Characters: Umineko When They Cry 1986 Humans
This page lists the human characters of Umineko: When They Cry
in the island of Rokkenjima from the year 1986, which includes the Ushiromiya family, servants, and guests. Be warned that from here on, there are unavoidable spoilers
from Arc 2 onward.
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The protagonist and 18 year-old son of Rudolf and Asumu (but don't make him say it in red text
) and 7th in the line of succession. After Asumu died six years ago, Battler became angry with his father for remarrying Kyrie so fast and went to live with his maternal grandparents. Because of this, he's been fairly out of the loop as to the affairs of the Ushiromiya family. Often, he is teased about being similar to his father for his tendency to try to grope girls. He now has a half-sister named Ange who does not come to Rokkenjima.
After the first arc, he is trapped by Beatrice in time loops where the murders occur over and over again. In order to win, he must explain those murders rejecting the use of magic in them. At the end of Arc 5, he has figured out the truth behind Beato's game, allowing him to receive the title of Game Master and Endless Sorcerer
. In Arc 8, it is revealed that Battler survived the Rokkenjima incident, but had lost his memory and was found on the road by Ikuko Hachijo. After regaining his memory years later, he writes EP3 through EP6 with Ikuko as the mystery novelist, Toya Hachijo.
"Uuuuuu~! Beatrice exists!"
9 year-old daughter of Rosa and ninth in the line of inheritance. She has a troubled relationship with her mother and thus became absorbed in the occult as a way to cope. Notable for her repeated catch phrase, a sort of whining ("u~~
") as well as her very creepy laugh.
Her meta-world alter-ego is Maria, the Witch of Origins.
- Agent Mulder
- Ambiguous Disorder: Maria's behaviour tends to imply something like this: she acts much younger than her nine years of age, she doesn't realize that the constant use of her Verbal Tic actually irritates other people, and she obsessively studies the occult but has little to no interest in anything else.
- Ambiguous Innocence
- Berserk Button: Don't go and tell her that Beatrice or magic don't exist. Of course, knowing that Erika takes great delight in pressing, or rather slamming the button.
- Black Magic: After Sakutaro died, her magic changed from making it rain candy to wishing for the death of her enemies.
- Book Dumb: She's explicitly stated to have done poorly in school. As she puts it, she's good at doing things she likes, but not "boring" things. Seeing what she knows about magic, she actually shows a very strong intelligence. She can also read English (and mocks the high-schooler Battler for not being able to).
- Broken Record: She has a tendency to repeat one word over and over again: any word, not just her "uu" noise.
- Calling The Old Woman Out: In the fourth arc. It's not pretty.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Somewhat subverted. She never lies, but her peculiar way of thinking and formulating things can give the impression that she is lying from an adult perspective: yes, she is telling the truth when she says "Beatrice gave her the letter". It's just that to her "Beatrice" isn't defined by her physical appearance but by her behavior.
- Casting Gag: It may not be deliberate, but in Episode 1, Maria says: "a witch I know told me that a miracle won't occur if everyone doesn't believe in it", a phrase often said by Hanyuu in Higurashi. In the anime and PS3 port, Maria ended up with the same voice actor as Hanyuu.
- Cheerful Child: When she's not being creepy.
- Child Mage
- Creepy Child
- Creepy Cute
- Cute and Psycho: At times, the cutest and sweetest little girl ever. At others, the most terrifying kid you'll meet.
- Cute Witch: Subverted. Maria may be cute-looking, but she is mad, bad, and dangerous when she finally snaps.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cynicism Catalyst: Sakutaro's death is this to Maria.
- Disappeared Dad: And he fled while her mother was pregnant, no less. To the point that Rosa ended up telling her she doesn't have a father. As a result, Maria thinks she has a Meaningful Name and is special, trying to justify the lack of a father figure in her life by believing that she's a child of God.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: The outfit she wears in the flashbacks in the fourth anime arc. Sweet Lolita, to be exact.
- Enfante Terrible: When she finally snaps, she makes decent competition for Evatrice for the title of this series' queen of the trope. Though the only time she's actually shown killing anyone is implied to be All Just a Dream.
- Evil Laugh: Kihihihihihihihi… (also her Signature Laugh). Made even more creepier by the fact that she appears to be counting the hi's, apparently imagining something happening for each one.
- Expy: She's basically a 9 year old Rena. They actually have an indirect link: a TIP reveals that the man Rosa was seeing at the time of the flashback was a guy in the fashion business called "Akihito-san". That's the guy Rena's mother divorced her father for, triggering her Hinamizawa Syndrome. Unwitting Instigator of Doom, much?
- Freudian Excuse: Was shown during EP4.
- The Gift: Maria's described as having this for magic in the fourth arc. And while she's not evil, she can certainly be creepy.
- Giggling Villain: Not a villain, but she is disturbingly prone to laughing at horrible situations.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals
- Hair Decorations: Her small crown, which is attached to a hair band.
- Heroic Bastard: Her parents weren't married, and her father left Rosa while she was still pregnant.
