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.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- Beato, of course. Given to her by Battler in the manga, but in the visual novels she asks him to call her this.
- 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: Expecially during Episodes 3 and 4, where she's still Battler's enemy but her true motives have started surfacing.
- 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.
- Art Evolution:
- 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: The Sexpot type. She's very attractive and her sadism makes the dominatrix aspect very apparent. Her rivalry with Battler has romantic undertones that only increase as the story goes on.
- Battle Couple: With Battler.
- Big Bad: She sets herself up as this at the end of Episode 1. The truth is a bit more complicated.
- 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: In the manga it's explained that when a character is able to see golden butterflies on a gameboard, it means he either is an accomplice or is about to die.
- Came Back Wrong: In Episode 6, sort of. The Beatrice Battler creates has none of the real Beatrice's memories.
- 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: It's her job as the Game Master to come up with both a plan for the culprit and a fantasy narrative to cover it.
- 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: During the first Episodes, she really likes to toy with Battler when he's trying to think.
- Criminal Mind Games: Her gruesome displays on the gameboards, and the very fact she creates the gameboards in the Meta World.
- 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.
- One to Million to One: She can transform into golden butterflies.
- 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: A floor-length black dress with wide sleeves, a bow on the front and a matching choker.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Subverted; she wears her hair in a bun, but she'll only act prim and proper when she feels it'll lend well to her "elegant thousand-year-old witch" image. Most of the time she's more sadistic and mischievous.
- 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.
- Sadist: She finds endless enjoyment in brutally murdering Battler's family over and over again. Subverted when it's revealed her sadistic behaviour was only an act.
- 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: She was taking the blame for killing Battler's family to push him towards finding the truth. Battler figured it out too late. Poor Beatrice.
- Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: She goes on a rant about this in EP2:
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. Taken Up to Eleven in creepiness in the PS3 remake of the game.
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.
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.
- She could also be a personification of how the general public likes to villainify the Ushiromiya for fun when creating theories about the Rokkenjima incident, not caring about the fact that they were real people.
- 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: All her seemingly helpful actions towards Battler and Ange were only to further her own goals.
- 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. 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy:
- 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: She looks just like Rika from Higurashi: When They Cry, even sharing the same seiyuu. It's later revealed she's Rika's 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: She has this hairstyle to match her Elegant Gothic Lolita attire and to make her look 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".
- 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: She treats real people how one would expect an author to treat his characters, ruining their lives for her and the audience's entertainment.
- 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.
- 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. They both seem to really enjoy it.
- 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: In the early arcs she tends to serve in this role.
- Mysterious Watcher: She watches Battler's struggles, helping him from the shadows... 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 near the very end of EP8, in that Bernkastel and Lambdadelta 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. Her 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. Their favorite pastime is toying with the lives of people.
- 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: Her scythe. 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 as the Witch of Miracles.
- 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.
- 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."
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.
- Ambiguously Evil: She's on Beatrice's side at the beginning, but then she actually isn't, and then she's actually Bern's Friendly Enemy, but then she decides to oppose Bern, but then she doesn't, but then she does, etcetera.
- 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: Definitely at first, then she starts becoming Ambiguously 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: The basis of her Psycho Lesbian relationship with Bern.
- 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. What this means in an anti-fantasy perspective is up to debate.
- 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: In EP5 she takes Beatrice's place as this.
- 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. Luckily she gets better.
- 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: The reason why she and Bernkastel go around toying with people's tragedies.
- 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 during the first four Episodes.
- The Masochism Tango: With Bernkastel. They both greatly enjoy it.
- 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.
- 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: All witches are this. Being a Witch of the Senate, Lambdadelta is especially powerful.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like all witches in the story, her are is more of a psychological thing.
- 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: She'll essentially side with whoever can entertain her more. Luckily for the Ushiromiyas, Earn Your Happy Ending stories are the ones that entertain her the most.
- Willfully Weak: Likes to play this part, especially when Bern is involved.
- Yandere: As part of her Psycho Lesbian relationship with Bern.
- 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.
- 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: A traditional hairstyle befitting for a Yamato Nadeshiko.
- 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: She is introduced as Beatrice's former mentor and mentors Battler in the Meta World now and then.
- The Mole: She acts as this in the third arc.
- 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 one when in the presence of Gaap.
- Villainous Breakdown: During Episode 4.
- 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: She's an elegant witch and Beatrice's mentor who will drop more than a few hints in order help Battler succeed.
- 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 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
- 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.
- Ax-Crazy: During Episode 3 she becomes this more and more, as she gets Drunk with Power.
- 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: To Eva Ushiromiya.
- Enfant Terrible: She appears as Eva's younger self, but that doesn't mean she can't be ruthless and sadistic.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Scapegoat: Just like Beatrice for Battler, she does this for Ange.
- 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.
- Troll: She's extremely sadistic, both on the gameboards and in the Meta World.
- 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: Finding tons of gold (or, in other words, becoming able to use magic) isn't good for her psyche.
- 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.
- Affably Evil: She is completely indifferent towards the suffering of everybody else, but she sure is polite.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 and as an Author Avatar.
- 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.
- 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.