Characters / Sound Horizon

This is a list of characters that appear in the works of the band Sound Horizon. Be reminded that since all interpretations are valid, some tropes applied here may be purely speculative in nature.

Because life and death is as constant as the unending cycle of day and night in this band's universe, death tropes will be unmarked.

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    Chronicle and Chronicle 2nd 

Lucia

Played by: Aramary
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I have a song to sing. I have a path to tread. I have a hill to protect.
"No matter the period, we will not give up. Beyond history, beyond the sky that is far yet close.
The promise I made with you, the thoughts I received from you, is our endless Chronicle..."

The main protagonist of the whole album, Lucia is a girl who wholeheartedly believes that the world can actually be saved from the Beast That Devours History by forgoing the Chronicle and guiding it to the right path.


  • Animal Motifs: The white crow mentioned on every instance of the tracks of Chronicle 2nd is possibly a representation of her.
  • Bokukko: Refers to herself with this masculine pronoun. This is an important point, as the Winged Boy also uses the same pronoun. You are meant to distinguish between Lucia and the boy's subtle presence in the album.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: The reason why she was taken into the Black Order.
  • Foil: To Chronica. Whereas the latter is a fatalist who chooses to just go with whatever outcome the Chronicle (read: she) had predicted, Lucia wants to go exactly against it. Oh, and her hair is white, whereas Chronica's is black.
  • Defector from Decadence: She disagrees with the Black Order's complete submission under the reins of history.
  • In the Blood: Her parents are also defectors from the Black Order. Noah lampshades this trope to her in name.
  • Screw Destiny: Her whole plot in the album is to break free from the Black Chronicle's shackles upon history and humanity.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Chronica has stated that history does not allow altercations—indeed, as any altercations imposed upon the Chronicle’s predestined path is, in itself, destiny, and thus, it could be said that Lucia’s whole effort has already been predicted by the Chronicle, as well. Nonetheless, Lucia still wants to guide history to the ‘right’ course, whatever it is, so long as it's not as hopeless as was predicted.

Chronica

Played by: Aramary, Miyuki Sawashiro (Nein)
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The world repeats its birth and destruction countless times. All is within a prestructured harmony.click here to see her in Shounen wa Tsurugi wo... 

"All's well that ends well."

The personification of the Black Chronicle, or, rather, its whole “essence”. As she is the one who dictated the course of history, the Black Order venerated her as a God. In contrast to Lucia, Chronica, true to her nature, believes that there is no changing history and prefers to wait for the end of the world.


Luna Ballad / "The Earthly Moonlight"

Played by: Aramary, Karen (Nein)
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Because there is no meaning to a life without song.note 

"Destiny ... even if you take the light from my eyes, you'll never be able to take the song from my lips ..."

Protagonist of the song "A Song Struggled Towards" ("Tadoritsuku Uta"), from the 9th chapter and page 883 of the Black Chronicle. She is the lover of Endymion Ballad, who perished right in the previous track after his poem enraged the ruling Queen of Britannia.

Nein reveals that the two used to be together until a certain battle separated them from their homeland. Earnestly believing that Endymion is still alive somewhere, she sets out to search for him. Blinded on the way, she nonetheless managed to find Endymion's... remains, in the form of a song he dedicated to her moments before his execution.

In Nein, she reappears on track 2, “Na mo Naki Onna no Uta”.


  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Her whole search for her lover ended up with the discovery that he was already dead since a long time ago, but she does find his last song, which is dedicated to her. With this comes her recognition as a hero and a symbol of both struggle and peace by the Queen and people of Britannia due to her determination, and their everlasting respect.
  • Determinator: Not much people would continue a journey alone while blind.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her hometown and Endymion’s was most likely destroyed in a war, which would explain their separation.
  • Heroic Spirit: Even after becoming blind and losing her lover, she does not succumb to despair, but remains as determined as before. This is why the people of Britannia came to hail her as their heroine.
  • I Will Find You: The song "Tadoritsuku Uta" is about her determined quest to find her lover.
  • Red Baron: "The Earthly Moonlight", a nickname she earned after her elevation as a heroine by Queen Rose.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: She is named after the Roman personification of the Moonnote , just as her lover/husband is named after the mortal shepherd/prince the goddess fell in love with.
  • The Storyteller: Tadoritsuku Uta is one of the only two tracks in Chronicle 2nd (the other being Raijin no Sawan) that is not narrated by the album’s main narrator, but by its respective protagonists instead.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Her new husband, the baker, is clearly stated to not be the most attractive of men, making her automatically fit into this trope.
  • Wandering Minstrel: Just like her lover, but she wanders because she is searching for him.

Endymion Ballad

Played by: Shin-Imayama (Nein)
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Shin-Imayama as Endymion in the Nein live concert.

"A blooming rose cannot compare itself to a withered one, swaying in reminiscence."

A minor, yet important character featured in chapters 7-9 of the Black Chronicle, first appearing in "Tragedy of Ballad the Poet" ("Shijin Ballad no Higeki"). Luna Ballad’s lover, he thought she was dead after they were separated in a certain battle, or so it was detailed in Nein. Some time after the separation he was called forth by the previously ruling Queen of Britannia to recite a poem that praises her beauty and power.

Instead of doing exactly that, though, he mocked her with a certain passage: a supreme, blooming rose (the Queen) cannot match the beauty of the withered one in his memory (Luna). Insulted, the Queen immediately orders his execution. The night before his death, he composed a final poem for Luna, which was heard by his jailor. The jailor was so fascinated by the song and sung it to his lover, who passed it on to everyone, and the song became popular throughout the country. Contrary to his belief, Luna is not dead yet, and is in fact still searching for him. It was that final song that guided her to his fate.


  • The Bard: And his lover is a Wandering Minstrel, searching for him.
  • Doomed Hometown: His hometown and Luna’s was most likely destroyed in a war, which would explain their separation.
  • Nice Hat: Depicted as having a wide-brimmed hat with fancy feathers on Nein’s regular cover art.
  • Perma Stubble: As with his hat, he is also depicted as having this in Nein.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Named after the mortal shepherd/prince from Classical Mythology whom the anthropomorphic goddess of the Moon fell in love with, just as his lover is named after said goddess.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: What his whole story is at its core, both in the original album and Nein. The latter example is rather jarring (and grating) because R.E.V.O. is supposedly trying to find a “happy” outcome to the tragic fates of previous horizons’ protagonists.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The only track of which he is a protagonist in Chronicle is only an instrumental. Come Nein and he’s been voiced by a baritone.

General Albers Alvarez ("Arbelge")/"The Silver Reaper"

Played by: Jimang

"Lotte...ah, Charlotte, what must I exactly fight for?"

The protagonist of songs “Alberge’s Battle” (“Alberge no Tatakai”), “The Promised Hill” (“Yakusoku no Oka”), and “Holy War and the Reaper” (“Seisen to Shinigami”), which spans two whole chapters in the album. Albers is a man from the country of Belga, who, after its occupation by the Flandre Empire, became a ruthless war general nicknamed “The Silver Reaper”, serving its leader, Emperor Childebert VI...under the purpose of freeing Belga from the latter’s grasp.


  • Anti-Hero: He may be a protagonist who is wholly dedicated to protecting his country, but he is also technically a mass-murderer.
  • The Atoner: After realizing just how many massacres he had led, he decides to defect to Britannia in "Seisen to Shinigami -Eiyuu no Fuzai-". Witnessing his comrade about to strike an unarmed village girl is pretty much his last straw.
  • Bling of War: From where else could his famous nickname come from but his lustrous silver armor? Even Michèle Malebranche approves of its badassery and adds it into the collection of her antique shop.
  • Death Seeker: After withdrawing from Whitehaven following his Heel–Face Turn, Albers just wants someone to kill him to atone for his foolish mistakes. Queen Rose quickly snaps him out of it. He got exactly what he wished just after he stopped being this trope and during a ceasefire agreement that was meant to stop the whole schtick he made worse.
  • Doomed Hometown: Belga was attacked and then occupied by the Holy Flandre Empire. Then he swore an allegiance to its very Emperor under the faint hope that the latter would grant the country its freedom if he fights hard enough.
  • Defector from Decadence: A defector from Holy Flandre Empire's warmongering ambitions.
  • The Dragon: Initially, of Emperor Childebert VI. After his Heel–Face Turn, he becomes The Lancer of Queen Rose.
  • Dying Dream: Before he dies, he saw a vision of the sunset-colored hill where he made his promise with Charlotte. That’s exactly where they're buried at.
  • Empathic Weather: A soft rain can be heard during his death sequence.
  • Final Love Duet: He sang "Yakusoku no Oka" with Charlotte at the end of the first act of his story, promising to come back to her no matter what happens. This is indeed the final duet for them as Charlotte soon died while Alvarez was on duty, leaving him with no other reason to free his country except for its own sake.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: ...under the very man who conquered it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He massacres other countries in hopes that if he conquers more territories for the Emperor, then the latter would grant his occupied hometown freedom. It’s not granted, resulting in him defecting to Britannia, the country he at first was ordered to attack.
  • Heel Realization: The dude realized kind of too late that no matter how many countries he conquered for the Emperor, the latter just isn’t going to give Belga the freedom he requested.
  • Hypocrite: Has a major moment of this when he called one of his comrade out for daring to shoot an unarmed girl (who, unbeknownst to both of them, is the Queen of Britannia) and nearly striking her to death, when in the previous track he had just massacred an entire capital and smiled after the entire deed. Gefenbauer, naturally, chews him out on this.
  • Leitmotif: The riff of “Alberge no Tatakai” and his battle chant.
  • The Lost Lenore: Charlotte, his lover, was a casualty in the war, and he’s very remorseful about it.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-Universe. After he died, the world hailed him far and wide as a hero, a symbol of struggle against tyranny, forgetting altogether his ruthlesness. Not only that, he had himself confessed to Queen Rose that he used to massacre thousands of innocents to satisfy his own belligerent impulses.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Or something like it. An epic chorus that translates to “The time has come! Here he is—The Reaper! The time has come! Look! The Reaper!” Accompanies his appearance in the battlefield and his death.
  • Playing the Heart Strings: A very soothing, yet somber violin solo serves as the ending song of his saga.
  • Red Baron: “The Silver Reaper”, named after his shining armor and his countless victims. Certainly doubles as A Name To Run Away From Really Fast.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name is clear enough, but what about his first name? Is it Alber? Arbel? Albers? Alberge? Arbelge? Auberge?

Gefenbauer/"The Reaper of the Reaper"

Played by: Yasro

"Don't you ever forget the name of the man who will destroy you—his name is Gefenbauer!"

One of the main antagonists of "The Holy War and The Reaper" arc. A former war prisoner from Preuzehn, its capital Offenburg specifically, he is drafted by the Emperor Childebert VI himself into his imperial army of Flanders. The Emperor knows all too well of Gefenbauer's thirst for avenging his hometown, and uses it to his advantage in order to get rid of a certain "Reaper"...


  • Badass Baritone: Downplayed. Well, he is clearly a tough warrior...but his "baritone" is clearly the result of a synthetizer. This is actually Revo's technique of disguising himself during his early years.
  • Doomed Hometown: Offenburg.
  • Not So Different: From Alvarez, his nemesis. Both lost their hometown, wants to avenge their loss, equally ruthless, and are unwitting pawns of the Emperor. The only thing that separates them is that Alvarez came to realize that he is nothing but a pawn, dropped his bloodshed and came to atone for his mistakes, while Gefenbauer never cared a bit of his being used as a pawn and follows his quest for revenge through and through, culminating in his death. Basically, Gefenbauer is Alvarez sans Heel Realization.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: He managed to avenge his hometown by shooting Alvarez...in a heavily-guarded ceasefire meeting. Well, Gefenbauer succeeds, but he was naturally caught and murdered on the spot by security—in this case, Sir Parsifal, Queen Rose's bodyguard.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He was so caught up in avenging Preuzehn that he is remiss of the implication that the Emperor is essentially using him as a tool to conquer more territories.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He has a good reason to cringe when Alvarez, a war general nicknamed The Silver Reaper, told him to "stay on the right path".
    Alvarez: What do you intend to do to an unarmed civilian?
    Gefenbauer: A mere girl she might be, but still a heretic. There is no need for pity.
    Gefenbauer: I will take no orders from you, Arbelge! Hypocrite, megalomaniac, murderer! My father died at Offenburg! My older brothers, my younger brothers, my comrades—all of them!
  • You Killed My Father: ...and mother, and brothers, and friends, and...JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY IN MY FRICKING HOMETOWN, ALVAREZ!

Rose Guine Avalon / "The Supreme Rose"

Played by: Aramary

"A fool ... isn't someone who makes mistakes ... it's someone who knows their mistakes, but does not correct them ..."

The very young Queen of Britannia, having known to hold the throne since track 5, "Knights of the Rose" ("Bara no Kishidan"). She is the niece of the previous Queen, who is so infamous for her cruelty, Rose herself gave her the nickname "The Winter Rose". An optimist charismatic, she earnestly believes that she can become a beacon of hope for her people under the guidance of her Goddess, Brigid.


