History Manga / CountCain

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* LondonTown: As Victorian England, it is the Streets Paved With Excrement version.
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Nobily, rather than royalty, but Cain is not idle.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Nobily, Nobility, rather than royalty, but Cain is not idle.
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* InformedDeformity: [[spoiler:Viola]] from ''Scold's Bridle'' insists the scars on her face are a birth deformity and she was shunned by her family because of them. [[spoiler:They were actually caused when she tried to throw acide into her sister's face for stealing her fiancé, but Viola got splashed by the acid herself during the struggle. Though she ''was'' driven insane by the scars.]]

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* InformedDeformity: [[spoiler:Viola]] from ''Scold's Bridle'' insists the scars on her face are a birth deformity and she was shunned by her family because of them. [[spoiler:They were actually caused when she tried to throw acide acid into her sister's face for stealing her fiancé, but Viola got splashed by the acid herself during the struggle. Though she ''was'' driven insane by the scars.insane.]]



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Justified, as this ''is'' Victorian London. Their idea of mental health 'care' was not very caring, to say the least.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Justified, as this ''is'' Victorian London. Their idea of mental health 'care' was not very caring, to say the least.caring.
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* DisgusedInDrag

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* DisgusedInDragDisguisedInDrag



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacter: A lot of characters are introduced almost every chapter.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacter: LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A lot of characters are introduced almost every chapter.
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* ArrangedMarriage: ''The Mark of the Red Ram'' has Cain arranged to be married to Emelyne, the daughter of the Lauderdales.

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* ArrangedMarriage: ''The Mark of the Red Ram'' has Cain arranged to be married to Emelyne, the daughter of the Lauderdales.Emelyne Lauderdale.



* Big Bad: Alexis Hargreaves.

