Characters / Kaitou Saint Tail

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     Main Characters 

Meimi Haneoka/Saint Tail
The series' protagonist, shy middle school student by day, the people-helping thief Saint Tail by night.
Tropes related to Meimi:

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Asuka Jr., to the point of giving a desperate run for their money to Ranma and Akane.
  • Book Dumb: Downplayed, but that said, she needs Asuka Jr. to tutor her occasionally in school.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Child Prodigy: In magic, to the point where she can match and even surpass her professional magician father in pretty much every trick he performs... and she can do it having only witnessed a part of the trick beforehand, without ever being told how it was done.
  • Clark Kenting: While the only physical difference between Meimi and Saint Tail is that the latter wears her hair in a tail, Saint Tail takes extreme care into not showing her face and acts completely different, to the point that most people who do notice the resemblance ends up believing it's just a coincidence (Asuka Jr. went to the point of actually telling Saint Tail she looked like Meimi).
  • Classy Cat-Burglar
  • Dude Magnet: Either as Meimi or as Saint Tail there have been many guys who have a crush in her.
  • Generation Xerox: Just like her, Meimi's mother used to be a thief chased by Asuka Jr.'s father.
  • Guile Hero: Downplayed, her intelligence isn't focused on, but she's incredibly perceptive and intelligent and frequently pits her unwitting adversaries against each other as Saint Tail (to ensure the police catch that episode's bad guy).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The police treat her like a thief and try to arrest her, but this is apparently on a technicality note . Saint Tail is gushed over by the students at Meimi's school, there are occasional newspaper articles about how she helps to bust real criminals (usually by her antics triggering an investigation into the thief she stole something from) and even Asuka Jr acknowledges that she helps people.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: And quite appropriate when she's Saint Tail.
  • Important Haircut: The last part of the last manga chapter and the final episode of the anime show that, eight years after being finally captured by Asuka Jr., Meimi has cut her hair short as a symbol that she's not Saint Tail anymore.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: She stole for herself exactly twice (Ruby and Asuka jr.), and even then she was helping someone (Ruby's owner had just been jailed, and Asuka Jr. had been kidnapped).
  • Incoming Ham: In one occasion she even hijacked a beauty contest to make her entrance...
  • Large Ham: As Saint Tail.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Saint Tail 'warning notes' double as love letters, but Saint Tail can't bring herself to deliver it in a normal way, to the point that, excluding two fakes, the tamest two are a note attached to the spare tire of a passing car and a note brought to him by Ruby (the note hidden in Asuka jr.'s English textbook should have been the tamest one, but Asuka jr. accidentally read it out loud to the class before noticing...).
  • Magical Girl: Sort of, as her magic is explicitly stated to be stage magic. Not that you'd notice...
    • Stage Magician: What she really is. Saint Tail's outfit started out as Meimi's outfit for when she would go professional.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Many of Saint Tail's performances are well beyond most magicians' abilities, and some translations having her prayer of forgiveness before all Transformation Sequences say that she's "not using gimmick or trick" opens interesting speculation chances.
  • Master of Illusion: She usually uses her powers to create illusions, including but not limited to Faux Flame or generate a flying saucer out of balloons.
  • Power Copying: She can easily copy her father's tricks after seeing them once.
  • Phantom Thief
  • Refuge in Audacity: How she gets away with so many things: her tricks are so over the top that most people are reduced to stunned stupor until someone shouts to try and arrest her.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Seira.
  • Secret Identity Identity: One of the reasons Asuka jr. concluded that Meimi and Saint Tail just look alike: as Saint Tail, Meimi completely loses her shyness and is much more direct and flirty.
  • They Fight Crime!: With Seira.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Meimi is absolutely terrified by lizards. Hilarity Ensued when she found out the target of one of her capers was a very large one (by the description she was expecting a kitty).

Daiki Asuka jr.
A classmate of Meimi, with whom has a formidable love-hate relationship. He was assigned by the mayor to try and arrest Saint Tail.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Debuted like this, but ended up with formal recognition by the end of the first chapter of the manga and episode of the anime.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After a while he started being able to partially anticipate her and deduce his way out of her tricks.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The one reason he comes so close to actually capturing Saint Tail: being relatively unconventional himself, he recovers pretty fast from her over the top acts, and has actually anticipated her a few times.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: To Meimi as both herself and Saint Tail, despite him being completely unaware that he's this for most of the series.
  • Dating Catwoman: From the start of episode 40.
  • Generation Xerox: His chase of Saint Tail mirrors the one his father was giving to Saint Tail's mother.

