Benevolent Boss: Her maids are utterly devoted to her, and it's strongly implied she rescued them from the streets once upon a time. Mina also cherishes each and every one of those who swears themselves to her,
Broken Bird: She's not just The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, but also she saw her mother killed (possibly raped to death) by the three men who demand her to bear the child of one of them. She's considered as property by the three since, to preserve the pure blood lineage (that they helped destroy) she must have a child with them. And the chastity test is a constant reminder of that fact to her. Even after the most recent incident, she came outside with a vacant look in her face.
Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Despite her occasionally ruthless actions, Mina is genuinely devoted to peace between humanity and vampires. When she escaped Rozenmann centuries ago, she survived because of the kindness of good hearted humans who took her in. It left her with a deep respect and love for humanity and a drive to create that peace.
Hidden Heart of Gold: She hides it less and less as the series goes on. To put it in perspective, Mina is rescued by a Single Mom Stripper and her little daughter later. Mina absolutely refuses to harm them when she has absolutely zero reason not to drain them dry and skip out. More and more, the series reveals her as a gentle, kindhearted individual who is occasionally forced into ruthlessness.
Important Haircut: In Volume 13. In honor of the senate's death and to distinguish her from the fake Mina.
Interspecies Romance: Mina is a vampire, Akira is a werewolf, both are in love, but there's a social stigma.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mina has taken some morally questionable paths, and she can be cold and ruthless, but her deep love for those she cares for is unmatched, as is her dream of peace between humanity and vampires. Her kindness to Susie and Jessica is one example, but probably the best single panel that shows it is 200 years past, after Mina spent 20 years on the run in perpetual terror from Rozenmann's minions, when Alphonse busts down the door to rescue her, Mina had been staying with a kind old woman...and she immediately leaps in front of the woman as a human shield.
Lady and Knight: It is not that clear if she is the Dark Lady (public demeanor, ruthlessness, and the un-dead thing) or the Bright Lady (core kindheartedness and idealistic long-term plans) to Akira's White Knight.
Mayfly-December Romance: Mina is a 400 years old vampire, while Akira is a teenage werewolf. Akira's regeneration will probably extend his lifespan some decades beyond the human norm, but we are still looking at life expectancies differing by an order of magnitude here. Thanks to Mina biting him, and he (surpricely) not dying, it's possible that Akira may be an immortal Vampire Werewolf now.
Parental Abandonment: Her mother was murdered in an uprising by Li, Ivanovic and Rozenmann. Her father is never seen and what ever became of him is unknown. Ivanovic and Rozenmann call him an 'inferior' and a 'nobody;', which means he was definitely not a pure blood like them.
Princesses Rule: Though she is sometimes referred to as 'queen', her official title seems to be Princess.
Rose-Haired Sweetie: In the Manga she has pink hair and is a subdued example of this trope because she only shows sweetness to Akira or Yuki and always in private. She has to maintain her queenly mask after all.
Waif-Fu: Still in a prepubertal body, but she can kick great amounts of ass.
What You Are in the Dark: Mina is notably agonized over some of her harder decisions. However, when a clueless human takes her in after her escape from Rozenmann, she refuses to harm her or her daughter.
Forgotten First Meeting: He and Mina first met when Mina came back for her chasity test and Akira was just a few months old. Of course he doesn't know about it and thinks they met when he was 12 and met and comforted a crying Mina in a garden.
Full-Frontal Assault: Whenever he becomes a werewolf while wearing normal clothes. This stops after he gets a Beowulf's special suit.
Mayfly-December Romance: With Mina. He's a teenager while she's over 400 years. After Akira offered his blood to an exhausted Mina, he didn't died as normal for werewolves, leaving the possibility that Akira may be the first Vampire Werewolf in centuries.
Meaningful Name: Akira is literally a ray of sunlight at Mina's darkest moments.
Badass Bookworm: When you can help bring a tyrant's plans crashing down solely on the power of your determination, intelligence and research ability, you qualify.
Comatose Canary: Sort of. She's the only person in the whole Bund who knows about the fake Mina, but in that moment she's trapped in a wheelchair, unable to talk and all her messages are hijacked for the fake Mina since she now control the whole Bund's communication media.
Suddenly Voiced: "HIME-SAMA!! BEHIND YOU!!" It was hinted that the right stimulus will unleash her voice, since her recovery was going very well; she recovered her voice to warn Mina about the fake Mina's ambush.
Boobs of Steel: One of the strongest and most capable women in the manga. And she is racked.
Despair Event Horizon: everything in the final few volumes devastates her utterly when she's caught between the two Minas.
Driven to Suicide: In the final volume, she encased herself in a dark (most likely red) crystal, and Mina's dialogue implies she is dead, or else close to it. Wolfgang comments that this was because she could not forgive herself for doubting her own loyalty to Mina.