- Image Song: Happy Halloween MARIA.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Deconstructed. Maria is "pure and childlike"—which, aside from implying geniality and a loving nature (and letting her retain the imaginative power necessary for being a Creator), means that she acts a few years younger than she is, doesn't understand the concept of doubt, and has next to No Social Skills. As a result, she's bullied and rejected by her mother and her peers.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Beatrice/Yasu.
- I Reject Your Reality: Magic exists, witches exist, especially Beatrice exists and made her a witch. Trying to shatter her fantasy will only leave her more stubbornly resistant and dangerously resentful.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Almost immediately after Rosa destroys Sakutaro, Maria asks Beatrice to teach her magic to kill her own mother. Welcome to The Dark Side, Maria.
- Leitmotif: Happy Maria!
- Lonely Doll Girl: Maria's favorite tactic to combat loneliness was to make her stuffed animals and other dolls into Imaginary Friends. Sakutaro was the most important one.
- Love Martyr: Maria's relationship with her mother is portrayed this way when Ange talks with her.
- Mad Dreamer
- Morality Pet: Beatrice is demonstrated to have a rather large soft spot for Maria, treating her better than she treats anyone else in the series.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Oh yes. Who else would start cracking up at magic circles apparently written in blood?
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Maria's giggling sometimes morphs into it.
- No Social Skills: As strange and borderline creepy as she can be, she's not evil—just very socially maladjusted.
- Older Than She Looks: In 1998, she's technically 21 years old, but kept her childish appearance since she's a witch/ghost/Imaginary Friend (depending on the interpretation).
- Oracular Urchin
- Pimped-Out Dress: Witch dress only.
- The Pollyanna: As long as she has Sakutaro to cheer her up, at least.
- Psycho Party Member: Treated this way in the first arc and shown to be this way in the fourth.
- Pure Is Not Good: It's more like Chaotic Neutral, as her reactions to the murders and EP4 demonstrate.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Battler's red.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Maria's name is one that is a common translation of Mary - a reference to the woman from the New Testament who gave birth to Jesus Christ. In the fourth arc, one of the TIPS speculates that Maria is one of the Creator witches, who can create something where there was previously nothing.
- Played with in EP7, where it's shown that because her name has that meaning she believes that she's a child of God.
- Selective Obliviousness: Does her best not to notice that her mother isn't quite qualified for the job. In the fourth arc we see what happens when she doesn't.
- Self-Made Orphan: During the fourth arc, though it's implied to be All Just a Dream.
- Spirit Advisor: She is either this or an Imaginary Friend to Ange, depending on how you interpret it.
- Third-Person Person
- This Is Unforgivable: Shouts this repeatedly at her Abusive Mother Rosa in EP4 out of anger for killing Sakutaro in front of her before going all Ax-Crazy on her and getting revenge for him. Luckily, she's even calmer and happier when Sakutaro gets better, compliments of Ange.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Maria is a walking encyclopedia of Western occult lore. Where did a 9-year-old Japanese girl learn all this?
- Unstoppable Rage: Episode 4, part 12. That's all.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the anime, nobody seems to pay much attention to her ludicrously over-the-top Creepy Child moments. In the games, though, they react much more appropriately.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Because of her belief that all of the murders will eventually lead to everyone being resurrected in the Golden Land, Maria isn't at all concerned about her relatives being murdered, not even when her own mother dies.
- Verbal Tic: "Uu~". This is later revealed to be what she believes is a spell for happiness. It's also deconstructed to a degree; Maria's verbal tic frequently irritates her mother, who will even hit her for saying it too much, and it's said to be one of the reasons why she's bullied and friendless at school. Interestingly, her witch incarnation MARIA (at least the one envisionned by Ange) doesn't say it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anime only; at the end of episode 4, she isn't seen or mentioned again after going to her "test". In the VN and manga, Battler finds her the day after in the dining room, lying dead as if sleeping besides her mother, probably poisoned.
- White Magic: Most of her spells were harmless at first.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She is something of a subversion. Her way of thinking can seem absurdly innocent and naive, yet she has a deeper insight on life than any 7 to 9 year old girl should have.
"People are capable of creating another part of themselves inside themselves at any time. A part that they can truly like."
18 year-old daughter of Krauss and Natsuhi and fifth in the line of succession. Jessica has a lot of pressure put on her by Natsuhi, being the first heir after Kinzo's sons and daughters (although technically her future husband will become the head and not her). She falls in love with Kanon. In the alternate world shown in EP7 she is no longer the first heir of the cousins, with her older sibling Lion being the first in line of succession instead.
"Marriage means becoming your wife's ally for your entire life. From the moment I did that, I was prepared to have the whole world as my enemy."
23 year-old son of Eva and Hideyoshi, George is sixth in the line of succession. He has been working as a junior worker at his father's company, but hopes to eventually be able to own his own business. He falls in love with Shannon against his mother's wishes. Being in his twenties, he is by far the oldest of the four cousins, and tends to serve as an older-brother figure to the others. He's very good with young children.
- Arranged Marriage: Eva was trying to arrange an omiai for George. He wasn't particularly interested and got incredibly sheepish as soon as she brought it up.
- Badass Creed: See the above quote.
- Barrier Warrior: Using softer light than Shannon. His adds the force of any attacks aimed at him to his own attacks, rather than just plain repelling the enemy.
