The title character. Ryoko is a steadfast and serious young woman, a member of the Otogi Bank, and our resident tsundere. She often works alongside Ringo. She is quick to deny her slowly reciprocating feelings for Ryoshi.Fairy Tales: "Little Red Riding Hood"; "The Wolf and the Seven Kids"; "The Three Little Pigs"; "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", The Wolf
Everybody Knew Already: Her love of romance novels. Ringo knows all about how she hides them behind another row of books and disguises herself to visit the bookstore in the next town to buy them, and casually mentions this fact to Ryoshi because she thinks it's cute.
Love Epiphany: In Episode 10, she dreams of kissing Ryoshi and, naturally, acts stranger than normal around him the rest of the week because she can't really deny her feelings any more (at least not to herself; everyone else is still fair game).
Modesty Shorts: Though her skirt is rather long in the front and back, the sides are split up to the hip, giving a slight view of her shorts.
Muscles Are Meaningless: Subverted. Despite her boxer training and apparent strength, Ryoko had a really hard time fighting the more muscular gang leader of Episode 2 (which lead to a bit of a downgrade), even with her upgraded boxing gloves that had a taser function.
Ore Onna: Uses completely masculine Japanese vocabulary in her speech. Except when she is asleep; during which she uses very gentle and feminine syntax.
Tsundere: An aggressive Type A and lampshaded constantly. She calls Ryoshi an idiot and hetare, or "good-for-nothing", usually punches him and denies that she likes him. She's completely unable to be honest with herself.
Ryoshi is a shy student who harbors a crush on Ryoko and has scopophobia, a fear of having people look at him. He is pulled into joining the Otogi Bank, but joins willingly in order to stay by Ryoko's side.Fairy Tale: "Little Red Riding Hood", The Hunter
Adorkable: Just so very much so adorably awkward, indeed.
Amazon Chaser: He became interested in Ryoko because of her acting so strong and masculine.
Hates Being Touched: In the manga, he says that in addition to freaking out when people stare at him, he also does not like them to get too close, but that he's okay with people he knows; it's only strangers he has a problem with. The anime doesn't mention this.
It does come up once in Episode 5, at least in the dub. Ryoshi doesn't handle Momoko's teasing very well.
Peek-a-Bangs: Sometimes this, sometimes Blinding Bangs, sometimes neither. In general, the more serious he's being, the more visible eyes he has.
Ridiculously Average Guy: The first time Ryoko sees him, she notes he's utterly unremarkable in appearance: not exceptionally ugly, neither fat nor thin; nothing about him sticks out at all. His scores on tests, both academic and physical, are exactly on the national average of male students. He apparently does this on purpose to avoid being noticed at all.
Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to end his sentences with "~su".
Who Is This Guy Again?: Several of his classmates don't know who he is and treat him as if they've never met before despite seeing him daily; they not only don't know his name, but completely fail to recognize his face at all.
Ringo is Ryoko's partner and roommate. Don't let her cutesy appearance fool you — when push comes to shove, Ringo can be fairly dangerous when she wants to be.Fairy Tales: "Little Red Riding Hood", Little Red Riding Hood; "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", Poison Red Apple; Rose Red; possibly the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, with her as the fruit.
Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: In Episode 7, when observing Jizou's double date through her binoculars, she's distracted by Ryoko's voice, after which she turns around and sees an amnesiac Ryoko dragging Ryoshi around. Cue her face becoming livid with sweat.
Non-Action Guy: The only male member of the bank who doesn't partake in missions. In fact, he probably does the least amount of work in the bank compared to everybody else. Justified in that it goes with his fairy tale character.
Liszt's cousin and secretary. She often does Liszt's work for him.Fairy Tale: "The Ant and the Grasshopper", The Ant
A-Cup Angst: In the pool episode, she's noticeably annoyed when it's pointed out that she's almost as flat as Ryoko and Ringo. She appears to be of an average size when wearing her normal clothing, however, so it's possible she borrows her cousin's chest padding.
I Owe You My Life: The reason Otsu is so determined to repay people is because her neighbor who was like an older brother to her saved her from being hit by a truck when she was younger. When the doctors were trying to save him in the hospital, she prayed and promised that she would repay him if only he got better... but he died from his injuries, so she can never repay him.
A handsome ladies' man who is solely interested in women and has no interest in men. He is found in the company of his girlfriend Otohime, and what the two are often up to... is left to the imagination as to what they are doing.Fairy Tale: "Urashima Taro", same name as hero
Otohime is a bishoujo who has eyes only for her boyfriend Taro. She is found in the company of Taro, and what the two are often up to... is left to the imagination as to what they are doing.Fairy Tales: "Urashima Taro", same name as heroine; "The Tortoise and the Hare", the Tortoise
Because You Were Nice to Me: Taro's words of encouragement in elementary school led to Otohime eating healthily and exercising so that she would develop into a beautiful young woman that would be worthy of Urashima.
Even Evil Has Standards: In Episode 10, she is initially happy to play a role in sabotaging the Otogi Bank by bringing Alice to a pre-arranged location. But when she realizes the kind of evil bastards she's working with, she decides to switch sides... this time.
Onigashima's student council president who has a history with Ryoko. One of the few people who she's actually afraid of.Fairy Tale: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" ("hitsuji" means "sheep")
Faux Affably Evil: When speaking to Lizst, he's surprisingly polite and genial. Of course, this just makes him that much creepier.
For the Evulz: There's no specific reason for what he does other than he likes causing despair... and he certainly does, the bastard.
Hijacked by Ganon: The thugs who kidnap Ryoko and drag her to a warehouse originally worked for a guy named Hakuba in the manga; he doesn't appear in the anime, so Shiro fills the role of their boss instead.
Super Drowning Skills: Sinks like a rock, with her lungs and heart stopping in less than 20 seconds. This girl shouldn't even be allowed to use drinking fountains unattended.
Sets up a brilliant subversion of the tale of Snow White, though. Instead of a bite (kiss) of a poison red apple putting the princess to sleep, it was CPR (a kiss) from the "blackhearted" Red Apple girl that woke her up.
A third-year at Otogi described by the narrator as a "Pretty Boy". He was saved years ago by a girl, Ryoko, but he ran away. He was so ashamed that he trained himself into a skilled fighter. He passed some of his knowledge along to Ryoshi Morino.Fairy Tale: "Puss in Boots"