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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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    Battler Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono

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 after nearly drowning he 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, Tooya Hachijo.
  • Agent Scully: Initially, at least. Though the story still leaves it up in the air whether or not magic exists, Battler later realizes that completely shutting down magic is not his real priority.
  • Aloof Big Brother: It's implied he can be rather neglectful of Ange, since it took him 3 games to remember he had a little sister that would need him, and the fact that he only visited her on her birthdays leaves much to think this.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The characters in his name literally mean "fighting person". In-universe, Battler mentions that a lot of people tend to misread the kanji in his name and think his name is "Sento".
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the new Endless Sorcerer.
  • Animal Motifs: The witches compare him a few different times to The Phoenix. Maybe makes sense, given the nature of his Fate Worse than Death combined with his Determinator personality.
  • Anime Hair: Lampshaded.
    Ange: Save the jokes for your hairstyle.
  • Anti-Magic: His ability to resist magic of up to godlike scale is classified as Endless Nine.
  • Badass Bookworm: Battler "it would be arrogant for somebody who only reads about a hundred books a year to call himself well-read" Ushiromiya.
  • Badass Cape: He wears an Ominous Opera Cape as the Endless Sorcerer. At first just a Fanon idea, but became canon in EP6. In EP8, he becomes even more badass by taking it off.
  • Bat Deduction: "And then...I...knew."
  • Battle Couple: With Beatrice.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to George's Betty and Sayo Yasuda's Archie.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Ange reveals her identity to him and performs a Heroic Sacrifice, Battler snaps out of his funk and goes up several levels in badass and sets his mind back on track to defeating Beatrice and making it back home to her. Neither work.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bookworm: Becomes quite apparent by the time the core arcs begin.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Flip this one and White Shirt of Death around, and you've got Battler's outfit: white jacket, red shirt. And yes, his luck sucks. Ultimately subverted since it turns out that he was the only one, aside from Eva, who survived.
  • Buxom Is Better: A firm believer in this, to the point that he's a self-entitled "breast sommelier".
  • Came Back Strong: Takes Dlanor's Red Key to the chest in the climax to EP5. Since by that point 'death' in the Meta-world is rather vague, dying gives him as much time as he needed to think back over the mysteries of the story, realize what he'd been missing, come to understand the Truth of the Game and will himself back to life as one of the strongest characters in the series, purely out of understanding the truth. He proceeds to wipe the floor with Erika and Dlanor.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ah, it's useless. It's all useless!"
  • Changeling Fantasy: It's confirmed in EP8 that Kyrie is his real mother, and he was swapped at birth with Asumu's child.
  • The Chessmaster: In training.
  • Chewbacca Defense: Hey, anything to fight off Beatrice and Bernkastel.
  • Chick Magnet: Largely an Informed Attribute (since we only see him with his family in the story). It is implied that Battler is quite popular with girls, though it seems he's not entirely aware of it himself. However, most of the female cast is already either married or paired off with someone else.
    • However, if this is to be taken seriously...
  • Chivalrous Pervert: It seems like he'll try to grope anyone (even his cousin!), and at one point even tells little Maria to let him grope her when she gets older, but the one time a girl actually tries to let him, he freaks out and scolds her (after being punched by aforementioned cousin). Note: He thanked the cousin for punching him. He even tells Maria to promise she'll let him "eat her" once she's legal, in the EP2 Tea Party.
    • Hell, he even has a whole Image Song devoted to his love of large-breasted girls. It is called ''OPPA in Love!'', and it is essentially Battler's playing up his own lecherousness to hilarious extents.
    • One of his special moves in the fighting game, the "Sommelier Finger", is a groping attack.
    • He even says it's okay being killed over and over again by the Seven Stakes because they have nice breasts and from then on normally refers to them as 'the ass nee chans.'
  • The Coats Are Off: In EP8, he throws his Endless Sorcerer coat and faces Erika in a closed room duel.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Battler wears one as a fastener for his jacket.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In the original sound novel.
  • Death of Personality: While Battler physically survives the Rokkenjima incident, the narration makes it clear Tooya Hachijo should be considered a different person, although he possesses Battler's memories. The Battler we know is long gone.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Weaponized in his final battle against Dlanor in EP 5, when he argues that his observations are not actually objective because this time around he's not the detective like the first four games, (the detective actually being Erika), which means that he has the right to lie and obfuscate facts as an observer. (As well as allowing him to be considered as the culprit.)
    • Subverted because he actively fights to remain as the protagonist. And in the end, he has earned it.
  • Determinator: See the first tea party for just one example. Averted in the second arc, however, when he does give up and is explicitly shown why that isn't an acceptable option.
  • Devoted to You: After his promise with Sayo/Shannon, 6 years later Sayo/Beatrice still can't forget about him. It turned out horribly, horribly bad.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: If slamming Beatrice's head on a table in EP2 or slapping her in EP3 don't count, then actually managing to punch Bernkastel in the face might.
    • And if you think those mentioned were just damn luck, then he also manages to kick Bernkastel in the same scene while she's Teleport Spamming! Battler earned the Villainous Breakdown that he got out of her.
  • Died Happily Ever After: That's more or less the idea of the Magic Ending. Battler joined his family in death, while Tooya continued to live, his mind finally at peace.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: During his Heroic BSOD in the anime, and while trapped in a logic error during EP6.
  • Evil Counterpart: Black Battler from Ogon Musokyoku Cross.
  • Expy: He's obviously one of Keiichi, being just as Hot-Blooded and chivalrously perverted. However, unlike Keiichi, Battler learns that being Hot-Blooded won't get him anywhere in the witch's game.
  • Fatal Flaw: Battler's is that he is extremely emotional and that emotions act as his primary motivator; this means that while he's genuinely a smart guy and a good thinker, his emotions very frequently get in the way of rational thinking, and this has massive negative consequences, both direct and indirect ones.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Battler gets a few of these.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • First Love: To Shannon. It's the root of many of Sayo Yasuda's internal struggles.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: To the point that his fixation with proving that magic doesn't exist is one of the things that drive Beatrice to her death in EP5.
    • His belief in this in the reason for the Endless Nine. That's right he weaponized it.
  • Game Master: Of EP6, though Erika makes sure he doesn't get much use out of it. He has more success in EP8 even if Bernkastel is also a Game Master at the same time, albeit a much more malicious one.
  • Generation Xerox: His relationship with Beatrice plays this theme hard with regard to Kinzo.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: His way of Throwing Down the Gauntlet at Beatrice.
  • Gratuitous English: Battler loved this trope back in 1980. In 1986 he's just embarrassed about it and doesn't want to remember. It's a major plot point.
  • Happily Married: With Beatrice after EP6.
  • Has a Type: He likes blue-eyed blondes with feisty and tomboyish personalities who he can joke around with (and according to him, being well-endowed wouldn't hurt either). Just like Jessica and Beatrice, who actually was designed this way by Sayo Yasuda to be Battler's ideal woman.
  • The Heart: At least in the early arcs, he wound up frequently jumping in between two people who were at each other's throats to point out why person X wasn't necessarily the culprit.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Comments by Ange in Twilight allude to Battler being this.
  • Heroic Bastard
  • Heroic BSOD: "Just who am I?" Freaks him out so badly that not only does his brain shut down, but he physically disappears.
  • His Name Really Is Barkeep: "Battler" is not a title or a nickname for a scrappy kid; that's his real name.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially during the first four arcs when confronting Beatrice. However, it's deconstructed; while in most series a character's hotbloodedness will help them overcome challenges, Battler's hot blooded attitude actually blinds him. He's much too focused on defeating Beatrice out of some vague sense of justice, never even questioning why she's playing this game with him in the first place despite all the clues she leaves for him. As a result, he can come across as rather insensitive and hypocritical at times. Once he finally realizes the truth behind her game in EP5, his hot blooded nature becomes more toned down.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks identical to Kinzo as he appeared in his youth, save for the hair. His appearance as Tohya Hachijo is identical to young Kinzo. Heck, Battler and young Kinzo even have the same voice actor.
  • Image Song: OPPA in LOVE!!note  and Battlerfield ~ The Four Forms of Battler.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Whenever Piece Battler is in a situation where he might possibly have to fight, he always seems to go for a hat rack or candlestick as opposed to something a bit more practical.
  • Informed Attribute: In the late episodes Battler is revealed to be an avid reader and mystery buff. But earlier he speaks of conventions of the mystery genre, Knox in particular, as if they were news to him, and he's baffled by their purpose. He's supposedly versed in closed room mysteries in particular, but seems to analyze them from a completely fresh perspective.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He can end up obliviously hurting people's feelings by saying some innocent, but insensitive comments. Not to mention how he didn't realize how seriously Shannon took his promise, and how by forgetting about it he left her desperately waiting for him for years, finally breaking the poor girl's heart when he forgot to write her a letter.
  • In the Blood: Given his similarities to pre-WWII Kinzo, there seems to be a heavy implication that Battler's just one poorly-ended romance away from going completely nutters like his grandfather. In the end he doesn't go insane, but he loses Beatrice and gains Trauma-Induced Amnesia as a result.
  • I Reject Your Reality: As a matter of principle, even while having tea with the witch he's disproving. He can tend to the more irrational side of this trope when desperate and frustrated.
  • Kick the Dog: His poor treatment of the Chick Beatrice in EP6, although it may have to do with the fact that the woman he loves refuses to call him anything but Father for a long time. This mirrors Kinzo and Beatrice II's relationships, to the point of incest. He even threw away her cookies.
  • Large Ham: And engages Beatrice in Ham-to-Ham Combat. Not quite as hammy as his grandfather, but his cousins and Shannon relate how much hammier he used to be when younger, spouting charmingly cheesy lines and using heavily Gratuitous English. He's embarrassed by it, yet completely unconscious of how hammy he still is.
  • Leitmotif: Several, most famously Dread of the Grave.
  • Like Father, Like Son: It's a joke among the family members how Battler's way of handling women is very similar to Rudolf's.
    • He is also affraid of vehicles like his mother Asumu. And he inherited his sharp wits from his real mother Kyrie.
  • Logical Fallacies: Small bombs and cardboard boxes. The thing is, Battler is fully aware all his theories are beyond ridiculous. He was just that desperate to deny witches.
  • Magical Guide: After understanding the truth, he plays this role toward Ange in Twilight of the golden witch.
  • Manly Tears: Who wouldn't be crying after all the crap he goes through?
  • Meaningful Name: Bateleur is French for a stage magician, someone who uses mundane means to create the illusion of magic (and it also serves as a possible Tarot Motif, since the Magician card is known as Le Bateleur in French) while Battler is not too far from what he actually does: battle (with witches and demons), and to take it even further the kanji in his name literally mean "fighting person".
  • Megaton Punch: Punches out Bernkastel. Bernkastel who, just scenes ago, had been tanking big bangs and big crunches. Battler's fist is more powerful than the universe. And inflicts the concept of pain.
  • Missing Mom
  • My Greatest Failure: Ange's Heroic Sacrifice in EP4 and solving the game too late and allowing Beatrice to die in EP5. CMOAs arguably ensue both times.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Makes some remarks to this effect in Twilight.
  • Nay-Theist: Gets into very involved logic arguments with beings he says do not exist.
  • Noodle People: Mostly in Episode 2 manga, due to Jirou Suzuki's style.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only one out of Kinzo's children and grandchildren who doesn't have a realistic western name; how many people in real life are actually named "Battler"? Still, there are reasons why he has that name, however much he dislikes it.
  • The One Guy: He is the only male witch in the cast.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His reason for refusing to play against Lambdadelta in EP5 is that this is between him and Beatrice and no one else.
  • Only Sane Man: At least during the first tea party. "Why have you guys stopped thinking?" Doesn't ever seem to have gotten out of the "trying to explain" phase, though.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Beatrice in Episode 3. It's quite effective. Or not…
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Depending on who he's in a dichotomy with, he can be Maria's red or Beatrice's blue.
  • Selective Obliviousness
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: The Events of EP6? He CREATED THAT!
  • Shameful Strip: After he surrenders to Beatrice and temporarily becomes her furniture in EP2, Battler is found stripped completely except for a chain around his neck that Beatrice uses as a leash.
  • Shout-Out: His habit of pointing dramatically at his opponents reminded many fans of how Phoenix Wright does the same thing, and Ryukishi later confirmed in an interview that he was indeed inspired by the Ace Attorney games during development.
  • Signature Laugh: Ihihihihi!
  • Stealth Mentor: By EP8, he is this to Ange.
  • Sudden Humility: In Episode 6, he realizes that the position of Game Master is much less comfortable than he imagined when he fought against Beatrice.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Battler is the main view point character and essentially the hero of the fantasy side of the story. However, when you look at it with hindsight, Umineko is actually about Sayo Yasuda, his/her complicated issues and the conflict between his/her personas.
  • Switched at Birth: He thinks he's Asumu's son, but he's really Kyrie's.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Tons, particularly in EP3 and EP5.
  • Talking to the Dead: At least once, Battler addresses his father after Rudolf's corpse has been discovered.
  • This Is Unforgivable: In EP3, when Beatrice laughs about Eva-Beatrice killing Rosa and Maria over and over again, he doesn't take that too well. Bonus points for giving her an Armor-Piercing Slap. And later, when Virgilia tries to encourage him to accept her as his opponent, he still refuses to forgive her. At least, until she tells Beato to be more encouraging and apologize to him.
  • Together in Death / You Are Worth Hell: The mystery ending takes the first tone, the fantasy ending the second.
  • Too Dumb to Live: So you're in a room, alone with the person you suspect of having killed half of your family the same day. Said person is holding a loaded rifle. What do you do? You can plan a surprise attack to take her out or steal her gun. Or you can stand there and point the finger at her, screaming that she is the culprit. Guess what our hero choses and what happens not 10 seconds after that.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Though this is subverted in EP4's Tea Party, since he never understands Beatrice's heart, he didn't solve a single murder and the whole scene is just Beatrice giving up and making it look like he won, he still manages to improve in every arc. In Episode 5, he took all his levels in badass and squared them during the hidden tea party. His badass levels seemingly take a dip in EP6 in that he falls into a deep depression and ends up being nearly reduced to a Distressed Dude, with a few Badass moments sprinkled here and there. "Seemingly" being a key word; EP8 spectacularly subverts all that by revealing his dip in badassery was completely intentional.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Just the first arc would probably be enough to qualify him for this, and it just gets worse from there.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Just about the last thing he wants, considering his feud with Rudolf, but all his relatives remark on how alike they are. He turns out to be even more similar to Kinzo—in looks, temperament, and circumstances; once he realizes the truth, this is retroactively implied to be one of the reasons Battler's so upset by the reset Beatrice calling him "Father" in EP6. Lo and behold, some forty years after surviving the Rokkenjima incident, his hair has whitened and shortened to the point where he looks exactly like Kinzo when he was his age.
  • Unexpected Successor: Fifth arc.
  • Unperson: In the sound novels, after his defeat at the end of Episode 2 and his Heroic BSOD in Episode 4, he literally disappears from the character list. Who said only the narrated story could be terrifying?
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His failure to keep his (not entirely serious) promise to Shannon that he would take her away from Rokkenjima and start a new life with her is a large part of what drives Sayo to orchestrate the murders. It turns out that this was his "sin of six years ago".
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to It Was His Sled from EP5 onwards, particularly his role as the Endless Sorcerer.
  • White Shirt of Death: Subverted. After apparently dying over and over again, he's revealed to be one of only two characters to actually make it back from Rokkenjima.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Battler's not a fan of his name.
    Battler: Battler Ushiromiya. Incredible. Also incredible are the parents who stuck that name one me, and the public official who accepted it. They're all on the top of my must-kill list.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Shakes?: Battler's terrified of any vehicle that shakes when it moves.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Battler's tendency to quickly trust and give people the benefit of the doubt tends to bite him in the ass more often than not. In Episodes 6 and 8, he uses this to his advantage to fool his enemies.
    • Played with, while Battler is rather innocent and oblivious about the true nature of his family, he gets so absorbed into proving Beato wrong that he doesn't even consider why she is doing all this in the first place, ignoring all the clues she gives him in form of "magic" throughout the games. This is the very thing that keeps him from finding the truth until Episode 5.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Beatrice.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Especially if the girl's name is Beatrice, Erika Furudo, and Bernkastel. He also hits Maria on the head quite a lot in the first two Episodes.

