Characters / Revolutionary Girl Utena

The following are the characters from Revolutionary Girl Utena. If you have not seen the entire series, beware of spoilers!

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    Utena Tenjou 

Utena Tenjou

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Rachael Lillis (EN), Carola Vázquez (Latin American Spanish)
The protagonist and namesake of the series, Utena Tenjou is a 14-year-old girl whose parents died when she was little. After a dashing prince saved her from depression, she vowed to become a prince herself. At the prestigiuous Ohtori Academy, she gets mixed up with a sinister and revolutionary dueling game played by the Student Conucil. She's very popular with the vast majority of the students at school, but not so much with the staff.

  • Accidental Marriage: More like accidental engagement, though.
  • Action Girl: Her duels take place almost Once an Episode, and she's extremely athletic. And even outside of the duels, she's really tough both in personality and in physical ability. She can jump, she can punch, she's a demon on the basketball court, and she can beat trained duelists with broken swords, bamboo practice swords, and a pitchfork. And let's not get started on the truly epic move she pulls in the last episode...
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • In the earliest sketches from the manga, she was blonde with hazel eyes (although some illustrations also had them blue). After the anime came out, the manga followed suit and gave her pink hair and blue eyes.
    • She has natural black hair in the stage musicals.
    • Her uniform was also originally pink in the manga (though she receives a black version in volume 3), while the anime depicts it as black.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Receives one from Nanami in Episode 10 for indirectly getting Touga injured by Saionji and also in Chapter 10 of the manga by Juri herself for the same reason. Utena herself dishes one out on Wakaba for speaking out against Anthy and blaming her for Utena's depression in Episode 12. What she probably didn't expect was that her target planned to hit back a lot harder.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Possibly, in the end of the series and manga.
  • Badass Bisexual: According to Word of God she's romantically involved with Anthy, and is an athletic duelist who's won many fights.
  • Badass Normal: In her first duel, she won with a broken bamboo sword and no power of Dios.
  • Beginner's Luck: She has no experience in swordfighting but manages to beat Saionji, who's practiced kendo since childhood.
  • Bifauxnen: Though she's generally pretty tomboyish, it's only in The Movie when she really fits this trope, since she keeps most of her hair under her hat when she isn't duelling (making her look as though she has Boyish Short Hair) and her Custom Uniform is much more masculine-looking.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Anthy in the movie.
  • Blithe Spirit/Rookie Red Ranger: She has no idea about the plot that the student council is involved in but gets involved in their lives (and tangled interpersonal issues).
  • Bokukko: Refers to herself with the masculine pronoun "boku", fitting with her tomboyish nature.
  • Break the Cutie: Utena only wanted to become the prince she admired. It didn't happen.
  • Character Tics: Stretching, exercising — even in the middle of a conversation.
  • Composite Character:
    • In the anime, as a child Juri witnessed her older sister nearly drown, causing a boy to attempt to save her but drown in the process; however, Juri's sister is saved by an adult. This back story is given to Utena in the movie, but instead of an older sister, the drowning girl is a stranger (actually Juri, according to Word of God), and the boy is Touga.
    • In the movie-manga, Utena is the girl who nearly drowned.
    • And in the original manga, Utena is the "boy" who jumped into the river to save a girl and nearly drowned. This is the one continuity where the rescuer actually survives.
  • Compressed Hair: In the movie, which leads to a dramatic Letting Her Hair Down moment in the first duel with Saionji. There are actually sketches in the art book showing how she could manage to braid it tightly enough to fit it under her hat.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: To her prince, and her desire to be a prince herself. Some of the less scrupulous characters in the show exploit her through this.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Part of the premise - finding the prince who cheered her up after she lost her parents is her driving motive that led her to where she is at the beginning of the story.
  • Cool Car: Becomes this in the Gainax Ending of the movie.
  • Covert Pervert: Very subtly in the "Freaky Friday" Flip where she sneaks a peek of Saionjis's bare chest.
  • Custom Uniform: She says that she wears the boy's uniform, but no one in Ohtori has an outfit like hers.
  • Determinator: In the last episode, she forces herself back up with her bare knuckles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With the Shadow Girls in the Black Rose Arc.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In her final duel against the Prince of Dios himself, she immediately has him on the ropes after a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment in retaliation to his Breaking Speech.
  • Dreaming the Truth: In episode 34, she has a dream that shows what really happened on the day of her parents' funeral when she met her prince, though at first she isn't sure if it was true or not.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Utena rushes in to save a "damsel in distress" at the start of the series, while the rest of the series is essentially Utena trying to "save" Anthy, but seemingly with the selfish intention of boosting her own ego so she can resemble her idol, the prince who saved her all those years ago. This childish behavior proves to be her downfall in the end.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Well, sort of, but definitely awesome.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: When the power of Dios helps her to win her duels.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Is stabbed by Anthy in the penultimate episode.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: And HOW. She used to provide the picture for that page.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Combined with Implausible Fencing Powers.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Utena: "At the end, I couldn't become a prince. I'm sorry Himemiya, for pretending I was a prince. I'm sorry.
  • First Kiss: After hearing Wakaba talk about this, she muses that hers must have been from Dios. In the manga and light novel, her Sacred First Kiss is stolen by Touga early on. In the anime, her first kiss is Akio.
  • Freak Out: In Episode 11, she doesn't take the truth behind Anthy's role as the Rose Bride too well. It's even worse in the manga.
  • The Gadfly: Often mockily bothers other people for their love affairs. Like when, after founding the truth about their past relationship, she disrupts them when they're, likely, having an exes' quarrel (and just by staring and loudly slurp her tea).
  • Godiva Hair: In the movie-manga during her sex scene with Touga.
  • Go-Getter Girl: What Utena starts out as. Events force her to confront what, exactly, achievement means to her.
  • Good with Numbers: According to Wakaba she does quite well in math. Her grades start to slip, however, once she starts dueling.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Every time she gives her routine about wanting to be a prince so she can rescue princesses, she reiterates that she's still "Just a normal girl who wants a normal guy!"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A battered, exhausted, and freshly-stabbed Utena saves Anthy's soul by opening the Rose Gate with her bare hands, but ends up getting the stabbing from the Swords of Hate in Anthy's place; Utena's willingness to do everything possible to help her friend is ultimately the key to helping Anthy break free of her relationship with Akio and leave Ohtori.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A more subtle case than most, but her most prominent flaw throughout most of the series is that she tends to assume she completely understands the emotions someone is feeling after just a few seconds, and then tries to impose her own sense of what the solution would be, typically just making things worse. Juri nails it by calling her "cruelly innocent."
  • Hypocrite: Something Akio uses as Breaking Speech. She uses Anthy as her personal Damsel in Distress to be her prince, so she has a reason to live for after her parents's death and never cared enough for Anthy to try to understand her suffering. She gets better, says Shut Up, Hannibal! to that and grows to really wanting to free Anthy. Doubles as Not So Different since Utena is quick to call out others for not caring about Anthy.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Averted. Not only is she seduced by Akio, she also made quite a few mistakes when it came to Anthy.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes, and she's easily the most idealistic character in the series.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: She witnesses Anthy's torment when she's only five or six and doesn't understand what's going on, except of course that it's horrible and she wants to save Anthy from. Over time, this just becomes a desire to make herself into a prince.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Grant me the power to bring the world revolution!"
  • Girl in a Box: At her parents' funeral. She finds a third coffin and hides in it, hoping to be buried herself.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In the second ending sequence with Anthy.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: By the last arc, Utena loses faith in her own goodness because she realizes that she only became a prince in order to find something to live for after her parents died. She loves Anthy, but is not sure whether she wants to continue fighting for a less than pure girl who sleeps with her brother. In the end, though, Utena realizes that no matter what Anthy does, she'll always get the short end of the stick as long as she stays in Ohtori. She can manipulate as many students as she wants, but at the end of the day, she'll still be the Rose Bride openly stepped on by every Duelist she comes across, and the only one in the world who is perpetually impaled by a swarm of animated swords.
  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Anthy's Lady, especially since she aims to be a prince. Deconstructed when she realizes that she's mostly being the Knight to Anthy's lady to fulfill her own desire of having something to live for after her parents' death, without taking Anthy's feelings into account.
  • Lady of War: She's the standout Action Girl of the story and a dignified fencer. She even partakes in archery in the manga, though it's most likely a part of the school curriculum. However, her garments do accentuate the dignity and elegant factor.
  • Magic Knight: Whenever she gains the power of Dios in a duel, or when Anthy powers up the sword.
  • Meaningful Name: "Utena" translates to "calyx", a set of specialized leaves that protect the petals of a budding flower. Note that Anthy's name means "flower".
  • Memento Macguffin: Her ring, which her mysterious prince gave to her and told her that it would lead her back to him one day. It turns out that her ring is the same as the ones the members of the Student Council wear, which lets them participate in the duels. Naturally, this isn't a coincidence.
  • Morality Pet: To some extent, Touga's. She seems to be the only person that he comes to genuinely care about.
  • Naïve Newcomer: At the very beginning, which doesn't make much sense since she's been attending Ohtori for at least one term prior. (The beginning of the manga has her at her old school before deciding to go to Ohtori, so it fits a bit more there.)
  • Once Upon a Time: "...there was a princess grieving over the deaths of her mother and father."
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Her Rose Signet, which she received few after being orphaned.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when she was very young, leaving her an orphan.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She alone can beat a whole basketball team.
  • Pink Heroine: She has pink hair and turns into a pink car at the end of Adolescence of Utena. In the beginning of the manga, her school jacket was pink.
  • Plucky Girl: She never gives up. She has to confront her emotions eventually, but she's still overall one of the cheerier characters.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In the movie, she normally has short hair. When she transforms into her dueling outfit her hair also grows out.
  • The Promise: Invoked with Akio, manipulating her in the form of Dios, to save Anthy in her past.
  • Proper Lady: She's not one, but once tries to act like one to cope after Touga defeats her and she temporarily loses Anthy. Wakaba immediately realizes that she's miserable trying to act like something she's not, and manages to snap her out of it and get her back in the arena. Once the deal is resolved, Utena reverts to her natural tomboy self.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the movie, which also has her hair being wavy as opposed to straight. It is also Compressed Hair, as she keeps it under a hat when she's not dueling.
  • Reality Ensues: In the last arc, she's been warned several times by Saionji, Touga, and Nanami about Anthy's and Akio's true relationship and to distance herself from them, yet (understandably) because of their past trangressions, she disregards them. Even during her duel with Akio, she's warned that their fight will be absolutely nothing like the ones she experienced, and ultimately pays the price in the end when she earns a sword in the back for her troubles, and later becomes a human pincushion.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Wakaba and Anthy.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Not so much "sweetie" as "chivalric". That's what she wants to be.
  • Save the Princess: What she thinks she's doing where Anthy is concerned.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • She seems to put a veil over her eyes when she's facing the true meaning of certain things; like in Wakaba's duel, she was confused about why she was dueling and seems to not hear Wakaba yelling at her face how envious she is of her and all the "special people".
    • However that scene in particular could have been Utena not understanding how Wakaba could see herself as not special when she considers Wakaba really special to her as a best friend. A more clear showing of this trope is Utena not always understanding the situations at hand due to her obliviousness like Juri and Shiori's full situation and when Nanami tries to tell her straight up that Anthy and Akio are sleeping with each other, and that was after Utena found out herself.
    • She regards Nanami's attitude in Episode 32 as one of her usual bitch fits, though understandably due to Nanami's past actions. However, she doesn't pick up that something is wrong with Nanami when the girl is gravely serious before attacking Utena in a berserk rage.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Essentially the prince/princess dichotomy Utena embodies. She can outfight high school kendo and fencing captains (prince). But she's extremely trusting and inexperienced (princess). Touga and Akio successfully exploit this contradiction.
  • She's Got Legs: According to Ikuni himself, the reason why she wears Daisy Dukes.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Her duels frequently end like this. Especially prominent with her talk with Mikage in Nemuro Hall.
  • Take My Hand: To Anthy in the final episode.
  • Talking in Bed: She and Anthy frequently converse in their adjacent beds after they move into the planetarium tower.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Anthy's Girly Girl.
  • Tragic Hero: It turns out that her prince was really the Big Bad and the encounter that saved her from despair was one of his manipulations, the person she's trying to save is so deep in torment that she'd rather kill Utena than face life without it, and in the end Utena sacrifices herself, vanishing from Ohtori Academy and the memory of her friends.
  • Tranquil Fury: When slapping Wakaba in Episode 12. The same incident happens in Chapter 18, but she's more herself at the time.
  • Underwater Kiss: In the movie-manga with Touga. The actual movie has a variant; Utena and Touga are separated by a glass wall when they kiss, and only Touga's side is flooded, symbolizing the fact that he died by drowning.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Once she has Akio on the ropes in the final duel after giving a Shut Up, Hannibal!, she does not cease in her assault.
  • Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Played for Drama. Episode 12 straight up shows that a tomboy Utena is a happy Utena and when she's getting girly, something's wrong with her. The only time she wore the female uniform was after losing Anthy to Touga and she believed she lost her right to be a prince. Later on, she starts to slip from her male uniform into more girly clothes after being seduced by Akio, who almost got her to slip out of being a prince to turn her into a princess.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears shorts as part of her Custom Uniform, which is the part of her uniform the teachers seem to have the biggest issue with.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The most naive character in the show.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Brings one to her duel with Saionji. He shears it off, but she beats him anyway.

