anime and manga series.
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
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
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
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
- Almost Kiss: (anime) Two, with two different guys, though one of them took place in a dream.
- Badass Adorable
- Barrier Warrior: The secondary ability of her Element allows her to create flame shields.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Often fights with Yuuichi, but inside, is falling in love with him. The fact that they're not fighting is one reason she realizes the Lotus-Eater Machine is not reality.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mai is one of the nicest characters in the story and absolutely refused to fight the other HiME. However, even she has her limits, like fine china: fragile as she is beautiful; and when she cracks, boy oh boy does she ever CRACK.
- Big Sister Instinct: Mai towards Takumi.
- Boobs of Steel: In terms of "power to mass" ratio, she is well and truly Over Nine Thousand.
- Cooldown Hug: She opts to save Mikoto with one of these instead of killing her during the final battle. Isn't that sweet?
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): She uses it on Mikoto in the first episode when Yuuichi gets knocked aside by Shiho.
- Custom Uniform: When wearing her summer uniform, where the orange jacket is replaced by a vest, we can see that Mai's white blouse underneath it has no sleeves - although it does have a collar.
- The Danza: Voiced by Mai Nakahara in Japanese.
- Die or Fly: Her powers initially take shape when shielding Mikoto from Natsuki's attack.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She hates saddling others with her personal problems, and prefers to solve them herself. This is made even more obvious by her manga incarnation.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Collects nearly as many fangirls as Natsuki immediately after arrival. And Mikoto.
- Evil Makeover (manga)
- Face-Heel Turn: (manga) Done briefly after the revelation that her little brother Takumi is the Obisidian Lord.
- 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.
- Fair Cop: In one scene, cosplays as one.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Natsuki and Mikoto.
- Fiery Red Head: Subverted, but her powers are literally fiery.
- First Kiss: (anime) Came with the CPR, but she tries to deny that it counts.
- 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.
- Episode 4 with Natsuki, helping the girl find the panty thief.
- Gag Boobs: You could fill a Doorstopper with all the times she gets someone's face stuck in her cleavage, someone's hand stuck in her cleavage, someone staring at her cleavage, or otherwise gives someone a mammary to cherish.
- Girl Next Door
- Healthcare Motivation: She works so much to transfer her brother to a top tier hospital.
- Honor Before Reason: (anime) Mai will protect anyone - friend or perceived foe alike - for the sake of the greater good, no matter how much emotional harm it causes her.
- Idiot Hair: She has a small lick running across her head, but she's by no means stupid.
- Love You and Everybody
- Ms. Fanservice
- My God, What Have I Done?: On a few occasions, such as after realizing that she killed someone by destroying Alyssa's Child and after she thinks she's killed Mikoto in a rage over Takumi's death.
- New Transfer Student (anime)
- Nice Girl: Polite, friendly and patient with almost everyone to a fault. Yuuichi and Haruka are among the few people who actually get on her nerves at times.
- Olympus Mons: Kagutsuchi bears a particular distinction for being named after the literal Japanese god of fire.
- Playing with Fire
- Power Limiter: In the anime, Kagutsuchi has one in the form of the huge blade embedded in its mouth. Also works as a Restraining Bolt for the Obsidian Lord to control Kagutsuchi, and for good reason - a full powered and pissed off Kagutsuchi destroys the Obsidian Lord in one shot.
- Promotion to Parent: Essentially raised Takumi after their mother's death...
- 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.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Resurrective Immortality: Kagutsuchi. Killing it only makes it angry enough to come back in a form more suited to blowing you to kingdom come.
- Ring of Fire: One of these pops up around her when her abilities are shown for the first time.
- She's Got Legs
- Shipper on Deck: Shiho wants her to become one for her and Yuuichi, and Mai agrees. Unfortunately, when Yuuichi reveals his interest in Mai, Shiho accuses Mai of lying to her.
- Stepford Smiler
- Story-Breaker Power: Mai most certainly had the potential, however, it was mostly averted since she didn't want to fight anyone. Nao remarks that if Mai was truly serious, there was no way that any of the other HiME could defeat 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 realizes that Yuuichi isn't such a bad guy after all, and their attitudes toward each other improved somewhat after the incident.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Kagutsuchi's default mode. Which makes it a little more than ironic since Mai is pretty much an All-Loving Hero.
- Tsundere: Type B towards Yuuichi.
