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he may be Not Quite Human.
Tropes associated with Yumeji:
- Accidental Pervert: Frequently.
- Ambiguously Human: It's implied that he might be something other than human.
- Aura Vision
- Chick Magnet: To start, he has the obvious affection of Isana, there is a lot of Ship Tease between him and Merry, and there are some mild hints that Yui might like him as well.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Curtains Match the Window
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Seeing into people's dreams is actually incredibly useful.
- Heroic BSOD: He gets hit with this after he finds out that Pharos' host is his best friend right as Pharos takes over Takateru's mind and body completely. And the only reason Pharos had enough time to do that was because Yumeji promised Takateru that he wouldn't use his 'dream vision' since it made Takateru uncomfortable.
- I Owe You My Life: His original reason for staying with Merry.
- Idiot Hair: Even though he's not especially stupid
- The Lancer: He's not a potent enough combatant to be The Hero, but he can provide excellent support.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Again, to Merry.
- Mega Manning: His Lucid Gadget ability allows him to recreate the powers of Dream Demons he's previously met.
Yumeji: "I'll borrow it <Insert power's name>!"
- Actually Yumeji isn't actually recreating their powers in the literal sense, he simply lacks the imagination to create anything original.
- Most Writers Are Writers
- My God, What Have I Done?: By keeping his promise to his friend, he allowed said friend to be completely consumed by the Big Bad. Needless to say, he doesn't take this revelation well.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Red-Headed Hero
- Took a Level in Badass: With his Lucid Gadget ability.
Tropes associated with Merry:
- Action Girl
- Adaptation Dye-Job: On the manga covers, her hair seems to be dark indigo, but the anime changes it to more of a burgundy.
- Curiously, this doesn't just apply to her hair; there's no real indication of this in the original art, but the animators make Merry's skin slightly pinker than everyone else's.
- Animal Motifs: Sheep, frequently lampshaded.
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff: Constantly. The anime even treats it as Fanservice — instead of Panty Shots, we get gratuitous closeups of Merry's bellybutton.
- Subverted in the beach episode; Merry doesn't own a swimsuit, and the one Isana lends her is her old one-piece from school.
- Barrier Maiden: Merry IS part of the system that keeps the dream world separate from ours. Her getting stuck in our world is one of the things that allowed Herakles to rise to power.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever hurt her friends, especially Yumeji.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Isana's Betty.
- Catch Phrase: "I have no hopes or dreams".
- Cute Bruiser: John actually wonders aloud how she can get so much power out of such a small body.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cute Monster Girl
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Never gets a Panty Shot, but she's still every bit as tough as the average Action Girl.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her pupils are horizontal rectangles.
- Expy: Possibly inspired by Maribel "Merry" Hearn.
- Facial Markings: Two little purple triangles, one under each eye.
- Gamer Chick: She enjoys playing video games.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Does this after Yumeji starts blaming himself for Takateru's mind being completely consumed by Pharos.
- Heartbroken Badass: When one misunderstanding almost gets Yumeji killed via Taking The Sword, Merry's rage is sufficient to cause her to Take a Level in Badass right then and there.
- The Hero: Mostly by default, but she's pretty well-suited to the role.
- In-Series Nickname: Yumekui Merry, of course.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Lightning Bruiser
- Male Gaze: As noted above, she has a lot of shots focusing on her exposed stomach.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She definitely manages to make Yumeji's life more interesting, although he wasn't quite an Ordinary High-School Student to begin with.
- Meido: Her work clothes.
- Monster Roommate: Since she doesn't have a place of her own, staying with Yumeji and Isana is the obvious solution.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat: She almost never takes it off — which is only to be expected, considering she was created by an author who used to be best known for Touhou doujinshi.
- Pointy Ears
- Security Blanket: In the first episode, she misplaces her hat, panics, and stumbles away from Yumeji mumbling "My hat, my hat, where's my hat..." When she later recovers it, she explains that she's just not comfortable without a hat on.
- Stripperiffic: Indeed. Her attire includes clothes such as a top which leaves most of her stomach exposed, a short skirt that displays her legs rather nicely, and of course there is the obligatory thigh-high stockings.
- Super Toughness: Dream Demons can be hurt, but they — especially Merry — can take a lot more punishment than ordinary humans. For example, there's a scene in the manga, where Merry, Yumeji, and a few others have stumbled into Maze's dreamspace, that involves Yumeji about to be hit by a robotic clown wielding a giant sledgehammer; Merry leaps in, takes the hit for him, and proceeds to beat the robot into scrap while shouting "THAT... HURT!!"
- Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts. She adores them.
- Trademark Least Favorite Food: She can't handle carbonated drinks.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Claims not to understand love and other such human emotions.
- That said, after having been asked whether or not she liked Yumeji by Isana (prompting the above claim), she begins to list all of Yumeji's good qualities and how important he is to her, prompting Isana to muse that Merry's feelings are "liking someone."
- You Gotta Have Indigo/Burgundy Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki
Maid Cafe. She quickly befriends Merry, and it is hinted that she and Yumeji met her at some point in their childhood.
Tropes associated with Isana:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, her hair is purple-tinted, but the anime turns it white.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Merry's Veronica.
- The Chick: Shares this position with Yui.
- Childhood Friend Romance: To Yumeji.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Has one, but she isn't an Action Girl.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hollywood Pudgy: Invoked. She's very insecure about her weight, and occasionally teased about that insecurity, but she still looks cute and petite to the audience and none of the other characters seem to actually care.
- Chapter 39 takes this to another level.
- Idiot Hair: Like Yumeji, she's not particularly stupid, just not a genius.
- Meido: Part of her job.
- Most Writers Are Writers
- Nice Girl: Unless Yumeji walks in on her at the wrong moment.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: Clearly has very strong feelings for Yumeji, and apparently has had them for some time.
- Tsundere: A mild Type B towards Yumeji.
- You Gotta Have Lilac Hair: In the manga.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (JP), Chris Patton (EN)Another member of the Writing Club, reflected in his odd habit of composing haiku at random moments, often with completely mundane subjects. As the only other male member of the club, he is shown to be good friends with Yumeji, and there seems to be a budding romance between him and Saki. He's also the unwitting host to the Big Bad Pharos.
Tropes associated with Takateru:
- Beta Couple: With Saki, probably.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When Pharos is in control. Brrr.
- Camp Straight
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When Pharos takes over his body he flips his hair back Aizen-style. After that incident is resolved, Takateru flips his hair back while bragging and causes Saki to panic, thinking he's turned evil again.
- Expy: Only other guy in a club alongside the male protagonist, a very cool head, a slight but near-constant smile, bishonen facial features... does he remind anyone else of Itsuki Koizumi?
- Implausible Hair Color: He's blond, and there's no indication that he's But Not Too Foreign.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: It wouldn't be worth mentioning if it wasn't of comparable length to—perhaps even longer than—both Merry's and Saki's.
- Most Writers Are Writers: The most blatant example.
- Nice Guy: What he comes across as overall.
- Perpetual Smiler: Not as jarring as most examples.
- though it turns into a Slasher Smile when Pharos takes control.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The savvy guy to Saki's energetic girl.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Again, with Saki.
ability to see into dreams. She is quite confident and outgoing most of the time, but notably becomes rather timid when she's alone with Takateru, who she is hinted to like.
Tropes associated with Saki:
- Beta Couple: With Takateru
- Freaky Is Cool: Is quite interested in Yumeji's ability, and lets him check her dreams out for her.
- Genki Girl
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Defied, she specifically has Takateru walk a few steps behind her to avoid situations like this. It still turns into a Ship Tease scene.
- Most Writers Are Writers
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic girl to Takateru's savvy guy.
- Tsundere: Type B towards Takateru.
- Tomboy: Complete with short hair.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Takateru
- Gainaxing: In the OP.
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori (JP), Emily Neves (EN)President of the Writing Club, and unwitting host to Chris Evergreen, one of the first Dream Demons that Yumeji and Merry encounter. Chris appears to her as a pen-pal who she only knows through text messaging. She dreams of becoming a novelist.
Tropes associated with Mei:
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers an awesome one to Chris, and proceeds to forgive him for what he did to her and encourage him to finish his novel.
- Blind Without 'Em: Claimed to be unable to clearly see Chris's face, but it's implied that she was only pretending.
- Club President
- Cool Big Sis: Is well-liked and respected by her juniors.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Interspecies Romance: Although not made explicit in the manga, her relationship with Chris bordered on this, and it's implied that she recognized his true form and accepted him regardless.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Her dream is to become a novelist. This is actually becomes an important plot point: the fact that she kept that dream even after Chris was removed from her proves that Dream Demons can in fact be sent back to the Dream World rather than being killed.
- Nice Girl
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Chris, particularly in the anime.
