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Cardia Beckford

VA: NA (visual novel), Saori Hayami (anime) (Japanese), Jill Harris (English)
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The protagonist and main viewpoint character of the story, Cardia is a young girl whose body contains a deadly poison which will melt anything she touches. She initially lives in isolation in the Welsh countryside, knowing only that her father has instructed her not to leave the house or have any contact with other people, because she is a monster.

  • Action Girl: With instruction from Van Helsing and the other guys, Cardia develops into a capable fighter with a broad range of useful survival skills.
  • Apologetic Attacker: On several occasions she cries out apologies as she's knocking people unconscious.
  • Artificial Human: She is a homunculus created by Isaac Beckford for the purpose of containing the Horologium's poison and maturing it into the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: In addition to generating a deadly, highly corrosive poison just by existing, Cardia does not have a heart. She also possesses superhuman strength, endurance, and healing capabilities, and does not need to eat to sustain herself.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Cardia's condition prevents her from skin-to-skin contact, which is naturally a barrier to physical romance. All of the love interests take it in stride with little angst surrounding it, making resolutions to one day find a way to neutralize the poison excepting in Lupin's route, where it is already cured, and Victor's, wherein he manages to find a way of neutralizing it at the end. Cardia herself is fairly innocent to the concept of sex, but does look forward towards being able to have physical contact.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The training she receives from Van Helsing and Lupin focuses on doing whatever stands the best chance of keeping Cardia alive, including catching the enemy off-guard and knowing when and how to get away when necessary.
  • Cute Bruiser: Cardia's waifish looks belie her supernatural strength, and after Van Helsing's lessons, she's able to take out Twilight goons with relative ease.
  • Eating Optional: She doesn't need to eat, but enjoys the social aspects of sitting around a table with friends.
  • Gem Heart: Cardia has a gem called the Horologium embedded in her chest that is the source of her supernatural powers, cannot be removed without killing her, and is being sought after by most of the villains in the game.
  • Hollywood Acid: Though it's universally referred to as "poison," Cardia's skin and blood act more like a fictionalized super-acid in the way that she burns and melts whatever she comes into contact with, which Watson acknowledges in Future Blessings. After testing it on a variety of materials up to and including a sample of titanium, Victor concludes that the reaction is something more alchemical than natural.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Since she's had very little experience in dealing with other people, at first she doesn't know any better than to trust random strangers who offer to help her.
  • I Am a Monster: Cardia has plenty of reason to believe she is a monster, especially since her earliest memory is of her father telling her so. Dealing with this belief, and gradually being coaxed out of it by the influence of her newfound friends and loved one, is one of the main themes of most routes of the game.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Cardia's greatest wish is simply to be normal, to be able to live with other people and touch them without harming them with her poison. She states the trope name word for word during Lupin's route.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: She begins the game dressed in a complicated getup involving a blouse, corset, and frilly Showgirl Skirt over leggings. Lupin reckons it can't be comfortable, and once Victor works out a way to proof materials against her poison, she gets a much more practical outfit which she wears for most of the rest of the game.
  • The Ingenue: At the beginning of the story she is almost totally naive to the ways of the world due to spending nearly all of her life in isolation.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She initially sees no problem with casually taking off her shirt to show people the Horologium embedded in her chest.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father is Isaac Beckford, repeatedly compared to Prometheus as an expression of how much his work has changed the face of science and technology. Typical for the trope, Isaac has kept Cardia isolated from the world up until the beginning of the game.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Cardia has spent the two years prior to the story confined alone in an isolated mansion in the Welsh countryside, and has no memory prior to two years ago. As a result, most of what she encounters out in the world is new to her, requiring one of the other characters to provide explanations for her and exposition for the audience. She initially has very little frame of reference for what is or isn't normal, and though she gradually picks up a lot from the other characters over her time with them, she admits on occasion that there are still some concepts that, due to her lack of practical experience, she finds difficult to grasp.
  • Number of the Beast: Cardia is Isaac Beckford's 666th attempt at creating a homunculus. The observant may notice the number 666 printed on the sleeve of the clothing she wears at the start of the game.
  • Phlebotinum Girl: A young woman with a doll-like beauty, and the focus of a romance? Check. Has a unique supernatural power which other people seek to obtain and exploit for their own purposes? Check. Repeatedly caught up in conflict against her will as a result of her supernatural nature, despite only wanting to be normal? Check.
  • Poisonous Person: Cardia's body is highly corrosive, and contact with her bare skin will melt anything not specially treated with a serum developed from her blood. When a dog bites her in the beginning of the game and succeeds in breaking the skin, her blood causes the animal's head to melt off. Being enclosed with her in a poorly-ventilated space for an extended period of time is also not good for one's health.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: In Lupin's route, Cardia's hair turns white when the Horologium transforms into the Philosopher's Stone. It's shown to have gone back to normal in the epilogue of his True Ending.
  • Reluctant Monster: She's never wanted to hurt anyone and is horrified by the effects of her poison on the people around her.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In Lupin's route it's revealed that Cardia was created using the genes of, and in the image of, Isaac Beckford's murdered biological daughter. All that "my beloved daughter" stuff was actually directed toward the memory of the original Cardia Beckford; while Isaac is fonder of Cardia than of Finis, he ultimately sees them both only as soulless dolls and tools for his plan.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Cardia gets a new, more action-oriented outfit after she's lived in the mansion for awhile, signifying her shift in character from passive to active participant in her own fate. It's telling that one of the first things Finis does when he captures her in Lupin's route is have her dressed in her former outfit.
  • Walking Wasteland: Cardia corrodes everything she touches and gives off small amounts of poison just by existing.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Cardia's inexperience with the world makes it difficult to recognize what's happening when she's falling for a guy. In several of the routes she has to be told outright that what she's feeling is love.
  • When She Smiles: The first time that Cardia honestly smiles, after spending most of the game up to that point as a borderline Emotionless Girl, it brings everything else going on in the room to a crashing halt as all of the guys stare at her in wonder. Lupin even goes so far as to say they should make it an annual holiday.
  • Younger Than They Look: Due to being a homunculus, Cardia is actually no more than about six years old, and has only been aware for two years of that time.

