Characters: Vampire Knight

The characters of manga and anime series Vampire Knight:

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Day Class

     Yuuki Cross / Yuuki Kuran 

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

That incident ten years ago... was my "beginning."

The main heroine. Yuuki is the adoptive daughter of Headmaster Cross and works with her childhood friend Zero as a Prefect, monitoring the Day Class and Night Class. She was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago by Kaname, who she has been in love with ever since.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Often decides to let go of her weak self and become more independent and strong, only to fall right back into her Faux Action Girl ways the very next chapter, depending on either Kaname or Zero to comfort/save her.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Both of her love interests are this type, to varying degrees.
  • Anchored Ship: In the post-ending bonus chapter, she and Zero are revealed to drink each other's blood alot, but it's ambiguous whether they're actually dating. Although, Yori as an elderly woman asking them when they intend to get married would imply that they were. Eventually they're shown to be living together, and the ending confirms they also had children.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies.
  • The Archie: In her love triangle between Zero and Kaname.
  • Bad Dreams
  • Big Brother Attraction: Played with. She's initially disturbed when finding out she's been in love with her own brother, but Kaname convinces her that it's normal for purebloods to intermarry. Later she finds out that he's not really her brother, but her ancestor, but seeing as he was still raised as her brother, she continues to consider him as such, though she quits calling him "big brother".
  • Big Eater:
    Aidou (in inner monologue): Also according to them, she's "a small girl who can eat so much despite her size."
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl to brooding Zero.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: She is actually Kaname's sister and the daughter of Haruka and Juuri. In spite of this, they still remain a couple because it is common for purebloods to interbreed. Though, it's revealed that, with Kaname really the progenitor of the Kurans, they are still technically related.
  • The Chick
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: With Kaname.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dating Catwoman: In spite of being enemies, Zero and Yuki still love each other.
  • Distressed Damsel: A lot of the plot seems to revolve around protecting Yuuki.
  • Dojikko
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Occasionally shown wearing this after the time skip as a pureblood vampire and during the first ending credits in the anime.
  • Et Tu, Kaname?: When he ditches her for his plan to commit genocide.
  • Expy: No doubt her characteristics matched Trish.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: If dealing with her male Harem wasn't already hard enough, she has to deal with Les Yay from Shizuka.
  • Faux Action Girl: She has the potential of being an Action Girl and does try very hard, but ultimately must be rescued by Zero, Kaname, etc etc. She gets better after Kaname re-turns her into a vampire. Well... for a while, at least.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girl Next Door
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Sara in regards to Kaname and Maria in regards to Zero.
  • Heel Realization
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yori.
  • I Am Who?: She is really Yuuki Kuran, a pureblood vampire.
  • I Can't Believe A Guy Like You Would Notice Me!: Her reaction to Kaname.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: In the future, when Yori is an elderly grandma, it is shown that Yuuki hasn't aged a bit.
  • I Owe You My Life: Yuuki feels indebted towards Kaname for rescuing her ten years ago.
  • Important Haircut: Yuuki's hair grows volumes after her vampire self is resurrected and after living with Kaname for some time, who refuses to let her cut it. She eventually whacks it all off when she makes it clear that she's working with Zero to take Kaname down.
  • Interclass Romance / Interspecies Romance: With Kaname in the first arc (human and pureblood vampire), then ironically with Zero in the second (pureblood vampire and vampire hunter/level D vampire).
  • It's All My Fault: Sees herself as the cause of, or at least a big part of the reason for Zero's suffering, and later Kaname's genocide mission.
