|“||I will run as fast as I can to wherever my customer desires. I am the Auto Memories Doll, Violet Evergarden.||„|
|~ Violet's greeting to her clients.|
Violet Evergarden is the titular protagonist of the Violet Evergarden series. She is a former child soldier who happens to be an orphan; she was enlisted in the Leidenschaftlich army and fought in the war, where she was treated as nothing more than a weapon because of her extraordinary fighting capabilities. After the war, Violet became an Auto Memories Doll at the CH Postal Company, seeking to understand the meaning of the words "I love you," which was told by the person she holds dearest, Gilbert Bougainvillea, during the War's final leg.
She is voiced by Yui Ishikawa in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Erika Harlacher in the English version of the anime.
Violet is described as a very beautiful and attractive young girl, being almost doll-like in appearance, with light-blue eyes, a fair complexion, and a slender frame. She is noted for her womanly semblance. She has waist-length golden hair with locks that frame her face. She either has her hair untied, in a low ponytail, or, after becoming a Doll, pulled up into two braided buns with two red ribbons. Due to losing her arms in the war, Violet received maneuverable prosthetic arms made of metal. After the end of the war and on normal occasions, Violet is often seen wearing a white blouse, a green skirt and a pair of heeled brown boots.
After becoming a Doll, she is often seen in her working attire which consists of a white ribbon-tie dress with a Prussian blue jacket. She also wears a white, pleated silk skirt and an emerald brooch on the middle of the ribbon-tie, which is a gift she received from Gilbert. She also wears brown gloves, and heeled, long leather boots which are of a deep brown. When she goes on longer trips, Violet also carries a brown bag-case and a blue parasol with her.
Growing up as an orphaned little girl soldier in the army who was treated as a mere tool, Violet was not socialized like a regular human being and did not understand human feelings well. She was raised and grew up as a person who had feelings but couldn't perceive or express them. For this reason, she could be mistaken as emotionless. Even before she was found and taken into the army, she couldn't speak or understand speech, only understanding orders to kill. She did not possess any sense of right or wrong from the start; she didn't understand what could be considered righteous or erroneous. She merely chased after the adults who gave her orders. She followed the idea of "kill or be killed," thus she could kill countless people without feeling guilt or remorse. She did anything that was asked of her and always followed orders, which was a trait from her life as a soldier. Even after the war ended and she was discharged from the military, Violet had a habit of using words back from her life as a soldier; saluting, disliking being defenseless, and doing tasks without taking any breaks. She also continued to think of herself as a "tool" and believed that it would be appropriate to discard her if she can no longer be used as a weapon.
However, the one who showed her the life outside of the military was Gilbert. He was the one taught Violet speech, writing and many other things which made her into a slightly more expressive person. Violet is seen to be a persistent, dedicated, and dignified girl, and she is described as someone who is likely to not back away no matter how much others urge her. She has also always been very selfless and determined, which is shown when she refused to leave an injured Gilbert behind, even when she had lost both of her arms. She is shown attempting to drag him up a flight of stairs with her teeth before he tells her to stop. This is also seen when she shielded with her new prosthetic arms, losing one of her arms, and removing a bomb on a hijacked train with only one arm, sacrificing her other arm in the process. Gilbert and Violet had a special bond; she treasures Gilbert very much, which made her want to learn what his words, "I love you," truly meant. In order to do so, she became an Auto Memories Doll, amanuenses that transcribe people's thoughts and feelings into words on paper, being moved by the notion. In doing so, Violet made her own decision and followed her own path for the first time in her life.
Initially, Violet didn't fully understand other people's feelings and emotions in general, which is why her actions sometimes came off as eccentric and lacking in tact. Although she is polite, careful and deliberate in her actions, Violet came off as insensitive when it came to her job as an Auto Memories Dolls, taking her customers words too literally and formulating their letters in a way that comes off as insulting. She is also blunt and honest, unafraid to speak her mind. She is never above correcting people when they are wrong and always strives for the right answer. According to Cattleya, Violet is a secretive, straight-laced, and expressionless person; a woman made of iron who never hesitates when she does something. She describes her as a person whose speech is polite, yet she never flatters anybody. With that, she put a distance between herself and others but does not show any signs of despising loneliness. But Violet actually knew that she was inexperienced in understanding human emotions, which is why she is constantly trying to find ways to improve her empathy. As a Doll, she always addressed people politely, even when they say bad things to her. She displays a calm, elegant, and firm attitude.
