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Characters: Umineko When They Cry Witches
The 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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    Beatrice 

The Golden Witch/The Endless Witch

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

"...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.

Beatrice, Shannon and Kanon are all the same person, having been created as personas of Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda, Kinzo's bastard child with Beatrice II.
  • Acting for Two: Sayaka Ohara voices no less than six versions of Beatrice (Beatrice Castiglioni, Beatrice Ushiromiya, the witch Beatrice, the chick Beatrice, Clair vauxof Bernard, and Yasu). And they all sound distinctly different. That's how good she is.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Beato, of course.
    • When talking about her, Virgilia always calls Beatrice "ano ko" (that child/that girl), which somewhat emphasises the latter's childishness and their mother/daughter-like relationship.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Claims to have procured the gold through alchemy and claims to be Kinzo's alchemical counsellor.
  • Always Someone Better: There's no doubt that Beatrice is a powerful and cunning Witch, but for all the effort she puts into it, once the other Witches get more active in the later episodes it becomes clear that their power and cunning widely surpasses hers.
  • Ambiguously Evil
  • Annoying Laugh: At least for Battler. And Ronove.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Her whole speech is old fashioned, which lends to her image as an elegant witch who has lived a thousand years. She's notable for using the archaic feminine pronoun "warawa" for herself, and addresses others with "sonata".
  • Anti-Villain: After all of her antics in and out of the Face Heel Revolving Door, her character evolves into this. Leans towards type II.
  • Art Evolution: In her first anime appearance she has a statuesque, obviously supernatural beauty; once showing that is out of the way she quickly becomes cute in the same art style as everyone else over the course of a couple episodes.
  • Bad Samaritan: She helped Shannon and George to get together only to enjoy the inevitable failure of their relationship, and tried the same thing with Kanon and Jessica. But as it turns out in the sixth game, that part of the story was really a metaphor for Sayo Yasuda's conflict over their love interests.
  • The Baroness
  • Battle Couple: With Battler.
  • Big Bad: Not really.
  • Blatant Lies: "I cannot lie or deceive. All my emotions show up on my face." Uh-huh.
  • Blessed with Suck: An endless witch has the ability to restore anything, creating eternal happiness. But that eternal happiness leads to eternal boredom, which Beatrice can't stand.
  • Blondes are Evil: Subverted. She only paints herself as evil.
  • Body Backup Drive: Battler tries to resurrect Beatrice, but ends up creating an identical copy of the old Beatrice with (eventually) the same memories and personality.
  • Bookworm: Well, where did you think all that Dangerously Genre Savvy-ness came from?
  • Break the Haughty: Bernkastel/Erika's whole scheme in End of the Golden Witch leads to this against Beatrice.
  • Broken Bird: It's revealed that the sweet personality Chick Beatrice displays is actually how Beatrice was like 1000 years ago before she went through all her trauma that turned her into the cruel person she is now. This trauma is actually Battler's sin and her living "1000" years is actually symbolism for how long the six years Yasu spent waiting for him felt.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth
  • Came Back Wrong
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In the first arc nobody really knew who murdered all the people on the island. Then Beatrice burst in to announce that, yes, she did it and is damn proud of it. Did we mention she's a lying liar who lies a lot?
  • Catch Phrase: "Omoshiroi! Jitsu ni omoshiroi!" (Interesting, really interesting!)
  • Cat Smile: Oh yes she can!
  • The Chessmaster
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If this is to be believed… also, in Episode 8, she isn't pleased by Asmodeus trying to flirt with Battler.
  • Combat Stilettos: Some of Beatrice attacks on Ougon Musoukyoku involve her kicking the enemy using her high-heels, and in fact, she can run with them on.
  • Complexity Addiction: Derives from her (and Kinzo's) definition of magic.
