Characters: Umineko When They Cry Other
This final page lists all the other characters of Umineko: When They Cry
which can't fit into the other categories, posthumous or not.
There will be major spoilers
for the Core Arcs ahead.
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Rudolf's first wife and Battler's mother. She died six years before the main story takes place. After her death, Rudolf remarried Kyrie, upsetting Battler and causing him to live with Asumu's family until nearly the beginning of the story. She is not, in fact, Battler's biological mother
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: According to Kyrie. However, it's probably a subversion since we're led to believe from Kyrie's point of view that Asumu was sly and manipulative when it came to getting Rudolf. But, considering the big revelation about Kyrie in EP 7, it calls into question as to whether or not this is just vengeful exaggeration on Kyrie's end.
- Death by Origin Story
- Death of the Hypotenuse
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: She's one of the few parents in the entire series who doesn't seem to have any psychological issues or puts any unnecessary stress or standards on their child, a status that's mostly just held by Hideyoshi.
- Doting Parent: According to Battler at least. The Episode 8 manga implies Asumu may have known something was off, but regardless she loved Battler deeply.
- The Ghost: Despite being referred to more than several times in the game, concerning majorly the backstory of Battler's family, nobody knew what Asumu looked like until the manga of Episode 8.
- Happily Married: It seems as though Rudolf and Asumu had this kind of marriage regardless of what Kyrie says, and that he married her out of genuine love and not just obligation. The fact that he went as far as to switch Asumu's stillborn with Battler leads some credence to this, though conversely he may have done it to keep his relationship with Kyrie a secret.
- Missing Mom
- Noodle Incident: We know roughly when she died (soon after the 1980 family conference), but the cause of her death is never explained.
- Posthumous Character
- The Voiceless
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: EP4 states that Asumu shared Battler's fear of vehicles that shook around. EP6 gives the possibility that this was all a carefully cultivated ruse to get together with Rudolf.
The Man From 19 Years Ago
"I don't want money. My wounds couldn't be healed with any amount of money. But there is a medicine. ... ...And that is... my hatred... my resentment towards you..."
First appears in the fifth arc, in the form of Harassing Phone Calls
, who had previously been his mother, until an unfortunate accident caused the servant carrying him when he was a baby to fall off a cliff. He apparently comes back, looking for revenge against her by framing her for the murders. The manga reveals that the one who passed the calls was actually Battler, who had been bought off by the culprit (Yasu) and followed a scenario arranged with the other adults, unaware that said culprit really intended to kill people.
- Bastard Bastard
- Cast as a Mask: The person who voices the man in the PS3 port is Daisuke Ono, Battler's voice actor. The man's true identity? Yasu, who acts in-universe as Beatrice (Sayaka Ohara), Shannon (Rie Kugimiya), Kanon (Yuu Kobayashi), and Lion (Ayako Kawasumi). Even more misleading when Battler makes a theory about himself being that man in the Tea Party of that Episode…
- The Episode 8 manga gives another perspective with Erika's theory, which is that Battler was in cahoots with everyone else in Episode 5 and passed the calls by reading Yasu's script. Which Battler confirms.
- Child by Rape
- Foreshadowing: The fact that, according to Natsuhi, only Shannon knows that her favorite season is Fall.
- Harassing Phone Call: Spends a decent amount of time calling simply to harangue and upset Natsuhi.
- Honor-Related Abuse: Natsuhi shoved the servant carrying him as a baby off a cliff because she felt the baby embodied her "failure" as a woman.
- I Can See You: Warns Natsuhi this if she planned to disobey his orders.
- Leitmotif: "Aoiro no Reishou" ("Deep Blue Jeering")
- Luke, You Are My Father: To Natsuhi. Well, adoptive, at least.
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Parental Abandonment: At least twice while he was still a baby!
- The Resenter
- Revenge by Proxy: His aim looks like this at first: some of his first few targets are Jessica and Krauss. But his goal is actually to frame Natsuhi for their murder, which is even worse.
- Terms of Endangerment: He calls Natsuhi "Mother" to torment her even further.
