Arle, as she appears in Puyo Puyo Chronicle.
|First appearance||Madou Monogatari 123|
|Latest appearance||Puyo Puyo Chronicle|
|Japanese||Reiko Kurusu (Madou Monogatari 123, Puyo Puyo)|
Mami Inoue (Puyo Puyo Tsu arcade - SFC, Madou Monogatari III Game Gear, Madou Monogatari I Mega Drive)
Hiromi Miura (Puyo Puyo Tsu PS2)Mie Sonozaki (Puyo Puyo Fever - present)
|English||Erica Mendez (Puyo Puyo Tetris)|
|Puyo Puyo!! Quest information|
- 1 Biography
- 2 History
- 2.1 Puyo Puyo
- 2.2 Puyo Puyo Tsu
- 2.3 Puyo Puyo Sun
- 2.4 Minna de Puyo Puyo
- 2.5 Puyo Puyo Fever
- 2.6 Puyo Puyo Fever 2
- 2.7 Puyo Puyo! 15th Annniversary
- 2.8 Puyo Puyo 7
- 2.9 Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Character-specific attributes
- 6 Gallery
Arle Nadja is a young girl with magical powers. Her birthday is July 22nd. Being the protagonist in Madou Monogatari, she is also the protagonist of the early Puyo Puyo games. She is described to be cheerful, but prone to making snarky comments. In the Madou Monogatari series, she is as young as five, but in the Puyo Puyo series, she is around 16. She attacks with elemental magic such as Fire, Ice Storm, and Thunder, but also knows some other magic such as Diacute, Heaven Ray and her signature Bayoen. Despite her design changing through out the series, Arle states that she wears the same clothes 365 days a year. Her favorite color is blue. She has a pet, or creature friend named Carbuncle or it's nickname, Carby. She is desired by Satan.
Arle's appearance between games have minor differences, but there are several details that are consistent between depictions. In the Compile games, both her hair and eyes were brown, while in the SEGA games starting with Puyo Puyo Fever 2 her hair is orange while her eyes are a golden brown (curiously, her eyes were blue in Puyo Puyo Fever). Regardless, her hair is constantly tied together with a blue band to form a ponytail. Her clothing always puts an emphasis on blue and white colors, commonly sporting a blue skirt, blue boots, a T-shirt, blue wristbands, and a blue breastplate. These pieces of accessories and clothing would receive minor changes in later games, for example adding a white stripe to her wristbands and boots starting with Puyo Puyo Fever, and her breastplate covering her whole chest starting with Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary.
Puyo Puyo~n would give Arle several additional characteristics that would later be used in some later spin-offs or adapted in later SEGA games. She sports a heavier emphasis on armoring with bulkier shoulder padding and a breastplate that covers her chest and neck. Her blue band in her hair is replaced with what appears to be a type of tiara, however she still sports a ponytail. Puyo Puyo~n would start a trend of Arle wearing a type of cape, in this game a red cape that reaches to her legs. Later games would revive the characteristic of Arle wearing capes starting with Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, where she wears a blue cape with a white rim. Her boots would gain a golden band with blue socks, and her wristband changed to a type of fingerless glove that covers the top of her hand similar to a gauntlet.
In Puyo Puyo DA!, she receives a dramatic makeover. Her normal attire being replaced with a red and black hoodie with a long-sleeve shirt underneath, a grey beanie, black sweatpants with a chain, and a pair of red, grey, and white colored sneakers, overall giving her an appearance that invokes hiphop or rap. Her ponytail is also missing.
Between games her characteristics receives minor changes, but overall she's a cheery girl that's somewhat of a tomboy. In Puyo Puyo Tetris, it's been stated she hates hygienic things such as hand sanitation and not to play with your food. Although she's normally optimistic, she has her limits and will start scolding others if irritated. Typically in the Puyo Puyo series she acts as the "straight man" of the cast, often being bewildered by the many weirdos and jerks she encounters. A common example is with Satan, who often comes up with out there schemes to marry Arle, which often causes Arle to respond with annoyance or disappointment. Because of this, she can sometimes come off as surprisingly mean-spirited, either intentionally ignoring her opponents or flat out mocking them. Regardless, she doesn't hold personal grudges towards anyone, even for her many enemies and rivals. However starting with Puyo Puyo Fever, her mean attitude is heavily downplayed or ignored, focusing more on her being peppy with a love for playing Puyo Puyo.
