Characters: Umineko When They Cry Meta
In Umineko: When They Cry
, the characters of the Meta-World
are those who have the privilege to fight the Game Master in order to figure out the truth. Other characters who can ascend to this level are the pieces introduced to the game board by the witches.
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"...Without love, it cannot be seen? ...Hah. That's backwards. Because of love, you end up seeing things that don't even exist."
A cute young detective who fell from the pleasure boat Eternal Maid II
and happens to wash up on the shore of an island with an impending murder mystery.
She calls herself an "Intellectual Rapist"
. She is the piece set by Bernkastel on the board of Rokkenjima.
At the end of Episode 5, she was named the "Witch of Truth" by Bernkastel, but was stripped of the title shortly after by Battler, who had ascended to Endless Sorcerer
.A TIP in Episode 6
reveals that in the real world, she went missing after falling from the boat. Her parents assumed that she washed off on Rokkenjima, and Witch Hunters started to introduce her character in their forgeries when her accident came back to light years later.
- Adaptational Badass: Not that she isn't already dangerous in the Episode 8 VN, but the manga has her demolish Battler thoroughly, over 3 chapters, while it was just a quick closed room duel without much flourish in the VN.
- Amateur Sleuth
- Ambiguously Bi: She seems to have a close friendship with Dlanor and there's some strong sadomasochistic subtext between her and Bernkastel, but she also had a boyfriend once and she clearly delights in the idea of raping Battler's helpless body after forcing him to marry her.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Complete with wedding dress.
- Animal Motifs: At one point in EP5, she's compared to a spider.
- Attention Whore: She is more cultured, more intelligent, and just better than you, and she won't allow you to ignore it.
- Back from the Dead: She comes back in EP8.
- Bad Boss: "Please stand. On one leg. *push* *blam* Please stand. On one leg. *push* *blam* Please stand. On one leg…"
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She helps Battler solve the puzzle of the epitaph for no reward at all, and then cracks up about the chaos it unleashes in the family (not like it wouldn't have been unleashed without her).
- Catch Phrase: "GOOD!" and "Simply by XX, this level of reasoning is possible for Erika Furudo. What do you think, everyone?"
- Cat Smile: Along with more malicious variations.
- Chewing the Scenery: When she's really hungry, a large ham is not enough.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Thought to be this sometime before the story, if the story about her ex-boyfriend is to be believed.
- And, surprisingly (or not), she seems to be this for her master in the eighth Tea Party. When Bern says that Lambda is the only one she loves, Erika does not take it well.
- Contractual Immortality: Comes with being the 'detective'. She knows it, and exploits it.
- Contrived Coincidence: She benefits an awful lot from being in the right place when bodies are discovered. Even her entry is as plausible as a third-rate novel. Her pleasure cruise happened to maintain its course along the rim of typhoon winds, she happened to be out on the deck during said typhoon wearing a swimsuit and, for some reason, also a life jacket.
- The Corpse Stops Here: Her attitude towards Natsuhi after Hideyoshi's death.
- Covert Pervert: Funny when it involves chopsticks. When it involves trapping Battler's mind and promising to rape his helpless body forever… not so much.
- Crazy-Prepared: The tape seals, and the way she got them all placed. Note that the drawing on the seals is incredibly complex and it should take an insane amount of time to prepare so many. Not for Erika, it seems.
- Standing on the deck of a luxury liner during a tsunami in a swimsuit and a floatation vest. Apparently she expected a more turbulent swim than the onboard pool.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Battler in the Episode 8 manga, by explaining the 5th and 6th games.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cute Little Fangs: Some of her sprites have these in the original VN.
- Dead All Along: One theory about her is that in the real world, she did wash up on Rokkenjima after falling from the boat… but as a corpse. Like so many other theories, it's hard to deny or confirm and depends greatly on whether you consider the meta-world and witches to exist or not.