“The world was constantly betraying me. I’ve lived my whole life believing that. All I had… was the desire to get revenge against the people who took everything away from me.”
Element: guns; ice
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.
: 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.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- An Ice Person
- Anti-Hero: Type II.
- Badass Biker Babe
- Big "NO!": After being forced to Show Some Leg.
- Also when seen without her underwear by Mai, Mikoto, and Takeda in the panty thief episode (anime only).
- 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.
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: Episode 14, during her Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Butt Monkey: Whenever something funny happens, it's often at Natsuki's expense.
- Calling Your Attacks: Only when she uses Duran, as it has a small selection of different ultimate attacks for her to use.
- Catapult Nightmare: When she dreams about Shizuru kissing her, she jumps slightly forward, having slept slumped against a wall. It wasn't a dream.
- Celibate Hero (anime)
- The Comically Serious
- 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.
- Crucified Hero Shot: (anime) At least two.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Gradually opens up to other people, and her friendships with Shizuru, Mai and Mikoto help her to understand that people cannot live alone.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the manga, she punches Yuuichi when he asks if anyone has a problem with him helping her, saying that he’s doing it out of pity.
- Dramatic Wind: Episode 4, during the Panty Thief incident. Hilarity Ensues.
- Going Commando: Her panties end up missing in her locker during the panty thief episode, so she's forced to go around campus without them for a while until Mai finds out.
- First Name Basis: Initially, Shizuru is noted as being the only one who calls Natsuki by her first name, but in Episode 9, she asks Mai to do so as well, having started to become friends with her.
- Guns Akimbo (anime)
- The Gunslinger
- 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.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf
- 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.
- Motorcycle on the Coast Road
- Ms. Fanservice: This is why Mai and Mikoto force her to Show Some Leg in order to hitch a ride back to school at the end of episode 9. Shizuru, Midori and Reito are very amused. Natsuki is not.
- Not So Different: From Nao, as she recognizes that she was also bitter and refused to trust anyone after what happened to her mother.
- Origins Episode: Natsuki's Prelude shows how she became a Hime and some of her other actions prior to the start of the series.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother is dead, apparently because of the First District, and her father left to be with another woman, which Natsuki views as unforgivable.
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: (anime) After learning her mother wanted to sell her. (manga)After learning that Yuuichi kissed Mai.
- Save the Villain: Stops Shizuru from finishing off Nao after Shizuru destroys her Child.
- Side Kick: For Mai.
- Spy Catsuit: Her motorcycle outfit.
- Sugar And Ice Girl: Or at the very least, tries to be.
- 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.
Element: claymore (Miroku)
: 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.
- Alliterative Name
- Badass Adorable
- Battle Butler: First for Mai, and then for ObsidianLord!Reito.
- BFS: Her standard broadsword is already pretty big compared to her body, but the manga takes it up to the next level with the Sword of Tonsotsu.
- Big Eater: Mikoto loves to eat. Bonus points if Mai's the one who prepares it for her.
- The Big Guy
- 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.
- Cute Bruiser
- Dark Magical Girl: (anime) She becomes this type later in the series, as her battle conditioning will cause her to fly into a near-Unstoppable Rage when she comes across someone she thinks is her "enemy".
- Day in the Limelight: (manga) Since her role was reduced in the manga, she got a chapter dedicated to her finding a stray Orphan and deciding to keep it as a pet. It didn't work out so well.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Akira in the manga, after saving her from falling into a pit at the end of their fight.
- Diagonal Cut
- Evil Weapon: (anime) Her sword sometimes tends to have a mind of its own.
- Glowing Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Face-Heel Turn: (anime) Her love for her brother eventually turned her against her friends. Luckily, she turns back just in time to save him, since he was also Brainwashed and Crazy.
- First Girl Wins: (anime) Yes, technically she and Yuuichi win. She was the first girl Mai met, and he was the first guy, and Mai says she loves them both.
- Genki Girl
- Go Through Me: Anime episode 23, just as she spots Midori attempting to pry open the coffin where Miyu was sealed.
- Love You and Everybody: She uses the term "suki" quite liberally, applying it to virtually all of her friends and tying ribbons for them, a practice for people one is in love with.
- Marshmallow Hell: Mikoto really likes doing this to Mai.
- 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.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Her pendant.