  • Composite Character: An in-universe version of the trope. Beatrice as a whole is a mixture of the ghosts legends surrounding Rokkenjima, the rumor surrounding Kinzo's secret lover, and the real Beatrice's identities. In EP7 it's shown how Sayo Yasuda started with a simple idea of Beatrice being a trickster ghost and ended with the product of knowing the stories behind the real Beatrices, his/her grandmother who gave the Italian gold to Kinzo and his/her mother who was kept in Kuwadorian and was also Kinzo's lover.
  • Confusion Fu
  • Criminal Mind Games
  • Cry Cute: And how. Why do you think not only Battler but also most readers were fooled in Episode 3?
  • Damsel out of Distress: Late in the series.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
  • Death Seeker: Fourth arc.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: As early as EP2, when impressed with Battler's first move.
    • Later invokes this to manipulate Battler.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it in EP4 after Battler fails to remember his sin. It goes to the point that Beatrice tries to abandon the game and live with Maria in the Golden Land. However, Ange ruins things for her by "resurrecting" Sakutaro and Beatrice is forced to fight against Battler one more time, where she lets Battler's Blue Truths pierce through her. As a result, she becomes an Empty Shell and finally, thinking Battler is dead and won't return, dies moments before Battler finally reaches the truth.
  • Deuteragonist: More evident in Chiru, but with hindsight, you can also see her this way in the first four arcs.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of Episode 8, Beatrice jumps into the sea because she feels she won't be accepted by anyone and won't be able to fit in the world outside of Rokkenjima. Battler decides to go down with her since all of the murders happened because of him. Although the final outcome of the scene can be interpreted in many ways.
  • Empty Shell: After the fourth arc, she does nothing, since she gave up on trying to make Battler understand her and her truth. A ton of Ship Tease with Battler ensues.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It says a lot that Beatrice is disgusted with Rosa's treatment of Maria.
    • She also steps in when Eva-Beatrice takes her "fun" too far.
  • Evil Laughter: The VN has "*cackle* *cackle* " and ahaha.wav; the anime has Sayaka Ohara starting great and getting better every episode.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In EP5, Beatrice lets her hair down for the whole EP because she now can't even fix her hair. Or move, or eat, or speak... Virgilia is even combing her hair for her.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door: And she revels in it. Though in EP6 and beyond, she is a Face.
  • Fake Memories: The flashback of a young Beatrice with Virgilia at the beginning of Episode 3 is actually this. As a subversion though, she created those fake memories herself, since it's really just a memory of Yasu's time spent with Kumasawa, only with a heavy layer of fantasy.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Her little fangs are a lot less cute than the ones other cast members have.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first, anyway. Then the ship tease and moe-moe start showing up.
  • Flower in Her Hair
  • Freudian Excuse: It's complicated, but yes, she has one. Perhaps even several. Understanding it is actually one of the main parts of the mystery.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: The fact that she asks Battler to call her Beato early on is a hint in itself. In the manga, Battler just starts to use that name on his own, though.
    Beatrice: Those close to me call me "Beato".
  • Full-Name Basis: With "Ushiromiya Battler" − sorry, "Ushiromiya Battleeeeer" −, when she is in full troll mode.
  • Generation Xerox: Her relationship with Battler plays this theme hard.
  • The Ghost: During the entire Episode 1, her name is constantly spoken but she is as an ominous, invisible presence whose existence is uncertain. She appears only halfway through the Tea Party, when you expect it the least.
  • Glove Slap: To Erika in EP6.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She carries around a long pipe, similar to an Evil Cigarette Holder. Ougou Musoukyoku shows she uses it as her Magic Wand.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In EP5, she gives Battler (who is supposedly dead at the time) a Tearful Smile right before she finally allows herself to die.
  • Gratuitous English: KONGURAAAAAAATULEEEEISHOOOOOOONS!! AAAAANDO HAAAWAAAYUUU?? AM FAIIIN SENKYUUUU!!
  • Happily Married: With Battler after EP6.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: In Episode 4 (and 8), her elegant, tea-drinking witch image takes a hard blow. Also note that she's 19 years old, so technically underage in Japan.