  • Annoying Arrows: Shot by Gefenbauer in "Eiyuu no Fuzai" and almost struck dead by his sword hadn't Alvarez saved her. Her energetic singing indicates that she has completely recovered by the next track, without any medical consequences implied whatsoever. Perhaps Alvarez is that good of a medic?
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: She is still a little girl when her aunt died and she was appointed as successor of the Britannian throne.
  • Expy: The High Queen of a land called "Britannia". Inherited the throne at a tender age after her tyrannical, female, predecessor died. Restored her country to a period of normalcy after years of unrest instigated by said predecessor. Bravely guided her people in a great war against a powerful empire. Hailed as a symbol of faith and nationalism. Royal insignia is a rose. Anybody else reminded of the first Queen Elizabeth?
  • The High Queen: Very wise, very charismatic, and loved by her people.
  • King Incognito: By necessity, as she did this to escape an oncoming siege to her castle by the Flandre Empire. She disguises herself as a village girl whom Gefenbauer shot at the battle in Whitehaven.
  • Modest Royalty: She prefers people call her by her first name, not "Her Majesty", courtesy of her conversation with Alvarez.
  • Plucky Girl: Yes! For starters, she confidently vows in front of her people, who have for long been suffering under her predecessor's rule—who is her own aunt, no less—that she will lead her kingdom out of darkness. She also does not cower in the presence of Alvarez despite his reputation, instead commanding him (who is having a major My God, What Have I Done? moment) to bravely face his mistakes, as redemption does not equal death. Also, not many royalties could maintain their charisma after being shot by an arrow until unconscious like she did.
  • Red Baron: "The Supreme Rose".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Still a girl, yet manages to be far wiser than her tyrannical aunt.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Nothing is told of her anymore after that botched ceasefire agreement which took Alvarez' life.

Roberia Maria Della Firenza

Played by: Aramary

"A singing voice burning scarlet with passion, accompanied by a gorgeous figure— I am the greatest songstress!"

One of the main characters of "Shizunda Utahime", the 741st page of the eighth chapter of the Black Chronicle. Along with Giulietta Simone del Viscontie, Roberia is one of the contestants of King Alessandro I's singing contest, the winner of which shall become his bride. Roberia is the more ambitious of the two and desires to win by any means necessary.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Roberia wants the throne of Itania, and will use every means available to get it, including falsely accusing a whole family of attempting to poison the King just to get rid of her competitor in a singing contest.
  • Arch-Enemy: She regards Giulietta as her main obstacle, even though the latter most likely doesn't.
  • Evil Laugh: She does this after Giulietta is disposed of, which automatically makes her the winner of the singing contest and King Alessandro's bride.
  • Foil: To Giulietta. Roberia's color scheme is red, while Giulietta's is blue. Roberia is heavily implied to be a commoner, while Giulietta comes from a very old noble house. Giulietta is naive and childish, while Roberia is passionate, vicious and more mature. Giulietta participates in the singing contest only to sing, while Roberia participates to win the position of Queen-Consort of Itania.
  • Lady in Red: She has no official artwork, but with her nickname being "The Red Songstress", it's a clear indication that she would be this. In fact, many, many fan works depict her dressed head-to-toe in red.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Just after three years of reign as Queen-Consort, King Alessandro's mistress Beatrice and his Prime Minister Galeazzo disposed of Roberia through the same means she used to get rid of Giulietta and her family.
  • Nouveau Riche: Heavily implied. Unlike Giulietta, whose surname is a clear indication that she came from the Sound Horizon universe's counterpart of the Milanese branch of the House of Visconti, Roberia's only entailed her hometown, Firenza—this indicates that she is not of noble birth, as commoners either use their moniker or their birthplace as surnames in Renaissance Italy. Yet it seems that her family's got just the right amount of money to bribe people to believe that Giulietta's more powerful family schemed to poison the King, which would mean that they must be insanely rich to do so despite their implied status.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Giulietta's Blue. She is scheming and aggressive, while Giulietta is naive and passive.
  • The Rival: To Giulietta in the singing contest. Their rivalry is, in fact, the whole plot of "Shizunda Utahime".
  • Villain Protagonist: "Shizunda Utahime" is told mainly from Roberia's perspective.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Roberia's brief conversation with her father during the narration sequence indicates that part of her motivation in winning the singing contest was to please him.

Giulietta Simone Del Viscontie

Played by: Haruka Shimotsuki

"A singing voice brimming in azure with purity, accompanied by a serene smile— I am the greatest songstress!"

Roberia's aforementioned rival in King Alessandro I's singing contest. In contrast to Roberia, Giulietta participates in the contest for its own sake.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Noticeably downplayed, or even downright averted, especially if you compare her to Roberia. Giulietta does want to win, but she doesn't seem to use any other means to do so besides her voice.
  • Baleful Polymorph: After she threw herself off a cliff as an act of desperation to escape the angry swarm of mobs, she turns into The Sea Witch.
  • Blue Blood: Giulietta's surname indicates that she came from the Sound Horizon universe's counterpart of the Milanese branch of the House of Visconti.
  • Brown Note: The songs she sing as the Sea Witch summon up deadly, ship-wrecking storms in the sea, of which Agnes is a victim.
  • Blessed with Suck: By "Umi no Majo", Giulietta had transformed into the Sea Witch, meaning she can sing forever, which is what she has always wanted. Forever sing songs that can boil up fearful storms, destroy ships and generally lead people to their deaths, specifically.
  • Hero Antagonist: "Shizunda Utahime" is told mainly from Roberia's perspective, with Giulietta regarded as Roberia's main obstacle towards reaching her goal.
  • Foil: To Roberia. Giulietta's color scheme is blue, while Roberia's is red. Giulietta comes from a very old noble house, while Roberia is implied to be a commoner. Giulietta is naive and childish, while Roberia is passionate, vicious and more mature. Giulietta participates in the singing contest only to sing, while Roberia participates to win the position of Queen-Consort of Itania.
  • One-Woman Wail: The final narration sequence of "Umi no Majo" is accompanied by her lonely humming.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Roberia's Red. Roberia is scheming and aggressive, while Giulietta is naive and passive.
  • The Rival: To Roberia in the singing contest. Their rivalry is, in fact, the whole plot of "Shizunda Utahime".
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: The Sea Witch has all the attributes of a siren in common fantasy stories. Even though in the original myths they are stated to be women with the body of birds, many fanworks depict Giulietta as a mermaid.
  • True Blue Femininity: Giulietta has no official artwork, but her moniker is "The Blue Songstress", plus she becomes the Sea Witch in "Umi no Majo", further strengthening her connection with the color blue and the sea. Naturally, many fans would depict her being dressed head-to-toe in blue in art.

    Thanatos 

The protagonist

Played by: Aramary
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I do not have the strength to live in an instant, but I am not so unfeeling as to be able to live through eternity, either.

"I feel as if Thanatos is watching me from somewhere..."

A mysterious girl who resides in an old, dusty attic. Suffering from insomnia late at night, she fantasizes about the various ways in which her death may arrive by way of the toys strewn about her room, which form the bulk of the album's different plotlines. In addition, she also appears in the bonus track of Pico Magic.


  • Death Seeker: Played with. She has always felt like her life is meaningless and wants it to be ended quickly, yet is also reluctant to meet the eternal darkness. In the end, this trope ultimately gets subverted as she decides to go on with her life. Her somber fantasies still go on, though.
  • Expy: In-Universe. She looks a lot like this pink-haired girl from Chronicle. (She's the one in the middle.)
  • Hearing Voices: She often states in her monologue that she can hear Thanatos whispering to her.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed. Though most of the stories it contained are nowhere near light-hearted, Pico Magic's songs are indeed very catchy and upbeat-sounding. Then you stumble upon the bonus track—"Thanatos no Gensou wa Owaranai". Lonely music, depressing lyrics, scary ending...
  • No Name Given: Which is why the fans named her "Thanako".
  • The Ophelia: She's a creepy, kind of unhinged girl who often hears weird voices and spends her whole screentime in the album rambling about death and lament. Due to the plot's coincidental setting, she doubles as a Madwoman in the Attic.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Subverted. The girl's hair is pink, alright, but her personality is very bleak, nowhere near as cheerful as many of the trope's examples.
  • Straw Nihilist: "Everything you have in this world is meaningless because Death will come for everyone. No exceptions." That's the message behind each of her stories, thus the album as a whole.
    The Protagonist: Even though history will be born anew in a brilliant summer, fantasies of being embraced by Thanatos (death) will never come to cease.
  • Purple Eyes: Fitting, since purple is the color of death in Japanese culture.

    Lost 

The woman who shot down her lover

Played by: Aramary

"In a world where I have lost my lover, flowers of what colour will bloom?"

The protagonist of the song "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi". Her lover was wounded at one point by an ancient monster while trying to save her, and by the time the song is sung, he is already at the brink of transforming into one of its kind. The song details her struggle in killing the creature who was once the man she loved so much.


  • Archer Archetype: Implied to be one, as she attacks her lover using an arrow. She manages to kill him, whom by this point must have become a very powerful beast, so that must mean something.
  • Driven to Suicide: At the song's end, she is heavily implied to shoot, or stab, herself with the same arrow she used to Mercy Kill her lover out of desperation.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: So I asked my girlfriend to kill me, courtesy of the protagonist's boyfriend.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Wait, so that's the plot of "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi"?! That super upbeat pop song?!
  • Rescue Romance: A very, very tragic example. Their romance is kindled at the same time the guy gradually transforms into the same monster he killed. Even the narrator lampshades it:
    Narrator: Their encounter is a promise heading towards misery.
  • Staking the Loved One: This is the whole plot of her song.
  • Together in Death: She is heavily implied to commit suicide in the end, and if we take into account that her quote above are her last words, it would mean that she does so out of her refusal to be left alone.
  • No Name Given: Just like every other characters of the album, sans the magician Sarabando from track 3.

    Pico Magic and Pico Magic Reloaded 

Michèle Malebranche

Played by: Aramary, Rika Fukami (Roman)
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Michèle's depiction in the manga by Katsura Yukimaru.

"Before I bloom madly then wither away inside this cage, allow me to bid goodbye to this world that has lost its love."

The protagonist of the songs "Yaneura no Shōjo", "Ori no Naka no Hana" and possibly "Ori no Naka no Yūgi". After these she makes no further appearances, disappearing from the continuity with little further explanation.

...or is she?

Michèle Malebranche is Sound Horizon's most enigmatic character—her only concrete appearance is in songs that are seemingly only connected to each other and don't have any direct ties to the any other plotlines present, yet fans can discern her presence in almost all albums—as the distinct symbolisms used in her songs came to be recurring themes throughout Revo's work, especially in Roman. In the album's fourth track she is revealed to have reincarnated as a piece of cursed red diamond, and is the source for all the Mind Screw occuring within Roman's world.

In short, Michèle is Sound Horizon's number one source of debate, with fans driving themselves nuts trying to find out what the hell her role really is in the Sound Horizon universe. Regardless of whether she is the God of the whole Sound Horizon universe, the Black Chronicle itself, or is actually manipulating Revo's own story, making your head ache from creating such theories as these is exactly what she does to most characters she interacted with inside the story world proper--trapping their minds inside a loop, making them sink deeper into a spiral of madness just to find out more about her. Congrats.


  • Abusive Parents: Her Start of Darkness began with her insane father locking her up in the attic.
  • Artifact of Death: The Reine Michèle is the world's biggest 30-carat red diamond. Everybody who gets the chance to lay a hand upon it is guaranteed to die horribly. The manga adaptation takes it Up to Eleven, where it dooms just about everyone who's unfortunate enough to happen to be close to it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Considering what she had to go through in her life, you can't help but feel sorry for her being this. In addition, it seems that she has the power to drive everyone who loves her insane until they die horribly in one way or another.
  • Based on a True Story: A certain "Noël Malebranche" adapted her life into a mystery novel. A bulk of its contents serves as the lyrics of "Ori no Naka no Hana".
  • Buried Alive: She came close to being locked up in a coffin then buried alive by her stepfather.
  • Character Overlap: She appears in the bonus track of Roman. And then again in Nein.
  • Darker and Edgier: Well, Sound Horizon's stories do occassionally feature dark themes, but none get as horrible as the "Cage" trilogy, which deal with sexuality, incest and murder described in an almost explicit detail.
  • Enfant Terrible: Despite being a little girl at the time, Michèle somehow managed to murder her biological father in cold blood before using his blood as red paint. Even the authorities examining her can't understand why such an adorable little girl could perform such a grisly act.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Aramary sang "Ori no Naka no Yuugi" and "Ori no Naka no Yuugi"—both of which are strewn with French words and phrases amidst its mostly Japanese lyrics—in a breathy, sensual voice.
  • Fille Fatale: Her twisted rampage had begun since she was still a small girl.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Being locked up in a dark attic during most of your childhood brings predictably unflattering results to your sanity.
  • Gratuitous French: All of her songs sans "Yaneura no Shoujo" note —"Ori no Naka no Hana", "Ori no Naka no Yuugi", "Norowareshi Houseki, and "Seiyou Kottou Yaneuradou"—are all positively contaminated with this, complete with unintelligible pronunciations. Considering her background, this is to be expected.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In her official artwork in Nein, she wears a purple dress.
  • Humanoid Abomination: What a considerable amount of fans view her as.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Said this trope word for word in "Yaneura no Shoujo".
  • La Belle Epoque: Lived in 1890s France. Her life doesn't quite match up to the era's nickname.
  • Lady in Red: How she was depicted in the manga version.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Ori no Naka no Yuugi" and "Ori no Naka no Hana" are sexy jazz songs sung with an intoxicatingly seductive voice. Their stories are about having sex with your stepfather who wants to bury you alive and murdering young boys for some sort of a dark ritual, respectively.
  • Mad Artist: She was chained up in the attic as a child. Her only companions were canvases and paint tubes in three colors. This troper is sure you could see how these two would mix up.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: A variation in that she is not locked up because she is insane, but insane because she is locked up.
  • Meaningful Name: She shares a surname with the malicious guardian demons from Dante Alighieri's Inferno, and a French priest who is known for his dissertations concerning the active role of God in the world and dualism—all prominent themes in Revo's works. Hmmm...
  • Medium Awareness: A less comedic example—she is presumably aware that she is only a character in a story—which is probably why she likened her life to "being trapped in a cage"—and all of the crazy, scary schticks she committed in her songs may very well be her attempts to escape into our world.
  • Mind Screw: She is a walking example of this trope. Her whole existence—her enigmatic theme songs, the "cage" she constantly mentioned, her involvement in Roman—are only the tip of a gigantic iceberg that is the discourse regarding Michèle Malebranche's true role in the Sound Horizon universe. It's made worse by the time Nein came out.
  • The Ophelia: Everything she said "breaches the boundary between reality and fantasy", courtesy of the narration of "Ori no Naka no Hana".
  • Parental Incest: "Ori no Naka no Yuugi" heavily suggests that she used to have a sexual relationship with her stepfather, Armand Ollivier, until he went absolutely nuts and tried to bury her alive.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair in the official art.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In Roman, her spirit is sealed inside a 30-carat red diamond, the biggest in the world.
  • Shotacon: Erotic imageries about young boys and young men pop out constantly in "Ori no Naka no Hana". In the end, she died horribly atop stacks of dried bodies of youths, ostensibly after some sort of a sick ritual.
  • Troll: To just about everybody. Perhaps even Revo himself.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until her father decides that locking her up in an attic is a good idea.
  • Walking Spoiler: Bet nobody expected her cameo when Nein first came out.
  • Woman in Black: How REMI portrayed her in the live, complete with an elegant mink accent.