- Deconstruction: Imagine what type of personality someone normally harmless would develop if everywhere they went, someone always kills another human being. It takes the flimsiest and occasionally technically wrong reasoning to cause the killer to break down into a Motive Rant and everyone praises her for it; so this person came to enjoy her life. She has never been wrong ever; even when actual facts didn't match up. The above description should sound very, very, familiar. This is possibly a Flanderization or Satire, but given Poe's Law it is hard to tell.
- Defective Detective: Taken Up to Eleven. You don't see that many mysteries where the Detective is the villain.
- The Dragon: To Bernkastel.
- Dramatic Finger Pointing: Quite fond of these in the manga, though in a less hammy fashion as Battler.
- Duct Tape for Everything: Especially for creating closed rooms. In fact Erika is so good at solving everything with duct tape that in her second game she was forbidden from using it and had to haggle just to get enough duct tape to cover three rooms.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend
- Eureka Moment: In Episode 5, "You are the culprit, Ms. Natsuhi Ushiromiya." Except Natsuhi was denied as the culprit in red. Not that it stopped her.
- Evil Counterpart: Could be considered this to Ange. Both are obsessed with the truth, both passed a contract with Bernkastel just before falling to their death, and both will effectively die once Bern has no longer any use for them. And both have girlish pigtails. But contrary to Ange, Erika is enjoying her role as a piece of a sadistic witch very much.
- Evil Is Hammy: Although Natsuko Kuwatani gives her a very sober and quiet voice in normal situations.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: She is banished to oblivion by Bernkastel after she loses to Beatrice in EP6.
- Faux Affably Evil: Very polite, and very psychotic. By EP6 she all but ceases to be polite.
- Fetish: She likes chopsticks a tad bit too much.
- Flung Clothing: Wears her regular clothes under her wedding dress! Yes, there's no way her normal clothes would have fit. Magic.
- Ougon Musoukyoku takes it Up to Eleven where she wears her standard costume beneath her sleeveless, legless, skintight swimsuit.
- Freudian Excuse: Touched on in Dawn; the failure of her romantic relationship gives her a fanatical obsession with the truth and the need to utterly defile anything that might obscure it, be it magic or love. Erika even considers herself more powerful than Bernkastel and Lambdadelta in a way, because they'd rather distract themselves from their past miseries with other people's suffering than face those memories (and thus the truth) head-on.
- From a Certain Point of View: The reason why she failed to resolve the contradiction at the end of Episode 6. She is indeed the 18th person in we go by the number of "names", but the 17th person if we go by the number of "bodies", as explained in the manga.
- Game Breaker: The Detective authority is an in-universe example, given to her by Bernkastel. She has the power to perfectly investigate a crime scene, use any means necessary to do so without being hindered, force everyone to listen to her when she calls for attention, and cannot be suspected by anyone. She can also confirm with 100% accuracy whether a corpse is dead… provided that she actually bothers to look at the corpse, that is.
- Genre Savvy: Deconstructed, as her analysis of the deaths as if they were from a novel is used to make her come off as evil and insane. You just don't tell a mother her child died in a way that sounds like from a third-rate mystery.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: A giant scythe.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Inverted: Erika may be the one wearing the wedding dress, but she's the one enslaving Battler by forcing him into marriage and outright threatening to rape him.
- Go Karting with Bowser: Wandering the realms of nothingness doesn't stop Battler from wanting to invite her to his party in EP8.
- Great Detective: Actually tries to refer to herself as such, and if you look at the description, she does match. Although the description doesn't necessarily include being, you know, right.
- Happiness in Slavery: It's never really explained how she became Bernkastel's piece, but she really loves her master a lot.
- Heel Realization: Near the end of EP6.
- Hime Cut
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: In Episode 6, after checking that Hideyoshi, Shannon, George, Kumasawa and Nanjō are in the room she just left, she demands to repeat that "everyone else" is in the cousin's room. This is presented as a clever move to prevent any trick with the number of people like at the end of Episode 3. Too bad for her, that also means Battler didn't say in red that "Kanon" was in the cousin's room − which was, of course, impossible. Beatrice later uses exactly that to solve the logic error and defeat Erika.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: To Battler in EP6.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Seemed this way at the end of EP6 when she declares to Dlanor that she is happy that someone finally protected her.