- Vocal Dissonance: The visual novel describes the man's voice as being rather like a boy's voice that hasn't broken yet, but in the PS3 port he's voiced by Daisuke Ono, who clearly makes him sound like a fully grown adult.
"10%? Alright. I'll accept that. I'll give up 10%: I will only demand 40% instead of 50."
The commander of the Rokkenjima garrison, and Kinzō's superior in the Japanese military in 1944. When Italian soldiers accosted on Rokkenjima with 10 tons of gold in their submarine, he ended up giving orders to kill the Italians to monopolize the gold. At least, that's what Kinzo claims…
- Gold Fever: Supposedly. It's noted in (Kinzo's) narration that when everyone saw the pile of gold, their eyes changed. It may not be what actually happened though.
- The Neidermeyer: He takes pride in his youth as a thug and according to Kinzō, will often chew out his subbordinates for no reason other than to relieve his stress or boredom. After all, he knows as well as them that they have basically no mission on the island and are just waiting for ennemies that will never come.
- Would Hit a Girl: He took Beatrice hostage, damaged her ribs, and would have killed her had Kinzō not acted faster.
Beatrice Castiglioni (Beatrice I)
"Thank you... for not calling me the daughter of the Castiglioni."
The daughter of an Italian official during World War II, she took part in a secret mission for the Salo Republic (the parallel government created by the remnants of the fascist regime after Italy's surrender in 1943). The submarine she was traveling on hit a mine near Japan and was forced to accost to a tiny, forgotten island where the Japanese had a small military base, most of its crew (including her own father) dying during the travel. She met Kinzo there, and they fell in love. After a massacre over the 10 tons of gold that the submarine transported, Kinzo and Beatrice fled and started a secret romance, soon giving birth to a daughter. Alas, Beatrice died in the process.
Beatrice Ushiromiya (Beatrice II)
"Everyone calls me Beatrice. That's apparently the name of a great witch. But that's not what I am. I'm just a human... Who am I? Why was I given life in this world? Will I live in this mansion my whole life?"
Kinzo's illegitimate daughter with Beatrice Castiglioni. After her mother's Death by Childbirth, Kinzo's grief made him delude himself into thinking that this Beatrice was the former's reincarnation and eventually had a child with her through rape.
However, fairly soon after this, she fell off a cliff upon finally leaving the Kuwadorian mansion with a young Rosa, splitting her head open on the rocks below and dying instantly. Her child would either be shoved off a cliff himself by Natsuhi or grow up to be Lion.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Do the math − Kinzō bought Rokkenjima in the 50s (the Ushiromiya mansion is finished in 1952), Rosa meets her in 1967. Assuming that she was placed in Kuwadorian before being aware, that makes her 17 years old at the very most at that time. Of course the mother part is not her fault…
- Abusive Parents: Imprisoned, manipulated and eventually raped by her own father, after the death of Beatrice I.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Which is quite odd, since her mother didn't speak like that and she isn't pretending to be a 1000 years old witch. Though considering the lies Kinzō told her about her birth, it wouldn't be strange if he taught her to speak like that.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Italian.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's first introduced through a flashback in EP3, and the reader is initally led to believe that she and the Golden Witch Beatrice were the same person. In EP7 we learn who she really was and her importance to the story.
- Dead Guy Junior: Except Kinzō didn't even bother with the "Junior" part.
- Flower in Her Hair
- Gilded Cage: Her life in Kuwadorian.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heroic Bastard
- Hollywood Genetics: Blonde, Italian Beatrice Castiglioni and Japanese Kinzo give birth to a blonde child, who has none of the physical traits of her father whatsoever. Granted, Kinzo is shown as having naturally white hair, but given that Word of God states that the art doesn't necessarily reflect the true appearances of the characters, taking Kinzo to be a dark-haired Asian leads one squarely to this trope.
- The Ingenue
- Innocent Blue Eyes: The colour is inherited from her mother, but it certainly helps to emphasize the above.
- Leitmotif: A tune called "mother", appropriately enough.