Seira Mimori
Meimi's best friend, and accomplice in the whole Saint Tail thing. She's also a nun-in-training.
Tropes associated with Seira:
  • Good Shepherd: She's a nun in training who does her best to help others, console them when they are sad, encourage them when they need a confidence-boost etc. but constantly violating the seal of confession (even for a good cause) technically disqualifies her.
  • Instant Sedation: She can, and has, prepared sprays with this effect. It's mentioned she learned it from her family.

     Recurring Characters 

Asuka sr.
Asuka's father, and a capable police officer.
Tropes associated with Asuka sr.:

Rina Takamiya
A transfer student who immediately falls in love for Asuka jr., and tries to tackle Saint Tail both out of a sense of justice and because she doesn't want her to get with Asuka jr..
Tropes associated with Rina:
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Asuka jr.
  • Break the Haughty: Twice. First she nearly die of fear and disgust and gets in an Heroic B.S.O.D. when Saint Tail makes her believe she's actually a man in a drag, and later, after realizing that Saint Tail is a girl after all, her attempt at separating them ends up with a failure that really scared her of losing Asuka jr.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Her main reason to help chasing Saint Tail is because she pegged her as a romantic rival.
  • Cry Cute: Surprisingly enough, she's capable of this too.
  • Fair Cop: The final part of the last episode, set a few years after the end of the chase, shows she'll become one.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She has the height (she's the second or third-tallest of the class, beaten only by Sawatari and, after his growth spurt, Asuka jr.), and enough self-esteem to become the class' idol upon enrolling and actually transform her height in a charm point.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her reaction to Meimi and Asuka jr. getting together is to complain it took them so long, and when Asuka disappears she's the one who encourages Meimi.
  • Jerkass Fašade: At least part of her act is just that: an act to hide her insecurity.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant, violent, and has a genuine sense of justice and a well hidden niceness.
  • Megaton Punch: Are you in her way? Are you Sawatari doing something that irks her sense of justice? She'll send you flying, no matter who you are. In fact her first victims were two cops.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: As a student she's already more competent than most cops and has fought a super detective on even terms, but Saint Tail is way out of her league.
  • The Rival: Romantic rival for Meimi.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: As the niece of the mayor, Rina got permission to intrude in the Saint Tail investigation. She also used her influence on her uncle to almost get Asuka off the case, and in another occasion tried to get Asuka jr. back on the case (Saint Tail humiliating his replacement and getting her in a fight with Rina was more efficient).
    • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Has a tendency to punch her way in any situation where there's a crime. In fact her original motivation to chase Saint Tail, before falling for Asuka jr. (and promptly forgotten after seeing him in action and falling for him), was that a thief sending warnings before her capers just made her furious, and Asuka jr. seemed too incompetent to actually deal with her.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Bagworms?

Manato Sawatari
A classmate of Meimi and Asuka, and a member of the school's journalism club. Tends to know a lot of things.
Tropes associated with Sawatari:

Hideo Morinaka
The mayor of Seika, and the one who assigned Asuka jr. to the Saint Tail case.
Tropes associated to mayor Morinaka:

Eimi Haneoka/Phantom Thief Lucifer
Meimi's mother, and a former thief herself.
Tropes associated with Eimi:

Genichiro Haneoka
Meimi's father, and her teacher in the ways of the stage magic.

Meimi's pet hedgehog, whose previous owner was arrested for stealing a diamond and making Ruby eat it.
Tropes associated with Ruby:
  • A Day in the Limelight: Her debut chapter is naturally focused on her, such bonding with Meimi and being the hiding place for a jewel.

Ryoko and Kyoko
Meimi and Seira's friends from the class.
Tropes associated with Ryoko and Kyoko:

Yasuhiro and Chiba
Asuka jr.'s friends from the class.
Tropes associated with Yasuhiro and Chiba:
  • Hufflepuff House: These two characters who only exist to provide some comic relief, they aren't named in the anime until episode 39 (of 43), and the manga doesn't give them a name at all.
  • Those Two Guys

     Important Villains 

Okajima and Yabe
Okajima is the mayor of the city of Sakuraoka, who lent Seika's town a crystal sculpture and then had it stolen by Yabe to sell it. Due Rina's attempt at getting Asuka jr. off Saint Tail's case at the same time, they nearly succeeded in interrupting the chase.
Tropes related to Okajima and Yabe:
  • Evil Knockoff: Sort of: Yabe impersonates Saint Tail to commit his theft.
  • Evil Laugh: Yabe.
  • Mayor Pain: Okajima is the corrupt variant, having the sculpture stolen in Seika so they'll have pay his town a lot of money and he won't have to resign while selling it to make money.
  • Phantom Thief: Yabe is one for hire.

Kabako Sendo/Rosemary
A rival of Eimi in her Phantom Thief days, that came to town to get her revenge on her.
Tropes associated with Rosemary:

Maju Sendo/Pandora
Rosemary's adopted daughter and accomplice.
Tropes associated with Maju: