anise

Age: 13
Class: Puppet Master
Height: 5'0"
Weight: 93 lbs
Official profile: "Always cheerful and happy, Anise is a Fon Master Guardian, charged with personally protecting Fon Master Ion, the leader of the Order of Lorelei. The stuffed doll, Tokunaga, that she keeps strapped to her back can grow to gargantuan size, and she fights while riding on its back. She hopes to marry rich, and ever since meeting Luke she has been plotting to become his future duchess."

persona

The first appearance of Anise Tatlin in Tales of the Abyss would lead you to believe that she's a cheerful, cute, ordinary little girl. (With a creepy doll on her back and an extreme love of money.) Her behavior is usually cheerful and childish, and all displeasing remarks are met with her trademark "booo!" While Anise would like to have you believe that her bubbly persona is her true nature, there's a lot more to her personality than she lets on. Of course, as a 13 year old girl, some of the emotional, hyperactive behavior is genuine, but a good deal of it is simply a façade used around people that she admires (or aspires to marry for money, of course).

Underneath that giggly exterior, Anise is undeniably clever. She has a knack for taking advantage of people, from blackmailing Tear into buying her cake after spotting the Melodist with a stuffed doll to teasing the gynophobic Guy into submission. She's even able to convince Natalia that Van can shoot lasers from his eyebrows, and is constantly teasing Luke when she's not attempting to become his future bride. But aside from the teasing, Anise proves to be remarkably mature for her age and even earns the trust of the cynical and unreadable Jade. She's precocious and surprisingly knowledgeable about the world, perhaps because she's seen the worst of it. But Anise isn't one to reveal if she's sad or suffering; instead she puts on a resolute or cheerful front to cover up her true feelings.

In battle, Anise is a force to be reckoned with. While she likes to claim she's a delicate "maiden" that needs protection, Anise is more than capable of beating enemies to a pulp. At times she's openly violent and ruthless, such as the incident when she screams "I'll kill you bastards!" after a fall from the Tartarus. However, she's careful not to show this side of her personality around Luke or Jade.

fon master ion

The head of the Order of Lorelei, Fon Master Ion is a kind young boy who is perhaps a bit too innocent and curious for his own good. Ion is an optimistic and soft-spoken figure who tends to pick up on the best aspects of people's characters, even if their negative qualities are overwhelming (see: Luke). Despite being docile and physically weak, Ion is by no means a pushover. He tries his best to be a leader who wants to see peace in the world and exhibits a great deal of maturity. Ion refuses to be a puppet and creates a separate faction to oppose the strictly traditional Grand Maestro Mohs, the second in command of the Order. Anise is the most trusted member of his personal guard and also an important friend. The exuberant Oracle Knight is often a foil to Ion's gentle nature, but the two have a strong bond regardless. Ion trusts Anise enough to put his life in her hands, bringing her along with him as his sole guardian during the journey. Anise expresses her frustration at Ion's tendency to get kidnapped and wander off ("What are you, a princess?!"), but her anger only serves to show just how much she cares about his wellbeing. Anise is always ready to defend Ion in any situation. Some characters speculate that there's some sort of young love between the two, but regardless of the nature of their relationship the two care deeply for each other. It's eventually revealed that Ion is a replica of the original Fon Master Ion, alive for only two years. He doesn't expect to anyone to see him as anything more than a mere replacement, but Anise assures him that he's not a replacement for anyone.

name

Anise, or aniseed, is the name of an herb, Pimpinella anisum. It's used as a spice and has a licorice-like flavor. But the plant is also one of the main ingredients in the controversial drink, absinthe, which may or may not make you go crazy ;). I'm not quite sure how the plant relates to Anise. Pretty and sweet, but it can mess with your mind? Hmm. "Star anise" is another plant that shares the name, with star-shaped fruit and a licorice flavor. As for "Tatlin," it just seems to have been a random name choice. Unless Anise has something do the architect Vladimir Tatlin, but... probably not.

cameos

Although this site focuses on Anise's game appearance, here are a few other places she's appeared (not pictured are the various novels, radio dramas, etc.). Mouseover for details.

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