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Misurugi Empire

One of the biggest and most prosperous empires of the setting where everyone living in it uses the Light of Mana for their everyday needs. The villains of the setting.

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    Jurai 

Jurai Asuka Misurugi

Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), David Wald (English)
Emperor of the Misurugi Empire and father of Ange. Is executed off-screen for keeping Ange's status as a norma a secret.

  • Killed Offscreen: It is mentioned in "Goodbye From the Gallows" that he was hanged by the higher-ups for high treason in keeping Ange's status as a norma a secret.
  • Papa Wolf: Protected Ange from her own secret, to the point he simulated mana effects with the baptism machine for the ritual.

    Sophia 

Sophia Ikaruga Mitsurugi

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Allison Sumrall (English)
Empress of the Misurugi Empire and mother of Ange. Is killed in the process of evacuating and shielding her daughter.

  • Death by Origin Story: Her death helps kickstart the plot of Cross Ange.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to evacuate Ange when the truth comes out and is killed shielding her from a bullet.
  • Mama Bear: Tried to protect Ange when her Norma status was revealed.
  • Secret Keeper: She and her husband had kept the knowledge of her daughter being a Norma a secret for her own safety.
  • Taking the Bullet: Shields her daughter from a soldier's bullet at the cost of her own life.

    Julio 

Julio Asuka Misurugi

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
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Prince of the Misurugi Empire. Reveals the secret that Ange is a Norma.

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Indirectly has his father executed for protecting Ange for being a Norma.
  • Arc Villain: He is the villain of the first half. However, he is disposed of soon after Ange demolishes his fleet and prepares to finish him.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Ange, but only early on.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's the main antagonist of the first 11 episodes of the series, in which he is the one responsible for exposing Ange as a Norma and forcing her to fight the DRAGONs, and oversees the Norma's oppression. Unfortunately for him, he is just not on the same level of threat and monstrosity as the actual Big Bad, Embryo.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In public he is well-behaved, but is incredibly ruthless and hateful underneath.
  • Blue Blood: Part of the Misurugi royalty.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Sees fit to accompany his fleet to the Arzenal purge, not thinking anything could happen to him. Proven dead wrong when Embryo informs his enraged sister of his nearby location.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He thinks putting Ange out for good by exterminating Arzenal will be a walk in the park. He forgot a couple things: 1) she's the one piloting the super-prototype he's been tasked with retrieving, and 2) already has a massive bone to pick with him from his previous attempts at having her killed. No points for figuring out the results (although it is Embryo that kills him).
  • Colonel Kilgore: He hates the Norma so much he interprets Embryo's world resetting plan as a pretext for a purge, which he instigates on Arzenal. Embryo is clearly not pleased when he finds out.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: He convinces Sylvia that Ange was responsible for the death of their mother.
  • Death by Racism: His purge of Arzenal only leads to his sister coming for his hide. (Except that Embryo does the deed of killing him for her.)
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is the initial enemy of Ange, as the one responsible for ruining or life, but he gets killed in "Arzenal Burns" by his superior, Embryo.
  • Dirty Coward: He is reduced to a howling mess when Ange cuts through his fleet and the front hull of his ship and shoots him in the leg. He goes so far as to offer Ange reinstatement into the royal line in exchange for sparing him. Right after Embryo blocks Ange's finishing move, Julio begs him to kill her, only to be killed himself instead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted with his relationship towards his younger sister Sylvia. He may hold a soft spot for Sylvia, but he's using her as an Unwitting Pawn.
  • Evil Laugh: He laughs maniacally having Ange captured in "Traitorous Homeland".
  • Evil Is Petty: As if outing his sister Ange as a Norma and inadvertently (yet showed no remorse towards this) getting their mother killed and father hanged wasn't enough, he then manipulates Sylvia in to pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to get Ange to go rogue, come after her, and then capture her, just so he could humiliate and break her more for his own amusement, before having her killed and claiming the royal heirloom ring. This guy might as well be the embodiment of this trope for going to that much effort for something like that.
  • The Evil Prince: Two appearances in, he already has the evil category covered pretty well.
  • False Flag Operation: He one over on Ange by baiting her with her sister Sylvia to come to her rescue, forcing Ange into a clash against the police and royal guard. Made more insidious in that Sylvia has been been turned against her, throwing Ange into a Heroic BSoD and guaranteeing her capture, breaking of her spirit, and subject to a public flogging and execution, all to retrieve the ring his mother gave to Ange.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates Norma with every fiber of his being, and wishes "to restore the purity of the royal bloodline".
  • Fatal Flaw: His hatred of Norma, and specifically Ange, ends up doing him in.
  • Final Solution: He wants to kill the Norma because he misinterprets Embryo's wish to reset the world.
  • Freudian Excuse: He claims to Liza that their parents have always favored Ange over him and he got jealous of it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He envied Angelise for being favored over him to take the reins as empress of Misurugi, which led to him taking her out of the picture by outing her as a Norma.
  • Hate Sink: Julio lacks one redeeming quality or ample justification for his actions or behavior, which are already extreme, to begin with, to the point where his death by overkill doesn't really seem like overkill.
  • Karmic Death: His army is obliterated by Ange, whom he exposed to the public as a Norma, and Julio himself is killed due to Embryo's intervention.
  • Kick the Dog: He reveals Ange as a Norma to the public, which leads to their mother getting killed while trying to protect her, their father arrested and her exiled. Like most humans, he doesn't sympathize with any of them.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Takes it further by turning Sylvia against Ange and having the latter lured into a false rescue mission and a subsequent public lashing and execution. Prepares to kick more injured puppies as he invades Arzenal to purge all norma in "Arzenal Burns", which leads to Ange coming for his hide once and for all.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Responsible for Ange getting publicly outed as a Norma and exiled, the fall of the former Misurugi Empire, and their mother killed (inadvertently, since his intended target was Ange), manages to pin it on Ange in Sylvia's eyes, and baits Ange into escaping from Arzenal so he can hang her personally.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: After getting a shuriken thrown by Ange in his face, he reacts... very poorly.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He is the oldest child and only son of the Misurugi royal family, with two sisters.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Hates Norma so much that he all too eagerly ousts his sister whose favored status he has envied as one, and later tries to have her along with the rest of the Norma massacred in "Arzenal Burns".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He often throws tantrums and calls for his assistant Liza to comfort him when things go wrong. He thinks little of Normas and often laughs maniacally, orchestrating several Batman Gambits to ruin Ange's life just because he was The Unfavorite.
  • Royal Brat: Can't take being passed over in favor of his younger sister as next in line for the throne, so he has her taken out by outing her as a Norma, and having his own father arrested and hanged for high treason.
  • Scars Are Forever: The immediate facial scar from the shuriken wound is in Dragon Song.
  • Self-Made Orphan: His mother dies in "The Fallen Imperial Princess" as a result of his actions, and "Goodbye From the Gallows" reveals that his father was executed off-screen.
  • Smug Snake: Julio thinks he's in complete control, but he's actually being played like a fiddle by Liza and Embryo.
  • The Sociopath: Definitely so. Even his parents and his sister Ange ultimately were just obstacles on his way to power.
  • Stupid Evil: He misinterprets Embryo's wish to reset the world as free license to massacre the Norma, including his main target, Ange, even though Embryo wanted them extracted to be used elsewhere. Embryo snitches on his location to Ange, who proceeds to wipe out Julio's fleet and stop her treacherous brother, with Embryo snatching the final kill from her.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Julio exposes Ange as a norma in "The Fallen Imperial Princess".
  • Take a Third Option: Different from other trope examples in that he's given the third option, and gladly accepts it. When Embryo points out the first two choices (surrendering to the DRAGONs or fight the DRAGONs themselves) and the council refuses both choices, Embryo then states the third choice which is to reset everything.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: He does get the ball rolling, but reveals his true colors to Ange in "Goodbye From the Gallows", mere episodes before she brings about his undoing. Still, it really says something about how a trusted family member could so quickly become the target of Ange's infernal wrath.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He takes over as Emperor following the upheaval caused during the day of the Baptism.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Liza who he somehow refers to her as "Mama", and Embryo.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Indirectly responsible for his father getting arrested (and later hanged) and mother killed, and absolutely merciless towards Norma, to the point he orders a massacre in "Arzenal Burns".
  • Villainous Breakdown: He doesn't take it well when Ange gets away and gashes him in the cheek with a shuriken and completely breaks down when she confronts him from Villkiss and threatens him.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Julio breaks down completely when Ange comes for him in Villkiss and threatens to kill him, to the point of offering to reinstate her into the royal family.

    Sylvia 

Sylvia Ikaruga Misurugi

Voiced by: Nao Touyama (Japanese), Cindy Lou Parker (English)
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The youngest princess of the Misurugi empire.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In "Distorted World", she begs Ange to rescue her. However, because of what she did early on in the series, Ange understandably refuses.
  • And This Is for...: While publicly whipping Ange in "Goodbye From the Gallows" she gives one of these for every lashing.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To the point of being a thorough Deconstruction of the Little Sister Heroine trope. She seems at first like a sweet, defenseless little sister worthy of being the target of Big Brother Instinct, but eventually proves to be a selfish, cowardly, sadistic, and manipulative bitch- until her massive Character Development in "Beyond Time".
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: If her earlier corruption via Julio and the mana hadn't set her down that path completely, then being enthraled by Liza certainly helped finish the job.
  • Cute Is Evil: Subverted. She initially seems to be a complete bitch hiding underneath a cutesy facade, but it is made clear that Julio and Embryo are to blame for her actions.
  • Damsel in Distress: At the end of "Salia's Gloom" when she communicates with Momoka. Except that it's a trap for Ange.
  • Entitled Bitch: In "Distorted World", Sylvia expected Ange to save her from certain death. Unfortunately for her, Ange angrily rebukes her, telling her that her injuries were healed but she felt unable to stand on her own two feet.
  • Evil Cripple: When she finally shows her true colors and decides to whip Ange in public personally. Or so she thinks, but Sylvia is really just being manipulated by Julio and Embryo- once those two are gone, she undergoes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Ange decides to risk her life to save Sylvia. Instead, she whips Ange and condemns her to die.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair into twin tails.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: In the final episodes, Sylvia is unable to help the nobles escape when asked to. Ange knocks some sense into her.
  • Heel Realization: At the end of "Distorted World", she realizes her wrongdoings after Ange leaves her behind.
  • Ill Girl: She got sick because she fell from the horse she and Ange rode on. Turns out she was able to walk all along, she just likes to pin blame on others.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She whips Ange after attempting to rescue her and not only blames her for causing her paralysis, but for causing the death of her family (or so she thinks). Then, during the final episodes, Ange forces her to walk and leaves her sister behind. This actually causes her to feel remorse and become a better person (it helps that much of her evil is a result of Julio and Embryo manipulating her).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Towards the end of "Distorted World", she's devastated over what she has become after Ange leaves her behind.
  • Never My Fault: Sylvia doesn't acknowledge that it's her own actions that caused Ange to lose her patience with her, at least until Ange calls her out on this in "Distorted World", to which she realizes the truth and resolves to become a better person.
  • Nightmare Face: Practically every time she feels helpless, she resorts to one. This seems to run in the family, since her brother also sports a few.
  • The Ophelia: She can be seen as becoming one after Ange is revealed to be a Norma (the one thing shunned by society), her parents are both killed in their attempt to hide the secret, and while Ange is in exile, her elder brother Julio (the one responsible) turns Sylvia against her and lures her out of exile by having her pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. After capturing their disinherited sister, Sylvia laughs hysterically, calls out Ange for killing her parents and demands she apologize for being a Norma as she whips before an execution. After Ange escapes, things only get worse: after having a nightmare over what just happened, an attempt to seek comfort from Julio goes south when she spots his secretary (and mole from a dimension of dragonic humanoids) Liza, who promptly captures her and puts her under her thrall, Sylvia is seen screaming the name of her once beloved sister. Episodes later, with Julio dead and Embryo freeing her from Liza's control, she's even worse, whipping Liza in retaliation and for failing to bring her what she wanted to read, and has a moment of slack-jawed horror when Ange shows up, asking if she plans to kill her like she the rest of her family as she still blames her for until Liza delivers her Wham Line. From then on, with nobody else in the Imperial Palace, she looks increasingly unkempt and scared for her life as the palace is under siege, and later, the Mana is cut off with her left out of the loop. She is initially presented in an unsympathetic and cowardly light, as it turns out she was healed from her crippling long ago, but she also undergoes a Trauma Conga Line in a station she is in no way fit for.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: In "Distorted World", she tries to beg Ange to save her after the Mana network is cut off. Ange understandably isn't inclined to rescue the girl who betrayed her to the Misurugi citizens and incorrectly blamed her for killing her entire family.
  • She Knows Too Much: She is caught from behind by Liza in Dragon Song after spotting the latter's secret.
  • A Taste of the Lash:
    • She publicly whips Ange in "Goodbye From the Gallows".
    • She does this regularly to Liza after she's made her slave as payback for the torture she suffered at her hands and what she did to Julio.
  • Tears of Fear: She has a tearful "Oh, Crap!" when Ange is about to force her to walk at the end of "Distorted World".
  • Tears of Remorse: At the end of "Distorted World", Sylvia cries out of regret for hurting her sister after she leaves.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After Ange calls out Sylvia for her actions during the final battle with Embryo, she became the leader of the mana-human survivors in the new world.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A 12-year-old girl who is so eager to whip those she doesn't like is not normal, and a heavy indication of Julio and Embryo’s influence.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: When she whips Ange after coming to rescue her. Ange calls her out on this, and she eventually sees it.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Everything that she did to Ange, and later Liza, was allowed to happen by Julio and Embryo, respectively.
  • Walking Spoiler: For about half of the series, she appears to be a good little sister and Damsel in Distress. It’s not until she tries to stab Ange that she is revealed as an antagonist, and most of the tropes refer to her antagonism.
  • Whip It Good: Her preferred method for hitting people is a whip.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She fakes being a damsel in distress. Then it turns out that she faked being a cripple too.
  • You Killed My Father: Sylvia blames Ange for causing her to fall and also the death of her family. She gets better when Liza reveals that Embryo killed Julio during the final episodes.

    Liza 

Liza Landog / Lizardia

Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese), Katelyn Barr (English)
Julio's aide who's always beside him and the Guard Chief of the Misurugi Empire. She is secretly a DRAGON infiltrating the Mana world in order to locate Aura.

  • Animal Theme Naming: Her real name is a play on the word 'Lizard'.
  • Bodyguard Babe: Julio's guard chief.
  • Bound and Gagged: During her captivity with Embryo, where she is made as Sylvia's slave. Justified, as it is shown later that the roars and screams of the people of Aura can put the citizens of Mana under some apparent Mind Control.
  • Conflict Ball: A lot of trouble could have been avoided had she tried to somehow communicate with Ange and the other Norma instead of outright having a portal open over Arzenal, or just opening the portal over Misurugi instead from the get go.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Capturing and mind controlling a traumatized and unstable Sylvia comes back to bite her in the ass when Embryo frees Sylvia and allows her to whip her as payback.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ange forgives her involvement in the destruction of her family and what she ended up going through as a result without an apology. At the same time, Liza was visibly remorseful over everything and cowered in shame, while Ange offered thanks for alerting Momoka to her location in the Misurugi castle where she had been held by Embryo.
  • Evil Chancellor: The right hand of Julio. As it turns out, she has been using him to coax out information about Aura's whereabouts.
  • Foreshadowing: It's a blink and you'll miss it but during "The Fallen Imperial Princess", she pops a medicine in her mouth. That's the medicine to keep her from reverting into a DRAGON.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Momoka mentions she still hasn't forgotten what transpired between her and Ange as she mercifully saves her from the Misurugi dungeon.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: She's captured by Embryo in "Dark Angel of Destruction" and is forced to watch her allies getting slaughtered.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While she was doing what she did for the right reasons, and didn't deserve to get caught and Forced to Watch her comrades die in a trap, she also walked on a few eggshells in the process. Namely, helping depose a reasonably benevolent leader and sharing responsibility for the death of him and his wife, and their daughter being exposed as a Norma and sent to Arzenal to be killed by the usurper she aided. Now all of that is one thing, but then she also compels the new ruler into opening a portal over Arzenal, resulting in half the island getting destroyed along with serious casualties. At this point it should have been clear enough that the Arzenal residents, of which former Misurugi Ange was now one of, had been used as dragon-killing tools, and she could have came as an envoy and clarified her role. Finally, when an already distraught Sylvia stumbles on her in the act, Liza puts her under her draconic thrall, leading Sylvia to whipping her later as payback (albeit for various petty reasons included).
  • Little Bit Beastly: She's a covert DRAGON operative, and can grow wings, as well as a prehensile tail.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name is an anagram of "dragon".
  • Mole in Charge: She works for the DRAGON-kind to free their leader, Aura, and it's revealed that Julio, who kickstarted the series's plot, is just being led around by her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In her role as The Mole. Has a portal opened over Arzenal for the dragons to lay wreckage, even though the Normas are forced into killing them.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Goes to some extreme measures to get Aura back. See Shoot the Dog for more.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • She takes off after Ange slashes the hull off of Julio's cruiser and is ready to kill him.
    • After she tells Sylvia that Embryo killed Julio, she flees to join Sala and the others.
  • Shoot the Dog: Serves under, and manipulates, Julio, and as such is either partly or entirely responsible for the following: the usurping and death of the Ange's parents, Ange being forcibly removed from society and sent to Arzenal where she is sent off to be Cannon Fodder and likely to die, triggering a DRAGON invasion on Arzenal which annihilates half the base and results in many Norma casualties, and Julio's subsequent attempts to kill Ange, which culminate in a massacre of the remaining Norma. All of this is as a mole for the DRAGONs whose leader is being held in Misurugi palace, but still, she does some serious damage, including some she could have avoided.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Her above cited efforts are almost all for naught after she is caught by Embryo, and that the person whose life was thrown into constant adversity as a result, Ange, is responsible for turning the tide, serves as extra irony.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Tortured by Embryo into revealing the DRAGONs plan to invade and retake Aura, leading the latter to spring a trap on them.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Signs that she is the mole of the DRAGON.
  • Unwilling Suspension: She's chained up and held naked when the scene switches to Embryo's room in "Dark Angel of Destruction", with the latter musing at how his trap went without a hitch.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her opening up the portals to a DRAGON invasion over Arzenal leads to Embryo's decision to merge the two worlds together and once again destroy all life. Embryo catching her also results in her allies being led into a trap.
  • The Vamp: She has a sexual relationship with Julio, taking advantage of his Mommy Issues to keep him under her control.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She may be out to help her kin by freeing Aura, but helping depose of a benevolent leader and also being responsible for the death of his wife and all but ruining their daughter's life in the process was a very lowly thing to do.
  • Wham Line: She gives one to Sylvia about Julio's death.
    Liza: You poor child. To think... you don't know that the man you call uncle is the one who killed Julio. (cue an "Oh, Crap!" from Sylvia)
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