I Owe You My Life: Part of her loyalty to Queen Lucretia is that Vera was a Romani woman caught in a witch hunt. Queen Lucretia rescued her from being burned alive.
Big Damn Heroes: First helped Mina escape, but when she was taken hostage again, she recruited the maids to help her.
Disney Death: Supposedly killed when under control of the Pied Piper, she nearly initiated a nuclear meltdown on the Bund, forcing Mina to order Nanami's lover Yuzuru to push her to her death. However, she was rescued by Alphonse who made her one of his operatives.
Parental Neglect: After she was turned and forced to relocate to the Bund, her parents just flat out leave the country. It is also the reason she was attracted to Yuzuru as his mother is very neglectful of him.
Shotacon: Nanami was secretly in love with Yuzuru, a boy she looked after. Played for serious drama as she hates it and doesn't want to corrupt or harm Yuzuru.
Face-Heel Turn: In Volume 9. He switches back as of the end of Volume 12, thanks to the traumatic event that caused him to switch sides in the first place having not quite turned out the way he thought it did.
Lonely Together: His mother didn't even acknowledge his existence and Nanami didn't have parents who were around, or much less payed attention to her. Because of this, the two easily formed a valuable and much needed bond.
Morality Chain: While Yuzuru is a good person, his stability is entirely dependent upon Nanami's existence. Without her, he grows far darker and colder.
My God, What Have I Done?: When Nanami not only reveals she's alive but that Mina went looking for her and nursed her back to health. He has this reaction for betraying her when not getting the full story.
Abusive Parents: His dad was quite the hardass, both verbally and emotionally. It's revealed that it was to protect Alphonse from falling in love with Mina, to save him from the pain that would result of it.
Back from the Dead: Only for a few hours. After his death, Akira and Mina find one beautiful flower blooming in Alphonse's garden, and realize it's him. After Mina weeps, Akira gently places it into her hair, informing Alphonse his long-held wish has finally come true.
Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always seen wearing a crisp white suit, although sometimes, when he's gardening, he removes the jacket and rolls up his sleeves.
Beneath the Mask: He is kind, wise, deeply virtuous and more than willing to become the scapegoat at the end.
Despair Event Horizon: Alphonse hit it when he found the two Minas. Even though, deep down, he knew which was the true one, he allowed himself to dream that the fake Mina was real and could be his.
Dirty Business: Alphonse handles the less glamorous runnings of the Bund. If the Bund needs a five year old boy to be bitten and used as ransom for his corrupt grandfather? Alphonse will have it done and never hesitate.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Boy does he! He's been in love with Mina all his life without her ever reciprocating his feelings. Despite this, he resolved to serve her to the best of his abilities and watched her find happiness with someone else, and not once, up until the moments leading up to his death, did he voice a single complaint.
Lolicon: He's usually surrounded by a cadre of female vampires with young bodies, and in volume 14, it's revealed that he's in love with Mina. It's blatantly implied he and the fake Mina have been sleeping together as well.
Not So Different: To Akira. Both had fathers who were, while well-meaning, almost abusive in their attempts to groom their children to be suitable protectors for Mina. Both of them met Mina at a young age and fell in love with her, and both fight for the sole purpose of protecting her. The only real difference between the two is who Mina fell in love with.
One-Winged Angel: Like any other pureblood, he has a true form. It's a shining, crystalline knight, perfectly reflecting Alphonse's soul.
Reincarnation: In a twist on this, Alphonse is strongly hinted to have done this, but as a flower, fulfilling his deeply held wish of coming back only for a few hours, just to decorate the hair of the woman he so loved.
Silent Scapegoat: Deliberately. He left behind a record saying that he was responsible of the fake Mina's usurping and Tokyo's vampirism infection to protect Mina of the blame.
Thanatos Gambit: He forces Akira to kill him, both to end the life he no longer wanted and so that he could paint himself as the scapegoat for the vampire attacks that happened across the city on the orders of Fake Mina so that no concrete blame would fall on the Real Mina.
Undying Loyalty: To Mina. The Fake Mina bitterly comments that even Alphonse chose the real Mina in the end. Even his own honor and reputation mean nothing to him as he sacrifices both to restore Mina to power. Akira says it best: "You did it, Alphonse. You protected her all the way to the bitter end."
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Constantly living for and loving a woman who would never love him back made him tire of his immortal life, and once he was sure that he had done everything he could, he welcomed death as a release from a life he was tired of. As he said himself, "I have had quite enough of immortality, thank you. In my next life, I want to be a flower. Blooming at night, and wilting at dawn. And if in that short space, I could decorate her majesty's hair... that would be enough."
Three maids who are the protagonist of the side yonkoma "Dance with the Vampire Maids"
Action Girl: All of them. Their very first appearance is absolutely butchering soldiers sent to kill Mina.
Memory Gambit: They infect themselves with the Pied Piper as to 'reprogram' themselves and be taken in by Rozenmann as his servants... with added instructions to help Mina and eventually reprogram themselves as her loyal maids again.
