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Characters: Is This a Zombie?
aka: Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka
Characters in Is This a Zombie? Additions are appreciated.

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     Ayumu Aikawa 
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Drama CD), Junji Majima (Anime) [Japanese], and Austin Tindle [English]

The Protagonist of the series. An Ordinary High-School Student killed by a Serial Killer before the start of the series and revived as a zombie by Eucliwood Hellscythe. Technically he is now under her servitude, but more often than not he's the one running the household.
  • Accidental Marriage: With Maelstrom, after accidentally kissing her.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Chris never gets his name right.
  • Accidental Pervert: Not that his thoughts are always wholesome, but he still counts.
  • Alliterative Name: Ayumu Aikawa.
  • Amusing Injuries: Ayumu constantly suffers horrible, mutilating injuries, but since he's pretty much immortal, it's all played for laughs.
  • Ass Shove: In two of the OVAs, causing temporary Wimpification. He also gets one with a flower in the first ending theme and a bunch more in the Of the Dead's ending theme.
  • Back Stabbed with Extreme Prejudice: How he died in his Backstory.
    • He's been stabbed four times since becoming a Zombie, including once by Sera as part of his own Batman Gambit against Kyoko.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Pulls one against Kyoko.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His feelings for Eu seem to be at least partially based on an exaggerated version of this. He takes great care of her, usually tries to get Eu to call him "big brother" and always has Imagine Spots about her acting extremely moe and Big Brother Worshiping him.
  • Bishie Sparkle: When he gets wimpified.
  • Butt Monkey: Not as severe as some examples, but Ayumu usually gets the short end of the stick at any given moment.
    • Taken Up to Eleven at the end of Episode 1 of Of The Dead — he was forced to fight a Squid Megalo in broad daylight to save Taeko, where most of his schoolmates can see... they quickly take shots of him and his exploits even made headlines across the internet. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the Mystletainn broke up after the fight, rendering him naked and unable to wipe out his schoolmates' memories!
    • Ayumu dehydrates when exposed to direct sunlight. So obviously he gets the window seat in class.
  • Chainsaw Good: When he summons his Magiclad Girl powers, he wields the magical, pink chainsaw, Mystletainn.
  • Chick Magnet: It's both his blessing and burden.
  • Covert Pervert: If his Imagine Spots about Eu didn't leave you any clues. Also, she knows about them.
    • Another, far more subtle cue in the novels, when during gym class he is able to narrate a lot of details about his female classmates, but is completely ignorant of most of his male classmates including the school basketball star. Shows where Ayumu's priorities lie.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not exactly a moron per se, but Ayumu is mostly a servant to his ladies. But beware: given the chance, he can rip a Whale Megalo's head off, tear Kyoko to shreds with the Mystletainn, or punch the King of the Night out of immortality.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Being a zombie grants him functional immortality, regeneration and Super Strength. Becoming a Magical Garment Girl gives him even more powers. However, he lacks a number of Required Secondary Powers, meaning his body will tear itself apart if he uses his super strength too much, and his Magical Garment Girl outfit is intensely humiliating (but thank God for that memory-wash ability taken from Haruna).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Given that he is a Zombie.
  • The Dead Can Dance: By proxy since becoming a zombie hasn't affected his ability to breakdance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sarcastic comments about the insanity of his life could give Kyon a run for his money.
  • Death by Origin Story: He technically died months before the story begins.
  • Death Is Cheap: Naturally comes with his new lease of (undead) life.
  • Detachment Combat: He defeated Seraphim by hurling his severed arm at her.
  • Dragged into Drag: Both as a Magical Garment Girl and as a Kisugi sister parody. The former mode puts him in a pink frilly dress, and the latter mode (seen in the first OVA) puts him in a unitard. Apart from those examples, Episode 6 of Season 2 has him crossdressing to advertise the tsundere cosplay cafe per popular demand.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: The Magical Garment Girl outfit.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Ayumu can push his body past its human limits. This tends to leave him crippled afterwards, however.
  • Expy: Doesn't he look like Maebara Keiichi to you?
  • First-Person Smartass: most of his sarcastic comments are found in his narration and thoughts, likely because it'd be too dangerous to say them out loud considering the girls' tempers.
  • Frills of Justice: In his magical girl form.