- Image Song: "Intellectual Rapist", which has two versions.
- Imaginary Friend: To Ange of all people in the Trick Ending. Or is she?
- Insufferable Genius
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: There's some pretty heavy sadomasochistic subtext between her and Bernkastel (it's more apparent in the manga). And let's not get into her "wedding" with Battler...
- Keigo: When she is in a good mood or in full Faux Affably Evil mode.
- Kick the Dog: In case you hadn't noticed she is a complete bitch, her denying magic and making Maria cry while laughing with delight drives the point home.
- Lack of Empathy: And how…
Battler: … Do you even have a heart?
Erika: A heart? What is that, I wonder?
- Lawful Stupid
- Leitmotif: The great detective knows and Smileless Soiree.
- Little Miss Badass
- Logic Bomb: The end of Episode 6, which meaning was subject to intense debate (since the two red truths seem to contradict each other). So much that the author apparently felt the need to clarify it in the manga.
Erika: "Hi, pleased to meet you! I am Furudo Erika, the detective! I may be an uninvited guest, but please, welcome me!! I am the visitor, the 18th human on Rokkenjima!!"
Battler: "......Sorry, but…"
Beatrice: "Even if you do join us-"
Both: "There are 17 people."
- Love Martyr: No matter how much she is abused, ignored or thrown into oblivion by her master, she will continue to admire and serve her. Granted, a piece cannot disobey its master, but she seems to do her job very eagerly nonetheless.
- Meaningful Name: Unsurprisingly, her name is very similar to "Rika Furude".
- Both, when said aloud in the Japanese naming order, can sound a bit like "Frederica (Bernkastel)."
- Munchkin: Of the Metagamer variety. She knows she's playing in a murder mystery game, so she does things that would be insane and illogical if she didn't know she was in a murder mystery.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "I, Furudo Erika, have duct tape!!"
- Never Found the Body: In the real world.
- Nice Hat: Dons a pirate hat while raiding the Golden Land, which we see in its full glory in the PS3 port.
- Ojou: Implied to have been one, as she fell from a pleasure boat and has a perfect knowledge of upper class manners.
- Parody Sue: She's a messy Deconstruction of Mary Sues. At first she seems to come across as a Purity Sue, though she's really a Black Hole Fixer Sue of an Amateur Sleuth who just so happens to wash up on Rokkenjima so Bernkastel has her own piece when she takes over the anti-fantasy side of the game. She proceeds to wander around being an insufferable Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, attempts to supplant the protagonist, helps Battler find the gold just to make the chaos worse, and frames Natsuhi for the murders. She's basically Bern's self-insert Sue, and she's virulently loathed by both the other characters and a good chunk of the fanbase.
- Photographic Memory: Proclaims herself to have one.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Which was originally Jessica's when she was younger. Natsuhi lends it to Erika since she had nothing else to wear aside from a School Swimsuit when she washed up on Rokkenjima. The additional embellishments of lace choker and rose bonnet with trailing ribbons probably weren't strictly necessary.
- Puff of Logic: Disappeared at the end of Dawn because she couldn't figure out how she could be the 18th human on the island if, including herself, there are only 17 people on the island.
- Alternatively, she did figure it out, but since she was dying anyway, demonstrated her final understanding of the mystery as a way to go out with a bang. That would at least explain why she chose to "attack" with that particular red truth.
- Pyrrhic Victory: She views her confrontation with her ex-lover over suspicion of cheating as if it were a game, and at least comforts herself by taking pride in 'winning' it.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like many characters it depends on the author. Her twintails can go to her waist, or to her calves.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted by EP8.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Uses this against piece!Beatrice in Episode 5.
Beatrice: You didn't follow Battler in the cousins' room after 3AM, so you can't prove his alibi! Or are you going to tell me you spent the whole night by his side, listening to his breathing?
Erika: Yes, I spent the whole night listening to his breathing.
