Characters for Sword Princess Altina. Beware unmarked spoilers.
Sir Germain:Prince Latrielle's strategist.
- Crazy-Prepared: At the end of Volume 7 he took the liberty of bribing the maids just in case Latrielle assassinated the Emperor. What makes this crazy is that neither Latrielle nor Germain had any intention or plan to kill the Emperor at first — but Germain bribed the maids anyway.
- Disease Bleach: The sheer terror of being executed by Latrielle for failing to defeat Regis, and capture or kill Altina and "Prince Auguste" as well as their traveling companions turns his hair white at the end of Volume 3.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He becomes this as a result of Latrielle's crippling injury that will eventually leave him completely blind.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Is utterly convinced that Latrielle is the only man who can save the country of Belgaria from imminent destruction, and turns a blind eye to all of Latrielle's faults.
- Secret Keeper: Aside from Latrielle and his doctor, he's the only one who knows that Latrielle's going blind as a result of his fight with the Mercenary King.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he's vastly superior to Regis. He's wrong.
- The Strategist: He is Latrielle's strategist.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is genuinely trying to save the country of Belgaria, but will do some rather nasty things to see Latrielle take the throne.
Constant Felix de Bartoli:The captain of the First army, The White Wolves unit, which is responsible for the capital's defense.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He is very aggressive. Thoughts of retreat, caution or surrender never enter his mind. This would cost him dearly.
- For Justice: He truly believes carrying out Latrielle's orders to abduct Auguste is the right and just thing to do.
- Honor Before Reason: Insists on the Knight "chivalric code" at all times.
- Hypocrite: Condemns Jerome for "abandoning chivalry" because the latter, with just 500 cavalry attacked, and defeated, his 1000 mounted knights by setting them on fire, but completely ignores the fact that he ordered his "honorable" knights, numbering 1000, to attack five people sharing three horses without even an arrest warrant.
- Pride Before a Fall: He was so enamored by the First Army's reputation as the strongest army in the country, that he never considered someone could beat him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off shortly after his introduction.
The primary antagonist of volume 4. She is the leader of the "pro-war" movement in High Britannia and tries to kill Elizabeth in order to ascend to the throne. Though she fails to kill Elizabeth, she does succeed in taking the throne by keeping Elizabeth from reaching the capital city in time.
- The Caligula: Fits this trope to a T.
- Death Seeker: In chapter 3 of volume 9, it's revealed that the real reason she forged ahead with declaring war against Belgaria, the strongest in-universe nation in the world, is that she wants to die, in spectacular fashion, because she's that bored. She doesn't have any other objective. Although amused by the struggle, she just ultimately wants it all to end.
- Driven to Suicide: After Oswald is defeated and killed in a fair duel, rather than let herself be captured to answer for her crimes, she stabs herself with a hidden dagger. Regis saves her life and insists she live to answer for her actions.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: Her one and only idea of entertainment, waiting for her own death, is seeing mountains of corpses, and gets rather impatient when her armies can't provide it.
- Freudian Excuse: It's a doozy, bordering on Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds territory. Growing up as a child, she was forbidden from doing anything "improper" or that might put her in danger. Going to school? Forbidden, an assassin might come after you, you get a horrifically boring personal tutor. Playing with children her own age? Forget it, what if you're hurt. Having a hobby like knitting, cooking, or any kind of arts and craft? Ridiculous! A high noble and possible queen candidate can't be seen doing those kinds of things, it's beneath her! Even "trashy" romance and fiction novels or any kind of enjoyable book was banned from her household. The only "entertainment" she had were the "classics", ie, Shakespearean-type tragedies, which she was compelled to read and memorize. By the time she entered adulthood, she was so utterly bored to tears that she ultimately decided that if society liked Shakespearean tragedies that much, then she would make the whole country of Britannia into one.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The reason she launched a war on Belgaria is that she thinks she's "special" and the conflict would be gloriously highlighted in the history books. She did not take it well when Regis not only pointed out how common her condition is, but that the whole war she launched would most likely only make a line or two in the history books afterwards.