Voiced by: Tomoko Akiya (JP), Luci Christian (EN)Yui is the vessel of the Dream Demon, Engi Threepiece, but unlike possessed persons seen thus far, her relationship with her Dream Demon is a sisterly one of mutual respect. Yumeji and Merry first meet Yui at the supermarket, and soon discover that there is more to her than meets the eye (unless it's Yumeji's eye). There are several jabs at her inability to cook, for which she has been labeled "Magical Chemical Cooking" for her foods' severely distinctive and lethal tastes.
Tropes associated with Yui:
- Big Sister Instinct: To Engi, although which of them is literally older is unknown.
- The Chick: Because of her connection with Engi she ends up accompanying the group on most of their exploits, where she provides no combat support, but plenty of emotional support.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Cool Big Sis: Tries to be this to everyone, be they younger or older.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
- Lethal Chef
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Engi, in the same way that Yumeji is one to Merry.
- Meet Cute: An unusually elaborate one: Merry crashes into her, she drops the doll she'd been thinking about buying, and Yumeji catches it for her.
- Nice Girl: She's very sweet and kind-hearted.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Nao most strongly, though some with Engi. And taking Nao's apparent crushing on bit character Hino-senpai into account, maybe some Threesome Subtext for the yuri-minded.
- Ship Tease: With Engi, Nao and her Straight Option Yumeji.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Implied to be into the occult.
- Sharing a Body: Again, with Engi.
- Willing Channeler: She and Engi have this relationship, alternating control of Yui's body.
- You Remind Me of X: Reminds Engi of her sister Patty.
eventually befriends Yumeji and the like.
Tropes associated with Engi:
- Action Girl: And how! She's one of the toughest fighters around.
- The Big Girl: Definitely a powerful fighter, although she's not as good as Merry.
- Cute Monster Girl: She is an angelic knight.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Triangular pupils.
- Heroic Albino: She has pale skin and white hair.
- Hunter Of Her Own Kind: Unlike Merry, she has no way to send Dream Demons back to the dream world, and she has learned to kill Heracles' underlings in cold blood, although she tries to avoid this now that Merry is around.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Shaped like wings.
- It's Personal: Her vendetta against Heracles.
- Lady of War: Is very kind and polite to anyone she's not trying to kill.
- Prehensile Hair: Not just shaped like wings, it can actually be used as wings!
- Revenge Before Reason: After the battle with the twins, she's pretty much hellbent on killing Heracles even if it means her vessel's life and having to fight her friends. She gets better after Yui calls her out about it.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is very long and shaped into a pair of wings.
- Sharing a Body: With Yui.
- Storm of Blades: Can replicate her sword multiple times to this effect.
- Sugar And Ice Girl: Displays shades of this.
- Sword Beam: One of her signature techniques.
Chaser John Doe
inhabits the body of a black cat in the real world.
Tropes associated with John:
- Aloof Ally: Only helps when he deems it necessary.
- Animal Motifs: Cats.
- Awesome McCool Name: Seriously, Chaser John Doe!
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted, he turns out to be an ally.
- Chainsaw Good: John's weapon is a chainsaw-like sword.
- Cool Mask: After Yumeji breaks his first one he replaces it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a sinister figure at first, but it turns out he's one of the good guys.
- Expressive Mask: His mask can subtly shift between a smile and a frown.
- For the Lulz: Occasionally acts this way, such as having Yumeji treated by Cat Girl nurses and pretending to be surprised when Yumeji complains.
- Hero Antagonist: He debuted invading Yumeji's dreams in an effort to take over his body. He later settled for a cat.
- Improbable Weapon User: Word of God says it's a cross between a saw and a guillotine.
- In the Hood: He never takes his hood down.
- Large Ham
- Meaningful Name: Like all Dream Demons. He is a nightmare of pursuit ("Chaser"), of being stalked and hunted by a faceless menace ("John Doe") for an unknown reason, across a cityscape that feels familiar but subtly shifts and changes so you never quite escape no matter how hard or long you run. It's also meaningful that he is one who hunts after the truth, as a "John Doe" is a pressing question of identity, a mystery needing an answer. He's compelled by his nature to embody his name in many possible ways.
- Noble Demon: He's surprisingly helpful when it counts.
- Petting Zoo Person: He's apparently an anthropomorphic cat.
- Seeker Archetype: Refers to himself as an "ally of truth".
- Sharing a Body: With a cat.
- The Smart Guy: A key source of information to the group.
- Stealth Mentor: All those attacks on Yumeji were actually to prepare him for what was to come.
- Unusual Ears: The things poking out of his hood.
- White Mask of Doom: Always wears one.
His human host is Takateru, a close friend of Yumeji's.
Tropes associated with Heracles:
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon is a massive battle axe.
