A short summary page for characters from the Mai-HiME anime and manga series.For the uninitiated, it should be noted that the manga and the anime are two entirely different continuities, with various characters having different roles and personalities.
Element: four golden rings around her wrists and ankles; fire
Anime: She is a first-year student at a private school called Fuuka Academy (located somewhere in Japan), who discovers that she has the powers of the HiME while caught in a battle between Natsuki and Mikoto on the ferry to the school. She eventually teams up with them (reluctantly) against monsters called Orphans, all while balancing her normal school life, a part-time job as a waitress, and monitoring the health of her younger brother Takumi (whom she has been charged with protecting in the wake of her mother's death).
Manga: Mai has already been in Fuuka Academy for some time upon the series' beginning, and is moderately skilled in the utilisation of her HiME abilities. She shares a rivalry with Natsuki, which is only exacerbated by their sudden discovery that newcomer Yuuichi Tate is the 'Key' for the both of them.
In combat, Mai is protected by her CHILD, a dragon called Kagutsuchi, which was bonded to her after she removed its sword from a cavern wall. Her Element (magical weapon) takes on the form of floating magatama rings that wrap around her wrists and ankles, and allow her to fly and shoot fire.
Failure Knight: (anime) Part of her motivation for protecting her brother is that she feels partially responsible for his current condition, as both he and their mother nearly drowned in a raging river when they were little, and worse, she was left with the task of taking care of Takumi while they were playing around a riverbank, but she just left him there to go play with some friends (she was a small child, mind you, so she obviously wasn’t very aware of the potential consequences). When she comes back, his brother has almost drowned in the river, and her mother jumped in to save him, almost drowning in the process as well (it’s implied she also had weak health), and she actually dies afterwards in the hospital, with her final words being to Mai to take care of her little brother.
Friendship Moment: With Yuuichi in Episode 5, when she breaks down after his teasing went wrong. While they did not get along at first, always getting into quarrels, their attitudes towards each other softened somewhat after the incident.
My Beloved Smother: ...but is also sometimes accused of being this as well. Mikoto finds Mai's caring for her to sometimes be overbearing, and later on, Takumi tries to become independent from her so as not to burden her.
Supreme Chef: With Miyu and Fumi on her team, she almost succeeds in making a good cake until Shiho smashes her face into it.
Tender Tears: Breaks down in episode 5 after one of Yuuichi's routine insults goes wrong and that, combined with other events that have happened throughout the day, brings back some bad memories. Yuuchi ends up comforting her and this turns out to be the turning point in her relationship with Yuuichi. Though they still fight, Yuuichi begins to understand Mai's problems a little better, while Mai realises that Yuuichi isn't such a bad guy after all, and their attitudes toward each other improved somewhat after the incident.
Anime: Natsuki's mother was once a scientist employed with the mysterious First District (called "District 1" in the English dub), a company connected to the Searrs organization, who lost her life when escaping from the laboratory with her young daughter. Believing them to be responsible for her mother's death, Natsuki has dedicated her life to investigating the reason for gathering the HiME at Fuuka Academy, and bringing down Searrs and the First District by any means necessary, and has decided to eschew such trivialities as "school work" and "romance" until her mission is finished.
Manga: Her backstory is largely the same, with the important distinction that she believes a HiME, and not the First District (which doesn't exist in the manga), was responsible for her mother's apparent death. Her motivation for entering Fuuka Academy is to track down her mother's murderer, due to the high concentration of HiMEs there.
Natsuki's personal weapon is a pair of miniature handguns that she can summon out of thin air at any time (in the manga, she only uses one). She uses them on small targets, but whenever an Orphan needs to be taken down, she summons a metallic wolf named Duran (named after the dog she used to have when she was young), capable of firing a variety of cartridges that pierce armor, shoot ice crystals, or blind their targets.
Action Girl: While all the Hi ME count, Natsuki is easily the standout case.
In a more serious sense, when Shizuru reaches out to touch her face, she has a flashback of the dream she had of Shizuru kissing her, which was confirmed by what she overheard from Yukino. She recoils, screams a Big "NO!", and causes Shizuru to snap.
Covert Pervert: (manga) Her first thought after hearing that Yuuichi's birthday was near was to offer herself as a birthday present, complete with a picture of her imagining herself wearing nothing but a bow. (anime) The panty thief episode revealed that she has a huge collection of lingerie and feminine underwear of all kinds.
Heroic BSOD: After discovering that her mother may have been trying to sell her to the Searrs Foundation instead of trying to save her, she loses the ability to summon her Element or Child for several episodes.
Ineffectual Loner: Generally more successful when she's working alongside or for the good of others.
Kirk Summation: After Nao says the Himes have the right to use their powers as they wish, Natsuki concedes her point, but then draws her Element and says that it's also her right to not like what Nao does with her powers.
Meaningful Name: Written with the hiragana for "Summer Princess". She is perhaps the only Hime whose parents knew she was a Hime before the start of the story.
Modesty Shorts: Forced to wear one after losing her panties in the panty thief episode, to Mai's laughter.
Talk to the Fist: In the manga, destroys her mother's Princess Earring while she's in the middle of taunting her.
