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Characters That Made My Year – Kyuubey (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day One)

December 14, 2011

Well it’s that time of the year again where the Aniblogosphere decide to flood the internet with posts about moments in the year past that really stood out for them.  Last year I jumped on the bandwagon at the last-minute and twisted the idea of Twelve Days to suit myself, and even though I’m a bit more prepared this year, I’m still sticking with writing about twelve characters I loved this year rather than the traditional twelve moments.  As I’m dealing with characters & my favourite moments, there will be spoilers galore – consider yourselves warned!

So without any more faffing about, on this first day of Christmas I give you Kyuubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (whether you want him or not!).

Madoka Magica was one of those shows that everyone seemed to get swept up in.  It was a fascinating show to follow weekly simply due to the massive amount of discussion it managed to generate (and still generates to some extent nearly a year on).  All the characters are memorable to some extent, and I was debating whether to choose Homura over Kyuubey for a while.  However Kyuubey won out in the end simply because he was just a boatload of fun to hate on…….and I kind of like bastard-like characters.

Kyuubey isn’t really your typical antagonist, for one he’s not really what you would term pure evil simply because he lacks any kind of ego and genuinely doesn’t see his actions as being in any way wrong.  Kyuubey is logical to a fault – his race feel that the death of a handful of teenage girls is perfectly acceptable in the grand scheme as this minor sacrifice ensures the survival of the masses.  To Kyuubey and his kind the psychological torture and gradual spiral into the depths of despair their gift of power inflicts on the magical girls is a perfectly acceptable means to an end – Kyuubey is completely unable to see how the girls can possibly deny this when the fate of the universe is in the balance.  Kyuubey makes for a fascinating character because of the dissonance between his adorable cat-like form and the horrendously logical, apathetic explanations he grants the Magical Girls under his contract – traditional mascot character he is not, Kyuubey is not the girls ally he is the reason why they suffer so much.

There were lots of moments that stand out for Kyuubey – but the one I’ve chosen is in episode 8 when he crosses over from slightly unsettling into full on nightmare fuel.  Before episode 8 Kyuubey came across as a bit cold and unsympathetic, but ultimately his fluffy appearance and eternal smile made up for his personality defects.  However the revelations in episode 8 that Kyuubey withheld pivotal information like the fact all the Witches killed to date former Magical Girls, and that Kyuubey AKA Incubator was actually harvesting the spent Grief Seeds in order to help deal with some sort cosmic imbalance, propelled Kyuubey right into the evil mastermind category.  I cheered when Homura pumped him full of bullet holes, but was equally squicked when Kyuubey just got another body and ate the dead one!  Kyuubey – one creepy fucker and a character I won’t forget in a hurry.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 3:38 pm

    Kyuubey was definitely one of the main reasons I enjoyed Madoka Magica. There was something a little creepy about him/it right from the start, before anything bad had even happened, but I wasn’t prepared for what followed. And as you say, the fact he wasn’t plain evil, but a purely methodical creature who didn’t consider his actions wrong for even a minute, truly made him stand out. Somehow, I think I’d hate him LESS if he’d shown some emotion, even if that emotion was delight at the chaos he’d caused.

    • December 15, 2011 12:21 am

      Oh if Kyuubey was some kind of psychopath who laughed about the Magical Girls suffering, I would have liked him even more as a character…….imagine if he had Izaya’s personality!😄

      • Anon-ymous permalink
        February 17, 2015 5:09 am

        Looks like you’d enjoy Dung Beetle (Koemushi) from Bokurano then.
        I personally disagree with you, but no big deal. To each their own =)

  2. December 14, 2011 3:54 pm

    OM NOM NOM NOM

  3. December 14, 2011 4:22 pm

    First of all, I like the winged Christmas Sakura banner. :>

    And agree that Kyuubey was what made the Madoka series what it was. From the start, he was always a bit unsettling with that *constant* smile and ability to talk without opening his mouth. And sure enough, he was hiding some pretty huge secrets.
    I guess you could say his twisted plan worked in the end, too, though not quite in the manner he intended.

    • December 15, 2011 12:23 am

      Thanks, I really like that Sakura banner too~

      Kyuubey = awesome ventriloquist.

  4. December 14, 2011 9:57 pm

    You certainly got the feeling he wasn’t on the up-and-up with how hard he was pushing Madoka to make a contract and barely batted an eye when Mami bit the big one (got bit my the big one?). But the moment I think blew everyone back was when it was revealed the fucker had secretly transferred their souls into the gems. Nigga not playin’ around.

    • December 15, 2011 12:25 am

      Oh that Soul Gem reveal was a very close second to the episode I picked – everything started to go terribly wrong right then. I remember the cries of ‘Kyuubey you utter bastard!’ well.

  5. December 15, 2011 2:26 am

    Kuyyyeebeeee!! Yes! Best “evil” character ever, I think he was the most fun to hate on every week because he was just plain creeeeepy! Not to mention the episode where he reveals he is basically immortal and eats his clones for dinner…that moment I am sure everyone went WTF!! And yelled at their computers xDD

    • December 18, 2011 2:08 pm

      I was certainly among those yelling at the computer at that scene – dear god, what a creepy little bastard!

      Kyuubey is proving to be an extremely memorable character, which is why I picked him from the cast of Madoka.

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