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The Vatican stands in Rome as the center of human existence after the Armageddon. In light of the devastation, people sought refuge and protection in the Church, giving the Vatican responsibility and leadership over the humans. Despite its once supreme authority, humans have begun to put their faith in local leaders and nobles, taking authority from the Vatican. Despite its weakening hold over the nations, the Vatican still stands as the greatest form of human leadership after the Armageddon.
- Heroic Bastard: he is the son of the previous Pope. All Popes are celibate.
- Improbable Age: Became a Pope at a very young age which is impossible to have in Real Life. Then again, the story takes place Twenty Minutes In The Future. Who's to say the rules won't be changed?
- Shrinking Violet: Poor guy... seriously, do. Not. Yell. He will have a meltdown. We don't want the Pope to have meltdowns.
- Young and In Charge: Teenage head of the Catholic Church
Francesco di Medici
"Blessed are those who perish in the name of the Lord; the Vatican is the organ of divine will on Earth."The Duke of Florence, Duke of Tuscany, and a Cardinal of the Vatican, Francesco is a tall and intimidating man. As he is a bastard son, he could not be elected Pope and may harbor some bitterness over it. Using intimidation and loud vocal displays, he frequently attempts to pressure his younger brother to bend to his way of thinking.
- Aloof Big Brother: Alessandro definitly thinks of him as such.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards the Methuselah.
- Flat Character: ONLY in that he isn't given a backstory like Caterina but other than that he is by no means this trope as a character in himself.
- Freudian Excuse: He harbors some resentment and bitterness because he could not be Pope because he is a bastard son, so he may be taking it out on Alessandro at times.
- Bastard Bastard: He is the bastard son of the late pope with no legitimate claim to the Papal throne as a result.
- Kill 'em All: Wants this for all vampires. Justified in that many vampire want the same for humanity.
- Kill It with Fire: How he likes to get rid of vampires, though in actuality it's bombs, guns, and his army of heavily armored soldiers with giant weapons with mutilating properties; except in sister Paula's case who uses speed and stealth.
- Not So Different: Francesco and Cain are both older brothers who have rocky relationships with their younger siblings. They both do not want peace between humans and vampires; they do however want war and to create their own new world order. They are also willing to sacrifice anyone to meet their aims even their siblings. The only differences between them are their species and that Francesco wants human domination while Cain wants Humanity's annihilation (although this also extends to the whole world as well).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Caterina's blue. Paula is also a blue to his red.
- Sibling Rivalry: with his half-sister Caterina Sforza.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He also is one of the few male characters in the series who is masculine; especially in the anime.
- The Leader: Of the Inquisitorial Department which is the Badass Army of the Vatican. He is headstrong and charismatic.
- Trigger Happy: Very much so. Then again he has an entire Badass Army at his command with lots of weapons so who can blame him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to destroy all vampires because he believes them to be a threat to all humanity which is justified given history and this seems to be general view that much of mankind believes. It's justified even more so in that that there are plenty of vampires who are shown to prove him right such as Endre Kourza, Count Gyula (lesser extent and sympathetic), Astharoshe (though what she did was accidental), and the vampires in Amsterdam who killed an entire church of people.
- Voiced by: Takashi Taniguchi (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
- Revenge Before Reason: Wanted this so much that he was willing to destroy Rome and kill his family due to him having not been chosen as Pope.
- Parental Betrayal: He was their uncle after all. Even more justified in how Francesco refused to believe his uncle was a traitor and terrorist.
- Ax-Crazy: Not most of the time, but it appears to be a periodic hazard for him when in higher versions of his Crusnik form; it's particularly unsettling due to his Dissonant Serenity and the contrast with his bumbling personality.
- Artificial Human: Had a bit of a hang-up about it as a child.