Rein

Played by: Aramary

"The moment the girl's closed eyes open,
The world will come to witness the worst vision of madness it has ever dreamt of—a cruel God of Death."

The protagonist of the song "Rein no Sekai". She is a blind girl who relies on her dog as assistance.


  • A Boy and His X: A Girl And Her Dog, just like her successor in Roman, Etoile.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The song foretold that the world will come to witness the birth of a "cruel God of Death" if she somehow came to regain her sight. Even the narrator warns us not to get caught in the same world as hers.
  • The Ophelia: The lyrics of her song, implied to be sung from her perspective, is...very rife with metaphors. It requires a very thorough thinking to be understood.

    Elysion 

Elys/El

Played by: Aramary

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There is no such thing as crying in paradise.

"Hey ... papa, what kinds of flowers bloom in that paradise?"

The album's deuteragonist, the Masked Man's only, sickly daughter. She is just about to reach the age of 8 when the album starts, yet is already on the verge of dying of a painful, incurable disease; her wishing for a picture book to her father would serve as the catalyst of the album's catastrophic plot.


  • Children Are Innocent: Her appearance aside, she is actually no different from other little girls about her age, being very naive, Constantly Curious and all, showing absolutely no hint of malice whatsoever throughout her songs. In an ironic twist, the girls her father abducted all harbor incurable contempt for the world and have committed unforgivable sins.
  • Constantly Curious: She comes across as this in "El no Rakuen [->side: E->]".
  • Creepy Child: Subverted. With her completely white hair, skin, clothes and blood-red eyes, it's only natural that you would be creeped out upon seeing her appearance on the cover at first, but once you listen to the music, you'll quickly discover that she's the the nicest character of the whole album.
  • Daddy's Girl: El is the Masked Man's only daughter and remaining family, so of course he would consider her this, and vice versa. In fact, the Masked Man loves El so much that he would drag living girls into Hell just to reunite with her in death.
  • Death Seeker: El wasn't born into a family wealthy enough to be able to afford a medication for her chronic illness; she had no other choice but to wait for death as her only cure. That's why she is as excited to go to paradise as a child on their trip to Disneyland would, as she is sure there would neither be pain nor sorrow in that place. In the end, she never really did get her chance to get in there.
  • Dying Alone: In "El no Rakuen [->side:E->]", she ultimately dies this way. Slowly, painfully, her father's bleeding corpse lying beneath her bed.
  • For Want of a Nail: For want of a picture book, her father gets killed by a very, very angry woman.
  • Ill Girl: Spends most of her life on bed suffering a wasting illness. The singer of "El no Rakuen [->side:E->] implies that El is suffering from consumption, since she mentions that the latter is often struck with bouts of painful coughs and subsequent chest pains.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: "El no Rakuen [->side:A->]". El's finally dead! Yay! It looks like she's finally in the paradise she's been dreaming of! Looks like the girl will get a happy ending with her dad—huh? Wait—she heard somebody crying? Nobody cries in—huh? What's happening? Why are all the trees dying? Why is the sky suddenly turning dark? Isn't this what Hell was supposed to look like?
  • Meaningful Name: Both El and Elys play on Elysion. Also, "El" is a Hebrew name which bears the meaning, "God".
  • Mirthless Laughter: On the bonus track, she greets her dying father with a pained, weak laugh.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: "Eru no Rakuen [-> side:E ->]" suggests that El has convinced herself that her father is still alive and carries on conversations with his dead body. Though, like so much about Sound Horizon, it's open to interpretation.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Due to her father's damnation, El can never get into paradise like she wanted.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: She ends up being cast down into Hell because her father, being a murderer and a kidnapper, has been damned from the start for his crimes.
  • Spoiler Opening: El is already dead by the end of the very first track.
  • Together in Death: With her father. In hell.
  • Nightmare Face: For some incomprehensible reason, the Elysion PV had cute little El played by a horrifying plastic doll with Aramary's mouth pasted into it. Not a very pleasant sight. note 

The Masked Man / Abyss

Played by: Jimang

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The name of this girl, who is about to be born, has been decided since long ago.

"Is that girl my Elys?"

The protagonist of the whole album. The Masked Man is a professional criminal with a past marred by violence and murder, all for the sake of her daughter's well-being. A messy aftermath of a certain murder contract, however, brought an unexpected end to his tale.


  • Badass Cape: Which doubles as an Ominous Opera Cape. Given his profession, he wears this presumably to easily slink away into the darkness.
  • Catch Phrase: Besides the above quote, he's very commonly identified with the line "Zannen datta ne," which probably translates best to "Now that's a shame." That line's appearance in the lyrics of "The Grapevines of Joy and Sadness" leads to the common speculation that Loraine de Saint-Laurent is actually the bride who killed Abyss.
  • Cool Mask: His mask undoubtedly adds several points of coolness to his appearance. It's so cool and badass, Michèle Malebranche takes it and makes it a collection of her antique shop in Nein, presumably after his death.
  • Determinator: Despite his body profusely bleeding from the back, in the middle of winter, no less, he somehow managed to reach his house by crawling. Too bad he died shortly after.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is very, very devoted to El, caring for her and doting on her just like a parent ideally should.
  • From Bad to Worse: Upon his death, he becomes a vengeful ghost abducting young girls to hell, all because he thinks they bear a resemblance to his real daughter. It does nothing but make her fail to be inducted into paradise and cast into hell just like him.
  • Kick the Dog: In the live performance of El's Scales, at the beginning of the song, he's after money, and he sees two injured people on the street. So does he simply mug them quickly and demand the money? No... he sneaks up behind them and freaking takes one of the injured people's crutches and beats him half to death with it before taking their money. Really, there had to be a slightly less... destructive way of achieving the same ends.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up getting stabbed to death by a woman after daring to murder her lover.
  • Magical Flutist: In "The Piper and the Parade"—implied to be an alternate version of Elysion—he is a flutist leading young girls in a march towards an unknown horizon.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: His ghost is a type 2—he wanders the world because he hasn't yet fulfilled his promise to El to celebrate her birthday, restlessly searching for her remains. He's also got the ability to drag living people into hell.
  • Perma Stubble: Has a thin white beard covering his chin.
  • Professional Killer: What he does for a living, in addition to thieving, kidnapping and smuggling.
  • Spoiler Opening: He's already dead from his wounds several minutes into the very first track.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The illustration on the back cover of Elysion ~Rakuen Gensō Monogatari Kumikyoku~ depicts him with glowing red eyes.
  • Together in Death: With El, in hell.

Soror / "Subject 1096"

Played by: Aramary
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Did you think you have become a proud, incompetent Creator [God]?

"Come ... let us return to Paradise, brother ..."

The protagonist of the song "Ark". She is a young girl used as a test subject along with her brother, Frater, by a certain Mad Scientist simply called "The Watcher". He projected the siblings' minds inside his artificial simulator world, the majority of the song's setting besides his laboratory. In the midst of it, she came to harbor a twisted infatuation for Frater. She is the first girl abducted by the Masked Man in order to reunite with Elys.


  • Apocalypse Cult: Frustrated by Frater's increasingly constant avoidance of her, she joins one of these inside the Watcher's world. The cult bestows upon her a silver knife called "Ark" upon her induction, which purportedly bestows salvation upon those who believed in it as Noah's ark does. She eventually becomes such a staunch believer in the cult's teachings and ultimately ended up using it to murder Frater, which is her definition of "inducting" a person into paradise and thus, salvation.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair only reaches as far as her lower ear.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: She falls in love with her older brother. Sadly, Frater does not return her feelings. Their conflicting feelings become the main conflict of her song.
  • Creepy Child: She looks very young compared to the other four girls, yet is already harboring inappropriate sexual thoughts about Frater. The latter has a very good reason to be grossed out.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After stabbing Frater to death, she calmly asks him to accompany her into paradise before bursting into laughter.
  • Fille Fatale: She's still a girl, and she already knows how to kill a person. Specifically, her own brother.
  • If I Can't Have You: If she can't get Frater into paradise with her by himself, she's going to do it by herself.
  • Laughing Mad: After murdering Frater.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The world which serves as the initial setting of "Ark" is actually an artificial construction programmed by "The Watcher", the scientist who's been experimenting on her and Frater. Only after Frater's death does Soror get pulled back into his inhumane laboratory in order to be punished for her crime.
  • A Taste of the Lash: After Frater is murdered, the music is interrupted by a brief narration, telling us of what had actually happened inside the Watcher's laboratory before it returns to Soror's perspective, the background sounds of which are the cruel crackings of a whip. She is implied to be punished by lashing under the Watcher's order after committing the deed.
  • Yandere: Just like the other "Abyss" girls, each of whom harbors a twisted love towards someone. The one she is mad about is her brother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is light purple.

Frater / "Subject 1073"

Soror's older brother.

The Watcher

The person who conducts and/or observes the experiments on Frater and Soror.

Lafrenze

Played by: Aramary

The protagonist of the song "El no Ehon - Majo to Lafrenze". She guards the gates of the underworld, but can only do so as long as she remains a virgin.
  • Virgin Power: Her abilities as the gatekeeper.
  • Woman Scorned: When she finds out Orpheus was just using her ("Hell hath no fury..." is a strangely appropriate expression, there).

Crimson Old Rose

Played by: Aramary

A witch who was banished from her country. She was the one who raised Lafrenze.
  • Character Overlap: She and Alte Rose (German for "old rose") in Märchen are implied to be the same person.

Orpheus

The nun / "Maiden of the Twisted Pearl" / "Baroque"

Played by: Aramary

The protagonist of the song "Baroque".
  • Decapitation Presentation: In the live performance.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She is absolutely terrified of being rejected, so when the girl she's fallen in love with rejects her love, she snaps.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: There's the obvious Death by Woman Scorned, of course, but the fact that she's a lesbian to begin with, as a member of the (presumably) Catholic Church, and confessed (presumably hoping to commence a relationship) goes pretty well against Catholic dogma, even if she hadn't been rejected and gone Psycho Lesbian.
  • True Blue Femininity: In the album illustrations, her habit is blue. Averted in the concerts, where she wears a standard black habit.

The farm girl / "Yield"

Played by: Aramary

The protagonist of the song "Yield".

The bride

Played by: Aramary

The protagonist of the song "El no Tenbin".
  • Character Overlap: She and Loraine de Saint-Laurent in Roman are implied to be the same person.

The older sister / "Sacrifice"

Played by: Aramary

The protagonist of the song "Sacrifice".
  • The Caretaker
  • I Wished You Were Dead: At one point, she is so envious of her younger sister that she prays for her death, after which her sister becomes infected with the plague. Feeling guilty, the older sister takes her wish back and her sister recovers ... and then their mother dies.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Female version. It's implied that she ends up burning the entire village down as retribution for her sister's death.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After her sister becomes ill, she blames herself for it due to having previously wished for her death.
  • Promotion to Parent: After her mother's death, she plays the role of a mother to her younger sister.
  • The Unfavourite: She certainly feels like it, but it may not actually be the case.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: The end of the song implies this.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After the injustice she faced, it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

The younger sister

The woman in red / "Stella"

Played by: Aramary, Fuki (Nein)

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Women are not mute, big dolls that can only look pretty. Do you understand, my dear love?

"We are a match, aren't we? We match up each other very perfectly, ah...I'm so happy..."

The protagonist of the song "Stardust". She is a woman so fascinated with true love, she cannot perfectly comprehend the notion of "breaking up". Catching her ex with his new girlfriend—in matching white clothes, no less—by some coincidence, the woman snaps, shot the ex in cold blood, then took his bloodied clothes as some sort of a twisted keepsake to remind herself how they used to match in the same way he and his new girlfriend's clothes did... until it rusted and becomes black. She is the last girl abducted by the Masked Man in order to reunite with Elys.

In Nein, she reappears in the song "Nikushimi wo Hanataba ni Kaete" ("Turn Your Hatred into A Bouquet"), and is called "Stella" by the fashion show announcer.


