|“||When you're miserable, you need something that is even more miserable than you to feel good about yourself.||„|
Kaede, better known as Lucy, was the original Diclonius, the fertile "Queen" that spread the Diclonius virus to create more of her kind. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was raised in an orphanage, where she was isolated and mistreated thanks to her horns. When her bullies killed her pet dog, the trauma caused her to lash out, using her Vectors for the first time and slaughtering the lot of them, and beginning her slow descent into greater and greater violence.
Some time later, after being captured by the Diclonius Research Institute and escaping, Kaede was shot in the head, causing her to develop an alternate, innocent personality known as Nyuu, a coping mechanism representing her ideal self that would present her with some possibility of redemption.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 9-A, higher when enraged | At least 9-A, likely higher, higher when enraged | At least 7-C to at least 6-C, possibly much higher
Name: Kaede, Lucy, Nyuu
Origin: Elfen Lied
Classification: Queen Diclonius
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (She can see the Vectors of other Diclonii and can detect their presence as well), Intangibility and Invisibility with Vectors (She has at least 14 invisible arms called "Vectors" that can phase through objects), Biological Manipulation (She can use her Vectors so precisely as to affect and manipulate the bodies of others on a cellular level, and she can use this ability to heal others or herself), Limited Disease Manipulation (She can infect humans with the Diclonius virus), Explosion Manipulation (At their highest frequency, Lucy's Vectors cause immense explosions), Radiation Manipulation (At their highest frequency, Lucy's Vectors produce neutrons and some degree of nuclear reaction), Vibration Manipulation (She can vibrate her Vectors at different frequencies for different effects, ranging from simple phasing to explosive force), Durability Negation
Attack Potency: Small Building level (Casually threw a boulder at Bandou and tore off a huge chunk of floor as a child), higher when enraged (Blew up several floors of a building in a moment of rage as a child, and she's only gotten stronger since then) | At least Small Building level, likely higher (Easily overpowered and killed several clones of Mariko, and then shot down a helicopter with a rock), higher when enraged | At least Town level (Drilled a two kilometer hole through a small island and caused a nuclear explosion as she began to evolve past her limits, with this explosion causing a massive tidal wave) to at least Island level, possibly much higher (Her Vectors grew large enough to become visible from space, and she implied herself to be capable of killing every human on Earth or even destroying the planet itself). She can ignore conventional durability through phasing.
Speed: Normal Human with Subsonic travel speed (Other Diclonii can use their Vectors to launch themselves across cities at high speeds) and Supersonic+ combat speed (Her Vectors can easily deflect bullets, and she once caught a bullet right before it hit her heart after the pain of the gunshot caused her to take control) | Normal Human with Subsonic travel speed and at least Supersonic+ combat speed (Blitzed multiple Mariko clones) | Normal Human with Subsonic travel speed and at least Supersonic+ to Massively Hypersonic combat speed (Her Vectors reached up to space and then shot back down to the surface at high speeds)
Striking Strength: Wall Class (Casually tore off Kisaragi's head with a single hand), Small Building Class with Vectors (She can casually cut entire groups of humans in half with a single swing of a Vector), higher when enraged | At least Small Building Class, likely higher, higher when enraged | At least Town Class to at least Island Class, possibly much higher
Durability: Small Building level (Survived Mariko's self-destruction at point-blank range, though it broke her horns) | At least Small Building level, likely higher | Unknown, possibly Town level (Survived the explosion she caused, but she wasn't at the epicenter), at least Town level to at least Island level, possibly much higher with Vectors
Stamina: High. Even when slowly melting and dying on her deathbed, Lucy was able to power through the intense pain to fight off an entire military assault herself, pushing her abilities to new peaks in the process.
Range: Extended melee range with Vectors, further by throwing objects and when enraged | Tens of meters with Vectors (Her range should be superior to Mariko's), further by throwing objects and when enraged | At least Kilometers (Her Vectors reached the surface of the Diclonius Research Institute from a cave 2 kilometers beneath the ground, and she was able to reach cloud level with them) to Thousands of Kilometers (Reached into orbit), possibly Planetary (She implied that she'd be eventually capable of killing every human on Earth or even destroying the planet, though the specifics of this are debatable)
Standard Equipment: Nothing notable.
Intelligence: Though she typically relies on her sheer strength, Lucy is a cunning fighter who makes full use of her surroundings when fighting, using objects even as small as a pen as lethal projectiles. Even when outranged by an opponent, Lucy is skilled at using her Vectors to throw objects great distances, and will not hesitate to use other weapons such as firearms if they are available. She's no stranger to fighting dirty and will use whatever means at her disposal to defeat her opponents. Her precision with her Vectors is exceptional, allowing her to skillfully remove organs, target and affect nerves, and stitch together Kouta's cells to save his life.
Weaknesses: Lucy is emotionally unstable, and during times of stress or trauma, she may revert to her harmless, innocent persona as Nyuu. Lucy will lose control of her Vectors if her Pineal gland is inhibited or if her horns are broken, though she will regain control after a short period of time and her horns will eventually regrow as well. It is very difficult for her to use her Vectors while she is under extreme pain, but Lucy's willpower is strong enough that she can force herself to anyways. Using her highest frequency of Vectors will take so much energy that she will damage her body thanks to entropy, eventually to the point that she will begin to melt and die.
Notable Attacks / Techniques:
- Vectors: As a Diclonius, Lucy has a set of arms - at least fourteen, in her case - called "Vectors". These invisible arms can be vibrated at various frequencies, which change their effects. At the lowest frequencies, Vectors can harmlessly phase through most materials, which can be used to attack organs, nerves, and blood vessels directly, and she can even remove organs directly. She can use her Vectors at this frequency to stitch together the cells of herself, or others. At higher frequencies, Lucy can use her Vectors as bludgeoning or cutting weapons, to throw other objects and defend herself, or to lift herself into the air in a manner that appears to be levitation.
At the highest frequency, which Lucy can normally only use when enraged or after surpassing her limits, Lucy's Vectors become extremely dangerous explosive weapons, capable of producing high amounts of neutrons and causing nuclear explosions. However, this frequency takes a toll on her body thanks to entropy, causing internal damage and ultimately melting her away if overused.
Normally only two metres long, Lucy's Vectors were expected to grow as she matured, growing to over ten metres after she evolved and grew out her horns. At her peak, as she reached her highest frequency, her Vectors grew large enough to reach kilometers into the sky, and ultimately reached beyond the atmosphere, and would only continue to grow from there, to the point that she could eventually strike anywhere on Earth and kill every human on the planet.
While they are extremely dangerous weapons, the true purpose of Lucy's Vectors is to infect others with the Diclonius virus, rendering women infertile and making it so that any children a man has will be Diclonii. Lucy's Vectors are dependent on her overdeveloped Pineal gland and her horns, so if the gland is damaged or her horns broken, she will temporarily lose control of them, though her horns will eventually regrow.
Key: Base | Long Horns | End of Series