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The main characters of Queen's Blade
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The Vance Sisters
Tropes associated with them:
- Badass Family
- Brought Down to Normal/Trauma Conga Line: Not the sisters themselves, but their entire family; in ages past, the Vance family ruled the world. Then the gods personally toppled them, reducing them to "only" average nobility, and decreed that the world was never to have hereditary monarchy again, ever, which is how the Queen's Blade tournament came to exist.
- The Dutiful Daughters: Played straight for Elina and Claudette, despise their personalities does not match with the stereotype, but subverted with Leina. In fact, Leina's loyalty towards her family is what decides her to forfeit the title of queen to Claudette, and causing the events of the sequel to happen a year later.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Their last name is possibly based in the American fantasy and sci-fi writer, Jack Vance, one of the precursors of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Ironically, none of them can use Vancian Magic.
- Lonely Rich Girls: Previous to the events of the tournament, neither the three of them had any friends outside her family and in Elina and Claudette's case, they only trust on themselves and no one else.
- Tragic Heroines: Let's face it: Their lives really sucked, despise being nobles, and very especially, Claudette on the grounds she's a bastard daughter. Ironically, Claudette is the only one who gets a more or less happy ending at the end of Rebellion, on the other hand Elina got injured and Leina is possibly cursed for life and having to live with the name of her mother for the remainder of her life.
- Royally Screwed Up: Their family ties aren't exactly healthy, to put it kindly. If this is a family trait, it's no wonder the gods replaced their family with the Queen's Blade Tournament.
- Sibling Team: Only in the videogames. In other adaptations, their relationship is more complex.
- Triang Relations: Incestuous Type 5: (albeit only in the Hide & Seek manga) Claudette is in love with the youngest sister, Elina, Elina is both in love with/lusts after the middle sister, Leina, but secretly has feelings for their eldest sister, Claudette, too. Leina has no romantic feelings for either of them.
The Wandering Warrior
Artist: Hirokazu Hisayuki
Middle daughter of the Vance family and heiress to the Count's throne. She runs away from home to follow her mother's footsteps as a warrior and travel the world to become a stronger warrior by entering the Queen's Blade Tournament. Leina is the main protagonist of the Queen's Blade anime as well as the mascot character of the Queen's Blade franchise.
- Action Girl: She's the heroine of the series and it's official mascot, so it's to be expected.
- Adaptational Wimp: Unlike her gamebook counterpart, when she was a badass from day one, her animated counterpart turns her into a angst-ridden girl with LOTS of personal problems, due of her background as a noble, at least until she mets both Risty and Echidna. Possibly justified just to avoid to being too powerful from the start.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Leina is well aware of Elina's desire for her, but the feeing isn't mutual. Elina still paws at her every chance she gets, which is part of the reason Leina ran away from home and doesn't intend to return. Despite this, Leina still indulges her from time to time.
- Alone in a Crowd: Heavily implied in both the anime series and in the gamebooks' continuity: Since she was the heiress of the Vances, she didn't have the same fame (and recognition) as her father and her sisters and she wants to be like her mother to change that.
- Animal Motifs: The Dragon, compared with Elina and her family's Tiger, due of the name of her Finishing Move (Dragon Tail) and because her personality is not as aggressive as Elina's.
- Angst/Wangst: Not as bad like Rock Howard, but she has her moments.
- Badass Adorable: Has an endearingly innocent childishness when it comes to the harsh realities of the world.
- Badass Normal: In the gamebooks' continuity, since she doesn't have any special moves by herself, other than being a great swordswoman.
- Badass Princess
- Becoming the Mask: Heavily implied, since we don't get any closure or explanation about her at the ending of Rebellion's Illustrated Stories, and since the spirit of the Swamp Witch is STILL at large, we can only deduce she didn't managed to get rid of her curse and she's still wandering around the world.
- Berserk Button: A mild one that happens only in the Rurou no Senshi manga: Insulting her family in her face can piss her off, as Risty finds out when she meets her for first time.
- Possibly her biggest Berserk Button is being called a loser bitch, And she decides to kick ass in the Vanquished Queens' OVAs after being humillated and tortured almost to madness by Werbellia's henchmen when one of them press this button on her.
- Blade Spam: Both the Meteo Swing in the Spiral Chaos games and Arc Sign version of the Dragon Tail.
- Braids of Action
- Bring My Brown Pants: During her second encounter with Melona, where she pees herself in fear.
- Butt Monkey: Mild case in Season 1, where she was on the receiving end of a large part of the combat-induced Fanservice.
- Char Clone: Her new looks and personality in Rebellion really gives that vibe, althrough her mask resembles more like the one used by Graham Aker/Mr. Bushido.
- Contralto of Danger: Mostly in the English dub, except when she's yelling. In the original Japanese version, only when she's REALLY angry and in the Spiral Chaos games when yelling.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Gundam Exia
- Darkest Hour: The third episode of the Vanquished Queens OVAs has possibly the darkest situation ever inflicted toward a single character from all the franchise: She's captured by Werbellia and later she becomes her personal slave, tortured to the point of madness and is physically abused by everyone. Depending of the ending, she manages to escape or in the non-canon alternative ending, it's implied she ends being raped by everyone and brought back to her castle, mentally destroyed.
- Depending on the Artist: Since her Dragon Tail is an exclusive staple from the anime and the videogames, that move is depicted in different ways, depending of the media involved:
- In the TV series, the Dragon Tail is depicted as a very powerful ramming move that can (in theory) impale the opponent and can be used as both as a type-A Meteor Move (OVAs) and also as a Launcher Move (when used as a first time against Echidna).
- In the Spiral Chaos games, the Dragon Tail is basically a Spam Attack version of Saber's Excalibur. (see Shout-Out below for details)
- In the Arc Sign online game, it's a Blade Spam.
- Averted in the gamebooks and manga adaptations, as she only use quick sword attacks and some melee techniques, not to mention having a very good footwork.
- Demoted to Extra: The Hide & Seek manga continuity largely shifts the focus from Leina, who only makes occasional appearances, and onto both her sisters instead. Though she remains the heroine of the story.
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: During the final battle against Delmore in his One-Winged Angel form, she destroys him by using an upgraded version of the Dragon Tail named Thunder Dragon Tail. She used that move again in the Beautiful Warriors OVA, except she use it downwards.
- Determined Expression: Gives one hell of a glare to Nanael when she needs her help to fight the Swamp Witch Serpent in the anime series. Borders very closely on Death Glare territory.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After being tortured and beaten to death in the Vanquished Queens OVA, since Leina almost lose her will to fight, to the grade she's unable to fight back against a weak male pirate.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Expy: Character design-wise, of Haruka Suzushiro, and also shares some elements with Vega, both of which were designed by Hirokazu Hisayuki. Also, clothing-wise, she looks a bit like between Yuko Asou from Valis and Lucia from the obscure NES/Famicom game The Wing of Madoola, the latter being also an expy from Yuko as well.
- Also, she shares some personality quirks with Rock Howard: both are emotional blondes, lost their mothers at a young age (and their mother's names are very similar), live between people of the same sex and had jerks for fathers, not to mention at the end of their respective stories, they end up really screwed despise defeating the bad guys, with Leina being cursed, possibly for life, and Rock joining forces with his Evil Uncle. Subverted in that while Rock has no known brothers and his father was a criminal kingpin, Leina still has her sisters and her father is, at least, a decent guy.
- And, in Rebellion, her new armor and look seems to been taken out from Elliot Chandler.
- Gameplay-wise, from the gamebooks, from Amulf of Peth, of the original Lost Worlds' books.
- While it could be a coincidence, taking into account the fact the country from the creators of the franchise came from, some aspects from her backstory seems to be inspired from the story of Siddhartha Gautama aka the Buddha. Both Leina and Siddhartha are both princes from notable royal backgrounds, both princes decided to leave their confortable lives they had previously after witness how unfair the world surrouding them is, and both decided to do something about that. This is most notable in the Vanquished Queens OVAs when she's tortured by Werbellia, the Swamp Witch and also having to decide between trying to fight her way to freedom or giving up and return home as a shadow of her former self, since it's very similar to a part of Siddhartha's own life when he's tempted by the demon Mara to giving up his own way. The only notable difference, besides the genders, is the fact Leina chose the path of the warrior and Siddhartha the Path of the Enlightment instead.
- Famed in Story/Living Legend: She becomes this after winning the tournament, to the grade that the sole mention of her name can scare even hardened criminals.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: She loves to use this tactic in the anime, with different results. Oddly enough, she doesn't rams her opponents in QB Spiral Chaos.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's pretty innocent, beautiful, young and maybe one of the most kindest characters of the series.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Possibly due to the death of her mother, she doesn't think as qualified to become a ruler like her father, and she thinks Claudette fits better in that job. When she wins the tournament, she forfeit the title to Claudette, so she could travel around the world to become a warrior.
- I Call It Vera: Her sword, Edenfeld, which means Wind of Victory in Dwarvish.
- Important Haircut: She gives herself one in the first episode.
- Also happens in the Rurou no Senshi manga, when Melona grabs her by her hair and she has to cut her hair with her sword just to be able to get rid of her.
- Informed Flaw: According to her profile, she dislikes corsets, but we see her using them many times in the anime series and in the gamebooks' sidestories.
- Also, according to Hans, she's very picky about food, but taking into account both the anime series, the various manga series and the gamebooks so far, she's anything but picky about that.
- Made of Iron: She's able to shrug off blows that normally can kill any other human being, like surviving an explosion at close range, falling off from cliffs, etc.
- Meaningful Name: "Reina", her alternate name (should "L" be replaced with "R", which does exist in the Japanese language), means "queen" in Spanish — she won the Queen's Blade tournament, but decided on forfeiting the title to Claudette. It's also a proper female Japanese namenote
- While this is also overlaps with Shout-Out as well, her name sound phonetically similar to Lena Brande the main heroine from Valis 4, taking into account all the references about Valis in the whole franchise. In the same way, her battle name in Japanese in both the original series and Rebellion, The Wandering Warrior/Rurou no Senshi and The Phantom Warrior/Gen'ei no Senshi respectively, sound similar to the part of the Japanese name of the Valis franchise and also Yuko Asou's battle name who is The Fantasm Soldier/Mugen Senshi, especially in Rebellion.
- Mega Manning - In the final episode, Leina is revealed to have adapted techniques from Claudette, Tomoe, and possibly others.
- Megaton Punch: In the Rurou no Senshi manga, this is the move she uses against Aldra for defeating her in the tournament.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: After her sword got trashed after her last battle during the tournament, Leina ask help to both Rana and Ymir to repair her sword and, with some help of some magic stones Rana has in hand, both managed to repair her sword, turning it into Edenfeld.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Maria, died when she participated in a Queen's Blade tournament when Leina was a child (or by an illness in Hide and Seek manga). Her death really traumatized her hard even to her adult age to the extreme Leina uses her mother's name in QB Rebellion as an alias.
