In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the characters of the '''[[MetafictionDemandedThisIndex 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.


[[folder:Erika Furudo]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/NatsukoKuwatani
->''"...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 [[ContrivedCoincidence happens to wash up on the shore of an island with an impending murder mystery.]] She calls herself an [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "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.

* AdaptationalBadass: Not that she isn't already dangerous in the Episode 8 VN, but the manga has her demolish [[spoiler:Battler]] thoroughly, over 3 chapters, while it was just a quick closed room duel without much flourish in the VN.
* AmateurSleuth: Actually a {{Deconstruction}}[=/=]{{Parody}} of one, created by Bern as her AuthorAvatar to screw with Beato's murder mystery. Imagine what type of personality [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates someone normally harmless]] would develop if everywhere they went, [[MysteryMagnet someone always]] [[AlwaysMurder kills another human being]]. It takes the [[ConvictionByContradiction flimsiest]] and occasionally [[ConvictionByCounterfactualClue technically wrong]] reasoning to cause the killer to break down into a MotiveRant 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 [[Series/MurderSheWrote should]] [[Creator/AgathaChristie sound]] [[Manga/DetectiveConan very]], [[Series/{{Columbo}} very]], [[Literature/EncyclopediaBrown familiar]]. This is possibly a {{Flanderization}} or {{Satire}}, but given PoesLaw it is hard to tell.
* AmbiguouslyBi: She seems to have a [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship close friendship]] with Dlanor and there's some strong sadomasochistic subtext between her and Bernkastel, but she also had a boyfriend once [[spoiler:and she clearly delights in the idea of ''raping'' Battler's helpless body after forcing him to marry her]].
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:Taking advantage that he's trapped in a logic error, Erika tries to force Battler to marry her so she can take control of the game board. Just when it seems she's going to get away with it, Beatrice blows the doors down.]]
* AnimalMotifs: At one point in [=EP5=], she's compared to a spider.
* AttentionWhore: She is more cultured, more intelligent and just better than you, and she won't allow you to ignore it.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:After her defeat and banishment to oblivion in [=EP6=], she comes back in [=EP8=].]]
* BadBoss: After her defeat in [=EP5=], she takes out her frustrations on Cornelia by making her stand on one leg so she can push her and make her fall, then telling her to get up and stand on one leg again to repeat the process over and over.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Initially she comes across as polite and soft-spoken, but it's soon revealed that she's quite a nasty piece of work. 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.
* CatchPhrase: "[[GratuitousEnglish GOOD!]]" and "Simply by XX, this level of reasoning is possible for Erika Furudo. What do you think, everyone?"
* CatSmile: Along with more malicious variations.
* ChewingTheScenery: When she's really hungry, [[ a large ham is not enough.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Thought to be this sometime before the story, if the story about her ex-boyfriend is to be believed. Erika apparently inspected her boyfriend's entire house like it was a crime scene when she suspected he was seeing another woman. She took it very badly when she found tons of evidence that proved she was right.
** 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.
* ContractualImmortality: InUniverse, she [[GenreSavvy knows full well]] that she has this due to being the [[GreatDetective detective]] and she won't hesitate to [[{{Munchkin}} exploit it]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: She benefits an awful lot from being in the right place when bodies are discovered. Even her entry is as plausible as a [[CatchPhrase 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. [[spoiler:Makes sense since on a meta level the Witch Hunters are more or less shoehorning her into the existing story]].
* TheCorpseStopsHere: Her attitude towards [[spoiler:Natsuhi]] after Hideyoshi's death.
* CovertPervert: Funny when it involves [[{{Fetish}} chopsticks]]. When it involves [[spoiler:trapping Battler's mind and promising to rape his helpless body forever]]… not so much.
* CrazyPrepared: 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.
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to [[spoiler:Battler]] in the Episode 8 manga, by explaining the 5th and 6th games.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue eyes and hair.
* CuteLittleFangs: Some of her sprites have these in the original VN.
* DeadAllAlong: One theory about her is that [[spoiler:in the real world, she did wash up on Rokkenjima after falling from the boat… but as a corpse.]] [[WildMassGuessing 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.
* DefectiveDetective: Taken UpToEleven. You don't see that many mysteries where the Detective is the ''villain''.
