The '''witches''' of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' 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 {{Troll}}s 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 [[spoiler:Battler]]), [[AllThereInTheManual 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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[[folder:Beatrice]]
!!The Golden Witch/The Endless Witch
!!!Voiced by: Creator/SayakaOhara
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-> "''...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.

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* AffectionateNickname:
** 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.
* AlchemyIsMagic: Claims to have procured the gold through alchemy and claims to be Kinzo's alchemical counsellor.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: 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.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Expecially during Episodes 3 and 4, where she's still Battler's enemy but her true motives have started surfacing.
* AnnoyingLaugh: At least for Battler. And [[ServileSnarker Ronove]].
* AntiquatedLinguistics: 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 [[JapanesePronouns the archaic feminine pronoun "warawa" for herself]], and addresses others with "sonata".
* AntiVillain: After all of her antics in and out of the FaceHeelRevolvingDoor, her character evolves into this.
* ArtEvolution:
** In her first anime appearance she has a statuesque, obviously supernatural beauty; once showing that is out of the way she quickly becomes [[GenericCuteness cute in the same art style as everyone else]] over the course of a couple episodes.
** A similar thing happens in the manga (throughout the Kei Natsumi Episodes), as her behavior progressively changes. See her in [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/187039/umineko-no-naku-koro-ni-episode-1-legend-of-the-golden-witch_v4_ch22_by_miammiam-team/31 the Episode 1 Tea Party]], [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/241795/umineko-no-naku-koro-ni-episode-3-banquet-of-the-golden-witch_v1_ch1_by_miammiam-team/26 Episode 3 chapter 1]] and [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/148006/umineko-no-naku-koro-ni-episode-3-banquet-of-the-golden-witch_v3_ch14_by_wtdnd-group/63 Episode 3 chapter 14]].
* BadSamaritan: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheBaroness: 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.
* BattleCouple: With [[spoiler:Battler]].
* BigBad: She sets herself up as this at the end of Episode 1. [[spoiler: [[DiscOneFinalBoss The truth is a bit more complicated]].]]
* BlatantLies: "I cannot lie or deceive. All my emotions show up on my face." Uh-huh.
* BlessedWithSuck: 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.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Subverted. She only paints herself as evil.]]
* BodyBackupDrive: [[spoiler: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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy-ness came from?
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler: Bernkastel/Erika's whole scheme in End of the Golden Witch leads to this against Beatrice.]]
* BrokenBird: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: In the manga it's explained that when a character is able to see golden butterflies on a gameboard, [[spoiler:it means he either is an accomplice or is about to die]].
* CameBackWrong: In Episode 6, sort of. The Beatrice Battler creates has none of the real Beatrice's memories.
* CardCarryingVillain: 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?
* CatchPhrase: "Omoshiroi! Jitsu ni omoshiroi!" (Interesting, really interesting!)
* CatSmile: Oh yes [[http://mangafox.me/manga/umineko_no_naku_koro_ni_episode_3_banquet_of_the_golden_witch/v03/c013/26.html she can!]]
* TheChessmaster: 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.
* ClingyJealousGirl: If [[http://umineko.wikia.com/wiki/Butterfly_Kiss_Episode1.5%E9%85%8D%E5%B8%83%E3%83%A1%E3%83%83%E3%82%BB%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC this]] is to be believed… also, in Episode 8, she isn't pleased by [[{{Lust}} Asmodeus]] trying to flirt with Battler.
* CombatStilettos: 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.
* ComplexityAddiction: Derives from her (and Kinzo's) definition of magic.
* CompositeCharacter: An in-universe version of the trope. [[spoiler: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 [[ParentalIncest was also Kinzo's lover]].]]
* ConfusionFu: During the first Episodes, she ''really'' likes to toy with Battler when he's trying to think.
* CriminalMindGames: Her gruesome displays on the gameboards, and the very fact she creates the gameboards in the Meta World.
* CryCute: And ''how''. Why do you think not only Battler but also most readers were fooled in Episode 3?
* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler:Late in the series]].
%%* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:In the fourth arc, when she gives up on Battler ever realizing the truth.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: As early as [=EP2=], when impressed with Battler's first move.
** Later [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this to manipulate Battler.
* DespairEventHorizon: Crosses it in [=EP4=] after [[spoiler:Battler fails to remember his sin]]. It goes to the point that [[spoiler: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 EmptyShell 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.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:From [=EP5=] onward, it's clear that she isn't the real BigBad of the story, especially since Bernkastel has taken up the position.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EmptyShell: After the fourth arc, [[spoiler:she does ''nothing'', since she gave up on trying to make Battler understand her and her truth.]] A ''ton'' of ShipTease with [[spoiler:Battler]] ensues.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** 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.
* EvilLaughter: The VN has "*cackle* *cackle* " and ahaha.wav; the anime has Creator/SayakaOhara starting great and getting better every episode.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In [=EP5=], Beatrice lets her hair down for the whole EP because [[spoiler:she now can't even fix her hair. Or move, or eat, or speak... Virgilia is even combing her hair for her.]]
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: And she revels in it. [[spoiler:Though in [=EP6=] and beyond, she is a {{Face}}.]]
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler: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'', [[spoiler:since it's really just a memory of Yasu's time spent with Kumasawa, only with a heavy layer of fantasy]].
* FangsAreEvil: Her little fangs are a lot less [[CuteLittleFangs cute]] than the ones other cast members have.
* FauxAffablyEvil: At first, anyway. [[CharacterDevelopment Then the ship tease and moe-moe start showing up.]]
* FlowerInHerHair: She wears a rose in her hair.
* FreudianExcuse: It's complicated but yes, she has one. Perhaps even several. Understanding it is actually one of the main parts of the mystery.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: 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".''
* FullNameBasis: With "Ushiromiya Battler" − sorry, "Ushiromiya Battleeeeer" −, when she is in full {{Troll}} mode.
* GenerationXerox: Her relationship with [[spoiler:Battler]] plays this theme hard.
* TheGhost: 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.
* GloveSlap: To [[spoiler:Erika]] in [=EP6=].