Think Nothing of It: Has this attitude in "Natsuki's Prelude" when offering to help get Akane's notes for her from the school building at night (in large part so that Akane won't be around so that she investigates)
Natsuki: Don't worry about it. I'm used to walking alone at night. And besides, this is a rare opportunity for me to offer such a service, isn't it? You should accept a person's kindness humbly, don't you think? (pause) .... Oi, Higurashi? What's wrong?
Akane: (bowing over and over) Th—- Thank you, Kuga-san!
'''Natsuki: You really don't need to be so thankful. Weren't we classmates before?
Tsundere: Largely manga only. Textbook Type A with Yuuichi, such as punching him out immediately after handing him his birthday present.
You Must Be Cold: Drapes a coat over Mai as she sleeps during the hunt for the panty stealing orphan.
Anime: Like Mai, she comes from a far away land, but she does so in search of her long-lost brother. It is unknown what happened to her parents, but it is hinted in a flashback that Mikoto lived most of her early life with her grandfather before his death (he was the one who told her to seek out her brother in Fuuka, and trained her to kill him). She is an incredibly childlike, but generally well-meaning person who loves all her friends, but doesn't quite understand the concept of romantic love.
Manga: Mikoto's role has been reduced by a fair margin, although Mai readily acknowledges her as the strongest of all of the HiMEs near the series' beginning. She is also shown to have slightly better social skills.
Mikoto's weapon is a giant sword called Miroku, which she carries on her back in a giant wooden case. When she doesn't have it on hand, she can call it to her by shouting its name, in effect making it both her Element and her CHILD. In the anime, this sword is also one of the CHILDs of the demonic Obsidian Lord, which Mikoto has been trained to carry around with her since childbirth.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Both versions do this. In the anime, it's the Obsidian Lord using Mikoto's pendant to control her. Late in the manga, she is briefly taken over by Shiho's CHILD's parasitic offspring.
My God, What Have I Done?: (anime) When Natsuki comes in to break up her fight against Mai (by knocking the sword out of her hands), Mikoto breaks down into tears when she finds out that she was responsible for killing Takumi (or so she thinks at the time)... and her own grandfather.
Anime: Midori is a twenty-something (she swears that she's only 17 years old; part of a seiyuu in-joke with fellow actress Kikuko Inoue) Japanese history teacher working at Fuuka Academy. Initially, she took a side job at the Linden Baum diner with Mai and her friend Akane Higurashi, but decided to quit when she figured she'd have a better chance at succeeding by pursuing her archeological studies. Midori is the most enthusiastic of the HiME about her lot in life, approaching her role as one of the Magical Girls with the style and flair of a cartoon superhero. She wields an axe and can summon a horned chariot beast named Gakutenou, which (for some reason) can also fly.
Manga: In the manga, she has a parakeet(!) as her key, being able to summon Gakutenou with it. However, here Gakutenou comes with an added ability... namely, the ability to transform into a Humongous Mecha.
Adventurer Archaeologist: (anime) Midori wants to be one of these. Her "most important person", her old professor, Sasaki-sensei, already is.
Large Ham: Not remotely as big as Haruka, but she's definitely passionate about fighting.
More so in the manga, where she is, if anything, a little worse than Haruka. Most of her battles are punctuated with her non-stop shouting and tend to end with most of her own team groaning on the floor because she accidentally beat the crap out of them with her overly enthusiastic attacks on the enemy.
Obfuscating Stupidity: At first glance, she looks and acts clumsy...but she spends a lot of time doing the research on the conflict, and becomes an invaluable asset to attempting to break the Vicious Cycle in the series' last arc...
Screw Destiny: (anime) Like Natsuki, she hates the idea of playing along with Searrs/the First District's plans, but she's the only HiME who actively takes part of screwing it up (while the others are trying their best to survive and not kill each other).
Spanner in the Works: (anime) She manages to foil the Obsidian Lord's plans by releasing and rebooting Miyu.
Stripperiffic: If only all teachers could get away with wearing denim jackets and tube tops.
Team Mom: On her best days, she serves as one of these to the other HiMEs.
Anime: A middle school student at Fuuka Academy. Unlike many of the other students, she is much more concerned with her own well-being than the safety of others. This is even more apparent when she uses her HiME abilities, attacking friend and foe alike.
After the Searrs invasion, Natsuki is tricked into thinking she injured Yukariko, and in the ensuing confrontation, Nao loses an eye. Nao becomes obsessed with taking revenge on the other HiMEs, but her quest, by putting her at odds with Natsuki, attracts Shizuru's ire, resulting in Nao being defeated.
Manga: Nao remains largely unchanged in terms of powers and personality, yet somehow manages to come across as both more and less evil than her anime counterpart. On the one hand, she lacks the anime version's sympathetic motivation; on the other, following her initial Heel-Face Turn, she remains more or less firmly on the heroes side for the remainder of the storyline (although she never quite stops complaining about it). One major difference is rather than totally disliking men, she's actually something of a flirt, and seems to be so out of genuine interest rather than any ulterior scheme. Usually.
Adaptational Villainy: A variant; In the anime, she starts out hostile, then teams up with the protagonists, then becomes an antagonist. In the manga, she starts out as an antagonist, then turns into a reluctant ally.
Anti-Hero: Type V in the anime, she helps the other HiME fight the Searrs army not because it's the right thing to do, but because she gets a kick out of beating up her enemies. She's more of a Type III in the manga.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: (anime) Her Most Important Person is her comatose mother, and after Shizuru destroys her CHILD and the mother dies, the always arrogant and self-assured Nao collapses in tears and screams.
