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Violet Evergarden is the titular protagonist of Kana Akatsuki's light novel of the same name and its TV adaptation by Kyoto Animation. Debuting in the Winter 2018 anime season, she was the fourth female contestant to win the International Saimoe League on her first appearance, following Nanoha's Fate (2008) K-On's Mio (2010), and DAL's Kotori (2014).


History[]

Character profile[]

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Violet is a former child soldier who was treated as a "weapon" by her officers except Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, who treated her like a human. Due to her military upbringing, she is extremely deadly in combat, but has trouble expressing and understanding emotions. She lost both of her arms during battle, and her missing limbs were replaced by mechanical prostheses after the war ended.

At the start of the series, Violet enlists in the CH postal company to become an "Auto Memory Doll" with the goal of understanding the meaning of Gilbert's last words spoken to her[note 1] during the war's last stages. Her primary responsibilities as a Doll involve traveling to different places where she fulfills her clients' requests by ghostwriting letters, interpreting their thoughts, emotions, and intended messages through her own words. Her mechanical hands proved to be extremely useful because of her job's heavy focus on typing.


Contest profile[]

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Both the show and the title character garnered positive reception from critics and audiences alike. The KyoAni anime adaptation is responsible for much of Violet's strengths, as it was praised for its signature highly detailed visuals, anime-original scenes, and the emotional impact of several episodes [note 2]. As a result, Violet came to be known as an well-rounded and successful player in character popularity contests, garnering many supporters from all around the world due to its wide-reaching appeal. She also bears strong resemblances to the Fate heroine Saber, such as blonde hair, blue and white dress, and emotionless demeanour; this has led her to be given nicknames such as "Sabergarden" and "Fullmetal Saber" [note 3] in the online anime fandom.

Violet's first major tournament happened in China, where she was pegged as one of the most likely contestants to win Bilibili Moe 2018. Her tournament run ended after losing to Fate/Extra's Saber in the semi-finals by two thousand votes despite significantly leading in true-love tickets, which are worth 2 votes each and can only be used once. She was defeated by top seed Rin Tohsaka in the following round, finishing the tournament in fourth place.


in ISML[]

Road to Tiara
It wouldn't take long for Violet to win a major title howver, as she had shown signs of promise to win the International Saimoe League by winning the 2018 winter seasonal contest and blowing out Fall champion Mai Sakurajima in the final inter-seasonal match. In the 2019 main tournament, news of the KyoAni arson attack and the ISML website putting a donation page for the victims on its front page may have played an important part on her status as a tournament favourite, as Violet immediately won the first necklace round and finished 20-1 in the regular season, only losing to Emilia in the Ruby period.

In the playoffs, the #3 seeded Doll dispatched Shouko in the last 16 before undertaking perhaps the most dangerous championship run in ISML history, as her matches from quarter-finals and beyond were decided by increasingly tighter margins. She defeated Kurumi by 426 votes, Mai-san by 168 votes, and finally Tohsaka by 173 votes, to claim this year's heavenly tiara and becoming the fourth female debutante to win the award. Furthermore, Violet becomes the third Kyoto Animation girl to win ISML after Mio Akiyama (2010) and Eru Chitanda (2015), putting the studio on par with J.C. Staff in terms of Tiaras won. [note 4]

Tournament of Champions
Evergarden competed in the following year's hall of fame tournament as a favourite to win (as is tradition for newly introduced champions). However, she stumbled to a 3-way tie for second with Katou and Angel (in her last ToC). In the final round, she placed second behind group-topper Eru Chitanda.


in r/anime[]

Best Girl
During her Seasonal Salt days, the Auto Memory Doll dwelt under the shadow of Franxx's Zero Two, losing to the horned girl in the semi-finals on both 2018 Winter and the yearly contest. Despite these losses, the former soldier matured into a fairly strong and better-seeded contestant in the subreddit's major brackets. Violet was the most successful newcomer on Best Girl 6, securing the highest seed (#15) and best finish (a last-16 loss to Aqua). The following year, she was eliminated by Yui Yuigahama in the fifth round of Best Girl 7. Violet returned to the round of 16 as an #11 seed in Best Girl 8, managing to give #6 Megumin a scare, but she ultimately fell with a 143* votes difference.

Best Character
In Best Character 5, Violet notably defeated Guts in round 4 before barely losing to Subaru in the next match.