- It Amused Me: Her highly unstable behavior serves one purpose, and only one purpose, to get the maximum amusement she can out of any situation, good or bad, though mostly bad.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about the well being of anybody, not even herself.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is "Steelheart" and she has a serious Lack of Empathy.
- Narcissist: Officially and clinically diagnosed as such by Regis when she's captured in Volume 10.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Due to her Freudian Excuse, she acts like a spoiled child, throwing a tantrum when things don't go her way.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Becomes queen of Britannia in volume 4.
- War for Fun and Profit: Far more concerned about fun than profit, although she does want to gain something from waging war on Belgaria.
Oswald Coulthard:Margeret's top aide, and close confidante. There is rarely a time that the two are not close to each other.
- Bodyguard Crush: He is utterly devoted to Margaret, worshiping the ground she walks on, even when she's physically abusive, like ripping of his ear with her teeth, and licking up the blood.
- Break Them by Talking: He manages to upgrade this to kill them by talking. He deliberately provokes the terminally ill queen into a rage so that she has a heart attack and dies.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: He can match Bastian in raw strength. Remember, Bastian can stop a charging bull bare-handed.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He's a particularly nasty piece of work, doesn't bother to hide it, yet almost nobody seems to notice.
- Did Not See That Coming: Latrielle letting himself be stabbed in exchange for delivering the killing blow never occurred to him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Margaret. He's really the one running the show, and that's perfectly okay with her. She just wants to enjoy the ride.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He just wants to see the world burn, and will do any and all sorts of nasty things to see that happen. Margaret approves.
- Evil Counterpart: He and Margaret are shaping up to be this for Regis and Altina. To an outside observer, the primary difference between them is that Regis and Altina care about their men, while Oswald and Margaret do not.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's illustrated and noted in-universe to be a particularly handsome man with a wholesome, almost childish appearance, but he's an utterly depraved individual who makes piles of corpses, friend or enemy alike, just because he can.
- General Ripper: Although he has no grudge against Belgaria, personally, he will do anything to defeat them. He tested army formations and tactics on Britannia's own citizens, to horrific, bloody results. Margaret is quite upset with him on this, not because he did it, but because he left her out, and she found out about it afterwards.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Is cut in half diagonally by Latrielle.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Latrielle in volume 10.
- Lady Macbeth: An unusual male variant. He's constantly feeding Margaret's ego, and encouraging her unstable and unsavory behavior. Unusual for this trope, he does indeed worship the ground Margaret walks on, and Margaret is also quite aware that he's playing this role, and likes it. She finds it very amusing.
- The Sociopath: Fits the trope to the letter. He is completely incapable of feeling any emotion except pleasure at the suffering of others, or rage at his own. He is utterly devoted to Margaret because she shares this mindset.
- Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: He unknowingly took a page out of Regis's playbook and used a similar tactic on Latrielle, however, he showed that he is more than happy to sacrifice his soldier(s) in the process.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He hates Basitin because Basitin pointed a gun at Margaret while Margaret was threatening Elizabeth's life in Volume 4. He's even gone so far as to keep a wound he received from Basitin during their duel open, and bleeding, over half a month to remind himself of his hatred.
- War for Fun and Profit: At first, his motives appear to be this, what with telling the former Queen that he wants to fight war for money (despite being very wealthy already), but then it's subverted to hell and back when he tells Elizabeth his true motivations right before intending to kill her.
- Oswald:"Well, yes. I do want to go to war to get money, but then, money is needed to train troops, buy and build equipment and weapons and gather supplies to feed the army that's going to war to get money to train troops, buy and build equipment and weapons..."
Brunos Carlos Victoria:Elizabeth's uncle and the commander of Gray Bridge fort.
- Cool Uncle: Subverted. He first appears to be this for Elizabeth, but...
