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->''"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''

'''''Gosick''''' (-ゴシック-, ''Goshikku'', ''Gothic'') is a Japanese LightNovel series written by Kazuki Sakuraba, illustrated by Hinata Takeda and published by Fujimi Shobo. The first novel was released on December 10, 2003. The ninth and final one was published on July 23, 2011. ''[=GosickS=]'', a series of short stories set in this universe, released four collections total. Creator/{{Tokyopop}} licensed the novels in the United States and has released the first two.

The story is set in 1924, in the fictional European country of Sauville ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS also known as Saubure]]). At St. Marguerite Academy, a school where the students love to gossip about horror stories and urban legends, many real mysteries find their way into school lore. There, Kazuya Kujo, a Japanese transfer student and the third son of an Imperial soldier, meets Victorique, a strange girl who is so small and beautiful that she can easily be confused with a living bisque doll. Her intelligence and smoking habit, however, make her resemble Franchise/SherlockHolmes more than [[Anime/RozenMaiden Shinku]]. She spends her days skipping class, reading multiple books at a time on the top floor of the library, and solving mysteries so difficult they have even the police stumped. As the series progresses, Kazuya and Victorique continue to get involved in strange cases, where they meet many kinds of people, both good and bad. Despite the [[ArtStyleDissonance moe-style art]], its tone is [[SugarApocalypse rather serious]].

A manga adaptation, illustrated by Amano Sakuya, runs in ''Monthly Dragon Age''. A drama CD, based on the first volume of ''[=GosickS=]'', was released on April 21, 2006. An 24 episode anime adaptation by StudioBones began airing on January 7th, 2011. In America, Creator/BandaiEntertainment licensed the anime, although they decided to stop distributing [=DVDs=] before they were able to give it a physical release. However, the ''Gosick'' anime is being [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/gosick streamed]] by Crunchyroll, and Australian licensee Creator/MadmanEntertainment released the series in [[http://www.madman.com.au/series/home/16591/gosick in two DVD volumes]] as well as streaming it on their site.
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!!Tropes:

* TheAbridgedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDcWxc3_Gyk Here.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler:Grevil has been in love with Jacqueline for years. Pity that she's (a) married and (b) completely oblivious.]] Also Avril's initial jealousy of Victorique over Kujo's clear fondness for her, though she seems to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy get over it]].
* AlternateUniverse: Apart from the existence of the fictional country of Sauville, it seems that [[spoiler:World War II starts in 1925 in this world]].
* AlwaysMurder: Averted in the Jeantan and Leviathan cases, [[spoiler:though the latter was [[DeathTrap a bit more complicated]]]].
* AmateurSleuth:
** Victorique. Grevil could qualify as well, seeing as his inspector-status is due to his aristocratic position and not actual talent.
** Grevil also acquired his position due to taking credit for solving cases which Victorique actually solved.
* ArcWords: "The coming wind" or all other variants, which can be easily inferred to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[spoiler:Preparing for this is the reason Albert do Blois did everything he did.]]
* ArrestedForHeroism: Kazuya gets arrested when he reports a murder he witnessed to Grevil, who thinks the way it supposedly happened was impossible, and therefore Kazuya is lying to cover it up.
* ArtShift: Most of the opening sequence is drawn and colored in an Art Nouveau style reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, a renowned artist in the Art Nouveau movement.
* AssholeVictim[=/=]LaserGuidedKarma: Roxanne the fortune teller turns out to be one, as does ''every single guest'' on the second Queen Berry who (a) isn't Kazuya or Victorique, and (b) isn't the person who set up the entire DeathCourse to begin with.
* AudibleSharpness: The Hunting Dog's axe in Episode 3.
* AuctionOfEvil: [[spoiler: The girls that were being auctioned off in the Jeantan case.]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: See GorgeousPeriodDress.
* AxCrazy
** [[spoiler:Ned]], who even goes berserk with an actual [[AnAxeToGrind axe]].
** [[spoiler:Harminia]] completely loses it after being outed as the true murderer of the village elder.
* BadassBookworm
** When the bookworm starts beating the shit out of an axe-murderer with a pair of brass knuckles, one might imagine that he's not to be trifled with.