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* Big Bad: BigBad: Alexis Hargreaves.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AndIMustScream: Rebecca's dolls
* AntiHero
* ArchnemesisDad: Alexis to Cain.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Crehador certainly thinks so, but for the most part averted, with a few exceptions.
* ArrangedMarriage
* ArtEvolution: The art has changed a ''lot'' from the first volume to the fifth; then Kaori Yuki took a break from ''Cain'' to work on ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', and when she took up ''Cain'' again, the art style was almost completely different from where she'd left off. The mangaka herself even makes note of this in one of the sidebars in ''Godchild''.
* ArtificialHuman: Delilah specializes in Deadly Dolls, artificially created clones from dead people that survive with other people's organs and blood. Their bodies are unstable and require constant care, but all deadly dolls gain supernatural powers...somehow.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Abigail in the "Butterfly Bones" arc and George in "Bloodberry Jam."]]
* AuthorAppeal: BrotherSisterIncest, HoYay, FoeYay...
* AxCrazy: Several characters.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Oscar and Merryweather are expecting a child.]]
* BadassAndChildDuo: Cain and Merryweather.
* BadassInANiceSuit: It is set in Victorian England after all.
* BastardBastard: Jizabel, born out of wedlock, is a primary antagonist and indeed quite a bastard.
* BattleButler: Riff, [[spoiler:subverted when he has his FaceHeelTurn]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted in "Scold's Bridle".
* BestServedCold
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Augusta]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Cain towards Merryweather.
** Dudley towards Eliza.
** Completely averted with Jizabel. He wants to kill both Cain and Merryweather.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Like you wouldn't believe. The only one who gets off lightly is Merryweather, [[spoiler:and that's because she turns out to not really be Alexis' daughter after all]].
* BittersweetEnding
* {{Brainwashed}}
* {{Brainwashed And Crazy}}
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Jizabel's backstory.]]
* BrokenBird: Mikaela ...Well, when she's not in her {{Yandere}} mode.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Between [[spoiler:Alexis and Augusta]].
* CainAndAbel: Ironically enough, Cain is the Abel [[spoiler:to his illegitimate and completely psychopathic half brother, Jizabel]].
* CartwrightCurse: Every woman who loves or is loved by Cain suffers a horrible death. Merryweather survives thanks to ''extreme'' security measures Cain takes before doing something that could involve or get her into danger.
* TheChessmaster: Alexis [[spoiler:Or even more: Augusta]]
* ChildByRape: Cain was born from Alexis's rape of his own sister, Augusta. [[spoiler:Later revealed that it was the other way around, and that Augusta seduced Alexis.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: While Cain may be aloof, he genuinely wants to help people and is very upset whenever he can't save someone.
* CloningBlues: Mikaila is Suzette's clone, made with the only purpose of having Cain's child. She was made believe that Cain was destined to be with her and [[MadLove she based her whole existence on it]]. And when she's unable to made Cain make love with her, Alexis has no issues on disposing of her, despite he told her before that he loved her.
* CreepyChild: Emile and Rebecca. Mikaela formerly. Cain was pretty creepy when he was younger, too.
%%* CulturedBadass
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Many characters, although Cain and Jizabel in particular.
* DarkChick: Mikaila
* DeadlyDoctor: Jizabel.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Emmeline, to a certain extent.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[RuleOfThree Three times]] in the climax-- [[spoiler: Jizabel and Cassian, Alexis and Ida, and Cain and Riff.]]
* DisguisedInDrag: Jizabel during his childhood, Cain in one chapter, and also [[spoiler:Leroy]].
* DisposableWoman
* DistressedDamsel: Most of the sympathetic female characters end up like this at one point.
* DoomedAppointment: [[spoiler:Neil in "Zigeunerweisen"]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Augusta throws herself out of a window when Cain comes to visit her, his resemblance to Alexis triggering memories of her rape at his hands. [[spoiler:After Augusta is revealed as the villain, she admits she did this to further drive a wedge between father and son.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Most of the cast.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Cain
* ElegantGothicLolita: Merryweather, plus half the female characters Cain encounters.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Jizabel doesn't understand the relationship between Cain and Riff.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Riff]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Riff, after his evil SplitPersonality takes over.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Averted. Cain would have some justification in invoking it, but he never does. Also averted with Jizabel; the excuse isn't so much "excuse" as it is the actual base of Jizabel's plot. His abuse isn't just a past event to spur revenge, but an actual plot point for the story and an ongoing point of development.
* GenderBlenderName: Apparently, Kaori Yuki thinks the names Cassandra, Jizabel and Gloria are unisex.
** Coming from the other direction, Meriwether (or Merryweather) is traditionally a boy's name.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Cain's scars are easily hidden; the villain in "Scold's Bridle" has hers on her face and wears a mask to hide them.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Merryweather.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Riff, among others]].
* HollywoodScience
* IAteWhat: [[spoiler:When Jizabel was a child, he owned a pet lamb that he spent a lot of time with. Alexis secretly had the lamb killed and served to Jizabel for dinner one day, promising him that he would be able to go see the lamb if he finished his meal. When Jizabel was nearly done, Alexis revealed what he had done with "I let you see him, didn't I? Did you enjoy Snark, Jizabel?"]]
* IfICantHaveYou: Mikaela threatens Cain this way a few times, and [[spoiler: Cain himself decides to kill Riff after his SplitPersonality-driven FaceHeelTurn because "you belong only to me".]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Cassandra to Leroy. And arguably, Jizabel.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Subverted with Cain [[spoiler:and Riff]].
* InTheBlood: There's a lot of discussion (and {{Angst}}) about to what extent Cain is or is not "cursed" by his bloodline, as well as whether or not Merry will be able to escape it. [[spoiler: The latter issue is sidestepped when she turns out not to be his sister by blood.]]
* InformedDeformity: [[spoiler:Viola]] in "Scold's Bridle" [[spoiler:wears a mask to hide her horrible scars, which turn out to be mild acid burns on an otherwise pretty face. But then, she ''is'' completely insane...]]
* IronicNurseryTune: Many of the earlier cases are themed around a Mother Goose rhyme, and [[spoiler: the entire series]] closes with "bids you all adieu" from ''Simple Simon''.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Appears in "The Mark of the Red Ram" arc.
* TheJeeves: Riff, [[spoiler:but subverted when it's revealed that he is even more mentally unstable than Cain]].
* JesusTaboo
* KillEmAll: Nearly all the minor characters introduced end up dead.
* KissingCousins: Cain had a crush on his cousin Suzette when they were children, unknown for him she was also [[IncestIsRelative his maternal half-sister]].
* KissOfDeath: In ''Forgotten Juliet'', Suzette kills the man she loved and betrayed her, with a kiss filled with poison. Literally.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Cassian was sold to the circus and performed in one of these for some time. During the series, his main weapon remains throwing knives.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Maryweather is the Light to Mikaela's Dark.