- Big Brother Mentor
- Calling The Old Woman Out: In Episode 6, he finally tells his mother he's proposed to Shannon, and is willing to leave the family rather than lose her. Eva doesn't take it well.
- The Conscience: Usually winds up playing a supporting role to Battler here.
- Don't Call Me Sir: He tells Shannon to stop calling him "George-sama".
- Entitled to Have You: George confesses that he used to be this sort of guy, assuming he should be more popular with women because he "treated them well" and that he wasn't because they have bad taste in men and prefer jerks. He hit a turning point when he realized that Battler was getting more attention from Shannon and other girls not because he was a rude punk, but rather because he was an outgoing and genuine guy who didn't put up a "Nice Guy" front simply to win over girls. George admits in hindsight that his past behavior was pretty douchey and entitled, and he'd rather forget he was ever like that.
- Ephebophile: A mild example, but Shannon was supposedly 14 (actually 17, due to Yasu's age being lowered by three years when first put to work) when he started dating her (he was 21). And he was interested in her way before that.
- Gentleman and a Scholar
- Green-Eyed Monster: He admits to Shannon in EP7 that he was jealous of Battler when they were kids because he was so close to Shannon. This gives a common theory that Battler did write Shannon a letter but George hid it from her when he gave her the empty bag because he was still jealous of their relationship. When he finally proposes to her though, he realizes how childish his envy is toward Battler.
- Image Song: Love Declaration, and the lyrics are a little… disturbing. They don't say "I love you" so much as "You are mine".
- Inter-Class Romance: With Shannon. Subverted though, as Yasu is actually the head of the family.
- Kick Chick: A rare male example.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Second arc.
- Kung-Fu Wizard
- Marry for Love: He says that it makes no sense to marry someone you don't love.
- Meaningful Name: In Kanji, "譲治" is written with the characters for "yuzuru" (to transmit, to hand over) and "osameru" (to rule, to govern). If Kinzō gave him this name, it might be a coincidence. If Eva did, considering that she wanted George to be the next head because she couldn't… probably not.
- Nice Guy: Played with: he used to be one in the most unflattering sense possible, which Shannon teases him about even now. He's now closer to the genuine article, though probably not as much as he thinks; some of the things he says and does, like his inner thoughts about how he enjoys "playing with Shannon's feelings" as much as he likes and his proposal to her in EP1 ("Accept this ring, that's an order"), still tend to come across as condescending.
- The Power of Love: George invokes this trope in the fourth arc when he and Gaap fight. Unfortunately, that doesn't help him win.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jessica's red. More cultured and composed and more traditionnal in his view of love.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Has these whenever he gets serious.
- Second Love: For Shannon.
- Self-Made Orphan: Sixth arc, sorta. It was only one. He only killed his mother, not his father.
- Shout-Out: His Palette Swap in Ougon Musou Kyouku looks like Peter White without rabbit ears just solidifying the possibility of him being a Yandere.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: When he fights Gaap in EP4, he reveals that he learned martial arts from Eva.
- Took a Level in Badass: Similar to Jessica.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If the "Shkannonitrice" theory is true, his proposing to Shannon probably caused the murders as much as Battler's "sin of six years ago", putting quite a dark twist on Shannon's claim that now that had received a wedding ring, her life is complete and she can die without regrets (because things would have gotten much more complicated after the wedding).
- The Wise Prince: Amply demonstrated in his lectures on leadership in Ep 4 and 6, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses and levels in badassery.
- Yandere: EP 4 and 6 raise some major red flags that he may be one.
The head of the family, Kinzo is expected to die soon, given his fairly poor health. He is suggested from the beginnning of the series to be mentally unstable, having devoted all of his time to black magic in his study. He is obsessed with reviving the Golden Witch, who claims that she gave him his entire fortune. Adopts the name Goldsmith in the fourth arc, when he shows his powers as a magician.
Arc 4 reveals that he has been dead more than a year before the start time of all games, except for Arcs 7 and 8
. Arc 7 reveals the truth behind his obsession with Beatrice: During World War II, he met and fell in love with Beatrice Castiglioni, the daughter of an Italian official, and he built a hidden mansion for her to live in after the war. However, she died after giving birth to their illegitimate daughter Beatrice II, and as she grew older Kinzo began to delude himself into believing that Beatrice II was her mother's reincarnation; so much so, in fact, that he eventually raped her, making her pregnant with yet another illegitimate child.
First successor to Kinzo's fortune, father of Jessica, and husband of Natsuhi. He has poor intuition for investment, and so has squandered a lot of the Ushiromiya family's wealth on failed projects. He is largely resented by his siblings
for being very manipulative.
- Arranged Marriage: Him and Natsuhi.
- Bound and Gagged: Apparently done to him in the fifth arc (well, bound, anyway), as part of a ploy to frame Natsuhi for the murders that occur.
- The Dutiful Son
- Genius Ditz: While certaily not a genius, he is is frequently shown to be very perceptive, which becomes apparent as early as Episode 2, when he is able to notice small changes in Shannon's mood and behavior. Apparently, he can also tell when Natsuhi is experiencing headaches by the way she wrinkles her forehead.◊
- Horrible Judge of Character: Even after he gets swindled, he's still singing the praises of a few of the swindlers.
