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Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
Always… always I've done something to fight for myself… for others. No matter what.The main protagonist of the series, a 17-year old dhampir who is best friends with Princess Lissa Dragomir. After being brought back from the dead by Lissa, Rose is mentally bonded to her, and can regularly see through Lissa's eyes. Rose is sarcastic, quick-witted and defiant, and throughout the series trains to become Lissa's official guardian, while in the process of falling in love with her mentor, Dimitri Belikov.Played in the film by Zoey Deutch.
- Action Girl: Pretty much a prerequisite as a guardian, but still. Trained to fight against Strigoi and other threats. Skilled at killing.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Little Dhampir" as nicknamed by Adrian and "Roza" as nicknamed by Dimitri.
- Allergic to Evil: She has the ability to sense when Strigoi (a.k.a. the undead) are nearby (this is one of the effects of being "shadow-kissed", or having returned from the dead). While this ability proves useful in terms of self-defense, it manifests itself as severe nausea whenever Strigoi are in the area, which is extremely unpleasant and inconvenient, particularly when she's trying to actually fight the super-strong, super-fast, undead vampires.
- Alpha Bitch: Hoo boy. Though a good person at heart, she definitely fulfils this role at the Academy. Or at least tries to. Popular girl, center of the social scene, and has an attitude.
- Ambiguously Brown: Described as naturally tan and black-haired. Her father is Turkish, which explains where she got her looks from.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: When she starts seeing ghosts, she questions her sanity. Because as she puts: "while I believed in vampires and magic and psychic powers, I most certainly did not believe in ghosts".
- Back from the Dead: She died in a car crash along with Lissa's other family, but Lissa revived her, making them psychically bonded.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Often with Dimitri. They co-operate in battle scenes. For example, in Spirit Bound they immediately go back-to-back to face the royal guard, and do a good job at taking them out.
- Battle Couple: With Dimitri. They often fight alongside each other, facing the enemy jointly.
- Better as Friends:
- How she thinks of Mason. In Frostbite, she eventually agrees to date him (in an attempt to get over Dimitri) but she's never truly attracted to him.
- Ultimately, her and Adrian too.
- Betty and Veronica: Adrian and Dimitri represent Betty and Veronica for Rose in terms of position, although personality-wise their roles are reversed. Adrian is a safer relationship like Betty, while Dimitri presents the forbidden fruit like Veronica. Personality-wise Dimitri is a more down-to-earth character than the glamorous Adrian and his over-the-top gifts to Rose.
- Big Eater: Has a big appetite. She eats as much as the dhampir guys. Justified because she needs a lot of energy to fight.
- Brutal Honesty: She isn't shy to speak her mind, regardless of how inappropriate the situation.
- Buffy Speak: Regularly employs this. She names "Rose-logic" her method of finding "loopholes in everything in order to rationalize doing something unreasonable".
- Can't Catch Up: In Vampire Academy, having missed two years of training, Rose can't catch up to the rest of her classmates. That is why she needs extra training from Dimitri. Averted by Frostbite when she mostly catches up. She ends up graduating at the top of her class.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Her protective instincts tend to overwhelm her reason. For example in Blood Promise she goes to check up on a random homeless woman and in the process separates herself from her group, going against her own rules not to break ranks for safety reasons. That is how Dimitri the Strigoi ambushes her.
- Clear My Name: In Last Sacrifice, she is framed for the murder of Queen Tatiana and spends the brunt of the book as a fugitive on the run.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: For Lissa (though as a friend) when she forms close relationships with others (such as Christian and Avery). She tries to get Christian to back off from Lissa and feels hurt that Avery is replacing her as Lissa's companion.
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Opposes authority figures on principle, butting heads with the headmistress of the Academy and a few teachers. She gets some admirers this way.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rose is known to have a very dry wit and sense of humor. Her mouth has a habit of getting her in trouble sometimes.
- Detect Evil: Probably her most useful power is the nausea she develops whenever a Strigoi is near.
- Dhampyr: Rose is a dhampir, which is someone who is half human, half vampire. Rose's mother is a dhampir and her father is a Moroi (full-blooded vampire).
- Disability Super Power: Inverted: she has the ability to see through Lissa's eyes, but doing so makes her blind to what is going on around her.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": A minor example. She does not like being called "Rosemarie". She does not object however when her teacher Sonya Karp calls her by her first name.
- Dude Magnet: She definitely attracts men in spades, for reasons good or bad. Including Jesse Zeklos, Mason Ashford, Dimitri Belikov, Adrian Ivashkov, Rolan Kislyak, Joshua Dawes, and a couple of minor admirers.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She finally gets her happy ending after one of her closest friends dying, nearly going insane, the love of her life being turned Strigoi and who gets eventually turned back after she nearly kills him twice, being tortured both through the bond with her best friend and actually tortured in person, getting accused of assassinating a monarch and nearly executed before she finds out that one of the people she trusts, likes and admires was the real killer and set her up to take the fall.
- Establishing Character Moment: The introduction of the readers to Rose is her waking up, feeling Lissa's nightmare, and going to comfort her. Establishing their Psychic Link immediately, and Rose as a sort of caretaker to Lissa.
- Fiery Redhead: Rose is a brunette with some tinges of red in her hair, and is described to be extremely strong-willed, stubborn, passionate, feisty, fiery, proud and impulsive.
- The Final Temptation: In Blood Promise, Strigoi!Dimitri offers to turn her Strigoi so they can be together. She comes very close to accepting.
- First-Person Perspective: The books are told entirely through her perspective.
- Frameup: In Last Sacrifice, she is framed for the murder of Queen Tatiana Ivashkov.
- Going Cold Turkey: Her way of dealing with her dependency of the endorphins released by being bitten and drank from.