** Or when the other bookworm [[ThrowTheBookAtThem drops books]] on [[spoiler:the fake Avril]].
* BatmanGambit: In Episode 22 Victorique uses one on Kujo (and the other students at the school to an extent) to make sure that when they take a gift from under the Christmas tree he gets the one she brought.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames:
** Kazuya and the true murderer face off [[spoiler:on the ignited bridge leading into the village]].
** Episode 23: [[spoiler: Cordelia and Albert de Blois' sword-fight takes place in this fashion after Brian blew up the entire building that surrounded them.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: For Kazuya, Avril is the Betty while Victorique is the Veronica.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Episode 3. Kujo. Brass knuckles. That is all.
* {{Bishounen}}:
** Inspector Blois is fairly attractive, if you can ignore his absurd haircut.
** In Episode 11, we see him before he got his strange new hairstyle. [[EstrogenBrigadeBait No doubt the female fans were quite pleased.]]
** In Episode 13, he shows up without his hairstyle and neither Kazuya nor Cecile recognize him. The latter swoons.
** There'a also Brian Roscoe.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Fake Avril aka The Second Kuiaran.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Cordelia and the Brians are dead, Sauville is severely disrupted by war, but Kujo and Victorique are finally reunited and are assumed to be married and live happily after.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Luigi.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 12.
* ChastityCouple : Victorique and Kujo.
* ChekhovsGun: Several of the various legends and fairy-tales Kazuya and Victorique have to deal with are introduced several episodes before they become relevant, such as the Grey Wolves and Leviathan the Alchemist.
* ChekhovsGunman: Duh, practically every secondary character appears in his/her first scene as a seemingly irrelevant bystander. A good example is the redheaded magician on the market, who turns Kujo's textbooks into a bunch of pigeons. Over the next few episodes he is revealed to go by the name Brian Roscoe [[spoiler: and to be associated with Victorique's mother]]. Or the two calm elderly gentlemen who sit right to Miss Sophie during the performance of the Queen Coco Rose play. [[spoiler: They are Jupiter Roger and King Rupert.]]
* ChildrenForcedToKill: In episodes two and three of the anime adaptation, Victorique and Kujo discover information about an incident of this that happened 10 years ago.
* ChocolateBaby: [[spoiler:Turned up after Queen Coco Rose's affair with the African court alchemist Leviathan, with predictably messy consequences.]]
* ClearMyName: Kazuya begs Victorique to help him when he is accused of murder.
* ClearTheirName: This is applied to Cordelia Gallo, [[spoiler:Victorique's mother]].
* CompressedHair: Averted. Mildred's hair looks like a FunnyAfro.
* ConvictionByContradiction[=/=]ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: Victorique certainly has a few Encyclopedia Brown moments in her "boring" cases. Almost all the claims she makes are plausible deductions, and certainly damage the original case, but they're a long way from proof. In one particular sequence which wouldn't hold up in any sane court: [[spoiler:Cheesewire over the road when the police arrived? Absolute proof that your friend didn't garrotte the victim with it beforehand. The use of a trap device like that? Could only be a woman or a child, as men are always directly violent. Oh, and your friend thought about blonde hair while out walking? Clearly that's your criminal, seen from the corner of the eye, because boys never daydream about women randomly!]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Kazuya and Ms. Cecile.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:Episode 22. Sauville is preparing for war. Marquis de Blois gets ready to make his move and Grevil has revealed himself to be his loyal [[TheDragon dragon]]. Also Kujo has been kidnapped and is being used to blackmail Victorique.]]
* DeathTrap:
** The Queen Berry is a huge example of one of these.
** [[spoiler:Also the cause of the deaths in the school clock tower after an alchemist's hidden lair became a minor tourist site.]]
* DetectiveDrama
* DisneyVillainDeath[=/=]KarmicDeath: The true murderer of the [[spoiler: Village Elder]] dies this way.
* DistantFinale: Showing how [[spoiler:Kazuya and Victorique are reunited in Japan four years later, after the war is over]].
