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Rem is a major character 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. She acted as the deuteragonist of the second and third story arcs and was the tritagonist of the whole series until the role was taken by Beatrice. She appears in various other media related to the series, including video games and short stories. Outside of Re:Zero, Rem is also a major character in Isekai Quartet, a 2019 comedy crossover anime television series that featured characters from several properties of the "Isekai" genre.
Rem, along with her elder twin sister Ram, was one of the only surviving members of the demon race after their village was wiped out by the malignant forces of the Witch Cult. As a child, her sister and Rem were taken in by Margrave Roswaal L. Mathers, the lord of the Mathers domain who was considered the greatest wizard in the Kingdom of Lugunica. The twin demons were put to work in the Mathers mansion as maids serving Lord Roswaal's every command.
Ten years later, Roswaal began sponsoring a half-elf girl named Emilia, who was a candidate to become the forty-second ruler of Lugunica. Subaru Natsuki, a Japanese teenager who had recently been transported to Rem's world, saved Emilia from a serial killer known as the Bowel Hunter while the half-elven girl was on a trip to Lugunica's capital city. As thanks for saving his ally, Mathers employed Natsuki as one of his servants despite the boy's lack in talent. Rem was instantly suspicious of Natsuki, as he had the same distinctive scent shared by members of the Witch Cult.
Days after Subaru began working in the mansion, the assassin Meili Portroute infiltrated a local village under the governance of Lord Roswaal with wretched intent. Rem, Ram, Subaru, and Mathers fought together to defeat the mabeasts infesting the forests around the village, although Portroute escaped before she could be identified and captured. After the incident, Rem tossed aside her suspicions towards Subaru and fell deeply in love with him due to her gallant actions during the battle.
Around a month after the mabeast incident, Rem accompanied Subaru to the capital of Lugunica. During their stay, the Mathers domain came under attack from the forces of the Witch Cult led by the Sin Archbishop of Sloth Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti. In the ensuing events, Rem followed Subaru diligently and supported him in all of his efforts to thwart the Witch Cult's plot. In order to gain reinforcements to drive the Witch Cult away with, Rem and Subaru participated in the hunt for the White Whale, an ancient and formidable mabeast. After the defeat of the White Whale, the wounded Rem returned to the capital alone for treatment while Subaru led their newly garnered support against the Witch Cult.
However, during the journey, the convoy returning to the capital was coincidentally attacked by the Sin Archbishop of Greed Regulus Corneas and the Sin Archbishop of Gluttony Lye Batenkaitos. Although the wounded Rem fought with strong resolve against the nigh-insurmountable threat, she was quickly overwhelmed by Batenkaitos who used his Authority of Gluttony on her. The power of Gluttony made everyone except for Subaru forget Rem ever existed, and the girl herself fell into a perpetual comatose state.
Natsuki, who had successfully rid the Mathers domain of Sloth and his Cultist followers, vowed to take vengeance on the men who had essentially taken Rem from him. He also resolved that he would pay whatever price necessary to restore Rem back to the woman he had cherished. Although she slept, Rem still affected Natsuki long after her defeat, as the mere memory of the maid girl often provided Subaru with a reason to push forward when faced with a seemingly unsolvable problem.
She is voiced by Inori Minase in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Brianna Knickerbocker in the English version of the anime. Minase's other heroic roles include Hestia in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Shoko Makinohara in Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, and Ciel Kirahoshi in Kirakira PreCure a la Mode. Knickerbocker's other heroic roles include Kanao Tsuyuri in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Wiz in KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!, Filo in The Rising of the Shield Hero, and Misha Necron in The Misfit of Demon King Academy.
Rem was identical to Ram in every aspect, with the exception of her eyes, the color of her hair, and the size of her breasts. Her blue hair was cut into a short bob and parted to fall over her right eye, as opposed to Ram whose hair fell over her left eye. Her large light-blue eyes, pink lips, and soft skin gave Rem a youthful loveliness that Subaru Natsuki found both beautiful and adorable when he first saw her. Rem noticeably had a larger breast size than her older sister. As previously mentioned, Rem's eyes were different to Ram's, as the elder sister's were slightly more slanted. Her delicate frame featured narrow shoulders and stood at 150-hours centimeters tall (or five foot one).
Judging off of her appearance, Rem inherited the color of her eyes from her father and the shape of them from her mother. She also clearly inherited the natural shape and color of her hair from her father. Rem, as a demon, could manifest a small curved-horn on the center of her forehead that was made out of pure pink energy.
Most of the time, Rem wore a uniform issued to her as part of her job in Roswaal's mansion. This maid outfit consisted of a short black dress with white flowery accents, a white apron, white thigh-high socks, black shoes, and a white-and-black flowery headpiece. The outfit exposed Rem's shoulders and flaunted her body line in a provocative way, leading Natsuki to believe the designer's intentions weren't entirely pure. Positioned on the left side of her head, Rem had a purple hair-clip and a flower-shaped ribbon of the same color.