    Anthy Himemiya 

Anthy Himemiya

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (JP), Sharon Becker (EN), Rocio Prado (Latin American Spanish)
The Rose Bride of the dueling games, she becomes engaged to whoever can best her current betrothed in a duel. It is said that this person shall gain from her the power to bring the world revolution. She has little autonomy of her own and is unpopular with most students, but she is coveted by the duelists of the Student Council due to her role in their game.

  • Adaptational Consent: Exactly how willing she is when it comes to her incestuous relationship with Akio varies by the medium, with the movie being the clearest case of it not being willing (and even that's muddled slightly by the revelation that she was awake the whole time he was molesting her after he tried to drug her).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, she originally had very dark brown hair, brown eyes, and wore a white dress. When the anime attained popularity, her colour scheme in the manga was retroactively changed.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody at Ohtori is friends with her. In the first arc, we saw her getting cornered (usually by Nanami's gang), berated, and slapped almost Once an Episode.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She has dark skin and wears a bindi, but her surname is Japanese and her given name is Greek. Flashbacks to her and Akio's past also seem to depict medieval Europe, further muddling the issue. Her ethnicity is never actually specified.
  • Back Stab: Quote Oscar Wilde: "The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword!" Anthy does it with both to Utena at the end of the final duel.
  • Barrier Maiden: Subverted. She's actually what the barrier's preventing from getting out of Ohtori (that, and her own despair).
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Utena in the movie.
  • Broken Bird: At first it just seems like she's friendless and a prize in the Student Council's fights, which is bad enough. Then we find out she's been tormented and caught in an abusive relationship with her fallen princely brother for centuries after being stabbed by a mob of townspeople for trying to save him.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Although it at first appears to be consensual, it's made clear a few episodes later that Akio does not accept refusals, or even hesitation.
  • But Now I Must Go: The happiest moment in the entire series is when she pulls this, as she resolves to finally leave the school so she can find Utena.
  • Catch Phrase: In the next episode preview: "Absolute fate apocalypse."
  • Compressed Hair: Partially justified in that she does keep her hair bound most of the time, but it's hard to believe that such a large volume of hair can roll up so tightly.
  • Damsel in Distress: Downplayed. She has potential to fight back, but her role as the Rose Bride doesn't let her do this directly.
  • Defiant Captive: Her role as the Rose Bride hinders this. While physically she can pull this off, her emotional/psychological damage is way too serious.
  • Designated Victim: In the first arc, you could start a drinking game based on how many times she gets slapped.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Dios and Anthy crossed this in their back stories, which is what shaped them into Akio Ohtori the Magnificent Bastard and Anthy Himemiya the Rose Bride.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Something that creeps out a lot of the people around her, especially her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kanae.
  • The Dragon: Of a sort. She's instrumental to Akio's schemes and loyal to him, but it's also made clear she's only performing the "princess" role by rote. When Utena gives her reason to stand up for herself, she cheerfully leaves him behind.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • When she sees the effects of Akio's manipulation on Utena (blaming herself because she MUST follow his will no matter what) she tries to throw herself off the roof of the dorm. Utena stops her, though.
    • And in the movie, it's heavily implied that she was about to do this before Utena shows up in the Rose Garden before their dance.
  • Emotionless Girl: She rarely shows any emotions other than a placid smile, and it's noted to be creepy by a few other characters. Subverted, since she's more emotionally repressed than actually emotionless, and with all she's gone through it's not hard to see why.
  • Extreme Doormat: Ha, ha, no. She only acts like one because she's resigned to that effectively being her role in the world. In reality, she's very opinionated and resentful of the way she's treated.
  • Facial Markings: Wears a bindi.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The swords of hate, always stabbing her in every single uncovered inch of her body...combined with the understanding that taking them for Dios turned him into Akio, rendering all of her pain utterly pointless.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Downplayed. The only foods she can make safely are children's snacks like shaved ice.
  • Flower Motifs: All the characters are associated with roses of various colours, but being the Rose Bride, the rose motif is especially strong with her.
  • Friend to All Living Things:
    • Not in any over-the-top way, but she clearly has an affinity with animals, more so than with humans.
    • It's also hinted that if you mistreat an animal, she'll calmly curse you to be hated by all of them. You heard that, Nanami?
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In Episode 8, she's perceived as this when she switches bodies with Utena, who as Anthy is bullied and slapped by Keiko. Anthy!Utena thought it was about time Keiko learned her lesson, and struck back. Even better in the manga when Anthy!Utena nearly goes to town on the girls.
  • Girl in a Box: Her body's in a coffin.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When she sleeps with Akio. It's also done more poignantly in the final episode, when she leaves her glasses on Akio's desk before leaving the school for good to search for Utena.
  • A God I Am Not: She has the power of the Sword of Dios and is immortal and/or undying. She'd really rather be an ordinary girl, though.
  • Godiva Hair: Though the circumstances are of the Fan Disservice variety.
  • Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: She ends up being both and varies between them. In the end, she decides to be a "good witch" and throws off her brother for good.
  • The Hecate Sisters: She can be seen as all three depending on the situation: the maiden in her role as the Rose Bride, the wife for the duelists, and the witch/crone as Akio's "partner".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Thanks to Utena' determination to save her, Anthy finally frees herself from Akio's endless quest for power via the dueling game and leaves him forever.
  • Hidden Depths: Too much to sum up here, but suffice to say that her smiles and happy demeanor are all put on.
  • Hope Is Scary: One of the possible reasons why she ends up stabbing Utena.
  • Human Pincushion: As a little girl, she was stabbed by dozens of townspeople for hiding Dios from them. As the Rose Bride, she's stabbed with a million swords in place of Akio while he tries to open the Rose Gate.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Looks quite young, has actually been alive for God knows how long.
  • I Will Find You: At the very end, she leaves Ohtori and resolves to find Utena, who's disappeared.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: She's long since given up any hope of escaping her fate as the Rose Bride, and thus Utena's continued efforts to free her cause her either consternation or shock.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In the second ending sequence with Utena.
  • Lady and Knight: The Lady to Utena's Knight. Deconstructed, since it's shown that being the "Lady" is a very stifling and limited position to have.
  • Lady in Red: Her Rose Bride attire. Anthy doesn't behave in a particularly sexual manner, but she is an object of desire for a few males in the cast. And she's far more sexually experienced than any of these kids, but not by choice.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking has... interesting side effects though this may be intentional.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: We see her wearing her hair down more often (usually at night) as she and Utena become closer. Also when she's in bed with Akio.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Wakaba basically describes Anthy as this in the first episode.
  • Love Martyr: To Akio, and how. Eventually ends up being subverted when she realizes Akio isn't worthy of it, and she leave him far behind.
  • Love Redeems: Utena's love redeems her and gives her the courage to leave Akio.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Suffers this on a universal level:
    "A girl who cannot become a princess is doomed to become a witch."
  • Meaningful Name: "Anthy" is derived from the Greek word "ánthos" for "flower" and is an epithet for the Greek Goddess Hera. (Also note that Dios is another name for Zeus, Hera's brother-husband.)" Himemiya" means "princess shrine".
  • Meganekko: However, it's later revealed that she doesn't actually need glasses to see, implying that she only invokes this image.
  • Messianic Archetype: A rather brutal deconstruction of one. A Friend to All Living Things Yamato Nadeshiko Barrier Maiden who was killed by an angry mob when she tried to protect her brother, came back to life and has to bear the sins of humanity from then on. However, the anime shows that someone who is defined solely by sacrifice, suffering and martyrdom will eventually be warped into a bitter shadow of themselves. Furthermore, taking on someone else's sins and burdens does nothing good to them (as it generates guilt and eventually resentment and teaches that they can avoid consequences)
  • Multiethnic Name: Her given name is derived from a Greek word and her family name is Japanese.
  • Neutral Female: For roughly 90 to 95 percent of the series. Subverted: she has very good reasons to do it.
  • One-Note Cook: Limits herself to shaved ice and children's snacks; see Lethal Chef for why.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: One of her specialties. Also deconstructed in how it's the only real way she can fight back against the abuse she suffers as the Rose Bride, after having been emotionally anesthetized by years of emotional and sexual manipulation by her Manipulative Bastard brother Akio. She does have an occasional opportunity to manipulate someone when she can't directly get revenge which hints at a much darker personality underneath her perpetual smile.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Her default expression is a mild, emotionless smile. Except when it's not.
  • Person of Holding: Saionji and then Utena draw the dueling sword from her body.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Her hair is black in the manga, but the anime series and movies render it purple.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's down to her thighs when it's out of the updo.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It's never clarified just how old she really is, but it's definitely way over 14.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Unnatural hair color? Check. Protagonist Love Interest? Check. Subverted Emotionless Girl? Check. Deconstructs the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype? Check. Personal connection to the Big Bad? Check. Actually an ancient goddess that was stabbed by a powerful weapon to contain her power? Check. Given the original air date of Utena, she's probably the Ur-Example, as well as one of the few that stays true to the original character's Unbuilt Trope nature.
  • The Scapegoat: She became this unwillingly when the enraged town people stabbed her for blocking their pass to reach her sickly brother. After this, she became the scapegoat for Akio by taking the Swords of Hate again and again actually meant for him. Being this trope is the real purpose of the Rose Bride.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: These pop up whenever she's being complicit in Akio's manipulations. They also pops when Utena and Akio starts becoming an item.
  • Shape Shifter: Could be an Empathic Shapeshifter.
  • Shrinking Violet: What she appears to be on the surface... appropriate, considering her hair color.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: At the very end Anthy abandons her glasses, losses her bun and swaps her red dress and school uniform for a pink travel suit. It shows hows she's rejected the role imposed upon her and is finally choosing her own path and becoming her own person.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Subverted. Utena's treatment and friendship started to make her realize she didn't want this life but she has no other option as long she continues to be the Rose Bride.
  • Stealth Insult: "Take it easy, Saionji... senpai." Note that Anthy had been using the very respectful suffix "-sama" all this time, but after Saionji loses the duel, she only uses "-senpai."
    Utena: Himemiya, you're type-AB, right? Let's see, type-ABs are elusive and seldom reveal their true feelings, huh?
    Anthy: And you're type-B, right, Utena-sama? Type-Bs are self-centered and prone to misconceptions...
    Utena: Yeah, sorry, okay.
  • Stepford Smiler: At first seems to be a type B, then is later revealed to be a type A and at least partially a type C, though that aspect is downplayed.
  • Talking in Bed: She does this often with Utena after Utena moves in with her and Akio.
  • Tears of Remorse: Near the end for letting Utena get entangled so far and then stabbing her in the back.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Utena's Tomboy.
  • Tragic Hero: All she was trying to do was protect her exhausted brother from the demands of people who wouldn't fight for themselves, and she gets stabbed to death for it.
  • Tranquil Fury: All the time. It mostly manifests as Passive-Aggressive Kombat, but Anthy is very good at keeping that bland, trademark smile of hers when she's busy plotting the downfall of everyone who's mistreated her, barring Akio-and only because he's convinced her he's her only semi-good option.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: To the point that Kanae compares her to an alien and Nanami thinks she's the scariest person she knows.
  • Vocal Dissonance: A minor case, but Yuriko Fuchizaki sounds noticeably older than many members of the high school cast. This series being what it is, this was probably deliberate.
  • Walking the Earth: With Chu-chu, after the Grand Finale. To search for Utena and for her real place in the world.
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?: After trying to protect her brother, who was pushing himself to the point of sickness in order to save everyone, the townspeople impaled her with all their swords at once. Keep in mind she was a small child at the time.
  • Wicked Witch: Subverted, again! She does have supernatural powers of some kind. This would seem to resign her to the role of a wicked witch in any fairy tale (as one of the Shadow Girls notes, a prince's sister can never becomes his princess, so she must become a witch). Nevertheless, Anthy desperately plays the helpless princess role out of love for her brother. Too bad her brother lost all hope, gave up that whole "protect people in need" thing and ultimately became a power-hungry bastard who uses his "princess" as a pawn.
  • Woman in White: Her original Rose Bride attire in the manga - changed once the anime eclipsed the source material.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Played with. Her experiences have made her very understandably misanthropic and bitter towards most of the world, especially the Ohtori students who treat her as an item rather than a person. However, her darkest deeds are motivated by something else, loyalty to her brother; her Heel–Face Turn isn't motivated by letting go of her anger but letting go of her love (if you can call it that) for Akio.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played straight and subverted, which tells you something about her character.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Horribly subverted. She seems like a caricature of one crossing into Extreme Doormat, until you learn her motivations and backstory.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Combines this trope with The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask. It turns out she's an ancient Goddess-Princess who watched her brother, the God-Prince, being responsible for all the evil on earth. As a child, she decided to take the blame and let herself be punished by the world for all eternity. She subsequently spends the entire series serene and calm, while suffering the anguish and hatred of the entire world... for her now evil prince and the fear to change.