- Good Bad Girl: She has some seriously shady sexual reputation in the academy and the Moroi/Dhampir community as a whole, due to getting semi-nude with several guys. She has some distinct Ethical Slut tendencies, especially in the first two novels. She likes to go after men and get involved in sexual situations, without actually going all the way. Despite this she has her set of morals.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Trait amplified by spirit effects. But even as a 5-year-old, she called her kindergarten teacher a fascist bastard and threw a book at her for making her and Lissa spell out their very long and complicated full given names.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Formerly, though she's not completely over this phase. As she describes herself: "I wanted to go to all the royal parties and wild drunken festivities like we'd done before."
- Heroic Bastard: The illegitimate daughter of Janine Hathaway and Ibrahim "Abe" Mazur. Her parents never married, making her an actual bastard. She is genuinely heroic.
- The Heroine: To Lissa's The Lancer.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Mason's death in Frostbite, she becomes a bit unhinged for a while.
- Indy Ploy: Her usual tactic for getting out of situations. She is fast-thinking but acts without a long-term plan. Like, for example, forming an immediate escape plan in Portland, once her and Lissa's cover is blown, one involving borrowing a car and running off to Los Angeles to get lost in the crowd. It works most of the time, but she also has remarkable luck.
- I See Dead People: A side-effect of being shadow-kissed is that she can see ghosts and has to concentrate to shut them out completely. She first gets this ability in Shadow Kiss, and it complicates her field experience— not to mention her life— a lot. It also becomes extremely useful later on in the series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Definitely not the most outwardly kind person, though in Blood Promise Sydney comments on how Rose seems so friendly and sociable towards her. She has no trouble insulting people, being Brutally Honest with Lissa, and exposing weaknesses in other people (like revealing the dirt-poor background of Mia Rialdi). Yet she also goes our of her way to protect the people she cares about.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark feminine to Lissa's light feminine. Rose is the seductive, temperamental, and violent of the duo while Lissa is the more light-hearted, even-tempered, and angelic-looking of the two.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Blood Promise it is revealed that Rose's father is Abe Mazur. Funny thing is, she doesn't find out till after she's back on the other side of the world. And then her reaction is just priceless:"Oh God," I said, "I’m Zmey’s daughter. Zmey Junior. Zmeyette, even."
- Miscarriage of Justice: In Last Sacrifice, she is convicted of regicide and sentenced to death, based only on circumstantial evidence. She is innocent.
- Mysterious Parent: She grew up with no knowledge of her father's identity, other that he was a Turkish Moroi. He turns out to be Ibrahim "Abe" Mazur, a notorious smuggler and trader in information. He later plays an active part in her life.
- Necromancer: A partial aspect of her shadow-kissed powers. She can summon ghosts, though it takes a lot of effort and gives her a splitting headache.
- Official Couple: With Dimitri Belikov.
- Parental Abandonment: It's common for Dhampir's to have a Disappeared Dad, but her mother dumped her at St. Vladimir's when she was two years old in order to continue her guardian duties. Eventually averted, as both her mother and father begin to take a decent part in her life by Last Sacrifice. Her father more than her mother.
- Psychic Link: She and Lissa have a one-sided mental bond through which she can see through Lissa's eyes at will. This comes from the fact that Lissa used her rare ability to control the element Spirit to unknowingly bring Rose back to life after a car accident. Lissa's power is also Power at a Price and can make her very depressed or downright insane with overuse, and Rose can take the effects away from Lissa and suffer them herself.
- Race Lift: Played by the decidedly white Zoey Deutch in The Movie of the Book.
- Really Gets Around: She has this reputation, due to getting semi-nude and making out with hot guys. But she is actually highly selective over who she's intimate with - unlike Lissa. Part of her Good Bad Girl ways.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Lissa's blue. She is passionate, defiant, often violent and impulsive. In contrast to the more obedient, reserved, and intellectual Lissa.
- Seeing Through Another's Eyes: What she can do through Lissa as a result of their Psychic Link. She can see and experience everything Lissa experiences.
- Sense Loss Sadness: The psychic bond is severed in Last Sacrifice. Rose feels strange with being unable to sense Lissa any more. It means losing an extra sense that she's had for years.
- Slut-Shaming: She suffers from this in the first book when both Jesse Zeklos and Ralf Sarcozy claim to have had sex with her and were allowed to drink her blood.
- Spider-Sense: Because she is "shadow-kissed" (brought back from the dead by a spirit-using Moroi vampire), she has the ability to sense when Strigoi (murderous, soulless undead vampires) are nearby. Unfortunately for her, this sense manifests itself as severe nausea whenever Strigoi are in the area, which is not helpful when you are trying to fight super-strong, super-fast creatures who want nothing more than to kill you.
- Staking the Loved One: Rose has to do this to Dimitri in Blood Promise.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Rose's relationship with Dimitri, due to their age difference and student-teacher relationship. Eventually subverted, as at the end of the series their relationship is accepted.
- Street Smart: She doesn't have the highest academic grades, but boy is she good at survival. She copes well with most new situations that come her way and figures things out easily.
- Tarot Troubles: She sits through two tarot readings. Her cards tend to appear ominously reversed.
- These Hands Have Killed: She has one of these in Last Sacrifice, for killing Victor.
- Unwanted Harem: By Last Sacrifice, she has more guys casually, or not so casually, interested in her than the rest of the characters combined.
- Vigilante Woman: In Blood Promise she goes on her own unsanctioned Strigoi-hunting mission, breaking a lot of guardian rules in the process.
- Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In Last Sacrifice, whilst trying to clear her name of murder, she breaks out of prison, resists arrest, assaults fellow guardians, and steals cars. She faces no consequences.
- Your Cheating Heart: She has done this multiple times, but only properly gets called out on it in Last Sacrifice by Adrian.
Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir
Everyone here thinks they know who I am.Rose's best friend, a royal Moroi who is the last remaining member of the Dragomir family after her parents and brother were killed in a car crash. Throughout the books, she has to do a lot of political maneuvering, especially at the Royal Court, to live up to the ancient name she carries.Played in the film by Lucy Fry.
