|The Strong-Willed Princess|
The Proud Leader
|Hair color||Auburn red|
|Occupation||Student/resident at Rose Garden Orphanage|
|Voice actor||Joanna Hall|
|“|| You're a disgrace. Nothing, worse than nothing! Your gift is worth NOTHING!
Diana is one of the orphans at Rose Garden Orphanage and a member of the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club. Ranked Duchess, she has the highest social placement in the Aristocracy, and is also the highest ranking member of the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club, under the Princess of the Red Rose. She is usually seen with Meg and Eleanor.
She is very devious and cruel, even toward the other members of the Aristocracy, and could be viewed as a developing psychopath; her first appearance in the game (apart from the opening video) is her apparently beating an animal in a bag to death with a stick. She often adopts a nonchalant attitude and is uncaring of the thoughts of others. She is the object of affection for Meg.
She is the oldest member of the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club (when the events of the game actually occurred, instead of in a surreal mental memory). While her age is uncertain, she is estimated to be in the 13-15 range.
It is unclear when Diana arrived at the orphanage, although she had clearly been there for a long while when Jennifer arrived.
Diana is the self-proclaimed leader of the Aristocrat Club under the Princess of the Red Rose. Although messages from the Rose Princess are given to Meg, it is Diana who dispenses punishments and rewards on the other members of the Club. Despite her arrogance and cruel tendencies, Diana appears content in following the Princess of the Rose's orders and does not seem to have any desire to take the position herself.
Diana learned about the legend of "Stray Dog" from Wendy. When Wendy issued a Rule of Rose to the other orphans not to speak to Jennifer to make her feel isolated, Diana obliged by ignoring Jennifer all the time. Wendy's final Rule of Rose to murder Jennifer's pet dog Brown was also partially obliged by Diana. Even after Jennifer violently lashes out at Wendy and shows her hatred towards the other orphans, Diana remains stoic.
Diana, along with the other orphans, chooses to elect Jennifer as their new Princess of the Red Rose, but shortly afterwards is murdered by Gregory M. Wilson as "Stray Dog" during the orphanage massacre.
Rule of Rose
Diana appears as a mental construct, as the game is a re-enactment of Jennifer's childhood set in her adult mind. As such, Diana is akin to a dream character, although from a real world perspective, there is a theory that posits figures in dreams are the true selves of the deceased, and it is unknown if the game's writers had this theory in mind.
Diana is first seen beating something in a bag with a stick, perhaps Brown or a live animal. Diana is among the rest of the orphans who abduct Jennifer and take her to the airship. On the airship, Diana is seen in various areas, mainly in the Sector 10 Crew Cabin sitting at the table. She is also seen in the Aristocrat Club meeting area where she attends the meetings and watches the punishments take place.
Her chapter is "The Mermaid Princess", which is also shared with Clara. Hoffman's koi goes missing. It is implied Eleanor and Meg took Hoffman's koi, sliced it in half, combined it with a doll to make the "Mermaid Doll" as mermaids do not really exist, and donated it as the Monthly Gift. Diana was in charge of caring for Hoffman's koi, so she was blamed by Hoffman. Diana searches for it, but her absence makes him suspect her of taking it.
After the defeat of the Mermaid Princess, Hoffman interrogated Diana about his koi to no avail. While interrogating a crying Diana, Hoffman began stroking her body suggestively and could be perceived as crossing the line on how much an adult should touch a child. When he leaves the room, Diana is clearly disgusted by his touch, calling it 'disgusting'. Diana then blames Jennifer for the whole incident. In response for appearing bad in front of Hoffman, Diana took out her anger at getting into trouble on Jennifer, smearing her face with a dirty rag.
Jennifer thought Diana was the prettiest and most "mature" of the Aristocrats, although Jennifer likely means mature in the physical aspect, as Diana could be perceived as immature behaviorally, as she is a terrible role model for the younger children of the orphanage.
