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Is Puck Emilia’s Father? Why does Puck kill Subaru?

With Puck claiming to be Emilia’s parent, fans have no idea what to expect from Re:Zero.

From the very beginning, Emilia’s past and her identity were veiled in mystery.

While fans hoped that things would become clearer as the series progressed, Re:Zero somehow managed to do the exact opposite.

In the first episode, Emilia introduced herself as Satella, which we found out she was not, and then suddenly, some characters started calling her the witch’s daughter.

Adding more to our confusion, after Petelgeuse and his cult tried to tear Emilia apart, Puck raged and asked who dared to harm his daughter.

The close relationship between Emilia and Puck could be explained if they shared a parental bond; however, the idea of a cat-like creature or spirit being a human, well, half-human’s father, does not bode well with the fans.

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1. Is Puck Emilia’s Father?

Puck is not Emilia’s father, even though the bond they share may be similar to one. He is an Artificial Spirit, and thus incapable of conceiving.

Is Puck Emilia's Father? Is He Evil?
Puck | Source: Fandom

Furthermore, Emilia’s birth father is an elf who fell in love with a human, which resulted in her birth.

Puck is an Artificial Spirit created by Echidna, who found and unfroze Emilia seven years prior to the election’s start.

From that moment on, he started acting as a father towards her and even entered into a contract after her insistence to save his life.

As it was revealed later on in the series, Emilia lived most of her childhood with her paternal elf aunt, Fortuna.

Coming from the same family, it made sense for her father to be an elf, which would also explain that side of her heritage.

After the Witch of Vainglory, Archbishop of Greed, and the “Black Serpent” attacked Elior Forest and killed Fortuna, Emilia lost control of her powers and froze everyone, including herself.

It was after centuries that Puck found claiming that he had been searching for Emilia all along. Many fans find this claim of his a clue to his identity.

One theory says that Puck was actually Satella’s father, and in order to spite the witch, Echidna transformed him into an artificial spirit.

While he lost his memories in the process, he might have felt some familiarity towards Emilia, seeing that she resembles his daughter Satella. This also answers the question of why he calls her his daughter.

After going through all of the theories, and information revealed to date, it doesn’t make much sense for Puck, an artificial spirit, to be Emilia’s father.

However, Re:Zero has a history of being unpredictable, and who knows how it may surprise us again.

2. Is Puck Emilia’s Mother?

Puck is not Emilia’s mother and simply acts like a mentor or a parental figure towards her. Besides, due to him being an artificial spirit created by Echidna, it is biologically impossible for him to be the mother.

Then again, this brings us to the question of who is Emilia’s mother? From the beginning of the series, many characters have compared her appearance to that of the Witch of Envy, Satella.

Is Puck Emilia's Father? Is He Evil?
Emilia | Source: Fandom

In fact, many have even called her the child of the half-elf. Even Echidna, who is known for her hate towards Satella, showed the same reaction towards Emilia’s family.

Due to this, many think that Satella is, in fact, Emilia’s mother. However, there are a few inconsistencies that disapprove of this theory.

As we just discussed above, according to Fortuna, Emilia’s father was an elf. After considering her half-elf race, it makes sense for her mother to be a human, which Satella was clearly not.

While there are many theories, most of them are extremely far-fetched, and the ones that do make sense seem too convenient to be true.

Without any official reveals, Emilia’s parents’ identity is still a mystery in both the anime and light novel.

3. Is Puck Evil? Why Did Puck Kill Subaru?

Puck is not evil as his motivations are not malicious, and everything he does is to simply protect Emilia. His entire life revolves around her, and if she dies, he will destroy the world itself.

While it is even difficult to imagine this cat-like creature as evil, him killing Subaru seems to do the trick.

Puck vs Subaru

At the end of episode 15, when Subaru accidentally caused Emilia’s death by telling her about Return by Death, Puck killed him out of both anger and pity.

In that episode, after dying and going back in time, Subaru was frustrated due to Emilia not recollecting any events.

Thus, he decided to tell her about his ‘Return by Death,’ which resulted in Emilia dying in his arms.

At this time, Beatrice entered and teleported them out of the mansion due to Petelgeuse and his cult’s arrival.

When Puck arrived in his monstrous form as one of the great four spirits, he found out about Emilia’s death.

Losing his sole reason to live and to fulfill his contract, which dictated that he would destroy the world id Emilia died, he killed Petelgeuse and his cult and then froze Subaru to death.

4. About Re:Zero

Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World is a Japanese light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka.

The plot is based on Subaru Natsuki, the protagonist who gets sucked into a fantasy world on his way home from the convenience store.

He gets attacked by a group of thugs and is beaten to a pulp immediately, but this girl from the fantasy world named Satella saves him.

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