Arsène Lupin

VA: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
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A 24-year-old self-proclaimed gentleman thief. He "steals" Cardia from the mansion and decides to cooperate with her in order to free her from her poison while investigating a series of terrorist atacks.

  • Cane Fu: His Classy Cane - tricked out with some extra surprises such as the ability to spray a cloud of knockout gas - is Lupin's weapon of choice when physical combat becomes unavoidable.
  • Catchphrase: Lupin will have you know that the great Arsène Lupin's chances of failure are always zero.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Lupin's thief get-up consists of a white domino mask, a top hat, and a cape over a tuxedo.
  • Con Men Hate Guns: Lupin is particularly dismissive of Van Helsing's tendency to shoot problems until they go away. When he does go into battle, he does so wielding his walking-stick and a collection of (mostly harmless) explosive devices.
  • Disney Death: In Chapter 13 of his route, Lupin is unexpectedly gunned down by Finis, who unloads the contents of his handgun into the body just to make sure. It doesn't prevent Lupin from popping up hale and healthy in time to rescue Cardia from being absorbed by Isaac - Impey's specially-designed Bulletproof Vest saved the day again, and the shots only knocked Lupin unconscious for a bit.
  • Gentleman Thief: Lupin describes himself as a "thief with a heart of justice" and insists that he never steals for himself, only targeting wrongdoers who've come by their wealth and valuables dishonestly so that he may return them to their proper owners... helping himself to a generous "handling fee" in the process, of course.
  • Guile Hero: Lupin is very nearly a pacifist, preferring to use trickery, wit, and showmanship rather than force.
  • Image Song: "Shall We Dance?"
  • The Kindnapper: Cardia meets Lupin when he literally steals her away.
  • Leitmotif: "Gentleman Thief," a jazzy theme that - outside of one or two comedic uses - is a cue that Lupin is doing something awesome.
  • My Greatest Failure: On his route, Lupin eventually explains that prior to the beginning of the story, he'd used his talents as a thief to destroy the criminal organization run by his mentor from within. Unfortunately, the result was that the members of the organization turned on their own, and instead of turning back to the good as Lupin had hoped, his mentor was murdered by his own followers.
  • One Degree of Separation: Lupin's mentor, Theophrate, is also Miles' partner and friend from Twilight.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lupin disapproves of violence, generally feeling that if he has to resort to it, he's failed. So when in Chapter 9 of his route he not only punches the priest who's rallying the Welsh villagers against Cardia in the face, but flatly threatens to kill him if he keeps calling her a monster, you know that he's incredibly angry.
  • Public-Domain Character: Yep, he's that Lupin.
  • Stealth Expert: Being able to avoid notice is a crucial ability for a Gentleman Thief. Lupin even gives Cardia lessons.

Impey Barbicane

VA: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese), Chris Guerrero (English)
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  • Blank White Eyes: Impey, the designated Butt-Monkey and the most likely of the main characters to play the role of comic relief, has no fewer than three different sprites with blank white eyes, one of which also has him going Blue with Shock.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everybody picks on Impey, and if anyone's going to have a comedic mishap or suffer Amusing Injuries, it'll be him.
  • Cute Little Fangs: They go completely unremarked-upon within the story, and mostly seem to serve as a visual indication of his mischievous nature. He's actually a vampire.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Despite a tendency to explode or otherwise go awry, his creations are highly innovative and usually seem to do the job. Impey's claims of being a "genius engineer" aren't empty boasts - the man helped to invent an Anti Gravity device, and as Saint-Germain observes, his mishaps come from his willingness to innovate and try things that haven't been done before, rather than from any lack of skill.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He's mentioned as using his goggles for their intended purpose when he first arrives in Chapter 1, but once he takes them off to properly introduce himself, they just stay perched on top of his head for the rest of the story.
  • Image Song: "Trip to the Moon".
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Impey usually comes across as foolish and comically incompetent, to the point that even Cardia points out that she's never seen him win a fight. Nevertheless, he's unusually strong, fast, and resilient, and has the combat skills to put those capabilities to very good effect. When sufficiently motivated, he takes out two different groups of sky pirates in the time it takes a cloud of steam to disperse.
  • Love at First Sight: Impey claims he fell in love with Cardia as soon as he saw her. In fact, one of the very first things he says to her is "I love you!," which rather puzzles Cardia at the time.
  • Made of Iron: Impey is noted to be ridiculously tough and resilient, allowing them to stand up to a lot more punishment than most people. It's because he's a vampire.
  • Never Found the Body: In his Normal Ending, after he remains on board to steer the crashing Nautilus.
  • Public-Domain Character: Impey Barbicane and his dream of going to the moon (via a giant cannon!) come from Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Impey's hair, braided, reaches to his waist.
  • Science Hero: He's a Gadgeteer Genius who delights in fantastical machinery and devices and hopes to travel to the moon. Impey rarely misses an opportunity to wax lyrical on the wonders of science and engineering, and believes very strongly that science should be used to benefit people rather than to harm or dominate them.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The only one in the game.
  • Supreme Chef: Of all people, Impey proves to be a remarkably talented chef, even when the group's lack of funds forces him to work entirely from the estate's stores of preserved foodstuffs. Van Helsing frequently comments that he can's believe how someone like Impey could possibly create such delicate and subtle flavors.

