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     Dandelion Troupe 

Nadja Applefield

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Mariana Ortiz (Latin-American Spanish), Pilar Aguado (European Spanish)

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George "Leader" Haskill

Voiced by: Kazuya Ichijo (Japanese), Mario Sauret and Rafael Rivera (Latin-American Spanish), Salvador Serrano (European Spanish)

Anna "Grandmother" Petrova

Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (Japanese), Adriana Casas (Latin-American Spanish), Mercedes Espinosa (European Spanish)

  • Eyes Always Shut: They only open when she is shocked or using her crystal ball.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: If the sketch George found in episode 34 is accurate, Anna could have been Sylvie's twin in her youth.
  • Nice Hat: She makes a sort-of living out of making those alongside being a member of the Dandelion Troupe.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Tiny, tiny lady and the oldest of the group
  • Team Mom: She's the one who keeps the finances of the group in order, as clearly seen in the Paris episode.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Aside of making hats, she's a great seamstress who teaches Nadja to use a sewing machine so she can make her own dresses. She's so good that she takes Colette's completely torn Pimped-Out Dress and manages to sew the top into a new white gown for Nadja.

Sylvie Alte

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Patricia Hanidez (Latin-American Spanish), Gema Carballedo (European Spanish)

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit.
  • Beauty Mark: She has two under her left eye.
  • Broken Bird: Milder example. She's very kind and sweet, but has a very painful past
  • Cool Big Sis: Nadja's, as she's the one who gives her more direct tips on dancing (even if she's a bit of a Stern Teacher) and hears her love woes.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: On top of being a really pretty woman, she's an incredibly talented singer and her specific on-stage work is performing beautiful songs.
  • Love Hurts: She's in love with a man who clearly cares for her, but cannot romantically love her back.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In comparison to the clothing most women in the series wear and the time period, Sylvie's outfit is rather skimpy. She also uses seduction tactics at one point during the troupe's battle with pirates

Thomas O'Brian

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Ernesto Lezama and Gabriel Ortiz (Latin-American Spanish), José María Carrero (European Spanish)

Abel Geiger

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese), Rubén León (Latin-American Spanish), Pepe Carabias (European Spanish)

Rita Rossi

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Circe Luna (Latin-American Spanish), Marta Sáinz (European Spanish)

Kennosuke Tsurugi

Voiced by: Reiko Kiuchi (Japanese), Luis Fernando Orozco en Mayra Arellano (Latin-American Spanish), Diana Torres (European Spanish)

  • Big Brother Instinct: He treats Rita in much the same way he'd treat his actual sister Hanako.
  • Circus Brat: Alongside Nadja and Rita.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He and his sister Hanako lost their parents in Japan. Hanako was taken in by another family, though.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's the one who drives and repairs the Dandelion Troupe's wagon. Despite being just 12 to 13.
  • Kid Samurai: He fancies himself a samurai despite being too young. Though he does have some nice skills with his wooden sword, which are what lands him a spot in the troupe.
  • Meaningful Name: The Ken and Tsurugi in his name can both be translated into English as "Sword".
  • Token Minority: The only Asian in a European team.

Cream and Chocolate

  • Dye Hard: In-Universe. It's revealed in episode 14 that Chocolate is naturally white; George colors him black for publicity purposes.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: They're said to be twin brothers; they're distinguished by the fact that Cream's white and Chocolate's black (although Chocolate's dyed).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're perpetually tiny lions with full manes. And they're super-friendly.
  • Series Mascot: The lions in the Dandelion Troupe logo are them (but bigger).

