Characters / Gosick

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    Kazuya Kujo 
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Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Drama CD) and Takuya Eguchi (Anime) (Japanese), Matt Shipman (English)

The main character of the story; a Japanese boy who left to study abroad to escape the shadow of his successful brothers. By some twist of fate, he becomes a messenger and companion to the most eccentric pupil in the school, Victorique.
  • Arrested for Heroism: Kazuya gets arrested when he reports a murder he witnessed to Grevil, who thinks the way it supposedly happened was impossible, and therefore Kazuya is lying to cover it up.
  • Badass Bookworm: When the bookworm starts beating the shit out of an axe-murderer with a pair of brass knuckles, one might imagine that he's not to be trifled with.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: So far demonstrates an admirable degree of restraint, even in the face of likely death.

    Victorique de Blois 
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Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Drama CD) and Aoi Yuki (Anime) (Japanese), Apphia Yu (English)

The heroine of the story. Despite being a child, she is the greatest detective in the country.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Among other things, Victorique is able to use a revolver to hit a target the size of a box of cigarettes at several hundred meters from a speeding train despite never picked one up in her life - all she needed was for Kujo to help her support it.
  • Bastard Angst: She is an illegitimate daughter of the de Blois family with a politically-troublesome mother, which is why she's spent most of her life imprisoned and isolated from the rest of society. The truth behind her birth and living conditions turn out to be far darker and more complicated than she thought.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Avril's Betty.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Most of the scenes of her running will have her trip and fall on her face. Justified; high heels, petticoats and frilly dresses don't make running exactly easy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Lived in a small, dark cell for most of her life, was treated with zero affection, and even after being moved to nicer quarters, had her movements heavily restricted.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She eventually warms up because of Kujo.
  • Disease Bleach: The stress of... well, everything between her father collecting her to help with his war effort and her arrival in Japan turned her hair permanently white.
  • Dreadful Musician: When she sang in the bath, Kazuya thought that she was screaming in pain or fear.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has them in the flashbacks to her days living with the de Blois family.
  • Dye or Die: Her hair becomes white as a result of Disease Bleach, but it helps her to avoid pursuers.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She manages to escape from Sauville and be reunited with Kazuya at Japan after having to flee to the other end of the world alone in the middle of World War II while being a criminal refugee.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To her mother Cordelia. After all the poor woman has been through, protecting her daughter is the only thing that keeps her going. She even calls Victorique her "soul".
  • Lots of Luggage: She packs a lot of suitcases when she goes traveling.
  • Meaningful Name: Victorique is the french version of Victorica which means Victory. The Marquis de Blois seems to want her to personify the purpose of leading Sauville to prosperity in every way.
  • Memento MacGuffin: She has a pendant she says is really important to her. It Was a Gift from her mother. However, she loses it while she saves Kazuya from falling off a cliff. Later, to make up for the lost one, Kazuya gives her an identical pendant.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: She claims that Kazuya is her servant.
  • No Smoking: In the anime version, she's just seen holding, and occasionally sucking on an ornate pipe, but never lighting it up, since the Japanese censorship laws forbid showing underaged characters smoking or drinking alcohol in public television series.
  • No Social Skills: Victorique never really had a chance to develop them thanks to having been hidden away from society due to being a nobleman's illegitimate daughter, resulting in her characteristic bluntness and making such things as her attempts at polite laughter a... memorable experience for all present.
  • Official Couple: With Kazuya.
  • Ojou: She is the daughter of a noble family, always wears elegant dresses and has a dignified personality. However, her treatment at home wasn't the typical one...
  • Older Than She Looks: In accordance with being a Grey Wolf. Other characters' recollections peg her age as being about fifteen, but she looks more like ten or twelve. Lampshaded in the description put out by the authorities after she flees Sauville, where concerned citizens are asked to look for 'a fifteen-year-old who looks about ten'.
  • Parental Abandonment: For... complicated reasons. Her father has her locked at the academy because he plans to use her as a weapon for the upcoming "second storm". Her mother was thrown away by her father after having outlived her usefulness. Though she's still alive, and still cares about her daughter.
  • Phlebotinum Girl: She was raised to be used as a tool for her father in World War II beause of her Grey Wolf intelligence.
  • Phone-In Detective: Very common for Victorique, due to the restrictions her family have placed on her movements. In fact, it's implied to be the exclusive method by which she helped out Grevil before Kazuya came along.
  • Photographic Memory: She can perfectly and easily memorize whatever she reads.
  • Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: Victorique is solving a complex crime with second-hand information one moment, and not knowing that one can get a carriage for hire the next.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: Victorique's blonde hair turns white near the end of the story. It's likely a combination of an already crappy childhood and the stress of being a criminal refugee and having to flee to the other end of the world alone in the middle of World War II.
  • Property of Love: Victorique claims Kujo belongs to her several times.
  • Protectorate: To Kazuya and her mother Cordelia.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her ankles.
  • Shana Clone: She's an Older Than She Looks petite teenage Tsundere with really long blond hair who wears Elegant Gothic Lolita style dresses and is fond of sweets. She also comes from a noble family and refers to her Love Interest as her servant. However, she is more directly based off Shinku from Rozen Maiden.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: A rather dark version. She was hidden away from society due to being a nobleman's illegitimate daughter and lived in a small, dark cell for most of her life. Even after she was sent off to school, she's under strict orders to never leave the campus and only in exceptional circumstances does she obtain permission from Grevil to leave. It's really no surprise that she's got No Social Skills.
  • Sherlock Homage: An undersocialized, snarky, Insufferable Genius Badass Bookworm and a brilliant detective. She even spends time with a Nice Guy Audience Surrogate who functions as her Watson. Unusually for the trope, she's a cute, petite teenage girl.
  • Sherlock Scan: Victorique is very good at this, though her tendency to rely on second-hand information means that she lacks much of the corresponding Hyper Awareness when she's on the scene herself.
  • Smoky Voice: In the light novels, Victorique is an underaged smoker, and has a raspy voice as a result.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's tiny, incredibly bossy and has been known to kick Kazuya or smack him if he defies her.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest-looking girl in the cast.
  • Tsundere: A more reserved version, verging on Sugar and Ice Personality. She really does care about Kujo, but she treats him like her personal servant, acts haughty and demanding and kicks or smacks him if he defies her. For example, when she drops some books on the Second Kuiaran's head in order to save Kujo, she says "Get away from Kujo! [throws books] That guy is my... servant."
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her sharp eyes reflect her arrogant and aloof personality. However, she occasionally slips into Tareme Eyes in her most Moe moments.
  • Tyke Bomb: Born and raised as a strategic asset in preparation for World War II.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the novels her voice is likened to that of a husky-voiced older woman, but both adaptations give her voices that better match her appearance.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: To Kazuya.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Initially had a few problems with understanding the concept of love, mostly because everyone who raised her assumed Grey Wolves to be incapable of it. She starts to figure it out after meeting Kazuya.
  • Worth Living For: By the end of the series, Victorique finally fears death after being taught about love by Kujo and Cordelia.

