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Characters: Vampire Academy
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Warning: this page contains many unmarked spoilers for all the five books.

     Main Protagonists 

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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Hoo boy. Though a good person at heart, she definitely fulfills this role at the Academy. Or at least tries to.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Described as naturally tan and black-haired. Her father is Turkish, which explains where she got her looks from.
  • Badass: Rose is tough and physically strong. She is highly capable of kicking major ass when she has to.
  • Back from the Dead: She died in a car crash along with Lissa's other family, but Lissa revived her, making them psychically bonded.
  • Battle Couple: With Dimitri.
  • Better as Friends: How she thinks of Mason. 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.
  • Brutal Honesty: She isn't shy to speak her mind, regardless of how inappropriate the situation.
  • Buffy Speak: Regularly employs this.
  • Clear My Name: In the final book, she is framed for the murder of Queen Tatiana and spends the brunt of the book as a fugitive on the road.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: For Lissa (though as a friend) when she forms close relationships with others (such as Christian and Avery).
  • Dark Feminine: To Lissa's light feminine.
  • 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.
  • Determined Widow: In "Blood Promise", travels to Russia in order to kill Strigoi!Dimitri.
  • 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).
  • Dude Magnet: She definitely attracts men in spades, for reasons good or bad.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And how.
  • Fiery Brunette: Rose is a brunette (with some tinges of red in her hair) described to be extremely strong-willed, stubborn, passionate, feisty, fiery, proud and impulsive.
  • The Final Temptation: Strigoi!Dimitri offers to turn her Strigoi so they can be together - she comes very close to accepting.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Gradually grows out of her rebellion as the series progresses, partly due to her experiences with Strigoi and Dimitri's influence.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Her way of dealing with her dependency of the endorphins released by being bitten and drank from.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Formerly, though she's not completely over this phase.
  • The Heroine: To Lissa's The Lancer.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Kills her first two Strigoi by decapitating them with a huge, blunt sword.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Mason's death, she becomes a bit unhinged for a while.
  • Hot for Teacher: Rose is in love with Dimitri, who is her mentor at St Vladimir's.
  • Indy Ploy: Her usual tactic for getting out of situations. 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.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark to Lissa's light.
  • May-December Romance: With Dimitri, who is seven years her senior.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Twice in Blood Promise. First time when she was overpowered by two Strigoi, and the second time was when she was fighting Dimitri.
  • Official Couple: Rose's romance with Dimitri.
  • Parental Abandonment: Rose's mother dumped her at St. Vladimir's when Rose was two years old in order to continue her guardian duties. Her dad doesn't appear until book four.
    • Eventually averted. Both Rose's mother and father begin to take a decent part in her life by the last book. Her father more than her mother.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Rose is a medium-sized girl who is highly skilled in killing Strigoi.
  • Psychic Link: She has a one-sided one with Lissa after being shadow-kissed. Rose can hear, see and feel everything going on inside Lissa's head, but Lissa can't do the same to Rose.
  • Race Lift: Played by the decidedly white Zoey Deutch in The Movie of the Book.
  • Really Gets Around: She has this reputation, but is actually highly selective over who she's intimate with - unlike Lissa.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: What she can do to Lissa as a result of their Psychic Link.
  • 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 a good at survival.
  • Unwanted Harem: By the last book, she has more guys casually, or not so casually, interested in her than the rest of the characters combined.
  • Vigilante Woman: In Blood Promise.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Rose has done this multiple times, but only properly gets called out on it in the last book.

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.

Dimitri Belikov

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: A type II. 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: Dimitri is a strong, capable fighter and he can kick ass whenever he has to in order to protect the people he cares about, especially Rose.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is often seen wearing a long, black coat has part of his attire.
  • The Big Guy: Dimitri is very tall at 6'7" and is also physically broad in physique.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings for Rose are intense and genuine, but boy does he take his time to admit to it.
  • Cultured Badass: Likes to read, especially western novels.
  • Face Monster Turn: He is turned Strigoi against his will at the end of Shadow Kissed.
  • First Guy Wins: His relationship with Rose stands strong as the Official Couple in the end.
  • Hot for Student: Him and Rose.
  • 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 was the main reason she finally decided 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.
  • May-December Romance: Dimitri and Rose have a seven-year age gap.
  • Mentor Ship: Dimitri's relationship with Rose.
  • Not Quite Dead: Rose receives a letter from Dimitri at the end of Blood Promise.
  • Official Couple: Dimitri's relationship with Rose. They are the main romantic pairing of the series.
  • Sexy Mentor: He's a mentor and teacher to Rose at first. Dimitri and Rose eventually fall in love with each other and engage in a romantic relationship.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Dimitri is always well-dressed and well put together.
  • Sheep In Wolf's Clothing: Uses this tactic to get Rose in contact with certain Strigoi in Last Sacrifice.
  • Son of a Whore: Subverted. It's said that, mostly, the dhampir women who end up single mothers (blood whores, as they're called) genuinely thought that the Moroi guys loved them.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Dimitri's relationship with Rose. Something always tries to come between them and tear them apart.
  • 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 (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.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Dimitri is very attractive but boy, does he have a lot of issues.
  • We Can Rule Together: Strigoi!Dimitri offers this to Rose. She eventually manages to decline.

Christian Ozera

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.

Adrian Ivashkov

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.

     Moroi 

Victor Dashkov

A royal moroi, Natalie's father and a dear friend of Lissa's father who specializes in Earth magic. Played by Gabriel Byrne.

Natalie Dashkov

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

Mia Rinaldi

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.

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 to follow her on the thrown.

Tasha Ozera

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 wanted to have a child with him, but he did not return the feelings because of Rose.

Avery Lazar

A royal moroi whose father replaces the headmistress. She befriends Lissa after Rose leaves the school.

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 also has many connections in the Moroi world.

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.

     Dhampirs and Alchemists 

Mason Ashford

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.

Eddie Castile

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.

Janine Hathaway

Rose Hathaway's mother, a legendary guardian. Her relationship with Rose starts off very rocky but improves throughout the series.

Sydney Sage

An Alchemist and later witch who helps Rose find Dimitri's hometown, Baia, in Siberia. She later helps Rose break out of jailShe gets a bigger part in the spinoff Bloodlines where she protects Jill and hooks up with Adrian, and also becomes a witch
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