Diana could be viewed as a developing psychopath who does not seem to care about the emotions of others, or the welfare or suffering of animals. It is also implied that Diana has been involved in acts of abuse, torture and cruelty against animals. She is seen beating something in a bag, involved with the death of a rat, was responsible for killing Eleanor's bird, condoned the killing of Brown, and may have killed Wendy's rabbit Peter.
Diana is a very devious troublemaker and has a two-faced nature. She has badmouthed Eleanor and Meg, though she pretends to like them when she is in their presence. She once pulled a prank on Eleanor by stealing and killing her red bird. Afterwards, she and Meg made a bet to see if she would cry or get furious, which ended up with both of them losing since Eleanor didn't get angry or cry. Her cruelty can be shown again when she undertook another prank during September. After Meg gave her a love letter, Diana ripped it in half and stuffed it into a stuffed goat doll. When Meg learned of what had become of her letter, Meg only cried in Diana's arms, believing Jennifer did it.
Diana appears to have a strong dislike for Jennifer, likely due to the whole koi incident, despite that Jennifer was wrongfully blamed and she was actually innocent. Diana looks for any opportunity to bully her, torment her, make her feel terrible, and ruin her self-esteem with insults.
Diana is proud, selfish and sadistic in personality, often looking forward to punishing people or hurting them mentally as seen when Jennifer gave the Aristocrats the gift of a butterfly and she shouted that it was worth nothing. Diana even goes as far as to stand up on a chair for the sake of being able to look down upon Jennifer and make her feel inferior.
When Jennifer is declared the new Rose princess after she finally stands up for herself, Diana asks for Jennifer's forgiveness for her previous behavior and is willing to follow Jennifer's orders. Although it could be argued her apology does not seem entirely sincere, it does show Diana's willingness to put down her pride and admit wrongdoing. Unfortunately, because Diana is immediately killed after, it is unclear how much Diana would have changed and treated Jennifer differently as a friend instead of a bully victim.
Diana despises adults, and it is shown in how she reacts when Hoffman treats her suggestively. Ironically, Diana actually dreams of becoming an adult, however, there were times when she was afraid of growing up as well and growing up too fast. Jennifer spoke poorly of her, saying that Diana was trapped by her own ideals.
Diana liked to spend large amounts of time sitting in one of the cells in the basement, thinking about growing up. Diana apparently wanted to be beautiful and pure but was self-conscious in believing that every day she separated from her ideal self. Most likely, her fears about losing her ideal self and not growing up into the adult she wanted to stemmed from Hoffman's possible growing sexual interest in her and her revulsion at this.
It is unclear if Diana ever had lesbian feelings for Meg which turned from love to annoyance, or if Diana simply pretended to have them the entire time in order to manipulate Meg. Despite her dislike for Meg, Diana is shown in the opening movie first causing Meg to prick her finger on an offered rose before Diana sucks on it, suggestively. This alludes to Meg's feelings for Diana, Diana's awareness of this, as well as Diana's compulsion to be cruel to others and put herself in a position of control over them. It also suggests Diana might be more familiar with sexuality, possibly at the hands of Hoffman, and uses this knowledge to further manipulate and control Meg.
The name "Diana" probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine", related to dyeus (Zeus). Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, often identified with the Greek goddess Artemis. This reflects Diana's vain, proud attitude and the fact she thinks she is more important than everyone else. In addition, Diana/Artemis was the goddess of virgins and maidens, and legends of her chastity are prominent in Roman/Greek myth. She preferred hunting and venturing into the woods to marrying and settling down to have children as many of the other goddesses did. This could reflect Diana in the game's own desire to remain 'pure'. It could also be seen as an ironic name, as Diana was the most sexually aware of the children. There are also strong implications that Hoffman had started violating her the same way he had been doing to Clara.
The Greek myth of Diana states that while the goddess Diana was bathing naked in the forest with her escort nymphs, she is discovered by a hunter named Actaeon. Furious and humiliated, she transforms him into a deer before he escapes into the forest, where he is killed by his fellow hunters. This reflects Diana's relationship with Hoffman, who seemingly violates her on a regular basis, leaving her feeling embarrassed and vengeful. As such, she sends the other girls to spy on Hoffman, supposedly looking for opportunities to get back at him. Hoffman's boss form can then be taken as a manifestation of one of Diana's revenge fantasies.