    Akio Ohtori 

Akio Ohtori

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP, series), Mitsuhiro Oikawa (JP, Movie), Crispin Freeman (EN, episode 13), Josh Mosby (EN, series and movie), Gerardo del Valle (Latin American Spanish)
The highly attractive acting chairman of Ohtori Academy, as well as Anthy's brother. A powerful man who oversees the school from his tower.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Originally had black hair and brown eyes in Saitou's early illustrations, but his hair changed to lavender in the color images produced after the anime.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime Akio is an inscrutable and seemingly invincible Magnificent Bastard, giving him a sizeable Draco in Leather Pants following in the fandom. In The Movie he is presented as a much more foppish and blatantly pathetic character, and he toppled out of a window after freaking out over the fact that his sister hadn't been asleep when he was molesting her.
  • Aloof Big Brother:He comes off as this at first being a concerned and caring if busy big brother.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like Anthy, he has a dark skintone but a Japanese name. His depiction as the typical European fairy tale prince makes it even stranger.
  • Anything That Moves: If he can get results from sleeping with you, anything goes, and anything will go.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Usually in a red button-down shirt.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: To his fiancee Kanae. And to Anthy.
  • Big Bad: He's End of the World, the one who's been organizing the duels, forcing Anthy to be a prize in them, for the purpose of gaining her power. He ruthlessly manipulates Utena and his sister.
  • Big Brother Bully: Zigzagged, He truly loves Anthy while at the same time he forced her to have sex with him against her will to cope with his loss of his dominant power.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: You want to know part of the reason Anthy is so deeply angry? This is a very, very large part of it-it's one of the many ways he asserts control over her.
  • Broken Ace: He once was the most generous and sweet person as Prince Dios, but his terrible experiences left him completely disenchanted and embittered. Now he's a Manipulative Bastard who manipulates everyone and everything — including Anthy, his little sister, who is pretty much trapped in a Fate Worse Than Death and he keeps her there.
  • Broken Pedestal: Akio is actually the Prince whom Utena meet when she was a girl and the one who saved her from her Despair Event Horizon. The revelation of how much of a Manipulative Bastard he is and his abuse of Anthy shatter any and all admiration that Utena had for him.
  • Brought Down to Normal: It's implied that when Anthy took the swords of hatred for him she ended up sealing away all of Akio's former power as Prince Dios into herself and that all of the bizarre magic he seemingly is capable of is actually a combination of using Anthy's power and illusions from the Planetarium. After Anthy leaves Akio forever it's implied that he returns to being a normal human a Fate Worse Than Death for an egotist like him.
  • The Casanova: Basically anyone who's female and meets him is soon infatuated with him, which he invariably takes advantage of.
  • Celestial Body: Used symbolically at the end of episode 25.
  • The Chessmaster: He's been directing the duels for who-knows-how long.
  • Cool Big Bro: When he's introduced, Akio is an affable gentleman to Utena and a kind elder brother to Anthy. Horribly subverted when we discover what kind of person he really is.
  • Cool Car: The Akio Carnote .
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: As Dios, which led to his downfall as he was unable to live up to the prince ideal.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive
  • Cultured Badass: In the anime.
  • Dead All Along: In the movie. It's even taken one step further when it's suggested that his idealized self Prince Dios was never even real in the first place, but was just a creation of Anthy's magic..
  • Deal with the Devil: He loves making these.
  • Despair Event Horizon: His reaction isn't shown, but it's when the mob of irate townspeople impaled Anthy for wanting to let her older brother recover from the strain of saving people all the time.
  • Dirty Coward: A more notable incident was him throwing Anthy in front of him during Utena's assault when Utena starts kicking his ass in their duel.
  • Domestic Abuser: The entire series could be seen as a case study in how domestic abusers of all kinds (spouses, parents, caretakers, etc.) systematically destroy any resolve their victims have, eventually rendering them to the passive husk Anthy is at the beginning of the series. He undermines her confidence, treats her like property, cuts her off from any meaningful relationships, passes her around to any (potentially abusive) student that wins the duel, and rapes her weekly. Take out the duel aspect, and you could find the same behavior in a lot of domestic abuse cases.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Just ask Touga.
  • Evil Plan: As End of the World Akio manipulates various teenagers to do battle in his duels in order to find someone of true nobility and love. When he finds said person he intends to use their sword of love and nobility to shatter the Rose Gate in order to regain his lost power as Prince Dios and revolutionise the world.
  • Fallen Angel: Depending on how literally you chose to interpret his backstory. Metaphorically speaking, he's definitely one. His name even roughly translates as "Lucifer". And given that his name used to be "Dios", he's a fallen God as well.
  • Fallen Hero: He used to be a really nice guy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as a Reasonable Authority Figure to the students in the Academy and is quite friendly and charming to most people, though in reality the one and only thing he cares about is securing and maintaining his own power.
  • Final Boss: He's the final duelist Utena faces. He's also this for Anthy in the movie.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Of the two first arcs of the TV series.
  • Hot for Student: Do you really wanna know how many students Akio sleeps with? Does anybody really know?
  • I Banged Your Mom: Turns out he's sleeping with Kanae's mother.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite nominally representing adulthood and also being Really 700 Years Old, Akio is more an eternal teenager obsessed with sex, power and avoiding responsibility and pain.
  • Instant Seduction: Have you met Akio? Congratulations, you're going to be having sex with him very soon.
  • It's All About Me: As he loses his powers once as Prince Dios after Anthy took the swords of hate for him, he became bitter and selfish over it as he goes under the alias Akio Ohtori years later. He desires to regain it back by manipulating many of the duelists including Utena within Ohtori Academy to duel with each other until he finds a sword with the power of love and nobility. Utena eventually wields it for him to break open the Rose Gates containing his lost power.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: We don't see it, but evidently he did at some point in the past.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Even if Akio got to keep his place in Ohtori and Utena was gone, Utena herself had the last laugh as she finally managed to free Anthy from his control, so Anthy ultimately says "But Now I Must Go" and goes Walking the Earth with Chuchu despite his pleas. Keep in mind that it's implied Akio has no magic of his own, so with Anthy gone he's completely powerless, and this is one of the worst things that could ever happen to him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Usually he keeps it in a ponytail. When he lets it out, it's more obvious that it's a mullet.
  • Master of Illusion: Uses the planetarium to create all the weirdness of the dueling arena.
  • More Than Mind Control: His relationship with Anthy - on some level, he's emotionally twisted her into wanting to stay with him forever, even though both of them are perfectly aware she's utterly miserable. Tellingly, his ultimate defeat is Utena helping Anthy break out of his influence and realizing no, he needs her a lot more than she needs him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Wow. Manipulates Anthy, manipulates Utena, manipulates the Student Council, manipulates a guy from fifty years ago so hard he creates an illusive reality.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He's got an undoubtedly expensive muscle car, a home in a planetarium, and a fiancee in an influential family. One of the teachers even comments on his looks and style.
  • Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He spells it out to the audience when he tells Utena he's named after Venus, also known as the Morning Star, also known as Lucifer. As the man himself puts it, "The star who was an Angel who decided to become the King of Hell, and rises only after the sun sets" (itself referring to his fall from being Dios). Utena being Utena, she didn't realize that this was absolutely not a person to fall in love with.
  • Never My Fault: Akio never accepts responsibility for Anthy's original death or her continued suffering putting the blame on her, the world, the townspeople, even claiming that she wanted it. This is a common tactic abusers use so it's not surprising to see him do so.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: With anyone he tries to seduce.
  • Not So Different: In his speech to Utena in the penultimate episode.
  • Oh, Crap!: Twice; first when Utena temporaily loses the Power of Dios in Episode 25, and later in his duel with Utena herself when she puts him on the ropes after destroying the planetarium with her Shut Up, Hannibal! Badass Boast.
  • The Pornomancer: If you made a drinking game of how often his shirt flies open....
  • Psychopathic Manchild: What he is deep down. Beneath the manipulations, seductions and duels is only a selfish child, refusing to grow up, who makes others suffer for his own amusement and desires. The moment he thinks the swords are going to get him, he starts freaking out.
  • Rated M for Manly: Akio roars down the road in his red stick shift muscle car, front flips over the top and rides the hood of his car, shirtless. Awesome. Subverted as a masculinity based on sex and material goods is shown to be shallow and toxic. Akio's adulthood is not true adulthood but what a kid would imagine it to be.
  • Really Gets Around: One of his defining traits.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Like Anthy, he seems to have been around since at least the Middle Ages.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Oh Prince Dios, how low you have fallen.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quite a few times during his duel with Utena, first when she rejects his ideals about her status as a princess and reaffirms that she will save Anthy. Then when Utena is capable of opening the Rose Gate that he couldn't unlock and the swords of hatred stop impaling Anthy causing him to have a Freak Out. Finally after Anthy leaves him forever and all he can do is shout for her to return.
  • Walking Spoiler: Take a good look at the amount that's hidden in this entry. This is mainly due to the two biggest mysteries of the plot, the identities of End of the World and Utena's prince, both end up being him.