  • Heel Face Mole: Zig-zagged in EP3. At first it seems she is doing a Heel-Face Turn before revealing that it was all an act at the end. It turns out it was indeed (partially) an act; but Beato deliberately dropped it and sabotaged her own victory because having Battler just ackowledge her as a witch without even trying to reach her truth would be too easy and was not what she wanted. Her sprites subtly show that she is struggling with herself during the whole scene.
  • Hellish Pupils: Her eyes are drawn this way in the Episode 4 manga.
  • Hero's Muse
  • Hot Witch
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Or at least I just want someone to understand me. Battler eventually does, but too late.
  • Image Song: Chain, Golden Nocturne and Epilogue.
  • Imaginary Friend: In EP1 she's treated like this to an extent in regards to Maria. In EP7 it's shown that from an anti-fantasy perspective, she really was a sort of imaginary friend to her. In the fifth arc, she also became Natsuhi's imaginary friend, along with her furniture.
  • Immortal Immaturity: While she can act the part of a dignified witch who's lived for a thousand years, a lot of the time she's very childish. Justified since later on it's revealed that she isn't even close to a thousand years old; she's actually 19.
  • Immune to Bullets: As Natsuhi found out. However, it's subverted in later chapters which reveal that, when they actually do get hit, magical beings are especially susceptible to man-made weapons such as guns. The manga reveals that Natsuhi's gun wasn't even loaded during her duel with Beatrice, since Sayo Yasuda removed the bullets beforehand.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Maria, as Beatrice is 1000+ years old, actually 19.
  • Invisible to Normals: According to EP2, no one in the island can see her besides Shannon and Kanon, unless she allows them to see her.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: "Beatrice" is meant to be pronounced as it is in Italian ("Beh-ah-tree-cheh") rather than in English ("Bee-ah-triss"). This is a reference to the character from The Divine Comedy who she is named after as well as foreshadowing that her real self Yasu does in fact have Italian blood.
  • Japanese Pronouns: She uses the archaic feminine pronoun "warawa". Occasionally, though, she uses the more contemporary and gender-neutral "watashi" when she drops the evil witch act and resurfaces as Yasu.
  • Jerkass Façade: EP5 confirms that, while Beatrice is mischievous by nature, her sadistic behaviour in the first four arcs was an act as part of her being a Stealth Mentor towards Battler.
  • Killed Off for Real: Featherine said it in red regarding Beatrice in Episode 1-5. "That Beatrice is dead and can never be revived." In Episode 6 and 8 the new Beatrice is an identical copy with (eventually) the same memories and personality; that doesn't change the fact that the "original" Beato died full of regrets.
  • Killer Game Master: From EP1 to EP4. Subverted twice however: first because she can revive whoever she kills thanks to her Endless powers, and second because she isn't actually trying to kill anyone from Rokkenjima.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Loves to do this in the first two Episodes.
  • Large Ham: "Let's start torturing each other, USHIROMIYA BATTORAAAAAAAAA!!!" Ohara was definitely enjoying herself.
  • Laughably Evil: At least in the anime. More tragic in the novels.
  • Legacy Character: The name Beatrice and the titles Endless Witch and Golden Witch were passed down to her from Virgilia, her mentor and the former Beatrice. Actually, Yasu based Beatrice on the ghost legends surrounding Rokkenjima and the stories behind the real Beatrices. Her portrait is based either on Beatrice Castiglioni, Kinzo's mistress or Beatrice Ushiromiya, their daughter, more heavily implied to be on the latter.
  • Legacy Immortality: Even though Beatrice claims to be 1000 years old, the details of her "past" are really borrowed from the stories of Yasu's mother and grandmother, who were both named Beatrice.
  • Leitmotif: Several, most notably Organ Opusculum No. 600,000,000 in C minor.
  • Lemony Narrator: In the first Tea Party, the narration constantly mocks Battler for being stupid and irrational − while at the same time praising the "wise" Maria. Interestingly, more than a funny gag, it is actually the first hint that the third-person narration is not objective.
  • Lethal Chef: "Half a day was spent in spectacular violence that would have shocked the culinary world."
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Shannon's light.
  • Light Is Not Good: Actually Light Is Not Nice.
  • Literal Split Personality: In the sixth arc, this is the way she Came Back Wrong. Chick Beatrice and Beato the Elder represent a different part of Beatrice; Chick Beatrice is what Beatrice was originally like while Beato the Elder embodies the aspects of the Golden Witch.