- I Know Boxing: And I can down a goat-monster twice my size if he raises enough loser flags.
- Inadequate Inheritor
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Episode 5, he offered to divorce Natsuhi so that she and Jessica wouldn't have to suffer from the fall of the Ushiromiya family.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Introduced as not much more than a manipulative jerk to his siblings as well as being sexist towards his wife and sisters, but in arcs three and four, he shows a much softer side with a Pet the Dog moment or two. For all the sexist attitude he can show when he's upset, he really does care about his family.
- Manipulative Bastard: He shows this very effectively in the first arc, where he successfully turns the tables around in his negotiation with the other parents. However, later arcs show that he isn't quite so smart in other areas.
- Pet the Dog: In episode 17 of the anime he laments that due to being Kinzo's successor he was never as nice to his siblings (especially Eva) as he should have been. Cue Eva-Beatrice strangling him and Natsuhi.
- Punched Across the Room: In the fourth arc Krauss literally punches a goat man so hard it ends up falling right on top of Virgilia.
- Sexless Marriage: Apparently the case with him and Natsuhi, since they're shown to have separate rooms.
- Straw Misogynist
- Stay in the Kitchen: Alienated Eva and Rosa with sexism when they were younger and he was competing with Eva over the headship qualifications. Much later, he refuses to let Natsuhi have anything to do with the family funds until it's too late to get out of the hole he dug himself into—very unfortunately for him, as she's got all the common sense.
- Upper-Class Twit: He seems like a good guy, but lacks any business sense whatsoever.
- Verbal Tic: In Japanese, he seems to punctuate every question with "ka ne?"
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gotta feel sorry for the poor idiot to some extent. Although he was the heir apparent, Kinzo never really had any faith in him (for good reason) to begin with, and so he was struggling for Kinzo's approval just like Eva. The only difference is that Eva actually deserved it.
Second in the line of inheritance and George's mother. She has a lot of resentment against her older brother, Krauss, and has a rivalry with his wife, Natsuhi. She is also the wife of Hideyoshi. In order to keep her placement in the line of successors, she married Hideyoshi and had him adopt the name of "Ushiromiya".
In the meta-world, Eva-Beatrice
is the manifestation of all the theories which place her as the culprit of the Rokkenjima incident. In Arc 3, it is revealed that in the Bad Future
Ange comes from she survives the Rokkenjima incident and becomes Ange's caretaker while becoming the head of the Ushiromiya corporate. In Arcs 7 and 8, it turns out that she intentionally painted herself as the culprit while hiding the Book of the Single Truth — her diary which contains the truth of what happened in Rokkenjima
Husband of Kyrie and father of Battler and Ange, Rudolf is third in the line of succession. He's an admitted philanderer. His relationship with Battler has been strained since his first wife, Asumu's, death, due to his quick remarriage to Kyrie.
It is heavily implied in EP7 and EP8 that he, along with Kyrie, is the culprit for the murders in the real world
"I'm sorry for having been such a bad Mama..."
Mother of Maria and fourth in the line of succession. Although Battler describes her as a calming figure, her relationship with Maria is very troubled.
"Without fail, I will protect all of the Ushiromiya family's honor and glory!"
Mother of Jessica and wife of Krauss, she is ninth in the line of succession. Natsuhi is under a lot of pressure, since it is her and Krauss's responsibility to take care of both Kinzo and the house, and yet she married into the Ushiromiya family, putting her at a fairly low rank on the hierarchy. She gave birth to Jessica after twelve years of being unable to have a child, a fact that Eva attempted to take advantage of.
In Arc 5, it is revealed that Kinzo gave her a child to adopt when she couldn't give birth to a heir. Out of anger and resentment, she pushed a servant holding the child off a cliff
. In an alternate world shown in Arc 7 where she accepted the child
, she becomes the mother of two children, Lion and Jessica.
- Anime Hair: Her lower/head hair and her upper/ponytail hair are noticeably different shades of brown. In the novels, the ponytail actually seems to fade to red.
- Arranged Marriage: To Krauss.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult the Ushiromiya family name, head, her husband, or her own standing in the family honorably given to her by Kinzo, even if the last one isn't true.
- Break the Haughty: Natsuhi is oftentimes far too proud for her own good. The whole fifth arc is one long Trauma Conga Line for her.
- The Chew Toy: In addition to Break the Haughty and Trauma Conga Line above, she gets verbally abused by Eva in EP1 to the point Natsuhi ends up running away in tears. She is also one of the first to go in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh games. It's also hinted that she was actually the first person to die when the massacre started. To add insult to injury, despite her brave attempts to take charge in the first arc by wielding a gun and challenging Beatrice to a duel, the manga reveals that her gun wasn't even loaded and she didn't even know enough about guns to be able to tell. Suffice to say, Natsuhi is the series punching bag alongside Rosa.
- Classy Cravat
- Dead Person Conversation: A few with Kinzo, although it's implied that it's because she snapped to a certain extent after Kinzo's death, rather than it being a genuine conversation with a ghost.