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     Applefield Orphanage 

Miss Applefield

Voiced by: Guadalupe Noel and Catalina Músquiz (Latin-American Spanish) Pepa Agudo (European Spanish)

Rosemary Applefield

Voiced by: Rumi Shishido (Japanese), Karla Falcón and Mayra Arellano (Latin-American Spanish), Margot Lago (European Spanish)

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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When a Shrinking Violet snaps... snap she does.
  • Body Double: Hermann uses her as one for Nadja, not to keep the latter safe, but to further his ambitions, knowing that Rosemary has reasons to be loyal to him and so can influence the patriarch of the Premingers who favors Nadja over Hermann as a successor.
  • Break the Cutie: Again — when a Shrinking Violet snaps, she massively does.
    • Broken Bird: Post-break, she spends the rest of the series as an evil version of this.
  • Cain and Abel: Friends version, the Cain to Nadja's Abel.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Rosemary's life ambition, and eventually her reason to go on living, is to be a princess.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rosemary was clearly seen in the first episode and in the background of almost all the Applefield orphanage flashbacks. The audience didn't know that her and Nadja's bond was deeper than that, however.
  • Cute and Psycho: A more understated type of psycho, but still psycho.
  • Daydream Believer: To go along with her obsession with her Changeling Fantasy, Rosemary has a tendency to confuse reality with what's only in her head.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Hermann. And she turns out to be the smarter one, even.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She did really care for Nadja and for Ms. Applefield, to the point where Nadja telling her of the latter's death visibly shakes her, though she's still able to keep lying even through her sorrow and tears.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is visibly not fond of Hermann and thinks him a lowly, petty and reprehensible person for his ceaseless avarice and plots made against his family for his own material gain.
  • Evil Genius: She has many good ideas for passing off as Nadja to the press, leaving Hermann in the dust in this department.
  • Evil Laugh: Has an epic one at the end of episode 46 when it seems she has utterly triumphed over Nadja.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: When first formally introduced.
  • Graceful Loser: When she's definitely defeated, she acknowledges it without protest and willingly steps down, giving Nadja some encouraging words as she does.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: What she is at the start.
  • It's All About Me: All Rosemary seems to care about is becoming the princess of her dreams. Anything and anyone else is just collateral damage or none of her concern.
  • Jerkass: Towards pretty much everybody who she isn't faking innocence towards post-freak out. Thankfully, aside from Nadja, it's mostly towards Hermann.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She seems genuinely touched by the kindness she's shown by Aunt Hilda and Colette to the point of being moved to tears, but she quickly uses those tears as a way to make up lies about her old life at Applefield's. Happens again when she's told that Ms. Applefield is dead - she appears actually saddened by the news, but is still able to lie about Applefield having been a cruel guardian even then.
  • Karma Houdini: She exits the series having received zero punishment whatsoever for her deeds aside from one slap in the face from Nadja.
  • Kick the Dog: REPEATEDLY. The biggest moment comes when she rips Nadja's Pimped-Out Dress, knowing that it's her favorite out of Colette's prized possessions
  • Loving a Shadow: Rosemary had affection for Fernando Gonzales for no other reason than him being a rich aristocrat, and even confused his Spoiled Brat antics for acts of a Princely Young Man. She gets over it pretty quickly though.
  • Manipulative Bitch: And HOW. She even becomes a Chess Mistress, able to checkmate Hermann.
  • Meido: For the Gonzalez family. Including a crush on Spoiled Brat Fernando.
  • Moral Myopia: She's honestly the heroine in her own mind, even when she's behaving so blatantly sadistic and villainous.
  • Naïve Everygirl: At the beginning, she's a truly nice girl. But when she snaps, she goes to the deep end.
  • Noble Demon: Becomes one by the end, refusing to aid Hermann in his further schemes against his own family and showing her respect towards both Nadja and her mother.
  • Orphanage of Fear: She would lie that Applefield was one of these to garner sympathy.
  • Pet the Dog: Her words of advice towards Nadja about seizing a happy life for yourself rather than becoming confined to a life handed to you by noble birthright before she departs from the mansion, leaving her on good terms even. This actually ends up informing the decision Nadja makes in the following episode.
    • She also came to genuinely like Colette during her time posing as her daughter, is kind to Aunt Hilda in their etiquette lessons together, and was visibly horrified and upset to learn of Ms. Applefield's death. And for all cruelty towards her, she still pitied and respected Nadja enough to ask Duke Preminger to make sure Nadja is not treated too harshly and is given help after Nadja was arrested in episode 46, even telling Hermann off for talking about Nadja as though she were just some common greedy criminal like him.
  • Plucky Girl: Her evil plans to become a princess failed in the end? Pfft, the life of nobility was boring and restrictive anyway. So she vows to move foreward and work hard to earn her happy ending, becoming a princess on her own terms.
  • Princess Phase: Rosemary had princess fantasies during childhood that she desperately holds on to in adolescence, leading her to mental instability and very selfish decisions.
  • Psychotic Smirk: She's good at it.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Throws a jewelry box at the mirror she was posing in after witnessing Nadja's "betrayal". In retrospect it was her Start of Darkness.
  • Shrinking Violet: This is how she comes across at first.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her own plans often clash with Hermann's schemes, and he clearly didn't expect her to point this out and add that she would betray him if he tried to discard her.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of episode 46. Thanks to Nadja being implicated in the crimes of the Black Rose, Rosemary ends up winning what is ultimately her last battle with Nadja in the series, leading to her Evil Laugh. Ultimately her schemes only come undone because Hermann gets defeated, and by that point she'd decided Victory Is Boring and was willing to calmly leave the mansion on her own terms of her own accord anyway.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a small but very on point one to Hermann in episode 46 about how his greed and single-minded fixation of wealth and assets is what got him disinherited in the first place and makes him a disgrace to the Preminger name.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Nadja's Tomboy.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Rosemary was genuinely nice as a little girl and in her first days as the Gonzalez's Meido. At least until she mentally collapsed and had her Face–Heel Turn, probably explaining why she fell so low in such a short time frame - sometimes the purest a person is, the faster they're corrupted.
  • Victory Is Boring: She gets everything she ever thought she'd wanted once she's accepted as the true Nadja and given a wealthy home and a life of nobility, but she comes to realize that nobles are boring and "good for nothing", and a life decided by noble blood birthright and inheritance, especially one stolen from another, is not as fulfilling as a life made through honest labor by one's own hand, which Rosemary decides is the true key to getting happiness. This is what informs how she chooses to depart in the second to last episode.
  • Worthy Opponent: Nadja has come to see her as this in the end, respectfully calling her "Princess Rosemary" in their last exchange.