    The Council members 

Touga Kiryuu

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin American Spanish)
The president of the Student Council and a notorious playboy. Touga Kiryuu leads each Student Council meeting with his signature speech, a permutation of a quote from the book Demian.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Had black hair with red forelocks in the manga. In the anime and later illustrations, his hair is red with the exception of a slightly lighter forelock. His eyes also changed from brown to blue.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • While his behavior and personality are still open to multiple interpretations, in The Movie he is more genuinely chivalrous and heroic than the anime.
    • The same applies in the manga where he tries his damnest to save Utena from End of the World, but eventually gives up on her due to her stubborness when his convincing went ignored, even after she found out the truth.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Would you wish a brother like him on anyone?
  • Always Someone Better: Just as Saionji feels inferior to Touga, Touga is envious of Akio's power (at least partly because he's glimpsed far more of that power than any other duelist).
  • Anything That Moves: Touga is mostly into girls, but he also hits on Miki in an early episode, has quite a lot of subtext with Saionji, and sleeps with Akio. And with Miki, in the light novels. Sex is less about sexuality for Touga and more about power; as long as he gets something from the person he's sleeping with, eh.
  • Big Fancy House: The Kiryuus are very wealthy.
  • The Casanova: He has many multiple girlfriends.
  • Catch Phrase:
  • Crying Wolf: Tries to warn Utena about End of the World and the Rose Bride but is ignored.
  • Dead All Along: In the movie.
  • Demoted to Extra: He barely appears in the Black Rose arc and has no lines when he does, thanks to Takehito Koyasu being exceptionally busy at the time.
  • Disc One Final Boss: He's the main antagonist of the first arc and even defeats Utena in their first duel.
  • False Friend: Towards Saionji even though he resents and also trusts Touga. Later averted at the end of the anime after Utena's disappearance when they reconcile between them and become true friends.
  • Heel–Face Turn: To some extent late in the anime. He duels Utena one last time in an attempt to prevent her from falling into Akio's hands, and tells her to be wary of End of the World and the Rose Bride. Of course, she doesn't take his word.
    • More blatantly in the manga, where instead of falling into depression after his defeat, he moves in with Utena and Anthy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In The Movie he was the boy who died trying to rescue the girl who was drowning in the lake.
  • Hypocrite: In a Nanami episode, he mistakenly believes Nanami to be a lesbian and gives a lecture that homosexuality is wrong; at this point, he is sleeping with Akio. Touga's hypocrisy goes far beyond this one example; put simply, he's no prince.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Touga falls in love with Utena because she seems to be the one girl who doesn't immediately fall under his charm. Getting his ass kicked by her at the end of the first arc seemed to help, too.
  • Informed Loner: Inverted. Touga is wildly popular with many of the girls at Ohtori and has multiple girlfriends and sexual conquests, but he doesn't have any actual emotional connection to anyone outside of the Student Council, and even that is shaky due to how he treats everyone. This is best exemplified by the fact that, during the Black Rose arc, the only person Mikage was able to find a strong enough connection to Touga to take his soul sword was Keiko, his sister's nondescript lackey. She's only had like five minutes of actual conversation with him, and even then her psychological issues were more about Nanami then Touga. Mikage was basically grasping at straws, and this says a lot about how lonely Touga really is.
  • Karma Houdini: With regards to his treatment of Nanami in the third arc. He never gets any comeuppance for the crap he pulls on her, nor does he even show remorse for it.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: In The Movie, though this may or may not be Utena's idealization of her deceased childhood sweetheart.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: One of the Student Council meetings had Touga and Miki doing this with Touga as the knife-thrower.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Utena. Also a Deconstruction. His "love" for Utena doesn't keep him from trying to control her anyway, and in the end she doesn't love him back.
  • Love Redeems: Somewhat in the anime. Played straight in the manga.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Utena into thinking he's her prince, he sets Saionji up for a major fall early on, and he plays all sorts of mindgames with Nanami, even letting her believe they're Not Blood Siblings near the end.
  • Multicolored Hair: In earlier manga illustrations, he has black hair with red bangs; this was later changed to red with a lighter front lock to match with the anime.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Nanami is crushed after finding out Touga is adopted and therefore not really her brother after all. This is then subverted when it turns out that Touga was just playing with her head — while he is adopted, Nanami was also adopted from the same family and thus they actually are blood siblings. For the record: This is the Double Subversion of the Inversion of a trope — a prime example of how Mind Screwy this show is.
  • Parental Abandonment: He and Nanami are both adopted kids (see Not Blood Siblings above) and it's never said what happened to their birth parents. Made considerably more disturbing in The Movie, in which it's stated that his birth father sold him.
  • Pet the Dog: Or more accurately, the kitten.
  • The Pornomancer: To a lesser degree than Akio, but we still see a lot of him with his shirt open behind pink curtains.
  • Rape as Backstory: In the movie, and at the hands of his adopted father at that.
    • Apparently carries over to the show as well. Part of Saionji and Touga's conflict is because Saionji felt Touga was somehow more mature and worldly than him, even if Saionji couldn't understand why. It's because Touga's adopted father was raping him, and Touga was was keeping his hair long and letting himself be used so that their father wouldn't target Nanami.
  • Really Gets Around: He will sleep with any girl, it seems.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 24 of the manga, he literally says to hell with Utena and resigns from being her servant when she just refuses to stay away from Akio, even after being warned that he's End of the World.
    Touga: I can't live as your servant, anymore...or as your friend. If you wish to do what Ohtori says, then you're on your own.
  • Student Council President: According to the game, it's only because he's the oldest.
  • Shirtless Scene: Played up to the point of parody, and comes in both Fanservice and Fan Disservice flavours.
  • Smug Snake: He is very handsome, charming, and manipulative — but ultimately, he's a horrendous Jerk Ass even to his sister, and he can't hold a candle to Akio.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: With Utena and Touga in the manga; he moves in with them and becomes Utena's "servant" after she defeats him. Until Chapter 24 when he gets fed up with Utena's nonsense.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Toyed with. On one hand, Nanami's childhood memories of him paint him as a much kinder big brother than he is in the series' present. On the other, the flashback he shares with Saionji portrays him as something much closer to a Creepy Child; he casually plays with Utena's hair, has virtually no reaction to her situation, and already shows signs of becoming the Manipulative Bastard he is as a teenager. Later, it's strongly suggested that even his past kind behaviour towards Nanami was an act, as he claims that he never really loved her and only pretended to care because his father wanted him to. Finally, Word of Enokido is that he really was a sweet kid a very long time ago, but changed drastically soon after he and Nanami were sent to the Kiryuus.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: To gain Utena's sympathy in the first arc, he takes an attack meant for her from Saionji and plays up the injury; as a result, Saionji is kicked out of school and Utena takes Touga's side. This lets him play on her feelings during their duel when he pulls another WGG by pretending to give up when she is about to attack him; she hesitates, and he strikes.

Juri Arisugawa

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Mandy Bonhomme (EN), María Fernanda Morales (Latin American Spanish)
An incredibly skilled duelist with high levels of political power over the students and teachers, and the captain of the fencing team. Despite her confidence, she is still a soft and vulnerable person on the inside.

  • Action Girl: She's the captain of the fencing club and gives Utena a really hard time in their duels.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Had blonde hair and brown eyes in Saitou's earliest color illustrations, but orange hair and blue eyes in the anime and later manga illustrations.
  • Adaptational Badass: Played with. In Chapter 11 of the manga, she gives Utena hell, but Utena manages to defeat her head-on. This isn't the case in the anime, where not only does Juri still gives Utena a hard time, but she also counters the Power of Dios and remains the only duelist in the show that Utena has never outfought.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: To some extent in the manga, where she is shallow and immature compared to her anime counterpart and basically replaces Nanami as the Alpha Bitch of Ohtori Academy.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Lesbian in the anime, straight in the manga. Of course, considering this is Utena...
  • Alpha Bitch: In the manga, after Touga takes the hit for Utena when Saionji attacked her in an elevator, Utena goes out of her way to bring him when Juri shows up to tell her they'd end up rotting away with the rest Touga received from his fans. Later on, Utena laments that Juri flipped over her food tray and volunteered her to sing lead in chorus practice. All of that took place in one chapter (Chapter 11).
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the manga with Touga, and to some degree, Shiori. Poor girl can't catch a break.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Only mildly in her first duel with Utena. Otherwise, as the captain of the fencing team, she's devoted to her students and has even tended to an injured classmate in Episode 29. However, she's definitely this trope in the manga.
  • Badass Gay:
    • Just based on her performance against Utena, and contrasting that with everyone else's, one could argue that she's the best fighter in the whole series.
    • She's also the first duelist to counter the power of Dios, clashing with Utena's blade before disarming her, and is the only duelist Utena has not outfought.
  • Berserk Button: She clearly has a thing for Touga in the manga, and it doesn't sit too well with her when she's reminded by Saionji about the concept of Bros Before Hoes and that Touga is obviously into Utena.
  • Bifauxnen: Juri's typical attire is gender-neutral, and she does model gowns when not wearing the Student Council uniform, but her cool, icy bearing and fierceness lead to her giving off this impression.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A mild case, though she's more Affably Evil in reality; in Episode 7, she strikes up a friendly conversation with Utena after getting her out of the trouble with the counseler, then later bitch-slaps Anthy right after Utena leaves for "taunting" her. Her true intentions come out when she physically tries to strip Utena of her Rose Seal and challenges her to a duel in an act to counter her belief in miracles. After that, she's pretty cordial towards Utena and eventually becomes her friend in Episode 37.
  • Break the Haughty: Just like Nanami in the anime, as the Alpha Bitch of the manga, Juri has one hell of a day in Chapter 26:
    • She's notified first thing in the morning by Miki that someone's shown up claiming they were the new fencing team captain, which understandably riles her up, and is then defeated in a Single-Stroke Battle by who turns out to be Ruka. Discomposed by her loss, Juri overhears Miki uncharacteristically teasing that she liked Ruka, followed by Anthy recalling she had a thing for Touga who liked Utena, who then expresses that Juri doesn't see it that way when clearly she does. Juri's left in awe, and then subjected to Ruka ripping her a new one for losing to Utena, that her head isn't in the duels, and that she outright sucks. This is coming from the man she emulated as a hero to hone her fencing skills, and he practically embarassed her in front of her team for the sake of teaching her a lesson. She then witness him giving lessons to Utena with Touga in her ear, rambling about Ruka's belief that Utena has much more potential than her before "apologizing" for letting that remark slip. Even worse, Ruka pits her against Utena in a duel for the Fencing Captain position, and she loses after realizing he taught Utena a technique he never taught Juri. After that, she overhears Touga and Ruka conversing and learns that everything was a setup to get her to duel again, and that she truly loves Ruka, but placed her feelings onto Touga because "they didn't have a place to go. And after that, she's back in the arena with Utena and so fed up with everything that she just drops her sword and leaves, leaving Ruka to face her and collapse from his illness just as he comes close to defeat Utena. Thankfully, through all of it, she bounces back after learning that Ruka's intentions were to make her realize her potential. However, even after being informed about Ruka's death, she refuses to believe it, claiming he's "alive in her heart" and that he'll come back some day. Life just wasn't being too kind to Juri.
  • Bright Slap: In Chapter 11, she bitchslaps Utena for lamenting Touga getting injured in his attempt to protect her from Saionji, and doesn't hold back in letting her know that he did it in order to ensure her continued participation in the duels, not because he cares about her.
  • Broken Bird: She's been carrying a torch for Shiori for a long time, even though Shiori has deliberately hurt her out of envy.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Subversion — she throws her locket into a lake in Episode 17; by the end of that episode, it's back with her again. However, she ends up finding it because the locket was planted there, not by sheer chance.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's the first duelist to introduce the fact that shoving is perfectly fine in duels; she has no problem parrying Utena's strikes and pushing her from behind, thus causing her to trip.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this to Miki, in a way.
  • Death Glare: When she backhands Anthy in Episode 7.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's pretty damn cold primarily, but gradually warms up throughout the series. In fact, she even jokingly asked for Utena's picture to put in her new locket.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Very popular with fangirls, both in-story and in the fandom. And unbeknownst to her, Shiori was in love with her all along as well, as confirmed by Ikuhara.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In the manga, even she found Touga's manipulations of Utena stripping her of the Power of Dios via victory in their first duel to be vile. She even stated that she was disgusted by Touga.
  • Expy: Of Oscar from Rose of Versailles, for a start, and several aristocratic, Regal Ringlets-wearing characters from Chiho Saito's other series.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: She's the only duelist whose Utena never defeated outright and nearly defeated Utena herself in a head-on battle, in comparison to Touga, who only won because Utena lowered her guard due to a flashback of her prince, and Akio was "miraculously" saved by Anthy stabbing Utena from behind when earlier he was put onto the ropes. To push it further, she easily counters the Power of Dios in her first duel with Utena, and when she lends Utena her sword to face Touga again to win back Anthy, it's able to withstand the power of Touga's which was charged by the Power of Dios. Even after its breaking, the remainder of it can still handle the amount of power, nodding to Dios' "ineffectiveness" on Juri.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Her second duel with Utena ends with a downpour of heavy rain when the latter unintentionally destroy her locket, though she's more broken by the revelation of her problems than the destruction of the locket.
  • Her Story Repeats Itself
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The fact she deemed Shiori as innocent says a lot.
  • Hypocrite: Begrudges Shiori for not knowing her feelings for her, but doesn't try to understand Shiori's own feelings in general.
  • It's All Junk: How she regards her locket after chucking into a river. It doesn't work.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Refuses to believe in miracles to try and hide her emotional weaknesses. She's pretty pissed when Utena wins their first duel with an insane coincidence.
  • Lady of War: Her elegance and maturity elevates her to this rather than Action Girl. In her duel with Utena, she effortlessly parries the latter's attacks with a very casual expression.
  • The Lancer: In the manga to Touga, and in Chapter 10, she assumes the role of Council Vice President after Saionji is suspended.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: In Episode 7.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's called the "Beautiful Leopard" for a reason in the manga; she's incredibly swift in her movement and strong enough to pin Utena down in their fight.
  • Loving a Shadow: Seems to be more in love with an over-idealised mental image of Shiori than with the actual person.
  • Not So Stoic: Whenever the situation starts directly involving Shiori. When she found out Ruka had Shiori become his Rose Bride and later dump her in front of the whole school in his plan to "save" Juri, she is pissed.
  • The Ojou: Implied to possibly be even richer than the Kiryuus, based on the way she casually one-ups Nanami at the beginning of Episode 16.
  • Pet the Dog: In Chapter 23 of the manga when she stresses it wasn't Utena's fault that Anthy ended up in a coffin after Akio manipulates both Utena and Anthy into performing the ritual to retrieve the Power of Dios when Saionji said so. Not only that, she's Genre Savvy to know that Akio was the real culprit of situation, so considering her antagonism towards Utena back in Chapter 11, that was pretty sweet.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Some of the problems between her and Shiori are caused by Juri's own inability/refusal to communicate properly with her. It's understandable that she Cannot Spit It Out with regards to her feelings for the other girl, but the fact that she makes no effort to have a proper conversation with her doesn't help Shiori's inferiority complex at all.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the movie.
  • Redemption in the Rain: Utena unintentionally striking and destroying her locket in their second duel symbolizes the freedom from the most toxic, one-sided relationship in her life, where a heavy downpour of rain then ensues.
  • Red String of Fate: Shows up in her flashbacks.
  • Shower of Angst: Episode 17.
  • Slave Collar: Her locket is a necklace variation of this. Its breaking at the end of her story symbolized her finally being free of her self-destructive, one-sided relationship with the person found inside the locket.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Juri/Jury.
  • This Cannot Be!/Defeat By Irony: In Episode 7, she practically won her first duel against Utena while rebuffing the latter's belief about miracles...until Utena's sword which flew out of her hand earlier falls back down and literally slices the rose from Juri's chest. Literally and humorously, it took a miracle to grant Juri's defeat.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Depending on whether you see her locket as a link to the happy days Juri shared with Shiori and the Nameless Boy, or as a reminder of Shiori's betrayal.
  • Woman in White: In her nightgown.