ISML record[]

Seasonal & Exhibition[]

Seasonal Diadem - 2018 Winter

  • Group stage: 1st, 2W; CVP: 5.014 (seed 1)
    • Round 1 icon.png Hana i.png Hana Ichinose {Slow Start) 8331 - 1176 (Aqua 7)
    • Round 2 icon.png Lacia.png Lacia (Beatless) 11,165 - 1617 (Aqua 13)
  • Top 16 icon.png (16) Koizumi.png Koizumi-san 12,646 - 4007 (Aqua Gem)
  • Quarterfinal icon.png (9) Yuzu aihara.png Yuzu Aihara 8479 - 2048 (Topaz 2)
  • Semifinal icon.png (4) Takagi.png Takagi-san 10,365 - 5885 (Topaz 3)
  • Final icon.png (2) 015.png Ichigo (DitF) 8729 - 3212 (Topaz 4)

Inter-seasonal:


Main Tournament[]

  • Overall record: 24-1
  • Necklace won: Aquamarine 2019 Aquamarine
ISML 2019
Directly qualified (2018 winter winner)
Rd Opponent Score W-L?
Aqua 1 Ginko s.png Ginko Sora 7035 - 3140 W
Aqua 2 Eriri.png Eriri Spencer Sawamura 6179 - 4760 W
Aqua 3 Origami.png Origami Tobiichi 6031 - 5389 W
Tpz 1 Kei karuizawa.png Kei Karuizawa 6472 - 4256 W
Tpz 2 Umaru.png Umaru Doma 6557 - 5500 W
Tpz 3 Sora kasugano.png Sora Kasugano 9136 - 6139 W
Amet 1 Shouko m.png Shouko Makinohara 6238 - 4232 W
Amet 2 Mirai.png Mirai Kuriyama 6578 - 3726 W
Amet 3 02.png Zero Two 6160 - 5117 W
Sapp 1 Megumin.png Megumin 7738 - 6624 W
Sapp 2 Index.png Index 7415 - 6105 W
Sapp 3 Yoshino dal.png Yoshino 9031 - 6452 W
Eme 1 Isla1.png Isla 6830 - 5335 W
Eme 2 Chino.png Chino Kafuu 7004 - 5500 W
Eme 3 Tohru dragon.png Tohru (Dragon Maid) 7967 - 5145 W
Ruby 1 Azusa n.png Azusa Nakano 6438 - 6045 W
Ruby 2 Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama 6530 - 6319 W
Ruby 3 Emilia.png Emilia 6100 - 7049 L
Dia 1 Iroha.png Iroha Isshiki 10,294 - 9282 W
Dia 2 Kanna.png Kanna Kamui 9976 - 8256 W
Dia 3 Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki 12,249 - 9932 W
Playoffs: seed 3 (Dia 1st, 4W)

RS CVP: 25.6250

Ro16 (14) Shouko.png Shouko Nishimiya 11,748 - 10,052 W
QF (6) Kurumi.png Kurumi Tokisaki 11,946 - 11,520 W
SF (2) Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima 10,410 - 10,242 W
Final (4) Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 13,329 - 13,156 W
Final position: CHAMPION


Tournament of Champions[]

ISML Tournament of Champions history
Rd Opponent Score Period
ISML 2020
Groups
2nd
(tied w/ Kanade & Megumi)
5W 2L
Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana 3523 - 1858 Aqua 3
Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou 4052 - 2119 Aqua 4
Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka 2725 - 2057 Aqua 7
Eru.png Eru Chitanda 2591 - 3551 Aqua 8
Shana Shana 2676 - 1290 Topaz 2
Megumi k.png Megumi Katou 2192 - 2347 Topaz 3
Rem.png Rem 3212 - 2527 Topaz 5
Final (range) Eru.png Chitanda 50,257.3 Topaz Gem
Violet.png (You) 42,266.1
Megumi k.png Katou 37,998.8
Kanade Tachibana Angel 29,920.5
ISML 2021
Groups
TBD
TBD
Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka
Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
Shana Shana
Eru.png Eru Chitanda
Rem.png Rem
Megumi k.png Megumi Katou
Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita
ISML 2022



r/anime record[]

Seasonal Salt[]

Seasonal Salt - 2018 Winter - seed 4

  • Top 64 icon.png (61) Haruka Kyan 2316 - 220
  • Top 32 icon.png (29) Akira t.png Akira Tachibana 1589 - 596
  • Top 16 icon.png (13) Yuzuki s.png Yuzuki Shiraishi 1999 - 1374
  • Quarterfinal icon.png (5) Shirase.png Shirase Kobuchizawa 1794 - 1699
  • Semifinal icon.png (1) 02.png Zero Two 1820 - 3189

Best Girl of 2018 - seed 6

  • Top 32 icon.png (27) Moeta.png Kaoruko Moeta 2672 - 843
  • Top 16 icon.png (11) Shimarin.png Rin Shima 1753 - 1316
  • Quarterfinal icon.png (3) Rio.png Rio Futaba 2542 - 1960
  • Semifinal icon.png (7) 02.png Zero Two 1919 - 2830