- Alpha Bitch: Even more so than Rose, though she has a more agreeable personality. She charms her way into the center of social life at the Academy, using the prestige of her wealth and princess status. She ingratiates herself to all the power players of the social scene, seduces Aaron (her former boyfriend), and all to isolate Mia Rinaldi.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A sweet princess, sure, but her spirit abilities are nothing to laugh at.
- Broken Pedestal: She idolizes her loving brother Andre following his death. She learns after his death that he was a casanova who mistreated non-royal Moroi girls. She is thoroughly disappointed and crushed at the revelation, and finds it hard to accept that side of her brother. She also always believed that her father Eric was a good guy, so she's very upset to learn that he cheated on her mother once.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: All young Moroi have elemental magic since birth, but in their adolescence they "specialize" when one element of the four grows much stronger than the other three. Lissa is gradually growing depressed because she still hasn't specialized at age sixteen, but we later learn that this is because she has specialized in spirit, a forgotten fifth element few people have nowadays, which involves uber-powerful abilities like Mind Control and raising people from the dead. Unfortunately for her, side effects include mental instability.
- Charm Person: She is naturally charismatic even when not using compulsion. People want to please her and the Weak-Willed are slavishly obedient to her.
- Compelling Voice: Her compulsion through eye contact and speech is this. She initially uses it at the Academy to convince students and teachers to let her get way. Gets upgraded to taking full control of a guard at Tarasov prison, and using him to knock out the others.
- Deuteragonist: Her storyline is secondary to Rose's, and is always seen through Rose's eyes.
- Die or Fly: She awakened her spirit powers (which includes the power to bring the dead to life, at the possible cost of her own sanity) when a car crash killed her parents, brother, and best friend, while leaving her alive. In the moments after the crash, she unintentionally brought her friend back to life, though at the time she did not realize that she was actually dead.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": A minor example. She does not like to be called "Vasilisa". She does not object when Queen Tatiana Ivashkov insists on calling her by her first name, however.
- Element Number Five: She discovers she's a spirit user, which puts her outside the regular elemental magic-set.
- Flashback Nightmare: She has nightmares of the accident that killed her parents and brother. "Fire and blood, the smell of smoke, the twisted metal of a car."
- Friend to All Living Things: She loves animals and they love her. She has her roomate's cat cosing up to her, and heals a raven. That is why Victor and Natalie Dashkov brutalize animals— to see if she can work her spirit magic on them. Unfortunately they tend to be beyond help when she finds them, and the one time they're not beyond help Rose stops her from healing them.
- Goodis Not Soft: She may be a gentle soul, but she will hurt you if you mess with the ones she loves. She once got Wade Voda to use a baseball bat to trash his own room and she was going to force him to further hurt himself. All he did was take advantage of a human feeder.
- Green Eyes: She has striking jade-green eyes. Goes well with her nature magic, ability to heal people and animals and make plants grow.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kind-hearted and blonde. She has angelic-looking blonde hair and typically goes out of her way to care for people and animals.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Formerly. She used to go to "all the royal parties and wild drunken festivities" before she and Rose escaped St. Vladimir's Academy. In Blood Promise, she returns to this type of behavior to a self-destructive degree, which is a result of Avery Lazar's influence on her.
- Healing Hands: All part of the spirit power package. She can lay her hand on people and animals to heal their injuries, no matter how close to death they are. In Rose's case, she resurrected her by healing lethal injuries. She also heals Christian Ozera in the climax of Vampire Academy when he is moments away from dying from an injury cause by a psi-hound's attack. She also temporarily cures Victor Dashkov from Sandrovsky's Syndrome (though completely under duress) earlier in the same book.
- The High Queen: She is eventually elected Queen of the Moroi in Last Sacrifice. She is beautiful, calm, and regal, and intends to use her authority to resolve the injustices of the Moroi world.
- Hollywood Nerd: She has model-like looks but Rose refers to her as a nerd for taking advanced calculus as a class, and acing all her tests.
- Jedi Mind Trick: As a spirit-user, she is capable of these as well. She gets to use it to enter Tarasov prison while hiding Eddie Castile's real features and making Rose and herself appear as common humans.
- Kicked Upstairs: She becomes the new Moroi Queen in Last Sacrifice. This is a useful position, but limits her role in the spin-off series, Bloodlines. She merely supervises and gives orders, no longer getting personally involved in missions.
- Last of Her Kind: She is the only Dragomir left. At least until Spirit Bound, where it's revealed that she has an illegitimate half-sibling.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The light feminine to Rose's dark feminine. Rose is the seductive, temperamental, and violent of the duo while Lissa is the more light-hearted, even-tempered, and angelic-looking of the two.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She is usually not the fighting type. However she manages to knock out an attacking Reed Lazar with a single punch, and later faces Dimitri the Strigoi in a fight and manages to stake him, getting severe burns in the process.
- Manipulative Bitch: She weasels her way out of any situation using only words. For example, she manipulates the usually strong-willed Camille Conta, a royal girl, to act as a defender to Rose's reputation. She manipulates Aaron (her former boyfriend) to get back together with her, while she truly finds him boring. This ensures the further isolation of Mia Rinaldi.
- Master of Illusion: She exhibits such powers in certain moments. Her first notable feat is making Jesse Zeklos have the illusion of spiders crawling all over him.
- Messianic Archetype: A charming, beautiful and naturally regal princess who heals the wounded, inspires the common people and brings back Strigoi to their original state.
- No Sparks: Her relationship with her first boyfriend Aaron. She might have lost her virginity to him, but she never was that much into him.
- Official Couple: With Christian Ozera.
- Overly Long Name: Her full name is a minor example: Vasilisa Sabina Rhea Dragomir.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents and brother died in a car crash two years before the beginning of the series.
- Princess Classic: She fits all the bullet points of refined royalty. She is actual royalty by birth, she is a Messianic Archetype (though not a virgin), she is beautiful, good with animals, wears elegant clothes, and needs protection from her guardians.
- Proper Lady: She is gentle, strong-willed, a Socialite, is loyal to the people she cares about, has proper manners, is kind-hearted and beautiful, and is naturally upper-class.