Violet is also aloof, expressionless and is said to have the attitude and the presence of a doll. Her expressions are mostly deadpan, so it is hard to tell her mood changes. This is why she sometimes has trouble expressing her own feelings and comes off as expressionless, which makes it difficult to get through her, but she will give a smile from time to time. Through her work as a Doll where she helps people write heartfelt letters, she slowly learns about human emotions, leading her to become more skilled at writing letters and conveying her clients' feelings, as well as becoming understanding of others. She is proven to be a good listener and someone who always thinks about other people's happiness.
Due to meeting clients with unique characteristics, Violet began showing new and different emotions more. It is also thanks to her work as an Auto Memories Doll where she came to understand that people's most sincere feelings can be conveyed through writing and letters. This is why she began feeling that no letter deserves to be undelivered, as she herself feels happiness when receiving letters. After growing to understand human emotions, Violet began feeling guilty about having killed so many people in the war. She feels that it's wrong for her to be alive when Gilbert had supposedly died in action, and wonders if it's even okay for her to be alive. Violet also began to understand the words Hodgins told her: that she is on fire and has many burn marks, words that referred to the actions she took in the war. This made her become more apologetic to people close to her, as well as more aware of people's suffering, in which she turns into a much more empathizing and helpful person who does her best to help other people and her clients no matter the difficulties. She feels guilty for people's pain and suffering even though she wasn't the one who caused it.
She also came to value the human life a lot, and she made a pledge to never kill anyone else again since she knows that anyone she kills will never be able to convey their feelings to their families and loved ones again. She never wants to go back to being a tool and deems that she doesn't need anyone's orders to live her life anymore, which was a wish that Gilbert had deeply wished for. Towards the end of the series, Violet becomes a fully capable Doll. She also comes to understand the phrase "I love you", as well as her own and others emotions and feelings much better, to which she becomes a significantly expressive and happier person.
Back when she was a child, Violet was found on a deserted island alone after Dietfried Bougainvillea and his comrades' ship became stranded. She didn't have a name at the time, and Dietfried was unsure if she had become orphaned or if she had suffered an accident in the sea just like them. Although Dietfried didn't have any intention of doing anything since he was already annoyed, some of his subordinates approached Violet and attempted to rape her. Before Dietfried was able to stop them, Violet killed them in response. Terrified by her actions, the remaining soldiers all fled, but Violet continued hunting after them. Dietfried and his remaining underlings then decided to kill her, but before they could act, she had already slaughtered everyone except for him. After that, he was pursued by Violet, but she only followed him around and didn’t even attempt to kill him. Dietfried realized that Violet couldn't talk and couldn't understand words. He also concluded that she was the only inhabitant of that island and that the reason she had killed so many people was simply that she was ordered to do it. Once he understood that, Dietfried did repeated experiments. For example, if he pointed to animals or insects and said "kill," she would immediately do so. This also applied to humans. Despite her inability to speak or understand language except the order to kill, Dietfried brought her home with him.
Upon returning, Violet was "given" to Major Gilbert as a gift to commemorate his promotion by Dietfried. Gilbert then decided to enlist her on a militant unit that he had been appointed to take overall command of in his promotion to major. It was an ideal place to "raise" the soldier-like girl Violet while keeping her at an arm's distance. She didn't become a member of Gilbert's unit since a girl not old enough to serve would never be allowed. There were also people who deemed it wrong to have children so close. He later got the permission to conduct private experiments at the training grounds, and the permission as to whether Violet could really be a ‘weapon’ was granted to him. Leidenschaftlich didn't certificate Violet as a person or give her a registered name, she was only certified as an armament with her "user" being Gilbert. However, even though Gilbert was ordered to treat Violet as a tool with no mercy and compassion, Gilbert was strongly against his brother's cruel behavior towards Violet and instead treated her with kindness. He was also the one who taught her speech, words, and gave her the name "Violet" in hopes that she would grow into a woman as beautiful as the flower. Even though Gilbert wanted to grant her parents to raise her appropriately, he couldn't, since he was scared of her killing someone without his knowledge. Gilbert's superiors also forced him to put Violet on the frontlines due to her combat abilities. Due to that, Gilbert voiced his desire for wanting Violet to grow as a person, and as she grew up, be able to become something more than a "tool". Violet fought with Gilbert in the war, where she was a valuable asset who proved to be instrumental in winning many key battles due to her incredible strength and skills.