- Dirty Coward: Didn't offer even token resistance to Margaret or Oswald.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He sells out Elizabeth to Margaret just to hold on to his command.
- I Lied: He convinces Bastian that traveling with Elizabeth would give the populace the impression that she was a Puppet King of Belgaria. Bastian, for his part, was very quick to figure out this was a lie after he had left the fort, and was staying in an inn.
- The Quisling: He wholly follows Margaret's folly because he's convinced that if he had resisted, he would simply be replaced.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Volume 5 strongly suggests that his entire regiment, including himself, were killed by Oswald when Oswald was testing battle formations, weapons and tactics under the guise of quelling a rebellion.
- We Have Reserves: He only pretends to care about the well being of the soldiers under his command.
Vincent:The strategist of the seventh division, and the one who defeated Regis at strategy during their tenure at their respective academies.
- Break the Haughty: During his volume 5 introduction, he'd have to work very hard to be any more arrogant than he is shown. At the end of volume 5, he is very broken indeed.
- Insane Troll Logic: Briefly in Volume 5 chapter 4 and 5. He somehow came to the conclusion that Regis was responsible for his "brilliant" strategy completely falling apart. The lieutenant general running the seventh division had to correct him harshly.
- Never My Fault: Blames Regis for his shortsightedness.
- Pride Before a Fall: Undefeated tactical strategist in the academy. Head strategist of the fifth division. Second in command at the fifth division. Heir to a long noble bloodline. Completely insufferable sot. Loses all of it in a single battle at the end of Volume 5.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: After a completely unblemished many year record of strategic victories in mock combat simulations (the one where he beat Regis most likely rigged), he came to believe he's infallible. He's not, and the seventh division paid for it, dearly.
- This Cannot Be!: He utterly fails to comprehend what's happening to him and the seventh division in Volume 5.
- Villainous Breakdown: Truly epic in scope. He has a complete mental breakdown that causes him to regress to the capacity of a small child.
- We Have Reserves: His "strategy" for dealing with the approaching Britannia army was nothing more than a glorified suicidal charge, hoping to overwhelm them with sheer numbers. It goes very, very badly.
FranziskaOne of the younger sisters of Mercenary King Gilbert
- Ax-Crazy: With the exception of her siblings, and to a lesser extent her mercenary band, she's only got two modes towards people, violent and bloodthirsty.
- Becoming the Mask: She begins to question if Regis is as much of a monster as she's been told due to eavesdropping on his strategic meetings with Latrielle. She ultimately subverts it after chapter 7 of volume 10. She plays it completely straight with Bastian, however.
- HeelFace Mole: She infiltrates the Belgarian army disguised as a maid.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She shoots a Germanium Federation soldier turned bandit through the eye with her crossbow, fully intending to do so, without carefully aiming first.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Even more than Altina. She rushes in to battle, in close combat, without preparation, strategy, or back up despite her specialty being ambush, the crossbow, and agility.
- Shameful Strip: At the end of Volume 8, she and both her sisters are surrounded by Germanium Soldiers turned brigand, and the leader outright demands that she remove all her clothing, not just to humiliate her, but so that he and his merry band can have some fun.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Even though her own brother, Gilbert, constantly scolds her that anything can happen in battle, she's completely convinced that she'll win any fight she gets into. Had it not been for Altina's sword breaking in Volume 5, Altina may well have killed her.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves sweets, like cakes, but being a member of a travelling mercenary band, she doesn't get much opportunity to indulge. Since Bastian buys some cakes for her in the capital, she really grows to like him, even if he's not very savvy.
- Waif-Fu: She's exceptionally nimble, and excellent at scaling trees.
Mercenary King Gilbert.The commander of the mercenary band Renard Pendu.
- The Apprentice: Due to his exceptional strength, his primary job is working under Enzo Smith, something he does gladly after Enzo covers for him when he accidentally picked up a sword without permission and could have been struck down.