    Maria Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Yui Horie

"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: Firmly believes in the existence of magic and witches, and studies the occult as a hobby.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's an outcast at school due to her Verbal Tic and how she acts much younger than she is.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Maria's behaviour tends to imply something like autism or Asperger's syndrome: 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).
  • Break the Cutie: She didn't take Sakutaro's death at the hands of Rosa very well.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Consulting Mr Puppet: From a mundane perspective, this is what she's really doing when talking to Sakutarou.
  • Creepy Child: Though this is mainly due to having No Social Skills.
  • Cute and Psycho: At times, the cutest and sweetest little girl ever. At others, the most terrifying kid you'll meet.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Cute Witch: Subverted. Maria may be cute-looking, but she is mad, bad, and dangerous when she finally snaps.
  • 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 either be All Just a Dream or an Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
  • 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.
  • Friendless Background
  • 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: Mainly because she likes to make her stuffed animals into Imaginary Friends.
  • 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/Sayo Yasuda.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Magic exists, witches exist, Beatrice definitely 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.
  • Kiddie Kid: Deconstructed, since other characters point out that Maria acts quite a bit younger than her nine years of age and she's bullied at school because of it. One of Rosa's Berserk Buttons is being asked how old Maria is, since she tends to interpret the question as "is she really nine?".
  • 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: Maria sees no difference between fantasy and reality, though at least some of this is her way of coping with the troubled relationship between her and her mother.
  • Metaphorically True: 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.
  • 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. It's most likely because Maria is one of the few real friends Sayo Yasuda has.
  • 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: Subverted since Sayo Yasuda had already told her about his/her plan to "open the door to the Golden Land", even though Maria doesn't fully understand the consequences.
  • 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. From a mundane perspective, this means that her highly creative mind lets her create numerous Imaginary Friends.
    • 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 that she did notice, and what she likes to imagine in order to cope with it.
  • Self-Made Orphan: During the fourth arc, though it's implied to either be All Just a Dream or an Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
  • Spirit Advisor: She is either this or an Imaginary Friend to Ange, depending on how you interpret it.
  • Spoiled Brat: Despite her mother's abusive tendencies, it's shown that at the same time Maria actually is a bit spoiled; Rosa will sometimes just give her what she wants to keep her from making too much of a fuss, which only goes to show how she's a less than stellar parent in more ways than one.
  • 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: In the middle of Episode 4, when she decides to give her mother a taste of their own medicine. Though she's probably just imagining this as a way to cope.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the anime, nobody seems to pay much attention to her ludicrously over-the-top Creepy Child moments. In the visual novels and manga, 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 the fourth arc, 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.