Her tomboy characteristics is occasionally touched upon. She refers to herself using Bokukko speech (A term for a girl using male pronouns, commonly stereotyped with tomboys), and occasionally implies that she's oblivious or dislikes proper girly things. For example in Puyo Puyo CD she goes on a tangent about "not being ready for love", in certain versions of Puyo Puyo Tsu she starts panicking when Draco challenges her to a swimsuit contest, and in Puyo Puyo Tetris she got upset when Zed tried to force her to do "prim and proper" tasks due to her not being good with it.
Arle's notable ability is that she's an expert at using varies types of spells, even when she was in kindergarten. Throughout both Madou Monogatari and Puyo Puyo she's been shown using many kinds of spells each with their own properties. Her most common spells are Fire, Ice Storm, Diacute, Brain Dumbed, and her signature move Bayoen, commonly appearing as standard spells in both Madou Monogatari and Puyo Puyo. However as revealed in Madou Monogatari III, she still has a limit on how often she can used these spells, in this case her finger started bleeding after abusing Ice Storm too much.
Out of every character, the strongest relationship Arle has is with Carbuncle. Ever since Arle met Carbuncle in Madou Monogatari, they have been the best of friends, and when he isn't off on his own adventure, he is with Arle. Despite Carbuncle going off on his own in Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary, Arle states that she'd be devastated if Carbuncle ever went away. In Puyo Puyo! 20th Anniversary, Arle's story begins with her happily exclaiming that she finally gets to take a relaxing walk with Carbuncle. She also says that when she's with Carbuncle, everything is fun.
Similarly she has a strong relationship with Amitie and Ringo, together forming a trio of characters that's often serves as the focus of Puyo Puyo material.
The series original antagonist, Satan, is in love with Arle and does various things in order to be with her. In Puyo Puyo Tsu, he wants to have a date with Arle under the starry night sky. In Puyo Puyo Box, Arle meets Satan, who is wearing a tuxedo, in a Carbuncle themed room in his castle. In Minna de Puyo Puyo, he wants to have a date with Arle, this time being a three day two night stay for two at the Love Springs. However Arle normally expresses embarrassment or disappointment at Satan's attempts at trying to marry her. However in spite of this, Arle does not hate Satan, and occasionally shows concern when he's in peril.
Rulue considers herself to be Arle's rival due to Satan's love for Arle (as Rulue is in love with Satan). In spite of this rivalry, she accompanies her to Arle's magic school so she may learn how to use magic in Madou Monogatari III. Generally speaking while Rulue sees Arle as a rival, Arle is on more neutral terms with Rulue. They are at least reasonable enough to rarely team up together for a similar goal.
Draco Centauros is another of Arle's rivals, though this is mostly for competitive reasons such as beauty contests. Arle expects to be challenged in a beauty contest by Draco so much that she sarcastically shows concern when she was denied a beauty contest in Minna de Puyo Puyo and switches roles with Draco by being vain in Puyo Puyo Tsu.
Similarly Witch is a competitive rival over having the strongest magic, occasionally going so far as to try and land a cheap shot while Arle is distracted. In Puyo Puyo SUN she is seen assaulting Arle while in her sleep, proclaiming "I love you" and implications of molestation. However due to the ambiguous nature of the cutscene, it's unknown if Witch genuinely loves Arle or if she's was thinking of someone else.
Her relationship with Schezo Wegey is rather ambiguous, as Schezo's poor choice of words allow for romantic subtext rather than directly telling her he wants her power. She often calls him a pervert for this, and sometimes corrects his sentences for him. Sometimes however she intentionally messes with him, for example ignoring one of this boasts in order to irritate him, or comparing Schezo to fungus and moss in Puyo Puyo Sun. She is somewhat able to tolerate him accompanying her whenever they share the goal of foiling Satan's schemes.
Arle learns a spell called "Owanimo," which allows her to use Puyo to battle her opponents. She defeats a variety of opponents before ultimately besting Satan, whose fate is left unknown.
In the English version, she is named Silvana. She battles against the forces of the Black Kingdom to protect her home, culminating with a duel against the Kingdom's Dark Prince.
Puyo Puyo Tsu
Arle takes on a tower filled with Puyo Puyo opponents. Upon reaching the top, Satan unsuccessfully attempts to force Arle to marry him.