- My Family Right Or Wrong: A very remarkable treat from her in all adaptations: Even if she doesn't agree with her sisters' (and by default her family, by running away from them) mindset, she still cares about them as much as she can, especially towards Claudette, due to her background. The sequel shows how this kind of mentality can be harmful, not only for her, but for everyone else in the Continent.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Relinquishes her championship in favor of Claudette... bad idea to say the least. This was also the reason Elina almost got executed in the 1st OAV and Rebellion.
- No Dead Body Poops: During her first encounter with Melona, while in the process of being strangled.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Leina receives the mother of all beatdowns in the Vanquished Queens' OVAs, even dethroning Irma's beatdown by Risty in the tournament by many miles. This is even worse in the non-canonical alternative ending of the OVA, when it's heavily implied Leina was raped by the Swamp Witch, her maids and possibly by Captain Liliana's henchmen and leave her mentally broken.
- Only One Name: Averted.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: With the only exceptions being the new characters in Rebellion, almost everybody knows that Maria is really Leina with a mask.
- Phenotype Stereotype: She's a walking stereotype of a typical, anime-style, Western woman: Blue-eyed, blonde, bustier, and not to mention being voiced by a VA well-known for voicing all the above.
- Punch Clock Heroine: Played a bit: She's undeniably heroic and will do anything in her power for helping the weak, but unlike Annelotte in Rebellion, she doesn't seem interested on defeating The Swamp Witch just because she's evil or being the responsable of many of the tragedies that befalls on her, her family and her friends in the past. She's fighting against her because the Witch and her minions are hurting her family and friends and she doesn't seem to hold a grudge against her, other than stoping her from doing more harm. Oddly enough, the Witch herself doesn't see Leina as a person as a potential threat, but the rest of the heroic cast as her enemies, and that's the reason why she cursed them in first place. On the other hand, in the Sword of The Unicorn novels, The Swamp Witch does she sees Leina as a threat and that's the reason why she resurrected her mother.
- Precision F-Strike: Leina never ever curses, no matter how dire is the situation for her, but when she decides to returning you the insult, run when a pirate decided to press her Berserk Button by calling her a loser bitch in the Vanquished Queens OVAs.
- Rebellious Princess
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Risty's Red.
- The Runaway
- Sally Brown From Outta Town: In Rebellion when using her Maria persona.
- Series Mascot
- Shed the Family Name: She never refers herself by her full name, since she doesn't want to be associated with nobility anymore, not to mention in Rebellion she becomes a masked fugitive, so she doesn't want to be related with her sister Claudette, the new queen. On the other hand, in Fanon she doesn't have qualms to address herself by her full name, even if she have personal reasons for not doing it.
- Shipper on Deck: In the 28th chapter of Hide & Seek, she reveals that she not only knows about Claudette's feelings for Elina, she says she shouldn't hide it from her and even supports the idea of them being together.
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based on Kenshiro's "Hokuto Hyaku Retsu Ken" (Wild Attack), Cless's "Majin Ken" (Meteo Swing), and Saber's "Excalibur" (Dragon Tail) — the latter also counts as an Actor Allusion, with Ayako Kawasumi having voiced both Leina and Saber.
- Shoryuken: When using the Dragon Tail for first time against Echidna when training, her rendition of this move looks like this, unlike the ramming version she uses afterwards. It also overlaps with a Visual Pun, since Shoryuken means Rising Dragon Fist in Japanese (昇竜拳) and replacing the kanji for "fist/ken" with its homophone form "sword/ken/tsurugi", it will sound like Rising Dragon Sword instead (昇竜剣)
- And in the Rurou no Senshi manga, she pulls a similar one against Nowa with her fists during the tournament.
- Spoiled Sweet
- Took a Level in Badass: After some training with Echidna.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Leina hadn't forfeited the title of queen to Claudette, maybe the events of Rebellion would never have happened.
- Walking the Earth
- White Sheep: Compared with her sisters and her father, with the obvious exception of her late mother, of course.
The Lightning General
Artist: Hirokazu Hisayuki
Oldest daughter of the Vance family and a favorite in the Queen's Blade Tournament. However, as an illegitimate daughter, she is barred from the throne, instead being assigned as Leina's bodyguard, even as she struggles to earn her father's approval.
- Amazonian Beauty: The way she's usually portrayed, though it depends on the artist.
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted, as due of her background as a bastard daughter of the Vances, she has her own plans for ruling the land. Unfortunately for her, the Swamp Witch took advantage of this, and turns her into a evil overlord against her will.
- Anti-Climax Boss: In the Illustrated Stories, Mirim defeats her very easily with help of her Ultra-Vibrating Armor, since it deflects her lighting attacks. Averted in the animated adaptation, since she curb-stomps Mirim and the rest of the Rebellion Army by herself.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Lady
- BFS: Thunderclap is a cross between a claymore and a Zweihander, which she often wields with one hand.
- Bare Your Midriff: Much like her youngest sister, Eina.
- Bifauxnen: In flashbacks, during her early teen years, she wore men's clothing and kept her hair short.
- Berserk Button: Rurou no Senshi manga only: Never, ever suggests to her about replacing Leina with her in the succesion of his father's position as a count, or she will give you a Raoh-style Death Glare.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: In the books, she is said to be fond of cute things (like Nowa, Ymir, and even Elina). This side of her is completely unexplored in the anime adaptation.
- Calling Your Attacks: She's the only Western character who yell her attacks in Japanese for unexplained reasons.
- Chainmail Bikini
- Character Focus: In most adaptations, Claudette is a background character, who only makes brief appearances, but in the Hide & Seek manga continuity, she's featured prominently; though not to the same extent as Elina.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Gundam Astraea F.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Practically, any battle involving her and any other opponent tends to end on her favor, with the sole exceptions of Leina in the original gamebooks' continuity, in the first season of the anime, also with Leina (except the battle ended in a draw), in the tournament against a brainwashed Risty, and against Mirim in the Rebellion's Illustrated Stories.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is mostly dressed in black and has noble ideals.
- Death Glare: Rurou no Senshi manga only. See Berserk Button above.
- Demonic Possession: Turns out in Rebellion that she was being controlled by the Swamp Witch.
- Easily Forgiven: Even after asking being killed by Annelotte as an atonement for all the evil things she did as a queen in the Illustrated Stories, Annelotte refuses to get rid of her, partly because she believes Claudette can reform herself, partly because she doesn't want to mess with both the established status quo and Leina and finally because it was the Swamp Witch who cursed her in first place.
- Evil Redhead: As of Rebellion
- Expy: Background and also story-wise, she resembles a bit like Reiko Kirishima, being a sword-wielding redhead with a Chainmail Bikini and being the rival with the main heroine (Yuko for Reiko in Valis and Leina for Claudette in QB), not to mention both Reiko and Claudette suffered lots of parental abuse.note
- Personality-wise, she shares some points with Raoh: Being the older sibling of the protagonist, being The Unfavorite, having a love/hate relationship with the protagonist, and becoming evil conquerors with good intentions, except in Claudette's case, it's against her will.
- The Fettered
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward her younger sister Leina. See: Sister-Sister Incest and The Resenter further down.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: In Rebellion, due to possession by the Swamp Witch.
- Heroic Bastard: Part of the reason why she's The Unfavorite.
- Ineffectual Loner
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She invokes this in chapter 26 of "Hide & Seek", while caring for Elina during her bout of depression. Despite her own feelings towards her (and her jealousy toward Leina), she vows to defeat Leina and bring her back home for Elina's sake.
- Lady of War/Four-Star Badass: Despite her tomboyish looks and being Count Vance's bastard daughter, Claudette exudes such nobility and authority that you'd swear she was an actual blue blood. This is also reflected in the way she fights. She's less like a swordsman and more like a goddess of war... including being able to summon lightning from the heavens!
- Meaningful Name: It's very possible she's named after the Roman Emperor Claudiusnote since both Claudette and Claudius were the Unfavorites (Claudette for being a bastard daughter and Claudius for being apparently sick) and both becoming the rulers of their countries by sheer luck.
- Missing Mom: Her biological mother died young, and her stepmother's death also affected her, but not in the same degree as her stepsisters. Maybe it had something to do with the fact she never addressed Maria as a mother, but with a honorific title instead.
- More Than Mind Control: The Swamp Witch cursed her with the Amplification Curse, who makes her more stronger, but also amplifies her deeper grudges she has against her family and the society she lives, turning her into a war-mongering queen bent to conquer the whole Continent and possibly the world.
- Named Weapon: Her Zweihander, Thunderclap.
- Older than They Look: An odd case in the anime adaptation: Claudette looks older when she's using her Chainmail Bikini, but when using casual clothing, she barely looks older than her sisters.
- Red Baron: She's reknowned as "The Lightning General" (in the anime, she's referred to as "The Lightning Baron" instead).
- Redheaded Heroine: And a gorgeous one at that.
- Shock and Awe: She has the ability to summon actual lightning strikes, using her sword which she's aptly named "Thunderclap". It's the reason she's known throughout the continent as "The Lightning General".
- Shorttank: While still quite obviously feminine, she is very much an adult tomboy.
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos she uses moves based on Tetsuya's "Thunder Break" (Raimei Shinkan) and her version of Leina's "Meteo Swing" (itself based on Cless's "Majin Ken", but using electricity instead of ki attacks).
- Sister-Sister Incest: She clearly has feelings for her younger half-sister, Elina, who she believes only has eyes for their other sister, Leina. In the Hide & Seek manga, she admits being jealous that Elina has entered the QB tournament to be with Leina, instead of her, but is unaware that Elina wants her too. She's also shown lusting after Elina, in the highschool themed OVA episode.
- The Ojou: This technically applies to all three of them, however, Claudette is the one who looks and acts in this capacity.
- The Stoic: To the point of bodering on being a Perpetual Frowner.
- Undying Loyalty: Just like Elina, her loyalty towards her family and especially, towards her father is genuine, despite the fact she has the power and very valid reasons for betraying him, not to mention her own ideas about how to rule a country]]. In a very ironic twist, she becomes into a Starscream thanks to the heroine of the story (Leina), and also for outside causes unrelated to her, like the rebellion of the nobles against the Vances in the first OVA series and being cursed by the Swamp Witch in Rebellion.
- The Resenter: It angers her that her half-sister, Leina, has apparenty chosen to abandon her duty to the House of Vance by succeeding the throne, in favor of wandering the continent. More than that, she resents the fact that her younger half-sister, Elina, in love with Leina, because Claudette is in love with Elina.
- Regardless, Claudette doesn't hate Leina and still cares greatly for her younger sister, as seen here, in her internal monologue.
- The Unfavorite: Count Vance only tolerates Claudette, because she's his illegitimate daughter and regards her the same as he would any of his servants. The fact that their father treats her so callusly upsets both her half-sisters, and Claudette as well. Regardless, she endures it and carries out her duties as is expected of her.