When She Smiles: She's usually quite stoic and aloof. When she's not, it's usually adorable.
Would Hurt a Child: Would bite, kidnap, and vampirize said child for the good of the Bund... and then give him a vaccine to stop the transformation and then give him a teddy bear to show how sorry she was.
Shotacon: At the very least, she sure finds it pretty hot when she sees Yuzuru and Nanami cuddle.
Vegetarian Vampire: Nero was actually born to vampire parents and was raised on nothing but the artificial blood substitute Stigma. As she puts it: "My mama taught me only bad girls drink human blood!"
Yaoi Fangirl: They all are, but Nero deserves special credit.
A young vampire first seen in the final volumens of Dance in the Vampire Bund as a minor character, but becomes the protagonist in Dive in the Vampire Bund where the first volumen is about his story and how he get to met Akira Kaburagi.
Name's the Sameinvoked: Exploited in Dance in the Vampire Bund. The fake Mina has started to hunt down Akira once he discovered she's not the real Mina. As she ordened all vampires in the Bund to found "Akira", Akira Fujisaki agreed to be a bait to allow Akira to escape the Bund to rescue the real vampire queen.
Small Role, Big Impact: He kept The fake Mina's eyes on him while the fangless managed to get Akira out of the Bund so he could rescue Mina.
Goth, AKA Nina
The leader of Alphonse's bodyguards and warrior squad. Seemingly stoic and devoted only to Alphonse's desires and orders, she is in reality a kind, strong individual who follows her ideals wholeheartedly.
Gothic Lolita: Her entire squad. Gothic fashion are nearly their uniforms.
Hidden Depths: We learn a ton about her in Dive Volume 2. On her spare time, she can be found playing her guitar and singing on the street.
Hidden Heart of Gold: Nina is cold, aloof and unemotional about almost everything. She does, however, possess a strong moral center and follows her ideals in pursuit of justice. She also cares greatly for Ruli and Akira Fujisaki, going to help the latter on a deadly mission simply because she realizes he's her only friend. In another instance, a child vampire confesses his love for her. Nina gently informs him she already has someone she loves, but earnestly thanks him for his feelings and confession as warmly as she can.
My Name Is Not Durwood: She finds the 'Goth' nickname annoying and coldly informs Akira to never call her by it again.
Undying Loyalty: To Alphonse. She is one of the few to know his true intentions at his death and is seen quietly weeping.
Waif-Fu: She resembles a small teen girl. She's capable of kicking all kinds of ass.
A vampire born to a low-ranking aristocrat in the 19th century, Spallanzani is a hematologist who focuses on the improvement of "stigma", intending to create gourmet artificial blood. Though highly intelligent, his narcissism and excessively chatty nature haven't given him the greatest of reputations.
Fantastic Racist: Downplayed. While Spallanzani isn't too fond of humans — and if in fact loathe to have the director of a vampire research facility be a human — he does see benefit in human science at the very least, and his rocky relationship with the Director improves during the joint research on the creation of stigma.
Sabotage To Discredit: Averted. It's actually discussed, when the Assistant Director is killed during a critical time in the research and development of a new kind of stigma. Cunningham, however, knows Spallanzani isn't the type to stoop to sabotage.
Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: His character profile in the official doujinshi collection. More than likely drawn this way to accentuate his eccentricity.
The Three Clans
The last three pure blood vampires aside from Mina. Since they killed the other vampire clans and Mina's mother, Mina has to marry and bread the child of one of them to preserve the lineage of pure blood.
And Now You Must Marry Me: They killed the other clans along with Lucrezia, making it necessary for Mina to marry one of them.
Arranged Marriage: They at least let Mina decide which one of them she'll marry. Of course, this is to humiliate her more. After she won the bet and the freedom to choose her future, they decide to screw that and resort to invasions and kidnappings.
Faux Affably Evil: Polite and never loses his cool, but you can feel the hate in every single word.
Graceful Loser: Charmingly accepts his loss to Mina in the Carnival of Killers game. Of course, he's already got another plan going. He is far less graceful a loser otherwise.
Humiliation Conga: Oh, lord, does he ever deserve this one. Mina escapes, with her boyfriend who's really still alive. Then his famed army is absolutely crushed by five old werewolves and his castle gets blown up. Oh, and to top it off, the Three Maids turn every vampire in one of his cities against him so he has to flee an angry mob when he arrives. Rozenmann sure had one ''bad day.''
Scary Impractical Armor: Rozenmann wears a pretty awesome set of armor. To be fair, it would probably be fine against human weapons, but against the opponents he'd face...
Smug Snake: The man likes to present himself as a Magnificent Bastard, but he has neither the chops nor the charisma. He's not nearly as competent or intelligent as he thinks, he underestimates his opponents, and he suffers a Villainous Breakdown when the Earth Clan Elders annihilate his entire army.