Beatrice: … What?!
- School Swimsuit: She was wearing this along with a life jacket when she washed up on the island. Naturally, it's quite common for her to wear one in fanart.
- Self-Insert Fic: The entire concept of her is basically a parody of these. Bernkastel actually states that she used Erika to "insert herself into the game".
- Serious Business: Not that her boyfriend cheating on her wouldn't be serious business in Real Life, but investigating it like a criminal case is a bit over-the-top…
- Shout-Out: Her Palette Swap in Ougon Musoukyoku has Miku Hatsune's colours.
- Sinister Scythe: Her Weapon of Choice is a blueish-colored scythe made of light.
- Smug Snake
- Softspoken Sadist: When she isn't hamming it up, the way some of her lines are delivered in the PS3 port make her come across as this.
- Sore Loser: She's not Bern's piece for nothing…
- The Summation: The Episode 8 manga dedicates no less than three chapters to her extensive explanation of Episode 5 and 6, the two games where she was defeated.
- Sycophantic Servant
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Technically she can't leave as long as the storm is going, but the way she turns into one of these within only a few hours really speaks for the depth of her self-entitlement.
She was no longer a guest who would stay until the typhoon passed. She had become an annoying guest who would not leave until the typhoon passed.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she comes Back for the Finale in EP8, she's able to stand equally with Battler and even defeats Beatrice, both people who used to be able to hand her hat to her with relative ease.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When she comes Back for the Finale in EP8, she's quite a lot meaner.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm
- Villain Decay: Inverted. She never stops being a threat as long as she's around, and she keeps up with the escalation.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Battler breaks her locked room theory, then again during the climax of EP5.
- Villainous Rescue: She rescues Ange from a horde of goats who taunt her over her parents and brother being the culprits.
- Worthy Opponent: Her ultimate impression of Battler by the end of the series.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: While it's arguable how much of it was intentional, this is how she manages to get 3 rooms worth of duct tape. After she refuses the invoke the Detective's Authority and comes up with a fairly weak theory as a result, Bernkastel chews her out to the point of tears, causing Battler (and Dlanor for that matter) to feel bad enough for her to give duct tape. Big Mistake.
- Wrong Genre Savvy
- Xtreme Kool Letterz/My Nayme Is: The "E" in "Erika" uses ヱ, the archaic katakana "we", that apparently makes it look cooler (as opposed to the orthodox エ). Call it another Sue trait.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Willard H. Wright
"We are Inquisitors of Heresy. Felling evil witches is our job. However, we must not risk hurting the innocent. We must not suspect them...!"
The detective of EP7. He is the former head of the SSVD, the 8th District Repentance Agency. He is first mentioned in EP5 in the TIPS, where he is referred to as "Wizard-hunting Wright". He has since then resigned from his post. He is called to Rokkenjima by Bernkastel in order to solve Beatrice's murder
- The Ace: And how.
- Always Someone Better: He is this to Dlanor, being not only competent at using his own rules, but also a mighty detective himself. Adding that he has twice the amount of rules she has to that result… Subverted that when they do meet, she seems to regard him with respect and a hint of admiration.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Dlanor in the Last Stand.
- Badass Longcoat
- Berserk Button: Do not, DO NOT insult the mystery genre. You'll get HEADBUTTED TO DEATH IF YOU DO.
- BFS: The manga shows that his sword is actually pretty damn huge.◊
- Black Swords Are Better
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He tends to come across as rather apathetic towards the task he's been given, but he still knows a great deal about the gameboard after only skimming the information on it beforehand, as well as proving to be very intelligent and insightful overall. On the other hand, he lets his cat Diana scratch and shed all over his furniture at home, and an in-character comment as Lion on Ryukishi's Twitter implies that he's too lazy to even do his own laundry properly.
- Brought Down to Badass: In EP8, he and Dlanor face a gigantic goat who nullifies their rules. As they are both without any power to face the goat, he proceeds to do the next logical thing and defeat him with a HEADBUTT because that's what he does.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He has shades of this, since while he is genuinely smart and was good at his job at the SSVD (despite growing to hate it), he's also lazy, doesn't have much of a brain-to-mouth filter and is somewhat obsessed with his cat.