Puyo Puyo Sun
Arle goes on a quest to reverse the climate changes caused by Satan. Depending on whether the Normal or Difficult course is taken, Arle either goes on to defeat Satan or loses to Schezo outside of Satan's castle.
Minna de Puyo Puyo
Arle appears as the protagonist of Minna de Puyo Puyo. In this game, Arle gives chase to Carbuncle after he ate a golden rune and ran off towards a gate that mysteriously appeared out of thin air. After Arle defeats Satan in his castle, it turns out that Satan set up the whole thing in order to go on a date with Arle. It is revealed that Satan had tickets for a three day two night stay for two at the Love Springs. Arle suggests that she go with Carbuncle before promptly rejecting the tickets.
This is the final game where Arle is the main protagonist.
Puyo Puyo Fever
As of Puyo Puyo Fever, Arle is no longer the protagonist. In this game, she is simply a girl who was warped to Zigzag Peak with magic that sent her "way off the map." It is here she is met by Amitie. After explaining her situation to Amitie, Amitie suggests that Arle should use her magic again in order to return her back to her world, but right after they play a round of Puyo Puyo first.
Puyo Puyo Fever is one of the few games where there is no relationship shown between Arle and Carbuncle.
Puyo Puyo Fever 2
In Puyo Puyo Fever 2, Amitie tries to help yet again with ideas to return her to her world, but still comes up with ideas that would never work. Also for some reason, a pot from the sky hits Arle on the head.
Puyo Puyo! 15th Annniversary
In Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary Arle changes her mind of returning to her world and instead wishes for a way to warp between the two worlds.
Puyo Puyo 7
Arle plays a more prominent role in Puyo Puyo 7 then in the previous Fever-era games. She teaches Ringo Andou how to play Puyo after a large amount of Puyo fall into Ringo's world. Over the course of the game and for the majority of the story, she is possessed by Ecolo and is transform into Dark Arle. Near the end of the game the group manages to free Arle from Ecolo. For the final battle, Arle teams up with Amitie and Ringo to defeat Ecolo once and for all.
Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary
In Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, Arle returns to her role as one of the major characters in the game. In story mode, she is unlocked after completing Ringo's story.
Arle is taking a relaxing walk with Carbuncle when her peace is rudely interrupted:
Arle's first opponent is Satan. Satan addresses her as "fiance" and announces that he has made a beautiful castle from lightning and storm for his empress. He wants Arle to come enjoy their "honeymoon", which Arle greatly refuses. Despite her protests that she is not his fiance, Satan tells her that he'll be waiting for her, and leaves. Although it's troublesome, Arle figures she has to beat him up again, so she sets off to find Satan.
Arle's second opponent is Draco. Despite his insistence that Arle join him, Satan did not actually mention the location of this castle, so Arle does not know where to go. Luckily, she comes across Draco, who has seen him. Draco challenges Arle to a "beautiful girl" puyo battle before giving directions.
Arle's third opponent is Suketoudara, whom she finds dancing on the beach after getting lost. Suketoudara continually insists that she dance with him, so she distracts him with a puyo match and runs away.
Arle's fourth opponent is Schezo, whom she encounters in a cave. Schezo wants her magic powers as usual, and challenges her to a puyo battle. Afterwards, he asks what Arle is doing around the cave, and Arle explains that Satan made a castle that she needs to get rid of. Schezo decides that he'll accompany Arle to make Satan does not take her power before he does. Arle tries to convince him otherwise, but Schezo insists, so she reluctantly accepts this addition to her party.
Arle's fifth opponent is Witch. For some reason, Witch has decided that the pathway is hers and that Arle must defeat her in order to pass.
Arle's sixth opponent is Carbuncle because Carbuncle has gotten bored and wants to go home. In order to convince Carbuncle otherwise, Arle wages a bet with the outcome of a puyo match.
Arle's seventh opponent is Rulue. Rulue exclaims that she is Satan's rightful empress and that she will not let Arle meet Satan. Arle begins to ask what Rulue even sees in Satan, when Schezo interrupts to tell Arle not to agitate her. However, he insults both Satan and Rulue, which angers Rulue more. Unfortunately, Arle is the one who has to battle her. Afterwards, Arle tells Rulue not to worry, because she will not become Satan's empress. Schezo also tells Rulue not to worry because he will not hand Arle over to Satan. Rulue is confused and angry, but the two have already left.
