|This article is about the character Zwei. You may be looking for the chapter 'Noise of Echo' or the chapter 'Echo of Noise'.|
|“||All right... I'll go! 'Cos I'm doing it for the Vincent I love so much...!||”|
—Zwei to Vincent.
|Zwei / Noise|
|Manga | Anime|
|Name||Zwei / Noise|
|Age||16 (physically) 100+ (actual)|
|Height||160 cm (5'3ft)|
|Manga Debut||Retrace I: Innocent Calm|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Japanese Voice||Ryo Hirohashi|
Zwei ( ズェイZuei), commonly referred to as Noise and as Duldee by her Chain, Duldum, is a Baskerville that is oftentimes overconfident and reckless. Zwei is Echo's second personality and seemingly the exact opposite of her. Zwei has claimed that the body she shares with Echo rightfully belongs to her and that Echo is in a sense an echo of her.
Coming of Age Ceremony ArcEdit
Zwei ambushed Gilbert after Oz left with his sister and cat to prepare for his Coming of Age Ceremony. Zwei used her Chain, Duldum, to take over Gilbert's body and mind in order to use him for the Baskerville's plans.
Zwei, along with Zai Vessalius and two unknown Baskervilles appeared at Oz's Coming of Age Ceremony. Through her, Gilbert stabbed his master and best friend, Oz, in the shoulder so that his blood can be used for a seal/spell. Zwei lost control of Gilbert after B-Rabbit appeared and saved Oz, subsequently cutting Duldum' strings. While Zai and Fang fought B-Rabbit, Zwei made sure Oz does not leave his place within the seal. After B-Rabbit defeats both Zai and the Fang, Oz takes Zai's sword and attempts to kill him with it, only to have Gilbert take the blow for him because he was Oz's father, something which Oz himself isn't aware of due to Zai's hood. Oz, stricken with shock, is then immobilized by Zwei and the other Baskervilles. He is sent to the Abyss by his father through the Black-Winged Chain, Gryphon.
Working With Pandora ArcEdit
Zwei learned that Oz has escaped the Abyss, and so she waited for him to return to the mansion where he had his Coming of Age Ceremony. Whilst checking the old clock tower there, Gilbert under the alias "Raven" discovered that Duldum was controlling the Pandora members that had been investigating the area. Raven killed all of them as they attacked him and Zwei notes how cruel he was being. He attempted to shoot Zwei, but missed and Zwei commented on how he was still angry for what she'd done. Oz was outside the mansion with Alice when they heard gunfire. They both rushed into the mansion to see what was happening. It was then that Oz overheard Zwei commenting on the fact that 10 years had passed since he was cast into the Abyss. Alice kicked open the door though Raven yelled at them not to come in. Zwei then had Duldum bind Raven with her strings whilst she explained to Oz, his true identity.
Zwei told Oz that she was going to send him to the Abyss once again and ordered Gilbert, who was now under her control, to injure him so that it would be easier for her. Gilbert fought Oz, but Alice was immobilized by a Pandora member under Duldum's control, so she was unable to interfere. Gilbert eventually pinned Oz to the ground and held him at gunpoint although Oz managed to bring him back to his senses. Gilbert then shot Zwei in the shoulder, wounding her. Zwei fled the area and is later put on probation by the other Baskervilles for acting on her own and endangering their plan.
Cheshire's Dimension ArcEdit
Shortly after Sharon Rainsworth sends both Oz and Gilbert to Cheshire's dimension and Equus's fight with Cheshire himself, Sharon is kidnapped by Zwei. Vincent has Zwei use Duldum to control Sharon into having Equus rescue only Oz and Alice from Cheshire's dimension as it collapses. This forces Gil to use Raven's power to save himself and Xerxes Break. This also unsealed Alice's power, causing her to appear in her B-Rabbit form. Zwei also has Equus drop Oz and Alice in the middle of a Pandora meeting . Duke Bernard Nightray immediately accused Oz and Alice of being assassins. They are then chased by Pandora's agents, causing a lot of commotion, thus allowing Vincent to act unnoticed.
After Echo felt the effects of Oz's Incuse moving forward, Zwei attempts to become the dominant consciousness in their body, though Echo fought against it. Echo eventually ends up back at the Nightray mansion where Vincent tells her that she isn't needed anymore. Zwei then takes control and changes into her Baskerville cloak. She also asked Vincent if she could be the dominant consciousness from now on to which he replies that doing so would leave Echo out. Zwei explains that Echo is just a "reverberation" of Zwei and that their body belongs to her. She stated that she could be more useful to Vincent than Echo was, now that the bullet wound Gilbert had given her had healed. Zwei asked Vincent what he wanted her to do and Vincent told her that he wanted her to go to Sablier. Zwei agrees to, stating that she loved him. She soon fell asleep and Vincent left the room. Lottie then told Vincent that she wasn't going to let Zwei go to Sablier alone, and so the two Baskervilles later set out for the ruined city.