    Jessica Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Marina Inoue

"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.
  • Book Dumb: She doesn't seem to do very well in school. However, it's possible that her grades are simply average and being "average" just isn't enough for her parents.
  • Catch Phrase: "Uzee ze!" (So annoying!)
  • Cerebus Retcon: During the School Festival in the second arc, Jessica gets pissed off at a classmate and Megaton Punches her with a brass knuckle. That was just a gag, right? She pulls them out again during the fourth arc and they quickly become conduits for Supernatural Martial Arts.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Not ordinarily so, but considering that her episode 2 school festival performance consisted of singing the Touhou song Tsurupettan while dressed up as Marisa...
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Cute Little Fangs: In the original sound novel.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt
  • Dead Person Conversation: With Kanon in the third arc.
  • Determinator: She says it herself; "'Give up' isn't written anywhere in my dictionary!"
  • Disconnected By Death: In Episode 4. Although it's a subversion, since she initially just played a scenario arranged with Sayo… who then went and killed her for real. "Confession of the Golden Witch" explicitly showed her on the phone with Battler, with Kanon pointing a shotgun to her head...
  • Don't Call Me Sir: She wants Kanon to call her by her name instead of "ojou-sama".
  • Expy: Tsundere heiress to a Big Screwed-Up Family that acts like a Tomboy but wants to be girly? Sounds like Mion to me.
    • You would also be forgiven if you thought Marisa has become a schoolgirl.
  • Femininity Failure: During the dinner in Episode 5, where she tries to sit "straight and elegantly" so she won't appear less cultured than Erika. Rudolf's reaction is to ask her if she has a stomach-ache.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hellish Pupils: In the sixth arc, when she kills Kyrie.
  • Ill Girl: Jessica has asthma which often acts up and incapacitates when she's under stress.
    • Subverted in Episode 7, when (that game's) Jessica reveals to Will that she's been deliberately invoking this trope. Her asthma is a put-on meant to lend her an image as a frail, sheltered lady, as well as giving her a handy way out of unpleasant situations by faking her attacks.
  • Image Song: Dokkyun Heart, which contains gems like "Au au!" and "Uso da!".
  • In Love with Love: When Kanon asks her why she likes him, Jessica doesn't know how to answer since she became interested in Kanon just because she wanted a romance of her own and Kanon was the only guy around her age who lived close to her. Jessica admits she couldn't tell Kanon that, because it would be like telling him any nearby boy would have done just as well.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Lion existing and thus becoming the second child, her personality never changed. If at all, this fueled her rebellious spirit.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Kanon. Subverted.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to save Kanon, she took Asmodeus In the Back.... Too bad it didn't really, well, work.
  • Lady Swears A Lot: By Japanese-standards, her vocabulary is very vulgar and inappropriately masculine.
  • Magic Skirt
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Kanon, at least; he fell in love with Jessica because of her energetic and rebellious spirit, and he often says that to him she's "dazzling like the sun".
  • Megaton Punch
  • Mistaken For Lesbian: In one of the side-stories, she summons Zepar and Furfur and asks them for a magical charm to make up with her friend Saku. Being who they are, they immediately gush about the beauty of her "forbidden love", until she corrects the misunderstanding. They don't even try to hide their disappointment.
  • Oblivious Mockery: In the flash-back of Episode 7, she and Manon spend half a dialogue laughing about how some stupid girls take boy's words too seriously and get the wrong idea. All in front of Shannon, who does her best to not show any reaction. You can feel her heart being pierced with spears at each of the other two's words.
  • Ojou: She's this in theory. In practice though…
  • Plucky Girl: At a bare minimum in the fourth arc.
  • Power Fist
  • Rebellious Princess
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Considering they love the same person, she could be considered the red to George's blue. More rebellious and Hot-Blooded, and trying to enjoy life to the maximum. To further the contrast, she helps Kanon to open up, while Shannon was the one to make George less timid. In EP7 she can also be considered the red to Lion's blue.
  • Sailor Fuku: She wears this as her school uniform, as shown in the anime, manga and PS3 port.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Kanon's Savvy Guy.
  • School Idol: The only two reasons she became the Student Council President are a) because her parents wanted her to, and b) she's so ridiculously popular at her school that she won the election without even trying (let alone wanting).
  • She's All Grown Up: Battler's reaction when he meets her after 6 years.
    Battler: What are those, boobs?
  • Shipper on Deck: For George and Shannon. But unbeknownst to Jessica, Shannon and her own love interest Kanon are the same person.
  • Shout-Out: Jessica's Meta-Super in the fighting game is the Master Spark, complete with Marisa costume.
    • Her Palette Swap for the Marisa costume is red and white, referring to Reimu (her brown hair also fits, since Reimu's hair tends to shift between brown and black depending on the art).
  • Student Council President: She doesn't want to be one but her parents forced her.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: To Sayo Yasuda. When Jessica asked Sayo/Shannon whether Kanon had a girlfriend Sayo was baffled that someone could love their "male" half. Having troubles with forgetting about Battler and fearing that "Shannon" and George's relationship wouldn't last, Sayo started to contemplate the idea of having a romance as a boy. Then they fell in love with Jessica during the school festival, which only worsened their internal issues.
  • Tomboy: She definitely has the personality fitting of one, and her manner of speech is very masculine (though not to the point of using "boku" as a personal pronoun), much to the dismay of her mother.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Shannon's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's feisty, rebellious and has boyish speech patterns, but she's very interested in other people's love lives and deep down she really wants a romance of her own.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between being Kanon's Damsel in Distress in the second arc and putting up a strong fight against Ronove in the fourth arc. And then burning Kyrie alive in the sixth arc.
  • Tsundere: Though like Mion, it's played somewhat unusually in that she's neither overly tsun nor overly dere.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Having a little trouble dealing with your target? No problem! Just make a little contract with Zepar and Furfur, call up Bronove to stick some barriers around, and Min Max your way through that yandere-off.

    George Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura

"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.
  • Always Save the Girl: In EP4, he chooses to save himself and Shannon in exchange of sacrificing everyone else on the island, since almost his entire family would have been against their Inter-Class Romance anyway and he believes that marrying someone means struggling to be together until the end, even if that means making the entire world your enemy.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Battler's Veronica and Sayo Yasuda's Archie.
  • 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.
  • Chastity Couple: With Shannon.
  • 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 Sayo Yasuda'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.
  • Extremity Extremist: Fights only with kicks, in contrast to Jessica.
  • 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. When he finally proposes to her though, he realizes how childish his envy is toward Battler. In the end, it turns out he wasn't mistaken to doubt of the strength of Shannon/Sayo's feelings for him and how Battler's return would affect their engagement.
  • 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 Sayo is actually the head of the family.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Second arc, when he tries to fulfil Shannon's Last Request to tell her one more time that he loves her. He's killed by Beatrice before he can finish but since Beatrice and Shannon are the same person, it was in fact Sayo Yasuda who killed him.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard
  • Loving a Shadow: Quite literally. He loves Shannon because he sees her as a lovely domestic and shy young lady. That's just the character Sayo Yasuda created; Shannon's real self is very far from that.
  • 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. She started to date him once she finally got over Battler. Or at least tried to. "Shannon" indeed managed to move on, but Sayo still loves Battler and no matter how much s/he loves George or Jessica, s/he just can't forget about Battler.
  • 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: 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 she's 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.

Parents

    Kinzō Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Mugihito (elderly), Daisuke Ono (younger)

"Money is the crystallization of everything in this world. If you cannot grasp that then you cannot grasp the world! If a life cannot strongly grasp this world, it doesn't deserve to live!"

