The Characters of Dance in the Vampire Bund. Be aware of spoilers.
Wilhelmina Vlad 'Mina' Tepes
The main female protagonist and the ruler of all vampires.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Mina's hair is light pink in the manga while it's blond in the anime which makes her resemble a certain lolita vampire of a fighting game.
- Anti-Hero: Mina has taken some morally questionable paths, and she can be cold and ruthless, but her deep love for those she cares for is unmatched, as is her dream of peace between humanity and vampires. Her kindness to Susie and Jessica is one example, but probably the best single panel that shows it is 200 years past, after Mina spent 20 years on the run in perpetual terror from Rozenmann's minions, when Alphonse busts down the door to rescue her, Mina had been staying with a kind old woman...and she immediately leaps in front of the woman as a human shield.
- Antiquated Linguistics: She speaks in ancient Japanese.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Three Lords, but also the Fake Mina.
- Battle Couple: With Akira.
- Benevolent Boss: Her maids are utterly devoted to her, and it's strongly implied she rescued them from the streets once upon a time. Mina also cherishes each and every one of those who swears themselves to her.
- Broken Bird: She's not just The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, but also she saw her mother killed (possibly raped to death) by the three men who demand her to bear the child of one of them. She's considered as property by the three since, to preserve the pure blood lineage (that they helped destroy) she must have a child with them. And the chastity test is a constant reminder of that fact to her. Even after the most recent incident, she came outside with a vacant look in her face.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She was no older than she usually looks now when her mother was killed and left her the de jure queen of the vampires.
- Clothing Damage: Not as often as one would expect, but only because she rarely wears clothes when things go tits up.
- Cute Little Fangs: As expected from a cute vampire girl, Mina has a small pair of fangs.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: When she actually bothers to wear one.
- Despair Event Horizon: She crosses it when Rozenmann informs her Akira is dead. She almost commits suicide here.
- Dual Age Modes: She chooses to look like a child most of the time, but her true form is a beautiful adult woman.
- Expy: Of Evangeline A.K. McDowell from Mahou Sensei Negima!. They're both blonde vampire girls with hot adult forms, both are very powerful, and both are often shown in skimpy clothing and in various states of undress.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Despite her occasionally ruthless actions, Mina is genuinely devoted to peace between humanity and vampires. When she escaped Rozenmann centuries ago, she survived because of the kindness of good hearted humans who took her in. It left her with a deep respect and love for humanity and a drive to create that peace.
- Full-Frontal Assault: You're lucky if she even begins a fight with any clothes on, and even when she does, she inevitably suffers Clothing Damage.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is usually tied up in twin tails.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Subverted. Mina's wings are bat-like but despite her sometimes morally grey behavior she is decidedly good.
- Hair Decorations: She ties up her hair with black ribbons.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She hides it less and less as the series goes on. To put it in perspective, Mina is rescued by a Single Mom Stripper and her little daughter later. Mina absolutely refuses to harm them when she has absolutely zero reason not to drain them dry and skip out. More and more, the series reveals her as a gentle, kindhearted individual who is occasionally forced into ruthlessness.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Akira. Akira's pretty tall for a 17-year-old Japanese highschooler, but not abnormally so. Mina's just that tiny.
- I Am a Monster: She often invokes this, and on some level deep down seems to believe it herself."Akira... try not to have such a high opinion of me. I don't want to disappoint you."
- Important Haircut: In Volume 13. In honor of the senate's death and to distinguish her from the fake Mina.
- Interspecies Romance: Mina is a vampire, Akira is a werewolf, both are in love, but there's a social stigma.
- Lady and Knight: It is not that clear if she is the Dark Lady (public demeanor, ruthlessness, and the un-dead thing) or the Bright Lady (core kindheartedness and idealistic long-term plans) to Akira's White Knight.
- Little Miss Badass: She looks like a 10 year old girl when not in her true form but is several centuries old. She can also kill you in many different ways.
- Mama Bear: Mina has nothing short of protectiveness for those who have entered her care. Woe to anyone who challenges her on this.
- Manipulative Bitch: Especially in Volume 2.
- MayflyDecember Romance: Mina is a 400 years old vampire, while Akira is a teenage werewolf. If not killed in battle Akira can be expected to live 150 to 200 years, and there is a method (the "Kiss of the Rose") to at least double that, but we are still looking at life expectancies differing by an order of magnitude here. Thanks to Mina biting him, and he (surprisingly) not dying, Akira has become a "Vampire Werewolf", who will not age.
- Ms. Fanservice: The story never misses the chance to show off Mina's body and she's often shown either in a skimpy outfit or completely naked.
- Older Alter Ego: Her true form is a beautiful adult woman.
- One-Winged Angel: Her true form greatly increases her already substantial strength and speed and provides her with morphable organic armor.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother was murdered in an uprising by Li, Ivanovic and Rozenmann. Her father is never seen and what ever became of him is unknown. Ivanovic and Rozenmann call him an 'inferior' and a 'nobody;', which means he was definitely not a pure blood like them.
- Princesses Rule: Though she is sometimes referred to as 'queen', her official title seems to be Princess.
- Protectorate: Akira's main motivation is to always protect Mina and keep her safe.
- Rapunzel Hair: The queen of vampires has twintails that go past her waist.
- Really 700 Years Old: Despite her childlike appearance, she is over 400 years old.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has the blood-red eyes and Undeathly Pallor appropriate to a centuries old Vampire Monarch that slaughters assassins with her own hands and plays chess with the lives of hundreds. However, she is at heart a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who privately tortures herself whenever she is forced to endanger or sacrifice innocents for the greater good.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: In the manga, she has pink hair and is a subdued example of this trope because she only shows sweetness to Akira or Yuki and always in private. She has to maintain her queenly mask after all.
- Sexier Alter Ego: Her true form is that of a mature and voluptuous woman who is usually seen nude.
- Shameful Strip: The Three Clans perform one on Mina every 10 years with the excuse of the chastity test. But they're fooling no one. It's simply a way for them to assert their control over Mina.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She seems having no problem with others seeing her naked. Her real form is nude everytime she appears.
- Slasher Smile: Not a sincere one, but she fakes it rather effectively when she feels obliged to intimidate others.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Mina, in her older self, is a carbon copy of Queen Lucrezia. And both herself and her mom are carbon copies of their ancestor, the first female vampire.
- Tsundere: A Type B. Because she's true with her feelings, she's sweet to those she cherishes, but she also is very stubborn and has her tsun-tsun moments, specially around Akira.
- Vampire Monarch: Ruler of all vampires and the sole child of the last vampire queen.
- Waif-Fu: Her basic form is a prepubertal body, but she can kick great amounts of ass.
- What You Are in the Dark: Mina is notably agonized over some of her harder decisions. However, when a clueless human takes her in after her escape from Rozenmann, she refuses to harm her or her daughter.
- Winged Humanoid: She can sprout these at will in both her forms and use them to attack and defend as well as fly.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Mina is the sort of person whose first instinct even in the middle of a un-life-or-final-death fight is to protect a human child. Between that and the fact that she looks 12, it is hard to imagine how she can hope to maintain herself as Queen of the Vampires without the whole Stone Bitch pose and a good bit of doing what goes against her better nature.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the manga, where her hair is light pink (until later volumes).
Akira Kaburagi Regendorf
A werewolf and Mina's bodyguard/love interest.
- Amnesiac Hero: In the anime, he lost all of his memories one year ago, and did not even know he was a werewolf until episode 2. It is later revealed he lost his memory due to failing a mission, and was allowed to live because of his importance to Mina.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Some of Mina's photos show that he makes a very good looking girl.
- Battle Couple: With Mina. He's meant to be her protector, but that doesn't mean she won't join him in battle.
- Bodyguard Crush: He was raised to be Mina's personal werewolf bodyguard and they are very much in love.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Akira may be Mina's bodyguard, but it doesn't in any way suggest that she couldn't look after herself, thank you very much.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-German, half-Japanese.
- The Champion: To Mina. The boy goes through hell and beyond if it means to keep her safe or rescue her.
- Declaration of Protection: He made a vow to always protect his charge Mina.
- Determinator: He doesn't really let anything slow him down.
- Disguised in Drag: That new maid at Rozenmann's castle? It's Akira.
- Faking the Dead: Briefly in volume 12.
- Forgotten First Meeting: He and Mina first met when Mina came back for her chasity test and Akira was just a few months old. Of course he doesn't know about it and thinks they met when he was 12 and met and comforted a crying Mina in a garden.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Whenever he becomes a werewolf while wearing normal clothes. This stops after he gets a Beowulf's special suit.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Mina. She barely stands to his chest, and it's even more apparent in his wolf form, where he towers over her.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He failed defending Graham from a crazy Sanin and he got marked for life.