It is also worth noting that Diana's name, when spoken, begins with "die". If language is viewed from a more abstract perspective that affects the subconscious, Diana can be seen as someone associated with death, which may refer to her acts of animal cruelty. Her attitude towards Jennifer can be seen as killing Jennifer "inside".
- "Just look at you! You're filthy!"
- "There, there, there..."
- "Splendid work, Jennifer. You are no longer a wretched peon. Amanda, on the other hand... has been demoted."
- "That's why I don't like her. She follows me everywhere... it's pathetic. What do you think, Eleanor?"
- "I already got it... and ripped it in half. I tried to make the goat eat it, but it wouldn't even look at it. *sigh* Well... What should I do with the rest of the letter?"
- "Perfect timing, Jennifer. I have a job for you."
- "What are you looking at? Do you have something to say? Get lost before I smack you."
- "She's such a pain... I can't stand the sight of her."
- "Eavesdropping, eh, Jennifer? What a bad girl."
- "You should be looking for your own precious thing."
- "Yuck! How disgusting... Oh, now I see... It was you! It was your fault that I got into trouble! Give it here... Oh my, I see a stain... I've got to clean it up, or Mr. Hoffman will be angry with me..."
- "I doubt you'll be much help, but run along and join the search for Joshua the bear. Hurry up and go!"
- "Come here, Jennifer... Let's have a little talk."
- "Now, you can have your very own red crayon..."
- "Greetings, Princess. Please forgive all that I've done."
- "We are yours to command, Princess."
- Diana is a bit of a controversial character in the game's fandom due to her cruel nature, although she has some sympathizers and defenders. Some view her as a victim of Hoffman's possible sexual abuse who potentially lost her mental health as a result and developed a narcissistic power complex to compensate for Hoffman's power over her. Bullies often bully others because they have poor-self esteem, feel insecure and helpless, and bullying gives them relief from helplessness by offering domination and control. If Diana was sexually abused, then she may have not felt comfortable telling others about it, like Meg or Eleanor, because she may have feared it would make her seem pathetic and weak. Diana is also only a child (many adults regret the way they behaved as children), an orphan, a murder victim, and eventually asked for Jennifer's forgiveness.
- Diana is Hoffman's favorite orphan, as he calls the children to bed in the order of his favorites with Diana being the first.
- Diana has a white bandage wrapped around her right thigh, which is usually hidden under her skirt. The reason why her leg is wrapped is never explained in the game. Rape victims often sustain trauma to the pelvic region however, including the thighs, so this may be further evidence of an unwilling sexual encounter with Hoffman.
- Diana wears her dress and tie low, exposing some of her chest. This further alludes to her being more sexually aware than the other girls. This further suggests Hoffman's growing sexual interest in her similar to his relationship with the older Clara. Unlike Clara however, who keeps her collar buttoned high and behaves in a frightened manner, Diana is shown as being confident and dresses an acts in an almost flirtatious manner.
- Diana's curtsy has her lifting her dress up unnecessarily high for the action, something none of the other girls do, another sign of her flirtatious nature.
- There is an unused animation of Diana cleaning Hoffman's aquarium. It was likely removed since Diana wanted to search for the missing koi as soon as possible, and so it would not make sense for her to remain in the VIP room.
- Rule of Rose shares similarities with Lord of the Flies (although the creators have stated that they did not base their story off of this). Diana's personality resembles Jack's somewhat in cruelty.
- There is unused audio of Diana talking about mermaids: "Each and every girl becomes a mermaid! You'll be a mermaid, too. A new daddy will come for us and we'll all be mermaids. Mr. Hoffman said I'd be a beautiful mermaid. And the king of Merland will come for me."
|to see the gallery of Diana click in Diana/Gallery.|