- Big Bad: Apparently. Though not the only one
- Disc One Final Boss: He takes up most of the antagonist spot for most of the manga. However he turned out to be a pawn to Greater Scope Villain who was just loaning Pharos his power.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Seems to be perpetually present.
- Dark Messiah: Falls somewhere between this and The Antichrist.
- Evil Laugh: Is very fond of laughing maniacally.
- Frozen Face / Perpetual Smiler: A cartoonish black-on-white jagged-mouthed grin.
- Implacable Man: He can tank a lot.
- Jerkass / Kick the Dog: Yeah, not like it wasn't completely obvious from the start, but after he takes over Takateru completely, he rubs Yumeji's face in the fact that, by keeping his promise not to use his "dream vision" on Takateru, Yumeji essentially let Pharos completely take over his host. Then he taunts Engi about how weak her sister was, stating that his fight with her was boring to the extreme.
- Light Is Not Good: Frequently associated with light motifs.
- Meaningful Name: Pharos is the name of several historical lighthouses, including the great lighthouse of Alexandria. He's a dream of guidance, signaling others in their travels. But he's also a dream of flame (as lighthouses had to be lit by fire) and is a consuming destroyer who wishes to burn brighter. "Hercules" is the most obvious part of his name - he is a nearly godlike warrior, impossibly strong and dangerous to have as a foe. And also, as the original Hercules served others in his trials and only became a demigod, so is Pharos not the true greatest power and instead turned out to be the Dragon rather than the true villain.
- No Sell: Ignores Engi's Storm of Blades attack like it was nothing.
- Visionary Villain: Although he's carefully avoided telling his underlings his true purpose, this guy has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve and how he'll go about it. Said goal is to alter the conscious world so that Dream Demons can exist without host bodies.
- With Us or Against Us: His general approach to recruiting.
- We Will Meet Again: His parting words to the main characters after they defeat him. Ironiclly he's killed by another antagonist upon returning to the dream world.
Tropes associated with Landsborough:
- Cyclops: He only has one eye and when in control of his host closes one eye.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows better than to enter the fray directly when he's much more effective at a distance. Later attacks Yumeji while he's developing Lucid Gadget, and even lampshades it by stating that only TV characters give their opponents the chance to prepare. It doesn't do him any good in the end, though.
- Demonic Possession / Grand Theft Me: Unlike some of the more benevolent Dream Demons, he completely took over his host's body without permission. This eventually caused him trouble, since a host personality not given freedom once in awhile is liable to surface at exactly the wrong moments.
- Which another of Heracles' associates specifically warned him about.
- Dirty Coward: Once Merry and Enji get past his tricks, he's an easy target and most likely would've kicked his ass long ago. It's only because of his human host that they lay off from destroying him. Too bad for him, Merry found a way around this problem and locked the gate to their human hosts.
- Exotic Eye Designs: His pupils resemble the Tick-Tack-Toe symbol.
- For the Evulz: Enjoyed screwing with his host's everyday life and generally acting like an asshole.
- Human Shield: Used his host – more specifically, his host's hopes and dreams – as a shield; having become the embodiment of his host's dreams, killing Landsborough would leave his host an empty shell.
- Merry's power allowed her to Take a Third Option against him.
- Meaningful Name: Uses his power to trap people in a maze.
- Monster Clown: Both himself and his mooks.
- Squishy Wizard: By his own admission. Still claims to be tougher than ordinary humans, but Yumeji isn't an ordinary human.
A Dream Demon who faithfully serves Heracles, she operated through the body of a very young girl named Minato, who Yumeji and Merry had previously saved from another Dream Demon. She works alongside Maze Landsborough to take down Yumeji and Merry, but they both end up getting sent back to the Dream World. She is portrayed as sadistic and wears revealing clothing, for which she is usually remembered.
- Bastard Girlfriend: Sadistic streak, chain motif, stripperific.
- Demonic Possession: Unlike Maze, she seems to have it down to an art, and knows to give control back to the original owner once in awhile.
- Improbable Hairstyle: There are several streaks of a light color running down her dark hair. What colors they are exactly is hard to tell since she hasn't appeared in any color pages yet, but it definitely wouldn't be natural on a human. Not that there aren't human characters with oddly colored hair.
- Knight of Cerebus: Definitely one of the most serious threats the group has faced yet.
- Meaningful Name: Noir is heavily associated with darkness and the color black, and Chain, well...
- Stripperific: She's very scantily clad.
- Variable-Length Chain: Not at all inhibited by the chains she wears, she's able to move freely and use them to her full advantage.
- Woman in Black: It definitely matches her attitude.