Rose is the seventeen-year-old Dhampir protagonist of the Vampire Academy series and is best friends with Princess Lissa Dragomir. Her birthday is at the end of March. She died in the same accident as Lissa's parents and brother in the past, but Lissa unknowingly brought her back, making her a "Shadow-Kissed" Dhampir. Sarcastic and quick-witted, Rose is training to become Lissa's Guardian, while in the process of falling in love with her mentor, Dimitri Belikov.
Action Girl/Action Heroine: Since Rose is the main character and protagonist, she is involved in the action quite a bit in the storyline.
Badass: Rose is tough and physically strong. She is highly capable of kicking major ass when she has to.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Rose's relationship with Dimitri. Something always tries to come between them and tear them apart.
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.
Your Cheating Heart: Rose has done this multiple times, but only properly gets called out on it in the last book.
Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir
A seventeen-year-old Moroi royal and Rose Hathaway's best friend. Lissa is the last vampire in the Dragomir royal line, giving her the title "Princess." Her family, along with Rose, died in a car accident when she was fifteen, but Lissa unknowingly brought Rose back from the dead, creating a bond between them. She develops feelings for Christian Ozera in Vampire Academy and starts dating him later on in the same book.
A well-respected 24-year-old Dhampir of Russian origin from Siberia, assigned to be Lissa's Guardian along with Rose. Dimitri has a slight Russian accent, and likes old western novels. He is sometimes described as a 'god,' in reference to his reputation as one of the most skilled and 'badass' guardians around. He is also Rose's mentor and love interest. He returns Rose's feelings but attempts to stay out of a relationship with her for most of the series, since it would interfere with his guardian duties.
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.
Dimitri is Type II.
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: Dimitri 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.
I Uh You Too: Dimitri’s inability to say I love you made Rose realize that he just thought of her as a conquest now that he was a Strigoi. 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.
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: Dimitri is a mentor and teacher to Rose at first. Dimitri and Rose eventually fall in love with each other and engage in a romantic relationship. However, at first, Dimitri was hesitant to become romantically involved with Rose because of his role as a mentor to her in the beginning.
Son of a Whore: Subverted. It's said that, mostly, the dhampir women who end up single mothers (bloodwhores, 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: Dimitri is known to be calm, cool, collected and he rarely loses his cool or his temper.
Tall, Dark and Handsome: Dimitri is 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.
We Can Rule Together: Considering Dimitri’s high status among Strigoi he has this to offer to Rose. It wouldn’t hurt that she would definetly be a decent Strigoi on her own, and the two of them together as Strigoi…
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.
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.
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.