- Duel to the Death: In EP1.
- Education Mama: Not shown in as much detail as Eva, but it's still apparent that Natsuhi is very strict with Jessica when it comes to her studies, as well as just about everything else in her daughter's life.
- Etiquette Nazi: She forces Jessica and Krauss to be sharply dressed even in the mansion's corridors. Which is, you know, their house.
- Extreme Doormat: Ultimately averted. In the first half of the series she seems to be completely obedient to her husband and always support him whatever he does or says. In the fifth novel though, she shows she can chew him out hard when his stupidity has obviously gone through the roof.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time in the first novel, due to her chronic headaches.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress is primarily purple and she's quite feminine, mature, and lady-like. Well… usually.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: And with all the stress Natsuhi has to deal with, you'd be a little high-strung too.
- Honor Before Reason
- Honor-Related Abuse: Because the child Kinzo gave her to raise served as a constant reminder of her failure to produce an heir herself, she pushed a servant holding the child off a cliff.
- Impoverished Patrician: Natsuhi's birth family.
- I Reject Your Reality: Believes to the very end that Kinzo loves and supports her as his daughter, even though there's no evidence he ever acknowledged her in any way.
- I Wished You Were Dead: Her exposition about the child from 19 years ago indicates this trope in action.
- Keigo: She speaks very formally almost all of the time (even using the pronoun "watakushi"). More so than all of the other adults. But given that she's a Yamato Nadeshiko (or at least she's trying to be one even though she falls short at times, that is), this is only to be expected.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Feeds into succession tensions, as she and Krauss couldn't conceive a kid for twelve years.
- Leitmotif: Discolor in Episode 5, aka the "Natsuhi's life falling apart" theme.
- Mama Bear: Kumasawa refers to Natsuhi as this trope by name in the first arc. She tries to invoke it against Beato to protect Jessica, but it horribly fails. The manga reveals she had no idea that the gun she was carrying throughout the arc wasn't even loaded, most likely because Yasu removed the bullets beforehand.
- Meaningful Name: Her name can be translated as "summer princess".
- Motherly Side Plait: Displays an odd variation after Jessica's birth, since hers is held in a high ponytail. This somewhat expresses her sternness despite genuinely loving her family.
- Naginatas Are Feminine: In Episode 5 she briefly mentions that she has some experience with a naginata, having been raised in a family of Shinto priests.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: With Eva.
- Offing the Offspring: Erika suggests this in the fifth arc. Later proven false, though. However, she did push a servant holding the baby Kinzo had her raise off a cliff, due to the child reminding her of her failure to give birth to an heir.
- Perpetual Frowner: A rare female example. She is very often seen with a prominent frown on her face to underscore her serious and responsible personality.
- Pride: Her Fatal Flaw is that she can let her desire to uphold the honor of her husband and the Ushiromiya family as a whole get the best of her.
- Sanity Slippage: Poor woman seems to have somewhat lost track of reality after Kinzo's death.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: A G-rated version: Kinzo forced Natsuhi into marrying Krauss as a reconciliation of her family's debts to him.
- Sexless Marriage: For all her dedication to Krauss, she still seems to have this relationship with him since they sleep in separate rooms.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Krauss repeatedly shuts Natsuhi up. Unfortunately this isn't to his benefit, since she basically runs the house and has much more common sense than he does (at least when she isn't letting her emotions get the better of her) while he squanders their money on poorly thought-out business ventures.
- Stepford Smiler: Natsuhi's goal is similar, although she seems to have some trouble with the "smiler" part.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Natsuhi is this to Kinzo, her father-in-law, as she loves him very much and desperately wants his approval. In EP5, however, Bernkastel tells her in red that Kinzo never thought she was good enough.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: She insists that Jessica act more refined and ladylike instead of feisty and tomboyish.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Tries her hardest to be this, and has quite a few characteristics that match, but she ultimately subverts the trope since she has too much of a Hair-Trigger Temper to fully play it straight. She'd probably fit the archetype better if she hadn't married into a Big Screwed-Up Family that constantly stresses her out.
"Would ya give it a rest, Eva?"
Father of George and husband of Eva, he is tenth in the line of succession. He owns a successful restaurant chain and is a fairly cheerful and sociable man. He was married into Eva's family and took on her family name on a technicality.
"Flip the chessboard around."
The business partner and second wife of Rudolf. Kyrie is Ange's mother and Battler's stepmother (or so she thinks
). She is dead last on the chain of succession as far as is known (there is confusion over Maria's father). She is known to have a very strong "flip-the-chessboard" mentality about how to tackle problems, and indeed, seems to have inspired Battler's own.
She was actually in a relationship with Rudolf before Asumu was and is intensely jealous of her, not just for having married Rudolf first, but also for having had a child early: although Kyrie was also pregnant at the time (as the result of an affair with Rudolf
), the pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. She overall has a good relationship with Battler, although she privately resents him as well, since had her own child lived, they may have had Battler's position.