- The Atoner: Implied to have been partially responsible for the apocalypse in the back story, and he certainly caused a genocidal war between Terrans and the Methusalahs that wrecked the world. His body count is sometimes stated to be in the millions, and it was all started over his issues with humanity at large that made him eager to wipe them out. and the ultimate result of all this, his lover Lilith was killed by his beloved but increasingly unstable brother; Abel thereafter went into a long period of mourning several hundred years long, and eventually dedicated himself to Lilith's ideals of protecting humanity and reconciling the Terrans and Methusalahs.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With all of his partners. In particular with Tres and Brother Petro in the Lady Saint arc, when they’re rushing over to save Caterina, Alessandro, Esther, and Shahrazad from D’Annunzio.
- Badass Family: His brother Cain leads the world’s most dangerous terrorist group, and his sister Seth established and guides an entire empire. Not to mention, they’re all genetically imbibed with nanomachines that render them Persons Of Mass Destruction.
- Badass Longcoat: Part of his uniform, but interestingly enough, while almost everyone else has one, it's Abel's totally rockin' coat that everyone remembers.
- Bash Brothers: With Brother Petro in the Lady Saint arc, to rescue Esther.Antonio Borgia: This is the fearsome and powerful pope’s holy command! For the sake of justice, faith, and the Vatican, got to the hotel in question and bring back a salmon bagel sandwich!
- Berserk Button: We all know what he’ll do at the mere sight of Cain…
- Harming Caterina, Esther, or any innocent person will push this. He’s also no fan of the RCO, specifically the Magician.
- Big Damn Heroes: He has quite a few of these moments. Saving Caterina in the crypts when she was younger is one of them.
- He rescues Esther a lot, from being incinerated by Radu, shot by Lt. Dobo, and being cut by D’Annunzio’s henchman. This becomes somewhat of a habit, to the point where Esther thinks Abel is the one saving her from Mary Spencer, when he’s already been killed by Cain.
- Bishōnen: Plenty of the girls are less pretty than him!
- Bloody Murder: Other vampires extend weapons from their bodies. Abel makes a gigantic scythe from his own blood and uses it very well.
- Bridal Carry: Does this quite often. He grabs Astha and jumps through a window to avoid getting them killed by Suleyman. He carries Esther when her walking is impaired by drugs, and holds Shahrazad as she’s mortally wounded.
- Broken Tears: As he finds himself unable to shut down the Iblis, a hologram of Lilith appears. She states that it can be stopped if he has one terran with him to activate the system. Unfortunately for him, there’s no one around. He sheds these as he remembers Lilith and realizes that he can’t save Carthage from the Iblis, dooming Caterina and its citizens to a horrible death.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's such a massive split in his character, it's understandable to think he might have some form of Multiple Personality Disorder. Less of the moron part though in the anime, where it comes across as Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Used to be a murderous borderline psychopath when younger, and it's strongly implied that he directly hates himself for what he's done.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His forms tend to be incredibly demonic looking, and he uses a scythe made from his own blood; he's also a helpful, kindhearted and generally good-natured man.
- Designer Baby: He was created as a improved human in order to help colonize Mars.
- Dissonant Serenity: During Super Mode he is ereeily calm.
- The Ditz: In the manga, especially in the earlier chapters where he's traveling with Esther and Tres to Rome and getting into trouble on the way. He acts this way in the anime, but it's unclear if it's an act or genuine.
- Evil Laugh: He does this while absorbing Ion’s blood in the Iblis arc.
- Experienced Protagonist: By his introduction in RAM I, he’s already Crusknik 02, and a former Genocidal Maniac who’s seen the error of his ways. Hoping to atone for his past sins, he works with the Vatican to maintain peace in a Crapsack World.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With most of the AX Agency, since camaraderie is rather useful on dangerous missions. Tres and Esther are prominent examples, with Ion being a future one, after the events of ROM VI.
- Good Shepherd: A friendly and heroic priest.
- Knight in Sour Armor: It's pretty clear that while he'd LIKE to be a more classical hero, he's just too messed up and unstable to pull it off.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He may or may not be this; it's hard to tell if his usual goofy behavior is something to distract attention, a deliberate gambit to make people underestimate him, or just a persona he enjoys playing with.
