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|Age / Birth||18|
|Affiliation||PGG, Wolf Fang|
|Appeared in||Big Bang Age|
Cleo Aripa is the queen and banchou of Tottori, a region under the control of the PGG. Despite her looks, Cleo is actually eighteen years old during the events of Big Bang Age, although she still acts childish.
Originally, Tottori was a self-governing region until the PGG, one of the major powers of Japan, invaded it to get a hold of their high B-stone production.
During the events of Big Bang Age, Cleo is mostly absent during the PGG's war with Wolf Fang. Even though PGG vice president Murata has ordered Tottori to fight back, she decides to ignore his orders because she hates him; although her Arabian soldiers do participate in the war. Cleo will only fight Wolf Fang herself once they invade the region.
After she has been captured, Rouga visits her in Wolf Fang's jail to try and persuade her to join his cause. Cleo demands to be let out by throwing a tantrum, but runs out of energy almost immediately. Rouga finds her annoying and the two exchange a few insults. Rouga then notices her gold lamp that contains her powerful genie, Aladdin. He grabs it from her and she desperately tries to get it back, but her short stature causes her to be unable to reach his hands. As Cleo begins crying, Rouga consoles her by patting her on the head and giving her candy, which calms her down instantly. Rouga then gives up on recruiting her for the day,
Some time later, Rouga attempts to recruit Cleo again. He first admonishes her for letting her cell get dirty, but Cleo says that her minions will clean it up, not realizing that she doesn't have available as long as she's locked up. Cleo demands her lamp back, but Rouga will not give it to her unless she joins Wolf Fang. Cleo beging to throw a tantrum again until Rouga absentmindedly pats her head. This immediately calms Cleo down and she accepts Rouga's proposal to join Wolf Fang.
Personality and Appearance
Cleo is a childish girl who is used to getting what she wants whenever she likes. She's served on hands and feet by a large amount of Arabian soldiers, who act as her minions. If they are ever disobedient, Cleo orders them to be thrown into the snake pit and then replaces them with another minion. However, the soldiers actually throw the disobedient minion into a pit of loaches, which won't kill them, but they do find annoying.
Cleo is also quite fickle, as can be seen from a scene where the PGG is holding a meeting. Cleo doesn't come in because the weather is cloudy to great dismay from Murata, the vice president of the PGG.
If Cleo doesn't get what she wants from those other than her minions, she will throw tantrums or cry until she gets what she wants. However, she can also easily be calmed by candy or pats on the head, specifically from Rouga.
Cleo is a girl of very short stature. She has long maroon hair that she wears in a ponytail using a sapphire headband and emerald green eyes. Cleo wears gold-colored curved shoes, a pair of puffy white pants and a sleeveless pink top. She wears a pink headdress with gold coverings on the edges and a plating on the front that shaped loosely after the nemes, the ancient Egyptian farao headdress, complete with uraeus, the cobra symbol representing royalty in ancient Egypt. Cleo also wears gold hoop earrings, a gold bracelet of some kind and a pacifier around her neck. She's usually seen riding a red floating carpet.
Cleo's genie, named Aladdin, resides in a gold oil lamp and appears when the lamp is rubbed and he's called upon. He appears as a blue and incredibly muscular man with a single black braid for hair and a short black beard. He wears a green open vest, gold earrings, gold arm bracelets and two black wrist bracelets. He has a loud, booming voice and always appears in a cloud of smoke saying "Aye aye sir!". He calls Cleo his master.
After joining Wolf Fang
While Cleo is initially a lazy, fickle girl who throws tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants, she begins to act much nicer during her time at Wolf Fang. She acts particularly nice towards Rouga and asks him for more headpats and introduces him to her genie. She even makes a doll for him as a present. While the doll is of poor quality, Cleo worked hard to make it, even hurting herself in the process. Rouga is thankful for the present. Cleo then explains to Rouga that when she was little, she had no parents and nobody paid attention to her. She could do anything she wanted, but had no friends. Then she asked her genie, Aladdin, to make some friends for her. Aladdin told her to make dolls so those could be her friends. And while she was never any good at making the dolls, it did make her happy.
At some point, Cleo realizes it is not good to act spoiled and begins to treat her minions more humanely. She stops eating nothing but sweets and starts being nicer to others, to great joy of her former minions.
- Many aspects of Cleo's character and life are references to the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights, a collection of Middle-Eastern folk tales created and compiled during the Islamic Golden Age. The particular stories being referenced are Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, although both stories are not originally from One Thousand and One Nights, but were instead told by Syrian storyteller Hanna Diyab, who told them to Antoine Galland, who in turn created the first known European translation of One Thousand and One Nights.
- Cleo's Arabian soldier minions total forty in number, which appears to be a reference to Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
- Cleo's genie, Aladdin, is a reference to Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, although the Aladdin from that story refers to the human protagonist and not the magical genie. The appearance of the genie is more particularly taken from the Disney adaptation from 1992. The magic carpet Cleo rides on is most likely also a reference to the Disney adaption as no such carpet appears in the original text. Although a magic carpet does appear in a particular story of One Thousand and One Nights, that carpet does not fly around, but teleports you instead.
- Cleo's name is most likely based on the ancient Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt "Cleopatra".
- Aladdin, Cleo's genie, also appears in Kichikuou Rance, although he has a different personality and is hard-bound to ten wishes, after which he goes into a hundred year long slumber before he can grant wishes again.