  • Just Friends/Like Brother and Sister: This is what she thinks about Zero at first.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She really dislikes being kept in the dark, especially when it's about her own Mysterious Past.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Zero.
  • Master Character Heroines: A triple split between Demeter: The Nurturer (her constant need to care for others above herself, such as Zero), Hera: The Matriarch (she is very supportive to the people closest to her—Kaien, Kaname, Zero, and Yori—and is pained whenever Zero and Kaname keep secrets from her), and Persephone: The Maiden (for her carefree and childlike personality and her willingness to help anyone, whether they are human or vampire).
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Boy, where to start? Her mentality seems to be that she always wants the guy she can't have (Kaname was a pureblood while she was human, Zero was a hunter who "hated" her while she was a pureblood, Kaname was going to die etc).
  • Meaningful Name: Yuuki means "tender" or "kind" (yuu) and "princess" (ki). Cross (or Kurosu) is the Japanese pronunciation of "cross" and the kanji chosen for kurosu translates to "black" (kuro) and "master" (su). Yuuki's biological surname—Kuran—translates to "nine orchids" because ku means "nine" and ran means orchids.
  • Modesty Shorts
  • Morality Pet: To Zero and Kaname.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Zero, as they were both raised by Kaien for some of their childhood. Lampshaded in Volume 2 and Volume 6, where she considers Zero like a "brother," mainly because of their status as childhood friends. As it turns out, she is this with Kaname as well, though they are still related.
  • Oblivious to Love: She initially has a really difficult time believing that Kaname reciprocates her feelings. It's justified because she has convinced herself since she was a child that Kaname is "unreachable" to her. On another note, she is also oblivious to Zero's feelings until Chapter 46.
  • Parental Abandonment: Was found in a blizzard and has no memory of her parents.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Pollyanna
  • Rapunzel Hair: When she recovers her memories as a pureblood.
  • Rebellious Princess:
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Kaname.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • After noticing her resemblence to Juuri, Yuuki's uncle Rido (who was in love with Juuri) changed his plans from devouring Yuuki to keeping her as a substitute for Juuri. Doubles as No Yay.
    • Also, played with in Chapter 64 when she asks this to Kaname after learning of Kaname's attachment to a woman when he was the Ancestor of the Kurans.
  • Rescue Romance: This is how she first meets Kaname and develops feelings for him.
  • Romance Genre Heroines: A split between The Spunky Kid and The Nurturer. When Yuuki is revealed to be the daughter of the Kuran family and a pureblood vampire, she gradually develops into The Crusader while continuing to be The Nurturer.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Yori.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Either with Zero or Kaname.
  • Second Love: Ends up with Zero at the end of the story.
  • Simple Staff -> Sinister Scythe
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Over Kaname in the first arc.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Zero. Averted at the end as they end up together.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: In a bonus chapter after the end, she realizes she's pregnant with Kaname's child, causing her to disappear for four years apparently for not being able to face Zero.
  • The Hero Dies: After living a thousand years with Zero she then sacrifices herself to make the slumbering Kaname human.
  • Terrible Artist: Both she and Kaname are comically revealed to be this at different points. Apparently a family trait.
  • Took a Level in Badass
  • Tragic Heroine
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Kaname. She even admits to Aidou that she wouldn't even mind if he betrayed her, and Ichijou later admits that he's jealous of how resolute she is when it comes to Kaname. However, she gradually loses this loyalty towards him in the second arc.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Zero.
  • Wife Husbandry: With Kaname.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After the one year time skip, she is shown struggling with the thought of being immortal.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

