Characters: Umineko When They Cry Witches
of Umineko: When They Cry
are enigmatic, powerful beings who observe and have control over several aspects of the game board. Each of them have their own motivations for interfering with the game board, but all of them are Trolls
of a certain caliber, especially towards Battler. Each of them has a certain power which allows them to draw out the truth based on the rules of the game board.
A human may ascend to witch level once they have figured out the truth of the game board, and will have the privilege to become the Game Master. While the vast majority of the witches in the series are female (that is, all of them except Battler
), it's noted in a TIP
that the term "witch" is gender-neutral; any human, male or female, can become a witch.
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The Golden Witch/The Endless Witch
"...But, at least in your eyes, I want to be a witch."
Also known as the Golden Witch and the Endless Witch, she is the main antagonist of the series and stands by the "magic" side, claiming that all the murders were done by magic. She claims to have given Kinzo all of his wealth, and so when the family is gathered, she issues them a challenge: find the gold that Kinzo hid in the Ushiromiya estate or else she would collect it, with their lives as interest. She then further forces Battler to replay those days in a game with her. She tells him a story of how she murdered them using magic, and he needs to disprove her story.Her true identity is Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda, who plays the role of Shannon and Kanon on the island.
The Witch of Miracles
"I am the cruelest witch in the world. I will make any opponent of mine surrender without fail. Even if that opponent is the Endless Witch Beatrice. So you must do your best as well. You won't bore me, will you?"
The Witch of Miracles, and the most powerful witch in the universe (multiverse?). An enigmatic figure who offers Battler her help in defeating Beatrice during the tea parties for nonhumans. She has the power to create miracles as long as the possibility of the event occurring is greater than 0. She has a long-standing rivalry with the witch Lambdadelta, who was formerly the most powerful witch until Bernkastel beat her in a game. She is instrumental to Ange's, and later Erika's, involvement in the story. Arc 5 reveals that everything she and Lambda did in Beatrice and Battler's game was out of boredom
.She has become the Game Master of Episode 7 by Featherine's request, because Featherine wanted to "look at the answers".
At the end of Episode 6, it is implied that she was previously Featherine's piece in another game, which may or may not have been the events of Higurashi: When They Cry. By escaping the logic error, she earned the title of "Witch of Miracles."
From an anti-fantasy perspective, she is Ikuko Hachijo's pet cat
. Her relation to Frederica Bernkastel
is unclear, but they are most likely the same character.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Like Rika from Higurashi, her hair is indisputably blue in the games/manga, and weird purple-blue color in the anime.
- All Witches Have Cats: She has hundreds of cats as her minions. She even uses them as projectiles in Ougon Musou Kyouku Cross.
- Aloof Ally: She seems to be this, though whether she's the ally of Battler or the audience is unclear. Some of the things she says throughout the game can be seen as a way to guide the reader. Subverted at the end of EP4, when her true motives are revealed. In EP5 she takes up the position of Big Bad.
- Animal Motifs: Strongly associated with cats, and in EP8, it's revealed that from a mundane perspective she's actually Ikuko's pet cat. Quite a few cat tropes apply to her.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: One interpretation is that she (at least partly) represents Ange's negative emotions and unhealthy obsession with the truth.
- Bad Boss: Acts like this towards her piece Erika when the latter fails to achieve any worthwhile results. The manga amps this up even further.
- Bad Samaritan
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Being a culmination of all the dead Rikas, she was killed over and over again for a century. Yeah, when you know when she comes from, it becomes quite obvious where she got her obsession with "ripping out the guts".
- Big Bad: Assumes the position in the fifth arc (in the meta-world at least), and solidifies it with each consecutive installment.
- Bokukko: At least in her character song, she refers to herself with 'boku'.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: In the Tea Party of Twilight, when her, Erika and Lambdadelta receive letters from Heaven.
Bern: Just by the presence of this letter, see how far Bernkastel's reasoning can take her. What do you think, everyone?
Erika: M… My Master, that's no good! There can only be one detective!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: There are a few scenes where it's intentionally unclear if she addresses Battler or the player. In the anime, Battler is nowhere to be seen during that scene so she's clearly talking to the viewers here.
- Fourth Wall Psych: In the visual novel however, an exchange between Battler and Bernkastel reveals that she was indeed talking to him during Beatrice's games. This is only just revealed in the eighth arc right before the plot truly kicks in; blink and you'll miss it.
- A more humorous example occurs in Episode 3's hidden Tea Party, when she threatens Lambda to spoil her the culprit of Higurashi. Lambda quickly covers her ears, saying that she hasn't finished reading it yet. Yeah, don't try to understand, you'll just get a headache.