Kyouichi Saionji

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Jack Taylor (EN), Yamil Atala (Latin American Spanish)
The vice president of the Student Council, captain of the kendo team and the betrothed to Anthy Himemiya at the very beginning of the show. Saionji is an abusive and immature person, frequently slapping Anthy when he feels he has been betrayed. Most people don't take him as seriously as he likes to think they do.

  • Ax-Crazy: In Chapter 9, he has tried to kill Utena in an elevator...while she was unarmed in her nightgown.
  • Always Someone Better: No matter what he does, Touga just seems to be one step ahead of him.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: He claims to love Anthy, but his behavior is more in line with this. In fact, he abuses her physically before Utena defeats him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Akio in Chapter 23 of the manga.
  • The Chew Toy: In Nanami episodes, and it's cathartic.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a total asshat, but he does give Utena a bit of a hard time in their fights.
  • Domestic Abuser: In every continuity, his physical abuse of Anthy is what spurs Utena to try to save her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His relationship with Touga is defined by this.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Just wanted to a) beat Touga once and b) find something eternal.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: It's hard to figure out how sympathetic he's supposed to be. But when your best friend makes it look like you violently assaulted him and gets you expelled to further his own goals, that's a clear sign your life sucks.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Acts arrogant in his duels and with regards to Anthy, but he's an insecure guy undeneath that.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: After his expulsion, Wakaba took him into her room and was a pretty nice guy with her. As this is Utena, a deep analysis reveals that it may not be so innocent.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: When he sees Utena in the coffin, he doesn't really understand that she's trying to commit suicide.
  • Irony: A major part of his motivation involves having met a young girl who was suffering from a massive Despair Event Horizon as a result of her parents' death. While we never learn the girl's name, the fact that she had pink hair is enough to confirm that it was young Utena before her prince pulled her out of her stupor. The irony lies in the fact that he wants to achieve eternity based on her despair-filled words and not having been able to help her, but he winds up despising her years later for having defeated him.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Being the current betrothed of Anthy inflated his ego to dangerous levels...then Utena beats him. Upon requesting a rematch, she beats him again. After that he starts to have serious issues.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's actually one of the more perceptive members of the main cast, but it's not like people listen to him (for understandable reasons)...
  • Kendo Team Captain: Until he gets expelled, at least.
  • Large Ham: In the dub.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his last name. Yes, even his "best friend" Touga. The sole exception is Nanami.
  • Loin Cloth: His Shower Scene in the Sega Saturn game reveals that he wears fundoshi.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Usually let down, but he puts it in a ponytail while training.
  • The Masochism Tango: He does have some sort of unrequited attraction to Anthy, but his claims that she should be head-over-heels for him fall short when he backhands her every couple of scenes. You could probably also make an argument for him and Touga.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Reacts with utter dismay when he inadvertantly slashes Touga across the back.
  • Only Sane Man: He certainly isn't in the beginning, but some time after he loses his third duel with Utena, he's the only one in the council who senses that something is awry with the End of the World and Anthy, and he's also the only one who questions Touga's odd, power-driven behavior. He even stops chasing Anthy (impressive, given how driven he was to pursue her). Nanami eventually joins him after she finds out that Anthy's in a incestuous relationship with the school's director.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Except for when he gives a Slasher Smile.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When he's rooming with Wakaba in episode 20, especially when he makes a little hairclip for her. Too bad he botches it by taking up Mikage's offer and giving the hairclip away in exchange for being able to return to Ohtori. Thus, the hairclip goes to Anthy instead, and poor Wakaba goes Cute and Psycho.
    • In Chapter 23 of the manga, he actually gets a chance to call out Akio, of all people, for his antics such as the manipulation of his sister.
  • Shirtless Scene: Near the end — clearly he's been taking lessons from Touga.
  • Slasher Smile: Tends to give a lot of these - he easily has the most deranged expressions of any duelist when he gets pissed off. They're downright scary in The Movie.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction when Utena wins the first duel.
  • Troubled Abuser: Is hinted to have issues with self-loathing, and his inferiority complex with regards to Touga drives him to overcompensate and assert his masculinity in horrible ways.
  • Uke: A Deconstruction of one. A lot of his problems stem from a mix of his love/hate relationship with Touga and the feelings of inferiority of always being second best and in his shadow. Ultimately, he wants to seek eternity to preserve the equal friendship he and Touga once shared. This also leads to him asserting his masculinity in very unhealthy ways, notably his abysmal treatment of Anthy.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The younger Saionji we see in episode 9 wasn't halfway as horrible as the teen Saionji we met.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: On his end with Touga. Saionji, especially after episode 9 can't talk to Touga without insulting him or telling him how much he hates him. Yet, they're still plotting and hanging out together.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Beats Anthy like a ragdoll, and has tried to kill Utena in their second duel. In the manga, he even ambushed her in an elevator with a sword!

Miki Kaoru

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Jimmy Zoppi (EN), Carlos Hugo Hurtado (Latin American Spanish)
A piano player and genius, and genuinely more friendly to Utena than the other members of the Student Council. He's constantly timing things with his stopwatch for unknown reasons.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Had brown hair and brown eyes in an early color illustration for the manga, but Saitou quickly modified him in later artwork to match his anime color scheme (blue hair, blue eyes).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Deconstructed and played with; he's certainly not lazy with his academics, but he doesn't have that much resolve when it comes to duelling.
  • Character Tics: Timing his stopwatch. Nobody knows why, not even the other characters, especially with Ikuhara's habit of leaving his answers vague or deliberately off-base. A good theory, though, is that he is timing the length of the dialogue from whoever spoke right before.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite being the resident Nice Guy, he has a lot of these moments, especially with Nanami.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In the manga, he kisses Utena while she's taking a nap.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Besides his fangirls, Touga hits on him as early on as the fifth episode, and his piano teacher is implied to have a less than savoury interest in him. The light novels (which are an Alternate Continuity) take this to another level, in that Touga flat-out sleeps with him.
  • Expy: His anime version is a perfect male expy of Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon, down to having the same VA.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Utena. The rest of the Student Council comes around at some point or another, but Miki and her are buddies from very early on.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Kozue. When Utena sees both of them together for the first time, she even comments on how similar they look.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He was at first against the dueling system for Anthy, yet at the end he dueled to possess her and when he loses he promises to Utena he'll win the next time.
    • He says he found his "shining thing" in Anthy but what he sees in her is a replacement of Kozue's past self.
    • He doesn't want to be a "dirty adult" like the father who abandoned him and his sister for a woman, yet in Akio's car he has an Imagine Spot of Anthy in a very suggestive pose.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Mickey".
  • Innocent Innuendo: In the Black Rose arc.
    Nanami: Hey, hey, by the did it feel?
    Miki: How did what feel?
    Nanami: You know what I mean...did it hurt?
    Miki: * goes beet red*
  • Just Friends: With Utena.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • His friendship with Juri has some hints of this; fanon and fanfiction have been known to take this in non-platonic directions. (It doesn't help that at one point in the movie she seems to hit on him, though she may have been teasing him.)
    • Their relationship may be an allusion to their voice actors. See the trivia section for details.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: He often plays "The Sunlit Garden" alone, remembering how he used to play it with Kozue.
  • Loving a Shadow: At least in the beginning, his feelings towards Anthy stem from the fact that she reminds him of Kozue when she was younger - or rather, how he remembers Kozue.
  • Luminescent Blush: Tends to do this when embarrassed or talking to Anthy.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Miki is one of the few genuinely good-natured characters, and is certainly the Student Councilor least inclined to use others as punching bags for his own issues. This being Utena, he does have flaws, but he is one of the few characters that never slaps Anthy. He's also one of the only people aside from her brother that Nanami has a respectful relationship with.
    • In Chapter 11, when he officially meets Utena, she hugs him and is overjoyed by that he's not pursuing her like Saionji and Juri.
  • Parental Abandonment: His and Kozue's parents are not only divorced, but it also seems that they are rarely in contact with the twins. Not to mention it's heavily implied that Anthy is their father's mistress, or at the very least manipulated their father into calling Miki to push him into a duel.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Kozue. He's polite, an excellent student and a skilled piano player, while Kozue is rather blunt, is something of a delinquent due to her tendency to sleep around and is rather subpar when it comes to playing piano.
  • Signature Song: "The Sunlit Garden", which was composed by Miki In-Universe. It serves as more than that, though; it's a leitmotif of the show, and played during key scenes that invoke certain memories, whether real or imagined.
  • Teen Genius: Taking college classes in seventh grade! He's also a brilliant fencer on a technical level.
  • Theme Twin Naming: "Miki" means "trunk" while "kozue" means "treetop".
  • Token Good Teammate: The nicer and kindest member of the Student Council. See Nice Guy.
  • Twincest: Implied, particularly in the movie; while it comes more from Kozue, the fact that Miki essentially projects an idealised version of his sister onto Anthy is just a tad suspicious.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Also very innocent, albeit not quite as naive as Utena.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Why he states his refusal to duel Utena when they first meet in the manga.

Nanami Kiryuu

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Leah Applebaum (EN), Christine Byrd (Latin American Spanish)
A slightly late addition to the council, Nanami is the younger sister of Touga Kiryuu. Generally an immature person with a grudge against Anthy. Nanami frequently is the subject of the show's sillier episodes.

