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|“||It's finally finished! My super-energy potion made from an obscene amount of ingredients extracted from ultra-rare magical mushrooms! If I drink this, it will increase my magic power to the max!||„|
|~ Sucy in Sleeping Sucy|
Sucy Manbavaran is one of the main protagonists of the anime Little Witch Academia. She is a young witch from the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Atsuko Kagari and Lotte Jansson's classmate at Luna Nova Academy.
Sucy is a tall, thin girl who bears an image of a stereotypical witch. She has pale grayish-mauve skin, puce hair and red eyes with white pupils. She comes off as laid-back, with droopy, half-lidded eyes that make her look indifferent or lethargic half of the time. Her left eye is covered by a large fringe of hair. Because of Sucy's pastel mauve tone, seeming lack of arms (her arms are only visible when she moves them), and a uniform which is longer than usual, that is reaching to the ground, she gives off an eerie aura and a ghostly appearance.
For pajamas, Sucy wears a white and red cap and a white long-sleeved collared shirt that reaches past her feet. She is sometimes depicted without arms in this outfit, making her look even more ghostly.
The early promotional poster of the original film gives Sucy olive-green hair instead of puce, blue eyes, and a slightly darker skin tone.
Sucy is very calm and indifferent to most situations, even ones that drive the other girls crazy. She also had a clear preference on something which scared or at least disturbed other girls, such as the idea of getting eaten, foul-smelling fumes of potions or poisons, performing experiments with potions and poisons on Akko, and pulling scary pranks that she found amusing, less so for her victims. At times she appeared to be apathetic, aloof, sarcastic and somewhat sadistic, making her creepier.
However, Sucy is not entirely dull and emotionless and does care a lot for her friends. Her hobbies when not experimenting on concoctions are yoga and meditation. It is also hinted that the only strong emotional connection she had was with Akko, which explains why the memory of their first meeting is her most cherished one.
Powers and Abilities
- Magic: Sucy possesses average skill in magic.
- Nullification Spell: With aid of at least one of her allies, Sucy can conjure energy threads to nullify any magic, including ones emanated by immensely powerful beings.
- Metamorphosis Magic: Sucy displayed average skill with Metamorphosis Magic through her mastery over Transformation Spell.
- Transformation Spell: With Transformation Spell, Sucy can magically transmogrify herself or others into any desired form such as animal forms or disguise herself as someone else (which requires at least one item the person in question always carry to make it work).
- Object Control Magic: Sucy can magically manipulate and levitate objects without touching them with her wand as a focus.
- Puppet Magic: Sucy displayed decent skill with Puppet Magic where she mostly performs it via. Puppet Magic Potion in her disposal instead of wand like most witches or wizards.
- Rope Binding Spell: With use of Puppet Magic Potion, Sucy can briefly animate ropes and have it surrounding the target into a spherical cage to trap them with and hardens.
- Flight Magic: As with other witches, Sucy can use this magic to fly with her broom as means of transportation.
- Magic Energy Manipulation: Sucy can manipulate magic energy to perform various feats such as projecting beams and/or blasts, illuminating her surroundings, simulating telekinetic force as a form of object control magic, and generating solid constructs out of the energy's tangible form.
- Magical Barrier Spell: Sucy can form a barrier of pure magic energy to repel incoming attacks.
- Weapon-Wand Fusion Spell: It can be inferred that Sucy can magically combine her wand with a weapon or wand attachment to upgrade said equipment into better version of it through Weapon-Wand Fusion Spell, though she mostly perform the feat with use of Weapon-Wand Fusion powder instead.
- Potion and Poison Brewing: Sucy displayed vast knowledge of alchemy and is very skilled at brewing potions and poison for variety of purposes. Notable effects of her potions/poisons include fatally melting a victim into caustic, liquid body mass; creating a trail of explosions, accelerating the growth of mushrooms and vegetation, animating inanimate objects, and temporarily boost the drinker's magic power.
- Toxin Immunity: The repeated exposure to various poisons and toxins (usually from her experiments) resulted Sucy developing immunity to them on the same vein with majorities of her family.
- Magic Wand: Sucy carries a wand as the instrument to cast magic.
- Magic Broom: A special broom that allows Sucy to fly with as means of transportation. Originally having one that fashioned after walis tambo, she got a Luna Nova standard replacement following its destruction during the encounter with a cockatrice at Arcturus Forest.
- Poisons and Potion Vials: Sucy carries several vials of poisons and potions in her disposal whenever she goes.
Her first name, "Sucy" can mean "holy" in Malay and Indonesian and may also be derived from "Susi" in Filipino, which means "key"; while her surname, "Manbavaran", is apparently derived from "Mambabarang" in Cebuano, which means "Black Sorcerer/Sorceress".
- Sucy's broom in the first episode is a walis tambo, a soft broom commonly used in households in the Philippines.
- Sucy's family is different in both the Terio Teri manga and in the Keisuke Satō manga. In the Terio Teri manga, she stayed with her biological family, whereas in the Keisuke Satō manga, she was adopted by an elder witch along with several other children who did not have any parents to take care of them.
- The latter case seemed to be partly inspired by the early concept of Sucy's intended backstory as shown in the official panel of Little Witch Academia at AnimeNEXT 2017. According to the said panel, Sucy was abandoned at an orphanage as a baby along with a vial of deadly poison, and thus all of her experiments are actually attempts to discover the said poison's formula and track down her original family with it.
- During the development of Sucy's background in 2013 film however, Sucy has a biological family as with in Teri Terio manga, but they are very poor that she also working part-time job as magic show assistant during her enrollment at Luna Nova while initially presented as an exchange student. As a reference to witches in Polynesian mythology, Sucy possesses a special ability to split her own body apart into pieces and control the said pieces however she wishes, an ability she exploited for the aforementioned part-time job. Owing to this, there's a running gag where her head will occasionally fall off in her daily life. Unfortunately, such concept eventually scrapped due to it will make her stands out more than Akko.
- In the same development, Sucy was originally intended to be a "loser" and not as sharp-tongued as she is best known today. The reason why she also made a smart aleck is so there's a member of Akko's team who commented on Akko's actions.
- Sucy makes an appearance in the eighth episode of Space Patrol Luluco, another anime series produced by Studio Trigger.
- Sucy also has a different voice actress, being voiced by Anastasia Muñoz.
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