- No Social Skills
- Self-Made Orphan: (anime) Mikoto's grandfather trained her to kill him, to see if one day she would be strong enough to harness the full power of Miroku.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Mikoto loves all of her friends in a general platonic sense...though her actions toward Mai suggest differently.
- Sword Plant: This is how she activates her ultimate attack.
- Sword Sparks
- Through Her Stomach: She's quick to make friends with Mai because she loves the food that Mai cooks for her, to the point that she won't eat anything else.
- Vapor Wear: "What's "bra?" Is It Something You Eat??"
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Mikoto struggles with this, especially toward the end of the 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.
: 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.
- An Axe to Grind: Her Element is a stylized Greek labrys.
- Badass Adorable
- Big Good: Very briefly in Episode 16 when she assembles her Sentai team, and later after Mashiro hands her the responsibility for reawakening Miyu.
- Boobs of Steel
- Cool Big Sis: Intelligence be damned, she is still a genuinely fun and friendly person to be around with.
- Dojikko: (anime) As a waitress.
- Fiery Red Head: She had her moments.
- Fun Personified
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: (anime) With... amusing results.
- Humongous Mecha: Gakutenou's form in the manga.
- Jumped at the Call: She relishes the idea of being a Magical Girl, including the battle-cries and over-the-top "justice" speeches.
- 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.
- Likes Older Men: Seems to have a romantic interest in her professor.
- 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...
- Only Sane Girl ... that said, she is still the most emotionally healthy girl of the entire Dysfunction Junction cast, unburdened by trauma or a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Red-Headed Hero
- 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.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In the anime, she can use her weapon as something of a Precision-Guided Boomerang.
- The Worf Effect: (manga) Easily defeated by Alyssa off-panel. Understandable, as her melee weapon doesn't do much good against Alyssa's Gravity Master powers.
- You Did the Right Thing: Reassures Mai that even if destroying Artemis killed someone dear to Alyssa, she had to do it to protect the school.
“Love, attraction, affection… the only person you can trust is yourself!”
Element: retractable claws
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.
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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the anime, Mai and a few others are fooled about her real personality at first.
- Boxed Crook: In the manga, goes along with the Ori-Hime unit in exchange for not being punished for her rule-breaking. Mai, however, questions whether Haruka will keep her promise.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Averted. She uses her powers to rob perverts, and says it is her right to do what she wants.
- Dark Magical Girl
- Disproportionate Retribution: Swears revenge against Natsuki and the others for putting out her eye, even kidnapping Takumi and indirectly causing his death.
- Does Not Like Men (anime)
- 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.
- Evil Redheads (Less "evil" and more "self-serving")
- 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 Reveal and 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.
- Finger-Lickin' Evil: She tends to like to do this, whether she's an Anti-Hero or an antagonist at the moment.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Somewhat jealous of the fact that she and Mai have similar circumstances, but people admire Mai for her persistence.
- Headbutting Heroes: In the manga, does not get along with any of the other HiME, particularly Natsuki and Haruka.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf
- Hypocritical Humor: In the Cooking Duel, mocking Natsuki for being “idiotic” for failing to crack an egg… immediately before failing yet again.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him (manga) Is set on killing Miyu despite Mai’s insistence that she not do it, until Miyu receives new orders and stands down
- Ineffectual Loner
- It's All About Me: Purely self-interested. Word of God states that it doesn't necessarily make her a bad person.
- Karma Houdini: (anime) Her Karma Houdini status stems more from the aforementioned "pervert-baiting" than her fighting and kidnapping Natsuki.
- In the last episode, there’s a scene in which she’s cornered by the perverts she’s been baiting, but then she gets her powers back and apparently deals with them quite easily.
- She believes the people who killed her father and put her mother into a coma are this, as they are fed and housed in prison.
- Kick the Dog: Targeting Takumi as Revenge by Proxy
- Living with the Villain: Mai's friend Aoi is Nao's roommate. However, when Nao undergoes her Face-Heel Turn, she leaves the room.
- Nun Too Holy: Becomes a nun in the ending, although this doesn't appear to have changed her basic personality.
- Obligatory Swearing: In some translations, such as when she tells Haruka to "shut the fuck up" in the manga.
- Playing Against Type: She's voiced by Idol Singer Yuka Nanri, the dub voice of Bubbles from Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.
- Razor Floss
- "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
- Stealth Pun: Julia is the name of her Child...