Oliver Campbell

Voiced by: Yuko Tachibana (Japanese), Isabel Romo and Circe Luna (Latin-American Spanish), Blanca Rada (European Spanish)

Alex

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Mayra Arellano (Latin-American Spanish), Miriam Valencia (European Spanish)

Phoebe

     Preminger family 

Duke Preminger

Voiced by: Eiji Maruyama (Japanese), José Luis Castañeda and Federico Romano (Latin-American Spanish), Rafael Calvo (European Spanish)

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: More like inflexible and old-fashioned, but often quite cruel and devoid of feeling.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Can arguably be seen as this since he's behind both Colette and Nadja's separation AND Hermann's Start of Darkness, and he is also the last person standing in the way of a happy ending for Nadja by the end.
  • Kick the Dog: He's the reason Nadja and her mother were separated to begin with, and when they're on the verge of reuniting, he still intends for Nadja to never see her mother so that she may be raised in isolation and shaped into an ideal heir to the Preminger family name.
  • Kick The Son Of A Bastard: Even though he's the bastard to whom the son he's kicking belongs to when he disowns him in the end.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: As a nobleman and a very rich one
  • Parental Favoritism and Parental Neglect: Openly favored Colette over Hermann, but he was also pretty controlling to his favorite child.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He very naturally is one.

Colette Preminger

Voiced by: Reiko Yasuhara (Japanese), Diana Pèrez (Latin-American Spanish), Carolina Tak (European Spanish)

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  • Blithe Spirit: What she was in the past. Didn't end well.
  • Break the Cutie: Her past is one long, sad story. She eloped with her music instructor when her family didn't approve of the match and had baby Nadja together, then her husband dies, and Colette and her daughter fall ill they were too poor to get medicine for. By the time Colette came out of her fever coma, her father told her Nadja had died to convince her to come back home.
  • Broken Bird: One in recovery
  • Plucky Girl: Grown version
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and her first husband, Nadja's dad Raymond.

