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     Monte Cristo 

The Count of Monte Cristo aka Edmond Dantes

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

An eccentric aristocrat who, one day, just arrived on Luna and began acting as if he owned the place. Within a few years, he practically did.


  • Adaptational Villainy: While most versions of the story show the Count in an entirely heroic light, and while he was arguably featured as heroic even in Dumas' novel, it's hard to deny that the literary Count is morally ambiguous Magnificent Bastard, given that his machinations ruin far more innocent lives than just those who wronged him. THIS version, however, shows as he would seem to those innocent bystanders... which is absolutely satanic.
  • Affably Evil
  • A Glass of Chianti
  • Anti-Villain: Unlike most versions of the tale, the Count's plots are shown without the filter of the story being told from his point of view, which means they're presented as twisted, manipulative, and downright psychotic actions with no regard towards innocents caught in the wake. Then again, the three direct targets of his wrath completely deserve it, so you can't help but root for him when those exact people get their just-desserts.
  • Badass Baritone: Particularly in the English dub.
  • Badass Cape
  • Beard of Evil: Dantes was clean-shaven, while the Count has a beard
  • Becoming the Mask: In the beginning The Count only pretends to like Albert when in reality he only views him as a tool for his revenge. However, as time goes on, he finds himself developing genuine affection for Albert which causes him lots of angst and heartbreak, but ultimately saves him in the end.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil
  • Broken Ace
  • Byronic Hero: A villainous example.
  • Cape Swish
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Once his plans come to fruition he tries to act like he's pure evil with saying Albert was foolish for ever trusting him, how Haydee was just a pawn in his game, and trying to kill Albert. Ultimately he's struggling with being cold-hearted and his inability to become a complete monster are what save him.
  • The Chessmaster: He planned nearly everything.
  • Consummate Liar
  • Darker and Edgier: While the Count from the original novel was at least a little heroic, here's he's undoubtedly a Villain Protagonist, and is much more devious and ruthless with some of his tactics. That probably has a lot to do with the Deal with the Devil this adaptation brings along.
  • Deal with the Devil: As it turns out, he (perhaps inadvertently) made a deal with a demon of sorts called "Gankutsuou" (known as The Ruler of the Cave in the American version). While Edmond begged for someone to kill him, Gankutsuou heard his cries and recognized the future Count's potential and instead, granted him the strength and means to gain revenge - as long as Edmond allowed the cold-blooded demon to possess him. Because of Gankutsuou, he is afflicted with an odd condition which causes his body to be crystalline, revealing his bones and internal organs, and giving him blue skin, as well.
  • Death Glare: He pulls off a few; particularly noticeable during his last meeting with Danglars.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: As well as Obviously Evil.
  • Duality Motif: He has a red eye and a green eye. This symbolizes not only his moral ambiguity and inner conflicts, but also the fact that he is part-human, part-monster, part-alive, part-undead and part-earthling, part-alien through his symbiosis with Gankutsuou. The duality symbolism is also present in some representations of his crest, a stylized heart divided into two clear compartments with different colours to represent his remaining human feelings and the fact that he is gradually turning into a cold-hearted monster.
  • Easily Forgiven In spite of the Count making Albert's life hell in his quest for vengeance against the men who wronged him (up to trying to kill Albert) Albert forgives him and saves his soul.
  • Eccentric Millionaire
  • Eldritch Abomination: Probably what Gankutsuou is.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Dantes was a soldier, the Count is supernaturally powered.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Evil Counterpart: To Albert.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: His first handshake to Albert feels cold.
  • Facial Markings: The "eyes" on the Count's forehead are a manifestation of his power, and are only visible when he's using it.
    • These facial (later full body) markings are a Homage to Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger! Tiger!), one main source of inspiration for the writer.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • False Friend: To Albert, but with some Becoming the Mask.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What he received after being wrongfully imprisoned, used as part of the Wetware CPU for the Chateau d'If. The agony was such he actually would have died purely from the pain alone had the same system not been forcibly keeping him alive. Also, what he wants to do to those that wronged him.
    • Also what will happen if he dies while possessed by Gankutsuo.
  • Fiction 500: Even accounting for 3000 years of inflation, the figures we hear make it obvious the Count would still be a trillionare by today's standards. Beauchamp notes that his Big Fancy House alone is basically made up of solid 24-karat gold for no reason other than to show off to the other nobility.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Not only his goatee, but his long, curly, dark hair can be unsettling, as well as a stark contrast to everyone else's.
  • The Heartless: He might be this.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The further along the series goes the more it becomes apparent that the Count is not much better than the men who betrayed him.
  • Large Ham
  • Love Redeems
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: This is one of the things that draws Albert to him.
  • Narrator All Along
  • Nominal Hero
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Ominous Opera Cape/Pimped-Out Cape: Somehow manages to have both of these.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Technically not a vampire, but looks like one, and is compared to one in more than one occasion as a Shout-Out to the original novel, where he is briefly compared to Polidori's Lord Ruthven, one of the earliest examples of suave gentleman vampires in fiction.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Sanity Slippage
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Gankutsuou was sealed away for a thousand years in the Chateau d'If, but has been residing within the count since the two escaped together. If the count dies with Gankutsuou still inside him, then Gankutsuou will finally be free to wreak havoc upon the galaxy.
  • Slasher Smile
  • Split-Personality Takeover
  • The Spook: Played straight for half the series, as no one has any concrete data about anything earlier than when he arrived on Luna. While all of his documents are totally valid and legal, no one knows how he got them or who he was beforehand. When Albert's politician friend tries to investigate him in the Royal Archives, his (extremely high level) clearence only gets him the vaguest hints about who The Count is.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The titular Gankutsuou.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Took a Level in Badass: Apparently, this is what Chateau d'If does to you.
  • The Heavy: What else would you expect from the titular character?
  • The Trickster
  • The Unfettered: In the manga, Albert waxes poetic about how "free" he seems.
  • Unusual Ears: The Count has pointed ears.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Villainous Friendship: type 3 with all of his servants, occasionally a type 1 shows through.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And blue skin, apparently.

