Ursula Callistis (アーシュラ・カリスティス), born Chariot du Nord (シャリオ・デュノール) and also known by her stage name Shiny Chariot (シャイニィシャリオ), is one of the main characters in Little Witch Academia. She is the Magic Astronomy teacher at Luna Nova Magical Academy and the mentor (and idol) of Atsuko Kagari.
Ursula is a calm, patient, level-headed, and quick to act in situations of danger, though comes off as shy and timid when confronted by her superiors and tends to be clumsy and "uncouth", latter traits she retained from her childhood. She is a very caring person, especially towards her students, taking time to help them in any way she can.
Her most defining traits are charisma and passion for magic. Ursula's faithfulness to her belief that magic should be used to make people happy, and only wanted the power to benefit others become the reason why Shiny Rod chose her as its wielder. Like Akko, her passion for magic exceeded her skill when she was young, which led to many blunders. It took the rejection by Fountain of Polaris to make her realized that dedication and determination being they key to her success. From there, she worked harder and took her study more seriously, earning her power of the stars from the fountain. The testament of her passion for magic best displayed when she performs as both child and Shiny Chariot. She is highly attuned to the reaction of her audience and is devastated when her magic does not make them smile, something which becomes an issue upon becoming a magic idol with the audience's expectation grew higher. Ultimately, it was the pressure to please them which led to her downfall.
After this, Chariot left the stage and assumed new identity "Ursula Callistis" where she becomes astronomy teacher of Luna Nova. While never quite losing the spark she had in the past, the decade of becoming humble teacher and shadow of her former self takes its toll on her. Ursula had brief lapses of her self-reflection whenever reminded of her past life as before becoming a teacher, and become hopeless until she met Akko, her fan who brings her hope for redemption (as the young witch came to her life as new bearer of Shiny Rod). Her devotion to the young witch is the greatest illustration of compassion and selflessness, and her guidance also reveals a great wisdom beyond the dreamy idealism of her youth. Moreover, it was the bond between the two (coupled with her discovery of Woodward's role in her fallout with Croix) which led to her discovering what she lacked in her attempt to unlock the Final Word long ago and ultimately, becoming the hero her beloved student saw in her and to do the right thing, more than her own mentor can ever be. Towards the end of the series, Ursula continued to be the teacher of Luna Nova where this time, she embraced her true self by no longer magically altering her hair.
Born with a natural talent for magic, Chariot still faced difficulties in her youth but became great enough to acquire the magic power of the stars. Currently, she is an outstanding magic user, since as Shiny Chariot, she performed the greatest magical feats seen in the series. However, she actively chooses to limit how much she uses her magic to keep her identity a secret. Notably, her hair reverts to its natural red when she uses powerful magic spells.
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