- Break the Cutie: In EP6, Lambda says that Bern was originally a piece in a game that the Game Master made Unwinnable. (Lambda did not explicitly say whether the game was of the Unwinnable by Mistake or the Unwinnable by Design variety.) The Game Master then abandoned Bern as a piece and left her to fend for herself. Bern eventually ended up winning the game anyway and gained the title of Witch of Miracles. The manga implies that the game in question was Higurashi, which would make sense given her origins. While this does explain her cruelty however, it's no excuse for it.
- Broken Bird: Her dark past left her with issues, to put it mildly. Her underlying reason for wreaking havoc and staving off boredom is so she doesn't have to think about the pain she endured.
- Call Back: In the ??? of Episode 2. Also the first sign that she is more than an Expy.
- Cats Are Magic: One of her magical abilities is to turn into a black cat, and the transformation is so complete that you could mistake her for any other common black cat.
- Cats Are Mean: Her cat minions are certainly not friendly, and as it turns out, neither is she.
- Cats Are Snarkers: She's closely associated with cats, having a cat's tail and being able to turn into a cat, and she can also be quite sarcastic.
- Cat Girl: Played with, since she has a cat's tail but no ears to match.
- Combat Pragmatist: Bernkastel is not a merciful foe, nor is she unwilling to stack the deck in her favor at every turn. Demonstrated to perfection in EP8 during the fight with Battler; forced to go by the rules of his game board, she gives him closed room mysteries under the guise of blue truth blades to solve. She just happens to launch all of them at once.
In that case, this wasn't 'mystery' anymore. This wasn't an intellectual game, but a merciless assault.
- Contrived Coincidence: Bringing them about is at least one aspect of her power.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers two over the course of the story.
- First was versus Will. Sadly an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but after the fight Will looks like, in Lion's words, a bloodstained scarecrow and is missing an arm. When Bern tracks them down, she hasn't suffered so much as a scratch.
- Not even Battler seems to be safe from her at first. See Combat Pragmatist above.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Oh, so very much. She has no patience for anyone who opposes her, opting to see them dead before they can try anything. The only reason she doesn't go about killing the enemy herself is because she has to follow the rules of the game board set by the Game Master, not that it stops her from using her pieces to do it instead. Until EP7 when she is MADE the Game Master, after which she wastes no time weaving a tale wherein the current protagonists are supposed to die at the end.
- In EP6, she has her hired Heaven guards ready to take down Beatrice the moment she enters the wedding so she can't confront Erika. Lambdadelta was the only reason this didn't work, and knowing that Erika won't win against a resurrected Beatrice, she leaves her Dragon to her fate.
- An All There in the Manual case, but apparently Lambdadelta seeks to trap Bernkastel in the Rokkenjima game board by making it an endless game, attempting to do so by hijacking the position of Game Master in EP5. She immediately sees through the plot and moves to counter it. Of course given Bern and Lambda's true relationship she may or may not actually have gone through with this, but Bern is Genre Savvy enough not to fully trust a Troll, especially one she knows so well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's almost a Wham Line when she does Rika's Verbal Tic. A few blink-and-you'll-miss-it lines confirm that she is not only all the dead Rikas from Higurashi: When They Cry, but she remembers everything from it up to Saikoroshi-hen wherein she was purged from Rika's consciousness.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The more we learn about her, the more brutally this trope is subverted.
- Deadly Euphemism: "If I get bored, I could throw popcorn at you." We don't want to know what kind of "pop-corn" she would throw.
- Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend: When Lambdadelta is running the game, she rules very generously on behalf of her and her Creator's Pet, Erika.
- Emotionless Girl: Apart from her eyes moving, she literally has no expression on her face until the EP4 Tea Party, where she laughs with an epic troll face. Fans shat bricks. And then, in EP5, she suddenly becomes much more expressive.
- Empty Eyes: Unlike in regular applications of the tropenote which may or may not still count given what she's been through, this is the default appearance of Bern's eyes. It makes her interactions with the rest of the cast all the more unsettling, especially from EP5 onwards. Her genuine facial expressions done with those emotionless eyes are really unnerving.
- Enemy Without: She's confirmed to be all the "Rikas" who gave up on fighting destiny and now wanders between the fragments doing whatever she can to ease the pain.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: To Ange, although she did this just to be a Bad Samaritan.
- Evil Mentor: A meta example as much of what she has to say is actually pretty helpful. Not to the characters, but to the player. More specifically, her words are useful in guiding the players thoughts as in how to solve the mystery.