     Zero Kiryuu 

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

I will never allow that to happen... even if it makes Kuran my enemy... and even if you hate me for it.

Yuuki's childhood friend and a fellow Prefect. Zero is often aloof and unfriendly. He has a hatred for vampires ever since his family was murdered by a pureblood vampire five years ago. Zero was bitten by this vampire, Shizuka Hio, which is slowly causing him to grow into one and he will inevitably become a Level E vampire. He has feelings for Yuuki.

  • Troubled, but Cute: A good-looking young man with a troubled past.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Used to be.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Yuuki. Even after alienating himself from her, he still ends up protecting her on several occasions such as from Touma and angered hunters, and offers his own blood to her when witnessing her hunger while she's at the Hunter Association. In the finale, he also attempts to talk Kaname out of sacrificing himself to prevent Yuuki from grieving.
    • Well, he is a "Dog", tee hee.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Yuuki.
  • Vampire Hunter
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Zero's risk of becoming a Level E. Kaname's and Ichiru's blood seem to have ceased this because both of them had drunk Shizuka's blood.
  • Workaholic: As a Vampire Hunter. Especially after the timeskip because it is the only thing to keep him sane without depending on Yuuki's blood.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Both purebloods in-universe and Matsuri herself seems to love screwing with him, for who knows what reason.

     Sayori "Yori" Wakaba 

Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Yuuki... I feel like you're hiding something from me... I know you have "something" you can't tell me. And I know you're doing that to make me not worry about you. I'm lonely... Yuuki...

The best friend of Yuuki.

     Kasumi Kageyama 

Voiced by: Takahiro Matsukawa (Japanese)

The Class President of Yuuki's class. He harbors unrequited feelings for Ruka.

     Nadeshiko Shindou 

Voiced by: Taya Fujimori (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)

A Day Class student who develops a big crush on Zero after he rescues her.

Night Class

     Kaname Kuran / The Ancestor of the Kurans 

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Ethan Murray (English)

Kaname is the president of the Night Class, a pureblood vampire, and the object of Yuuki's affections. He rescued Yuuki ten years ago from a vampire attack. While formal and polite, Kaname can also be enigmatic and distant. Two mysteries that surround Kaname are the death of his parents and his connection towards Yuuki's memories.

     Takuma Ichijou 

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English)

... Grandfather... Let us put an end to the Ichijou line.

Kaname's best friend and the Night Class's vice president. He is very friendly and outgoing, and can usually be found with a smile on his face. Ichijou's grandfather is a member of the Vampire Council. He is good friends with Shiki and Rima.

     Hanabusa Aidou 

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

... And my heart decided. I would become someone who could really protect him.

Nicknamed "Idol" by the Day Class girls, Aidou is Kaname's "right-hand man" alongside his cousin Kain. He displays a fun-loving and playful personality around the Day Class girls, and he fiercely idolizes Kaname. He is jealous of the attention Yuuki recieves from Kaname.