Victor Frankenstein

VA: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)
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  • Blank White Eyes: Less often than Impey, but Victor has a sprite used for similar effect in which the lenses of his glasses turn opaque.
  • It's All My Fault: Victor created Zicterium, and thus both essentially invented chemical warfare and made it possible for Isaac to create the Horologium and Cardia. Though not personally responsible for the uses his work has been put to, he considers all of it very much his fault, as a note Cardia finds in his journal attests.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A nightmare sequence at the beginning of Chapter 6 shows Victor's horrified reaction to seeing the effects of Zicterium gas, which he was instrumental in developing, on a village of civilians.
  • My Greatest Failure: He blames himself not only for creating Zicterium, but for continuing to research it at the urging of Isaac Beckford and the government without realizing what they intended to do with it until it was too late. As a result, he considers it his personal responsibility to see to it that the knowledge of how to make it does not fall into anyone else's hands, and that the remaining stockpiles of it are located and destroyed before they can be used.
  • Image Song: "Yasashi Yokan -in the morning rays-".
  • In-Series Nickname: In the Japanese dialogue, most of the cast call him "Fran," and Queen Victoria calls him "Professor Stein." The trope does not apply in the English localization, in which "Fran" is translated as "Victor" and the Queen refers to him as "Dr. Frankenstein."
  • Only Sane Man: Victor isn't that much more "normal" than the other heroes, but he often as not seems to be the only one among them who expects people to behave and events to occur in a rational manner. Cardia is also usually pretty sensible, but since she doesn't always know what's normal and what isn't, poor Victor is the one most often reacting with appalled exasperation to the shenanigans that the group gets up to.
  • Public-Domain Character: Albeit In Name Only, as the visual novel's Frankenstein bears little resemblance to Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein. He eventually confirms that he is from Switzerland, but that's about it. The closest the Code:Realize Victor gets to creating life is his work with Zicterium inadvertently making it possible for Isaac Beckford to create Cardia.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: All he ever tried to do with his scientific research was to make things that would help people. Inventing Zicterium, and thus chemical warfare, was an accident... but since he's the only one who knows how to make the stuff, he and his knowledge are very much sought after by the government, and Queen Victoria is entirely willing to set him up as a terrorist rather than risk that he might take his knowledge to another nation.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: He gets these on occasion for comedic effect when his inner Mad Scientist pops out.
  • Science Hero: Victor has no particular physicial abilities; his strengths lie entirely in his knowledge of chemistry and alchemy. He goes into battle armed with an arsenal of test tubes which he uses as smoke bombs, flashbangs, and knockout gas grenades, and saves the day with the power of his intellect and his firm conviction that science should be used to help people rather than to hurt them.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's one of the foremost scientific minds in Britain, and one of the two members of the main cast to wear glasses.

Saint-Germain

VA: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Not if it means Cardia's survival and the chance of a happy ending with her. In his True Ending, Saint-Germain pleads desperately on hands and knees for Omnibus to let Cardia live.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In his route, Saint-Germain is very apologetic and regretful as he tries to kill Cardia, even weeping openly as he goes through with it in certain Bad Endings.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: He keeps a retractable blade hidden up his sleeve, first revealed when he uses it to stab Finis near the end of Chapter 8.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Saint-Germain's perpetual smooth composure becomes very unsettling in some situations, such as when he's just stabbed Finis through the heart in Chapter 8, or when he and Cardia are very calmly and politely discussing his intention to kill her in Chapter 10 of his route. Cardia understandably finds the former alarming and the latter downright surreal.
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": "Saint-Germain" is part of his title - that is, Count of Saint-Germain - not his name. His personal name, whatever it may be, is never revealed, and everyone just calls him some variation on "Count" or "Saint-Germain."
  • Eyes Always Shut: The mysterious Saint-Germain is drawn with his eyes always closed, creating a nearly perpetual air of faint, detached amusement. When he fully opens them in Chapter 8 and during his route, it signifies matters getting very serious.
  • Healing Factor:
  • Historical-Domain Character: The Comte de Saint-Germain was a real person, an eccentric European courtier of mysterious origins who made many fanciful claims about himself.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: When his eyes are shown open, they are a pale and piercing blue, for maximum Oh, Crap! factor.
  • Image Song: "Unmei no Tabibito" ("The Traveller's Destiny").
  • In-Series Nickname: In the Japanese dialogue, he's mostly referred to as "San." Impey calls him "San-chan," translated in the English localization as "Sainty G".
  • Kimono Fanservice: The subject of the CG for Saint-Germain's extra scenario: San has just acquired an authentic Japanese kimono, but needs Cardia's help in trying to figure out how to put it on.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: At least until Mortality Ensues when Saint-Germain turns against Idea.
  • Mortality Ensues: In the True Ending of his own route and in both endings of Lupin's route, Saint-Germain loses his immortality due to being banished from Idea for turning against them to save Cardia. He's noted to have around 50 to 100 years of life left to him, and for the most part seems pretty content with it.
  • My Greatest Failure: On his route, he reveals that he failed to kill a young boy who'd grown attached to him during a mission for Idea, which allowed the Black Plague to take hold in Europe. His actions in the game are an effort to make up for this failure, even if it means making a different mistake in the process.
  • Mystical White Hair: His white hair adds to his general air of mystery, and as it turns out, he's definitely a supernatural being.
  • Older Than They Look: Saint-Germain occasionally implies that he's a good bit older than he looks. This is, if anything, an understatement.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Part of that nearly constant attitude of faint amusement.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Saint-Germain does not say exactly how old he is, but he was granted immortality by Omnibus aka Eve and has lived for thousands of years, long enough to have already been established as an Apostle when Queen Guinevere was recruited to Idea. Future Blessings implies that he was originally a nameless slave who was used to build the Tower of Babel.
  • Resurrective Immortality: How his immortality works as an Apostle of Idea - he can be killed, it just won't stick. However, as with all the Apostles, his immortality can run out if he's killed enough times, or be revoked by Omnibus. He's specifically noted to be mortal again in his True Ending and in both of Lupin's endings, after being banished from Idea.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Saint-Germain is a whimsical nobleman whose excuse for most of the things that he does, from letting Lupin and Impey hide out at his estate onwards, is "I'm bored and it seemed amusing." "Eccentric aristocrat" is a good cover for a member of Idea.
  • Seen It All: Almost nothing surprises him or appreciably disturbs his composure; most of the shenanigans the group gets up to, no matter how drastic, Saint-Germain seems to simply find entertaining. When asked, he lightly advises Cardia that his composure comes from experience.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: An understatement. As a homunculus, Cardia is something that should not exist according to Idea. Throughout the story it seems like there's no way for them to both live happily together: Saint-Germain's plan to slaughter the entirety of the Apostles to keep Cardia safe will end with him dying, and Cardia's bargaining to save his life includes destroying her own Horologium once he's saved. In the true ending, they have to convince Omnibus to completely Screw Destiny (with a little help from Guinevere) to get a happy ending together.

