Character sheet for Princess Waltz, under construction. Please put any major story details from the second half of the game under spoiler tags.
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The heroines (and hero)
The hero of the story, who winds up accidentally involved in the Waltz after picking up the ring Chris dropped and putting it on. He quickly adapts to the Broken Masquerade, and is able to sync powerfully with Chris until The Reveal, whereupon the two of them run into trouble fighting together because of Arata's new awareness of her gender. The two of them spend a great deal of time training, but synchronization has its own side effects and the two begin getting uncomfortably close.
Brother-Sister Incest: Shizuka has her own ending of sorts, though they're not related. But Chris and Arata have the same father and their mothers were sisters (which means that Chris and Arata have the same four grandparents).
Forceful Kiss: During the second half of the game in the Angela "route" she says that she's not willing to sacrifice her chastity just to save Chris. Arata makes a bet that if he can make her open her eyes within one minute she'll agree to help and he kisses her, winning the bet.
Jumped at the Call: Arata's response to being placed into a life or death situation fighting giant monsters not of this world is to find it totally awesome. Not to mention begging Chris to fight in the Waltz together.
The prince of Eldhiland, and the main love interest of the story. Chris transfers to Arata's school one day, has all the girls in an uproar over "his" lovely looks, and accidentally drags Arata into the Princess Waltz when she drops one of her rings and he puts it on. After a great deal of arguing and heroic stupidity, the two of them decide to team up, and realize that together they are capable of transforming into the super-powerful princess of the sword, Iris.Chris is very hung-up over her princehood, and is fighting in the Princess Waltz for reasons that Arata does not immediately grasp. As the tournament proceeds, it's revealed to the player that Chris has deep insecurities that stem from the fact that she is unable to properly inherit the throne, due to being born female.
Voiced by: Haruka Sawai.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Due to the synchronization effect, Chris ends up becoming highly sexually aroused and barely manages to avoid detection.
Badass: While not on par with the princesses, Chris is a fairly capable fighter.
Bifauxnen: She dresses and acts not only like a boy, but as a prince.
Bokukko: She was raised to be a prince and thus speaks like a polite boy.
Brother-Sister Incest: She and Arata are technically cousins, as well as half-siblings. Mysteriously, the game chooses not to broach this subject.
Butt Monkey: Between the girls in her class and April, Chris just can't catch a break.
Damsel in Distress: Whenever she's not combined with Arata to be Iris, she will get herself into massive amounts of trouble. Humans (and princes) are just that weak compared to the generic monsters of the game, let alone the princesses.
Heroic Bastard: Cecelia, Chris' mother, was the younger sister of Princess Lydia of Soldia, winner of the previous Waltz. Jealous of her sister & desiring the Emperor, she had an affair with him, which brought forth Chris.
Heroic Sacrifice: Given a sadistic choice by the Big Bad to kill Arata and absorb the remnants of his power, she instead turns her sword upon herself.
Raised as the Opposite Gender: The emperor is only supposed to have one child and it is always to be a son. However, Chris is a girl and thus was raised as a boy to participate in the Princess Waltz in the blind hopes that somehow everything would work out. Technically speaking, she's actually more like the Soldia princess.
Tsundere: She's rather abrasive towards Arata, which he lampshades before even realizing her gender.
Useless Useful Spell: The Prince's Blessing. It's supposed to keep her alive at all costs, but the darn thing just can't keep up with some rates of damage. The fact that she only has half the Blessing is probably part of the problem.
Angela Victoire Bledin
The princess of Agnis, who entered the Princess Waltz just to have fun fighting. She's rather bloodthirsty and enjoys battle more than anything else, and expresses no interest in Chris, even though that's the goal of the tournament. She's known as the Dragon Princess among the others, and is a very formidable opponent; she wields a burning lance called Perpetuelle.Angela is noted for being hard to get along with and tends to blatantly ignore her adviser, Glen, but when the mood strikes her she can be very kind. She also has a bad habit of throwing vast amounts of money around, and abusing her special status as a princess when she shops.
Voiced by: Kanami Kono.
Animal Motifs: She not only has a dragon motif, but she actually has a blessing from the dragon god.
Badass: She's probably the most badass princess in the war and already a warrior with extensive experience.
Blood Knight: When in battle. Thankfully not one when in normal mode.