* LivingDollCollector: [[EvilCripple Rebecca]] in "The Little Crooked House".
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Riff for Cain, somewhat. [[spoiler: After he is swallowed up by his SplitPersonality, Cain goes the rest of the way off the deep end and is significantly more reckless for the entire rest of the series. [[TearJerker He also cries for the first time since he was a child.]]]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Aside from the main cast, we have new characters introduced nearly every chapter. Though they don't stay long.
* LondonTown: Where The Streets Are Paved With Excrement version. It ''is'' Victoriana, after all.
* LostHimInACardGame: Jizabel bets HIMSELF over to Cassandra if Cassandra can manage to get rid of Cain. (Perhaps a moot bet as it's not like anyone would have stopped Cassandra from taking him anyway.)
* LostInTranslation: Merryweather =/= Mary Weather, primrose = prom rose, Baraba company =/= Barabba company named after the thief, Lukia =/= Rukia.
* LoveHurts
* LoveMartyr: Merryweather, in "The Little Crooked House".
* MadLove: All over the place in a familial sense, but [[{{Yandere}} Mikaela]]'s love for Cain takes the cake.
* MadScientist: Jizabel
* ManChild: Gilford
* ManchurianAgent
* ManipulativeBastard: Cain, along with others.
* MasterPoisoner: Cain is very knowledgeable in, and collects, poisons.
* {{Meganekko}}: Marjorie the Mortician's daughter
* MercyKill: Cain performs one on [[spoiler: Madeleine Russell]] when she [[DrivenToSuicide asks him to.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Cain does not approve of Oscar marrying Merryweather.
* NaiveEverygirl: Merryweather.
* {{Not Brainwashed}}
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cain, although as a subversion because he is not a villain. He is an anti-hero, but it's not Cain that innocent bystanders have to worry about, it's getting in the way of the people who are after Cain.
* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings: Cain and Merryweather]]
* OjouRinglets: Plenty.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Cassian]]
* OnlySixFaces: Particularly in run of Count Cain, most obviously when it came to young boys who all looked exactly the same. More or less avoided after the ArtEvolution.
* PaperThinDisguise: Invoked and then subverted, twice in ''Godchild''. Cain doesn't seem to realize that he really should disguise himself more properly before walking into enemy base... Just what made him think it would be okay to just [[ClarkKenting wear glasses]] after his blonde wig attempt had failed so much earlier?
* PetTheDog: Jizabel loves animals. And Cassian.
* PimpedOutDress: Every single one.
* PluckyComicRelief: Oscar. Oh Oscar...
* PrettyInMink: At least in some of the art, Merryweather wears [[PimpedOutCape a short cape]] with white fur.
* PsychoSerum
* RagsToRoyalty: Merryweather grew up on the streets before Cain took her in.
* RapeAndRevenge: [[spoiler:Quite a real possibility for Jizabel to Cassandra.]]
* RapeAsDrama: Alexis on Augusta is the most prominent case. [[spoiler:Turns out it wasn't really rape and the victim actually planned and provoked it herself for her own sick purposes]].
* RapunzelHair: Almost all the female characters, and also Jizabel.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Cain, his aunt/mother Augusta, his father Alexis, and his cousin/sister Suzette.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Mikaila.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: ''Many'' characters.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: More like nobility. But Cain is not idle. He always solves the murders he comes across and has resolved to take down Delilah.
* RuleOfThree: The finale features three instances of a character dying in another's arms-- [[spoiler: Jizabel held by Cassian, Alexis held by Ida/The Moon, and Cain held by Riff-- the last being set apart by the fact that it was Riff who was dying, and Cain [[TogetherInDeath decided to stay with him]]]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Jizabel.
* ShownTheirWork: Kaori Yuki likes to point out that she often has done the research...and jettisoned it in favor of a more interesting development which might otherwise be prevented.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: An early chapter called Double inexplicably takes place in modern America, and has nothing to do with any of the recurring characters or plotlines.
** "Double" is an early short story of Kaori Yuki. I don't know how it is in Japan, but at least in Germany it's rather normal to feature additional and unrelated shorts in single volumes of serial manga... so, no, it's really not "Count Cain". (granted, kaori Yuki manga get this treatment extremely often due to the ton of one-chapter stories she has written.)
* SmugSnake: There's none nastier than Lord Cassandra Gladstone.
* TheSouthpaw: Riff is left-handed. [[spoiler: But only his good personality is; his right hand was put out of commission for long enough by his suicide attempt around the time of the switch that he had to learn to use his left.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Jizabel/Jezebel/Jezabel, Lukia/Rukia/Lucia, Merriweather/Merrywether/Merryweather. Special mention to Drew from ''Scold's Bridle''. Throughout that story, she's referred to as Drew but when there's a flashback mention of her in a later chapter, her name is spelled as Dolly.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Riff.]]
** SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler: Unusually, it's the "created" personality that's the ''good'' one, and eventually manages to take over entirely.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Riff]] is perfectly competent and pretty strong to begin with, but once the SplitPersonality takes over, people's heads start getting crushed.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: It's mentioned several times that Cain looks practically identical to his father in his younger years. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Cain is a product of close-relative incest between Alexis and Augusta.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge
* TarotMotifs: Delilah. Used incorrectly at some points, and correctly in others.
* TheUnfavorite: Jizabel feels he is this and it is much of the reason why he hates Cain.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Justified: Because, literally, it's Victorian London. Do you have any idea what mental health "care" was like then?
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Riff and Cain]].
* TrackingDevice: Verging on TrackingChip, [[spoiler: Cain's earring, though the good Riff never needed to use it.]]
* TrueCompanions: Cain and Oscar border on VitrolicBestBuds, but they're still always there for each other.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:Jizabel]]
* VictorianLondon: The setting
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Alexis to Cain]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Mentions of Cain's green-gold eyes are made in at least one chapter per volume. Alexis often mentions his eyes are the result of Cain's curse.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Jizabel.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent
* WigDressAccent: Cain in a chapter of ''Godchild'', minus the accent. He doesn't speak since, well, despite being beautiful like a woman, he sounds very much like a man. His disguise is really convincing, and nobody suspects a thing. [[spoiler:It's already too late when Mayor Gloria realizes [[OhCrap who that woman truly was]]]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Oscar and Merryweather]].
* YaoiGuys: Riff and Cain. PlayedForLaughs when Oscar shows a picture of his former love, a woman who looks ''exactly'' as Cain.
* {{Yandere}}: Mikaela. Anyone who got between her and Cain would meet a horrible death.
* YouAreWorthHell: Frequently discussed by Cain and Riff, as Cain repeatedly claims he's damned and Riff promises to follow him to hell. [[spoiler: The final nail in the coffin for Riff's FaceHeelTurn is when he tells Cain that he can go to hell alone.]]
* [[spoiler:YoungestChildWins: Merryweather is the only one to survive and she becomes head of the Hargreaves family. She also has the least amount of horrible things happen to her.]]