- Vocal Dissonance: During the flashback sequences when she was a kid, its very evident that her voice actress cannot voice a little girl well, since while Leina and Elina's VAs can voice their younger versions without problems, on the other hand, she sounds like a young boy rather than a little girl instead.
The Imperial Commander
Artist: Hirokazu Hisayuki
Youngest (and most loyal) daughter of Count Vance. She is a prominent Queen's Blade Tournament fighter who entered the fray in hopes of finding (and bringing back) Leina under their father's orders. She's also a walking pile of contradictions — one one hand she's a smiling princess, a noble guard, and a kind younger sister; on the other hand, a vicious fighter, a deadly assassin, and a cruel sadist.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Elina confesses her love for Leina at the end of their duel in chapter 24, when she realizes she may not get another chance to say it, since Leina would be leaving her again.
- Animal Motifs: Wears grey tiger themed attire, including a tiara and clawed gauntlet. In the Hide & Seek manga, she's often referred to as "that tiger woman" or said to be like a cat.
- Bad Boss: Basically what drove poor Nyx into her insanity... from childhood.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Beta Baddie: A subversion: While most of her personality came with the fact her mother died when she was a kid, unlike other cases, she doesn't hate Leina for being better than her and she's only worried to living a "normal" (by her standards) life with her sisters.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When she's confronted by Nyx, in the anime version, Elina honestly doesn't remember her and has no idea what she's talking about, since she was about 7-8 years old at the time Nyx was referring to. Once it finally came back to her, she actually found it funny that Nyx had gone to all that trouble to track her down over something she did when they were kids.
- Cat Girl: Although she appears human, Elina exhibits distinctly catlike behavior, which is noted by several characters, in the Hide & Seek manga, including Melona and Menace, as well as her sister, Claudette.
- Chainmail Bikini: There's very little armor, since all she wears is a tiger themed tiara, a clawed gauntlet, and a metallic clasp in place of a bra. The rest of her attire is made of a grey tiger's pelt and a black pair of panties.
- Character Focus: Hide & Seek shifts the focus from Leina, onto Elina's efforts to find and capture her sister, essentially making her the main character of the manga continuity. Which is a reversal, since the anime focuses on Leina, while her sisters only make occasional appearances.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Leina in the anime, and towards Claudette in Hide & Seek.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi strip, she's depicted as the Gundam Astrea.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Moreso in Hide & Seek than the anime, or the original adventure books.
- Case in point: Early in the manga, she challenges Tomoenote , who's one of the strongests characters in the series, to a duel in order to make her reveal Leina's whereabouts. Elina defeats her soundly.
- When she finally catches up to her, in chapter 12, Elina finds her with Risty and attacks her in a jealous rage. Leina steps between them at the last second and is incapacitated by the attack which was meant for Risty. Elina is shocked and dismayed, though she still decides to carry out her orders to capture her. Then Echidna turns on her and dislocates her shoulder even though Leina begs her to stop.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: It mainly depends on which part of the fandom you ask, in her case.
- Expy: Just like Leina, she's also a expy, character design-wise, of Haruka Suzushiro, except, unlike Leina, she resembles Haruka even more in the personality department.
- She also took some quirks from Jagi: Both are blondes, have a unhealthy obsession with their older brothers (Leina in QB and Kenshiro in FOTNSnote ), being terrible bosses, and mostly being jerkasses with almost everybody else. Heck, Elina even dresses with black clothes, just like Jagi, in QB Rebellion, not to mention both having mind-controlling skills.
- She also has, personality-wise, some points in common with Katejina Loos: Blonde, cute, being a psycho (althrough not to Katejina's levels) and also having an unhealthy fixation with the main protagonist.
- Face-Heel Turn: In Queen's Blade: Rebellion.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Leina defeats her during the semi-finals of the QB tournament, she tells Elina that she doesn't intend to return home; causing her to fall into a state of depression and neglect her duties. She eventually recovers in time to witness the finals between her two older sisters.
- High On Catnip: If her attire and the Cat Girl entries didn't make it clear enough, she's even vulnerable to catnip powder. Which Nyx tried to weaponize against her, in chapter 9... except it backfired.
- It's All About Me: When it doesn't concern either of her sisters.
- Jerkass: Except towards her beloved Leina, or her secret crush, Claudette.
- Karma Houdini: Despite all that she has done like make Nyx's childhood a living hell and criticizing the bodyguards who died watching her back as "useless", nothing truly bad ever happens to Elina until the first OAV.
- Lack of Empathy: To anyone except Leina and her family.
- Missing Mom: Just like Leina, Maria's death really struck her hard, and it's implied in the 1st OVA that her death really affected her mental health.
- Mind Control: Her secret weapon, and she uses it against Nyx in the TV series, and is also a Spirit Command in the videogames, but not in other adaptations]].
- Ms. Fanservice: While this applies to the cast, in general, Elina and Leina are both notable for habitually sleeping in the nude. Whereas their elder half-sister, Claudette, wears a nightgown and lingerie to bed.
- Murderous Thighs: Weaponized against one of the pedophiles who were trying to kidnap Ymir and Frollou. Eat your heart out Cammy White.
- Psycho Lesbian: It's made very clear in the anime's first episode, where she goes off on a jealous rant about how she'll torture whatever poor man ends up chosen to be Leina's spouse.
- Rich Bitch: Except towards either of her sisters, especially Leina.
- Royal Brat: When she was a kid, and she still is.
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses a move based on Axl Low's "Hellraiser".
- Significant Anagram: Her name is an anagram of "Leina". This become recently as very Hilarious in Hindsight, since her sister Leina's VA voices Erina Pendleton in the new TV series.
- Sins of Our Fathers: She almost pays the price for the deeds her ancestors did in the past in the Beautiful Warriors OVAs, until Leina and Echidna saves her at the last second.
- Sister-Sister Incest: Elina is both in love with and lusts after her older sister, Leina. This was shown in a flashback, revealing she was overly affectionate toward her even when they were kids, and grew progressively infatuated with her during their teenage years. And near the end of the same episode, she's shown spooning with her in bed -with both of them in the nude- while nuzzling Leina's breasts.
- In the 9th episode of the anime, she finds Leina asleep in bed and decides to wake her up by climbing beneath the covers with her and fondling her boobs. And, in a later scene she rubs her face in Leina's crotch, though the view is obstucted by Leina's backside filling the screen as it sways side-to-side, 'til she finally tells Elina to knock it off.
- However, Leina isn't the only one she has eyes for. At least, not in Hide & Seek, which shows Elina also has closeted feelngs for their elder half-sister, Claudette. She even became jealous both times it seemed that Ymir was getting too close to her.
- In chapter 28, Elina notes that Claudette is cute "when she's frail", now that she's been made aware that Claudette's in love with her... thanks to Leina. Likewise, Claudette finally notices that Elina has eyes for her after all. Seen in the last panels, here.
- Spoiled Brat: Unlike Leina and Claudette, she is a Jerk Ass to everyone except her sisters due to their status and her feelings for them.
- Token Evil Teammate: Especially in the videogames and all adaptations of the original story. Becomes a full-out villain in Rebellion.
- Tomboy Princess: She's been called unladylike on more than one occasion, due to her raucous behavior and candour. Plus, she's very athletic and is the only one of the Vance sisters who has skill in hand-to-hand as well as weapons training.
- Tsundere: As in, jerkass toward anyone except either of her sisters because they're her family and "other" reasons.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite her personality and her status, she's fanatically loyal towards her family without question. Even if she could pull a Starscream at anytime, she's seems to be happy with her status quo as the enforcer of the Vances in all the adaptations of her story, rather than being a leader like her father or a queen like Claudette in Rebellion.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Giant snakes, enemy hordes, and even some of the strongest competitors at the QB tournament? No problem. A little pinch of catnip powder though, and she's out of it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the Illustrated Stories, Elina was seriously injured when fighting against Annelotte in the Calibara Village while trying to get the Mobile Fortress for herself, leaving her fate as unknown, other than she survived. In the animated adaptation, she disappears from the plot after capturing Risty, and didn't participate in the final battle of the series.
- What the Hell, Sis?!: And rightly so, when Elina calls Leina out for using her feelings against her, during the semi-finals, just to create an opening to attack her. Which costs Elina the match and her final opportunity to bring Leina home with her. What the hell, inded.
- Why Did It Have To Be Wolves?: Wolves absolutely terrify her, and she's presumably not very fond of dogs either; this may be why the English dub changes her references to Risty from the more controversial "monkey" to "dog".
Warriors With Holy Powers
The Angel of Glory
Artist: Kuuchuu Yousai
An angel who, in her own words, is sent from Heaven to supervise and participate in the Queen's Blade Tournament in order to bring order to the world. Reality, however, begs to differ — she's a mischief-maker expelled by the head archangel into joining the Tournament as a "trial", one made even more difficult by an additional stipulation — she must never
spill the "Holy Milk" in a bottle strapped on her hip.
- Absentee Actor: In Rebellion and there's a reason for that, until the Vanquished Queens 2nd OVA.
- All the Other Reindeer: Other angels don't like her mainly because of the fact that one wing is smaller than the other...and of course her attitude.
- Bad Boss: For both Melpha and Laila. To the extreme Laila prefers to stay in Earth with Eilin, rather than working for her anymore in the Illustrated Stories.
- Brought Down to Badass / Brought Down to Normal: The more of the Holy Milk she spills, the less power she gets to use.
- The Bus Came Back: Unexpectedly, she returns in the Vanquished Queens 2nd OVA and in the most glorious way possible.
- Canon Immigrant: In a retroactive way, her new look from the Vanquished Queens OVA is now included in the gamebook continuity, as she was excluded at first from it.
- Chainmail Bikini: Her Archangel Armor in the Vanquished Queens OVA.
- Chew Toy: Nothing goes right for her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For the first six episodes, Nanael comes off as simply an annoying little pest. Then comes episode seven, and holy crap; she solos the Swamp Witch Trio, effortlessly! It's three against one and she still takes them down without even a scratch. It's not hyperbole that she could probably solo the Queen's Blade tournament if she wasn't so worried on avoiding being sent to Hades by spilling the Holy Milk.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Her original battle with the three Swamp Witches and it was glorious in the sense that they couldn't lay a hand on her showing the difference in power.
- Cute Bruiser: Cute and honestly kind of puny looking, but a deadly fighter capable of handing three of the tougher warriors their asses, almost effortlessly.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Nu Gundam. Appropriate, given that the Nu Gundam's fin funnels make it look like it has a large left wing, but no right wing.
- Demoted to Extra - She doesn't appear in Rebellion since she becomes an archangel, althrough the possible reasons are more related with her VA being possibly blacklisted from the franchise after trying to imitating Nanael in real life. This is later subverted in the Vanquished Queens OVAs, since she makes a return, and with a new look to boot.
