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Meimi Haneoka/Saint Tail
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As Meimi Haneoka
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As Saint Tail

The series' protagonist, shy middle school student by day, the people-helping thief Saint Tail by night.


Tropes related to Meimi:

  • The Dreaded: By the second half of the series, the local criminals have begun to fear Saint Tail due to how many of them have been caught as a result of her own capers. In episode 23, the criminals-of-the-week panic when they hear that Saint Tail's target is in a mansion they swindled.
  • Dude Magnet: Either as Meimi or as Saint Tail there have been many guys who have a crush in her.
  • Famed In-Story: Saint Tail becomes a local legend in time, with everything from super detectives coming in from out-of-town for the honor of catching her to a perfume seller staging a fake-advertising campaign based on his product being "good enough to be stolen by Saint Tail".
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Her parents argue which one of them she takes the most after and seem to have a competition going to see whose footsteps she'll actually follow in the end. Unknown to them (maybe), she's following both.
  • Generation Xerox: Just like her, Meimi's mother used to be a thief chased by Asuka Jr.'s father.
  • Guile Hero: Downplayed, her intelligence isn't focused on, but she's incredibly perceptive and intelligent and frequently pits her unwitting adversaries against each other as Saint Tail (to ensure the police catch that episode's bad guy).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The police treat her like a thief and try to arrest her, but this is apparently on a technicality.note  Saint Tail is gushed over by the students at Meimi's school, there are occasional newspaper articles about how she helps to bust real criminals (usually by her antics triggering an investigation into the thief she stole something from), and even Asuka Jr and the police acknowledge that she helps people, with the police having got in the habit of investigating her targets for crimes as soon as the warning note gets out.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: They are quite appropriate when she's the more vivacious Saint Tail.
  • Important Haircut: The last part of the last manga chapter and the final episode of the anime show that, eight years after being finally captured by Asuka Jr., Meimi has cut her hair short as a symbol that she's not Saint Tail anymore.
  • Incoming Ham: In one occasion she even hijacked a beauty contest to make her entrance...
  • Just Like Robin Hood: She stole for herself exactly twice (Ruby and Asuka jr.), and even then she was helping someone (Ruby's owner had just been jailed, and Asuka Jr. had been kidnapped).
  • Large Ham: As Saint Tail she's an immense show-off. Justified by her being a magician.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Saint Tail's 'warning notes' double as love letters, but Saint Tail can't bring herself to deliver it in a normal way, to the point that, excluding two fakes, the tamest two are a note attached to the spare tire of a passing car and a note brought to him by Ruby (the note hidden in Asuka jr.'s English textbook should have been the tamest one, but Asuka jr. accidentally read it out loud to the class before noticing...).
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Asuka Jr. once said that Saint Tail was the perfect girl in comparison to Meimi, who he considered loud, noisy and unfeminine. The face Meimi made at this declaration was priceless.
  • Magical Girl: Sort of, as her magic is explicitly stated to be stage magic (not that you'd notice...) but she still fulfills other aspects of the trope such as the transformation sequence, wearing a costume that does nothing to hide her face, and using her "magic" to help others.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Many of Saint Tail's performances are well beyond most magicians' abilities, and some translations having her prayer of forgiveness before all Transformation Sequences say that she's "not using gimmick or trick" opens interesting speculation chances.
  • Master of Illusion: She usually uses her powers to create illusions, including but not limited to Faux Flame or generate a flying saucer out of balloons.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Her game out of cat-and-mouse with Asuka Jr plays out as a weird form of this, given her declaration that she doesn't want anyone else to "catch" her and, later, privately admitting to herself that the reason she sent warning notes is because she wanted him to chase her, i.e. "eyes that stare only at me".
  • Power Copying: She can easily copy her father's tricks after seeing them once. She can even figure out how to do them after seeing part of them.
  • Phantom Thief: A supremely talented thief who announces her targets ahead of time and performs her heists with flare.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How she gets away with so many things: her tricks are so over the top that most people are reduced to stunned stupor until someone shouts to try and arrest her.
  • Secret Identity Identity: One of the reasons Asuka jr. concluded that Meimi and Saint Tail just look alike: as Saint Tail, Meimi completely loses her shyness and is much more direct and flirty.
  • Stage Magician: She may seem like a truly magical Magical Girl but this is what she really is. Saint Tail's outfit started out as Meimi's outfit for when she would go professional.
  • They Fight Crime!: Meimi's a magician thief and Seira's a nun-in-training; they fight crime by stealing stolen items.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Meimi is absolutely terrified by lizards. Hilarity Ensued when she found out the target of one of her capers was a very large one (by the description she was expecting a kitty).

Daiki Asuka jr.
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A classmate of Meimi, with whom has a formidable love-hate relationship. He was assigned by the mayor to try and arrest Saint Tail.


  • Amateur Sleuth: Debuted like this, but ended up with formal recognition by the end of the first chapter of the manga and episode of the anime.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: After a while he started being able to partially anticipate her and deduce his way out of her tricks.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The one reason he comes so close to actually capturing Saint Tail: being relatively unconventional himself, he recovers pretty fast from her over the top acts, and has actually anticipated her a few times.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets grouchy and confrontational whenever another boy shows interest in Meimi and declares, loudly and repeatedly, that no one else can catch Saint Tail because "Saint Tail is mine!"
  • Generation Xerox: His chase of Saint Tail mirrors the one his father was giving to Saint Tail's mother.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is passionate in his pursuit of Saint Tail, but only when actively pursuing her or talking about her. It's the only ting that gets him really riled up.
  • Missing Mom: What happened to his mother is not known (not even if she's still alive), only that she's not around.
  • Oblivious to Love: Being oblivious to Meimi's unexpressed feelings? Understandable. Not realizing that Rina is in love with him when she could be the trope picture of Clingy Jealous Girl? Not so much. Being unable to realize that Saint Tail's warning notes double as unconventional love letters until pointed out by The Dragon? Oh boy... Taking almost two years, shouting them to Saint Tail, and brooding about it for another couple days before realizing he's in love with Meimi? He's threatening Son Goku for the trope picture, guys!
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Any lesser thief would have been caught by now.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He gets steadily better at laying traps for Saint Tail, which means she has to exert herself more to stay out of his grasp.
  • Worthy Opponent: He doesn't care who Saint Tail is even refusing to hear Rina's idea. He just wants to catch her in the act by outsmarting her.

Seira Mimori
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without her nun costume

Meimi's best friend, and accomplice in the whole Saint Tail thing. She's also a nun-in-training.


Tropes associated with Seira:
  • Good Shepherd: She's a nun in training who does her best to help others, console them that The Lord will help and guide them, encourage them when they need a confidence-boost etc. but constantly violating the seal of confession (even for a good cause) technically disqualifies her.
  • Instant Sedation: She can, and has, prepared sprays with this effect. It's mentioned she learned it from her family.
  • They Fight Crime!: Meimi's a magician thief and Seira's a nun-in-training; they fight crime by stealing stolen items.

     Recurring Characters 

Asuka sr.
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Asuka's father, and a capable police officer.


Tropes associated with Asuka sr.:
  • Ascended Extra: In the anime, he regularly plays a small role in the police part of the heists. In the manga he was shown for one panel, and in the prequel chapter published after the series' end to boot.
  • The Ghost: In the manga, he never appears in person. In the anime, he makes more appearances.

Rina Takamiya
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A transfer student who immediately falls in love for Asuka jr., and tries to tackle Saint Tail both out of a sense of justice and because she doesn't want her to get with Asuka jr..


Tropes associated with Rina:
  • Fair Cop: The final part of the last episode, set a few years after the end of the chase, shows she'll become a police officer.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Asuka jr was too deeply hooked into Saint Tail for her to ever have a chance at his heart.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She has the height (she's the second or third-tallest of the class, beaten only by Sawatari and, after his growth spurt, Asuka jr.), and enough self-esteem to become the class' idol upon enrolling and actually transforming her height into a charm point.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her reaction to Meimi and Asuka jr. getting together is to complain it took them so long, and when Asuka disappears she's the one who encourages Meimi.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant, violent, and has a genuine sense of justice and a well hidden niceness.
  • Megaton Punch: Are you in her way? Are you Sawatari doing something that irks her sense of justice? She'll send you flying, no matter who you are. In fact her first victims were two cops.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
  • The Rival: Romantic rival for Saint Tail because all Asuka Jr and Meimi do is argue.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: As the niece of the mayor, Rina got permission to intrude in the Saint Tail investigation. She also used her influence on her uncle to almost get Asuka off the case, and in another occasion tried to get Asuka jr. back on the case (Saint Tail humiliating his replacement and getting her in a fight with Rina was more efficient).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Has a tendency to punch her way into any situation where there's a crime. In fact her original motivation to chase Saint Tail, before falling for Asuka jr. (and promptly forgotten after seeing him in action and falling for him), was that a thief sending warnings before her capers just made her furious, and Asuka jr. seemed too incompetent to actually deal with her.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of Bagworms.

Manato Sawatari
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A classmate of Meimi and Asuka, and a member of the school's journalism club. Tends to know a lot of things.


Tropes associated with Sawatari:

Hideo Morinaka
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The mayor of Seika, and the one who assigned Asuka jr. to the Saint Tail case.


Tropes associated to mayor Morinaka:
  • Ascended Extra: His role didn't change much in the animated adaptation, but he appeared much sooner.
  • Canon Immigrant: When he appeared in the manga, it was with his anime design.
  • Nepotism: Why he assigned Rina to help Asuka jr.: she had asked him, and he just can't say no to her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a fair-minded mayor. For instance, when Rina told him that Asuka Jr let Saint Tail escape in the "Save the Pretty Idol Girl" caper as justification for having him taken off the Saint Tail investigation, he said he would consider it. Indeed, when Asuka Jr fails on the next caper, he gives the boy a put-up-or-shut-up warning. Then Asuka jr. does something that restores his confidence.

Eimi Haneoka/Phantom Thief Lucifer
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Meimi's mother, and a former thief herself.


Tropes associated with Eimi:
  • Follow in My Footsteps: In an early episode, she discovers that her daughter is sneaking out at night and suspects, at the very least, that Meimi does it to be a phantom thief like she used to be. This delights her.
  • Large Ham: In her Lucifer days, she was so hammy one of her warning notes was a blimp.
  • Love Redeems: When she met Genichiro she decided to retire as a thief and gave back all her loot.
  • Meet Cute: She met Genichiro when she was about to be caught by the police and he decided to hide her.
  • Phantom Thief: Formerly, a shadowy thief known as "Lucifer" who sent warning notes as loud as a blimp. She admits she was a really mean one.
  • Secret Keeper: It's implied she knows, or at least suspects, that Meimi is Saint Tail.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: She often gets affectionate or lovingly teasing with Genichiro.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's more grounded than her husband, not that's too hard with Genichiro...
  • You Are What You Hate: It's pointed out, again and again, her personality is identical to Rosemary's. Yet they loathe each other.

Genichiro Haneoka
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Meimi's father, and her teacher in the ways of the stage magic.


Ruby
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Meimi's pet hedgehog, whose previous owner was arrested for stealing a diamond and making Ruby eat it.


Tropes associated with Ruby:
  • A Day in the Limelight: Her debut chapter is naturally focused on her, such as bonding with Meimi and being the hiding place for a jewel.

Ryoko and Kyoko
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Meimi and Seira's friends from the class.


Tropes associated with Ryoko and Kyoko:
  • A Day in the Limelight: Anime episode 38, in which their criticism prompts Asuka to dare them to catch Saint Tail... And they accept. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Ascended Extra: The anime gives them a larger role, an episode dedicated to them, and their names.

Yasuhiro and Chiba
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Asuka jr.'s friends from the class.


Tropes associated with Yasuhiro and Chiba:
  • Hufflepuff House: These two characters who only exist to provide some comic relief, they aren't named in the anime until episode 39 (of 43), and the manga doesn't give them a name at all.

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     Important Villains 

Okajima and Yabe
Okajima is the mayor of the city of Sakuraoka, who lent Seika's town a crystal sculpture and then had it stolen by Yabe to sell it. Due Rina's attempt at getting Asuka jr. off Saint Tail's case at the same time, they nearly succeeded in interrupting the chase.
Tropes related to Okajima and Yabe:
  • Evil Knockoff: Sort of: Yabe impersonates Saint Tail to commit his theft but doesn't dress like her.
  • Mayor Pain: Okajima is the corrupt variant, having the sculpture stolen in Seika so they'll have pay his town a lot of money and he won't have to resign while selling it to make money.