- Badass Family: Every one of his siblings, including himself, is someone to be reckoned with, even the youngest, Martina, who is only 10 years old.
- Boxed Crook: He pretty much becomes this at the start of Volume 8. Altina offers him his life in exchange for serving her, faithfully, as opposed to the ransom or execution that normally occurs with captured enemy soldiers. Captured mercenaries usually get execution.
- Combat Pragmatist: His actions may be morally dubious, but as a mercenary, victory is all that matters.
- Genius Bruiser: While he lacks any formal education, and hasn't gotten his hands on books like Regis, it's a suicidal error in judgement to think he's stupid. Notably, his long experience in battle and his instincts has him not only see through Regis's strategy in volume 7, but be completely able to counter it. Further, he takes very reasonable precautions to prevent the gunpowder and other explosive supplies his group is carrying from becoming victim to stray fire and causing unintended explosions.
- Graceful Loser: When summarily beat down by Altina, having his trident utterly obliterated by a fully re-forged Quatre-Tonne, he surrenders quietly, with nothing but the highest respect for her strength and skill.
- I Owe You My Life: To Enzo Smith after the latter covered for him so he wouldn't be struck down by Altina's guards for picking up a weapon without permission.
- Laughing Mad: He breaks down and laughs at Altina when he hears about Latrielle taking the throne because she won't be able to keep her very sincere promise to make the mercenary band, Renard Pendu, an independent country.
- Martial Pacifist: Surprisingly. Unlike Franziska, he only kills because the alternative is his death, or the death of his loved ones. He does not like it.
- Poisonous Person: His trident is poisoned.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Type 4. His Weapon of Choice is a poisoned trident with which he specializes in disarming opponents.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Turns out the mercenary group, Renard Pendu is this, and he's its leader.
- The Stoic: He is always calm and composed, and doesn't let his emotions show or get the better of him.
- Taught by Experience: He's got a long, distinguished record as the lead mercenary of Renard Pendu, and it shows. He's the first antagonist to ever be able to effectively counter one of Regis's strategies.
- Villain Respect: He praises Jerome's fighting capability after briefly engaging the latter in single combat, although both of them withdraw without harming each other. Better, he has nothing but the highest respect for Regis's brilliant strategic thinking, despite being only the second character to actually see through it, and the first to actually succeed in countering it, and for Altina's impressive swordsmanship.
Jessica:Franziska's older sister and the head strategist of the mercenary band, Renard Pendu.
- HeelFace Mole: She infiltrates the Belgarian army under Latrielle, disguised as a maid.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Her intelligence gathering or "divination" is so acute she knows things that only the audience should, like the fact that Margeret is motivated purely by boredom, or Regis has aligned with Latrielle. It's almost as if she's somehow got herself a copy of the earlier volumes and read them. The reason her ability is not infallable is that she doesn't have the "future editions."
- Precognition: She uses the pseudo-science of astrology to "divine" the movements of the movers and shakers in the world setting. Truthfully, it's merely a cover for her exceptional intelligence gathering capabilities, though it's not infallible, as the end of volume 7 reveals.
- The Strategist: She serves this role for Renard Pendu.
Martina:Franziska's younger sister and the youngest of Gilbert's siblings shown to date.
- Badass Adorable: She may be 10 years old, but she's already quite impressive, though she hasn't taken direct action in combat yet.
- Big Sister Worship: She adores her older sister, Franziska, and aspires to be just like her.
- Child Soldier: She's 10, but is an active member of Renard Pendu despite not having any direct combat roles.
- Sweet Tooth: As expected of a healthy 10-year-old, she loves sweets.
The Empress of Belgaria:Introduced in Volume 7.5, and just a few sentences into her introduction, she's already a far worse individual than just about any of the antagonists listed to date.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Emperor married her and made her the Crown Empress purely because she's of noble blood, and she's a particularly nasty individual.