- Expy: Of Rika from Higurashi: When They Cry. More precisely, she's her Enemy Without.
- Fanservice Pack: Depending on the artist, her representations vary from totally flat to B-cup at most… until the manga of Episode 8 where her bust-size suddenly became on par with Ange. Witch of Miracles indeed.
- For the Evulz: Basically her driving motivation.
- Freudian Excuse: As a being that can live for untold centuries, boredom is poison to Bernkastel - or more accurately, her mind since memories of her Dark and Troubled Past start to resurface if she isn't constantly entertained or enthralled with something else. She will do absolutely anything to make herself forget.
- Friendly Enemy: The true relationship between her and Lambadelta. More the former than the latter, to stave off boredom.
- Gone Horribly Right: Featherine wanted someone to entertain her and ease her own boredom, and she got that when she brought Bernkastel into being - whose idea of entertainment is sewing turmoil and agony into people's lives. Ultimately subverted however since while there's no doubt Bern causes havoc on an insane degree, Featherine is largely indifferent to it and just likes the good story that results from it. She will often use Bernkastel to rip apart the worlds of those stories to find the answers to their mysteries.
- Good Powers, Bad People: She's the Witch of Miracles, right? Able to create a miracle as long as the probability isn't zero. But a miracle is just something that the odds are against. No one said anything about those miracles being "good".
- Hime Cut: Just like Rika.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Bern is very resentful to Auaurora for the way she made her a witch and taught her to 'hunger for meat'. Not that it stops her from reveling in it to escape her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Image Song: Doctrine of the Fundamentally Good.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ougon Musou Kyouku Cross has Bern relying on weaponized fragments, hungry black cats, and blue serpent beams as part of her arsenal of moves.
- In-Series Nickname: Lambdadelta often calls her "Bern".
- It Amused Me
- Kick the Dog: Currently sued by animal rights associations for dog holocaust.
- Killer Game Master: Of EP7 on her own, and of EP8 where she competes against the much more benevolent Game Master Battler.
- Lack of Empathy: In spades.
- Leitmotif: Several. She's the Big Bad after all.
- Haze is equally associated with both Ange and Bern, specifically during the skyscraper scene.
- Kururi is shared with Lambdadelta.
- Patchwork Chimera on the other hand, is shared with Erika.
- The Executioner appeared only once with her, but it has become iconic.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Little Bit Beastly: Partially, since she has a cat's tail but no cat ears.
- Little Miss Snarker: A trait she kept from her human self.
- Manipulative Bitch: She is responsible for making Ange's life miserable so that she can have a piece to use against Beatrice (and eventually Battler). In EP8, she also manipulates Ange into thinking that Battler is just toying with her, causing Ange to go on a rampage and start the Golden Land's destruction.
- The Masochism Tango: With Lambdadelta.
- Meaningful Name: Bernkastel was the type of wine that Rika would drink.
- Medium Awareness: Breaks the Fourth Wall the most out of all the characters.
- Miko: She used to be Featherine's miko.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Battler punching her in the face. Feeling pain for the first time in a century is unpleasant enough to cause a Villainous Breakdown.
- Mirthless Laughter: To express boredom or contempt, or to feign them. Featherine sees through it to the fear she's trying to mask.
- Ms. Exposition: At least in the early arcs, she tends to serve in this role.
- Mysterious Watcher: Until EP5.
- Orochi: Not Bernkastel herself, but she creates one. During her duel with Battler in EP8, she summons gradually more absurd amounts of closed room mysteries as blue truth blades until they eventually form a giant snake. Seeing that this wasn't enough to fell him, she simply decides to make seven more, completing the Orochi.
- Pass the Popcorn: She orders some for the final showdown in End of the Golden Witch. This becomes a running joke by EP7 where Will frequently comments that Bern's probably enjoying his deductions from some unseen location with a large bucket of popcorn.
- Pet the Dog: Psycho Lesbian Unholy Matrimony though it is, her relationship with Lambdadelta actually serves to humanize Bernkastel, as it's the only thing in the entire series that's shown her to be capable of love of any sort, twisted though it may be... though even then, she does nothing as Lambdadelta is killed by Featherine.
- Psycho Lesbian: In EP5, Bern directly tells Lambda that she loves her, and if true, she and Lambda would make a Psycho Lesbian couple. Although it sounded quite genuine, it's also well within Bern's character to be sarcastic about such things.
- Psychotic Smirk: U mad?◊
- Punch Clock Villain: Implied when sewing Lambda's pieces back together, in that they take turns going through worlds deciding who has to be the "bad guy" in each story. While the games are traumatic events for the people involved, to them they're simply very entertaining games of chess, with them taking turns which one plays what color.