Abraham Van Helsing

VA: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
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  • Abnormal Ammo: Van Helsing's tendency to solve all problems with his guns is facilitated by the assortment of specialized ammunition that he uses, from miniature grenade shells to cartridges packed with non-lethal rock salt.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Bram Stoker's Abraham Van Helsing was an aging Dutch doctor of average height who is described as having a "good-sized nose" and "bushy brows," not much like the visual novel's tall blond Bishōnen.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: A rather painful one, in response to Cardia's own declaration a little beforehand.
  • The Atoner: He's prepared to let Delacroix II kill him to atone for his actions in the Vampire War. In most endings, he either joins Delly in working to help the surviving vampires, or becomes a bodyguard for a powerful nobleman who is doing the same from within the British government.
  • Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice of any of the heroes, courtesy of Junichi Suwabe.
  • Badass Longcoat: Always shown dressed in a long overcoat which billows out around him with suitable drama in action CGs.
  • The Big Guy: Van Helsing is several levels beyond any of the other heroes in terms of combat ability barring perhaps Saint-Germain, who has reasons to keep his skills secret. Between his exceptional physical strength and toughness and his extensive battle experience, he's the group's go-to whenever force is required.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the final chapter of his route, Van falls victim to Hidden Strength conditioning courtesy of Aleister, who orders him to murder Cardia.
  • *Click* Hello: Van Helsing announces his arrival on the scene with a dramatic *click* of his guns on a few occasions, most notably when he first confronts Lupin in his introductory scene in Chapter 2 and if he's the one to interrupt Finis's breaking speech to Cardia in Chapter 8.
  • Disney Death: In his True Ending, he seems to die after stabbing himself to shake off the effects of Hidden Strength, only to revive moments later just as Cardia is beginning to mourn.
  • Dying as Yourself: In his Normal End.
  • Famed In-Story: Van Helsing is widely known as the hero of the Vampire War, knighted to the Most Excellent Order by Queen Victoria and nicknamed the "human weapon" for his combat prowess. Everybody has heard of Van Helsing, and reactions to him tend to vary from respectful awe to pants-wetting terror depending on how likely it seems that he's going to start shooting at the person in question.
  • Guns Akimbo: Shotguns akimbo, one in each hand. His combat sprite shows him holding them crossed in front of him.
  • Image Song: "Endless Pain".
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He insists that he's out only for himself and doesn't believe in justice, but he avoids killing as much as he can and is a steadfast ally in the quest to help Cardia and save London. He's even literally a knight; Queen Victoria knighted him to the Most Excellent Order for his service in the Vampire War.
  • Lethal Chef: Cardia never experiences it personally, but in Van Helsing's extra scenario the other guys indicate that his cooking is as lethal as his combat skills. He doesn't seem to realize it.
  • Made of Iron: He's ridiculously durable, repeatedly coming out unharmed from experiences that would unquestionably have killed any normal man. At the end of his route, he discovers that it's because Aleister has spent the last several years secretly using Hidden Strength conditioning on him.
  • My Greatest Failure: Van deeply regrets his actions during the Vampire War, in which he almost single-handedly killed an entire fortress of vampires including their king, Delacroix. He'd infiltrated their community for some time and knew that they had no plans to threaten humanity, but was forced to go through with the mission against his will.
  • One-Man Army: Van Helsing, the "human weapon," is responsible for almost single-handedly ending the Vampire War and can be relied upon to solo armies of enemy Mooks. When the Van Helsing Cannon gets deployed during Chapter 7, he takes down Nemo's entire airship on his own.
  • Public-Domain Character: Borrowed from Bram Stoker's Dracula. In Name Only, he's both younger, and approach problems very differently (the original Van Helsing was a bookworm who spent time studying a problem before carefully considering violence).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His hobby of choice is cooking, and he mentions trying to make tiramisu. Unfortunately, he's not too good at it.
  • Seen It All: As a veteran of the Vampire War, Van Helsing has seen and done a lot. There's not a whole lot that can break his general attitude of irritable stoicism.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Van Helsing was comprehensively broken by his experiences during the Vampire War, going from an eager and idealistic young man to a "human weapon" whose mission to discover the truth about Finis's immortality (and kill him once and for all) is the only reason he cares about staying alive.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Van Helsing is the other of the two main cast members who wears glasses. Where Victor's large-lensed glasses serve to denote his intelligence, Van's smaller frames denote his aloof stoicism.
  • Survival Mantra: On the rare occasion that Van Helsing is pressed enough in battle that his survival is in doubt, he repeats "I can't die yet" to himself like a mantra.

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Finis

VA: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Despite having nothing to offer, he begs Aleister and Nemo to help him save Cardia.
  • Artificial Human: Like Cardia, Finis is a construct made by Isaac Beckford. Unlike Cardia, he's not a homunculus, but an AI remotely controlling replaceable "bioterminals."
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Finis gained individuality and turned against Isaac during his route was because Cardia showed him compassion and told him she wanted to be able to love him as an older sister.
  • Body Backup Drive: In Van Helsing and Lupin's routes, the secret of Finis's immortality is revealed to be a seemingly endless supply of duplicate bodies ready for him to step into whenever he's killed. In Lupin's route he's shown controlling multiple bodies at a time. His main body is a steampunk-style supercomputer built by Isaac.
  • Defrosting Ice King: During his route.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He gets a lot of build up as a major antagonist during the common route, only to be rather quickly dispatched around the midpoint in the game. He comes back in Van Helsing and Lupin's routes.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Really does not take sympathy towards his circumstances well.
  • Driven to Suicide: At the end of Lupin's ending, he'd rather let himself die than accept Cardia's help.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Finis looks like a rather angelic boy. In Chapter 6, Victoria observes that Cardia's doll-like beauty reminds her of Finis and guesses from this that they may be related.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During his route.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In Wintertide Miracles, he makes it clear he does not trust the Lupin gang's intentions towards Cardia.
  • Suicide by Cop: In his normal ending, he pretends to still be possessed by Isaac to convince Hansel to kill him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Despite his disdain for Cardia in the original game, by Wintertide Miracles he's become a doting younger brother and has even fondness towards the rest of the main group.
  • The Unfavorite: He believes that, despite his efforts to be useful, their father only loves Cardia. The reality is more complicated - Isaac considers them both disposable tools, and his apparent affection for Cardia is for the dead daughter that she was designed to look like - but it's true that Finis doesn't seem to have gotten any of the "my beloved child" treatment from Isaac that Cardia remembers.
  • Tsundere: Shows shades of it during his route, emphasizing he's only helping Cardia because their father needs her to complete his plans. After his Heel Face Turn Turn, he plays this straight, particularly by Wintertide Miracles.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Finis is motivated entirely by his desire for his father's affection and approval.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Isaac uses him as a shield and discards him because he's no longer suitable as a vessel, during his route.
  • Young and in Charge: He's the leader of Twilight despite having the appearance of a barely-pubescent teenager (and actually being even younger than that).
  • Younger Than They Look: Like Cardia, Finis is probably no more than six years old, and may be even younger given that he calls Cardia his "oneesan" (older sister). Isaac's flashback indicates that the original Cardia and Finis were twins, but Cardia was likely the firstborn.

