—Croix Meridies, Chariot and Croix
Croix Meridies (クロワ・メリディエス Kurowa Meridiesu ) is the main antagonist of the Little Witch Academia anime. She is the new teacher of Modern Magic in Luna Nova Magical Academy and an old acquaintance of Ursula.
Croix is a young woman of tall stature, and pale skin complexion. Her eyes are a greenish shade of teal, which she paints with dark pink eye shadow. Her short, lilac hair has a wavy hairstyle, with a lock that usually covers her left eye.
She wears a red, gray and white suit that covers most of her body, with a neck that reaches the height of her ears. She has a brown leather saddlebag. In the same colors as her suit, she also wears a large red cape and high-heeled boots. Sometimes she wears purple-rimmed sunglasses.
As a student, Croix's hair was significantly longer and wore eyeglasses, in somewhat of an inversion of Chariot's (whose hair was originally short and later started wearing glasses) disguise as Ursula. Unlike Chariot however, Croix kept her original hair color.
After the Noir Rod missile was destroyed, Croix left her hair down, similar to how it was when she was younger. She started wearing a taupe full-sleeved shirt, brown pants, and a tan cloak with burgundy stripes worn over her shirt. She also no longer paints her eyes with eyeshadow.
In her youth, Croix was a timid and reserved child who known as a prodigy for her academic excellence. She also used to be kind and considerate friend of Chariot du Nord who unlike her, the charming and talented witch who poor in academics and prone to make blunders. Beneath this exterior, Croix held a great dream to become the world's greatest witch where for that, she hoped to be chosen by Ciaomh Solais's power so she can obtained World Reconstruction Magic, and thus her efforts in her studies were singularly focused on it.
Croix changed upon seeing it chose Chariot instead and rejected her, becoming bitter, selfish, and calculating as her dreams ended up on her best friend's hands against her wishes. Although she was initially set aside her resentments, Croix could never shake the envy towards Chariot, especially upon seeing her not taking her quest for Seven Words of Arcturus seriously. The increasing frustration and envy ultimately convinced her to forcefully play her role in her stead by bypassing the traditional ways of opening the Grand Triskellion, even if it means she had to betrayed Chariot by tricked her to employ Dream Fuel Spirit on innocent audiences including young Akko and Diana as part of the said scheme.
After her separation and eventual falling out with Chariot, Croix had delved into darkness that she developed into a highly logical but deeply ruthless, vengeful, ambitious, and cold-hearted person who hid her worst traits underneath her charismatic and cool persona. She doesn't take the welfare of innocent people who become part of her "experiments" into account, and this has seen her commit a number of fairly horrific deeds, such as come close to ruined rhe bonds between Akko and Chariot's bonds, harming innocent people, and come close to sparking potential all out war between England and its rival nation just to activating her Noir Rod, all of which done without any signs of hestitation nor remorse. She even not hestitate to kill or at least demoralize those who stood in her way as well.
Despite how different her adult personality seemed, traces of goodness within Croix's heart still remains. Even with how far she had fallen, in "Wagandea", Croix was shown genuinely panicking when her robots made Chariot fall unconscious on her broom and nearly plummet to her death, and Croix's cries to awaken Chariot save her life. Also, in "The Road to Arcturus", when Woodward confronted Croix after broke the seal of Grand Triskellion and found that what she sought for is not like what she wanted, Croix unleashed her anger and called Woodward out for what went wrong in the past and not helping her coping with Shiny Rod's rejection.