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: She carries around a long pipe, similar to an Evil Cigarette Holder. ''Ougou Musoukyoku'' shows she uses it as her MagicWand.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:In [=EP5=], she gives Battler (who is supposedly dead at the time) a TearfulSmile right before she finally allows herself to die.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: '''[[IncomingHam KONGURAAAAAAATULEEEEISHOOOOOOONS!! AAAAANDO HAAAWAAAYUUU?? AM FAIIIN SENKYUUUU!!]]'''
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:With Battler after [=EP6=].]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: In Episode 4 (and 8), her elegant, tea-drinking witch image [[http://mangafox.me/manga/umineko_no_naku_koro_ni_episode_4_alliance_of_the_golden_witch/v03/c019/47.html takes a hard blow.]] Also note that [[spoiler:[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar she's 19 years old, so technically underage in Japan.]]]]
* HeelFaceMole: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in [=EP3=]. [[spoiler:At first it seems she is doing a HeelFaceTurn before [[DidYouActuallyBelieve revealing that it was all an act]] at the end.]] It turns out [[spoiler: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.]]
* HellishPupils: Her eyes are drawn this way in the Episode 4 manga.
* HerosMuse: Rather like the lady from ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' who she was named after, [[spoiler:Beatrice was designed by Sayo Yasuda to be the ideal woman for Battler. Her game is actually meant to be a quest for Battler to understand her heart while she plays the role of StealthMentor.]]
* HotWitch: [[spoiler:Yasu modeled her appearance on Battler's ideal woman]].
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Or at least I just want someone to understand me. [[spoiler:Battler eventually does, but too late.]]
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP896Z370Oo Chain]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70klHdh8l8o Golden Nocturne]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmNYr80-2vc Epilogue]].
* ImaginaryFriend: In [=EP1=] she's treated like this to an extent in regards to Maria. [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler:she also became Natsuhi's imaginary friend, along with her furniture]].
* ImmortalImmaturity: 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. [[spoiler:Justified since later on it's revealed that she isn't even close to a thousand years old; she's actually 19.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: As [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:The manga reveals that Natsuhi's gun wasn't even loaded during her duel with Beatrice, since Sayo Yasuda removed the bullets beforehand.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Maria, as Beatrice is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 1000+ years old]], [[spoiler:actually 19]].
* InvisibleToNormals: According to [=EP2=], no one in the island can see her besides Shannon and Kanon, unless she allows them to see her.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "Beatrice" is meant to be pronounced as it is in [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] ("''Beh''-ah-''tree''-cheh") rather than in [[GratuitousEnglish English]] ("''Bee''-ah-triss"). This is a reference to the character from ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' who she is named after [[spoiler:as well as foreshadowing that her real self Yasu does in fact have Italian blood]].
* JapanesePronouns: She uses the archaic feminine pronoun "warawa". Occasionally, though, she uses the more contemporary and gender-neutral "watashi" when [[spoiler:she drops the evil witch act and resurfaces as Yasu]].
* JerkassFacade: [=EP5=] confirms that, while Beatrice is mischievous by nature, [[spoiler:her sadistic behaviour in the first four arcs was an act as part of her being a StealthMentor towards Battler.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Featherine]] said it in red regarding Beatrice in Episode 1-5. [[spoiler:"That Beatrice is dead and can never be revived."]] In Episode 6 and 8 [[spoiler: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.]]
* KillerGameMaster: From [=EP1=] [[spoiler:to [=EP4=]. Subverted twice however: first because she can revive whoever she kills thanks to her Endless powers, and second because [[TricksterMentor she isn't actually trying to kill anyone from Rokkenjima]]]].
* KneelBeforeZod: Loves to do this in the first two Episodes.
* LargeHam: "Let's start torturing each other, USHIROMIYA BATTORAAAAAAAAA!!!" Ohara was ''definitely'' enjoying herself.
* LaughablyEvil: At least in the anime. More tragic in the novels.
* LegacyCharacter: The name Beatrice and the titles Endless Witch and Golden Witch were passed down to her from Virgilia, her mentor and the former Beatrice. [[spoiler: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.]]
* LegacyImmortality: [[spoiler: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 ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ofk8ff5mbU Organ Opusculum No. 600,000,000 in C minor]]''.
* LemonyNarrator: In the first Tea Party, the narration constantly mocks [[AgentScully Battler]] for being stupid and irrational − while at the same time praising the "wise" [[AgentMulder Maria]]. Interestingly, more than a funny gag, it is actually the first hint that the third-person narration is ''not'' objective.
* LethalChef: "Half a day was spent in spectacular violence that would have shocked the culinary world."
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The dark to Shannon's light.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Actually [[GoodIsNotNice Light Is Not Nice]].]]
* LiteralSplitPersonality: In the sixth arc, [[spoiler:this is the way she CameBackWrong]]. 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.
* LoveHurts: It hurts so much that 6 years can feel like a thousand.
* MagicWand: Her pipe functions as this.
* MaleGaze: In her special graphics in the PS3 port, her dress has curiously ''a lot'' more cleavage than in her sprites.
* ManipulativeBitch: In Episode 3. [[spoiler:She actually has to force herself to be this to keep battler reaching for the truth]].
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:She dies in Episode 5 just after Battler had finally figured out she was playing the StealthMentor role for him.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:To Maria and Rosa in the third arc.]]
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: This is the reason why one of Beatrice's weaknesses is said to be mirrors. [[spoiler: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.]]
* MoreHeroThanThou: Decides to fight [[spoiler:Erika and Dlanor]] herself rather than expose Gaap to danger.
* MultilayerFacade: Her actual identity is so complicated that there have been flow charts made in order to clarify it.
* MultipleChoicePast: Whether you take the fantasy or mystery perspective. [[spoiler:It's all but stated outright that the mystery perspective is her true past.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: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.]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: Often. In the anime it comes across as a harsh braying. Ronove lampshades its inelegance, to her complete lack of concern.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:In Episode 5, she finally gives up on Battler finding the truth and allows herself to die, leaving nothing but a mountain of sand behind.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: Episode 3 implies she sees nothing wrong with what she's been doing because in the end she always fixes what she breaks. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ObviousRulePatch: On ''Ougon Musoukyouku'' Beatrice could do crazy combos like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKUdhImjEAo&feature=related this]], which lasted '''''278''''' hits (even a [[CounterAttack damage touch]] can't save you from a super, or from a dizzy-combo), the very next patch [[{{Nerf}} modifying]] the move to prevent these kinds of abuses.