Jimmy A. Aleister

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  • Badass Bookworm: He's both a university professor and a ranking member of Twilight who taught Van Helsing much of what he knows about combat.
  • Bastard Understudy: Aleister is second in command of Twilight, and thus is Finis's subordinate. Though he shows no hint of rebelliousness through most of the game, Van Helsing's route reveals that he's been subtly working against Finis behind the scenes, biding his time until he's confirmed how to kill Finis permanently before he makes his move to usurp control of Twilight for himself.
  • Big Bad Friend: He's an old friend and former mentor to Van Helsing. He's also the main villain of Van Helsing's route. This gets even uglier than it sounds.
  • The Chessmaster: Very little of Aleister's villainy involves anything we actually see him personally doing on-screen. Instead, he orchestrates events and arranges for other people to do things, allowing him to keep his hand hidden. In Van Helsing's route, his influence causes an explosion of violent crimes throughout London, culminating in a prison break and city-wide crisis, with no one the wiser until he deliberately shows his hand. In fact, Lupin's route reveals how Aleister's true identity is that of the "Napoleon of Crime" himself, Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes mythos.
  • The Corrupter: The ultimate goal of his complicated years-long plan is to twist and corrupt Van Helsing into something as dark as himself.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: One of the most irredeemably evil characters in the game has one of the deepest voices.
  • High-Class Glass: Aleister is poised, genteel, and wears a monocle.
  • Horrifying the Horror: He says that even the most hardened and wicked criminals he's met have been horrified when they realize his true nature.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In a twisted way, the whole motive for Aleister's villainous plots in Van Helsing's route and in the Herlock Sholmès path added in Future Blessings is simply that he wants someone like him to feel kinship with. For this purpose, he does everything in his power to break and twist Van and Sholmès until they are as monstrous as himself. When Sholmès defies his efforts and refuses to go along with Aleister's Sadistic Choice at the end of his Future Blessings route, Aleister seems genuinely sorrowful and proceeds to commit suicide.
  • Pet the Dog: During Finis route, he chooses to help Finis stop Isaac despite Finis having nothing to offer him, purely out of being impressed by Finis willingness to beg for help. Likewise, in Wintertide Miracles, he seems content that Finis has found something beyond solitude and wishes Finis and Cardia continue to live happily together.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: In a very subtle use of the trope, his walking stick is topped with a metal decoration in the shape of a serpent's head. In his default sprite he has his hand closed over it, making it easy to miss, but after he reveals himself as a villain he holds it prominently forward.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He recruited Van Helsing to Twilight and mentored him for many years; even after Van quit Twilight, Aleister is one of the few people Van trusts, and possibly the only one he considers a friend. Unfortunately, he's been manipulating and working to corrupt Van from the day they met.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Finis' Wintertide Miracles story, it's implied that Sholmes is pursuing him and close to catching up. However, whether they confront each other is left unclear.

Queen Alexandrina Victoria

VA: Naomin Iida (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)
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  • Death Seeker: In Frankenstein's route.
  • Historical-Domain Character: A heavily fictionalized Queen Victoria.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: On Frankenstein's route. While some of her policies may have been questionable, the real Victoria never tried to spearhead a chemical weapon attack on her own people as a False Flag Operation.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She agrees that some of the actions she's taken and is planning to take are, to make no bones about it, evil, but believes that such evil actions are necessary to protect Britain.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Impey and Lupin's routes, the scale of the threat to Britain as a nation leads Victoria to ally with Lupin and company, and she provides her full support in carrying out their plans.
  • Visual Pun: Victoria dresses in yellow with black stripes, and the Royal Guard wear an insignia of gold hexagons. In other words, Victoria is the queen bee. She even wears a brooch with a bee design.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: A flashback on Victor's route shows that Victoria was originally a quiet, shy girl. She's had to develop thick layers of poise, resolve, and no small amount of ruthlessness in order to rule effectively as Queen.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite spearheading a chemical attack on her own people to kickstart a world war, all her actions come from a belief it'll protect Britain in the long run and a knowledge her actions are still evil.

Captain Rempart Leonhardt

VA: Yoji Ueda (Japanese), David Wald (English)
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  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Leonhardt is such a blowhard that it's easy to write him off. Cardia notes her surprise when she sees that in action he's a highly competent warrior.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He's passionately loyal to Victoria, and though he has a strong sense of justice, he'll support Victoria and follow her commands even if what she's doing runs against his own morals. In Victor's route, this means acting as Victoria's Dragon and assisting her in her plans even though he knows that it's wrong, at least until Victor persuades him that stopping her from taking the wrong path is a better expression of his loyalty than enabling her.
  • Oblivious to Love: During Victor's route in Future's Blessings, Victoria hints her interest towards him by teasing she might be interested in pursuing romance at some point. The fact Leonhardt might be the target of such goes over his head, to her consternation.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Van Helsing's route, Leonhardt willingly agrees to collaborate with the guys in investigating the rush of crimes instigated by Azoth. It's mostly on the strength of Van Helsing's reputation as a war hero, but Leonhardt (somewhat begrudgingly) puts aside his considerable dislike of Lupin for the sake of the investigation and allows the whole group access to the crime scenes and all relevant information.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Leonhardt takes his duties as Captain of the Royal Guard very seriously and believes in honor, justice, and the law. Since the heroes often operate outside the law, they sometimes run up against him, and he has a particular grudge against Lupin for getting the better of him during the prologue.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: He chastises his men for pointing their guns at Cardia during the prologue. Near the end of Victor's route, Cardia physically shielding Victor with her own body is the breaking point that finally causes Leonhardt to refuse Victoria's order to kill them both, as he simply can't find it in him to attack an unarmed girl who's just trying to protect someone she loves.