- Older Than They Look: He was heavily involved in the events of the Dark Ages, which took place 900 years ago.
- One-Man Army: Without becoming the Crusnik, he fights his way through dozens of RCO auto hunters to reach the Iblis deactivation site.
- In the past, he and his two siblings were responsible for the deaths of millions.
- Psycho Electro: When he occasionally becomes Ax-Crazy during higher Crusnik modes and uses electricty.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He plays the Blue to Cain's Red, but when he's around Tres, his excitable behavior becomes a clear Red to stoic Tres' Blue.
- Religious Bruiser: He's a Catholic priest who specifically fights evil as an agent of the Church. It's pretty much in the job description.
- Running Gag: Abel’s penchant for having a huge appetite and little money is often remarked upon by other characters.
- Sanity Slippage: Happens whenever he activates the nanomachines. Hence, he only uses them as a last resort. This, combined with his hatred of humanity made him a Person of Mass Destruction in the past.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: In a weird case, Abel does this to himself! He acts goofy and hilariously dense most of the time, but when things get intense, his personality goes through a alarmingly intense change and he get a lot more cold and stoic.
- Shock and Awe: He does have lightning powers, after all.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lilith. They had opposing views on humanity, and thus ended up on opposite sides of the war, as leaders.
- Stepford Smiler: He smiles even in the midst of a terrible situation to make others feel reassured.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As a child, he openly attempted to set off a bomb that would demolish London. In the beginning of the Dark Ages, he helped lead the returners to war against Earth’s remaining humans, killing millions. By the manga’s start, he’s your friendly neighborhood vampire-slaying priest.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: He’s a Person of Mass Destruction wearing a cassock.
- Badass in Distress: It seems as if Esther is at a perpetual disadvantage in the series, but that can be explained by the fact that many of her adversaries are methuselah or seasoned fighters from elite organizations.
- Badass Normal: In a cast of unique characters, Esther remains distinctly ordinary, and has to work to improve.
- In the Sleeping Beauty Arc, she grazes Tres as a result of a haphazard effort to save him. The cyborg recommends that she attend to shooting lessons when they arrive at Rome. In a meeting between Caterina and Sister Kate, it’s confirmed that Esther receives top marks in all of her training. She shows good marksmanship throughout the rest of the series.
- Big Damn Heroes: Unable to stop the Iblis from destroying Carthage, Abel succumbs to his despair and accepts death at the behest of the RCO’s auto hunters. Esther swoops in to save him with a rocket launcher, and to apologize for calling him a monster earlier.
- In the Lady Saint arc, she and Shahrazad arrive in time to distract D’Annunzio from hurting Caterina and the pope.
- Big Good: Esther becomes this as Queen of Albion. In Canon Summa Theologica, notes on the series’ future plot development point to mass instability brought by Augusta Vradica’s death and the annihilation of the Vatican. As a result, the Empire declares war on all Terrans and only Albion and Germanicus are left standing. Esther spearheads the resistance, and leads what’s left of the AX Agency.
- Big "NO!": Courtesy of Colleen Clinkenbeard, who makes some of Esther's more distressed reactions absolutely heart-wrenching.
- Chekhov's Skill: Esther’s leadership and charisma from her Partisan days will sure come in handy when she becomes Queen of Albion.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She leads Istavan’s anti-government resistance group, goes on to be the “Lady Saint”, and finally becomes Queen of Albion.
- Despair Event Horizon: She toes this line twice in the series. First, when Bishop Laura Vitez is murdered, and second, when Abel, who’s pretty much her Living Emotional Crutch, is killed by Cain.
- Deuteragonist: In the manga, with Abel.
- Drives Like Crazy: It's visible in the anime episodes of Iblis, when Abel and Petro... unwisely let her drive.
- Famed In-Story: Esther is known widely as the Lady Saint who “saved” Istvan from Gyula. Her exploits are regularly twisted by the Vatican so as to serve as propaganda.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She becomes this with Abel and Tres early in the series. Also with Shahrazad, Seth, and Ion in their respective arcs.