- The Corrupter: Even her retainers dub her a poisonous snake who makes the Serpent that tempted Eve pale in comparison.
- Did Not Think This Through: She is so impatient to see Latrielle take the throne in the Volume 7.5 prequel, that she's very sloppy in her methods, and has to be reminded about appearances.
- Dirty Coward: When word gets out that Latrielle murdered the Emperor, a mere day before Latrielle's coronation, she makes herself scarce, knowing full well she'd be implicated too.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: She is willing to implement any scheme or ploy that she thinks will grant her bloodline, and nobility in general, a stranglehold in Belgaria's power structure, regardless of the short or long term consequences.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her name is not mentioned in Volume 7.5, she's only adressed as "Empress."
- Evil Matriarch: She's the Crown Empress, and in order to secure Latrielle takes the throne, she openly orders the assassination of every rival, starting with Prince Auguste.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Having Latrielle exile Altina to the front lines wasn't enough to appease her. She wants Altina to become an Unperson. Even hearing Altina's name is enough to sour her mood.
- It's All About Me: All she cares about is having her son, Latrielle, take the throne, and living comfortably in the castle, everyone else can go hang themselves as far as she's concerned.
Princess Johaprecia OctoviaSent as a concubine by the kingdom of Estaburg to improve relations with Belgaria, as part of a mutual defense treaty.
- Did Not See That Coming: Laughed at an enraged Latrielle when he "realized who the Empire's true enemy is." Not realizing he was talking about herself.
- Driven to Suicide: The official cover story regarding her death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At the end of Volume 7.
- Lady Macbeth: She was certainly a bad influence on the Emperor of Belgaria.
- Manipulative Bitch: She had the Emperor wrapped around her little finger, and certainly not in a good way.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Thanks to her "suicide," relations are on the brink of war with her home country, Estaburg which is even more expansionist than Belgaria.
- Smug Snake: She was firmly convinced that, having the Emperor wrapped around her little finger, she was completely untouchable. She was wrong.
- While Rome Burns: She had the Emperor host a party with wild abandon while a war was going on just outside, and convinced the Emperor and a second concubine of indeterminite gender to simply not care. It gets her killed.
Paul Langschultz:The new king of the Leonbalt Kingdom.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Implied. He's a highly decorated general, the narration notes he's very competent in battle, and he rules the Germanium Federation.
- Berserk Button: If any of his soldiers or advisors recommend retreat, or worse surrender, for any reason, he immediately goes into a cataleptic rage.
- Bling of War: He's introduced decked out in a fine military uniform with a chest full of medals.
- Dogged Nice Guy: "Nice" is debatable, but he's clearly trying to woo Margaret's favor by doting on her with gifts, and entertainment. She finds it all boring and tells him, to his face, that she throws it away.
- Glory Hound: All he cares about is getting as much glory for himself as possible. This makes it very easy to lead him into a trap or ambush. Something Regis exploits to its fullest in volume 10.
- Hopeless Suitor: He's smitten with Margaret Steelheart. She's completely unmoved.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Despite being 25, he lets his gonads do his thinking for him, and falls for Margeret, letting himself and his army become a spectacle of death for her amusement.
- Humiliation Conga: A truly glorious and satisfying one occurs in the final chapters of Volume 10. Having his delusions of glory dashed over and over again, he's left with no choice but to throw his armor away and smack the rising river water with his sword in impotent rage, and because of his despicable use of human shields, he knows he has no way to negotiate an honorable surrender for himself or his men.
- Miles Gloriosus: He thinks he's a great general and brilliant strategist, able to utterly curbstomp the Belgarian First army with ease. In reality, he's a clown, blindly charging out to the battlefield due to Margeret lifting her skirt to Show Some Leg.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: He thinks that just because he's got his hands on the new High Britanian rifles, and has numerical superiority, his army is unstoppable, and the Belgarians he's chosen to antagonize can only charge like feral beasts. He's completely wrong. To make matters worse, he knew that Belgaria's top strategist, Regis, was going to be directing the enemy army, and Regis is famous at this point for his brilliant, often unorthodox, and highly effective strategies.
