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The Count of Monte Cristo aka Edmond Dantes
An eccentric aristocrat who, one day, just arrived on Luna and began acting as if he owned the place. Within a few years, he practically did.
Shortly after this meeting, he calls upon the favor Albert owes him, and is introduced to Parisian society. From there, he sets a plan into motion that will change the face of the entire human empire.
- Adaptational Villainy: While most versions of the story show the Count in an entirely heroic light, and while he was arguably featured as heroic even in Dumas' novel, it's hard to deny that the literary Count is morally ambiguous Magnificent Bastard, given that his machinations ruin far more innocent lives than just those who wronged him. THIS version, however, shows as he would seem to those innocent bystanders... which is absolutely satanic.
- A Father to His Men: one of the few ways he is nicer than the count of the book is in how he treats his servants. The way he treated Ali in the book is how he treats all of them here. When he is sure he will die, he leaves his fortune evenly split between the survivors of his gang.
- Affably Evil
- A Glass of Chianti
- Anti-Villain: Unlike most versions of the tale, the Count's plots are shown without the filter of the story being told from his point of view, which means they're presented as twisted, manipulative, and downright psychotic actions with no regard towards innocents caught in the wake. Then again, the three direct targets of his wrath completely deserve it, so you can't help but root for him when those exact people get their just-desserts.
- Badass Baritone: Particularly in the English dub.
- Badass Cape
- Beard of Evil: Dantes was clean-shaven, while the Count has a beard
- Becoming the Mask: In the beginning The Count only pretends to like Albert when in reality he only views him as a tool for his revenge. However, as time goes on, he finds himself developing genuine affection for Albert which causes him lots of angst and heartbreak, but it ultimately saves his soul in the end.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil
- Broken Ace
- Byronic Hero: A villainous example.
- Cape Swish
- Card-Carrying Villain: Once his plans come to fruition he tries to act like he's pure evil with saying Albert was foolish for ever trusting him, how Haydee was just a pawn in his game, and trying to kill Albert. Ultimately his internal struggle with being cold-hearted and inability to become a complete monster are what save him.
- The Chessmaster: He planned nearly everything.
- Consummate Liar
- Darker and Edgier: While the Count from the original novel was at least a little heroic, here's he's undoubtedly a Villain Protagonist, and is much more devious and ruthless with some of his tactics. That probably has a lot to do with the Deal with the Devil this adaptation brings along.
- Deal with the Devil: As it turns out, he (perhaps inadvertently) made a deal with a demon of sorts called "Gankutsuou" (known as The Ruler of the Cave in the American version). While Edmond begged for someone to kill him, Gankutsuou heard his cries and recognized the future Count's potential and instead, granted him the strength and means to gain revenge - as long as Edmond allowed the cold-blooded demon to possess him. Because of Gankutsuou, he is afflicted with an odd condition which causes his body to be crystalline, revealing his bones and internal organs, and giving him blue skin, as well.
- Death Glare: He pulls off a few; particularly noticeable during his last meeting with Danglars.
- Devil in Plain Sight: As well as Obviously Evil.
- Duality Motif: He has a red eye and a green eye. This symbolizes not only his moral ambiguity and inner conflicts, but also the fact that he is part-human, part-monster, part-alive, part-undead and part-earthling, part-alien through his symbiosis with Gankutsuou. The duality symbolism is also present in some representations of his crest, a stylized heart divided into two clear compartments with different colours to represent his remaining human feelings and the fact that he is gradually turning into a cold-hearted monster.
- Easily Forgiven: In spite of the Count's making Albert's life hell in his quest for vengeance against the men who wronged him (up to trying to kill Albert) Albert forgives him and saves his soul.
- Eccentric Millionaire
- Eldritch Abomination: Probably what Gankutsuou is.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Dantes was a soldier, the Count is supernaturally powered.
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Evil Counterpart: To Albert.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: His first handshake to Albert feels cold.
- Facial Markings: The "eyes" on the Count's forehead are a manifestation of his power, and are only visible when he's using it.
- Fangs Are Evil
- False Friend: To Albert, but with some Becoming the Mask.
- Fate Worse than Death: What he received after being wrongfully imprisoned, used as part of the Wetware CPU for the Chateau d'If. The agony was such he actually would have died purely from the pain alone had the same system not been forcibly keeping him alive. Also, what he wants to do to those that wronged him.