Best Girl Contest[]

Best Girl 6 - seed 15

Best Girl 7 - seed 14

Best Girl 8 - seed 11

  • Round 1 icon.png (502) Aries.png Aries Spring 4745 - 774
  • Round 2 icon.png (267) Kayo.png Kayo Hinazuki 2620 - 524
  • Round 3 icon.png (118) Emma.png Emma (TPN) 3468 - 609
  • Top 64 icon.png (54) Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka 3026 - 1601
  • Top 32 icon.png (22) Ram.png Ram 4249 - 1931
  • Top 16 icon.png (6) Megumin.png Megumin 3562 - 3704


Best Character Contest[]

Best Character 5 - seed 23




Other contests[]

Bilibili Moe[]

Bilibili Moe history
Bilibili Moe 2018
Qualifying: 1st (Advanced)
Rd Opponent Score Series TLV
Ro128
Group F4
Violet.png (You) 121,247 Violet Evergarden 2221
Francis Drake (Rider) 35,887 Fate/Extra 42
Momo y.png Momo Yaoyorozu 24,161 My Hero Academia 52
Kaho.png Kaho Hinata 13,179 Blend S 24
Bracket stage
Ro32 Narberal.png Narberal Gamma 142,091 - 39,486 Overlord 1132 - 100
Ro16 Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise 132,190 - 94,572 Steins;Gate 1599 - 4672
QF Umaru.png Umaru Doma 138,273 - 110,530 Himouto! Umaru-chan 2482 - 2415
SF Nero fate.png Nero (Saber) 173,627 - 175,459 Fate/Extra 16,254 - 7522
3rd-4th Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 163,195 - 209,331 Fate/stay night 6936 - 5600




Honours[]

International Saimoe League


Chronological List[]

Total Wins = 3 (ISML Heavenly Tiara)

  1. ISML 2018 Winter Diadem (seasonal contest)
  2. Baidu Nova Moe 2018 (Baike Baidu, China)
  3. ISML 2019 Heavenly Tiara ★


"But Violet, the letters you wrote... they will reach her. No matter how far away she is."

In the Chinese-language ISML Tieba forum, a certain infamous user (mobile link) who posts Facebook waifu tournament results lists Violet as one of the "Kings of Runner-up" due to her many 2nd place finishes in these contests.



Notes[]

  1. "i love you"
  2. in Youtube and Reddit, the most commonly cited episode that made audiences cry is Episode 10, which involves a terminally ill mother and her young daughter.
  3. a reference to Fullmetal Alchemist character Edward Elric, who has an arm and a leg replaced by metal prostheses.
  4. Three characters from J.C. Staff-produced anime have won the ISML tiara: Mikoto Misaka (2011), Kuroneko (2013), and Shana (2016).


External Links[]