%%* OjouRinglets
* OneToMillionToOne: She can transform into golden butterflies.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: 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.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Battler.
* ParachutePetticoat: An air maneuver in ''Ougon Musou Kyoku''.
* ParentalSubstitute: 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, [[AbusiveParents or with Rosa's treatment of Maria.]]
* PetTheDog:
** 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 [[spoiler:Natsuhi]] in Arc 5, although [[spoiler:that Beato was a result of Natsuhi's delusions]].
* PimpedOutDress: A floor-length black dress with wide sleeves, a bow on the front and a matching choker.
* PrimAndProperBun: 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.
* [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* RapunzelHair: She has very long, wavy hair, which isn't obvious until she lets it down in [=EP5=].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She looks like a young woman but is actually 1000 years old. [[spoiler:Subverted; she's actually only [[ArcNumber 19]].]]
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: [[spoiler:She claims to be ReallySevenHundredYearsOld to pass as a legendary witch even though she's 19 years old, and was made a witch only for a few days.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Subverted, then DoubleSubverted.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Battler's blue.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Like several other characters in the series, Beatrice derives her name from Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''.
* {{Sadist}}: She finds endless enjoyment in brutally murdering Battler's family over and over again. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed her sadistic behaviour was only an act.]]
* SayMyName: [[{{Troll}} U-shi-ro-mi-ya]] '''[[ChewingTheScenery BWAAATORAAAAAAAAA!!!]]'''
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: According to her, the Beatrice of 1967 was a "homunculus" that Kinzo trapped her soul inside. Considering what is later revealed in [=EP7=], [[UnreliableExpositor this most likely isn't true]].
* SexyBacklessOutfit: 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.
* SilentScapegoat: [[spoiler: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.]]
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: She goes on a rant about this in [=EP2=]:
-->'''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 [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment filthy filth]]. Don't people become adults when they realize that?
* SlasherSmile: Complete with [[FangsAreEvil fangs]]. Taken UpToEleven in [[NightmareFuel creepiness]] in the PS3 remake of the game.
%%* SmokingIsCool
* SophisticatedAsHell: 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.
* SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler:Her last words to Battler right before dying in [=EP5=] are an apology, presumably for not being able to wait for him any longer.]]
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: [[spoiler:Combined with ShesBack in Episode 6.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome What else can be said?]]
-->''"Erikaaaa!!! Shukufuku ni kita zeeee!!!"''
* StealthMentor: [[spoiler:Revealed to be the case in [=EP5=], towards Battler. The whole reason she was playing her "game" with him was so he could realize who she was and what his "sin of six years ago" was.]]
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler:With Shannon and Kanon.]]
* [[TwoAliasesOneCharacter Three Aliases One Character]]: [[spoiler:She, Shannon and Kanon are all the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Suggested by the ending of the series, with Battler.]]
* TragicHero[=/=]TragicVillain: [[spoiler:As Yasu, she played a big part in the Rokkenjima tragedy. In the Meta World, though, her goal is to help Battler reach and accept the truth about what happened]].
* TrampledUnderfoot: 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. [[spoiler:At least until her true HeelFaceTurn, though even then she has elements of TheGadfly. And though she may be the best known of the witches for her trolling, she's nowhere near as cruel as Bernkastel.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: {{Invoked|Trope}} at the end of the third game to manipulate Battler, but played straight from the fourth game onwards. She even shouts [[ShakuganNoShana "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!!!" (Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)]] at some point. [[spoiler:Sayo Yasuda gave Beatrice this personality because Battler likes feisty women.]]
* TsurimeEyes: Reflecting her sadistic nature.
* UnreliableExpositor: Not only is her [[UnreliableNarrator 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.
* UnreliableNarrator: 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.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: According to the flashback at the beginning of Episode 3. [[spoiler: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.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: 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 BadSamaritan. During their second encounter near the end of the arc, the Witch [[{{Angrish}} ends up spewing incoherent words and insults in rapid-fire.]] [[spoiler:Of course, both scenes are highly symbolic of Sayo's self-loathing.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: According to legend, Beatrice can be rendered powerless through spider webs or mirrors. [[spoiler: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 Sayo hates them due to his/her low self esteem.]]
%%* WickedCultured
* WomanChild: Particularly in the VN and manga. In the third game, when she asks Virigilia for advice, she sounds less like a dignified witch and [[http://mangafox.me/manga/umineko_no_naku_koro_ni_episode_3_banquet_of_the_golden_witch/v02/c009/42.html more like a little girl throwing a tantrum.]]
* WorthyOpponent: To Battler.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: She ''wants'' Battler to hate her to keep him struggling to find the truth (with the goal of denying her existance).
* ZettaiRyouiki: Part of the outfit she wears when appearing to the adults at the beginning of the second arc.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bernkastel]]
!!The Witch of Miracles
!!!Voiced by: Creator/YukariTamura
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->"''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 [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Frederica Bernkastel]] is unclear, but they are most likely the same character.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Like Rika from ''Higurashi'', her hair is indisputably blue in the games/manga, and weird purple-blue color in the anime.
* AllWitchesHaveCats: She has hundreds of cats as her minions. She even uses them as projectiles in Ougon Musou Kyouku Cross.
* AloofAlly: She seems to be this, though whether she's the ally of Battler or [[BreakingTheFourthWall the audience]] is unclear. Some of the things she says throughout the game can be seen as a way to guide the reader. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of [=EP4=], when her true motives are revealed. In [=EP5=] she takes up the position of BigBad.]]
* AnimalMotifs: Strongly associated with cats, and in [=EP8=], [[spoiler:it's revealed that from a mundane perspective she's actually Ikuko's pet cat]]. Quite a few cat tropes apply to her.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification:
** 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''.
* BadBoss: Acts like this towards her piece Erika when the latter fails to achieve any worthwhile results. The [[http://www.dm5.com/m99923-p60/ manga]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch amps]] this up even further.
* BadSamaritan: [[spoiler:All her seemingly helpful actions towards Battler and Ange were only to further her own goals.]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:"ripping out the guts".]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Assumes the position in the fifth arc (in the meta-world at least), and solidifies it with each consecutive installment.]]
