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Candace White Andree alias Candy

Voiced by: Minori Matsushima (TV series)

An orphan young woman raised in the orphanage "Pony's Home". While being a teenager, she is adopted by the clan Adley, the biggest, very rich, influential and highly respected clan in the United States of America. From then on Candy must go through many troubles in her life. However, she never becomes dejected, but stays cheerful, diligent and optimistic.

Miss Pony and Sister Lane/Maria

A kindly old lady and a nun who keep the Orphanage of Love afloat, becoming Candy's mother figures.

Annie Brighton

Voiced by: Mami Koyama, Yumi Touma (OAV)

Candy's childhood friend. When Annie was ten she was adopted by the Brightons, a wealthy family that had already lost a daughter some years ago.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Dark-haired in the anime series, blonde elsewhere.
  • Beta Couple: She and Archie
  • Cassandra Truth: Sorta. Annie is the only one in the St. Paul School who shows worry over the news talking about the prospect of a world-wide war, but everyone else tells her to calm down and that nothing will happen. She's actually right.
  • Hair Decorations: Like Candy, she uses hair ribbons. It becomes very important when Candy is framed for trying to hurt her by Neil and Eliza: Annie can't testify in her favor, but she manages to leave one of her hair ribbons to silently tell Candy that she believes in her innocence.
  • Happily Adopted: By the Brightons. Subverted when, in a well-intentioned but ill-advised move, they make her cut off all ties with Candy so people won't know that she's adopted and ostracize her as a result — not only this deprives both girls of their mutual emotional support, but it doesn't help her to deal with her issues.
  • Heart Warming Orphan: Played very straight when she's a little girl. When she arrives to St. Paul, however, the girl is so utterly terrified of being bullied because of this trope that she hides her origins from the other students at first. Not that it works for long, anyway.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a teenager, Annie sometimes pulls her hair up in a style that slightly looks like an old-fashioned noblewoman's wig.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Candy
  • Shrinking Violet: Has severe self-esteem problems, and even when she begins to overcome them she remains very shy and quiet.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Candy's Butch and Patty's Neither
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Believes that she is this to Archie. She's wrong.

Thomas Steave alias Tom

Another orphan from "Pony's Home", two or three years older than Candy and Annie. He and Candy stay friends through the years.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the anime, he pretty much triggers the whole plot via being the only orphan child who notices that someone has left baby!Annie and baby!Candy in the doorstep of Pony Home. If not for Tom, the two baby girls would have likely frozen to death.
  • Cowboy: Is adopted by a rich landowner and raised in his ranch.
  • Ship Tease: Sometimes, as he and Candy grow up. He also shows some jealousy of Anthony when they meet, apparently guessing that he's most likely to end up as the Unlucky Childhood Friend. And his adoptive father wanted them to marry at some point. It doesn't go through, however.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Candy, as children. Perfectly shown when, the day before Tom leaves the orphanage, he and Candy start hitting each other and Miss Pony has to separate them, but when Mr. Steave comes for him they say their goodbyes in peace.


Out of all the kids from "Pony's home", he is the closest to Candy aside of Annie.


Voiced by: Sachiko Chijimatsu

A kid that lands 'self in "Pony's Home" midway through the story.


A white raccoon who lives near "Pony's Home" and becomes Candy's beloved pet

The Regan parents

The leaders of a local rich family, a branch group from the VERY powerful local Andree clan. They take Candy in as a maid and a sort-of Lady-in-Waiting for their Spoiled Brat daughter.

  • Adults Are Useless: Mr. Regan is almost never present.
  • Evil Matriarch: Ruth Regan seems to take cues from the stepmother of [[Cinderella]].
  • Greater Scope Villain: Ruth barely serves as the Big Bad herself, but as the Regan family matriarch and sole (and enabling) parent of Candy's frequent adversaries Eliza and Neal, she serves as this for the series.
  • Rich Bitch: Ruth Regan. It's easy to see where Neil and Eliza got their nasty attitude... which she even encourages.
  • Smug Snake: Ruth again.