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* AmbiguousEnding: The ending has its open element, along with being [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]]. [[spoiler:Merryweather and Oscar are doing fine and Clehadol has fulfilled a promise he made to Cain. But the last we see of Cain is him embraced by Riff's decaying bones, but no blood on him or anything that implies he is injured. Was Cain actually dead already? Or unconscious, maybe asleep, and staying by Riff's side, as he said he would? Even Clehadol admits that he doesn't know if the promise Cain asked of him was real or his powers as a medium letting him hear Cain's words.]] Kaori Yuki has mentioned in her final notes that the last bit was done on purpose because she felt it was an appropriate ''Cain''-esque ending.
* AndIMustScream: The truth behind Rebecca's dolls
* AntiHero
* ArchnemesisDad: Alexis
'dolls'. [[spoiler:They are dolls made to Cain.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Crehador certainly thinks so, but for the most part averted, with a few exceptions.
* ArrangedMarriage
* ArtEvolution: The art has changed a ''lot'' from the first volume to the fifth; then Kaori Yuki took a break from ''Cain'' to work on ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', and when she took up ''Cain'' again, the art style was almost completely different from where she'd left off. The mangaka herself even makes note of this in one of the sidebars in ''Godchild''.
* ArtificialHuman: Delilah specializes in Deadly Dolls, artificially created clones from dead
resemble people she knew and wanted as friends, with that survive with other people's organs person's nails, hair and blood. Their bodies are unstable and require constant care, but all deadly dolls gain supernatural powers...somehow.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Abigail in
bones worked into it. Which puts the "Butterfly Bones" arc and George in "Bloodberry Jam."]]
* AuthorAppeal: BrotherSisterIncest, HoYay, FoeYay...
* AxCrazy: Several characters.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:In
person's soul into the epilogue, Oscar and Merryweather are expecting a child.doll.]]
* BadassAndChildDuo: ArchnemesisDad: Alexis to Cain, as well as to Jezebel.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Clehadol thinks so, based on what he went through. Averted for most of the aristocrats, though there are a few exceptions.
* ArrangedMarriage: ''The Mark of the Red Ram'' has
Cain and Merryweather.
* BadassInANiceSuit: It is set in Victorian England after all.
* BastardBastard: Jizabel, born out of wedlock, is a primary antagonist and indeed quite a bastard.
* BattleButler: Riff, [[spoiler:subverted when he has his FaceHeelTurn]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted in "Scold's Bridle".
* BestServedCold
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Augusta]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Cain towards Merryweather.
** Dudley towards Eliza.
** Completely averted with Jizabel. He wants
arranged to kill both Cain and Merryweather.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Like you wouldn't believe. The only one who gets off lightly is Merryweather, [[spoiler:and that's because she turns out
be married to not really be Alexis' Emelyne, the daughter after all]].
of the Lauderdales.
* BittersweetEnding
ArtEvolution: After the fifth volume, Kaori Yuki took a break to dedicate her work on ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''. When she finished, the art had [[http://i5.mangareader.net/count-cain/5/count-cain-1056080.jpg heavily]] [[http://i1.mangareader.net/count-cain-godchild/15/count-cain-godchild-1253474.jpg evolved]]. She even makes a note of this in ''Godchild''.
* {{Brainwashed}}
ArtificialHumans: Delilah specializes in Deadly Dolls. Artificially created clones from dead people that survive on other people's organs and blood. The bodies are instable and fragile, requiring near-constant care. All the Deadly Dolls have some kind of supernatural power... though it's unclear how that came to be.
* {{Brainwashed And Crazy}}
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Jizabel's backstory.
AssholeVictim: Quite a few here and there. [[spoiler:Abigail from ''The Butterfly's Remains'' and George from ''Bloodberry Jam'' are noticeable examples.]]
* BrokenBird: Mikaela ...Well, when she's not in her {{Yandere}} mode.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Between [[spoiler:Alexis
AuthorAppeal: The manga is filled with [[BrotherSisterIncest sibling incest]], HoYay and Augusta]].
FoeYay...
* CainAndAbel: Ironically enough, AxCrazy: Several characters turn out to be this. [[spoiler:Baron Mayfield]] gets special mention for actually using an axe.
* BabiesEverAfter: The final pages mention that [[spoiler:Merryweather and Oscar]] are expecting a child.
* BadassAndChildDuo
**
Cain is the Abel [[spoiler:to his illegitimate and completely psychopathic half brother, Jizabel]].
* CartwrightCurse: Every woman who loves or is loved by Cain suffers a horrible death.
Merryweather survives thanks to ''extreme'' security measures Cain takes before doing something that could involve or get her turn into danger.
one very fast.
** Oscar and Merryweather get their share in the later volumes.
* TheChessmaster: Alexis [[spoiler:Or even more: Augusta]]
BadassInANiceSuit: It's set in Victorian England, so this is a given.
* ChildByRape: Cain BastardBastard: Jezebel was born from Alexis's rape out of his own sister, Augusta. [[spoiler:Later revealed that it was the other way around, wedlock and that Augusta seduced Alexis.is a primary antagonist.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted in ''Scold's Bridle''. The pretty ladies are all obviously meanspirited and shallow.
* Big Bad: Alexis Hargreaves.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Augusta Hargreaves.
]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: While BigBrotherInstinct
**
Cain may be aloof, he genuinely wants towards his half-sister Merryweather.
** Dudley
to help people Eliza in ''Lion's Emblem''.
* BigScrewedUpFamily
** The Hargreaves are the prime example. Incest is abound, betrayal
and usurping one's position are the norm. It's amazing that Merryweather is very upset whenever he can't save someone.
* CloningBlues: Mikaila is Suzette's clone, made with
the only purpose of having Cain's child. She was made believe one that Cain was destined to be with her and [[MadLove she based her whole existence on it]]. And when gets off ligtly. [[spoiler:And that's because she's unable not actually related to made Cain make love with her, Alexis has no issues on disposing of her, despite he told her before that he loved her.
* CreepyChild: Emile and Rebecca. Mikaela formerly. Cain was pretty creepy when he was younger, too.
