Warning: this page contains many unmarked spoilers for all the five books.
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.
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.
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.
Alpha Bitch: Even more so than Rose, though she has a more agreeable personality.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Royal Blood - the illegitimate daughter or Lissa's father.
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.
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