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Characters: Rose of Versailles
The characters for Rose of Versailles!

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    Oscar Francois de Jarjayes 

Voiced by: Reiko Tajima (TV series), Sanae Kobayashi (2008 movie), Monica Manjarrez (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

A beautiful noblewoman who was raised as a boy by her father. She is educated in such diverse arts as fencing, horseback riding, and etiquette. Eventually, she commands a company in the Garde du Corps du Roi (the senior Household Cavalry regiment), and later transfers to the French Guards.

    André Grandier 

Voiced by: Taro Shigaki (TV series), Toshiyuki Morikawa (2008 movie), Armando Coria (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Oscar's childhood friend and the grandson of her nanny. André and Oscar learned the arts of fencing and horsemanship together when they were children. As they grew up, Oscar became the Dauphine's guard and the class gap between them widened. He has been described as a "true working-class hero" by Helen McCarthy. He is secretly in love with Oscar.

    The Jarjayes clan 
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (General de Jarjayes), Hiroko Kikuchi (Madame de Jarjeyes), Hisako Kyoda (Andre's grandmother)

  • Historical-Domain Character: François Augustin Reynier, first Count of Jarjayes is an historical character. The main differences between the historical general and Ikeda's version is that Ikeda made her own older in order to have a daughter of the same age as Marie Antoinette (the historical version was only ten years older than Marie Antoinette), and the historical character raised his firstborn daughter as a male, not the last, and was more successful into hiding her actual gender.
  • Parents as People: Madame de Jarjayes seems to be a decent and kind Proper Lady, and Oscar loves her very much. General Jarjayes, on the other hand... oh my. The guy has a good heart, but he is a bundle of HUGE issues and many of them pass onto Oscar.
  • Team Mom: Andre's grandmother.

    Rosalie Lamorliere 

Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida (TV series), Mamiko Noto (2008 movie)

The adoptive daughter of a commoner named Nicole Lamorlière. She is described as "a stereotypical good girl, sweet, obedient and timid". Oscar teaches her the art of fencing, manners, history, and other courtly skills and Rosalie comes to admire and love Oscar greatly.

  • AdaptationalBadass. In the manga for all her quest to avenge her mother, she never does anything of significance (granted Oscar stops her just as she was going to draw a knife and kill de Poligniac at a ball). In the anime, upon discovering de Poligniac was her mother,Rosalie took the initiative to go into the De Jarjayes family's armory, take a pistol, and than follow de Poligniac's carriage. She threatened the carriage riders to head to a steady forest with the stolen pistol and forced de Poligniac to exit the carriage. She was just a few seconds from shooting de Poligniac straight on and its only her truly sweet nature that prevents her from shooting her foster mother's murderer.
  • Arranged Marriage: Barely escapes one.
  • Beta Couple: With Bernard.
  • Bi the Way: She fancies Oscar and has lots of Les Yay with her. Even after she marries Bernard and Oscar dies, there are still lingering feelings for her in Rosalie's heart.
  • Break the Cutie: Yep, nary a single cutie is left unbroken in the series.
  • The Chick: In Oscar's Five-Man Band. Crush on The Heroine included. Though she marries The Smart Guy instead.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rosalie wasn't very well liked by Japanese readers, so she faded away from the spotlight as time passes.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Loosely. There was a Rosalie Lamorliere in real life (Marie Antoinette's caretaker and maid when she was imprisoned), but she obviously wasn't like the girl we meet in this manga.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wears quite a few.
  • Pretty in Mink: In the manga, she has a fur-trimmed cape and a jacket and muff.
  • Rags to Royalty: She's a sort of 'Sleeping Beauty' type. Her then-teenaged mother gave her up to a poor family, thus Rosa has no idea of how said mom has gone Rags to Riches in the meantime and considers herself the daughter of Nicole Lamorliere for a long while.
  • You Killed My Mother: Oscar actually meets Rosalie when she tries to kill her mom, mistaking Madame Jarjays as the noblewoman whose carriage ran Nicole over.

    Bernard Chatelet 
Voiced by: Akio Nojima (TV series), Hikaru Midorikawa (2008 movie)

Newspaper reporter from Paris and Robespierre's follower.