- Fish out of Water: She feels out of place in Rome, even after completing her training. It takes two familiar faces, Abel and Tres, to cheer her up.
- Flower Motif: She’s often depicted with red roses. A symbol of love and passion, the red rose is also England’s official flower. As Albion is England 20 Minutes into the Future, they’re an indication of her true heritage.
- Good Is Not Soft: Is not afraid to step up and neutralize any threat she detects, sometimes to the detriment of her overall mission. When she sees Vanessa threatening to kill Abel, Esther doesn’t hesitate to put a shotgun to the former’s head.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Given that she’s one of few people in the series with red hair, she’s shades of this with almost every partner she works with. Played straight with Ion as she’s more mature, and subverted with Abel by courtesy of his Dark and Troubled Past. By the latter, she’s noted to have the same red hair and worldview as Lilith.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She suffers this after Cain beheads Abel. After a failed Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she kneels next to Abel's corpse in complete disbelief. When agents of the Vatican discover her, she mentally pleads for them to not say "his" name. When an astonished Wordsworth does and confirms Abel's death, it's implied in the manga that she faints.
- This is especially hard on Esther, given her recent losses. Over the span of the story, she loses Bishop Vitez, her surrogate mother, and Shahrazad, her best friend. Abel offered his support and helped her through her grief. With him gone, she has very few people to turn to.
- The High Queen: Becomes the queen of Albion.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Dietrich, Cain, and Isaak. By a very wide margin of error.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Played straight with Abel. The contrast is even more striking when the latter is in Crusknik form.
- La Résistance: In the first novel, Esther led the Partisans, an anti-government group in Istavan.
- Revenge Before Reason: Abel had some time talking her out of this.
- When Cain kills Abel, Esther whips out her shotgun without a second thought and riddles Cain and Isaak with bullets. While an awesome moment in itself, it might not have been the best course of action to take, in hindsight. Cain and Isaak are vastly overpowered, and could have easily killed her for that.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She hides a sawed-off shotgun underneath her petticoats.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Esther looks so similar to the Queen that Virgil mistakenly calls her Bridget on their first meeting. This makes sense, given that Esther is actually Bridget’s granddaughter.
- Tragic Keepsake: Esther carries Abel’s rosary after his death. The rosary she’s usually seen with belongs to her mother, the deceased Crown Princess of Albion, Victoria.
- Tsundere: Type B; usually she's polite and kind, but she has her triggers; especially around Abel in the novels.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dietrich tricks her into typing the Star of Sorrow’s activation code.
- You Remind Me of X: She reminds a lot of people about a lot of other people.
- Esther reminds Gyula of his late wife Maria when she states that he’s the same as humans. Seth and Abel see her as similar to Lilith, in both her red hair and compassion for others. In her improv speech about peace, Abel fondly notes that there is at least one person around who shares Lilith’s ideals. She also reminds Radu of Ion.
- Expy: Notes from the manga state him to be one of the second Terminator.
- More Dakka: His primary method of fight. Abel remarks that "he never runs out of bullets".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Abel's Red because of his machine stoicism.
- Religious Robot: He's a Catholic paladin with servos.
Hugue de Watteau
- Voiced by: Shinya Kitade (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)
- Invisibility: Although it extends to his robe, as well. Much of his body is cybernetic and it seems that camouflage tech was implanted this way.
- Visible Invisibility: In anime, it varies. Sometimes he's visible as mostly transparent shape; sometimes, he doesn't reveal himself to viewers before dramatic effect calls for it.
William Walter Wordsworth
Leon Garcia de Asturias
- Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)
- Boxed Crook: His missions shorten his sentence.
- Badass Normal
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He really does love his daughter.
- Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), J. Paul Slavens (English)
- Badass Boast: His speech before fighting Abel certainly counts: "God judges you, infidel!"