Lion: That person is seriously useless at anything other than mystery.
- But Thou Must: He initially attempts to refuse to play along with Bernkastel's game; she promptly responds by trapping he and everyone else in the chapel until he cooperates.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't think too hard about it. You'll get a headache."
- Also "Don't ignore the heart". Pretty ironic when you know the mark of the real Willard H. Wright's novels was exactly that.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He got a mention in the TIPS section of EP5.
- Cool Sword: Will's Weapon of Choice, which he uses to separate truth from fiction.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Determinator: Loses an arm fighting Bern, still thinks he has a chance of winning and saving Lion. Made it all the more surprising by the fact that he does win and save Lion in EP8.
- Establishing Character Moment: His introduction has him kicking down doors to rescue an innocent maid from a sham trial run by his own SSVD. Talk about leaving a first impression.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner
It's about time someone trimmed your claws! My name is Willard H. Wright, this will be the last time I will draw my sword!
- The Fettered: In spite of his irritability, Will is probably the most unabashed example of Neutral Good in the series.
- Great Detective: The smartest character in the series by far, and a much more genuine example of this trope than Erika. He solved all of Beato's games and riddles, as well as her true identity without breaking a sweat.
- Grumpy Bear
- Handicapped Badass: One of the most widely accepted theories about his duel against Bern is that he didn't use all of his twenty wedges, as Umineko clearly violates some and he refused to destroy the gameboard, as it would be the same as denying Lion a happy ending. This makes him unusually weak from a meta-perspective, as he doesn't have access to any reds the other detectives have, and can only use around 3 or 4 rules from his arsenal. This makes him understanding the truth behind Shkanon and the four games, something that even Erika couldn't do, that much more impressive. The heartwarming part comes from him putting that handicap on himself.
- Heel-Face Turn: His profile states that he used to be utterly cold-hearted, cruel, and ruthless in his job as a witch-hunter, but something happened that drastically changed his attitude, sending him into a disillusioned downward spiral until he resigned from the court of heaven altogether.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Barely averted in that he survives while succeeding at doing what he tried to sacrifice himself for.
- Ignore the Fanservice: In Ougon Musoukyoku his only response to seeing Lucifer or Chiester 410, who wear leotards and open skirts, is asking why they aren't cold in those outfits.
- Image Song: One in 2.57 Million, which is shared with Lion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's got a gruff demeanor, but he's actually an incredibly good person, becoming disgusted with his own inquisition agency for their brutality, being really kind to Rosa, and eventually turning against Bernkastel for Lion's sake. Not exactly what you'd expect from the guy who banned love from his detective novels.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Dotes on his pet cat, Diana, to the point that he goes on "dates" with her (whatever that means).
- Major Injury Underreaction: "My left arm? Ah yeah, I must have forgotten it there."
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Though if we go by his namesake, the H could be for "Huntington".
- No Social Skills: Will often needs Lion's intervention in order to communicate with the Ushiromiyas, since he tends to be rather blunt.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Referred to almost exclusively as Will by both the characters and the narrative.
- Rage Against the Author: He eventually explains that his reason for quitting the SSVD was due to becoming sick of dealing with nothing but tragic mysteries, which seems to partially fuel his impassioned defiance of the idea that a happy ending is impossible for Beatrice.
- Razor Wind: Several special attacks in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
- Retired Badass: Pointed out in his description.
- Retirony: Subverted by EP8.
- Sherlock Homage: With Lion as the Watson homage.
- Shout-Out: His Palette Swap in Ougon Musoukyoku has Kaito's colours.
- Skunk Stripe
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Unwitting Pawn: Was driven by understanding and compassion when he agreed to put down the last traces of the witch Beatrice in the form of Clair. This is, of course, exactly what Bernkastel was counting on.