    Jeanne de la Motte aka Jeanne Valois 

Voiced by: Yoneko Matsukane (TV series), Akiko Yajima (2008 movie), Elsa Covián (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

An ambitious young woman raised by a poor seamstress along with her half sister, Rosalie.

  • Even Evil Has Standards: She intends to kill Nicole d'Olivia, the prostitute who she hired to impersonate the queen and the one person who can connect her to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, but can't bring herself to do it. This causes her downfall.
    • Partially averted in the manga: while not liking doing it, she could bring herself to kill Nicole, but she is still unsheating her knife when Oscar and her soldiers barge in with an arrest warrant, both saving Nicole and discovering her existance.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Sort-of: she and Rosalie love each other, but when Jeanne was starting to feel satisfied with the lot she had earned into life she saw that Rosalie, thanks to Oscar, had free access to Versailles, and decided she couldn't let Rosalie live a better life than herself.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Sort-of. She's a very highly fictionalized Jean de Valois Saint Remy, the mastermind behind the infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace.
  • Lady Drunk
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Rags to Royalty: The most twisted Cinderella type ever. She uses her being the natural child of the last descendant of the Valois dinasty to be taken in by an old noblewoman with it, then kills her benefactor to inherit her riches. It gets worse, and worse, and worse...
  • Smug Snake
  • Together in Death: She kills her husband Nicolas and then herself, in the anime. In the manga, she falls victim to Death by Falling Over.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Nicholas.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the manga: starts when she realizes that Rosalie (the only person Jeanne really loved and trusted) told Oscar where to find the now wanted Jeanne, gets worse after Oscar remembers her of her happy childhood with Rosalie, and completely snaps after she accidentally kills Nicolas.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the anime it's the Duke of Orleans to slip where Jeanne is hiding, as he didn't need her anymore.

    Nicholas de la Motte 
Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (TV series)

Jeanne's husband. He's also apart of the Garde du Corps; Oscar is his commander.

  • The Alcoholic
  • Badass: Say what you want about his character, but this guy overpowered Oscar in hand-to-hand combat, something that usually takes at least three or four muscle-bound men, and was much less injured than the three or four muscle-bound men.
  • Con Man
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: Whipping and torturing Rosalie.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He managed to get his hands on an unholy amount of Berthollet's potassium chlorate, at the time the most powerful explosive in existence and discovered just that year.
  • Together in Death: In the anime, with Jeanne.

    Nicole Lamorlière 

The commoner who raised Jeanne and Rosalie.

    Alain de Soissons 
Voiced by: Keaton Yamada (TV series), Rikiya Koyama (2008 movie), Martín Soto (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

The sergeant of the Company B, the troops assigned to Oscar's service in the French Guards.

  • Badass: Simply he was the first person to successfully defend against Oscar's swordsmanship to the point she praised him as being the best opponent she ever dueled with. In the anime he even successfully disarms Oscar and could have killed her on the spot if he wasn't chivalrous enough to hand her blade back to her. The other men of the regiment fear him to the point that in the anime just his presence alone makes the presence of a gang of soldiers who beat Andre shake in fear (moreso after he pulls out a knife) and no one ever bullies Andre afterwards because he warns the regiment that Andre is a good drinking buddy of his. Also in the anime, he takes on an entire squad of elite Allemond infantryman in a street fight and all he states afterwards when he's soothing his bruises was that "its a fun fight"!
    • Four-Star Badass: In the sequel Eroica, where Napoleon Bonaparte promotes him before the Second Italian Campaign (he started trying to give him the promotion after witnessing his valor at Lodi in 1796, but it took three years for Alain to accept the promotion). He would have been made a Marshal of the Empire, had he not died in a failed attempt to kill Napoleon before he could crown himself Emperor.
  • The Big Guy: To Oscar's Five-Man Band.
  • Heroic BSOD: When his little sister Dianne kills herself, Oscar and Andre find him sitting next to her death bed, his body tense and his eyes full of tears of despair. As Madame de Soissons explains what happened, he apologizes and says he cannot go back for a while, so takes a 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Unrequited Love: In the manga, for Oscar.

    Marie Antionette 

Voiced by: Miyuki Ueda (TV series), Ayako Kawasumi (2008 movie), Laura Ayala (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Marie Antoinette of France.

    Maria Theresa 

Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria.