- Her role in the Rurou no Senshi and Hide and Seek mangas are reduced, too. In the first one, she's basically a glorified referee and in the second one, she only appears in a single scene trying to score with Florelle.
- Expy - of Nagi Jinno (aka Jibril Zero), as well as some element from Rika Manabe, from the h-game Makai Tenshi Jibril, which was also designed by Kuchuu Yousai.
- Curiously, she got a possible expy based on her in the form of Zessica Wong. Makoto Nanaya seems to be inspired on her too, background-wise.
- Evil Costume Switch - During the 5th OVA, when she became a Fallen Angel, her wings and clothes turned black.
- Good Costume Switch: in the Vanquished Queens OVAs, she gets a new outfit, who looks like an angelic version of both Leina and and Yuko Asou's outfits. Being Leina's friend, this is justified.
- Fallen Angel - During most of the 5th OVA.
- Fantastic Racism: While how vitriolic she is about it varies depending on continuity (and language; anime-subbed Nanael occasionally refers to humans as "monkeys" while anime-dubbed Nanael doesn't), Nanael has a serious issue with humans and openly looks down on them. She especially loathes human women... though, ironically, she doesn't let this stop her from wanting to bang human men.
- Flanderization: Inverted: She's sluttier in the gamebook continuity and also in the Hide & Seek manga, since she wants to score with whatever male she's able to find in the way, including even Rana and Florelle. On the other hand, her harem-seeking tendences were toned down in the anime and while she still hates human females, it's not as exaggerated like in the gamebooks and she's more a Jerkass instead.
- Her game incarnation is also a lot more vehemently racist than other incarnations of her.
- Harem Seeker: In the gamebooks, where she wants to gather as many men as possible to have sex with her.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: She was pretty much in a lose-lose situation concerning getting information on the Swamp Witch. If she failed to get info, she would be banished to hell. If she got the info, she was still going to be severely punished given the archangel knew that Nanael wouldn't be able to do the mission given her without screwing up.
- Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Yes she's very un-angel like and looks down on humans but she does appreciate Leina even if she doesn't show it and even though she created the situation where Leina was targeted by the Swamp Witch Trio, she was willing to correct her mistake and defeat them in order to protect her.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Tries to do this with Hachiel in the 5th OVA episode, when Hachiel tries to stop her after she becomes a Fallen Angel. Luckily, the battle ended in a draw.
- Kicked Upstairs: Heavily implied: According with her profile included in the Vanquished Queens OVA, her job as an archangel in Rebellion is Managing trainee angels (like Laila). Taking into account her personality and the previous events she was involved in the TV series and the gamebook continuity, it's very possible she was ascended as an archangel just to get rid of her in some harmless job.
- Let's Get Dangerous - Holy crap (no pun intended)... in the course of a few minutes, she goes from a completely useless annoyance to a competent fighter in her own right.
- Our Angels Are Different - She's like a Distaff Counterpart of Pit in even skimpier clothing.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her treatment of Melpha, she really does value her friendship with Melpha so much that when Melpha did not respond to her becoming a fallen angel, Nanael ran off before Melpha could even react. Naturally she was surprised that Melpha cared enough to where she would serve her regardless if she fell or not.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Her role in the series, not that she is willing to accept that.
- Power Limiter: Nanael might as well be the strongest character in the series...if it weren't for the fact the head archangel cut her power down by giving her the Holy Milk to carry and given her clumsiness, her power is brought down considerably.
- Psychic Powers: Implied given that all of her powers are based on telekinesis with her sword and she is seen moving bathroom supplies in heaven.
- Rank Up : According to Laila, Nanael got promoted Archangel in QB Rebellion.
- Secret Test of Character - Nanael gets one in the fifth OAV when she is given A Taste of Power as a fallen angel.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Nanael likes to brag and refers to herself as being of great importance, but she's actually pretty much a bumbling underling in Heaven. However, despite this, she's very adept at kicking ass.
- Seven is Nana-el
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based on Shinji and Asuka's "Unison Kick" (Falling Star Kick), V2's "Wings of Light" and Turn A's "Moonlight Butterfly" (Holy Dive), and Gilliam Jager's "Slash Ripper" (Celestial Saber).
- Took a Level in Jerkass - While she's normally condescending towards humans, especialy human women, in the Spiral Chaos games she's acts outright racist towards everyone, even with males like Jean, who she loves to address as a monkey.
- Unexpected Character: After all the crap Aya Hirano (her voice actress) endured due of her sex scandal, nobody expected her to reprise Nanael ever again, but she returns in the Vanquished Queens OVAs.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leina in the anime series.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The Saint of the Gates
A priestess from a church in Gainos, the continent's capital city. Known as a devout, holy woman to her followers, and despite her minimal fighting ability, she is capable of using white magic for healing and attacking enemies through provocative "Holy Poses". She is also greatly devoted to Nanael, whom she views as a great messenger from Heaven.
Warriors from Hinomoto
The Warrior Priestess
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
(Japanese), Michele Knotz (English)
A member of an ancient order of Mikos
from the island-nation of Hinomoto who participates in the Queen's Blade tournament to save her homeland and its (very young) ruler, the Mikado, from its own corrupt Imperial Court. She's also the sole survivor of her order, most of which were massacred by a group of Kouma Ninjas employed by the Court.
- Badass Adorable - Picture of the sweet and polite Girl Next Door outside battles.
- Berserk Button: Only in the gamebooks and in some manga adaptations: Vulgar and scantly-dressed people can drive her mad, as Melpha finds out the hard way.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Musha Gundam.
- Foe-Tossing Charge - She doesn't ram her opponents like Leina, except when she was forced to kill Shizuka and when she tries to defeat Leina in the tournament. Curiously enough, unlike Leina in QB Spiral Chaos, many of her attacks involves ramming her enemies hard with her katana.
- Flanderization: Just like Nanael, this is also inverted: She's a somewhat a Jerkass who gets easily offended by the dressing standards from the Western girls and she seems to get into fights against anyone who offends her morals. This was toned down in the anime, turning her more stoic instead and the only time she gets seriously offended because the culture of someone else in the anime is during the tournament against Melpha, whose Holy Poses drives Tomoe really mad and wipes the floor with her.
- Funny Foreigner: Especially in the gamebooks and many manga adaptation, less so in the anime
- Girly Girl: She's the girly girl to Shizuka's tomboy.
- Hime Cut
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Lady of War
- Last of Her Kind
- Martial Arts Headband
- Meaningful Name - Named after Tomoe Gozen, a female samurai famous for her bravery and strength during the Genpei War in the Heian period in Japan, who also become a miko after the battle of Awazu.
- Named Weapons - Kuchinawa
- Nice Girl
- Phenotype Stereotype: While Leina is the stereotype of a Western girl, Tomoe, on the other hand, is the Japanese equivalent of this stereotype, except she also has blue eyes like Leina and also bustier.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based from Angelg's "Phantom Phoenix" (Tamatsuki), "Daitarn Saber" (Senren Musha Giri) and both Impulse Gundam's ramming attacks and Nu Gundam's fin funnels (Kachou Hougetsu).
- What the Hell, Hero?: The already mentioned battle against Melpha, whose personality became totally different from her reservated one and went bonkers against her.
- Wutai: Her homeland, Hinomoto, whose name is even an Alternate Character Reading for Japan.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: The Hime Cut, the priestess uniform, the polite and sweet yet tough as nails personality, her homeland is Wutai; she nails every bull's eye.
The Rogue Ninja
A former member of the Kouma Ninjas who defected and befriended Tomoe, whom she accompanies on her quest to win the Queen's Blade Tournament.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Ascended Extra: She has no game book, but has played a prominent role in both the anime and the PSP games.
- Badass Ninja
- Berserk Button: In the Rurou no Senshi manga, hurting Tomoe in any way can drive Shizuka really mad.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Casualty in the Ring: Averted, since Tomoe kills her outside the tournament, in a graveyard.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Gerbera Tetra.
- Defector from Decadence: Abandoned her clan to become Tomoe's follower, inspired by her ideals.
- Expy: Possibly of Ayane, albeit her background story resembles the one from Ayane's sister Kasumi instead.
- According with Hobby Japan, she's inspired in Kazagurumo no Yashichi (also a ninja) from the TV drama Mito Komon.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted with Tomoe for obvious reasons, but played straight with the rest of the cast. In fact, even after after Tomoe reveals to Leina during her match in the tournament she killed Shizuka, Leina not only never calls her out for this, but also she never talks about her (like everyone else), even after that fact was revealed to everyone in-universe via the broadcasting crystal balls.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her death at Tomoe's hands. Tomoe was going to lose against Elina because she rarely fights to the death and just barely defeated her, and Shizuka already knew that the next opponent (later revealed to be Leina) was not going to be so kind. It's implied it was an elaborate Gambit Roulette not only to help Tomoe defeat Leina, but also to defeat Delmore for good in the final episode of both the second season and the OVA series.
- Killed Off for Real: To the point that she was the only dead character in the anime not affected by the mass resurrection at the end, for no reason whatsoever. Yet...
- Spared By Adaptation: Shizuka survives in the Hide and Seek manga and in the original gamebook continuity.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Shizuka helps both Leina in the end of the second season and Tomoe in the last episode of the OVAs against Delmore in both cases, even if she's dead, since it's the only way to help them to defeat him for good.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Stuffed into the Fridge
- Tomboy: She's the tomboy to Tomoe's girly girl.
The Swamp Witch Trio
Tropes associated with them:
- Mouth of Sauron: Subverted: They only speak for the Witch for themselves and the audience/readers, but not for anyone else. Only Leina, Nanael, Hachiel, Laila, Melpha and Risty are the only characters aware of the existence of the Swamp Witch, and oddly enough only Leina (retroactively), Risty and Nanael cares about getting rid of her anyway in Rebellion. At the end of Rebellion Airi becomes the only one left.
- The Psycho Rangers: For Leina (Melona), Tomoe (Menace) and Nanael (Airi).
The Assassin of Many Faces
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya
(Japanese), Darla Cheneynote
One of the three servants of the Swamp Witch and her strongest minion. She is a shapeshifter with considerable skill in information-gathering as well as assassination. It is assumed that she was ordered to bring havoc into the Queen's Blade Tournament.
- Absolute Cleavage - Dialed Up to Eleven — her top opens wide before her breasts and doesn't swing closed until right before her navel. And those parts are all transparent.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Berserk Button - Don't call her a monster.
- Blob Monster/Cute Monster Girl: She's a sentient slime creature that can assume any form, but which defaults to a busty, pink-haired girl with hand-tentacles covering her boobs and bunny-ears on her head.
- Breast Expansion: Leina, in their second encounter, manages to bear hug her as she was about to spray some explosive liquid from her breasts, she yells "It's backing up", just before her breasts briefly inflate to gargantuan proportions and she explodes. Leina was ok, and Melona eventually recovered.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Gundam Throne Drei, since her pilot, Nena Trinity, shares the same voice actress with Melona.