Determinator: Since she enjoys fighting for its own sake, she tends to power through what other characters would generally consider a losing situation.
Honor Before Reason: Throws the first fight with Iris after surviving Iris' finishing move, even though the unconscious Iris was at her mercy, since she doesn't feel it's honorable to end like that after such a spectacular battle. She also feels that the big bad is disgracing the Waltz and agrees to work with Arata later on.
Hot-Blooded: Angela is very passionate, aggressive and lively.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has an abrasive personality and is quite the Blood Knight, but the very first casual scene of her involves Nodoka. She drags Nodoka along while she goes clothes shopping and then at the end gives her an expensive set of clothing as a thank you for helping her out.
Pet the Dog; Right after we see her Blood Knight nature, we have a scene of her giving Nodoka a rather nice gift. She doesn't even know Nodoka.
The young princess of Shihou who has known Chris since they were young children. She has devoted herself entirely to Chris and is more intent on becoming her wife than any other princess, although she doesn't know about Chris' true gender. Once she arrives in the story, she initially gets along well with Arata before growing jealous, a trait which marks her behavior with the other princesses as well.Contrary to all expectations as she's quite a small girl, Suzushiro holds massive physical strength to compensate for her mediocre speed and poor defenses.
Voiced by: Yuko Goto.
Bare-Fisted Monk: Unlike the other princesses who wield specialized weapons, Suzushiro fights bare handed. She also has the greatest weapon damage in the cast.
Big Ol' Eyebrows: She has some massive eyebrows that Liliana makes some quips about.
Beware the Nice Ones: She's soft spoken and ladylike, but she's far more powerful than she looks and also quite pragmatic.
Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets pretty upset when she sees Arata and Chris getting along well and even attempts to assassinate him later without a second thought to help Chris. She's also rather rude to the other princesses.
Cute Bruiser: She fights barehanded and, as her synchro effects show, she has very high attack capabilities.
Determinator: She gets beaten around like a rag doll during the Liesel fight, but just tanks all the damage until she finally make that devastating counter.
Glass Cannon: She provides a large weapon damage boost, but she actually decreases your defense.
Hates Being Touched: She has sworn to herself never to allow a man other than Chris to touch her. Arata grabs and pins her when she tries to assassinate him to make her submit.
Honor Before Reason: After she stumbles upon 'Iris' practicing her secret technique she decides to show her own to even the playing field.
Worthy Opponent: She views Iris as a worthy foe and is thus distressed to accidentally see her secret technique.
Yamato Nadeshiko: She seems to be consciously aiming to be one with her domestic and supportive attitude, but she's more irritable than she looks.
Liliana "Lun Lun" Guenther
The princess of Lenstantsa, and an Admiral of their Navy. She's not the oldest princess of her kingdom, but she's the only one who's eligible, which is why she entered the Waltz. That and that she was irritated with her sisters for settling for anything other than a prince when they married. She spends most of her time acting between silly to downright insane, and is always perky and cheerful. However, she has the most real combat experience of all the princesses and is incredibly skilled in combat.Unfortunately for Liliana, she doesn't get along very well with Chris and the other princesses, and she finds herself developing a crush on Arata early on. This causes her a bit of trouble when she actually tries to fight in the Waltz.
Chekhov's Gun: That cellphone call she had from her mother early in the game? About a side job? It's finding an old friend of her mother's, the Queen of Wisley - who turns out to be Fukamori Nanae. She has a conversation with Nanae, passing on a message from her mother and also confirming that Shizuka is the Beast Princess.
Christmas Cake: It's implied from early on that she's quite a bit older than she looks and acts. Her younger sisters are already married. Her actual age is left vague, but it's implied to be significantly older than the other princesses.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Early on she has a fangirl speculation that the prince and his retainer (Chris and Arata) switched places and that she'd fall in love with the real prince, who is in disguise. Chris isn't Arata's retainer, but Arata is the real prince and Lelliana does fall in love with him instead of Chris.
Ditzy Genius: She's genuinely an airhead, but just because she's ditzy doesn't mean she's stupid. In fact, she has the best tactical mind in the group.
Girlish Pigtails: She's the most openly immature of the girls and has the most immature hair style.
Genki Girl: Lilliana is almost always very excitable.