- Chewing the Scenery: He stops before his fight with Abel (anime) to give a monologue about being God's soldier and punishing the infidel.
- Religious Bruiser: Chief Inquisitor slaying vampires for The Lord.
- Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Wendy Powell (English)
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Her reflexes and speed are excellent thanks to training.
- Red Baron: Her codename is "Lady of Death".
- Number Two: Petro's second in command.
- Trigger Happy: In the manga and novel she wanted to launch a missile to destroy an entire city because she believed everyone in the city to be heretics.
The Methuselah Empire
Known officially as The New Human Empire or The Empire of the True Race, it's one of the few places where vampires and humans live in something akin to peace. It was founded by the Empress Vradica, who brought nature back to the lands damaged by the Armageddon. Now the country is a vast land surrounded by airborne particles that filter out the ultraviolet radiation so that the Methuselah may move about by day, which leaves it in perpetual dusk. It is also the most productive and technologically advanced nation on Earth, which is why the Vatican tries not to anger them.
Augusta Vradica/ Seth Nightroad
- Beware the Silly Ones: She is Crusnik-03, a horrifyingly powerful creature that knows how to fight, yet usually acts goofy when off-duty.
- Cain and Abel and Seth: Sister to The Hero and the Big Bad who forms a third side.
- King Incognito: She occasionally pretends to be a simple peasant girl, working part-time.
- A Mother to Her Men: Quite affectionate to her subjects, calling them "her children".
- Dark and Troubled Past: Same as Abel. She is Artificial Human, participated in Human-Metuselah war 700-years prior, her best friend Lilith killed by her brother Cain, her brothers trying to kill each other, her empire wage several wars and losing some of her children, her offer to live together with Abel was refused...
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's truly a cunning and strong willed older than the hills empress, but she can pretend the part of a cheerful young girl too.
- Walking Spoiler: Reading anything about her will reveal she is the Big Good for the Empire and sister of both The Hero and Big Bad.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards humans. In the space of one anime episode he goes from screaming his hate every time Esther tries to touch him to developing a crush on her.
- Fragile Speedster: Stated to be fastest in empire.
- Improbable Age: Minor, but for methuselah he is rather young to reach his current rank.
- Badass Boast: In the animeI'm Astharoshe Asran, Duchess of Kiev! Die!
- Deal with the Devil: His bargain with the Rosencreiutz Orden comes back to bite him in the ass.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: He attempts to use a wandering electrical relay satellite as a weapon of mass destruction capable of wiping out all human life.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: More like Grievous Harm With A Severed Limb And My Own Ribs - see the Our Vampires Are Different entry below.
- Interspecies Romance: His late wife, Maria, was human and he's a vampire.
- It's Personal: Holds a personal grudge against the Vatican for their hand in his wife's murder.
- Kill Sat: Actually used to be a wandering satellite his wife restored functionality to, for the purpose of converting solar energy into electricity to give Istavan a much needed power source. Gyula re-purposes it so it can be used as a weapon.
- Love Makes You Evil: Of the avenging a murdered loved one variant.
- Man Behind the Man: Not Gyula himself, but Deitrich.
- Not So Different: Esther's motives for opposing him are one and the same, especially in the anime.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Especially in the manga, where he's even capable of turning his ribs into biological weaponry.
Primary antagonists of the series, Rosenkreuz Orden is vampire terrorist organization that aims to erase Vatican and Albion and, instead, demote humans to food. Preferring to work in the background and keeping their activities secret, they often manipulate unsuspecting humans and vampires into doing their dirty work for them. Many of their activities center on triggering a new apocalyptic war between the Vatican, the New Human Empire, and Albion.
- Above Good and Evil: Or rather outside these parameters. Evil is necessary for good to exist, both are important for the world, Esther (and the canon profile) realize Cain isn't evil. He's beyond those definitions and is the absolute enemy of the world because he is totally against it. He's a creature that doesn't belong to the world.
- Big Bad: Leader of the Orden and the most powerful villain that Abel and co must defeat.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Esther from Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper.