- Psychic Link: She and Rose have a one-sided mental bond through which Rose can see through her eyes at will. This comes from the fact that she used her rare ability to control the element Spirit to unknowingly bring Rose back to life after a car accident. Her power is also Power at a Price and can make her very depressed or downright insane with overuse, and Rose can take the effects away from her and suffer them herself.
- Rebellious Princess: She is dating a bad boy in Christian Ozera. She is mostly obedient to Queen Tatiana Ivashkov, but rebels against her mentor's expectations when it comes to her dating life.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Rose's red. She tends to be obedient, reserved, and intellectual, in contrast to the passionate, defiant, often violent and impulsive Rose.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is certainly a big part of the story and doesn't sit around. She helps break Victor Dashkov out of Tarasov prison in Spirit Bound, her spirit powers being the key element of the plan. She trains on how to stake Strigoi and manages to use her training on Dimitri to bring him back to his former dhampir state. She is part of the plan to break Rose out of prison in Last Sacrifice and works hard to Clear Her Name by investigating the murder of Queen Tatiana Ivashkov.
- Self-Harm: She used to cut herself when depressed.
- The Smart Girl: She has excellent and consistently high grades. She later uses her intellect to investigate a regicide and simultaneously work on the mental challenges presented to candidates in the running to become the Moroi monarch. She does well on both fronts.
- Soul Power: Her brand of magic. She uses spiritual energy for a variety of effects.
- Spoiled Sweet: Rich but not conceited or arrogant. She is generally kindhearted and loving. She is also friendly and generous with Rose, while most other royals treat their guardians as servants.
- The Unfavorite: A major source of angst for her is how she was always walking in her brother's shadow.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As a Moroi spirit user she is effected mentally by spirit-use, as it is drawn from herself (as opposed to an element, such as air). And the more she uses it, the worse it gets. It manifests as her becoming extremely depressed at one point, which causes her cutting.
If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.Rose's mentor and Lissa's guardian, a respected guardian in his twenties. He is a tough, no-nonsense Russian, and even when Rose starts developing feelings for him, it takes him a long time to admit he has them too.
- Anti-Hero: Dimitri is heroic; however, he is also rather brooding, intense and mysterious and therefore doesn't exactly exhibit the classic traits of the ideal hero.
- Back from the Dead: His return from Strigoi to Dhampir is treated as this.
- Badass Longcoat: He is often seen wearing a long, black coat as part of his attire. Lampshaded in Last Sacrifice, when Rose gives him a hard time about leaving his duster behind after the guardians invade the Mastrano house, trying to capture him and Rose.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't have any magical powers like the Moroi or Rose, but is so badass in battle he is considered a god by other guardians.
- Badass Teacher: A badass dhampir guardian who teaches Rose how to use a stake. Eventually fights in a huge battle against Strigoi and takes several down in the process. Characters outright use the word "badass" to describe him!
- The Big Guy: Dimitri is very tall at 2,01 meters (6'7") and is also physically broad in physique.
- Came Back Wrong: In Spirit Bound, after his recovery from being a Strigoi, he is convinced this is the case, as he feels unable to feel proper emotions. He is wrong.
- Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings for Rose are intense and genuine, but boy does he take his time to admit to them.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: His protective instincts tend to overwhelm his reason. In Spirit Bound, the royal guard attempts to arrest Rose as a suspect of regicide. Dimitri does not know what is going on but faces twenty elite guardians to protect her. At the time his own life is in the balance, as the Council is trying to decide whether to execute him or not. This act of defiance does not help his case.
- Cultured Badass: Likes to read, especially western novels.
- Face–Monster Turn: He is turned Strigoi against his will at the end of Shadow Kiss.
- First Guy Wins: His relationship with Rose stands strong as the Official Couple in the end. He is the first guy Rose meets in Vampire Academy. Mason Ashford is introduced somewhat later and Adrian Ivashkov in Frostbite. They are the other two strong contenders for Rose's heart but are outclassed.
- Heroic Bastard: He is the illegitimate son of Olena Belikova and a royal Moroi ( who is later revealed to be Rand Ivashkov, Adrian's uncle). His parents never married, making him a technical bastard. He is genuinely heroic.
- Husky Russkie: Tall, incredibly strong, and from Siberia.
- I "Uh" You, Too: Strigoi!Dimitri's inability to tell Rose he loves her makes her realize that he just thought of her as a conquest. It is the main reason she finally decides to get off her drug-addled butt and try to kill him.
- Kuudere: Dimitri is Type 1. He is calm, cool and composed most of the time and he is not particularly emotional by nature.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is described as a "god", and his well-toned physique is frequently mentioned.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His general reaction after he is changed from a Strigoi back into a dhampir by Lissa in Spirit Bound.
- "I did a lot of things . . . horrible things." He turned his hands palm-up and stared at them for a moment, like he could see blood. "What I did to her was worst of all—especially because it was her. She came to save me from that state, and I. . ." He shook his head. "I did terrible things to her. Terrible things to others. I can't face her after that. What I did was unforgivable."
- My Greatest Failure: He feels a lot of guilt over not being able to save his friend, the Zeklos lord he'd been assigned to guard, from a Strigoi attack. It's part of the reason he likes going to mass in the Academy chapel.
- Not Quite Dead: Rose receives a letter from Dimitri at the end of Blood Promise, after she had staked him and considered him truly dead. The letter lets her know that he survived.
- Official Couple: With Rose.
- Sexy Mentor: To Rose. He is seven years older than Rose, and most of the series plays off their troubles in getting together. By the end, they do. The main reason that they're able to get together publicly in the finale is because Rose has finished her education (both mundane and combat-wise) and he's no longer her teacher. Before this occurs, their illicit attraction is only consummated once, and is the subject of blackmail from the Big Bad.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Dimitri is always well-dressed and well put together. He looks stylish when wearing his dusters.
- Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: Uses this tactic to get Rose in contact with certain Strigoi in Last Sacrifice.
