Characters / Rozen Maiden

Characters that have appeared in the Rozen Maiden anime, manga and drama CDs. Basically dolls fighting a game of There Can Be Only One for the ultimate prize of becoming the perfect girl, Alice.

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    The Protagonists 

Shinku

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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Yui Horie (JP - drama CD), Mela Lee (Geneon), Luci Christian (Sentai) (EN)

The fifth doll of the dolls, and The Protagonist of the series. She is restrained, noble and sometimes demanding, but is nevertheless a good-hearted doll who simply does what she feels needs to be done. She fights with rose's petals and her artificial spirit is Holly.
  • Cane Fu: In the anime, aside from manipulating rose petals, her other weapon is a cane. That's right. A freakin' cane.
  • Cool Big Sis: When she isn't being aloof, especially towards Hinaichigo.
  • Cry Cute: She started crying after having to leave behind Suiseiseki, something that goes against her own way to play the Alice Game.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though the heart of gold is down deep, really deep, Shinku's golden hair fits her elegant and feminine personality and she can be very kind when she wants to.
  • Lethal Chef: On the rare occasion she cooks. There's a reason she always wants Jun to make her tea other than nobility.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is the Japanese word for "Crimson".
  • Memento MacGuffin: In Ouverture, it's revealed she had a brooch that was given to her by Rozen. It was destroyed by Suigintou, which is the reason she hates her.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: She believes Jun is her servant.
  • Punny Name: Her name is also the Japanese pronunciation of the word Cinq (French for "five").
  • So Proud of You: Her smile while she sees Adult Jun organize the stage can be taken as this, since she's thinking how much Jun has grown and progressed without him even realizing it.
  • Spot of Tea: There's a high chance that whenever she asks Jun to do something, it usually involves him bringing her tea which she consideres Serious Business as she demads it to be made to her specifications.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's basically just putting up her stoic image to appear in a way she believes is worthy of Alice, but she shows that she does care deeply about Jun and her sisters in her own way. Also a rare case of one doubling as a Tsundere.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She treats Jun like a manservant despite being a just over two-foot tall porcelain doll. Older Jun never imagined that the beautiful and sweet-looking little doll Shinku of the pictures could be so naggy.
  • Tsundere: Type A. She's condescending, bossy, irritable and constantly abuses Jun verbally and physically, but there are moments in that she shows she really does care about Jun and her sisters.

Jun Sakurada

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Voiced by: Asami Sanada (JP - Young), Sanae Kobayashi (JP - drama CD), Mona Marshall (Geneon), Shannon Emerick (Sentai) (EN)

Basically the other main character of the series, being the guy who actually kicks off the plot by winding up Shinku. In short, he is a reclusive loser who has a fear of school after a traumatic event that turned him in his class's laughing stock.
  • No Respect Guy: To Suiseiseki. Borderlines on a Well, Excuse Me, Princess! relationship since Suiseiseki has a hidden crush on Jun.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Subverted in that he doesn't exactly go to school. He does start going to school in the manga, and is studying to catch up everything he lost before going back in the anime.
  • Reincarnation: Is the true reincarnation of Rozen himself.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Shirosaki thought Tomoe was Jun's girlfriend. It did not end well.
  • Supporting Protagonist: He's the master of Shinku, but he himself is a Non-Action Guy most of the time, though he can provide useful support from the sidelines.
  • This Loser Is You: Jun practically represents the many Japanese teens who are Hikikomoris for a bad incident at school.
  • Unfazed Everyman: With dolls running rampant in his house, it's amazing how he can put up with everything going on.
  • Unmanly Secret: He likes to design and sew girls' clothes, specially Elegant Gothic Lolita ones. He drew one for a girl of his class who was participating in a contest but forgot to erase it; his teacher found it out, exposed it to the whole school and everybody started to whisper he was weird and make fun of it. He never returned to school out of embarrasment.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: In the first half of Tales as he can only comunicate from the N-Field to the outside worlds via emails.