When Lottie and Zwei entered The Hole, they came across Elliot Nightray and his valet, Leo. Lottie was impressed that they weren't drawn in by the illusions caused by the power of the Abyss. Lottie then had the residents of The Hole surround Elliot and Leo, and explained that they were once humans who had been mutated by the power of the Abyss. Leo then aimed his gun at Elliot and almost shot him, which surprised both of them. Zwei then came out of the shadows and mentioned how Duldum couldn't take control of Leo's consciousness. Lottie chokes Elliot with a rope, telling him that they had traveled too far along the correct path, and that proceeding any further would interrupt their guests who were ahead of Elliot and Leo.
Elliot wondered out loud whether she meant Oz, Alice and Gilbert. Upon hearing Gilbert's name, Zwei got excited and told Lottie that she wanted to go after him. Lottie replied that they couldn't and told her to stop being so reckless. Lottie stated to Elliot that she'd rather not hurt a Nightray and so she was going to leave them to be devoured by the residents of The Hole instead. Luckily they are saved by Break, who sliced through Lottie's rope and Duldum' strings, thereby freeing both Elliot and Leo. Lottie is kicked away from behind and Zwei, whilst wondering what was happening, is stabbed through the stomach by him. A smiling Break then lifts her off the ground with his sword, causing Zwei to scream in agony. Break then lets Zwei fall to the ground, where she threatens to kill him. He then stabbed her right hand, and stated that he had some things that he'd like to ask them. Zwei screamed again and soon fell unconscious. Break then stated that he felt guilty for doing that to her as Echo had earlier saved Sharon's life. However it was Zwei who kidnapped Sharon in the first place and so Break felt that the two of them were now even. Break then asked Lottie to be his friend, a move which confused her greatly. Soon after Zai Vessalius arrived and picked up Zwei. He carried her in his arms until he and Lottie reached the Baskerville's Door to the Abyss. There he dropped Zwei on the floor without much care. Soon after Lily is released from the Abyss and the first Sealing Stone is destroyed by Fang.
Jack's Intention ArcEdit
Directly after the incident at Isla Yura's mansion, Vincent Nightray, Bernard Nightray and Echo disappeared. Bernard was beheaded by Vincent in his hideout and Vincent later kidnapped Leo from Pandora Headquarters, after learning that he was the newest vessel for Glen Baskerville's soul. Meanwhile, Zwei became the dominant personality and used Duldum to control all of the Pandora agents at the Nightray mansion thereby allowing Vincent and Leo to arrive at the mansion safely and without interference. Zwei then receded and Echo becomes the dominant consciousness once again.
When the Baskervilles are given the order to find and kill Oz and company, Zwei takes the chance to take over once again. Since she is aware of the fact that the others do not know about Echo and her sharing body she keeps Echo's clothes on to approach them without suspicion. She meets Oz, Gilbert, Alice and Oscar at there St. Luca's Gate playing the role of her other self. They seem happy at first, but within seconds Zwei is in front of Oscar stabbing his abdomen with the knife in her sleeve. The company is shocked, thinking that it was Echo who stabbed him, but when Zwei states "You should have shot me back then" they realize what is truly happening. A bunch of Baskervilles, along with Zai, and Pandora members run into the room, the Pandora soldiers rush to aid Oscar and the Baskerville's to aid Zai and Zwei. Zwei is seen ensnaring the soldiers with Duldum before they manage to reach their goal.Much later, Zwei reappears, joining Zai in the confrontation at St. Luca's Gate. Zwei pretended to be Echo in order to delay Oz, Alice and Gilbert's escape through St. Luca's Gate, claiming that she wanted to leave with them. Zwei then ran towards them, stopping in front of Oscar and stabbing one of Echo's short swords into Oscar's stomach. Gil shoots at Zwei, but Zwei easily dodges Gil's bullet and flips over top of him, landing as Baskerville reinforcements flood into the chamber. Zwei laughs at Gilbert as Duldum's threads appear, asking what was the matter and if Gilbert planned on killing her like the last time they met, taunting Gil because she knows that he won't shoot her. Gil comes to the realization that Zwei and Echo share a body and that Zwei is in control rather than Echo. Gil calls out to Oscar, but Oscar urges Gil to leave with Oz and Alice through St. Luca's Gate. Gil complies, but Oz is reluctant, reaching out to his uncle before Alice and Gil force Oz through St. Luca's Gate. Zwei attempts to reach them before Oscar can close St. Luca's Gate, however she's too late. Zwei is surprised when Pandora members start entering the chamber as well, although Zai is with them. Zwei stands by while Zai kills Oscar and steals the Vessalius Key to the Abyss before Zwei leaves with Zai.