  • Abusive Parents: Nein reveals that her father is this.
    Stella: That's right...It's my fault here...I'm sorry...I'm sorry...I'll become a good girl, so please, don't hit me, Papa!
  • Amicable Exes: She rejected Gino's marriage proposal after some time of dating, but 4 minutes after the heart-breaking sequence they meet up with each other and act like they're best friends already.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In Nein, she develops this with Luna, a fellow model who she initially hates for having stolen a certain "lover" of hers.note  After teasing each other for a long time, Stella finally decides to ask Luna out...and was promptly rejected.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She is this in both albums, but more on the creepy side in Elysion. In Nein, though, she plays the trope straight in a lighter tone. If giving your date a flower bouquet with a gun in the middle of it still won't convince you just how much of a Cloudcuckoolander she is, this troper doesn't know what else will.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Listen to the first half part of "Stardust" before the refrain and feel the contrast of the trigger-happy, murderous lyrics against the cheerful instrumental and vocal. That should give you a full explanation on her craziness. It's made worse in the Elysion live, as Aramary sings even more cheerfully and bounces up and around the stage to boot.
  • Fashion Show: In Nein, she is scouted by the famed designer Giorgio "Gino" del Cielo as a model for his "Verseine Collection" brand and naturally participates in this.
  • Freudian Excuse: As was stated above, it's heavily implied that the reason she became such a glutton for love and affection—and snaps when she is betrayed—is because her father never gave her any of them.
  • Lady in Red: She loves the color red very much. This extends to the redness of blood.
  • Lighter and Softer: Goodness no, not her original song, but her song in Nein. "Nikushimi wo Hanataba ni Kaete" is filled with many light-hearted jokes and comedic effects (a true rarity in the Sound Horizon universe), has a rejection of marriage proposal as its saddest moment instead of a child's death like many other albums, ends with the protagonist being truly happy and satisfied without having to experience any other losses or deaths, and nobody remarkably dies. Also, the song arguably presents less horrible after-effects compared to other tracks from the album, as having to deal with prejudice as a lesbian woman is obviously a normal thing compared to getting dragged into Hell alive by a ghost who thinks you resemble his dead daughter.
  • Love Freak: It would seem that "true love" is the only thing that's available on her mind.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Only visible if you watch the live, Elysion and Nein both.
  • The Tragic Rose: Played with. Rose is a recurrent motif in both versions of her song, but each song presents it differently. "Stardust" presents the rose as a symbolism for Stella's mad passion and its fatal consequences—thus playing the trope straight—while "Nikushimi wo Hanataba ni Kaete" represents it as a symbol for her renewed affection and vivacity, subverting the trope instead.
  • Woman Scorned: "Stardust" follows her descent into madness as she is slowly eaten up by her hatred as this.
  • Yandere: Very clingy and oh so very jealous. She wouldn't hesitate to blow your brains out with her trusty gun if she caught you cheating on her.

The woman in red's lover

Played by: Shin-Imayama (Nein encore)
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Shin-Imayama portraying the man in Nein's encore of Stardust.

The man who was once the lover of The Woman in Red. It seems that they used to have a happy relationship until the man presumably grows bored of her and decides to start a new one behind her back. Needless to say, the results ain't pretty.


  • Casanova Wannabe: Shin-Imayama's portrayal of him in Nein brings this plus Handsome Lech into mind.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Poor guy should have known his ex better.
  • Flat Character: His characterization amounts to nothing but being a cheating bastard.
  • Oh Crap!: In all incarnations of him from the live concert, he always had this expression on when Stella caught him cheating on her red-handed.
  • Rustproof Blood: Very noticeably averted - the song notes that the blood turns black as it's exposed to air, for symbolic purposes.
  • The Voiceless: Averted in the Nein encore, but briefly. Shin-Imayama only uttered one line in the whole song, which is originally spoken by the narrator.
  • White Shirt of Death: And then his own blood turns it red.

     Shōnen wa Tsurugi wo ... 

    Roman 

Hiver Laurant

Played by: Revo

The album's protagonist. He is actually the soul of a stillborn child, and his curiosity about life and death prompts him to send his two dolls, Violette and Hortense, out into the world to find stories revolving around these subjects.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Well, more so "heartbreaking" than "convenient", really, especially after taking certain songs (like "Honoo") into account. It's also what sets the album in motion: Hiver is actually the soul of a stillborn, and his curiosity about life and death, as well as a desire to be born into the world, is what prompts him to send the dolls out to find stories revolving around those subjects.
  • Fisher King: Hiver in the manga. He's obviously not in our world, but the very little we see of the... mysterious place he stays in seems pretty parallel to winter, what with its emptiness and open space of white. Probably makes some lovely echoes, too.

Violette and Hortense

Played by: KAORI (Violette) and YUUKI (Hortense)

"I wonder if a story exists there ..."

Hiver's two dolls. Violette is associated with death, while Hortense is associated with life.
  • Catch Phrase: "Soko ni Roman wa aru no kashira", which means "I wonder if a story exists there."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Even though Violette is the one associated with death, she never shows any signs of being any creepier or more amoral than Hortense. In fact, in the song Honoo, she's the one "swaying with joy," while Hortense is the one "wet with sadness." Then again, considering the situation, there may be more than one way to interpret that.
  • Expy: Blond, twin Elegant Gothic Lolita Ridiculously Human Robot Girls? Now where has that shown up before?
  • Robot Girl: Though they're actually the embodiment of twin dolls given to the stillborn Laurent by his mother on his burial, so not technically robots as much as maybe golems, they still use very stilted and emotionless language, and the remix of "Asa to Yoru no Roman" clearly has them singing in a mechanical voice, not to mention that in live performances, KAORI and YUUKI always perform them by moving in a stilted, mechanical matter.

The Blond-Haired Laurant / Leon Laurant

The protagonist of the song Miezaru Ude.
  • Epiphany Therapy: After Laurencin kills the red-headed Laurant (or slightly before, when he sees the red-headed Laurant, in the manga), he recognizes that his life isn't over yet and finally decides to try to clean himself up and move on with his life.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: In the manga, he complains that the alcohol he drinks is absolutely terrible before downing the glass. It's actually a plot point when at the end of the chapter he drinks wine and he notices that it actually tastes good. It's the first time he's actually drunk for the taste, as opposed to in order to get drunk.

The Red-Haired Laurant / Flambeau Laurant

The antagonist of the song Miezaru Ude.
  • Karmic Death: Moreso in the manga, where he's guilty of a lot more (There's a reason Laurencin wanted to kill him, after all).

Laurencin

The man who ultimately kills the red-headed Laurant in Miezaru Ude. In the manga, he is taken to also be the protagonist of Hiiro no Fuusha, which thus explains his motivation. Most details on him only appear in the manga.
  • Badass Long Robe: When he's grownup and kills the red-headed Laurant. Not that it takes that much badassery to kill someone drunk to the gills, but still. He did it in a badass fashion.
  • Best Served Cold: Against the red-headed Laurant.
  • But Your Wings Are Beautiful: Ciel, the girl he tries to run away from the village with, likes the mark on the back of his neck, seeing it as like a pair of tiny wings.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Spin and spin, o red windmill...
  • Distinguishing Mark: A red patch on the back of his neck that appears when blood runs to his head. He hides it for fear that the other kids will see it as a Mark of the Beast - and indeed they do search him for one at the beginning of the manga.

Etoile

Played by: YUUKI

The protagonist of the song "Hoshikuzu no Kawahimo".

  • A Boy and His X: A Girl And Her Dog.
  • Ill Girl: She's nearly blind and is going to go completely blind.
  • Meaningful Name: In story. Her mother named her "Etoile", meaning "star" so that her path would always sparkle like the stars. This became something of a bitter joke to her later, since due to her poor eyesight, she's never actually been able to see the stars.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is implied to have died, and since Pleut has the same voice as her mom, it's become a common fan theory that her mom was reincarnated as Pleut.

Auguste Laurant

Played by: Jimang

The protagonist of the song "Tenshi no Chōzō". He is a talented and famous sculptor who falls into despair after his wife's death in childbirth.

Monica

Played by: YUUKI

The protagonist of the song "Utsukushiki Mono".

Loraine de Saint-Laurent

Played by: REMI

The protagonist of the song "Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu".
  • Character Overlap: She and the unnamed bride in Elysion are implied to be the same person. This is also the interpretation the manga adaptation takes.
  • Impoverished Patrician: From this sort of family, which is why her father insists that she marry a rich man rather than the poor vineyard-worker whom she truly loves.
  • Red Headed Heroine: Her character design in the manga, and possibly in the album illustrations, but it's hard to tell in the latter.
  • Runaway Fiancée: Implied in the song, definitely the case in the manga.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With the servant (named Neige in the manga).

Savant

Played by: Jimang

One of the characters in the song "Tasogare no Kenja". Borders on Supporting Protagonist of the song.
  • Good with Numbers: Put this guy together with The Count in a locked room, and we may or not have some serious mathematical breakthroughs, but certainly, everything down to the seconds they'd spent together in that room would be counted.

    Seisen no Iberia 

Layla

Played by: YUUKI
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The chronicles of history race rapidly; choosing an era of pain and sorrow, I took those hands in mine...note 

"Why is it that...ever since...humankind can never sever
Their malicious chain of repeating conflicts?
Who should a weakling such as I hate? Ah, somebody...tell me..."

The album's heroine. She was at first only a normal Spanish girl born from a Muslim father and a Christian mother until the Reconquista broke out in her homeland and the respective opposing forces of her parents' religions killed each of them. Refusing to remain in the dangerous warzone, she recklessly decided to escape her hometown, barefoot and with nothing but the clothes on her back. A patrolling soldier mistook her for an enemy and shot her with a flamed arrow, by which she ended up getting knocked down to a mysterious cave where a certain demon dwells...


  • Anachronism Stew: Her post-transformation clothes comes absolutely nowhere near 14th century fashion, though it's justified considering she's basically an (mostly) immortal demon now.
  • A Boy and His X: A Girl and Her Ancient Demon. Though her case is arguably far less heartwarming than most examples listed in the trope's page.
  • Determinator: Her decision to escape her Doomed Hometown was clearly made in an instant—she only had herself and the clothes on her back. Thankfully, it came with a benefit of its own.
  • Deal with the Devil: She made a contract with Shaytan to become immortal, at first only to save her own life, but as she spent more time with him she came to realize that she could use him and the newfound power he gave her to put an end to the Reconquista itself.
  • Emergency Transformation: Formed a pact with Shaytan to transform herself into one of his kind in her dying breath. Unlike most examples, though, she is the one who chose to be transformed herself and did so without any hints of desperation whatsoever.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her post-transformation hair.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Though Revo made the ending intentionally ambiguous, some fans interpreted that her and Shaytan's way to end the war itself was to let the warring factions unite against them—whom both sides agreed to be malicious monsters who are really humanity's true adversaries.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Repeatedly refers to herself as "weak".
  • Magic Kiss: This was how she and Shaytan formed their contract.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Her father was a Muslim. Her mother, a Christian. The family lived happily, but this was 14th century Spain, at the height of religious military campaigns. A happy ending is already out of the question.
  • Multicolored Hair: Post-transformation, she sports a half-brown half-fiery red hair.
  • Plucky Girl: Has shades of these shown throughout the single. One of the most defining moments was certainly the rash way she escaped her hometown, and also her plan to put an end to the whole conflict.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Though her relationship with Shaytan is shown to be no more than strictly platonic in the original album, fans like to interpret them to be these—most likely because of they way their contract was sealed. Revo being, well, Revo, he decided to run with this idea in the 3rd Territorial Expansion live tourExplanation .
  • Take a Third Option: In the end, she chose not to put an end to either sides of the conflict—she chose to end the war itself.
  • Taken for Granite: In the official music video for "Ishidatami wo Akeki Akuma", Shaytan turned her briefly into a stone before she emerged as a full-fledged creature of his kind.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Very heavily implied to be how she chose to end the war—the way Shaytan lured them, it seems that they're uniting both the Christians and the Muslims to annihilate them, the demons, whom both sides agreed to be their adversaries since the beginning of time.
  • Tsundere: During a live break after singing "Shinryakusuru Mono sareru Mono", she acted like this towards Shaytan. Because he just couldn't be in time to eat the lunch she made him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She and Shaytan disappeared without a trace in the ending. Master Tsadi lampshaded it. It's possible that the warring factions, upon their unification at Shaytan's lure, drove them into oblivion.

Shaytan

Played by: Revo
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I have been deserted in time, amidst darkness that seemed too long, even forgetting my name—until I saw your light, until you called me forth.

"Should you find it in you the resolution to swallow the bitter poison known as 'cruel eternity',
Together shall we live."

A supposedly very ancient demon sealed by sages of a bygone era in a cave by way of a sacred aqua blue stone. The stone was then cast away somewhere unknown, leaving Shaytan to wallow inside complete darkness for ages, completely alive and conscious, too. He spent too long a time in the darkness to the point of almost forgetting his name, until a certain wounded girl stumbled upon his prison...


  • Boots of Toughness: In addition to being a Sealed Badass in a Can, his boots are very thick in heels indeed. Not to mention the Spikes of Doom they had on the front side.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He may or may not be The Devil himself, but he is a completely neutral character through and through. Layla, his contractor, is the one who ultimately makes the decisions, after all.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Shaytan's hair is in a burning shade of red, but he hardly ever shows any signs of a prominent emotion.
  • The Giant: Shaytan's a tall guy. See him looming behind the cast in the cover art? That's not an illusion of perspective; that's just what he literally looks like.
  • Horned Humanoid: In tune to how demons are usually portrayed in art.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Him and Layla. They're past being One Head Taller.
  • Large Ham: Not originally like this in the single; he's subtler in showing his emotions. It's just that Revo had too much fun playing as him in the 3rd Territorial Expansion concert. Exhibit A:
    Shaytan: "Still you slaughter your own brethren, even now? O, ye humankind!! It is I who is your true ENEMYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! *the screen shook and the audience went wild*
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He looks burlier in the above image, but still fits. In the live, though, Revo's youthful, J-Pop idol singer figure fits the trope's ideal image perfectly.
  • Magic Kiss: How he sealed Layla's pact with him.
  • Mirthless Laughter: When he realized that Layla had just called him "Shaytan", which means "demon".
  • Our Demons Are Different: He doesn't seem to harbor any grudges for humanity, and acts only according to his contractor (a.k.a Layla)'s wishes. He does actively tempt Layla into forging the pact with him, but through no malicious means either: he simply reminded her that her hometown is falling apart, everybody she used to love is slowly dying one by one, then proceeded to question whether she would simply sit still watching the war massacre more innocents.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has eyes appropriately described by the narrator as "ruby-red". Its left side sports a slitted pupil while another is an ol' glowing red orb, in an interesting variation of the Mismatched Eyes trope.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: Shaytan was locked up by a very powerful sorcerer a long time ago. According to myths, he's supposed to be an evil demon, and his powers are indeed destructive, but he doesn't do anything truly evil in the album.
  • Tears of Blood: Shed these in the music video of "Ishidatami wo Akeki Akuma", for reasons that could only be described as "it looked edgy".
  • Thanatos Gambit: To fulfill Layla's wish of ending the despicable war itself, it was suggested in "Shinryakusuru Mono sareru Mono" that Shaytan lured the warring factions into uniting against him, which would most likely result in his and Layla's descent into oblivion since they are both demons, believed by both sides of the conflict to be the source of evil.
  • Tsundere: During live breaks, he had this menacing, pragmatic demon persona towards the audience, but in Layla's presence, it's clear that he was trying so hard to hide the fact that he wants to be at home with her all day.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He commanded the warring factions of the Reconquista into conciliation by reminding them of the larger threat: himself, already the enemy of humanity since they were first created by God. It helps that this is true to both Christian and Islamic beliefs, so it didn't take long for them to put aside their differences.