  • Genre Savvy: During the tsundere challenge, he is well versed in classic tsundere stereotypes.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: If he couldn't heal, he'd easily be dead several times over by the end of just the first novel.
  • Healing Factor: His zombie abilities allow him to heal at an extremely rapid pace. Also, severed limbs can be easily reattached if he manages to retrieve the parts.
  • Heroic BSOD: Episode 10 of the first season. He questions if he's just holding back Eu.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He always gets better (even from otherwise fatal injuries), but this is still played straight at the end of Episode 10, when he takes the time bomb the King of the Night placed on Haruna's head, allowing it to explode in midair, literally tearing himself apart. His Heroic BSOD at that moment also made his "death" a little bit longer. Haruna, Seraphim and Maelstrom reassemble him at the start of Episode 11, but it took Haruna's mind-dive to finally convince him to come back to life.
  • Hidden Depths: He can breakdance.
  • Imagine Spot: Once an Episode with Delusion Eu.
    "This is the fantasy of our weak-hearted protagonist, Aikawa Ayumu."
  • Immortality Hurts: As a zombie, Ayumu quickly regenerates, but he can still feel any injury he suffers, his non-Magical Girl power attacks break his body painfully, and he painfully dries out in the sun.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: He "dies" and takes fatal blows for others constantly since he knows he can survive.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Ayumu has always had this kind of personality, even before he gained his powers.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Eu. He was captivated when he first saw her at a store shortly before he became a zombie thanks to her the night he was killed.
  • Magical Girl: Uh, guy.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Maelstrom's Masculine Girl. During their summary marriage ceremony (which was purely accidental, never mind that Maelstrom continues to insist that it's legal), he was the one who had to wear the wedding dress.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: He is technically Eu's servant.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Actually the subject of a number of shirtless scenes, pantyshots (entirely when in his magical girl garb), accidental nudity moments, NUMEROUS shots of his ass (especially when Sarasvati is concerned) and general ecchi antics for a male lead.
  • Nice Guy: He allows three Pretty Freeloaders in his household despite two of them treating him like crap and the other doing nothing to help him.
  • Nice Hat: As a Magical Garment Girl shounen.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a zombie Magical Garment Girl.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Before the events of the story, and as far as his classmates know, Ayumu is perfectly normal.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Despite being a zombie, he looks, acts and thinks like normal people and sunlight dries him out. He lampshades this trope in the second volume of the Light Novel when he tells Tomonori that he's not sure if "zombie" is the right word for what he is, but it's what he thinks of himself as.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He literally wears a pink, frilly dress when in his Magiclad Girl form.
  • Rocket Punch: Ayumu is not above throwing his own severed arm at an enemy if things get desperate.
  • Super Strength: Because he is a zombie, Ayumu can exceed the physical strength caps the human body naturally has, allowing him to increase his strength based on percentages. However, because his body is still human, pushing his strength too far can shatter his bones.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Despite his goofy attitude, he has sharp eyes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Swears to stay by Eu's side even after she tearfully confesses to her horrifying secret.
  • Unitard Of Power/Sensual Spandex: During the Cats Eye parody in the first OVA. Of course, he gets them confused with leotards.
  • Weakened by the Light: As a zombie, direct sunlight dries out his body.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His jumpsuit during the Cats Eye parody in the first OVA.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: As a Magical Garment Girl and as a maid at a tsundere cosplay cafe.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Scratch that — he would chainsaw a girl if they messed with his friends.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Zigzagged, via a Chekhov's Gag through the first episodes of the first two seasons, where Ayumu was exposed as a Magical Garment Girl to his classmates after fighting a Megalo on the school grounds. Except he wasn't lucky the second time around: with Mystletainn broken and he unable to erase their memories, he ends up at the center of an In-Universe Memetic Mutation, much to his despair. And even when he thought he'd finally get over that incident once Mystletainn was fixed, his classmates later had him Dragged into Drag again afterwards anyway, this time to advertise the tsundere cosplay cafe.

