Characters / Weiß Kreuz

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Organizations

    Weiss 
  • Animal Theme Naming: Each of them is code-named for a breed of cat: Abyssinian, Bombay, Balinese, and Siberian. Gluhen adds "Havana [Brown]" and "LaPerm," although unlike the original four these codenames are never used aloud in the anime (they belong to Kyou and Sena respectively)
  • Cartwright Curse: As a side effect of being Doom Magnets par excellence, nobody in Weiss has much luck keeping girlfriends alive. Yoji has it the worst, but everyone on the team except for Kyou has at least one instance.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: A white cross is the team's logo, and they all wear red crosses on their "working clothes" in Gluhen. Both Aya and Youji wear silver crosses with their street clothes (justified in Aya's case, since he's at least shown to read the Bible and talk points on it with nuns).
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Doom Magnets
  • Flower Motifs: Each of the boys is associated with a particular flower: Aya is red roses, Omi is freesias, Youji is cattleya (a specific type of orchid), Ken is gentians, Sena is pansies, and Kyou is yellow roses.
  • Four is Death: Aside from initially having four members, look at the fates of the Fourth Weiss team: two dead, one amnesiac, one in prison, one stabbed to not-quite-death on a street corner, and their boss giving up everything that makes him a nice person.
  • Hitmen With Hearts
  • It's Personal: The Third Weiss team (Aya, Omi, Ken and Youji) all have a fairly plausible reason to want Reiji Takatori dead. Fourth Weiss' new recruits, Kyou and Sena, both have a deeply personal reason to find out what the deal is with Koua Academy. Persia II all but admits he did this on purpose; Persia IV tells Rex outright that he did.
  • Necessarily Evil: How they perceive themselves, Ken going so far as to state it out loud in exactly those words.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: a failed P.I., a disgraced athlete, an amnesiac student, and a very angry young man out for revenge.
  • Shoot the Dog
  • True Companions: Played with. It's plain to the audience that the core four care about each other, but they're all so damaged and wrapped up in their own issues that, by the time they realize it, it's too late.
  • We Help the Helpless: And when they get there too late, they enact bloody vengeance.

Aya Fujimiya (Ran Fujimiya)

VA: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Paul Juhn (EN - Kapitel), Dan Green (EN - Gluhen)
Neither the devil nor death, I am just a murderer.

Omi Tsukiyono (Mamoru Takatori)

VA: Hiro Yuki (JP)
Never forgive the bad ones.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Went from dark blond hair in AAWS and Kapitel to a grayish color in Gluhen. As a possible justification: The Takatori family doesn't want it recognized that Omi Tsukiyono and Mamoru Takatori are the same person. Change the color, change the style, instant unrecognizable look.
  • Automatic Crossbows
  • Break the Cutie
  • Demoted to Extra: Side B
  • Deuteragonist: in Kapitel
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Lampshaded in the outtakes: "Finally an use for this goggles I've been wearing for 24 episodes!"
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia
  • Older Than He Looks: According to Forever White, Omi could easily pass for middle-school age.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Oh, where do we start? Let's see. Two of Weiss' targets are his older brothers, the man behind it all is his father, his potential love interest, Ouka, is his half-sister—but wait! His mother was sleeping with her brother-in-law on the sly, so his father is really his Uncle Shuichi—AKA Persia. So Ouka is actually his cousin. Parodied in the "Wish A Dream" CD drama, when Omi has a nightmare that not only is Ken his older brother but Youji is his father and Aya is his mother.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In and following Gluhen: "Hey, I know how I'll find Epitaph! I'll hire a confused, ticking-time-bomb of an amateur, teenage assassin whose mother murdered the rest of his family, and let him run wild. If he screws up enough times, they won't be able to resist the bait!"
  • Meaningful Name: "Mamoru" means "protection."
  • Meaningful Rename: Shuchi Takatori renamed Mamoru Takatori "Omi Tsukiyono" after rescuing him from his kidnappers. Tsukiyono Castle was the vacation home of the Takatori family and as of Dramatic Precious is the private residence of Saijou Takatori, the first Persia; "omi" means "retainer" or "servant."
  • Odd Name Out: Hirofumi, Masafumi, and... Mamoru? Possibly foreshadowing to the fact that Reiji already knew the kid wasn't his.
  • Parental Abandonment: Or is it?
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: To Ouka Sakaki.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to be a Sakura/Aya fan.
  • Shorter Means Smarter
  • The Smart Guy: He's also the team's go-to guy for anything related to computers or other technology.
  • Significant Birth Date: Leap Day, February 29.
  • That Man Is Dead: Beginning with the end of Dramatic Precious, he gives up his identity as Omi and with it his remaining innocence, in order to take up his father's former position in Kritiker as Persia. The other members of Weiss still call him "Omi," but he lays that identity to rest for good after rejoining them for one more mission in Gluhen, and identifies himself as Mamoru Takatori thereafter.
  • Tykebomb: Persia took him in as a child following his kidnapping, and raised him to be an assassin.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years

Youji Kudou (Ryou Itou)

Woman's enemy is my enemy.