    The Rozen Maidens 

Suigintou

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Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (JP), Mamiko Noto (JP - drama CD), Karen Strassman (Geneon), Jessica Calvello (Sentai) (EN)

The first doll of the Rozen Maidens, she served as the antagonist in the first season. Of all the dolls, she's the one who wants to become Alice the most to please Rozen and prove she does deserve being the perfect girl. Despise not having a medium until the end of the s1 anime and manga, she's very powerful. Her artificial spirit is Mei-Mei.
  • Cry Cute: Her very last appearance in Träumend in Megu's window has her crying.
  • Determinator: So desperate to become Alice that even without an acting Medium, she's still powerful enough to match blows with Shinku (who has a medium).
  • Disc One Final Boss: She served as the Big Bad for the first part of the anime and manga.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In Ouverture, the reason she came to hate Shinku is that she saw Suigintou as just an incomplete doll and pretended to be her friend out of pity.
  • Enemy Mine: She may hate Shinku's guts, but she was willing to put that aside in order to fight Kirakishou with Shinku's help.
  • Evil Albino: She has the requisite white hair, pale skin, and red-tinted eyes.
  • The Final Temptation: Kirakishou offers to give her her Rosa Mystica if Suigintou gives Megu to her. She doesn't buy it.
  • I Will Find You: In Tale, Suigintou looked through thousands of doors in the N-Field looking for Megu, who was abducted by Kirakishou.
  • Jerkass: She is cruel to other people, especially her sisters - except for Megu, who she still insults.
  • Meaningful Name: Suigintou means "Mercury Lamp" in Japanese.
  • Mystical White Hair: A white-haired doll brought to life.
  • Noodle Incident: Kanaria uses one of those to blackmail Suigintou in the manga, but like the majority of the cases of the trope, we never get to know what it is.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Her default attitude towards Shinku.
  • Perpetual Molt: Everytime she shows up or is about to, the page or screen fills with black feathers. Justifed because her wings and feathers are her weapons.
  • Pet the Dog: Stays with Kanaria after the exhausting fight against Kirakishou's new "sister".
  • Psychotic Smirk: In certain situations, she has this on. Not really "psychotic", but her face can look very creepy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: More like Pinkish-Red Eyes Take Warning, but...
  • Revenge: Aside from her goal of becoming Alice, she also hates Shinku with a passion.
  • Sibling Rivalry: She and Shinku are not known to get along well.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Shinku in Tale when both are up against Kirakishou.
  • Tsundere: Type A. She likes Megu, the only person she shows sympathy to. But she usually tries to act like she doesn't care about her and calls her an idiot for being so weird.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: In the manga, after learning that Hinaichigo willingly gave her Roza Mystica to Shinku, she realizes that Souseiseki's Roza Mystica had been hurting her because she stole it. She lets both Suiseiseki and Souseiseki go because of this to reflect upon the purpose of the Alice game, commenting snarkily that she will demand the Roza Mystica back later rather than at that point.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: All she wants is her father's love. Another trait she shares and makes her sympathize with Megu.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She has white hair and is an evil Dark Magical Girl.
  • Winged Humanoid: She has a pair of black bird wings. She can morph her wings in the form of black dragons, but doesn't do it often. Deconstructed as in the manga her wings are deteriorating her back.

Kanaria

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Voiced by: Yumi Shimura (JP), Cristina Valenzuela (Geneon), Monica Rial (Sentai) (EN)