- Lonely Funeral: After Kinzo discovered her death, she was buried without a proper funeral. Since no one knew of her existence, there was no need for anyone (save Kinzo) to have a funeral to sever their ties with her.
- Lonely Rich Kid
- Loss of Identity: Since Kinzo raised her as his lover's reincarnation, Beatrice II usually asked who she was and wanted to find an identity of her own. Even her name was someone else's.
- The Lost Lenore: Kinzo seemed to view her as this, though EP3 shows that his love wasn't reciprocated. EP7 later shows the disastrous consequences.
- The Mistress: Except this Beatrice was not Kinzo's lover by choice, but his daughter. When Beatrice Castiglioni died, Kinzo's grief made him delude himself into thinking his daughter was her mother's reincarnation.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Our Homunculi Are Different: Witch!Beatrice's explanation for her existence was that Kinzo made a homunculus and trapped her soul in it. Considering what EP7 later reveals about her, this probably isn't true.
- Parental Incest
- The Pollyanna: She probably had the most depressing life of all the cast (and that's saying something) yet managed to keep smiling and have the resolve to escape with Rosa.
- Posthumous Character
- Prim and Proper Bun
- Rape as Backstory: As she grew older, she began to look more and more like Beatrice Castiglioni to the point that Kinzo eventually forced himself on her, believing that she was her mother's reincarnation.
- Reincarnation Romance: Or so Kinzo wanted to believe.
- Replacement Goldfish: Kinzo thought she could be this for her mother. Things didn't end well for either of them as a result.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: She's an illegitimate child whose existence is hidden from everyone in a secret mansion, Kuwadorian. Due to having lived in Kuwadorian all her life, she's very sheltered and knows next to nothing about the world outside.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks identical to Beatrice Castiglioni. Unfortunately, this is why her father eventually raped her.
- Tareme Eyes: The main feature that distingues her from her mother.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Although her life was rather miserable, she probably was the most kind and pure-hearted character in the cast. The poor sweet girl died while trying to escape with Rosa, and even if she had survived, considering the nature of her family, it's safe to assume that nothing good would have happened to her.
- Woman Child
"S… Stop calling me Yasu! I hate that…"
A mysterious figure in the series. Yasu is Kinzo and Beatrice II's illegitimate child and the baby Natsuhi was given by Kinzo 19 years ago to raise, due to her inability to give birth at the time. One day Natsuhi gave the baby to a servant, but pushed the servant off a cliff out of anger and resentment over raising a child that wasn't her own. The servant died, but the baby managed to survive by a miracle, although with terrible injuries (some of which are heavily implied to be the mutilation of his/her sexual organs). Genji, Doctor Nanjo and Kumasawa managed to hide the baby's survival and fake his/her death, passing him/her off as an orphan from the Fukuin house and arranging work for him/her at the Ushiromiya estate as a servant. In EP5 s/he comes back as The Man from 19 Years Ago and seeks revenge on Natsuhi. S/he is heavily implied to be the true identity of Shannon, Kanon, and Beatrice.In a different, "ideal" world s/he would have been known as Lion Ushiromiya, heir to the headship of the Ushiromiya family and Jessica's older sibling by one year.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Suffered this treatment from the other servants during her/his first years of work. The only other servants who treated Yasu with any kindness were Kumasawa and her/his Imaginary Friend Shannon.
- Ambiguous Gender: Yasu's gender was essentially left to the audience, since it's one of the many mysteries of the series. His/her manga depiction keeps the ambiguity remarkably well, with even his/her casual outfits being a strange mix of male and female clothing.◊
- Note, though, that in Episode 5, Natsuhi doesn't question the fact that the Man from 19 years ago (i.e. the baby she rejected) is male, so this is probably a hint.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Batman Gambit: Yasu's entire plan with the epitaph boils down to one of these constructed in a particularly haphazard way, with more vulnerability to failure than you usually get in these. This is justified since Yasu wants the plan to fail and to be found out.
- Betty and Veronica: Yasu is the Archie to George's Betty and Battler's Veronica with Jessica as the Third Option Love Interest.