* DualWielding: [[spoiler:Cordelia]] fights with two blades.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: [[spoiler: Victorique has them in the flashbacks to her days living with the de Blois family.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Victorique and Kujo. Together.]]
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: St. Marguerite Academy
* ElegantGothicLolita: Victorique. [[spoiler:And her mother, complete with tiny hat.]]
* EmotionlessGirl:
** Victorique ''seems'' to be this while on the Queen Berry, but she's really just repressing them.
** It appears that her emotionless personality is caused by [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie years of being locked up in a dungeon]]]], but comes to accept that [[spoiler: by meeting Kujo]], she [[CharacterDevelopment became a gentler person who knows love]].
* EvilVersusEvil: Whilst the series as a whole doesn't qualify, the background struggle between the [[MagicVersusScience Ministry of the Occult and Science Academy]] definitely does.
* EyeScream: Roxanne the FortuneTeller gets killed off this way.
* FairPlayWhodunnit: Technically all clues to solve the mysteries are given, although Victorique often has to use very outlandish reasoning to piece them together. Which is ''awesome''.
* [[FakeUltimateHero Fake Ultimate Detective]]: Grevil, thanks to taking all the credit for Victorique's deductions.
* FakingTheDead:
** One of the "hares" from the first Queen Berry did this. [[spoiler:He perfectly replicates this tactic on the second Queen Berry.]]
** Also [[spoiler:Queen Coco Rose's maid took the king's beating for bearing an illegitimate child for her leading to her own death]]. We see her once toward the episode where her escape is realized by Victorique. Suprisingly [[spoiler:the King]] didn't realize it wasn't her that he killed.
* FictionalCountry: ''Gosick'' is set in Sauville. Which was likely based on the historical country of Savoy (same location and very similar name).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One notable point in the anime's opening is when it shows Brian Roscoe. When the spotlights hit him [[spoiler:he casts ''two'' shadows]].
* FortuneTeller: Roxanne.
* FriendOnTheForce: Grevil, though it's more like [[spoiler:Brother On The Force]]. Who takes the credit for your hard work.
* FoodAsBribe: Kazuya gives Victorique various Japanese snacks in exchange for her help.
* GirlInABox: Kazuya finds one in Episode 9.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking:
** Victorique carries a pipe and enjoys [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gosick_vol_1.jpg smoking]] it in the novels.
** It may be a bubble pipe in the anime; no smoke and no tobacco are visible. Possibly a case of NoSmoking, as it's illegal to show underage people smoking or drinking alcohol on Japanese public television.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Even though the series is set in TheRoaringTwenties, Victorique wears old-fashioned ElegantGothicLolita style dresses. Possibly explained in that Victorique is said to sound and act like an old woman, and tends to be given old hand-me-downs by her family rather than anything more modern due to her ''interesting'' parental issues.
* GratuitousEnglish: The title is supposed to be "Gothic" .
* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:During the assassination mission against the Marquis de Blois, the Roscoe guarding Cordelia's back wields a pair of submachine-guns.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold:
** In the novels, Victorique's blond hair is mentioned a lot. Grevil and Avril have it, too.
** In the anime she's almost certainly the legendary "Golden Fairy Of The Library" due to this.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Victorique is an illegitimate daughter of the de Blois family with a politically-troublesome mother, which is why she's spent most of her life isolated from the rest of society.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cordelia (presumably) killing Albert.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Village of Gray Wolves a.k.a. Seyrun. Outsiders are welcome to visit, and residents -- even children of exiled residents -- can leave and return, but many of them are actually a HumanSubspecies; pale, [[ShorterMeansSmarter petite]], green-eyed blondes with SuperIntelligence, capable of AwesomenessByAnalysis, and {{Sherlock Scan}}s. The village Elders, meanwhile, are ''oracles''. '''Non-cryptic ones!''' [[spoiler:Though they do give the odd SelfFulfillingProphecy. And it [[BreakTheCutie really sucked]] for Cordelia Gallo when the Marquis de Blois realized she was a Grey Wolf.]]
* HimeCut: Victorique and Kazuya's sister.
* HoldingHands: Happens a lot during Kazuya and Victorique's various ShipTease moments.