During the war, Gilbert's unit was assigned to stage an attack on the enemy's headquarters, the success of which could mean the end of the war. They were able to seize headquarters and signal the main force to attack, but at this time, the whole unit suffered heavy casualties, and both Gilbert and Violet were shot and exposed to a grenade. Gilbert, who was in a near-death state, told Violet to leave him behind and escape to give her a chance of surviving, which Violet stubbornly refused despite having lost her arms. But after Gilbert's pleading for her to stop, she gave in. Gilbert then told Violet that he wanted her to be free and live happily, not as a tool but as a regular human being, and to find a real home. Before succumbing to his injuries, he confessed that he loved Violet from the bottom of his heart.
After recovering from her injuries when the war ended, Violet was adopted into the Evergarden family in Tiffany Evergarden's care, and she was also taken in by Claudia Hodgins at Gilbert's request and began working at the CH Postal Company as an Auto Memories Doll to understand the meaning behind Gilbert's words.
Throughout her life, initially as a mass-murdering soldier and later as one of the most famous Dolls in the amanuenses industry, Violet has formed many relationships. Despite her expressionless and aloof personality, she is considerate and empathetic, always striving to help her clients no matter what. The impressions from those who have met her are many; some say her voice is pleasant, some would say her handwriting is pretty, some praise her charms by claiming they had been bewitched by her, and some would say their hearts were saved by her. Her clients note that she has a special power of saving people and reshaping their lives.
Gilbert was Violet's major in the army; he was the only person who saw her as normal human being rather than a tool. She became very attached to him due to him being the first person to show her kindness and compassion. During their first meeting, Gilbert immediately embraced her, such a thing being done to Violet for the first time in her life. Due to that, she felt like she couldn't listen to orders from anyone except for Gilbert, him being the person Violet thought to herself to follow. Violet is extremely loyal to Gilbert, and he also became a source of strength for her, as she claimed that she would be able to do anything if she had Gilbert's orders, to which Hodgins claims that she is obsessed receiving orders from him. Violet vowed to be useful since she was his tool and since he needed her. Despite Gilbert fearing her ability to kill at first, Gilbert came to genuinely care for her deeply, and Violet developed a deep respect for him since he kept her by his side; in Violet's world, he was and still is the world to her. She cares for him to the point where she prioritizes his health over her own, to which she is very devoted to him, lives to protect him and will turn violent if he is attacked. When she becomes injured, she does not care about her own injuries but only about his well-being. Violet learned speech, writing and different emotions from Gilbert and the two grew very close during the four years they lived with each other. After the war, Violet thought it would appropriate to throw her away since she had lost her arms and couldn't be "useful" to Gilbert anymore, and she was very lonely without him as she wrote letters to him and constantly tried to find him. She misses him dearly and Violet states that there is not a single day that goes by with her not thinking about him. Despite being absent for a long time, Gilbert plays a huge role for Violet, as she associates many feelings and memories to him. She often thinks back to him when she is feeling insecure or lonely, and he indirectly gives her mental support. Gilbert's influence has also stayed with Violet the whole time, and he is very precious and dear to Violet, which is why she is very determined to learn the meaning behind Gilbert's "I love you", in doing so, she comes to do many things she hadn't prior. However, Violet became utterly depressed and was in shock, frustration, and sorrow upon learning that Gilbert has supposedly died. She had a really hard time accepting his death and neglected her work for a while since she refused to believe Gilbert's fate. But with the help of her friends and co-workers, Violet slowly began to recover and come to terms with it. Violet also states that she will freely live, leaving her life in the war as a soldier and a weapon behind since that is was what Gilbert had so deeply wished for. Even though Violet denies being in love with Gilbert since she doesn't understand love, Violet knows that she wants to be by his side forever, and it is evident that she is in love with him due to her actions. Several people Violet has met has drawn the conclusion that Violet is in love with Gilbert due to her great devotion, care and love towards him.