    Moira 

Moira

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A figure from the live tour whom many fans interpreted to be Moira herself. The actor changes each day.
"Nevertheless, go forth and conquer, my children."

The goddess of fate. As narrated in "Shinwa -Mythos-", She was the first being that emerged from Chaos, then conceived children who will become elements of the world as we know it, including Death a.k.a Thanatos, her youngest child—hence her moniker, "The Mother of All Life". Although she is a very important character, she never actually appears in the album. Though the bonus track "Kami no Hikari -Moira-" seems to have been sung from her perspective.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: She had been mentioned as early as Seisen no Iberia by Enja in "Arasoi no Keifu".
    Enja: In happier times, none realize that the one who quietly turns the cogwheel is <The Sixth Goddess> [Fate];
    In unhappier times, they realized too late that the one who cast the world down into gnawing hell is, too, <The Sixth Goddess> [Fate].
  • Expy: The fact that she is basically a Queen of the Gods, ruling over the heavens and all things in the world, is a clear indication that she is derived from ol' Zeus, specifically his aspect as Zeus Moiragetes, the ruler of Fate. She is also the Chaos' oldest "child" and a mother deity type, which also bears some resemblance to Gaia.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen
  • You Can't Fight Fate: It's implied that every single thing happening in this album (or perhaps the Sound Horizon universe as a whole) is all according to her design , which would mean that Thanatos' whole rebellion is a Shaggy Dog Story from the very start.

Thanatos

Played by: Revo
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Be they a king or a slave, a saint or a whore, all shall be loved equally.

"Moira ... if you continue to manipulate lives ... I will continue to save every living being by continuing to bring death to them."

The god of Death, Moira's aforementioned youngest child. He hates Moira for bringing suffering to humans, so he plans to overthrow her. His first step is to lead as many humans to their deaths as possible. His second step involves also heaping an inconsiderable amount of suffering to his chosen hero, Elefseus, so that the latter will come to blame Moira for his suffering and eventually rebel against her.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: After "Meiou" was sung in the live concert, a body of text showed up in the screen, showing Thanatos' monologue. It stated that the other gods ostracized him due to his nature and duty, which prompts him to question his mother why is he born this way.
  • Cool Mask: At rare instances he wears this ornate (yet still creepy) mask. In the Moira live, the mask was used to disguise the double performing as him when he and Elef are supposed to be on stage together, since they are both voiced by Revo.
  • The Cameo: In the live version of Nein, his face appeared on the stage screen in the last part of "Ai to Iu Na no Toga".
  • The Chooser of The One: The one who chose Elef as his champion in fighting against Moira. Since R.E.V.O. messed his whole plan up in Nein, he chose Scorpius of all people as a replacement, or so it was implied in the live.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is dressed head-to-toe in blackish purple and the underworld he ruled over is dark and gloomy, but he had no traditionally "evil" intentions whatsoever.
  • The Dreaded: The narrator of Thanatos' "I Am" Song "Meiou" stated (in English) that "the living are terrified by the real God of Death". The Japanese translation of this narration states something along the lines of him being "The very existence of Death feared by humankind".
  • Expy: Sans his ambitions to overthrow Heaven, he is clearly an amalgamation of both Greek mythology's Thanatos (who is the son of the Night herself rather than Fate) and Hades, the Lord of the Dead (who is the older brother of the ruler of Heaven rather than his son).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Of course. They don't get much sunlight down there in Hades.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He hates Moira for manipulating people's lives and bringing suffering to them, but his plan to overthrow her involves him doing the exact same things to Elef.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: In the live, to match Thanatos' impressive height, Revo also had to wear these performing as him, too.
  • Large and in Charge: He towers over all humans and is King of the whole Underworld.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The whole plot is kicked off by his wrath towards the rule of his mother, the Goddess of Fate, who resides in the heavens.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's...even more taller than you would expect, though. As in, two times the average human height.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fanon deems his favorite food to be mayonnaise after a hilarious Mondegreen following "Meiou"'s teaser.Explanation 
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He may have been heaping a lot of shit upon Elef's life, but all he wanted to come out of it in the end was justice for the mortals whom Moira has undeservedly bestowed miserable lives upon.

Mu and Phi

Played by: REMI (Mu), Ayaka Naitou (original recording)/Mari Endou (LIVE) (Phi)
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All of you, too, shall come to know that none is fair in this world, except [Thanatos].

"[Thanatos] loves [the living] as much as he loves [the dead]."

Two mysterious young girls who are most likely Thanatos' closest attendants. Named after the 12th (Mu) and 21st (Phi) letters of the Greek alphabet. Mu is the ponytailed one, while Phi is the braided one.


  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: They are named after two of the letters from the Greek alphabet, Just like Thanatos' other (more skeletal) attendants.
  • Creepy Doll: Never explicitly stated, but look very closely at the way they move in the live. At some moments it perfectly matches Thanatos' hand movements, making them akin to string puppets. This is actually the case when they're performing the encore of "Kowareta Marionette", as they fill in the role of the titular doll with Thanatos as their puppetmaster.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Just like Thanatos. Hades, after all, is not exactly a place where the sun can shine through.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: They wear something resembling this even though they are mythical beings from Ancient Greece. Though they get a pass since they're exactly not of this world.
  • Greek Chorus: To Thanatos, the same way the Harmonias are for the rest of the track after "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou -Matryoshka-". These girls only appear in one track, though.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Which mirror each other.
  • Satellite Character: All we know of them is that they're loyal to Thanatos and nothing more.
  • Vocal Dissonance: They have the look of cute young girls, but are voiced by soprano women. It comes off as very eerie.
  • White Mask of Doom: Made from the bones of human eye sockets.

Elefseus ("Elef") / Amethystos

Played by: Revo (adult), Yukana (child)
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Life is something to be lost.

"Despite all mortals being pitiful slaves of Fate,
They enslave each other nonetheless; what a dry farce!"

The protagonist of the whole album. He used to lead a happy life with his twin sister, Misia, and his parents, Polydeuces and Elphina, until Scorpius suddenly barged into their home, killed them, and sold the kids into slavery. Ever since then, his life has been nothing but endless misery with very little moments of refuge. That's certainly one way to put it.

In Nein, he reappears with Misia on track 7, "Ai to Iu Nano Toga".


  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Misia's death in "Shiseru Otome, Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu -Parthenos-" is pretty much his last straw in bearing with all the trials and tribulations Moira gave him.
  • Alternate Continuity: Instead of the liberator of slaves, invulnerable warrior, and vessel for the God of Death he was in Moira, in Nein he is this goofy young man who couldn't be bothered to care less about the slaves whose fate he shared once. Granted, he's implied to have become a pirate mate, but with Misia alive, his purpose has been completed; what more should he do besides taking care of her?
  • Animal Motifs: The wolf, symbolizing his loneliness, and the bird, symbolizing his desire for freedom.
  • Arcadia: He and Misia used to literally live here, specifically its idyllic, mountainous region.
  • Badass Cape: That cape he wore—the chlamys—whether worn as Elefseus or Amethystos, never fails to make him look so cool.
  • The Chosen One: It sure as Hades ain't a good thing for him.
  • Cosmic Plaything: And it happens for a reason. His misery is part of Thanatos' plans to sabotage his mother's reign.
  • Death Wail: When he finds Misia's body, complete with the sound of trickling raindrops, soft thunder growls, and a sombre violin piece in the background. It's as heartbreaking as you thought it'd be.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Nein, he gets relegated to the position of deuteragonist as Misia gets the spotlight.
  • Distant Duet: With Misia, first in "Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari -Istoria-" and then in "Shiseru Otome, Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu -Parthenos-". The latter is a rather heartbreaking example since despite them technically being beside each other, Misia has already become a ghost and, in the live concert, Elef is unable to see her.
  • The Dreaded: As Amethystos, he becomes this for Hellenes, as famed heroes easily fall left and right on his sword.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Without context, you'd think that Long-Haired Pretty Boy above is a really pretty girl.
  • Expy: His character seems to have been derived from several notable figures both in Classical Mythology and classical history:
    • He and Misia are twins with a Divine Parentage, but Misia dies during the course of the story, while he is elevated to an almost godlike status by a divine figure a.k.a Thanatos, and they are symbolized by the constellation Gemini, which should remind you of the Dioscouri a.k.a Castor and Pollux.
    • He is an invulnerable, dreaded warrior with terrible powers granted by a divine figure, fueled by vengeance after the death of his loved one, and the main protagonist of the whole epic/album. This is clearly a dead ringer for Achilles.
    • His rage at Misia's sacrifice at the hands of Scorpius is reminiscent of Clytemnestra's when her daughter Iphigenia is sacrificed to Artemis by her own husband, Agamemnon.
    • And lastly, the fact that he, a former slave, liberated his former comrades and made them his army is clearly a homage to Spartacus, the famous gladiator from Thrace and leader of the infamous slave rebellion against the Roman Empire.
  • Foil: He ultimately became this to Misia as he underwent a drastic Character Development upon her death. Unlike the latter, Elef finds it hard to just sit by and endure rounds of ridiculous hardships just because "it's fate"; that way, he felt like no more than a slave bound by the leash of his master, which is what he actually was during childhood.
  • Hollywood Costuming: When designing his battle attire as Amethystos, yokoyan clearly took a lot of liberties from what is expected from a traditional Ancient Greek armor. No helmet to be seen, using dual swords instead of the standard shield and sword, not to mention wearing what seems to be a pair of pants on his legs. Even when seen from the viewpoint that he isn't siding with the Greeks, but the Barbaroinote , his armor is still far off from their actual stuffs.
  • Implacable Man: Amethystos, since he is backed by Death himself, who intends to reap humans off this Earth to "save" them from being assigned miserable fates by his mother.
  • Large Ham: He began throwing this onwards from "Shiseru Otome, Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu".
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair reaches shoulder-length, and his facial features differ very little from Misia's delicate ones. Just look at the above image.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He's not a "big brother" per se as he and Misia are twins and Revo never specified which one is older, but he fits the trope all the same, as he would not hesitate to destroy all of Hellenes if it is to avenge Misia's death.
  • Made a Slave: After his foster parents are killed, Scorpius' goons sold him and Misia into the slave market. He is then bought as a public slave, tasked with the hard labor of building Ilion's massive rampart.
  • Meaningful Rename: When he invades Ilion as retribution for Misia's death, he changes his name to Amethystos.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He is usually portrayed to behave like this around men who even merely asks about Misia during live tour intermezzos. This makes perfect sense as she is the priestess to a goddess who requires her women-only followers to remain a virgin.
  • Nay-Theist: His attitude towards Moira—he in fact hates her for constantly bestowing upon him an immeasurable amount of suffering. What he fails to realize is that the one bringing him the most misfortune is actually Thanatos, as Elef's life is part of his gambit to overthrow his mother.
  • Purple Eyes: He has these, which is bizarre considering his biological family has either green or brown eyes. Though in Elef's own case, it's fitting since he's Thanatos' chosen champion, and the latter's color scheme is purple—the color of Death in Japanese culture.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Misia's death prompted him on a bloody quest of revenge against all of Hellenes, and, later, the Mother of All Life herself.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Misia's death.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Raised in a very harsh environment as a child slave, young Elef already knew how to cuss vulgarly and stab a man in the back. However, said man undoubtedly deserved it since he tried to rape his twin sister.
  • Villain Protagonist: You might not be able to tell in earlier tracks, but his Character Development in "Doreitachi no Eiyuu -Elefseus-" pretty much cements him as this.

Artemisia ("Misia")

Played by: Minami Kuribayashi
Portrayed by: Tomoyo Kurosawa (child, live concert)
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Do not grieve, for even the most fleeting light is a gift bestowed by Moira.

"In order to test us, the heavens showered us with nothing but trials.
At that...we mortals have no choice but to simply accept them without question..."

Elefseus' twin sister. She is shown to be a tomboy, cheerful girl during childhood, but subsequent traumatic events mellowed her out drastically. Her parents killed, Misia and her twin brother are sold as slaves, the result being Misia unwillingly inducted as an apprentice of the hetairai. Elef and Misia are briefly reunited at Ilion and attempted to run away by way of a ship, but a terrible storm shipwrecked it, separating the twins. Misia drifted ashore on the island of Lesbos, domain of the Star Goddess, severely traumatized. Thankfully, the wise poetess Sophia found her and nurtured her into adulthood.

In Nein, she reappears with Elef on track 7, "Ai to Iu Nano Toga".