%%* BiggerBad
* {{Bokukko}}: At least in her character song, she refers to herself with 'boku'.
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: 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!
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** 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. [[spoiler: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, [[HilarityEnsues saying that she hasn't finished reading it yet.]] Yeah, don't try to understand, you'll just get a headache.
* BreakTheCutie: In [=EP6=], Lambda says that [[spoiler: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 [[UnwinnablebyMistake Unwinnable by Mistake]] or the [[UnwinnablebyDesign Unwinnable by Design]] variety.) The Game Master then abandoned Bern as a piece and left her to fend for herself. Bern eventually [[BeyondTheImpossible 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.
* BrokenBird: 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.
* CallBack: 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… [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Mii~. Nipah~*!]] ……… [[OldShame it's a bit embarrassing. See how far I go for your sake.]]
* CatsAreMagic: One of her magical abilities is to [[{{Animorphism}} turn into a black cat]], and the transformation is so complete that you could mistake her for any other common black cat.
* CatsAreMean: Her cat minions are certainly not friendly, and as it turns out, neither is she.
* CatsAreSnarkers: 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.
* CatGirl: Played with, since she has a cat's tail but no ears to match.
* CombatPragmatist: 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=] [[spoiler: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 ''[[CurbStompBattle all of them at once]]''.]]
--> [[spoiler:In that case, this wasn't 'mystery' anymore. This wasn't an intellectual game, but a merciless assault.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Bringing them about is at least one aspect of her power.
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers two over the course of the story.
** [[spoiler:First was versus Will. Sadly an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, 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.]]
** [[spoiler:Not even Battler seems to be safe from her at first. See CombatPragmatist above.]]
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** 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 GameMaster, not that it stops her from using her pieces to do it instead. [[spoiler:Until [=EP7=] when she [[OhCrap is MADE the Game Master]], after which she wastes no time weaving a tale wherein the current protagonists are [[KillerGameMaster supposed to die at the end]].]]
** In [=EP6=], [[spoiler:she has her hired Heaven guards ready to take down Beatrice the moment she enters the wedding so she can't confront Erika. [[{{Troll}} Lambdadelta]] was the only reason this didn't work, and knowing that Erika won't win against a resurrected Beatrice, she leaves her [[TheDragon Dragon]] to her fate.]]
** An AllThereInTheManual case, but apparently [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: It's almost a WhamLine when she does Rika's VerbalTic. A few blink-and-you'll-miss-it lines confirm that she is not only all the dead Rikas from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', but she remembers ''everything'' from it up to Saikoroshi-hen wherein she was purged from Rika's consciousness.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: The more we learn about her, the more brutally this trope is subverted.]]
* DeadlyEuphemism: "If I get bored, I could throw popcorn at you." We don't want to know what kind of "pop-corn" she would throw.
* DungeonmastersGirlfriend: When Lambdadelta is running the game, she rules very generously on behalf of her and her CreatorsPet, Erika.
* EmotionlessGirl: 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.
* EmptyEyes: Unlike in regular applications of the trope[[note]]characters with these kinds of eyes are usually shocked or traumatized to the point of HeroicBSOD[[/note]] [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope which may or may not still count]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast 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, [[spoiler:especially from [=EP5=] onwards. Her genuine facial expressions done with those emotionless eyes are ''really'' unnerving]].
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler:She's confirmed to be all the [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry "Rikas"]] who gave up on fighting destiny and now wanders between the fragments doing whatever she can to ease the pain.]]
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: To Ange, although [[spoiler:she did this just to be a BadSamaritan]].
* EvilMentor: A meta example as much of what she has to say is actually pretty helpful. Not to the characters, [[BreakingTheFourthWall 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 ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', even sharing the same seiyuu. [[spoiler:It's later revealed she's Rika's EnemyWithout]].
* FanservicePack: 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.
* ForTheEvulz: Basically her driving motivation.
* FreudianExcuse: As a being that can live for untold centuries, boredom is poison to Bernkastel - or more accurately, her mind since memories of her DarkAndTroubledPast start to resurface if she isn't constantly entertained or enthralled with something else. She will do absolutely ''anything'' to make herself forget.
* FriendlyEnemy: The true relationship between her and Lambadelta. More the former than the latter, to stave off boredom.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GoodPowersBadPeople: 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. [[{{Troll}} No one said anything about those miracles being "good"]].
* HimeCut: She has this hairstyle to match her ElegantGothicLolita attire and to make her look like Rika.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Bern is very resentful to [[spoiler:Auaurora]] for the way she made her a witch and taught her to 'hunger for meat'. [[spoiler:Not that it stops her from reveling in it to escape her DarkAndTroubledPast.]]
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2KbybRxJLQ Doctrine of the Fundamentally Good]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Ougon Musou Kyouku Cross has Bern relying on weaponized fragments, hungry black cats, and blue serpent beams as part of her arsenal of moves.
* InSeriesNickname: Lambdadelta often calls her "Bern".
%%* ItAmusedMe
* KickTheDog: Currently sued by animal rights associations for [[NoodleIncident dog holocaust]].
* KillerGameMaster: [[spoiler:Of [=EP7=] on her own, and of [=EP8=] where she competes against the much more benevolent GameMaster Battler.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: 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. [[spoiler:She's the BigBad after all.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkauAVC8Py0 Haze]] is equally associated with both Ange and Bern, specifically during the skyscraper scene.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bor1yQ4p90 Kururi]] is shared with Lambdadelta.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dORf0tLaSn8 Patchwork Chimera]] on the other hand, is shared with Erika.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_UHO60tkdg The Executioner]] appeared only once with her, but it has become iconic.
%%* LipstickLesbian
* LittleBitBeastly: Partially, since she has a cat's tail but no cat ears.
* LittleMissSnarker: A trait she kept from her human self.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheMasochismTango: With Lambdadelta. They both seem to ''really'' enjoy it.
* MeaningfulName: Bernkastel was the type of wine that Rika would drink.
* MediumAwareness: [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaks the Fourth Wall]] the most out of all the characters.