    Grevil de Blois 
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Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Drama CD) and Hidenobu Kiuchi (Anime) (Japanese), Adam Rowe (English)

Grevil is an aristocrat who works for the local police and Victorique's older half-brother. He uses Victorique's detective skills to further his own career.
  • I Have Your Wife: At the end of Episode 22, he takes Kujo as hostage to blackmail Victorique into obeying the Ministry of the Occult.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: He mentions to Kazuya that it was Victorique's idea in exchange for her cooperation on a case, and was one of the reasons he doesn't like asking for her help directly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To Jacqueline.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has plenty of flaws, but does care about his younger half-sister Victorique.
  • Kick the Dog: The end of Episode 22 is basically one big puppy stomping fest for him. When Kujo comes to him for help after nearly being sent back to Japan, he takes him as hostage to blackmail Victorique into obeying the Ministry of the Occult.
  • Modern Major General: He has all the skills to be an excellent street policeman, but is absolutely useless as the chief inspector. Would also qualify for The Peter Principle, except that his aristocratic privilege meant he bypassed going through the lower ranks by a wide margin.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's still not all that bright, but can put on a good show of playing dumb when necessary in an investigation.
  • Sherlock Scan: Surprisingly he occasionally has an eye for quite small details, as well as skill to develop plans involving them. Unfortunately he's hopeless at actually putting together conclusions.

    Avril Bradley 
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Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Drama CD) and Noriko Shitaya (Anime) (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)

A British transferee and classmate of Kazuya who loves the supernatural.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't take too kindly to the fact that Kazuya frequently hangs out with Victorique.

    Cecile Lafitte 
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Voiced by: Yui Horie (Drama CD) and Yui Kano (Anime) (Japanese), Kristen McGuire (English)

A teacher in St. Marguerite Academy and homeroom teacher for Kazuya and Avril.
  • Meganekko: Though she can't see without her glasses.

    Sophie 
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Drama CD) and Michiko Neya (Anime) (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)

The housemistress of Saint Marguerite Academy's male dormitory.