  • Astrologer: She is imbued with the special power of predicting people's fates by reading the stars. This is how she came to foresee her death, as she saw the constellation of Virgo being turned upside-down.
  • Attempted Rape: The depraved priest of Anemos the Wind God, Nestor, came very, very close to having his way with her until Elef (most likely) stabbed him in the back.
  • Arcadia: She and Elef used to literally live here, specifically its idyllic, mountainous region.
  • Ascended Extra: She isn't really an extra in Moira, being its deuteragonist and all, but she did took her brother's place in Nein as the principal protagonist.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: As taught by Sophia, Misia came to dislike making a fuss about everything that has transpired in her life, as she believes that they are all gifts from Moira.
  • Broken Bird: Downplayed. She is prevented from breaking too much by Sophia, who taught her that hardship is something to be both embraced and endured.
  • Distant Duet: With Elef, first in "Shiseru Monotachi no Monogatari -Istoria-" and then in "Shiseru Otome, Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu -Parthenos-". The latter is a rather heartbreaking example since despite them technically being beside each other, Misia has already become a ghost and, in the live concert, Elef is unable to see her.
  • Dull Surprise: In the original album's main concert, Minami Kuribayashi's performance as Misia was...adorned...by a very bored gaze. Even when she was about to be stabbed to death. Misia may be demure and quiet, but not to that extent. Observe the Moira live footages of "Hoshi Megami no Miko" and "Shiseru Otome, Sono Te ni wa Suigetsu." Thankfully, Minami gets more and more better by each appearances until this ultimately got subverted in Nein's concert.
  • Expy: Like her brother and most characters from the album, she is an amalgamation of several notable figures from Classical history and mythology:
    • It is stated many times in the album that Misia is fond of the moon reflected on the water's surface. She has been stated several times to be a virgin maiden. Her namesake is derived from the Greek goddess of the Moon, who is notable for that too. You do the math.
    • She and Elef are twins with a Divine Parentage, but she dies during the course of the story, while her brother is elevated to an almost godlike status by a divine figure a.k.a. Thanatos, and they are symbolized by the constellation Gemini, which should remind you of the Dioscouri a.k.a Castor and Pollux.
    • Her sacrifice, conducted to further a single man's power-hungry ambitions, is eerily reminiscent of Iphigenia's sacrifice by her own father, Agamemnon, so that he can advance his ship to attack Troy.
    • She is an oracle forcibly abducted from a temple after foreseeing her own death, much like Cassandra from the myths (not to be confused with the Cassandra from this album).
  • Famous Last Words: "That...voice..." as she realized who had killed her. It's the same man that slaughtered her family and made her life miserable in the first place.
    • Her last words proper before ceasing to appear from the story altogether is "Farewell...farewell, my other self."in Greek 
  • Foil: She ultimately became this for Elef as he underwent a drastic Character Development upon her death. Unlike Elef, she wholeheartedly believed until the end that no men can ever change whatever path Moira has destined for them; though instead of cursing its inevitability, they should brave whatever is coming their way as having a life, in itself, had been the most precious gift she can ever give.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Offered herself in place of her friend Phyllis as sacrifice for the Water God.
  • Hollywood Costuming: That white tunic she wears underneath her purple robe? In the live concert, it's actually a two-piece top and skirt (which in itself is already bizarre in Ancient Greece) with puffed sleeves, lace, and buttons at the front.
  • Made a Slave: After her foster parents are killed, Scorpius' goons sold her and Elef into the slave market. For Misia, this technically happened temporarily, as she is then bought as an apprentice to the hetairainote . Nonetheless, it is all but stated during several key moments that she is never comfortable with this, let alone having consented to it.
  • Nice Guy: Female version. You can't really say otherwise of her when she offers herself as a Human Sacrifice in place of her friend and mentor.
  • Plucky Girl: From what little we can see of her child self in "Unmei no Futago", she seems to be the tomboyish, braver twin before her parents were killed and she was made a slave. After getting through all of those ordeals, only to end up getting shipwrecked, she became much more quieter and demure. For the first half of "Ai to Iu Nano Toga" in Nein, she got her kicks back.
  • Purple Eyes: She has these, which is bizarre considering her biological family has either green or brown eyes.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: Her hair's got...bits of purple streaks...but she fits in nonetheless.

The Harmonias / Six Sister Goddesses of Poetry

Played by: MIKI (Ionia), REMI (Doria), Haruka Shimotsuki (Phrygia), Ayaka Naitou (original recording)/Mari Endou (LIVE) (Lydia), KAORI (Aeolia), YUUKI (Locria)
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From left to right: Ionia, Doria, Phrygia, Lydia, Aeolia, Locria

"Who are the narrators? We are the narrators.
Who are the singers? We are the singers."

The six goddesses of poetry who are daughters of Harmonia, one of the oldest goddesses in Moira's pantheon. They serve little purpose to the story proper besides singing of the events that transpired within it.


  • Anachronism Stew: Lace incongruously adorn their white capes, which would not even be discovered late in the Middle Ages, and they have hairs that come out of modern Japanese salons (especially Lydia, and Locria, who sports the clearly-Japanese Hime Cut). Justified as they are goddesses and thus do not exactly live in a fixed time like us.
  • Blue Eyes: All of them uniformly sport these.
  • Expy: Of the Muses, who are often invoked by classical writers to help them recite their tales.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Each of them wore a crown of flowers that differ by their respective color schemes.
  • Greek Chorus: To the whole album after "Jinsei wa Ireko Ningyou".
  • Hime Cut: Locria and Ionia. Ionia's is a straight example, though Locria's has short, rounded sidecuts surrounding her face.
  • Meaningful Name: Their names are derived from ancient Anatolian regions.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Doria's hair, though only on the front side.
  • Statuesque Stunner: If you squint, you will realize that in this picture that Aeolia (the second one from the right) is the tallest of her sisters. Her singer, Kaori Oda, is the tallest female singer in Moira.
  • Theme Naming: They are all named after musical modes, as do their colors represent said modes.

Scorpius

Played by: Norio Wakamoto (speaking voice), Masashi Ōyama (live performance)
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"It is I who shall become King of the world."'

One of the biggest antagonists of the story, heavily implied to be the illegitimate child of King Demetrius. He resented Leontius' royal bloodline, even going as far as to call Queen Isadora a "whore". Bottling that hatred deep inside him, he embarked on an ambitious quest to conquer the world, leaving many dead in his wake—and those include Elef and Misia's parents Polydeuces and Elphina.


  • Affably Evil: At least he had the courtesy to give Polydeuces and Elphina a decent burial after butchering them in front of their foster kids.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His ambition is to conquer all of Hellenes, maybe even the world, and his way of getting it is not nice.
  • Bastard Bastard: Born of a concubine, envious, scheming, and positively sociopathic.
  • Big Bad: The only character that comes closest to this trope, as you can see from everything he committed above.
  • Blood Knight: His use in force stops at nothing if it gets what he wants.
  • Evil Redhead: His hair is a solid, burning red, not to mention being shaped like a scorpion's tail.
  • Evil Laugh: Being voiced by the great Norio Wakamoto, it shouldn't be a surprise that he pulled this off magnificently. Even more so in Nein, seeing as he had conquered Hellenes and its neighboring territories.
  • Son of a Whore: He is the son of the king and one of his concubines, which is why he is not accepted as a legitimate heir.

Leontius

Played by: Takashi Utsunomiya

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Now, who is it we must fight, and who is it we must protect?

The first prince of Arcadia. He inherited the blood of the Thunder God, and as such is able to wield his mighty spear, which makes him a famed warrior throughout Hellenes. He is devoted to the gods and is an honorable warrior, as shown by his firm refusal to strike down the already-defeated Queen Alexandra in battle.


Cassandra and Melissa

Played by: MIKI (Cassandra) and Haruka Shimotsuki (Melissa)
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Do not take us for fools; what you have there is not love!

"Ah, though we were once pitiful slaves...
We are now fully blooming roses—the superior courtesans, Hetaira!"

Two hetairai who took young Misia under their wings.


  • Cute Bruiser: Melissa is implied to be one, if her boasting to Misia that her fist spits fire is indeed anything to go by.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: They used to be slaves. But it does not matter to them, because they're pretty and fabulous now!
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Are not fond of being pitied for being what they are, as they love it.
  • High Class Call Girls: They are hetairai, which is Ancient Greece's version of this trope.
  • Hypocrite: Belittles other prostitutes despite offering sexual services themselves. Justified, as uncomfortable as it may sounds, since besides being as different from 'regular' prostitutes (NOT courtesans) as night and day are, the Hetairai possess far higher statuses among women in Greek city-states note , even the noble ones. They are educated as high as a woman at that time could, and are allowed to partake in scholarly discussions and votings, to boot.
  • Lady in Red: Cassandra. In the live concert at least. In official artworks, she wore Tyrian purple.
  • Meaningful Name: Fans of Classical Mythology know, or will know sooner or later, that Cassandra was that priestess who was cursed by Apollo for refusing to have sex with him. Melissa, meanwhile, was a nymph who fed baby Zeus honey after Rhea hid him away from Kronos in the island of Crete.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Cassandra's hair.
  • True Blue Femininity: Melissa is dressed in a bright blue tunic.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They only appear during the opening sequence of "Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako - Ilion-" and was mentioned by absolutely nobody afterwards, not even Misia.

Alexandra

Played by: Houko Kuwashima
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"You please me, Leontius. You will become mine someday...don't ever forget that!"

The queen of Amazon. She seems to harbor an admiration for Leontius after he spared her in the battle between the Kingdom of Arcadia and her tribe.


  • Action Girl: Only in one track. And even in that she appears only to get herself defeated by Leontius. See Faux Action Girl below.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: She falls for Leontius after he defeats her in combat, but refuses to kill her.
  • Barbarian Hero: Female version. She is, after all, Queen of the Amazons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Complete with a nonsensical bikini-styled leather armor! This is done likely to reflect her 'barbarian queen' image.
  • Blade on a Stick: The weapon she carries.
  • Cool Crown: She wears her laurel crown even in battle.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Her death comes completely out of the blue.
  • Expy: Possibly of Amazon princess Penthesilea, as both participated in the Trojan War (Alexandra in its Expy) yet was subsequently killed by the respective war's greatest heroes. In Penthesilea's case, it was Achilles, and in Alexandra's case, it was Amethystos.
  • Faux Action Girl: She is purportedly the warrior-queen of the Amazons, but all of her appearances (which, if combined, amounts to less than 30 seconds) showcase her only getting defeated—and later killed—by the male characters.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Her words to Leontius, as she herself marched in a rage to her own death at Amethystos' hands.
  • Meaningful Name: "Alexandra" is the feminine form of "Alexander", which bears the meaning "defender of men."
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Her introduction amounted to exactly 15 seconds, and she kicked the can the second time we see her.

Sophia

Played by:Yoshimi Iwasaki (original recording), Azumi Inoue (LIVE)
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Love is not a slave for use in bed, nor is it a tool to conceive a child.

"Please, become a [flower] woman blooming beautifully in this world, stronger than anyone, without fear, hesitation, envy, nor resentment."

The famous poetess of Lesbos and a priestess of the Star Goddess Astraea, hence her epitaph, "The Holy Woman" ("consecrated female" in the narration). Sophia appreciates the world the way it is and prefers not to curse it for not being what it could be, as she believes that the thread of Moira is not spun by men.


  • Ambiguously Gay: She is an Expy of Sappho, after all, and secluded herself on an island surrounded by young women, including Misia. Every time she sings about women, you can't help but feel all the hints strewn about:
    "The girl's cheeks shone brilliantly in a rosy hue, how beautiful it is
    But the young bud is drenched in sorrow, yet to be open"
    "The duration in which young maidens finally bloom in sweet fragrance is short
    However, with glowing lips they sung of their crimson love; for them to scatter beautifully is, too, their life [fate]."
  • The Anti-Nihilist: This is ultimately how she perceives the world, and passed this wisdom on to Misia.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Is mentioned in a passing by Cassandra one track earlier in "Shi to Nageki no Kaze no Miyako -Ilion-".
  • Expy:
    • As stated above, she is based on Sappho, the famous poetess also from Lesbos whose homoerotic poetry helped associate her name and the island's with the female sexual identity. Though in this album, her sexuality is never explicitly shown or stated.
    • In an in-universe example, she bears a strong resemblance to Eirene/Irene/Irina, the wife of Alexei Zvolinsky.
  • The Mentor: The one who educated and nurtured Misia into adulthood.
  • Proper Lady: Very graceful, beautiful, and a scholar+priestess+poetess to boot.
  • Something About a Rose: Adorns her veil with roses, and is shown admiring roses in the regular edition cover art.
  • Woman in White: As befitting her image as a pure, chaste and wise woman.

    Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido and Märchen 

Märchen von Friedhof

Played by: Revo
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Come, sing of it to me.note 

The story's Villain Protagonist. A sadistic, vengeful ghost haunting a mysterious well, he takes delight in bestowing horrible punishments to people, regardless of whether they deserve it or not and whether the revenge is aimed at the right person. He simply carries out the wishes of his victims, who are ghosts like him that are called forth by the Well to the boundary of life and death.


  • Affably Evil: He is very courteous and gentlemanly to the Seven Dead Princesses, his clients.
  • Amnesiac Lover: He only remembers the feeling that he loved someone and that he also was loved by someone, but the "seven dead princesses" ( with the exception of Elisabeth) tell him that this was only his imagination.
  • Anachronism Stew: His attire evokes the image of early 19th-century Regency era fashion...but the story is set during the Protestant Reformation, which was in the 16th century. Considering his nature, it's insignificant, though.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In his original identity as März von Ludowing, he was a kind-hearted idealist who didn't even understand the concept of evil. Now, he's a vengeance-obsessed, cynical sadist.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: You may not see it, but he is smiling like this in the left part of the image above if you look very closely.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: In the live, he simply stood speechless as Elisabeth reminded him of their childhood days.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a vengeful ghost, sure, but once he's reunited with his memory, we get to see what he actually is: a naive young boy.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Well, he's a ghost.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Not even a trace of memory was left in him when he first woke up. Makes sense, since he's basically two people in one body. A memory clash must've happened at some point.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After he regains his memories.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Speaks with an unsettling static, as if his vocal chord is the speaker of a broken old-timey radio.
  • Love Redeems: His reunion with Elisabeth completely reverts him back into his innocent März persona.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red and black is the color of a twilight sky, which is the domain of the Well, so it comes off as no surprise that this would be Märchen and Elise's color scheme.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He speaks in a very polite Japanese dialect, but that doesn't stop him from cursing people under one breath.
    Märchen: Come now, these idiots are about to ruin everything. If your pure heart is ready, my fair princess?
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: It makes any artwork that clearly shows his face look very unsettling, as the gold color fades into the white of his sclera.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Just look above. Up to Eleven in the live, where Revo's skin is not colored grayish-white like most human corpses, but literally as white as paper. Behold.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He is actually März von Ludowing, after all, who doesn't even understand the very concept of malice.
  • Villain Protagonist: Until he regains his memories.