Villainous Breakdown: When his entire army was wiped out by five old werewolves alive past their prime.
Villainous BSOD: Look at him when his castle is destroyed after his army is wiped out. He is flatly shellshocked.
A vampire crime boss in New York who pledges his loyalty to clan Rozenmann.—-
Attempted Rape: Tries to pull this on Susie Harlin, a girl who can't be more than 5 or 6, before Mina intervenes.
Faux Affably Evil: Gabe is usually seen smiling and making an attempt at friendliness, but he constantly sneaks in a hint of lust at Jessica's daughter towards her and makes it clear he can do what he want since his gang runs that turf.
Dirty Coward: Gabe has zero interesting in sticking in situations that may actually result in harm to his person.
Lolicon: Makes no bones about his appreciation of little girls. He also runs a child pornography ring that's heavily implied to engage in 'home movies.'
Sadist: Easily the cruelest 'flunky' vampire we've seen.
Smug Snake: he might try to be charming, but he's utterly slimy, sleazy and a total punk who never should've been given immortality. His veneer of confidence only lasts as long as he thinks he can't suffer repercussions for it.
Too Dumb to Live: Making lewd comments over a pissed off Mina and asking if he could have little Susie when Mina 'finished' with her was a surefire way to incur her wrath. And it did.
Beware the Quiet Ones: When he begins losing his temper a bit, Ivanovic backs down rather than force a confrontation.
Game Face: Li's reason for his fan is his mouth is perpetually frozen in a hideous, fanged grimace.
More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Of all the trueblood vampires, Li is the most deformed. Take away the fan he uses to hide it, and you see a mouth full of razor sharp fangs.
Not So Stoic: While he's not prone to Rozenmann's... hysterics, and certainly nowhere near Ivanovic's short sighted outbursts, Li shares his fellow lords' temper and when outwitted or challenged by those he considers his inferiors, he can and will erupt.
The Quiet One: Of the Three Lords, Li is the most quiet and laid back. It should not imply he isn't a monster.
Tranquil Fury: Generally gives this aura when he's angry. When he's really pissed off, it ain't so tranquil.
Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": His territory got infected with "Pied Piper", a nanomachine that would make believe any vampire that any order someone gives to them comes from Li. Of course this would cause chaos; best solution? Kill 'em All.
Bad Boss: It's a wonder Ivanovic has soldiers, given his willingness to smash their faces in if they even imply him chasing a personal matter in the middle of damn war might be unwise. Oh, and when most of his werewolves fled his service, Ivanovicwas so incensed he tortured the ones who remained into mindless, feral beasts.
Dirty Old Man: Though the three are after Mina, Ivanovic's looks and behavior stands out the most. Going as far of assault her when she's alone and trying to rape her; in the last case he almost succeeded, but at that time Telomere's leader h already replaced Mina.
Lolicon: during Mina's chastity test, Li is openly bored and Rozenmann doesn't look particularly interested. Ivanovic is openly leaning in with an expression of lust. He expressed a desire to enjoy Mina's young body to the fullest extent and lusted after another girl Mina saved because she resembled Mina as a little girl. The guy is the sickest member of the Three Lords.
One-Winged Angel: Like any other pureblood, he has a true form. It's a massive, hideous beast that resembles the demon Baphomet, oozing with pus and rot.
Sadistic Choice: Forces one on Mina: surrender or he will execute the Fangless.
Villainous Breakdown: His army is being defeated by The Fangless of all people but what drives it home is Natasha (aka Anastasia Romanova) making him see she's very much alive.
Ivanovic's second-in-command and the leader of his armies. Unlike his master, Nabokov is a pragmatic, far-sighted vampire and fully willing to pace the good of his clan over his own desires. after Ivanovic's death, Nabokov takes over leadership of Clan Ivanovic in time for Clan Tepes' attempt to exterminate it.
Affably Evil: Just being a soldier under Ivanovic probably means he's done a variety of nasty things, but he's quite reasonable, friendly and loyal to his people. There is no reason whatsoever to believe he is faking it.
The Dragon: To Ivanovic. While he's presumably far weaker, Nabokov is also much smarter and more pragmatic than his petty lunatic of a boss.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's...pretty clear that Nabokov micromanages the little things like actually leading the clan. He's also far less willing to smack an underling's head off just for questioning him.
Meaningful Name: It's hard not to notice when a character in a series so (in)famous for it's loli-bait is named after the writer of the original Lolita. Probably a Genius Bonus joke.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Genuinely loyal to Ivanovic and the clan as a whole. even though Ivanovic has done next to nothing to deserve anything resembling loyalty from anyone.
Pragmatic Villainy: His alliance with Clan Li was wholly based on this. Unfortunately, it rather backfired.
