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- 10-Minute Retirement: After being expelled from the school, Milky Holmes gives up. Or would have, if it wasn't for Sherlock's utter refusal to accept defeat.
- Ax-Crazy: In Season 2, after the Phantom Thief Empire destroys their garden.
- Balloon Belly: Often the result of overeating.
- Bee Afraid: The four main girls are all stung by bees in Episode 1 of TD.
- Berserk Button: Don't destroy their garden, or you'll be begging for your life. Rat, Stoneriver, and Twenty learned this the hard way.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: They temporarily regain their Toys in the last two episodes of Seasons 1 and 2.
- Failure Hero: All the heroes are constantly failing to stop the Gentleman Thieves. What's worse is that every loss is a major humiliation that's supposed to be funny.
- Failure Is the Only Option: They will never get their Toys back unless it's important to the plot, and even then, it's only temporary. Their exam in episode 10 season is impossible to complete without the use of their Toys.
- Flanderization: Zigzagged. Due to the... interesting approach of the IP holders, there are effectively two versions of Milky Holmes:
- The competent version can be found in the PSP game, some of the OVA, and the spin-off Futari wa Milky Holmes where they are mentors to the Feathers.
- The ridiculous version can be found in the first two televised series, this is the version known to most people (e.g. the ones that makes Milky Holmes synonymous with So Bad, It's Good).
- Idiot Hero: The first two seasons of the anime present them as individuals who are incapable of doing anything without their Toys. They are far less idiotic in Futari wa and TD.
- Gender Flip: Male versions of the four appear as eyecatches in season 2.
- Insane Troll Logic: This is part of what led Milky Holmes to their Darkest Hour. Seriously, any sane human will have the Face Palm of their lives watching Sherlock's line of thought.
- Kid Detective: The four girls, who look to be in their mid-teens.
- Nice Hat: All the girls have one in their Milky Holmes outfits, but Nero and sometimes Sherlock keep wearing it outside that.
- No-Sell: They are the only individuals in Yokohama to not be affected by Buta's Toys of Uselessness.
- Tomboyish Name: Our heroine "Sherlock" is just one of many, since the girls tend to have names that reference famous (male) detectives.
- Worthy Opponent: Henriette was willing to put Milky Holmes through all that trouble to return and strengthen their Toys so she could face them on equal footing.
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
- The Ditz: Her thinking process can be... a little strange.
- Genki Girl: Almost nothing ever faze her genki-ness.
- Girlish Pigtails: A pair which form a loop.
- Hair Decorations: A ribbon shaped like a rabbit's ears, which she wears when not on detective duty.
- In-Series Nickname: Sharo/Sheryl
- The Leader: Of Milky Holmes.
- Running Gag: She gets whacked by Kokoro with a golden mask every time she addresses her as "Kokoro-chan".
- Sherlock Holmes: Her namesake.
- Telekinesis: Her toys.
- Verbal Tic: Uses "desu" quite often in the anime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light pink, to be exact.
Voiced by: Sora Tokui
- Bokukko: Refers to herself with the boyish first-person pronoun "boku".
- Fille Fatale: To Kobayashi.
- Jerkass: At times, she is shown to be greedy, selfish, and constantly blaming others. Which is not all that surprising, considering who she is based on.
- Technopath: Her Toys also allows her to sense bioelectricity.
Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki
- Apologetic Attacker: While swinging an entire crane.
- Covert Pervert: In Episode 4 of Season 2, her thought balloon is the only one that needed to be censors with pixellation, and she's obviously reading a dirty manga later on in the episode.
- In-Series Nickname: Elly
- Luminescent Blush: Sported almost constantly. It's her motif.
- Only Sane Man: The most level-headed of the four.
- Shrinking Violet: The shyest girl of the four.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: More like shy-purple haired girl, but again, she's the shyest girl of the four.
- Super Strength: Her Toys.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. Elly has red eyes, but is a shy soul.
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta
- Cloudcuckoolander: Easily the most demented character.
- Dumb Blonde: Goes with being a cloudcuckoolander.
- Flower in Her Hair: She wears numerous tiny pink flowers, to be exact.