It is heavily implied in EP7 and EP8 that she and Rudolf are the culprits in the real world
. It's also confirmed in EP8 that Battler is her biological son, who was Switched at Birth with Asumu's child by Rudolf at birth to keep his affair with Kyrie a secret
Servants and guests
"George-san and I swore our love to each other. As proof, I accepted the ring... With that, our eternal vows were completed! No matter how you torture us with your wicked magic and your malice, you cannot disgrace that for all eternity!"
One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. She is a very sweet and shy girl who shares Kanon's belief in their being furniture within the Ushiromiya household. Despite that, though, she actively cultivates a relationship with George.She, Kanon and Beatrice are heavily implied to all be the same person, created as personas of Yasu.
- Adapted Out: Not really an "adaptation", but she isn't included in Forgery of the Purple Logic.
- Artificial Human: According to an anti-mystery perspective. From an anti-fantasy perspective, it's subverted: the reason why Shannon doesn't consider herself human is because as Yasu, he/she has injuries from when he/she fell off the cliff that damaged his/her sexual organs. As a result, Yasu believes he/she has "a body that can't love" and that this makes him/her practically subhuman (which is why Shannon and Kanon refer to themselves as "furniture" and believe that they don't deserve to be loved).
- Aside Glance: If she wins on Ougon Musoukyouku against anybody but Kanon, Shannon will do this, after setting a small mat on the floor, and setting a small picnic with cake and tea, as if acknowledging how ridiculous it is for her to be winning against anybody.
- Barrier Warrior
- Beware the Silly Ones: Shannon in general is underestimated by the Meta-Character due to her status of being a simple maid whose only powers are defensive in nature, yet in all the times she actually is able to fight back she has been able to hold back her attackers reasonably well, culminating in EP6 where she kills Witch!Maria and Sakutarou without breaking a sweat.
- Big Sister Instinct: Just as Kanon is protective of her, Shannon is very protective of him and encourages him to get into a relationship with Jessica and break out of his shell. That's why she's disgusted with Beatrice in the second arc for using his body when he's already dead to kill more people. Also she prefers to die with Kanon than have him suffer a gruesome death in EP3.
- However, subverted in EP6 where she outright tells Kanon that as long as he doesn't get in the way of her love for George, he'll be fine. Cue to the end of the arc where they have a Duel to the Death and she kills Kanon because his love for Jessica wasn't strong enough.
- Boobs of Steel: In the fighting game spin-off Ougon Musou Kyoku, Shannon has the highest health out of all the female characters and the second highest overall. Only Ronove, another defensive character but more close-range and counterattack oriented, edges her out.
- Cute Bookworm: Becomes an important plot point. The very thing that made her closer to Battler 6 years ago was their shared love of mystery novels, and it's implied she got her ideas of closed room murders from the mystery novels Kumasawa gave to her.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Ryukishi revealed in an interview that this is the case with Shannon, due to the wounds Yasu received after falling from the cliff as a baby and having his/her sexual organs badly damaged. Not surprising she got nervous when George begun talking about them having children after getting married.
- Chewing the Scenery: Has her moments in the fighting games, mainly due to the fact that half of everyone's moves are weird references to the novels. For example, in context, you probably thought the line was fine, but "I KEPT MY PROMISE, LADY BEATRICE!!!"
- The Chick
- Cute Clumsy Girl: When upset and flustered, she will instantly take several levels in clumsiness, which tend to get progressively more severe until she's rendered completely ineffectual. Of course, this tends to get her in a lot of trouble with Natsuhi, poor girl.
- Deal with the Devil: The second arc opens by stating that she made a deal with Beatrice that she would break a mirror at the shrine that disappeared if Beatrice would make George fall in love with her. This represents the moment Yasu starts testing the bomb by blowing up the shrine with a single load, making her resolve to kill everyone and create the catbox where Shannon could be loved by George.
- Driven to Suicide: Most likely the case in Episode 2 and 4.
- Duel to the Death: In EP6.
- Fake Boobs: By Word of God.
- Fighting Clown: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon is a joke. On most of her stage intro she trips face-in and her normal attack involves attacking with girly slaps and things like carpet beaters, yet Shannon is still about as effective as anybody else, using her shields and her normals long range to keep the enemy away from her, playing more defensively that most characters.
- First Love: She was this for Battler. His Second Love is Beatrice, but since it's implied that Shannon and Beatrice are one and the same then it makes things a bit more complicated.
- Foreshadowing: During her very first scene in the VN, it's mentioned that she has worked for the family for 10 years, and since she was 6 years old, making her 16 years old. Yet, she acts like she is a few years older than Kanon, even though he is also 16. In Episode 7, we learn that Genji faked Yasu's age to not raise suspicion from Natsuhi, making Shannon 16, but she's actually 19.
- Fragile Flower
- The Gadfly: Much more subtle about it than most examples because of her Fragile Flower nature, but she tends to pick on Jessica regarding her lack of a boyfriend, and on George and Battler about their embarrassing pasts especially whenever her true self, Yasu, resurfaces.
- Which leads to a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment in Episode 3, when she gently mocks Battler's phrase "I'll come back on a white horse, see you again!" In EP7 it turns out she didn't find that line funny. At all.
- Gag Boobs: In the anime and manga, at least.