    Idea 

Omnibus

VA: Michiru Wada (Japanese), Linda Young (English)
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  • Pet the Dog: After seeking Cardia's death all Saint-Germain's route, offers to take Cardia into Idea and protect her after Saint-Germain's death in the normal ending. She also grants Hansel's wish to be with his sister and mother by imbuing his weapon with Gretel's soul and taking the role of mother to him.
  • Public-Domain Character: Of the biblical kind. She's Eve, and her premonitions are the result of eating the Fruit of Knowledge.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Old enough to be thousands of years old.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She ordered the death of a whole village and ordered Cardia's death because her visions warned her of disaster that would follow otherwise. Saint-Germain's route indicates that these examples are typical of how Idea usually operates.

Assailant

VA: Kanoko Akahori (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
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    Others 

Herlock Sholmès

VA: Kazuya Murakami (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
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  • Anti-Villain: Because Lupin and friends tend to operate outside the law as often as not, and Sholmès is a detective who believes in the importance of obeying the law, he repeatedly comes into conflict with the heroes. Averted during his own route, where he takes a more traditional heroic role.
  • Badass in Distress: Is briefly held captive by Aleister, though he later breaks himself out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Especially when Aleister is involved.
  • Captain Ersatz: Herlock Sholmès is transparently an ersatz Sherlock Holmes. The game inherits this bit of Writing Around Trademarks from Arsène Lupin's creator Maurice Leblanc, due to objections from Arthur Conan Doyle's estate after Leblanc pitted Lupin against the Great Detective in one of his stories. In Lupin's route, it's revealed that he actually is Sherlock Holmes acting under an alias to avoid attracting attention.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite his anger at Sholmès, Watson quickly forgives him for faking his death. Likewise, Cardia and Watson settle for simply socking him after he allowed himself to be caught to try and take on Aleister alone.
  • The Gadfly: Trolling Lupin may only be a side benefit of whatever other business Sholmès has with the heroes, but he certainly does get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
  • Mercy Kill: Twice. First, with Mary, who was brainwashed via Hidden Strength. Second, with Cardia, who would die rather than release the poison within her on London during his normal ending.
  • My Greatest Failure: His game with Moriarty getting his loved ones involved. In particular, the fact Mary was brainwashed with Hidden Strength by Moriarty, requiring him to Mercy Kill her.
  • Older Than They Look: Sholmès doesn't look any older than the main cast, but since Lupin's route confirms that he's been in conflict with Moriarty since before he joined Twilight, and has been working as a detective long enough to have established such fame under his real identity that he needed to assume an alias to avoid unwanted attention while he tracked Moriarty down, he must be older than he appears.
    • According to the visual fanbook, he's actually 28, just a year older than Van Helsing and Impey.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In Future Blessings he gets his own route and becomes a possible love interest to Cardia.
  • Shoot the Dog: His path in Future Blessings reveals that he was forced to Mercy Kill Mary Watson, née Morstan, after Aleister subjected her to Hidden Strength. Though there was little other choice, he's never forgiven himself, and following the incident he withdrew from Watson and did everything he could to prevent anyone from getting involved in his cases.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Sholmès is the one thing guaranteed to get under Lupin's skin and make him lose his cool, even when they're not actually working against one another. At one point during Lupin's route, Cardia observes that Sholmès just naturally seems to bring out the worst in Lupin.
  • Stealth Expert: He's at least as good as Lupin, possibly even better, at going unnoticed when he doesn't want to be noticed. He's not only able to tail Lupin without Lupin realizing it, he does so close enough to eavesdrop on a private conversation in a crowded train station.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Though dubious of Twilight's motives, Sholmès believes that the law is what allows society to function, and supports it even when he personally believes the law is in the wrong, and he's skilled enough as a detective to become a definite thorn in Lupin's side. At the same time, he bears the heroes no personal ill will, and steps in to help them on several occasions with the excuse that he keeps his work and his personal life separate.
  • Wild Card: An odd example occurring thanks to the heroes not always being on the right side of the law and Sholmès' own idiosyncratic approach to the conflict between what's lawful and what's right. When the heroes are actively breaking the law, or the authorities have hired him to work against them, Sholmès is an implacable antagonist. When he's not employed against them, however, he sees nothing wrong with stepping in to help them against the true villains, and on at least one occasion goes out of his way to warn them before he formally takes a job to hunt them down.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: A master player, as demonstrated in his first appearance in Chapter 4. Despite crossing paths with Lupin and company purely by chance, he successfully manages to find out what they're up to, hide on board the train without being discovered by the heroes or Twilight, and predict and counter nearly every one of Lupin's tricks. The only thing he didn't see coming was Cardia's poison.

Delacroix II

VA: Miho Ishigami (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
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  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Van Helsing's route, he's captured by Aleister and subjected to Hidden Strength conditioning, sending him into an Unstoppable Rage against Van Helsing in an attempt to force Van to kill him.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As an extremely strong vampire and the son of the late vampire king, he's plenty full of himself despite his young age, and circumstances mean that even after he's formed an uneasy peace with the heroes he doesn't see the need to spare them from any of his belligerence.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In his case, they denote both a prickly tsundere nature and the fact that he is a vampire.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His full name is Dracula Delacroix, but after stepping into his father's shoes as the leader of the vampire remnant, he prefers to go by "Delacroix II" and reacts badly when Van Helsing calls him "Dracula." He's not fond of the nickname Impey and Cardia tag him with, either, but nobody pays much attention and "Delly" sticks despite his complaints.
  • In-Series Nickname: When Cardia persuades him to come stay with them at the mansion, Impey promptly nicknames him "Delly" ("Dela-chan" in the Japanese). Once Cardia adopts it, the rest of the gang follow suit.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He may be a cute little boy, but he's incredibly strong and fast, capable of easily flooring a grown man with a single punch. His incredible strength is because he's not just a vampire, but a pure-blooded vampire whose bloodline hasn't been diluted by interbreeding with humans.
  • Public-Domain Character: He's a kid-ified version of Dracula.
  • Tsundere: He stubbornly denies wanting anything to do with any humans. He's only joining them for meals because Sisi insisted!
  • You Killed My Father: Delacroix II seeks revenge against Van Helsing for Van's murder of his father.