- This Cannot Be!: All he can do as his every move and order was foreseen and countered by Regis's bold strategy is shout "Impossible!" at the top of his lungs, while his troops are in full disarray and being worn down piece by piece.
- Underestimating Badassery: To the point of I Reject Your Reality. He constantly tells himself that Regis seeing through him and coming up with overwhelmingly competent strategies and tactics were all "just a fluke."
- Unwitting Pawn: He's so hormone addled for Margeret, that he doesn't realize how much she led him around by the nose until over an hour after she's left him to twist in the wind, with Belgaria's army rightly pissed due to his comitting numerous war atrocities, even by the in-universe standards.
- Villainous Breakdown: When his aides recommend retreat as his forces start getting torn appart by the First Army, he completely loses his composure and orders a suicidal charge into a meat-grider that Regis set up beforehand. After getting cocky because the Belgarian army withdrew, he gets a much bigger breakdown when a flash-flood annihilates his infantry, negates the advantage of his cavalry, and leaves him trapped in the Belgarian fortress he occupied, watching helplessly as the river waters continue to rise.
Lagenbolt Commander Ricks:
- Glory Hound: Despite the orders of his Lagonbalt king, he takes to the field, personally, so he can make a name for himself, by boasting the highest kill count. It doesn't matter to him if his kills are soldiers or unarmed civilians.
- In the Back: Because he was tormenting a lone Belgarian soldier trying to defend unarmed Belgarian citizens, he neglected the Belgarian cavalry coming up behind him, who threw a lance through his chest from behind to save their loyal citizens.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He attacked civilians, used human shields, and tormented a lone Belgarian soldier protecting unarmed civilians. He gets killed with a spear from behind, and his thuggish army is torn to pieces while in disarray.
- Misplaced Retribution: Because Regis was able to read through his king's very simplistic movements, and take his army apart, he takes the troops under his command to go after unarmed Belgarian citizens, including women and children, even infants. After the majority of those troops get taken out by a lone, brave Belgarian soldier, he tries to take said soldier down through a death of a thousand cuts. Of course, he neglects the Belgarian cavalry reinforcements that Regis sent to guard the fleeing civilian captives bearing down on him while he does it.
Eleanor Ailred Winn de Tiraso LaverdeA merchant from a noble house that helps Regis with his plans against Prince Latrielle in Volume 3.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: She runs several different trading companies.
- A Friend in Need: She backs Regis and Altina despite Latrielle being the favorite. Her bet pays off.
- The Gadfly: She deliberately leaves a lipstick mark on Regis, in a difficult place, just to see him squirm.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses.
- Polyamory: She has three husbands and still had no problem flirting with Regis.
Prince Carlos Liam Auguste de Belgaria
The eldest child of the Emperor's line. Introduced in Volume 3.
- Blood from the Mouth: Coughed up blood when he died.
- Death by Origin Story: Poisoned to death by Latrielle.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Coughed up blood and then died.
- Soap Opera Disease: Had a poor constitution, and was always very sick as a child. Possibly because Latrielle was poisoning him for years.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Felicia, his younger sister, assumed his identity when he died for a chance at vengeance against his killer.
- Walking Spoiler: Readers who have not yet read the events of volume three should read this entry with caution.
Felicia Six Celia de BelgariaThe sixth child of the Emperor.
- Actual Pacifist: She hates swords and warfare even more than Eddie does. In fact, her pacifism resonates with his own.
- Bookworm: Volume 7.5 reveals that she loves to read as much as Regis does.
- Damsel in Distress: Latrielle finds out about the charade and tries to expose her and have her arrested. When that fails, he tries to have her killed.
- I Owe You My Life: To Altina and Regis.