%%* CulturedBadass
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Many characters, although Cain and Jizabel in particular.
* DarkChick: Mikaila
* DeadlyDoctor: Jizabel.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Emmeline, to a certain extent.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[RuleOfThree Three times]] in the climax-- [[spoiler: Jizabel and Cassian, Alexis and Ida, and Cain and Riff.
them.]]
* DisguisedInDrag: Jizabel during ** The Windsor family from ''Kafka''. [[spoiler:The previous lord sexually abused his childhood, Cain in one chapter, daughter. In turn, she uses her brother's love for her to sleep with him and also [[spoiler:Leroy]].
* DisposableWoman
* DistressedDamsel: Most of
kill their father. Then there's the sympathetic female characters end up like this at one point.
* DoomedAppointment: [[spoiler:Neil in "Zigeunerweisen"]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Augusta throws herself out of a window when Cain comes to visit her, his resemblance to Alexis triggering memories of her rape at his hands. [[spoiler:After Augusta is revealed as the villain, she admits she did this to further drive a wedge between father and son.
supposed vampire stuff going on.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Most of the cast.
BrotherSisterIncest
** Between Alexis and Augusta, which resulted in Cain.
** ''Kafka'' reveals that Devon has slept with his sister Justine.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Cain
* ElegantGothicLolita: Merryweather, plus half the female characters
CainAndAbel: Ironically enough, Cain encounters.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Jizabel doesn't understand
is actually the relationship between Abel to Jezebel.
* CartwrightCurse: Every woman who loves
Cain and Riff.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Riff]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Riff, after his evil SplitPersonality
or is loved by him suffers a horrible death. The only one to survive is Merryweather because he takes over.''extreme'' measures to ensure her safety.
* TheChessmaster: Alexis' specialty. [[spoiler:On a bigger scale, Augusta.
]]
* FreudianExcuse: Averted. ChronicHeroSyndrome: Cain would have some justification in invoking it, is aloof, but he never does. Also averted genuinely wants to help people and is upset when he cannot save someone. Especially noticeable towards Devon from ''Kafka'' and Emile in ''The Butterfly's Remains''.
* CreepyChild: Emile and Rebecca, for their strange obsession
with Jizabel; the excuse isn't so much "excuse" occult and spiders or abundant collection of dolls, respectively.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Several characters, though Cain and Jezebel stands out.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: ''Godless'' has three occurences. [[spoiler:Jezebel in Cassian's arms and Alexis in Ida's. Played with for Cain and Riff,
as it the latter is holding Cain, but is the actual base of Jizabel's plot. His abuse isn't just a past event to spur revenge, but an actual plot point for the story and an ongoing point of development.
* GenderBlenderName: Apparently, Kaori Yuki thinks the names Cassandra, Jizabel and Gloria are unisex.
** Coming from the other direction, Meriwether (or Merryweather) is traditionally a boy's name.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Cain's scars are easily hidden; the villain in "Scold's Bridle" has hers on her face and wears a mask to hide them.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Merryweather.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Riff, among others]].
* HollywoodScience
* IAteWhat: [[spoiler:When Jizabel was a child, he owned a pet lamb that he spent a lot of time with. Alexis secretly had the lamb killed and served to Jizabel for dinner
one day, promising him that he would be able to go see the lamb if he finished his meal. When Jizabel was nearly done, Alexis revealed what he had done with "I let you see him, didn't I? Did you enjoy Snark, Jizabel?"]]
* IfICantHaveYou: Mikaela threatens Cain this way a few times, and [[spoiler: Cain himself decides to kill Riff after his SplitPersonality-driven FaceHeelTurn because "you belong only to me".
dying.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Cassandra DisgusedInDrag
** Jezebel was made
to Leroy. And arguably, Jizabel.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Subverted with
dress like a girl as a young child, to hide him from Alexis.
**
Cain [[spoiler:and Riff]].
* InTheBlood: There's a lot of discussion (and {{Angst}}) about
had to what extent Cain is or is not "cursed" by crossdress to get information from Gloria, much to his bloodline, as well as whether or not Merry will be able dislike.
** [[spoiler:Leroy]] gets forced
to escape it. [[spoiler: crossdress for most of his appearance.
* DoomedAppointment: In ''Zigeunerweisen'', Neil sets out to meet Alexis.
The latter issue is sidestepped when she turns out not to be his sister by blood.meeting occurs, but the doom happens on the way back. [[spoiler:Though Neil survives.]]
* InformedDeformity: [[spoiler:Viola]] in "Scold's Bridle" [[spoiler:wears DrivenToSuicide
** Several characters eventually commit suicide.
** Augusta threw herself out of
a mask to hide window when she saw Cain during a visit and mistook him for her horrible scars, which turn out to be mild acid burns on an otherwise pretty face. But then, brother, triggering memories of having been raped by Alexis. [[spoiler:Augusta reveals that she ''is'' completely insane...did this on purpose, to further drive a wedge between father and son.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: Many DysfunctionJunction: Most of the earlier cases are themed around cast has issues.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Half of the female cast dresses this way.
* FreudianExcuse
** Averted. Cain would be justified in invoking it, but he never does.
** Also averted by Jezebel. His parental abuse isn't just
a Mother Goose rhyme, and [[spoiler: past event that spurs revenge, it is a plot point to the entire series]] closes with "bids you all adieu" from ''Simple Simon''.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Appears in "The Mark
series and an on-going point of development for him.
* GenderBlenderName
** Cassandra, Jezebel and Gloria are used for men.
** In
the Red Ram" arc.
* TheJeeves: Riff, [[spoiler:but subverted when it's revealed that he is even more mentally unstable than Cain]].
* JesusTaboo
* KillEmAll: Nearly all the minor characters introduced end up dead.
* KissingCousins: Cain had a crush on his cousin Suzette when they were children, unknown for him she was also [[IncestIsRelative his maternal half-sister]].