Eye Scream: (anime) Nao loses her right eye after being tricked into fighting Natsuki. She was already "on the fence" as far as alignment went, but this incident was her breaking point.
Face Heel Revolving Door (anime): Starts out as antagonistic and hostile toward the other Himes, then starts cooperating with them before leaving the team after The Revealand becoming an enemy when her eye gets put out, only to come back and fight alongside the others in the finale.
Femme Fatale: (anime) She lures lecherous men by posing as a girl named "Juliet" and pretends to let them "do things" to her, and then robs them blind. Her reason for choosing this path is because her mother was seriously wounded in a robbery attempt, and robbing other robbers is Nao's way of revenge.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives two to Mai, both accusing her of being overprotective of Takumi and Mikoto and priding herself on doing so. Both of them, especially the second one, delivered as Nao is attacking Takumi and taunting Mai that he "hates" her hit quite hard.
Revenge by Proxy: Tries to kidnap Takumi out of jealousy and a desire for revenge against Mai
The Tease: She's very flirtatious around men. In the anime, this is to put them off guard so she can rob them. In the manga, she mainly focuses on Yuuichi, initially to lure him away from Mai on Haruka's orders, and then just for giggles.
The Vamp (manga). See the end panel of Volume 1 for an example.
Villain Exit Stage Left: In the manga, after her Key is knocked away, decides to walk away, outraging not only Mai and Yuuichi (who each demand an apology for the other), but also Haruka (who was counting on her securing Yuuichi to advance the Ori-Hime unit’s agenda).
Villainous Breakdown: Flies into a rage when Shizuru says she's fighting her because she loves Natsuki, and says the quote at the top. After she's defeated and loses her mother, she falls to her knees and ends up in tearss.
Wild Card (manga): In the early chapters, she's teamed up with Nagi during her duel against the Mai/Natsuki/Yuuichi trio, but after she loses the battle, she later "assists" (against her wishes) them in taking him down.
Anime: Akane is one of Mai's friends and co-workers at the Linden Baum Diner, as well as one of Natsuki's classmates. She's also the girlfriend of Kazuya Kurauchi, another one of her co-workers.
Akane's Element is a pair of large X-shaped tonfas, and her CHILD is a lion-like beast called Hari, which traps its foes within wind tunnels that shred them to pieces. Sadly, she only gets to use this attack once in the anime.
Manga: ... Pretty much exactly the same, actually. The major difference is that Akane in the manga has a much, much happier time.
Anime: Akira is the self-styled "Secret Ninja of the School", sent to Fuuka Academy to protect it from the Orphans by her clan. To conceal her identity, she goes in disguise and lives in the boys' dorm with Mai Tokiha's brother Takumi, watching over him when she's not around to take care of him.
Aside from her arsenal of ninja tools, Akira utilizes a unique-shaped double-bladed sword, which is used to pin down her opponent while her child, Gennai smashes it with its large hammer-and-chain.
Manga: Manga: Akira is still fairly close to Takumi. She joins the Ori-HIME unit in order to keep her status as a girl secret, but is never seen summoning her Child.
Sarashi In an attempt to hide her (unfortunately, growing) breasts, and with it, her identity as a girl and Hime.
Shadow Pin (anime): Gennai uses spotlights to show the target’s shadow, enabling Akira to pin its shadow and have Gennai finish off the victim.
Shoot the Dog (manga): Is planning on killing Mikoto’s pet Orphan if necessary which ends with the Orphan killing itself as it goes out of control, and tries to kill Takumi to prevent him from becoming the Obsidian Lord, but fails.
Anime: The naïve and sweet Sister Yukariko is the lone nun who works at the chapel on campus. Her personal philosophy is that of allowing God to take care of all of one's troubles, and not giving in to, as she often likes to put it, "the passions of youth". Over the course of the story, she falls in love with local art teacher Wataru Ishigami, but realizes too late that he's an extended part of the First District Ancient Conspiracy, and is using her to get inside the heads of the other HiME, so she has no choice but to obey him to ensure her survival in the game. Sister Yukariko uses a bow and arrows as her weapon, and is protected by her CHILD, a disembodied unicorn head (resembling the "knight" chess piece) named St. Vlas. Its powers are mostly stemmed in illusion and deception, rather than straight-up combat.
Nuns Are Mikos: She works taking care of a church that looks very much Catholic.
Nun Too Holy: In addition to violating the rules regarding celibacy, gets quite drunk at the karaoke party in Episode 16.
The Pollyanna: A bit, in the first part of the series. Her speeches about God, love and forgiveness were infamous in Fuuka.
Questionable Consent: (anime) While Yukariko and Ishigami had fallen for each other early on, his forceful kiss on her and the reveal after the Grand Finale that she was pregnant indicates that there was something else going on in that scene. Definitely not the best way to have handled that.
Yukino is the shy, bookish vice-president of the executive committee. She provides the "yin" to Haruka's "yang", actively avoiding conflict while Haruka embraces it. She and Haruka have known each other since they were children, and Yukino looks up to Haruka as both a friend and a protective figure. She is very good with computers and technical gadgets, and can type really fast.