- Reality Warper: Can manipulate probability: the force of nature that sets forth the laws of reality.
- Really 700 Years Old: Since Higurashi takes place in 1983, it depends on whether you count all of Rika's century-long "Groundhog Day" Loop in her age. But even so, as a Voyager Witch she can travel through time at will, so she has basically no notion of past or future.
- Red Baron: "The Cruelest Witch."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Lambda's red. In the first half of the series at least.
- Right-Hand Cat: She has hundreds of them. And she herself used to be Featherine's.
- Sadist: Her favourite thing is the pain and suffering of others, especially when she's the one responsible.
- Sarcastic Clapping: A pretty funny one Episode 7.
How do you like my reasoning? If you're satisfied, at least applaud or something. *cue applauds and cheers coming out of nowhere* Well, thanks a bunch.
- Say My Name: When she realizes Lambda had undergone a Heel-Face Turn. "Lambdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawg!"
- Self-Insert Fic: Invokes it herself. When Lambdadelta hijacks the Rokkenjima game board in EP5, Bernkastel immediately suspects her plan to trap her in an endless game and sets about ending the game. Her first attempt is to slip Erika Furudo into the game and give them both relevance to it, allowing them both to tear the mystery's catbox apart. Fortunately for the rest of the cast, this plan falls through with Erika's defeat in EP6. But then Featherine came along and made her the Game Master of EP7, allowing Bernkastel herself to start wreaking havoc directly...
- Shadow Archetype: To Rika Furude, both literally and figuratively. Whereas the real Rika at least had a few shreds of empathy even at her worst, Bernkastel is basically Rika having Jumped Off The Slippery Slope - faithless, cruel and reveling in the suffering of others.
- The Sociopath: Far and away the cruelest character in the series, so much that cruelty is part of her moniker. Bernkastel will lie, turn friend against friend, Mind Rape, and much more if she sees it necessary for victory or just if she feels like it; nothing is sacred to her, and any pain her targets suffer at her expense is its own reward. She also has no love lost for humans, and would even allow the one person she has affections for (Lambdadelta) to be brutally murdered without a passing thought.
- Sore Loser: Dear God. It's revealed in EP8 that Bernkastel barely or just plain doesn't understand the concept of fun, only caring about winning. From the end of EP6 onwards, Battler and Beatrice making her plans fall through is what drives her to utterly destroy them. These antics include: trying to break the heart of and kill a separate incarnation of Beatrice, turning Ange against the whole family, and even organizing an assault that destroys Rokkenjima and the Golden Land. If it wasn't for the fact that she had plans for Battler and Beatrice in EP8, she probably would've flipped when they beat her in her tabletop mystery.
- The Stoic: In most situations, she can be icy cold. But, certain situations can turn her to be very, very Not So Stoic. This is usually a sign that very bad things are about to happen to the cast except for the last half of EP8.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's usually cold as ice, rarely showing any emotion. Her "sugar" side can only be seen when around Lambdadelta. Subverted from the end of EP4 onward; she's not ice at all... which as she demonstrates is not always a good thing.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dried plums. Preferably in her tea.
- Troll: She isn't called "The Cruellest Witch" for nothing. Bern doesn't start out antagonistic, but when she finally does get the chance to dirty her hands, she quickly causes the most destruction out of any witch in the series, almost reaching Terumi levels of trolling. That's saying a lot.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Lambdadelta.
- Villainous Breakdown: EP8. And it is glorious.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about EP5 onwards without knowing or revealing her part in it. Half of this entry is white for exactly this reason.
- Weapon of Choice: Scythes.
- Ironically however, in the two times she's seen with it in the story, she never actually uses it to fight. The first time against Will she decides he's not worth the effort of carving up with it, and the second time against Battler she deigns to skewer him with hundreds upon hundreds of blue truth mystery blades.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Her power.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It is very possible to see her as this, considering that she is an amalgamation of all of the Rikas who died in Higurashi: When They Cry. Given the fact that all of these Rikas experienced several hundred years worth of A Fate Worse Than Death, it is unsurprising that their embodiment has some serious mental damage.
- Yandere: Shows signs of this in EP6. "If this is some new joke of Lambda's, I'll cover her whole body with honey using my tongue as a reward. And then, I'll stick parasol chocolates into her eyes and tell her to never do it again."