  • Alpha Bitch: Being the younger sister of Student Council President Touga and an Ojou, she constantly flaunts her superiority over others and has a Girl Posse to help her keep other students from crossing her.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Touga in episode 31, right before telling him to go away, as she no longer wants to live with him after becoming convinced that they're Not Blood Siblings.
  • Animals Hate Her: Might be due to a curse laid by Anthy, the local animal lover. It may also be karmic punishment for killing Touga's kitten when she was younger.
  • Animal Motifs: In one episode, she thinks she's turning into a cow. In the movie, she actually is a cow.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Is tricked by Anthy into putting on a "fashion bell" that gradually turns her into a cow.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Deconstructed. She feels something sexual for him (such as when she watches him shower), but when she sees a real case of Brother-Sister Incest, she is so traumatized that all her feelings vanish and she learns to see Touga in a healthier light.
  • Big Fancy House: They hold balls there.
  • Break the Haughty: Oh boooy, does this girl have a bad day: After discovering that her brother, whom she loved ever since she was a child, was not her blood sibling, she feels like the connection she had her whole life was a lie. After that, she runs away from home, into the house of a pair of close, happy siblings... only to walk in on them having sex. And after that she walks in on her brother making out with a member of her old gang, to hear that her brother said he not only never loved her to begin with, and to have her ex-friend claim she has no connection to her anymore. And then after that she gets the Akio Car treatment, where her brother attempts to rape her, much to her horror. Her proceeding duel ends with her breaking down in tears, claiming that she doesn't have any connection to the brother she loves, and is horrified at being just like the other girls he sees absolutely nothing in. It's very hard not to feel sorry for her after all that, even if you thought she was a raging Rich Bitch.
  • The Chew Toy: Gets turned into a cow, chased by elephants, scared by snails, snakes and a plastic octopus etc.
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted: She kills the kitten she gave her brother because she thought it was taking away too much of his attention.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She's rather merciless to anyone she feels is getting between her and Touga.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Her braid gets cut when she breaks her sword after her first duel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She didn't take her abrupt defeat by Utena very well, so she whips out a hidden knife and proceeds to incessantly attack Utena.
  • Combat Stilettos: Has no difficulty charging for Utena in heels during her second duel at an impressive speed.
  • Crying Wolf: Tries to warn Utena about Akio and Anthy after accidentally learning exactly what their relationship is like, but because no one trusts Nanami it comes to no avail. Somewhat different for this trope is that the distrust doesn't become because the others believe she's lying, but because they believe she's deluded, as past experiences show how easily duped and overemotionally paranoid Nanami can be.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the movie, Nanami only appears in a single scene... as a cow. In the manga it was even worse, as she only ever shows up in one photograph and doesn't even make an actual on-panel appearance.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Nanami's Egg" is an extended metaphor about a show that is itself an extended metaphor about puberty, as well as Teen Pregnancy and her own abandonment issues.
  • Dual Wielding: Both a sword and a knife. She only has the sword during her duel in the third arc, however; if you think of the sword/dagger combo as representing Touga and herself, then it makes sense as her relying purely on her own strength in that fight.
  • Egg Sitting: For the egg that she apparently laid. She gets really attached to it.
  • Evil Phone
    Nanami: What time do you think this is, moron?
    Nanami: Who is this? At least give me your name.
    Akio: The Ends of the World. Kiryuu Touga is waiting for you.
  • Expy: She seems to be one of Hanako Kidouin, a character from Chiho Saito's earlier work Waltz wa Shiroi Dress de who also had an Alpha Bitch streak and older brother complex.
  • Fallen Princess: Becomes this in the third arc.
  • Foil: To Anthy. They're actually Not So Different in the end.
  • Girly Bruiser: She may be a priss, but she has a very aggressive fighting style.
  • Girl Posse: Aiko, Yuuko, and Keiko.
  • Imagine Spot: When Nanami is trying to embarrass Anthy [and win Miki's affection) by planting weird stuff in her room. She envisions each ploy going off without a hitch, only to have them fail because Anthy is already keeping weird stuff in her room. And Miki finds it cute.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Has surprisingly low self-esteem under her Rich Bitch exterior, which becomes apparent when Touga (who just about all her feelings of superiority hinge on) starts screwing her over.
  • Innocent Innuendo: See above, with Miki.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Like Saionji, by the end of the series Nanami has actually figured out a lot of what's going on, but given how she acted earlier no one is inclined to believe her. See also Crying Wolf.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the English dub, where she seems to be incapable of speaking below a certain volume.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Near the finale, she eventually becomes somewhat of a friend to Utena. And even before that, she shows signs of this when around certain people like Miki and Tsuwabuki.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When she takes care of an egg in the anime, she asks Touga if he prefers boys or girls (she's talking about the gender of whatever is inside the egg). He believes that she is talking about his sexuality and answers "Girls, obviously," which then Nanami replies with "Really? Me too." Cue a lecture about "Homosexuality is wrong" by Touga.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: And it's not even her own! When Touga gets hurt in the Student Council arc, Nanami is quick to blame Utena and Anthy for her brother's injuries.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As a child, she is implied to have not realized the full implications of what she did with Touga's kitten until it was too late, and she was horrified to the point of tears when she did realize.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Her signature laugh.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: When she takes over as Student Council President she gains a new, yellow, military-style uniform.
  • The Ojou: What she tries to be, anyway. She's certainly rich and she tries to pass herself off as refined, but when it comes down to it she's more of a Ritch Alpha Bitch.
  • Parental Abandonment: See Touga's section. The flashback in episode 10 implies that Nanami didn't get a lot of love from their parents.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She does put herself in danger to save Tsuwabuki from a rampaging kangaroo in his premiere episode, and later tells him not to beat himself up so much over being a kid because she likes him the way he is. The last one kind of backfired though...
    • She chooses to fill in for her brother as Student Council President while he spends most of the second arc in a depressive state, and later tries to cheer him up by throwing a party.
    • "Nanami's Egg" consists almost entirely of this. She comes to really care about that thing.
    • She even tried to tell Utena about Akio and Anthy, but because it's Nanami, Utena didn't believe her. She also suggests swapping places with Miki in Akio's tower, but immediately takes back the offer when she realises that Miki would be even more vulnerable in that position than she is.
    • The biggest moment concerning Utena was when Juri tells a story about her older sister drowning before a boy dove in the water to save her. An adult came by and saved Juri's sister, but the boy died in his heroic act. Juri felt slight disdain at her sister for forgetting the boy's name before realizing she too couldn't remember his name. This tragically foreshadowed Utena's erase from existence and her friends' memories, and Nanami is broken up over this.
    "Why would you tell us a story like that?"
  • Purple Eyes
  • Rich Bitch: A very typical case, at least at first.
  • Skintone Sclerae: It's a bit inconsistent, however.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In one episode, she thinks that someone is trying to kill her: "These attempts must certainly be the result of someone being jealous of my cute looks, my popularity, and refinement!"
  • Spoiled Brat: She's a Rich Bitch who is used to being accommodated.
  • Third-Person Person: Does this sometimes around Touga, likely to make herself look cutesy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Episode 32, she battles Utena with more ferocity than she's had before, giving the latter a much harder time. When Utena goes for the finishing strike, Nanami evades the attack with an impressive jump, soaring over Utena and then knocking the latter down. It's even better that since she's only using her sword and not Dual Wielding, it symbolizes that she's very capable of kicking ass on her own.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: When things get especially bad.
  • Tsundere: To Utena after they become friends. She gives her advice and insults her in the same breath. And then smiles softly when thanked.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Played straight and then subverted. She did genuinely adore her brother as a kiddo, but then we see what she did to a certain kitty...
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Anthy named a cow and a hen after Nanami. This is obviously not meant to be flattering.
  • Yandere: She's so obsessed with Touga that as a child she killed his cat out of jealousy.

     The Black Rose Duelists 

Wakaba Shinohara

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Roxanne Beck (EN), Irma Carmona (Latin American Spanish)
Utena's best friend at the onset of the series, Wakaba is an eccentric girl who has a clear obsession with the protagonist. However, its her crush on Saionji that kicks off the plot.

  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Utena's Tomboy and Tomboy to Anthy's Girly Girl.
  • You Bastard: During the Black Rose arc, her character is meant as an indictment of bored, dissatisfied fans who wish they had adventures like those of anime and manga protagonists.

Kozue Kaoru

Voiced by: Chieko Honda (JP), Roxanne Beck (EN), Monica Manjarrez (Latin American Spanish)
Miki's twin sister, a sexual and in her words "impure" girl who has a complicated and unhealthy relationship with Miki. She refuses to let him become romantically involved with anyone, but intentionally tries to get with everyone in order to aggrevate him.

  • Ascended Extra: From the manga to the anime, where she gets more fleshed out and a near total personality overhaul.
  • Attention Whore: Deconstructed; her inferiority complex with regards to her brother makes her think that negative attention is the only kind she can get, hence her promiscuous behaviour.
  • Bi the Way: Kisses Anthy in the middle of Miki's second duel and goes on a date with Chigusa in the Sega Saturn game, though it seems to be more about pissing off Miki.
  • Character Exaggeration: Kozue in the manga was a very different character from Kozue in the anime, to say the least. Basically, she was just bratty and overprotective of Miki, and she certainly didn't act promiscuous or shove anyone down flights of stairs.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In the manga, and overtly so.
  • Cool Car: Shows up as one in End of the World's garage in the movie.
  • Creepy Twins: Miki is not creepy at all (unless you're the type to overthink some things...) but Kozue more than makes up for that!
  • Damsel in Distress: Becomes one of these in the manga and light novel, forcing Miki (who, in these versions, had been completely opposed to the dueling game beforehand) to duel against Utena in order to save her.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the movie, she doesn't have much of a role compared to the anime.
  • Faux Action Girl: As a Black Rose Duelist and the wielder of Miki's soul sword, her poor repertoire is very apparent in her battle with Utena. This refers to the fact that she's nowhere near as competent as her brother, and also a nod to her subpar piano skills in comparison to his.
  • Freudian Excuse: When Miki was unable to attend their recital, not only was it revealed Kozue was a sub-par player on her own, but being alone in front of the crowd clearly traumatized her. And while Miki is the series' Nice Guy, he hasn't treated her with the same affection since she stopped playing the piano and projects her childhood self onto Anthy. No wonder the girl has issues.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Don't take her brother's attention from her. Just... don't.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Miki. When Utena sees both of them together for the first time, she even comments on how similar they look to one another.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: Show attention or attraction to her brother around her, or worse, hurt him? You're in for it big time.
  • Twincest: Implied, particularly in the movie.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Miki certainly thinks so, and he holds her up on it big time despite the fact that his childhood memories are... biased, to say the least.
  • Yandere: Over Miki.

Shiori Takatsuki

Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara (JP), Lisa Ortiz (EN)
A girl who Juri has a crush on. Shiori, on the other hand, has a bizarre resentment for Juri, and desperately tries to gain power over her in any possible way.

  • Ambiguously Gay/Ambiguously Bi: It's unclear which one, but she has repressed feelings for Juri.
  • Ascended Extra: She was only ever really important to the episodes focusing on Juri. She graduated to one of the villains in the movie.
  • Attention Whore: Shades of this in her character, though it's more like she just wants positive attention from someone who can actually make her feel good about herself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Due to her cripplingly low self-esteem.
  • Cool Car: Turns into one and attacks Utena in the movie.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Utena makes rather quick work of her in their duel.
  • Dark Action Girl: As a Black Rose Duelist. And in the movie as a car.
  • Defiled Forever: It's heavily implied that she and Ruka had sex while in Akio's car and because of this and her low self-esteem, it's implied that her over-the-top begging for Ruka to not dump her is because she feels that now nobody would ever want her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She rejects Juri's attempt to console her after Ruka dumps her. She's also convinced that the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place was because she felt sorry for her, which has made her extremely bitter.
  • Disturbed Doves: When she loses her Black Rose duel.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In the movie. While trying to ram Anthy off the road, she doesn't seem to notice that she's about to crash into a fork in the road.
  • Evil Knockoff: As a Black Rose Duelist and wielder of Juri's sword soul; Utena comments that Shiori fights exactly like Juri, but easily defeats her, referring to Shiori's jealousy of Juri and being second-best compared to her.
  • Gayngst: Depending on interpretation, part of the reason for her self-hatred is her internalized homophobia towards herself over her feelings for Juri.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Believes that Juri was always better than her at everything, and that she was only pretending to be friends with her in order to look down on her.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Truthfully, this is the least of the problems between Juri and Shiori. Actually subverted; it's strongly hinted that she has her own romantic feelings for Juri, and this has been confirmed by the director. Their relationship also appears to have improved by the end of the series.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While not exactly acting "superior" she certainly acts a lot more confident than she actually feels, mostly to hide a horrible self image.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Juri calls her "cruelly innocent", referring to the fact that Shiori hurt her without realizing that she was the person Juri was in love with. Even so, she is willing to do deliberately harmful things because of her inferiority complex.
  • It's All About Me: In the movie, when, after she becomes a car, she rants to Anthy that the only who deserves to escape from Ohtori is "beautiful me. Me. Me. Me! Me! Me, me, me, me, ME!!!"
  • Macabre Moth Motif: In the movie. She technically becomes a Cabbage White butterfly, but the disturbing context of the scene as well as what the butterflies represent (mainly parasitism and cruel innocence) are more in line with this trope.
  • The Nondescript: Considers herself to be plain in comparison to the beautiful Juri.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Poor Communication Kills: Granted she does try to communicate once and Juri isn't the easiest person to talk to but a lot of her and Juri's relationship issues could be eased if they talked to each other. Shiori's tendency to bottle up her bitter feelings to a festering point really doesn't help her case.
  • Red String of Fate: As seen in Juri's past memories of her in episode 7.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When Juri tries to warn her away from Ruka because she's worried about her, Shiori misinterprets her words as jealousy and thinks she's awful for it.
  • Self-Deprecation: To the extreme; she calls herself "useless" and cannot believe that anyone could genuinely like her.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In the movie, as she's recounting her so-called relationship with Touga before his death, she mentions that "my Prince and I were going to go steady". Considering he was still in a relationship with Utena at the time, chances are she's either lying or that's how she remembers it. (On the other hand, Touga could very well have been two-timing, even at that young age. This is Touga we're talking about, after all, and we only get so much insight into his character in the movie.)
  • Shrinking Violet: She appears friendly on the inside but deep down she suffers from a lack of self-confidence. She doesn't let this trope out until Ruka breaks up with her.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In The Movie.

Kanae Ohtori

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Elizabeth Tarpon (EN)
Akio's fiancee and the heir to the bloodline Ohtori family. Although she loves Akio, she is highly disturbed by Anthy, seeing a lot of passive-aggressiveness in her behavior towards Kanae.

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother, who seems to care for nothing but herself and sleeps with Kanae's fiance.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Akio.
  • Big "NO!": At the end of her duel.
  • Break the Cutie —> Cute and Psycho: When this girl snaps, she snaps. Being practically Mind Raped by Mikage and Mamiya did NOT help.
  • Contralto of Danger: As a Black Rose Duelist; her sweet and soft voice becomes virulent and gruff.
  • Dark Action Girl: The very first one introduced in the Black Rose arc. Her fight with Utena was short, given she's not a Duelist at all, but she does provide Utena with a bit of stress.
  • Dark Mistress: Heavily deconstructed. She's nothing more than another pawn, as Akio uses sex to control anyone he can; she even gets killed off later to demonstrate how ultimately unimportant she was to his plans.
  • Disposable Fiancé: She's introduced as Akio's fiancee but Akio uses her power, cheats on her with everyone including her mother and maybe even literally disposes of her
  • Downer Ending: Out of all the duelists, Kanae is the only one not shown in the Bookends montage towards the end. The last we see of her is, well...
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Deconstructed like whoa. Kanae is implied to fit the true princess archetype in this series, being very kind-hearted and sweet... but also very passive and lacking any control over her own future. This is not portrayed as a good thing.
  • Genre Savvy: She's not wrong at all when she deems Anthy as "alien".
  • Meal Ticket: The only reason Akio is with her is so he can stay as the acting chairman and have the planetarium for his personal use.
  • Sanity Slippage: She's really paranoid about Anthy due to the latter's Stepford Smiler nature.
  • Teach Her Anger: Her elevator confession is all about realizing that, no matter how much she tries to like her, Kanae actually hates Anthy.
  • Tempting Apple: In the third arc, Akio and Anthy feed a BSODing Kanae an apple pin-cushioned by forks. It is strongly implied that they're poisoning her, and the apple also obviously stands for Anthy's swords of hate. One of the background music tracks, which normally plays during Akio and Anthy's familial bonding is called "Fruit of Sin", as well. Make of that what you will.