Kabako Sendo/Rosemary
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A rival of Eimi in her Phantom Thief days, that came to town to get her revenge on her.


Tropes associated with Rosemary:
  • Femme Fatalons: Her long and sharp nails are focused on when she does devious things.
  • Good Parents: Maju appears perfectly happy and well-adjusted, implying this trope is the case. The worst punishment she gives when Maju losses a gold statue to Saint Tail is a brief scolding, rather than something more severe.
  • Karma Houdini: At the end of the series, she and Maju move on to the next town. This makes her the only villain in the series to escape arrest.
  • Mind Control: She's an extremely powerful hypnotist: by showing people some of a shiny powder she identifies as jade dust (even if it's purple and not green), she can briefly take control of the mind of an unaware victim, knock people out until she decides to awaken them, or create such realistic hallucinations that they can kill (nearly strangled Saint Tail this way).
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She raises her hand to her mouth in classic manner when laughing and gloating. She certainly dresses the part of a noblewoman.
  • Not So Different: It's pointed out, again and again, her personality is identical to Eimi's, and the only real difference is that Eimi met Genichiro. Yet they loathe each other.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She really loves Maju as a daughter, and is willing to offer Saint Tail a chance to join her in spite of her having pressed her Berserk Button.
    • Also, she renounces her revenge when she sees Meimi and Asuka jr. together.
  • Phantom Thief: An unusual one, as her main tactic is to hypnotize her victim into giving her the loot. She certainly has the flare for it.
  • Phony Psychic: She and Pandora pose as fortune tellers to commit their capers, supporting the normal tricks with hypnosis.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Why she goes after Meimi is, in her words, "The daughter's pain is the mother's pain". That and going after a retired thief wasn't as funny.
  • The Rival: She competed with Eimi when Eimi was a thief.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She seems fairly nice most of the time, but can be terrifyingly ruthless.
  • What Could Have Been: Invoked She muses at how things could have been different had she met a good man like Eimi did.

Maju Sendo/Pandora
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Rosemary's adopted daughter and accomplice.


Tropes associated with Maju:
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When working as a fortune teller, she acts friendly and polite when she is actually stealing from her costumers.
  • The Dragon: She is the point-person for Rosemary's capers, promoting their cons and hypnotizing people. She is also the one to confront Saint Tail while her mother schemes.
  • Evil Counterpart: She is a schoolgirl and a Phantom Thief, who is also the daughter of a Phantom Thief, and performs tricks that appear to be magic; the difference with Saint Tail is that she keeps what she steals.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In her opinion, Asuka jr. and Meimi's relationship was doomed to failure because the latter was hiding something big from him. She's quickly proven right, and it's only because she points out Meimi-as-Saint Tail's Love Letter Lunacy that it doesn't crash down.
  • Happily Adopted: Given how easily Maju addresses Rosemary as "Mom", takes after her as a Phantom Thief, and is so comfortable and familiar around her, if Rosemary hadn't said that Maju wasn't her biological daughter, no one would ever know.
  • Karma Houdini: After multiple engagements with Saint Tail, she leaves town no worse for the wear.
  • Meaningful Name: Her nom de guerre Pandora, as she brings unhappiness (theft through hypnosis, and the involvement in Asuka jr. finding out Saint Tail's identity) with some hope (breaking through Asuka's inability to recognize love).
  • Mind Control: Of the hypnotic brand, capable of briefly controlling an unaware victim or causing hallucinations with the help of some lavender scent. She's not as good as Rosemary, but she's still in training.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had she not called Asuka jr. an idiot for not recognizing an obvious love letter, his relationship with Meimi would have stayed wrecked by The Reveal of her being Saint Tail.
  • Only Sane Woman: As she's usually seen around Meimi, Asuka jr. and Rosemary, it's a given that she's the only reasonable one around.
  • Phantom Thief: Of the same type as Rosemary, a mysterious phony psychic and hypnotist.
  • Phony Psychic: She and Rosemary pose as fortune tellers to commit their capers, supporting the normal tricks with hypnosis.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She fears ghosts.

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