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Presea Testarossa
Presea Movie 1st
Character profile
Age 54 (Nanoha)
GenderFemale
SpeciesHuman
HomeworldMid-Childa
Date of birth0011[1]
Date of death0065 (MIA)
FamilyTestarossa family
Work
PartnerJail Scaglietti (in crime)
AffiliationsProject Fate
OccupationScientist
Familiar expert
Magic
SystemMid-Childa
ColorPurple
RankSS (conditional) in the past
DevicePresea's Device
FamiliarRynith
Production
Japanese nameプレシア・テスタロッサ
(Pureshia Tesutarossa)
First app.Nanoha (ep.7)
Last app.Nanoha (ep.13)
A's (ep.12, dream sequence)
Voiced byRei Igarashi (Japanese)
Julie Rei Goldstein (English)

Presea Testarossa (プレシア・テスタロッサ Pureshia Tesutarossa)[2][3] is the first main villain of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha original series; however, she does not appear in Triangle Heart. She is voiced by Rei Igarashi. A mage and the main resident of the Garden of Time, Presea sends her daughter Fate Testarossa out to Earth to collect a set of Lost Logia known as the Jewel Seeds, while evading the Time-Space Administration Bureau. While a researcher of familiars, she does not have one of her own during Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and her weapon is unnamed.

NameEdit

Presea Testarossa, like many other characters in the Nanoha series, was named after two cars: Nissan Presea and Ferrari Testarossa. Her first name is also transliterated as Precia or Presia.

In NanohaEdit

Presea first appears in Nanoha (ep.7), having previously been mentioned as the reason that Fate is gathering Jewel Seeds. She is abusive and cruel, torturing Fate simply for not getting enough Jewel Seeds and not disposing of potential hindrance Nanoha. Though Arf hates Presea and tells Fate that she is not worth it, Fate asserts that she remembers a time when Presea was kind and stable, and thinks that she will be cured of her insanity if she gets the Jewel Seeds.

Presea lives in a gloomy hideout in the Garden of Time with Fate and Arf, although the latter two generally "live" in their apartment in Uminari City more than the hideout itself. Presea spends the entirety of the series in the Garden of Time, and always transformed, except in flashbacks. She used to be a scientist involved in many areas of research, including the creation of familiars, but had another secret, forbidden project.

Late in the series, Arf finally strikes out at Presea, and is thrown out as "useless". Presea supervises Fate's winner-takes-all fight with Nanoha, and when Fate loses, sends a storm to attack Fate and steal her Jewel Seeds before she can give them away. The Time-Space Administration Bureau, having joined up with Nanoha and labeled Presea as a dangerous criminal, traces her to the Garden of Time and attempts to capture her. Presea defeats their first group of soldiers and, realizing that Fate is among those observing her in the Arthra, reveals that Fate is a clone of her biological daughter Alicia. Presea went insane when Alicia died and concentrated herself on her secret project, which researched both cloning and the forbidden art of resurrection: Project Fate, from which Fate Testarossa takes her name. She also reveals that Fate was a temporary replacement, a tool to get the Jewel Seeds so that Presea could go to the ancient capital of the magical worlds, Al-Hazard, and retrieve the lost technology that could finish her work.[4]

Presea activates the nine Jewel Seeds in her possession and wishes to go to Al-Hazard. This action causes a massive dimensional disturbance, and the Garden of Time begins to fall apart. When Fate joins up with Nanoha and the TSAB forces, she attempts to save Presea, but the crazed mage refuses, laughing in her face and choosing to risk dying with the preserved body of Alicia rather than face a several-hundred-year sentence for her crimes. In the end, she falls without a struggle into a imaginary space.

LegacyEdit

Though presumably dead, Presea's influence is still felt throughout A's, as when Fate learns that the Wolkenritter are also artificially created beings, and wonders if she, like they originally were, has no heart or soul. When Fate is captured by the Book of Darkness and thrown into a dream from which she will never want to wake, a version of Presea appears very different from the one that Fate and the viewers know. This Presea is kind, gentle and would never lay a hand on her twin daughters Fate and Alicia. She and the dream-Alicia represent the life that Fate has always wanted to live, but Fate must leave them to their ideal world and return to her own real world to save Nanoha and friends.

In StrikerS manga (ch.9), Presea's shadow can be seen when Fate explains to Erio Mondial how the two of them are both unwanted, hurting children.

Alternate continuitiesEdit

MovieEdit

Presea appears in both The MOVIE 1st and the MOVIE 1st manga, as well as in The MOVIE 2nd A's (in Fate's dream).

PortableEdit

Presea, being a Dark Fragment entity generated out of the memory of Fate, appears in Gears of Destiny.

INNOCENTEdit

Presea Testarossa is one of the shopkeepers of Hobby Shop T&H, along Lindy Harlaown.

PowersEdit

Presea's Device is not named in canon sources, just as the majority of her spells. Her Device appears as a small staff that can transform into a whip. Like many mages, she is capable of telepathy. According to The MOVIE 1st booklet, Presea's magic was ranked SS, making her the most powerful mage until the end of A's.

Presea has displayed a number of magical abilities, such as conjuring shackles attached to chains that hang from the ceiling; levitation of herself (though not quite to the unassisted flight levels) and of heavy objects such as Alicia's tank; an area of effect attack that took out an entire Time-Space Administration Bureau troop; the potent Photon Bullet spell; clairvoyance, with which she tracked Fate's progress from her throne room (though it is unclear whether she can scry anything else); and a massive purple lightning storm that she can sent even to another dimension. The signal from the latter was so strong that Amy Limietta was able to trace its origin in seconds. Presea used this spell to simultaneously attack Fate and retrieve her Jewel Seeds.

In the end of the first season, Presea was able to use nine Jewel Seeds without merging with them and becoming a deformed monster. However, only having nine out of twenty-one, she had very low chances to actually reach Al-Hazard. It is unknown whether she succeeded, as she was last seen passively plummeting into the interdimensional space.

SpellsEdit

Spell System Category Type Rank
Photon Bullet Mid-Childa Attack Shooting
Photon Burst Mid-Childa Attack Area-of-effect
Thunder Rage Mid-Childa Attack Area-of-effect
Thunder Rage O.D.J Mid-Childa Attack Area-of-effect

In the gamesEdit

Spells in The Gears of Destiny


Cross Range Long Range Long Range (Charged)
Attack/Basic[unnamed]Thunder Sphere
Block/CounterThunder RageX Defender

Variant Sphere
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Catch/Bind[unnamed whip attack]Field BinderThunder Rage
△△EX Attack[unnamed whip attack]---
LFDBCrucifixion---
RGuardRound Shield---

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ According to the Japanese Nanoha Wiki, Presea was 23 when Alicia was born in 0034.
  2. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical NANOHA The MOVIE 1st Official Guide.
  3. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny.
  4. ^ Presea: "I'll tell you something good, Fate. Ever since I've created you, I've always..." / Nanoha: "Stop it (hurting Fate)!"/ Presea: "Hated you!"(Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, translation- The Triad)

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