Anime: Yukino's CHILD is an odd insectoid beast named Diana, and her Element is a mirror. Much like Yukino's non-confrontational personality, Diana is mostly incapable of attacking. Instead, it releases several mechanical spores that allow her to spy on distant targets, which can be seen through the lenses of its self-replicating mirrors.
Manga: In the manga, Yukino's CHILD has been completely changed, to the jellyfish-life Miroir, which spawns tiny mirrors. This is used largely to redirect the wildly-aimed attacks from Haruka's CHILD.
Adaptational Villainy: In the manga, she's initially helping Haruka in her attempts to get Mai and Natsuki's group expelled. In the anime, she's friends with Mai and Mikoto, two of her enemies in the manga.
My God, What Have I Done?: After trying to kill Mai when faced with a threat to Haruka's life, she has this reaction and feels guilty about it for some time.
Power Perversion Potential: Shizuru suggests Yukino "enjoy(s) watching other people" when Yukino accuses her of kissing and (possibly) raping Natuski, which enrages Haruka.
Scary Shiny Glasses: Well, not so much "scary" as they are "shiny", because she's one of the good guys, and it seems to be a sign that she's hiding something. However, they are somewhat scary in the Blu-Ray special, when she prepares an extremely spicy hot dog to feed to Reito as part of a group revenge by the former Himes, and Nao and Natsuki are both terrified as they look on.
Standard Female Grab Area: Natsuki pulls her away while requesting her help for Takumi by grabbing her wrist, although it should be noted that Yukino is possibly the least physically strong of the Himes, in addition to having powers that are not oriented toward combat.
Schoolgirl Lesbians: It's hinted in the anime that she might be in love with Haruka, especially as she is planning on tying a ribbon for her, the same way others do for their loved ones (unfortunately, Haruka has stated a clear opposition to the practice because of having to clean it up, and may also oppose homosexuality). Even more obvious in the manga.
Shrinking Violet: Extremely shy and vulnerable to pressure, which Ishigami tries to use to his advantage later in the anime. It almost succeeds.
Tears of Remorse: After her failed attempt on Mai's life, and, not long afterward, when Mai thanks her for helping her find Takumi
Anime: Shizuru runs the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, and is described as calm, yet unapproachable due to her high social status (in one episode, Mashiro has entrusted her with securing funding for the school from a handful of very wealthy businessmen). Though she and vice-president Reito Kanzaki are described as an "influential power couple", she is much more interested in her long-time best friend, Natsuki Kuga. She is often criticized by executive committee leader Haruka Suzushiro for her laissez-faire approach to student affairs, but tries to be as helpful to them as much as possible. However, if something or someone should threaten her or Natsuki... watch out. Shizuru is the last person to have her HiME abilities revealed. Her CHILD is a multiple-headed snake named Kiyohime, and her Element is a naginata/long-spear with a blade that can break off into sections and be whipped at great distances, capable of slicing its targets to ribbons. It can also wrap around people, but she's only used that once (against Natsuki during their fight).
Manga: Shizuru retains most of her backstory and initial personality, with two important exceptions - she is never revealed to be a HiME at all, with most of her notable actions involving reuniting Natsuki with her family, and perhaps more importantly, while her affection for Natsuki is still pretty blatant, she never goesbatshitcrazy over her.
Adaptational Wimp: Is only a HiME in the anime. She's just an ordinary student in the manga.
Anger Born of Worry: Is quite shocked when Natsuki returns to school, injured, after her first battle as a Hime, and suspecting that her motorcycle is to blame, threatens to hit her to keep her away from it.
Dude, She's Like in a Coma: (anime) Shizuru places a Sleeping Beauty-style kiss on Natsuki after she saves her from Nao. There is reason to believe it went further — Haruka and Yukino certainly think so — but there is debate on the subject.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Partially subverted. Her eyes are naturally red, but she's a pretty nice girl to hang around. Except when she loses her mind.
Schoolgirl Lesbians: Shizuru is in love with Natsuki. However, when Yukino and Haruka call her out for choosing love over duty, and suggest she may have raped Natsuki, which Natsuki overhears and is shocked, Shizuru snaps.
Sexy Silhouette: A rare example of Fan Disservice in this case, when combined with the above Dude, She's Like in a Coma moment. Although it happens only in Natsuki's imagination. Note how Natsuki's "flashbacks" about it have the same POV as scenes of her sleeping, but scenery and Natsuki's lying figure are mirrored. There has been much debate on what exactly happened in that scene.
Shout-Out: Her child is named Kiyohime, and Shizuru's final fight with Natsuki involves Natsuki hiding inside a bell that Shizuru crushes as a reference to the original myth.
Spot of Tea: A hobby of hers, as it helps her stay calm.
Second-year student with a crush on her "big brother" Yuuichi.
Anime: Shiho is a second-year middle-school Fuuka Academy student, and is normally a cheerful and outgoing Miko who works part-time at her grandpa's shrine. She is almost always seen in the company of Yuuichi, a boy who she grew up with for almost all her life. Though they're not related, she addresses him as "onii-chan" (translation: "Big Brother") and looks up to him, while being embarrassed to admit that she actually loves him until later. Shiho is really protective of Yuuichi's personal space, and gets mad whenever she suspects him of taking romantic interest in other girls (especially Mai). When he does, Shiho loses it and resolves to take Mai out of the picture so that she can make him hers forever. But since Anyone Can Die, she doesn't get to take her revenge, and the rules mean she ends up depriving herself of what she wants most. It isn't until after the end of the Searrs arc that Shiho's HiME abilities manifest, in the form of a demonic crow named Yatagarasu (modeled after the three-legged crow of Shinto folklore, but Shiho's version only has one leg), which she controls with a flute, appearing as an astral-projected girl in a wedding dress.