  • Love Hurts
  • Magic Wand: Her pipe.
  • Male Gaze: In her special graphics in the PS3 port, her dress has curiously a lot more cleavage than in her sprites.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In Episode 3.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: She's one of quite a few people inside Yasu, along with Shannon and Kanon, though this is a mundane example since they're all "characters" Yasu created and not real people.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard
  • Mercy Kill: To Maria and Rosa in the third arc.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: This is the reason why one of Beatrice's weaknesses is said to be mirrors. Namely because Sayo Yasuda hates them, since they remind him/her that s/he's not really a powerful, elegant witch like s/he pretends to be in order to cope with his/her low self-esteem.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Decides to fight Erika and Dlanor herself rather than expose Gaap to danger.
  • Multilayer Façade: Her actual identity is so complicated that there have been flow charts made in order to clarify it.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Whether you take the fantasy or mystery perspective. It's all but stated outright that the mystery perspective is her true past.
  • Never Found the Body: There was no body to bury in the coffin in Episode 7. The same thing happens in Episode 8, seeing as it's presumed that she drowned.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Often. In the anime it comes across as a harsh braying. Ronove lampshades its inelegance, to her complete lack of concern.
  • No Body Left Behind: In Episode 5.
  • Obliviously Evil: Episode 3 implies she sees nothing wrong with what she's been doing because in the end she always fixes what she breaks. Subverted since she actually knows exactly what's she doing, and Virgilia even confirms in red that she didn't enjoy murdering Battler's family over and over again.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: On Ougon Musoukyouku Beatrice could do crazy combos like this, which lasted 278 hits (even a damage touch can't save you from a super, or from a dizzy-combo), the very next patch modifying the move to prevent these kinds of abuses.
  • Ojou Ringlets
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Beatrice's name is treated as a title, and indeed, when Eva-Beatrice becomes the new Endless Witch, Beatrice claims that she is now "nameless." Battler then gives her the nickname "Beato" to use, which has been used for her more often than not since.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Battler.
  • Parachute Petticoat: An air maneuver in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
  • Parental Substitute: She has shades of this with Maria in the first half of the story. The affection she shows towards her is in stark contrast with her cruelty during her games, or with Rosa's treatment of Maria.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Her relationship with Maria. She acts as a mentor/imaginary friend figure to Maria, who is always among the last to die in games where she is in control.
    • Also to Natsuhi in Arc 5, although that Beato was a result of Natsuhi's delusions.
  • Pimped-Out Dress
  • Prim and Proper Bun
  • A Pupil of Mine Until She Turned to Evil: Virgilia repeatedly states her disappointment with how Beatrice has chosen to use her powers as Endless Witch. This parallels how Kumasawa, the one who introduced Yasu into mystery novels, might have ended up giving Yasu the source of his/her ideas about how to carry out the murders.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has very long, wavy hair, which isn't obvious until she lets it down in EP5.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She looks like a young woman but is actually 1000 years old. Subverted; she's actually only 19.
  • Really Seventeen Years Old: She claims to be Really 700 Years Old to pass as a legendary witch even though she's 19 years old, and was made a witch only for a few days.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted, then Double Subverted.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Battler's blue.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Like several other characters in the series, Beatrice derives her name from Dante's The Divine Comedy.
  • Say My Name: U-shi-ro-mi-ya BWAAATORAAAAAAAAA!!!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Subverted. Not only is Kinzo dead, making him unable to have summoned her in the first place, but not even Beatrice herself qualifies for this trope.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: According to her, the Beatrice of 1967 was a "homunculus" that Kinzo trapped her soul inside. Considering what is later revealed in EP7, this most likely isn't true.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Due to exposed shoulder blades on her dress.