     Eucliwood "Eu" Hellscythe 
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Drama CD), Midori Tsukimiya (Anime) [Japanese], and Cherami Leigh [English]

A necromancer and possibly the most powerful Magical Garment Girl ever, able to both kill and revive a person with her voice alone. As a result, she only speaks through writing words on a notepad, and constantly wears plate armor just to prevent her powers from going out of control.

     Haruna 
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Drama CD), Iori Nomizu (Anime) [Japanese] and Jad Saxton [English]

A self-described genius "Magical Garment Girl" from Villiers who fights Megalo, though her genius seems based in a whole different universe. Her weapon of choice is a pink chainsaw named Mystletainn, but she accidentally transferred most of her powers to Ayumu while trying to erase his memory. Now only he can wield Mystletainn against the Megalo while she regenerates her powers. In the meantime, she's squatting at his house and cooking fried egg in all its forms.

     Seraphim 
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Drama CD), Yoko Hikasa (Anime) [Japanese] and Morgan Garrett [English]

A beautiful, skilled vampire ninja obsessed with her sword technique. She came to ask for Eu's help in a secret war her clan is fighting, but after losing a fight against Ayumu decided to stick around his house instead. She can make sharp objects out of leaves.

     Maelstrom (AKA Yuki Yoshida/Tomonori) 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Drama CD), Hisako Kanemoto (Anime) [Japanese] and Brittney Karbowski [English]

Another vampire ninja (from a faction which rivals Seraphim's) who fights Megalo with bowls of pork ramen. After accidentally kissing Ayumu, she finds herself married to him (becoming the fourth girl in Ayumu's harem) thanks to the traditions of her family, but seems okay with it. She also studies at Ayumu's school under the alias "Yuki Yoshida".
  • Accidental Marriage: With Ayumu with an Accidental Kiss.
  • Accidental Misnaming: She doesn't take too kindly to her new, tomboyish-sounding nickname from Orito (an alternate reading of her civilian alias), but is fine with Ayumu using it (except for one moment of shock from nearly dying in episode 9), since she found his alternative — "Yuki-chan" — even more embarrassing.
  • Alliterative Name: Her schoolname.
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Covert Pervert
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Episode 1, she was among the students taking pictures of Ayumu in drag; in Episode 2, while warming up for PE; and in Episode 5, leaving a ramen shop as Kyoko, who apparently slit her throat the previous episode, walks by.
  • Edible Ammunition: Ramen.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
  • Gainaxing: Especially in Season 2.
  • Green Eyes
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a shuriken as a hair clip.
  • Hidden Buxom: Played with. Her clothes seem rather indecisive if they want to hide her E cups or not at any given time. Ayumu notes in the novels that she dresses to hide her actual bust size in school and when operating in the field, but didn't bother when out on a date.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Her head turns completely red when she's embarrassed.
  • Imagine Spot: Has some interesting fantasies about getting Ayumu's attention.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Ayumu's Feminine Boy. During their summary marriage ceremony (which was purely accidental, never mind that she claims it to be legit), he was the one who had to wear the wedding dress.
  • Meaningful Rename: Subverted. Vampire ninjas are given a new name when they finish their training and are transformed into a vampire, but it turns out "Maelstrom" came from a monster's attack in a video game that her faction's leader was playing at the time and thought sounded cool. She came up with the "Yuki Yoshida" name for public use simply because she thought it sounded suitably girly.
  • Mon: Apparently has the Magical Garment Girls' ultimate weapon bonded to her. When she gets squashed by a giant kappa doll in episode 9, it triggers the invocation ritual, and it takes a Cooldown Hug to prevent things from getting apocalyptic.
  • Musical Assassin: Assists Sera and Sarasvati in closing the gates of the underworld with a triangle.
  • Ninja
  • Ninja Maid
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Vampire ninja maid, who uses fire.
  • Ore Onna: She addresses herself with "Ore", a male pronoun. This isn't exactly helping her case against her tomboyish nickname "Tomonori".
  • Our Vampires Are Different
  • Pretty Freeloader: Averted, as even though she's the one girl in the harem who's married to Ayumu, she still refuses to move in with him, claiming it's too early for that.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Can be mistaken for a boy, depending on what she's wearing.
  • Shorttank
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Seraphim's Neither and Sarasvati's Femme. Although both she and Seraphim are seen wearing pants (in Sera's case, this also includes jumpsuits, as seen in the first OVA) in nearly every, if not every, episode, Maelstrom is definitely a Shorttank that is often mistaken for a boy depending on what she's wearing at the moment.
  • Tsundere: Type B.
  • Unwanted Spouse: To Ayumu.

     Sarasvati/Kirara Hoshikawa 
Voiced by: Aya Gouda [Japanese] and Caitlin Glass [English]

Sera's superior, who goes undercover at Ayumu's school as "Kirara Hoshikawa" and has a part-time idol job as "Lovely Kira".

     Kyoko 
Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya [Japanese] and Lindsay Seidel [English]

An acquaintance of Orito. The only victim of the serial killer to escape, she spends time in hospital to recover from her injuries. In reality, she is the serial killer herself. Kyoko is a Magical Garment Girl in disguise who used to be a classmate of Haruna at Matelis.