Manga: Shiho is one of the PRINCESSes, HiMEs who can summon CHILDs without a 'Key' via earrings made out of fragments of the HiME Star. Her manga CHILD is a large octopus/plant hybrid that attacks with its tentacles and can spawn spores that allow it to manipulate the actions of someone is infests. The rest of her personality remains largely unchanged.
Brainwashed and Crazy: (manga) The power of her CHILD in the manga adaptation is to inflict this on other people. She herself gets it in the end as the eventual fate of everyone who uses the PRINCESS earrings.
Defeat By Irony: (manga): She says she and the other Princesses are superior to the Himes because their abilities do not put the lives of their Keys on the line. As a result of this, Mai is able to attack her without holding back and destroys her Child easily. This is in stark contrast to the anime, where Mai could very likely have easily defeated her, but knew that doing so would cause Yuuichi's death.
Musical Assassin: Her Element is a flute, which is used more as a controlling tool than a melee weapon.
New Transfer Student (manga): Unlike in the anime, when she has been attending Fuuka Academy all along, she transfers in as part of the Searrs plan to take over the school.
Third-Person Person: Mostly in the manga, but also in the anime (although the subs sometimes replace her referring to herself as "Shiho" with "I").
Through His Stomach: In the Cooking Duel, after seeing that Yuuichi is one of the judges, she becomes especially determined to win. Unfortunately, she accidentally ruins her team's efforts by tripping and planting her face into the cake.
Traitor Shot: (anime) After Yuuichi mentions that Takumi's room has been destroyed and he's missing, and mentions that "Tokiha must be really worried," the camera cuts to Shiho, who has an angry glare on her face, and she then goes out and kills Takumi by destroying Akira's Child.
Walking Spoiler: It's obvious early on that she is quite possessive of Yuuichi, but she's only revealed as a Hime in the third to last episode.
We Used to Be Friends: It's somewhat surprising in light of her status as a Clingy Jealous Girl, but she actually initially got along quite well with Mai, and in Yukariko's Lotus-Eater Machine, Mai fantasizes about Shiho's hopes to see Mai as an honorary sister-in-law. Unfortunately, Shiho blames Mai for Yuuichi falling for Mai instead of her.
Yandere: Late in the anime, she gets really pissed off at Mai. Nagi easily uses this to manipulate Shiho and pit her against Mai. In the manga, she, through a combinatoin of her own jealousy and the Princess Earrings' insanity, not only has Mikoto try to kill Mai, but also ties up Yuuichi and threatens to kill him if he gives unsatisfactory answers to her questions about how much he likes her.
Element: none (Miyu does most of the fighting on her behalf)
Anime: Alyssa is a member of Fuuka Academy's elementary school program, and an exchange student from the United States. She also sings among the school choir, and has been given the nickname of the "Golden Angel" by her protector and mother-figure, Miyu Greer, because of her vocal gift. On the surface, Alyssa appears shy and has trouble making friends with the other students, but this is really because she is the main source of the Orphans that the HiME are fighting against. She is able to do so by removing her hairpin and drawing from a sigil on the ground, but every monster she summons drains her energy. In addition to the Orphans, Alyssa's main weapon is an orbital satellite called Artemis, which is capable of vaporizing a wide area with its laser beam. The satellite is destroyed by the HiME during their operation to regain control of the school from the Searrs army, and Alyssa is killed shortly thereafter by a disgruntled Joseph Greer, on orders of the Searrs higher-ups.
Manga: Alyssa is shown to be largely sympathetic and naive, tricked into helping Saeko unlock the gate to the HiME Star via fear of Parental Abandonment. As one of the PRINCESSes, her CHILD here is Issac, an orb-like creature with a turtle's head, which she can use to control the gravitational pull. She is at first established to desire Natsuki's affections very much, viewing her as a big sister, but after Natsuki turns on her mother, Alyssa quickly rushes to defend her.
Anti-Villain: Type II in the manga, potential Type III in the anime.
Artificial Human, genetically engineered with the abilities of a HiME, but the capability of Orphan summoning.
Daddy's Little Villain: Her Most Important Person in the anime (even more so than Miyu) is her father, and she is motivated by her love for him. In the manga, her desire for the love of her mother, Saeko drives her to do her bidding.
Unexplained Recovery: Reappears in the ending with no explanation as to why she is there. It is assumed that she was resurrected with the others, but this is never shown.
Japanese Honorifics: Miyu addresses her with the extremely respectful "-ojou-sama", sometimes by itself and sometimes after her name. In the manga, she suggests that Mashiro not use honorifics on her, saying that "Alyssa-san" is too formal for her liking.