Zwei looks identical to Echo because of the fact that both reside in the same body. Zwei has shoulder-length white hair and light gray eyes; however, unlike Echo, the gray eyes become more spiraled in the iris and crazed during Zwei's possession of the body. Zwei also always braids her hair on the right side of her head with a cylindrical hair ornament that continues with seven diamond-shaped beads and ends with a smaller cylinder and a smaller triangular end piece. Like the other Baskervilles, Zwei usually wears the traditional crimson cloak of the Baskerville Clan, however Zwei's cloak is slightly different. Zwei's cloak has three noticeable button on the front to hold the cloak in place (whereas most other Baskervilles have theirs tied at the neck), as well, Zwei's cloak isn't as form-fitting as some of the other Baskervilles' are, often trailing off of her body because her cloak is over sized. Apart from her Baskerville cloak, Zwei only wears a thin undershirt and underwear, stripping off the rest of Echo's clothes if the two switch their dominant and submissive positions within Echo's body.
Zwei is the mirror opposite of Echo, rather than being quiet and reserved, Zwei is loud and outspoken. Zwei treats her confrontations as if they were a show she was putting on, and often enjoys provoking her opponents through taunting and the use of their comrades against them. Zwei's personality seems reminiscent of a child's own personality, which Zwei displayed in Sablier when she'd heard that Gilbert was in Sablier, whining to Lottie that she wanted to leave Elliot and Leo and go find Gilbert. Zwei's recklessness, that she shows when she rushes into battle without concerning herself with the consequences, often times ends with Zwei getting hurt in some way. However, Zwei is not only reckless in battle, she's also reckless with her words, as shown when she reveals to Oz that ten years had passed since he'd been cast into the Abyss, when she told Oz that 'Raven' was actually Gilbert and when she told Oz that he was cast into the Abyss because his existence was a great threat to the Baskervilles.
Zwei's also displayed that she has a deep love for Vincent, willing to do anything that Vincent asks of her despite the fact that Zwei's love is unrequited. Despite her devotion to Vincent and her childish personality, Zwei is still devoted to Glen Baskerville as all Baskervilles are, currently taking orders from Oswald. Overall Zwei is a dominant personality, claiming the body she shares with Echo as her own and constantly pushing Echo aside when ever Vincent is in need of Zwei's services. Zwei's preferred weapons, much like Echo, are twin blue-bladed short swords; although Zwei rarely uses them herself.
Abilities & PowersEdit
- Chain (See More: Duldum): Duldum is Zwei's chain. She resembles a woman that is tied like a marionette whose eyes are always covered. With her strings, Duldum is capable of taking over a person's body and mind and manipulating them as if they were marionettes. Although her strings that control the body are absolute, Duldum's control over the mind can be resisted by those with strong wills.
- Supernatural speed, strength and endurance
- Like all Baskervilles, Zwei is capable of healing her wounds; the only exceptions to this being damage dealt by Mad Hatter as well as dismemberment. When Zwei does require healing, she usually switches places with Echo to do so, as she did after being shot in the shoulder by Gil and after being impaled and stabbed in the hand by Break.
- "Don't interfere, B-Rabbit! I feel bad for you since you finally got your contractor." (To Alice )
- "How mean. Those people were your colleges too... You've become such a cruel adult, huh? (To Gilbert )
- "Well then, shall we have a special puppet show performance from Duldum?"
- "It's a pity, but the curtains shall fall here. It's not the same as the scenario I had written out."
(*) - Denotes that the character did not appear physically, but as a part of another characters' memories
- The Baskervilles address Zwei as 'he' rather than 'she', and Zwei uses masculine pronouns in Japanese, which is addressed in Pandora Hearts Volume 9, where it states that Zwei may identify as a male personality. However, Zwei and Echo are physically female.
- Zwei's name is the German word for two, which is a play on the fact that her body is shared by two personalities.
- Zwei and Echo are based on Tweedledum and Tweedledee respectively. They are like twins inhabiting the same body, but with strongly contrasting personalities. Zwei also has a Chain called Duldum, which rhymes with Tweedledum. In Retrace I: Innocent Calm, Duldum even refers to Zwei as Duldee, which rhymes with Tweedledee.
- Gilbert has an antagonistic relationship towards Zwei for what she made him do to Oz ten years ago. Gilbert's chain is based on the monstrous crow, which chased off Tweedledee and Tweedledum, just as they were preparing for battle.