- Bi the Way: Assuming that s/he is Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice, Yasu's in love with Battler, George and Jessica. At one point in EP7 Yasu even notes that he/she's willing to fall in love with anyone who shows him/her kindness.
- Blinding Bangs: In the manga of Episode 7, Yasu's eyes are always covered by her/his hair, reflecting how s/he was The Faceless in the original visual novel. S/he switches briefly to Peek-a-Bangs when Gaap possesses her/him.
- Break the Cutie: EP7 is dedicated to breaking him/her as it explains what happened before the murders in Yasu's terms and the hell she/he goes through.
- Broken Bird: An ambiguously gendered example.
- But Not Too Foreign: Mostly Japanese, but has some Italian blood in him/her from his/her grandmother Beatrice I.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Due to the wounds s/he received after falling from the cliff as a baby and having his/her sexual organs badly damaged.
- Child by Rape
- Death Faked for You: After Natsuhi pushed him/her off a cliff, Genji, Doctor Nanjo and Kumawasa managed to hide Yasu's survival and fake his/her death.
- Death Seeker
- Driven to Suicide: In EP8 it's heavily implied that this is the way Yasu died, by throwing him/herself into the sea and drowning along with Battler. What's more, s/he was already planning a Murder Suicide before thinking about blowing up the entire island.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Even though the name has stuck in the fandom, Yasu really didn't like to be called that.
- The Faceless: In the visual novel, Yasu doesn't have a sprite. And since in-universe s/he is only seen through the "characters" s/he created (except in the Requiem manga, as a child), the reader can only imagine what s/he looks like. Yasu's appearance in fanart varied wildly as a result.
- Freudian Excuse: Rather than one, it's more an accumulation of misfortunes and betrayals from people s/he loved that ultimately drove Yasu over the edge.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: As a servant, s/he wasn't exactly happy, but s/he did have some sweet days nonetheless. Learning about his/her origins and his/her mother after having discovered the gold, however, made Yasu broken for good. That's actually when s/he began to call him/herself "furniture".
- Heroic Bastard/Bastard Bastard: Yasu has elements of both, whether or not s/he is the true culprit.
- I Have Many Names: In Episode 7 alone, s/he is referred to as "Beatrice", "Shannon", "Kanon", "Clair" and "Lion"; his/her voice and behavior can also change greatly between two scenes. "I am one yet many", indeed. The fact s/he uses multiple names − each symbolizing a different "role" − is actually the key to several puzzles.
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- I Just Want to Be Special: The reason Yasu decided to become a witch instead of just being a servant.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: S/he created and nurtured the character of an almighty, haughty witch in great part to deal with his/her frighteningly low self-esteem. And is all too aware of it, as the scenes between Beatrice and Shannon in Episode 2 show.
- Inter-Class Romance: All the people Yasu has fallen in love with are members of the obscenely wealthy Ushiromiya family while s/he is a servant. Later this turns out to be subverted, since Yasu is actually the true head of the family.
- King Incognito: Though Yasu was raised as a servant, he/she is in fact the true head of the family and was always intended to be so, having been granted the headship by Kinzo before he died.
- Kissing Cousins: Assuming that s/he is Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice, Yasu is involved with as many as three of his/her cousins (who are also his/her niece/nephews). Though to be fair, Yasu had no idea s/he was related to Battler and George until about two years prior to when the story begins.
- The Klutz
- Leitmotif: Far (flat) and Toy box accompany Yasu troughout Episode 7's "flashback".
- Love Hurts: Yasu's driving motivation throughout the story, combined with some traumatic revelations and a rather miserable life.
- Love Martyr: Toward Battler.
- Mad Bomber: Whether or not Yasu truly killed everyone, s/he had still rigged up enough explosives to completely wipe out the Ushiromiya estate and any evidence of the murders with it, leaving nothing but a crater behind.
- Mad Dreamer
- Many Spirits Inside Of One: If you just count the ones that are given control of Yasu's body, the number is likely three (with Clair being an embodiment of all three at once), but if you count all of his/her Imaginary Friends as well, the number quickly shoots into the double-digits. Spoofed here.