  • A Day in the Limelight: In Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi.
  • Always Someone Better: Initially hated Kaname when they were children, as Kaname was more well-liked because of his pureblood status, but he gradually grows to admire Kaname as time grew on.
  • An Ice Person
  • Becoming the Mask: He—along with Kain, Ruka, and Ichijou—was purposely supposed to befriend Fuuka in order to keep an eye on her as she takes the experimental pills to see if it will help her slow down the vampire process of an eventual Level E, but as time grew on, Aidou began growing emotionally supportive and sympathetic towards Fuuka and genuinely wanted to save her.
  • Berserk Button: You do not want to come between him and his Kaname-sama.
  • Big Eater
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Not evil. Just very... territorial when it comes to Kaname.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Butt Monkey: From time to time, but recently increasing in the current chapters by unfortunately getting captured by Zero and the Hunters Association.
  • The Caretaker: Of Fuuka.
  • Child Prodigy/Teen Genius
  • Clingy Jealous Boy
  • Conflicting Loyalty: His admiration towards Kaname versus his duty as a vampire after he witnesses Kaname murdering Shizuka. Also, his growing attachment towards Fuuka versus his duty to have kept her emotionally distant and think her as just an experimental subject.
  • Cool Teacher/Hot Teacher: Becomes Yuuki's personal tutor and personal bodyguard following the timeskip.
  • Cynicism Catalyst/Failure Knight: Initially, Fuuka—a Day Class student who had been turned into an ex-human vampire—was just a test subject and experiment to him for the (at the time) experimental pills that could slow the vampire process from a Level E. He disliked her because she had a crush on Kaname, but as time grew on, he sympathized with Fuuka and wanted to save her from her eventual fate. After Fuuka took the pills, she was beginning to show signs of recovery, but her body soon developed an immunity against it. Fuuka asks him to kill her so she won't turn into a Level E vampire, and in spite of his protests, he reluctantly abides and kills Fuuka.
  • Declaration of Protection: A male example with him obviously wanting to protect Kaname. Played straight with Fuuka, but he wasn't able to save her.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Arguably towards Fuuka, though subverted as it took him a while to have her presence grow on him.
  • Fanboy: For Kaname.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Extremely jealous towards the attention Yuuki recieves from Kaname. He kind of gets over it when he finds out Yuuki is a pureblood and Kaname's "sister."
  • His Heart Will Go On: After Fuuka's death.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kain.
  • Hidden Depths: There's more to him than just being a Kaname fanboy.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Fuuka.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Idol".
  • Interspecies Romance: Aido (vampire) and Yori (human). He even states that he repeatedly asked her to become a vampire, and when she refused, he worked on Kaname's notes to turn vampires to humans so he could live the rest of his life with her. He fails to find it in time.
  • Lady Killer In Love: The extra chapter in the final volume strongly implies that Aidou is in love with Yori. Considering his flirtatious attitiude towards girls at the start of the series, Aidou is considered this.
  • Last Name Basis: Usually called by his last name.
  • Meaningful Name: Hanabusa means "petals of a flower" and Aidou means "indigo temple." The pronunciation of Aidou is very close to the pronunciation of the English word "Idol" in Japanese, which is where the Day Class girls derived Aidou's nickname from.
  • Mercy Kill: Reluctantly kills Fuuka when she doesn't want to become a Level E.
  • Number Two: He and his cousin Kain share the role towards Kaname.
  • Pet the Dog: He gradually grows to sympathize with Yuuki following The Reveal. After the timeskip, he reassures Yuuki he won't tell Kaname that she is writing a letter to someone (presumably Yori), offers blood tablets for her when she had to resort to biting herself to get blood, accompanies her on her mission to confront pureblood vampires, and stands beside her when she decides to reopen the Night Class, in spite of the fact that Kaname murdered his father prior to this.
  • Ship Tease: With Yuuki, Yori, and Fuuka.
  • Staking the Loved One: To Fuuka.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Kaname.

     Akatsuki Kain 

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)

... If in the future you end up causing her unhappiness... then I will not forgive you.

Nicknamed "Wild" by the Day Class girls, Kain is Kaname's "right-hand man" alongside his cousin Aidou. He is often laidback and reserved. Kain sympathizes with his childhood friend Ruka, who he has feelings for.

     Ruka Souen 

Voiced by: Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)

Because I've been a fool who only cares about my own feelings... always... until I was faced with the truth...

A beautiful student of the Night Class who has unrequited feelings for Kaname.

     Senri Shiki 

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)

That's all right, because a puppet, is now able to move by its own conscious.

A young model in the Night Class who is often in the company of Rima. Quiet and introverted, Shiki initially doesn't think too much of himself. Shiki's mother is a former actress who he must take care of because she's fairly helpless on her own. He is good friends with Ichijou.

     Rima Touya 

Voiced by: Carrie Savage (English)

Shiki! You should love yourself more!

A young model in the Night Class who is often in the company of Shiki. If separated from him, Rima is often found worrying about Shiki. She is good friends with Ichijou.


Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese), Colleen O'Shaughnessy (English)

Kaname's unoffical bodyguard.

  • Emotionless Girl
  • Meaningful Name: Seiren translates to "star" (sei) and "to smelt" or "refine" (ren). Also, ren is of the same kanji as rengoku, which means "purgatory."

Other Characters

     Kaien Cross 

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)

The headmaster of Cross Academy. Kaien is Yuuki's adoptive father and took in Zero following the death of his parents. He strongly believes that humans and vampires can co-exist.

     Touga Yagari 

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)

The Number One hunter at the Hunter's Association and Zero's former teacher. He comes to Cross Academy as a teacher.

     Ichiru Kiryuu 

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

I'm so happy, I thought I was dead inside Zero's heart...

