the number of evil and misfortune.

DatasheetEdit

Claymore warriorEdit

BaselineEdit

Height: 175cm (5ft 8.89in).[31] Dominant arm: right[32]

ClassEdit

Ophelia is an Offensive type warrior,[33] her ability being Slashing Distortion.[34]

TechniqueEdit

Slashing Distortion enables Rippling Sword.[35]

AwakenedEdit

From Yoma War Record II.[36]

BaselineEdit

  • Yoma power: SS
  • Agility: SSS
  • Strength: SS
  • Solidity: S (special level of ability)
  • Intellect: SS

HistoryEdit

ChildhoodEdit

Ophelia has an older brother of unknown age. Wielding a sword, he dies diverting the awakened Priscilla, while Ophelia escapes. [37]

The brother's sacrifice is ironically unnecessary, due to Priscilla ignoring young girls as a food source.[38]

On the locale of Ophelia's childhood home, see Notes.

OrganizationEdit

MiriaEdit

PhantomEdit

From afar, a Man in Black observes Miria destroy a Yoma pack.

He notes Miria's "Phantom" technique. Also watching is Ophelia, now Claymore warrior No. 4. Though part of the hunt, she refuses to participate as no awakened is present.[39]

Ophelia's huntEdit

The manga and anime diverge here.

MangaEdit

There are two manga versions.

In the earlier version, Miria leads the hunt, but on finding out that the target is the awakened Hilda, Miria nearly awakens herself. Ophelia, not a part of the hunt, comes out of nowhere and waits eagerly for Miria to awaken so Ophelia can fight and kill her.

In the later version, Miria assigned to Ophelia's hunt. Captained by Ophelia, she speaks of a warrior who gave Ophelia a black card. But instead of giving it to the unnamed recipient (Miria), Ophelia tore it up.[40]

On a mountain, the hunt engages an awakened being, a mummy-like entity with tape-shaped tentacles. Ophelia disables the awakened, while Miria finally beheads it. Miria realizes her human identity—Hilda.[41]

In her grief, Miria awakens, with Ophelia waiting to kill her.[42]

Gonahl huntEdit

First meetingEdit

Clare meets Ophelia, leader of Gonahl hunt. Ophelia discovers Clare is half-awakened and attacks.[43]

Raki's attack frees Clare. Clare warns Ophelia that by killing Raki, Ophelia will forfeit her life but Ophelia replies only if there are living witnesses, which she does not intend on leaving.[44]

Ophelia cuts off Clare's legs and challenges Clare to reattach them as she fights Raki in a sword match. With each passing minute, Ophelia increases her skill level gradually until Raki will be killed.[45]

VisitorEdit

A young girl appears, attracted by the scene and awakens into the Former Single-digit.[46]

Clare reattaches her legs but Ophelia throws Raki to Former Single-digit. She holds Clare face-down as Raki is about to be eaten. Clare awakens and escapes, then rescues Raki in one burst of movement.[47]

When Clare flees with Raki, Ophelia tries to follow, but is caught by Single-digit.[48] Single-digit "breaks" Ophelia's neck. She thinks Ophelia is dead and casts her aside, but Ophelia revives and beheads Single-digit.[49]

SeparationEdit

Deep in the forest, Clare senses Ophelia's victory. Knowing there is limited time before Ophelia catches up, Clare orders Raki to flee in the opposite direction while she holds off Ophelia.[50]

Raki protests, wanting to stay with Clare but she gives him a shut up kiss, saying three things: be quiet, that she cares for him, and farewell. She promises to stay alive and search for him. Finally, he relents and flees.[51]

Making a nameEdit
The warriors finally confront each other. Ophelia realizes Clare is using Preemptive Sensing. She switches to Rippling Sword. By vibrating the blade, Ophelia creates an optical illusion of an undulating snake. Now Clare cannot anticipate Ophelia's moves.[52]

Claymore Ophelia00:35

Claymore Ophelia


Ophelia's Rippling Sword

Ophelia mocks Claymore warrior nicknames. She proclaims herself "Rippling Ophelia." But says that her "nickname" is not well known as most people who seen the Rippling Sword are dead.[53]

Clare charges Ophelia, who cuts off her right arm. Clare falls over the cliff into river.

Later, Clare emerges downstream carrying her arm in her mouth. Unfortunately, Ophelia realised that her desperation to keep her arm and be cut so deeply was a ploy to make her think Clare was dead, which she didn't fall for.[54]

Ophelia shreds Clare's arm, so she cannot reattach it.[55]

Mysterious intruderEdit

Ophelia corners Clare. Without her right arm, Clare is badly handicapped, but still resists. Ophelia cuts off Clare's left hand.[56]

As she is about to kill Clare, a hooded figure in a witch cape approaches. The figure has no Yoma power, so both warriors assume she is human. Clare tries to warn the stranger away.

Ophelia cannot forgive being interrupted and attacks using the Rippling Sword but her attacks are not only deflected, she herself is badly sliced and defeated quickly.

The stranger reveals herself—"Quicksword" Ilena.[57]

Awakened beingEdit

Unable to comprehend her defeat, Ophelia wanders the forest talking madly to herself as her injuries take their toll. She awakens into a snake-like creature.[58]

AwakeningEdit

After convalescing, Clare leaves Ilena's hidden valley. Traveling through a forest, Clare feels something sudden in Ilena's arm, unaware of Rafaela executing Ilena. But Clare confronts awakened Ophelia.[59]

Face-offEdit

Ophelia desires to eat Clare, but is seemingly oblivious about having awakened, being unable to explain her sudden hunger for flesh. Without any human food sources around, she decides to eat Clare and hurls her into a lake to drown her.