- 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.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Twisted-Knee Collapse: After her definitive loss against Shizuru.
- 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.
- With Great Power Comes Great Perks
- Wolverine Claws: The claws extend directly from the nails, but still the same idea.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B!
Element: tonfa; wind
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.
“I wonder why, why am I a girl? Why am I a Hime? Why have I fallen in love with you?”
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.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is part of the Ori-Hime unit in the manga.
- Anti-Hero: Type III in the manga.
- Clark Kenting (anime subversion): Akira's ninja disguise doesn't fool Takumi one bit, but she continues to play it off after she's found out.
- Double Weapon: (anime) Her sword/knife Element.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Wields one in the manga.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses the very masculine ore, presumably to make herself seem like a boy, and continues doing so after other people learn about her true gender.
- Luminescent Blush: Such as when Takumi immediately recognizes her.
- 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.
- Sweet Polly Oliver
- This Is My Side: Sets up her half of the room so as to prevent Takumi from finding out her identity.
Child: St. Vlas
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.
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.
- Barrier Warrior (manga)
- Berserk Button: Perhaps the only way to get her angry is to insult or otherwise act dismissively toward Haruka.
- Break the Cutie: ... Yeah.
- Invisible to Normals: (anime) The most useful ability of her CHILD.
- Master of Illusion (manga): Can show images of her and Haruka escaping an attack when in fact they are blocking it.
- 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
- Twisted-Knee Collapse: After Mai and Kagutsuchi are hit by Artemis
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In the anime Yukino's CHILD, Diana, is only good for surveillance and hiding the effects of the HiME battles from the public. This causes her problems when Shizuru challenges her, as she is defeated just mere seconds after she summons Diana forth. The manga allows her to team up with Haruka to power up Haruka's CHILD, increasing her battle capability, but still leaving her as a support character on the battlefield.
Voiced by: Yukana
(JP), Wendy Morrison (EN)
Fumi is Mashiro's caretaker and most trusted assistant.
“I want you, Natsuki! I don’t care for anything else! That’s why I fight, against everything that tries to take Natsuki away from me. So that someday I can finally, truly make her mine...”
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).
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 goes batshit crazy
- Adaptational Villainy: In the manga, never turns into a Psycho Lesbian.
- 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.
- Ass Kicking Pose (anime)
- Berserk Button: (anime) Insulting Natsuki is the only possible way to break her facade, if only for a split second.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Is typically kind and very polite, but is also one of the more powerful and dangerous HiMEs.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Somewhat. It mixes with the aforementioned hands-off approach concerning the running the school, but there are instances (like in episode 10; she just sits back and drinks tea while her team bakes the cake) where it seems she would rather not do any actual work. She also tricked Haruka into taking on an additional workload during the lingerie burglar episode early on. It doesn't happen frequently though, and she does show some professionalism during the later episodes when the school is danger until she abandons her school duties entirely in order to take care of Natsuki.
- Covert Pervert: It's not apparent in the anime, but she surprisingly has shades of this, based on a few of the drama CD tracks in which she shows a rather... healthy appreciation for the female body.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Got over 800 votes in her election as president, compared to Haruka's 12. She also defeats Yukino and Nao very easily as a Hime.
- Dissonant Serenity: (anime) She rarely loses her cool, even when majorly pissed off.
- 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.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: during her Yandere phase in the anime.
- Easily Forgiven: Natsuki forgives Shizuru in the end. To be fair, she does cry and beg for forgiveness when she returns.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Early in the series, Shizuru is typically seen having a horde of girls following her around.
- Face-Heel Turn: Again, of the Love Makes You Evil variety.
- Gayngst: Not only does she angst a bit about Natsuki seemingly not returning her feelings, but she also feels them to be improper.
- The Glomp: On Natsuki, in the ending.
- HiME Cut (Yeah, we went there.)
- In-Series Nickname: Haruka calls Shizuru "the bubuzuke woman," using a term based off a mispronunciation of a word for tea and rice, as a reference to Shizuru's Spot of Tea hobby.
- Technically - and ironically - it's not a mispronunciation (Haruka simply uses the word, not knowing what it means); it's actually a variant word used by those from the Kansai region.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Shizuru lives in the Kyoto region, and speaks with a "Kyoto-ben" accent. The English dub gives her a slight "Southern Belle" accent.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: (anime) The First District was entirely evil, and Nao's treatment of Natsuki fell well into Disproportionate Retribution.
- Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Evil (anime): Has lingering issues over her belief that her love for Natsuki is wrong, and snaps when Natsuki rejects her.
- Lady of War: Her Element is a naginata spear, like those that the daughters of samurai were taught to use as self-defense.
- Last Name Basis: With almost everyone except Natsuki.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage (anime)
- My God, What Have I Done? (anime) She starts crying and apologizing to Natsuki after being resurrected.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: Fitting her Lady of War status, her Element in the anime (she doesn't fight in the manga) is a large naginata whose blade doubles as a Whip Sword.
- 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.
- Stepford Smiler
- Student Council President: Formerly a Class Representative until, according to "Natsuki's Prelude," she ran with the intention of helping Natsuki get access to the school records.
- Tears of Remorse: (anime) After being resurrected.
- Villainous Rescue: Saving Natsuki from Nao, then proceeding to destroy Nao's Child.
- Walking Spoiler: Most discussion of her will mention her status as a Hime and as a Psycho Lesbian.
- Whip Sword: (anime) Her naginata's blade can break off into sections.
- Yandere (anime)
- You Are What You Hate: Shizuru appears to consider homosexuality to be "inappropriate love." Shizuru is homosexual. This leads to a lot of internal conflict that doesn't end well.
Second-year student with a crush on her "big brother" Yuuichi.
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
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.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Episode 16. Too bad her crush was sleeping when she said it.
- Angst Coma: Passes out after her CHILD is destroyed, since she knows Yuuichi will die soon as a result.
- Big Brother Attraction
- 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.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: At first, as a Running Gag. But later...
- 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: Refusing to let Yuuichi give Mikoto CPR because "(his) eyes look indecent".
- Expressive Hair: Her pigtails seem to react to her mood swings.
- Face-Heel Turn: Both versions do this.
- Heel Realization: Has a somewhat low-key one on the way to the final battle, asking "Is it ok for me to be here?", and Yukariko tells her that God will forgive her sins.
- Kawaisa: On the surface, but...
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Calls Yuuichi "Onii-chan". She notes that she hopes to switch to “Yuuichi-san” one day (presumably as a result of a Relationship Upgrade), but this never happens.
- Flechette Storm: One of her Child’s abilities is to shoot a barrage of razor-sharp feathers.
- Kick the Dog: She has a few moments, mainly directed against Mai.
- Having Yuuichi kiss her while she knows Mai is watching; see Manipulative Bitch.
- Killing Akira’s child, and thus Takumi, out of jealousy toward Mai
- Manipulative Bitch: Has Yuuichi kiss her when, unbeknownst to him, Mai is able to see both of them, and falls further toward the Despair Event Horizon as a result.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: (anime) And it backfires, with Yuuichi sacrificing himself on Mai's behalf.
- 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.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
- 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.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity (manga)
- 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.
Alyssa Searrs (anime) / Kuga (manga)
"If my father loves me, I can do anything."
Element: none (Miyu does most of the fighting on her behalf)
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
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.
- Big Sister Worship (manga): Toward Natsuki
- 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.
- Enfant Terrible
- 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.
- Kill Sat: Her Child in the anime
- Gravity Master: Her Child's abilities in the manga increase gravity to the point at which its victims cannot move or fight back.
- In-Series Nickname: The Golden Angel.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: (anime) She was designed specifically as a fake HiME to subvert Fuuka Academy's authority and usher in a "Golden Age" for the Searrs foundation.
- The Mole
- Named After Somebody Famous: Isaac, her Child in the manga, is named after Isaac Newton.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Alyssa is American, has light blond hair and green eyes.
- Uncanny Valley Girl
- You Have Failed Me: Does this to Joseph Greer when taking over the operation, and gets this turned back on her when Greer is ordered to kill her after Artemis is destroyed.
A Fuuka academy student in the same class as Mai.
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)
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.
- Accidental Pervert: Starts out this way, though he tries to get over it.
- Badass Normal: Anime: In the Grand Finale. Largely more prevalent throughout the manga version.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Mai cannot get along at all at first, partly due to the Accidental Pervert incidents.
- Can Not Spit It Out: (anime) His feelings for Mai, until the very end.
- Delinquents: Used to be one, until Shiho got him out.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: (manga) First, with Nagi, and then with the Obsidian Lord himself. Note that this is to be taken literally.