- Also what will happen if he dies while possessed by Gankutsuou.
- Fiction 500: Even accounting for 3000 years of inflation, the figures we hear make it obvious the Count would still be a trillionare by today's standards. Beauchamp notes that his Big Fancy House alone is basically made up of solid 24-karat gold for no reason other than to show off to the other nobility.
- Go Mad from the Isolation
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Not only his goatee, but his long, curly, dark hair can be unsettling, as well as a stark contrast to everyone else's.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The further along the series goes the more it becomes apparent that the Count is not much better than the men who betrayed him.
- Karmic Death: He dies from a piece of the sword lodged in his heart during the duel where the Count mercilessly murdered Franz.
- Large Ham
- Love Redeems
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man of Wealth and Taste: This is one of the things that draws Albert to him.
- Mismatched Eyes: The right one is red while the left is yellow.
- Nominal Hero
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Ominous Opera Cape/Pimped-Out Cape: Somehow manages to have both of these.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Technically not a vampire, but looks like one, and is compared to one in more than one occasion as a Shout-Out to the original novel, where he is briefly compared to Polidori's Lord Ruthven, one of the earliest examples of suave gentleman vampires in fiction.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Sanity Slippage
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Gankutsuou was sealed away for a thousand years in the Chateau d'If, but has been residing within the count since the two escaped together. If the count dies with Gankutsuou still inside him, then Gankutsuou will finally be free to wreak havoc upon the galaxy.
- Slasher Smile
- Split-Personality Takeover
- The Spook: Played straight for half the series, as no one has any concrete data about anything earlier than when he arrived on Luna. While all of his documents are totally valid and legal, no one knows how he got them or who he was beforehand. When Albert's politician friend tries to investigate him in the Royal Archives, his (extremely high level) clearance only gets him the vaguest hints about who The Count is.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The titular Gankutsuou.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky
- Took a Level in Badass: Apparently, this is what Chateau d'If does to you.
- The Heavy: What else would you expect from the titular character?
- The Trickster
- The Unfettered: In the manga, Albert waxes poetic about how "free" he seems.
- Unusual Ears: The Count has pointed ears.
- Wicked Cultured
- Villain Protagonist
- Villainous Friendship: type 3 with all of his servants, occasionally a type 1 shows through.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And blue skin, apparently.
- Affably Evil: Almost always formal.
- Bare Your Midriff: Male example.
- Battle Butler: Looks and acts the part.
- Big Damn Heroes: Near the end, Baptistin gives Albert a communicator, unbeknownst to the count, and he has Bertuccio drive their ship right into Fernand's ship as it attacks Paris, disabling it. The two then rush in, save Albert and his mother and rehabilitate them.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: The Count is way more powerful than he is, but his function is to fight so the count doesn't have to.
- The Dragon: Possibly Co-Dragons with Baptistin, but he appears in the position more often, directly accepting orders and carrying them out.
- Limited Wardrobe: Odd considering every other character (even Ali) changes clothes at least once. Subverted in the final episode.
- Ramming Always Works: He drives the much smaller and heavily shielded ship at the Fernand's, he doesn't ram the ship itself, but hits the more fragile anti-gravity/fuel tank, and that brings the ship down. His ship is still able to fly at a limited capacity after that.
- Salt and Pepper: The more calm Pepper to Baptistin's salt
- Scary Black Man
- Sinister Shades: Mostly Opaque Lenses, and sometimes his eyes show through, usually when he shows a softer side. Near the end, when struggling with a moral choice shooting Albert one is opaque, one is clear.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Baptistin
- The Tragic Rose: He opens up the final episode with his throwing it into the pit where the Count's house once was, and where he died.
- Undying Loyalty: Mentions he'd follow his master into hell, though in the end he defies him when he realizes that the count's gone too far. After that he serves under Haidee, calling her princess.
- Unusual Ears: He has a pair, coupled with a matching pair of fangs - neither of which he had before joining the Count's team.
- Villainous Rescue: Episode 2, he and Baptistin rush in and save Albert from Luigi's gang.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Opens up his fight in episode 2 with a clothesline move.