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Kyoto Animation Characters
Air
Kanon
Clannad Tomoya.png Tomoya OkazakiNagisa.png Nagisa FurukawaSanae FurukawaKyou FujibayashiTomoyo Sakagami
Haruhi Kyon1.png KyonHaruhi.png Haruhi SuzumiyaYuki n.png Yuki NagatoMikuru Asahina
Lucky Star Kagami HiiragiKonata IzumiTsukasa Hiiragi
K-ON! Mio kon.png Mio AkiyamaYui Hirasawa Yui HirasawaAzusa Nakano Azusa NakanoRitsu TainakaTsumugi Kotobuki
Chuunibyou Yuuta.png Yuuta TogashiRikka chuuni.png Rikka TakanashiShinka NibutaniSanae Dekomori
Hyouka Houtarou.png Houtarou OrekiEru.png Eru Chitanda
Free!
Amagi Isuzu Sento
Kyoukai no Kanata AKihito KanbaraHiroomi NaseMirai.png Mirai KuriyamaMitsuki Nase
Phantom World Mai Kawakami
Euphonium Kumiko OumaeReina Kousaka
Dragon Maid KobayashiTohru dragon.png TohruKanna.png Kanna Kamui
Koe no Katachi Shouya IshidaShouko.png Shouko Nishimiya
Female Major Champions
ISML ★ 2008: Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa · 2009: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2010: Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama · 2011: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · 2012: Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana · 2013: Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou · 2014: Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka · 2015: Eru.png Eru Chitanda · 2016: Shana Shana · 2017: Megumi Katou Megumi Katou · 2018: Rem.png Rem · 2019: Violet.png Violet Evergarden · 2020: Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita · 2021: ???
AnimeBracket Best Girl ★ BG1: Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise · BG2: Yukino.png Yukino Yukinoshita · BG3: Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka · BG4: Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka · BG5: Rem.png Rem · BG6: Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki · BG7: Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya · BG8: Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima · BG9: ??
Best Char. ☆ BCh2: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara · BCh3: Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015: Saber.png Saber · 2016: Rem.png Rem · 2017: Mash Kyrielight Mash Kyrielight · 2018: Cardcaptor.png Sakura Kinomoto
China ★ 2016: Tushan susu.png Tushan Susu · 2017: Su mucheng.png Su Mucheng · 2018: Kagura onmyoji.png Kagura (Onmyoji)
Anime Saimoe ☆ † 2002: Cardcaptor.png Sakura Kinomoto · 2003: Riku Harada Riku Harada · 2004: Rosemary Applefield Rosemary Applefield · 2005: Nanoha Takamachi Nanoha Takamachi · 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Rika Furude Rika Furude · 2008: Kagami Hiiragi Kagami Hiiragi · 2009: Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano · 2011: Mami Tomoe Mami Tomoe · 2012: Toki Onjouji Toki Onjouji · 2013: Madoka.png Madoka Kaname · 2014: Nodoka Haramura Nodoka Haramura + Saki Miyanaga Saki Miyanaga (co-winners)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Hinagiku Katsura Hinagiku Katsura · 2008: Holo Holo · 2009: Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama · 2011: Homura.png Homura Akemi · 2012: Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
ISML Necklace Winners
First year of necklace win only. Circlets from 2012-2015 included (if applicable).
2008 Shana ShanaSetsuna s.png Setsuna S.Kagami.png KagamiKyou.png KyouHaruhi.png Haruhi
2009 Tomoyo.png Tomoyo S.Yuki n.png Yuki N.Suigintou.png SuigintouSuiseiseki.png SuiseisekiHinagiku1.png HinagikuShinku.png Shinku
2010 Mio kon.png MioTaiga.png TaigaMikoto.png Mikoto
2011 Kanade Tachibana KanadeRuri Gokou RuriEwood.png Hellscythe
2012 No new winners.
2013 Mashiro.png MashiroRikka chuuni.png RikkaAsuna.png Asuna
2014 Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
2015 Yukino.png YukinoKosaki.png KosakiChitoge.png ChitogeChiyo s.png ChiyoAyase.png Ayase
2016 Nao.png NaoRin tohsaka.png TohsakaSaber.png SaberKurisu.png Kurisu
2017 Rem.png RemEmilia.png EmiliaMegumi k.png Katou
2018 Chtholly.png ChthollyAzusa n.png AzunyanKanna.png Kanna
2019 Violet.png VioletSagiri.png SagiriKurumi.png KurumiMaisan.png Mai-san
2020 Kaguya.png Kaguya
ISML Seasonal Diadem Winners
2012-2019
Legend: WN: Winter, SP: Spring, SU: Summer, FA: Fall / Autumn
2012 WN: Ririchiyo.png Ririchiyo SP: Kyh.png Kuroyukihime SU: Asuna.png Asuna FA: Rikka chuuni.png Rikka
2013 WN: Kurousagi.png Black Rabbit SP: Kurumi.png Kurumi SU: Kyouko k.png Kirigiri FA: Mirai.png Mirai
2014 WN: Chitoge.png Chitoge SP: Shiro1.png Shiro SU: Chiyo s.png Chiyo FA: Isuzu.png Isuzu
2015 WN: Megumi k.png Meguri SP: Isla1.png Isla SU: Nao.png Nao FA: Mitsuki.png MitsukiND SEQ
2016 WN: Megumin.png Megumin SP: Rem.png Rem SU: Aoba.png Aoba FA: Chitose.png Chitose
2017 WN: Kanna.png Kanna SP: Chtholly.png Chtholly SU: Suzune.png Suzune FA: Nayuta.png Nayuta
2018 WN: Violet.png Violet SP: Ochako.png UrarakaND SEQ SU: Platelet.png Platelet FA: Maisan.png Mai-san
2019 WN: Kaguya.png Kaguya SP: Fumino.png Fumino SU: Gray.png Gray FA: Ishtar.png Ishtar
2020-present
Legend: WN: Winter, SP: Spring, SU: Summer, FA: Fall / Autumn
2020 WN: Kotoko.png Kotoko SP: Kei s.png Kei S.SEQ SU: Chizuru i.png Chizuru FA: Elaina.png Elaina
2021 WN: Miku.png MikuND SP: SU: FA:
2022 WN: SP: SU: FA:
2023 WN: SP: SU: FA:
2024 WN: SP: SU: FA:
2025 WN: SP: SU: FA:
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