- Son of a Whore: He is a minor example, since the dhampir women who end up single mothers (blood-whores, as they're called) genuinely thought that the Moroi guys they slept with loved them.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Dimitri's relationship with Rose. Something always tries to come between them and tear them apart. It's subverted in the end, when their relationship is finally accepted and in the open.
- The Starscream: As Galina the Strigoi's lieutenant, he schemes to kill her and lay claim to her criminal empire. Eventually he does just that.
- The Stoic: He's known to be calm, cool, collected and he rarely loses his cool or his temper.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's described to be extremely tall (2,01 meters/6'7") with chocolate-brown eyes and long, dark hair which he wears in a ponytail. He is also described to be very handsome and rugged in physical appearance with God-like angular, masculine features. In terms of his physique, he is lean, well-built and muscular.
- Tragic Monster: Fits the bill once he becomes Strigoi. He fights his own former-lover Rose and abuses her.
- These Hands Have Killed: He angsts quite a bit about all the innocents he had killed while a Strigoi.
- Troubled, but Cute: Dimitri is very attractive but boy, does he have a lot of issues. He had a troubled home life, was forced to abandon his family to become a guardian, his first Moroi charge (Ivan Zeklos) was killed by Strigoi, he has a troubled conscience over the Strigoi and later humans that he has killed, struggles to accept his love for Rose while feeling that he took advantage of his student, and is mentally scarred by his time spent as a Strigoi.
- We Can Rule Together: He is turned into a Strigoi and eventually comes face to face with his ex-girlfriend Rose. He wishes to turn her into a Strigoi too and uses this as one of methods to coerce her. It nearly works, but she eventually manages to decline.
- Wife-Basher Basher: His father used to abuse his mother. A thirteen-year-old Dimitri beat up his father to defend his mother.
Lissa's primary love interest. He is an outcast because his parents willingly became Strigoi. He's a royal Moroi who holds radical ideas about fighting against Strigoi. He specializes in Fire magic.
- Badass Bookworm: His intelligence is mainly spotlighted in the first novel, when he figures out the nature of Lissa's magic. He is very intelligent and observant, deducing things out of simple clues. He proves to be badass in Shadow Kiss, when his fire powers kill many Strigoi.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Christian seems like he will be this, but he softens. He at first taunts Lissa about her troubles, criticizes Lissa for her treatment of Mia Rinaldi, reveals the secret bastard side of her beloved brother Andre, and accuses her of enslaving the people she compels. He does not mean to harm her however.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the Tall, Dark, and Snarky variation. Some of his first sarcastic words to Lissa: "I love pity parties. I wish I'd brought the hats. What do you want to mope about first? How it's going to take you a whole day to be popular and loved again?"
- Friendless Background: Had no friends until warming up to Lissa and Rose. Went with his status as a social outcast.
- Icy Blue Eyes: His most striking physical feature. Goes well with his coolness as a bad boy, and contrasts his actual fiery personality and powers.
- Loners Are Freaks: A spooky, slightly violent guy with a shady family and no friends who hangs out at the church. He is treated as a freak and a "Strigoi-wannabe" by his classmates.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: and/or boyfriend. He was a social outcast who became the beloved boyfriend of Lissa and a good friend to Rose.
- Official Couple: With Lissa.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents, Lucas and Moira Ozera, were royal Moroi who voluntarily turned into Strigoi. They were killed before his eyes when he was very young.
- Playing with Fire: His main power. He is a fire user. His first impressive feat is setting the clothes of Ralf Sarcozy on fire, scaring but not hurting him. He later uses his fire powers to kill Strigoi.
- Real Men Cook: Took cooking lessons in school and is proud of it. He prepares special meals for his lady and is not seen as effeminate.
- Second Love: To Lissa. Her first love was Aaron, who she lost her virginity to. But she was eventually bored with him, while Christian is her true love and holds her interest.
- Troubled, but Cute: His main appeal for Lissa. He comes from a broken home, his parents turned Strigoi and were killed before his eyes, his aunt who raised him is a social outcast and so is he, he is treated as a freak by classmates and has a bitter attitude towards the world.
A royal Moroi and great-nephew of the queen, he's known for being a bit of a party boy. He is first introduced to the group after taking a romantic interest in Rose.
- The Alcoholic: He is addicted to alcohol, played with in that it's more to block out spirit.
- Betty and Veronica: Adrian is the Betty to Dimitri's Veronica for Rose's Archie. He is a safer relationship than her forbidden love for Dimitri, and is more openly affectionate. He loses.
- Big Brother Instinct: He acts as a protective big brother to Jill Mastrano. She is fifteen-years-old, and kind of timid. He is an adult, several years older than her, and takes an interest in her well-being.
- The Casanova: Adrian is seen to be a player, party boy and a womanizer who loves a lot of women.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: He had (mostly) quit smoking while dating Rose, but fell off the wagon after she cheated on him and broke his heart brutally.
- Dream Walker. He has the ability to visit the dreams of other people.
- Dreamweaver: He has the ability to enter the dreams of other people and shape them.
- Hopeless Suitor: He is a persistent suitor for Rose and even becomes her boyfriend briefly. However, she is obsessed with Dimitri the whole time. Hopeless and heartbroken, at least until he finds Sydney.
- Ladykiller in Love: A serial womanizer who fell hard for Rose.
- Must Have Nicotine: He is addicted to nicotine. He is often seen searching for a cigarette.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe. He seems to get a lot of grief for drinking and smoking when he has an legitimate reason for doing so, rather than to annoy people.
- Non-Action Guy: He tends to avoid fighting and is unskilled in it.
- The Proud Elite: Has shades of this. He is arrogant, flaunts his wealth and royal connections. He speaks in a flippant tone and puts on an air of smug superiority. However, he barely hides a more friendly and emotional side.
- Romantic False Lead: He was developed as a romantic lead almost as long as Dimitri was. Rose even convincingly seems like she’ll choose him until Dimitri comes back to life again, where it's immediately obvious she prefers him over Adrian.