- Interspecies Romance: With Mina. He's a werewolf and she's a vampire.
- Lady and Knight: Confirmed White Knight to Mina's Lady.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Mina, ever since he was a baby. When Mina thinks he's dead, she loses it badly.
- MayflyDecember Romance: With Mina. Akira is a teenager werewolf while Mina is an over 400 years old vampire who hasn't aged a day since she first met him when he was still a baby. As a werewolf, Akira does have a longer lifespan than regular humans, but Mina will still most likely outlive him. After Akira offered his blood to an exhausted Mina, he didn't died as normal for werewolves, leaving the possibility that Akira is the first Vampire Werewolf in centuries.
- Meaningful Name: Akira is literally a ray of sunlight at Mina's darkest moments.
- Noble Wolf: Bodyguard wolf that goes above and beyond the call of duty. After he gives Mina his blood, instead of dying as per usual for werewolves, his wolf form evolves.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: While he is initially flustered by things like Mina calling him while she's taking a bath, he eventually writes off such teasing with a dry "yeah, yeah, you're cute, you're cute" or something else.
- Ordinary High-School Student: He seems to be just a normal highschooler until he's revealed to be a werewolf who works as the bodyguard of the Queen of the Vampires.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: In Japan, there's a tradition to dress weak boys as girls to make them strong. Guess what happened to Akira in his early years?
- Survivor Guilt: He and Angie were the only survivors of their Alaska's passing ritual and he will never ever forget it.
Yuki is a human girl who had a crush on Akira, and later became best friends with Mina.
- Badass Bookworm: When you can help bring a tyrant's plans crashing down solely on the power of your determination, intelligence and research ability, you qualify.
- Comatose Canary: Sort of. She's the only person in the whole Bund who knows about the fake Mina, but in that moment she's trapped in a wheelchair, unable to talk and all her messages are hijacked for the fake Mina since she now control the whole Bund's communication media.
- Defiant Captive: Imprisoned by the Vampire Queen's Evil Twin after a successful switch? Mute, largely paralyzed, and a Muggle to begin with? Risk killing yourself to pass a hidden message and start researching your captor's true goal.
- Determinator: While not an Action Girl (she lacks the physical prowess and skill for it), Yuki utterly refuses to give up in helping Mina any way she can.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: After Angie's attempt to kill her, she was given a dose of nanomachines to reconstruct the lost cells of her brain.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Akira. But if she plays her cards right, Mina may not be averse to sharing...
- The Speechless: After she is almost killed by Angie.
- Suddenly Voiced: "HIME-SAMA!! BEHIND YOU!!" It was hinted that the right stimulus will unleash her voice, since her recovery was going very well; she recovered her voice to warn Mina about the fake Mina's ambush.
- Sympathy for the Devil: She's the first one who understood the motives and pain of Alphonse.
- Took a Level in Badass: Yuki's determination is truly amazing. She does whatever she can to subvert fake Mina and warn anyone she can.
- Yaoi Fangirl: And writes her own novels, with Akira as a model for her protagonists.
- See the Main Characters section.
Veratos "Vera" Carmencita Lagasch
Minas most trusted advisor and closest confidant.
- Ambiguously Gay: Her interactions with Hysterica and possibly Mina's mom place her firmly in this territory.
- Apologetic Attacker: Brutally slaughters a maid under the influence of the Pied Piper disease. She's not happy having to do it.
- Badass Boast: "All Fran spoke to me was of regret and farewells. I will give your lordship the same one day." Even better as she's saying this to one of the most powerful vampires in the entire world.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the strongest and most capable women in the manga. And she is racked.
- Despair Event Horizon: Everything in the final few volumes devastates her utterly when she's caught between the two Minas.
- Driven to Suicide: In the final volume, she encased herself in a dark (most likely red) crystal, and Mina's dialogue implies she is dead, or else close to it. Wolfgang comments that this was because she could not forgive herself for doubting her own loyalty to Mina.
- I Owe You My Life: Part of her loyalty to Queen Lucretia is that Vera was a Romani woman caught in a witch hunt. Queen Lucretia rescued her from being burned alive.
- Knife Nut: Vera loves her knives.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: She chose to become a vampire because of her devotion to Mina's mother, and when her idol passed away, Mina herself became her all.With just one feeling, a vampire can live forever
- Mama Bear: She isn't Mina's blood mother, but Vera will even attack someone as powerful as Ivanovic or Rozenmann if her beloved princess is threatened.
- Number Two: Shares this with Wolfgang. While Wolfgang is the leader of Beowulf, Mina's elite guard, Vera functions as an aide with a lot of authority.
- Parental Substitute: The closest living thing Mina has to a mother.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Vera generally wears her hair done up for official functions.
- Super Smoke: She has the ability (possibly her true form) to turn into what looks to be black smoke, and only powerful vampires can hurt her.
- Undying Loyalty: Vera's loyalty to Mina is beyond question. She has been at Mina's side for 400 years and has shown she will do anything to defend Mina from any threat.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can turn into smoke.
The Student Council President of Akira, Yuki and Minas school, who becomes a vampire early in the series. Not by her choice mind you.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Is at the head of one.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a blonde in the manga; the anime made her into a brunette.
- Big Damn Heroes: First helped Mina escape, but when she was taken hostage again, she recruited the maids to help her.
- Cool Big Sis: What she intended to be for Yuzuru, but ends up falling in love with him. Yuzuru is in love with her too, but he still calls her his "onee-chan".
- Disney Death: Supposedly killed when under control of the Pied Piper, she nearly initiated a nuclear meltdown on the Bund, forcing Mina to order Nanami's lover Yuzuru to push her to her death. However, she was rescued by Alphonse who made her one of his operatives.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Yuzuru allows her to turn him into a vampire so they can live together in the Bund.
- Inconvenient Attraction: Her biggest issue when she first becomes a vampire is the lust she feels for Yuzuru, who is just 13 years old, and how horrible it makes her feel.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Yuzuru. When he thinks she died, he switches sides and sees no point in living forever.
- Lonely Together: With Yuzuru.
- Manchurian Agent: During the attack on the Bund by Ivanovic, Nanami is ordered by the fake Mina, through her infection with the Pied Piper nanomachines, to place the Bund's clandestine nuclear reactor in a critical state, but is stopped by Yuzuru.
- Morality Chain: While Yuzuru is a good person, his stability is entirely dependent upon Nanami's existence. Without her, he grows far darker and colder.
- Parental Neglect: After she was turned and forced to relocate to the Bund, her parents just flat out leave the country. It is also the reason she was attracted to Yuzuru as his mother is very neglectful of him.
- Student Council President: Combine with glasses and maid outfit? Nero says this makes her a 'triple threat' in anime terms.
- Took a Level in Badass: Nanami has gone from Alpha Bitch member of the student council to vampire finding her way in the world to a full on Action Girl able to hold her own with Mina's other maids.
- What Have I Become?: Subverted. She doesnt care about being a vampire, she hates herself because she's in love with the 13 year old boy she baby-sits.
A boy Nanami baby-sits whom she's also in love with. He allows her to turn him into a vampire so they can live together in the Bund.
- The Atoner: When he realizes that Nanami is alive, he snaps out of the devastation he's suffered since and rejoins Mina. Granted, Nelly has said she'll have some very harsh words later.
- Death Seeker: After he thinks Nanami is dead, he shows signs of just wanting to die.
- Despair Event Horizon: Nanami's 'death'. More specifically, Mina forcing him to kill her to save the Bund. His screams after are utterly heartbreaking. It also makes him join Team Rozenmann.
- Easily Forgiven: His only real punishment for betraying the Bund and siding with Rozenmann is The Three Maids planning to give him a very stern talking to.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Volume 9. He switches back as of the end of Volume 12, thanks to the traumatic event that caused him to switch sides in the first place having not quite turned out the way he thought it did.
- Lonely Together: His mother didn't even acknowledge his existence and Nanami didn't have parents who were around, or much less payed attention to her. Because of this, the two easily formed a valuable and much needed bond.
- Lust Object: To Nanami. She always felt attracted to him, but repressed it because she thought it was wrong due to their age difference. After she became a vampire, she couldn't control her lust for him anymore, nearly raping him one night. This makes her feel awful and disgusted at herself, as she doesn't want to corrupt Yuzuru. Fortunately, Yuzuru reciprocates her feelings and allows her to turn him into a vampire.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Nanami not only reveals she's alive but that Mina went looking for her and nursed her back to health. He has this reaction for betraying her when not getting the full story.
- Parental Neglect: His mother was neglectful of him.
- Poor Communication Kills: More like poor timing. Alphonse didn't inform him of Nanami's survival.
- Precocious Crush: He's a 13 year old boy with a crush on his babysitter, who is at least 5 years older than him.