     Orito 
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (Drama CD), Hiroyuki Yoshino (Anime) [Japanese], and Anthony Bowling [English]

Ayumu's only normal friend at school. Obsessed with girls, but lacks the approach to actually get a girlfriend.

     Taeko Hiramatsu 
Voiced by: Rie Yamaguchi [Japanese] and Erica Harte [English]

Ayumu and Maelstrom/Yuki's classmate, who holds unspoken affection for the former.

     Kanami Mihara 
Voiced by: Mina [Japanese] and Emerick Jade [English]

Ayumi and Yuki's classmate and Taeko's best friend.

     King of the Night (Yoru no Ou) 
Voiced by: Koji Yusa [Japanese] and Eric Vale [English]

The only other zombie Eucliwood raised besides Ayumu. Had to be put down after his heart was stained with malice, but he's still active. He's the one pulling Kyoko's strings.

     Ariel (Dai-Sensei) 
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu [Japanese] and Monica Rial [English]

The teacher of Matelis Magical Academy in Villiers, which Haruna and Kyoko belong to. She's very odd.

     Chris/Takeshi Kurusu 
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (as Chris) and Daisuke Kishio (as "Takeshi") [Japanese], Stephanie Sheh (as Chris) and Kent Williams (as "Takeshi") [English]

A pink-haired girl who often shows up drunken in the school infirmary. In reality, she was a Magical Garment Girl currently under the Queen's Curse following a failed coup she led (and Ariel concocted) against Queen Lilian Lilith a century before Ayumu's death and subsequent zombification, occasionally turning her into "Takeshi Kurusu", a middle-aged man who happens to be a teacher at Ayumu's class.
  • Affably Evil: Although she was a leader in a failed coup, in Season 2 of the anime at least, she isn't depicted as particularly evil. At least compared to the King of the Night, who brainwashed Kyouko who then killed people and stole their souls. She even considered Ayumu to be a potential drinking buddy due to their interactions in earlier episodes, at least until he finds out how crazy she is. She also teleports the students she launched into the air safely back on the ground before leaving as well. And near the end of Season 2, Chris even hangs out with Naegleria, and both of them seem fairly friendly towards each other despite their past as bitter enemies.
    • It should be pointed that at this point, she only qualifies as evil if you don't know what Magic Garment Girls do on regular basis.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After revealing herself as Ayumu's enemy. He asks her, if she was the expert on magic, that Haruna mentioned, the one behind yesterday's Megalo attack, which he somehow ends up asking if she was the reason summer is hot.
  • Big Bad: From the fourth volume onwards and Of the Dead.
  • Broken Pedestal: She used to be Ariel's mentor.
  • The Dreaded: In-universe, she's referred to as a powerful Magical Girl, if not the most powerful, by many characters, including Seraphim and Ariel. The latter even mentions that she would lose in a fight against her former teacher if it really boiled down to it. Although in the past she tried to overthrow the queen, the most she ever does in Season 2 of the anime is launch some students into the air, and then launches Ayumu back a bit with some wine tossed in his general direction after he tries to attack her. She never actually harms any of them either, and teleports them back to the ground shortly as she teleports away.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears toward the end of Episode 12. She has no lines.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita In White
  • Gender Bender: Under the Queen's Curse, as a middle-aged man named "Takeshi Kurusu".
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: This is also her only way to break free of being cursed into a man's body, if only for a while.
    • In Episode 7 of Of the Dead, her keyword for chanting spells is basically a reversed "Enjoy alcohol responsibly. Drink in moderation. Don't drink until you're twenty years of age."
  • Light Is Not Good
  • Mega Twintails: Or rather, a Mega-One-Sided Ponytail.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Ayumu believes her to be just a product of his imagination at first.
  • Revenge: She wants to take revenge against Ariel.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Weaksauce Weakness: According to Kyoko, it's tummy rubs.

     Shimomura 
Voiced by: Itsuki Takizawa [Japanese] and Todd Haberkorn [English]

One of Ayumu's classmates. In reality, he, like Eucliwood, is a denizen of the underworld and himself a Megalo who is very much in control of his own instincts.

     Naegleria Nebiros 
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu [Japanese] and Stephanie Young [English]

A yaoi doujinshi and an old friend of Eucliwood. She is also the one who drafted the concoction Chris uses to temporarily transform her back to her old self, as well as a member of Eucliwood's seven paladins.

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