* HollywoodToneDeaf:
** Victorique. When she sings in the bath, Kujo first thinks that she is screaming in pain or fear.
** One of the [=CDs=] features her singing the song "Incertitude". It is absolutely painful to listen to. There's also a second version of the song included as a bonus track in which her VA sings properly. It's difficult to tell that it's even the same person.
* HopelessSuitor: Avril for Kujo, due to his OfficialCouple-ness with Victorique.
* HyperAwareness: Unusually for this sort of series, largely averted.
** Victorique is most used to solving mysteries second-hand, so while she does pick up on a fair amount while she's on-scene, most of it is pretty basic or relates to her personal experience. In fact, it's Kazuya who she tends to rely on to get the facts for her.
** Luigi, however, has an amazing memory and once counted the money that fell out of Kazuya's pocket before it hit the floor.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Both [[MagicVersusScience the Ministry of the Occult and the Science Academy]]. The former uses scientific principles in its work more than it does anything resembling magic, whilst the latter [[spoiler:is led by one of the possibly-mystic [[HumanSubspecies Grey Wolves]]]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The series makes an art form of this, with episode titles are all heavily metaphorical some you can get an idea what the episode is about just from the title ('Blue Roses Bloom in the Cannibal Department Store') other's only make sense [[MakesSenseInContext after viewing the episode]] ('A Malicious Frill is Censuring the Farting Newt').
* ImprobableHairstyle: [[ThisIsADrill Grevil]], which Kazuya immediately points out and Victorique relentlessly mocks. Grevil mentions to Kazuya that it was Victorique's idea in exchange for her cooperation on a case, and was one of the reasons he doesn't like asking for her help directly.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: There are an astonishing number of Sauvillian women who look very much like the late Queen Coco Rose. To make matters even weirder, she was not known for her plain, generic features (which might explain such a coincidence), but for being one of the country's most celebrated beauties. Given how much Coco Rose's inspiration Marie Antoinette influenced contemporary fashion, it meant that many women actually ''tried'' to look like her. That, a large enough sample size, and the usual stylization can explain the rest.
* InSeriesNickname: The students of St. Marguerite call Kazuya "The Black/Dark Reaper" or "The Reaper Who Comes In Spring". They also call Victorique "The Golden Fairy of the Library".
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: It takes quite a few of the citizens of Sauville more than one go to correctly identify Kazuya's country of origin. Hardly surprising, given the relative lack of international travel at the time. Some people throughout the series call to him by saying, "Hey Chinese!" They either don't know his Japanese heritage or just don't care.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Things get considerably darker once the Marquis de Blois takes an active role in proceedings.]]
* LargeHam: Grevil, who even has hammy, over-exaggerated ''[[ThisIsADrill hair]]''. According to his [[BeleagueredChildhoodFriend childhood friend]] -- who married someone else -- he used to behave differently before he got the hair. Which means that he decided to become a ham ''in order to live up to his hair''.
* LastNameBasis: Victorique always calls Kazuya by his last name, "Kujo".
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Avril and Victorique.
* LittleGirlsKickShins: When Victorique is particularly annoyed/bored, she invariably expresses her annoyance with a kick to Kujo's shin.
* LittleMissSnarker: ''Victorique''.
* LockedRoomMystery: Episode 1 has one of these. [[spoiler:In fact, the lock itself turns out to be instrumental to the murder method.]]
* MagicalRealism: Despite the down-to-earth explanations for most of the strange occurrences in the story, some apparently genuine supernatural elements (such as highly accurate prophecies and the Grey Wolves' possibly-superhuman mental faculties) do appear to exist.
* MagicVersusScience: The heart of the SecretWar between the Science Academy and the Ministry of the Occult. Whilst the Academy has the advantage of far more empirical evidence on its side (and of not being run by the Marquis de Blois), both factions fight so dirty that it's impossible to call either one the good guys.