Rem tends to speak in a superficially polite manner and sometimes acts without thinking. She holds both respect to the point of worship and guilt toward her sister for an incident in the past.
Because of her respect and guilt toward her sister, she used to think of herself as inferior. After Subaru saves her, she falls deeply in love with him, becoming one of his most loyal followers. Rem will stick with him no matter what happens, even if Subaru rejects himself. Rem appreciated his support in helping her get past her guilt over Ram losing her horn. The fact he tried to save her despite having lost her lucidity in Oni form and not fearing her afterwards also contributed.
In her Oni Form state: Rem's personality drastically changes and becomes that of a mindless killing machine, murdering all without any form of hesitation and can even attack her own allies. Due to its violent nature, she only uses this ability with extreme caution. Though she does have initial control; right before slaying mabeasts, Rem said she was doing it to save Subaru.
Sense her memory was eaten by the Gluttony Witch Factor, Rem has no memory of her past or loved ones. Rem is now suspicious of Subaru again, due to his overeager attempts to restore Rem's memory.
Rem has lived with her parents and twin sister in an Oni village.
However, the village was attacked by the Witch Cult 10 years before the start of the series, her sister's horn being cut off by Faust.
The whole village got burned and destroyed, her parents and the citizens were killed, while her and sister were the only survivors.
Ever since, Rem developed a strong inferiority complex due to a sense of guilt for her sister's injury, so she made the upmost effort to become as ideal a servant as possible. But even having reached a certain level of perfection, she still has a low level of self-esteem and continues to idolize Ram.
In the Sloth path, Rem accepts Subaru's desire for them to runaway and leave behind their lives at the mansion. This leads them to moving to a country similar to Japan, where Rem works as a teacher and Subaru is trying to find a job to lessen the financial burden Rem has to deal with. A few months later, Rem learns she is pregnant with Subaru's child, making them extremely happy. The following year, she gives birth to her son Rigel. Six years later, she is pregnant with a second child, her daughter Spica.
Powers & Abilities
Demon Physiology: As a demon, Rem, like the rest of her race, had physical attributes that surpassed regular humans. She was capable of killing mabeasts with her bare fists and showed no strain carrying Subaru. Demons were also capable of manifesting a pair of pink energy-like long-curved horns out of their foreheads. While manifesting the horn, vibrant pink energy would exude from Rem's forehead. Despite appearing like energy, the horn still acted like a physical part of the body, as Ram's was sliced off by a dagger. While manifested, a demons' horns would awaken a demon's instincts and act as a gate that allowed the demon to absorb mana from the atmosphere, significantly increasing its ferocity and physical strength. If a demon over-exerted itself while manifesting its horns, it was likely that the recoil would render them weak. It was also possible for a demon to lose control of themselves, blindly attacking those in their way whether they were allies or enemies. As a twin, Rem was born with a single horn that appeared smaller than an average demon's, meaning her power in her demon state was lower than her kin's.
Water Magic: In the fantasy world, individuals were capable of manipulating magical energy because of a "gate" that existed within every person's body. This gate would draw mana into a body as well as expel it out, functioning as a kind of faucet for magical energy. Each person possessed a different elemental attribute that allowed them to produce magical spells related to that element. Of the six elements, Rem's designated element was water, one of the four common attributes. Lord Roswaal mentioned that Rem's skill with water magic was above average but nothing exceptional.
Equipment: Rem wields a Morningstar in combat.
- Rem's birthday is on February 2.
- Rem's zodiac sign is Acquarious.
- Rem admits that is superior to her sister in household chores and cooking.
- In theory, Rem is also Ram's younger sister, since she was the second that came out of the maternal's womb.
- Shortly after the birth, she and Ram were to be killed, because in their village the twins were considered a taboo because they were born with one horn instead of two horns.
- Rem is often considered one of the most popular character in the series
- She is also the first character to profess her feelings towards Subaru.
- As pointed out by Subaru, Rem's chest is bigger than Ram's.
- There is a special What-If story, in regards to her and Subaru running away, lived happily and even have two children; a son named Rigel, and a daughter named Spica.
- Rem and her twin sister Ram share several similarities with Ram & Rom from the Hyperdimension Neptunia video game series:
- Both Ram & Rem and Ram & Rom are a pair of young twin girls who adore each other.
- Both sets of twins have a sister called Ram and a sister whose name begins and ends in the same letter as Ram.
- While in their "White Sister" forms, Ram & Rom have pink and blue hair respectively. Emphasis shall be placed on the fact that both Rams have pink hair while both of their siblings have blue hair.
- The sisters with the pink hair are more outgoing than the sisters with blue hair, and are therefore both seen as the dominant twins. However, there is a differentiation in the age of the pair of twins, as the pink-haired Ram is younger than the blue-haired Rom in Hyperdimension Neptunia.
- In the Sloth reality, Rem is shown to recover almost immediately after birthing a child; having walked out of a clinic with her son shortly after having him.
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