- Soul Power: His spirit magic. He uses spiritual energy to a variety of effects.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As a Moroi spirit user he is effected mentally by spirit use, as it is drawn from himself (as opposed to an element, such as air). And the more he uses it, the worse it gets. It manifests itself as bipolar disorder.
A royal Moroi, Natalie's father and a dear friend of Lissa's father who specializes in earth magic. Played by Gabriel Byrne.
- Affably Evil: A kind older man who is hiding a psychotic streak and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
- Age Lift: He is in his forties in the novels. In the film, he is played by 64-year-old Gabriel Byrne. Possibly justified, since Victor is supposed to be Younger Than He Looks.
- Ambition Is Evil: He intends to take the throne. He doesn't care who he hurts in the process, having no problem torturing his "niece" Lissa mentally and physically.
- Big Bad: Of the first book. Turns out to be the one hunting down Lissa for the last few years. Responsible for her and Rose running away from Moroi society in the first place.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He acts as surrogate family for Lissa and reportedly "had gone out of his way to help her after her parents died. He turns to be the Big Bad.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Has a Torture Technician subject Lissa to it in order to make her heal his disease. He calmly watches in the process. The Torture Technician is an air user who uses air to pressure her skull, smother her, and leave her gasping for air.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His earth magic. He can use compulsion almost as good a spirit user and can cause minor earthquakes.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is a ruthless villain but turns out to have a close relationship with his half-brother Robert Doru. They are each other's only real loved-one.
- The Evil Prince: He is a prince, the head of the royal Dashkov family. Formerly, heir to the throne - if it weren't for his health. He schemes to get the throne and does not care who gets hurt in the process.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has his daughter commit evil acts behind everyone's back and even convinces her to turn Strigoi in order to break him out of a secure prison. Manipulates Lissa into trusting him as an adoptive uncle while planning to use her for his own purposes. Manipulates Rose into sleeping with Dimitri, to get them both out of the way of his plans.
- Not Me This Time: In Last Sacrifice, Rose asks him if he had anything to do with the murder of Queen Tatiana Ivashkov. He replies negatively and adds "I have much more sophisticated methods to accomplish my goals".
- Parental Substitute: To Lissa and a bit to Rose, originally. He acts as a parental figure to both, offering advice and kind words, organizing shopping trips, and buying Rose gifts unavailable to her.
- Shared Family Quirks: Rose notes that Victor and his teenage daughter Natalie share the tendency of rambling when they speak.
- Soap Opera Disease: He is ill with Sandovsky's Syndrome, a Moroi-exclusive disease, which is slowly killing him.
- The Sociopath: Doesn't care that much about his only daughter turning Strigoi and being staked. In addition he's anti-social, selfish, manipulative, vain and outwardly charming. Subverted in his later appearances where it's implied that he is badly affected by Natalie's death, but puts on a mask to prevent others from seeing it.
- Villain Decay: Goes from the lethal Big Bad of the first book to somewhat of a lackey for others later on.
- Villain Has a Point: He is portrayed as a villain, but sees himself as a social reformer. At several moments in the story Rose finds herself agreeing with some of the things Victor advocated, including a reorganisation of the Moroi government.
- Walking Spoiler: For the first book, at least. His revelation as the Big Bad was a shocking surprise. Every later appearance comes with a brief mention of what happened, spoiling the surprise for readers who haven't read the opening novel.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want what is best for the Moroi. He just does not care who he sacrifices to accomplish his goals.
- Younger Than They Look: Victor is in his forties. The disease which is slowly killing him also prematurely ages him so that he looks twice his actual age.
A royal Moroi with jet-black hair and jade green eyes who specializes in earth magic. She is very awkward among other royals and is known for talking a lot. Played by Sarah Hyland.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, she has black hair, In the film, It's brown.
- Adorkable: A cute, dorky girl. Nice, plain, uninterested in social politics, with a somewhat endearing tendency to ramble on at length. Taken Up to 11 in the movie due to her portrayal by Sarah Hyland.
- Big Bad Friend: To Lissa. She acts as a caring friend to her, while secretly killing animals, which Lissa cares for, messing with her mind and trying to get her captured by her dad.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like a cute and friendly dorky girl on the outside, which hides her true devious nature. She is not a true friend to Lissa, but an enemy, killing animals, which Lissa cares for, in an effort to manipulate her and leave mental scars.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Will do anything her father Victor Dashkov tells her to do. Even drastic things, like turning Strigoi to help him get out of prison. She is his chief agent in his campaign against Lissa.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Uses earth magic until she turns Strigoi. She uses her power to disintegrate the hard, solid wood of a bench which Rose is standing on. The action fractures her (Rose's) ankle.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: The Reveal about her true nature, her changing into a Strigoi and dying at the hands of Dimitri all happens within the span of a single chapter.
- Evil All Along: It turns out she was doing Victor Dashkov's dirty work the whole time.
- Face–Monster Turn: She turns Strigoi in an attempt to get her father out of jail.
- Shared Family Quirks: Rose notes that Natalie and her father share the tendency of rambling when they speak.
- Walking Spoiler. Her villainous nature is a shocking surprise in the first book. All later mentions of the deceased character spoils the surprise for readers who haven't read the first novel.
A non-royal Moroi whose element is Water. Mia holds a grudge against Lissa (and by default, Rose) because of the way Lissa's older brother, Andre, used her and broke her heart.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: The cold enemy of Lissa and Rose is won over by The Power of Friendship in Frostbite, becoming a genuinely caring friend for the rest of the series.
- Heel–Face Turn: She is a minor villain in the first book. After her mom dies, Mia becomes much nicer.
- Important Haircut: After her Heel–Face Turn, she turns up about three books later with a slight tan and much shorter hair. Averted in the movie, where she starts out with a pixie cut whereas in the books she started out with Princess Curls.
- Informed Poverty: Her parents are servants of the Drozdov family. Yet Mia gets to attend a prestigious school, wears fashionable clothes, and dates royals, becoming quite popular for a time.
- Making a Splash: A water magic user who manages to temporarily incapacitate a Strigoi by drowning him.
