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We don't really converse much about the more minor characters or antagonists, but I thought it would be a good discussion to talk about Nefera, as I've been analysing her character in my spare time.

I will be honest, I have always hated Nefera from the very beginning. I was absolutely disgusted by her design and personality as a whole, but I suppose over time she has grown on me. I understand that she is mostly seen as the 'bitchy' or 'evil' antagonist, so it is easy to hate her from those simple facts, but some fans (or most) believe she is all wicked and no heart. I do not want to call this a defense, but mostly an observation of her character as a whole (though it may turn out to be a defense anyway, because I love her now).

We can see that, like Cleo, she has been raised in an extremely wealthy upbringing and like her sister, she is spoiled, selfish, vain, egotistical, desires to impress her father, etc., though obviously even moreso. She seems to enjoy the attention she garners, and appears to enjoy ruining people's happiness for her own benefit, even her own sister's. But I don't want to simply believe that she was just 'born that way'. I am sure that the experiences in her life made her to be who she is.

Most would not pity her, but as the eldest, I am sure high expectations were set upon her. Clearly her father loathes anything that he deems to be 'common', so she has adapted that mindset as well, and has become a severe perfectionist, to the point where it is almost unstable, or her idea of perfection is distorted greatly, as seen here;

"I wanted to scream but that would have been so...common."

"They didn't argue, they just left but before the door closed the last one out, a werewolf with too blond hair and split ends stopped and said, "I was captain of my Fear Squad too-we all thought it was funny that we had that in common." Common? I have never been common."

You can also see that she is prone to become highly offended at comments/actions that may sound/or seem demeaning to her, as smaller examples serve;

"He has threatened to come here himself and personally escort me to the next appointment if I do not, in his words, "Stop draining the royal coffers with nothing to show for it in return." I may never recover from such a blow to my delicate psyche."

"Now they were sitting on my couch looking through...MY FEARBOOK...and they were laughing...at me. It must have been at me. Who else could it have been? Then the whole room began to spin and it felt like everyone was pointing and laughing at me...I guess I must have fainted because when I woke up it was totally quiet and I could hear the sound of...of cleaning."

"One of them even had the audacity to lift his eyes from the floor while speaking to me. Such insolence! I would have punished him but father has forbidden me from disciplining the servants. One day though I shall be queen and I do not forget."

And she also uses revenge to resolve her hurt and pain, which is presented often. It leaves her a feeling of satisfaction, but another thought also strikes me. Does she possibly use this tactic to push away her own *possible* depression and problems?

It is present that she has an inferiority/superiority complex, but I see a lot more than that.
 Paranoia, insecurities, OCD/perfectionism, never wanting to be 'normal', etc.

Nevertheless, I feel she has a good, redeeming, and vulnerable side to her. I believe everyone does, personally.

As shown here;


"They had all come to Milan on a wing and a scare and despite my offer for them to come live with me in the penthouse they insisted on sharing a place together that they could all afford. So next I decided to offer them the benefits of my wisdom and leadership. Only they didn't want it. No, they wanted me to just come and "hang out" with them."

Nefera was, in her own way, trying to form friendship with those models by offering them to stay at her penthouse and to provide her self-proclaimed 'wisdom and leadership'. Nefera has never had any real, true friends, so this was a trying attempt to be sociable and 'friendly' by her own accord.

Also, as small as it may be, you can interpret that at some occasions, she and Cleo do get along, because Cleo said to her,

"Hi Nefera. Did I ever tell you...you're a great older sister?" A smile is shown then, and she appreciated the compliment.


I am hoping to write more on her, but alas, the night is becoming more late for me, so discuss? What are your thoughts on her? I am hoping to find an interesting discussion to look forward to. =)








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Great thread!  I really love her but, part of it is just that the doll is one of my absolute favorites and I have always loved Egyptian style designs (I am dying for them to make an Egyptian style boy in Monster High).  

I have never given a great deal of thought to her personality but, I definitely don't see her as evil.  She is self centered and spoiled for sure but, that is a product of her upbringing much as it is with Cleo.  Nefera is a little pitiful even, since it seems that her lack of being able to get along well with others has stopped her from achieving her goals in life.  Didn't they say she was fired from her modeling job, or something like that?

I don't know, I'll give her character some more thought and get back to you.