The second Rozen Maiden doll, Kanaria makes her appearance only later in the series. Her medium is named Mitsu (but everyone calls her Micchan), who is a maniac doll collector, and her artificial spirit is named Pizzicato. Kanaria considers herself to be the smartest Maiden and often boasts about it, but her plans almost always fail in hilarious ways. Personality-wise, she is similar to Hinaichigo and like her and Suiseiseki, Kanaria has a Verbal Tic: "Kashira" (Feminine version of "I wonder?" adaptated to "Maybe" in the official English release of the manga). However, Kanaria is competent in battle, using the sonic waves of her violin to fight.
  • Accidental Misnaming: The other dolls have been shown not to remember her name properly.
  • Badass Boast: She tries to do one in the manga, but Older!Jun interrupts it much to her dismay.
  • The Chew Toy: She screws up every time without anyone noticing.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While she is similar to Hinaichigo personality-wise, she is very competent in battle, managing to defeat Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, and Hinaichigo simultaneously in the anime. Also in the manga she almost defeated Shinku when she thought she stole Hinaichigo's Roza Mystica, it's stated that she protected Jun from Kirakishou while he was hiding from her in the N-Field and also managed to destroy Kirakishou's illusions using the sound of her violin.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
  • Parasol Parachute: Well, she tries to make it work...
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Always claims to be the smartest maiden, but never seems to succeed in any of her plans.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Although she claims to be the smartest Rozen Maiden doll, none of her plans seem to work. To round off the Too Dumb to Live, she tried fighting four Rozen Maidens at once. Also, on the final episode of Träumend, when Barasuishou destroys her violin, she stands still, not realizing she can use Suiseiseki's power.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tamagoyaki, a kind of Japanese omelet.
  • Verbal Tic: "Kashira!" in the Japanese version and "Maybe" in the official English release of the manga.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kanaria's green hair makes her the only Rozen doll with an unusual hair color that isn't white.

Suiseiseki

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Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (JP), Nana Mizuki (JP - drama CD), Rebecca Forstadt (Geneon), Brittney Karbowski (Sentai) (EN)

Also known simply by her Verbal Tic, desu, Suiseiseki is the third doll of the Rozen Maidens. Despite her bad attitude, she loves her sisters and doesn't want to fight them. Her weapon is her watering can and her artifical spirit is named Sui Dream.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Before Souseiseki was brought Back from the Dead, she was greatly affected by losing her twin sister. Once she gets her back, she doesn't want that Suigintou takes Souseiseki again.
  • Dream Weaver: While all dolls are capable of entering people's dreams, this is her specialty. She's the one mainly responsible for helping Jun sort out his subconscious self.
  • Evil Laugh: "HI HI HI HI! I found you, desu!"
  • Green Thumb: Aside using plants to fight, she can make people's heart trees grow with the water of her watering can.
  • Hates Being Alone: Believe it or not, Suiseiseki's mayor fear is being without her sisters, specially Souseiseki. Shinku even said that Suiseiseki is the one most scared of loneliness.
  • The Heart: She's the first one to try and convince the other dolls that the whole Alice Game is a worthless endeavour.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the anime, she tries to take on Barasuishou herself to give Kanaria a chance to escape. Sadly, this turns into a Senseless Sacrifice when Kanaria decides to keep on fighting. They both end up dead because of it. The manga has another one, more successful one in which she sacrifices her own Roza Mystica to revive Souseiseki fully and banish Kirakishou from her body. She gets better in both of these cases, however...
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Downplayed. In her introductory episodes, she's scared of humans and refuses to give her ring to one. She mades a contract with Jun out of necessity.
  • Imagine Spot: In Tale chapter 36, she has one of those after reading a shoujo manga... so we get to see Suiseiseki wearing a school uniform receiving a love confession from a boy (who strangely looks like Jun).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's haughty, naughty and mischievous, but also loving, caring and protective of her sisters.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: Though she loves all her sisters dearly, Souseiseki's well being will always be her priority going as far of defending Kirakishou of Shinku and Suigintou because of Souseiseki's body being in the line. This is however justified in that she was merely trying to buy time in order to get the Unwound Jun to make a contract with Souseiseki's ring in order to forcefully eject Kirakishou from her body.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: She doesn't like fighting, and in fact wants no part of the Alice Game, but push her hard enough (or worse, threaten Souseiseki)...
  • The McCoy: She refuses to fight the Alice Game because she cares too much about her sisters.
  • Meaningful Name: Suiseiseki means "Jade Star" in Japanese.
  • Plucky Girl: She is even willing to go through hell and back for her sisters.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Souseiseki.
  • The Prankster: Loves putting pranks to Jun and Hinaichigo.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Granted, she IS a doll, but her hair still reaches the floor!
  • Screwy Squirrel: She loves to pull pranks on Hinaichigo and sometimes Jun if she gets the chance, even if she often gets herself into trouble because of it.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: Her right eye is red, while her left eye is green. Souseiseki has the same eye colors but reversed.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She felt sad for the twin doll sisters Judica and Madulia, because after Judica grow bigger because of the "Drink Me potion", they can't return to be one again. Just like Suiseiseki herself and Souseiseki.
  • Technical Pacifist: She certainly isn't afraid of dishing out violence should the need arise, but given her rather vocal opposition to the Alice Game, she merely does it to protect her sisters and never with the intention of actually killing anyone.
  • Theme Twin Naming: She and Souseiseki are named after gems.
  • Tsundere: She's haughty and loves to pull pranks on her sisters, but she really loves them and will do anything to protect them. Also despite her bad attitude towards Jun, she still has a hidden crush on him.