Violet has a deep respect for Hodgins due to the reason him being a former Lt. Colonel in the army and her boss at the CH Postal Company. At Gilbert's request, Hodgins began watching over Violet after the war and was also the one who picked her up from the hospital and gave her the work at the CH Postal Company. Hodgins claims that she is still useful and could work as a regular human being with Violet thinking otherwise. Violet is grateful for this and asks to work as a Doll. When she starts working at the CH Postal Company, Hodgins supported her despite her frequent mistakes in the beginning and didn't want to fire her when Hodgins was advised to do so by others. With Hodgins' guidance, Violet eventually developed into a very talented Doll. It is also indirectly because of Hodgins' words that Violet learned that she had many burn marks from her past, which, among numerous other reasons, made her very upset. However, Hodgins ensures her that it is okay for her to live on and that although what she had done in the war can never be undone, it also applies to all of the good deeds she has done as a Doll. Thanks to Hodgins and her friends' support, Violet was able to slowly move on.
Dietfried was the first person Violet met as long as she can remember, and the first person whose orders Violet followed. Even though Dietfried made her into a weapon and even claimed to have punched and kicked her, Violet respects Dietfried. On the other hand, Dietfried hates Violet so much that he cannot bear it, and is disgusted by the fact that she is now a Doll who writes letters who brings people together, since she had murdered so many people, including his men. It is due to his words that Violet's self-confidence starts to shrink, and she even begins to question her own living. However, whenever Dietfried makes a statement that she is only a weapon who follows orders, Violet denies this every time. She also denied to kill herself when she was ordered to do so by Dietfried since she was told to live. Although Dietfried harbors a strong resentment towards Violet, she claims that she doesn't hate him and will even try to help him if he needs it. Dietfried doesn't want Violet's sympathy though, but he does come to accept her as a Doll and as "Violet Evergarden", not a tool. He also tells her to swallow all of her past crimes down and live life to the fullest, and not to blame her sins on anyone. And when she is done, he tells her to die. Violet describes these words as "encouragement".
Violet met Lux in Utopia on the isolated island of Chevalier. Together, they went through an ordeal of surviving being a sacrifice of a religious cult, which was the starting point for their friendship. Violet was the one who made Lux realize that she was being trapped at Utopia, and encouraged her to leave the place when she didn't have the courage to do so. When Lux desired to die at Utopia due to her fear of the outside world, Violet came to save her. Violet relates to Lux's situation and claims that she is the same as her, as Violet too had not known of the world outside of her own world, the military. But just like Violet had been chosen to live her life, she encouraged Lux to do the same in order to experience new things in the world like she hadn't prior. Violet then took Lux to the CH Postal Company so she could start working there, and after that, they develop a close friendship, to which they began talking with each other without honorifics. Lux becomes Violet's first tea friend, and although Violet is a highly-requested Doll, Lux would invite her for tea when Violet had time. During those times, they would report their recent situations and different journeys they had been through to one another. Lux says that she is forever indebted to Violet for saving her, and says that Violet is the friend she was proud of having.
Violet met Luculia at the Auto Memories Doll Training School. Like everyone else, Luculia thought that Violet stood out from the crowd as she was a bit eccentric, but she didn't think much about it and later started a conversation with Violet. They also practiced their ghostwriting skills on each other, and after that, they developed a friendship to the point where they don't use honorifics with each other. When things didn't go as planned for Violet at training, Luculia tried to cheer her up by taking her to her favorite spot. Since Luculia had done so much for her, Violet also came to care for Luculia, and it is also thanks to her that Violet learned the emotion "gratitude." Since Luculia had always wanted to thank her brother for coming home for the war but couldn't find the words to say so, Violet managed to write a short and concise letter that effectively conveys Luculia's feelings to her brother, to which the latter is really grateful for. Luculia is also very happy that Violet was able to become a Doll and hugged her out of joy, and she claims that Violet also taught her the most important aspect of being a Doll. It is evident that Violet doesn't want Luculia to worry, as when she was concerned about how Violet was feeling, she gave her a smile as to not make her worry. Just like Luculia is happy for Violet's achievements, Violet, as well, is supportive of Luculia and will praise her achievements and good deeds.
