|This article uses the localized English version of the character’s name as the title. However, his/her original name will be featured in parentheses in the infobox’s title.|
I want to say thank you to you both for all your wonderful work, bringing pets and children together while I was away. Many children have now found their best friend. You did very well.
|—Princess Ava, ”Patience (Part 2)”|
Princess Ava (Ami in Italian) is a cinnamon-point Siamese cat (presumably resembling an old-style Siamese) and a member of the Felis aulicus (means "cat of the royal court" in Latin) species. She is the monarch of the Pocket Kingdom who is loved by all pets. Her job is to send pets to lonely children in the Big City or even elsewhere. She has a twin sister named Eva, and is friends with the Royal Guards.
She was the original owner of the Friendship Heart, but on the day of Pocketville's anniversary, her jealous twin sister Eva sent her to the Big City on accident, and the Friendship Heart was split in half. By the end of the series, she wears the Ocean of Friendship.
Ava is cream-colored with auburn colorpoint markings on her ears, face, legs, and tail. She also has blue eyes. The Royal Collar that she wears is gold with paw-print, heart, and pocket designs across it, with the Friendship Heart being ruby red (The Ocean of Friendship being cyan).
She also has a yellow star-shaped birthmark on her right paw, which proves that she is a Felis aulicus.
Depiction in the series
Little is known about Princess Ava’s backstory, but it is speculated that somewhere before the events of the show, she was received the Friendship Heart and was made monarch of the Pocket Kingdom, although she did not take the title as queen for unknown reasons.
Kindness and friendliness
Ava is friendly, kind, and caring to all her subjects, whom she considers as her friends rather than servants.
She shows her friendly demeanor well when meeting with any Chosen Pets before their Friendship Ceremonies take place.
Ava is shown to not hesitate when saving someone, even if it means sacrificing herself, as shown when she saves Magic during his Friendship Ceremony, but gets sent to the Big City in his place.
However, when it comes to facing the Pet Buster, her bravery diminishes, possibly due to the fact that the Pet Buster is much larger than her.
When in the Big City, she is shown to be incredibly stubborn and insists she can take care of herself, when in reality she is not capable of doing so. She gets easily irritated when Wallace thinks she needs help.
Ava has a superb sense of morality and wisdom, as seen in some episodes.
In a dream, she tells Kate that patience is vital when it comes to rescuing her.
In the Big City, she does not like it when Wallace steals, even if it is food, but she later got used to it and picked up Wallace’s habits.
Although monarchs and other characters of royalty are stereotypically attributed to laziness, Ava is pretty much the opposite. She has some of her own skills.
Ava’s agility skills are descent, as shown when she made a successful jump from the Magic Fountain’s springboard to the pedestal where Magic stood, and when she and Wallace ran away from hostile stray dogs or the Pet Buster.
Not very much is known about Princess Ava's past.
In Pocketville, Princess Ava would use the Pocketpedia to find perfect matches for lonely people whenever the Friendship Trail reaches the Magic Fountain, and sends the pet over to its owner via the Friendship Ceremony. She keeps her method a long-kept family secret (supposedly), and even the Royal Guards do not have a clue about how she performs the ceremony. She was excited for the day of the Pocket Kingdom’s anniversary but didn’t notice Eva was plotting against her.
On the day of the anniversary, during Oristolfo’s Friendship Ceremony, Eva sent Zull to steal the Friendship Heart, and Ava jumped over to push Oristolfo out of harm’s way, and she gets sent to the Big City in his place.
In the Big City, Ava finds herself lost and hungry, until she succumbs to a sickness and passes out. Wallace, a stray Schnoodle dog, takes care of her until she is better, and she keeps trying to avoid him. Eventually, she warms up to him and Wallace supports and teaches her how to adapt in the Big City. She proves herself to be able to handle challenges outside of her castle. All the while, she thinks about her friends and her home.
Ava later finds out that the Pet Buster, a man who captures stray animals and sells them in auctions, was focusing on her, because there were only two Felis aulicus cats known to humans, and he would become rich if he sold her in an auction.
She is caught by the Petbuster at the Big City amusement park much to her dismay, and she is nearly sold in an auction, but is then held hostage by the Petbuster when Eva contacts him.
Fortunately, Kate saves her. Before she left for Pocketville, she offered Wallace a spot in the royal guards, but he refused and they share a kiss. After she returned, Ava explained that Kate's heart is pure and generous, resulting in the Ocean of Friendship's creation and the Magic Fountain's appearance to alter. She announced that Kate is allowed to keep the Friendship Heart and that the Ocean of Friendship will allow her to continue to perform Friendship Ceremonies and fulfill her duties as the princess. Even though Eva causes a lot of trouble, Ava still loves her.
- Even though Ava is the monarch of the Pocket Kingdom, she is known as a princess rather than a queen. However, in the episode, "Patience: Part 2", Magic addresses her as "Your Majesty", which is how someone would address a king or queen. Princes and princesses are traditionally addressed as "Your Highness". Despite the latter, the former would be more suitable since Ava is the monarch.
- Unlike most cat characters of the show, Ava does not occasionally meow or make any other noise a real cat would make.
- In the Italian coloring book, “Puppy in my Pocket: Libro Color”, Ava is known as Queen Ami (“Regina Ami” in Italian).
For more quotes, please check out the episodes’ transcripts.
“The waters have crystallized. Let there be joy for today; we shall bring happiness to another child.”
~The Friendship Ceremony.
”Oh Friendship Heart, hear my voice. Guide me as always to make the right choice...”
~The Friendship Ceremony
"Somehow when Zull stole the Friendship Heart, it brought me to the Big City. I have to find my way back to Pocketville!"
~The Unexpected Guest
”It’s simple: the Friendship Heart is yours forever; I no longer need it. The Ocean of Friendship will allow me to fulfill my duties as princess.”
~Together Forever: Part 2
See Princess Ava/Gallery.
Princess Ava has a lot of toys based off her, from figurines to plushies.
Main article: Giochi Preziosi figurines
The Giochi Preziosi line of figurines are exclusive to Europe. They have one unique gimmick: a color-changing tag that determines the gender of the character. The figurines also come with a card that shows two descriptions of the character, depending on its gender.
The only exceptions to the color-changing tag include Ava (Ami), Eva (Ima), and Magic.
Note: These descriptions are reproduced exactly as they appear on the figurines’ backcards, including all errors.
She is the beautiful Siamese kitten princess of the Kingdom of Pocketville. She lives in a magical castle perched on a hill. She has the honor of wearing the princely collar with the Heart of Friendship. Thanks to this magical object, Princess Ami can bring thousands of puppies to Earth!
North American release
Main article: Nirvana figurines
These figurines were not only released in Europe, but in North America as well. They are more simplified in design, and some come with Puppy Charms.