Ken Hidaka

VA: Tomokazu Seki (JP)
It's too late to confess now.

Kyou Aguri

Sena Izumi (Takeru Kisaragi)

    Kritiker 

Persia II (Shuichi Takatori)

VA: Jurota Kosugi (JP)
White hunters of the night, deny these dark beasts their tomorrows.

Manx (Hanae Kitada)

Birman

VA: Kikuko Inoue (JP)

Botan

Persia III (Yoshirou Karasuma)

Rex

Persia I (Saijou Takatori)

    Crashers 
  • Chess Motifs - The members of Crashers are code-named for chess pieces.
  • Five-Man Band - The inclusion of Aya into the previously four-man team turns them into this, as well as averting Four is Death.

Knight (Yuushi Honjou)

Bishop (Reiichi Shirasagi)

Rook (Masato Tanuma)

Pawn (Naru Uhyou)

Queen

    Aoba Center 
  • Floral Theme Naming: Their codenames are the names of flowers: Shion means Tatarian aster, Kikyou means Chinese bellflower, Tsubaki means camellia, and Kuroyuri means black lily.

Kikyou

Tsubaki

Kuroyuri

  • Red Herring: Fans who've seen Verbrechen ~ Strafe may recall that in the OAV the term kuroyuri (meaning black lily) was used as a code phrase for "lies," and thus hold suspicions about Kuroyuri when it becomes clear that someone is leaking the Aoba team's plans to their target. It's not him; in fact, Kuroyuri is about the only member of the team who has his head on straight at all.

    Essett 

    Schwarz 

Brad Crawford

Schuldig

Farfarello (Jei)

VA: Ryusei Nakao (JP)

Nagi Naoe

VA: Nozomu Sasaki (JP)

    Schreient 

Hel (Chizuru Aoi)

Schoen (Karen Kitaura)

VA: Miki Ito (JP)

Neu (Asuka Murase)

Tot (Nanami Kyouno)

    Takatori Family 
A Big, Screwed-Up Family.

Reiji Takatori

Hirofumi Takatori

Masafumi Takatori

Kikuno Takatori

Reiji's deceased wife, matriarch of the family.

  • Arranged Marriage: To Reiji.
  • Broken Bird
  • Driven to Suicide: After Reiji refused to pay the ransom for the kidnapped Mamoru, poor Kikuno lost the will to live and killed herself.
  • Posthumous Character: Having died before the story started, Kikuno only appears in flashbacks.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With the boyfriend she had before having to marry Reiji (his younger brother Shuichi).
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheated on her husband Reiji with her beloved Shuichi, and Omi was born from that. Then again, Reiji himself had a daughter named Ouka with his mistress, Shizuka.

    Koua Academy 

Todou

Mayumi Tsujii

VA: Atsuko Tanaka (JP)

Sagiri and Suika

    Rosenkreuz 

Berger

Geisel

Layla

    La Mort 
  • Face–Heel Turn: They were Kritiker's second Weiss team. Then they went crazy.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Shion refers to the Tatarian aster; Azami refers to the thistle flower; Ayame means iris; Rindou refers to the Japanese gentian.
  • Flower Motifs: Aside from the Theme Naming: Shion's initial appearances involve ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arranging; he also goes to the flower shop where Aya's sister works and buys expensive orchids (a play on Aya's given name). Omi's last message to his teammates, notifying them that he's killed Rindou, reads "The gentian ["rindou"] has been plucked."
  • Four is Death: Again. Still.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Dramatic Precious indicates that their generally Ax-Crazy conditions are the ultimate destination of the slippery slope that the present members of Weiss are currently on.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Weiss has a lot of Psycho Rangers.

Shion

Ayame

Azami

Rindou

     Kryptonbrand 

    Kryptonbrand - Side B 
  • Domino Mask
  • Four is Death: Notable aversion; after the many repetitions of the trope in previous installments of the series, Kryptonbrand is a three-man team prior to the additions of Ken, Aya, and Yuki, and a six-man team thereafter. This may be why Kryptonbrand is ever so slightly less screwed up than Weiss.
  • Multinational Team: Ken & Aya = Japanese; Yuki = Japanese-American; Michel = Irish, raised in England; Chloe = born in Romania; Free = born in Liechtenstein.