Hermann Preminger

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (Japanese), Víctor Covarrubias (Latin-American Spanish), Carlos López (European Spanish)

Hilda Preminger

Voiced by: Catalina Músquiz (Latin-American Spanish)

Oscar

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Christian Strempler (Latin American Spanish)

     Harcourt family 

Francis Harcourt

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Christian Strempler (Latin-American Spanish), Juan Navarro (European Spanish)

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Keith Harcourt

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Christian Strempler (Latin-American Spanish), Juan Navarro (European Spanish)

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  • Rebel Prince: All that's known about him is that he walked out on the family after the death of the Countess aka his and Francis's mother.
  • Walking Spoiler: Those who want to know who he actualy is should see Black Rose

Count Harcourt

Amelia Harcourt

Emma Queensbury

  • Nice Hat: She loves those, and thus she often asks Grandma Anna to make her some.
  • Parental Substitute: When her older sister aka the mom of Francis and Keith died, she helped raise the kids.

     Other noble people 

Leonardo Cardinale

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Gabriel Ortiz (Latin-American Spanish), Ramón González (European Spanish)

Thierry Rothschild

Voiced by: Yuuta Mochizuki (Japanese), Benjamín Rivera (Latin-American Spanish), Pepe Carabias (European Spanish)

Julietta Sartori

Voiced by: Miki Ito (Japanese), Circe Luna (Latin American Spanish)

  • The Ojou: She's the Spoiled Sweet type from head to toe, since despite her wealth she's never stuck up.
  • Pink Is Feminine - Princesses Prefer Pink: All of Julietta's dresses and accessories are in pink.
  • Shipper on Deck: Subverted, she does NOT tell Nadja to go for one love interest over another. She just says "choose the guy YOU want for yourself, NOT the one you feel obligued to like back!"

Marianne Hamilton

Voiced by: Fuuko Misaki (Japanese), Diana Pérez (Latin American Spanish)

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  • Brutal Honesty: She never sugarcoats her words.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Yes, she's proud and rather snobbish. But she truly loves Francis and worries for his sake, never lies to Nadja and even supports her claims, and once she sees that Francis does love Nadja, she quietly leaves.
  • Nice Hat: Often wears a very cute blue one
  • True Blue Femininity: Her most usual dress is a light blue one
  • Shipper on Deck: As the pragmatic person she is, she ships Nadja with Keith. That way, Nadja will be out of the race for Francis's affections but with someone who does care for her as well.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tearfully snaps on Nadja when Francis is imprisoned and she can't convince him to reveal that he's not Keith.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: She's a more proud version of this trope, being sincerely in love with Francis despite Nadja's appearance. And plays it totally straight in the end.

Sophia Gonzalez

Voiced by: Belinda Martínez (Latin-American Spanish)

Fernando Gonzalez

Voiced by: Naozumi Takahashi (Japanese), Mónica Villaseñor (Latin-American Spanish), Rosa Vivas (European Spanish)

  • Spoiled Brat: A completely unlikeable rich boy, who treats everyone around him like shit and specially a cute little maid who likes him a lot. That maid is Rosemary.

Antonio Fabiani

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (Japanese), Armando Coria (Latin-American Spanish), José María Carrero (European Spanish)

  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He might be a Jerkass, but he truly loves his mother as he occasionaly sends her expensive gifts.
  • Gold Digger: Despite being very rich already, he's hinted to be at first interested in Julietta solely because of her Blue Blood. Julietta herself seems to be scared of him, and Nadja immediately calls him out on it.
  • Jerkass <- -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not completely evil, but he's incredibly jaded and cynical and he doesn't exactly defrost when Nadja hangs around him.
  • Loan Shark: All but stated to be this, if not bordering on Corrupt Corporate Executive. it turns out to be vital, as one of the people who owe him money? Hermann Preminger.
  • Self-Made Man: From an orphan who helped his mother to survive in the canals of Venice, to a very rich tycoon
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was rather sweet and nice a a boy, but his heart hardened as he learned to survive in the outside world.