- Older Than They Look: Due to her short height, a 16-year-old Mia still looks 11-year-old.
- Princess Curls: She is described as having "blonde ringlets". Comes with her pseudo-royal, popular status at the Academy.
- Your Cheating Heart: She slept with both Jesse Zeklos and Ralf Sarcozy while still dating Aaron.
Queen Tatiana Ivashkov
Ruler of the Moroi and dhampirs. She was said to have a secret relationship with Ambrose and Blake Lazar. Initially she wants to groom Lissa as the heir to the Moroi throne.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She has a cold demeanor and acts with an air of superiority towards Lissa and Rose, treating the latter as dirt and a lowly dhampir. However, she is revealed to be a caring great-aunt to Adrian Ivashkov, acts as a mentor for Lissa, and even tries to afford Rose some respect when she becomes the girlfriend of Adrian.
- Dirty Old Woman: She is in her sixties, and has maintained relationships with men forty years younger than her.
- The Matchmaker: Attempts to set up a match between Lissa Dragomir and her great-nephew Adrian. It doesn't work.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She is eventually revealed to be this, being much nicer and caring than the Ice Queen exterior she wears in public. She is open to having Moroi train in self-defense and wants to protect dhampirs from Moroi royals willing to take away their rights.
Natasha "Tasha" Ozera is Christian's aunt. Like Christian, she has black hair, wintry blue eyes, and is a fire user. She took care of Christian when his parents turned Strigoi. She is romantically interested in Dimitri, and wants to have a child with him, but he does not return her feelings because he loves Rose.
- Action Girl: And a pretty badass one too. She was not granted guardians by the Moroi Court, so she trained herself in self-defense and offensive magic. She makes a living tutoring others as a defense instructor.
- Beautyis Never Tarnished: Averted. She has a scar on her cheek from a fight with Christian's Strigoi parents.
- Face–Heel Turn: Goes from a political activist urging Moroi to learn self-defense and stop using dhampirs as shields, to a murderess and corrupt political figure.
- Hopeless Suitor: Has an unrequited crush on Dimitri. She eventually proposes to him and is turned down, as he prefers Rose to her.
- Icy Blue Eyes: The trait runs in the family, and serves to mark her coolness. Turns out to go well with her inner ruthlessness.
- Love Makes You Evil: Frames Rose for Tatiana's death so she can have Dimitri.
- Parental Substitute: The mother figure to Christian. She raised him herself once his parents were killed. He treats her like his mother and is uncomfortable whenever her love life is discussed.
- Playing with Fire: Her brand of magic. She uses her fire powers in an offensive way, and teaches Christian to do the same.
- Rebellious Spirit: A voice for social reform, who flagrantly violates rules and social norms.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a large scar on her face from a Strigoi attack about a decade before the books start.
A royal Moroi whose father replaces Kirova as headmaster of St. Vladimir's Academy. She befriends Lissa and Adrian after Rose leaves for Russia, and is revealed to be manipulating them for her own ends. She has no problem on driving Lissa to suicide.
- Evil Counterpart: The counterpart to Lissa. Both are royals, spirit users, and have brought people Back from the Dead. But Lissa actually cares about people. Her shadow-kissed bondmate Rose is also her best friend. In contrast, Avery does not show any real emotions. Her shadow-kissed bondmates Reed Lazar (her brother) and Simon (her guardian) are little more than her slaves.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She appeared to be this way, always ready to have a drink and seek out a party. Until it's revealed she was just trying to get Lissa drunk so she could kill her and bond with her.
- Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates emotions and perspectives towards her own ruthless goals. Leads Lissa towards a self-destructive path and slowly seduces Adrian.
Ibrahim 'Abe' Mazur
A well-known Turkish mobster, described as the 'knee cap-breaking' type. He is guarded by two dhampirs and is known for making trades, blackmailing, and other illegal businesses. He has many connections in the Moroi world.
- Amicable Exes: He and Janine Hathaway had a relationship eighteen years before the main events of the series. They interact closely late in the series and seem to have a very friendly relationship. Rose suspects that they are getting back together.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He never blackmails. "It's much easier if people simply see reason...".
- Dishing Out Dirt: His magic. In his case he mostly uses the compulsion powers of earth users.
- Good All Along: He has the reputation of a gangster and is good at intimidating people. But his role in the series is not that of a mean mob boss. Just a concerned father to Rose. He is looking out for her best interests.
- Implied Love Interest: He and Janine Hathaway have close interactions by the end of the series. Rose suspects that they are having Sex with the Ex and that she might get a "surprise sibling" of her own. Her suspicions remain unconfirmed.
- In-Series Nickname: "Zmey", the Serpent.
- Loveable Rogue: Eventually. He is a smuggler and trader in information. He remains a rogue to the end of the series, but comes off as a charming person and loveable Team Dad to Rose's supporters in their efforts to protect her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Blood Promise, it is revealed that he is Rose's father.
- Papa Wolf: He will do anything to protect his daughter Rose, including breaking her out of prison and laying out elaborate escape plans.
- Vampires Are Rich: He is a non-royal Moroi and also comfortably wealthy, earning his wealth through illegal activities.
Jillian "Jill" Mastrano
Jillian Mastrano is a Moroi who attends St. Vladimir's. She meets Rose in Shadow Kiss, and asks her how to fight Strigoi, but Rose refers her to Christian. She is later revealed to be Lissa's half sister and the only thing keeping her sister on the throne.
- Hero-Worshipper: She is an admirer of both Rose and Christian, and aspires to be like her "heroes".
- Hidden Backup Prince: She is an illegitimate heiress to the dying royal Dragomir family who gets acknowledged in the finale of the series, in the process saving the family from near-extinction and losing its political rights. She herself had no idea of her status as she was raised in secrecy.
- In-Series Nickname: She is nicknamed "Jail Bait".
- Jail Bait: Her nickname for hanging out with older men like Christian Ozera and Adrian Ivashkov. She is only fifteen while the others are adults.