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.
  • Abusive Dad: Despite his children being adults already, he still has enough power to pull it. And just in case the emotional (and literal) beatdowns weren't enough for you, he also imprisoned his illegitimate daughter in isolation and eventually raped her.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The anime gave him dark hair when he was younger.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: He has a similar speech as Beatrice when he's old. He spoke normally when he was younger though.
  • Arranged Marriage: Kinzo married the daughter of a high aristocratic family, who the elders forcibly chose more for their own convenience than for his. This is one of the reasons why he didn't consider his wife and children an actual family.
  • The Atoner: Turns out the whole deal with the epitaph was actually his wild gamble to establish contact with Sayo, grant him/her the headship, and try to somehow make up for for what he did to his daughter Beatrice.
  • Badass Grandpa: In the fourth arc, he managed to summon two of Beatrice's more powerful furniture as well as her mentor all at once. Subverted. He wouldn't have been able to do this, since he was Dead All Along.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: His polydactyly was seen as this, which is why he was made head of the Ushiromiya family legacy despite being from a branch family.
  • Byronic Hero
  • Callback: The name "Goldsmith" was from a gag in the first EP, where Battler jokes that Kinzo should join in the Western Theme Naming.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Most of his expressions, laughing or crying, are wide open-mouthed, as if to literally chew all the scenery. One textual example from Ep 7:
    He sometimes scratched at his head in anguish, sometimes faced the heavens like an opera singer.
  • Childhood Friends: With Genji. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
  • Cool Old Guy: In EP8's ideal game. While that game's nature is left ambiguous, EP8 Kinzō is implied to be a version of him that could have existed, had he not descended into madness, or at least a representation of a part of him that existed deep down.
  • Crazy People Play Chess
  • Dead All Along: But not in EP7 or EP8.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or not.
  • Death Seeker: During World War II, he joined the army hoping to be killed in battle, only to be assigned to an engineering job far from the front lines. He got over it when he met Beatrice.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He was implied to have crossed it when Beatrice Castiglioni died, fueling the eventual Parental Incest with his daughter.
  • Determinator: His lifelong reputation. Even the children who suspect he's dead are uncertain enough to fear his wrath. When asked how plausible it would be for him to leap from a 3rd story window to take a peaceful stroll in a typhoon, everyone accepts it as pretty typical for him.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Kinzo was born with six toes on each foot. This fact is almost always used to identify his charred corpse.
  • Doting Grandparent: In the ideal setting of EP8's game.
  • Drowning My Sorrows
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Reviving a witch who requires your entire family to be sacrificed doesn't seem like a good idea to begin with, and sure enough, he's found as one of the sacrifices in most of the early arcs. Subverted; he actually died two years prior of natural causes, after meeting Sayo and granting him/her the headship.
  • Evil Old Folks: Well, according to the fourth arc, he sics Beatrice's demons on his entire family. Subverted. See above.
  • Evil Sorceror: Particularly in the fourth arc. Subverted. He's not evil, nor is he a sorceror. Completely out of his mind, yes, but then, who in this family isn't?
  • Flanderization: In parody works involving him, his eccentricity, drunkenness, frivolous spending, and Crazy Awesomeness are cranked Up to Eleven.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: He has a fetish for western cultures in general, being obsessed with the western occult, building himself a western-style mansion to live in and giving his children and grandchildren western names transliterated into kanji. His flashback in EP7 shows that he was fond of foreign literature as well.
  • Formulaic Magic: His magic is said to be based heavily in probability. Indeed, he is well aware that his gambit to find his lost child by writing a difficult riddle for them to solve that would lead to his hidden gold only has about a one in a quadrillion chance of working. But lo and behold, it does.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first four Episodes, while the other "sacrifices" die in various ways, Kinzō alone consistently ends up burned to a crisp. That's because he's a charred corpse from the beginning.
  • Gambit Roulette: Kinzo is well aware that establishing contact with his lost child, Sayo, and granting him/her the headship is a huge gamble, even lampshading it with the quote at the top of the chapel.
  • Generation Xerox: Battler's relationship with Beatrice is later shown to heavily mirror Kinzo's own relationship with both Beatrice Castiglioni and Beatrice Ushiromiya.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Image Song: A Song of Scattered Love ~ My Beloved Golden Witch, which is shared with Genji.
  • Incoming Ham: His "Happy Halloween" entrance in Episode 8.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He strongly resembled Battler when he was young, and Battler himself isn't hard on the eyes.
  • Jerkass: Even in Eva's flashbacks in Arc 3. The candidacy of most of his descendants for at least Jerkass Woobie can largely be laid at Kinzo's feet.
  • Kick the Dog: Nearly every scene we see him interact with anyone that's not Beatrice is a Kick the Dog moment for him. Even taking into account that he was not actually alive for most of the series.
  • Large Ham: Most of the scenes he appears in, he is screaming at the sky like the insane man he is.
  • Laughing Mad: According to Natsuhi, this was his reaction when he learned that the child he had entrusted to her had fallen off a cliff; screaming something like "You escaped me again, did you?!"
  • Leitmotif: The slow, solemn and slightly sad Rose. Not coincidentally, it also plays in Episode 6 the fist time Battler appears as the Game Master.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Deconstructed. After Beatrice Castiglioni died, Kinzou became obsessed with her daughter as she grew to look identical to mother, convincing himself that she was his lover's reincarnation. The problem was she was also his daughter and he ended up raping her.
  • Love Hurts
  • Love Makes You Crazy: EP7 shows that he was nothing less than a Nice Guy in his youth, and The Woobie to boot. It got worse, horribly, when he became obsessed with Beatrice. He was so much in love with Beatrice Castiglioni that her Death by Childbirth ensured that he would never be completely sane ever again. He views any of her descendants as "Beatrice" in a desperate attempt to convince himself that she can come back to him, from raping his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya due to her Strong Family Resemblance to having Sayo wear Beatrice's dress when they finally meet.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Taken Up to Eleven in the manga by revealing that he was the one to start the massacre in the military base, to "have the gold and Beatrice all for himself."
  • Loving a Shadow: After his lover Beatrice Castiglioni's Death by Childbirth, he convinced himself that their daughter Beatrice II was her mother's reincarnation and attempted to carry on their love with her, even though she couldn't understand or return her father's feelings.
  • Mad Love: Given how crazy he is over Beatrice, it's telling that he just about never comes up in any of her speech, except how he relates to the murders. Heck, she actually has her Mooks eat him alive in one ending. This behaviour is very much justified once the true relationship between her and Kinzo is revealed.
  • Madman In The Attic: He may have locked himself in there, but he still fits pretty darn well. Except for the fact that he's dead, of course.
  • Murder by Cremation: Subverted - he was dead for about two years prior.
  • Necromantic: Kinzo had a mistress a long time before named Beatrice, and he seems to be engaging in the ceremony in order to bring her back to life after she died years earlier. This is later proven false, since Kinzo wasn't alive in order to orchestrate the ceremony. And while he did have a mistress whom he desperately wanted to come back to life, the "ceremony" was not a magical ritual to summon her.
  • Not so Above It All: The stern and scary Kinzo of arcs 1-7 gives way to a Kinzo genuinely delighted to see his children and grandchildren to the extent that Genji winds up refraining whenever he says hello to anyone to remember his dignity.
  • Omniglot: In Episode 1, Battler mentions that it's hard to find books written in Japanese in his library, and wonders just how many languages he can read. His skills in English actually helped him to negotiate with the GHQ during the American occupation.
  • Ominous Opera Cape
  • One of the Kids: In EP8's ideal setting of Battler's game for Ange, Kinzo is shown horsing around with Maria and Ange.
  • Parental Incest: With his daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya. He saw it as a Reincarnation Romance, since she looked so much like her mother as she grew older, but as you can imagine, she didn't see it that way...
  • Pater Familicide: Through the summoning of Beatrice. Subverted then Double Subverted; he's dead by the time the story begins, but before his death he did write a cryptic epitaph in hopes of "summoning Beatrice" (i.e., contacting his lost child Sayo Yasuda/Lion Ushiromiya, who carried Beatrice Castiglioni's blood) and let everyone read it however they liked. The deaths of his heirs as a possible consequence of interpreting it did not escape his attention. Not to mention the times when he would go into the hidden room where the gold was and flip the switch of the bomb to go off if he didn't come up with a good idea by midnight.
  • The Patriarch
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The scene in the first arc where he tells Natsuhi that even though she isn't qualified to wear the family crest on her clothes, that it's in her heart and to not listen to the family members who would mock her. Subverted, as he was actually dead and Natsuhi was just being delusional.
    • His behaviour towards Lion in EP7 could also count towards this. However, this is because Lion is actually his and Beatrice Ushiromiya's child, and thus the only one of Kinzo's children who he would really care about.
    • Also according to Kanon in EP6 when Kinzo was away from the family members and he was alone with Kanon, he would reveal a soft side toward Kanon and even was the person that taught him how to fire a gun. Again, this is because Kanon's true identity is Sayo Yasuda, Lion's Alternate Self and thus Kinzo's child.
  • Phrase Catcher: "I wouldn't put it past father/grandfather." Whenever they talk about him doing something Crazy Awesome.
  • Puppet King: Before building his home on Rokkenjima, he was the head of the family in name only. Everything in his life, including his wife, was decided by the elders.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Usually begins with OOOOOH BEATORIIICHEEE!! WHY DID YOU ABANDON ME!! and continues from there for a few minutes. Every day. You have to feel sorry for Genji.
  • Reincarnation Romance: He wanted to believe he had this with Beatrice Ushiromiya, his daughter.
  • Sanity Slippage: By Genji's own words, after he lost his beloved Beatrice. Although going by the manga's additional reveals he wasn't exactly the sanest man around, even before that.
  • Self-Made Man: He was tasked with reviving the Ushiromiya prestige which was toppled in the great Kanto quake. He did it, to the surprise of everybody.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Kinzo is revealed to be particularly fussy about his clothes in Twilight.
  • Skyward Scream: "BEATORIICHEEEEEEE!!!!!!"
  • Spirit Advisor: He served as this for Natsuhi within her delusions. So did Beatrice.
  • Springtime for Hitler: He enlisted in the army because he wanted to be killed on the front. But because he had some experience with construction, the higher-ups sent him to a secret base on an isolated island where no deadly battle was ever likely to occur. It ends pretty well for him though… well, apart from the whole "massacre over 10 tons of gold" thing.
  • Straw Misogynist: His behaviour towards Eva in EP3. Dude has some serious issues with women.
  • Summon Magic: The TIPS say that this is his specialty.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Kinzo was clearly more in love with Beatrice Castiglioni than the woman his family had made him marry, especially since it's shown that before he met Beatrice he was very unhappy with his life and felt detached from his wife and children as a result.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In-Universe, he's known for loving areca nuts which is a hint that the "beloved hometown" mentioned in the epitaph is Taiwan. When it comes to drinks, he seems rather fond of absinthe, a drink (erroneously) attributed to cause delusions.
  • Troubled Abuser: Kinzo was manipulated as the heir to the Ushiromiya family, made to marry a woman he didn't love, sent himself off to World War II while hoping he'd be killed on the front so his misery would end and finally met his true love, Beatrice Castiglioni, only to have her and later their daughter both die. He winds up half-insane, is abusive to most of his children (specially to Eva, by denying her the right to be the heir purely for her gender despite being more talented in business than her eldest brother Krauss) and has a child with his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya, through rape.
  • Unexpected Successor: He was actually from a branch family of the main Ushiromiya line that had the least influence but after an earthquake that killed most of the family members, the title of family head fell onto him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: A late scene in EP7 implies that Kinzo was the one to suggest that the Japanese steal the Italian gold, a Call Back to scenes in EP 4 where Gaap says he chose to let everyone other than himself and his loved one die. Nowhere does this show up in Kinzo's self-narrated flashback, even though the manga later confirms that this happened.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Is stated to have utterly no talent in magic whatsoever. However, through absurd amounts of hard work he managed to become a master summoner. The tips describe him as a magican who can't even cast a spell to heat water, yet can summon a demon that can boil away an ocean. This could be foreshadowing for how his "summoning" of Beatrice (that is, his wild gamble to find his lost child, Sayo, who he made to dress up as Beatrice for him when they finally met) succeeded.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He certainly comes across this way now, but in his youth it seemed he was a subversion, being much less of a Jerkass and still having white hair though given that it's implied in the visual novel and later confirmed in the manga that he was the one who suggested that the Japanese steal the gold from the Italians, he played this straight.
  • Wife Husbandry: He raised his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice II, by telling her she had the soul of a witch (his lover and her mother) as she grew up to resemble her mother more.
  • Yandere: His obsession with Beatrice Castiglioni seriously makes him go over the edge. He started the massacre in the military base to "have Beatrice all for himself" and later raped his own daughter Beatrice II because she was identical to her mother.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Kinzo's wife was often suspicious of him having a secret mistress, but she never found any proof. It turns out that she was right.