Giovanni Bertuccio

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (JP), Beau Billingslea (as John Daniels) (EN)

  • Affably Evil: Almost always formal.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Male example.
  • Battle Butler: Looks and acts the part.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Near the end, Baptistin gives Albert a communicator, unbeknownst to the count, and he has Bertuccio drive their ship right into Fernand's ship as it attacks Paris, disabling it. The two then rush in, save Albert and his mother and rehabilitate them.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The Count is way more powerful than he is, but his function is to fight so the count doesn't have to.
  • The Dragon: Possibly Co-Dragons with Baptistin, but he appears in the position more often, directly accepting orders and carrying them out.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Odd considering every other character (even Ali) changes clothes at least once. Subverted in the final episode.
  • Ramming Always Works: He drives the much smaller and heavily shielded ship at the Fernand's, he doesn't ram the ship itself, but hits the more fragile anti-gravity/fuel tank, and that brings the ship down. His ship is still able to fly at a limited capacity after that.
  • Salt and Pepper: The more calm Pepper to Baptistin's salt
  • Scary Black Man
  • Sinister Shades: Mostly Opaque Lenses, and sometimes his eyes show through, usually when he shows a softer side. Near the end, when struggling with a moral choice shooting Albert one is opaque, one is clear.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Baptistin
  • The Tragic Rose: He opens up the final episode with one throwing it into the pit where the Count's house once was, and where he died.
  • Undying Loyalty: Mentions he'd follow his master into hell, though in the end he defies him when he realizes that the count's gone too far. After that he serves under Haidee, calling her princess.
  • Unusual Ears: He has a pair, coupled with a matching pair of fangs - neither of which he had before joining the Count's team.
  • Villainous Rescue: Episode 2, he and Baptistin rush in and save Albert from Luigi's gang.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Opens up his fight in episode 2 with a clothesline move.