Anime: He is a reputed star kendo practitioner who gave up the sport out of depression after a knee injury, becoming a delinquent for quite a while. In his first appearance in the show, he tries to lend a hand during the chaos on the ferry to school, but gets ranted out and beaten up by both Mai (the girl whom he saved from the Natsuki/Mikoto confrontation) and Shiho (the girl whom he's known since his childhood, and who also helped him give up his delinquency) for assumed perverted behavior. Once he gets comfortable at school, he works alongside the Student Council, trying his hardest not to involve himself in the conflict with the HiME and the Orphans, but is forcibly dragged into it when things get crazy (Searrs' private army invades the school, and when Shiho starts attacking Mai out of jealousy).
Manga: In the manga, it is Yuuichi, not Mai, who is the New Transfer Student. Given the complete lack of The Masquerade in the manga, he is noticeably stunned to see Mai and Natsuki engage in battle with each other. Shortly afterwards, it is discovered that he is the 'Key' for both of the girls - someone whose close physical presence allows HiMEs to summon forth their CHILDs to be used in battle.
Yuuichi Tate also has a long scar down his right arm, which he received after saving Shiho from a band of would-be rapists. This injury prevents him from practicing kendo due to the strain it would place on his damaged arm, and later on in the manga it is almost constantly bandaged thanks to how often he gets himself in problematic situations. In the manga, his role has been greatly expanded, rendering him the de facto main character.
The Dulcinea Effect: (manga) Immediately becomes Mai and Natsuki's Key despite having just met them. In the anime, the process of him becoming most important to Mai is more gradual, although it is implied to happen by the time Takumi has died, the switch in most important people possibly helped by a rift forming between Takumi and Mai over his desire to go receive treatement in America alone.
First Boy Wins: Yes, technically he and Mikoto win. She was the first girl Mai met, and he was the first guy, and Mai says she loves them both.
Friendship Moment: With Mai in Episode 5, when she breaks down after his teasing went wrong. While they did not get along at first, always getting into quarrels, their attitudes towards each other softened somewhat after the incident.
Go Out with a Smile: (anime) He manages to face his death (as a result of Mai and Shiho's duel) rather calmly, as the girls he cares for will stop fighting, but admits that even he finds dying somewhat scary.
Love Triangle: Mai, Natsuki, and Shiho compete over in him the manga. Mai and Shiho are both potential matches for him, and he and Reito both have feelings for Mai in the anime.
New Transfer Student (manga) Having been forced to leave his old high school after he gets the kendo team in trouble by protecting Shiho, he goes to Fuuka.
Non-Action Guy: He knows his way with Kendo, but due to an injury and depression (and how the girls are that much more powerful than he is), he doesn't really get to use his skills.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His manga incarnation is often accused of this, as he, rather than Mai, is the main character.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His shouting out to Mai when on a "date" with Shiho at the festival turns Shiho against Mai. He later tells Shiho that Takumi is being attacked, resulting in her going out and destroying Akira's Child, killing Takumi. After he misses his planned meeting with Shiho to save Mai from Yukariko, this results in Shiho attacking Mai, a battle that ends with Shiho's defeat and Yuuichi's death.
What the Hell, Hero?: (manga) Gets pressured into quitting his old school by the rest of his kendo team because his intervening to help Shiho resulted in them getting suspended from the tournament.
Anime-only character. Reito is the vice-president of the student council and in the same class as Shizuru. Reito is a student-athlete who is as calm as they come, trying not to cause trouble for anyone. He takes an almost-immediate liking to Mai when she arrives on campus, and eventually asks her out on a date during the Tamayura festival episode. She is reluctant to get romantically involved with anybody, but he almost succeeds in kissing her, until Yuuichi walks in on them while out with his date Shiho and stops them. This puts a strain on their friendships, eventually bringing them all into a confrontation near the end of the series, especially since Reito and the Minagi clan are followers of the Obsidian Lord's legacy, and Reito is - unknowingly - his vessel.
Split Personality Takeover: Around the last five episodes or so, Reito stops being himself, and the Obsidian Lord's soul does the talking for him. He still sounds the same, but speaks more forcefully when the other personality starts talking.
Anime: Haruka is the president of Fuuka Academy's executive committee, which is responsible for enforcing the rules and making sure people behave themselves. This is a perfect fit for Haruka, who has very little tolerance for moral indecency and is very passionate about her job. This often puts her at odds with Shizuru and Reito of the student council, who prefer to do their jobs without yelling and screaming. While not as popular as Shizuru, she still commands a great deal of respect, and has a legion of students to help her do her bidding when things get rough. Her foil is her best friend Yukino, who likes to correct her occasional malapropisms.
Manga: Haruka is also a HiME, and wields a giant mace/morningstar as a weapon, although her primary method of attack seems to be firing off gigantic beams of light from the weapon. This trend continues on with her CHILD, Komokuten, a giant lantern-fish which shoots rays from the lightbulb on its head. Her key is Yukino, who is a HiME in her own right, and the two work well together, with Yukino using her CHILD to redirect Haruka's wild attacks to actually aim in the general direction of the enemy.
A Glass in the Hand: (manga) She breaks a phone receiver when Shizuru tells her over the phone that Mai won against Nao.
Boisterous Weakling: A sympathetic version of this, sort of. Even if she has guts, she stands up very loudly against enemies she can do nothing against, and never wins in the end.
Boobs of Steel: She's got assets, and can kick ass with the best of them if she gets angered. Her manga version takes it even further, as she has HiME powers and wields a massive morningstar.