Keiko Sonoda

Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (JP), Mandy Bonhomme (EN), Socorro de la Campa (Latin American Spanish)
The second-in-command to Nanami's Girl Posse.

  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Eventually turns on Nanami after Touga feeds her a horrible pack of lies, most prominently the "fact" that he and Nanami aren't related.
  • Beta Bitch: It's clear that Keiko is the one who leads Aiko and Yuuko, judging by the fact that she's often to one to slap Anthy, is usually at the front of the group, and the one who has the most lines and focus.
  • Boss Banter: Though most Black Rose Duelists usually ramble on about their means of undergoing corruptions, Keiko's is the most talkative. Granted, none of them were to begin with and their temporary competency comes from the Soul Swords they wield which came from the Council members, but Keiko barely makes an effort to fight Utena and just goes on about her love for Touga.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Subverted. At first, Keiko seems to follow this tale straight to the point of parody, Nanami being a sorta "evil stepmother"... But then her attitude to her "prince" appears to be much more "rose-bridish" than "cinderella-esque". And as she gets close to Touga at last, she switches roles with Nanami, starting to humiliate her. To crown the subversion, she ends up beaten and "princeless".
  • False Friend: Only pretended to be Nanami's friend so that she could get closer to Touga, and wastes no time in ditching her when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Girl Posse: A member of Nanami's posse, along with Aiko and Yuuko.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Does this once after Nanami makes her miss out on seeing Touga at a party.
  • The Nondescript: Taken to new heights when the audience realizes that Utena doesn't even know her name until after she duels her and Anthy mentions it to her. The other two members of her Girl Posse have similar names as she does also.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: She shares an umbrella with Touga, which enrages Nanami.

Mitsuru Tsuwabuki

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Ted Lewis (EN), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish)
A young boy from Ohtori's elementary school division who has a crush on Nanami. Being so young, he contemplates the difference between being a child and being an adult.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Deconstructed, as his innocence ends up being quite creepy at times.
  • Badass Adorable: Sure, the main characters spend pretty much all their free time having sword fights to bring about the World Revolution (whatever the heck that means), but all they ever really do is try to knock something off each other’s shirts. Nine-year-old Tsuwabuki, on the other hand, gets jumped by three high-schoolers, and he takes them all. That kid has got spunk.
  • The Chew Toy: His horrible luck is played for utter comedy, even in his Black Rose episode.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his Black Rose episode he attacks Utena before she can even draw the Sword of Dios; he also puts to good use the intrinsic advantages of dual-wielding against someone with a single weapon.
  • Creepy Child: Has a cheerful demeanor, but initially places Nanami in a series of deadly situations so he can rescue her, apparently not realizing that this is very bad. Also qualifies during his tenure as a Black Rose duelist where the amount of stress and frustration he was dealing with most likely led to that destructive desire.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Tsuwabuki is practically Nanami's lackey, but he's happy with just being by her side and being useful to her. In his Black Rose episode, he wants to be more than that and snaps.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields Nanami's sword and knife as a Black Rose duelist.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He first saw Nanami when she was little and he was at kindergarden.
  • Indirect Kiss: His chocolate bar, which had a bite taken out by his friend Mari.
  • Just a Kid: His Black Rose episode make him realize he's still a kid, so he desperately wants to be an adult to be at the same level as Nanami.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: When the object of your affection is Nanami of all people, you have issues.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A clipshow episode shows Tsuwabuki following and spying on Nanami since the start of the series. Which leads to him plotting to make her fall in love with him. Surprisingly for this anime, it's only played for laughs.

Tatsuya Kazami

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Frank Frankson (EN)
A boy who Wakaba knew when she was younger. After he arrives at Ohtori during the events of the series, Wakaba continues referring to him by the nickname of "Onion Prince", much to his embarrassment.

  • Bait and Switch:
    • He was sure that Wakaba still had feelings for him like he still has for her, and the ambiguous conversation they have about "being true with your feelings" make it look like they're going to end up together. Then Wakaba hopes him to found someone special as she thanks him for his advice and goes to see her true prince, Saionji.
    • His elevator scene in Nemuro Hall, which ends with Mikage rejecting him as a candidate to be turned into a duelist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He gives off this vibe during the elevator confession, assuming that Wakaba will always come back to him regardless if her "prince" really does just use her like he thinks he will, and says in a really creepy way "love will always win in the end".
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Wakaba. Upon hearing him confess, Mikage rejects him for the Black Duels and sends him home. And immediately afterwards, he uses said knowledge to put Wakaba as the next Black Duelist in line.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Prince Onion", since in Japanese referring to something as onion-make means it's shoddy or second-rate.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Over Wakaba. But curiously, he's rejected for Mikage as a Black Duelist, despite having a genuine load of issues with him, like the other duelists.
  • Nice Guy: A theory says that, unlike others, Tatsuya wants a healthy relationship with Wakaba instead of forcing her into be with him, and that's why Mikage said that he's truly a nice person.

Souji Mikage

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Dan Green (EN)
The mysterious orchestrator of the Mikage Seminar, where students can come to confess their problems to him. Most of the time, he ends up psychologically breaking them somehow and turning them into Black Rose duelists who try to kill the Rose Bride.

  • Arc Villain: Of the Black Rose arc.
  • Bury Your Gays: In the manga. Could be Bury Your Bisexuals in the anime.
  • The Chessmaster: Of the Black Rose arc. He poses as a counselor to make vulnerable students into opponents for Utena.
  • Dead All Along: Possibly. It isn't clear whether or not he died in the fire he started at Nemuro Hall years ago, though the fact that he hasn't aged since then may indicate that he's a ghost of sorts.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Weaponized, sorta. He approaches young people who are in their lowest emotional states with promises of a chance to change their worlds and end what's making them suffer by defeating Utena: it's specially obvious in the cases of people like Kanae, Wakaba, Keiko, or Tsuwabuki. And then we learn that Mikage himself also went past the DEH in his backstory, and is pushed even further in the last episode of the Black Rose arc.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All the duels he enables are this, and usually for a small or perceived slight. Mikage himself was guilty of this in the past, too; he burned down Nemuro Hall, killing a hundred people in the process, just because he saw the woman he liked making out with another man.
  • Driven to Madness: Seeing his beloved Tokiko seduced by Akio made him crack big time, and Mamiya's death made things even worse.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Nemuro Memorial Hall. He does his thing in an elevator decorated with pictures of butterflies (in different stages of development) and a leaf, which leads to a massive underground mausoleum where the bodies of a hundred duelists are stored.
  • Expy: Of Fiore from the Sailor Moon R movie, which Ikuhara also directed. In addition to their appearances and role in the narrative, they also have the same seiyuu, Hikaru Midorikawa.
  • Fake Memories: His memories of Mamiya and what really happened to Nemuro Hall.
  • Foil: To Utena, pink hair and all. Utena is straightforward and well-meaning; he is manipulative and cruel. They have some similarities, too-see Shadow Archetype and Spear Counterpart below.
  • The Glasses Come Off: This is reversed with him, who is unable to clearly perceive things after he loses his glasses.
  • Manipulative Bastard: How he creates Black Rose duelists.
  • Mind Rape: How he manipulates the Black Rose duelist candidates, via making them tell him their deepest traumas and frustrations and using said knowledge to recruit them to his side. It's a frighteningly good use of the "Mundane" methods.
  • More Than Mind Control: His entire shtick with the black roses.
  • Not So Different: With Utena, and their similar coloration intentionally highlights this.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Maybe. The end of the Black Rose arc suggests he was Dead All Along, but reality seems to get overwritten at that point. It's theorized that he might be a self-propagating mental projection, though you may as well just call that a ghost. More confusingly, his flashback scenes don't even match up with what we know about the timeline from elsewhere.
  • Playing with Fire: The reason Nemuro Hall burned down.
  • Reality Warper: The reason for his continued existence. Unfortunately for him, Akio and Anthy are also Reality Warpers.
  • Ret Gone: After the Black Rose arc, everyone but Akio and Anthy forgets he was ever there.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the final episode of the Black Rose arc. He's run out of duelist candidates, he realizes he's been Akio's pawn, Utena sees through his bullshit, and he starts hallucinating that she and Tokiko are the same person.
  • Shadow Archetype: Of Utena. Both of them are living their lives to memories whose details are so far-off that they've grown blurry and idealized (Mikage's love for Tokiko, Utena and her Prince). It opens up the question of how healthy Utena's desire to be a prince is and if she's in danger of slipping down a dark path for her pursuit of the past. Though they both suffer the same fate (vanishing from the school and being mostly forgotten), Utena's has a far more positive twist than his.
  • Signature Move: He's ambidextrous.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Utena—pink hair, attached to a submissive person in an engagement type of situation (whose looks and names are quite similar) motivated by idealized memories.
  • The Stoic: Was described as being akin to a "human computer."
  • Teen Genius: A professor at just 18.
  • There Are No Therapists: Man could really have used one. He also functions as a twisted version of a therapist in the Black Rose arc, urging the students who visit him to confess their psychological problems... Of course, having Mikage listen to your issues is really not a good way to solve them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Akio, who had him under control the whole time.
  • You Bastard: You know how some adult anime fans watch series with teenage protagonists, thereby living vicariously through an idealized and romanticized version of their younger years that they never quite had? And you know how by staying at Ohtori, Mikage continues to exist by living in a fantasy world built around an idealized and romanticized version of his younger years? Yeah.

Mamiya Chida

Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)
Click here  to see the real Mamiya.
Mikage's associate who is assisting him with the growing of roses for his duelists. His purpose is to be the new Rose Bride in Anthy's place.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He has dark skin and a bindi despite having a fully Japanese name. It turns out that the real Mamiya had a more Japanese skin tone; the only reason he appears Ambiguously Brown is because Anthy is impersonating him.
  • Dead All Along: The real Mamiya died some decades ago, while Mikage was still a professor.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Anthy takes over his identity to fool Mikage into believing that Mamiya is still alive.
  • Facial Markings: Wears a bindi, just like Anthy, since Anthy is actually impersonating him.
  • Identical Stranger: To Anthy. Considering that the Mamiya we see is actually Anthy, and that his real appearance was completely different, this is actually subverted.
  • Ill Boy: Had some kind of terminal illness, which brings up the question of how he's still around. Of course, the truth is that he died of his illness some time ago and the Mamiya we see now is actually Anthy.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Anthy, since he looks like a male version of her. Subverted, since Mamiya really is Anthy.
  • The Stoic: Tends not to show much emotion.
  • Un-person: No one but Mikage and the Black Rose Duelists know he exists, and they forget him once their roses are destroyed.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without revealing that we don't actually know anything about him, since the one we see is Anthy.
  • Youthful Freckles: The real Mamiya had these.

Tokiko Chida

Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)
Mamiya's older sister, who brought Mamiya to Ohtori several years ago in order to try to cure his fatal illness.

  • Expository Hairstyle Change At the end of episode 22, we see her as an older woman. Her formerly short hair has grown much longer.
  • Hot Scientist: She became one to try curing her little brother's life-threatening illness. She failed, and Mamiya ultimately died when Nemuro Hall was burned down.
  • Only Sane Man: It's safe to say that Tokiko is probably one of, if not the, sanest person ever to grace the hallowed halls of Ohtori Academy.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite being married to who she says is a gentle and kind man, it's implied that, besides visiting Mamiya's tomb, she went to Ohtori to "pay a visit" to Akio.

     Other characters 

Mrs. Ohtori

Voiced by Yoko Soumi (JP)
Kanae's mother and the chairman's wife.