- Master Actor: People outside the royal family would have a very hard time telling that "Auguste" is not himself. She gets it from her mother.
- Walking Spoiler: Just mentioning this character easily spoils most, if not all, of volume three.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She disguises herself as Auguste to seize the throne to get at Latrielle, at her mother's urging.
Marquis Thénezay:The first noble to hire Regis as a strategist.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted. Regis remembers him fondly, and notes that his people loved him as a kind and benevolent ruler.
- Benevolent Boss: Regis had absolutely no complaints in his service. In addition to a fair wage, being promoted several times for his faithful service, and being given room and board, Regis could read all the books he wanted.
- Human Pincushion: How the manga chose to illustrate his death.
- Post Humous Character: He's introduced only in flashbacks.
- Sacrificial Lion: He died to serve as a warning to the Empire on how inferior their tactics and strategies are. Unfortunately, his lesson goes unheeded.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Despite being only marginally better than Regis on the battlefield (which isn't very much), and hiring Regis specifically for his strategic insight, he completely ignores Regis when he finds himself in actual combat, and charges headlong into an ambush, just to "prove he's not cowardly." He pays for this with his life, and the lives of all his men, bar Regis who was Forced to Watch.
Eddie Fabio de BalzacIntroduced as the bodyguard of Auguste, and apparently Altina's childhood friend.
- Accidental Pervert: He hears a scream from Auguste's quarters, rushes in to investigate and....
- Actual Pacifist: Despite being highly proficient with the sword, he hates them and wishes war and swords didn't exist.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes to Altina's rescue when her sword hilt breaks in volume 5.
- Bodyguard Crush: He began to fall for "Auguste" long before realizing that Felicia was impersonating him.
- Childhood Friend: With Altina.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Doesn't look like much, but he can fight at least as well as Altina.
- Forgotten First Meeting: He and Felicia met once, and only once, when they were children. While she remembers him clearly, he forgot everything about her except that she hates swords more than he does.
- In the Blood: Volume 7.5 reveals that his reluctance to kill people is a family trait going back generations.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Despite being a duke, he is in the armed forces, and is very affable.
- Red Baron: Is known as "The Lazy Duke" because he doesn't have a high kill count, but his sword skill is insanely high.
- The Scapegoat: Defied. The reason Regis and Altina encounter him in the capitol with "Auguste" and not on the front lines is that the Empress had him transferred there, so that he would take the blame when an assassin went after his charge.
- Secret Keeper: Knows "Auguste's" true identity.
- Ship Tease: With Felicia.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: He began having feelings for "Auguste" before finding out about Felicia cross-dressing to impersonate him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is scared of blood.
Vanessa Smith:Regis's older sister. She married a blacksmith and has two small boys.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. She's the annoying one, and she's the older sister.
- Babies Ever After: She has two very young boys.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: She tried to make Regis a more well-rounded individual by downplaying his intellect and emphasizing his lack of strength. This wound up destroying his self-esteem and sending him into the military, to become more "manly."
- Gone Horribly Right: He winds up being Altina's strategist, and is both feared and respected by friend and foe alike, for the most part.
- Happily Married: She's married to a blacksmith.
- Meaningful Name: Her family name is "Smith" and she's married to one.
- My Greatest Failure: Instead of fostering Regis's inherent talents, ie, his exceptionally keen intellect, she, as a 12-year-old child with no parents or extended family, constantly called him "useless" so she could continue working as a maid. This wound up crushing his self-worth.
Enzo Bardot SmithVanessa's husband. Reputed to be the best blacksmith in the continent, by Vanessa anyway.
- The Blacksmith: He's a blacksmith.
- The Brute: He is not very skilled in social graces. He's got far more in terms of muscle than brains, and that's what Vanessa likes about him. Still, acting that way before Princess Altina had the entire workshop scared pale, including Vanessa.