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Violet became friends with Princess Charlotte after she was assigned as her personal Doll. In the beginning, Violet's expressionless personality got on Charlotte's nerves, but she eventually warmed up to her. Violet genuinely cares about Charlotte, as she expressed her desire to stop Charlotte's sorrow and tears as in her anxiety about marrying Prince Damian. She wanted to help Charlotte as Violet Evergarden, not as her Doll. Violet then takes full responsibility in with talking with Damian's Doll and arranges to have Charlotte and Damian write their own letters to each other since the CH Postal Company wouldn't stand for any of that. Violet then stays by Charlotte's side and helps her with her letters. Although Violet couldn't attend Charlotte's wedding, she is seen to have given a bright, genuine smile for the first time on screen, due to being content and happy with Charlotte's happiness as in her love coming true.
Violet was partnered with Leon when scholars and Auto Memories Dolls are paired for a collection of research pieces at the Shaher Astronomical Headquarters. Although Leon treats her coldly in the beginning, Violet doesn't really mind. Since they finished a three-days worth work in one day, Violet remarked about Leon being amazing, and Leon is also impressed with how quickly she works. When other scholars remarked about Leon's rude attitude and how he was abandoned by his parents, Violet stood up for him by saying that she is an orphan too and had not even seen her parents' faces. Although Violet claimed she was only stating the facts, she said that she had also defended Leon since he is was her partner. Because of how similar they are, it makes it easy for them to sympathize with each other, and Violet notes that the two of them are alike. Leon then starts to develop feelings for Violet (his feelings are implied in the anime). Before Violet's departure, Leon musters up his courage and confesses his love to Violet. However, Violet couldn't accept his confession since she didn't feel like she wanted to be with him in that way, and since she already had someone else very dear to her. However, Violet is genuinely happy by his confession, and she is grateful towards Leon for showing her the stars and comet, in which she felt like she was "having fun". She also had a sensation that Leon treated her as a normal girl, which Violet appreciated. Even though she doesn't like him, she still felt like if they would ever meet again, she'd like to spend time with him like that again. Leon is content with this, and he then tells Violet that he will expedite around the world like her and that he would like to watch the stars with her again if they would ever meet again. Violet gives him her word and is happy for Leon for finding his new aspirations. When they meet again, Leon is aware that he is still in love with Violet and that his feelings towards her would not budge, but he decides to put that fact aside and ask her to watch the stars with him instead. Violet agrees, and as she had promised, she memorized the name of a few stars for Leon's sake.
Oscar hired Violet to help him write a children's play starring a character based on his daughter. Although Violet was blunt with him and considered him to be troublesome, she helped him in every way she could, from making meals for him to helping him visualize a scene based on a wish of his daughter's. Violet is saddened by how Oscar lost his daughter and emphasizes with Oscar's sadness from losing the people dear to him. After seeing Olivia's wish realized through Violet, Oscar began to come to terms with the loss of his daughter, to which Oscar is deeply grateful for towards Violet.
Violet met Anne when her terminally ill mother Clara requested her to write fifty letters to Anne for the future. Anne was distrustful towards Violet, but Violet never lost her composure during the whole week and treated Anne bluntly, yet with respect and kindness, calling her "young mistress". When Anne became interested and ultimately very attached to her, asking to play with her all the time, Violet remained calm and although she was challenging to stick with, Violet did not neglect her in any way and gave her the attention she needed, since Violet knew Anne was lonely due to Violet spending a lot of time with her mother, working. Violet understood Anne's desire to spend time with her mother which is why Violet would tell Anne she would leave soon when they were done. When Anne had a sad and angry outburst, Violet comforted Anne by embracing her, telling her that she was free to cry. She managed to calm Anne down and convince her to not blame herself for her mother's illness. Violet then confessed that she thought that Anne is a very gentle, respectable, and strong girl to accept her mother’s disease, as Violet claims that children her age would usually not complain or care for someone to the extent Anne did. This event would leave a huge impact on Anne as she grew up, as she claims she would never forget Violet who had embraced her when she was young. When Violet returned back to the post office, she is overcome with emotion at the thought of Anne having to live alone after her mother's death, and admits that she held back her tears the whole time she was at the Magnolia residence.