Nemo

VA: Go Shinomiya (Japanese), Daman Mills (English)
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  • Beware the Silly Ones: Nemo initially shows up at the airship race in Chapter 7 acting like a Large Ham, treating the heroes as Worthy Opponents (even taking Impey on a tour of his ship), and generally acting like a giant goofball. It gets a lot less funny when he goes full-on megalomaniacal in Impey's route.
  • Beautiful All Along: When the goggles come off, he's revealed to be very Bishōnen.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's driven entirely by pursuit of science, for better or worse.
  • Butt-Monkey: To the antagonist side.
  • Foil: With his unrestrained use of science for personal power and his disregard for safety or ethics in scientific research, Nemo serves as a foil to Science Heroes Impey and (to a lesser extent) Victor, who both have similar passion for science but see it as a tool for the betterment of humanity and not something that should be used to do harm.
  • For Science!: As far as Nemo is concerned, anything is justified in the name of scientific discovery and progress.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Finis' route, he's persuaded to act against Isaac. As such, he's given a lighter sentence at the end of the game.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: One of his biggest motivations.
  • Large Ham: Nemo seems to be completely incapable of not chewing great chunks of the scenery any time he appears.
  • Mad Scientist: He's an undisputed genius scientist and a 100% certified raving loony who was thrown out of the Royal Society for his complete disregard for any kind of ethical or moral restraint in his research. Van Helsing succinctly describes him as a "whackjob."
  • No Indoor Voice: His default mode. Even when in jail, he's so loud that other prisoners have begged to be moved.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Wintertide Miracles, he not only listens to Impey's troubles without interruption but he also drops the dramatics to offer Impey frank, solemn advice about his relationship with Cardia.
  • Public-Domain Character: He's a gone mad version of Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Just that in this game, the Nautilus is an airship, not a submarine.
  • Unknown Rival: More of an Unwanted Rival in this case. Nemo is very impressed with both Impey and Victor, declaring them his equals and Worthy Opponents in science and engineering. Victor especially is very unenthusiastic about being Nemo's "eternal rival" and would just as soon decline the honor, thanks.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Nemo has white hair and no morals to speak of.

Isaac Beckford

VA: Daichi Endo (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

  • A God Am I: During Lupin and Finis' routes.
  • Abusive Parents: To Finis in particular. Subverted with the original Finis and Cardia, who he was a doting parent towards. He also initially attempted to love the homunculi versions of his children but the fact they weren't truly them resurrected eventually caused him to dismiss them as dolls.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Cardia and Finis, in Finis' route.
  • Big Bad: Almost all the bad events in the game can be traced back to him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Having the townsfolk turn against him and kill his family was bad enough. Being unable to resurrect his children after years of research pushed him over for good.
  • Disappeared Dad: Isaac went missing before the events of the story, leaving Cardia alone in the house in Wales.
  • Mad Scientist: He masterminded plan Code:Realize to gain immortality, revive his family, and lead humanity to a new age of development through eternal war.
  • Start of Darkness: Isaac was once a humble man who used his genius to improve the world and eventually settled down to be a simple village doctor. Then, a plague occurred and the village blamed him for it. Though he tried to help, while he was away getting research materials, his family was beaten and burned by a mob. When he begged for help, he received none and his family died, turning him against humanity.

    Introduced in Future Blessings 

Shirley Gordon

VA: Haruka Yamazaki

Darius Gordon

VA: Takaya Hashi

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Shirley's consternation, he's prone to bursting out into tears and wailing about her.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his arm to Avido during their past confrontation.
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • The Don: Of the Gordon Family. He inherited the position after marrying the previous head's daughter.
  • Foil: To Avido. While Avido is the ruthless, archetypal mafia type who only values money and power, Darius values his family and the Gordon honor.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Despite being Mafia, the Gordon family are altruistic in their actions and have a strict no-kill policy.
  • Overprotective Dad: In his introduction alone, he chases Cardia and Shirley down in the middle of a car chase and kidnaps Cardia out of worry for her.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite his overprotectiveness, he'll do anything to keep Shirley safe.
  • Technical Pacifist: He refuses to kill but that doesn't stop him from kidnapping, using force when necessary, or allowing Shirley to destroy Avido's fortunes.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Darius does his best to uphold the family policy against killing, even in the face of his wife's murderer. He even feels ashamed for nearly killing Avido in the past.

Avido Crudele

VA: Konishi Katsuyuki

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Despite his refined behavior, he has the skills to back it up.
  • Big Bad: Of the Lupin Gang route.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He has a personal vendetta against the Gordon family because his father was a member and suffered for attempting to stay true to their ideals while in Italy. It ruined him and his family, causing Avido to develop a hatred for the Gordons and their ideals.
  • Foil: To Darius. While Avido is the ruthless, archetypal mafia type who only values money and power, Darius values his family and the Gordon honor.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He outright flaunts it with his ship and everything inside it.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Lampshaded and subverted. The characters acknowledge his name literally translates into "greedy" and "cruel" and state it must be a pseudonym.

John H. Watson

VA: Kosuke Toriumi

  • Anger Born of Worry: His first reaction upon finding out Herlock is alive is to try and sock him.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being an ordinary human, he's capable of putting up a fight against Abraham Van Helsing.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite his anger at Herlock, Watson quickly forgives him for faking his death. Likewise, Cardia and Watson settle for simply socking him after he allowed himself to be caught to try and take on Aleister alone.
  • Happily Married: To Mary while she was alive.
  • Hot-Blooded: In contrast to Herlock.
  • Nice Guy: Upon finding Cardia out in the sewers with apparently nowhere else to go, he invites her to come home with him for the night.
  • Public-Domain Character: From the Sherlock Holmes mythos.