- Demonic Possession - She absorbed an ancient demon in Rebellion, thus able to use powers she didn't had before, like controlling the undead.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Leina, being, somewhat, the leader of the trio and the one being most obsessed in killing her.
- Expy: From both the Slimes from the Dragon Quest series (inspiration), Miko from Devilman (attacks) and possibly from the T-1000. (being an invincible shape-shifter)
- Godiva Hair - Combined with Prehensile Hair, meaning she's often groping herself.
- The Heavy: In less degree, she's one of the driving forces in the whole Continent Saga (along with her master, The Swamp Witch and Aldra), as she's hellbent in kill Leina, no matter what she takes for doing that, not to mention she's the one manipulating the events of Rebellion by impersonating Ymir just to keep Claudette on check and doing lots of attrocities for both the Witch and for her own amusement.
- Hellish Pupils - Her pupils are shaped like plus signs.
- Improbable Weapon User/Breast Blaster - She squeezes her breasts to shoot out acid milk... and more often then not, it's explosive acid milk.
- It gets worse, when you consider the fact that Slimes dissolve anything they touch... so she is essentially shooting herself.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: She can shapeshift, project Combat Tentacles and squirt acidic and/or explosive slime from her breasts.
- Never Gets Drunk: Possibly as a side-effect of being a Slime, she can tolerate alcohol better than anyone, unlike Airi.
- Meaningful Name: "Melon" is another term for a breast. Also counts as a Casting Gag if you take into account her voice actress voiced a girl who loves Melon-flavored bread
- Mysterious Past: We don't know anything about her past, but it's heavily implied she's the oldest character from the series, maybe even older than Alleyne and Echidna.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Because she's made of sentient goo, she can reform when she gets cut, stabbed or splattered.
- Talking to Herself - She shares the same voice actress with Rana. This plays an important role in the 3rd OVA, when she shapeshifts into Rana while torturing Airi.
- The Reveal: She actually impersonated Ymir during the events of Rebellion all along, and was the real Iron Strategist.
- The Nudifier - The very nature of her acidic breast milk.
- Prehensile Hair
- Psychopathic Manchild: Is the most child-like and also the most violent and crazy of the Swamp Witch Trio.
- Red Right Hand - No matter who she changes into, Melona retains her Hellish Pupils.
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based from the "Rider Kick" and the "Gespenst Kick" (Dragon Kick).
- Vapor Wear - Ignoring the fact that she's effectively topless (creating hands out of her hair to grope her in lieu of a top),the Buddy Body ending makes it quite blatantly clear that she's not wearing underwear — especially given that the entire back side of her clothing is translucent... With the exception of what amounts to a slightly color-shifted arrow pointing to her bottom. Oh, and said back side? It's so small it's literally not covering said entire bottom. She is covered from the front, however, because there are some things that not even Queen's Blade could get away with.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
The Ancient Queen
Voiced by: Yuko Goto
(Japanese), Akane Tomonaga (Vanquished Queens cameo)
, Jessica Paquet (English)
One of the three servants of the Swamp Witch, Menace is a former queen who perished with the fall of her kingdom an unknown number of millennia ago. Resurrected over a thousand years ago In-Universe
to serve the Swamp Witch, Menace's true loyalty is to herself and the restoration of Amara, the dominion she once ruled.
- Anti-Villain: In any adaptation, the only reason she's following the Swamp Witch is because she was the one who bring her Back from the Dead, but she's interested far more in rebuilding Amara than following her and her minions. In the Beautiful Warriors OVA, she finally left the trio for good and she rebuilds her kingdom, despite Melona and Airi's efforts to force her to return to the Swamp Witch's cause.
- Backstory: She's the only member of the trio with a detailed backstory, especially in the gamebooks' continuity.
- Bad Boss: In her original life. Part of the reason Amara was so easily overthrown, and why her followers so readily defected and turned against her, was because she was a hedonistic tyrant who cared more for the pleasures of her lesbian harem than for actually running her kingdom.
- Bare Your Midriff - To an absurd degree. She wears what amounts to a apron crossed with a mantle that hangs over (but doesn't actually cling to) her breasts. In the DVD version of Buddy Body, it's shown that her breasts bounce freely out from under her top every time takes a step.
- Berserk Button: While Menace is normally the happiest of the Swamp Witch trio, the sole mention of Anarista can drive her into an homicidal rage. This is made clear in her first appearance, when Melona impersonates Anarista, and Menace warns Melona that she will kill her if she does that ever again.
- While it's not as severe as the Anarista one, she's not very happy when people suggest she abandon Amara or dismiss the fall of her kingdom, as seen when she freaks out because of Shizuka's flat appraisal that Amara fell because its nobility was corrupt and its last leader (Menace herself) was too inept and blinded by her own hedonism to realise its decayed state.
- Charm Person - Uses this on Leina in the anime, though she broke free by the end of the episode.
- As well as half a city in season 2.
- Combat Stilettos
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Neo Egypt's Pharaoh Gundam.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Tomoe, being the exotic foreigner of the trio.
- Of Cleopatra, except lesbian.
- Also, she's based from Kharis the Royal Mummy from Tunnels and Trolls: both use scepters, have curse attacks that poison enemies, and have similar headbutts, knee attacks and shrieks.
- She also has a passing resemblance with Chaosnote from the Konami arcade game Martial Champion.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her official backstory is one of the most darkest and violent ones (along with Irma and Sigui) from the Continent Saga. Menace was the last queen of the kingdom of Amara, where she lived in luxury, ceaselessly indulging her carnal appetites with a bevvy of lesbian love slaves. One such lover, Anarista, was especially close to her and served her as an advisor and a mentor. Eventually, Anarista became so disgusted with Menace's hedonistic indifference to actually ruling that she betrayed Menace and Amara both, leading foreign armies to conquer Amara and destroy everything there. Anarista herself gave the order, upon Menace's capture, to throw the former queen into the slave quarters beneath the imperial palace. There, Menace was viciously beaten and pack-raped until she died of her injuries and exhaustion.
- Happiness in Slavery - Averted with her in the 4th OVA, but played straight with her masochistic servants. This is even lampshaded by Melona in the end of the episode.
- The Hedonist: To the core, and the main cause why Amara goes right to the crapper. She spent almost all of her time making love to her female concubines and ignored the duties of running Amara, thus fostering resentment and decay amongst her followers.
- Meaningful Name - Also considered as a Punny Name, her name is a sort of portmanteau between the English word "menace" and the name of the Egyptian pharaoh Menes.
- Never Gets Drunk: While not as good as Melona, she can drink more alcohol than a regular human.
- The Other Darrin: During her cameo in the second Vanquished Queens OVA, her voice actress is replaced by Akane Tomonaga as Yuko Goto is still dealing with Lupus..
- Phlebotinum Rebel - Against the Swamp Witch, in the books' Back Story. In the anime, she remains as one of her henchwomen.
- Played straight when she decides to rebuild Amara in the 4th OVA, despite Melona and Airi's efforts to force her to return.
- Psycho Lesbian: Not exactly "psycho" so much as she is a self-centered hedonist, but she is an outright lesbian, she was such a bad ruler her most trusted advisor decided it was better to overthrow and murder her, and she is a villain (if only technically) in the series.
- Real Life Writes the Plot - At least in the Rebellion's Drama CDs, Menace will not appear on them (despise she appears on-story in the Illustrated Stories), due of her voice actress being sick and recovering right now.
- Shout-Out - She uses some melee moves and poses based on Souther's "Nanto Hou'ou-ken" fighting style, as well as his Egyptian motifs (although more pronounced on Menace). This may also count as Casting Gag — her voice actress is a fan of Fist of the North Star, specifically of Souther.
- More obvious in the Spiral Chaos games when she use her own version of Souther's Houshou Jyujihou except she use Setra for landing.
- Stripperiffic - Impressively so. While the entire cast counts, Menace's outfit is effectively a bikini bottom and shoulder coverings.
- Technically Living Mummy: She's technically a mummy, but she's too lively to be one. Justified, since her profile describes her as a resurrected human and not as a mummy.
- Underboobs - As shown in the Buddy Body videos, her top doesn't actually cling to her, and is stiff metal — her breasts bounce freely under it whenever she moves.
The Infernal Temptress
Voiced by: Kanae Itō
(Japanese), Michele Knotz (English)
Artist: Kazushiro Takamura
A wraith summoned by the Swamp Witch to kill her enemies in the Queen's Blade Tournament. Airi is totally devoted to her mistress, and can suck away the life energy of her enemies simply by touching them. It's later revealed (retroactively) that she's the Witch's Head Maid
, at least in the gamebook continuity.
- Adaptational Villainy: Inverted: She was more evil and two-dimensional in the gamebook continuity, but the animated adaptations turns her into a Noble Demon instead.
- Badass Adorable
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Although she isn't always corporeal, this◊ flying pose of hers is rather jarring in its use of this trope.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Despise being a Wraith, she can get drunk very quickly, as seen in the Beautiful Warriors OVAs.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's obviously depicted as the Gundam Deathscythe
- Even Evil Has Standards - Despite being one of the "bad guys", she's quite disgusted by Aldra's actions against Cattleya, and later against Rana. Against her better judgment, she ends up saving him, which causes huge problems for her later on.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Nanael, since they are both beings of mystical origins and being able to fly.
- Evil Tastes Good - Apparently fear is a good sauce.
- Evil Sounds Deep - Comparing with both Melona and Menace, and with other roles her VA has voiced before she has a very deep voice, except when she's yelling.
- Expy - Background-wise, of Testament, both being dressed with dark colors, using scythes as weapons, controlling spirits and sucking their opponents' energy and both having a love/hate relationship with their masters and having a younger character (Rana for Airi and Dizzy for Testament) as their Morality Pet.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Kiss of Death: Her preferred method of feeding on Life Energy.
- Life Energy - As a wraith, she needs to feed on the life-force or "essence" of living beings to sustain herself. Most commonly she takes it from people via mouth to mouth contact; though she can apparently feed through her scythe or just by holding her mouth close to her victim's, she prefers to "kiss" her prey while she feeds. The kissing probably isn't strictly necessary, and the groping almost certainly isn't, but knowing what kind of series this is...
- Love Redeems: Her feelings for Rana, Cattleya's son, cause her to try and defy her demonic nature.
- Meido: Her sworn duty towards The Swamp Witch is her defining character trait.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Played for Drama. Even though it pains greatly to leave Rana, who allowed her for the first time ever to experience the warmth and love of a family, her sense of honor and duty will not permit her to abandon The Swamp Witch. Though she has since fought under the tyrant's banner and slain countless innocents including Annolette's mother in the "Queen's Blade Rebellion" Prequel Manga, her lingering memories and love of Rana nevertheless allows her to somehow hold onto a measure of her newly-gained humanity.
