In Zero no Tsukaima, when Louise's older sister, Éléonore, is first seen, she shouts, "Louise! Chibi-Louise!" She calls Louise this many times, as pictured below.

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What does this expression mean, and why does Éléonore use it when the rest of Louise's family does not?

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The word "Chibi" (ちび or チビ), means "short person" or a "small child".

Louise is the vertically challenged youngest sister in the family. So it makes perfect sense for her older sisters to poke fun at her with the name "Chibi-Louise". (or "short Louise")

  • Only Éléonore seems to use it, though. Is this because Cattleya respects Louise more?
    – Cattua
    Apr 7, 2013 at 2:46
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    Éléonore is the oldest sister. So the age (and size) difference would naturally be the greatest when they were still growing up.
    – Mysticial
    Apr 7, 2013 at 2:50
  • Note that "Chibi" might have derogatory connotation, so I think rather than "poke fun", it might be insulting depending on the context.
    – nhahtdh
    Apr 8, 2013 at 3:33

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