    Brian Roscoe 
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Voiced by: Toru Okawa (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)

A famous magician who's had some encounters with Kujo. Has some kind of connection to Victorique's mother.
  • Con Man: His other job when he's not being a stage magician... and sometimes when he is.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: They resent Victorique because she was Cordelia's object of devotion and reason for living. One of them even tries to kill her.
  • Declaration of Protection: They swear to protect Cordelia, but she only cares about Victorique.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Was initially this to Cordelia. He didn't stop caring about her, mind, but their relationship got a lot more complicated very quickly.
  • Evil Redhead: More morally ambiguous than evil, but he isn't exactly a good guy.
  • The Exile: They were expelled from the Grey Wolf village for having non-Grey Wolf heritage.
  • Heroic Bastard/Bastard Bastard: Tends to veer between the two.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: One of them stays with Cordelia to help her take down de Blois and release Victorique from his grasp, which is pretty much a death sentence. Unfortunately the other one decides to try and kill Victorique.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guys to Cordelia's Tiny Girl.
  • Master of Illusion: He can pull off some really impressive stunts with carefully-applied 1920s stage magic.
  • Nice Hat: He has several.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: An accomplished expert. It helps that there's two of him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Their mother abandoned them and let them be exiled from the Grey Wolf village when they were children. They couldn't even conceptualise the notion of a loving mother before they met Cordelia.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Cordelia.
  • Single-Minded Twins: So much that you couldn't tell they are two separate people.

    Cordelia Gallo 
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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)

Victorique's mother, a Grey Wolf who was expelled from her Hidden Human Subspecies Village after being falsely accused of murder.
  • Broken Bird: Falsely accused of murder, exiled from her hometown, kidnapped, raped and forcibly impregnated by Marquis Albert de Blois, separated from her beloved daughter the moment she was born and then thrown in a Bedlam House. By now, the only thing that keeps her going is the desire to protect her daughter.
  • Declaration of Protection: She declares her sole reason of living is to protect Victorique.
  • Devoted to You: Brian is completely devoted to her.
  • Dual Wielding: Cordelia fights with two blades.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Has an epic swordfight with de Blois before killing him, but unfortunately is killed soon after by one of de Blois' lackeys.
  • The Exile: She was expelled from her village after being falsely accused of murder.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is kind-hearted, loving and loyal, especially towards her beloved daughter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the ceremony of de Blois' appointment as Sauville's first-ever prime minister, Cordelia switches places with Victorique and sends her away with one of the Roscoes. At the ceremony, Cordelia kills de Blois, but is slain herself by one of his minions.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to the Brians' Huge Guys.
  • Human Subspecies: A Grey Wolf.
  • Mama Bear: Her only wish is to protect her precious daughter Victorique.
  • Medical Rape and Impregnate: After Marquis Albert de Blois realized she was a Grey Wolf, he kidnapped, raped and forcibly impregnated her to get a superhuman Tykebomb he could use as a tool in World War II.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: She was falsely accused of the murder of Elder Theodor. The real culprit was Harminia.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She looks more like Victorique's twin sister than her mother.
  • Rape as Backstory: She was kidnapped and raped by Marquis Albert de Blois so she could give birth to a Tykebomb.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her ankles.
  • Screaming Birth: A very justified example. She was chained to a freezing-cold altar, flat on her back, with no visible assistance whilst a bunch of amateur mystics (including the rapist who'd given her the child in the first place) were performing a sinister ceremony on and around her. Frankly, it's a miracle that she and her child survived.
  • Spanner in the Works: By the end of the series, Marquis Albert, the local Magnificent Bastard, has outgambitted his rivals from the science academy, both the king and the country under firm control and Victorique, his trump card, in his grasp. Then, Cordelia and Roscoe screw him all over.
  • Together in Death: With one of the Roscoes.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First she was exiled from her hometown after being falsely accused of murder when she was just 15 years old. She became a dancer in the Rose-Colored Life to earn a living. There Marquis Albert de Blois found her and realized that Cordelia Gallo was a stray superhuman suitable for breeding him a Tyke Bomb. He kidnapped her that very night, then raped her. For months on end, as she was his prisoner for a solid year before the Screaming Birth... which probably had something to do with having to squat out Albert's superbaby while chained to a stone altar and surrounded by scary guys in hooded robes. Afterwards, she sees her baby for maybe three seconds before passing out and waking up in a Bedlam House because Albert had no more use for her. Worst part? Even though her first love broke her out of the Bedlam House, she picked up a severe case of Babies Make Everything Better at some point in the pregnancy and can't bring herself to get the hell out of Sauville because that would mean leaving Victorique in Albert's sick hands. Her only bright(ish) spot is one of de Blois' men having a microsecond of regret at the whole thing and slipping her Victorique's picture.