- Battle Butler: Serves drinks, chauffeurs the count, steers his boat, fences with him, and subdues his enemies.
- Big Damn Heroes: He gives Albert a communicator, and when Albert is in trouble on Fernand's ship, Baptistan and Bertuccio ram Fernand's ship with their own.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: He and Bertuccio fight so the count doesn't, to hide the fact that he's so powerful.
- Co-Dragons: Though Bertuccio seems to be the more active of the two.
- Faux Affably Evil: His facial expressions and tone give off the idea that he's mocking other people.
- Limited Wardrobe: Pretty noticeable when everyone else always wears different clothes.
- Only a Flesh Wound: He tries to pass getting shot in the shoulder off as one, but he immediately goes down, and Bertuccio has to try and stop the bleeding with a cloth. He survives, but provides no more use in the scene, and must be carried out.
- Pet the Dog: When he finds Albert asleep at the counts door, he wakes him up and sends him off instead of attacking him. The determination inspires Baptistin to give him a communicator when Fernand attacks Paris, and he and Bertuccio save Albert and his mother.
- Salt and Pepper: The more radical salt to Bertuccio's pepper.
- Taking the Bullet: When the count shoots at Albert and Bertuccio, he jumps into the bullets path and takes it in the arm.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Bertuccio
- Undying Loyalty: To the count, up until the end, where he defies him, after that he serves Haidee, calling her princess and even trying to buy her some jewelry, though when he sees the model is Peppo he chooses not to.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Dragon Ascendant: She wasn't The Dragon, per say, but at the end of the series, she's in charge and the other three servants willingly follow her.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Spent years as a slave, lost her parents, and was a pawn (or so he says) in the Count's quest for vengeance, but ultimately finds him redeemed and is restored to her rightful place as the ruler of Janina.
- Happiness in Slavery: Happy as the count's servant, as there are far worse fates, and he treats her well.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In spite of her grudge against Fernand Morcerf, Haidee feels no satisfaction from publicly humiliating him and is instead guilt-ridden, realizing she's just ruined the lives of his wife and son who were innocent of anything and that the Count is destined for nothing but regret if he continues with his plans.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the man who put her in her position Fernand and exposes him as a fraud.
- Spanner in the Works: She threw one into Fernand's bid for presidency, and accused him of War crimes, just like the Count planned.
- Tragic Keepsake: She has a knife that her mother gave her when she died, telling her to use it to commit suicide should a master ever attempt to violate her.
A mute alien slave kept by the count, and who seems to be one of the few people whose company the count actually enjoys. He is extremely skilled at both medicine and horse riding.
- Healing Hands: When the count is shot, Bertuccio and Baptistin take him to Ali, and tell him to do his thing, Ali both heals him and extracts the bullet.
- Pet the Dog: When the Count's lair collapses, he takes Héloïse's and her son's hand and gets them to safety.
- Race Lift: Of the human race variety.
- Scary Black Man: He was one in the book, now he's a green skinned alien.
- The Voiceless: Just like in the book, and in contrast to the Count's other servants.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Sometimes.
Andrea Cavalcanti aka Benedetto
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He briefly seems to be a highly cultured fop and a decent guy, and continues to put on that persona, but he's really a total psychopath.
- BrotherSister Incest/Parental Incest: Does the first by Attempted Rape and the second consensually and probably knew what he was doing in both cases (certainly in the second).
- Freudian Excuse
- Hellish Pupils
- Karma Houdini: Benedetto escapes from prison amidst the confusion of the bombardment of Paris, and is last seen in the Distant Finale having become a notorious master criminal.
- Villefort, You Are My Father
- Oedipus Complex: Andrea takes this to the logical extreme: although he doesn't kill his father "only" gives him a poison that destroys his mind, he has sex with his mother and tries to rape his half-sister.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: It's not called attention to, but he looks a lot like another character Eugenie, his half-sister, except for his Hellish Pupils.
Albert de Morcerf
- Beauty Mark
- Break the Cutie
- Character Development: The show's best example. Goes from an immature brat to a brave, generous person who borders on a Messianic Archetype.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He's known Eugenie since they were kids, but initially they aren't happy about their engagement and bicker constantly. However, it's frustration born of their parents deciding it out of convenience instead of letting them choose. When he starts to care of his own free will Albert is willing to fight for her.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Suffers humiliation, heartbreak, betrayal, and the loss of his father and best friend due to the sins of his father and the Count's machinations. However, he ultimately forgives the Count and saves his soul, is freed from the sins of his father, and is finally reunited with Eugenie, the woman he loves.