Revenge Before Reason: Utterly averted. Nabokov admits he's not really happy about current circumstance, and many of his comrades want to fight to the last as revenge on Clan Tepes, but Nabokov can't bear the thought of his clan being wiped out and is inclined to negotiate.
The former direct subordinate of General Nabokov, who in Dive In the Vampire Bund Volume 2 has defected to the Tepes clan. Alija was a Bosnian Muslim in his human life whose only reason for existing is to hunt down and kill Radovan Elichenko, the Cudoviste (Monster) who destroyed his home and killed his beloved daughter Katja
Badass Boast: "You do not know what a true Cudoviste is, Radovan. Burn this image into your eyes. This is your first-and last- chance to see one!"
Berserk Button: Elichenko mocking him over his daughter and crudely stating Alija must have slept with her himself to control her is what clearly sends Alija over the edge.
Heroic Sacrifice: Implied that after Elichenko is dead, Alija heads behind Ivanovic's lines to sabotage the Ivanovic Clan in the coming war. He, and all of the other saboteurs, are never heard from again.
My Greatest Failure: Blames himself for failing to protect his Katja. Even worse for him is the knowledge that they killed her alone of all the women because she broke under rape and torture and declared her father was a soldier.
One-Winged Angel: Alija's true form is barely seen, but it is absolutely monstrous and leaves Akira Fujisaki utterly shaken.
Papa Wolf: Alija was devoted to his girl Katja. The knowledge she was raped, tortured and killed by Elichenko has kept him going. When he learned Elichenko became a vampire to escape human justice, Alija became one himself without any hesitation in order to hunt him down.
Revenge: Alija's number one goal is to kill Radovan Elichenko for raping and murdering his daughter.
Slasher Smile: Gives a vicious grin when he's finally about to take Elichenko on.
Tranquil Fury: Alija barely raises his voice or loses an expression of utter calm, even when he is preparing to rip Elichenko apart.
Unknown Rival: Hunting Elichenko is the most important thing in his life. Elichenko isn't initially aware Alija exists, let alone wants him dead.
A Serbian war criminal who became a vampire to escape human justice for unspeakable crimes committed during the Yugoslavian wars. Initially a member of Clan Ivanovic, Elichenko attempts to defect to Clan Tepes while being unknowingly hunted by Alija Petervic for the murder of Alija's daughter Katja.
One-Winged Angel: Like most vampires, he has a true form. It's a hideous monster, worthy of the nickname Cudoviste.
Opportunistic Bastard: Willing to take any chance to better his situation and stab whoever he has to in the back when a chance presents itself. Also bonus points for throwing away his humanity to become an immortal monster to evade a just punishment.
Serial Rapist: By his own admission, he'd 'done thousands of Bosniak sluts' and not a one was willing.
Sociopathic Soldier: Elichenko was a sadist as a soldier who prided himself on raping, torturing and murdering Bosnians.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Alija reveals he was General Nabokov's direct subordinate, Alphonse decides Elichenko is expendable and allows him and Alija to settle their fight.
The Telomere Clan
A mysterious organization which influence can be tracked in many of the events of the manga. SPOILER ALERT.
The Bad Guy Wins: Double Subverted. She success in usurping the vampire throne, but Mina soon reclaims her throne back; but Yuki reveals that the fake Mina was actually looking for the Necropolis under the Fuji mountain. It looked that the fake was about to found the "Elixir of life" inside but the bowl she found was empty.
Green-Eyed Monster: Everything she does is driven by her envy of all Mina has and a burning need to take it from her. She makes offers to Mina's friends to become her friends instead and enjoys trying to steal the love of the men who love Mina.
Werewolves, collectively known as The Earth Clan, once served all of the powerful vampire families. In the present they owe their loyalty exclusively to the royal family, and have served Mina and Mina alone for the past 300 years or so.
Sink or Swim Mentor: The entire Earth Clan fits into this. A young werewolf's rite of passage is getting dropped into freezing wilderness, such as Alaskan mountaintops or Greenland, in groups of four to six and being told to survive a month. The best part is that they have no supplies or clothes, not even underwear. Either they learn to transform into a wolf, or they freeze to death.
The Earth Clan's fighting force. The Beowulf traditionally served as The Tepes Family's bodyguards, but now their duties have expanded to include maintaining the security of the entire Vampire Bund.
Badass Army/Men of Sherwood: Each Beowulf is undoubtedly badass, but they still suffer casualties in pitched battles against opposing armies who possess numerical superiority.
Authority Equals Asskicking: With a bit of Asskicking Equals Authority mixed into it. As the Beowulf is an organized military group, leadership is based more on the ability to lead than the ability to kick ass, but the Beowulfs would never let a pushover give them orders.
Badass: We don't see him fight, but he often joins his men in battle. While the wolves of Beowulf go into battle with swords, guns loaded with silver bullets, and body armor that can stop bullets fired at point-blank range, he just fights in his uniform with a single sword as his only weapon. And then in the last volume, we get to see him tear through vampires, who are likely using werewolf-killing silver rounds, like they were nothing. The next time you see him, he's covered in blood that isn't his own and has wiped out half of fake Mina's forces.