- Mysterious Past: We don't know much about her, other than she was summoned from Hell by the Swamp Witch, albeit it's recently revealed she's not the only Wrath, as her master has two Wraith maids named Mime and Meena working for her two, and Airi is the Head Maid.
- Noble Demon - Of the trio of the Swamp-Witches' henchwomen, she is the first to show some decency. She was bested in combat by Cattleya because of her refusal to strike down her son Rana, and only won on a very cruel technicality set by the Empress. She later (albeit initially reluctant) takes Rana in and looks after him like a big sister. Unfortunately...
- Redemption Equals Death - Almost. She nearly starves to death in her fight against Nanael, having being unable to feed on people's souls due to her unwillingness to make Rana sad. The very nature of her dietary habits prevents her from being a good person, and it nearly killed her trying to be one. She only just manages to hang on inside her scythe, and is able to regenerate when she's thrown at an assassin.
- Odd Name Out: She's the only member of the trio with an human-sounding name, despise being a Wraith.
- Punny Name - Her "Battle Name" can be read as "Meido he Izanaumono" — "Temptress from Hades". The pun is, of course, reinforced by her outfit...
- Rapunzel Hair
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based on the Gundam Deathscythe. Her Finishing Move — "Life Energy Absorption" — looks a lot like the "Jeeg Breaker".
- Sinister Scythe: Wields one as her preferred weapon.
- Spell My Name with an S: Due of her Japanese name, the fact she's dressed like a French Maid, and the fact her name is written in katakana like everyone else, until the TV series came out many translators spelled her name in many different ways.
- Undying Loyalty - Despite being a fundamentally decent and honorable person herself, it is that same sense of honor and sworn-duty towards the Swamp Witch causes Airi to remain in servitude to the tyrant. The clash between her own personal sense of morality and her duty to her master is a constant inner conflict central to her character.
- Walking Wasteland - Part of her power set.
- Zettai Ryouiki - A possible Grade S.
Tropes associated with them:
- Informed Flaw: Especially regarding Nowa and Alleyne, and a very egregious one to boot: According with both girls, elves are discriminated by humans, but we don't see any act of discrimination on any of them in any adaptation. Not only they don't suffer any discrimination by any other human, sometimes many humans (besides the main characters) wants to hang around them, especially in the second OVA episode, when Nowa and Alleyne play beach volleyball with two human girls. The closest thing regarding this is when Nowa is about to being raped in the second season, but Echidna saves her in the last second. This is even more egregious, at least regarding Nowa, especially in the Vanquished Queens OVAs when Nowa trains to become a Miko along Tomoe in Hinomoto, albeit this could be handwaved as the people of Hinomoto doesn't have a cultural bias against the elves, unlike "anyone" in the West, in the same way how the World War II-era Japanese didn't had a cultural bias against Jews. On the other hand, the elves are openly racist against humans.
- Screw You, Elves!: In the most brutal, albeit offscreen, way possible, since only Nowa, Alleyne and Echidna are only living elves after their village was destroyed by the Swamp Witch between the original series and Rebellion.
The Guardian of the Forest
Artist: Katsuzo Hirata
A human/elf hybrid who, despite earning an important position in the elves' Forest Council, is distrusted by elves and humans alike, and the former in particular is more than happy to shoo her into the Queen's Blade Tournament. Her only friends are Alleyne, the only elf who had the courage to take her in, and her pet monkey Lou.
- Actor Allusion: The way she's Brainwashed and Crazy by Dogura resembles the same situation when Kusuha Mizuha is also brainwashed by Ingram Prinsken and being snapped out of it by someone dear for them (Tomoe for Nowa and Bullet for Kusuha).
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to some herbs Dogura's used on her, he manages to break her will and able to give her a nice boost on her skill, being able to fight against Tomoe on equal footing in the Vanquished Queens OVAs.
- Break the Cutie: In the Vanquished Queens OVAs, by being tortured to almost to the point of insanity by Dogura. She gets better at the end.
- Cheerful Child: Despite her youth and her background of bullying, she's still a very perky soul.
- The Cutie - She's among the first four fighters in the series, and the first to cater to "cute" tastes rather than "sexy" tastes most characters are associated with.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as a GM Light Armor and Lou as a Grungust despise not being a mobile suit.
- Expy - Personality-wise, of Heart Aino (both even share the same voice actress) with some quirks and looks from both Estelle Bright (but with even less clothing) and Leaf from the Chronicles of the Heroic Knight TV series.
- Fantastic Racism - Despite her high standing, poor Nowa is still ultimately a glorified scapegoat amongst her elven peers, hated and blamed for every mishap due to her half-human lineage.
- Friend to All Living Things: While the elves hate her and humans apparently cast her out, birds and animals all seem to adore her, and she adores them back.
- Genki Girl: She's surprisingly cheerful and upbeat, considering the treatment she used to get back in the elf village.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Half-Human Hybrid: Which is why she has such a lousy reputation amongst the elves.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl - Does not ever wear underwear, and often flashes others without meaning to. Though she'll occasionally lift up her loincloth when someone points out that she isn't wearing anything underneath and wonder why they're making such a fuss about it.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "light" in Arabic.
- Moe Couplet: With her teacher/mother figure Alleyne.
- Nice Girl: Even when it comes to Echidna, who she genuinely respects and admires.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Lou.
- Our Elves Are Better: Well, a half-elf anyway.
- Parental Substitute: While Nowa never actually says it, she seems to look up to Alleyne this way and wants nothing more than to make her teacher proud of her.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses moves based on those of Kusuha Mizuha's RyuKoOh. Also counts as an Actor Allusion, with both Nowa and Kusuha sharing the same voice actress.
- And during one of Drama CDs, when she's training with Alleyne along with Nanael, she shouts:
- Simple Staff: Wields a quarterstaff as her weapon of choice.
- Third-Person Person: In the original gamebooks.
- Took a Level in Badass: Due to Dogura's brainwashing, she able to fight against Tomoe on equal footing, who already took a level in Badass and being Tomoe one of the few characters able to fight against Leina on equal terms, while Nowa was a Jobber before, and she took later ANOTHER level in Badass by becoming a Shrine Maiden at the end of the story.
- The Unfavorite: On account of her half-elf, half-human lineage.
- Vapor Wear: She's the only other character, besides Echidna, who doesn't wear any underwear.
- Going Commando: It's apparently a common tradition among elves, or so Nanael tells Leina. Nowa and Echidna both certainly don't believe in wearing panties. Alleyne fashions leaves into undergarments.
The Combat Instructor
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
(Japanese); Kelli Sahne (Season 1), Kenzie Brooke (Season 2) (English)
One of the oldest members of a tribe of forest elves, at well over 1,000 years old. Curt, hard-headed and strict upon both herself and others, she has a habit of lecturing to others, even in casual conversations. Other elves call her "master", for out of fear/respect or both. She also surprises her fellow elves by admitting a despised halfling, Nowa, under her tutelage.
The Veteran Soldier
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida
(Japanese), Trina Hilbe (English)
An elf from the forests of the deep south (although from a different tribe than Nowa and Alleyne) and a former leader of the Assassins of the Fang
with at least 500 years of experience. Despite being a strong contender for the Queen's Blade Tournament, she has no interest in winning, instead spending her days as a wandering mercenary.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Badass: So much so Leina begs her for training, which pays off handily.
- Badass Gay: One of the few explicitly, canonically lesbian members of the cast. She once had a relationship with her former student, Irma.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Broken Pedestal: Where Irma's concerned... for the exact same reason as the woman Echidna seems to be modeled after.
- Combat Stilettos: In the form of Thigh-High Boots.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as a GM Quell.
- Expy: Echidna is to Yoruichi, as Irma is to Sui-Feng.
- Let's see here: She looks like her, once had a student who looked up to her and had feelings for her, 'til she up and abandoned her without a word of explanation, or even a goodbye. Then she finally shows up again, years later, thinking everything would still be kosher between them. Except it wasn't. Are we still talking about Echidna and Irma, or Yoruichi and Sui-Feng?
- In terms of character design, she looks a lot like Cisty (another dark elf) from Taito's arcade game Dungeon Magic.
- Feather Boa Constrictor: She wears her pet snake around her waist as a makeshift pair of panties.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Echidna is quick to up and abandon old partners, or turn on them, when it suits her; often without notice, and seldom with any explanation. It's for precisely this reason that she's earned the scorn and contempt of Alleyne, Claudette, and Irma most of all.
- Mayfly-December Romance: She was already over 500 years old, during the time she and Irma were together. Whereas Irma looked no older than 15-17 .
- Meaningful Name: Named after Medusa's mother from the Greek Mythology, hence her snake motif.
- Our Elves Are Better: Echidna is one of the strongest fighters in the tourney, hands down, due to her five centuries of combat experience. The ease with which she defeats every opponent is... actually rather contentious amongst the fans. See the Queen's Blade page.
- Psycho Lesbian for Hire: Subverted. She's actually quite sane, but has adopted this persona as part of her mercenary nature.
- Reverse Mole: In the OVAs, it's heavily implied Echidna joined forces with the nobles who wanted the Vances dead after Claudette becoming a queen just for being able to rescue Elina from being executed and the whole facade was a contrived plan from both Leina and Echidna for both rescue Elina and also defeat the rebellious nobles at once.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: See the Jerk with a Heart of Jerk entry above.
- Useless Mentor: Nothing she taught Irma seems to have helped her, as she only wins a single fight in the entire series. In the anime, Irma ends up crippled (possibly for life) by the time it's over, while in the gamebooks, she becomes a fugitive and is nearly executed. Likewise, she swore an oath to Maria to protect her daughters, yet barely lifts a finger to help any of them, except Leina.
The Queen and her Soldiers
The Twilight Queen
Miyu Takeuchi (original series), Ayana Taketatsu
) (Japanese); Uncredited (Season 1), Kenzie Brooke (Season 2) (English)
Defending champion from the past two editions of the Queen's Blade Tournament. As the daughter of a priestess and the Lord of the Underworld, she is a cursed half-demon with the power to petrify with her gaze as well as "flesh-rending secret blades". While already around her twenties, she barely grew an inch taller due to a pact she made with the demon Delmore years ago, gaining immense power in order for her to find her lost sister
- Absolute Cleavage: As seen in the accompanying image above.
- Bare Your Midriff: Also seen in the picture above.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever mention her half-demon lineage. It won't end well.
- BFS: A blood red blade, which loosely resembles a Zweihander and is almost equal in length to her body. Despite her light frame, she can wield it effortlessly, with one hand, or control it psychically.
- Big Bad: Subverted. She's actually being manipulated by the fallen angel, Delmore.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to Annelotte's Abel but not so much in Rebellion.
- Blue Blood: She's descended from demonic nobility.
- Child Queen: Subverted. See the Older than They Look entry below.