- Master of Disguise: Has to be this to pull off what s/he does on the gameboard. It's implied that Yasu uses wigs and Fake Boobs as part of his/her disguises. All his/her personas even have a different voice.
- Meido: Save for Ambiguous Gender issues.
- Murder Suicide: Yasu's true plan if one personality hadn't won out by the second day or if Battler had never arrived on Rokkenjima that year.
- Older Than S/he Looks: Yasu was nine years old when first put to work, but Genji lied about his/her age, lowering it by three years to avoid suspicion from Natsuhi about Yasu being the child she rejected. Because of Yasu's feebleness and underdevelopment it was easy to fake.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Yasu" is only a nickname that was given to him/her by the other servants. We never learn Yasu's given name, and even when s/he learns his/her real name (Lion Ushiromiya), Yasu is only called this once and never goes by that name again.
- The Ophelia: More of a case of someone who in spite of living a sad reality chose to revel him/herself on delusions and made-up personas.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Suffers from this later in life, though not literally, due to what is heavily implied to be his/her damaged sexual organs, and Yasu not considering him/herself human as a result.
- The Pollyanna: Or tried to be, at least. Much like Maria in her diary, Yasu's narration tries to attenuate the misery of his/her situation as much as possible with various coping mechanisms; but it you look at it with hindsight, you realize that his/her life was pretty horrible. The "red guts sequence" at the end of Episode 7 gives us an inkling of how s/he really felt about it.
- The Prankster: Though not a particularly mischievous or malicious example. It's mainly a way for Yasu to cope with his/her low self-esteem, especially with how the servants believe Beatrice will play pranks on them or steal their things.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: If Yasu is biologically male, then this trope would apply.
- Shout-Out: Yasu's name is a reference to Yasuhiro "Yasu" Mano from the Japanese mystery game The Portopia Serial Murder Case, who is infamous for being both the player character's partner and the Big Bad Friend (so much so that "Yasu is the culprit" quickly became a meme, which was later adopted by the Umineko fandom). However, whether Umineko's Yasu is truly the culprit is questionable.
- Split Personality: Unlike most examples, Yasu is perfectly conscious about what he/she's doing when creating these personalities, and they are used to express different layers of Yasu's personality. They're more of a cross between characters played by an actor and Imaginary Friends, as opposed to something like Dissociative Identity Disorder.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The reason for the woman in the portrait walking about the mansion, although under normal circumstances Yasu does a remarkable job covering it up.
- Suddenly Voiced: Played in an unusual way in the PS3 port of Episode 7. For a long while, Yasu is the only non-voiced character (even though s/he speaks often)… until the line where s/he says s/he wants to become a witch. During the whole scene after that, her voice gradually evolves into that of Beatrice.
- The only other voiced lines Yasu has are when s/he is made to meet Kinzō after discovering the gold, and also when Yasu demands why Genji and Nanjo didn't just let him/her die after they reveal the truth about his/her origins and the state of his/her body to him/her.
- Talking to Themself: Does this with Shannon. Throughout the rest of the series, whenever Beatrice, Shannon or Kanon are speaking to each other it also represents Yasu talking to him/herself.
- Trauma Conga Line
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Especially apparent considering that this is the person who Beatrice used to be.
- Walking Spoiler
- Wholesome Crossdresser: In one direction or another, since it's heavily implied s/he is Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice. Of course, because Yasu's gender is never made explicit, no one's actually sure whether Yasu's a girl crossdressing as a guy or a guy crossdressing as a girl.
- Wild Card
The Fukuin House servants
Voiced by: Yuka Saito (Runon), Madoka Yonezawa (Renon), Yoko Hikasa (Sanon), Seiko Yoshida (Benon), Ayano Niina (Manon), Yuri Yamaoka (Berune), Aki Toyosaki (Asune)
"What? Yasu, you lost your keys again?"
Girls who grew up in the same orphanage as Yasu and once worked as servants at the Ushiromiya estate with him/her, constantly mocking his/her clumsiness and forgetfulness (except the last one). S/he, in turn, based the Seven Sisters of Purgatory's appearance on them.