* {{Miko}}: She used to be [[spoiler:Featherine]]'s miko.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[spoiler:Battler punching her in the face.]] Feeling pain for the first time in a century is unpleasant enough to cause a VillainousBreakdown.
* MirthlessLaughter: To express boredom or contempt, or to feign them. Featherine sees through it to the fear she's trying to mask.
* MsExposition: In the early arcs she tends to serve in this role.
* MysteriousWatcher: She watches Battler's struggles, helping him from the shadows... [[spoiler:until [=EP5=].]]
* {{Orochi}}: Not Bernkastel herself, but she creates one. [[spoiler: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.]]
* PassThePopcorn: 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.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian UnholyMatrimony 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, [[KickTheDog she does nothing as Lambdadelta is killed by Featherine]].]]
* PsychoLesbian: In [=EP5=], Bern directly tells Lambda that she loves her, and if true, she and Lambda would make a PsychoLesbian couple. Although it sounded quite genuine, it's also well within [[LittleMissSnarker Bern]]'s character to be sarcastic about such things.
* PsychoticSmirk: [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md5ni1tf7o1rf7jtbo1_400.jpg U mad?]]
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler: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, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality to them they're simply very entertaining games of chess, with them taking turns which one plays what color.]]]]
* RealityWarper: Can manipulate probability: the force of nature that sets forth the laws of reality.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Since Higurashi takes place in 1983, it depends on whether you count all of [[spoiler:Rika's century-long GroundhogDayLoop]] 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.
* RedBaron: "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Cruelest Witch.]]"
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Lambda's red. [[spoiler:In the first half of the series at least.]]
* RightHandCat: She has ''hundreds'' of them. [[spoiler: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.
* SarcasticClapping: 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* [[DeadpanSnarker Well, thanks a bunch.]]
* SayMyName: [[spoiler:When she realizes Lambda had undergone a HeelFaceTurn.]] '''"Lambdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa[[{{Angrish}} wg]]!"'''
* SelfInsertFic: Invokes it herself. [[spoiler:When Lambdadelta hijacks the Rokkenjima game board in [=EP5=], Bernkastel [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy immediately suspects her plan to trap her in an endless game]] and sets about ending the game. Her first attempt is to slip [[TheDragon 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 [[BiggerBad Featherine]] came along and made her the Game Master of [=EP7=], allowing Bernkastel herself to start wreaking havoc directly...]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:To [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rika Furude]], both [[EnemyWithout literally]] and figuratively. Whereas the real Rika at least had a few shreds of empathy even at her worst, Bernkastel is basically Rika having JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope - faithless, cruel and reveling in the suffering of others.]]
* TheSociopath: Far and away the cruelest character in the series, so much that cruelty is part of [[RedBaron her moniker]]. Bernkastel will lie, turn friend against friend, MindRape, 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 [[HumansAreMorons no love lost]] [[HumansAreBastards for humans]], and would even allow the one person she has affections for ([[spoiler:Lambdadelta]]) to be brutally murdered without a passing thought.
* SoreLoser: '''Dear God.''' It's revealed in [=EP8=] that Bernkastel barely or just plain ''doesn't'' understand the concept of fun, only caring about winning. [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheStoic: In most situations, she can be icy cold. But, certain situations can turn her to be very, ''very'' NotSoStoic. This is usually a sign that ''very'' bad things are about to happen to the cast [[spoiler:except for the last half of [=EP8=]]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Dried plums. Preferably in her tea.
* {{Troll}}: She isn't called "The Cruellest Witch" for nothing. [[spoiler: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 ''[[VideoGame/BlazblueCalamityTrigger Ter]][[VideoGame/BlazblueContinuumShift umi]]'' levels of trolling. That's saying a lot.]]
* UnholyMatrimony: With Lambdadelta. Their favorite pastime is toying with the lives of people.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:[=EP8=]. And it is glorious]].
* WalkingSpoiler: 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her [[SinisterScythe 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 [[spoiler:against Will she decides he's not worth the effort of carving up with it]], and the second time [[spoiler:against Battler she deigns to skewer him with hundreds upon hundreds of blue truth mystery blades]].
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Her power as the Witch of Miracles.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It is very possible to see her as this, considering that she is [[spoiler:an amalgamation of all of the Rikas who died in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'']]. Given the fact that all of these [[spoiler:Rikas]] experienced [[spoiler:several hundred years worth of AFateWorseThanDeath]], 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."
** In [=EP8=] she says [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon that she will tear off Lambda's limbs, skewer her through her butt, then place her beside her bed so she can kiss her good morning and good night every day.]]
* YouBastard: She says, to the reader, something to the effect of, "It's more interesting to have [[spoiler:Eva make Ange's life a living hell]], isn't it? That's why you're reading this far, after all."
%% * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is blue.
* YouMonster: Bernkastel calls Featherine one, although [[InformedAttribute it doesn't really show that much.]] Bern even says that she "learned" from her in that department…
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lambdadelta]]
!!The Witch of Certainty
!!!Voiced by: Creator/FuyukaOura
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-> "''If I'm paper, Beato is rock, and Bern is scissors. It's true that my paper will lose to Bern's scissors... [[ScissorsCutsRock 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! [[NoblewomansLaugh 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.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: She's on Beatrice's side at the beginning, but then she actually isn't, and then [[spoiler:she's actually Bern's FriendlyEnemy, but then she decides to oppose Bern, but then she doesn't, but then she does]], etcetera.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Lambda's actual power goes far beyond being able to kill unfailingly, and is either this or a StoryBreakerPower 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.
* BadSamaritan: Nowhere near Bern's level in that regard, but the human she lends her power to in [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry another series]] didn't meet a happy end in most of the timelines. It's implied that Takano [[spoiler:was either made a scapegoat, disposed of or DrivenToSuicide after the Hinamizawa disaster.]] And of course, [[spoiler:Beato's fate]] isn't much happier.
* BiggerBad: She made [[spoiler:Beatrice]] a temporary witch to drag Bern into her game, but she doesn't really care about what happens to Battler and the rest. [[spoiler:At first.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: According to [=EP8=], she is ''literally'' made of candy.