    Krauss Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi

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.
  • 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: And he's all too aware of it, which puts a huge amount of pressure on him. His arrogant attitude mostly comes from this.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He knows full well that he's not the best person to be head of the family, but he deals with this by acting arrogant and lording it over his siblings.
  • 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.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Natsuhi were forced to get married as a reconciliation of her family's debts to Kinzo. They have their problems, but they really love each other.
  • 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. Despite his sexist attitude towards Natsuhi, later arcs also show him displaying a softer side towards her.
  • 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.
  • Sleeping Single: He and Natsuhi are shown to sleep in 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.

    Eva Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Miki Itō

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.
  • Accidental Murder: Of Natsuhi in EP7 Tea Party.
  • Action Mom
  • Altar the Speed: After Eva noticed that Kinzo was upset that Natsuhi and Krauss were having trouble having a child, she decided to convince Hideyoshi to marry her quickly so that they could have a child who could be usurp the place that Jessica would eventually have in the succession. Hideyoshi, who had already lost his relatives and was eager to start a family of his own, agreed. Despite Eva's motives, the two are quite Happily Married.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Anti-Hero: Turns out she was one the whole time.
  • Axe Crazy: Episode 3, or so we are lead to think at least.
  • Break the Haughty: Expected when George or Hideyoshi are found dead and she is still alive.
    • Leads to Unstoppable Rage in EP5 when Natsuhi is declared the culprit; after the trial, Eva loses it in the real world and begins to beat her up in a fit of rage. Not that anyone tries to stop her, besides Battler.
  • Cain and Abel: She engages in the actions of Cain, but is morally speaking Abel.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her martial arts prowess is discussed at the beginning of the first novel. A slightly different example in that the callback turns out to be the fact that she taught those skills to George, allowing him to be a Badass Normal in the fourth novel. Aside from that, it also explains the reason Eva-Beatrice is a melee fighter in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
  • Death by Irony: Sort of. In the Bad Future, she dies from the same illness as Kinzō. On the exact day the Rokkenjima incident happened (October 4).
  • Despair Event Horizon: After losing her beloved husband and son in Rokkenjima, Eva tried to start a new life with Ange. Unfortunately Ange rejected her and accused her of being the one who murdered everyone. This, coupled with constant suspicions and harassment from the press and society, made Eva lose all hope for a happy life and her relationship with Ange went downhill from there.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Part of the reason she activated the bomb.
  • Education Mama: Tuesday: piano lessons; Wednesday: cram-school; Thursday: supplementary class; Friday: special school for parents and children; Saturday: special tutor. All alongside regular school. It's surprising George didn't imitate Battler.
  • Evil Aunt: Ange sees Eva this way. But it's subverted to hell and back particularly in the final two arcs.
  • Eye Scream: Once in the fourth arc, she (or better said, Ange's perception of Eva) holds Ange at gunpoint. Then, the rifle blows up on her face, and said injuries are so horrible that Ange has to Mercy Kill her.
  • Face-Heel Turn: And then it turns out it was a Jerkass Façade.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: One of her gloves is longer than the other.
  • Female Misogynist: Becomes this, to some extent, in her attempts to wrest the succession from Krauss, as she sees the genders of their children as an advantage to her. She feels plenty guilty about it, though.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Young Eva started out like this in high school. Then her father told her she could never become family head because she was a woman. Things got worse from there...
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Happily Married: She genuinely loves her husband and has the most stable relationship with her spouse among her siblings.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In the Bad Future Ange comes from. Oddly, you see the scene in which she's implied to have died, but the actual cause of death stated in the TIPS is heart failure. Huh. That must have been some cough.
    • Truth in Television: Heart failure patients tend to develop chronic coughs from fluid in the lungs.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She convinced her husband, Hideyoshi, to adopt the name of "Ushiromiya" in order to keep her placement in the line of successors.
  • My Beloved Smother: To George.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Kyrie shoots her in Requiem's Tea Party. Certainly a miracle, although we won't go as far as to say she was "lucky"…
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: With Natsuhi.
  • Older Than She Looks: While most of the adult women in this series are quite attractive, Eva probably takes the cake. She's 50 and yet she doesn't look a day over 30. Probably doesn't hurt that she's mastered numerous martial arts and kept her figure extremely fit.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Eva disapproves of George falling in love with Shannon and makes that very clear.
    • In Episode 6, George calls her on it. The resulting argument has her causing a major case of My Beloved Smother before finally transforming into Eva-Beatrice and trying to beat him into submission with magic. Cue Kung-Fu Wizard smackdown.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Verbally aggressive even in good-natured teasing, a little rougher on her thick-skinned siblings, but downright bloodthirsty with Natsuhi.
  • Pet the Dog: She genuinely seems to love her husband Hideyoshi, and gets a touching scene with him in episode 3 of the anime. They find her and Hideyoshi's bodies approximately 90 seconds later. Also, despite (and because of) what you'll hear about Eva-Beatrice, the third arc serves as a giant Pet the Dog moment for Eva. At least until she turns out to be the culprit, or something.
  • Resentful Guardian: To Ange in the Bad Future/the real world. As Ange's caretaker, Eva, driven mad by grief for her son and husband, is neglectful as well as emotionally and (it is implied) physically abusive to Ange. Eva initially tried to be a good guardian to her. However, things broke down, with Ange acting essentially as a little girl in her situation would. This hit Eva's Berserk Button, and things went downhill from there.
  • Rich Bitch: She acts equivalent to the trope, but usually over position in the hierarchy, rather than actual money, since everyone's filthy rich.
  • Sanity Slippage: Third arc only, where you can really start to see her lose it after Hideyoshi is killed, until the end, where she ultimately goes Ax-Crazy, or so it seemed.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Chose to have Ange hate her forever rather than tell her the truth about what really happened on the island, which she feared would be too much for her.
  • Skirt over Slacks
  • Sole Survivor: In the world of 1998, she is believed to be the only survivor of the Rokkenjima Incident. This is not a good thing, for her, or for Ange, the only other living Ushiromiya.
  • Spanner in the Works: Episode 1. While she gave Battler useful advice in accordance with the "scenario", she also did everything she could to make Natsuhi spit out that Kinzō was Dead All Along, which could have ruined Sayo's plan. Surely enough, she and her husband were disposed of right after that scene.
  • Split Personality: Though similarly to Sayo, this is symbolic of her internal conflict rather than an actual split.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: How she was treated by her father and brothers in her childhood.
  • Stealth Insult: Notably in the early arcs, her favorite targets being Natsuhi and Rosa.
    Eva: It's so nice for a child to have dreams! By the way Rosa, how old is Maria this year, again? ^__^
  • Supreme Chef: It's only very briefly mentionned in the story, but according to a TIP she is very skilled and creative when it comes to cooking, to the point Hideyoshi calls her a "Witch of the kitchen".
  • Talking to Themself: With EVA-Beatrice in EP3.
  • Tragic Hero
  • Unexpected Successor: Third arc. Although she's not actually that far down the chain, there was no reason to expect Krauss to pass away, and after he does, the hope would be that Jessica's husband could succeed after him. In addition, Eva has the Heir Club for Men baggage to deal with.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl

    Rudolf Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama

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.

In EP7 and EP8 of the manga, he, along with Kyrie, turns out to be the culprit for the murders in the real world. The Sound Novel on the other hand leaves this ambigious, presenting it only as yet another theory.
  • Ax-Crazy: EP7, at least, where he declares that killing people is surprisingly easy and very fun.
  • Badass Normal
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The version of what happened on Rokkenjima shown in EP7's tea party is implied to be the most widely accepted in the human world. The manga goes as far as revealing that the One Truth in Eva's diary indeed is the same as the events of the EP7 Tea Party. Whether this is canon for the Sound Novels remains questionable, though.
  • Black Spot: Hilariously playd with in one of Tsubasa's TIPS. Kyrie and Battler offer him a shaver as a present, but Beatrice has switched the cousin's presents, and the shaver is replaced by a kitchen knife. Rudolf opens the present… while he's calling to arrange a date with a mistress. Pale face and cold sweat ensues, and he promptly ends the call.
  • Break the Haughty: EP6. It's one thing to find your wife's body burned alive but it's another thing to lose your son as well.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After EP4's revelation that Asumu is not Battler's birth mother it was believed that Rudolf was aware of this. And in EP5 it is highly implied during the 19th person talk that Rudolf was going to tell Battler in EP1 after the letter reading, thus his 'I'm going to die' stint. However, he is never actually seen telling Battler nor is he seen telling anybody.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: According to Kyrie's diary entries that Ange reads after the Rokkenjima incident, Rudolf's business practices were rarely ever not skirting the law in some way. It's only recently that it's come to bite him in the ass and get him slapped with a lawsuit, which is why he wants the gold. Apparently, a few of the people he swindled hanged themselves. He doesn't feel much remorse about it.
  • Duel to the Death: A rare successful one in Episode 3.
  • The Dragon: In Episode 7.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Arc 7, he constantly tells Kyrie not to go after Battler when they're massacring everyone else on the island. It's even hinted that he wouldn't have listened to Kyrie to shoot his own son if Battler didn't believe his lies.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: To Eva in EP7 after killing George.
    Rudolf: Go ahead and shoot... I doubt that'll bring you much peace, though.
  • Harem Seeker: In his youth. He later got over it... for the most part...
  • Handsome Lech
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In Episode 8 he and Kyrie manage to each fire a bullet simultaneously and make the bullets clash. 10 cm from Erika's head.
  • Leitmotif: With Episode 7, Yomotsu Hirasaka Corruption is now heavily associated with him.
  • Luke, She Is Your Mother: If we stick to the theory that Tooya wrote Episode 3 to 6, then it's likely that Rudolf did tell Battler the truth about Kyrie being his real mother in the real Rokkenjima.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds them when Battler and Kyrie are killed in the sixth arc.
  • Millionaire Playboy
  • Overprotective Dad: To Battler in EP7. Fanon turns it Up to Eleven in doujinshi.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward Battler despite constantly mocking him. In EP6 he literally breaks down when he finds Battler's body and refuses to believe it was suicide, and is the first person to take the gun.
  • Parent with New Paramour
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Taught by Television: "Don't underestimate the western-loving generation!"
    • This actually plays a big role in EP7. He understands how to use the guns that are on the island more easily than anyone else because he's watched so many Western movies.
  • Your Cheating Heart
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: EP1 he tells Battler and Kyrie that he's going to get killed. Battler doesn't believe him. Next morning, he's in the shed. Then it turns out he was planning to tell Kyrie that Battler is her real son and was afraid of how she'd react. Oh, the irony.