Souseiseki

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Voiced by: Rika Morinaga (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (Geneon), Kara Greenberg (Sentai) (EN)

The fourth doll of the Rozen Maidens, Souseiseki is the calmest and most duty-bound of the dolls. Because of her sense of duty, she believes that becoming Alice is her obligation. Souseiseki's weapon is a pair of gardening scissors, and her artificial spirit is named Lempicka.
  • Back from the Dead: In the manga. And then back to the death again.
  • BFS: Her scissors, which she uses as if they were a sword, are almost her size. Justified because she's a two-foot doll.
  • Bifauxnen: Many who watched the series initally mistook her for a boy.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted as she's the younger sister, but just as Suiseiseki is protective of her, Souseiseki is also very occupied with her twin's well-being.
  • Bokukko: She uses the male pronoun "boku" to refer to herself.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sidetail variant, though they are on the short side.
  • Demonic Possession: Suffers of this after Kirakishou uses her body as a Living Bodysuit.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: Unlike her twin Suiseiseki who loves her sisters enough to not want to be Alice just to please Rozen, Souseiseki just wants to become Alice because she considers it her duty towards Rozen.
  • Fighting from the Inside: After Unwind!Jun makes a contract on her ring, she regains conscience and starts struggling for control over her body, but was needed the help of Suiseiseki to really free her.
  • Four Is Death: Guess who the first Rozen Maiden to die was?
  • Innocent Innuendo: She calls herself Jun's slave after Unwind!Jun forms an accidental contract with her. She can't see why Jun gets all uncomfortable with it, since she doesn't know the implications.
    Souseiseki: (to Adult Jun) I remember...your fingers. They gently touched my body everyday. note 
    Adult Jun: EH!?
    Shinku and Suigintou: (stare~)
  • Meaningful Name: Souseiseki is Japanese for "Lapis Lazuli Star".
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Practically used by Barasuishou to force every remaining doll into fighting in the end of the anime.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: She is extremely loyal to whatever master she has, although it is partially due to a will to help them become better people in the end.
  • The Quiet One: In contrast of Suiseiseki's talkative attitute, Souseiseki just talks when she's talk to or it's necessary.

Shinku

See The Protagonists folder.

Hinaichigo

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Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (JP), Tomoko Kaneda (JP - drama CD), Sherry Lynn (Geneon), Hilary Haag (Sentai) (EN)

The sixth doll, and the youngest-minded of the dolls. She loves to play, being with her friends, and just generally have fun. Rather naive and narrow-minded, but in the end a genuinely caring doll. She can make grow strawberry vines to fight, her artificial spirit is Berrybell.
  • Character Death: She is the only Rozen doll that doesn't come Back from the Dead, but Hinaichigo's spirit still helps up via her Roza Mystica.
  • Cheerful Child: She loves to play, draw, and do practically everything a child wants to do.
  • Guardian Entity: She protected Shinku's body until Jun could take it back from Kirakishou and when Jun was spirited away by her, Hinaichigo somehow protected him too.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: By far the sweetest and most innocent of Rozen's dolls.
  • Hates Being Alone: Her last master abandoned her in the house from which she was moving out, leaving her with abandonment issues.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Little Strawberry" by Shinku.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: She gives everything she's got in her first battle, almost defeating Shinku in order to be with Tomoe, although not realizing she is also almost killing her in the process.
  • Meaningful Name: Hinaichigo means "Small Strawberry".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She really likes her unyuu.
  • Verbal Tic: A rare case of having two different verbal tics. "Na No" (the most used) and "unyuu".
  • Yandere: Only explored during her first appearance, but she can be creepily and dangerously possessive about people she cares about.

