Kiki

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Kiki also known as Kiki the Witch is a fictional 13-year-old child female witch and the titular main protagonist of Kiki's Delivery Service. Her name is not seen in the book adaptation.

Early life

Kiki was born in the summer of 1947. She lives with her parents Okino, Kokiri, and pet cat, Jiji, until the night she decides to leave. It is customary for a witch at the age of 13 to spend a year away from home and start training.

Personality

Kiki is strong-willed, leaving her home in Karikiya for a year at 13 years old in order to become a train as a witch. She is very friendly, curious, sweet, and upbeat, however is rather stubborn at times and proud, which is sometimes to her disadvantage. She is very attached to her pet black cat, Jiji, and introduces him as her best friend. Kiki is not ever so popular after her first arrival as she is viewed as a bit of a show off, but gradually makes new friends with her customers and is the heroine of the film at the end.

Appearance

Kiki has short, black hair, which she ties back using a large, amaranth red bow. She wears a medium-sleeved, jet black dress, which appears to be violet or indigo at sometimes, white undergarments that consist of a tank top and bloomers, and amaranth red flats that look scarlet red at times. However, at the beginning, she is dressed in a bright green, short-sleeved dress with a bright pink apron with the same shoes. Kiki is not initially pleased with her appearance at the beginning of the film, but later on is told to like herself as a witch by her mother, Kokiri.

Paraphernalia

  • Kiki uses a broomstick which can fly.
  • She occasionally brings along a radio.

Relationships

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Kiki meets the Senior Witch in the prologue scene of this film

Quotes

I'm gonna be the very best witch that I can be, Mom. And I know having a good heart is important.

Trivia

  • In the Streamline dub, Kiki was voiced by Lisa Michelson, who also voiced Satsuki Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro.
  • Kiki was inspired by Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking.
  • Kiki has a plushie of Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro.
  • In the Kirby series, she is the inspiration for an enemy called Keke, who appears to be a fusion of Kiki herself and Jiji.
  • Kirsten Dunst, who is Kiki's voice actress in the Disney dub, sometimes goes by her character's name on occasion.[citation needed]
  • Kiki makes a cameo appearance during the "goblin parade" scene in Takahata's Pom Poko, where she is seen flying on her broom.
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