    Rosa Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

"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.
  • Abusive Mom: The weird case when it overlaps with Mama Bear. The relationship between her and Maria is complicated, to say the least.
  • Badass Normal: At the end of the second arc, she takes on an army of goats with a rifle, a pen, and a gold ingot. And it is awesome.
    • Continues badassing it up in Episode 8 as well.
  • Berserk Button: "Uu-uu-uu-!!" Maria, you're very cute, but it seems your "happiness charm" has the opposite effect, sorry.
  • Black Blood: Used to chilling effect when Maria kills her.
  • Blown Across the Room: All of her rifle attacks in Ougon Musou will throw opponents off their feet; many of them will bounce them off the far edge of the stage.
  • Butt Monkey: Being among the first to die in the first arc is getting off easy compared to the hell she goes through in later arcs. Rosa has only survived past the second twilight once (of course, she is among the few victims of Episode 5 and 6), and that's just things involved with the murders. Outside of that, Rosa's life is practically a personalized hell for her: Being the youngest, she got picked on by her older siblings, according to Rudolf. In addition to that, if EP3 is to be believed, then she watched Beatrice II die and blamed herself for the incident, which both ends up being what drives Kinzo off the edge of insanity and is something she has to be reminded of every time Maria references Beatrice. And then on top of all that, the man she had Maria with runs off to have a family of his own while burdening her with a debt that gives her the futile hope that he'll come back to her if she pays it off, leaving Rosa to raise Maria by herself while taking up a management job she never wanted. Rosa's life is probably the most screwed up among the main siblings bar none, and second only to poor Natsuhi. Though she has her Crowning Moments Of Awesome. At the very least, it shows that the only way to really stop Rosa once she's pissed is to practically gib her.
  • Christmas Cake: In some of the EP4 flashbacks, this seemed to be a large concern of Rosa's (she's 33), especially because any potential husbands would need to be okay with a daughter who isn't theirs. Though if we take what's revealed about Rosa's husband in EP6 into account, this may not be true at all.
  • Classy Cravat
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Oh, boy, she does deserve a special entry for this for quantity alone.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cute and Psycho: Like mother, like daughter. Rosa can switch from the sweetest mother to the most abusive one with such ease...
  • Fantasy Forbidding Mother: A more literal example in that she disapproves of Maria's obsession with magic and the occult.
  • Force Feeding: Beatrice forces Rosa to eat a meal made of Maria and her siblings' body parts in the EP2 Tea Party.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rosa often uses this to rationalize her harsh treatment towards Maria. Her own parents and siblings showed little mercy towards her when she was growing up, so she believes holding back on Maria would be "spoiling" her.
  • Generation Xerox: In the EP8 manga, it's revealed that as a little girl she had a stuffed rabbit named Uutan that she loved very much, rather like Maria with Sakutarou. Unfortunately, similarly to Sakutaro, Rosa's rabbit was torn apart by her older siblings. When they're hiding in her old room during the game of hide-and-seek, Rosa even makes the badly-repaired Uutan talk to Maria like Maria makes Sakutarou "talk" to other people.
    • A maybe less obvious example, the age difference between Rudolf and Rosa is the same as between Battler and Ange (12 years).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sported these as a child.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Beato has Rosa drink this. It's actually Krauss' blood.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: ...Or something. As the series goes on, it becomes more apparent that Maria's birth was, at best, an accident, and an unwelcome one at that. Justified in that the series takes place in 1986, when abortion would have been illegal in Japan except under special circumstances.
  • Guns Akimbo: In Ougon Musoukyoku X and Cross, Rosa's Meta-super move involves Maria giving Rosa and extra gun so that Rosa can launch a mega-combo against her opponent like this.
  • Hime Cut
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Fourth arc, when she's torn apart by her own hands.
  • Hypocrite: In Episode 2, she yells at the servants that they have been bought off by the culprit and are blinded by the gold. Never mind that she was bought off herself, and is probably the one most motivated by greed in the lot.
  • I'm Not Hungry: In the EP2 Tea Party, when Beatrice presents her a meal made of the body parts of her siblings and daughter, she tries to pull this. Unfortunately, Beatrice forces her.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Although in the second arc, she has a rifle, some of her other defensive moves when she wasn't armed included a pen and a chair, to varying degrees of effectiveness.
  • Kick the Dog: When she tears up Sakutaro. Does not end well.
  • Knight Templar Parent: To some extent, although there are a few questionable things she does that just don't seem to fall into that category.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The main reason she's The Chew Toy, at least as far as her deaths in the main story goes (considering that Beatrice probably resents her both for her poor treatment of Maria and the death of her mother). It's most direct in the fourth arc, though…
  • Laughing Mad: While Maria kills her over and over again. At some point they actually laugh mad together. What a happy family!
    • Her ending with Battler in Ougon Musou challenging Beatrice after she's killed everyone, but knowing she and Maria are soon to die.
  • Love Martyr: The reason that Rosa's in debt is that she cosigned a loan with Maria's father. She is hoping that if and when she pays off the debt, the man will finally agree to marry her and become a proper father to poor Maria, even though he's already said he won't.
  • Magical Girl: She, as Magical Rosa, and Eva-Beatrice, as Magical Eva, form the Magical Girl duo "Magical Beatrice" at the end of their scenario in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
  • Mama Bear: Her last act in the second arc is to mow down goat-headed butlers with a rifle and Maria at her side. Rudolf also explicitly describes her as "a quick-to-anger mother bear".
    Rosa: Just try laying a finger on my daughter. I'll show you how lukewarm the hell you came from is!!
    • Then comes EP8, where Erika has the guts to tell Maria her mom doesn't love her. Guess who shoves a rifle barrel down her throat?
  • The Many Deaths of You: Oh boy, where to begin…
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her general reaction after beating or neglecting Maria (not that it stops her). It's Truth in Television, as it's rather common to have abusers of all kinds regret their actions upon seeing the consequences they bring to their victims, and try to compensate the abuse by acting nicer. Sadly, it's also very usual to restart the abuse cycle with one little mistake...
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Second tea party. ETT'S PAAFEKUTO!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite being frequently called the dumbest of the siblings, she had ended up solving the riddle of the Witch's Epitaph before Eva, but didn't pursue her suspicion until later.
  • Parental Neglect: When she's not abusing Maria, she leaves her on her own to visit her boyfriend. Although this may not be true at all, and it's because Rosa really is working hard so she can pay off the debt Maria's father left her in and he can come back to both of them.
  • The Pen Is Mightier
  • Pistol-Whipping: Rosa does this a lot on Ougon Musoukyoku, but it is justified due to the game mechanics; before Rosa can fire her rifle, she has to charge it first.
  • Repressed Memories: Her meeting with Beatrice II, and the latter's death by her fault.
  • Resentful Guardian: Maria definitely imagines that this is the case. While it may be true in some part of Rosa's psyche, it's still pretty apparent that she genuinely loves her daughter.
  • Split Personality: The way Maria interprets Rosa's behaviour towards her (white witch, black witch).
  • Tears of Blood: Sixth arc.
  • Troubled Abuser: Rosa was abused by Kinzo, tormented by her brothers and sister (which Rudolf acknowledges as some point), and is a single mother where the father of her daughter Maria left her without marrying her and while she was pregnant. All in all, her life's a train wreck. Is it any wonder that she winds up taking so much of it out on Maria, as much as poor Maria doesn't deserve it?
  • Tsundere: A non-romantic example towards Maria. It's not funny.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Battler says that Rudolf said this about Rosa a lot, but because of the age difference between her and the rest of her siblings, she got treated pretty nastily by them a lot of the time. Now, of course, she treats Maria quite harshly.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Rosa/Battler scenario on Ougon Musoukyouku ends with Rosa shooting and killing Battler, eerily mimicking the scene where Eva does the same to Battler in EP3.
  • Use Your Head: One of Rosa's many attacks in Ougon Musoukyouku.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Rosa's attitude towards Maria.
  • Woman Child: She's nowhere near being the most blatant example of this trope, but she does have some moments where she acts quite a bit like a child, since the harsh treatment from Kinzo and her siblings essentially deprived her of a normal childhood. At one point in EP1, she even laments that she still doesn't feel as though she's really grown up.
  • You Are Too Late: Rosa's practically made of this one. In Episode 2, she and Maria reconcile...just in time for them to die. In Episode 3, she solves the epitaph first, but presumably doesn't act fast enough and Eva arrives before her. In Episode 4, she almost takes out Goldsmith but hesitates a little too long.