- Use Your Head: Does this to a goat in EP8 when it insults the mystery genre, and he does it hard enough to kill it in the VN. It's No Selled in the manga though.
"I'm the embodiment of the one hope held by the Beatrices of a million worlds... So, even at times like this, I have to be everyone's hope. I'm not giving up on this game yet."
A piece of unclear gender
first seen in EP7. Lion comes from a world where s/he is first in line for the headship of the Ushiromiya family, Krauss and Natsuhi's first child and Jessica's older sibling. Lion teams up with Willard H. Wright in his investigation of "Beatrice's murder". Lion also has a rather odd habit of giving people's butts a nasty pinch whenever they're being rude or perverted. Lion is an alternate version of Yasu, who exists in a universe where s/he wasn't thrown off a cliff by Natsuhi.
"Battler Ushiromiya. That's supposed to be my name. I've been called that many times... I guess it's obvious, since it is my name. But me and the Battler Ushiromiya I know... sad to say, we're pretty different."
A version of Battler that appears only in the All There in the Manual
short story "Forgery no.XXX
" and the Fighting Game Ougon Musoukyoku Cross
. He represents the idea that Battler is responsible for the Rokkenjima murders.
- All There in the Manual/Canon Foreigner: Of sorts. He is given a minor shout-out in Episode 8 since the solution to Bernkastel's culprit game is that Battler, Rudolf and Kyrie are the culprits.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of the belief that Battler is the culprit.
- Ascended Extra: He was originally just a character in a side story, but later he became playable in the fighting game.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The story where he appears in basically says he's powered by in-universe Wild Mass Guessing and Fan Fiction.
- Creepy Monotone: When he's not hamming it up.
- Dark Is Evil
- Dissonant Laughter: He even laughs when you attack him while he's guarding in Ougon Musoukyoku Cross.
- Dissonant Serenity: His default expression.
- Double Entendre: Most of his victory lines are these, although some have some plot-relevant hidden meanings beyond invoking the Primal Fears mentioned below.
- Enemy Without
- Evil Counterpart
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Redhead
- Expy: He is very similar to Shiki Nanaya in Tsukihime/Melty Blood in that he's the Evil Counterpart to the protagonist.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has vampire-like canines in the VN version of Forgery XXX, along with Hellish Pupils.
- Fan Nickname: Culprit!Battler
- For the Evulz
- Glass Cannon: Is capable of doing crazy amounts of damage but has the lowest health in the game.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Along with Dark Is Evil palette, his narrow eyes distinguish him as the evil clone.
- Lack of Empathy
- Large Ham: He has his moments.
- Laughing Mad: Many, many times.
- Leitmotif: Taken up to eleven in Ougon Musoukyoku Cross where has has several tracks devoted to him. Namely, 'Smileless Soiree' plays whenever he wins a fight.
- Mirthless Laughter: Only once in the Black Battler/Shannon ending in Ougon Musoukyoku Cross, after he kills everyone on the island.
- Mythology Gag: His Palette Swap in Ougon Musoukyoku Cross gives him a black suit, white shirt, green tie, and white hair, mirroring the color scheme of Battler's appearance in the Episode 8 ???? as Tooya Hachijo.
- Obviously Evil: Dissonant Serenity? Negative palette swap of Battler? His name is "Black Battler" and his special ability in Ougon Musoukyoku is "Massacre"? He's obviously the most trustworthy person on the island!
- Primal Fear: A lot of these. In his victory dialogue in Ougon Musoukyoku Cross, references him not only killing everyone on the island, but also suggests to most female character's he's going to rape them, and to a few other characters that he 'tastes' them.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Secret Character
- Slasher Smile
- SNK Boss: Just watch.
- Softspoken Sadist: He is often kindly whispering words of, err, "affection" to his victims. By affection, read "how beautiful the sound of their bones breaking is", and such.
- Unlockable Content: In Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross, he is unlocked by simply clearing arcade mode once with any two characters. Bonus Points for do it with the Battler/Kanon scenario since it's revealed that Battler is the culprit.