- Even the Guys Want Him: His best friend Franz loves him. Also, depending on the version, Peppo.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Franz. Though the "hetero" part apparently only applies to Albert as Franz is pretty obviously in love with him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: One of his biggest flaws is that he simply cannot imagine someone is evil until it's rubbed in his face. Sometimes even then.
- Idiot Hero: With tragic results.
- If It's You, It's Okay: A possible interpretation of his feelings for the Count, given that he doesn't show attraction to any other men.
- The Ingenue
- The Matchmaker: Albert becomes this for Valentine and Maximilien, frequently acting as a mediator between them and attempting to coach Maximilien on how to win her over.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Oedipus Complex: While less so than in the book (where it was downright unhealthy at times), it's clear he adores his mother but has difficulty truly connecting with his father, who won't let anyone but Mercedes closer than arms length.
- Oblivious to Love: Three times! Towards Eugenie's attraction to him, and Peppo and Franz's as well.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Eugenie, although Albert initially isn't in love with her. It's only when their engagement is broken off due to the scandals surrounding Albert's father that Albert realizes just how much she means to him.
- Rookie Red Ranger
- Sheltered Aristocrat.
- Took a Level in Badass: Albert goes from chafing at slight inconveniences to being an extremely courageous young man. he even walks through the streets of Paris while his father is sacking the city and slaughtering dissidents, instead of running away
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Dresses as a bridesmaid to sneak into Eugenie's wedding contract signing.
Mercedes de Morcerf
- Ambiguously Brown: Is a lot more tan than everyone else in Paris due to being Catalan instead of ethnically French.
- Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot of emotional damage due to the collapse of her husband's reputation as well as the fact that her old flame Edmond has returned. She nearly has a breakdown when she thinks Edmond is trying to kill her son!
- Femme Fatale: Downplayed. She dresses every bit like an overly rich Femme Fatale but her personality is fairly innocent. She's the only one of the parents who isn't a selfish asshole or committed heinous crimes and as such is the only one who gets a good ending.
- Good Parents: Is a kind and loving mother to Albert.
- Proper Lady
Fernand de Morcerff aka Fernand Mondego
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When the Count orders Albert's death, Fernand immediately begins begging mercy for his son and offers his own life in exchange.
- Badass Baritone: In both English and Japanese where he's a very competent fighter.
- Broken Pedestal: He's one to Albert when it's revealed his aristocracy was bought and committed various atrocities during his time as a soldier.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Technically gray/silver due to age.
- Driven to Suicide: He chooses to end his own life once he realizes how he has ruined the lives of everyone around him.
- Evil Counterpart: To Franz.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike Villefort and Danglars who are in loveless marriages and think of their children as little more than tools to become wealthier or more powerful Fernand genuinely loves his wife and son.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: A lot of his war record is falsified and he has committed war crimes in the past. However, he is a capable soldier as shown with his battle against the Count.
- If I Can't Have You...: Morcerf shoots his wife and son when he realizes he has lost everything.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: He sold out Edmond because he was deeply in love with Mercedes.
- Large Ham: The further the series goes on, the more operatic he becomes.
- Love Makes You Evil: Fernand's Start of Darkness (I was tired of living that loser life) was being pushed over the edge partly due to his being on the losing end of the Love Triangle between him and his best friend Edmond for Mercedes, which he attributed in large part to the fact that he was poor and struggling in his own profession while Dantes was rich and successful in his career.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Or rather send him to prison to spend the rest of his life.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes his actions and selfishness have hurt everyone he ever loved and apologizes to the Count for what he did to him.
- Redemption Equals Death: Dies by his own hand at the side of Edmond, his best friend who he betrayed years ago.
- Second Love: To Mercedes, though as the series goes on there are signs she still loves Edmond, even if she's clearly ashamed of it.