    Louis XVI 

Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (TV series), Kenji Nojima (2008 movie)

Louis XVI, the Dauphin and later King Louis XVI.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's quite the Big Beautiful Man here.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to his death sentence? Make his son swear he won't try and avenge him, then, once brought to the guillotine, taking off his jacket, telling the assembled people he wished them well, and placing his neck under the blade.
  • Hidden Depths: He's much smarter than he looks, it's implied he realized about Marie Antoinette and Fersen about at the same time as Oscar (i.e. when Louis XV was still alive, years before the rumor mill picked it and months before Antoinette herself had any hint) but let them do because he wanted his wife to be happy and rightly trusted her to not imperil the succession.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He really wants Marie Antoinette's happiness, and it's implied he knew she was in love with Fersen well before the rumor mill and allowed it because it made her happy and Fersen wasn't around her only to get favors (he states he likes and trusts Fersen exactly because of this). His only problem with them being Star-Crossed Lovers was that the rumor mill picking it up and blowing it out of proportions had upset his beloved.
  • Modest Royalty: He tends to wear simple and practical clothing (especially when compared with his wife's many overdecorated dresses), unless the occasion calls for more decorated clothes.
  • Nice Guy: His niceness is even lampshaded by two royal guards, who noted his modesty (especially compared to his wife), love for simple things, lack of lovers, and that he truly loved his people. Sadly, he was too nice for his own good: had he been a little less nice and somewhat harder (and capable to resist his wife's strong opinions), he would have been able to avoid much of the trouble that ended causing the Revolution. But was nice to the end, even taking time before his execution to make his son swear he'd not try to avenge him and, before placing his head on the guillotine, wishing the French people luck and prosperity.
    • Dogged Nice Guy: A strange example: he's married to the woman he loves, but knows well she loves Fersen.
  • Shrinking Violet

    Hans Axel von Fersen 

Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (TV series), Katsunosuke Hori (TV series EP 6-8), Kazuhiko Inoue (2008 movie)

Hans Axel von Fersen, The Younger. A handsome Swedish aristocrat who comes to the court of Versailles and becomes involved in a forbidden romance with queen Marie Antoinette.

  • AdaptationalBadass: He never does anything impressive in the manga as far as feats of strength, combat, and bravado goes. But in the anime, upon his return to France after the end of the American Revolution........ Oscar and Andre were just finishing up target practice and Andre threw an apple at Oscar as a snack....... SUDDENLY BANG!!!! The apple was blown up. From a considerable distance they spot a now battle-hardened Fersen who gives the impression of a war vet. His greeting? "Sorry for shooting your apple, but I wanted to impress you with my new gained marksman skills". Upon resting at the De Jarjayes mansion for a few days, Fersen states how foolish he was to try to run away from his problems with Antoinette by volunteering in the American Revolution and that he's so lucky to be alive. He also states how much he misses French food during his dinner at his first night there. He also shows symptoms of PTSD as during his stay at the De Jarjayes, he is shown waking up strangely very early. When Oscar asks why, he simply tells her he has become so accustomed to the battlefield its practically second nature for him to wake up earlier than most people in the morning. In the manga, Fersen returned to France with the intent of meeting Marie Antoinette for the first time in years. True to the demeanor of a war veteran who's matured after seeing the horrors of war, in the anime Fersen tells Oscar he doesn't intend to meet Antoinette despite spending nearly a decade in another continent. His reason for even revisting France was just out of curiosity of how much things changed. He only decides to stay rather than go back home upon seeing just how unstable and violent the situation in France is becoming and discovering how much the royal family is now hated. In otherwords its only his concern for Antoinette's welfare that leads him to remain in France for the rest of the story in the anime so he can guide and protect her as the Revolution becomes more and more violent and chaotic.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to André's Betty for Oscar's Archie.
  • Chick Magnet: Antoinette and Oscar were very smitten with him. Considering how hot and gentlemanly he is, can you blame them?
    • Truth in Television: He was a famous ladies' men, with lovers spread around all of Europe before 'settling' with Marie Antoinette.
  • Face-Heel Turn: The manga records his historical fate: after Marie Antoinette's death he grew cold, cynical and hateful of the commoners, and by them was lynched in the anniversary of the Flight to Varennes (a date he had grown to consider unlucky) for his part in the supposed murder of the crown prince of Sweden (who had died of natural causes).
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why he originally left France for a while.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Oscar.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Marie Antoinette.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Downplayed. He may be considered dark by Swedish standards, but definitely not by French ones. He even dyes his hair a much darker shade in order to disguise himself later in the story.