- Shannon is the only character on Ougon Musoukyoku with an animated Meta-Declaration, guess what it's used for.
- It turns out that this is invoked by Shannon herself, since Wordof God has stated that her breasts are actually fake.
- The Gunslinger: Kanon outright states in EP6 that Shannon was always the better of two when it came to handling guns.
- Heroic Safe Mode: In EP7, she basically short-circuits briefly when Will asks her to get Kanon, complete with robotic voice, Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble, and Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
- Hidden Depths: We start getting hints that she's more than she seems way at the beginning of EP2, with such gems as the fact that her idea of "cute" runs towards hammerhead sharks.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon can pull out carpet-beaters, pulling carts, mats, serving trays, seagull feed, umbrellas and endless supplies of tea sets to drop out of nowhere, unlike Virgilia, who clearly uses magic to make her weapons appear.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- Imaginary Friend: Shannon was originally created by Yasu as an imaginary friend and an embodiment of the perfect servant that Yasu wished to be, his/her role model. Later, Shannon took over as the main personality that Yasu presented to everyone when s/he decided to be a witch instead and created the Beatrice persona.
- Inter-Class Romance: With George. The main obstacle to George and Shannon's romance was the fact that she is a servant to the Ushiromiya family, while he is a member of that very wealthy family. Subverted, since Yasu is the true head of the family.
- I Will Wait for You: She resolved to do this for Battler, who had promised to take her away from Rokkenjima on a white horse and live their lives together. Unfortunately he forgot about this promise, not only because of the whole situation with Rudolf remarrying too soon and Battler deciding to leave the family because of it, but also because he didn't even take it as seriously as she did. This is the cherry on the cake for Yasu, who loses all hope and starts the murders.
- Japanese Christian: Especially shown in Episode 7, where she mentions several times that "God must be testing her".
- Last Request: In the second arc when Beatrice has broken through Shannon's shield, Shannon turns to George and asks him to tell her one last time how much he loves her. He starts, but is cut off.
- Leitmotif: The very cute and peaceful Praise.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She manages to kill Maria precisely because rather than attacking her, she's "defending herself"... it's only incidental that Maria winds up smashed against the wall in the process.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Beatrice's dark.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Kanon.
- Love Hurts: Mostly because no matter how much she may love and be loved by George, she would have to reveal her broken body to him sooner or later.
- Luminescent Blush
- Many Spirits Inside Of One: She's one of quite a few people inside Yasu.
- Meaningful Name: Shannon's (real) name can be read as 3, 4. This could hint towards her being one of Yasu's personas. Also, didn't Higurashi's Big Bad also have a name involving those numbers?
- Meido: Her outfit is actually pretty tame (her skirt is to her knees, even!), but the fetishization aspect smacks you in the face once you realize there's a slit in that skirt that totally bares her thigh, showing off her one-winged bird tat.
- Not So Weak
- Odd Name Out: While she has a "on" like the other servants, she's the only one who was given a Western name.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Shannon's real name is Sayo, but the only one who ever calls her that is George. When she became a servant for the Ushiromiya family, her name was changed to end in the Japanese character for sound (音), read as on/non/ne.
- Playing Against Type: One of Rie Kugimiya's non-Tsundere roles.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Kanon's blue, although it depends on the situation. Whenever love or Beatrice are involved, she's the calm and serene one, lecturing Kanon.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jessica and Kanon. Even though she and Kanon are the same person.
- Shrinking Violet: Played straight at the beginning but by EP 6 it's an obvious subversion.
- Split Personality
- Star-Crossed Lovers: As revealed by EP7, with Battler. When waiting for him became too painful, she gave her love for Battler to Beatrice and afterwards pursued a relationship with George instead.
- Stepford Smiler: Assuming that she's the culprit in the gameboard, she's quite a unique type, but closer to type C (unstable).
- Talking to Themself: With Kanon and Beatrice.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Jessica's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: In EP1, she's fairly close to the stereotypical maid archetype; timid, kind, polite... cue EP2 when she's utterly determined to be with George at all costs and stands up to Beatrice, being one of the only people to successfully press the witch's Berserk Button to date. She does it again in the third arc.
- Tranquil Fury: Her character sprite doesn't allow her to show anything but an expression that shows disgust but never outright anger like Kanon's sprite.
"Because... we are furniture..."
One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. He maintains the belief that he and Shannon are nothing but furniture, which initially hinders him from having a relationship with Jessica. He and Shannon act like brother and sister, although they are not related by blood.He, Shannon and Beatrice are heavily implied to all be the same person, created as personas of Yasu
. Arc 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity, heavily reinforcing this fact
Voiced by: Masato Funaki
"The Master is a man who sometimes has the wisdom to see a thousand years into the future. However, there are times when that appears to be nothing more than madness to commoners such as myself..."
The oldest servant and Kinzo's most trusted confidante. The only one besides Dr. Nanjo usually let into Kinzo's study. Most of the family doesn't trust him, considering him to be a spy for Kinzo.
His meta-world manifestation is Ronove
- Artificial Human: Same as Shannon and Kanon. Subverted, since from a mundane perspective he and Kinzo actually met in Taiwan (it's revealed in EP8 that Genji is in fact Taiwanese) and became close friends; see I Owe You My Life below.