- Cleavage Window: Accentuated with belt straps both between and around her breasts.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Reborns Gundam.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the OVA she's shown wearing a nun's habit, while travelling with Tomoe, which can be seen here.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her codpiece.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fanservice Pack: In Rebellion.
- Fantastic Racism: She was previously subjected to this, due to her half-demon lineage.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Or half-demon in her case.
- Happily Married: In Rebellion, except it's heavily implied that her husband is the player/viewer itself.
- Improbable Weapon User: y'know that codpiece she wears? It turns out that isn't just for show.... she can actually fight with it.
- Lady in Red/Of Corsets Sexy: She's decked out in blood red leather and silver armor, complete with plenty of leather straps, a codpiece, and spiked thigh-high stiletto boots - giving her the look of a pint-sized dominatrix.
- Lady of War: As befitting the defending champion of the last two tournaments and has the demeanor to match. She can even command her blade through sheer will!
- Mind Control: She can enslave others, by using the light from her left gauntlet. Just as she did to Risty.
- Noble Demon: Both a literal example, because of her half-demon lineage, and in regards to the trope.
- Older than They Look: Her aging process ground to a halt once Delmore took possession of her. She's actually in her 20's, despite her prepubescent appearance.
- The Other Darrin: Possibly due to retooling her, Ayana Taketatsu voices Aldra in Rebellion, rather than Miyu Takeuchi.
- Rapunzel Hair: Hers reaches all the way down to her feet, which is helped by the fact she's short.
- Re Tool: From all the returning characters of the latter series in Rebellion, she's the one with the most drastic changes, both in character design, personality and even her voice.
- She Is All Grown Up: As of Rebellion, she has reverted to an appearance befitting her age.
- She Killed Their Mother: In the anime and gamebook continuities, it was Aldra who slew Maria Vance, while trying to the invade the Count's territory, years ago. The only ones who are aware of this, are Echidna and Count Vance, himself. Aldra has no recollection of this, due to being possessed by Delmore.
- Shout-Out: In Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos, her spear-launching attack resembles the scene when Rei Ayanami in her EVA-00 throws the Lance of Longinus against Armisael and also creates a cross-shaped explosion when the attack hits, and her funnel-like attack resembles the Reborns Gundam's Fin Fangs.
- Smug Super: Don't let her typical stone-faced expression fool you. Aldra is well aware of the power she possesses and is anything but humble about it. Pick a fight with her, and you're bound to see her smirk.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Her new look in Rebellion implies she's always in this state, but unlike her younger sister Annelotte, she's able to control her evil side more effectively.
- Taken for Granite: Aldra imprisons the losers of the later matches (and those who oppose her directly, such as Cattleya did) in yellow crystals, rather than turning them to stone, but the basic idea is the same.
- The Stoic: Her default expression and usual demeanor.
- Voodoo Shark: At the end of the original series, she remained emotionally repressed and soft spokennote even after even after Delmore was destroyed. It's never explained what caused her look and personality to change so drastically, only months later, in Rebellion. She had also left Gainos, after the tournament, and went to Hinomoto with Tomoe. Yet, in Rebellion, she's returned to Gainosnote and the only explanation offered, is because she suffered some sort of amnesia.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: In most pictures it's silvery grey, while in others it appears light pink.
The Fang Assassin
Voiced by: Yui Kano (Japanese), Emlyn Morinelli (English)
Artist: Hirotaka Akaga
Current leader of the Assassins of the Fang
, the Queen's secret police. Irma adopts an emotionless attitude due to her early training alongside Echidna, not to mention her village being destroyed by Aldra and killing her entire family
. Her mission is to eliminate certain fighters from the Queen's Blade Tournament.
- Badass: Or so you'd think, given she was raised as an assassin and because of her image. But she ends up losing most of her fights. It's hard to tell whether she's legitimately jobbing, or simply Overshadowed by Awesome compared to the rest of the cast.
- Badass Gay: Like her former mentor and ex-lover, she's one of the few canonically lesbian characters in the series. In fact, the reason she hates Echidna so much is because she walked out on her without so much as a 'goodbye'.
- Bare Your Midriff: Look at what she's wearing, or isn't wearing.
- Cat Lover: Some of the official artwork shows she has a soft spot for cats, including one where she's shown feeding several of them in an alley.
- Combat Stilettos: In the form of Thigh-High Boots.
- Combat Pragmatist: She only bothered to help Echidna, during their match against Alleyne and Nowa, in order to advance further in the competition. She also forced Alleyne, who was one of the tournament's strongest participants (and a favorite to win), to surrender without a fight with one simple move: by cornering Nowa and holding her sword to her throat.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Gundam Mk.II (with the Titans' color scheme).
- Curbstomp Battle: Irma ends up on the receiving end of one of the worst beatings in the entire series, when Aldra sends Risty to kill her. While under Aldra's control, Risty was god-moded to such a degree that Irma had absolutely no chance against her and only survived the encounter thanks to Echidna's intervention. But the damage had already been done, due to the blow to her spine... and her pride.
- Emotionless Girl: She's been bitter ever since Echidna abandoned her, eventually closing herself off to everyone else around her.
- Expy: Of Sui-Feng.
- As in: looks like her, has the exact same backstory, being that both were raised as assassins, fell hard for their mentors, were betrayed/abandoned by them, and succeeded them as head of their respective organizations; which both happen to be Covert Ops.
- They also share the same ice cold demeanor, yet each has a soft spot for cats. If the similarities aren't deliberate, it's one hell of a coincidence.
- Fate Worse than Death: In the second season of the anime series, it's heavily implied Risty crippled her after she smashed Irma's spine with her mace. While in the gamebooks' continuity, she's captured and nearly executed, but Echidna saves her at the last moment. She also appears in the manga adaptation of Rebellion, but not in the Rebellion's Illustrated Stories, much less in the anime for obvious reasons.
- Fragile Speedster: She's fast, but not as durable as the rest of 'em.
- Mayfly-December Romance: At time they were together, Irma was a teenager, while Echidna was more than 500 years old.
- Moe Couplet: Can do this by being in close proximity with Echidna, and they play this trope totally straight in a flashback.
- Ninja Maid: At least, her appearance and her fighting style creates that impression.
- Old Flame Fizzle: As far as she's concerned, Echidna tore her drawers with her the day she up and left her. When she finally turned up again, years later, Irma made it clear that she no longer wanted anything to do with her.
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos, she use some moves based from that of Quatre's Gundam Sandrock and Angelg's "Mirage Sword" (Bloody Rose).
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Irma was none too thrilled to have to pair up with Echidna for their match against Alleyne and Nowa. For the most part, she stood by and watched, until they were in danger of losing. Then she forced Alleyne to forfeit in one simple move: by holding Nowa at swordpoint.
- Unwanted Rescue: Irma was barely conscious by the time Echidna arrived to save her from Risty. But when she regained consciousness, hours later, and realized who she had to thank for saving her life, her stone faced silence and made it clear she'd rather have died.
- Woman Scorned: Her present attitude in regard to Echidna.
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
(Japanese), Eva Christensen (English)
Artist: Kaneko Hiraku
A manager of a weapon smithy and a former adventurer together with her husband Owen, with whom she had a son, Rana. She joins the Queen's Blade Tournament in order to find Owen, who has gone missing.
- Amazonian Beauty/BBW - She's got a bit of a belly, gigantically soft breasts, and a huge butt (that the camera highlights often) but she's also extremely muscular where it counts: her legs and arms.
- Badass Action Mom - Has a reputation for it, although she's very modest about it.
- Badass and Child Duo - Except unlike most tropes it's her biological son.
- BFS - They don't call it the "Giant-Killer" for nothing.
- Boobs of Steel - As far as physical strength, goes she far outclasses all of the other combatants, so it's no surprise that she also far outsizes most of the other combatants in terms of bustsize
- Casting Gag/Meaningful Name: Two of them: Her VA voice Ino Yamanaka, who is a florist in her free time, and Cattleya is the name of a flower. And also Girard Spriggan, whose real name is Reina Spriggan.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the League Militaire's Zoloat.
- Earn Your Happy Ending - She eventually gets her family back.
- Expy/Distaff Counterpart - Possibly of Guts, except Cattleya DOESN'T suffer Guts's same fate.
- She also shares some concepts (along with Rana) with Ohgami Itto from Lone Wolf and Cub.
- Character design-wise, she looks a bit like Aki Hinata.
- Gag Boobs - She has gigantic breasts just shy of being twice as big as her head, and has experienced every trope typical of a Gag Boobs character. The anime took these tropes to an extreme, as she not only smothers Rana with them, but can also use them as pillows. Judging from her fight with Ymir, they also seem to be as light as pillow, as they constantly bounce in front of her face, though they toned it down considerably in later episodes. In spite of this, the size difference between her and other characters is ignored, the Gainaxing has no effect on her combat, and Rana doesn't seem to mind being smothered as long as his mom is there.
- Gainaxing - Her introductory episode has this by the boatload, although this is toned down in later episode
- Gentle Giant - Rather tall and muscular, but also warm-hearted and reluctant to engage in violence.
- Hadaka Apron - Her outfit is based on this.
- Harmful to Minors/Loophole Abuse: While the rules of the tournament make it clear that only 12-year and older females can participate, she brings Rana (who is younger than 12 and male) with her, since she uses him as a human shield. Even Airi complains against her for using her own son in that fashion.
- Marshmallow Hell - Subverted in that there's no perversion factor with Rana; he just likes being close to his mom.
- Mighty Glacier
- Mukokuseki: Inverted. Despise being a Westerner (and also being possibly from the Vance County, as far we know about her in the TV series), she looks somewhat Asian compared with the rest of the Western cast. note
- Muscles Are Meaningful - She's the most muscular of the female cast, and by far the strongest. Subverted in the TV series as, despise being able to defeat Airi, after suffering a Heroic BSOD when finding out what happend with Owen, Aldra petrifies her.
- Reluctant Warrior: And she will try to enforce that trope on Rana when he tries to get Airi back home.
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she has moves based on the EVA-02's attack against Zeruel (Javelin Attack) and from the Daizengar..
- Stay In The Smithy: Inverted, she prefers to stay in the smithy. Justified as she's now retired from fighting, and she wants to live a peaceful life. And she will enforce this trope on her family, including Rana.
- Stout Strength
- Talking to Themselves: In the English dub with Rana, since they share the same voice actress.
- Vague Age: Averted, as she's one the few human characters with an established age. She's about 29-32, according with Hans.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Original gamebook continuity and Rebellion's Illustrated Stories only: According with Huit at the end of the events from Rebellion, She and Rana went missing when they tried to find Owen in the Swamp while trying to defeat the Swamp Witch by themselves, so Huit and Vignt went to trying to find them.
- In the animated canon: she managed to find Owen at last and it's seems they tried to live a nice life without the need of fighting anymore.