* [[TheButlerDidIt The Maid Did It]]: Two cases:
** In the Queen Berry case it was [[spoiler: the Arabian Maid]] who killed Roxanne.
** In the Seyrun village case it was [[spoiler: Harminia, who successfully framed Cordelia]].
* {{Meido}}: Victorique has to borrow a change of clothes from the train staff in Episode 18 having been soaked at the climax of the previous episode and somehow they find a maid's uniform that fits a [[OlderThanTheyLook very short 13-14 year old girl who looks like 10 or 12]]. Maids tended to start out at that age in the period, so it's not out of place.
* MicroMonarchy: Sauville.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:The English boy Ned]] on the first Queen Berry.
* MoodWhiplash: Frequently changes from dramatic crime-solving, to humor, to d'aww, often within ''seconds''.
* MoralEventHorizon: The in-universe reaction of just about everyone to [[spoiler:Victorique's mother, Cordelia, apparently murdering her village's elder, a highly revered prophet]]. Among other things, it resulted in her being banished from her home, losing her prospective husband, and having her daughter locked away from society for most of the rest of her life. [[spoiler:Although, as it turned out, the husband-and-daughter thing was really more of an excuse told to the rest of the world to cover up something [[RapeAsBackstory far]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness nastier]].]]
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* MysteryMagnet: Kazuya is starting to get an in-series reputation for tripping over gruesome murders wherever he goes, and it's not without reason. Hence the name The Black Reaper.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Beelzebub's Skull.
* NastyParty: Everyone invited to the Miniature Garden Box Evening is there so that one of the "hares" from the first Queen Berry [[spoiler:(Julie)]] can have their revenge for what happened 10 years before.
* NewTransferStudent: Kazuya transfers to St. Marguerite Academy before the start of the series, and Avril Bradley transfers in some time later.
* NiceGuy: Kazuya, which helps a ''lot'' with putting up with [[LittleMissSnarker Victorique]].
* NiceHat:
** Kazuya. It's not often you see a 15-year-old wear a hat like that.
** Victorique usually wears a frilly bonnet. In Episode 6 they briefly wore a jewelled turban, though it looked silly on her.
** In Episode 21 Victorique tries on a crown (it's prop, not a real one). It's much too big and actually covers her entire face when she's not holding it up. Her whole purpose in trying it on was to make certain that it could contain an entire human head of specific size.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Kujo is on the receiving end of one in [[spoiler: Episode 23 from a DrillSergeantNasty who even [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown kicks him for good measure]]]].
* NoSocialSkills: Victorique never really had a chance to develop them, resulting in her characteristic bluntness and making such things as [[DullSurprise her attempts at]] [[NoblewomansLaugh polite laughter]] a... memorable experience for all present.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pulled off by ''[[spoiler:[[UpperClassTwit Grevil]]]]'', of all people, in Episode 10. If Episode 11 is any indication, [[spoiler:Grevil]] has always been fairly bright... just not as bright as Victorique. He's still quite dumb with various weird conclusions he makes. He's smart in very narrow fields, and [[spoiler:police work]] is not one of them, despite his good eye for detail -- when he bothers looking in the first place.
* OfCorsetHurts: Victorique runs afoul of an antique one in Episode 22.
* OfficialCouple: Kazuya and Victorique, natch.
* OffWithHisHead: The victim in Episode 5.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[HumanSubspecies Grey Wolves]] tend towards this, thanks to their short stature and childlike frames.
* OpenSaysMe: Avril kicks open a couple of doors in the clock tower. Each time afterwards, she hops around in pain for a bit.
* [[OutrunningTheFireball Outrunning The Floodwater]]: Kujo while carrying Victorique in Episode 17.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Victorique's mother was forcefully separated from her after birth. Her father, meanwhile, took this to the point of actual abuse until Grevil stepped in.]]
* PhantomThief: [[spoiler:The Second Kuiaran.]]
* PhoneInDetective: Very common for Victorique, due to the restrictions her family have placed on her movements. In fact, it's implied to be the exclusive method by which she helped out Grevil before Kazuya came along. She's literally this in the Jeantan case, due to being bedridden with sickness.
* PingPongNaivete: Victorique is solving a complex crime with second-hand information one moment, and not knowing that one can get a carriage for hire the next.
* PoliceAreUseless: Not helped by having an UpperClassTwit as their acclaimed chief investigator. Averted in the Jeantan case.