* BlondesAreEvil: Definitely at first, then she starts becoming AmbiguouslyEvil.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: She does this very often, even to the point of asking the readers to vote for her in the character popularity poll.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: [[spoiler: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 PsychoLesbian intentions, '''actually threaten''' - to not damage her reputation.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: She likes to imagine various and very imaginative ways to torture Bern. [[PsychoLesbian Let's call that her peculiar way of expressing her love.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: The basis of her PsychoLesbian relationship with Bern.
* CuteWitch: [[spoiler: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''.]]
* TheDitz: 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 [[spoiler:[[ObfuscatingStupidity drops the act.]]]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: 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.
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: To Beatrice, though this is only alluded to briefly in the third tea party, in ''Requiem'' and once again in the extra TIPS. [[MindScrew What this means in an anti-fantasy perspective is up to debate]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 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, [[spoiler: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 HeelFaceTurn) 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 ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (and has [[Creator/FuyukaOura her Seiyuu]]), but her character is closer to Satoko, with her trickster personality, her NoblewomansLaugh and her relationship with Bernkastel, Rika's {{Expy}}.
* ForegoneConclusion: Loves to [[DefiedTrope defy]] this for the sake of entertainment, or just to piss off Bernkastel. Particularly in [=EP6=] where she [[spoiler:stealthily helps Beatrice reach Erika for the episode's final battle]].
* FreudianExcuse: Being in the same situation as Bernkastel, she will do anything to escape boredom and keep her DarkAndTroubledPast repressed.
* FriendlyEnemy: The true relationship between her and Bernkastel. More the former than the latter, in fact, to stave off boredom.
* GameMaster: [[spoiler:In [=EP5=] she takes Beatrice's place as this.]]
* TheGlovesComeOff: In Episode 8, she stops holding back and starts fighting Bern seriously.
* GoKartingWithBowser: 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.
** [[spoiler: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 WildCard they go back to their usual relationship in the afterparty.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: We find that [[spoiler:in the past, Lambda was trapped in a logic error. It was so bad that she still seems to wonder if [[CuckooNest she isn't still trapped there and just hallucinating everything.]]]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Frequent in her POP, CUTE and PERFECT dialogues!
* GravityMaster: She can create an area of concentrated gravity, not entirely different from a black hole, during her fight with [[spoiler:Bernkastel]] in Episode 8.
* HatesBeingAlone: According to Bern. If what she tells about [[spoiler:having being trapped alone in a logic error]] is to be believed, this is somewhat understandable.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In [=EP8=], and boy is it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Luckily she gets better.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: In Episode 4, she mocks Beatrice, saying that "all blond women are dumb". Yeah… what is Lambda's hair colour again?
* ImmortalImmaturity: [[spoiler: Subverted. It's an act.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Candies. Also, her [[FinishingMove Meta Super]] in ''Ougon Musou Kyouku'' is a ''giant present comet''.
* InSeriesNickname: Bernkastel often calls her "Lambda".
* ItAmusedMe: The reason why she and Bernkastel go around toying with people's tragedies.
* LaughablyEvil: Alghtough not everyone agrees on the "evil" part.
* LeetLingo: Her entire moveset in ''Ougon Musou Kyoku'' is named in such a fashion.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bor1yQ4p90 Kururi]], shared with Bernkastel.
* LighterAndSofter: Her more malicious aspects are considerably toned down in the anime.
* LipstickLesbian: Her clothing and magic utilise quite a lot of pink and cuteness, and she only has eyes for Bernkastel.
* MadeOfExplodium: Her candies, which are her WeaponOfChoice.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:To Beatrice during the first four Episodes]].
* TheMasochismTango: With Bernkastel. They both ''greatly'' enjoy it.
* MeaningfulName: Lambdadelta in Greek letters equals 34, as did Takano's first name's kanji.
* MoralityPet: To [[spoiler:Bernkastel]].
* MythologyGag: She signs off on Eva-Beatrice's succession because she feels for her bad childhood.
%%* NiceHat
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Can be described as a Magical Lesbian Loli Yandere. Yeeep.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Although sadly absent in the anime.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:She isn't as childish or ditzy as she appears to be.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Toward Bernkastel. [[spoiler: At least until Arc 5, when Lambda and Bern drop the act that they are mortal enemies.]]
%%* OperaGloves
* PassThePopcorn: She orders some for the final showdown in ''Dawn of the Golden Witch''. Subverted because [[spoiler:she actually uses this popcorn to influence the fight despite having to stay neutral.]]
* PsychoLesbian: 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 TooKinkyToTorture. [=EP5=] reveals that the feeling is mutual. See Bern for more info.
* RealityWarper: All witches are this. Being a Witch of the Senate, Lambdadelta is especially powerful.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Like all witches in the story, her are is more of a psychological thing.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Anime only. In the games they're more of an amber color.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Bern's blue. [[spoiler:But in Chiru, it turns out Bern is [[SoreLoser much]] [[HairTriggerTemper redder]] than her.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: To Bern.
* TailorMadePrison: [[spoiler: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 [[{{Troll}} dickish qualities]], but Bern is GenreSavvy 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.
* UnholyMatrimony: 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.
* UnrealisticBlackHole: She can create black holes on a whim.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: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.]]
* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler: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 [[HeelFaceTurn decides to help them out]] in the end.]]
* VoiceChangeling: In Episode 5 it's mentioned that she can change her voice at will, and she does the voice of [[spoiler:the Man from 19 years ago]], [[CastAsAMask 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. [[spoiler:The man turns out to have been Yasu, since Will later states that in one game Yasu appears as a man.]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: 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 [[AllThereInTheManual "Lambdadelta's Diary" TIP]] and [=EP5=] reveal what her [[StoryBreakerPower power]] [[AwesomeButImpractical actually]] is...
* WildCard: [[spoiler:She'll essentially side with whoever can entertain her more. Luckily for the Ushiromiyas, EarnYourHappyEnding stories are the ones that entertain her the most]].
* WillfullyWeak: Likes to play this part, especially when Bern is involved.
* {{Yandere}}: As part of her PsychoLesbian relationship with Bern.
* YouMonster: Lambdadelta gives Featherine this treatment [[spoiler:after getting [[CurbStompBattle utterly destroyed]] by Featherine]]. She takes it as a ''[[InsultBackfire compliment]]''.
