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The Empire of Germania

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    Kaiser Otto 

Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)

The Emperor of Germania.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The moment he make a deal with anyone, expect him to fully go back on it later on without any hint of remorse whatsoever.
  • Cruel Mercy: Forgives the Lieutenant General responsible for the lost battle in Episode 3, but reassigns him to a no end job at a prison camp and confiscates all his lands, which is treated as a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Sophie's defeat, the allies go on the offensive. Before they can capture him, he kills himself. Of course this is if based on whether or not Elliot said is true.
  • The Emperor: Of the Germanian Empire.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Berkman and Sophie do most of the work, he is the one responsible for the ongoing war on the continent and the attempted kidnapping of Finé and Izetta.
  • Jerkass: He establishes himself as this when he punishes a subordinate even though the defeat was not Grosskopf's fault and no one could have taken Izetta's abilities into account.
  • Killed Offscreen: He kills himself off-screen.
  • Jerkass Has A Point: In the case of General Grosskopf it deserves to be remembered that the attack Izetta stopped was actually his third defeat as the Eylstadt army had beaten off the first two attempts by themselves. One reason they were able to do so was that Grosskopf had made a stupid bet with his opposite number in the Germanian Air Force as to which service could conquer Eylstadt by itself. It was only when the answer turned out to be "neither" that they finally quit goofing around on the third attack which is the one she stopped. Had they not been goofing around she would have arrived too late. Even with that they had already suffered two unnecessary defeats because of that bet. To be fair, the bet seems to have been known and approved of by the pilots but an Evil Overlord who finds out that one of his officers is getting troops killed for frivolous reasons might be forgiven if he decides that such an officer needs to be dealt with harshly.
  • No Name Given: For the entirety of the series' first half, he's been only referred to by his position as a monarch. However, in episode 7, during a discussion between the leaders-in-exile of nations invaded by Germania, we're finally given a name: Otto.
  • Pet the Dog: He recognizes Rickert's work in exposing Izetta's secret, and he make sure his father knows he gives his condolences.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: See You Have Failed Me below.
  • Take Over the World: His end goal, not surprising in the least considering who he's based on...
  • You Have Failed Me: Subverted, he was seemingly originally planning to do this to the Lieutenant General Grosskopf, but instead decides to reassign him to a prison camp and take all his lands after the information he gives about Izetta turns out to be useful.


Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), Dave Trosko (English)

The Kaiser's right-hand man and advisor.
  • Honest Advisor: His role in the Kaiser's court. He takes it upon himself to remind the Kaiser to prioritize Germania's military objectives over his fascination with Izetta's magic.
  • Minor Major Character: He only has a handful of lines, but he makes them count as he advises the Kaiser.
  • Satellite Character: He has yet to have a scene other than being by the Kaiser's side.
  • Skewed Priorities: Subverted. He wants the Kaiser to put his primary focus on Eylstadt's strategic importance and make capturing Izetta the secondary goal to which the Kaiser agrees to.
  • The Starscream: It is unconfirmed, but it is hinted that he might've killed Kaiser Otto at the end of the series, so he could bring an end to the war when all was lost.


Arnold Berkman

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)

Major of the Germanian army's special unit, and one of the few people who knew what was in the mysterious coffin.

