Tropes and the badasses who love them:
A Maiden Rose Character Sheet
"I am a lord. I'm in a position to protect everyone! And since that's the case, I'm going to protect them with all my might. Rather than letting them die in some forsaken place, I think about how they feel and I stand on the battlefield!"
The Commander of the Rose Division and Shinka of the Emperor, Taki is seen as a Messianic Archetype
of his people. At 18 he chooses to study at Luckenwalde to learn from the enemy's tactics, and there meets Klaus for the second time. Upon the breakout of war, he is deported and brings Klaus back with him as his knight, upsetting the balance at home.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Klaus. To a lesser extent, he gets upset when people refer to No Man's Land as "unclean," since he regards it as sacred ground.
- Broken Messiah: So much. He's held to higher standards than anybody else, Can't Have Sex, Ever, and is going against these beliefs that have been programmed into him to be in a secret gay relationship with an enemy soldier whom almost everybody despises. Love Hurts.
- Colonel Badass
- Hates Being Touched: In some scenes, his reaction is either a slap or saying something along the lines of 'Don't touch me with your filthy hands!' or 'Know your place!'.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Expected to embody this due to his lineage. Naturally, his relationship with Klaus conflicts with this expectation, causing lots of angst.
- Inscrutable Oriental: Interestingly enough he is this only after he goes back to his own country. At Luckenwalde he is more emotional and comprehensible to Klaus.
- Officer and a Gentleman
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair often covers one of his eyes.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is small, but he sure can fight.
- Tsundere: Type A, he constantly refuses Klaus's advances despite reciprocating his feelings.
- He was a Type B while at Luckenwald, as he and Klaus were more open with their feelings, but Taki wanted to keep it a secret. He is also a Type B in present time, as he is fond of Klaus, but constantly shoots down his advances.
- Warrior Prince: He is second in line of succession to the throne, being son of the Emperor's sister.
Klaus von Wolfstadt
"My country, my power, my family...I give them up willingly. Let me stay by your side, Taki."
Formerly a pilot of the Western Alliance, he was assigned to keep an eye on Taki at the Military Academy
. Upon Taki's deportation he decided to give up all his rights to follow him, becoming Taki's knight despite all the discrimination and suspicion he is subject to.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Conflicted variety.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He is not evil, but definitely morally ambiguous (read: raping Taki).
- The Champion: To Taki.
- Functional Addict: Deconstructed. It's heavily implied he used to be addicted to morphine.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes off as pure Jerkass at times, but he does deeply care for Taki, and has helped out other characters as well.
- The Mole: There are hints that he has been spying for the Western Alliance. His loyalty to Taki is unquestionable though.
- Confirmed in the manga; he was assigned to get close to Taki. Becoming the Mask definitely applies, though.
- Red Baron: Klaus was called Lycanthrope when he was a pilot, which is another word for werewolf. Berkut still calls him by it.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He spends a good part of volumes 2 and 3 with nothing but bandages on his upper body.
"I didn't expect the division commander himself to show up. Guess you really couldn't stomach your pet dog getting shot to death."
A former pilot like Klaus and currently The Dragon
to Theodora. Nearly kills Klaus during the train incident having a long enmity since their pilot days.
"I love a good vendetta."
Princess of Eurote, she comes onto the scene when she forcibly enters Reizen terrority, after murdering the Eurotean Cabinet. Her exact motivations are unknown.
- Dissonant Serenity: Commented that her dinner was "boring" after poisoning the whole Cabinet and later had no trouble sleeping in a train full of corpses. She was also remarkably calm when facing a berserking Taki who could have killed her in a second.
- Femme Fatale: Could have walked straight out of Film Noir
Moriya, Azusa and Date
Azusa: "Don't worry. If I get captured on the Eurotean side, they're all my kin, so I bet they wouldn't be quick to execute me or anything."
Date: "Hey! Don't say things like that!"
A trio of young soldiers who grew up with Taki and serve in his personal tank crew aboard the Murakumo. Azusa gains more prominence in Vol. 2 when he offers to go on the train mission when no one else was willing to.
"We are not superstitious. We've seen the truth with our own eyes. Beside him...we are willing to do our duty and follow him."
A veteran who has been taking care of Taki since he was little. He was witness to the tragedy at No Man's Land.
"A distorted wish like that can never be granted."
The sinister Deputy Minister of Home Affairs in Taki's country and from the second of the Eight Branch families
. He took on a foreign knight during the first war, Private Ashley, who was killed on the frontlines. Suguri holds him directly responsible for the tragedy in No Man's Land.