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    Oscar Francois de Jarjayes
Voiced by: Reiko Tajima (TV series), 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), 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); Carlos Rotzinger (General de Jarjeys), Alma Nuri (Andre's grandmother) (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted: while it was the norm for French nobles of the time to have at least one lover, the general and his wife have none, with the general actually getting mocked for it in one of the Gaiden stories.

    Rosalie Lamorliere
Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida (TV series)

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.

  • 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, given to her by Oscar's family.
  • Pretty in Mink: In the manga, the clothes she gets from Oscar's family includes 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.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: During her monologue in the Countess in Black gaiden, Rosalie reveals that she harbors self loathing and low-esteem issues stemming from her inability to have a relationship Oscar. She also reveals that she envies all of the girls that look at Oscar.
  • 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); Ricardo Hill, Marcos Patiño and Hermán López (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Newspaper reporter from Paris and Maximilien Robespierre's follower.

    Jeanne de la Motte aka Jeanne Valois
Voiced by: Yoneko Matsukane (TV series), 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.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While the real Jeanne and her husband were thieves and con artists extraordinaire, they didn't actually murder anyone.
  • It's All About Me: Apart from Nicole, Jeanne treats no one else like a human being. In her final appearance, she kills her devoted but often abused husband Nicholas, the one person in the world (except Rosalie) who is still on her side, because she does not wish to die alone.
  • Jerk Ass: Apart from the Moral Event Horizon-grade examples listed below, rewarding Oscar's great generosity toward her by publicly slandering her as a lesbian rather firmly cements this.
  • 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
  • The Sociopath: Not quite a clean-cut example, as she does appear to feel remorse for some of her deeds, but something is clearly not right with a girl who will have her sweet sister whipped for no good reason or murder without qualms an adoptive mother who has been nothing but nice to her, just in order to inherit the estate. See also above, under It's All About Me.
  • 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); Jesus Barrero and Ricardo Hill (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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

  • The Alcoholic
  • The Brute: 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), 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.

  • The Big Guy: To Oscar's Five-Man Band.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Outside of duels he fights very dirty. Eroica drives home the point in his first meeting with Napoleon, when Alain was trying a Bavarian Fire Drill to sedate the 12 Vendémiaire Insurrection by using cannons in the streets of Paris, the same tactic Napoleon had decided to implement (hence Napoleon taking him under his protection).
  • Four-Star Badass: Simply he was the first person to go toe-to-toe in a duel with Oscar and he's quite a skilled brawler. 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.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
    • Happens again in Eroica, where he falls for a woman from Lyon who happens to be a Royalist.

    Marie Antionette
Voiced by: Miyuki Ueda (TV series), 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), César Arias and Esteban Siller (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted: palace guards point out he has no lovers, and actually find it strange.

    Hans Axel von Fersen
Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (TV series), Katsunosuke Hori (TV series EP 6-8); Carlos Becerril (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: After coming home from the American Revolution, he shows signs of PTSD, being unable to adapt to civilian life and stating to Oscar he is grateful to be so alive in the TV series. The manga shows him unchanged by the war.
  • Adaptational Badass: He never does anything noteworthy in the manga but his portrayal in the anime shows him as growing into a hardened veteran after the American Revolution who's skilled enough with a rifle to shoot a thrown apple a distance away with ease.
  • 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 (TV series); Eduardo Borja (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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), Rocío Garcel (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Lover of King Louis XV and enemy of Marie Antoinette.

  • Genre Blind: Early on in the series. Oscar was for the most part neutral in the political conflict between du Barry and Marie Antoinette until du Barry brought Oscar's mother, Madame de Jarjayes, into the conflict. du Barry thought that doing this would win Oscar's support and help resolidify her power at court. Instead by doing this du Barry gave Oscar a good look at her ruthless and untrustworthy nature, threatened Madame de Jarjayes' safety, and forced Oscar to pick between publicly supporting du Barry or Marie Antoinette in the court's hierarchy of power. To no one's surprise, Oscar felt the best option was Marie.
  • Gold Digger: Deconstructed subtly. She uses her relationship with Louis XV to gain power, influence, and control over the internal workings of the court, but as he lay dying, she becomes terrified for her future and tries to encourage him to live longer because he's all she has.
  • Historical-Domain Character: The real life du Barry was a complex individual whose nature historians still debate over to this day. In her time, though, she was actually highly unliked by everyone in court.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Pimped-Out Dress: At one point she deliberately tries to out-dress Marie by way of challenge.
  • Smug Snake

    Duchesse de Polignac
Voiced by: Reiko Mutou (TV series), Socorro de la Campa and Liza Willery (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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...
  • Evil Chancellor: As the Queen's favorite, basically the Distaff Counterpart to this. Not powerful, but influential enough to appoint and dismiss ministers.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: Will not think twice about killing off potential threats to her special relationship with the Queen, or marrying off an 11-year-old daughter to a creepy old man if it increases her own power and prestige. Her view of others is very instrumental.
  • 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.
  • Malicious Slander: Targeted at Oscar, in particular.
  • 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
  • The Sociopath: Her anime characterization very easily lends itself to this interpretation, given her frequent use of Crocodile Tears, shameless exploitation of the gullible Queen, horrible abuse of her daughters and general Manipulative Bitch tendencies.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Gave birth to Rosalie when she was 14.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Openly admits that both her and her husband have lovers, explaining they married for convenience.

    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; Jorge Roig Sr. and José Luis Orozco (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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), Carlos Becerril and José Luis Orozco (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

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.

Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa, Eduardo Tejedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

  • Adaptational Badass: In the TV series he carries out a series of successful assassinations including an attempt on Reynier later on Oscar, forcing the latter to fight tooth and nail to survive. He was just a mere debater in the original manga.
  • 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, Hermán López and Ricardo Hill (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Maximilien Robespierre 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 

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
  • Kavorka Man: He was also a successful casanova.

     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.