- Luke, I Am Your Father:In Last Sacrifice she finds out that Eric Dragomir is her father and that she's royal. Subverted in that Eric knew about her and she never meets him due to finding out after his death.
- Making a Splash: She is a water-user.
- Really Royalty Reveal: She is introduced as a non-royal Moroi in Shadow Kiss, and spends the next two books in this role. In Last Sacrifice, she is later revealed to be royalty, the paternal half-sister of Princess Lissa Dragomir. Rose announces Jill's true parentage in a public session of Court. Jill's existence is used to give Lissa status as head of a living royal house, giving her voting rights in the royal council, and a valid claim as a candidate for the throne. Jill herself is made a Princess.
- Secretly Wealthy: Toyed with. She was left heiress to a fortune by her father Eric Dragomir. She will inherit this when she reaches adulthood. Her mother Emily, however, kept this a secret from her and raised her as a middle-class child. So Jill was secretly wealthy but was unaware of the secret herself.
- Series Continuity Error: There is a minor one, involving her powers. When introduced in Shadow Kiss, she tells Rose that she is an air user. She is later established as a water user instead, even being given some training by older water user Mia Rinaldi.
A spirit-user who Rose becomes acquainted with in Russia. She is bonded and married to a dhampir, Mark.
Dhampirs and Alchemists
A Dhampir who is one of Rose's best friends, and also a novice guardian. He frequently helps out Rose throughout the series. He is interested in her romantically, and Rose eventually attempts a relationship with him, only to find it fall apart because of her unbreakable connection to Dimitri.
- Friendly Target: Rose's closest male friend and a target for Strigoi in-universe in Frostbite. Unsurprisingly he is the first real casualty among her circle of friends.
- Hopeless Suitor: He acts as the boyfriend of Rose in Frostbite briefly but she is still obsessed with Dimitri throughout. She eventually plans to break up with him, realising that it's unfair of her to lead him on while being attracted to another man.
- Killed Off for Real: Is killed by the Strigoi Isaiah in Frostbite.
- Nice Guy: Friendly, pleasant, chivalrous, psychologically well-balanced, and heroic at heart.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Gender-Flipped. He suffers a Neck Snap from Isaiah the Strigoi, sendind Rose into a Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Rose in Frostbite. He was her friend since childhood, was crazy about her, and was boyfriend material. Emphasis on the unlucky. He was both a Hopeless Suitor and an early Strigoi casualty.
A dhampir and one of Rose's closest friends after the Spokane incident involving him, Rose, Mason, Christian, and Mia. He was also the best friend of Mason Ashford.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Described as blonde and one of the nicest guys Rose knows. He is very kind-hearted and protective of his friends, and is even willing to sacrifice his own career opportunities to help them.
- Killing in Self-Defense: In Last Sacrifice, he kills James, a Moroi assassin who was trying to kill him with a knife, after the Moroi man attacks Lissa.
Rose Hathaway's mother, a legendary guardian. Her relationship with Rose starts off very rocky but improves throughout the series.
- Amicable Exes: She and Ibrahim "Abe" Mazur had a relationship eighteen years before the main events of the series. They interact closely late in the series and seem to her a very friendly relationship. Rose suspects that they are getting back together.
- Berserk Button: Calling her relationship with Abe, "you just screwed him". She punches Rose in the face for that one.
- Brave Scot: She's a Scottish woman and fearless guardian. She is also an excellent fighter.
- Foil: To Olena Belikova, representing the different life choices presented to dhampir women. Janine chose her career as a guardian over romance and family life. She travels the world with the Moroi family she is sworn to protect. Olena chose to settle down early and devoted herself to raising a family. She has never set foot out her hometown of Baia.
- Implied Love Interest: She and Ibrahim "Abe" Mazur have very close interactions by the end of the series. Rose suspects that they are having Sex with the Ex and that she might get a "surprise sibling" of her own. Her suspicions remain unconfirmed.
- The Leader: Amongst guardians, she leads during missions. She is "a voice of reason, a reminder that they had to stay focused and fully assess the situation. Her composure calmed everybody; her strong manner inspired them."
- Mama Bear: Is very protective of her daughter, and deeply cares about her safety and well-being. She is very intimidating to Rose's would-be boyfriends.
- Missing Mom: Doesn't see much of Rose until Frostbite, as she abandoned her to be raised in the Academy when Rose was two-years-old.
- Parental Abandonment: She dumped Rose at St. Vladimir's when she was two-years-old in order to continue her guardian duties. Eventually averted, as she begins to take a decent part in Rose's life by Last Sacrifice.
- Parents as People: She is a legendary guardian but Mother of the Year she is not. When we meet her she barely knows Rose, Rose doesn't like or trust her at all, and Janine has the tendency to project her own fears and failures onto Rose.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is shorter than her daughter Rose. She is also a famous Strigoi-killer and packs a mean punch.
Dimitri's grandmother. She is a 'witch' and has very sexist and traditional views on the roles of men and women, believing that male dhampirs should become guardians and female dhampirs should stay at home and raise children.
Dimitri's eldest sister.
Dimitri's middle sister. She is pregnant with Rolan Kisyak's child when Rose Hathaway comes to Baia in Blood Promise.
Dimitri's youngest sister. Rose befriends her during her stay in Baia in Blood Promise.
An aging shadow-kissed dhampir (formerly a guardian). He is married to Oksana.
An Alchemist who helps Rose find Dimitri's hometown, Baia, in Siberia. She later helps Rose break out of jail. She gets a bigger part in the spinoff Bloodlines.
- Fantastic Racism: Has a distaste for the supernatural. She was taught from childhood that Moroi and dhampirs were all "evil creatures of the night". She gets better though, after befriending Rose.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Her father is an Alchemist who raised her to follow in his footsteps. By age eighteen she is forced into active service. She herself would rather be going to college. She is more interested in art and architecture than interactions with the supernatural, but he gave her no choice in the matter.
- The Smart Girl: Multilingual, car geek, interested in classical architecture, skilled in using computers. All as a teenager.