Croix can remains stay uncannily cool under pressure no matter the situation. She also proves to be a very intelligent and manipulative strategist as well as an expert manipulator who meticulously devises many safeguards to ensure that things go in the direction she wants to, even when it seems she might lose that she is confident that even Chariot is powerless to stop her nefarious plot to obtain the magic of the Grand Triskellion. True to this, she had pioneered the field of Magitronics, having surveyed Akko for months before revealing herself, planned fairy staffs' strike as she infiltrated Luna Nova by posing as new teacher, lull all of campus' inhabitants within false sense of security including Akko, commencing the chaos at Appleton Academy so she can took a sample of rage-based Fuel Spirit from one of witch-hating students there to confirm whether anger produces more power by processed into Fuel Spirit, instigating attack during Wild Hunt, attempt to have murder or simply exposed Akko to Wagandea pollen, and harvesting anger from the strike over soccer verdict. However, her inability to both see possible flaws from her plan in harvesting anger-based Fuel Spirit energy, comprehending inseparable bonds between Akko and Ursula regardless of the latter's dark seccrets, and fathom that things she sought might not like what she wanted due to her self-obsession proved her undoing.
Towards the end of the series, Croix's personality changes after Chariot saves her life from being eaten by the Noir Rod despite everything Croix had put her through. Croix eventually reverted to a kind and considerate person like she used to be, and eventually makes up with Chariot, telling her she'll devote herself to finding a cure for the Wagandea curse and restore Chariot's broom flying ability.
Abilities and Equipment
Having an advanced knowledge of technology and magic, Croix has several mechanical inventions that she has made by merging both concepts in a technique called "Magitronics". While Croix is a skilled witch, she generally prefers to use her Magitronic devices over casting magic, and when she does cast it, it is often through Magitronic mediums like her tablet. During her time as a student of Luna Nova, she was recognized as a prodigy, although she was never able to match Chariot in her magical power.
Her traditional uses of magic include the creation of powerful sentinel statues guarding her laboratory, the creation of magical, protective clothing and the memory erasure of a large group of people.
A device made by Croix that she describes as an "evolved" flying broom. It has great enough strength to support a human being and can even withstand heavy blows. They are also able to project holograms, equipped with weapons that shoot energy beams and capable of store the Fuel Spirit Devices. They can also clean, as is expected from any "evolved broom".
These devices are capable of absorbing the Fuel Spirit of people's emotional energy and turn into magical power by Noir Fuel Sprit. By joining, they can be transformed into different monsters under Croix's control.
A huge, mechanical replica of the Shiny Rod able to transform and feed on the emotional energy of the Noir Fuel Spirit. Thanks to the combination of the replicated power of the Shiny Rod and the accumulated emotional energy, the Noir Rod is able to undo the seal of the Nine Olde Witches on the Grand Triskellion, but its power became such that Croix was no longer able to control it.
An invention created in the likeness of the working of the Sorcerer's Stone. It can absorb all the magical energy emitted by the Sorcerer's Stone that goes to waste when the witches aren't using magic. If several sorcery systems are active at the same time, it allows a much greater magical energy reserve that is also transportable.
- "Croix Meridies" is the French term for the Southern Cross constellation. This may be a reference to the similarly named antagonist group from Inferno Cop, a previous work by Trigger.
- The monster that appears during Shiny Chariot's magic show in the flashback at the beginning of the first episode resembles Croix's magitronic devices closely, and makes the same sound before it materializes.
- Croix's name in the English dub is pronounced as "Croy".
- Croix's Japanese seiyuu, Junko Takeuchi, also provides the voice for Naruto Uzumaki from the Naruto series. Coincidentally, both Croix's and Naruto's favorite food is ramen noodles.
- In some ways, Croix's character is depicted as both foil and dark reflection of Diana Cavendish. Croix and Diana are both rivals and friends of bearers of Shiny Rod, both of them wished to be chosen as bearer of Shiny Rod only for the Rod choose their friend/rival (Croix was dismayed that Shiny Rod choose Chariot over her, Diana was similarly upset upon finding out that Akko has become the current bearer of Shiny Rod after learning the Rod's true nature and purpose), and are very frustrated at the current bearers of the rod's lack of interest on their duty to restore magic. However, whereas Diana starts as a rival to Akko but develops a friendship with her over time, and her intention to gain Shiny Rod was for a noble cause; Croix starts as a friend but develops a strong envy against Chariot, proceeds to forcefully play her role in her stead by bypassing the traditional ways of opening the Grand Triskelion, and just wanted to be the world's greatest witch.