- You Bastard: She says, to the reader, something to the effect of, "It's more interesting to have Eva make Ange's life a living hell, isn't it? That's why you're reading this far, after all."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- You Monster!: Bernkastel calls Featherine one, although it doesn't really show that much. Bern even says that she "learned" from her in that department…
The Witch of Certainty
The Witch of Certainty, who has the power to kill unfailingly. Formerly the most powerful witch in the universe, she now harbors an intense grudge against Bernkastel, who took that title away from her. She sometimes offers Battler help during the tea parties for nonhumans, and yet half the time appears to be working against him. Although she acts very childish in general, she is not to be trifled with, as she is incredibly powerful. Arc 5 reveals that her childish behavior was an act and that everything she and Bern did in Beatrice and Battler's game was out of boredom
.She was replacement Game Master for Episode 5.
By Episode 6, it is implied that she was Featherine's opponent in the game where Bernkastel was trapped.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Awesome but Impractical: Lambda's actual power goes far beyond being able to kill unfailingly, and is either this or a Story-Breaker Power depending on your point of view: she has the ability to cause any event that she chooses to eventually happen, provided that who or whatever is trying to make it happen does not give up. However, her ability may be nullified if whatever is trying to make the event happen does stop trying, and she never says how long or how many failures it will take before the event happens. She basically has the power to guarantee that certain hard work will not go unrewarded.
- Bad Samaritan: Nowhere near Bern's level in that regard, but the human she lends her power to in another series didn't meet a happy end in most of the timelines. It's implied that Takano was either made a scapegoat, disposed of or Driven to Suicide after the Hinamizawa disaster. And of course, Beato's fate isn't much happier.
- Bigger Bad: She made Beatrice a temporary witch to drag Bern into her game, but she doesn't really care about what happens to Battler and the rest. At first.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: According to EP8, she is literally made of candy.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: She does this very often, even to the point of asking the readers to vote for her in the character popularity poll.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her whimsical nature, she takes her job as a Witch of the Senate very seriously. She won't hesitate to threaten even Bernkastel - not with Psycho Lesbian intentions, actually threaten - to not damage her reputation.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She likes to imagine various and very imaginative ways to torture Bern. Let's call that her peculiar way of expressing her love.
- Cute and Psycho
- Cute Witch: Subverted. Despite her appearance and mannerisms, she's certainly not cute when it comes to her personality. The crazed expressions she can put on are terrifying.
- The Ditz: As seen in the third Sound Novel's tea party, where Bernkastel and Beato are teasing her about Santa Claus. The second Bernkastel leaves, she drops the act.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: A villainous and non-humorous version in the 3rd Tea Party, after Beatrice mocks her one time too many. The manga makes a point in getting Beato off her big horses in that scene, with Lambda splashing hot tea on her face, forcing her to kneel down and threatening her while she trembles in terror, before starting to forcibly erase Beato's witch form. We're talking about Beatrice here, who at this point was the troll-in-chief and fearsome witch of the series, being bluntly reminded by Lambda that a Witch of the Senate is not to be trifled with.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: To Beatrice, though this is only alluded to briefly in the third tea party, in Requiem and once again in the extra TIPS.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While always ready and willing to take part in messing up many mortals lives alongside Bernkastel for the sake of entertainment, she still has limits, namely not caring for the utterly tragic and heart-rending scenarios Bernkastel likes to enact. This happens no less than three times in the story: first when she helps Beatrice reach Erika near the end of EP6 (though this was more for the sake of her own entertainment), second when she saves Lion and Will from being eaten alive at the end of EP7, and (her official Heel-Face Turn) catering to the certainty of everyone and outright fighting against Bern in EP8.
- Expy: A double one, sort of. Physically she looks like young Takano from Higurashi: When They Cry (and has her Seiyuu), but her character is closer to Satoko, with her trickster personality, her Noblewoman's Laugh and her relationship with Bernkastel, Rika's Expy.
- Foregone Conclusion: Loves to defy this for the sake of entertainment, or just to piss off Bernkastel. Particularly in EP6 where she stealthily helps Beatrice reach Erika for the episode's final battle.
- Freudian Excuse: Being in the same situation as Bernkastel, she will do anything to escape boredom and keep her Dark and Troubled Past repressed.
- Friendly Enemy: The true relationship between her and Bernkastel. More the former than the latter, in fact, to stave off boredom.
- Game Master: Of EP5.
- The Gloves Come Off: In Episode 8, she stops holding back and starts fighting Bern seriously.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Bernkastel is her sworn enemy/love-hate buddy/plaything, and they've always been on opposite sides. It does not stop them from having slumber parties.