Weak, but Skilled: Her duel with Angela takes undertones of this; while hardly weak, she employs finesse against Angela's power. Ultimately unsuccessful, though Angela notes it was a close match and if she'd seen Iris' Finishing Move first, she might have prevailed over Angela.
Yaoi Fangirl: She mistakenly thinks Chris and Arata are gay early on, but figures that's all right so long as Chris shacks up with her as well.
The princess of Palmied, a blacksmithing country. She doesn't really have much interest in marrying Chris—she's really just involved in the Waltz to prove the power of her Dress and for the sake of everyone who helped create it. Liesel employs ruthless tactics and prefers to win by any means possible rather than fighting with honor, and she deeply resents the other princesses for having strength naturally. Liesel's personality is intentionally left quite mysterious.
Voiced by: Yuria Hokuto.
Badass Normal: No special abilities, no spells, just a skilled blacksmith.
Boobs of Steel: Not that you'd know it based on her appearance, but she's just as racked as Angela. She also carries the story's most destructive weapon.
Split Personality: Of sorts. Her introduction actually features "Liesel" and "Riko" holding a conversation over tactics!
Weak, but Skilled: Has no magical powers or special abilities, unlike the other Princesses; she compensates with her Dress and Combat Pragmatism.
Arata's older sister, who gives him advice throughout the story although she isn't directly involved in the events surrounding the Princess Waltz for most of the game. She's very skilled in kendo and has always practiced with Arata since they were children, meaning that they're very in sync with each other.In the second half of the game, Shizuka takes up a more direct role, though not always prominently.
Voiced by: Rina Misaki.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: During the majority of the second half of the game Shizuka's strategies are always extremely aggressive due to lacking rationality.
The Berserker: As the Beast Princess, she sacrifices her intellect to tap into her true power. When you finally unlock her route, the seal on her power is removed so that she can fight properly.
Brother-Sister Incest: Arata and Shizuka have been rather attracted to each other for awhile, but with the whole sibling thing it wasn't really an option either was willing to pursue.
Cool Big Sis: Very much so. Arata admires her greatly, referring to her as "My invincible sister."
Curb-Stomp Battle: Shizuka is built up as extremely powerful before she's available for use, so rather than give her some sort of arbitrary limitation the story just makes her Purposefully Overpowered and allows you to tear through the final day effortlessly.
Declaration of Protection: Declared she would protect Arata and took up kendo in order to do so. Later has the seal on her power undone so she can actually do so competently.
Sweater Girl: Just one more of her similarities with Angela.
The Danza: You wouldn't have guessed that Shizuka herself is voiced by Shizuka Ito, if it weren't for the fact that she used her eroge name Rina Misaki.
Other story characters
Shichiou is a legendary demon from the founding of Eldhiland and was sealed inside the Princess Waltz by the original six princesses. The sole survivor of those princesses, Iris, founded the Princess Waltz to keep him contained. He breaks partially free at the end of part one of the story.
Big Bad: He takes over the plot after the Waltz starts drawing to a close and forces everyone to work together.
Evil Overlord List: He could've read it a little longer, but it's clear he at least gave it a once over.
Fallen Hero: Shichiou is not just the demon, he's also the emperor that united the world to begin with.
Victory Is Boring: He became bored after becoming a successful conqueror and began heavily oppressing the people of Eldhiland.
A mysterious maid who was Chris' tutor. She's rather spacy and hard to read.
Angel Unaware: Her true identity is unclear, but she implies that she's the Goddess of Wings, the equal of the Dragon King and the God of Fangs. Or rather, she says it outright, then says she's kidding and disappears from the story.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While for the majority of the game she acts like a clumsy maid and tutor, the ending implies that she is one of three god, resurrected people twice, and manipulated quite a bit behind the scenes.
Arata's childhood friend who lives down the street. Her father runs the kendo dojo where Arata and Shizuka trained.
Childhood Friend Romance: She's largely oblivious to how she feels about Arata until he moves to Eldhiland. After that, she's quite depressed that she can't really do much about it anymore until he accidentally leaves the door to Eldhiland open.
Locked Out of the Loop: She's in the dark about the Waltz for the entire story. She meets most of the princesses and is in the dark throughout the whole period.
Oblivious to Love: She has feelings for Arata, but isn't aware of it consciously. When Riko admits she has feeling for him, she encourages her to pursue them without a second thought. Riko realizes how she really feels, but Nodoka does not.