* KissOfDeath: In ''Forgotten Juliet'', Suzette kills the man she loved and betrayed her, with a kiss filled with poison. Literally.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Cassian was sold to the circus and performed in one of these for some time. During the series, his main weapon remains throwing knives.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Maryweather is the Light to Mikaela's Dark.
* LivingDollCollector: [[EvilCripple Rebecca]] in "The Little Crooked House".
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Riff for Cain, somewhat. [[spoiler: After he is swallowed up by his SplitPersonality, Cain goes the rest of the way off the deep end and is significantly more reckless for the entire rest of the series. [[TearJerker He also cries for the first time since he was a child.]]]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Aside from the main cast, we have new characters introduced nearly every chapter. Though they don't stay long.
* LondonTown: Where The Streets Are Paved With Excrement version. It ''is'' Victoriana, after all.
* LostHimInACardGame: Jizabel bets HIMSELF over to Cassandra if Cassandra can manage to get rid of Cain. (Perhaps a moot bet as it's not like anyone would have stopped Cassandra from taking him anyway.)
* LostInTranslation:
opposite direction, Merryweather =/= Mary Weather, primrose = prom rose, Baraba company =/= Barabba company named after (or Meriwether) is tradtionally a boy's name.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:Viola]] from ''Scold's Bridle'' has heavy scarring on her face and wears a mask to hide them.
* InTheBlood
** There is a lot of discussion around
the thief, Lukia =/= Rukia.
* LoveHurts
* LoveMartyr: Merryweather, in "The Little Crooked House".
* MadLove: All over
fact that the place in Hargreaves are a familial sense, but [[{{Yandere}} Mikaela]]'s love for cursed bloodline, to what extent the curse may affect Cain takes and if Merryweather will manage to escape the cake.
* MadScientist: Jizabel
* ManChild: Gilford
* ManchurianAgent
* ManipulativeBastard: Cain, along with others.
* MasterPoisoner: Cain is very knowledgeable in, and collects, poisons.
* {{Meganekko}}: Marjorie the Mortician's daughter
* MercyKill: Cain performs one on [[spoiler: Madeleine Russell]] when
bloodline's terrible fate. [[spoiler:Since she [[DrivenToSuicide asks him to.isn't actually related by blood, she's fine.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Cain does not approve ** [[spoiler:Augusta Hargreaves]] claims that everything they have done, which included causing most of Oscar marrying Merryweather.
* NaiveEverygirl: Merryweather.
* {{Not Brainwashed}}
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cain, although as a subversion
the internal strife of the latest Hargreaves generation, was because he is not a villain. He is an anti-hero, but it's not Cain that innocent bystanders have to worry about, it's getting in it was all part of their cursed bloodline.
* InformedDeformity: [[spoiler:Viola]] from ''Scold's Bridle'' insists
the way of the people who scars on her face are after Cain.
* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings: Cain
a birth deformity and Merryweather]]
* OjouRinglets: Plenty.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Cassian]]
* OnlySixFaces: Particularly in run
she was shunned by her family because of Count Cain, most obviously them. [[spoiler:They were actually caused when it came she tried to young boys who all looked exactly the same. More or less avoided after the ArtEvolution.
* PaperThinDisguise: Invoked and then subverted, twice in ''Godchild''. Cain doesn't seem to realize that he really should disguise himself more properly before walking
throw acide into enemy base... Just what made him think it would be okay to just [[ClarkKenting wear glasses]] after his blonde wig attempt had failed so much earlier?
* PetTheDog: Jizabel loves animals. And Cassian.
* PimpedOutDress: Every single one.
* PluckyComicRelief: Oscar. Oh Oscar...
* PrettyInMink: At least in some of
her sister's face for stealing her fiancé, but Viola got splashed by the art, Merryweather wears [[PimpedOutCape a short cape]] with white fur.
* PsychoSerum
* RagsToRoyalty: Merryweather grew up on
acid herself during the streets before Cain took her in.
* RapeAndRevenge: [[spoiler:Quite a real possibility for Jizabel to Cassandra.
struggle. Though she ''was'' driven insane by the scars.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: Several of the chapters are themed around Mother Goose rhymes.
* JackTheRipper: Appears in ''The Mark of the Red Ram''.
* KillEmAll: Most of the minor characters end up dead.
* KissOfDeath: ''Forgotten Juliet'' has Suzette kiss the fiancé that betrayed her, with a mouth full of fast-acting poison.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Cassian's prime method of attack. Justified, as he was sold to a circus and this was his performed act.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Merryweather is the Light to Mikaela's Dark.
* LivingDollCollector: Rebecca in ''The Little Crooked House''.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Riff is one to Cain. [[spoiler:Which is why Cain becomes much more reckless and further off the deep end when Riff betrays and abandons him.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacter: A lot of characters are introduced almost every chapter.
* LondonTown: As Victorian England, it is the Streets Paved With Excrement version.
* LostHimInACardGame: Jezebel bets himself over to be a slave to Cassandra, if the latter can manage to actually beat Cain and Riff's close bond.
* LostInTranslation: Merryweather turned to Mary Weather; primrose into prom rose; Baraba Company was supposed to be Barabba, named after the thief; Lucia was turned into Lukia...
* LoveHurts: Most of the love portrayed in the series has a lot of pain to it.
* MadLove: All over the place.
* ManipulativeBastard: Several characters, though Cain is the most prominent.
* {{Meganekko}}: ''The Mortician's Daughter'' has Marjorie.
* MercyKill: Cain performs one on [[spoiler:Madeleine Russel]] when asked.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Cain Hargreaves, though a non-villainous example.
* OjouRinglets: Found on plenty of aristocratic women.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Cassian is in his mid-thirties, but looks like a young teen.
* OnlySixFaces: Very noticeable on the younger boys that appear during the five ''Count Cain'' volumes. Though this becomes averted after the [[ArtEvolution art evolution]].
* PaperThinDisguise: Cain wears a blond wig when infiltrating a house where Jezebel is, but is immediately figured out by him. And the next time he does this, all Cain does is [[ClarkKenting wear glasses]]... again, nobody is fooled.
* PetTheDog: Jezebel's moments with animals. And some of his moments with Cassian.