* ZenSurvivor: And true to type, [[spoiler:she's another [[StealthMentor Stealth]] TricksterMentor in [=EP6=]]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Virgilia]]
!!The Witch of the Finite
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KikukoInoue
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->''"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.
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* BeamSpam: Entirely possible in the fighting game through Gungnir.
* ButtMonkey: In Episode 4, curiously. And hilariously.
* ChristmasCake: 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.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Trust me, you don't want to see her with her eyes open. In the anime, it's more like Eyes Always Half-Open.
* FlyingBroomstick: One of her attacks in Ougon Musou Kyoku[[note]] down+C from midair[[/note]].
* HandHidingSleeves: Of the elegant type.
* HimeCut: A traditional hairstyle befitting for a YamatoNadeshiko.
%%* HotWitch
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Her arsenal of weaponry in the fighting game includes daggers, the divine spear Gungnir, ''mirrors'', and ''candlesticks''.
* MadEye: What she looks like with her eyes fully open. It's actually less "mad" and more... [[http://media.tumblr.com/76b8de1a589be3e1d3cf439e19332b01/tumblr_inline_mk5kjmtTkk1qecoeu.png kind of deformed.]]
* MagicWand: Wields a simple, classic wooden wand, as shown in the anime, the PS3 port and the fighting games.
* MediumAwareness: In the fourth arc, she is sometimes aware of the user interface.
* MentorArchetype: She is introduced as Beatrice's former mentor and mentors Battler in the Meta World now and then.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:She acts as this in the third arc.]]
%%* MysticalWhiteHair
* NiceHat: A SouthernBelle-tastic one worn at a jaunty angle, no less. Some theorize that the hat is actually eating her head.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Shares this with Kumasawa, her "real world" form, along with many expressions.
* NoFourthWall: During the infamous Krauss vs. Goat scene.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Virgilia of the fourth arc acts very differently from Virgilia of the other arcs. {{Justified|Trope}} since it's obviously PlayedForLaughs.
%%* PimpedOutDress
* RapunzelHair: Depending on the author, her hair can go down her back or to her mid-thighs.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Like with all witches, her age is a psychological thing.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: She named herself after the Roman poet Virgil, as in [[DivineComedy Dante's guide to Beatrice]].
%%* SexyMentor
* SummonMagic: 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.
* TeamMom: 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. [[spoiler:It makes sense when you realize that Kumasawa, whom Virgilia is based on, was the closest thing to a mother Yasu had.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: 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.
* VillainousBreakdown: During Episode 4.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: An InUniverse example; Virgilia was based on Kumasawa by [[spoiler:Yasu, who saw Kumasawa as a mother figure and learned about the ghost stories of Rokkenjima and mystery novels from her]].
* YamatoNadeshiko: She's an elegant witch and Beatrice's mentor who will drop more than a few hints in order help Battler succeed.
* YaoiFangirl: PlayedForLaughs in her and Ange's ending in ''Ougon Musoukyoku'', and in the [=TIP=] "Angel of 17 Years".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eva-Beatrice]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MikiIto
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->"''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''.
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* AmbiguousInnocence: Present when she [[spoiler:kills Rosa by twisting her happiest dreams]], but mostly dropped after that in favor of playing up a more aggressive form of insanity.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: She symbolizes the "Eva Culprit" theory. In [=EP6=], she also serves as a personification of Eva's MyBelovedSmother tendencies towards George.
* AxCrazy: During Episode 3 she becomes this more and more, as she gets DrunkWithPower.
* BaitTheDog: Aw, she's so happy with her new title. That's right, Battler, feel free to applaud!
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: 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 [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the most horrifically literal way possible]].
* BlackMagic: 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.
* CatchPhrase: ''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~?!''
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: What happens to the people she kills. ''[[FateWorseThanDeath Repeatedly]]''.
* CuteAndPsycho: [[http://www.mangareader.net/umineko-no-naku-koro-ni-episode-3/12/39 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.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:In the [=EP8=] manga, after Ange commits suicide upon finding out about the One Truth, she closes Ange's eyes.]]
* EnemyWithout: To Eva Ushiromiya.
* EnfantTerrible: She appears as Eva's younger self, but that doesn't mean she can't be ruthless and sadistic.
* EvilIsHammy: ''Especially'' after she gets her Endless Witch powers; she practically breaks into HamToHamCombat with Beato after that. Not to mention that Creator/MikiIto tends to get fairly creative with the delivery of her CatchPhrase.
* EvilLaugh: In the PS3 version, Miki Itō gives us a childish, high-pitched, rapid-fire laugh, which should sound completely ridiculous [[MoodDissonance but is somehow terrifying instead]].
* {{Fanservice}}: PlayedForLaughs 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). [[AintTooProudToBeg So she begs Battler to help her be more popular.]] The result is… [[http://mangafox.me/manga/umineko_no_naku_koro_ni_tsubasa/v01/c002/20.html impressive.]]
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: She states at one point to [[spoiler:Ange]] that she only retains Eva's appearance because of her own lingering emotions towards her.
* FullContactMagic: Eva uses surprisingly little magic in ''Ougon Musoukyouku'' compared to the other Beatrices, most of her attacks involving [[SimpleStaff clubbing]] and [[KickChick kicking]] the enemy to death. This is most likely because Eva, her human counterpart, is a martial artist.
* AGodAmI: "My Power is a God's Power".
* GroinAttack: Her grab in the fighting game.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:During [=EP8=]. It's probably more accurate to call it a Heel ''Ange'' Turn, though.]]
* ImaginaryFriend: She was this to Eva, according to [=EP3=].
* KidsAreCruel: 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 [[spoiler:after she's killed Hideyoshi]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J5LF2Udf20&fmt=18 Happiness of Marionette]]''.
%%* LettingHerHairDown
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Sort of. She is an AnthropomorphicPersonification of a side of Eva's personality.
* MyBelovedSmother: Appears as this to George in Ep6, claiming his whole life was kept under her control through regimented education, tutoring and training. Symbolically he has to kill her to assert his independence.
%%* NiceHat
* OhCrap: 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.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Kind of. She's technically about as old as Eva, despite appearing as a younger version of her.
%%* OperaGloves
%%* PimpedOutDress
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler:Just like Beatrice for Battler, she does this for Ange.]]