    Sergius 
Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)

The current village elder of the Village of the Gray Wolves.

    Ambrose 
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)

An inhabitant of the Village of the Gray Wolves. He acts as Elder Sergius's assistant.
  • Hot Librarian: The Epilogue reveals that he has become one in Saubrème after leaving the Village together with the heroes.
  • Human Subspecies: A Grey Wolf.

    Harminia 
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

A chambermaid that works with the family of the leader of the Village of the Gray Wolves.

    Luigi 
Voiced by: Sayori Ishizuka (Japanese), Brittany Lauda (English)

An orphan living in the streets of Saubreme who helps Kazuya in the case of the disappearances of young girls throughout the vicinity of Jeantan Department Store.
  • Happily Adopted: After helping to solve the case, he is adopted by a well-off family.
  • Hyper Awareness: Luigi has an amazing memory and once counted the money that fell out of Kazuya's pocket before it hit the floor.

    Jacqueline de Signore 
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)

Grevil's childhood friend who he is in love with and the wife of the current Superintendent-General of the Sauville Police. Before her engagement to Superintendent-General Signore, she was framed for the murder of a veterinarian and this caused Grevil to resort to asking help to his younger sister Victorique, for an unusual price.

    Leviathan the Alchemist 
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Voiced by: Show Hayami (Japanese), Ray Hurd (English)

An alchemist who prior to the events of the show kept the Sauvillean royalty in the palm of his hand.
  • The Chessmaster: Everything he did was a ploy to stop Sauville from exploiting his home country in Africa.
  • Con Man: A very long con indeed.
  • Expy: Of Rasputin, right up to the ambiguous relationship with the Queen (later confirmed to be an affair) and gruesome demise.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A morally-ambiguous example. Started off as a half-dead slave, ended up as the most powerful man in Sauville.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: A complicated case. He got pretty bad towards the end, and was never working in Sauville's best interests, but was still a far more sympathetic figure than the stories about him imply.
  • In Love with the Mark: With 'mark' here used in the 'victim of a con' sense. He ended up falling for Queen Coco Rose, resulting in a particularly unfortunately-timed Chocolate Baby.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: When he killed a rival's innocent son as a last, desperate attempt to keep Sauville believing in the power of alchemy.
  • Modern Major General: A very unusual mystic example. He had zero alchemical ability, but may well have been a genuine prophet.
  • Scary Black Man: Though one with sympathetic motives.
  • Tragic Hero: Started off with a noble purpose and relatively benign methods, but went further and further off the deep end as the impossibility of his self-imposed task became apparent.

    Queen Coco Rose 
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Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)

The former queen of Sauville who was murdered in 1914. She supported Leviathan in his rise to power.

    Rupert de Gilet 
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), Sonny Strait (English)

The reigning king of Sauville.

    Jupiter Roger 
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (Japanese)

The head of the science academy and the main political opposer of the Marquis the Blois. A very cunning politician who wants to prevent Sauville's involvement in World War II.
  • Actual Pacifist: He tries to keep Sauville out of the war.
  • The Chessmaster: His vendetta with the Marquis de Blois results in plenty of hidden underground actions against each other. In the end, Blois outgambits him. Although, after the Marquis' death, he returns to his former post.
  • Human Subspecies: He's also revealed to be a grey wolf, a fact he has to hide desperately, least the ministry of Occult, his political enemies could make good use of this information.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To the King. The reason why he earned the king's favor in the first place was because he successfully found a way to cover up the murder of his wife.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To King Rupert. At least, until he is overthrown.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He works for Sauville's wellbeing, but sometimes uses morally doubtful methods.

    Albert, Marquis de Blois 
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Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (adult), Ryohei Kimura (young) (Japanese), David Wald (adult), David Matranga (young) (English)

Grevil's and Victorique's father. A powerful noble in the kingdom, the Head of the Ministry of Occult (which opposes the science academy) and one of King Rupert's closer advisors. Roger's political enemy.
  • Abusive Dad: Grevil is greatly intimidated by him and he has a nasty habit of locking his daughter in towers, away from human contact. He also refers to Victorique as a tool for extra points.
  • Parental Incest: Judging from the Episode 23 he harbours same disturbing lust towards Victorique as he did for her mother, though he doesn't get the chance to act on it.

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