* DontYouDarePityMe: As part of her enormous pride.
* TheDragon: To Bernkastel.
* DramaticFingerPointing: Quite fond of these in the manga, though in a less hammy fashion as Battler.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Episode 8's manga heavily implies this is what happened to the human Erika in Prime.]]
* DuctTapeForEverything: Especially for creating closed rooms. In fact Erika is so good at solving everything with duct tape that in her second game, [[spoiler:she was forbidden from using it and had to haggle just to get enough duct tape to cover three rooms.]]
* DungeonmastersGirlfriend: She plays this role in Episode 5, where she's actually the Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend's Subject.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Battler eulogizes her and ultimately convinces Bernkastel to bring her back in Episode 8, in spite of all of the absolutely horrible, unatoned-for deeds she committed upon Battler, Beatrice and the Ushiromiya family in episodes 5 and 6. Doesn't help that Erika then proceeds to screw with the game ''again'' once brought back.]]
* EurekaMoment: In Episode 5, "You are the culprit, [[spoiler:Ms. Natsuhi Ushiromiya.]]" [[spoiler: Except Natsuhi was denied as the culprit in red. Not that it stopped her.]]
* EvilCounterpart: 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. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And both have girlish pigtails.]] But contrary to Ange, Erika is enjoying her role as a piece of a sadistic witch very much.
* EvilIsHammy: Creator/NatsukoKuwatani gives her a very sober and quiet voice in normal situations, but when Erika is allowed to [[UpToEleven cut loose]]...
* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:She is banished to oblivion by Bernkastel after she loses to Beatrice in [=EP6=]. Bernkastel does let her come back in [=EP8=], though.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Very polite, and very psychotic. By [=EP6=] she all but ceases to be polite.
* {{Fetish}}: She likes [[ chopsticks]] a ''tad bit'' too much.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: At some point in the past, Erika had a boyfriend who dumped her in a cruel way when she confronted him about evidence that he had been cheating on her. This apparently left her with some serious emotional baggage and led her to believe that love only distracts her from finding the truth, so she has no need for it.
* FlungClothing: Wears her regular clothes under her [[spoiler:'''wedding dress!''']] Yes, there's no way her normal clothes would have fit. ''[[AWizardDidIt Magic]]''.
** ''Ougon Musoukyoku'' takes it UpToEleven where she wears her standard costume beneath her '''''sleeveless, legless, skintight swimsuit'''''.
* FreudianExcuse: Touched on in ''Dawn''; the failure of her romantic relationship gives her a fanatical obsession with the truth and [[DisproportionateRetribution the need to utterly defile anything that might obscure it, be it magic or love]].
* FromACertainPointOfView: The reason why [[spoiler:she failed to resolve the contradiction at the end of Episode 6.]] She is indeed the [[spoiler:18th]] person in we go by the number of "names", but the [[spoiler: 17th]] person if we go by the number of "bodies", as explained in the manga.
* GameBreaker: 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… [[spoiler:provided that she actually bothers to look at the corpse, that is.]]
** It does have one limit. [[spoiler: [[MurderIsTheBestSolution Knox's 7th: It is forbidden for the detective to be the culprit]]]].
* GenreSavvy: 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.
* GirlishPigtails: She wears her hair in pigtails which contributes to her young and girly appearance.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: [[SinisterScythe A giant scythe]].
* GoGoEnslavement: Inverted: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GoKartingWithBowser: [[spoiler:Wandering the realms of nothingness doesn't stop Battler from wanting to invite her to his party in [=EP8=].]]
* GreatDetective: Actually tries to refer to herself as such, and if you look at the description, she does match. [[spoiler:Although the description doesn't necessarily include being, you know, right]].
* HappinessInSlavery: It's never really explained how she became Bernkastel's piece, but she really loves her master a lot.
* HateSink: Take a character who arrives out of nowhere to disturb the game, make her irritatingly perfect via CharacterShilling and then make it clear that she's a complete sociopath whose pastimes are licking Bernkastel's feet and desecrating beloved characters, and you have a perfect scumbag ready to hate. Many fans still LoveToHate her though.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Near the end of [=EP6=]. Unfortunately, when she comes back in [=EP8=], it's clear that it hasn't stuck; in fact [[DefiedTrope she instead tries to become the best villain she can be]].]]