Elise

Played by: Saki Fujita (speaking voice), Miku Hatsune (singing voice)
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I am a doll that sings of murder, in the depths of this forest that leads to a well...

Let's continue our revenge together forever and ever!

A walking, talking, child-sized doll who also happens to be Märchen von Friedhof's companion. She is as vengeful and sadistic as Märchen is, perhaps even more, and in fact is the one who urged him to begin his sick parade of revenge in the first place. She loves Märchen very much, and would snap should she sees any hint of him trying to leave her.


  • Black Comedy: Some of the terrible things she says at the end of the Seven Dead Princesses' songs can come across as this.
    Marchen: "I'd say it was quite the adorable revenge this time, don't you think?"
    Elise: "Oh, my! To be covered in black pitch for the rest of her life is a girl's worst punishment! Ahahahahaha!"
  • Child Hater: To her, they're nothing but scheming, shameless liars. This she said as a child-sized, squeaky-voiced little doll whose hobby is planning grisly deaths without any second thoughts.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Very much so to Märchen.
  • Creepy Doll: Just see her image caption above. That's an actual quote of hers from "Yoiyami no Uta".
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a beautiful, adorable doll, isn't she? Even more so in the live, in which her "actress" is a Dollfie. She also hates you, and all humans in general.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In "Hikari to Yami no Douwa" from Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido, her first ever appearance, she comments in a cheerfully sarcastic tone that a deserted village looks exactly like a graveyard before proceeding to giggle.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Elisabeth. Whereas the latter is a sweet, patient woman who wishes to put no grudge whatsoever on anybody, even her own brother who had her crucified, Elise is bitter, clingy and vengeful, hating humanity with little reason.
  • Evil Laugh: This is her Verbal Tic and she does this for. Eight. Tracks. Straight. To the surprise of pretty much nobody, it gets irritating pretty quickly.
  • Evil Makeover: Her appearance is basically a sexier, darker version of Elisabeth's.
  • Jerkass: There are only two things she cares about in the world: Märchen, and avenging people in the sickest way imaginable.
  • Lady Macbeth: Why did Märchen immediately spring up into action, even though he had only just woken up a moment ago unable to remember anything? It's because Elise urged him to take up revenge on the people who had wronged them.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Red and black is the color of a twilight sky, which is the domain of the Well, so it comes off as no surprise that this would be Märchen and Elise's color scheme.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The main reason as to why she is so murderous is because her actually lifeless doll body contains the vengeful soul of Therese von Ludowing, who cursed the world as she was burned to death. We get to actually hear them fusing together in the first few seconds of "Yoiyami no Uta".
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end of "Takkei no Seijo", when she realizes that Märchen is no longer willing to participate in her revenge plan.

März von Ludowing

Played by: Asuka Tanii (speaking voice), Junger März PROTOTYPE β (singing voice)note 
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"Mommy, the light is warm, isn't it?"

One of the main characters of Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido, the son of Therese von Ludowing. An albino, he was blind at birth, but a certain "mysterious incident" cured him of it. Some time after this, he became a friend of Elisabeth von Wettin.


  • Adorably Precocious Child: In the manga adaptation Shinyaku Märchen ("New Testament Märchen") by Torikai Yasuyuki, he is very keen in helping his mother as a healer, concocting make-believe medicines and all.
  • Anachronism Stew: His Rococo ponytail is somehow paired up with a late 16th-century doublet.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Before his transformation, he's a kind-hearted idealist who has no wish to harm anyone and, indeed, doesn't even understand the concept of malice. After his transformation, he's a vengeance-obsessed, cynical sadist.
  • Blue Blood: The Von Ludowing family used to rule Thuringia before the Von Wettin dynasty (Elisabeth's family) disposed of them in the War of the Thuringian Succession.
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • Dojikko: In Shinyaku Märchen, he is prone to tripping and making other people trip as a kid. Justified, as he was blind at the time.
  • Eyes Always Shut: When he's still blind, he's drawn this way in Shinyaku Märchen.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: At least, according to Märchen, the boy cannot distinguish between good and evil.
    Märchen: Ah, he was raised untouched by any of the world's crimes or society's malice...
  • Heroic Albino: Implied, as he was raised by a gentle, doting mother in a remote forest miles away from human civilization, which makes him ignorant of just how despicable the world can get.
  • Keigo: He and his mother speak with this dialect to each other.
  • Painful Transformation: His transformation into Märchen von Friedhof is accompanied by a very inharmonious screaming.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: With little explanation, the blindness he used to have is cured all of a sudden. The Shinyaku Märchen manga expands on this a little bit more: the ghost of Idolfried Ehrenberg saved him when he tripped and fell into the well. The villagers discovered him a while later and immediately called Therese, who hurried to save him. As März came to his senses, he also came to gain his vision, which is implied to originate from his interaction with the Well.
  • Thrown Down a Well: This is literally how he died.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Deconstructed. März is a kid too good for his own good. He is raised without being taught what 'hatred' and 'evil' are, by default believing that everybody has a good heart like his mother, which results in him being unable to feel suspicion. That's why when two Obviously Evil crooks come asking him the location of his mother, he immediately complied without even bothering to ask what their businesses with her actually are.

Elisabeth von Wettin

Played by: Joelle (adult), Saki Fujita (child, speaking voice), Miku Hatsune (child, singing voice)
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Neither a noblewoman of the house of Wettin nor a daughter of the seventh elector of Saxony, I am Elisabeth—a woman of my own.note 

One of the main characters of Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido and the protagonist of the song "Kono Semai Torikago no Naka de". She is März von Ludowing's childhood friend, a noble lady from the very powerful Von Wettin family. She also appears in Märchen as the last of the "seven dead princesses" and the protagonist of the song "Takkei no Seijo".

In Nein, she reappears in track 8, "Wasure na Tsukiyo".


  • Animal Motifs: Birds, caged birds specifically.
  • Arranged Marriage: Forced into it by her brother to the ruler of the region of Rhein-Pfalz.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She is crucified.
  • Determinator: She chooses death over being tied in a loveless marriage. Averted in Nein.
  • Expy: She is an expy of German Saints Wilgefortis and Elizabeth. While her fairytale in Märchen indeed is meant to be a retelling of the former's story, it would seem that many of her characterization aspects came from the latter, such as their origins both being from Thuringia, their noble blood, their respective refusals to accept a substitute for their past loves, and of course, their canonizations as a saint.
  • Feather Motif: She is, after all, a caged, wounded bird.
  • Gilded Cage: She was kept inside her home for most of her childhood life due to her sickly disposition. Hell, she's not even aware that she had been so isolated until she met März. Inverted in Shinyaku Märchen—her whole residence is literally located in a sparse dwelling underground.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair is a beautiful shade of pale blonde, and she is shown to be very patient and courteous.
  • Ill Girl: Why she was kept holed up in the castle for so long.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She is a very nice girl through and through. Even after being put into a truly savage death punishment for refusing a marriage offer, by her own brother no less, she still refuses Märchen's offer for revenge.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her family is hella powerful, being a major power player in the Holy Roman Empire for hundreds of years, but she doesn't even know what a 'friend' is.
  • Made of Iron: She is basically treated like a chew toy by all the powerful men around her—insulted, belittled, forced into political matchmaking, crucified when refused, stripped of her titles and exiled when the marriage fails, so on and so forth—but she never seemed to show any signs of breaking down. Being a woman in Renaissance Germany is hard already, let alone a noble one; but Elisabeth seems to be able to swallow the fact whole, which rings true to her Catch Phrase.
  • Only Mostly Dead: The impetus for her mother taking her to Therese was that she all of a sudden took ill to such a degree that almost everyone except her mother thought she was dead. To note the extent to which everyone thought she was dead, in the live performance, one of the servants is shown literally digging her grave. As it turned out, of course, her mother was right.
  • Token Good Teammate: She could be considered this for the "seven dead princesses".
  • Turn the Other Cheek:
    • The only one of the "seven dead princesses" who refuses to take revenge.
    • She repeats this behavior in Nein; instead of being mad at the spoiled, foul-mouthed noblewoman who constantly insults her and the physically disabled children she takes care of in the abbey, she chooses to ignore her to provide the children the care and love they need.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: In "Takkei no Seijo", Märchen asked whether the man she truly loves would be happy to know that she chose a slow, painful death over a life of security and ease with the man who was supposed to be her husband, only to keep their childhood promise to meet together. Of course he would be—the man she dies keeping her promise for is Märchen himself.
  • Woman in White: In tune with her pure, saintly personality.

Therese von Ludowing

Played by: MIKI
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Mär, even if you fall into Hell, ah, I will still love you.

"I am sorry, I am sorry,
The one who bore you is I, I, who is so sinful..."

One of the main characters of Ido e Itaru Mori e Itaru Ido and the protagonist of the song "Kanojo ga Majo ni Natta Riyū". She is März von Ludowing's mother, implied to be an exiled noblewoman. But she decides that part of her life to be over, and is now a famed wisewoman living in the forest with her son—at least until some smart crooks deduced her to be a witch and hunted her.


  • Action Girl: Wastes no time brandishing a sword after she witnessed her son being thrown down into a well. And man, is she pissed.
    Therese: "Even if Therese von Ludowing falls, she is still a descendant of the Landgraves! Your unsightly head will not again reign over your body!"
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • She seems to harbor a great hatred towards a woman named Anneliese, who makes a cameo on the first few seconds of "Kanojo ga Majo ni Natta Riyuu". She is the mistress of some kind of a head of a noble house, and in the song is in the midst of desperately pleading to the latter to acknowledge her child as the successor of his bloodline. The exact cause of her hatred towards the seemingly powerless, innocent woman is a matter of debate among fans.
    • The Shinyaku Märchen manga shows that the two women came to hate each other because Anneliese was envious of Therese's husband's affection towards the former and poisoned the pregnant Therese out of anger, which resulted in März being born with albinism and Therese being exiled. As you can hear in the original song, Anneliese's effort never paid off.
  • The Atoner: The narrator of her song states that she is this, though we never knew what for.
  • Blue Blood: The Von Ludowing family used to rule Thuringia before the Von Wettin dynasty (Elisabeth's family) disposed of them in the War of the Thuringian Succession. Therese seems to regard her bloodline with great pride.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Until she is accused of witchcraft and burned, at which point she decides that if everyone sees her as an evil witch, she will be an evil witch.
  • Keigo: She and her son speak with this dialect to each other.
  • Laughing Mad: When the flames are about to engulf her whole.
    Therese: In this case, I shall become a true witch that curses the world! (whispering quietly) Yes...I will...ah...ahaha! Ahhahaha!!! Ah—ahhAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
  • Mama Bear: Mess up with März and she will make you wish you'd never done that in the first place. The whole world learns this the hard way, as she cursed them with the fricking Black Death itself after two stupid quack doctors decided to throw März into a well just to spite her.
  • The Medic: She is a wisewoman famous for her ability to quickly heal illnesses and wounds. She also dabbles in midwifery during winter.
  • Mood Whiplash: When she is about to be burned at the stake, she reminisces about her son while a bittersweet piano tune plays in the background. Then the priest rallied the masses to put the torch on her, she snaps, and the piano solo is abruptly replaced by a symphonic rock riff. Not the first time for Sound Horizon.
  • Nay-Theist: Due to an unknown "sin" she had committed in the past, she came to think that God will never accept her prayers and eventually decided to stop worshipping Him altogether.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The "crime" for which she was burned at the stake? Healing others.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She is a graceful, gentle mother and lady, but once you hurt März...
  • Something About a Rose: She has a rose accent on her head.
  • Woman in Black: Complete with a face-concealing veil, albeit with some slight blue accents.

The nun

Played by: Kanami Ayano
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I believed that the end of one thing led to the beginning of another, for I do not understand that my fate is that of misfortune.

The first of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Kakei no Majo". Relying on nothing but her faint memories, she underwent a journey in search of her Missing Mom only for it to go down in a horrifying turn of events.

  • Corrupt Church: Inverted, the church took her to save her from starving to death after her mother abandoned her. Unfortunately, this was a Catholic church during the Protestant reformation, and it ended up being ravaged by angry mobs.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She can only get along with animals from the forest. After Märchen resurrected her folowing her death at the hands of the forest hag, she manipulated them on her quest to avenge her.
  • Human Sacrifice: Her mother—or whoever it was she met at what she thinks to be her old home—wasn't exactly sane, and when they met the second time, somehow she wound up doing this to the nun.
  • Magic Music: She controls birds with an ocarina.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She relies heavily on manipulation for her revenge.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: After Märchen resurrected her, she became a type 1, filled with nothing but murderous grudge against the old woman who killed her. Whom she still assumed to be her real mother, even though she saw before her death that the two are as different as heaven and hell.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother abandoned her at some point in her childhood for unknown reasons. She grew up questioning herself over and over what would drive such a loving mother to do that, so following the destruction of her church, she sets out to search for her and the answer.
  • No Name Given: Averted in the "Kyuuyaku Märchen" manga adaptation, wherein she is given the name Gift.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: Zigzagged. She was kind and charitable in life, not to mention her animal friends. After the forest hag kills her, however, she wants revenge. The way she enacts her revenge tragedy also paints her like a cross of vengeful ghost and Nature Spirit.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She mirrors the Crucified Saint a.k.a. Elisabeth in the album cover art, and were both wronged by their closest relative. (Perhaps, in the nun's case.) But the nun ultimately becomes the Red to Elisabeth's Blue, since wherein the nun ended up being extremely enraged of her death and will stop at nothing to avenge herself and ease the heartbreak of being betrayed by the one she loves, Elisabeth decides to Turn the Other Cheek and move on to the next world, as she doesn't find it necessary to grudge the fate God has assigned her with, regardless of how miserable it ended up being.
  • Too Dumb to Live: So you're venturing into a dark, dangerous forest with nothing but a small bag filled with ocarina and a piece of stale bread, relying only on a childhood memory you can almost barely remember? In search of a mother whom you never heard of in years? Sure, girl!