Their names are Runon, Renon, Sanon, Benon (who were Yasu's first coworkers at the mansion), Berune, Asune (who came after the first four left) and Manon (who appears when Yasu has already become "Shannon"
- Agent Mulder: Berune was seriously freaked out after Yasu pulled a prank on her and started to believe in the Witch.
- Agent Scully: Asune, on the other hand, insists this is just ridiculous to believe in the Witch.
- Alpha Bitches: They (excluding Manon) would often harshly criticize their fellow servant Yasu for being clumsy, forgetful and being much younger than them. Beatrice would later make them her servants as the Stakes of Purgatory, probably as revenge for all the bullying she endured from them as Yasu.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Their servant names come up in the first few games (Which leads to a bit of Fridge Logic, since all of them except maybe Manon were long gone by the time of the Rokkenjima incident…)
- Greek Chorus: They are questioned by Zepar and Furfur, along with various other characters, as "witnesses" of what Yasu was like at the time.
- Only One Face: Like the Stakes of Purgatory, they all look exactly the same aside from their hairstyles. In turn, the Stakes of Purgatory look exactly like them.
- The Nicknamer: They call each other (and Yasu) by nicknames since they don't like using their servant names.
- Reused Character Design: An in-universe case, since Beatrice based the Seven Sisters on them; out-of-universe it's the opposite, since their sprites are reused from the stakes, and as a result they all look the same despite not being sisters.
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"18… when I tried to remember my age, this number floated inside my head. For some reason though, my mind felt much younger, and my body felt much older…"
A man who was found lying in the middle of a road by Ikuko Hachijō, with no memories ouside of his own age. They started to live together, sharing their love of mystery novels, as he gradually gave up on retrieving his memories and started to accept himself as a new person, "Tooya", the name she gave him.He later remembers his old identity as Ushiromiya Battler when he learns about Beatrice's message bottles, and then wrote "forgeries" of them with Ikuko, which describe events similar to Episodes 3 to 6. They are published under Tooya's name, though Tooya himself only wrote the scenarios.
- Disabled Love Interest: Having to struggle with his old identity was physically painful to him. He had to endure more than 10 years of accute headaches before suddenly remembering who he was, resulting in a brain seizure and being confined to a wheelchair. The love part is debatable, but he and Ikuko are at least definitely fond of each other.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Tooya's hair has turned white due to aging and has been cut shorter, in contrast with the hairstyle he had as Battler.
- Implied Love Interest: With Ikuko. Ryukishi had actually intended him to be married with Ikuko in the epilogue, but ended up making things more ambiguous.
- Last Episode New Character: He appears only in the epilogue, which takes place in the 2020's. While he possesses the memories of Battler Ushiromiya, it's made very clear by himself and the narration that he should be considered a different person.
- Leitmotif: A very sweet and melancholic one called En-counse, shared with Ikuko.
- Loss of Identity: He is terrified at the idea that "Battler Ushiromiya" could "take over his body" and he could wake up as someone else.
- Meaningful Rename: His current name was given to him by Ikuko. The characters of his name mean "18" which was Batller's age at the time of the Rokkenjima incident, and the only thing he remembered after his accident.
- Morality Pet: Ikuko isn't a very nice person to anybody, except Tooya.
- Older Than He Looks: He does have white hair in the epilogue, but he is still a pretty youthful 60-year-old.
- Spell My Name with an S: More of a transliteration issue with the name Ikuko gave him, 十八 (とおや). Toya? Tooya? Tohya? You take your pick.
- That Man Is Dead: A subversion. It's not that Tooya deliberately threw away his old identity, it's just that he is unable to accept it. Not only because trying to remember this identity initially caused him unbearable headaches due to brain damage, but also because the feeling of having memories that are not his own is too terrifying.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Battler actually survived the Rokkenjima murders along with Eva. However, he nearly drowned after trying to save Beatrice, and lost all of his memories. Most of the plot is Tooya trying to put his memories back together. Yes, a good part of the instances and scenarios beforehand was just Tooya brainstorming for the truth.
- Walking Spoiler: Well... wheelchair spoiler.