- Averted. EP5 shows that Bernkastel and Lambdadelta have been friends and allies all along (and even hints that they are lovers), and that until that point they were pretending to be sworn enemies. The slumber party happened in EP4's ????, and was the first time that they clearly dropped the enemies act. It's only in EP8 that Lambda actually fights against Bernkastel, but since she's the Wild Card they go back to their usual relationship in the afterparty.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: We find that in the past, Lambda was trapped in a logic error. It was so bad that she still seems to wonder if she isn't still trapped there and just hallucinating everything.
- Gratuitous English: Frequent in her POP, CUTE and PERFECT dialogues!
- Gravity Master: She can create an area of concentrated gravity, not entirely different from a black hole, during her fight with Bernkastel in Episode 8.
- Hates Being Alone: According to Bern. If what she tells about having being trapped alone in a logic error is to be believed, this is somewhat understandable.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In EP8, and boy is it a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 4, she mocks Beatrice, saying that "all blond women are dumb". Yeah… what is Lambda's hair colour again?
- Immortal Immaturity: Subverted. It's an act.
- Improbable Weapon User: Candies. Also, her Meta Super in Ougon Musou Kyouku is a giant present comet.
- In-Series Nickname: Bernkastel often calls her "Lambda".
- It Amused Me
- Laughably Evil: Alghtough not everyone agrees on the "evil" part.
- Leet Lingo: Her entire moveset in Ougon Musou Kyoku is named in such a fashion.
- Leitmotif: Kururi, shared with Bernkastel.
- Lighter and Softer: Her more malicious aspects are considerably toned down in the anime.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Her clothing and magic utilise quite a lot of pink and cuteness, and she only has eyes for Bernkastel.
- Made of Explodium: Her candies, which are her Weapon of Choice.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Beatrice.
- The Masochism Tango: With Bernkastel.
- Meaningful Name: Lambdadelta in Greek letters equals 34, as did Takano's first name's kanji.
- Morality Pet: To Bernkastel.
- Mythology Gag: She signs off on Eva-Beatrice's succession because she feels for her bad childhood.
- Nice Hat
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Can be described as a Magical Lesbian Loli Yandere. Yeeep.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Although sadly absent in the anime.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Toward Bernkastel. At least until Arc 5, when Lambda and Bern drop the act that they are mortal enemies.
- Opera Gloves
- Pass the Popcorn: She orders some for the final showdown in Dawn of the Golden Witch. Subverted because she actually uses this popcorn to influence the fight despite having to stay neutral.
- Psycho Lesbian: Or something. Just look at the way she talks about Bernkastel... to say nothing about EP4's ????, where Lambda glomps Bern after Bern says she's Too Kinky to Torture. EP5 reveals that the feeling is mutual. See Bern for more info.
- Reality Warper
- Really 700 Years Old
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Anime only. In the games they're more of an amber color.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Bern's blue. But in Chiru, it turns out Bern is much redder than her.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Bern.
- Tailor-Made Prison: Her initial plan for coming to Rokkenjima is to use Beatrice's game, make it endless and trap Bernkastel there. It's hard to say whether or not she actually would've done this given her real relationship with Bern but also her dickish qualities, but Bern is Genre Savvy enough to counteract it either way.
- Troll: Not nearly as bad as Bernkastel, but she'll still start sewing dischord into the situation if she gets bored.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Bern. And while Bern's feelings for Lambda are a matter of the reader's perception, it's hard to call Lambda's love anything but genuine.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: She can create black holes on a whim.
- Villainous Breakdown: The entire Ushiromiya family begging her for help in EP8 leads her to chew everyone out harshly for ignoring both that she was just supposed to be a spectator, and that she'd be going against Featherine's and the Senate's wishes.
- Villainous BSOD: She can't decide which is more important: the certainty of the family that a good ending will come, or her own well-being. Once Ange comes back just like everyone hoped, she warms up to the idea and decides to help them out in the end.
- Voice Changeling: In Episode 5 it's mentioned that she can change her voice at will, and she does the voice of the Man from 19 years ago, likely to hide his real identity. This raises the question of whether there really was a man calling Natsuhi or if it was some trick of Lambda's. The man turns out to have been Yasu, since Will later states that in one game Yasu appears as a man.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Lambda's ability is first introduced as "the power to kill unfailingly." Not a lame power at all, but the other magical characters have no trouble killing people on top of all of their other abilities. Then the "Lambdadelta's Diary" TIP and EP5 reveal what her power actually is...
- Wild Card
- Willfully Weak
- You Monster!: Lambdadelta gives Featherine this treatment after getting utterly destroyed by Featherine. She takes it as a compliment.
- Zen Survivor: And true to type, she's another Stealth Trickster Mentor in EP6.