Kirakishou

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Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (JP), Carli Mosier (EN)

The 7th Rozen doll, although she lacks a physical body and only exists in the N-Field. She has no speaking parts in the original anime. She uses crystal and white vines and her artificial spirit is called Rosario.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Alternates between white and light pink in the manga by itself, but in the anime, she was given the same grayish color as Barasuishou. In the new 2013 anime, she becomes a strawberry blonde.
  • Animal Motifs: She behaves like a spider, using her vines as spider webs to trap the other dolls and to crawl over them.
  • Ascended Extra: The first Rozen Maiden manga introduces her and her backstory, but she's given more focus in Rozen Maiden Tales where she's the main villain. Also see Continuity Cameo.
  • Ax-Crazy: If the way she killed Hinaichigo is any indication...
  • Berserk Button: Never remind her that Rozen didn't give her a body, or even worse, call her an fading illusion.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series.
  • Continuity Cameo: She shows up briefly (read: for nine seconds) at the end of Träumend, but other than that, she has no role in the original anime.
  • Creepy Doll: Oh boy, is she ever. Not to mention her Uncanny Valley temporal body and replicas.
  • Crystal Prison: Her field is full of crystals, though she doesn't use this ability for combat, but instead to keep imprisoned human masters to feed on their energy.
  • Dissonant Serenity: This goes hand in hand with Faux Affably Evil and Stepford Smiler.
  • Driven by Envy: Part of the reason of why she is so insane is because she is envious of the other dolls' physical bodies.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Kirakishou gets her own doll body in the end and gets to be with the other sisters, which is what she wanted all along.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Kind of. Her eye literally is a flower, instead of being a flower-shaped Eyepatch.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She always speaks in a nice polite tone which contrast her insane behavior.
  • Forceful Kiss: Kirakishou wanted to make a contract with Adult Jun, but her ring was created from her saliva and was inside her mouth. So she tried to make him kiss her mouth to kiss her ring; thank you Suiseiseki for stopping her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Unlike the other dolls, she was created with no physical body, and was thereby forced to live out her life alone in the N-field, eventually driving her insane out of an intense wish to gain a physical body and a lack of social experience with other dolls and humans.
  • More Than Mind Control:
    • Over Adult Jun. The white vines over him and his room show how much Kirakishou is influencing him.
    • Also over Megu as she promised her she'll consume her life and give her death, something Suigintou is now doubtful to do.
  • Mystical White Hair: Not only is she a doll brought to life, she's more special than the other Rozen Maidens.
  • People Puppets: She can manipulate people that she has encased in her crystal.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Rozen created her to represent the soul itself. Kirakishou turned to be insane.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: She talks politely and never raises the tone of her cute sweet voice, not even when trying to destroy her sisters.
  • Something About a Rose: Probably the most profound example amongs the dolls, as she actually has a rose growing out of her right eye socket, which also happens to be her weapon to add in the mix.
  • Stepford Smiler: A very much Type C. To expand, until very recently, she spent her entire life inside the N-field with little to no contact with the others which drove her mad, but at the same time she has this... 'cute' demeanor that heavily contrast with her actions, whatsoever, she never breaks character, even when crying or when she's furious.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her only eye.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She calls all of her older sisters "Onee-sama", either as a mocking or as a twisted way to act like the youngest sister she is, probably the former, especially Suigintou.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Suigintou insults her she says "Please don't say such mean thing to me" before trying to kill her.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Adult Jun says, in no uncertain terms, that he is not her master and wants nothing to do with her at all, she breaks down into tears, her body starts falling apart, and her once stoic demeanor is reduced to hysterical screaming. She gets better, though.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: All the evil actions she takes are out of a desperate need to be loved, and with her having been isolated in the N-field her entire life, it's not surprising why she would want it so much.
  • Yandere:
    Kirakishou: (To Adult Jun) "You can choose anyone you want, as long as you choose me at the end."
  • Youngest Child Wins:
    • Later explained that Rozen actually crafted Kirakishou without a body for that reason, wondering if leaving her as a disembodied spirit would grant her superiority over the other Rozen Maidens and achieve greater perfection. And indeed she did; Kirakishou won the Superpower Lottery as she, inside the N-Field, is almost omnipresent, has more power than her sisters (as she's starting to collect more "masters") and can influence the real world to her advantage.
    • In Tale 44, Rozen has chose her to be Alice.