* PimpedOutDress: Every single one that appears.
* RapeAsDrama: Alexis on Alexis' rape of Augusta is the most prominent case. [[spoiler:Turns example. [[spoiler:Though it turns out it wasn't really rape and that she was the victim actually planned and provoked it herself for her own sick purposes]].
one to purposefully instigate the seduction that led to the 'rape'.]]
* RapunzelHair: Almost all the Several female characters, and also Jizabel.
characters. And Jezebel.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Cain, his aunt/mother Augusta, his father Alexis, and his cousin/sister Suzette.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Mikaila.
Several of the Hargreaves.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: ''Many'' Many characters.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: More like nobility. But Nobily, rather than royalty, but Cain is not idle. He always solves the murders he comes across and has resolved to take down Delilah.
idle.
* RuleOfThree: The finale ''Godless'' features three instances occurences of a character dying in another's arms-- [[spoiler: Jizabel held by Cassian, Alexis held by Ida/The Moon, and Cain held by Riff-- the last being set apart by the fact that it was Riff who was dying, and Cain [[TogetherInDeath decided to stay with him]]]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Jizabel.
arm.
* ShownTheirWork: Kaori Yuki likes to point out that she often has done the research... and jettisoned it in then decided to favor of it into a more interesting development which might otherwise be prevented.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: An early chapter called Double inexplicably takes place in modern America, and has nothing to do with any of the recurring characters or plotlines.
** "Double" is an early short story of Kaori Yuki. I don't know how it is in Japan, but at least in Germany it's rather normal to feature additional and unrelated shorts in single volumes of serial manga... so, no, it's really not "Count Cain". (granted, kaori Yuki manga get this treatment extremely often due to the ton of one-chapter stories she has written.)
interested development.
* SmugSnake: There's none nastier Look no further than Lord Cassandra Gladstone.
* TheSouthpaw: Riff is left-handed. [[spoiler: But only his good personality is; his right hand was put out of commission for long enough by his suicide attempt around
Gladstone, the time High Priest of Delilah.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS
** Jizabel/Jezebel/Jezabel. Lucia/Rukia/Lukia and Emile/Emyle from ''The Butterfly's Remains''. Merriweather/Merryweather/Merrywether. Emmeline/Emelyne/Emilyne from ''The Mark
of the switch that he had to learn to use his left.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Jizabel/Jezebel/Jezabel, Lukia/Rukia/Lucia, Merriweather/Merrywether/Merryweather.
Red Ram''.
**
Special mention to Drew from ''Scold's Bridle''. Throughout that story, she's referred to as Drew but when there's a flashback mention of When Merryweather recalls her in during a later chapter, her name is suddenly spelled as Dolly.
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Riff.]]
** SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler: Unusually, it's the "created" personality that's the ''good'' one,
Dolly... and eventually manages then goes back to take over entirely.]]
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Riff]] is perfectly competent and pretty strong to begin with, but once the SplitPersonality takes over, people's heads start getting crushed.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: It's mentioned several times that Cain looks practically identical to his father in his younger years. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Cain is a product of close-relative incest between Alexis and Augusta.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge
Drew during an even later chapter.
* TarotMotifs: Delilah. Used incorrectly at some points, Delilah runs on the tarot cards being the higher arcana, with the 'play cards' of diamond, spade, club and correctly in others.
* TheUnfavorite: Jizabel feels he is this and it is much of
heart being the reason why he hates Cain.
minor arcana. Sometimes they are used incorrectly, other times they are used correctly.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Justified: Because, literally, it's Justified, as this ''is'' Victorian London. Do you have any Their idea what of mental health "care" 'care' was like then?
not very caring, to say the least.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Riff and Cain]].
* TrackingDevice: Verging on TrackingChip, [[spoiler: Cain's earring, though
All over the good Riff never needed to use it.]]
place.
* TrueCompanions: Cain and with Oscar border on VitrolicBestBuds, but they're and, eventually, Clehadol. They still always there for each other.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:Jizabel]]
have shades of being VitriolicBestBuds, but neither of them would leave the other alone when they are in need.
* VictorianLondon: The setting
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Alexis to Cain]].
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Mentions of Cain's green-gold eyes are made in at least one chapter per volume. Alexis often mentions his eyes are the result of Cain's curse.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Jizabel.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent
* WigDressAccent: Cain in a chapter of ''Godchild'', minus the accent. He doesn't speak since, well, despite being beautiful like a woman, he sounds very much like a man. His disguise is really convincing, and nobody suspects a thing. [[spoiler:It's already too late when Mayor Gloria realizes [[OhCrap who that woman truly was]]]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Oscar and Merryweather]].
story's setting.
* YaoiGuys: Riff and Cain. PlayedForLaughs when Oscar shows a picture of his former love, a woman who looks ''exactly'' as Cain.
* {{Yandere}}: Mikaela. Anyone who got between her and Cain would meet a horrible death.
* YouAreWorthHell: Frequently discussed by Cain and Riff, as Cain repeatedly claims he's damned and Riff promises to follow him to hell. [[spoiler: The final nail in
Cain, all the coffin for Riff's FaceHeelTurn is when he tells Cain that he can go to hell alone.]]
* [[spoiler:YoungestChildWins: Merryweather is the only one to survive and she becomes head
way. Part of the Hargreaves family. She also has the least amount of horrible things happen to her.]]an AuthorAppeal.
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* {{Badass}}: Cain.
** BadassAndChildDuo: Cain and Merryweather.
** BadassInANiceSuit: It is set in Victorian England after all.
** CulturedBadass