The Steel Princess
Artist: Natsuki Mibu
Daughter of the Dwarf King and manager of his steel mills for the past fifty years. She entered the Queen's Blade Tournament to prove the superiority of dwarven weapons.
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Princess
- Batman Gambit - It's heavily implied Ymir designed the Ultra-Vibrating Armor for Mirim after suspecting about Claudette's true intentions, since it's the only weapon that can defeat her, and also in the case something happens to her, when Melona imprisoned her and impersonated her.
- Berserk Button - The Rebellion's OVAs and the QB Rebellion Zero manga states that Ymir's greatest Berserk Button is being called flat-chested.
- Cross Over - In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Neo Zeon's Dreissen.
- Cute Bruiser
- Dark Is Evil: In Rebellion.Subverted since that is Melona disguised as her.
- Expy - Possibly of Luna Child, and the female Archers from Disgaea.
- Evil Costume Switch: When she becomes Claudette's alchemist in Rebellion, she ditches her pink dress and white underwear in favor of a complete black dominatrix-like dress. Subverted in that she's not 'evil' out of free choice but rather honor-bound to serve Claudette.
- Honor Before Reason: Law dictates that a dwarf attains a debt of obedience towards anyone who can break their weapon. Claudette breaks Ymir's axe during the tournament. Cue Rebellion, where she is Claudette's loyal alchemist.
- Informed Flaw: According with Word of God, Ymir is color-blind when she's working underground, but she never mention this problem anywhere.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Also arguably qualifies.
- Legal Jailbait
- Little Miss Badass
- Loophole Abuse: In QB Rebellion's Illustrated Stories, she manages to save Izumi from Captain Liliana and avoiding the rest of the cast from being walked in the plank when she use her age as an excuse to let them board her ship, since Liliana promised her grandmother to be kind with the elders.
- Meaningful Name - Named after (and pretty much a Distaff Counterpart of) the ancestor of Frost Giants from Norse Mythology.
- Mega Twintails
- Not Herself: She took many levels in Jerkass in Rebellion and despise being the Jobber in the original series, she's able to fight on the same footing than everyone else, including some abilities she didn't have before, like controlling the undead. It's latter revealed she's really Melona impersonating her.
- Ojou Ringlets: And according with additional materials, she takes great pride in grooming her hair, as a dwarven tradition between women.
- Older Alter Ego - well, kinda. In Rebellion she gains the abilities to transform into an older looking version of herself. This is really useful against Branwen during the final battle in the Swamp in the Illustrated Stories.
- Older than They Look: She's about 70 years old, but by Dwarven standards, she's still a young adult.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same - Played with.
- Rapunzel Hair: Without her curls, her natural hair is very long◊. This is more evident in the Rebellion mini-OVAs.
- Shout-Out - In QB Spiral Chaos, she uses a move based on Gundam Spiegel's "Sturm und Drang" and God Gundam's "God Slash Typhoon" (Crazy Attack).
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome - Althrough is later revealed later she's Melona impersonating her, and the real Ymir is imprisoned somewhere.
- Token Mini-Moe
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? - She gets over the fear of snakes in Rebellion
The Chivalrous Thief
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida
(Japanese), Jessica Paquet (English)
A bandit with a heart of gold, who steals from the corrupt rich and works as a mercenary to amass money to help provide food and shelter for war orphans. Her presence in the Queen's Blade Tournament revolves around this desire of hers.
- Absolute Cleavage: Ya can't help but see 'em, given their size and what little she's wearing.
- Amazonian Beauty: As is the case with Claudette, it mainly depends on the artist.
- Animal Motif: She's associated with the monkey, which may explain her love for bananas.
- Barely There Leatherwear: She wears next to no clothing, which is saying a mouthful given how scantily the rest of the cast dresses. Her outfit is essentially a bunch of leather straps and a loincloth.
- Barbarian Hero: She neither looks or acts like a thief. Instead, she's more like a bandit - right down to her mannerism, which is to say: she's rowdy and hot-blooded. A stark contrast to how most would imagine a thief.
- Boobs of Steel: Look at those things, they're HUGE! Unfortunately, she lacks the power that's supposed to come with 'em, subverting the trope.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: During the time Aldra enslaved her, Risty was practically god-moded, gaining a massive increase in competency, power, and fighting ability. She thrashed Irma so badly that it's implied that the blow to her spine left her crippled for life.
- Implacable Woman: Aldra's control also enabled Risty to shrug off virtually any attack without even flinching, essentially making her a juggernaut. She was even able to curbstomp Claudette; utterly destroying both her armor and Thunderclap in the process!
- Carry a Big Stick: Make that a mace.
- Clothing Damage: Averted in her battle book.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: As seen in her page image.
- Easily Forgiven: You'd think Leina would be pissed with Risty for betraying her (see: With Friends Like These... below), by not just leaving her behind, but literally selling her out. Except Leina doesn't even bring it up. Instead, she was happy to see Risty again as if the whole thing never happened.
- Expy: She's a Gender Swap of Renji.
- First and foremost, she looks like him: simply picture Renji as a woman. Both have long, flaming red hair and personalities to match, both have tattoos, both are associated with primates (Renji/baboon - Risty/monkey), each was a former rival of the protagonists from their respective canons, and both of them rely on brute force when fighting.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: One of the series' worst jobbers became a near unstoppable force, while under Queen Aldra's control.
- Informed Ability: They say she's one of the toughest competitors in the tournament. It sure doesn't look that way, with all the times she gets beaten.
- Averted in Hide & Seek, where she advanced all the way to the semi-finals. Though she was effortlessly beaten by Claudette, which makes the outcome of their encounter from season 2 of the anime version all the more jarring.
- Just Like Robin Hood: She donates half of the take she loots from the Noble classes to the orphanage she grew up in, and splits the other half amongst her band of thieves... who also look like bandits.
- Heroic Build: Risty has the most muscular physique of the entire cast, not that it helps her any.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Inverted. She's has the most muscular build of the cast, except they don't amount to anything because of how many times she gets her ass kicked. In fact, that could be the problem: Risty relies so much on her muscle (and not much else) that it's hardly any surprise that she gets outdone by the others who have had advanced training in martial arts, and those who possess magic and other types of supernatural capabilities.
- Red Is Heroic
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Leina's Blue.
- Shout-Out: In QG Spiral Chaos she uses a move based on both Kenshiro's Hokuto Hyaku Retsu Ken and Folka Albark's Kouha Kishin Ken.
- In the Queen's Blade Anthology gag manga, she pull this again against Elina, except she use the same pose Kenshiro does when using the Musou Tensei and she does a Cross Counter against her.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Leina in the Rurou no Senshi manga, replacing Nanael in that role.
- With Friends Like These...: When Leina asked if she can tag along with her, Risty agreed - on the condition that Leina proved she could support herself. Leina accepted those terms and left to look for a job in town. The moment she was gone, Echidna approaches Risty and offers her 30 gold pieces to turn Leina over to her. Risty accepted the money and promptly ditched Leinanote . Yet, she didn't get called out on it later.
- The Worf Effect: Though she's said to be one of the strongest fighters in the series, the only victory she's had, was against Leina in the first season and it wasn't a proper fight. Other than that, she's usually defeated very quickly by many fighters.
- This was technically subverted in the second season, when Leina managed to defeat Risty while she was brainwashed by Aldra. The battle proved more difficult for Leina, than her previous match with Tomoe.
The Maiden of Flames
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
(Japanese), Mitzi Shanks (English)
Artist: Masahiro Kuroki
A peasant girl born into the service of Count Vance. When Nyx stumbled upon Funikura, a sentient staff, she was granted immeasurable magical powers. She entered the Queen's Blade Tournament to prove her worth against everyone who looked down on her, especially Elina.
- Ax-Crazy: According with Hans, how much depends of the adaptation.
- Berserk Button: Nyx really, really, hates Elina. The mere mention of her name, or simply seeing her face, is enough to set her off.
- Combat Stilettos: She's wears red pair of high-heeled pumps, making her the most straightforward example the trope in the series.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Any time Funikura's has its way with her, her expression and personality darkens. She goes from meek to malicious and swears at Revy-style levels.
- Cross Over: In the Mobile Suit Blade doujinshi and strip, she's depicted as the Infinite Justice Gundam, since her voice actress voiced both Nyx and Lacus Clyne, one of the protagonists.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Any time when it comes to Elina.
- Didn't Think This Through: She remembered Elina was susceptible to catnip powder, when she was a child, and prepared some for her fight with her, which was pretty smart thinking. Except Nyx didn't stop to consider that it might not work on her now that she was an adult and much, MUCH stronger. The powder still had an effect, it just wasn't the one Nyx was expecting.
- Expy: Her outfit is very similar to the one worn by Jessica Rabbit, and this is somewhat confirmed by Word of God, as according with Hobby Japan, she was inspired in American comic books. While her living staff, Funikura, seems inpsired by Shuma-Gorath.
- Fragile Flower: She's so emotionally frail, that she's easily startled and just as easily unnerved by those she perceives as stronger than herself... which is basically everybody. This is especially the case whenever she's separated from Funikura, which she believes is her only source of strength.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Already covered in the Didn't Think This Through entry.
- It's Personal: See the: Who's Laughing Now? entry below.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Greek goddess of the night. Funikura, on the other hand, is named after the Italian folk song Funiculi, Funicula, possibly a extended reference toward his origins as an Expy of Eddienote
- "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Her dealings with Funikuranote ventures into this at times. She's very devoted to it, and considers it the best thing that's ever happened to her and believes she'd be nothing without it. As a result, she's more or less willing to let her staff use her sexually in exchange for magical power.
- Out of Focus: She dissapears from the entire plot of Rebellion, and the last time she's seen is during the Beautiful Warriors OVAs, not to mention nobody else talks about her again.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Hers usually covers her right eye.
- Playing with Fire: This seems to be the only form of magic she knows how to use, though its effectiveness various based on her level of focus and confidence.
- Rape as Drama: Subverted. While her dealings with Funikura frequently involve it using her, she's convinced that the power boost it gives her is worth it, and has grown so attached to Funikura that she can't bear being apart from it, out of fear that she'd be powerless without it. A fact which Elina taunts her for, and caused Alleyne to consider Nyx weak for being solely dependent on her staff, rather than building her own strength.
- Shout-Out: In QB Spiral Chaos she use a move based from that of the Machinary Children.
- She's Got Legs: Does she EVER! All the better to accentuate that dress she's wearing.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Her only motivation for entering the QB tournament, is to pay Elina back for making her life miserable, back when she was a child in service to the House of Vance. According to her, she and her family were overworked, yet underpaid by the Vances, but her hostility is directed solely at Elina. Ther reason for this varies by adaptation, ranging from legitimate resentment (anime), to blowing things comically out of proportion (Hide & Seek).
- Zettai Ryouiki: Not an exact example, but she's got stockings, garters, and a dress with very hiigh slits on either side.