- Start of Darkness: Of the three men who betrayed Edmond Dantes, Fernand is the most sympathetic, just wanting to be more than a lowly dock worker at Marseilles and to be loved by Mercedes. Unfortunately it meant he had to reveal the presence of a letter to the authorities and betray his best friend. He's also the only one to accept and show regret for his actions and genuinely apologizes to the Count.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Haydee exposes him as a war criminal and a fraud he increasingly becomes unhinged, culminating in him laying siege to Paris and shooting his wife and son out of despair.
- Adaptational Sexuality: See Hide Your Lesbians
- Damsel in Distress
- Hide Your Lesbians: Strangely for an anime with so much Ho Yay in it, it drops the suggestion from the novel that Eugénie is a lesbian.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Albert, since Eugénie was revealed to have always been in love with him.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In the original novel she detested Albert (and all other men for that matter) and ran away to have a lesbian relationship with her piano instructor. In Gankutsuou the instructor has been cut out and Eugénie's been changed to something similar to a Tsundere.
- Runaway Bride: Eugénie becomes this towards Andrea, who was forcing her to marry him.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Sees herself this way; near the beginning of the show she reflects on what a privileged upbringing she's had, and how ignorant she is of the world outside her wealthy surroundings. She turns out to be much more level-headed than most examples of this trope, though.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Implied to ultimately be this.
Baron Jullian Danglars
- Beard of Evil
- Cool Shades
- Death by Materialism: Is left to die in an abandoned ship in space with nothing but gold bars.
- Driven by Envy
- Evil Red Head
- Fat Bastard: Although he was skinnier and better looking as a young man (but always a bastard).
- Of the three men who betrayed Edmond Dantes, Danglars is also the least sympathetic, just wanting Edmond thrown in jail because he was caught embezzling funds.
- Nouveau Riche: His title was basically bought due to his financial connections.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Sinister Shades
Madame Victoria de Danglars
The Villefort Family in General
An aristocratic family of barristers, lawyers, and other men of the law. In recent years they suddenly went from a respected if quaint Parisian line to one of the "three corners of power" in Paris, making their patriarch, Gérard, one of the most powerful men in the human empire.
Valentine de Villefort
The reclusive eldest daughter of the Villefort family, born to Gerard's late first wife. While she seems like the ideal parisian lady, her health has prevented her from interacting with noble society in any meaningful way.
- Arranged Marriage: Has been set up to marry Franz since they were both children. She seems to be alright with it, but Franz can't think of her as anything but a friend.
- The Beard: Not intentionally, but this is definitely one reason Franz initially pursues their arranged marriage.
- Damsel in Distress
- Gilded Cage: Trapped in her beautiful mansion complex by a mixture of bad health and a worse mother.
- Ill Girl: She rarely leaves the home due to an illness. It turns out this is because her stepmother is poisoning her..
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Maximilien.
- Proper Lady
- Uptown Girl: To Maximilien who is considered unsuitable for her due to his lower class.
Crown Prosecutor Gérard de Villefort
- Ambition Is Evil: Due to his family name being on the letter revealing the conspirators who killed the Prince, Villefort had Dantes convicted as a scandal surrounding his family would have damaged Villefort's chances of ascending higher in the government and society.
- Antagonistic Offspring: It's implied he's somewhat responsible for his father's condition. Partially it was due to the pressure of living up to his family name with his father working in the Ministry of the Interior.
- Hanging Judge: Even called one by a civilian.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks show the young Villefort to be a bishonen with a much friendlier expression. It's suggested that being evil along with age gave him his current appearance.
- High-Class Glass
- Scary Shiny Monocle
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sadistic hanging judge he may be, but when he presents the ultimatum of suicide or life in an asylum note to his murderous, backstabbing wife large parts of the audience cheered.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Apparently after sleeping with the Count and getting a poisoned ring; Fan Disservice or Fanservice depending one one's view.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She presents a demure front, but even before she attempts to poison her stepdaughter, another character says there are rumors that she beats Valentine regularly.
- Dissonant Serenity: Casually laughs at the idea that her father in law fell of his chair and could die, as if it was a joke.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Being a second wife to a man much richer than her, and who will leave her son nothing after his death due to inheritance laws, has left her extremely bitter.
- Master Poisoner: Subverted: it was the Count who gave her the poison ring she tries to use to kill her husband and stepdaughter.