- The Resenter: Gains a fierce hatred of Mina after she's forced to order him to kill Nanami before he finds out Nanami survived.
- Undead Child: Turned as a kid.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Without Nanami, he sees no point in living forever. When he sees she's alive, though...
Alphonse Medici Borgiani
Alphonse Marquis de Borgiani runs Mina's intelligence network, and it is to him that she turns whenever a problem requires a subtle, and often ruthless, resolution.
- Abusive Parents: His dad was quite the hardass, both verbally and emotionally. It's revealed that it was to protect Alphonse from falling in love with Mina, to save him from the pain that would result of it.
- The Atoner: For betraying the true Mina.
- Back from the Dead: Only for a few hours. After his death, Akira and Mina find one beautiful flower blooming in Alphonse's garden, and realize it's him. After Mina weeps, Akira gently places it into her hair, informing Alphonse his long-held wish has finally come true.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always seen wearing a crisp white suit, although sometimes, when he's gardening, he removes the jacket and rolls up his sleeves.
- Beneath the Mask: He is kind, wise, deeply virtuous and more than willing to become the scapegoat at the end.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: He joins the doppelganger Mina Except not really.
- Break the Cutie: Very much so as a child. Knowing his love for Mina was impossible destroyed him.
- Brutal Honesty: He in no uncertain terms tells Akira his romance with Mina is impossible and to give it up. Of course, the truth of this is very different.
- The Chessmaster: It's amazing how deep this man's plans run.
- Cool Car: Alphonse owns perhaps the nicest car in the Bund.
- Covert Pervert: His little Gothic Lolita squad? They only dress like that because he really, really likes Gothic Lolita girls
- Cryptic Conversation: Everything he says has layers within layers.
- Despair Event Horizon: Alphonse hit it when he found the two Minas. Even though, deep down, he knew which was the true one, he allowed himself to dream that the fake Mina was real and could be his.
- Dirty Business: Alphonse handles the less glamorous runnings of the Bund. If the Bund needs a five year old boy to be bitten and used as ransom for his corrupt grandfather? Alphonse will have it done and never hesitate.
- Disappeared Dad: Saw his father die in battle against Rozenmann's forces.
- Famous Last Words: "Your Majesty... forever yours..."
- Fake Defector: He was on Mina's side the entire time.
- Green Thumb: Alphonse loves his garden and has been taking care of it since he was a child.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Mina.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Boy does he! He's been in love with Mina all his life without her ever reciprocating his feelings. Despite this, he resolved to serve her to the best of his abilities and watched her find happiness with someone else, and not once, up until the moments leading up to his death, did he voice a single complaint.
- Man in White: Usually seen in a sharp white suit.
- Not So Different: To Akira. Both had fathers who were, while well-meaning, almost abusive in their attempts to groom their children to be suitable protectors for Mina. Both of them met Mina at a young age and fell in love with her, and both fight for the sole purpose of protecting her. The only real difference between the two is who Mina fell in love with.
- Not So Stoic: "Release me from my regret! DESTROY ME, AKIRA!"
- One-Winged Angel: Like any other pureblood, he has a true form. It's a shining, crystalline knight, perfectly reflecting Alphonse's soul.
- Pædo Hunt: He's usually surrounded by a cadre of female vampires with young bodies, and in volume 14, it's revealed that he's in love with Mina. It's blatantly implied he and the fake Mina have been sleeping together as well.
- Reincarnation: In a twist on this, Alphonse is strongly hinted to have done this, but as a flower, fulfilling his deeply held wish of coming back only for a few hours, just to decorate the hair of the woman he so loved.
- Silent Scapegoat: Deliberately. He left behind a record saying that he was responsible of the fake Mina's usurping and Tokyo's vampirism infection to protect Mina of the blame.
- Sinister Shades: Never leaveshome without 'em.
- The Spymaster: Pretty much his job in the Bund.
- Stealth Mentor: His self-appointed role? To train Akira so he can become a great warrior and protect Mina.
- Suicide by Cop: He goes down at Akira's hands on his own terms as part of his Thanatos Gambit.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He has a low opinion of most of the vampires of the Bund.
- Thanatos Gambit: He forces Akira to kill him, both to end the life he no longer wanted and so that he could paint himself as the scapegoat for the vampire attacks that happened across the city on the orders of Fake Mina so that no concrete blame would fall on the Real Mina.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mina. The Fake Mina bitterly comments that even Alphonse chose the real Mina in the end. Even his own honor and reputation mean nothing to him as he sacrifices both to restore Mina to power. Akira says it best: "You did it, Alphonse. You protected her all the way to the bitter end."
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: And all that time, he was in terrible pain for it.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A cute, innocent little boy grew up to be the cold, calculating Alphonse.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Constantly living for and loving a woman who would never love him back made him tire of his immortal life, and once he was sure that he had done everything he could, he welcomed death as a release from a life he was tired of. As he said himself, "I have had quite enough of immortality, thank you. In my next life, I want to be a flower. Blooming at night, and wilting at dawn. And if in that short space, I could decorate her majesty's hair... that would be enough."
The maidsThree maids who are the protagonist of the side yonkoma "Dance with the Vampire Maids"
- Action Girl: All of them. Their very first appearance is absolutely butchering soldiers sent to kill Mina.
- Cuteness Proximity: Around Yuuhi, they are absolutely helpless.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The three of them together.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: As long as you're not a threat to their princess, they're really very sweet people.
- Luminescent Blush: When the werewolf elders are telling a rather racy story...
- Memory Gambit: They infect themselves with the Pied Piper as to 'reprogram' themselves and be taken in by Rozenmann as his servants... with added instructions to help Mina and eventually reprogram themselves as her loyal maids again.
- Ninja Maids: They are actually Action Girls.
- No Sense of Direction: Accidentally wind up in Egypt at one point...
- Plucky Comic Relief: Biiiiig time, especially in the after volume extras.
- Spanner in the Works: They reprogram an entire city of Rozenmann's vampires into being Mina's loyal servants.
- True Companions: Though it takes being pinned under fire for Nelly to admit it.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mina. So much so that Nelly is jealous of Akira for his closeness to her. To only a slightly lesser extent to Yuki, who they call 'The Maestro.'
- Yaoi Fangirls: Yuki's greatest fans besides Mina. Even after Yuki's incident and consequential paralysis they help her up to write her newest novel.
- Gatling Good: With the others, she totally wastes a bunch of Rozenmann's soldiers with a Gatling gun.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: To Akira, unknowingly for him. She does not like him.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Before Mina found and took her in, Nelly made sure to live off rats as her main source of blood. Since then, she's had nothing but Stigma.
- MayDecember Romance: Fell for an ancient mummy vampire in the final omake. But that was a tale for another time.
- Straight Man: Next to her two companions.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She always has a stoic demeanor, but is a very caring person.
- When She Smiles: She's usually quite stoic and aloof. When she's not, it's usually adorable.
- Would Hurt a Child: Would bite, kidnap, and vampirize said child for the good of the Bund... and then give him a vaccine to stop the transformation and then give him a teddy bear to show how sorry she was.
- Otaku Surrogate: A very fierce anime fan.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Nero was actually born to vampire parents and was raised on nothing but the artificial blood substitute Stigma. As she puts it: "My mama taught me only bad girls drink human blood!"
- Yaoi Fangirl: They all are, but Nero deserves special credit.
Akira FujisakiA young vampire first seen in the final volume of Dance in the Vampire Bund as a minor character, but becomes the protagonist in Dive in the Vampire Bund where the first volume is about his story and how he gets to meet Akira Kaburagi.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Brazilian.
- Name's the Same: Exploited in Dance in the Vampire Bund. The fake Mina has started to hunt down Akira once he discovered she's not the real Mina. As she ordened all vampires in the Bund to found "Akira", Akira Fujisaki agreed to be a bait to allow Akira to escape the Bund to rescue the real vampire queen.
- One-Winged Angel: His True Form is a suit of monstrous-looking organic armor that covers his entire body from head to toe. On the practical side it increases his destructive power greatly and allows him to be exposed to sunlight for a short period without damaging his actual body, on the symbolic side it illustrates how he has maintained his humanity despite becoming a vampire (i.e. inside the armor his body is unchanged).
- Small Role, Big Impact: He kept The fake Mina's eyes on him while the fangless managed to get Akira out of the Bund so he could rescue Mina.
Goth, AKA Nina
The leader of Alphonse's bodyguards and warrior squad. Seemingly stoic and devoted only to Alphonse's desires and orders, she is in reality a kind, strong individual who follows her ideals wholeheartedly.
- Action Girl: When she draws her sword, watch out.
- A Day in the Limelight: Dive in the Vampire Bund volume 2. Considerably.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She mentions she has 'someone' in her heart, but it is quite clear it's not returned. Strongly implied she's carrying a torch for Alphonse.
- Ascended Extra: She's introduced relatively early on in the story, but it's not until years later in the second Dive volumes that we learn anything about her, including her name.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Why she goes to help Akira Fujisaki...she realizes he's her friend. The only one she has.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Her and Akira Fujisaki.
- Gothic Lolita: Her entire squad, Gothic fashion is effectively their uniform. In Scarlet Order, her appearance has changed significantly: short black hair, no piercings, black pants, and a jacket with a rose pattern which she keeps open enough to show her bra.
- Hidden Depths: We learn a ton about her in Dive Volume 2. On her spare time, she can be found playing her guitar and singing on the street.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Nina is cold, aloof and unemotional about almost everything. She does, however, possess a strong moral center and follows her ideals in pursuit of justice. She also cares greatly for Ruli and Akira Fujisaki, going to help the latter on a deadly mission simply because she realizes he's her only friend. In another instance, a child vampire confesses his love for her. Nina gently informs him she already has someone she loves, but earnestly thanks him for his feelings and confession as warmly as she can.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: She finds the 'Goth' nickname annoying and coldly informs Akira to never call her by it again.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only known as 'Goth' until she finally reveals her name.
- Shipper on Deck: She seems to think Ruli and Akira Fujisaki belong together.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Like all her squad, Nina is a trained spy and has no issues pulling this.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked. Her Gothic Lolita outfit and her wig make her look oddly like Mina. She later reveals that this is pretty intentional, given Alphonse is quite the fan of the look.
- Undying Loyalty: To Alphonse. She is one of the few to know his true intentions at his death and is seen quietly weeping.
- Waif-Fu: She resembles a small teen girl. She's capable of kicking all kinds of ass.
Vittoria SpallanzaniA vampire born to a low-ranking aristocrat in the 19th century, Spallanzani is a hematologist who focuses on the improvement of "stigma", intending to create gourmet artificial blood. Though highly intelligent, his narcissism and excessively chatty nature haven't given him the greatest of reputations.
- Fantastic Racist: Downplayed. While Spallanzani isn't too fond of humans and if in fact loathe to have the director of a vampire research facility be a human he does see benefit in human science at the very least, and his rocky relationship with the Director improves during the joint research on the creation of stigma.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Of the Questionable variety; he has a very thin, curly moustache.
- Sabotage to Discredit: Averted. It's actually discussed, when the Assistant Director is killed during a critical time in the research and development of a new kind of stigma. Cunningham, however, knows Spallanzani isn't the type to stoop to sabotage.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: His character profile in the official doujinshi collection. More than likely drawn this way to accentuate his eccentricity.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: They killed the other clans along with Lucrezia, making it necessary for Mina to marry one of them.
- Arranged Marriage: They at least let Mina decide which one of them she'll marry. Of course, this is to humiliate her more. After she won the bet and the freedom to choose her future, they decide to screw that and resort to invasions and kidnappings.
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: With just Mina being forgiven.
- The Older Immortals: They not only look considerably older than Mina, but they are so by both relative and absolute measures.
- Abusive Dad: Scarlet Order reveals that he is Katie's father, by blood, and abused her every way imaginable, including sexually, and would constantly berate her as "an inferior copy" of Mina.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: His plan when being faced with only 'five mangy old mutts' is 'rush 'em.' He has an Epic freakout when they proceed to hand his army its ass.
- Bad Boss: During his temper tantrums, Rozenmann is more than willing to assault anything nearby, loyal or otherwise. Oh, and don't tell him your research has hit a 'dead end.'
- Berserk Button: Mina calling him 'vile' is the thing that makes him finally lose his composure. Mina flipping him off after her escape sends him into apoplectic fits.
- Break the Haughty: There's ONLY FIVE OF THEM!!!!!
- The Chessmaster: It must be said that Rozenmann's machinations are nothing short of impressive. Ivanovic never realizes the extent to which Rozenmann has played him until it's too late.
- Depraved Bisexual: He openly declares Angie to be utterly beautiful and would relish a chance to 'taste' him.
- Dirty Coward: Under all that arrogance and bravado.
- Evil Laugh: Indulges in these from time to time.
- Faux Affably Evil: Polite and never loses his cool, but you can feel the hate in every single word.
- Graceful Loser: Charmingly accepts his loss to Mina in the Carnival of Killers game. Of course, he's already got another plan going. He is far less graceful a loser otherwise.
- Humiliation Conga:
- Oh, lord, does he ever deserve this one. Mina escapes, with her boyfriend who's really still alive. Then his famed army is absolutely crushed by five old werewolves and his castle gets blown up. Oh, and to top it off, the Three Maids turn every vampire in one of his cities against him so he has to flee an angry mob when he arrives. Rozenmann sure had one bad day.
- Gets even worse for him in the sequel series. He is eventually revealed to have become a masked slave of the fake Mina (a being he actually created), he is still very powerful but his mind has been utterly broken by all he has lost and the revelation that the whole system the clans were based on was a lie all along.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: With Telomere's help, he successfully spirited Mina away as his bride.
- Light Is Not Good / Man in White: Wears a white suit and has a pleasant demeanour, but he's far from good.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Rozenmann wears a pretty awesome set of armor. To be fair, it would probably be fine against human weapons, but against the opponents he'd face...
- Smug Snake: The man likes to present himself as a Magnificent Bastard, but he has neither the chops nor the charisma. He's not nearly as competent or intelligent as he thinks, he underestimates his opponents, and he suffers a Villainous Breakdown when the Earth Clan Elders annihilate his entire army.
- Villainous Breakdown: When his entire army was wiped out by five old werewolves alive past their prime.
- Villainous BSoD: Look at him when his castle is destroyed after his army is wiped out. He is flatly shellshocked.
A vampire crime boss in New York who pledges his loyalty to clan Rozenmann.
- Attempted Rape: Tries to pull this on Susie Harlin, a girl who can't be more than 5 or 6, before Mina intervenes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Gabe is usually seen smiling and making an attempt at friendliness, but he constantly sneaks in a hint of lust at Jessica's daughter towards her and makes it clear he can do what he want since his gang runs that turf.
- Dirty Coward: Gabe has zero interesting in sticking in situations that may actually result in harm to his person.
- Pædo Hunt: Makes no bones about his appreciation of little girls. He also runs a child pornography ring that's heavily implied to engage in 'home movies.'
- Sadist: Easily the cruelest 'flunky' vampire we've seen.
- Smug Snake: he might try to be charming, but he's utterly slimy, sleazy and a total punk who never should've been given immortality. His veneer of confidence only lasts as long as he thinks he can't suffer repercussions for it.
- Too Dumb to Live: Making lewd comments over a pissed off Mina and asking if he could have little Susie when Mina 'finished' with her was a surefire way to incur her wrath. And it did.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When he begins losing his temper a bit, Ivanovic backs down rather than force a confrontation.
- Doomed Hometown: His territory got infected with "Pied Piper", a nanomachine that would make believe any vampire that any order someone gives to them comes from Li. Of course this would cause chaos; best solution? Kill 'Em All.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: a possible example. he sure wants to get his sister back from the Bund and expends quite a bit of effort to do so.
- Fantastic Racism: He refers to werewolves as 'dogs'.
- Game Face: Li's reason for his fan is his mouth is perpetually frozen in a hideous, fanged grimace.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Of all the trueblood vampires, Li is the most deformed. Take away the fan he uses to hide it, and you see a mouth full of razor sharp fangs.
- Not So Stoic: While he's not prone to Rozenmann's... hysterics, and certainly nowhere near Ivanovic's short sighted outbursts, Li shares his fellow lords' temper and when outwitted or challenged by those he considers his inferiors, he can and will erupt.
- The Quiet One: Of the Three Lords, Li is the most quiet and laid back. It should not imply he isn't a monster.
- Tranquil Fury: Generally gives this aura when he's angry. When he's really pissed off, it ain't so tranquil.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Soft, polite, and clearly enjoys tormenting those he dislikes.
- Bad Boss: It's a wonder Ivanovic has soldiers, given his willingness to smash their faces in if they even imply him chasing a personal matter in the middle of damn war might be unwise. Oh, and when most of his werewolves fled his service, Ivanovicwas so incensed he tortured the ones who remained into mindless, feral beasts.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: He was Rasputin.
- The Caligula: By far the most vicious and unhinged of the Vampire Lords
- Character Death: He is killed by the fake Mina.
- Dirty Old Man: Though the three are after Mina, Ivanovic's looks and behavior stands out the most. Going as far of assault her when she's alone and trying to rape her; in the last case he almost succeeded, but at that time Telomere's leader h already replaced Mina.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form.
- Fantastic Racism: Shares Li's prejudice towards werewolves.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Rozenmann and Li aren't exactly pictures of stability, but Ivanovic has a habit of flying into volcanic furies at the drop of a hat.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Mina and Akira defeat him.
- Insult Backfire: Occasionally snarls that Mina is just like her dead mother. Mina always takes it as a compliment, much to Rozenmann's amusement.
- One-Winged Angel: Like any other pureblood, he has a true form. It's a massive, hideous beast that resembles the demon Baphomet, oozing with pus and rot.
- Pædo Hunt: during Mina's chastity test, Li is openly bored and Rozenmann doesn't look particularly interested. Ivanovic is openly leaning in with an expression of lust. He expressed a desire to enjoy Mina's young body to the fullest extent and lusted after another girl Mina saved because she resembled Mina as a little girl. The guy is the sickest of the Three Lords.
- Sadistic Choice: Forces one on Mina: surrender or he will execute the Fangless.
- Villainous Breakdown: His army is defeated by The Fangless of all people but what drives it home is Natasha (aka Anastasia Romanova) making him see she's very much alive.
General NabokovIvanovic's second-in-command and the leader of his armies. Unlike his master, Nabokov is a pragmatic, far-sighted vampire and fully willing to pace the good of his clan over his own desires. after Ivanovic's death, Nabokov takes over leadership of Clan Ivanovic in time for Clan Tepes' attempt to exterminate it.
- Affably Evil: Just being a soldier under Ivanovic probably means he's done a variety of nasty things, but he's quite reasonable, friendly and loyal to his people. There is no reason whatsoever to believe he is faking it.
- The Dragon: To Ivanovic. While he's presumably far weaker, Nabokov is also much smarter and more pragmatic than his petty lunatic of a boss.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's...pretty clear that Nabokov micromanages the little things like actually leading the clan. He's also far less willing to smack an underling's head off just for questioning him.
- Meaningful Name: It's hard not to notice when a character in a series so (in)famous for it's appeal to Lolicon and Shotacon is named after the writer of the original Lolita. Probably a Genius Bonus joke.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Genuinely loyal to Ivanovic and the clan as a whole. even though Ivanovic has done next to nothing to deserve anything resembling loyalty from anyone.
- Pragmatic Villainy: His alliance with Clan Li was wholly based on this. Unfortunately, it rather backfired.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For Clan Ivanovic.
- Revenge Before Reason: Utterly averted. Nabokov admits he's not really happy about current circumstance, and many of his comrades want to fight to the last as revenge on Clan Tepes, but Nabokov can't bear the thought of his clan being wiped out and is inclined to negotiate.
Alija PetervicThe former direct subordinate of General Nabokov, who in Dive In the Vampire Bund Volume 2 has defected to the Tepes clan. Alija was a Bosnian Muslim in his human life whose only reason for existing is to hunt down and kill Radovan Elichenko, the Cudoviste (Monster) who destroyed his home and killed his beloved daughter Katja
- Badass Boast: "You do not know what a true Cudoviste is, Radovan. Burn this image into your eyes. This is your first-and last- chance to see one!"
- Berserk Button: Elichenko mocking him over his daughter and crudely stating Alija must have slept with her himself to control her is what clearly sends Alija over the edge.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Alija remorsefully confesses that, as a soldier in the Yugoslavian Wars, he participated in horrible crimes as well. "As they did to us, I did to them."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Implied that after Elichenko is dead, Alija heads behind Ivanovic's lines to sabotage the Ivanovic Clan in the coming war. He, and all of the other saboteurs, are never heard from again.
- My Greatest Failure: Blames himself for failing to protect his Katja. Even worse for him is the knowledge that they killed her alone of all the women because she broke under rape and torture and declared her father was a soldier.
- One-Winged Angel: Alija's true form is barely seen, but it is absolutely monstrous and leaves Akira Fujisaki utterly shaken.
- Papa Wolf: Alija was devoted to his girl Katja. The knowledge she was raped, tortured and killed by Elichenko has kept him going. When he learned Elichenko became a vampire to escape human justice, Alija became one himself without any hesitation in order to hunt him down.
- Revenge: Alija's number one goal is to kill Radovan Elichenko for raping and murdering his daughter.
- Slasher Smile: Gives a vicious grin when he's finally about to take Elichenko on.
- Tranquil Fury: Alija barely raises his voice or loses an expression of utter calm, even when he is preparing to rip Elichenko apart.
- Unknown Rival: Hunting Elichenko is the most important thing in his life. Elichenko isn't initially aware Alija exists, let alone wants him dead.
Radovan ElichenkoA Serbian war criminal who became a vampire to escape human justice for unspeakable crimes committed during the Yugoslavian wars. Initially a member of Clan Ivanovic, Elichenko attempts to defect to Clan Tepes while being unknowingly hunted by Alija Petervic for the murder of Alija's daughter Katja.
- Asshole Victim: No tears were shed when Alija slaughtered him.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Elichenko can't recall raping or murdering Katja, dismissing the crime by saying he'd done 'thousands' of Bosnian women.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicted this on the women he captured. A flashback shows him with Katja, holding a pair of pliers.
- Dirty Coward: Under his bluster and bravado is a craven man fleeing justice for his many crimes.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Elichenko killed multiple vampires in a bar in a rather brutal fashion for making fun of his accent.
- General Ripper: A Serbian warleader who led a marauding band of killers and rapist.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Elichenko has a nasty scar on his cheek.
- It's All About Me: Elichenko doesn't give a damn about ideology, loyalty or clans. He's simply out for his own hide and will betray any master for a better deal.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Cudoviste, which translates to 'Monster.'
- One-Winged Angel: Like most vampires, he has a true form. It's a hideous monster, worthy of the nickname Cudoviste.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Willing to take any chance to better his situation and stab whoever he has to in the back when a chance presents itself. Also bonus points for throwing away his humanity to become an immortal monster to evade a just punishment.
- Post-Rape Taunt: Elichenko mocks Alija about how he raped Alija's beloved daughter Katja, and just to twist the knife, lewdly muses Alija must have done the same to her.
- Serial Rapist: By his own admission, he'd 'done thousands of Bosniak sluts' and not a one was willing.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Elichenko was a sadist as a soldier who prided himself on raping, torturing and murdering Bosnians.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Alija reveals he was General Nabokov's direct subordinate, Alphonse decides Elichenko is expendable and allows him and Alija to settle their fight.
The Fake Mina
- All for Nothing: She finally gets her hand on what she's been searching for since her first appearance in Scarlet Order, but leaves it behind because she didn't think fighting Mina, Akira, and The Father of All Vampires in a brutal Mêlée à Trois was worth it.
- Animal Motif: A scorpion. Her true form may be a mess of mixed animals, but the scorpion is the biggest aspect, and she's just as cruel and petty as the real animal.
- Bad Boss: To further the contrast.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Double Subverted. She success in usurping the vampire throne, but Mina soon reclaims her throne back; but Yuki reveals that the fake Mina was actually looking for the Necropolis under the Fuji mountain. It looked that the fake found the "Elixir of life" inside but the bowl she found was empty.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Mina's Abel.
- Child by Rape: Scarlet Order reveals that she's not a clone of Mina, but rather the result of Rozenmann raping Lucrezia and siring her.
- Cruel Mercy: She's not going to let Rozenmann die, not after all he's done. She's going to keep him alive, as her slave, to suffer a continuous Fate Worse than Death.
- The Dog Bites Back: The payback for all the abuse she suffered at Rozenmann's hands? Putting him in a harlequin outfit, and brainwashing him into a puppet, to face a constant Fate Worse than Death.
- Eldritch Abomination: Her true form Whereas Mina's true form is that of a mature, supple, buxom, and very fertile adult woman, the doppleganger's form is a walking Joe's Crab Shack dinner special.
- Evil Is Petty: Though she claims otherwise, she's cruel and vindictive purely because she can be over the merest slight, real or imagined, though mostly imagined.
- Evil Twin: For Mina, though she's not a completely pure-blooded vampire... Except, she's Mina's half-sister as a result of Rozenmann raping Lucrezia and stealing away the resulting child to a place Lucrezia could not reach.
- For the Evulz: Her occasional motivation.
- Freudian Excuse: And it's a doozy. Not only is she a Child by Rape, but she's abused by her "father" every way imaginable, including sexually, constantly decried as "inferior" to her older half-sister, whom the bastard constantly drools over, and spent her formative years going through a hell that makes Mina's experiences at the hands of the three Vampire Clans look like a picnic by comparison.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Everything she does is driven by her envy of all Mina has and a burning need to take it from her. She makes offers to Mina's friends to become her friends instead and enjoys trying to steal the love of the men who love Mina.
- Manipulative Bitch: And she revels in it.
- Misplaced Retribution: She was made to suffer by Rozeman, but she targets all her hate and vitriol towards Mina, who had absolutely no role in it whatsoever, aside from being the unwilling "donor" of the DNA involved in her creation.
- No Name Given: Because she doesn't have one. All she was given by her creators was a meaningless alphanumeric sequence. In the sequel series, Yuki gives her the name Katie Maurice (After the imaginary friend of Anne of Green Gables), which she accepts.
- The Usurper: She usurped Mina's throne after the events of Ivanovic's invasion.
- Last of Her Kind: She could be the only female werewolf.
Angel ArventoSee Angie's section
- Godzilla Threshold: He is one. He's considered so odious, the entire female lineage of vampires doesn't care who eliminates him or how, regardless of collateral damage. They just want it done because if his goals are met, the outcome would be so, so much worse.
- Guns Akimbo: He fights by dual wielding revolvers.
- Mask of Power: Wears a mask at all times, and is so powerful, even Mina and Akira in Fenrir form working together can barely match him, and that's while he's weakened fighting inside the Bund.
- No Name Given: His name is never mentioned. Akira once sarcastically calls him "Father", but that's as close as it gets.
- Sadly Mythtaken: The legends concerning him are almost entirely false. The fact that he sired the vampire race, is true, and that's pretty much it.
- Story-Breaker Power: So strong, he can single-handedly destroy the Bund, sending it to the bottom of the ocean, and that's not even his full strength!
- Walking Spoiler: Learning about this character will turn everything you know about Dance In the Vampire Bund on its head.
- Wife Husbandry: His entire motivation. He sired just about every female vampire by raping her mother, including Mina herself, so he could find the "perfect" bride, to help him "consume the world."
Werewolves, collectively known as The Earth Clan, once served all of the powerful vampire families. In the present they owe their loyalty exclusively to the royal family, and have served Mina and Mina alone for the past 300 years or so.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: At one point a werewolf took a bullet to the eye. Even though the bullet passed right through his skull, not only did he survive, his eye had regenerated in less than a minute.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Werewolf warriors are always found in pairs, and the bonds between partners are extremely strong.
- Noble Wolf: 300 years of exclusive loyalty to one master certainly counts as noble and if it doesn't then their Proud Warrior Race Guy culture does.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Even their scholars are this. They value strength, honour, and dedication over everything.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The entire Earth Clan fits into this. A young werewolf's rite of passage is getting dropped into freezing wilderness, such as Alaskan mountaintops or Greenland, in groups of four to six and being told to survive a month. The best part is that they have no supplies or clothes, not even underwear. Either they learn to transform into a wolf, or they freeze to death.
The Earth Clan's fighting force. The Beowulf traditionally served as The Tepes Family's bodyguards, but now their duties have expanded to include maintaining the security of the entire Vampire Bund.
- Badass Army: Each Beowulf is undoubtedly badass, but they still suffer casualties in pitched battles against opposing armies who possess numerical superiority.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Invoked and Lampshaded by Wolfgang.
- Walking Armory: The warriors of Beowulf all carry an assortment of swords, pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and the occasional sniper rifle.
Akira Kaburagi Regendorf
- See the Main Characters section.
The Commander of Beowulf, Mina's force of elite werewolf bodyguards, and Akira's father.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: With a bit of Asskicking Equals Authority mixed into it. As the Beowulf is an organized military group, leadership is based more on the ability to lead than the ability to kick ass, but the Beowulfs would never let a pushover give them orders.
- Canis Major: His beast form is a truly massive silver wolf whose head alone is larger than a man's torso. He even shrugs off werewolf-killing silver bullets like they are nothing.
- Clark Kent Outfit: As shown in the final volume, the man is seriously ripped underneath his unassuming uniform.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He invokes this with the following quote:Wolfgang: ''"Do not rely upon guns. They only slow the enemy. The true weapon of a Beowulf is the sword! Draw your blades!"
- Interspecies Romance: Wolfgang married a Japanese woman, which is unusual as werewolves traditionally marry in their own circles.
- Number Two: Shares this with Vera. He's in command of Mina's army.
- Older Than They Look: Wolfgang doesn't look it, but he's over four centuries old when werewolves only live to be 150-200. The reason for this is he, alongside the elder lords were given "the Kiss Of the Rose" by Queen Lucretia.
- So Proud of You: To Akira. After learning that Akira offered his blood to Mina, by vampire bite, he first berates Akira for being reckless and foolish... then realized that Akira not only survived, but... changed to become the werewolf ideal, and praised him before heading off to battle one last time.
- To Be Lawful or Good: When Fake Mina takes over, he knows that she is the fake and he offers her no loyalty, but she is still the sovereign of the Vampire Bund and he refuses to break his code and strike at his queen. However, he is not above counseling others, who have less compunctions about being Lawful, to do the right thing, and he handed over Beowulf to the Earth Clan Elders so that it wouldn't fall under Fake Mina's control.
- Tough Love: He treats his son like absolute shit most of the time, but it's to make the latter stronger. When it's really necessary, when Akira really needs support, Wolfgang stands with his son. For his part, while Akira is a tad bit resentful of his father's treatment, he appreciates what his father tries to do for him.
- Undying Loyalty: Wolfgang's loyalty to the vampire monarchy, specifically to Mina, is beyond question.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. While he's always been extremely hard on Akira, he has nothing but love and admiration for his son, and has the best interests of his people and his queen at heart.
The Elite Eight
The Elite Eight are the eight greatest warriors in Beowulf, led by a man called Remus. They serve as Mina's personal bodyguard as well as the Beowulf's elite strike team.
For an image of the team, go to this link. They are, clockwise from the top right corner, Leroy, Heinrich, Camille, Remus, Romulus, Shinva, Goto, and Hyunte.
- Badass Longcoat: Part of their official uniform.
- Bash Brothers: Each of the two-man teams are this.
- Big Damn Heroes: They do this so often it may as well be their Modus Operandi.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A few of them were seen in the background when Mina's mansion was attacked in the first chapter, almost a full two and a half volumes before their proper introduction.
- Demoted to Extra: Not as much as Seiji, but they're still barely seen in the anime.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: They're the best Beowulf has to offer and the only members who are even given names aside from Akira, Wolfgang, and Angie.
- Noble Wolf: Elite bodyguard wolves!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Each of the individual two-man teams.
- True Companions: They are shown to trust each other with their lives.
- Undying Loyalty: To Beowulf, the Earth Clan, and Mina.
As with all Beowulfs, they are split into two-man groups:
Heinrich and Leroy
Heinrich and Leroy are the members of the Elite Eight who receive the most attention from the narrative.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Leroy certainly thinks so.
- Blood Knight: Leroy seems to enjoy fighting quite a bit.
- Dual Wielding: Leroy likes using two katanas.
- Eye Scream: Leroy gets shot in the eye, not that it bothered him much.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Leroy has a nice long one running down the right side of his face.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: They by no means think this of all humanity, but they think that humans who do horrible things out of selfishness/fear are barely people.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Both of them seem to think so.
- Not So Stoic: Some things can piss Heinrich off enough to make him this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Heinrich is the Blue to Leroy's Red.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Heinrich can often be seen wearing a scarf.
Remus and Romulus
Remus is the commander of the Elite Eight, and Romulus is his partner.
- Blood Knight: Romulus is one of the few werewolves who actually seem to enjoy combat instead of see it as a duty.
- Theme Naming: They're named after Romulus and Remus, the two brothers who supposedly founded the city of Rome.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Not as blatant as some examples, but Remus is noticeably more calm and level-headed than Romulus.
- Royal Rapier: The weapon of choice for both of them.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The two of them call out Wolfgang for leaving Akira to take out all three of the vampire lords' assassins on his own as they believed him psychologically incapable of taking a life.
Camille and Hyunte
A pair of warriors in the Elite Eight. They seem to be the calmest and most laid back of the bunch.
- Bishōnen: They are the most attractive members of their team.
- Blade on a Stick: Hyunte uses a spear when he isn't using a sniper rifle.
- Cold Sniper: Hyunte comes off as this a bit thanks to his tendency to go long periods of time without speaking. He's also the one most likely to take up a sniping role.
- Dissonant Serenity: Camille almost always has a calm smile on his face, even in the thick of battle. Hyunte is this to a lesser degree.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hyunte. Camille fits this a bit as well, but the way Hyunte's face is drawn is remarkably feminine.
- Eyes Always Shut: Camille. Justified in that he's blind, so whether he opens his eyes or not is immaterial.
- Gender-Blender Name: Camille is a French girl's name.
- Handicapped Badass: Camille is blind, yet he kicks as much ass as the rest of the team.
- Heroic Albino: We're not sure if Camille is an actual albino or not, but he certainly looks that part.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Hyunte is good enough with a sniper rifle to shoot a man through his binoculars.
- The Quiet One: Hyunte rarely speaks.
- Royal Rapier: Camille's weapon of choice.
- Warrior Poet: One of the few times Hyunte spoke was when, after he pointed the way to Nanami for Yuzuru, he explains his actions to Camille by saying "one cannot stop the flow of water." Camille immediately calls him out on it.
Goto and Shinva
The final pair of warriors in the Elite Eight. Shinva is definitely the youngest member, and Goto appears to be the oldest.
- An Axe to Grind: Goto's weapon of choice.
- Badass Longcoat: Goto wears one of these as part of his personal outfit. So does Shinva, but because of his small size, it's only really long for him.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Shinva is a male example.
- Fastball Special: Goto once used his axe to hurl Shinva at a group of enemies.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Shinva is much younger than Goto, yet the two of them are as much Heterosexual Life-Partners as the rest of the team.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Shinva's teeth are all filed into points.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Goto is the Blue to Shinva's Red, likely because he is much older and experienced than his partner.
- Teens Are Short: Shinva is Akira's age and by far the shortest member of the team. By the beginning of the second season, Scarlet Order, Shinva grew much taller, while Akira stayed the same height, which annoys the latter.
Angie is an old friend of Akiras who comes to work for Mina.
- Cute and Psycho: Angie consideres that Akira and Mina's relationship is strong enough to make him forget everybody else, including him who's supposed to be his closest partner, so he consideres that the best way to ensure a place in his heart is to making hate him to death or die by his hands and traumatize him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: And he milks his girly appearance for all its good to no end; specially after knowing about Yuki's novels.
- Depraved Homosexual: Err... yeah. His obsession with Akira is confirmed to be romantic in Volume 12.
- Enemy Mine: He teams up with Mina when Akira's life is on the line.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Besides Akira, Angie is genuinely loyal to his chosen princess, and even though they've taken different sides, he deeply loves and respects his grandfather Lord Scott.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The most charitable interpretation of what he wants with Akira to be his best guy friend and equal to Mina in his eyes.However, he screws it up for himself by working for Telomere.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His obsession with Akira turns around to bite him when Akira uses his own paralytic agent against him, paralyzing him for hours, so he sees how it feels to be completely helpless when his princess is under attack.
- Love Makes You Evil: Considering how the manga got more dark than it already was because Angie turns out to be obssesed with Akira enough to try to kill Yuki and selling Mina's secret to Rozenmann.
- The Mole: Angie is working for Telomere.
- Rape as Drama: At the hands of Sanin, an old friend who has in a berserker state because of a drug.
- The Speechless: After Yuuhei rips his throat up. He gets better when he gets a device implanted in his throat to simulate speech.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He caused some awkwardness for his group in their rite of passage ritual since they were all naked.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The fanbase is incensed that neither Akira nor Mina ever kill him when they have the chance, and he keeps "thanking" them for their mercy by turning around and trying to traumatize them, horribly, every chance he gets, deluding himself into thinking he's actually doing them a favor in the process.
- Yandere: As if showing his obsession with Akira by trying to kill Yuki wasn't bad enough, in Scarlet Order, he paralyzes Akira while Katie is hunting down Mina, trying to kill her after the latter lost her vampire powers, temporarily, due to exposure to a fragment of her crystallized older sister. Puts Akira's head in his lap while going "now I'll free you of that curse that's holding you down."
The Earth Clan Senate
The Earth Clan Senate is made up of five ancient werewolves who have served the Tepes Family for their entire lives.
- The Archer: Scott seems to favor a bow with gigantic arrows that can easily gore three men at once.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Unlike the others, who all fought alone against Rozenmann's army, Lords Ernest and Connery fought together and Lord Connery even died taking a spear that would have hit Ernest in the back.
- Badass Boast: Lord Scott gives one which doubles as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Rozenmann and his entire army:"It was not long ago that Rozenmann's army was a thing of exquisite magnificence. Their disciplined lines and intimidating numbers could crush any foe. They were rightly known as an army of terror. But what of you now? Whence the rugged lines of heavy infantry? Whence the waves of polished spearheads, charging towards the enemy? Now you are naught but a mob of weaklings! You have grown old, Rozenmann! Old and frail! This will hardly be a battle at all! Let us show you what it truly means to be a warrior!"
- Badass Bookworm: Lord Edward, who was a scholar before he joined the senate. That's right, even werewolf bookworms can kick a ton of ass.
- Badass Longcoat: Lords Edward and Connery wear them in volume 13.
- Bald of Awesome: Lords Connery and Antonio have no hair.
- Bash Brothers: All of them, but especially Lords Ernest and Connery.
- Blade on a Stick: Lord Ernest's weapon of choice.
- Blood Knight: All of them.
- Boisterous Bruiser: All of them. The very best of Beowulf are terrified of them because they consider sparring matches in which they reportedly shatter bones to be good fun.
- Captain Ersatz: Lord Connery just so happens to resemble a certain Scottish actor. Bonus points that he's even wearing Sean Connery's outfit from Highlander. Lord Ernest is based on Ernest Borgnine, Antonio on Anthony Quinn and Edward on Edward Fox.
- The Casanova: Back in their days, they were all extremely desirable.
- Chivalrous Pervert: With Scott's possible exception, the lot of them can be rather lecherous. Despite this, they're incredibly gallant and respectful of women. When Yuki is injured and mute, Edward, Ernest, Connery, and Antonio head to cheer her up with stories of their adventures.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They administer one to an army that outnumbers them one hundred to one.
- Died Standing Up: Scott.
- Dirty Old Man: Oh good lord, all of them except for possibly Scott. He was as much of a casanova in his days as they were, but in the current storyline, we haven't seen him in the presence of any women except for Princess Mina, so we can't say for sure whether he's as perverted as his friends or not.
- Drop the Hammer: Befitting his status as the group's Big Guy, Lord Antonio seems to really like using heavy bludgeoning instruments. When all the other senators use swords or spears, he uses a giant sledgehammer. When all of the senators decided to use maces and hammers against an extremely resilient foe, he used a massive concrete street post instead.
- Eyepatch of Power: Lord Ernest wears one.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Lord Edward: "Weapons these days have no quality at all. I must register a complaint with the smiths."
- The Dreaded: Played for laughs. Even Elite Beowulfs are terrified of training with these guys who, quoth Leroy, "break bones like they're twigs!"
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Lord Ernest is covered in scars.
- Heartbroken Badass: All of them, for outliving their beloved queen. Scott has outlived all his children, and his only remaining child was a traitor.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: At least Lords Scott, Connery, and Edward do.
- Heroic Sacrifice: See One-Man Army.
- A more specific example occurs near the end of the aforementioned battle. Lord Ernest is about to be stabbed in the back and Lord Connery jumps in the way.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lords Ernest and Connery seem to be especially close. It's telling that when the five of them held off Rozenmann's army, they split up to fight alone, but Ernest and Connery fought back-to-back until the end.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Their beloved Queen Lucretia.
- I Like Those Odds: When faced with an army that outnumbers them one hundred to one, they just grin, tell each other to take care of themselves, and comment on how for once, they won't need to share any kills with someone else for a change.
- Implacable Man: Lord Antonio is next to impossible to bring down. In fact, when he was getting shot to pieces by a number of Rozenmann's soldiers, he just charged at them at took them with him when he jumped off a ledge.
- Improvised Weapon: During the fight with Ivanovic's berserker werewolves, Antonio just rips out a giant pillar from the wall and begins clubbing his enemies with it.
- Mercy Kill: Lord Ernest views the slaying of Ivanovic's werewolves as this, given Ivanovic had the poor things tortured into insanity. After the battle, he informs the corpse of one he'd slain to come for him in Valhalla should he still bear a grudge in the next world.
- My Greatest Failure: All of them see Lucretia's death as this. Scott is later torn by guilt for not seeing Angie was a traitor. Scott had lost all his sons long ago, with Angie the only surviving member of his family. Scott believes this blinded him to Angie's treachery.
- Nice Hat: Lord Connery wears one in volume 13.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They tend to act pretty silly and carefree, Scott excepted. Don't think that makes them any less badass.
- Old Soldier: They did live to be four hundred years old by being easy to kill. Indeed, their centuries of experience give them power beyond even the elite Beowulf warriors.
- One-Man Army: They take on Rozenmann's entire army to buy Akira and Mina time to escape and utterly annihilate them, unfortunately selling their lives in the process.
- The Quiet One: Lord Antonio, who's only ever said a single line in his very first scene.
- Really 700 Years Old: They look to be in their mid fifties, but are all more than four hundred years old.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In contrast to Wolfgang, when faced with the Fake Mina, despite her technically being their liege, they essentially give her the finger and walk out with the entirety of Beowulf to find the real Mina.
- Together in Death: All of them are joyful at the end of their lives, because they can finally return to their queen's side.
- The Team:
- The Leader: Lord Scott - He is the one all the other senators look to for direction.