    Natsuhi Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara

"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.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: In addition to Break the Haughty and Trauma Conga Line above, she gets verbally abused by Eva in EP1 to the point that she ends up running away in tears. She is also one of the first to go in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh games. She was actually the first person to die when the real life massacre started, and it was entirely by accident. 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.
  • Family Honor: She's dedicated to upholding the Ushiromiya family's honor, even though she's technically not part of the family by blood and isn't even allowed to wear the One-Winged Eagle crest on her clothes like the other relatives.
  • Forgiven But Not Forgotten: In EP8, Sayo/Beatrice forgives her for throwing him/her off the cliff, saying s/he has tormented her long enough. S/he will never forget that Natsuhi is responsible for his/her miserable life, but as long as she regrets what she did to him/her, s/he won't hold any grudge against her.
  • 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, since Sayo removed the bullets beforehand.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can be translated as "summer princess". Her favorite season is fall, though.
  • 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 that she did this to Jessica in the fifth arc, though it's later proven false. However, she did push a servant holding the baby Kinzo gave her to raise off a cliff, due to the child reminding her of her failure to give birth to an heir.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Despite being essentially forced to marry him and both of them having their own issues, she and Krauss really do care about each other.
  • 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.
  • Sleeping Single: For all her dedication to Krauss, 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because Natsuhi pushed a servant holding her adoptive child off a cliff in her fit of anger, the child would grow up to lead a lonely, almost friendless life as a servant with body/gender issues thanks to the injuries s/he suffered from the fall.
  • 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 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 heaps pressure on her.

    Hideyoshi Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Masashi Hirose

"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.

    Kyrie Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka

"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.

While the VN only presents it as another theory, the manga opts to make it the definite truth that she and Rudolf are the culprits in the real world. In both VN and manga it is also revealed 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.
  • Action Mom
  • Axe Crazy
  • The Baby Trap: In the EP7 Tea Party, she coldly admits to Eva that Ange was just her way to tie Rudolf down, that she never cared about her own daughter and now that Rudolf is dead, she has no reason to keep "playing the role" of a mother.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Badass Normal
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: She and Rudolf are set up as the main culprits in the theory presented at the end of Ep7. The manga makes this its definite truth and confirms in EP8 that they are the murderers in real life. Eva never wanted Ange to know the truth because Kyrie and Rudolf really were the culprits. Whether this definite truth also applies to the VN is questionable, though.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Whether or not she's actually the murderer as Bernkastel suggests, EP3 and onward show that she is capable of extraordinary coldness and violence if it's for Rudolf's sake, which is why it is possible for her piece to act as it does in EP7 (pieces cannot be out-of-character).
  • The Chessmaster: While being good at actual chess, her plans for gaining the inheritance always backfire in the worst possible ways.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Even more so after the big reveal about Battler in EP4, who turns out not to be Asumu's son; it isn't revealed until EP8 that Kyrie is the real mother through a baby switch.
  • Cool Big Sis: Battler views her as being more like this to him than a stepmother.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses
  • Disconnected By Death: Episode 4, same as Jessica.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Murdering your entire family in cold-blood? Just another day for Kyrie.
  • Driven by Envy: This is how she can own Leviathan in every sense of the word.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Leviathan gives chocolate to Kyrie for Valentines Day, in the Extra Tips "Stakes Valentine Day" and in EP6 Leviathan saves Kyrie from being killed by Jessica.
  • Eviler than Thou: A badass variation; in the third arc, Leviathan explains that it took a couple days after she was born to develop powers, making her extremely envious of her older sisters. Kyrie laughs at her and magnificently counters with what amounts to "What? You think that's envy? I had to watch some bitch steal my man from me for eighteen years!!", then shoots her to death.
  • Firing One-Handed: She's the only one to wield the rifles this way.
  • Formulaic Magic
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Out of an entire sharply-dressed family, Kyrie's outfit qualifies for this trope. Even Rosa the designer dresses more conservatively.
  • Lady Macbeth: In episode 7, she's this to Rudolf.
  • Leitmotif: As of Episode 7, Ridicule is universally considered to be hers.
  • Love Hurts: Of course, it also gives you enough envy to overpower envy-incarnate, so it all evens out.
  • Madness Mantra: Played for Laughs in "The Stakes' Valentine" and "Beatrice's White Day", when Leviathan kindly informs her that Rudolf gets along very well with Belphegor.
    Kyrie: Oh my. I hope the hospital has a free room with two beds. 24×365×1895179579245988…
  • Mafia Princess: The Sumadera clan can be more-or-less summed up as Expies of the Sonozaki family, and Kyrie herself has plenty of scary moments, particularly in later arcs.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly, as "Kyrie" means "Lord" in Greek, in addition to being a Japanese name.
  • The Mistress: Before Asumu's death.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: She didn't, but that's only because Asumu died before she could.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Kyrie says that Asumu probably drew Rudolf in due to the fact that she was very good at acting the traditional female role. Kyrie tended to serve as a business partner for Rudolf, which she feels probably overwhelmed him to a certain extent.
  • Not So Different: Tells Eva that they are actually the same in their final confrontation.
  • Power Levels: Leads to Green-Eyed Monster in Episode 3, where she basically defeats Leviathan by out-Envying her.
  • Runaway Fiancé: She ran away from her Arranged Marriage to marry Rudolf, and her family made her sister Kasumi marry her fiance in her place.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Smug Snake: In EP7, for all her wit and cunning, she comes across as a nasty murderous thug who seems to be a Karma Houdini... and then Eva shows up with a rifle.
  • The Sociopath: She shows signs of being this, especially in Ep 7's tea party, but if you dig a bit deeper there are a few signs even in earlier arcs.
  • Unreliable Narrator: All the horrible things she says about Asumu are mostly her version of the story. Considering how the two of them got along, it wouldn't be strange for her to distort the truth a tiny bit…
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Envy is her core defining trait, not to mention that she is responsible for the Rokkenjima massacre in the real world.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Kyrie and Battler have a closer rapport than any of the children have with any of their parents. What makes her so remarkable as an aversion is that she has all the circumstantial support for the trope: a bitter rivalry with Battler's mother that has festered in envy over years and a deeply vested interest in her biological daughter's future, oh and that she's admittedly wicked. Although Battler resents his father for his rapid remarriage, he doesn't hold it against Kyrie.
  • Yandere: Considering the entire Asumu talk, Kyrie's not too far from this for Rudolf. In EP6, Kyrie straight up tells Jessica that if Asumu didn't die on her own then she would have just killed her, all to be with Rudolf. However, in Episode 7 she doesn't so much as bat an eyelid when she learns of Rudolf's death, and actually finds it rather convenient.
  • Your Son All Along: It's confirmed in Episode 8 that Battler's biological mother isn't Asumu but Kyrie. A baby switch was made by Rudolf when Asumu's child was a stillbirth and he thought it would be easier since he and Asumu was married while Kyrie was a lover.

Servants and guests

    Shannon 

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya

"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 the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda.
  • 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 her real self Sayo Yasuda has injuries from when he/she fell off the cliff that damaged his/her sexual organs. As a result, Sayo 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. Of course, in the end, that was all a representation of Sayo Yasuda's internal struggle - Sayo believes that in order to be with George, his/her "ugly" Kanon self which hides all of his/her bitterness and pessimism must "die" since George wants a shy, docile and optimistic wife, not a bitter, pessimistic Sayo.
  • 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. Of course, considering that her breasts are actually fake, this is a subversion.
  • Bookworm
    • 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 said in an interview "How scary must it be, to be told that your partner "wants children", when you have a body that cannot make love." referring to how Shannon is unable to have sex due to Sayo Yasuda's badly damaged sexual organs. Not surprising Shannon got nervous when George begun talking about them having children after getting married.
  • Chastity Couple: With George. They are already engaged, but they are never shown to do anything other than hold hands and hug. If they were more physically intimate, Shannon would be in a lot of trouble.
  • 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
  • Childhood Friends: With Jessica, to whom she is also The Confidant, since she is the only girl close to her age on the island. This is despite the fact that Natsuhi had forbidden her daughter for interacting too much with the servants.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Not exactly marriage, but Battler promised to Shannon that he would "come back to take her away on a white horse". She remembered it and waited desperately. Unfortunately, Battler didn't seriously mean it, so he didn't return to the island for six years due to his family issues and completely forgot about her. This is his "sin of six years ago" and the straw that broke the camel's back for Sayo, who loses all hope for a better life and plans the murders.
  • 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 Sayo Yasuda 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, which is confirmed in the manga.
  • Duel to the Death: In EP6.
  • Fake Boobs: By Word of God, and later shown explicitly in the manga.
  • 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 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 Sayo Yasuda'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, Sayo, resurfaces.
  • Gag Boobs: While she was already well-endowed in the original visual novel (which Battler lampshades), her breasts are definitely treated this way in the anime and manga. In Ougon Musoukyoku she's the only character with an animated Meta-Declaration, for obvious reasons. It turns out that this is invoked by Shannon herself, since Word of God and the manga have revealed 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.
  • 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 Sayo Yasuda as an imaginary friend and an embodiment of the perfect servant that Sayo wished to be, his/her role model. Later Sayo decided to be a witch instead and created the Beatrice persona, but Shannon eventually became the main personality that Sayo presented to everyone else.
  • 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 Sayo Yasuda is the true head of the family.
  • Ironic Name: Her real name Sayo can be pronounced as "Shaddai", the goddess of fertility. Which is ironic since Sayo Yasuda cannot have sex, let alone children.
  • 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. After Battler wrote letters for everyone except Shannon, Shannon had a breakdown and decided to give her love for Battler to Beatrice and pursue a romance with George instead.
  • 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 when Beatrice kills him. In reality, it was Sayo Yasuda (who is both Shannon and Beatrice) who killed him.
  • 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. Of course, both are just different sides to Sayo Yasuda.
  • 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 herself as furniture to him sooner or later.
  • Luminescent Blush
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A mundane example; she's one of quite a few people inside Sayo Yasuda, but they're all "characters" s/he created and not actual people.
  • Meaningful Name: Shannon's (real) name can be read as 3, 4. This could hint towards her being one of Sayo's personas.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: 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.
  • 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. In fact, when she's ever referred to as "Sayo" in-story and it isn't George speaking, the narration is most likely referring to Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda the culprit rather than his/her facade "Shannon".
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: To a lesser extent than Kanon, but she still expresses a desire to stop being furniture and become a human being in order to live happily ever after with George. However, like Kanon, this is not in a literal sense.
  • The Pollyanna: In contrast to Kanon, Shannon always keeps trying to see the bright side of things and believe in a happily ever after with George, despite being furniture.
  • 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.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Battler notices how beautiful she has become after six years and tries to grope her large breasts, nearly exposing them as Fake Boobs.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Jessica and Kanon. She usually encourages Kanon to accept his feelings for Jessica and try to make a progress in his relationship with her, although he keeps insisting that's impossible because he's furniture. Of course, this is actually Sayo Yasuda trying to be honest with him/herself about his/her feelings for Jessica, despite his/her broken body and his/her relationship with George.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played straight at the beginning but by EP 6 it's an obvious subversion.
  • Sleeping Single: She and George once went on a trip to Okinawa all alone, but slept in separate bedrooms, much to Jessica's disappointment. If they had slept in the same room, their relationship would have come into serious jeopardy since George would have seen Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's mutilated sexual organs (not to mention the heavy implication that Sayo is in fact biologically male).
  • 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.
  • Talking to Themself: With Kanon and Beatrice.
  • Three Aliases One Character
  • 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 though this really represents two different aspects of Sayo Yasuda's personality arguing with one another. She takes another one or two in EP6, where she kills Witch!Maria with a minimum of fuss using Lethal Harmless Powers, and later shoots Kanon dead in a duel.
  • 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.