    Louis XV 
Voiced by: Hisashi Katsuta

King of France and grandfather of Louis XVI.

    Louis Joseph 
Voiced by: Yoshiko Matsuo, Patricia Acevedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis Joseph, the Dauphine. The second child and first son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette.

    Madame Du Barry 

Voiced by: Ryoko Kinomiya (TV series), Kujira (2008 movie)

Lover of King Louis XV and enemy of Marie Antoinette.

    Duchesse de Polignac 

Voiced by: Reiko Mutou (TV series), Masako Katsuki (2008 movie)

Madame Yolande de Polastron, aka the Duchesse de Polignac aka Yolande Martine Gabrielle. Singer at the Court. She befriended Queen Marie Antoinette to take advantage of her power.

  • Abusive Parents: She pretty much pawns Charlotte off to a very creepy older man to gain power. And once Charlotte commits suicide out of despair, she blackmails Rosalie into filling the spot.
    • Values Dissonance: that was actually rather common for noble families of the time (hence why adultery and omosexuality were tolerated: marriage was to continue the line, not for love), with the children being treated more as goods than persons (Marie Antoinette herself got this treatment). On the other hand, the duke of Guiche was a creepy old man...
  • Blondes are Evil
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Polignac was extravagant to the max and apparently more than a little cold and calculating, but nowhere near the levels she gets in the show.
  • Karma Houdini : After all the tragedy she's caused, to say nothing of contributing to the downfall of the French monarchy, she escapes from France and the revolution altogether. Frustratingly Truth in Television, although in Real Life she died soon after Marie Antoinette of an undiagnosed illness.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this reaction when Charlotte mentioned Rosalie Lamoriere's full name, as she fully realized that she had killed the woman who raised her firstborn daughter, and she had earned said daughter's fully justified hate.
  • Poisonous Friend: To poor Marie Antoinette.
  • Smug Snake
  • Teen Pregnancy: Gave birth to Rosalie when she was 14.

    Charlotte de Polignac 

Voiced by: Kazue Komiya, Patricia Acevedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Daughter of the Lady Polignac.

    Duke of Orleans 
Voiced by: Osamu Ichikawa

Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. Cousin of Louis XVI who secretly tried to usurp the throne. Second in row to the throne of France after Louis XVI's children and brothers.

  • Ambition Is Evil: He's the cousin of Louis as well as the leading candidate to the throne after Louis' immediate family. Of course he plays more than one gambit to knock Louis off, even in the first episodes!
  • Ascended Extra: He barely appeared in the manga, being mentioned as suspected to have helped Jeanne Valois' breaking out of prison and allowing the "Black Knight" to use Palais-Royal (his residence in Paris) as hideout, but is practically the Big Bad of the anime.
  • Big Bad: In the anime.
  • Composite Character: The anime folded his father Louis Philippe I into him.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He appears to be a Karma Houdini in the anime, but he ended up guillotined during the Revolution for being a relative of the late Louis XVI.
  • Smug Snake

    The Duke of Guiche 

Charlotte's ex-fiancé.

    The Count of Girodelle 
Voiced by: Keiji Mishima (TV series), Takahiro Sakurai (2008 movie)

Oscar's arranged fiance.

    Henri de Guémént 

A cruel, cold nobleman who resorts to violence and kills a young boy for a petty crime, appalling Rosalie, Oscar and Andre.

    Leon de Saint-Just 

Louis Antoine Léon Florelle de Saint-Just. A military and political leader during the French Revolution.