- 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.
- Neutral Male
- 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.
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.
- Adaptational Badass: Is a HiME in the manga.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is an antagonist early on in the manga.
- Badass Normal: She's not a HiME (in the anime version), but once stood up to a group of fully-armed soldiers without flinching, including a tank!
- 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.
- Combination Attack: (manga) Komokuten can fuse with Miroir to form an entirely new CHILD, whose attack (Genocide Sunshine) is powerful enough to vaporize an entire mountain.
- Custom Uniform: Wears a differently colored uniform due to being on the student council. When she wears her uniform with the vest, her shirt has short sleeves.
- Determinator: Even when she's dying, she doesn't stop fighting and doing what she believes is right.
- Establishing Character Moment: (anime) Calling Mai in to yell at her about the property damage caused by her arrival at the school.
- Forehead of Doom: In the manga, this is a bit of a sensitive spot for her. Yuuichi nicknames her "Debochin", or "Forehead".
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Anything from frequent rule breaking to comments about the size of her forehead to insulting Yukino can get her riled up.
- Harmless Freezing (manga): She’s frozen in a block of ice at the end of her fight with Natsuki and Mai, and merely has a cold after being thawed out.
- Joke Character: In Fuuka Taisen, she's the only one without any powers. Her special move is basically forcing a character to dress up in cosplay, and breaking down laughing.
- Justice Will Prevail: More so in the manga.
- Large Ham
- Light 'em Up (manga)
- 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.
- Serious Business: (manga) If her Lotus-Eater Machine experience in the manga is any indication, Haruka considers 'student council president' to be a position roughly equal in importance to 'emperor of the world', and pursues that position with borderline-psychotic enthusiasm.
- 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: (manga) After her approval plummets when her methods are exposed.
- What The Hell, Heroine?: Haruka gives Shizuru an earful after she essentially abandons the student council to stay with Natsuki. Shizuru retaliates by attacking Yukino, and Haruka dies, but not before she delivers a parting shot in the form of a fierce headbutt.
- 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 Harada and Aoi Senou
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.
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda
(JP), Scott Roberts (EN)
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.
Akane's boyfriend. He works with her and Mai at the Lindem Baum diner. He is especially protective of Akane's safety.
Voiced by: Yukana
(JP), Katie Rowan (EN)
Mashiro is the headmaster of Fuuka Academy, and is responsible for uniting the HiME together to defend the school against the Orphans.
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
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'.
- AB Negative
- Barbie Doll Anatomy
- Big Good
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Only in the manga, where she really is just a little girl, complete with an early bedtime and loathing of homework... and she still manages to be very competent at her duties.
- Decoy Getaway (anime)
- 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 HiMEs' 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.
- Genius Cripple
- 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.
- Older Than They Look
- Talking To Herself: Both she and Fumi are voiced by Yukana, and much of their dialogue is with each other. Avoided (at least) in the English dub, which gives them two distinct voice actresses.
- Time Stands Still (manga): Mashiro's Element can manipulate the flow of time.
- Waif Prophet
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.
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
- Affably Evil (anime)
- 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.
- Lovable Traitor: Nagi can control Orphans, too, and is one of the main servants of the Obsidian Lord.
- Manipulative Bastard: (anime) He's often capable of getting people to go places they don't want to go... and they do it anyway.
- Off with His Head! (manga) Beheaded by Miyu)
- Oracular Urchin
- Smug Snake (manga)
- Villains Out Shopping: When not scheming, he loves to read or watch the landscape.
Anime-only character. Sakomizu is a First District insider, which he covers up with his side job as the school's caretaker. He is often seen associating with Natsuki.
- Funny Afro: A distinguishing characteristic of his.
- Mysterious Informant
- Paper-Thin Disguise: While rescuing Natsuki, Mai and Mikoto from the guards, he wears a mask over his face, which doubles as a gas mask. Mai and Mikoto recognize him because of his afro.
- Punch Clock Villain - He's a pretty nice guy and cares for Natsuki a lot, but he works for the First District.
- Scary Shiny Glasses In the ending, while telling Natsuki to make up the classes she missed
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.
Natsuki's mother, and the reason for her setting out on her journey.
: 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.
The Obsidian Lord
A mysterious entity from beyond the stars, which serves as the overarching main villain of both continuities.