     Americans 

Harvey Livingston

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Rafael Pacheco (Latin-American Spanish), José María Carrero (Spain)

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Seems to be this, as he looks like a slob but is pretty good at his job.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Nothing can stop this guy when he focuses on interesting deals, and his dream is to interview Black Rose the Gentleman Thief. Which is fulfilled towards the end.
  • Promotion to Parent: Has raised his little brother T.J for several years
  • The Smart Guy: Extremely good at gathering information, and very aware of the social happenings around him.

T.J Livingston

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (Japanese), Mayra Arellano (Latin-American Spanish), Marta Sáinz (European Spanish)

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     Others 

Raphael the Troubadour

Voiced by: Yuuta Mochizuki (Japanese), Rafael Rivera (Latin American Spanish), Juan Navarro (European Spanish)

The Black Rose Thief aka Keith Harcourt

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Christian Strand

Voiced by: Yuusuke Oguri (Japanese), Gabriel Ortiz (Latin American Spanish), Mariano García (European Spanish)

  • Adorkable: Boy, is he ever
  • Butt-Monkey: He's kind of a shrimp, physically speaking. And has very bad luck.
  • Cute Bookworm: Christian is well-read, soft, spoken, and incredibly smart.
  • Mister Exposition: He knows lots of things, and isn't shy about letting people know that.

John Whittard

Voiced by: Naoki Yanagi (Japanese), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish), Luis Vicente Ivars (European Spanish)

Jose Rodriguez

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Héctor Moreno (Latin-American Spanish), Jaime Roca (European Spanish)

Carmen

Voiced by: Rika Fukami (Japanese), Maggie Vera (Latin-American Spanish), Carmen Podio (European Spanish)

  • Deceptive Disciple: To Aldonza
  • Gold Digger: Married an old man for his riches. Now that she's parted from him, she's back to Spain and to Jose's life.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's a beautiful woman with long black hair, pale skin and ruby red lips. As a bonus, she's first seen in Aldonza's flashbacks in a black dress.
  • Smug Snake

Aldonza

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She was betrayed in the past by her disciple Carmen, and as such she really dislikes people. It takes Nadja a whole episode to get her to even watch her Flamenco dancing.
  • Grumpy Old Woman: As mentioned above, such a terrible experience left her as a borderline alcoholic and very embittered.

Stefan Geiger

  • Ill Boy: He's seen in a wheelchair, and was left like that by a terrible illness.
  • Mysterious Parent: He talks a lot about his beloved but lost father, whom he loves a lot and misses terribly, but nobody knows who said said dad is. He turns out to be Abel.

Maria Geiger

  • Good Parents: She loves and cares for Stefan a lot.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She realizes that her still loved but long-lost husband Abel is the Sad Clown from the Dandelion Troupe, even calling him "darling" when she put two and two together, but with some quiet gestures Abel hushes her and lets her know that even when he loves her and Stefan, he doesn't want to reveal his identity. She tearfully complies.

Rosso and Bianco

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Rosso, Japanese), Kazunari Kojima (Bianco, Japanese); César Soto (Rosso, Latin-American Spanish), Ismael Castro (Bianco, Latin-American Spanish) ; Luis Vicente Ivars (Rosso, European Spanish), Ramón González (Bianco, European Spanish)

  • Butt Monkeys: While at times they can be truly dangerous, they end up comically failing more than once.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Herman betrays them and they actually get to talk to Nadja, they pull a Heel–Face Turn and tell Nadja where to find their reports to him. That totally trashes Hermann's plans.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They're Hermann's informants and spies, who cause the fire that burns down the Applefield Orphanage looking for Nadja and later manage to steal her brooch and give it to their boss and Rosemary.

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