  • Abusive Parents: To Kanae. She poisoned her father and is sleeping with Akio, and doesn't care at all about what Kanae might feel about this.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's poisoning Kanae's father and sleeping with her fiance. She tries to pull this act on Akio by reminding him that his position at the Academy depends on her family, but he completely turns the conversation around and reminds her who's really the dominant one.
  • Fallen Princess: In a series that loves playing with princess tropes, she represents what happens when the princess grows up, gets older, and is still unfulfilled.
  • Hidden Eyes: We never see her eyes while she's on screen.
  • It's All About Me: She doesn't care if her husband is dying (thanks to her) or that she's sleeping with the man Kanae is going to marry, but Akio seems to enjoy going out of his way to passive aggressively remind her that she's hurting both of them.
  • Mrs. Robinson: An almost textbook version of this trope, since she's an older woman trying to reclaim what's left of her girlhood in the worst possible way.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: It's very subtle, but a close look at what she's wearing shows this.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's on screen for about a minute and a half total, but what she does then ties in heavily to the overall themes of the story. Also given that Word of God says she poisoned her husband at Akio's prompting much of the series occurs because of her.
  • Wicked Stepmother: She acts in this fashion, cavorting with Akio and caring very little about her ill husband's health or Kanae's well-being. And according to the screen writer, she was the one who poisoned her husband at Akio's prompting, just to put the icing on the cake.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Something Akio passive-aggressively reminds her of constantly when they're on screen together.

Ruka Tsuchiya

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Wayne Grayson (EN)
A former member of the student council who left due to a severe illness. After the Black Rose Duels end, he returns to Ohtori with a plan in mind.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Taunts Utena and reminds her of the illness he's just getting over...while effortlessly evading her strikes before parrying her next attack and shoving her from behind.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a former member of the student council as well as Juri's former fencing captain, and the only character to defeat Juri outright. Given the latter's performance throughout the entire series, that has to say something. He also gives Utena a good amount of hell in their duel, but in an odd case, he loses, though Utena's finishing strike actually left her lethargic and Anthy has to help her stand.
  • Back for the Dead: He's terminally ill when he returns to the school.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Says Touga's current catchphrase in one episode, and even asks Touga to finish the phrase, saying it was his line.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It could be argued that he treated Shiori in the way he did seducing her etc., and then breaking up and humiliating her in public the way he did. Was because he was jealous that Juri loved Shiori in a way she would never love him.
  • Hands-On Approach: He corrects the fencing students in a very suggestive way.
  • Ill Boy: Had to leave school prior to the events of the series due to a deadly illness. He never recovered.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To Juri, even if it means making her hate him.
  • Jerkass Façade: In retrospect, every action he took was to free Juri from her unhealthy bond to Shiori, and there's a good chance he was making Juri hate him on purpose.
  • Kick the Dog: Three times in a span of two episodes.
  • Love Triangle: Between him, Shiori, and Juri.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Toyed with. At first we're led to believe he's another manipulative prick just like most of the other males, but by the end of Juri's duel it's revealed that every cruel thing he did was to discredit Shiori and free Juri from her self-destructive obsession with the girl, though that still doesn't make his actions completely palatable.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shows up a bit of skin in Episode 28.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Knew that he'd die and had his days numbered, but he still used this to his advantage to force Juri out of her vicious cycle.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: He comes off as a decent guy when we first see him, but eventually he makes it clear that's not the case.

Chigusa Sanjouin

Voiced by: Maya Okamoto
The antagonist of the "Someday My Revolution Will Come" Sega Saturn game. Chigusa is very masculine and hates the idea of girls being passive, as she prefers strong and powerful girls.

  • Arc Villain: Of the video game, if you count it as an arc.
  • Dead All Along: Unlike Mikage, whose status was ambiguous, Chigusa is explicitly stated to have died in the fire at the fencing hall 15 years ago.
  • Dark Action Girl: An antagonistic female fencer who opposes Utena.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Teacher you love chose your friend over you and then are going to have a Shotgun Wedding? Guess you should burn the fencing hall down with yourself inside it!
  • Driven to Suicide: Burned down a building with herself inside it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Gets her share of squealing from fangirls when she's in class, and Kozue is even seen dating her at one point.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Completely averted in her mind. Chigusa hates passive girls that she perceives to be "princesses," in contrast to commanding girls like her whom she believes to be "queens."
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Chigusa identifies with the Evil Queen from "Snow White". That symbolism appears several times, such as the calendar by her locker and the poisoned apple she leaves for the protagonist.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: If the protagonist asks her if she has a girlfriend at one point, Chigusa says that she only likes regular boys. Then she goes on a date with Kozue a few scenes later.
  • Huge School Girl: Based on her height next to Touga, Chigusa is at least 6'1".
  • Informed Attribute: Chigusa is supposed to look very masculine, to the point where she feels the need to specify her gender when she introduces herself to the class, but it doesn't show at all in her character design.
  • Lady of War: In contrast to her masculinity she's an elegant fencer.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: The fencing team's sponsor, Masaomi, chose girly Koto over cold, powerful Chigusa. She never recovered from that rejection, and thus hates all girls who act passive and feminine - especially the player character, who is Masaomi and Koto's daughter.
  • Onee-sama: Plays herself up as this as she tries to entice your player character into her trap. The Non Standard Game Over if you lose all your nobility points shows the two of them wrapped in a nude embrace, a pose that would look completely appropriate for a standard yuri series.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: In a way similar to Mikage.
  • Spikes of Villainy: On her duelling outfit and the pommel of her sword.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has teal-colored hair.

Shadow Play Girls

Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (A-Ko and E-Ko), Satomi Koorogi (B-Ko and F-Ko), Kumiko Watanabe (C-Ko, JP); Mandy Bonhomme (A-Ko), Sharon Becker (B-Ko), Carol Jacobanis (C-Ko, EN); Claudia Motta and Norma Iturbe (A-Ko and B-Ko, Latin American Spanish)
From left to right: C-ko, B-ko and A-ko.
From left to right: E-ko and F-ko.

A group of girls who only appear in silhouette and shadow, they enact plays Once an Episode that serve as intentionally obtuse metaphors for whatever's going on in the plot at the time. Vaguely implied to be aliens.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the movie. A whole news studio full of them, and they're all working towards helping Utena and Anthy escape Ohtori.
  • Adapted Out: A-Ko and B-Ko get replaced by E-Ko and F-Ko for the movie, althrough C-Ko remains.
  • Big Good: At the climax of the movie, as they support Utena and Anthy with escaping Ohtori. Might be this in general, since they seem to operate above even Akio.
  • Canon Immigrant: C-Ko is the only one of the Shadow Girls to be transplanted into the movie, with A-Ko and B-Ko being replaced by E-Ko and F-Ko.
  • Catch Phrase: "I wonder, I wonder, do you know what I wonder?" Lampshaded in that their school group is the "Kashira Playhouse", a pun on their catchphrase.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Their leitmotif is even named "Aliens from the Planet Kashira".
  • Combat Commentator: In the movie, the Shadow Girls broadcast live footage of Anthy's car chase to the outside world, providing commentary on "who's in the lead", and actually being able to communicate to her through the car radio.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: They're not actually nerds, but A-Ko and B-Ko have the nerve to say that C-Ko is "a little strange" compared to them, and that she has no friends. In C-Ko's words, "You guys are ones to talk."
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: In the Black Rose arc: "Gogai! Gogai! Gogai!" aka "Newflash, newsflash! Newsflash!"
  • The Faceless: As they only appear as shadows. When they finally appear in person, they're only shown from behind.
  • Faux Symbolism: Invoked. Several of their plays are perfect allegories of the events of the episode. Then there are the plays that involve a monkey-catching robot and a wife who thinks you can eat tires for dinner.
  • Funny Background Event: Either this or Meaningful Background Event.
  • Genki Girl: What they're trying to say is sometimes ambiguous, but they're always very enthusiastic about it.
  • Greek Chorus: They comment on the duels and/or act out allegorical plays that reference events in the episode.
  • Human Aliens: Assuming they really are aliens, this is very likely, and eventually becomes confirmed when they appear physically. Averted with the girls in the movie, though, whose bodies actually end up looking like shadows.
  • Leitmotif: "Aliens from the Planet Kashira" and some variations.
  • Man Behind the Man: In a half-joking meta out-of-universe sense - Ikuhara's Word of God claims that he talks to these characters through radio waves "almost every day". Assuming these are the same aliens he's mentioned elsewhere, then if we pretend like this Word of God is actually supposed to be taken seriously at all, the Shadow Play Girls are directly responsible for getting Ikuhara to create Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: They certainly are more insightful and omnipresent than ordinary schoolgirls should be, even in Ohtori, appearing in the Chairman's residence, a radio quiz show and a hospital just as effortlessly as in the school grounds to put up their plays. The one time they appear in the flesh they seem to vanish to thin air after giving Utena a ticket to their play, and afterwards Wakaba notes that she didn't think that the school even has a drama club — and sure enough, no-one shows up to watch the show, except Utena, Anthy and Akio.
  • Once an Episode: Their shows.
  • Planet of Hats: If Word of God, their UFO motif, and some of their songs' names on the soundtrack are anything to go by, the Shadow Girls come from a planet called Kashira. The movie supports this, somewhat, with the reveal of an entire news studio of shadow girls.
  • Put on a Bus: A-Ko and B-Ko "leave" Ohtori on a space ship at the end of the first season, and are replaced by C-Ko for the Black Rose arc. Then all three of the Shadow Plays Girls are together for the third and fourth season.


Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Rachael Lillis (EN)
Anthy's only friend prior to the events of the series. Don't be fooled, he's a monkey, not a mouse.

  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In the movie, he only appears on the Nanami cow tape.
    • In the movie-manga, Anthy doodles him on her sketchpad, and he also appears with her in the outside world.

Yuuko Oose and Aiko Wakiya

Voiced by: Emi Motoi (Yuuko) and Naoko Takano (Aiko, JP); Elizabeth Tarpin (Yuuko) and Carol Jacobanis (Aiko, EN); Adriana Casas and Isabel Romo (Latin American Spanish)
Members of Nanami's Girl Posse.

  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: After Nanami finds out she and Touga may not be blood siblings, Keiko and the others gladly turn on her and bemoan all the time they "wasted" kissing her ass. It doesn't last long however, as Nanami gives them an epic beatdown back into her servitude before her second duel.
  • Beauty Mark: Aiko has one under her bottom lip.
  • Bit Character: They only exist to pine after Touga and kiss up to Nanami.
  • Fair Weather Friends: In Keiko's episode, Nanami has her banned from all clubs and associations after she sees her sharing an umbrella with Touga. When Keiko goes to Aiko and Yuuko for support, the two just blankly stare at her before they wonder aloud if they heard someone talking. By the end of the episode though, after Keiko makes up with Nanami they're all back together again as a posse.
  • False Friend: They only hung around Nanami so they could lust after Touga without worrying about Nanami making them miserable.
  • The Nondescript: See Those Two Guys below.
  • Theme Naming: With Keiko, their names are all ___ko. Bizarrely, this actually doubles as the same Theme Naming as the Shadow Play Girls, as their names sound just like K-ko, I-ko and U-ko.
  • Terrible Trio: Alongside Keiko the three of them are Nanami's devoted henchmen.
  • Those Two Guys: They're able to qualify as this given that Keiko is the only one given any substantial focus. Their last names are barely known by the fandom, and until Keiko's focus episode it was difficult to distinguish which was which.

Mari Hozumi

Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (JP), Carol Jacobanis (EN/Credited as Summer Pepper)

A friend of Mitsuru's constantly trying to get him to understand that Nanami is using him.

  • Bit Character: She only appears for one episode, despite having purple hair.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her arguing with Mitsuru about Nanami's treatment seems very similar to how Utena would often talk to Anthy about the latter being the Rose Bride, although she at least tries to talk about what Mitsuru is doing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be rude, but she does care about Mitsuru.
  • Older and Wiser: Subverted. She's a year older than Mitsuru, so she thinks that makes her more experienced, but she does have a point that Mitsuru is going about this "Learning to be an adult" situation incorrectly by just watching movies of people kiss.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside Tokiko Chida, Mari is by far one of the more rational characters in the show, and she's always trying to get Mitsuru to stop being Nanami's lackey.
  • Satellite Character: To Mitsuru, hence why she never appears again.
  • Tsundere: To Mitsuru. After discussing with him about having the experience of an actual kiss, Mitsuru tries to do it with her. She slaps him because she's not exactly thrilled over A: the lack of subtlety, and B: that he's only trying to kiss her just for the sake of kissing. That being said, it's clear that they do like each other. Mitsuru just isn't fond of how snotty she's being, and Mari's not fond of him acting stupid. But the end of the Black Rose episode, they seem to be on better terms.
  • Unknown Rival: A subversion. While it seems she may have feelings for Mitsuru, she's not jealous of Nanami. She just hates the way Nanami uses him. When Nanami finally learns about Mari and sees her hanging around Mitsuru, she is the one who starts getting jealous. But they never actually interact face to face.

Yamada, Tanaka, and Suzuki

Three guys in glasses who pop up from time to time.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: They have crushes on Nanami but she can't be bothered to ever remember them. In the last episode they try giving love letters to Keiko, Aiko, and Yuuko. They get shot down again.
  • Expy: The three of them are based off some guys Ikuhara knows in real life, and versions of them tend to appear in his other works.