A Robe is an Otome's powered suit. It provides her with super-strength (shown in both how they wield their weapons and the semi-nuclear explosions created when their elements collide), the ability to fly and materialize her Element, and, apparently, life support in outer space or at least above the upper atmosphere assuming the My-Otome universe still applies most of the rules of the normal world. Most Robes have prehensile ribbons or coat tails, the number of which vary, and some are used for support or extra appendages while some can be used offensively as blades. Most Robes also have distinctive glowing ring-like structures around the ankles and wrists as well as other glowing accessories on other parts of the suit. They usually glow when in flight (indicating a similarity to Mai Tokiha's elements from Mai-HiME). A few robes have extra unique abilities such as Sara Gallagher's, which can turn invisible. Additionally, all robes are shown to have shield generation capabilities, though to varying degrees (Nina's shield in episode one was incapable of fully countering a Slave's energy attack while fighting Meister Otome shields had enough strength to bear multiple high-impact explosions).
Robes are voice-activated. Once the GEM is unlocked by the master, the Otome can materialize the Robe by saying "Materialize!" The GEM then displays the initials of the Otome and her master, as well as the gemstone-themed code name of the GEM/Robe, and proceeds to materialize it.
Robes provide considerable physical resistance even to the apparently unprotected head but are not completely failsafe. Under sufficient external force (or simply from overexertion, as seen with Arika in episode 4), a Robe may shatter, although it is unknown if this completely suspends all of the Robe's abilities, as Arika and Nina somehow survived re-entering Earl's atmosphere in episode 26 even after their Robes completely disintegrated. Also, if the GEM's connection to the master is disturbed, the Robe will disappear leaving the Otome with her clothes before she activated her Robe. However, this process is reversible if the Otome comes in physical contact with her formal Master. She would immediately regain her Robe; shown during episode 25 when Arika regained her Robe after clasping hands with Mashiro, her formal Master. Also, the GEM materializes a unique Robe for every Otome: in the case of GEMS with multiple users the Robe itself always varies people to people (notable Robes with more than one form include Galactic Aquamarine, Bewitching Smile Amethyst, Ice Silver Crystal and Blue Sky Sapphire as seen in My-Otome 0~S.ifr~). In addition, Ayane Hazakura's Lofty Crimson Jade Robe is slightly different from Lena Sayers' (confirmed by designs and sketches from Hirokazu Hisayuki).
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