Neferas always been one of my favorites, mostly because I always found her design so beautiful. And I agree with almost everything u said. I feel a lot of her actions are done basically to keep her place as first to the throne, and feels that is threatened by her sister Cleo. And I agree she isn't all bad, as almost all antagonists in monster high seem to have a good side, we just have yet to see neferas. She seems harmless though, especially since all her schemes backfire.
Nefera in a nutshell for me. DOLL: awesome and very pretty. CHARACTER: complete b*tch and me don't like her. Even more so than cleo. Me actually adore cleo in comparison. But me thinks thats what nefera is SUPOSED to do. Show needs some "bad guys" to be interesting right?

My problem with Nefera is that her character is very one dimensional. Compare that to the other main antagonist, Toralei, who has been shown to have at least some heart, and even occasional bouts of compassion. To me a good villain has some sort of grey area. That's much more interesting imo.

@Aurora: ASDFGHJKL. I WANT AN EGYPTIAN BOY. ;_; So badly. And yeah...I think Nefera just doesn't have much social opportunities like Cleo does. Cleo has genuine friends that care for her and a boyfriend that loves her. Nefera doesn't have that, and it's what she desperately needs, to be honest. Also, I believe her career took a small downfall, but she probably still is a model.

@Garban: I agree. I am sure it will be a while before they give Nefera some actual screentime so that her character develops. We've been given some development throughout her diary, so she isn't completely one-dimensional and strictly the mean big sister and villain.

@MDNA: Cleo is my favorite as well! Although, as I have stated, she isn't exactly one-dimensional. If she was, she would just be the big bad wolf and nothing more. You can see she is struggling through her own issues, and that she isn't all that much of a bad person. You can see, in her own way, that she has a heart. Just a very broken and lost one.

Well, I am one of the people that thinks there is a good side to everyone (I liked Cleo from when she was still a b....., back in Season 1), so I think that there may be a nice side to Nefera too.

She just seems to have a distorted view of reality, which probably comes from her background. I too think that's how she was brought up to be, and since we also see parts of her personality in Cleo. we can safely say that it's not just Nefera. I think that, since she's the eldest, she demands the attention even more than Cleo since, well, "she came first".

I don't think that my reply made much sense, but I hope you understand my point!

Yes, I totally get what you're saying! I think she has a feeling of entitlement moreso than Cleo, seeing as she IS the oldest, thus she gets more benefits from it as well, and she seems to especially enjoy bossing around Cleo and telling her how a real princess should act. Funny coming from her, because she barely acts like a true princess...whatever that means in the de Nile household.

Don't care for her character although I realize that as an antagonist she works very well.  Now her doll is just beautiful and IMO is one of the most stunning MH dolls to date.  She is one of the very few MH ghouls who if dressed properly, like in FR type clothing would hold her own no problems with any collector Barbie or Fashion Royalty/Integrity doll. 

Cleo is actually the more interesting of the sisters and it would be interesting to see how Nefera develops as a character farther on down in the movies and webisodes.  

Yes, it would be interesting to see her character develop more! And haha, yes, I want her doll. I'm not too much of a fan of her lipstick, so I might remove that if I do get her.

angelfish said:

Don't care for her character although I realize that as an antagonist she works very well.  Now her doll is just beautiful and IMO is one of the most stunning MH dolls to date.  She is one of the very few MH ghouls who if dressed properly, like in FR type clothing would hold her own no problems with any collector Barbie or Fashion Royalty/Integrity doll. 

Cleo is actually the more interesting of the sisters and it would be interesting to see how Nefera develops as a character farther on down in the movies and webisodes.  

Bumpin' it back up.

Bumping it again.

I agree, that is my problem with Nefera as well. Like RaDioAcTiVe BuNNy said, she serves her purpose in the webisodes by creating conflict and a story but shes pretty flat as a character with very little explanation for a lot of her actions. That however is webisode Nefera. I have always treated the ghouls we see in the webisodes and hear from in the diaries as seperate entities because the webisodes arent meant to go too in depth with the characters and who they are as individuals. They're just cartoons meant to be quirky and fun where as the diary entries are supposed to sound more like real people. So as far as webisode Nefera goes, I dont care for her and the whole stereotypical bad guy thing, but I agree that diary Nefera does have another side to her that is just hard to see through all of the overly-selfconcious mess.


MDNA John said:

My problem with Nefera is that her character is very one dimensional. Compare that to the other main antagonist, Toralei, who has been shown to have at least some heart, and even occasional bouts of compassion. To me a good villain has some sort of grey area. That's much more interesting imo.

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