* HimeCut: To go with her ElegantGothicLolita dress and to make her look like her master.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: To [[spoiler:Battler]] in [=EP6=].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Seemed this way at the end of [=EP6=] when she declares to Dlanor that she is happy that someone finally protected her.
* ImageSong: "Intellectual Rapist", which has [[ two]] [[ versions]].
* ImaginaryFriend: To [[spoiler:Ange of all people]] in the Trick Ending. Or is she?
* InsufferableGenius: She's highly intelligent and doesn't hesitate to use it to lord herself over others.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: 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 [[spoiler:Battler]]...
* {{Jerkass}}: She cares about two things: solving mysteries and being smug about it. Other people aren't on her priority list.
* {{Keigo}}: When she is in a good mood or in full FauxAffablyEvil mode.
* KickTheDog: In case you hadn't noticed she is a complete bitch, her arguing with the nine-year-old Maria to the point of making her cry while laughing with delight drives the point home. It's not enough to tell Maria that magic doesn't exist, she systematically goes through Maria's entire argument on how she saw Beatrice do 'real magic' and refutes it all step-by-step.
* LackOfEmpathy: And how… though given that she serves and was possibly taught by [[TheSociopath Bernkastel]], it's probably not surprising.
-->'''Battler:''' … Do you even have a heart?
-->'''Erika:''' A heart? What is that, I wonder?
%%* LawfulStupid
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[ The great detective knows]] and [[ Smileless Soiree]].
** As well as [[ Patchwork Chimera]], shared with Bernkastel.
* LittleMissBadass: During fights in the Meta World, especially the ones she's winning.
* LogicBomb: 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:''' [[red:"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:''' [[red:"Even if you do join us-"]]
-->'''Both:''' [[red:"There are 17 people."]]
* MadLove: 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.
* MeaningfulName: Unsurprisingly, her name is very similar to "[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rika Furude]]". Both, when said aloud in the Japanese naming order, can sound a bit like "Frederica (Bernkastel)."
* MetaGirl: She tends to lampshade the mystery genre tropes and expectations, mainly the bad clichés found in "third-rate mysteries".
* {{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.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "I, Furudo Erika, have [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tape]]!!"
* MyNaymeIs: 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.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:In the real world, it's implied that she ''did'' wash up on a corpse, which would have then been destroyed during the explosion from the bombs Sayo Yasuda set.]]
* NiceHat: Dons a pirate hat while [[spoiler:raiding the Golden Land]], which we see in its full glory in the [=PS3=] port.
* OhCrap: Erika gets a pretty understandable one in [=EP6=] when [[spoiler:Beatrice crashes the wedding. She's fine at first when it appears to just be the [[CameBackWrong Chick Beatrice]], but when she realizes it's the ''[[HesBack actual]]'' Beatrice, she starts panicking.]]
* {{Ojou}}: Implied to have been one, as she fell from a pleasure boat and has a perfect knowledge of upper class manners.
* ParodySue: She's a messy {{Deconstruction}} of {{Mary Sue}}s. At first she seems to come across as a PuritySue, though she's really a [[BlackHoleSue Black Hole]] FixerSue of an AmateurSleuth who ''[[ContrivedCoincidence 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 BitchInSheepsClothing, attempts to supplant the protagonist, [[spoiler: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.
* PhotographicMemory: Proclaims herself to have one. After all, have you ever seen a detective ''not'' remembering the crucial clue at the crucial moment?
* PimpedOutDress: Which was originally Jessica's when she was younger. Natsuhi lends it to Erika since she had nothing else to wear aside from a SchoolSwimsuit when she washed up on Rokkenjima. The additional embellishments of [[FrillsOfJustice lace choker]] and [[HairDecorations rose bonnet with trailing ribbons]] probably [[RuleOfGlamorous weren't strictly necessary]].
* PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler:[[AlternateCharacterInterpretation 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.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: She views her confrontation with her ex-lover over suspicion of [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]] as if it were a game, and at least comforts herself by taking pride in 'winning' it.
* RapunzelHair: Like many characters it depends on the author. Her twintails can go to her waist, or to her ''calves''.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted by [=EP8=], where she comes back meaner than ever.]]
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: 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?!