Aidan entrusted Violet to write the letters for his loved ones before his death, due to being a soldier in a civil war in Ctrigall. Even though Hodgins refused the request due to the danger, Violet went there to convey her client's feeling. Violet did everything she could to find and rescue Aidan, from arriving by parachute, defeating his enemies and taking him to a safe cabinet where he believed he was mortally wounded. Violet was beside Aidan the whole time and promised him that she would convey his feelings to his parents and lover to matter what. During his last moments, to ease Aidan's loneliness and give him some sense of warmth before his death, Violet held his hand and kissed his forehead. When Violet delivered the letters to Aidan's loved ones, she broke down in tears, apologizing for being unable to protect Aidan. Even after Aidan's death, she blames herself for his death but respects him a lot. This is why she was seen being enraged at Aidan's former enemies who mocked him for dying, to which she attempted to gravely wound them.
Violet is highly capable and skilled. As a former soldier who was trained from a young age, Violet excelled in combat, and her fighting abilities and strength on the battlefield made her seem more like a "weapon" than a human being. She had no problem killing countless others if given the order to do so. Due to her strength and actions taken during the war, Violet came to infamously be known as "Leidenschaftlich's Soldier Maiden."
- Fighting Skills and Strength - Violet's combat capabilities are monstrous and described to be far beyond what a human is capable of. Even as a child, she was capable of massacring numerous adults (soldiers, prisoners) with ease. Her combat knowledge and skills were from before Dietfried found her, as she already displayed her prowess when she first met him.
- Violet, as seen when she fought in the war, has exceptionally high stamina and speed. She is agile, has fast movements and can easily dodge other peoples attacks while attacking others. She doesn't react very strongly to pain and can endure her pain while attacking others and helping her comrades in the army. She is strong to the point where her skills are even more impressive than Gilbert’s, who had been trained in battle and martial techniques as well as wielding weaponry in the military. She can defeat and/or kill several adults one after the other in a short period of time.
- Use of Weapons - Violet is noted to be very proficient in the use of weapons, be it guns, swords, or bows. Whatever weapon she has nearby, she can use it flawlessly and kill other people; the stronger the weapon, the better. She is noted to have killed people in disturbing manners with the use of different weapons. Violet is skilled at shooting with great accuracy, as she can, while moving, shoot and kill several people from a distance. Her intuition is also great as she can find out her enemies sly attacks in a matter of seconds. Violet also carries a massive battle axe called Witchcraft. Though it is too heavy for ordinary people to carry, Violet wields it with ease.
- Martial Arts - Although she is proficient at using weapons, Violet is talented in minimizing the advantages of larger, stronger opponents through kicks, punches, throws, holds and other techniques. After the war, it is also seen that Violet is skilled at using self-defense, and will do so when the situation calls for it. After vowing to never kill anyone again, Violet began using techniques to gravely wound her enemies without killing them.
- Typing - Although Violet has difficulty writing with a pen due to her prosthetic arms, she is exceptionally talented at typing with typewriters, which comes in handy with her job as a Doll. She can write without making any mistakes when it comes to spelling or grammar, and her vocabulary is very well-developed. She can write at a very fast pace, as she was able to write two hundred characters per minute. When she attended the Auto Memories Doll Training School, she was the only one who always gets top grades in the class. When Violet is in a situation where she doesn't have a typewriter with her, she can commit a letter to heart by typing away at the air.
- Violet's name, given to her by Gilbert, comes from the name of a mythological flower goddess named Garnet Spear.
- Violet often bites things as a way to test out the sensation that things give off.
- Violet's exact age is not known due to being the only survivor of an unknown island.
- In the anime, Violet is estimated by others to be 14.
- In the light novel, people estimate that she is in her late teens. Gilbert estimated that she was 10 when they first met and 14 in the war's final battle. When Aidan met Violet, he thought she was the same age as him, 18 years old.
- The green brooch Violet wears is a gift from Gilbert; she requested it because the color reminded her of his eyes, which she thinks is beautiful. It is her most precious item.
- Violet is not very good at cooking.
- The frilly blue parasol Violet occasionally carries with her was a gift from Oscar.