    Kanon 

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi

"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 the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda. Arc 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity, heavily reinforcing this fact.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Inverted since he's supposed to act as Shannon's little brother. In fact, this is originally why Sayo Yasuda created him.
  • Artificial Human: Same as Shannon. Also subverted; see Shannon above.
  • Badass Boast: "I'm not furniture anymore… I'm the zero on your roulette!"
  • Battle Butler
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, since he's supposed to be younger than Shannon. He's very protective of Shannon and always trying to guide her in the right direction as well as warn her the dangers of throwing away her status as Furniture. EP 7 reveals that Sayo Yasuda created Kanon to be the little brother that would love and protect his big sister.
  • Bishounen
  • Break the Cutie: The second arc has Beatrice doing whatever it takes to have him submit to her. Naturally, it does work (in the manga and the visual novel since how bad he broke was absent in the anime.) However, if you take into account that Beatrice and Kanon are actually the same person, then it's really just a metaphor for Sayo's issues.
  • The Butler Did It: Whether it's subverted or played straight is still up for debate even after the series has ended, but in one form or another, this trope was applied particularly strongly in the second arc. And the sixth.
  • Butt Monkey: He's probably the servant that is worse off and is probably the third character that has bad luck in the series. Aside from failing to realize his feelings for Jessica until it's too late in all the arcs except EP6, he never survives past the third Twilight contrast to Shannon who easily makes it past the fourth Twilight more often than not. To add to the insult, his body always goes missing in half of the arcs and he's usually accused of being the culprit. Though this is likely because there isn't a body to go missing in the first place, since Shannon and Kanon tend to fake their deaths and make sure Battler never sees their "bodies" directly. To be fair though, his death is nothing (AKA getting stabbed or shot in the chest) compared to what the other members of the family have to go through.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He refuses to admit his feelings for Jessica even to himself, because he is furniture.
  • Can't Live Without You: Arc 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity.
  • Chick Magnet: When Jessica takes him to her school's festival, all the girls fawn over how "cute" he is; of course since he lives on an island where there is exactly one girl his age, it doesn't serve him much.
  • The Conscience: He keeps trying to reason with Shannon to make her understand that no matter how much she and George love each other, she's still furniture and if she continues building their relationship, it will only make it's failure the more painful for her. Shannon rarely listens to him.
  • Cry Cute
  • Deadpan Snarker: More so in the actual novel where he won't hesitate to take a crack at Shannon or the other servants every now and then.
    Shannon: Don't worry, Ange, it won't be a very difficult riddle.
    Kanon: Of course it won't. Since you'll just have to think on Shannon's level.
  • Dragged into Drag: By Jessica during their ending in Ougon Musou Kyoku, where he's cosplaying as Reimu.
  • Duel to the Death: In EP1 and EP6.
  • The Eeyore: He's very pessimistic and cynical, in contrast with the more optimistic Shannon. He actually represents the cynical, "ugly" aspects of Sayo Yasuda's personality.
  • Extreme Doormat: Kanon verges on this with his whole "furniture" ideology, but it's subverted in that despite calling himself furniture, he is never the last to badmouth Natsuhi behind her back, is far more Hot-Blooded than his sister when facing Beatrice and in the end of "Turn of the Golden Witch," he admits he's in love with Jessica.
  • The Fatalist
  • Go Out with a Smile: Episode 6.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In EP 6 when he takes Battler's place in the Logic Error.
  • I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me
  • I Just Want to Be Loved
  • Image Song: In The Peace of Forgetting the Way.
  • Imaginary Friend: Sayo originally created Kanon as an imaginary brother for Shannon, who in turn was an Imaginary Friend to Sayo. Later, Sayo started to play the role of Kanon's character to cope with his/her gender issues.
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Jessica. He knows what love is, but considers himself unworthy to feel or receive it because of his belief that he is furniture. It turns out that there's a very good reason behind that "furniture" complex.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Jessica. Later this turns out to be subverted, since Sayo Yasuda is actually the true head of the family.
  • Laser Blade: An elaborate variation.
  • Leitmotif: White Shadow
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Shannon.
  • Love Epiphany: In EP6.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Not literally, as he exists as more of a representation rather than a true split personality. But like Shannon, he's one of quite a few personas inside Sayo Yasuda.
  • Mercy Kill: Gives one to Rosa in EP6 which is one of the most pleasant deaths that Rosa has in the entire series.
  • Never Found the Body: Episodes 2, 4, and 6. Episode 1 and 3 count too, considering that Battler doesn't see his dead body directly.
  • Nice Hat
  • Not So Stoic
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: See Shannon for elaboration. Kanon's real name is "Yoshiya," which some people romanize as "Joshua."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise as Jessica's Pretend Boyfriend would be very convincing… if he didn't call her "Milady" and adress her in Keigo in front of everyone. In the VN, one of the girls even suspects that Jessica forced one of her servants to come with her.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Though not in a literal sense.
  • Pretend Boyfriend: He acts as this for Jessica during the school festival in EP2, even though she does have legitimate feelings for him.
  • Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy: In the second Episode. Subverted if you take into account that he probably faked his death in the first place.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In EP2, the fake Kanon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Shannon's red, although it depends on the situation. Usually he is calm and composed while Shannon is clumsy. Whenever love or Beatrice are involved though, he becomes insecure, irritable and quite Hot-Blooded.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Jessica's Energetic Girl.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: His real name Yoshiya is, in fact, a modified Japanese reversal of Shannon's real name, Sayo. Shi and ya need to be slurred together into one sound, as the Japanese kana does to write the letter "Sha," and you wind up with "Shayo," which is only slightly different from "Sayo." This is yet another hint that Shannon and Kanon are actually the same person, Sayo Yasuda.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Since he's very good at hiding his footsteps, he often appears by Shannon without her noticing and disappears just as suddenly. After Episode 7, that ability suddenly makes a lot of sense.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He considers intellect and composure virtues, but even moreso believes that he's beneath emotional involvement, and that avoiding attachments it is his duty. However, deep down he's a nice and caring guy with a desire to be loved.
  • Talking to Themself: With Shannon and Beatrice.
  • Three Aliases One Character
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • When He Smiles: It's a very good one but the visual novel makes it come off as a Cat Smile.
    • He manages to pull a real smile when talking to Chick Beatrice after being killed by Shannon and admitting his faults. This is also the point where you notice that his laugh is very similar to the original Beatrice hence hitting at his origins.
  • Willfully Weak: He reveals to be REALLY half ass of everything he does. Kanon even admits it to Chick Beatrice after he is killed by Shannon. Because he didn't go all out, he ended up giving Shannon the upper hand.
  • The Worf Effect: He tends to get defeated very easily despite being one of the few characters that can actually use magic. EP 6 reveals though that he is a deconstruction of this trope and that he never goes all out because he does everything halfheartedly. He tells Manchild Beatrice this after he realizes this after Shannon kills him and he's nothing but a shadow that can only watch over Jessica.

    Genji Ronoue 

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 Sayo, he faked Sayo's death and passed the child off as an orphan. Alas making Sayo work as a servant in the Ushiromiya estate just in the hope that she and Kinzō could be reunited one day was yet another mistake.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kinzo. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
  • The Confidant: To Kinzō.
  • Extreme Doormat: When Sayo Yasuda asked him if he would still help him/her even if s/he plans to execute a Murder-Suicide with the entire family, he said that he would help him/her to the best of his abilities even then.
  • 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. The Episode 7 manga also confirms that he was the one who killed Nanjō and Kumasawa in Episode 2.
  • 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 Sayo based Ronove off of Genji.
  • Parental Substitute: He served as a distant father figure to Sayo.
  • Satellite Character: To Kinzo, and later to Sayo.
  • 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.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Like Shannon and Kanon, he refers to himself as "furniture", but as the manga indicates, the word has a different meaning to him than it has to them: it symbolizes the loyalty, efficiency and discretion that he considers a servant should have. During the hide-and-seek game, Eva and Ange can't find him because they literally confuse him with a piece of furniture.

    Chiyo Kumasawa 

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 Sayo, introducing him/her to mystery novels.

Her meta-world manifestation is Virgilia.

    Toshirō Gōda 

Voiced by: Hitori Bifu

"You can easily make a good dish out of top-quality ingredients. But a true chef is someone who can make a wonderful dish from anything."

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.

    Terumasa Nanjō 

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.
  • The Coroner: His main purpose in the story is to let the characters and the audience know that characters who are killed are in fact dead. Of course, sometimes he's not entirely honest about this.
  • 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 Sayo even after the murders start.
  • I Have a Family: Nanjo's plea to Eva-Beatrice before she kills him.
  • 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.

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alternative title(s): Umineko No Naku Koro Ni 1986 Humans
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