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Kritiker

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.
  • 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.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Went from bright red hair in AAWS and Kapitel to brown in Gluhen. Might be an actual dye job, as most Side B color art gives him back the bright red color, but the one cover art that shows him as he was in the final episode of Gluhen uses the darker color. On the other hand, flashbacks and old photographs in Gluhen show him having the brown hair the whole time, so it's really anyone's guess.
  • Aloof Big Brother
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Fight Fire With Fire goes out of its way to reveal that Aya lost his virginity at 16. Otherwise, Aya shows absolutely no interest in sex - which stands out because Youji, Ken, and Omi do.
  • Asexuality: Ranjatai suggests this is the case with Aya and makes something of a point of his lack of sexual interest in Shizu.
  • Author Avatar: Of Takehito Koyasu.
  • Badass Longcoat: Gluhen.
  • Badass Teacher: Gluhen: Asami-sensei sees him this way after he stands up to S Class to defend Sena. Her perception is not exactly accurate; although Aya would probably have moved himself to defend any other innocent student in danger if given opportunity, the issue mostly never comes up.
  • Berserk Button: "TA-KA-TO-RIII!" And more generally anything to do with his little sister.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Compulsively, not just to his actual little sister but also to Taiyou (even though they're the same age), Sakura, Sena, and Yuki.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Repeatedly. Weiss as a team sometimes manage to play Big Damn Heroes to save the victim of the week, but Aya especially has a way of turning up to bail out his teammates when they're in trouble.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Best illustrated when Aya pulls a gun in the middle of a sword fight.
  • Cool Car: His white Porsche doesn't look like much in the original anime's lackluster animation, but is quite snazzy when viewed through the higher production values of Gluhen.
  • Diagonal Cut
  • Disney Death
  • Flower Motifs: His given name, "Ran," means "orchid," a fact played with more than once in the series.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Aya-chan's hospital bills were a major factor in why he became an assassin, and the primary reason he joined Kritiker: they promised to provide for all of her medical care if he joined.
  • I Call It Vera: according to character profiles, he calls his katana "Shion."
  • Important Haircut: Gluhen.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: To both Sakura and his sister.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Both played straight and subverted in equal measure.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: To Aya-chan, and with good reason
  • Meaningful Rename: With three different versions between AAWS, Kapitel and the First Mission audio drama.
  • Older and Wiser: The only member of Weiss to get saner in Gluhen.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He starts delivering more of these in Gluhen.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Aya gets more of these than anyone else in Weiss.
  • The Protagonist: The number of Ran-centric CD dramas make it rather clear who is the main character.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Rapunzel Hair: Gluhen, at least up until the aforementioned Important Haircut.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Strictly speaking.
  • Relative Error: Omi and Sakura both assume the cute, comatose girl he's caring for and using the name of is his lover, instead of his little sister. In Assassin and White Shaman, one of Ran's coworkers assumes Aya-chan is his girlfriend when she drags him away from his job to buy her something to eat.
  • Save the Day, Turn Away: He removes himself completely from Aya-chan and Sakura's lives after saving them both from Essett and Schwarz at the end of Kapitel.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Tragic Keepsake: Takes his sister's name and one of her earrings.
  • Tsurime Eyes

     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 Agents

     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 

  • Big Brother Mentor: to Aya, compared to Shion's more aloof form of mentorship.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Kikyou's betrayal results in the eradication of Kritiker's Aoba Center team.
  • Faking the Dead
  • Foil: To Shion and to Aya.
  • I Am Your Opponent: When Weiss first confronts him, he notices that Aya wields a katana and announces that he'll be his opponent.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Mad Artist: Kikyou becomes the sensei of the "Art of Death" Cult which murders women, dismembers them, and arranges their body parts as an "art form."
  • The Obi-Wan: To Aya in Endless Rain. And, like Shion, subverted when Kikyou also turns out to have betrayed Kritiker and has to be killed by Aya.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Subverts Katanas Are Just Better by defeating Aya with a paper fan.
  • Spirit Advisor: To Aya via dreams. An evil Spirit Advisor who appears in Aya's nightmares to tell him how happy he is that Aya will be coming to join him in hell.

     Tsubaki 

     Kuroyuri 

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 Itō (JP)

     Neu (Asuka Murase 
)

     Tot (Nanami Kyouno) 

Takatori Family

     Reiji Takatori 

  • Abusive Parent: Subverted with Omi, as he really is his Evil Uncle.
  • Action Survivor: See Chekhov's Gun.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Although, after a minute, he does remember Aya... 's father.
  • Chekhov's Gun: That big shadowy thing in the extreme foreground of certain shots in his office? It's a katana. He knows how to use it. Very well.
  • Evil Uncle
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Parental Favoritism: Ouka is clearly his favorite child.
  • Pet the Dog: His only redeeming quality is his genuine affection for his illegitimate daughter Ouka Sakaki.
  • Porn Stache
  • President Evil: Well, Prime Minister Evil. Although the positions are not the same thing, he still manages to fit the trope perfectly for the short time he holds the position before Aya kills him.
  • You Can Keep Him: When his young son Mamoru was kidnapped, he refused to pay the ransom and abandoned the boy to his kidnappers out of spite over the fact that Mamoru was actually the product of his wife's affair with his brother Shuichi, aka Persia.

     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

     KR (Richard Krypton) 

     Nana Mihirogi 

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 

  • But Not Too Foreign: Yuki, the first of his new teammates that Aya meets after leaving Japan, is Japanese-American.
  • Kid with the Leash: Of sorts. In order to allow Yuki to keep the promise he made to Alison never to kill, Aya kills for him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yuki" meaning "snow."
  • Mission Control
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Stoic
  • Stoic Spectacles: A head injury he suffers during the fighting between Orphan and Blue Eyes causes him to need glasses; coincidentally, Akagawa's betrayal and Alison's death during the same arc leaves him with an unusually stoic attitude for his age.

     Chloe (Edward R. Krotznik) 

     Michel E. Conrad 

     Free 

Side Characters

     Momoe 

     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

     Shizuka Sakaki 

     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 Wei▀ 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
  • Na´ve 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

     Maki 

     Kouichirou Kase 

     Yuriko Asakawa 

     Kaori Hibana 

     Akira Hibana 

     Taiyou Honjou 

     Sally Schumars 

VA: Aya Hisakawa (CD dramas)

     Kimika Serizawa 

     Nozomi Miyazawa 

     Asami-sensei 

     Asuka Ito 

     Kurumi Shinjou 

  • 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.
  • MacGuffin Girl

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