Baptistin

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

  • Battle Butler: Serves drinks, chauffeurs the count, steers his boat, fences with him, and subdues his enemies.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He gives Albert a communicator, and when Albert is in trouble on Fernand's ship, Baptistan and Bertuccio ram Fernand's ship with their own.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He and Bertuccio fight so the count doesn't, to hide the fact that he's so powerful.
  • Co-Dragons: Though Bertuccio seems to be the more active of the two.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His facial expressions and tone give off the idea that he's mocking other people.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Pretty noticeable when everyone else always wears different clothes.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He tries to pass getting shot in the shoulder off as one, but he immediately goes down, and Bertuccio has to try and stop the bleeding with a cloth. He survives, but provides no more use in the scene, and must be carried out.
  • Pet the Dog: When he finds Albert asleep at the counts door, he wakes him up and sends him off instead of attacking him. The determination inspires Baptistin to give him a communicator when Fernand attacks Paris, and he and Bertuccio save Albert and his mother.
  • Salt and Pepper: The more radical salt to Bertuccio's pepper.
  • Taking the Bullet: When the count shoots at Albert and Bertuccio, he jumps into the bullets path and takes it in the arm.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Bertuccio
  • Undying Loyalty: To the count, up until the end, where he defies him, after that he serves Haidee, calling her princess and even trying to buy her some jewelry, though when he sees the model is Peppo he chooses not to.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

Haidee

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

  • Dragon Ascendant: She wasn't The Dragon, per say, but at the end of the series, she's in charge and the other three servants willingly follow her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Spent years as a slave, lost her parents, and was a pawn (or so he says) in the Count's quest for vengeance, but ultimately finds him redeemed and is restored to her rightful place as the ruler of Janina.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Happy as the count's servant, as there are far worse fates, and he treats her well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In spite of her grudge against Fernand Morcerf, Haidee feels no satisfaction from publicly humiliating him and is instead guilt-ridden, realizing she's just ruined the lives of his wife and son who were innocent of anything and that the Count is destined for nothing but regret if he continues with his plans.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the man who put her in her position Fernand and exposes him as a fraud.
  • Spanner in the Works: She threw one into Fernand's bid for presidency, and accused him of War crimes, just like the Count planned.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She has a knife that her mother gave her when she died, telling her to use it to commit suicide should a master ever attempt to violate her.

Ali

  • Healing Hands: When the count is shot, Bertuccio and Baptistin take him to Ali, and tell him to do his thing, Ali both heals him and extracts the bullet.
  • Pet the Dog: When the Count's lair collapses, he takes Héloïse's and her son's hand and gets them to safety.
  • Race Lift: Of the human race variety.
  • Scary Black Man: He was one in the book, now he's a green skinned alien.
  • The Voiceless: In contrast to the Count's other servants.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Sometimes.

Andrea Cavalcanti aka Benedetto

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP) Liam O'Brien (English)

     Morcerfs 

Albert de Morcerf

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Aya Endo (JP, young), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, as Kevin Hatcher), Wendee Lee (EN, young)

Mercedes de Morcerf

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)

  • Ambiguously Brown: Is a lot more tan than everyone else in Paris due to being Catalan instead of ethnically French.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Femme Fatale: Downplayed. She dresses every bit like an overly rich Femme Fatale but her personality is fairly innocent. She's the only one of the parents who isn't a selfish asshole or committed heinous crimes and as such is the only one who gets a good ending.
  • Good Parents: Is a kind and loving mother to Albert.
  • Proper Lady

Fernand de Morcerff aka Fernand Mondego

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), Paul St Peter (as Francis C. Cole, EN)