- Broken Ace: Before his death and possession/resurrection, he was seemingly the perfect young man....
- Card-Carrying Villain: In the anime he is clearly and unapologetically evil. His manga counterpart's motivations are less clear.
- Dissonant Serenity: He and his brother have this in common; eerie calmness during Cresnkik mode.
- Light Is Not Good: He is blond, generally wears white, his powers appear to be energy-based and his Crusnik form looks like a classical angel. He is also a genocidal lunatic who would like to destroy everything again.
- Person of Mass Destruction: A given, being a krusnik.
- Superpower Meltdown: The reason for his being evil; it's unclear whether it was a genuine turn to evil, if the nanomites amplified his pre-existing antisocial traits, or if he's just their host now.
- The Ditz: In the manga and novels, shockingly enough. His first appearance sees him almost getting run over by a car...several times in a row because he was staring as Esther.
- Yandere: For Abel and Esther. In the novels, he wants to "devour" them, so they would exist within him forever.
Dietrich von Lohengrin
- The Chessmaster: Easily the best manipulator in the series.
- Evil Genius: Fulfills this role in the Fivebad Band
- Face–Heel Turn: Starts as Esther's partner but he's working with Cain.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: You would never expect a Pretty Boy like him to be a sociopathic manipulator.
- Heel–Face Turn: Turns against Cain in the end.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At the beginning, he appears to just be a Red Shirt, killed off by Jyula's army. However, he's revealed to be much more powerful than initially appears. A LOT more.
- People Puppets: Uses his monofilaments wires to control people via their nerves. He even uses it to literally puppet people's bodies and use corpses as soldiers (in the anime). For this he gained the code name Marionettenspieler (Puppet Master). These wires also have more "interesting" uses, such as causing a person to feel any sensation imaginable, including sexual pleasure.
- Anti-Villain: Types II and IV — he's convinced his cause is worth fighting for and joined the Order because he thinks another global war is going to better all Methuselah. All the same, he's shown to have a major hang-up about having to kill Ion because of how far back their friendship goes, to the point where he seems to consider not going through with it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Joined the RKO because the idea of humans and Methuselah coexisting peacefully came off as absurd to him.
Probably the only country that managed to survive through the Armageddon, Albion stays outside of Vatican's field of influence. While it appears to be mostly human, it has, in fact, significant vampire population under the surface of London. It is known for its large amounts of pre-Armageddon technology and hight level of present technology.
- Voiced by: Miho Yamada (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)
- Badass Boast: She gives one just as she confronts members of the House of Lords during her coup d’état.“Tragic royal granddaughter.” I completely agree with you on that one. But remember this, you maggots. I am now known as Queen of the Dead!
- Dramatic Irony: She forgoes speaking with Bridget on her death bed in order to lead a coup d’état, sending Esther in instead. In mistaking Esther for Mary, Bridget tells the nun that she’s to inherit the throne after her death. She was to be crowned queen all along.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She effectively says this after delivering an Armor-Piercing Slap that snaps Esther out of her grief over Abel’s death. It works.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She acts as this for Esther after Abel’s death.
- Long-Lost Relative: Is actually Esther’s older half-sister.
- The Men First: Losing the 44th Marine Regiment was a severe blow to her. She cared about her soldiers deeply, and that’s reflected in her resurrecting them as the Phantom Legion. Her motive for killing the nobles is revenge for using her and her men as bait during the Percy Rebellion.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She comes to this realization after Esther reveals to her that Bridget had loved her all along, but could not show it due to threats of assassination and rebellion by the nobles. Of course, this comes after she’s poisoned and killed the late queen. She doesn’t resist her arrest after this.
- Odd Friendship: Mary is serious and reserved while Jane is gregarious and more often than not the center of scandal. Even so, the two became close friends while in school and remain so for most of their adult lives.
- Voiced by: Pam Dougherty (English)
- Posthumous Character: In Anime, the first episode she's mentioned in starts with her funeral.