  • Shotoclone: In Ougon Musoukyoku she's this, not only she has specials resembling the Hadouken and Shoryuken, she also has a special resembling the Hurricane Kick.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Battler figured it out too late. Poor Beatrice.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!:
    Beatrice: Love is lust and can't be measured without sleeping together. Men are flies and maggots that get caught in your female scent and gather around you. Do you still not understand that at your age?? You'll despair after that glasses man behind you gazes at you even once with dark lust. You'll lose heart, be shocked, dumbfounded, stupefied, and it's all useless isn't it, Shannon?? ...That's enough, stop talking, furniture. Furniture, furniture, furniture! Who do you think you are talking like that, showing off this fraud that love is beautiful, when really it's filthy filth. Don't people become adults when they realize that?
  • Slasher Smile: Complete with fangs.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In Episode 7 she describes her own speech style as "a mix of formality and rudeness". And indeed, she often goes into a Jessica-ish speech when screaming.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: Her last words to Battler right before dying in EP5 are an apology, presumably for not being able to wait for him any longer.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Combined with She's Back in Episode 6. What else can be said?
    "Erikaaaa!!! Shukufuku ni kita zeeee!!!"
  • Stealth Mentor: Revealed in EP5.
  • Talking to Themself: With Shannon and Kanon.
  • Three Aliases One Character
  • Together in Death: Suggested by the ending of the series.
  • Tragic Hero/Tragic Villain
  • Trampled Underfoot: Her victory pose against certain opponents in Ougon Musou Kyoku. She may walk across the entire stage just to grind her heel into a fallen enemy.
  • Troll: Very much so, and she's become infamous for it in the fandom. At least until her true Heel-Face Turn, though even then she has elements of The Gadfly. And though she may be the best known of the witches for her trolling, she's nowhere near as cruel as Bernkastel.
  • Tsundere: Invoked at the end of the third game to manipulate Battler, but played straight from the fourth game onwards, at least with the Beatrice persona, since Yasu is closer to Shannon. She even shouts "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!!!" (Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!) at some point.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unreliable Expositor: Not only is her narration unreliable, but much of what she reveals to Battler in the first four arcs is not exactly truthful, and later arcs outright contradict some things she says.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The main narrator of anything that happens outside of Battler's view is Beatrice, and she eventually lets him know ouright that anything that is not in red text is not necessarily true.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to the flashback at the beginning of Episode 3. While this scene never actually happened, it still foreshadows how Sayo Yasuda really was a sweet kid, but some traumatic revelations and having a lonely, almost friendless life drove him/her to do some rather questionable things.
  • Villainous Breakdown: From Shannon in Episode 2. Twice. While she can play Kanon like a harp, it turns out Shannon isn't quite as docile once she understands that Beatrice is a Bad Samaritan. During their second encounter near the end of the arc, the Witch ends up spewing incoherent words and insults in rapid-fire. Of course, both scenes are highly symbolic of Yasu's self-loathing.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: According to legend, Beatrice can be rendered powerless through spider webs or mirrors. The spider webs are drawn from Kumasawa's stories about the youkai people believed would haunt the islands, and the mirrors are symbolic of how much Yasu hates them due to his/her low self esteem.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Woman Child: Particularly in the VN and manga. In the third game, when she asks Virigilia for advice, she sounds less like a dignified witch and more like a little girl throwing a tantrum.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Battler.
  • Zero Approval Gambit
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Part of the outfit she wears when appearing to the adults at the beginning of the second arc.