Butt Monkey: Especially in the manga - she's always the one subject to panty flashes, and her reasoning for finally escaping St. Vlas was the simple fact that she knew she could never have such a happy life.
Moral Myopia (manga): Objects to the Orphan Resistance Unit's methods because they destroy property, but resorts to several underhanded and illegal tactics of her own, culminating in her charging up an attack that threatens the audience at the end of her fight against Mai's team.
Nouveau Riche: According to Yukino, the Suzushiro family was not always wealthy, and became so at one point when she and Haruka were growing up.
Plucky Girl: (anime) She refuses to accept any kind of losses even when faced with her own inminent death.
Starter Villain (manga): Her initial goal is to disband the Orphan Resistance unit and get its members expelled.
Too Dumb to Live / Fearless Fool: Even when faced with Shizuru's Element, the thought of running away or even not provoking her further doesn't occur to her.
Transparent Closet: Not apparent in the anime, but in her Lotus-Eater Machine dream in the manga, Haruka has a lot of naked women surrounding her. The wording of her speech to Shizuru doesn't help her case, either. It's also telling that Yukino does not get this treatment in said sequence.
Unknown Rival: To Shizuru. In the anime, Yukino tells Shizuru that Haruka knew she couldn't defeat her, but hoped she would be acknowledged.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: (manga) Haruka is understandably dismayed that the Anti-Orphan squad's lack of teamwork leads to the destruction and damage of several buildings. Her 'solution' is to form a counterpart rival squad, and to disable the members of the original squad by way of methods such as stealing their Elements, luring their 'Keys' away (as she does with Yuuichi), or outright kidnapping.
You Need to Get Laid: The opinion of the student body when she's going off on her rants trying to investigate the situation.
Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B. Also, is the only high school girl that wears the stockings seen on the middle school girls.
Chie and Aoi are close friends of Mai, and are rarely ever seen apart. They have a very small role in the actual plot, but occasionally show up during the less action-oriented episodes to provide moral support to the heroine.
The captain of Fuuka Academy's kendo club. Takeda has tried to get Yuuichi to rejoin the club, but to no avail. His attempts to get close to his crush Natsuki are also often met with failure, mainly due to her lack of general interest.
Single-Target Sexuality: Does not appear to have much interest in anyone except Natsuki. When he goes to see Shizuru to tell her he would like an answer from Yuuichi soon, Shizuru assumes he's come to ask about Natsuki.
Mai's younger brother, and a second-year middle schooler at Fuuka Academy.
Anime: He has a history of heart problems, so he often has to take a lot of medicine to stay healthy. He is very fond of his older sister Mai, who watches after him and makes sure he doesn't do anything dangerous. Later on, he makes a vow to himself to become more independent. Takumi has a few friends at the school, but the one closest to him is his roommate Akira Okuzaki, a tomboyishninja who disguises herself as a male so that she can disguise her status as a HiME. He eventually finds out about Akira's true gender, but has no problem with it either way and even falls for her.
Manga: Takumi's condition is so debilitating that he remains in strict bedrest for over 90% of the series. Otherwise, the same tropes concerning Mai doting over him largely applies. After the HiME Star descends, it is revealed that he's the Obsidian Lord, the main villain of the series.
Woobie Destroyer of Worlds with shades of Freudian Excuse: (manga) His justification for his actions as host of the Obsidian Lord was that a world that has brought him absolutely nothing but suffering wasn't worth preserving. Considering he was a corpse when Obsidian Lord assimilated him, it's not like he had much of a choice in the matter.
Mashiro is the headmaster of Fuuka Academy, and is responsible for uniting the HiME together to defend the school against the Orphans.
Anime: At first glance, Mashiro looks far too young to be in charge of a private school, but there are hints that she may actually be much older than that. She does not actually perform any administrative functions, instead leaving the school in the capable hands of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and the disciplinary committee. She is most often seen with Fumi Himeno, who acts as her caretaker/secretary/bodyguard.
Manga: In the manga, she is indeed as old as she looks, reacting the way a typical 6th grader would when being told that it is time for homework or remedial lessons. However, she is apparently the 1024th head of the Kazahana household, responsible for halting or delaying the arrival of the HiME Star in order to prevent the arrival of the Obsidian Lord. She is also a HiME, with her Element, 'Golden Time', being a giant stopwatch. Her 'Key' is Fumi, with which she can summon a set of white rabbits named, well, White Rabbits. It should be noted that though Fumi is a HiME too (she is seen wielding an scythe as an Element), Mashiro is apparently not her 'Key'.
Gambit Roulette Her plan to destroy the HiME Star once and for all could be considered this since it involves allowing the fighting to continue, and then finding someone (Miyu) capable of breaking the seal on the graves of the HiME's loved ones after a "winner" has been decided, and finally sacrificing herself to the Obsidian Lord, using the rest of her powers to revive the dead Most Important People and allow the fallen HiME join the last battle.
Improbable Age: An 11-year-old principal of a school? Really? Not exactly. Midori finds out that Mashiro actually died about 300 years ago; her current body is actually Fumi's CHILD, which Mashiro is somehow occupying. Her real body is encased in a crystal under the school.. Played straight in the manga, though.
Let's Get Dangerous: In the manga, after being freed from Alyssa's CHILD, she proceeds to disable her without giving Alyssa the chance to retaliate at all.