  • Ascended Extra: Where the manga had him appear only near the end, the anime elevated him to a quasi-Big Bad role.
  • Covert Pervert: The manga remembers us he's the author of L'Organt, a politically-motivated satirical poem filled with an immense quantity of pornographic episodes. He maintains the book was banned for the attacks against the monarchy, nobility and church, and takes offence when Bernard calls it porn.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In the manga Oscar mistook him for a woman twice (partly thanks to Bernard's habit of calling him Florelle), and only realized his true gender when Bernard told her his full name.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Both versions remember us why he was called Angel of Death and that he's personally responsible for Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI being executed instead that kept prisoners, but put Jacques Hébert on his shit list (and got him guillotined as a thief) for dishonoring the Revolution by falsely accusing Marie Antoinette of incest with her own son.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Overly Long Name: Lampshaded by Oscar in the manga.

    Maximilien Robespierre 

Voiced by: Katsuji Mori

A French lawyer and politician.

  • Ascended Extra: His role in the manga is relatively little (apart historically documented appearances at important events, he only shows up four times, only two of which are actually important to the plot and one being at Marie Antoinette's trial, where he was historically present but in which he had no role). In the anime he shows up much more often, and both Bernard and Saint-Just work for him (with the latter causing him a lot of trouble due his attempts at murdering nobles and starting armed revolts).
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Knight in Sour Armor

    Pierre-Augustin Hulin 

A sergeant in the French Guards, leads the storming of the Bastille after Oscar is shot. Doesn't appear in the anime.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Genius Bonus version: unless you already knows history, you won't realize his importance when he's named until he performs his historical role. Even then, it may escape you.
  • Expy: Inverted: Oscar is based on him, more specifically him as a young soldier leading the storming of the Bastille.
  • Future Badass: He doesn't look like much in the series, but he'll survive The Terror, serve under Napoleon to become a Colonel Badass first and a general later, and played a part in saving Napoleon's throne when former general Malet tried a coup in 1812.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Hulin's claim to fame was to lead the French Guards in helping the storming of the Bastille.
  • Sergeant Rock: Happens off screen, but he is a sergeant, and leads the storming of the Bastille after Oscar was shot.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Oscar is shot he takes command of the French Guards.

     Napoleon Bonaparte 

The future Emperor of the French, showing up in the manga during the Estates-General.

  • Awesomeness Is a Force: He was just passing by when Oscar was terrified by him and asked for his name, rank and regiment.
  • Future Badass: Oscar immediately identifies him as one.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Sequel Hook: His two appearances serve to indicate that Ikeda will draw a sequel (the relatively obscure Eikou no Napoleon-Eroica, published between 1986 and 1995) and Napoleon will be the protagonist. The second is particularly blatant: it's Napoleon in the garbs of his imperial incoronation with the narration noting that, after the deaths of Marie Antoinette, Oscar, Robespierre and many other, France is waiting for the hero Napoleon Bonaparte.

     Count of Mirabeau 

A liberal nobleman and one of the leaders of the Third Estate at the Estates-General.

  • Crouching Pervert, Hidden Badass: He first shows up trying to get Rosalie (who still lived with her mother) in his bed, and Oscar notes that he's an infamous pervert and alcoholist (albeit one who seemed having an inhuman luck or power) riddled with gambling debts. Fast forward to the Estates-General, and Oscar is left wondering how the hell that nobleman managed to get elected as a Third Estate representative from Aix, and that's before he becomes the driving force in the creation of the National Assembly.
  • Gonk: Truth in Television: the Count of Mirabeau had been disfigured by smallpox as a child.
  • Historical-Domain Character

     Nicole D'Olivia 

A prostitute who helped Jeanne in her heist at Rohan's expense.

  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Identical Stranger: She's identical to Marie Antoinette.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She had no idea why Jeanne had asked her to dress with expensive clothes, give a rose to a fat cardinal and telling him a few loving words, only that she would be paid fifteen thousands livres and she needed the money.
    • Accentuated in the anime, where she's blind and considers Jeanne her benefactor, and, when she identifies her at the trial, has no idea she's testifying against her in a trial.

     Marquis de Launay 

Bernard René Jourdan de Launay, the cynical governor of the Bastille.

  • Dirty Coward: Stays hidden in his officeside the Bastille while his men fight to defend the fortress.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Oscar.
    • Adaptational Badass: That happens only in the anime. In the manga, truer to his historical persona, he was hidden in his office, and Oscar's killers were lieutenant Deflue and his thirty soldiers, detached from the Salis-Samade regiment to reinforce the Bastille).
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the anime he apparently gets away with killing Oscar, but study of history reveals he was lynched later that very day.

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