    Bernkastel 

The Witch of Miracles

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura

"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
  • Call Back: In the ??? of Episode 2. Also the first sign that she is more than an Expy.
    Bernkastel: Hum… how did I use to do in this kind of situation? F… fight… ooooh… Mii~. Nipah~*! ……… it's a bit embarrassing. See how far I go for your sake.
  • 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. Her underlying reason for wreaking havoc and staving off boredom is so she doesn't have to think about the pain she endured.
  • 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 revelling 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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 Cruellest 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.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: A pretty funny one Episode 7.
    Will: 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 revelling in the suffering of others.
  • Sore Loser: Dear God. If ever there was a trope to ultimately sum up Bern, it's this one; 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.
  • 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…

    Lambdadelta 

The Witch of Certainty

Voiced by: Fuyuka Ōura

"If I'm paper, Beato is rock, and Bern is scissors. It's true that my paper will lose to Bern's scissors... but if it's super-paper, which is stronger than regular paper, it could even win against scissors, right? In other words, I, Lady Lambdadelta, am super-paper! Ooohohohohoho!!"

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
  • Yandere
  • 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.

    Virgilia 

The Witch of the Finite

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

"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.

    Eva-Beatrice 

Voiced by: Miki Itō

"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.

    Featherine Augustus Aurora 

The Majestic Witch of Theatregoing, Drama and Spectating

Voiced by: Michiko Neya

"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".
  • Affably Evil
  • All Witches Have Cats: She is no exception. Hers is called Bern.
  • Always Someone Better: Bernkastel is regarded as the strongest Witch, but even she knows not to get on Featherine's bad side. It makes sense when you realize Featherine is not just a Witch, but a Creator as well. She may just be a Witch in name only.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Both Bern and Lambda describe her as extremely nasty, and indeed she doesn't think much of humans, but she doesn't really have any Kick the Dog moments, and in the end she gives up on publicly revealing the contents of Eva's diary, thus preserving the catbox as Battler and Beato wished.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Similarly as Beatrice.
  • Author Avatar: Featherine is implied to be Tooya's avatar. And incidentally, Ryūkishi07's.
  • Bigger Bad
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Lambdadelta in Episode 8.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • The Dreaded: Anyone that can inspire genuine fear from Lambdadelta and even Bernkastel is definitely not to be trifled with.
  • Evil Mentor: Implied to have been Bernkastel's in the ???? of EP6.
  • Expy: Some people consider her an expy of Hanyuu because Featherine's memory device looks like horns, the name Augustus Aurora, "Hanyuu" means "feather," Featherine addresses people as "Child of Man," and Featherine says that Bernkastel used to be her miko. To complement it, when Ange first meets her, "Over the Sky" plays. It was Hanyū's Leitmotif in Higurashi.
    Chick Beatrice: Thank you very much, Augauau... umm-
    Bernkastel: ... Featherine Something Auaurora...
    • Her status as Hanyuu's expy may possibly be to playfully troll the fans, since despite their similarities they don't seem to have any connection to each other. Actually pretty funny.
  • The Fog of Ages: Living for so long has left her with such severe memory issues that she needs a special device to keep her memories and avoid insanity.
  • Genre Savvy: A subtle example, but in EP8 she has the mind to go and check up on the key to the Book of the Single Truth herself before its seal breaks. No one expects this, and it throws the protagonists' plan right out the window.
  • God Is Evil: Averted, though just barely. She's not so much evil as she is uncaring of how she achieves her goals... though given the things she does do in the story (and apparently before it), you'd be forgiven for thinking it was played straight.
  • Graceful Loser: Upon Bernkastel's defeat at the end of EP8, Featherine actually applauds the Ushiromiya family and decides not to open the Book of the Single Truth in light of it, and lets everyone go. She's even kind enough to inform Ange that Lambdadelta had also been revived by her newly-acquired powers, just not in the room. And still in pieces.
  • Greek Chorus: With Ange in EP6.
  • Hime Cut
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Though it works since she has a large kimono belt to hold the dress.
  • Insult Backfire: When Lambda pulls a You Monster! on her, she takes it as a compliment, which really makes you wonder what amount of chaos she caused in her distant past. It's fully possible that, being Bernkastel's mentor, she possess a trolling capacity far surpassing her miko Bern's... and considering Bern is the most malicious character in the story, that is nothing short of terrifying to think about.
  • It Amused Me: The main reason she doesn't fit into God Is Evil instead. Physical Godliness and lack of a Freudian Excuse notwithstanding, she's still a Witch at heart and will do whatever it takes to keep herself entertained.