* SchoolSwimsuit: She was wearing this along with a life jacket when she washed up on the island. Though we don't actually see her wearing it in the visual novel, it's quite common for her to wear one in fanart.
* SelfInsertFic: The entire concept of her is basically a parody of these. Bernkastel actually states that she used Erika to "insert herself into the game".
* SeriousBusiness: Not that her boyfriend cheating on her wouldn't be serious business in RealLife, but investigating it like a criminal case is a bit over-the-top…
* ShoutOut:
** Her PaletteSwap in ''Ougon Musoukyoku'' has [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune's]] colours.
** One of her victory poses has her do the SignatureLaugh of [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Iori Yagami]].
* SinisterScythe: Her WeaponOfChoice is a blueish-colored scythe made of light.
* SmugSnake: She ''revels'' in dismantling the theories of others and substituting what she believes is the one true truth. She also goes into meltdown whenever her "truth" gets a hole punched through it. 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.
* SoftspokenSadist: When she isn't [[EvilIsHammy hamming it up]], the way some of her lines are delivered in the [=PS3=] port make her come across as this.
* SoreLoser: She's not Bern's piece for nothing…
* TheSummation: The [[AdaptationExpansion 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.
* SycophanticServant: She's loyal to Bernkastel to a fault, [[spoiler:even after Bern [[FateWorseThanDeath throws her into Oblivion]] for her loss to Beatrice]].
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: 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.''
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:When she comes BackForTheFinale 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.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: When [[spoiler:she comes BackForTheFinale in [=EP8=]]], now fully comprehending of [[spoiler:[[HeelRealization her villainous status]]]], she embraces it wholeheartedly.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Subverted at first at the end of [[spoiler:[=EP5=] where she is named the GameMaster, but is very quickly dethroned by the rightful Game Master Battler]]. Then DoubleSubverted in [[spoiler:the following episode where she traps Battler in a Logic Error and usurps his position until she is defeated at the end]].
* VillainBall: Erika has for all means won in [[spoiler:[=EP6=]]], but she [[spoiler:stops her wedding and willingly enters a duel with Beatrice to satisfy her pride.]]
* VillainDecay: Defied. She never stops being a danger as long as she's around, she never shows any genuine redemption moments, and her threat to the protagonists continually escalates.
* VillainHasAPoint: In her character quote above, where she mocks the story's ArcWords ("Without love, it cannot be seen"), and says that love can make people see things that don't exist. [[spoiler:Later on, the story delves into the more negative aspects of ThePowerOfLove, such as Kinzo deluding himself into believing his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya was the reincarnation of her mother and [[ParentalIncest the tragic results]].]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:After Battler breaks her locked room theory, then ''again'' during the climax of [=EP5=].]]
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:She rescues Ange from a horde of goats who taunt her over her parents and brother being the culprits.]]
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: She's desperate for her master's approval and tries her best to live up to her expectations. While it's somewhat justified because Erika knows very well that Bernkastel won't hesitate to throw her into oblivion if she fails her, she gets a little too happy in the rare occasions where she does get her master's praise.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Her ultimate impression of Battler by the end of the series.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: [[spoiler: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 [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 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.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: According to Knox's 7th, the Detective cannot be the culprit of the murders. This ''doesn't'' mean that the Detective can't still be a villain of another sort, [[HeelRealization which Erika discovers]] [[spoiler:at the end of EP6]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Like Bernkastel, she has blue hair.

[[folder:Willard H. Wright]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/HirokiTakahashi
-> "''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 a mystery.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: 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.
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:With Dlanor in the LastStand.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Wears a long blue coat.
* BerserkButton: 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.]]
* BlackSwordsAreBetter: His WeaponOfChoice is a black sword.
* BrilliantButLazy: 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 [[WordOfGod an in-character comment as Lion on Ryukishi's Twitter]] implies that he's too lazy to even do his own laundry properly.
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: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.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: 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.
* ButThouMust: 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.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Don't think too hard about it. You'll get a headache."
** "Don't ignore the heart". Pretty ironic when you know the mark of the real Willard H. Wright's novels was exactly that.
* ChekhovsGunman: He got a mention in the TIPS section of [=EP5=].