The Witch of the Finite
"Using magic to break or kill is very easy. But real magic is one that can repair and resurrect."
The former Endless Witch/Beatrice, and Beatrice's mentor who taught her all about magic. Although she dislikes how Beatrice uses the power she has been bestowed, Virgilia is nonetheless loyal to her student and works to help Beatrice achieve victory. Apparently, her full name is "Publius Virgilia Maro".
From an anti-fantasy perspective, she is Kumasawa, the one who taught Yasu all about mystery novels, this being reflected on Virgilia teaching "magic" to Beatrice.
- Beam Spam: Entirely possible in the fighting game through Gungnir.
- Butt Monkey: In Episode 4, curiously. And hilariously.
- Christmas Cake: It's never established whether she had ever married, but the Ojou in her is well preserved. If she's a reflection of Kumasawa, then she at least has a son, if not a husband.
- Eyes Always Shut: Trust me, you don't want to see her with her eyes open. In the anime, it's more like Eyes Always Half-Open.
- Flying Broomstick: One of her attacks in Ougon Musou Kyokunote .
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Of the elegant type.
- Hime Cut
- Hot Witch
- Improbable Weapon User: Her arsenal of weaponry in the fighting game includes daggers, the divine spear Gungnir, mirrors, and candlesticks.
- Mad Eye: What she looks like with her eyes fully open. It's actually less "mad" and more... kind of deformed.◊
- Magic Wand: Wields a simple, classic wooden wand, as shown in the anime, the PS3 port and the fighting games.
- Medium Awareness: In the fourth arc, she is sometimes aware of the user interface.
- Mentor Archetype
- The Mole: Third arc.
- Mystical White Hair
- Nice Hat: A Southern Belle-tastic one worn at a jaunty angle, no less. Some theorize that the hat is actually eating her head.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Shares this with Kumasawa, her "real world" form, along with many expressions.
- No Fourth Wall: During the infamous Krauss vs. Goat scene.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Virgilia of the fourth arc acts very differently from Virgilia of the other arcs. Justified since it's obviously Played for Laughs.
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Rapunzel Hair: Depending on the author, her hair can go down her back or to her mid-thighs.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: She named herself after the Roman poet Virgil, as in Dante's guide to Beatrice.
- Sexy Mentor
- Summon Magic: Her meta-super summons fricking Odin and throws a giant spear at her enemy. On a minor scale, she can summon the goats to aid her.
- Team Mom: Despite the fact that she's not technically a mother (and there are four actual mothers in the cast), Virgilia takes this role, gently smoothing out problems with Beatrice's furniture, nurturing the goats and Chiesters, chastising Beatrice, and brewing black tea for anyone miserable. It makes sense when you realize that Kumasawa, whom Virgilia is based on, was the closest thing to a mother Yasu had.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mackerel, just like Kumasawa. It's seen more often in Ougon Musoukyoku, though.
- Tsundere: Will suddenly and viciously morph into a type-B when in the presence of Gaap.
- Villainous Breakdown: Fourth arc.
- Write Who You Know: An In-Universe example; Virgilia was based on Kumasawa by Yasu, who saw Kumasawa as a mother figure and learned about the ghost stories of Rokkenjima and mystery novels from her.
- Yamato Nadeshiko
- Yaoi Fangirl: Played for Laughs in her and Ange's ending in Ougon Musoukyoku, and in the TIP "Angel of 17 Years".
"Why don't you just give up and die?"
Appears as a younger version of Eva and is in some sense, an embodiment of Eva's desires and lack of satisfaction of her place in the family and in general. The way she describes her ability is the power to turn anger into miracles. She also represents all the theories which place Eva as the culprit.
She makes her first appearance in the third arc, where after Eva manages to solve the epitaph and becomes the family head
, she manifests on the island and orchestrates the remaining murders. In the fourth arc, she reappears as a representation of hatred born from the Ushiromiya family, called by Ange as "The Black Witch". She makes her final appearance in Twilight of the Golden Witch
, where it turns out that Eva cared about Ange all along; Eva-Beatrice's actions in the previous arcs were only twisted by Ange's (and everyone else's) perception
- Ambiguous Innocence: Present when she kills Rosa by twisting her happiest dreams, but mostly dropped after that in favor of playing up a more aggressive form of insanity.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: She symbolizes the "Eva Culprit" theory. In EP6, she also serves as a personification of Eva's My Beloved Smother tendencies towards George.