  • Broken Pedestal: He's one to Albert when it's revealed his aristocracy was bought and committed various atrocities during his time as a soldier.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Technically gray/silver due to age.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Franz.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike Villefort and Danglars who are in loveless marriages and think of their children as little more than tools to become wealthier or more powerful Fernand genuinely loves his wife and son.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: A lot of his war record is falsified and he has committed war crimes in the past. However, he is a capable soldier as shown with his battle against the Count.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Morcerf shoots his wife and son when he realizes he has lost everything.
  • Large Ham
  • Love Makes You Evil: Fernand's Start of Darkness (I was tired of living that loser life) was being pushed over the edge due to his being on the losing end of the Love Triangle between him and his childhood best friends Mercedes and Edmond, which he attributed in large part to the fact that he was poor and struggling in his own profession while Dantes was rich and successful in his career.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Or rather send him to prison to spend the rest of his life.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes his actions and selfishness have hurt everyone he ever loved and apologizes to the Count for what he did to him.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies by his own hand at the side of Edmond, his best friend who he betrayed years ago.
  • Start of Darkness: Of the three men who betrayed Edmond Dantes, Fernand is the most sympathetic, just wanting to be more than a lowly dock worker at Marseilles and to be loved by Mercedes. Unfortunately it meant he had to reveal the presence of a letter to the authorities and betray his best friend. He's also the only one to accept and show regret for his actions and genuinely apologizes to the Count.
  • Villainous Breakdown

     Danglars 

Eugenie Danglars

Voiced by: Chie Nakamura (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)

Baron Jullian Danglars

Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), Doug Stone (EN)

Madame Victoria de Danglars

Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (JP), Jane Alan (EN)

     Villeforts 

The Villefort Family in General

An aristocratic family of barristers, lawyers, and other men of the law. In recent years they suddenly went from a respected if quaint Parisian line to one of the "three corners of power" in Paris, making their patriarch, Gérard, one of the most powerful men in the human empire.

Valentine de Villefort

Voiced by: Junko Miura (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)

The reculsive eldest daughter of the Villefort family.
  • Arranged Marriage: Has been set up to marry Franz since they were both children. She seems to be alright with it, but Franz can't think of her as anything but a friend.
  • The Beard: Not intentionally, but this is definitely one reason Franz initially pursues their arranged marriage.
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Ill Girl Because her stepmother is poisoning her.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Maximilien.
  • Proper Lady
  • Uptown Girl: To Maximilien who is considered unsuitable for her due to his lower class.

Crown Prosecutor Gérard de Villefort

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (JP), Abe Lasser (EN)

  • Ambition Is Evil: Due to his family name being on the letter revealing the conspirators who killed the Prince, Villefort had Dantes convicted as a scandal surrounding his family would have damaged Villefort's chances of ascending higher in the government and society.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: It's implied he's somewhat responsible for his father's condition. Partially it was due to the pressure of living up to his family name with his father working in the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Hanging Judge: Even called one by a civilian.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks show the young Villefort to be a bishonen with a much friendlier expression. It's suggested that being evil along with age gave him his current appearance.
  • High-Class Glass
  • Scary Shiny Monocle
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sadistic hanging judge he may be, but when he presents the ultimatum of suicide or life in an asylum note  to his murderous, backstabbing wife large parts of the audience cheered.

Héloïse Villefort

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)

Noirtier Villefort

Voiced by: Tony Oliver (EN)

  • Cool Old Guy: The only other adult besides Mercedes who isn't a selfish asshole.
  • The Voiceless: Suffered a stroke years ago and is bound to a wheelchair and respirator as a result.

     Luigi's Gang 

Luigi Vampa

Voiced by: Tamio Sobami (JP), William Frederick Knight (EN)

One of the most infamous mafia bosses on Luna, Luigi Vampa has become infamous for kidnapping rich tourists and ransoming them off for astronomical amounts of money. A fan of punctuality, he expects the same adherence to schedules from his "clients" that he shows them.