Zero's twin brother. Ichiru and Zero were once very close as children until Ichiru overheard their parents favoring Zero over him. He willingly went with Shizuka following her attack on the Kiryuu family and became her faithful servant.

     Kaito Takamiya 

And now we have a little lamb... joining the party.

A fellow hunter and an old friend of Zero's who returns to Cross Academy as a teacher-in-training.

  • Batman Gambit: He used Yori as bait for the purebloods during a vampire ball to test Zero's reactions.
  • Canon Immigrant: Kaito originally appeared in the light novel based on the series, written by Ayuna Fujisaki. When Hino Matsuri wanted to add another Vampire Hunter character into her story, she liked Kaito so much that she asked Fujisaki for permission use him.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Guile Hero
  • Hot Teacher
  • I'll Kill You: His warning to Zero.
    Zero: When you first showed up at the academy, I initially thought you had come to kill me... the way you killed your own older brother.
    Kaito: Oh, believe me, Zero. If you get violent and I think you might harm me... I'll definitely kill you...
  • Old Friend: Of Zero's. He briefly trained under Yagari alongside Zero and Ichiru.
  • Staking the Loved One: Killed his brother after he was turned into a vampire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to endanger Yori to test Zero's capability of a future association president.
  • Vampire Hunter

     Fuuka Kisaragi 

... I believe in you, Aidou-senpai.

Fuuka and Aidou.

A Day Class student with a crush on Kaname. After attempting to sneak in the Moon Dormitory, the Night Class students — Aidou, Kain, Ruka, and Ichijou in particular — take an interest in Fuuka and let her visit the dorm at night. As these visits progress, a mystery surrounding Fuuka begins to unveil itself. She is introduced in the VK light novel Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi.

Other Vampires

     Shizuka Hio 

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

A pureblood vampire who murdered Zero's parents and turned Zero into a vampire. She is infamously known as the "Kuruizaki-hime."

     Maria Kurenai 

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

Please... If Zero sees Ichiru, ask him... to tell Ichiru that I want to see him.

A young girl and a distant relative to Shizuka Hio. She transfers to Cross Academy while possessed by Shizuka.

     Sara Shirabuki 

There are few purebloods left in this world... so we must support each other.

A pureblood vampire who is good friends with Kaname.

     Juuri Kuran 

Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (Japanese)

It happened so fast that I didn't have time to hold back my power... I couldn't take the risk, because there's a life growing inside me that I had to protect at all costs...

Kaname's and Yuuki's mother, Juuri is the wife of Haruka. Supposedly, Haruka's and Juuri's deaths were the result of suicide. It was later revealed that they were murdered by Rido instead. She is also Haruka's and Rido's sister.

     Haruka Kuran 

How can I stay behind and let my child protect me? Don't destroy my pride of being a father, please.

Kaname's and Yuuki's father, Haruka is the husband of Juuri. Supposedly, Haruka's and Juuri's deaths were the result of suicide. It was later revealed that they were murdered by Rido instead. He is also Rido's and Juuri's brother.

     Rido Kuran 

Alike... You look like Juuri. I've changed my mind. You will replace Juuri, and let me love you.

Rido is the Big Bad. He is also Shiki's father and the older brother of Haruka and Juuri. Rido had unrequited feelings for Juuri and was resentful of Haruka's and Juuri's marriage. Rido returns to Cross Academy in order to devour Yuuki and take her power. He is also the one who ressurected the Ancestor of the Kurans — Kaname — from his grave. Thus, Kaname is unable to kill him.

     The Hooded Woman 

I cannot forgive the person who forgot his purpose in life and played with those weak, yet strong, lives that instinctively continued to hope. There's no way I could silently keep watching.

A woman from Kaname's ancestor's past. She sacrificed herself to forge the first weapons for the Hunters to wield. Introduced in the second arc.

    Yuuki's daughter with Kaname and son with Zero. 

A girl and boy shown in the last pages at the end of the story after a thousand years have passed. They appear to be in their late teens look-wise, but it's unknown how much older they most likely are.

Because that's how you solve a Love Triangle.