    • The definitive example is that she's ultimately the one responsible for bringing Bernkastel as we know her into existence. It's heavily implied that she was the one who abandoned Bern as a piece in the Unwinnable game (that she ended up winning anyway), and while it's never explained how she pieced together/recruited all the physically and emotionally destroyed Rika Furudes, it's made clear in the narration that Featherine was the one who taught what would eventually become her miko and the Cruelest Witch. And why? Because she was bored and wanted someone to help stave off future boredom. It's not so much that she meant harm by creating Bern, more that she doesn't care as long as she is entertained.
  • Lack of Empathy: Better off than Bernkastel at least, even if purely out of virtue that she's a Graceful Loser.
  • Leitmotif: A Single Moment
  • The Man Behind the Man: Once Featherine is officially introduced in EP6, she becomes this to Bernkastel.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In the past, she's used Bernkastel as her monkey wrench to unlock the mysteries of worlds and game boards alike, whether Bern wanted to do it or not. Worse yet, Bern was aware she was being used, but couldn't do anything about it because Featherine was just that good. This does in fact happen in the story, where she makes Bern the Game Master to crack the mystery of Rokkenjima when the rest of the cast loses interest in it, using Bern's desire for revenge against the family as her motivation.
  • Meaningful Name: There is a bit of speculation on her name (Featherine>Feather>Ha>Hanyū).
  • Mysterious Watcher: Bernkastel and Lambdadelta weren't the only ones to take an interest to the mystery of Rokkenjima, though Featherine stands out because the cast: the readers and even her former miko are unaware that she's even there until the end of EP6.
  • Offscreen Villainy: Bernkastel, the cruelest example of a witch so far seen, finds her a hundred times more horrific than she could ever be. The evidence is suggested at, but never concretely shown. Featherine may be callous about lives ruined or lost in her pursuit of amusement, but she always appears to reward generously those she could've controlled by force, and shows mercy to opponents she's defeated.
  • Opera Gloves
  • Outside-Context Villain: Needless to say Featherine is in a whole other league compared to the other witches Battler deals with in the story, which is really saying something. A single wave of her hand to make Bernkastel the Game Master is all she needed to do turn Battler's happy ending into a non-ending.
  • Overly Long Name: Several characters have trouble with her full name; in the case of Bern though, it's more that she doesn't bother to remember.
    • If that's long, try adding her title and home to it: "Lady Featherine Augustus Aurora the Great Witch of Theatergoing, Drama and Spectating's Noble City of Carefully Selected Books."
  • Physical God: One of the Creators described in Episode 4's TIPS.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Reality Subtext: In Episode 8's Tea Party, she briefly mentions a piece of advice given by her "old friend who is now gone". It may or may not be a reference to Ryukishi's friend BT, who had passed away the year before. Especially considering that Ryukishi is quite clearly speaking through Featherine's mouth in that scene.
  • Really 700 Years Old: By far the oldest witch in the series.
  • Retired Monster: Given what Bernkastel and Lambadelta say about (and to) her, this is heavily implied. Featherine herself personally thinks she's much worse.
  • Rewriting Reality: Her power as a Witch/Creator.
  • Spanner in the Works: If it weren't for Featherine's growing interest in the mystery of Rokkenjima, the story would've ended with Erika's defeat at the end of EP6 as Bernkastel was out of ways to meddle with the game board. Wanting the answers to the mystery however and seeing that no one at Rokkenjima was interested in said mystery anymore, she personally intervenes and has Bernkastel cut to the heart of the matter. Suffice it to say things rapidly go south from there...
  • Story Breaker Power: Literally. Even Lambdadelta, who was more than holding her own against Bernkastel earlier, is terrified at the thought of having her as an opponent.
    • Featherine demonstrates just how literal it is to said opponent. When Lambdadelta tries to attack her with magic, Featherine just says that she doesn't like the development of the story, stops time and begins editing the script of the story herself. Not willing to write a fight scene at the moment, she starts from the end of the fight where she dictates Lambdadelta was smashed into a bookshelf and had all her limbs severed. She doesn't even think about how she accomplished such a brutal attack, deciding to "figure it out later". When Featherine starts time again, Lambdadelta ends up just as she wrote, with "what the fuck just happened" being her last conscious thoughts before dying.
    She couldn't comprehend the 'something' that Featherine had killed her with. However, that was only natural. After all, Featherine herself hadn't decided what the 'something' was. However, Lambdadelta did understand one thing. She was already dead.
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it case: it's made apparent that in order to become a Game Master for a game board, you need to have a complete and utter understanding of the mechanics and mysteries of that board. Bernkastel doesn't have that, so she has to use other means to meddle with the board, which eventually fail… until Featherine shows up before the seventh game. She basically just says "You're the Game Master now, Bern." And then poof, she is.
  • Troll: Maybe. See Retired Monster above due to implied status.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The memory device around her head also preserves her form. At one point in the past it got damaged, abruptly changing her personality and appearance.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

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