Canis Major: His beast form is a truly massive silver wolf whose head alone is larger than a man's torso. He even shrugs off werewolf-killing silver bullets like they are nothing.
Clark Kent Outfit: As shown in the final volume, the man is seriously ripped underneath his unassuming uniform.
Wolfgang: ''"Do not rely upon guns. They only slow the enemy. The true weapon of a Beowulf is the sword! Draw your blades!"
Interspecies Romance: Wolfgang married a Japanese woman, which is unusual as werewolves traditionally marry in their own circles.
Jerkass Façade: He acts like an utter prick to his son, but it becomes extremely obvious to most characters and the reader that there is nothing but mutual respect between the two of them.
Number Two: Shares this with Vera. He's in command of Mina's army.
Older Than They Look: Wolfgang doesn't look it, but he's over four centuries old when werewolves only live to be 150-200. The reason for this is he, alongside the elder lords were given "the Kiss Of the Rose" by Queen Lucretia.
To Be Lawful or Good: When Fake Mina takes over, he knows that she is the fake and he offers her no loyalty, but she is still the sovereign of the Vampire Bund and he refuses to break his code and strike at his queen. However, he is not above counseling others, who have less compunctions about being Lawful, to do the right thing, and he handed over Beowulf to the Earth Clan Elders so that it wouldn't fall under Fake Mina's control.
Tough Love: He treats his son like absolute shit most of the time, but it's to make the latter stronger. When it's really necessary, when Akira really needs support, Wolfgang stands with his son. For his part, while Akira is a tad bit resentful of his father's treatment, he appreciates what his father tries to do for him.
Undying Loyalty: Wolfgang's loyalty to the vampire monarchy, specifically to Mina, is beyond question.
White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. While he's always been extremely hard on Akira, he has nothing but love and admiration for his son, and has the best interests of his people and his queen at heart.
The Elite Eight
The Elite Eight are the eight greatest warriors in Beowulf, led by a man called Remus. They serve as Mina's personal bodyguard as well as the Beowulf's elite strike team.For an image of the team, go to this link. They are, clockwise from the top right corner, Leroy, Heinrich, Camille, Remus, Romulus, Shinva, Goto, and Hyunte.
Badass: With the exception of Akira and Wolfgang, they're the most badass members of Beowulf.
What the Hell, Hero?: The two of them call out Wolfgang for leaving Akira to take out all three of the vampire lords' assassins on his own as they believed him psychologically incapable of taking a life.
Warrior Poet: One of the few times Hyunte spoke was when, after he pointed the way to Nanami for Yuzuru, he explains his actions to Camille by saying "one cannot stop the flow of water." Camille immediately calls him out on it.
Goto and Shinva
The final pair of warriors in the Elite Eight. Shinva is definitely the youngest member, and Goto appears to be the oldest.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Goto is the Blue to Shinva's Red, likely because he is much older and experienced than his partner.
Teens Are Short: Shinva is Akira's age and by far the shortest member of the team.
Angie is an old friend of Akira’s who comes to work for Mina.
Cute and Psycho: Angie consideres that Akira and Mina's relationship is strong enough to make him forget everybody else, including him who's supposed to be his closest partner, so he consideres that the best way to ensure a place in his heart is to making hate him to death or die by his hands and traumatize him.
Love Makes You Evil: Oh boy. Considering how the manga got more dark than it already was because Angie turns out to be obssesed with Akira enough to try to kill Yuki and selling Mina's secret to Rozenmann.
He gets better when he gets a device implanted in his throat to simulate speech.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: The most charitable interpretation of what he wants with Akira. However, he screws it up for himself by working for Telomere.
The Earth Clan Senate
The Earth Clan Senate is made up of five ancient werewolves who have served the Tepes Family for their entire lives.
The Archer: Scott seems to favor a bow with gigantic arrows that can easily gore three men at once.
Badass: Oh, most definitely. Werewolves don't usually get to their age because they tend to die in battle. Not these guys, though. They've survived centuries of warfare. They were able to easily turn the tide of a battle that had given almost the entirety of Beowulf trouble. Special points go to Ernest, who single handedly killed an extremely powerful berserk werewolf by strangling it to death.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Unlike the others, who all fought alone against Rozenmann's army, Lords Ernest and Connery fought together and Lord Connery even died taking a spear that would have hit Ernest in the back.
"It was not long ago that Rozenmann's army was a thing of exquisite magnificence. Their disciplined lines and intimidating numbers could crush any foe. They were rightly known as an army of terror. But what of you now? Whence the rugged lines of heavy infantry? Whence the waves of polished spearheads, charging towards the enemy? Now you are naught but a mob of weaklings! You have grown old, Rozenmann! Old and frail! This will hardly be a battle at all! Let us show you what it truly means to be a warrior!"