- The Lancer: Lord Ernest - He was formerly a member of Beowulf and is the de facto leader of the group whenever Lord Scott isn't around.
- The Big Guy: Lord Antonio - He's said to have been the strongest warrior Beowulf ever had.
- The Smart Guy: Lord Edward - He was a scholar before joining the Earth Clan Senate
- The Heart: Lord Connery - he's an absolute monster on the battlefield and also something of an advisor to Ernest.
- Undying Loyalty: They appear to be this to Mina, but in reality, they are absolutely loyal to Mina's mother, Lucretia, though they all love Mina as well.
- Unwanted Assistance: Lord Scott tells Angie not to interfere in his final battle. While they've chosen different leaders, they're still wolves and Angie cannot sully a warrior's last stand. Angie is driven to tears by his grandfather's words.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Lords Ernest and Connery. They're constantly ribbing each other, but they're closer to each other than they are to the other senators.
- Who Wants To Live For Ever: They really don't have a high opinion of a werewolf's long life, because as they say, "all you get are wrinkles and regrets."
- You Shall Not Pass!: And an army of five hundred vampires didn't.
- See the Main Characters section.
Inspector Seiji Hama
The appointed liaison between Bund Security and the Japanese police. Though he is now in the Japanese civil-service, he was once a very well known mercenary called "Sledgehammer." Seiji Hama is the son of a Japanese woman and a Native American man who lost his parents at a young age and ended up joining the United States special forces until he was critically injured on a mission in Colombia. Accepting a chance to be more than a helpless cripple, he was used in an experimental procedure by Rozenmann's forces, becoming an artificial Beast Man forced to serve Rozenmann until he found a chance for freedom. His fate is inextricably linked to Reiko Gotoh as well.
- Arch-Enemy: To Bolton, who has been present at almost all of the live-changing events of Hama's life and carries a deep hatred for Hama.
- Affably Evil: Subverted. At first he comes across as this, but it's made apparent later on that he isn't at all evil, just temporarily forced to side against the heroes.
- Anti-Villain: Of the Minion with an F in Evil kind, albeit one deliberately flunking the test. He's just an honourable soldier whose values would (and do) make the Beowulf proud, but someone he cares for was used as a hostage by one of the bad guys to gain his services.
- Breakout Character: He's apparently popular enough to warrant his own side-story: Memories of Sledgehammer.
- Broken Ace: Let's face it, the guy's good at almost everything. Despite this, Hama carries a lot of baggage in being forced to serve Rozenmann for the sake of his life and his men. He's also tormented by how he blames himself for the death of Reiko's sister Nicole Edelman.
- Chekhov's Gun: When he still was under Rozenmann's orders, he had an escape plan, that was later on used by Akira to escape the Bund under the fake Mina's nose. Furthermore, his mercenary past left him with a lot of acquaintances in the CIA that were extremely helpful in finding Mina's whereabouts. Thanks, Hama-san.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Once defeated by Akira-and when Reiko is safe- he defects to Mina's side.
- A Father to His Men: Although they were almost all killed before he was even introduced, it is clear that Seiji is extremely dedicated to his men. As he sat in a cell, waiting for Mina's judgement, he cared more about how the bodies of his men were treated than he did for whatever unpleasant fate awaited him, and he was visibly relieved when the Beowulfs told him that despite being their enemies, his men were honourable and worthy opponents, and were treated as such. We see in the past that Hama was a soldier who cared deeply for the lives of his men who were willing to die for him.
- Friend to All Children: Hama absolutely loves kids. The Fangless Children idolize him, and he practically wiped out a Cartel force by himself to rescue the toddler daughter of a Colombian senator.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: But not by his choice.
- I Owe You My Life: One of the reasons he's so devoted to Councilor Gotoh is because she saved both him and the few of his men who survived the assault on Mina's castle when they were abandoned by the people who sent them in the first place. However, it turns out this goes both ways...the two have known eachother for a long time and have been rescuing one another ever since they met.
- Memetic Badass: A minor, in-universe case. He has quite the reputation as a legendary mercenary called "Sledgehammer," so much that he has the full respect of the Beowulf Guard.
- My Greatest Failure: When Hama carried out the assault on Mina in the first volume which resulted in his men being slaughtered, Nicole Edelmann believed he was dead and attempted to perform a suicide bombing on Mina as retribution. Hama blames himself for Nicole's death.
- Official Couple: Is clearly deeply in love with Reiko Gotoh, but keeps her at an arm's length due to guilt over his own relationship with Reiko's twin sister Nicole and Nicole's death. At the end of Memories of Sledge Hammer, Hama and Reiko finally make a relationship official. By the third series, they are together and have a daughter, albeit business often keeps them apart.
- One-Man Army: Even when he was fully human, Hama has shown he could wipe out an entire group of Afghan Militants and Colombian Cartel soldiers without much issue. As an Artificial Beastman, he's even stronger.
- Papa Wolf: His daughter, Nikky? Don't touch her if you don't want him to blow you apart with a grenade launcher.
- Red Baron: He's widely known as a legendary mercenary called "Sledgehammer."
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Hama disobeyed orders in Afghanistan to rescue a woman who turned out to be Reiko Gotoh (the first time he'd ever meet her). He describes this as the first decision he'd ever made for himself and he will never have regrets for it.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: He's never seen with any weapon besides a shotgun.
- Spanner in the Works: Hama has managed to foil a shocking number of carefully constructed plots he's not even really aware of just by doing the right thing. A notable example was his first meeting with Reiko when he saved her in Afghanistan. Bolton's fanatics staged a mock execution to get her father to confess to the location of the Edelman Report. When it looked like he was finall going to break...Seiji saved the day and foiled the plan.
- Worthy Opponent: The Beowulfs see him as one because of his strength, his reputation as a skilled mercenary, his dedication to his men, and his sense of honor.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The process to turn him into an Artificial Beastman wasn't quite perfect, leading to him regularly needing to inject himself with a serum to prolong his life, though his lifespan has been massively shortened. It's revealed at the end of Memories of Sledge Hammer it should be possible to grant him a normal lifespan.
- Babies Ever After: She and Hama have a daughter named Nikky for her dead sister Nicole by the time of the third series.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's half-Japanese. Her father was American.
- I Owe You My Life: Hama saved her from a mock execution staged by Bolton's fanatics.
- Official Couple: Is ultimately married to Hama.
Jessica and Susie Harlin
Jessica Harlin is a single mother and stripper living in New York, trying to make ends meet to support her little daughter Susie. By pure chance, Jessica finds a starving, exhausted Mina and believing her to just be an ordinary little girl, takes her in before discovering she has the queen of the vampires in her little apartment...
- Alpha Bitch: In the past, she was this in school. She got a hefty dose of reality after a few years in New York and became a much better person.
- Damsel in Distress: Jessica is captured by Rozenmann's men to force Mina's cooperation.
- Disappeared Dad: Susie's father went out 'for milk' when he found out Jessica was pregnant. Never came back.
- Dumb Blond: Jessica's not the smartest person around.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She is one of the kindest people around and a perfect example of how Mina and Akira's faith in humanity can pay off.
- It's All My Fault: Jessica blames herself for Rozenmann recapturing Mina, though Akira assures her it wasn't her fault.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: After knowing the real identity of the girl she just took in, Jessica considered turning into a vampire. It would mean eternal beauty, never getting ill, and never aging. It would be perfect to continue her career and thus give Susie a better life.
- Mama Bear: Jessica for her daughter Susie. She has no reservation mouthing off to a pedophile gang leader who makes no secret of his interest in Susie. Susie cannot be older than six. She later becomes this for Mina as well for a brief period. And even when said pedophile is revealed to be a vampire, Jessica has no hesitation threatening him if he touches her daughter.
- Single Mom Stripper: Jessica pays the bills and provides for her daughter through stripping.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Mina surrenders back to Rozenmann on his retainer Gerhard's assurances he will not harm Susie and Jessica. Gerhard promises, but Gabe, the pedophile vampire crime boss makes it very clear he has zero intention of not coming back for Susie. Gerhard has zero issue with Mina ripping Gabe in half before she surrenders and allows Susie and Jessica to go free.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: After knowing the real identity of the girl she just took in, Jessica considered turning into a vampire, but when Mina told her that she would watch her daughter grow old to the point where she would die in her arms, she changes her mind.
A teacher at the school founded by Mina.
- Good Shepherd: She's a nun and believes that her students are her flock.Protecting you is my duty as an educator and servant of God
- Naughty Nuns: Averted Trope. She acts with the decorum expected of a "servant of God". This is why Jean-Marais wanted to give her the Kiss of the Vampire and make her invoke it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's sympathetic to the students whether they are human or vampire, and doesn't approve of the way the new students are behaving.