- Brutal Honesty: He does not mince words regarding Quatre Tonne's condition. Altina prefers it that way.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Surprisingly, his strength exceeds even Altina's. He was able to draw Quatre Tonne, a hundred pound weapon, from its sheath like a longsword.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: He's tasked with delivering the reforged Quatre-Tonne to Altina in volume 7.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He is noted to have the physique of a bear, and can draw Quatre-Tonne like a longsword.
- Sherlock Scan: He tells Gilbert that he can tell Gilbert prefers tridents due to his muscle structure.
Lieutenant General Barguesonne:The commanding officer of the Belgarian army fifth division.
- Brutal Honesty: Shut down Vincent hard when Vincent tried to blame Regis for his own failures.
- Commander Contrarian: He debunked and refused Regis's strategic advice in favor of Vincent's. He would come to regret this.
- It's All My Fault: Took responsibility for the disaster that happened to the fifth division as a result of choosing Vincent's strategy over Regis's.
- Redemption Equals Death: He would ultimately sacrifice his life so the seventh division could fight another day.
- Sergeant Rock: Abrasive, but loved by the men of the fifth division.
Ducasse:A conscripted soldier fighting in the fifth division.
- Action Survivor: One of the few infantry who actually survived Vincent's "brilliant" strategy.
- The Determinator: Despite being shot so many times that he looks like a sponge, he kept right on going. Altina wonders how he's still alive.
- Made of Iron: Shot by Britannia's guns, stabbed with spears by the shield carriers, bandaged and bloodied, he still ran to Altina and Regis to ask for them to save his family.
- Mauve Shirt: He's of lowly infantry, yet he's got a name and backstory.
Narissa:A fishing girl Regis encounters in Chapter 2 of Volume 6. He specifically hires her to help him scout out the enemy's navy.
- Bullying a Dragon: Despite knowing Altina's the fourth princess (because Regis specifically introduces her as such), she decides to taunt her regarding her relationship with Regis. As her childhood friend points out, this could easily lead to visiting a guillotine, if Altina wasn't particularly kind and forgiving.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With her sailing partner "Fippo."
- The Gadfly: Teases Regis and Altina regarding their romantic relationship or lack thereof. She's lucky Altina is a very gentle and kind soul, as had Narissa taunted any other royal, she could easily have been killed, legally.
- Genius Ditz: She's a total master when it comes to sailing and navigation. She's completely clueless in just about everything else, including proper etiquette when dealing with Royalty.
- The Nick Namer: Loves to shorten people's names for her own convenience.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Immediately clings to Regis's arm when Altina arrives, much to his chagrin.
Jean Roland de Tiraso Laverde:A "liberal" aristocrat encountered by Bastian while recouperating from the wounds he received in Volume 4.
- Actual Pacifist: He doesn't raise a weapon, even in self-defense.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted for himself, but he clearly believes this for the caste system, as a whole.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Combined with literally Taking the Bullet. He dives in front of Elizabeth to save her life from a gun-toting, self righteous thug out to kill Belgarians purely out of Fantastic Racism.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: To fit with the stereotypical view of liberalism, he's an intellectual that wears glasses.
- Take Me Instead: He tries this tactic to stall "Loyal Soldiers," a self-righteous gang of bullying thugs so the rest of the Belgarian civilians (and Princess Elizabeth) can flee to safety. Bastian vetoes that idea.
- Take Up My Sword: In a sense. He hands off a book where he wrote his theories and governmental policy ideas to Bastian before he dies.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off in the same chapter as he was introduced.
Marabella Tiraso Laverde:The matron of the trading house where Bastian finds himself recuperating from the events of Volume 4.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: She runs a merchant house and trading company.
- A Friend in Need: She is ultimately responsible for Bastian and Princess Elizabeth being fished out of the Grey River, and loaned him a bed where he could recover from his wounds.
- Secret Test of Character: She gives a few to Elizabeth and Bastian, knowing full well they're royalty, but pretending she doesn't. Bastian manages to see through one of them.