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* {{Badass}}: Cain.
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BadassAndChildDuo: Cain and Merryweather.
** * BadassInANiceSuit: It is set in Victorian England after all.
** CulturedBadass
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* [[spoiler:BiggerBad: Augusta]]

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* [[spoiler:BiggerBad: Augusta]]BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Augusta]]


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* JackTheRipper: Appears in "The Mark of the Red Ram" arc.

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* JackTheRipper: UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Appears in "The Mark of the Red Ram" arc.
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* ArtEvolution: The art has changed a ''lot'' from the first volume to the fifth; then Kaori Yuki took a break from ''Cain'' to work on ''AngelSanctuary'', and when she took up ''Cain'' again, the art style was almost completely different from where she'd left off. The mangaka herself even makes note of this in one of the sidebars in ''Godchild''.

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* ArtEvolution: The art has changed a ''lot'' from the first volume to the fifth; then Kaori Yuki took a break from ''Cain'' to work on ''AngelSanctuary'', ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', and when she took up ''Cain'' again, the art style was almost completely different from where she'd left off. The mangaka herself even makes note of this in one of the sidebars in ''Godchild''.
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The series was originally split into two halves, as the creator took a break to work on another series, ''AngelSanctuary.'' The first part consists of four arcs collected in five volumes, entitled ''Count Cain''. The second, done some years later, is eight volumes long and entitled ''Godchild''.

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The series was originally split into two halves, as the creator took a break to work on another series, ''AngelSanctuary.''Manga/AngelSanctuary.'' The first part consists of four arcs collected in five volumes, entitled ''Count Cain''. The second, done some years later, is eight volumes long and entitled ''Godchild''.
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Manga.CountCain