* ProphetEyes: Used, naturally, whenever someone's making a prophecy, though it's really more of a case of their eyes rolling up in their heads.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Cordelia, Victorique's mother, was kidnapped by the Marquis de Blois and forced to bear his child once he found out that she was a [[HumanSubspecies Grey Wolf]].]]
* RapunzelHair:
** Victorique's hair reaches her ankles.
** Many of the residents of Seyrun.
** Including Cordelia, [[spoiler:Victorique's mother]].
* RedHerring:
** [[spoiler:The fake Avril's injured hand.]] It ''was'', in fact, evidence of a crime, but not the one Kazuya was thinking of.
** Also, [[spoiler:Cordelia's murder charges. Those were the reason her child's father wants nothing to do with her any more, right? [[RapeAsBackstory Wr]]-[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness ong]]!]]
* SayMyName: Kujo has the tendency to shout Victorique's name about ten times an episode.
* [[spoiler:ScaryBlackMan: Leviathan the Alchemist is shown to be this, although it had nothing to do with his being African, but with the fear people had of the mystery of his mask and his alchemy, which was revealed by Victorique to be false. The clothes he donned and the ruse he perpetrated to try to discourage further exploitation of his home country by Sauville's royalty.]]
* ScreamingBirth: [[spoiler:Victorique's.]] Highly justified, given that the birth in question was [[KickTheDog an obstetrician's nightmare]].
* SecretWar: Between [[MagicVersusScience the Ministry of the Occult and the Science Academy]], two powerful political factions battling over control of the government.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Harminia's motivation for murdering the Elder of Seyrun and later attempting to destroy the tiny city-state was to prevent her own foretold death at age 26. Naturally, the plan went wrong and eventually [[KarmicDeath ended up]] [[DisneyVillainDeath causing her demise]] just as the elder had predicted.]]
* SherlockScan: Victorique is very good at this, though her tendency to rely on second-hand information means that she lacks much of the corresponding HyperAwareness when she's on the scene herself.
* ShipTease:
** Many moments between [[OfficialCouple Kazuya and Victorique]]. It helps that [[OlderThanTheyLook despite her appearance]], they're actually about the same age.
** Avril has a crush on Kazuya. It goes about [[HopelessSuitor as well]] as [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy you'd expect]].
** There's also a moment in the anime when Jacqueline reminisces, LuminescentBlush and all, about how striking Grevil was when they were younger. It's fair to assume that if Grevil had expressed his feelings for her earlier, he might not have ended up an UnluckyChildhoodFriend.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Victorique and Luigi.
* ShoutOut:
** A girl with long golden hair trapped at the top of a tower by the person who raised her until a boy stumbles upon her. [[{{Literature/Rapunzel}} Remind you of anything?]]
** Victorique uses a pipe when she's thinking in a way similar to the popular conception of Franchise/SherlockHolmes, although in the anime she just holds it in her mouth instead of actually ''smoking'' anything.
* ShroudedInMyth: The Grey Wolves, a legendary European [[HumanSubspecies bloodline]] known for their short stature, golden hair, and vast intellect, are the source of several local legends and a great deal of general superstition.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Grevil.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Kazuya and Victorique to the Queen Berry murder plot. It didn't help that the culprit, being a SympatheticMurderer, didn't want to see two innocent children die in the gigantic DeathCourse they'd set up, and so had to expose themselves more than they would have otherwise wished to in order to keep them safe.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There is some contention on how to [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseRomanization romanize]] various names in the series, including those of the main heroine, the police inspector, and the fictional country they live in.
* StageMagician: Several, including the Phantasmagoria troupe, though towering above them all is the legendary Brian Roscoe, whose stunts include [[spoiler:using a magic lantern and a picture of the Virgin Mary to take out an entire German bomber squadron]].
