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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.

Major spoilers for the Core Arcs ahead.
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    Erika Furudo 

Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani

"...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: Initially she comes across as polite and soft-spoken, but she soon reveals her true, nasty character. This is especially evident when 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. Makes sense since on a meta level the Witch Hunters are more or less shoehorning her into the existing story.
  • 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...
  • Jerkass
  • 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 

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi

"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: He has a odd red stripe in his otherwise brown hair. When Lion inquires about it in their Image Song, he just tells Lion not to think about it too hard.
  • 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.

    Lion Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi

"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 Sayo Yasuda, who exists in a universe where s/he wasn't thrown off a cliff by Natsuhi.
  • Academic Athlete: Both a top student and a star badminton player in high school.
  • The Ace: When in school, Lion was an excellent student, the Student Council President and even captain of the badminton team. The TIPs note that aside from being viewed by the rest of the family as still being too young (Lion is 19, and will become head of the family after turning 20), Lion is more suited to be the next head than anyone else. Naturally, Lion's many achievements put quite a bit of pressure on Jessica, and they tend to argue as a result.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, Lion's eyes are blue instead of gray.
  • Alternate Self: To Sayo Yasuda.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Very intentionally; the narration refers to him/her very gender-neutrally, s/he has an androgynous appearance, and none of the other characters give any indication what his/her gender actually is. Even Will doesn't know what it is, and it's one of the mysteries that he's supposed to solve. When he actually asks Lion, he doesn't get a straight answer. Bernkastel later states that she hid Lion's gender on purpose.
  • Berserk Button: While the whole "pinching people's butts for being rude" thing is mainly for mild annoyances, what really seems to make Lion angry is insulting or making fun of Natsuhi. Lion continues to be protective of her even after finding out that in almost every other world, Natsuhi is responsible for Lion's suffering as Sayo Yasuda by rejecting him/her.
  • Break the Cutie: Though luckily Will is there to provide encouragement, and Lion ultimately survives Bernkastel's attempts at breaking him/her to become a stronger person.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Lion is of mostly Japanese heritage, but has some Italian blood due to being Beatrice Castiglioni's grandchild.
  • Child by Rape
  • Classy Cravat
  • Deadpan Snarker: When around Will, which leads to quite a bit of Snark-to-Snark Combat between the two.
  • Determinator: Has definitely become this by the end of the EP7 Tea Party.
    "I'll definitely survive... and so will you...!"
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Lion rather dislikes being called "Successor-sama" by the rest of the family, especially Jessica. Who calls Lion that just to not give away the latter's gender.
  • Etiquette Nazi: Woe betide anyone who doesn't act politely enough in front of Lion's relatives.
  • Expy: Of Saber. Similar hair and manner of speech, inherited an important leadership role at a young age and voiced by Ayako Kawasumi.
  • Flower Motifs: Fandom often associates Lion with roses, since Lion is seen holding one in Will and Lion's shared official portrait.
  • For Want of a Nail: As previously stated, Lion is Natsuhi's first child if s/he wasn't thrown off the cliff by her. Bernkastel actually states that the probability of that was 1/2578917. It's also interesting to note that in the world where s/he exists the epitaph and ghost stories about Beatrice do not exist, and Battler does not go back to the island.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Happily Adopted: Once Lion gets over the shock of finding out his/her true parentage and resolves to live a happy life for Clair's sake.
  • Heroic Bastard: Lion, like Sayo Yasuda, is the illegitimate child of Kinzo and Beatrice II, Kinzo's daughter.
  • Hope Spot: Serves as an embodiment of this for Sayo Yasuda. Unfortunately, Bernkastel has other ideas… However with the help of Will, Lion does manage to avoid his/her own fate predicted by Bernkastel.
  • Image Song: One in 2.57 Million, which is shared with Will.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even in the world where s/he exists Sayo Yasuda can't find a happy ending since the murders still occur, as Bernkastel takes great delight in revealing, though the reasons are completely different this time.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Lion points out that his/her name is pronounced "Lee-on", not "Lie-on", and that it's spelled with the kanji for "science" and "control".
  • Japanese Pronouns: Lion uses the gender-neutral pronoun "watashi", which is what s/he is expected to use as the successor to the headship.note 
  • Leitmotif: Le 4 octobre. Kind of goes with the generally peaceful and nostalgic feel of Episode 7.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly. Lion's name might come from "Beatrice Castiglioni", since Lion is her grandchild.
  • Non-Action Snarker: Not a fighter, but Lion nevertheless has a witty tongue at the right moment, even in the fighting game.
  • Oblivious Adoption
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Can be considered the blue to Jessica's red.
  • Running Gag: Has quite the reputation as a butt-pincher in the Ushiromiya family, and winds up doing this to Will whenever he gets out of hand.
  • Shout-Out: While Lion isn't a playable character in Ougon Musoukyoku, when playing as Will Lion will appear next to him before vanishing in a cloud of golden butterflies when the fight begins, and will occasionally appear during the fight to comment on the goings-on. If you play as Will using a Palette Swap, Lion will also have different colours: Lion's suit will be black, looking rather like Saber in Fate/Zero, and Lion will even have Saber's green eyes. Also counts as an Actor Allusion, since Ayako Kawasumi voices both Saber and Lion.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Jessica; she's rebellious, free-spirited and not very formal, while Lion is calm, polite and dedicated to being Kinzo's successor.
  • Student Council President: Was this in middle school and high school.
  • Supreme Chef: Lion is skilled at cooking according to Word of God, due to being a firm believer in gender equality and that "regardless of gender, one should be able to stand in the kitchen". Which does imply that Lion's biological sex, as well as Sayo Yasuda's, is male, but implications are implications...
  • Temporal Paradox: The gameboard of Episode 7 is made of contradictory fragments mashed together; as a result, not only is Lion put in the same room as his/her alternate selves Shannon and Kanon, his/her family's memories contradict themselves (like the seat arrangement in the dining hall not including him/her). All this serves as a hint for Will.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about Lion without revealing his/her connection to Sayo Yasuda and the real Beatrices.
  • The Watson: Will H. Wright calls him/her this. Lion even turns it back on him at one point by calling him "Willard Holmes". Will and Lion's dynamic is actually quite similar to that of the original Holmes and Watson; though Lion is out of the loop at first in regards to Bernkastel's game and has to have some things explained by Will, he/she is still intelligent, more down-to-earth and has better social skills while Will is also intelligent but has some notable quirks.

    Black Battler 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono

"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.
Umineko When They Cry WitchesCharacters/Umineko: When They CryUmineko When They Cry Demons And Furniture
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alternative title(s): Umineko No Naku Koro Ni Meta
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