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.
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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.
  • Genre Savvy: Asuka jr.'s first instinct when he receives a warning note is to wonder if the target has been stolen or what, or how Saint Tail is planning to help someone by stealing it.
  • Hot-Blooded: And how!
  • Idiot Hero
  • Missing Mom: What happened to his mother is not known (not even if she's still alive), only that she's not around.
  • Oblivious to Love: To an unbelievable degree. Being oblivious to Meimi's unexpressed feelings? Understandable. Not realizing that Rina is in love with him when she could be the trope picture of Clingy Jealous Girl? Not so much. Being unable to realize that Saint Tail's warning notes double as unconventional love letters until pointed out by The Dragon? Oh boy... Taking almost two years, shouting them to Saint Tail, and brooding about it for another couple days before realizing he's in love with Meimi? He's threatening Son Goku for the trope picture, guys!
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Any lesser thief would have been caught by now.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist

Seira Mimori
Meimi's best friend, and accomplice in the whole Saint Tail thing. She's also a nun-in-training.
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     Recurring Characters 

Asuka sr.
Asuka's father, and a capable police officer.
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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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant, violent, and has a genuine sense of justice and a well hidden niceness.
    • Jerkass Façade: At least part of her act is just that: an act to hide her insecurity.
  • 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.
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Hideo Morinaka
The mayor of Seika, and the one who assigned Asuka jr. to the Saint Tail case.
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Eimi Haneoka/Phantom Thief Lucifer
Meimi's mother, and a former thief herself.
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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.
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Ryoko and Kyoko
Meimi and Seira's friends from the class.
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Yasuhiro and Chiba
Asuka jr.'s friends from the class.
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  • 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.
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Maju Sendo/Pandora
Rosemary's adopted daughter and accomplice.
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