Badass Bookworm: Lord Edward, who was a scholar before he joined the senate. That's right, even werewolf bookworms can kick a ton of ass.
Boisterous Bruiser: All of them. The very best of Beowulf are terrified of them because they consider sparring matches in which they reportedly shatter bones to be good fun.
Captain Ersatz: Lord Connery just so happens to resemble a certain Scottish actor. Bonus points that he's even wearing Sean Connery's outfit from Highlander. Lord Ernest is based on Ernest Borgnine, Antonio on Anthony Quinn and Edward on Edward Fox.
The Casanova: Back in their days, they were all extremely desirable.
Chivalrous Pervert: With Scott's possible exception, the lot of them can be rather lecherous. Despite this, they're incredibly gallant and respectful of women. When Yuki is injured and mute, Edward, Ernest, Connery, and Antonio head to cheer her up with stories of their adventures.
Curb-Stomp Battle: They administer one to an army that outnumbers them one hundred to one.
Dirty Old Man: Oh good lord, all of them except for possibly Scott. He was as much of a casanova in his days as they were, but in the current storyline, we haven't seen him in the presence of any women except for Princess Mina, so we can't say for sure whether he's as perverted as his friends or not.
Drop the Hammer: Befitting his status as the group's Big Guy, Lord Antonio seems to really like using heavy bludgeoning instruments. When all the other senators use swords or spears, he uses a giant sledgehammer. When all of the senators decided to use maces and hammers against an extremely resilient foe, he used a massive concrete street post instead.
A more specific example occurs near the end of the aforementioned battle. Lord Ernest is about to be stabbed in the back and Lord Connery jumps in the way.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lords Ernest and Connery seem to be especially close. It's telling that when the five of them held off Rozenmann's army, they split up to fight alone, but Ernest and Connery fought back-to-back until the end.
I Like Those Odds: When faced with an army that outnumbers them one hundred to one, they just grin, tell each other to take care of themselves, and comment on how for once, they won't need to share any kills with someone else for a change.
Implacable Man: Lord Antonio is next to impossible to bring down. In fact, when he was getting shot to pieces by a number of Rozenmann's soldiers, he just charged at them at took them with him when he jumped off a ledge.
Improvised Weapon: During the fight with Ivanovic's berserker werewolves, Antonio just rips out a giant pillar from the wall and begins clubbing his enemies with it.
Mercy Kill: Lord Ernest views the slaying of Ivanovic's werewolves as this, given Ivanovic had the poor things tortured into insanity. After the battle, he informs the corpse of one he'd slain to come for him in Valhalla should he still bear a grudge in the next world.
My Greatest Failure: All of them see Lucretia's death as this. Scott is later torn by guilt for not seeing Angie was a traitor. Scott had lost all his sons long ago, with Angie the only surviving member of his family. Scott believes this blinded him to Angie's treachery.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: In contrast to Wolfgang, when faced with the Fake Mina, despite her technically being their liege, they essentially give her the finger and walk out with the entirety of Beowulf to find the real Mina.
invokedStop Helping Me!: Lord Scott tells Angie not to interfere in his final battle. While they've chosen different leaders, they're still wolves and Angie cannot sully a warrior's last stand. Angie is driven to tears by his grandfather's words.
Together in Death: All of them are joyful at the end of their lives, because they can finally return to their queen's side.
The appointed liaison between Bund Security and the Japanese police. Though he is now in the Japanese civil-service, he was once a very well known mercenary called "Sledgehammer." Seiji Hama is the son of a Japanese woman and a Native American man who lost his parents at a young age and ended up joining the United States special forces until he was critically injured on a mission in Colombia. Accepting a chance to be more than a helpless cripple, he was used in an experimental procedure by Rozenmann's forces, becoming an artificial Beast Man forced to serve Rozenmann until he found a chance for freedom. His fate is inextricably linked to Reiko Gotoh as well.
A Father to His Men: Although they were almost all killed before he was even introduced, it is clear that Seiji is extremely dedicated to his men. As he sat in a cell, waiting for Mina's judgement, he cared more about how the bodies of his men were treated than he did for whatever unpleasant fate awaited him, and he was visibly relieved when the Beowulfs told him that despite being their enemies, his men were honourable and worthy opponents, and were treated as such. We see in the past that Hama was a soldier who cared deeply for the lives of his men who were willing to die for him.
The Ace: Let's face it, the guy's good at almost everything.
Arch-Enemy: To Bolton, who has been present at almost all of the live-changing events of Hama's life and carries a deep hatred for Hama.
Broken Ace: Despite this, Hama carries a lot of baggage in being forced to serve Rozenmann for the sake of his life and his men. He's also tormented by how he blames himself for the death of Reiko's sister Nicole Edelman.
Affably Evil: Subverted. At first he comes across as this, but it's made apparent later on that he isn't at all evil, just temporarily forced to side against the protagonists.
Anti-Villain: Of the Minion with an F in Evil kind, albeit one deliberately flunking the test. He's just an honourable soldier whose values would (and do) make the Beowulf proud, but someone he cares for was used as a hostage by one of the bad guys to gain his services.
Badass: When you can fight off the very best assassins a vampire lord has, hell, when you are the very best assassin a vampire lord has, you know you're this.
Memetic Badass: A minor, in-universe case. He has quite the reputation as a legendary mercenary called "Sledgehammer," so much that he has the full respect of the Beowulf Guard.
Breakout Character: He's apparently popular enough to warrant his own side-story: Memories of Sledgehammer.
Chekhov's Gun: When he still was under Rozenmann's orders, he had an escape plan, that was later on used by Akira to escape the Bund under the fake Mina's nose. Furthermore, his mercenary past left him with a lot of acquaintances in the CIA that were extremely helpful in finding Mina's whereabouts. Thanks, Hama-san.
I Owe You My Life: One of the reasons he's so devoted to Councilor Gotoh is because she saved both him and the few of his men who survived the assault on Mina's castle when they were abandoned by the people who sent them in the first place. However, it turns out this goes both ways...the two have known eachother for a long time and have been rescuing one another ever since they met.
My Greatest Failure: When Hama carried out the assault on Mina in the first volume which resulted in his men being slaughtered, Nicole Edelmann believed he was dead and attempted to perform a suicide bombing on Mina as retribution. Hama blames himself for Nicole's death.
Official Couple: Is clearly deeply in love with Reiko Gotoh, but keeps her at an arm's length due to guilt over his own relationship with Reiko's twin sister Nicole and Nicole's death. At the end of Memories of Sledge Hammer, Hama and Reiko finally make a relationship official.
One-Man Army: Even when he was fully human, Hama has shown he could wipe out an entire group of Afghan Militants and Colombian Cartel soldiers without much issue. As an Artificial Beastman, he's even stronger.
Red Baron: He's widely known as a legendary mercenary called "Sledgehammer."
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Hama disobeyed orders in Afghanistan to rescue a woman who turned out to be Reiko Gotoh (the first time he'd ever meet her). He describes this as the first decision he'd ever made for himself and he will never have regrets for it.
Spanner in the Works: Hama has managed to foil a shocking number of carefully constructed plots he's not even really aware of just by doing the right thing. A notable example was his first meeting with Reiko when he saved her in Afghanistan. Bolton's fanatics staged a mock execution to get her father to confess to the location of the Edelman Report. When it looked like he was finall going to break...Seiji saved the day and foiled the plan.
Worthy Opponent: The Beowulfs see him as one because of his strength, his reputation as a skilled mercenary, his dedication to his men, and his sense of honor.
Jessica and Susie Harlin
Jessica Harlin is a single mother and stripper living in New York, trying to make ends meet to support her little daughter Susie. By pure chance, Jessica finds a starving, exhausted Mina and believing her to just be an ordinary little girl, takes her in before discovering she has the queen of the vampires in her little apartment...
Alpha Bitch: In the past, she was this in school. She got a hefty dose of reality after a few years in New York and became a much better person.
Disappeared Dad: Susie's father went out 'for milk' when he found out Jessica was pregnant. Never came back.
Dumb Blond: Jessica's not the smartest person around.
Stripper With A Heart Of Gold: She is one of the kindest people around and a perfect example of how Mina and Akira's faith in humanity can pay off.
It's All My Fault: Jessica blames herself for Rozenmann recapturing Mina, though Akira assures her it wasn't her fault.
Living Forever Is Awesome: After knowing the real identity of the girl she just took in, Jessica considered turning into a vampire. It would mean eternal beauty, never getting ill, it would be perfect to continue without aging problems her career and thus give Susie a better life.
Mama Bear: Jessica for her daughter Susie. She has no reservation mouthing off to a pedophile gang leader who makes no secret of his interest in Susie. Susie cannot be older than six. She later becomes this for Mina as well for a brief period. And even when said pedophile i revealed to be a vampire, Jessica has no hesitation threatening him if he touches her daughter.
You Said You Would Let Them Go: Mina surrenders back to Rozenmann on his retainer Gerhard's assurances he will not harm Susie and Jessica. Gerhard promises, but Gabe, the pedophile vampire crime boss makes it very clear he has zero intention of not coming back for Susie. Gerhard has zero issue with Mina ripping Gabe in half before she surrenders and allows Susie and Jessica to go free.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: After knowing the real identity of the girl she just took in, Jessica considered turning into a vampire, but when Mina told her that she would watch her daughter grow old to the point where she would die in her arms, she changes her mind.
A teacher at the school founded by Mina.
Good Shepherd: She's a nun and believes that her students are her flock.
Protecting you is my duty as an educator and servant of God