Anime: Nagi is a mysterious boy who hangs around Fuuka Academy and spends the majority of his time perching himself in dangerously high places. He appears to have a great interest in the conflict between the HiME and the Orphans. Most of the time, he doesn't directly get involved with them, instead directing the HiME to trouble spots and allowing them to do his dirty work for him. Another clue that he isn't exactly one of the "normal guys": he hangs out a lot with Mashiro and Fumi. Then, of course, there's that whole matter with the HiME Carnival, where the girls are forced to fight each other until only one of them is left standing. Yup... he organized that, too, although he did so by order of Reito/the Obsidian Lord.
Manga: In the manga, Nagi is portrayed as being far more malevolent, and is established early on as being the source of the Orphans, with the stated goal of finding one strong enough to become the last of the Three Greatest Young Beauties of the Universe.
Armor-Piercing Question: Asking Yuuichi about Mai kissing him, which causes Natsuki to dismiss her Key under the strain. He takes the opportunity to escape but Miyu intercepts and beheads him.
Bloody Murder: (manga) He's shown to create Orphans by tearing open his own skin and letting them spawn from his blood.
Colour Coded Time Stop: Nagi might seem to be without vast power of his own, but when he needs to chat with Alyssa and Miyu during the takeover of Fuka, he shows himself to be capable of stopping time for a brief chat before he somehow teleports away.
Enigmatic Minion: It's not really clear to what extent he's complicit in Mashiro's plans, or views them as separate from/mutually exclusive to his ostensible master the Obsidian Lord's.
I Have the High Ground: Just about every scene he's in shows him sitting on or hanging from a tree branch, a big rock, or some other kind of tall structure.
Karma Houdini: Nothing happens to him in the end, although he's a bit upset that his plan was thwarted.
Anime-only character. Ishigami is the school's art teacher. During school hours, he tends to act awkward and goofy, but becomes much less so later in the series. He develops a crush on Yukariko, whom he uses to get at the other HiMEs so that she can "win" the Carnival.
Beware the Silly Ones: Upon his first appearance, he's seen cheerfully prancing around and asking the new students to pose for him. You would not think that this apparently adorkable dude would be, uh, quite the asshole in the end.
Natsuki's mother, and the reason for her setting out on her journey.
Anime: She was a scientist for the First District. When attempting to escape from the lab with her young daughter Natsuki, she died in an automobile accident, which Natsuki blames on the District goons. She actually wanted to hand/sell her daughter to the villains, and learning about it sent Natsuki in an Heroic BSOD that left her unable to summon her Child for a while.
Manga: Natsuki's mother is believed to have been killed by another HiME, which has led Natsuki to Fuuka Academy in hopes of finding her murderer. However, it turns out that not only is Saeko alive, but is also working for Searrs (and is the primary villain of Volume 4). After enacting a hostile takeover of Fuuka, she enlists the help of her "other daughters" Alyssa and Miyu to assist her in unlocking the power of the HiME Star, while members of the "Searrs Institute for Girls" subdue the real HiMEs using the power of her specially-crafted PRINCESS earrings (allowing them to use more powerful CHILDs.
Broken Pedestal: (anime) She was planning on selling Natsuki to the Searrs Foundation. (manga)She works with the First District, and regards Natsuki as an inferior product until she’s defeated.
Anime: Miyu is the adoptive daughter and creation of head priest Joseph Greer, and is in the same grade and class as Mai. She mostly keeps to herself, but has a kind rapport with Alyssa Searrs, whom she has sworn to protect at all costs. Miyu eventually reveals herself as an agent of Searrs when she attacks Akane Higurashi at the Founders' Festival and destroys her CHILD, and in turn killing off Akane's boyfriend, Kazuya Kurauchi. When they are defeated, Joseph kills Alyssa, causing Miyu to fly into a rage and kill him in retaliation, and then bury herself and Alyssa in a lake where no one would think to find them. Towards the end of the series, Miyu is rebooted by Midori in order to help them subvert the Obsidian Lord's plan to destroy the world.
Manga: Miyu was created for the dual purpose of unlocking the gate to the HiME Star, since the energy field in the area nulls all HiME powers, and the defeat of the Three Greatest Young Beauties. She is extremely protective of Alyssa, and has a tendency to goes into a berserker rage if anyone (mostly Natsuki) treats the young girl harshly.
Miyu has an arsenal of built-in weapons at her disposal, including a sword arm and a gun-arm. She and the HiME battle a few times during the middle of the series, but it is ultimately the HiME that come out on top.
Too Dumb to Live: Jo-Jo thinks it's just a great idea to shoot Alyssa when her hyper-protective super-robot bodyguard is standing literally ten feet away, then stays to gloat about it afterwards rather than running for his life from the homicidal android with the sword for an arm.
You Have Failed Me: After a few failures on his part, Alyssa takes over. He later gets the job of executing Alyssa for her failure.
Two manga-exclusive characters, the Great Cosmo Beauties are two extremely buxom and powerful HiME who serve the Obsidian Lord (aka Takumi Tokiha) and aid him in creating a new world for him to rule. Of the two, Marie Antoniette is the quieter and more dignified, while Yang Gui-Fei is more of a happy-go-lucky type. Both, however, are unconditionally loyal to their master, despite having an unspoken rivalry for his attention.