- Bait the Dog: Aw, she's so happy with her new title. That's right, Battler, feel free to applaud!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In EP3, she grants Rosa's wishes of "drowning in a sea of delicious jelly" and "becoming a butterfly so she can fly everywhere freely"...in the most horrifically literal way possible.
- Black Magic: According to Ange in the 4th arc. The general rule of thumb is that black magic heals pain by shoving pain onto others. White magic heals pain by creating good things to distract you.
- Catch Phrase: Heso kande shinjaeba~?! ("Why don't you just give up and die?!"); and various other phrases ending with -eba~?!. In a curious instance in Episode 8, she actually says Heso kande shinjaEVA~?!
- Cruel and Unusual Death: What happens to the people she kills. Repeatedly.
- Cute and Psycho: Ain't she just adorable? Initially, we only get a bit of an inkling of how cruel she can really be. Later she drops the "cute" part altogether.
- Due to the Dead: In the EP8 manga, after Ange commits suicide upon finding out about the One Truth, she closes Ange's eyes.
- Enemy Without
- Enfant Terrible
- Evil Is Hammy: Especially after she gets her Endless Witch powers; she practically breaks into Ham-to-Ham Combat with Beato after that. Not to mention that Miki Itō tends to get fairly creative with the delivery of her Catch Phrase.
- Evil Laugh: In the PS3 version, Miki Itō gives us a childish, high-pitched, rapid-fire laugh, which should sound completely ridiculous but is somehow terrifying instead.
- Fanservice: Played for Laughs in the TIP "Game Master Battler". She's told that she can't beat Erika in the popularity polls because her look isn't fanservicey enough (among other things). So she begs Battler to help her be more popular. The result is… impressive.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She states at one point to Ange that she only retains Eva's appearance because of her own lingering emotions towards her.
- Full-Contact Magic: Eva uses surprisingly little magic in Ougon Musoukyouku compared to the other Beatrices, most of her attacks involving clubbing and kicking the enemy to death. This is most likely because Eva, her human counterpart, is a martial artist.
- A God Am I: "My Power is a God's Power".
- Groin Attack: Her grab in the fighting game.
- Heel-Face Turn: During EP8. It's probably more accurate to call it a Heel Ange Turn, though.
- Imaginary Friend: She was this to Eva, according to EP3.
- Kids Are Cruel: More evident in the VN, but this theme is hit a few different times with her in the third arc. Most obviously during her conversation with Eva after she's killed Hideyoshi.
- Leitmotif: Happiness of Marionette.
- Letting Her Hair Down
- Literal Split Personality
- My Beloved Smother: Appears as this to George in Ep6, claiming his whole life was kept under her control through regimented education, tutoring and training. Symbolically he has to kill her to assert his independence.
- Nice Hat
- Oh, Crap: Her reaction to Beatrice denying the existence of all witches near the end of EP3 has her panicking. She gets held down by Ronove as Beatrice finishes the denial, and there's nothing Evatrice can do about it.
- Older Than She Looks: Kind of. She's technically about as old as Eva, despite appearing as a younger version of her.
- Opera Gloves
- Pimped-Out Dress
- The Scapegoat: Just like Beatrice for Battler, she does this for Ange.
- Shadow Archetype
- Simple Staff: It acts as her own version of the Ushiromiya Emblem.
- Smug Snake: She's incredibly arrogant, treats her allies poorly whenever they fail to entertain her and she acts like a total jerk when she feels safe. So naturally, she's reduced to a screaming mess when the situation inevitably ceases to go her way.
- Spooky Painting: Look closely at this picture. Nothing strange? Now try to pause the video at the beginning, and jump directly at the end.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this several times, especially when she learns that she can't destroy Beatrice's heart but tries to squash it beneath her foot anyway, as well as her Oh, Crap moment near the end of EP3.
- Villain Protagonist: On Ougon Musoukyouku at least, all of her endings but one involve her killing everybody.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Zero-Approval Gambit: She made herself as evil as possible so Ange would never think of blaming her parents.
Featherine Augustus Aurora
The Majestic Witch of Theatregoing, Drama and Spectating
"For one such as I, who knows everything, everything is boring... However, I don't dislike letting the ignorant read my works to see what kind of reaction they have."
First appears in Arc 6. Featherine Augustus Aurora is the Majestic Witch of Theatergoing, Drama, and Spectating. It is strongly implied that Featherine is the human mystery writer Tooya Hachijō, or at least Featherine is her Author Avatar
. Because of her age, Featherine wears a horseshoe-shaped device around her head that stores her memories. Ange becomes her miko. Bernkastel is also her former miko. At the end of Episode 6, she requests Bernkastel to become the new Game Master so that Featherine can "look at the answers".