Eliza Regan

Voiced by: Yumi Nakatani

The whimsical daughter of the family Regan, a branch of the Audrey clan. Candy has been adopted so that Eliza gets a playmate, and ever since then she has done her best to break her.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Her skin tone was noticeably darker than other girls's
  • Alpha Bitch: Only rivaled in nastiness by Aya Misaki, Manami and Aki Honda. She is so haughty as if she is the lady in the family and as if those teenagers who are not her friends must obey her. Eliza often annoys Candy with her brother Neil, intends to harm her by intriguing and always insults and humiliates her by for example considering an orphan as a worthless being.
  • Bitch Alert: The moment she opens her mouth, she lets everyone know just how much of a bitch she is indeed.
  • The Bully: To just about everyone, but particularly to Candy.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Somehow, no one seems to notice her constant smug smile and evil glare.
  • Evil Redhead: In the anime movie.
  • For the Evulz: There really is no other plausible explanation of her behaviour. She actually HAD an inner monologue that admits that she finds chaos and evil fun.
  • Hate Sink: Probably created as a character the audience would hate... and damn, does she succeed in the most spectacular way.
  • Jerkass: To say little because, as seen above, only expletives can describe her personality accurately.
  • Karma Houdini: She's usually able to get off scott-free for her actions, and even when she does get in trouble she's good at weaseling her way out of it.
  • Kick the Dog: Her hobby. Her Pet the Dog moments are both uncommon and often lacking in total sincerity.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While Eliza generally gets away with the shit she pulls, the times she does get karma-slapped tend to be rather spectacular. When she finds out that Candy is the boy she had danced with in the School Festival despite being supposed to be locked away, she tries to rat her out her to the nuns. However, Candy manages to return to the punishment cellar in time with some help from Terry — and the sisters not only let go of Candy, but they get Eliza grounded for "lying". And since Eliza was the one who got Candy punished in the first place, this makes it a definite example of this trope.
    • Also, she once organizes a tea party to thank Terry for saving her life but doesn't invite Candy. Terry, Rebel Prince that he is, deliberately misses said meeting to hang out with Candy instead, greatly humiliating Eliza in front of her Girl Posse.
    • The earliest instance takes place when she and Neil lock Candy away in the attic of the Andree's Big Fancy House. Not only the Andree boys find her and doll her up in a Pimped-Out Dress, but she and Anthony pull a Dance of Romance, while all Eliza and Neil can do is helplessly watch in rage and jealousy.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Her laugh whenever it's not an Evil Laugh.
  • Rescue Romance: Falls for Terry after he saves her life.
  • Rich Bitch: Definitely one of the 'finest' (in the negative way) amongst Anime history (it's telling because this is an old anime and she still has few competitors). Eliza is rich, and she's not afraid to flaunt it to the more commoner Candy... as well as torturing her with her richness and continues to make Candy's life worse.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Her hairstyle.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Might as well be her motto.
  • Smug Snake: Which only makes her even more unbearable than she already is.
  • The Sociopath: She lacks any real empathy for others and sees them as her personal playthings for her to use as she likes. Points added for being unbelievably sadistic and mean-spirited towards everyone but those who are indeed stronger than herself.
  • Spoiled Brat: And considering the type of people she and Neil are, this is not a good thing at all.
  • Villainous Crush: A brief one, on Terry. Since he's smitten with Candy instead, he doesn't give a crap and humiliates her for treating the girl he likes badly.

Neil Regan

Voiced by: Kiyoshi Komiyama, Ryusei Nakao (OAV)

The younger brother of Eliza. He's a typical playboy, villainous and cruel just as his sister, also brutal, gloating and cowardly.


Elroy Andree aka Great-Aunt Elroy

The apparent leader of the powerful Andree clan, whose authority is only limited by that of the never-seen "Uncle William". A very lawful and stuck-up woman who does her best to keep the clan in line.

Uncle William Andree aka William Albert Andree

Voiced by: Makio Inoue

The actual boss of the Andree family, he is never ever seen but handles himself through letters and telegrams. He seems to be the only person who Elroy fears.

Anthony Brown

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (TV series), Ryo Horikawa (OAV)

One of the youngest Andrees, alongside his cousins Alistair and Archibald, and a very naive and sweet young man whom Candy adores. He likes her back and does his best to help her.

  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies randomly at the end of an episode, with the following episode dealing with the fallout.
  • First Love: For Candy, who loves him because she's sure that he's her Prince of the Hill — despite how he says he isn't. And yeah, he's not. But she won't know it until the end.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses. He even breeds a special type for Candy, dubing it "Sweet Candy Rose"
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Unlike the more gregarious Cornwell boys, he's very shy and lonely.
  • Nice Guy: A very kind-hearted dude.
  • Rebel Prince: Attempts this in the anime, as he wants to join a riding contest but Elroy won't let him. Candy helps him with a small Batman Gambit where, with Tom and other kids's help, she tricks Aunt Elroy into thinking people are spreading Malicious Slander about the Andrees and Anthony wants to save their honor.
  • Princely Young Man: Of the Gentleman type
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Male example for Candy (and to Eliza to an extent, though if she really cared about his passing or just wanted to use it as another excuse to ruin Candy's life is ambiguous.)
  • Uptight Loves Wild: He's fascinated by Candy's Plucky Girl nature.