The old woman in the forest / "Witch"

Played by: MIKI
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I converted, but it had already been too late.note 

"Give me more! GIVE ME MORE, MORE OF THAT BREAD!!!"

The antagonist of the song "Kakei no Majo". She represents the deadly sin of Gluttony. A starving, lonely old woman living in what seems to be the Nun's birth home, the latter immediately assumes that she is her missing biological mother, but nobody knows for sure.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Nobody knows for sure until the song's end whether she is the same woman as the Nun's biological mother. It's all according to how you interpret it. For starters, both the Nun and the old woman cannot even recognize each other when they met.
  • Composite Character: If you would take it so, she may perhaps be both the evil mother and the evil witch. Possibly a Shout-Out to a popular "Hansel and Gretel" theory which states that their Wicked Stepmother is also the evil witch that tried to eat them.
  • Easily Forgiven: Noooooope. No matter how kind a woman she later made herself become, the Nun won't let her untimely death at the old woman's hands go down just like that, especially since the former still believed that she is her mother.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: She even points this out herself.
    "My prayers aren't heard, and, unable to receive forgiveness, only sins increase in number ..."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Just after the Nun was given a second chance as a ghost by Märchen to avenge her death, she redeemed herself and becomes a kind old woman eager to provide hungry children with as much food as possible. No, it still doesn't make the situation any better.
  • Murder by Cremation: She ended up being cooked to death in her own oven by two small kids.
  • Obsessed with Food: She spent exactly one second greeting the Nun (with a fanatically religious zeal) before snatching away the bread the latter offered to her and eating it ravenously. She treats it like it's the most delicious thing ever. Her hunger was so bad, she's driven mad by it. That's why she represents the sin of Gluttony.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband, a moneylender, died at some point, and she uses whatever remaining money he left her to create her little bakery in the forest. After her Heel–Face Turn, that is.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Her gigantic nose at first gives us this vibe as she has just killed an innocent nun, but was ironically subverted on the moment of her impending death.
  • Offing the Offspring: If you follow the theory that she is really the Nun's mother. Although to be fair, it's not entirely clear that she knew who the nun was.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: She had already converted to Christianity, but is still persecuted. This was what ultimately drove her into the deep end.
  • Villainous Glutton: ...to be fair, this is because she can't find food in years. Also, she (unsuccessfully) repented after having murdered the Nun.

The country girl / "Swing Girl"

Played by: REMI
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"I was born in a hard village, and my stomach was always empty. It'd be mighty nice if there was a house made o' sweets..."

"I'm just tryin' my best to survive, but things never go my way.
In the end, what's up with life? I dun' get it..."

The second of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Kuroki Okami no Yado". After being sold to a mysterious countryside landlady following a peasants' revolt that went horribly wrong in her village, she became the waitress of her inn...until she discovered the secret behind her tasty, yet mysterious liver dish.


  • Adaptational Heroism: She is less abrasive towards others and more naive in "Kyuuyaku Märchen". Not to mention genuinely considering the Landlady as a friend instead of nothing but an annoying boss.
  • Bokukko: Because of the dialect she speaks in, she refers to herself with "ora" (おら), a variant of the rough masculine pronoun "Ore" (俺).
  • Book Dumb: She's pretty simple in a way that she only concerns herself with her day-to-day survival and her knowledge of books limited to fairytale stories. It doesn't stop her from being a pretty potent Deadpan Snarker.
    Customer: Sorry for intruding.
    The Country Girl: (whispering) Leave if you feel like intruding.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Already starved prior, her village destroyed by peasant rebellion gone wrong, sold to faraway city, employed by a verbally abusive landlady, murdered by hanging, and her liver cut and served as cuisine. Illustrated best in her lines above.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She is gutted alive by her own landlady and her liver is cooked as a dish for her customers.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father participated in what seemed to be the peasant revolt of Germany along with many other village men, but only a handful of them returned and that excluded him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She is constantly berated by the Landlady and ended up being gutted alive by none other than she. Her response upon being given a chance for revenge? Gut the landlady back, of course.
  • Flesh-Eating Zombie: This is what Märchen very possibly revived her as in order to extract her revenge against the Landlady. "Kyuuyaku Märchen" also takes upon this interpretation.
  • Gender Flip: The original tale her song is based from is actually titled "The Man from the Gallows", and he was an actual hanged convict instead of an innocent tavern waitress.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her brown hair is held up and formed into a pair of braided pigtails by her black bandana.
  • Meido: A waiter and it seems she's the one who cooks the food in the inn.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To the landlady: "Give me back my liver."
  • No Name Given: Averted in the "Kyuuyaku Märchen" manga, in which she is given the name Randa.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: This is the unique-sounding dialect she speaks in. Perhaps this is done to give us that "countryside girl" feel.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with the Landlady has this vibe, and it was definitely the case in the manga. At least until the Landlady grew desperate due to the thinning liver supply and gutted her out, too.

The Landlady

Played by: Jimang
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Am I down on my luck, or are the times just bad?note 

"I don't want to be miserable again...don't want to starve again...I don't want to feel like that anymore...NOT ANYMORE!!!"

The antagonist of the song "Kuroki Okami no Yado". She represents the deadly sin of Greed. She is the owner of a backwater countryside inn who took the country girl in her care after she lost her hometown and sold to the city. Desperate to save her dying business, she decides to use a less...conventional way to attract customers with a certain special liver dish of hers.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She is arguably prettier in "Kyuuyaku Märchen".
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original Grimm tale, she's an elderly lady who, desperate to feed some guests who happen on her inn, uses a liver from a hanged man. In Marchen, "she" is a Villainous Crossdresser (or something) who tries to make a fortune by using human livers from many corpses in her food and eventually murders her employee when she runs out of corpses.
  • Ambiguous Gender: She is usually referred to as a woman and uses feminine speech patterns, but the narrator states her gender as "unknown". One interpretation is that she is simply so old and haggard that it is hard to tell she is a woman.
  • Crosscast Role: Possibly.
  • Dirty Old Man: In practice, played closer to the Dirty Old Woman, although in the live s/he does grope one of the backup dancers.
  • Greed: The sin she represents. Desperate for cash, she won't hesitate to utilize the most depraved method possible if it means making her richer and richer.
  • Historical In-Joke: She is enamored with "noble" Müntzer, "dandy" Hutten, and "passionate" Sickingen.
  • Human Resources: The implication is that she gets organs from the hanged corpses of criminals. "Swing Girl" was the first person she actually murdered for their organs.
  • Large Ham: As expected from a character portrayed by none other than Jimang himself.
  • The Scream: Upon meeting her gruesome end in the Country Girl's hands.
  • Vague Age: The narrator stated that her age is "unknown", though she really looks like an old lady.

Snow White

Played by: Tomoyo Kurosawa
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Embracing in solitude, I danced with illusions as I become a maiden.

The third of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Garasu no Hitsugi de Nemuru Himegimi". Everybody knows of her unfortunate circumstances: she lost her kind biological mother to death, and had to endure the abuse of, and eventually must free herself from, her Wicked Stepmother, who is very, very envious of her otherworldly beauty.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Her naivety is noticeably toned down in this song, while at the same time, her narcissism is upped an ante. The fact that Revo ommitted the part where she happily took care of the dwarves doesn't help. And that's not even going to her sadistically cackling as she saw her stepmother screaming in pain from the Cruel and Unusual Death she delivered. At no point in the original story did Snow White acknowledge her own beauty, yet the song had her say this herself:

    Snow White: "A pretty girl who always gets up in a swift second, I have awakened only to find seven happy dwarfs who talk with a very peculiar accent. Afterwards, I nearly died several times at my sly stepmother's schemes, but each time I'd always miraculously come back to life in the end!"
  • Cute and Psycho: In spite of her usual sweet demeanour, she takes sadistic pleasure in watching her stepmother's Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Evil Laugh: When she accomplishes her revenge. Made even more unsettling in that she sounds very much like Elise.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: In an Ironic Echo, after waking up from her sleep, her previously attractive-described features (white skin like snow, black hair like ebony, lips red like blood) retold into Obviously Evil characteristics (ghostly white skin, hair black like oblivion, lips red like fire).
  • Hime Cut: Her hair is drawn this way.
  • Missing Mom: Her biological mother died when she was a little girl, and she still misses her dearly.
  • Killer Rabbit: The prettiest maiden on the land, bouncy, cheerful, clearly Moe, and can subject you to the slowest death possible if you had wronged her in some way. She will laugh at your face as you scream in pain. The Evil Queen realized this too late.
  • Missing Dad: ...her father, meanwhile, is nowhere to be found, true to the original tale.
  • Parental Incest: Implied. Some fans reported that during the "Hitori dakishime kyouzou to odoru..." sequence, they heard Snow White singing the subsequent line as "Chichi ni okasare"translation  on the other side of their headphones instead of the original, "Tsukihi wo kasane"translation , which would make it sound like this:
    Snow White: Embracing it thus, I danced with illusions, becoming a young woman with the violation of my father…
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is the Snow White, after all, the Trope Codifier herself.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She mirrors the Sleeping Beauty in the album cover art, but despite their color schemes, they are an inversion of each other: though Snow White's color scheme is light-blue, she is the more cheerful, bouncy one, not to mention being inherently sadistic and arguably more arrogant and bossy than Sleeping Beauty.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: In the live, she gave the Huntsman who was ordered to kill her this as she plead for her life. Naturally, it went well.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She is the most beautiful maiden in the land, which makes her so hated by her stepmother, she almost got killed.
  • Token Evil Teammate: She is by far the most sadistic of the "seven dead princesses".
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: The magic mirror states that she is this, a response that naturally angered her vain stepmother.

The queen

Played by: MIKI
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The temptation of the devil cannot be resisted; the seventh sin is as sweet as honey.

The antagonist of the song "Garasu no Hitsugi de Nemuru Himegimi", who is, as everybody would have known, Snow White's Wicked Stepmother. Madly jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty, she represents the deadly sin of Envy.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all her vanity and general jerkassery, it's hard not to feel at least a bit of pity for her when you get to the part where Snow White's cackling at her as her feet is slowly being burned by a pair of scalding iron shoes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She's forced to dance in red-hot shoes until she dies.
  • Fairest of Them All: This thirst for beauty is what defines her characterization, being Snow White's infamous evil queen of a mother.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her queenly garb has a deep purple color accented with violet.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: It seems that all she cares about is her beauty, which she would literally kill somebody (a.k.a. her own daughter) for.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She laughs like this three times in all of her appearances except the last one, where she is reduced to a screaming mess.
  • Offing the Offspring: She attempted to kill Snow White to usurp her place as the land's most beautiful woman. Too bad the huntsman she hired has a soft heart.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: According to an interview with Tomoyo Kurosawa in the Memorial Issue, she has this exact same physical attribute of Snow White's. This would imply that a cycle of maternal envy is awaiting Snow White should she ever come to bear a daughter of her own.
  • Wicked Stepmother: She doesn't care the slightest bit about her step-daughter's well being. Some fans, however, theorized that she might be Snow White's biological mother after all, which makes her lean more towards the Evil Matriarch.

The Blue Prince

Played by: Yume Suzuki

The stepdaughter / "Well Girl"

Played by: Ceui

"Okay, I'll do my best!"

The fourth of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Sei to Shi wo Wakatsu Kyōkai no Furuido".
  • Lack of Empathy: The song's live performance and say she's not this. The same cheerful rock the song is entirely made up of, with usual red lighting of the revenge tragedy and her stepsister's distressed screams going busy in background. Then she taunts and laughs at her stepsister some more...

Sleeping Beauty

Played by: Mikuni Shimokawa

"The reason why I sleep, embraced by wild roses, is ..."

The fifth of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Bara no Tō de Nemuru Himegimi".
  • Flower Motifs: Roses.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She's the most visible case of cyclical nature of "victim of the sin becomes the sinner"; her father doesn't invite Alte Rose and doesn't want to be blamed, Alte Rose in return curses Sleeping Beauty and smugly gloats against Aprikose's attempt to reverse the curse, and after awakened, Sleeping Beauty flaunts her princess status as an excuse to banish Alte Rose, who then curses Sleeping Beauty again out of damaged pride.
  • Parental Abandonment: She becomes one; Alte Rose curses her when she was exiled. Though the specific of the curse is unknown, the way she abandons her child after it's born implies her child born with disability.

The Red Prince

Played by: Yume Suzuki

Alte Rose

Played by: MIKI

The antagonist of the song "Bara no Tō de Nemuru Himegimi". She represents the deadly sin of Pride.
  • Character Overlap: She and Crimson Old Rose in Elysion are implied to be the same person.

Bluebeard's first wife

Played by: Minami Kuribayashi

The sixth of the "seven dead princesses", and the protagonist of the song "Aoki Hakushaku no Shiro".

Bluebeard

Played by: Akio Ōtsuka

The antagonist of the song "Aoki Hakushaku no Shiro". He represents the deadly sin of Lust.

Bluebeard's last wife

Played by: Miyuki Sawashiro

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