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The Count of Monte Cristo aka Edmond Dantes
- 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.
- Fangs Are Evil
- False Friend: To Albert, but with some Becoming the Mask.
- Fate Worse Than Death: What he believes to have received after being wrongfully imprisoned. Also, what he wants to do to those that wronged him.
- 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 Evil in a Can: Gankutsuou was sealed away for a thousand years but released some years before the start of the story.
- Slasher Smile
- Split-Personality Takeover
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He briefly seems to be a highly cultured fop and a decent guy, and continues to put on that persona, but he's really a total psychopath.
- Brother-Sister Incest/ Parental Incest: Does the first by Attempted Rape and the second consensually and probably knew what he was doing in both cases (certainly in the second).
- Freudian Excuse
- Hellish Pupils
- Karma Houdini: Benedetto escapes from prison amidst the confusion of the bombardment of Paris, and is last seen in the Distant Finale having become a notorious master criminal.
- Villefort, You Are My Father
- Oedipus Complex: Andrea takes this to the logical extreme: although he doesn't kill his father "only" gives him a poison that destroys his mind, he has sex with his mother and tries to rape his half-sister.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: It's not called attention to, but he looks a lot like another character Eugenie, his half-sister, except for his Hellish Pupils.
Albert de Morcerf
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Aya Endo (JP, young), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, as Kevin Hatcher), Wendee Lee (EN, young)
- Beauty Mark
- Break the Cutie
- Butt Monkey
- Character Development: The show's best example. Goes from an immature brat to a brave, generous person who borders on a Messianic Archetype.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He's known Eugenie since they were kids, but initially they aren't happy about their engagement and bicker constantly. However, it's frustration born of their parents deciding it out of convenience instead of letting them choose. When he starts to care of his own free will Albert is willing to fight for her.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Suffers humiliation, heartbreak, betrayal, and the loss of his father and best friend due to the sins of his father and the Count's machinations. However, he ultimately forgives the Count and saves his soul, is freed from the sins of his father, and is finally reunited with Eugenie, the woman he loves.
- Even the Guys Want Him: His best friend Franz loves him. Also depending on version Peppo
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Franz. Though the "hetero" part apparently only applies to Albert as Franz is pretty obviously in love with him.
- Horrible Judge of Character
- Idiot Hero: With tragic results.
- If It's You, It's Okay: A possible interpretation of his feelings for the Count, given that he doesn't show attraction to any other men.
- The Ingenue
- The Matchmaker: Albert becomes this for Valentine and Maximilien, frequently acting as a mediator between them and attempting to coach Maximilien on how to win her over.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Oedipus Complex
- Oblivious to Love: Both towards Eugenie's attraction to him and Franz's.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Eugenie, although Albert initially isn't in love with her. It's only when their engagement is broken off due to the scandals surrounding Albert's father that Albert realizes just how much she means to him.
- Rookie Red Ranger
- Sheltered Aristocrat.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Dresses as a bridesmaid to sneak into Eugenie's wedding contract signing.
Mercedes de Morcerf
- 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
- Badass: He shows that he is a competent fighter when facing off in a mecha fight against the Count.
- 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
- Adaptational Sexuality: See Hide Your Lesbians
- Damsel in Distress
- Hide Your Lesbians: Strangely for an anime with so much Ho Yay in it, it drops the suggestion from the novel that Eugénie is a lesbian.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Albert, since Eugénie was revealed to have always been in love with him.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In the original novel she detested Albert (and all other men for that matter) and ran away to have a lesbian relationship with her piano instructor. In Gankutsuou the instructor has been cut out and Eugénie's been changed to something similar to a Tsundere.
- Runaway Bride: Eugénie becomes this towards Andrea, who was forcing her to marry him.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Sees herself this way; near the beginning of the show she reflects on what a privileged upbringing she's had, and how ignorant she is of the world outside her wealthy surroundings. She turns out to be much more level-headed than most examples of this trope, though.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Implied to ultimately be this.
Baron Jullian Danglars
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), Doug Stone (EN)
- Beard of Evil
- Cool Shades
- Death by Materialism: Is left to die in an abandoned ship in space with nothing but gold bars.
- Driven by Envy
- Evil Red Head
- Fat Bastard: Although he was skinnier and better looking as a young man (but always a bastard).
- Of the three men who betrayed Edmond Dantes Danglars is also the least sympathetic, just wanting Edmond thrown in jail because he was caught embezzling funds.
- Nouveau Riche
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Sinister Shades
Madame Victoria de Danglars
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (JP), Jane Alan (EN)
Valentine de Villefort
Voiced by: Junko Miura (JP), Dorothy Elias Fahn (EN)
- 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
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Apparently after sleeping with the Count and getting a poisoned ring; Fan Disservice or Fanservice depending one one's view.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She presents a demure front, but even before she attempts to poison her stepdaughter, another character says there are rumors that she beats Valentine regularly.
- Dissonant Serenity: Casually laughs at the idea that her father in law fell of his chair and could die, as if it was a joke.
- Master Poisoner: Subverted: it was the Count who gave her the poison ring she tries to use to kill her husband and stepdaughter.
- Villainous Breakdown
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Nothing about her or her son Edouard is even mentioned in the Distant Finale.
Voiced by: Tony Oliver (EN)
Voiced by: Tamio Sobami (JP), William Frederick Knight (EN)
- Beard of Evil
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP), Ezra Weisz (as Ethan Murray EN)
- Bi the Way: Possibly. In Episode 2, he almost sleeps with a woman before going off to save Albert from the bandits.
- Break the Cutie
- Bury Your Gays
- Determinator: Despite getting his ass handed to him by the Count in a Curb-Stomp Battle Franz keeps going until the Count gets in close for the coup de grace.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Albert.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Let's face it: Franz is a lot brighter than Albert is.
- Impoverished Patrician: Reveals later on that this is why he's expected by marry Valentine, who is new money, but wealthy.
- Incompatible Orientation: His love for Albert.
- Valentine also loves him. While Franz genuinely cares about her he can't see her as anything more than a friend.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Franz's defining trope.
- I Wished You Were Dead: As a child, said this to his father, who died right afterward, and he's been feeling guilt for that ever since.
- Love Hurts
- Magical Queer: Could definitely be seen this way.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his father. Not only did he not say goodbye, he also told him he hopes he never comes back. Oops.
- Spanner in the Works: Franz becomes this to the Count when Franz decides to participate in the duel instead of Albert and gets killed. This not only derails the Count's plan to get rid of his Edmond Dantes part of soul completely but also hands him Karmic Death in the end.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
- Gentle Giant
- Huge Guy: To Valentine.
- Second Love: To Valentine.
- Super Soldier: Maximilien is essentially one, having been given muscle enhancements during his time in a special forces unit.
Raoul de Château-Renaud
Voiced by: MIKI (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
- Cool Car: Is a fan of them
- 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.
Voiced by: Jin Domon (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)
- 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
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.