- Girlish Pigtails: Occasionally ties her hair like this.
- Motor Mouth: Occasionally talks fast.
- Super Senses: Her Toys.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has a fear of dark places.
- Yuri Fan: Her "Garden of Flowers" delusions have strong Yuri undertones (and overtones).
Voiced by: Shuuta Morishima
- Adapted Out: Does not appear in the first two seasons of the anime. Averted in Futari wa Milky Holmes.
- Brought Down to Normal: Since the start of the first Visual Novel, he has lost his Toys.
- Cipher Scything: Adapted Out in the first two seasons of the anime.
- The Hero: Of the first Visual Novel.
- The Mentor: To Milky Holmes.
- The One Guy: Amongst Milky Holmes.
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
- People Puppets: Her Toys controls other Toys, including making them use it, and how it's used.
- Power Incontinence: Played with: Not only does she have power incontinence, her toys causes it in other people.
- Power Nullifier: Her Toys also grants her the ability to turn off others' Toys.
- Tsundere: Parodied: Kobayashi imagines Ellery as a tsundere maid at one point. One could also argue that she's a Type B due to the fact that the only person she treats like that is Kobayashi.
- Berserk Button: Stoneriver hates being called a coward, Twenty hates being called ugly, and Rat hates being called Rabbit.
- Oh, Crap!: Their reaction to a psycho Milky Holmes after the former destroyed the latter's garden.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The Thieves, in their civilian identities, make no attempt at disguising themselves or acting any differently. Milky Holmes hasn't caught on.
- Taken to an extreme when Henrietta falls ill. They find the Arsene costume in her closet, put it on her, and apparently even style her hair to match. Their conclusion? Henrietta cosplays.
- Took a Level in Badass: Arsene and her three followers show off how much more powerful they are in Season 2 when they fight. Arsene wins.
Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka
- Absolute Cleavage: As Arsene.
- Arsène Lupin: Her namesake.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She arrives to Milky Holmes' aid to take down Buta's Lard Icarus form.
- Chest Blaster: Arsene Boyoyon Missile!
- Decoy Damsel: In Episode 11. Yes, Arsene kidnaps herself.
- Despair Event Horizon: She crosses it in Season Two. Her first act after crossing it is to destroy the flower of hope Milky Holmes gave her.
- Domino Mask: As Arsene.
- The Leader: Of the Gentlemen Thieves.
- Master of Disguise: Her Toys. Her disguise even allow her to be shorter and with less body mass than her normal self.
- Master of Illusion: Again, adding to her improbable disguise skill. Not that she needs it.
- Reality Warper: Upgraded into this in season 2
- Spock Speak: Very well-spoken at all times.
- Stealth Mentor: She works undercover as the Holmes Detective Academy's Student Council President, mentoring Milky Holmes to help them regain their Toys.
- Student Council President: Of the Holmes Detective Academy.
- Victory Is Boring: Part of the reason she loves having Milky Holmes as her opponents is that they can give her a real challenge when they have their powers.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue hair.
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
- Evil Weapon: In the game, subverted. The sheath of the "evil sword" was filled with the gas that temporarily confused the wielder as he unsheathed it.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His weapon of choice.
- Real Men Cook: Works undercover in Holmes Detective Academy as, in addition to being a janitor, a chef.
- Puppet Permutation: His Toys, into mannequins.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
- Cassandra Truth: In his first scene at the school Twenty outright states that he's a gentleman thief. One of his pupils responds that she doesn't know what he's talking about.
- Fan Disservice: Those damn nipples of his.
- Master of Disguise: His Toys.
- Shirtless Scene: Twenty just can't keep his shirt on. Even though he's the girls' teacher.Twenty: You girls are just like my shirt, pathetic.
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
- Accidental Misnaming: To his irritation, he is consistently named Rabbit by Sheryl.
- Mad Bomber: Though of the Three Cards, he's the most ignored.
- Playing with Fire: His Toys, which allows him to ignite explosives.
Voiced by: Asami Sanada
Genius 4 (G4)
- The Worf Effect: They (and the rest of the Yokohama detectives) are easily defeated by the Thieves Empire in episode 11.
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo
The leader of G4. She claims to boast a massive IQ.