    Everyone Else 

Nori Sakurada

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Voiced by: Noriko Rikimaru (JP), Aya Hisakawa (JP - drama CD), Minx Lee (Geneon), Nancy Novotny (Sentai) (EN)

Jun's older sister. She willingly quit playing lacrosse to help take care of Jun and took a surprisingly fast liking to the dolls that inhabited her house.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is nice and friendly, but push her far enough, and she will get really upset.
  • One-Note Cook: Inverted. She's a very good cook except for her tea, which, according to Shinku, is horrible.
  • Out of Focus: In the original manga and anime, she showed every now and then, being the one who took care of Jun and the dolls, but as the manga approaches its climax, she's left out.

Tomoe Kashiwaba

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Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (JP), Ayako Kawasumi (JP - drama CD), Dorothy Elias Fahn (Geneon), Juliet Simmons (Sentai) (EN)

Hinaichigo's old medium, and a classmate of Jun, who helps him with missed schoolwork and dealing with the Rozen dolls and such.
  • Implied Love Interest: She is Jun's neighbor, she cared for him in his hikkikomori times, they bond for being Rozen Maiden's masters and helping Jun to study. Some people in-universe keep telling they're an item but PEACH-PIT doesn't give any clear answer.
  • Little Miss Snarker: When she actually starts talking, that is.

Laplace's Demon

Voiced by: Kyousei Tsukui (JP), Keith Silverstein (Geneon), David Wald (Sentai) (EN)

An anthropomorphic white rabbit in a tuxedo and a top hat.
  • Alice Allusion: The 'white rabbit' of the Alice Game.
  • Combat Referee: He's the referee of the Alice Game, checking on the girls fulfilling the rules, like going to sleep at 9:00 pm, or saying when the game has come to a hiatus.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Why exactly does he orchestrate the entire series and play mind-games with damn near everyone (Enju included)?
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Especially in Träumend, where he is extremely creepy looking and completely indifferent to the suffering of others.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after the mathematical concept.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It is not revealed until the very last few episodes of Träumend that he and Shirosaki are actually the same person.

Mitsu "Micchan" Kusabue

Voiced by: Akiko Kawase (JP), Jean Brown (Geneon) (EN)

Kanaria's medium, who loves dolls to the point of obsession.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In her cautived state, she wished a prince to come to her rescue, comforting herself thinking it was all a dream. Cue Rozen presenting himself as the lord of Kirakishou's castle; she associated him with a prince and then started to question herself if her love for dolls is because, maybe subcounciously, she's a shotacon since "her prince" is a young boy.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: In her cautived state, she felt herself like Cinderella and wished a prince to come to her rescue, comforting herself thinking it was all a dream.
  • Damsel in Distress: Abducted too, but at least, keeped out of Kirakishou's seedbed.
  • Fangirl: To the Rozen Maidens in particular. They're not too happy about it.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Kirakishou abducted her too and Rozen is forcing her to make doll dreeses for when Alice is created while dressed as a maid.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Helping Tomoe to escape from Kirakishou, Kirakishou takes her instead. Kanaria was about to help her but Micchan said her to don't waste strenght for her.
  • Loony Fan: Aside Kanaria (who's already her doll), all Rozen Maidens, Suigintou included, are creeped out at best and straight out scared at worst of Micchan's exaggerated fangirlism over them.
  • Otaku: Dolls, enough so that she can assess the qualities of a new doll in seconds by sight alone.

Megu Kakizaki

Voiced by: Shiho Kawaragi (JP), Erika Weinstein (Geneon), Emily Neves (Sentai) (EN)

A sickly girl who is Suigintou's medium.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: As Kirakishou is draining her life, she decides to use her new powers to fight the dolls, including Suigintou.
    Megu: I've missed having fun like this (...) that's why, I'd rather use my life to have fun. (uses Kirakishou's vines to attack Suigintou)
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: She hates her dad because she's convinced he consideres her a burden and only visits her whenever he remembers he has a daughter. She still loves him, but because she loves him so much, she hates him for, in her eyes, not caring enough for her.
  • Break Them by Talking: Does this to Jun.
  • Broken Bird: Years of being sick and death avoiding her, have leave her very bitter about everything and everyone. She hates her dad, the nurses and at her new school, she hates everyone too.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her greatest wish is to die, grow wings and fly away.
  • Death Seeker: She has been inside the hospital since she can remember, so she wishes to die already and end hers and her parent's suffering.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Averted in the manga, as her father's still alive.
  • Ill Girl: As of chapter 29 of Tale, she appears to have recovered, although it seems her health's still not good.
  • New Transfer Student: After recovering in the manga, she attends Jun's class, despite being a few years older.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Megu was really excited for finally have a girl's talk after finally able to go to school and at result, she gets very close and touchy feely with Tomoe.
  • Not Brainwashed: She' not helping Kirakishou because of being controlled, she's there because she wants to let the world take some of her misery.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Jun a good one. She called him a Dirty Coward who was just very focused in his self pity that didn't see he was sucking out of his sister and Tomoe's life, that his selfish existence wasn't needed in the world and that he would be better dead. This broke him enough to be trapped by Kirakishou.
  • The Resenter: Towards Jun, at least unconsciously, as she was about to cry while breaking Jun by talking, resenting he will live while she would die, even though she considers Jun a Dirty Coward who doesn't deserve to live.
  • Stepford Smiler: All her repressed rage against the world that was hiding behind her smile is getting free under Kirakishou's "influence".

Rozen

The one who made the Rozen Maidens.
  • Anti-Villain: The main motivation behind him creating the dolls in the first place was that his daughter died, and as such he wanted to replicate life in order to bring her back. After creating dolls over and over he eventually lost track of his initial goal, and instead aimed for the goal of creating living, breathing dolls.
  • The Blank: He is eventually revealed to no longer even have a face by the time Jun meets him, only having a gaping hole where his face is supposed to be.
  • Greater Scope Villain: He's the last "enemy" the dolls must face if they want to break free of the whole Alice Game. Ultimately subverted when it is revealed that he wants to end the Alice Game, but is ultimately powerless to do so.
  • Julius Beethoven da Vinci: He has gone by many aliases throughout time, such as the Count of St. Germain or Alessandro Cagliostro.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The true intention behind the creation of the Rozen Maidens was the death of his daughter.

    Anime Only 

Barasuishou

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Voiced by: Saori Goto (JP), Tara Platt (EN)

