|This article is about a character in Umineko When They Cry.|
|One of the 72 Great Demons. Also Beatrice's friend. When a magician demands it, she grants the ability of instantaneous movement.
She uses this extraordinary power for playing pranks, mostly. Her specialty is hiding keys and bags during busy mornings.
However, in the context of closed room mysteries, this power becomes an ultimate weapon that can easily strike a finishing blow. Her queen bee strikes are likely to pierce any and all detectives, forcing them to surrender.
Gaap has orange hair spun into curls and wears a small red top hat with a pink bow. She wears a red dress with long red sleeves and white cuffs that completely exposes the side of her torso and legs. Gaap also wears red striped stockings and pink high heels with sharpened points on the heels.
Gaap has a rather sultry and playful personality, as she enjoys teleporting things and people as a means of pranks. According to Ronove, Gaap likes to steal small things just to play pranks on people. She also tends to give her friends nicknames, referring to Beatrice as "Riiche" and Virgilia as "Lia", much to the latter's dismay. Gaap tends to play the role of a playful older sister to Beatrice.
Gaap has the ability to create portals which allow for instant teleportation. The maximum range of her portals is unknown but is assumed to very great, as she could send people from the Ushiromiya mansion all the way to Kuwadorian.
Gaap is also very agile and tends to use kicks made deadly with her sharpened heels. Through blindsiding opponents by summoning short-range portals and using her agility, Gaap is a fearsome opponent.
Gaap was summoned by Beatrice long ago and now assists her in her ceremony.
From an anti-fantasy perspective, Gaap was created as an imaginary friend by Yasu as a personification of their habit to lose things. Yasu envisioned Gaap as the reason why their keys would always disappear and earned her help in playing pranks on servants, later seeing her as the Golden Witch Beatrice. At some point, Yasu created a new design for Beatrice and changed Gaap to be a demon.
- Beatrice (summoner, ally, friend, prototype of)
- Virgilia (ally, friend)
- Ronove (ally, friend)
- Kinzo Ushiromiya (summoner, ally)
- BATTLER (friend, ally)
- George Ushiromiya (opponent)
- Yasuda (creator, enemy turned friend)
Role in the Story
Gaap does not appear, however she is mentioned by Maria, who notes that the magic circle on the garden storehouse can invoke Gaap's powers of teleportation.
Gaap makes her first proper appearance after being summoned forth by Goldsmith. After the first twilight, she uses her power to create gaps in the floor of the dining room, sending Nanjo, Kyrie, Krauss, Kanon, and Shannon into a dungeon in Kuwadorian.
Later on, she tests George for the inheritance of the Ushiromiya family. She fights against him for some time and outwits him in the end by opening a gap when Jessica was about to hit Ronove's shield and gets her and George to attack each other simultaneously, killing both instantly.
Gaap helps Beatrice save the illusion of Kinzo. When Kinzo was locked up in his study and risked destruction by Erika, she proposed to stay with him and, in case things went bad, she could make both of them dissapear with one of her gaps. However, Beatrice hinted at the danger they were in and refused to let Gaap take care of the situation since she was also at risk. She becomes impressed with Battler's salvation of Beatrice, sighing in admiration for him.
She later assists in the witch trial called by Erika and Bernkastel and calls Beatrice to her senses trying to make her give up the game and spare her life. However Beatrice decides to go for it all so Gaap can do nothing but watch Beatrice die and her illusion disappear.
Gaap, along with all of Beatrice's entourage, tried to solve Battler's Logic Error issue and get Beatrice to the wedding for her final showdown with Erika. When Beatrice won the love trial against Erika, she hugged her with joy along with Virgilia, Ronove and the Seven Purgatory Sisters.
Gaap is revealed to be a mere illusion of Yasu's, created to justify with magic the incidents that occurred whenever Yasu was distracted during their job. Representing the playful nature of the Golden Witch Beatrice, from a magical point of view Gaap loves to play pranks on all the servants, especially on Yasu who is an atypical person.
She's first shown teasing Yasu over a cleaning tool in the Chapel. Gaap's presence is detected by them, who begs for her to return the small broom Yasu had been using to clean. After that day, Yasu and Gaap become friends, even though Gaap still pulled pranks on her new friend. When Yasu becomes responsible thanks to the "charms" Kumasawa gave the young servant, Gaap willingly changes their game to a challenge where Yasu must find the criminal of the story while reading mystery novels. If Yasu could find out the tricks and the criminal before reading the solutions, Yasu and the human side would win; failure would mean that the witch and the magical side won and the case would become a fantasy novel drowning the darkness of magic.
One day, Gaap took possession of Yasu's body to play a prank on a servant; amazed by the beauty of magic, Yasu decided to become a witch as well. They took on the name Beatrice and the title of the Endless Golden Witch, transferring to Beatrice some of the witch's characteristics such as her cackling laugh and the butterfly minions, while Gaap would become a new witch (nameless until Beato could think of a name) and Beatrice's friend in the golden "paradise". Gaap gains her name only after Beatrice meets Maria, who gives Gaap her current name and her role as a demon. Afterward, Gaap is depicted as she is in all the previous games in the series.
Gaap attends Battler's Halloween party and later informs him and Beatrice of the goats devouring Rokkenjima, taking them to a spot overlooking the island.
During the battle in the Golden Land, Gaap takes part in battling goats and is killed when the Golden Land crumbles, later revived by Ange.
Gaap makes a short cameo in Beatrice's White Day when she suddenly emerges from a refrigerator and asks Beato why she's making Valentine's chocolate on White Day. This makes Beato realize that Virgilia's magic to turn back time was a lie.
- Gaap's appearance is inspired by an outfit from the lolita fashion brand "Angelic Pretty". Gaap references this in the story by saying her clothes are from "Devilish Pretty".
- As stated in the Lesser Key of Solomon, Gaap is a mighty prince and Great President of Hell who is the prince and king of southern region of Earth and Hell. He controls water, as the ruler of the water demons. Yet another one of his powers is "carrying and re-carrying men from different locations," which is the ability used in this series.
- According to Answer to the Golden Witch, Gaap is a personification of the idea that "things often vanish", then became a Witch.
- Gaap is the only creation of Yasu's whose appearance is not based on a servant who worked alongside them.
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- Alliance of the Golden Witch Chapter 11: Ushiromiya Kinzo. Ange: "Gross. ...Keep the jokes to your clothing." Gaap: "It's <Devilish Pretty>'s newest, <Jack the Ripper, Christmas Blood>. Sorry for having a style that a country bumpkin from the Human world couldn't understand, okay?"