|This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.|
Zepar (ゼパル Zeparu) is the sixteenth highest-ranking earl of Hell. Zepar and their twin Furfur are demons of love who appear together when summoned by those who seek romance. They first appear in Dawn of the Golden Witch.
One of the 72 Great Demons. Controls love and tests others through trials.
Zepar bestows an ultimate defensive barrier of immortality upon the maker of the contract, giving them enough courage to unflinchingly face any wounds love might cause.
A "hunter" of love who likes and preys upon tame boys.
Is of a different gender than Furfur.
Zepar has long light-blue hair and wears a black and white leotard adorned with bows. They also wear black sleeves and black striped socks with purple shoes.
Just like Furfur, Zepar is very dramatic and over-zealous in every move made, talking with the airs of an actor on stage. In contrast, Furfur is Zepar's counterpart and is never seen upset or crying. Unlike Furfur, Zepar seems to have a slightly more masculine attitude.
Skills and Abilities
Zepar is capable of granting their summoner immortality and courage to obtain love. Zepar and Furfur are also shown to have possession of a great number of magical artifacts and grimoires.
Role in the Story
Zepar and Furfur are first seen when Shannon and George challenge Kanon and Jessica for the gold butterfly brooch, which can grant love to one of the two couples. The twins then call for Beatrice, the original owner of the brooch, to supervise the challenge.
Noticing that there are two Beatrices, the twins calls out some jokes about it and then allow "chick Beatrice" to take part at the challenge to win Battler's heart. The first part of the love trial is solved with Beatrice's victory and the two demons let happily Battler join to the challenge by Beatrice's side. After the trial is over, Zepar and Fufur give the brooch to the winning couple and bless their young love.
After that, they take part in Battler and Erika's marriage, and threaten to blackmail Erika and label her as a coward if she refuses Beatrice's love duel. At the end, they celebrate the wedding of Battler and Beatrice.
In Requiem, Zepar and Furfur are two actors on the stage of the show presented by Clair Vaux Bernardus. They mainly comment on what Clair has shown and interview one by one all the characters of the story. Previously hinted in Dawn, it is confirmed by Will that Furfur and Zepar were added to the previous game and to Requiem to enlarge the mystery about Beatrice's gender, so in a way the two demons are also connected to Beatrice.
Zepar and Furfur appear in several stories. In Jessica's Mother's Day Present, Jessica summons the two of them to help find a gift for Natsuhi. They bestow her with a charm to take away Natsuhi's problems for a single day, but it backfires and Jessica is forced to experience Natsuhi's headaches and servant problems.
Later in Jessica and the Love Charm, Jessica summons the demons of love again to help her make up with her friend. Zepar and Furfur give her a grimoire full of magic spells, which Jessica uses not only to fix her relationship with her friend, but to try and win Kanon's love.
Zepar and Furfur appear as options for system voices, being able to announce every match and guide the player through menus. Their sprites can be seen when their voices are unlocked, in the opening video and in the menu for multiplayer lobby matches.
Zepar and Furfur host 07th Theater 1 and 2, introducing the various characters and commentating during the competitions.
- The ranking of the earls of hell is taken from an medieval European Grimoire called Ars Goetia.
- It is heavily implied that Furfur and Zepar knew the answer to the witch's epitaph and to Battler's logic error problem all along thanks to their power of love.
- Zepar is based on the Great Duke of Hell who brings men and women together in love.
- Zepar is the only character whose sprite faces the right instead of the left. This is so Zepar and Furfur can face each other. Battler's sprite also faces right but only in the PS3 version.
- Zepar's ambiguously male nature may be a nod to the fact that some sources state the demon Zepar is based on seducing male conjurers with pederasty.