- Barrier Warrior: Her Toys allows her to create a golden shield. So that's where the golden mask she smacks Sherlock with comes from...
- Berserk Button: Don't call her "Kokoro-chan" unless you want to be whacked.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Episode 10, of all people. It's not all that unexpected; it's her job to guard the area.
- Catch-Phrase: "Don't call me Kokoro-chan!"
- Dumb Blonde: Defied; not only does she claim to boast a massive IQ, she also claims to have graduated from Harvard when she was only 13.
- Embarrassing Nickname: She doesn't like it when she is addressed as "Kokoro-chan" by Sheryl.
- Flipping the Bird: She insults the Toy-less Milky Holmes on TV by giving them the middle finger. It's mosaiced, too.
- Girlish Pigtails: A pair of twin drills, to be exact.
- Hair Decorations: A pair of black scrunchies, which hold up her twintails.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Ever since the museum episode, Kokoro can pull a golden mask out of nowhere and uses it to hit Sherlock whenever she calls her "Kokoro-chan".
- Idol Singer: In the Summer Special. She quickly gives it up when she sees G4 and Milky Holmes need her.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses a Golden Buddha Face to scold Sheryl.
- Improbably High I.Q.: Possibly the most exaggerated example, where she claims to boast a massive IQ, adding a zero every time she states her IQ. She eventually goes as high as 1.4 centillion (ten to the power of 600, to be exact). Temporarily inverted to Improbably Low IQ after Buta drained her of her lard.
- Improbably Low IQ: Temporarily inverted from Improbably High I.Q. after she is drained of her lard by Buta, and also an exaggeration; she claims to boast an IQ of only 1 in 10,000,000,000,000.
- Inflationary Dialogue: Every time she mentions her IQ, adding an additional zero for every instance.
- Jerkass: Often spends her screen time bragging about her IQ, complaining, mocking everyone (especially when they are down), and hitting Sherlock after she calls her Kokoro-chan. The Sick Episode is all thanks to her.
- The Leader: Of Genius 4.
- The Napoleon: She's petite, and she'll whack you if you address her as "Kokoro-chan".
- Ojou Ringlets: Her Girlish Pigtails sport this look.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Something serious is going on if she ignores Sheryl's "Kokoro-chan".
- Red Armband of Leadership: She wears one on her upper right arm.
- Running Gag:
- She whacks Sherlock with a golden mask whenever addressed as "Kokoro-chan".
- Adding a zero every time she states her IQ.
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- Cute Little Fangs: Sports one.
- Team Mom: Is this to G4 in the game. She watches out for the other members of her team and is always the first in line to discipline Kokoro whenever she gets out of line.
- Tomboyish Voice: Has a raspy voice.
Voiced by: Ryoko Shintani
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
- Oral Fixation: Saku has a lollipop in her mouth almost constantly.
- The Stoic: Soft-spoken at all times.
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
Voiced by: Shintaro Oohata, Rikiya Koyama (Handsome Version)A fat, pig-like boy with an obsession for lard.
- Animal Motifs: A pig.
- Bishōnen: He sports a handsome look after absorbing Yokohama of its lard.
- Calling Your Attacks: LARD FOR ARANEA!!! LARD OF FLETCH!!! ERANOS LARD SCREAM!!! FAUST ANGRIF LARD!!!
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: As God of Lard, he doesn't take kindly to being addressed condescendingly.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Greasy.
- Evil Laugh: "Buuuu bu bu bu bu bu!"
- Fat Bastard: After Milky pushes him too far and he absorbs the Gentleman Thieves' Toys.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: A minor character used only for gags up that point, becomes the greatest threat to all of Yokohama in late Season Two. His desire for lard threatens to drain the life out of the whole city, and eventually the world.
- A God Am I: Views himself as the god of lard.
- Gonk: Probably the biggest standout of all characters in the series; he even has a pig's snout for a nose.
- Gratuitous English: As God of Lard, he tends to drop these, from "Rise of the Planet of the Lard", to "Go to Eden of Lard!".
- Invocation: "Lard Time!"
- Lean and Mean: He is much skinner as the God of Lard.