- Second Love: To Gerard, just like in the novel, except somehow even more resentful about it here.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: You wouldn't expect someone so demure to be such a monster.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Nothing about her or her son Edouard is even mentioned in the Distant Finale.
One of the most infamous mafia bosses on Luna, Luigi Vampa has become greatly feared for kidnapping rich tourists and ransoming them off for astronomical amounts of money. A fan of punctuality, he expects the same adherence to schedules from his "clients" that he shows them.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original book, Vampa was a Noble Demon Father to His Men who kept Rome "safe" by killing any bandit leader morally worse than himself (especially rapists, whom he absolutely despised) and was in-fact a Friendly Enemy to Franz and Albert. In the book he was so greatly impressed by the latters' bravery that they part with no hard feelings between them. In Gankutsuou, not so much.
- Beard of Evil
- Berserk Button: He is a stickler for schedules, and will kill people over it. Even if you get the ransom together, he won't accept it a minute late and will execute the prisoner. Being punctual is more important than making money.
- Eye Patch Of Power: How he appears later after the event below.
- Eye Scream: What the count does to him in their first encounter.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a large scar on his face.
- Knife Nut: Guy loves knives and loves throwing them at people. He even uses them as bookmarks, for some reason.
- Off-Model: Luigi's scar goes missing when his face is in close-up in episode 2.
- Starter Villain: The antagonist of the first arc of the show, who sets the rest of the plot in motion.
- Ambiguous Gender: The anime never confirms if Peppo is really male or female. Peppo was confirmed to be male by the manga adaptation, as well as originally being a boy crossdressing as a girl to seduce Albert in the novel.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Possibly trans. In her final appearance in the commercial she says: "You too can be reborn", which seems to imply that that's what she's done. It can also be taken as everyone can be reborn and redeem themselves, just like the Count and Albert.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- The Imp: She's not outright malicious, but she LOVES screwing with Albert's naiveté.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason she gives for helping Albert crash Eugenie's wedding. And from the look on her face as they drive away, she's not just messing with him this time.
- Love Redeems: Implied to be the reason she ultimately helps Albert.
- The Mole: Was the Count's spy.
- Wholesome Crossdresser
Albert's best friend and a member of the aristocracy, the two have been inseparable since Albert and Franz met at the funeral of Franz's father. Due to only belonging to a minor family, he is a lot more Down to Earth than the rest of the nobility.
- Bi the Way: Possibly. In Episode 2, he almost sleeps with a woman before going off to save Albert from the bandits.
- Break the Cutie
- Bury Your Gays: He is secretly in love with Albert.
- Determinator: Despite getting his ass handed to him by the Count in a Curb-Stomp Battle, Franz keeps going until the Count gets in close for the coup de grace.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Albert.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Let's face it: Franz is a lot brighter than Albert is.
- Impoverished Patrician: Reveals later on that this is why he's expected by marry Valentine, who is new money, but wealthy.
- Incompatible Orientation: His love for Albert.
- Valentine also loves him. While Franz genuinely cares about her, he can't see her as anything more than a friend.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Franz's defining trope.
- I Wished You Were Dead: As a child, said this to his father, who died right afterward, and he's been feeling guilt for that ever since.
- Love Hurts
- Magical Queer: Could definitely be seen this way.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his father. Not only did he not say goodbye, he also told him he hopes he never comes back. Oops.
- Spanner in the Works: Franz becomes this to the Count when Franz decides to participate in the duel instead of Albert and gets killed. This not only derails the Count's plan to get rid of his Edmond Dantes part of soul completely but also hands him Karmic Death in the end.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
Born in the small fishing town of Marseilles, Maximilien finds himself suddenly inducted into the social circles of the elite after saving the life of the blueblood officer Raoul de Château-Renaud. Due to his status as an outsider, he is able to see aristocratic life for what it is.
- Gentle Giant:
- Huge Guy: To Valentine.
- Second Love: To Valentine.
- Space Marine: Was one, and still has the Super Soldier physique.
- Super Soldier: Maximilien is essentially one, having been given muscle enhancements during his time in a special forces unit.