  • Beard of Evil
  • Berserk Button: He is a stickler for schedules, and will kill people over it. Even if you get the ransom together, he won't accept it a minute late and will execute the prisoner. Being punctual is more important than making money.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: How he appears later after the event below.
  • Eye Scream: What the count does to him in their first encounter.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a large scar on his face.
  • Off Model: Luigi's scar goes missing when his face is in close-up in episode 2.

Peppo

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Carrie Savage (EN)

  • Ambiguous Gender: The anime never confirms if Peppo is really male or female. Peppo was confirmed to be male by the manga adaptation, as well as originally being a boy crossdressing as a girl to seduce Albert in the novel.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • The Imp: She's not outright malicious, but she LOVES screwing with Albert's naiveté.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason she gives for helping Albert crash Eugenie's wedding. And from the look on her face as they drive away, she's not just messing with him this time.
  • Love Redeems: Implied to be the reason she ultimately helps Albert.
  • Meido
  • The Mole: Was the Count's spy.
  • Transsexual: Possible. In her final appearance in the commercial she says: "You too can be reborn", which seems to imply that that's what she's done.
    • CharacterDevelopment: It can also be taken as everyone can be reborn and redeem themselves, just like the Count and Albert.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser

     Other Characters 

Franz d'Epinay

Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP), Ezra Weisz (as Ethan Murray EN)

Albert's best friend and a member of the aristocracy, the two have been inseperable since Albert and Franz met at the funeral of Franz's father. Due to only belonging to a minor family, he is a lot more Down to Earth than the rest of the nobility.


Maximilien Morel

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)

Born in a small fishing town, Maximilien finds himself suddenly inducted into the social circles of the elite after saving the life of the blueblood officer Raoul de Château-Renaud. Due to his status as an outsider, he is able to see aristocratic life for what it is.

Raoul de Château-Renaud

Voiced by: MIKI (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

Maximilian's superior officer, and the individual who is sponsoring Max's introduction into high society, like Albert is with the count. After having his life saved by Maximilian, he vowed to help the impoverished soldier and his family.
  • Cool Car: Is a fan of them
  • Fantastic Racism: Despises aliens due to his experience fighting against them in the war.
  • Hidden Depths: He's one of the least seen of Albert's group of friends, only serving to introduce them to Maximilien, and helping them rescue Valentine. However when Albert is beaten unconscious by a group of guards, Raoul saves him, subdues the guards, and get's his bike back off-screen (he was a soldier). After that, he has a surprisingly deep conversation with Albert, saying he likes cars more than people because their easier to understand, and despite that he volunteered his car to be the getaway vehicle when rescuing Valentine (it got shot up). He also begins crying at Franz's death.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks like a young teenager but is actually an officer in the military.

Lucien Debray

Voiced by: Jin Domon (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: You wouldn't know he was a competent, and (relative to other nobility) honest politician from the way he acts.
  • The Dandy: Played up in the English dub, but elements of it were there in the original dub as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be having an affair with Eugenie's mom, but he takes no pleasure in it as her husband seems to have put him up to it. He also doesn't hesitate when his friends are in trouble and is more than happy to help Franz uncover what Gankutsuou is.
  • Those Two Guys: With Beauchamp

Beauchamp

Voiced by: Testu Shiratori (JP), Erik Davies (EN)


  • Intrepid Reporter: Takes his job as a journalist very seriously as he wants to make sure the public knows the truth. This is in spite of him unfortunately having to write a piece on Albert's father.

Gaspard Caderousse

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

  • Gag Nose
  • Gonk: He's an ugly, dwarfish man.
  • Jerkass: A greedy, vindictive slimeball who is clearly getting a kick out of blackmailing Fernand and the others.
  • Karma Houdini: He's the ONLY one of the four men who got Dantes jailed that doesn't get the hammer dropped on him.


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