Arle's eighth and final opponent is once again Satan. Satan is excited to see her and Carbuncle, but Arle finds the heart-filled room to be in bad taste. Schezo declares that he will not give Arle to Satan while Satan declares that Arle is his. Arle exclaims that she belongs to neither of them and that she came to beat up Satan to stop his troublemaking. After she wins, she orders Satan to dismantle his castle.
Ecolo appears at the end of this route and states that it would be fun to have Satan's huge power.
Other Characters' Stories
Ringo asks if Arle knows how to return to her world, but Arle is lost as well. Arle mentions that she saw Ecolo around and is worried that Ringo could be possessed by Ecolo. In order to prove that she is not, Ringo challenges Arle to a friendly puyo match.
Arle helps lead Amitie to Witch to take a look at Amitie's mysterious red puyo hat.
Arle crosses paths with Schezo thanks to Carbuncle, while on her way to Satan's castle. She gets defeated by Schezo in a puyo match as proof of power, but accompanies him nonetheless, finding it dangerous for him to go to the castle alone.
- Arle is named after Arles, a city in France, via the music "The Girl from Arles" by Georges Bizet.
- Nadja is named after the titular femme fatale from the novel "Nadja" by André Breton.
- Arle is the first and one of the few character with an asymmetrical design (though it's her clothing rather than a physical feature). She is also one of the only asymmetrical characters not to have a second set of art.
- Arle's theme is 時空を超えて久しぶり! (Jikū o koete hisashiburi! lit. Long Time No See Across Time and Space!)
- Arle's ★5 form is redrawn at Version 3.0.0 of Quest, along with Ringo's ★5 form.
- One of Arle's spells, Ru-i-pa-n-ko (るいぱんこ), is the reverse spelling of Japanese kana, Ko-n-pa-i-ru (コンパイル, Compile).
- Amitie shares many traits with Arle; namely, she is a primary protagonist and uses similar (or, in the case of Bayoeen, outright identical) spells.
Being the most important character in the series, Arle has appeared in all Puyo Puyo except for some spin-offs.
Puyo Puyo series
- Puyo Puyo
- Puyo Puyo Tsu
- Puyo Puyo Sun
- Puyo Puyo~n
- Puyo Puyo Box
- Minna de Puyo Puyo
- Puyo Puyo Fever
- Puyo Puyo Fever 2
- Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary
- Puyo Puyo 7
- Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary
- Puyo Puyo Tetris
- Puyo Puyo Chronicle
Puyo Puyo spin-offs
- Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux
- Super Nazo Puyo: Rulue no Roux
- Super Nazo Puyo Tsu: Rulue no Tetsuwan Hanjouki
- Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars (Cameo Appearance in a flashback sequence)
- Puyo Puyo DA!
- Arle no Bouken: Mahou no Jewel
- Puyo Puyo!! Quest
- Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade
- Puyo Puyo!! Touch
Madou Monogatari series
- Madou Monogatari 123
- Madou Monogatari: ARS
- Madou Monogatari I (Mega Drive)
- Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Dai Youchienji
- Madou Monogatari I Honoo No Sotsuenji
- Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon
- Madou Mogatari: Michikusa Ibun (Loitering around and the Rumor)
- Madou Monogatari: Final Exam
- Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician
- Madou Monogatari: Secret of Elysion
- Madou Monogatari (Saturn)
- Madou Monogatari Mobile
- Puyo Puyo~n
- Ruipanko (Arle Shield): Prevents Nuisance Puyo from falling for 15 seconds.
- Pocket Puyo Puyo~n
- 01-Nuisance Barrier: A wall is built across the player's entire top row. Nuisance Puyo can still drop into the hidden row.
- Puyo Puyo Box
- Barrier: Nuisance Puyo do not fall into the player's field for 5 seconds.
- Puyo Puyo Chronicle
- Auto Skill: Magic User in the Making (魔導師のタマゴ): Attack in the same group increases.
- Special Skill: Heaven Ray (ヘブンレイ): Puyos on the bottom two rows transforms into blue puyos.
Arle's dropet contains only pair pieces, like that of the Madou-era Puyo Puyo games.
Ice Blocks Nuisance Pattern
Due to the large number of images for Arle Nadja, the gallery is moved to a separate page. See Arle Nadja/Gallery.