An anime-only character that first appeared in Träumend, Barsuishou served as the primary antagonist when the anime departed from the manga. She shows up claiming to be the 7th Rozen doll.
  • Big Bad: In Träumend, but she's not alone in villainy.
  • Body Horror: At the end of Träumend when she literally falls apart. Since she wasn't a true Rozen Maiden, she couldn't handle the power of all of the Roza Mystica, leading to her death.
  • Canon Foreigner: She only appears in the anime adaptation.
  • Cool Sword: She has a sword that is made out of pure crystal.
  • Crystal Prison: One of her favorite tricks in battle is to trap dolls in a cell made of crystal.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Except her 'daddy' isn't Rozen.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in the hands of Enju.
  • Emotionless Girl: The drama CDs revealed that not only does she rarely show any emotion, she is practically unable to, as when Enju and Shirosaki make her seem more alive and upbeat in personality, she still sounds just as emotionless as a Genki Girl, Tsundere, and bondage queen as she usually does.
  • Evil Knockoff: She was created by Enju for the simple reason of proving that Enju was a superior doll-maker. Ironically, the real Seventh doll, Kirakishou, makes her look tame by comparison.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When it becomes clear that she is about to die, she finally shows that she is Not So Stoic. Tragically, she died while showing that she truly loved Enju as her father.

Shirosaki

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Keith Silverstein (EN)

The salesperson at the doll shop in the anime.

Enju

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), Jason C. Miller (EN)

The young doll craftsman who runs the doll shop with Shirosaki.
  • God Guise: Kinda. Much of the cast mistake him for Rozen, and Rozen is the closest to a god there is in the setting. Enju indeed poses as the doll-father for much of Träumend.

    Rozen Maiden Tale 

Adult Jun

Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (JP), Corey Hartzog (EN)

Jun's adult counterpart in the parallel dimension where he responded "do not wind". This version of Jun is a college student and works in a bookstore. Through some manuals that keep being sent to his apartment, he makes a temporary body for Shinku and helps his Alternate Self in his fight against Kirakishou.
  • Accidental Kiss: In the stage battle against Kirakishou, he falls over Souseiseki's ring, kisses it and forms an accidental contract with Souseiseki, freeing her body of Kirakishou.
  • The Bus Came Back: After the dolls leave the Unwind world, they part ways with Adult Jun. He returns to the story in Tale 42.
  • The Final Temptation: Kirakishou offers him the power to change his past if he forms a contract with her.
  • For Want of a Nail: His dimension and life are the result of him choosing to "Don't wind", meaning rejecting being Shinku's master.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: He dyed his hair and uses contact glasses.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He's convinced that a girl like Saitou is out of his league.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Since Shinku and the dolls never came to his life, he was a Hikkikomori until he gathered some will to finally get out his house, then started struggling with an empty life, without friends, no drive and believing that dreams and optimism are meaningless.
  • Living MacGuffin: At the stage battle, all dolls but Kanaria start to argue about which one has the right to claim Jun as her medium. Jun made Shinku, Jun just a few days agreed to give Suigintou his energy, Kirakishou's body was made by Jun as well and Suiseiseki just came out of nowhere and demanded he kiss the ring she has with her. Jun practically turns into an Apple of Discord between them.
  • Love Epiphany: When his boss started to mock him over how Saitou would never be interested in him, he realized he did have the hope she was interested in him. That's why the mocking hurt him so badly.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Shinku sees him as her temporary servant.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: He considers Jun a brat.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He says this about Saitou when Shinku refers to her as his girlfriend, but he starts to wish she was.
  • There Is Another: After Jun was abducted too, the dolls asked his help since "Jun" is the master of three of them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Kirakishou tricked him by making him think she was younger Jun so he could make her a temporary body out of Souseiseki's body.

Saitou

Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Margaret McDonald (EN)

Adult Jun's colleague in the bookstore and a to-be actress in a theatrical company.
  • Last Name Basis: We never got to hear her first name.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Her talk with Jun about her dream of being an actress was what started to break his shell before Shinku's arrival.

Kaito Toriumi

A boy of the same class of Jun. He also has antiquarian parents and is interested in dolls, especially the Rozen Maiden series.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was first introduced in Tale 31 as an unimportant classmate of Jun, seen every now and then in the classroom scenes...and then it's revealed that he's helping Kirakishou.
  • Human Resources: While Kirakishou drains the life out the mediums, it's implied that he's using the bodies to create an "organic" doll body, as he calls the mediums "materials".
  • Mook Maker: He's making new "sisters" for Kirakishou to help her to dispose of the remaining 5 Rozen Maidens.
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