* CoolSword: Will's WeaponOfChoice, which he uses to separate truth from fiction.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very sarcastic, and the expression on his face is usually pretty deadpan. This leads to quite a bit of SnarkToSnarkCombat with Lion.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: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=].]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: 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.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: When [[spoiler:facing Bernkastel in the [=EP7=] Tea Party:]]
-->[[spoiler: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!]]
* TheFettered: In spite of his irritability, Will is probably the most unabashed example of NeutralGood in the series.
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: His answers to Clair's riddles at the end of Episode 7 are given in form of Classical Japanese, in half-cryptic sentences. Presumably to make Clair's "burial" as gentle as possible, while just saying enough to show he understood the answers.
* {{Foil}}: [[TheHero Battler]] is a mystery lover thrown in a mystery situation against his will. Willard has spent his ''entire life'' working in such situations, and it shows.
* GreatDetective: The smartest character in the series by far, and a much more genuine example of this trope than Erika. He solved [[spoiler:all of Beato's games and riddles, as well as her true identity]] without breaking a sweat.
* GrumpyBear: Acts like this despite being probably the kindest and smartest character in the series.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Barely averted in that he survives while succeeding at doing what he tried to sacrifice himself for.]]
* IgnoreTheFanservice: In ''Ougon Musoukyoku'' his only response to seeing Lucifer or Chiester 410, who wear leotards and [[ShowgirlSkirt open skirts]], is asking why they aren't cold in those outfits.
* ImageSong: [[ One in 2.57 Million]], which is shared with Lion.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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 [[spoiler:eventually turning against Bernkastel for Lion's sake.]] Not exactly what you'd expect from the guy who banned love from his detective novels.
* KindHeartedCatLover: Dotes on his pet cat, Diana, to the point that he goes on "dates" with her (whatever that means).
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: "[[spoiler:My left arm?]] Ah yeah, I must have forgotten it there."
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Though if we go by his namesake, the H could be for "Huntington".
* NoSocialSkills: Will often needs Lion's intervention in order to communicate with the Ushiromiyas, since he tends to be rather blunt.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Referred to almost exclusively as Will by both the characters and the narrative.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: 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 [[spoiler:impassioned defiance of the idea that a happy ending is impossible for Beatrice]].
* RazorWind: Several special attacks in ''Ougon Musou Kyoku''.
* RetiredBadass: Pointed out in his description.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:Subverted by [=EP8=], where it's shown that he survived.]]
* SherlockHomage: He's an extremely intelligent, yet blunt and socially awkward GreatDetective. He even has his partner Lion as the Watson homage.
* ShoutOut: His PaletteSwap in ''Ougon Musoukyoku'' has [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Kaito's]] colours.
* SkunkStripe: He has a odd red stripe in his otherwise brown hair. When Lion inquires about it in their ImageSong, he just tells Lion [[CatchPhrase not to think about it too hard]].
%%* SupernaturalGoldEyes
* UnwittingPawn: Was driven by understanding and compassion when he [[spoiler: agreed to put down the last traces of the witch Beatrice in the form of Clair.]] This is, of course, exactly what [[spoiler:Bernkastel was counting on.]]
* UseYourHead: Does this to [[spoiler: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 Sell}}ed in the manga though.]]
* WillfullyWeak: One of the most widely accepted theories about his duel against Bern is that [[spoiler: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 Sayo Yasuda 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.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: He claims to be in favor of gender equality, so he can punch useless people equally.

[[folder:Lion Ushiromiya]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/AyakoKawasumi
->"''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 [[AmbiguousGender unclear gender]] first seen in [=EP7=]. Lion comes from a world where they are 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.
* AcademicAthlete: Both a top student and a star badminton player in high school.
* TheAce: When in school, Lion was an excellent student, the StudentCouncilPresident and even captain of the badminton team. The [=TIP=]s 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.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the manga, Lion's eyes are blue instead of gray.
* AlternateSelf: [[spoiler:Lion is a version of Sayo Yasuda in a world where they weren't thrown off the cliff by Natsuhi and grew up as the future head of the Ushiromiya family.]]