Hansel Hexenhaus

VA: Nobuhiko Okamoto

  • Abusive Parents: As per the original story, he and his sister were abandoned by their parents. However, he's the only one who lived.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After befriending Cardia and Finis, he's greatly saddened at the possibility he might have to kill them and does his best to dissuade them from returning to London during the Knockers' assault.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In Finis' route in Wintertide Miracles, the reason he stands down is because Cardia was the first person to thank him.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Despite being a soft-spoken, lethargic young man, he's still as dangerous as any of Idea's Apostles and armed with a giant fork to skewer you with.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even when Finis threatens to add deadly traps to the house's reconstruction to deal with Saint-Germain and Hansel constant dropping in, Hansel simply asks if they have pests. Saint-Germain advises Finis to give up on Hansel.
  • Foil: To Cardia and Finis.
  • Living Weapon: His fork is carries the soul of his sister, Gretel. As such, he regularly talks to her and treats her with affection.
  • Public-Domain Character: From the story of Hansel and Gretel.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Granted immortality by Idea and Omnibus.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Though Hansel's ordered to destroy Cardia and Finis, he feels no animosity towards them, even feeling sympathy for their circumstances. Once Isaac's main body is destroyed and Cardia's body no longer contains poison, he considers them no longer a threat and lets them go.
  • Sweet Tooth: Unsurprisingly, he occasionally has one on hand.

    Introduced in Wintertide Miracles 

Cantarella

VA: Mamiko Noto

  • Artificial Human: A homunculus created to age naturally.
  • The Chosen One: Played with. Aiguille is convinced she's the singer of legend, destined to bring the Clockwork Castle to life. The reason why is because the castle was intended to be a toy for the original Cardia Beckford. Cantarella, as a homunculus of her, has a voice that's a 100% match (as does Cardia).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when dealing with her father. She also tongue-lashes Aiguille into submission to the point he's fearful of the idea of her chewing him out.
  • Happily Adopted: Despite her consternations, she genuinely loves Miles and considers him her father.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Miles seemingly throws her away and the chip inside her brain starts overloading her with implanted memories of the original Cardia, she completely breaks down and the castle goes out of control.
  • Foil: To Cardia, particularly with their relationships with their fathers. They're also both homunculus created in Isaac's experiments, with Cantarella being a failed one while Cardia was the successful one.
  • Foreshadowing: Several characters comment that Cardia and Catarella act like sisters and even look alike. That's because their both homuculi created by Isaac.
  • Ill Girl: She has a chronic illness that requires a special medicine. It's revealed the cause is a device Isaac put into her brain to implant the original Cardia's memories into her. It causes her brain to overheat and for memories to overload her. Because the medicine uses poison as part of its base, remnants of it in her system leaves her body somewhat weakened.
  • Parental Abandonment: By Isaac, due to her being a failed clone of the real Cardia, thus giving her a crippling fear of being thrown away. She takes it hard when Miles seemingly throws her away.
  • Replacement Goldfish: One of the homunculus created to revive the original Cardia Beckford. However, Isaac threw her away, due to her hair being the wrong colour and her missing an eye.
  • Ship Tease: With Aiguille, to the point of the pair being paralleled with the Prince and Princess from the fairytale. Miles is less than thrilled at the possibility.
  • Tsundere: Has shades of this, particularly when dealing with Miles or Aiguille.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: While she's critical of Miles, she also wants his approval and to make him proud. When Miles finally calls her his beloved daughter, it breaks her out of her Heroic BSoD and she cries tears of happiness, admitting that's all she wanted to hear.

Miles Strand

VA: Keiji Fujiwara

  • Agent Peacock: He dresses in bright, flashy clothing and is horrified with the thought of someone going after his hair. He's also on par with the Lupin Gang in terms of badass prowess.
  • Bumbling Dad: He's initially introduced as an irresponsible parent wasting away Cantarella's earnings through gambling.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Miles is deemed irreverent and hopeless by most of the cast but it's also noted he moves like Lupin and he's skilled enough to avoid mafia pursuers. He used to be Twilight's second hand man and is strong enough to take down a whole group of Twilight soldiers himself.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Miles was once a member of Twilight who climbed up the ranks due to his expertise in information gathering. After he and his partner, Theophraste, were asked by Isaac to help him dispose of Cardia clones, their faith in the organization was broken and they ran away. Theophraste took Isaac's research notes with intention of stopping Isaac one day while Miles found a barely living Cantarella and saved her.
  • The Gambling Addict: He's introduced as such and mentions wanting to hit up the casino with the cast. However, it's revealed he was actually using the money to pay Twilight for Cantarella's medicine.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite outward appearances, he'd do anything to protect Cantarella and make her happy. Even if it means lying to her and trying to kidnap Cardia.
  • Shoo the Dog: Lies to Cantarella and claims he was only using her to fund Twilight's operations and was poisoning her to eventually get rid of her, because he knows that Cantarella wouldn't approve of him hurting others to help her.

Aiguille

VA: Noriaki Sugiyama

  • Artificial Human: Zig-zagged. The Aiguille the group first meets is an automaton — the real Aiguille is human and controls him.
  • Determinator: He'll stop at nothing to see his dream to reality. In the past, when no one believed him about the castle, he dragged himself to it using a cane and then crawling.
  • Genius Cripple: The real Aiguille was smart enough to restore partial power to the castle and build automatons for his own use, while remaining stuck in the castle due to his disabilities.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He quickly drops from the Lupin Gang's threat radar just because of how ineffectual he is after his first appearance. Even Cantarella quickly talks him into submission and has him meekly obeying her requests to call her by her name.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Cantarella brings the castle to life, he makes the mistake of going on about her abilities rather than herself. Unfortunately, due to the timing, it's one of the things that helps spark her Heroic BSoD.
  • Large Ham: Generally goes around in flashy clothing and a deep voice and flair for dramatics. This is in contrast to the real Aiguille.
  • Ship Tease: With Cantarella, to the point of the pair being paralleled with the Prince and Princess from the fairytale.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Literally, in one of Cardia and Cantarella's hangout scenes.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though Aiguille is known for kidnapping singers and making them sing at his castle in hopes of finding the songress who can activate the castle, he doesn't want to hurt anyone. He wishes to bring the castle to life not only to prove to others its existence but also so he can move and travel despite his disability, much like the prince in the fairy tale.

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