As Ophelia holds Clare underwater, Ophelia sees her own reflection—an awakened being. Horrified, Ophelia releases Clare and blames Priscilla for what happened.[60]

Clare proceeds to chop up Ophelia's arms. Clare says she intends on taking the head of Priscilla. But she also asks for Ophelia's forgiveness, as she intends on taking Ophelia's soul, as well.[61]

Ophelia asks about Clare's right arm. She thought she chopped it up.[62]

OverextendedEdit

While Clare damages Ophelia, she cannot control her new arm. Her sword slips from her grasp.

Ophelia realizes the arm belongs to Ilena, who attacked her earlier. And that Clare is having trouble controlling the arm.[63]

New contestEdit

Ophelia decides on a new "contest." If Clare can cut her way through the awakened part of her body, she can do what she wants with the remaining human part of Ophelia at the tail-end.[64]

Ophelia has a flashback about her older brother, who held off Priscilla while Ophelia escaped.

During the contest, Ophelia halfheartedly fights Clare. She pierces Clare's body, but Clare cuts herself free and shreds the rest of the awakened body.

Now only the upper human torso of Ophelia remains. Ophelia orders Clare to kill her before she regenerates.[65]

Clare, dispirited, runs through Ophelia with her sword.[66]

Remembering brotherEdit

As Ophelia fades away, she remembers her brother's sacrifice and realizes why she tried to forget that night with Priscilla.[67]

Claymore Ophelia's memory of her brother00:39

Claymore Ophelia's memory of her brother


Ophelia's memory of her brother

She dies with calm and happiness.[68]

Additional detailsEdit

NotesEdit

  • The locale of Ophelia's childhood home is not given in the manga, anime or "Yoma War Record"
  • Ophelia's Alfons "village" given on reference sites is apocryphal and based on the assumption Priscilla flies from the plateau in Scene 24 and makes straight for Alfons in Extra Scene 3
  • During the Claymore Rebellion, Miria reminisce about "Ophelia's plan" to kill both Hilda and herself[69]

AudioEdit

From Claymore Intimate Persona, 憎悪 Zouo (Hatred): Ophelia—Emi Shinohara 3:48
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VideoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore 6, Scene 31, p. 112
  2. Claymore 6, Tokyopop, Scene 31, p. 112
  3. Claymore 6, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 31, p. 112
  4. Claymore 6, Star Comics, Scene 31, p. 108
  5. Claymore 6, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 31, p. 112
  6. Claymore 6, Daewon CI, Scene 31, p. 112
  7. Claymore 6, Comix-ART, Scene 31, p. 112
  8. Claymore 6, Culturecom, Scene 31, p. 112
  9. Claymore 6, Ever Glory, Scene 31, p. 112
  10. Claymore 7, Tokyopop, Scene 35, p. 50
  11. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 50
  12. Claymore 7, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 35, p. 50
  13. Claymore 7, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 35, p. 50
  14. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 46
  15. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  16. Claymore 6, Scene 32, p. 136
  17. Claymore 7, Shueisha, Scene 35, p. 50
  18. Claymore 7, Daewon CI, Scene 35, p. 50
  19. Claymore 7, Comix-ART, Scene 35, p. 50
  20. Claymore 7, Culturecom, Scene 35, p. 50
  21. Claymore 7, Ever Glory, Scene 35, p. 50
  22. Claymore 6, Shueisha, Scene 31, p. 112
  23. Fragments of Silver Omnibus , "Yoma War Record III," p. 731
  24. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  25. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  26. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  27. Claymore 6, Scene 32, p. 141
  28. Claymore 8, Scene 41, p. 41
  29. Ophis
  30. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  31. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  32. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  33. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  34. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  35. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  36. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 692
  37. Claymore 8, Scene 40, p. 24; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  38. Claymore 8, Scene 45, p. 187
  39. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 2, p. 167
  40. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 2, p. 174
  41. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 2, pp. 184–185
  42. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 2, p. 187
  43. Claymore 6, Scene 31, pp. 127–129; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  44. Claymore 6, Scene 31, p. 132; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  45. Claymore 6, Scene 32, p. 141; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  46. Claymore 6, Scene 32, p. 157; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  47. Claymore 6, Scene 33, pp. 170–178; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  48. Claymore 6, Scene 33, p. 185; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  49. Claymore 7, Scene 34, pp. 17–18; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  50. Claymore 7, Scene 34, pp. 25–26; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  51. Claymore 7, Scene 34, pp. 28–31; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  52. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 49; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  53. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 50; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  54. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 59; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  55. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 65; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  56. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 55; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  57. Claymore 7, Scene 36, pp. 86–87; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  58. Claymore 7, Scene 37, pp. 113–114; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  59. Claymore 7, Scene 39, p. 155; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  60. Claymore 7, Scene 39, pp. 169–175; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  61. Claymore 8, Scene 39, pp. 184–185; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  62. Claymore 8, Scene 40, pp. 16–17; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  63. Claymore 8, Scene 40, pp. 16–17; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  64. Claymore , Scene 40, p. 20; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  65. Claymore 8, Scene 40, p. 33; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  66. Claymore 8, Scene 40, p. 34; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  67. Claymore 8, Scene 40, p. 35; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  68. Claymore 8, Scene 40, pp. 35–37; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  69. Claymore 21, Scene 118, p. 158

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