* AmbiguousGender: Very intentionally; the narration refers to them [[GenderNeutralWriting very gender-neutrally]], they have an androgynous appearance, and none of the other characters give any indication what their 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, Lion gets annoyed and refuses to tell him. Bernkastel even influenced the characters of [=EP7=]'s game so that they wouldn't reveal it, by making Jessica refer to Lion as "successor-sama" instead of "brother" or "sister". Although if the strong implications the manga gives with [[spoiler:Sayo Yasuda]] are anything to go by, [[spoiler:we can be pretty sure Lion is male]].
* BerserkButton: 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 [[spoiler:in almost every other world, Natsuhi is responsible for Lion's suffering as Sayo Yasuda by rejecting them]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Though luckily Will is there to provide encouragement, and Lion ultimately survives Bernkastel's attempts at breaking them to become a stronger person.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler:Lion is of mostly Japanese heritage, but has some Italian blood due to being Beatrice Castiglioni's grandchild.]]
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Lion is the result of Kinzo forcing himself on his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya.]]
* ClassyCravat: Wears a pink cravat as an indicator of being part of the wealthy Ushiromiya family.
* DeadpanSnarker: When around Will, which leads to quite a bit of SnarkToSnarkCombat between the two.
* {{Determinator}}: Has definitely become this by the end of the [=EP7=] Tea Party.
-->[[spoiler: "I'll definitely survive... and so will you...!"]]
* DontCallMeSir: Lion rather dislikes being called "Successor-sama" by the rest of the family, especially Jessica. Who calls Lion that [[TrollingCreator just to not give away the latter's gender.]]
* EtiquetteNazi: Woe betide anyone who doesn't act politely enough in front of Lion's relatives.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Sa]][[LightNovel/FateZero ber]]. Similar hair and manner of speech, inherited an important leadership role at a young age and voiced by Creator/AyakoKawasumi.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Lion thinks they're Krauss' child and Jessica's older sibling. In reality, [[spoiler:Krauss is their half-brother/uncle and Jessica is their niece/cousin.]]
* FlowerMotifs: Fandom often associates Lion with [[SomethingAboutARose roses]], since Lion is seen holding one in Will and Lion's shared official portrait.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible sibling to Jessica's foolish. Lion is a model student and works very hard to be the future head of the Ushiromiya family, while Jessica is rebellious and free-spirited, preferring to play music with her band instead of focusing on her studies.
* ForWantOfANail: As previously stated, Lion is Natsuhi's first child if [[spoiler:they weren't thrown off the cliff by her]]. Bernkastel actually states that the probability of that was [[MillionToOneChance 1/2578917]]. It's also interesting to note that in the world where they exist [[spoiler:the epitaph and ghost stories about Beatrice do not exist, and Battler does not go back to the island]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Lion has blonde hair and they're a very polite and nice person.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Once Lion gets over the shock of finding out their [[ParentalIncest true parentage]] and resolves to live a happy life for Clair's sake.]]
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Lion, like Sayo Yasuda, is the illegitimate child of Kinzo and Beatrice II, [[ParentalIncest Kinzo's daughter]]. However, unlike Sayo, Lion doesn't show any BastardBastard tendencies due to being much more mentally stable.]]
* HopeSpot: Serves as an embodiment of this for [[spoiler:Sayo Yasuda]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Bernkastel has other ideas…]] However [[spoiler:with the help of Will, Lion does manage to [[ScrewDestiny avoid their own fate predicted by Bernkastel.]]]]
* ImageSong: [[ One in 2.57 Million]], which is shared with Will.
* InSpiteOfANail: Even in the world where they exist [[spoiler:Sayo Yasuda can't find a happy ending since, even though the reasons are different, the murders ''still'' occur with Lion theirself as one of the victims. Bernkastel takes ''great'' delight in revealing this just before enacting it]].
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Lion points out that their name is pronounced "''Lee''-on", not "''Lie''-on", and that it's spelled with the kanji for "science" and "control".
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[ Le 4 octobre]]. Kind of goes with the generally peaceful and nostalgic feel of Episode 7.
* NicePerson: Lion is very polite and well-adjusted.
* NonActionSnarker: Not a fighter, but Lion nevertheless has a witty tongue at the right moment, even in the fighting game.
* ObliviousAdoption: [[spoiler:For most of their life, Lion had no idea they weren't really Krauss and Natsuhi's child.]]
* PronounTrouble: You might have guessed the issue by just reading a few lines of this character sheet. While in Japanese it goes unnoticed for a while, translators all over the world have wracked their brains to find a natural way to refer to Lion.