* StarCrossedLovers: Or whatever their relationship might actually be. The elder of Seyrun predicted that an event that will soon come will tear Kazuya and Victorique apart. With UsefulNotes/WorldWarII coming up, it'll be no surprise, seeing as he's Japanese and she's (Allied) European. [[spoiler:Then it actually ''happens'', over a decade early, and they still get back together afterward.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Victorique looks so much like Cordelia that even Kazuya and Grevil, ''her own brother'', mistake the daughter for the mother and vice versa. Apparently Cordelia's hometown in filled with InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals. Her mother has noticably larger breasts (that is, any) than her daughter, even after the TimeSkip where we see Victorique at around 18, but it's hard to tell under the frills.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality[=/=]{{Tsundere}}: Victorique occupies the middle ground between the two, being more cranky than the average SugarAndIcePersonality and more reserved than the average {{Tsundere}}.
* SympatheticMurderer: The surviving "hares" of the first Queen Berry, [[spoiler:save for Ned]].
* TakeMyHand: Victorique to Kazuya [[spoiler:when the only bridge to the village collapses]].
* TenLittleMurderVictims: This happens at the Miniature Garden Box Evening.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Near the end of Episode 17 the instrumental version of "Resuscitated Hope", the first EndingTheme, plays as [[spoiler: Kujo and Victorique chase after the departing train while Beelzebub's Skull gets flooded. Also note the situation - for once it is Victorique who has broken down and it is only because of Kujo her hope is resuscitated.]]
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Victorique's method of dealing with [[spoiler:the fake Avril Bradley]].
* ToTheTuneOf: The OP "Destin Historie" sounds awfully similar to "[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Sorairo Days]]" and vice versa, as pointed out in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rVDQNbFYno this video]].
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Cordelia and one of the Roscoes.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler:The Village of the Wolves.]]
* TranslationConvention: In the final episode it can be assumed that most of the cast have been talking French the entire time [[spoiler:as Kujo's sister says she doesn't speak enough of it to talk properly with Victorique when she arrives in Japan]].
* TsurimeEyes: Victorique and Avril.
* UnkemptBeauty: Mildred.
* UpperClassTwit: Grevil is one who happens to be ''in a position of actual authority''. One can only imagine what state Sauville's criminal justice system would be in without [[ChildProdigy Victorique]] around....
* VagueAge: In Episode 7 Victorique indirectly states that she's around ten to twelve years old, though later recollections by other characters place her as being around fifteen, which would fit with the tendency for Grey Wolves to be OlderThanTheyLook and explain why she's in Kazuya's class at school. [[spoiler:This is acknowledged in the Episode 24 description given to folks trying to capture Victorique as she runs as far away from Sauville - as was suggested - as she can get.]]
* VestigialEmpire: [[spoiler:Seyrun. Very, ''very'' vestigial.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: A common fate for criminals outed by Kazuya and Victorique. [[spoiler:Harminia]] is particularly notable for starting her breakdown ''before'' this - clearly, [[spoiler:plotting to destroy the village that's been your home for most of your life]] is [[CaptainObvious somewhat detrimental to one's mental wellbeing]].
* TheWatson: Kazuya.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 19, which shows just how horrifying Victorique's BackStory really is.
** Episode 22 when [[spoiler: it turns out Grevil helping Kujo find Victorique and his affection for his little sister might have all been an act]].
** Dear God, Episode 23. [[spoiler:Kujo's been deported. Victorique is Albert's prisoner. Albert has defeated the Science Academy and taken control of Sauville. And then... Cordelia reaches new levels of BadAss in confronting Albert at a public function, stages a terrorist attack on him with Brian Roscoe's help, and then ''kills him'' in a swordfight. Then she gets killed, and Brian's twin makes an attempt on Victorique's life. Holy shit.]]
* WhatTheHellDad: Albert De Blois towards his son, Grevil. [[spoiler: With his daughter, Victorique, though, [[AbusiveParents things are considerably worse]].]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: Kujo, so far, demonstrates an admirable degree of restraint even in the face of likely death. When the lives or freedom of innocents hang on subduing a female villain, on the other hand...
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:After he'd had her provide him with a child, the Marquis de Blois dumped Cordelia in an asylum. Not, strictly speaking, a death sentence, but considering that this was the [=1910s=], close enough.]]
* YouWakeUpInARoom: The food at the Miniature Garden Box Evening was drugged, and when everyone wakes up, they've been moved to another room.
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