Alistair "Stear" Cornwell

Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki (TV series), Masaya Onosaka (OAV)

The eldest of the Cornwell brothers, and Anthony's cousin. He's outspoken, very booksmart and prone to accidents.

Archibald "Archie" Cornwell

Voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (TV series), Hikaru Midorikawa (OAV)

The youngest Cornwell brother and Anthony's other cousin, very polite and kind but also very blunt when angry.

Albert aka William Albert Andree

Voiced by: Makio Inoue

A free-spirited man that crosses paths with Candy many, MANY times in the story.

Poope the skunk

Mr. Garcia

Mr. George

A butler for the Andrees, who sometimes takes care of Candy.

Sister Grace and Sister Margaret

The two nuns who run the St. Paul school. Sister Grace is the eldest and more serious one, whereas Sister Margaret is younger and somewhat easier to get along with.

Patricia "Patty" O'Brien

Candy's roommate in the St. Paul school, a shy girl who starts developing a stronger side with her help.

Marsha O'Brien

Patty's cheerful, kinda thoughtless grandmother.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: She embarrasses her granddaughter Patty when she shows up at St. Paul to spend the weekend there, since she was homeschooled and thus never went to any kind of school.
  • Cool Old Lady


Eliza's almost just as bitchy best friend in the school.

Terrence "Terry" Grandchester

Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama

A handsome, solitary, unsociable and rebellious youth who does everything alone and pretends to be cool. Terrence meets Candy right before their arrival to the famous and respected St. Paul School in London.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets a whole episode to himself in the anime, which explains his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Candy. At first both always annoy and tease each other, but soon they like each other more and more.
  • Bully Hunter: Who even whips Neil and his gang when they harrass Candy.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-English, half-American
  • Calling the Old Man Out: A HUGE and well-earned one, when the Earl refuses to help Candy when both she and Terry are in massive trouble due to Eliza's machinations. Terry then ditches St. Paul School to both pursue his acting career and to not cause Candy any more problems.
  • Chick Magnet: Lots of fangirls in-story and in Real Life.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits this hard after Susana's loss of her legs/acting job and suicide attempt coming after she saved his life, and Candy ending their relationship over it and how they simply don't work well together. It's so bad that it affects his acting skills, leading him from a once a promising actor to a drunkard working cheap shows in the slums. Thankfully, he chose to work himself back up to the top after some pep talks with his friends and seeing Candy one last time.
  • Heroic Bastard: More exactly he is the product of an affair between an English lord and an American actress. As a result Terry's status in the high-class English society is very shaky in comparison to the children the Earl had with his lawful wife, who also is quite bitchy to Terry himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His heart is in the right place most of the time, but his behavior is terrible — even when he is trying to do things right.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Pet the Dog: Protects Candy when no one else can, has a soft spot for Susanna.
  • The Rival: He and Archie
  • Take a Third Option: Between throwing Candy under the bus to save his position at Saint Paul's School and Taking the Heat for Candy and greatly dishonoring himself and the Granchesters Terry chose to... cut ties with his dad, drop out of Saint Paul and pursue his promising acting career in America.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Troubled, but Cute: He's very rebellious and snarky to everyone, even the nuns. But the girls (Candy, Susanna, Eliza for a short while) adore him.

The Earl of Grandchester

A very rich nobleman who appears later in the story. He has his hands full with his legal wife and children and barely takes care of his eldest child Terry, conceived out of wedlock with an American woman.

Eleanor Baker

A very beautiful and popular actress, and Terry's mother. She's the one he got his good looks AND acting ability from.

Miss Mary Jane

A good friend of Miss Pony and the owner of a famous nursing school. When Candy decides to forge her own destiny, she starts attending her school.

Frannie Hamilton

Candy's roommate and foil in the nursing school, a young woman with a deeply wounded heart hidden under her lawful and cold facade.

Dr. Leonard


  • Ill Girl: But as Candy finds out, it's psychosomatic - due to her very pushy Stage Mom, who's forcing her to become a piano player despite the girl's dislike of classical music. Once said mom actually realises what's going on and apologizes to Catherine, she starts to get better

Mr. McDermott

  • Big, Friendly Dog: He has one, a sweet Saint Bernard named Mienna. When he passes away, she goes live in the Pony Home.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Distracted from Death: Candy was having a nice chat with McDermott, then she went to attend other matters. When she returned, he had passed away

Charlie Sanders

Susanna Marlowe

Voiced by: Koko Kagawa

A promising and very pretty actress, her partner is Terrence G. Grandchester. Susanna also has feelings for Terrence, as well as deep insecurities about what she means for him.

Karen Kreiss