* RedOniBlueOni: Can be considered the blue to Jessica's red.
* RunningGag: 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.
* ShoutOut: 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 PaletteSwap, Lion will also have different colours: Lion's suit will be black, looking rather like [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]] in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', and Lion will even have Saber's green eyes. Also counts as an ActorAllusion, since Creator/AyakoKawasumi voices both Saber and Lion.
* SiblingYinYang: With Jessica; she's rebellious, free-spirited and not very formal, while Lion is calm, polite and dedicated to being Kinzo's successor.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Was this in middle school and high school.
* SupremeChef: Lion is skilled at cooking according to WordOfGod.
* TemporalParadox: 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 [[spoiler:their [[AlternateSelf alternate selves]] Shannon and Kanon]], their family's memories contradict themselves (like the seat arrangement in the dining hall not including them). All this serves as a hint for Will.
* WalkingSpoiler: It's difficult to talk about Lion without revealing [[spoiler:their connection to Sayo Yasuda and the real Beatrices]].
* TheWatson: Will calls them 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 [[Literature/SherlockHolmes 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, Lion is still intelligent, more down-to-earth and has better social skills while Will is also intelligent but has some notable quirks.

[[folder:Black Battler]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/DaisukeOno
-->"''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 AllThereInTheManual short story "[[ Forgery no.XXX]]" and the FightingGame ''Ougon Musoukyoku Cross''. He represents the idea that Battler is responsible for the Rokkenjima murders.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of the belief that Battler is the culprit.
* AscendedExtra: He was originally just a character in a side story, but later he became playable in the fighting game.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* CardCarryingVillain
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The story where he appears in basically says he's powered by ''in-universe WildMassGuessing and FanFiction''.
* CreepyMonotone: When he's not hamming it up.
%%* DarkIsEvil
* DissonantLaughter: He even laughs when you attack him while he's guarding in ''Ougon Musoukyoku Cross''.
* DissonantSerenity: His default expression.
* DoubleEntendre: Most of his victory lines are these, although some have some plot-relevant hidden meanings beyond invoking the {{Primal Fear}}s mentioned below.
%%* EnemyWithout
* EvilCounterpart: To Battler.
* EvilIsHammy: He has his moments.
%%* EvilLaugh
* EvilRedhead: Like Battler, he has red hair, but he's completely evil.
* {{Expy}}: He is very similar to Shiki Nanaya in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}[=/=]VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' in that he's the EvilCounterpart to the protagonist.
* FangsAreEvil: He has vampire-like canines in the VN version of Forgery XXX, along with HellishPupils.
%%* ForTheEvulz
* GlassCannon: Is capable of doing crazy amounts of damage but has the lowest health in the game.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Along with DarkIsEvil palette, his narrow eyes distinguish him as the evil clone.
%%* LackOfEmpathy
* LaughingMad: Many, many times.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Taken [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] in ''Ougon Musoukyoku Cross'' where has has several tracks devoted to him. Namely, 'Smileless Soiree' plays whenever he wins a fight.
* MirthlessLaughter: Only once in the [[spoiler: Black Battler/Shannon ending in ''Ougon Musoukyoku Cross'', after he kills everyone on the island.]]
* MythologyGag: His PaletteSwap in ''Ougon Musoukyoku Cross'' gives him a black suit, white shirt, green tie, and white hair, mirroring the color scheme of [[spoiler:Battler's appearance]] in the Episode 8 ???? as [[spoiler:Tooya Hachijo]].
* ObviouslyEvil: DissonantSerenity? Negative palette swap of Battler? His name is "Black Battler" and his special ability in ''Ougon Musoukyoku'' is "Massacre"? [[SarcasmMode He's obviously the most trustworthy person on the island!]]
* PrimalFear: 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 [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] them, and to a few other characters that he [[EatenAlive 'tastes']] them.
%%* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning
%%* SecretCharacter
%%* SlasherSmile
* SNKBoss: [[ Just watch.]]
* SoftspokenSadist: 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.
* UnlockableContent: In ''Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross'', he is unlocked by simply clearing arcade mode once with any two characters. The Battler/Kanon scenario [[spoiler: reveals that Battler ''is'' the culprit.]]