%%* ShadowArchetype
* SimpleStaff: It acts as her own version of the Ushiromiya Emblem.
* SmugSnake: 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.
* SpookyPainting: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sIcCKuA8ns 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.
* VillainousBreakdown: 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 OhCrap moment near the end of [=EP3=].
* VillainProtagonist: On ''Ougon Musoukyouku'' at least, all of her endings but one involve her [[KillEmAll killing]] [[DownerEnding everybody]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Finding tons of gold (or, in other words, becoming able to use magic) isn't good for her psyche.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: [[spoiler:She made herself as evil as possible so Ange would never think of blaming her parents.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Featherine Augustus Aurora]]
!!The Majestic Witch of Theatregoing, Drama and Spectating
!!!Voiced by: Creator/MichikoNeya
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-> "''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 AuthorAvatar. Because of her age, Featherine wears a horseshoe-shaped device around her head that stores her memories. Ange becomes her miko.
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* AffablyEvil: She is completely indifferent towards the suffering of everybody else, but she sure is polite.
* AllWitchesHaveCats: She is no exception. Hers is called [[spoiler:Bern]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: 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.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Both Bern and Lambda describe her as [[YouMonster extremely nasty]], and indeed she doesn't think much of humans, but she doesn't really have any KickTheDog moments, and [[spoiler:in the end she gives up on publicly revealing the contents of Eva's diary, thus preserving the catbox as Battler and Beato wished.]]
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Similarly as Beatrice.
* AuthorAvatar: Featherine is implied to be Tooya's avatar. And incidentally, Ryūkishi07's.
%%* BiggerBad
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers one to [[spoiler:Lambdadelta]] in Episode 8.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* TheDreaded: Anyone that can inspire genuine fear from ''Lambdadelta'' and even '''Bernkastel''' is definitely not to be trifled with.
* EvilMentor: Implied to have been [[spoiler:Bernkastel]]'s in the ???? of [=EP6=].
* {{Expy}}: Some people consider her an expy of [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Hanyuu]] because Featherine's memory device looks like horns, the name '''Au'''gustus '''Au'''rora, "Hanyuu" means "feather," Featherine addresses people as "Child of Man," and [[spoiler: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, Aug[[VerbalTic auau]]... umm-
-->'''Bernkastel:''' ... Featherine Something Auaurora...
** Her status as Hanyuu's expy may possibly be [[TrollingCreator to playfully troll the fans]], since despite their similarities they don't seem to have any connection to each other. Actually pretty funny.
* TheFogOfAges: 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.
* GenreSavvy: A subtle example, but [[spoiler: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.]]
* GodIsEvil: Averted, though ''just barely''. She's not so much evil as she is uncaring of how she achieves her goals... though given [[ManipulativeBitch the things she]] ''[[ManipulativeBitch does]]'' [[ManipulativeBitch do in the story]] ([[RetiredMonster and apparently before it]]), you'd be forgiven for thinking it was played straight.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler: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. [[ItMakesSenseInContext And still in pieces.]]]]
* GreekChorus: With Ange in [=EP6=], as [[MindScrew they read and comment the Episode itself which she has written]].
%%* HimeCut
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Though it works since she has a large kimono belt to hold the dress.
* InsultBackfire: When Lambda pulls a YouMonster 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, [[spoiler:being [[{{Troll}} Bernkastel's]] mentor,]] she possess a trolling capacity far surpassing [[spoiler:her miko]] Bern's... and considering Bern is the most malicious character in the story, that is nothing short of terrifying to think about.
* ItAmusedMe: The main reason she doesn't fit into GodIsEvil instead. [[PhysicalGod Physical Godliness]] and lack of a FreudianExcuse 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 [[spoiler:bringing [[BigBad 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 [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Rika Furudes]], it's made clear in the narration that Featherine was the one who ''[[EvilMentor 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 [[spoiler:creating Bern]], more that she doesn't care as long as she is entertained.
* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:Better off than Bernkastel at least, even if purely out of virtue that she's a GracefulLoser.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3KPybMNKSk A Single Moment]]''
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Once Featherine is officially introduced in [=EP6=], she becomes this to Bernkastel.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: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 [[OhCrap 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.]]
** If you want a more [[{{Pun}} "literal"]] example, [[spoiler:she can use her power to ''[[RewritingReality rewrite the script of reality itself]]'' and have people do as she dictates. ''[[ParanoiaFuel And you would never even know she's doing it.]]'']]
* MeaningfulName: There is a bit of speculation on her name (Featherine>Feather>Ha>Hanyū).
* MysteriousWatcher: 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 ''[[spoiler:her former miko]]'' are unaware that she's even there until the end of [=EP6=].
* OffscreenVillainy: 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.
%%* OperaGloves
* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler: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 [[OhCrap make Bernkastel the Game Master]] is all she needed to do turn Battler's happy ending into a non-ending.]]
* OverlyLongName: 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."
* PhysicalGod: One of the Creators described in Episode 4's TIPS.
%%* PurpleEyes
%%* RapunzelHair
* RealitySubtext: 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.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: By far the oldest witch in the series.
* RetiredMonster: Given what Bernkastel and Lambadelta say about (and to) her, this is heavily implied. Featherine herself personally thinks she's much worse.
* RewritingReality: Her power as a Witch/Creator and as an AuthorAvatar.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: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...]]
* StoryBreakerPower: Literally. Even Lambdadelta, who was more than holding her own against [[spoiler:Bernkastel]] earlier, is ''terrified'' at the thought of having her as an opponent.
** Featherine demonstrates just ''how'' literal it is to said opponent. [[spoiler: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 '''[[RewritingReality 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.]]
--> [[spoiler:[[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm 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. [[YouAreAlreadyDead She was already dead]].]]
** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it case: it's made apparent that in order to become a GameMaster for a game board, you need to have a complete and utter understanding of the mechanics and mysteries of that board. [[spoiler: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, [[OhCrap she is]].]]
* {{Troll}}: Maybe. See RetiredMonster above due to implied status.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: 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.
** [[spoiler:Her [[RewritingReality witch power]] also allows her to weaponize this. Refer to the spoiler in StoryBreakerPower above.]]
%%* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]
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