Yuki

Chloe (Edward R. Krotznik)

Michel E. Conrad

Free

Side Characters

     Aya-chan Fujimiya 
VA: Yui Horie (JP), Rachael Lillis (EN)

     Ouka Sakaki 

  • Brother-Sister Incest: Played with. She's believed to be Omi's half sister due to him being Mamoru, the youngest son of Reiji Takatori, who is also Ouka's dad. But wait, there's more! Since Mamoru was actually the son of Reiji's wife Kikuno and Reiji's brother, they're actually Kissing Cousins instead. Or were, considering that Ouka ends up kicking it. Oh wow, what a mess.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight]]: Omi's.
  • Famous Last Words: "Omi... I'm so glad I met you..."
  • Heroic Bastard: Reiji's illegitimate daughter.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: To Omi
  • Ojou: Played with a little. Her classmates consider her rich and snobby, but she's much louder and more forceful than the typical Ojou. Turns out she's a rich politician's illegitimate daughter and her forcefulness is a result of feeling neglected by him when she was younger.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Smaller, face-framing ones.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Recurring Character: Pops up in several episodes, hanging around the flower shop and being much more articulate and forward than the usual gaggle of fangirls.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Omi.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: So according to "Tearless Dolls"... after her death, Ouka's lifeless body was pretty much turned into a mannequin and put in display in one of these? By others of the grieving, apparently maddened Reiji? What The HELL?!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

     Sakura Tomoe 

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She falls in love with Aya, although he doesn't seem to consider her as any more than a friend/surrogate little sister.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: She does this to escape from Schwarz's confinement to hide Aya-chan in a closet for Weiß to find.
  • Distressed Damsel
  • Expository Hairstyle Change / Important Haircut: She grows her hair long in the vague hope that it will appeal to Aya by increasing her resemblance to his sister. At the closing of Kapitel, however, she has it cut short again.
  • Modesty Bedsheet
  • Naïve Everygirl
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She's a rather decent athlete.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Replacement Goldfish: To Aya for his sister, temporarily.
  • Rescue Romance: She falls for Aya at least in part because he keeps rescuing her, although he doesn't return her feelings.
  • Twin Switch: Takes advantage of her resemblance to Aya's sister by stashing Aya-chan in a closet and taking her place when she's in danger. Schuldig is not amused when he finds out they've been screwed, but it doesn't stop him from using her to do it again to the Esszet elders.

     Asuka Murase 

  • Beauty Mark
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Youji describes her as passionate and violent. You don't see it in the anime, but the one drama track that features her shows it in spades.
  • Death by Origin Story: Sort of. She didn't quite die, but otherwise fits the trope.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Left Hanging: The series leaves the question of whether or not Neu is really Asuka pretty open-ended. Supplementary materials eventually confirm that she is.
  • Posthumous Character: Her original identity, at least, is dead and gone. Becomes a full-fledged example in Gluhen.
  • Private Detective

     Kurumi Shinjou 
  • Action Survivor: Kurumi is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an Action Girl, but she would prefer not to die and besides whacking people with skateboards, she also ripped a slit into her ankle-length pencil skirt with her bare hands so that she could run away from Okita.
  • Break the Cutie: She thinks her parents died in an accident, then she's chased by strange men, then it turns out her parents are still alive and had used her as a guinea pig for a strange drug, then her parents are killed in front of her by Side B, and then she goes to live with her parents' murderers and endure more experiments. She doesn't mind that last one too much as KB promised they want to discover the curable properties of the Human Interleukin-3 in her blood.
  • The Chick
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Compared to Mihirogi at least. Her food is almost edible, as opposed to not edible at all.
  • Important Haircut: She hacks off her waist-length braids after losing her parents and moving in with KB.
  • Improvised Weapon: In volume five she smacks Okita with the skateboard Ken had stolen earlier just as he's about to stab her.
  • Two Girls to a Team: With Nana to Side B

     Others 

Momoe

Shizuka Sakaki

Maki

Kouichirou Kase

VA: Yuji Ueda (JP)

Yuriko Asakawa

Kaori Hibana

Akira Hibana

Taiyou Honjou

Sally Schumars

VA: Aya Hisakawa (CD dramas)

Kimika Serizawa

Nozomi Miyazawa

Asami-sensei

Asuka Ito

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