  • Awesome by Analysis: In Episode 5, he is able to figure out Izetta's power has limits by considering certain facts, but he doesn't know the specifics. He figures that out in episode 7.
  • Big Bad: Serves as Izetta's main opposition throughout the series and is the one who is charged with trying to find out a way to kill her.
  • Clark Kenting: Zig-zagged. When he encounters Finé in Episode 8 he is merely wearing a small mask, and she does not recognize him. This is justified because they only briefly met in Episode 1, and it had been weeks or months since then. Additionally, during their first meeting, it became darkened by the tunnel, and she was focused on escaping. Not to mention, she wouldn't expect a Germanian to be attending an party for one of the allied nations.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He is seen smiling as he murders his fellow Germanians.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His Faux Affably Evil moment listed below in the first episode.
  • Eye Scream: He is shot in the face by Basler and loses his right eye.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Berkman smiles while shooting his fellow Germanians when they see Izetta in the capsule.
  • Foil: To Sieghart "Sieg" Müller. Both are questionable characters willing to "do what is needed" for their cause, including killing their own troops. However, Sieg does it after reaching the conclusion that it needs to be done, makes a token effort to explain and justify his action to poor Jonas and apologizes to him, and is shown being troubled inside for his own action afterwards, while Berkman does it easily, as a spot decision, without apparent regret, and actually smiling, .
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A man who would just murder his own men while smiling cannot be a good guy by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Ghostapo: The army special unit Berkman represents appears to be the Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of this trope, investigating occult phenomena at the Kaiser's behest.
  • The Heavy: Berkman is the first antagonist introduced and seems to be the Kaiser's most competent and trustworthy underling, charged with coming up with a plan to defeat and (re)capture Izetta.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He technically joins Eylstadt's side in Episode 11 after Kaiser Otto quietly ordered his execution.
  • Hero Killer: Establishes himself as this by killing Tobias.
  • It's All About Me: He is not loyal to Germania. He is loyal only to himself. He hasn't been doing things for the sake of Germania, but mostly for his own curiosity. He lampshades this in Episode 11 to Seig and in Episode 12 to Basler.
  • Jerkass: He is one without a doubt.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he may not exactly be loyal to Germania from the start, he has a valid point that there is no point in being loyal to a country whose ruler wants him dead, and he is better off siding with Eylstadt and helping them win the war, so he can live.
  • Karma Houdini: Zig-zagged. He manages to survive the series, but not unscathed. At first it looked like the only comeuppance he'd receive was a punch from Sieg, but he is shot and loses an eye to Basler.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Germanian officer that Berkman kills was not only going to shoot him in the back, but that coward enjoyed torturing the prisoners and planned on murdering all of Finé's people despite Finé agreeing to surrender.
  • Not So Different: He lampshades that he and Sieg have more than a few similarities when they meet face-to-face in Episode 11.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He almost always has a small smirk on his face, even when killing his own countrymen.
  • Pet the Dog: He paid his respects to Rickert's grave and genuinely praised his efforts.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He joins Eylstadt's side after he figured out that Kaiser Otto ordered his execution.
  • The Smart Guy: For the Germanian side.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There have been inconsistencies with whether his name is spelled 'Bergman', 'Belkman' or 'Berkman'. The latter is used in the Funimation translation.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After all of his efforts finally brought Germania excellent results, the Kaiser is quick to discard and toss him away once he no longer can contribute to the cause. He, of course, knew it was coming and yet, got caught off-guard once it happened.



Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Derick Snow (English)

Another member of the special unit who has noble blood. He is Berkman's right-hand man.

  • Accidental Pervert: He sees Bianca when she is bathing. He only broke down the door because he thought she was in danger.
  • Anti-Villain: Rickert never done anything atrocious throughout the series and even personally expressed sympathies for Eylstadt people. He's only a villain since he's working with the Germanian empire and can't bring himself to betray his country, but he is willing to let the Royal Guard kill him.
  • Bad Liar: In Episode 7, Basler tells Richert has a bad poker face.
  • Bishōnen: His appearance really stands out in the Germanian ranks.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Episode 8 gives him more development before his untimely death at the hands of Bianca.
  • Defiant to the End: He's offered his life if he turns sides, but he outright refuses. A rare case of doing that without saying a single insult or snark (see Face Death with Dignity and Suicide By Royal Guard below for details).
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted in that he's also quite deliberately shot in chest and abdomen before falling, instead of it being a simple accident that leaves the hero's hand clean.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Fails to notice Bianca's Royal Guard uniform laid on upon her bed right in front of him, because a fully nude Bianca is also in front of him.
  • The Dragon: To Berkman until his death.
  • Due to the Dead: It is revealed in Episode 11 that Rickert was given a proper burial.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Invoking My Country, Right or Wrong, Not So Different, and You Can't Fight Fate (see below) in quick sucesion before also invoking Suicide By Royal Guard.
  • Hidden Depths: He acknowledges that he will take up his father's title one day, but he wants to prove he can be successful even without inheriting it.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted. He is shot twice before dying. Even then he didn't completely succumb to the wounds yet.
  • Mr. Exposition: He serves as this for Bassler during Episode 6.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Even though he does feel bad for Eylstadt, he refuses to betray Germania.
  • Not So Different: He tells Bianca how they both are loyal to their country before she kills him.
  • Properly Paranoid: In Episode 5, he is understandably nervous when Berkman begins listing what Izetta would do if her powers were invincible, such as personally going to the Germanian Empire's capital to eliminate the Kaiser. While Berkman is simply speaking about theories and observations, Rickert understands that in a totalitarian state such things can be easily misconstrued.
  • Satellite Character: For the first seven episodes most of his scenes revolved around him having exchanges with either Berkman or Basler. Subverted in Episode 8 where he gets more screentime before meeting his untimely demise.
  • Ship Tease: Between him and Bianca until she finds out who he really is.
  • Suicide By Royal Guard: Bleeding to death from a previous wound, and faced to his love interest, he chooses to raise his gun nonetheless, forcing Bianca to shoot him in the chest.
  • Token Good Teammate: Deconstructed. While he is the nicest of the people on the Germanian side and sympathizes with the Eylstadt people, it doesn't mean he is going to betray his country and switch sides overnight. He has lived in Germania his whole life, and he is loyal to his country. While his last moments did make it clear he truly felt bad for Elystadt, it doesn't change the fact he puts his own country first to complete his mission.
  • The Watson: His main role for most of his screen time is being someone to whom Berkman can explain his theories and plans.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: He discusses the trope to Bianca in relation to Izetta and Finé being likely to repeat the real story of the original White Witch and Prince.



Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Jeffrey Schmidt (English)

Germania's Ace Pilot and captain of a Germanian fighter planes squadron who give chase immediately after Izetta's aerial escape in the second episode. He is later recruited by Berkman in Episode 5.

  • All There in the Manual: He was not introduced by name in the second episode, but the promotional material revealed his name. He isn't named onscreen until Episode 5.
  • Badass Boast: He states that he is the only one who can take on Izetta in a dogfight.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: His ultimate fate following the end of the war is unclear. He's last seen taking off in a warplane as the Allied powers are closing in on Neu-Berlin, presumably for one final sortie, and his survival is an open question.
  • Brains and Brawn: He is the brawn to Berkman's brains.
  • Co-Dragons: With Rickert until Rickert's death in Episode 8.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: His fighter is trimmed with gold, signifying his status as squadron leader.
  • Second Episode Introduction: He makes his debut in the second episode of the series.
  • Sole Survivor: In their first confrontation, Izetta downs the members of his squadron one by one. The captain himself makes it back to Germania with only a disabled engine. It is because of this that Berkman decides to recruit him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There were some inconsistencies on whether his name was spelt as 'Bassler' or 'Basler.' The latter is used in the Funimation translation.



Lieutenant General Grosskopf

Voiced by: Susumu Akagi (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)

The Lieutenant General in charge of the Germanian forces attacking Coenenberg. After his defeat, he is stripped of his rank and lands.

  • Asshole Victim: A non-fatal version. He suffers horrible consequences after he suffers a humiliating defeat at Izetta's hands.
  • Bald of Evil: He is completely bald and seems rather pleased how his men are wiping out a less equipped opposing force.
  • Break the Haughty: The news of his division's defeat leaves him very broken at the end of the Episode 3.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not only does Izetta deliver him a crushing defeat which forces him to return to Germania to explain his defeat to the Kaiser personally but he is stripped of everything he's worked for his entire life.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After his defeat, the Kaiser is 'lenient' by simply stripping of his rank and lands then forced to become a warden of a prison camp.
  • Smug Snake: He seems a little too eager to celebrate his victory long before the battle was over. It comes back to bite him later.
  • Starter Villain: The first Germanian commander Izetta and the Eylstadt forces defeat.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction to his men being defeated by Izetta.

     Sophie SPOILERS 

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya, Jad Saxton (English)

A witch whose existance seemingly contradicts the fact that Izetta is the last witch. In reality, she's a clone of the white witch spoken in legends, created specifically for the purpose of combating Izetta.