- The Atoner: In Episode 7, we learn that he was responsible for the maintenance of Beatrice II's Gilded Cage. Unable to forgive himself for allowing her to be abused by her father, and terrified that Kinzo would inflict the same suffering on Yasu, he faked Yasu's death and passed the child off as an orphan.
- Childhood Friends: With Kinzo. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
- The Confidant: To Kinzō.
- Extreme Doormat
- Happiness in Slavery: While Shannon and Kanon thoroughly hate their condition, Genji is just satisfied with serving his master until his death, and doesn't wish for anything else.
- Image Song: A Song of Scattered Love ~ My Beloved Golden Witch, which is shared with Kinzo.
- I Owe You My Life: Episode 8 reveals this is why he's loyal to Kinzo. He and Kinzo were Childhood Friends. Kinzo foresaw the political climate in Taiwan getting bad, so he warned his family. Genji was the only one to listen.
- I Was Quite a Looker: The EP8 manga reveals that yes, he really was◊. (That's him in the middle of the panel.)
- The Jeeves
- Knife Nut: Most instances of him defending himself involve throwing knives. Not completely clear whether he carries these around or if he's an Improvised Weapon User, but to manage some of the things he does, it makes sense that he has some experience with them.
- My Master, Right or Wrong
- Old Retainer
- One Steve Limit: "Ronoue" and "Ronove" are more-or-less the same word (ロノウエ versus ロノウェ). This is most likely because Yasu based Ronove off of Genji.
- Parental Substitute: He served as a distant father figure to Yasu.
- Satellite Character: To Kinzo, and later Yasu.
- The Stoic: To near robotic levels. Even having half of his head smashed doesn't change his (non-)expression. Kinzo, his lifelong partner, admits that even he can't see through Genji's pokerface.
- Undying Loyalty: To "The Master". Which doesn't necessarily refer to Kinzō.
Voiced by: Yasuko Hatori
A really old servant at the Ushiromiya house. She loves to make jokes about mackerel. She also served as guardian to Kuwadorian Beatrice, and a mother-figure to Yasu, introducing him/her to mystery novels.
Her meta-world manifestation is Virgilia
- Cool Old Lady
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: She often talks about making various weird dishes with mackerel. Whether she really tries to make them is unknown though.
- Dirty Old Woman
- Lovable Coward: Moreso in the sound novels.
- Magical Nanny: To Yasu, in a sense; she used folk magic as a basis for instruction, which encouraged mystical thinking.
- Mentor Archetype: To Yasu, involving mystery novels.
- Never Mess with Granny: When Kumasawa is attacked by the Stakes on the first twilight in the third arc, she turns into Virgilia. Doesn't stop her from dying, though.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Quite an odd one. Rather than a "oooooh-ho-ho-ho-ho!", Yasuko Hatori does it as a rapid-fire "hohohohoho!"
- Parental Substitute: To Shannon, Kanon, and Yasu, which is kind of jarring considering they're all the same person. She also served as this to Beatrice II, after her mother's Death by Childbirth.
- The Slacker
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mackerel
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kumasawa calls Battler out on some of his less than admirable behavior towards the resurrected Beatrice in EP6.
Voiced by: Hitori Bifu
The head chef at the Ushiromiya mansion. Unlike the other servants, he was hired by Krauss, and so most of the servants distrust him. He is also one of the only servants not to wear the one-winged eagle on his clothes, due to Kinzo's lack of trust in him.
- Attention Whore: Much to the annoyance of Kanon and Shannon.
- Break the Haughty
- Gentle Giant: Although he's a very large man, he is very graceful and polite, if a bit lazy.
- The Jeeves: A special point is made of this in respect to Gohda.
- Jerkass: Towards Kannon and Shannon.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In EP5, we find out he's the only person living on the island who doesn't know that Kinzo is dead.
- Muggle: His case is pretty unique among the people on the island, when you think about it. He doesn't know about Kinzō's death, nor about Yasu/Beatrice, has no Imaginary Friend or Split Personality, never teams up with magical beings and has no connection to magic whatsoever. He is just a cook who does his job. See above.
- Supreme Chef
Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi
Kinzo's personal physician. He is one of the few people that Kinzo trusts in the present, or at least when Kinzo was still alive.
After Kinzo and Beatrice's run-in with the Italians, it was Nanjo who treated their wounds and helped Kinzo hide Beatrice's existence from the military.
- I Have a Family: Nanjo's plea to Eva-Beatrice before she kills him.
- Deadly Doctor: In Forgery of the Purple Logic.
- Healthcare Motivation: Possibly. He mentions that he has an ill granddaughter just before EVA-Beatrice kills him in Episode 3. This may or may not be part of the reason he covers for Yasu even after the murders start.
- Satellite Character: Nanjo's role in some of the early arcs seemed to comprised completely of having Cryptic Conversations with Kinzo and letting everyone know that the corpses they had found were, indeed, dead.
- Secret Keeper: Initially, he is the one who kept the secret of Beatrice Castiglioni's existence from the military. And later, of Kinzō's death.