Raoul de Château-Renaud
Maximilian's superior officer, and the individual who is sponsoring Max's introduction into high society, like Albert is with the count. After having his life saved by Maximilian, he vowed to help the impoverished soldier and his family. He up-keeps automobiles as a sort of hobby.
- Cool Car: Is a fan of them
- Fantastic Racism: Despises aliens due to his experience fighting against them in the war.
- Hidden Depths: He's one of the least seen of Albert's group of friends, only serving to introduce them to Maximilien, and helping them rescue Valentine. However when Albert is beaten unconscious by a group of guards, Raoul saves him, subdues the guards, and get's his bike back off-screen (he was a soldier). After that, he has a surprisingly deep conversation with Albert, saying he likes cars more than people because their easier to understand, and despite that he volunteered his car to be the getaway vehicle when rescuing Valentine (it got shot up). He also begins crying at Franz's death.
- Older Than They Look: Looks like a young teenager but is actually an officer in the military.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: You wouldn't know he was a competent, and (relative to other nobility) honest politician from the way he acts.
- The Dandy: Played up in the English dub, but elements of it were there in the original dub as well.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be having an affair with Eugenie's mom, but he takes no pleasure in it as her husband seems to have put him up to it. He also doesn't hesitate when his friends are in trouble and is more than happy to help Franz uncover what Gankutsuou is.
- Those Two Guys: With Beauchamp
- Deadpan Snarker: His job of sifting through the royals' dirty laundry has made him bitterly cynical, and he has the sense of humor to match.
- Intrepid Reporter: Takes his job as a journalist very seriously as he wants to make sure the public knows the truth. This is in spite of him unfortunately having to write a piece on Albert's father.
A poor drunkard from Marsille, Gaspard seems connected to some of the most powerful men in the Empire, though obviously not through any choice of their own. He seeks to take by force what he feels life owes him, though he never resorts to murder. Actually one of the four who had Dantes imprisoned, he blackmails the others out of a mixture of remorse and avarice
- Adaptational Heroism: Still not a "hero" by any means, but compared to the murderously greedy Gaspard from the book, this slimy con man comes across as a far better person. After all, the people he is extorting did far, far worse.
- Gag Nose
- Gonk: He's an ugly, dwarfish man.
- Jerkass: A greedy, vindictive slimeball who is clearly getting a kick out of blackmailing Fernand and the others.
- Karma Houdini: He's the ONLY one of the four men who got Dantes jailed that doesn't get the hammer dropped on him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It is hard to feel bad for those he is extorting once you know their pasts.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Bizarrely, as it is a real French name and not a fantasy title. His name should actually be pronounced "Cad-Rue" (with added phlegm on the C) but the show, at least in the English dub, goes for the comically butchered "Cah-Da-Err-Ruse".
GankutsuouA mysterious entity associated in some way with the count. Apparently the spirit of a dead Space Pirate, who, due to his immense strength, became... something else entirely... after death.
- Adaptational Villainy: AND HOW!!! The closest thing to him in the novel is Abbé Faria, an honest priest and innocent prisoner who helped Edmond to get out of his prison and guided him to a secret treasure. Here, he is a monster from outer space who fueled him with poisonous wrath.
- Came Back Strong: He was already an infamous space pirate before his death. But whatever he turned into after wasting away is strong enough to rip apart the Chateau d'If once given a human vessel to channel his power through.
- Composite Character: Takes the place of Abbé Faria, the treasure and Edmond's motive from the novel.
- Deal with the Devil: An interesting take in that he makes it abundantly clear what he will take from you, but most who make pacts with him are desperate enough that Cessation of Existence sounds preferable to whatever they are going through.
- The Dreaded: The government of France (and thus Earth) has actively tried to erase him from existence. See TheGhost.
- Eldritch Abomination
- The Ghost: In an effort to contain knowledge of his existence, any information the government could get their hands on was either destroyed or sealed away deep in the government archives. The well connected Luigi Vampa didn't even think Gankutsuou existed, and even Lucien's high level clearance can't get him anything more than the thinnest sliver of information. Even at the end of the series, we still know barely anything about Gankutsuou that doesn't involve his interactions with the count.
- The Heartless: Gankutsuou might be this as it is content to simply walk away once the Count's soul is in its possession.
- Narrator All Along: It is eventually revealed that the narrator is none other than Gankutsuou itself.