  • Ambiguous Situation: It has not been made clear if she really does remember her past or if she is relying on what the Germanians have told her about history.
  • Asshole Victim: A right sadistic bitch who was going out of her way to kill Izetta and destroy Elystdt without any regret or empathy when she dies.
  • Ax-Crazy: She does not appear to be entirely stable.
  • Blood Magic: Izetta's blood is why she was able to gain a sense of self and use magic. Beforehand, she nothing more than a mindless puppet. Due to her being a witch, she likely is capable of using the same blood magic Izetta was capable of as well.
  • Body Surf: The Germanian army is mass-producing more clone bodies for her, as using the Magic Stone degenerates her current body.
  • Came Back Wrong: She apparently retained her memories from her past life, and she is enraged and suffers a homicidal psychotic break.
  • Clone Degeneration: Changing clone bodies carries a severe risk that she will be eroding her consciousness with every switch.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has one of the deepest voices of the female cast, and is also one of the deepest voices Sora Amamiya has done as well.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Zig-zagged. When she is fighting against Izetta, Izetta fights relatively well against her. It isn't until Sophie lures her into an area that she had previously drained of magic with the Magic Stone that she takes Izetta down.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is the dark version of Izetta.
  • Dark Is Evil: She wears a dark outfit in contrast to Izetta.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Very much dark indeed.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She is constantly smiling and enjoying herself as she either torments Izetta or kills numerous other people.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Episode 9.
  • Expy: She technically Izetta's version of Selvaria Bles.
  • Evil Knockoff: Of both the legend she's cloned from and Izetta herself. This even extends to her outfit, a mostly black one in contrast to Izetta's white outfit.
  • Evil Laugh: When attacking Izetta and later Landsbruck.
  • Fallen Hero: She used to be the guardian of Eylstadt, but after getting betrayed by the country in her previous life, she is now determined to destroy it.
  • Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Izetta in Episode 8, as an excuse to bite her lip and obtain some of her blood.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Being put to death by the country she was sworn to protect in her past life would lead to her have a psychotic break that turns her into into a vengeful, Ax-Crazy sociopath.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Upon learning of what really happened to her at the hands of Eylstadt and her thirst for vengeance that spawned at the end of her previous life that would lead to her psychotic break from Episode 8 to Episode 12, they confirmed she was this in earlier episodes when references to the White Witch legend are made and how they impacted Elystadt before she was cloned by the Germanians and brought into the picture.
  • Hate Sink: Upon regaining her memories, her appearances basically stood in to be disliked by the viewers, mostly due to her cruelty as a result of her vengeance against Elystdt. Most of the tropes describing her are all negative.
  • Hypocrite: Chides Izetta for misusing her powers and intervening in a human war...yet her previous incarnation did the same thing, and she has no issue with harming the Eylstadt forces on Germania's behalf. Episode 10 takes this even further when uses the power of the magic stone to mass produce powerful weapons for the Germanian forces that devastate their enemies.
  • Jerkass: She is a big one without a doubt.
  • Karmic Death: She and her clones are destroyed when Izetta uses the magic stone to absorb all the magic in the world.
  • Kick the Dog: After she uses her stone to nullify Izetta's ability, she has no problem chaining her up quite painfully.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get significantly darker with her arrival to the plot and the war effort begins to turn back to Germania's favour.
  • Power Crystal: The Magic Stone (even only possessing half of it) allows her to drain regions of their magic completely, draw on the magic stored in the stone to bypass the limitation of needing to be near a ley line, and power Germanian weaponry.
  • Putting on the Reich: Upon her official debut on the battlefield, she shows up in a black and red version of a Germanian officer uniform, in direct contrast to Izetta´s color-scheme.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Defied. She tries to give one to Izetta regarding her devotion to Finé, but Izetta quickly shuts up and continues fighting without any problem. Instead, Sophie lures Izetta into a trap.
  • Revenge: She feels pretty motivated to get revenge for her previous version's death.
  • Revenge Before Reason: It doesn't matter to her if using the Magic Stone reduces her already limited lifespan or she might not be able to transfer her current consciousness into another clone body. She just wants to make sure Eylstadt burns.
  • Sadist: The way she enjoys painfully chaining up Izetta makes it clear she is one.
  • The Sociopath: She is a bloodthirsty and sadistic psycho who is only concerned about avenging herself against Eylstadt, with no remorse or pity towards anyone around her.
  • Soulless Shell: She starts out as one, but begins to regain her memories after coming into contact with Izetta's blood.
  • This Cannot Be!: She is surprised when she sees Izetta using the magic stone to absorb all the magic in the world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She goes through one during the fight with Izetta in the finale.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's pretty much impossible to mention her without explaining events of episode 9.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Big time.
  • Wicked Witch: Is she ever.
  • Wild Card: It has been hinted the Germanians might not be able fully control her. She does not have much of an issue to insulting and disrespecting people even on her side. In the final battle, she has no issues using and killing people on her own side to try and kill Izetta.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Being an incomplete clone with a borrowed consciousness and user of a highly hurtful artifact, she knows that she won´t be long-lived, acknowledging that she was dead from the start when the topic came up.

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