- Odd Job Gods: God of Lard, to be exact.
- One-Winged Angel: First into his Bishonen form. Then into his Lard Icarus form.
- Pig Man: Well, he does have a pig's snout for a nose, for one.
- Serious Business: Lard.
- Stupidity-Inducing Attack: Gains the Toys of Uselessness in Episode 10 of Season Two.
- Trademark Favorite Food: LARD!!!!!
- Verbal Tic: Ends his sentences with "buu" (Japanese onomatopoeia for "oink").
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He has power over lard. Doesn't sound threatening until he sucks out the lard from everything, makes everyone who isn't pathetic into complete losers incapable of doing anything, creates objects from it, and can cover the entire world in it.
- Your Answer to Everything: Lard, lard, lard... did we mention lard?
Characters introduced in Futari wa Milky Holmes
Kazumi TokiwaA student of Holmes Detective Academy. Inspired by the heroism of Milky Holmes, she set up the vigilante duo Feathers with Alice. Her Toys creates magical bow and arrows, seemingly made of pure energy.
- Archer Archetype: Her Toys.
- Face–Heel Turn: Joins Color the Phantom due to her inferiority complex.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She notices that she's lacking versatility in using her Toys. It's exacerbated by the fact that other people notice that Alice is simply better than her though it's probably because Alice is a Visconti.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy with Alice.
- Vigilante Girl: Bring criminals (read: Color the Phantom) down to their knees so they can be easily arrested by the police force (read: Kokoro). In the story, this is something that is borderline illegal, as only detectives and the police can arrest.
Alice MyojingawaKazumi's best friend and the other half of Feathers. Her Toys create a magical shield. If Kazumi's arrows pass through it, their power will be amplified. Unbeknownst to her, her family come from a lineage of Gentlemen Thieves, the Visconti.
Color the Phantom
A group of Gentleman Thief with color-themed codename. They are strongly motivated to enforce the distinction between Thieves and Detectives. Their names are Violet Shadow, Hansel, Gretel, Crimson Lion, Yellow Black Hole, and Blue Hunter. Kokoro Akechi has been personally notified to stop their crime.
- Big Bad: Violet Shadow.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Yellow Black Hole and Pink Lovely Doom's true identities are the renowned detective Ryoko Komatsu and Kokoro's assistant Keiko Totsugawa. In the end Ryoko gives up her life of crime and tries to earn her detective license again.
- Colourful Theme Naming: Even Hansel and Gretel is black and white.
- Earthquakes Cause Fissures: Minus the earthquake. Yellow Black Hole can conjure a hole on the ground.
- Enfant Terrible: Hansel and Gretel, due to Parental Abandonment.
- Large Ham: Crimson Lion is prone to this, and their leader Violet Shadow is a close second.
- Master of Illusion: Blue Hunter, who easily creates a Me's a Crowd situation.
- No Name Given: We only get to know the codenames of Hansel, Gretel, Crimson Lion and Blue Hunter. And they are credited as White Gentleman Thief, Blue Gentleman Thief etc in the cast list.
- Visionary Villain: They are not just very good Gentleman Thief, they want to make sure that being a Gentleman Thief means something.
- Whip It Good: Crimson Lion's power.
- Would Hurt a Child: They don't hold back against the main duo. Zig-zagged for Hansel and Gretel are younger than feathers.
The Myojingawa FamilyAlice's big happy family. They consists of her dad, her mom, and her somewhat overly-protective big brother Shion.
- Big Brother Instinct: Shion objects to Alice having anything to do with the Detective world. In a twist, this is because the Myojingawa is a lineage of Gentleman Thief, not because she's unfit.
- Bishounen: Shion. All-around nice and good-looking guy.
- Gentleman Thief: All three of them. Though Madam Visconti is not exactly in the best shape.
- Mystical White Hair: It's implied that Shion has Toys of his own since he's Violet Shadow. Episode 11 reveals that he doesn't have Toys. The final episode reveals he never activated his toys.
- Power Gives You Wings/Winged Humanoid: Shion.
Keiko TotsugawaKokoro's new assistant, since Kokoro doesn't bring the G4 with her.
Characters introduced in Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD