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This page is for tropes relating to the characters of Kaleidoscope. Tropes that stay the same in both this fic and Yuri!!! on Ice canon have been copied directly from the Characters page for the anime.

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    Yuuri Katsuki 

  • Blind Without 'Em: Downplayed. He wears glasses in everyday life, but they go into Hammerspace once he’s transformed, and Eros doesn’t seem to have any eye issues.
  • Casual Kink: His relationship with Victor has shades of BDSM. Eros took it way past the level of Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
  • Expy:
    • As Eros, he is this mainly to Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, with their Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, femininity, general air of mystery, and fire powers. Yuuri has Single-Target Sexuality for Victor (demiromantic, most likely). Rei acknowledges in the manga that she has an aversion to men and has pledged herself to devote her heart to Sailor Moon.
    • He's also similar to Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, being a Megane with few friends (and none who aren't connected to the Agency).
    • Comparisons can also be made to Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba. Their color schemes are the same (black, white, red). Early in the manga's run (and repeatedly in the 90s anime), a non-powered Tux throws a single red rose to distract villains, and Yuuri's Guardian Gem is the Red Rose. When he eventually gains them, Mamoru's solo attacks are incendiary-themed: Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber and Tuxedo Duel Cross Bomber. Mamoru is shown healing himself from a wound incurred during sports in the manga, and Eros healed Erin's hands.note  Both of them undergo a state of being Brainwashed and Crazy and Reforged into a Minion, ending in Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by their respective Reincarnation Romance lovers and Literally Shattered Lives. Both harbor an inferiority complex regarding their more-powerful partner.
  • Playing with Fire: Classified as a Fire user or pyromancer.
  • Significant Birth Date: He was born on November 19, making him a Sagittarius, the Archer. His zodiac element is fire. His attack Strike Inferno is modeled after his free skate ending pose, and Sailor Mars' Mars Flame Sniper, hence having a "fire archer" motif. His Greek namesake is also an archer, and can shoot arrows that inspire love (Yuuri) or hatred ("Eros"/Suisen).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Canon spells his name as Katsuki Yuri (or Yuri Katsuki for English segments and the dub). The fic goes with the culturally appropriate spelling of Katsuki Yuuri.

    Victor Nikiforov 

  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Like with "Yuratchka" for Yurio, Yakov would sometimes call him "Vitya". Yuuri does this as well.
    • Hiroko calls him "Vicchan". note 
  • An Ice Person: Classified as an Ice user, or cryomancer.
  • Casual Kink: His relationship with Yuuri has hints of BDSM. While it’s not mentioned, it’s most likely he introduced the concept to Yuuri.
  • Expy:
    • To Sailor Venus/Minako Aino: fun-loving, playful, bordering on The Ditz at times, but also a leader with borderline I Work Alone or It's All About Me tendencies. Minako Aino - in addition to sharing a first name with Minako Okukawa a. k. a. Leda, The Handler to Eros and Nike - also has the Affectionate Nickname V-chan, which sounds quite similar to Vicchan. Venus has heart/love-themed attacks (Rolling Heart Vibration being one), and Victor his famous heart-shaped smile.
    • To Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino: Not surprising, since Usagi and Minako share several characteristics. Princess Serenity (Usagi’s past life) and Victor both have silver hair and blue eyes. The Silver Crystal works according to Usagi’s heart, and Victor uses his powers intuitively and effortlessly. He also has a Reincarnation Romance with the Tuxedo Mask expy, Yuuri.
    • To Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, with his water/ice powers and nonexistent family life. Ami has a Disappeared Dad who abandoned his wife and daughter for his artistic career, Victor grew up raised by single mom Katerina. Victor eventually learned that Mikhail Nikiforov was an Agent made an Un-person after his death.
  • Generation Xerox: Victor is the spitting image of Katerina, especially with his hair long. Just like Mikhail, he fell in love with an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette who dies in combat and gets Reforged into a Minion.
  • The Renfield: Not by his own will. Eros keeps him around as enforcer, (body)guard, and non-fatal emergency rations.
  • Significant Birth Date: He was born on Christmas Day, in the Russian winter, and can manipulate ice. One of his attacks is even named Arctic Blizzard. As Christmas is a holiday about family, peace, and goodwill, it fits Victor's easygoing and loving nature. But as the cold can be quite brutal, angering Victor is not a wise idea.

    Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky 

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Yuratchka", which is an affectionate Russian diminutive of his name. His grandfather and even Yakov call him this. Victor called him "Yura" upon his initial appearance, but moved to “Yurio” as soon as Mari proposed it.
  • Expy:
    • To Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino. They’re both the sole breadwinner of their family (in Makoto’s case, it’s because she lives alone, being an orphan), a little bit more masculine/brash than their teammates (Makoto with her super-strength, Yurio being a Sir Swears-a-Lot with Hair-Trigger Temper) but has a softer side (Makoto still has feelings for her old sempai, Yuri can occasionally be nice to Yuuri, and gets along surprisingly well with Yuuko in an Intergenerational Friendship).
  • In-Series Nickname: He has several:
    • He gets the nickname of "Yurio" from Mari to avoid confusion between him and her brother. Victor and Yuri (along with Yuri's friends and family) continually refer to him as this throughout the rest of the series. The narration still refers to him as ’‘Yuri’’, though, with the nickname only cropping up in dialogue.
  • Kick the Dog: In a case of Mood Whiplash, while Victor was playfully teasing him about the Yurio nickname, Yuri got so offended that he called Victor an "annoying dinosaur overdue for retirement". This struck Victor's sore spot and soured the mood.
  • Significant Birth Date: He's born on March 1, which is World Cat Day in Russia. He's a Pisces, which makes his element water, a conductor of electricity - related to ice (Victor) and contrasting with fire (Yuuri).
  • Teen Genius: Entered the training system of the Agency early, and graduated at the age of 14, becoming the youngest Agent ever to begin service. He’s set to be a serious contender to Victor as Yakov’s replacement, skills-wise.

    Christophe Giacometti 

  • Amicable Exes: With Victor. They start out as friends with benefits and remain friends afterwards.
  • Camp Gay: Besides being Ambiguously Gay, he's rather flamboyant. He openly flirts with Victor (in front of Yuuri), backed up by them having previous history.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other characters shorten his name to Chris.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He's a nice Mellow Fellow with a cat, just as in canon. He shows it by owning a "Best Cat Dad Ever" mug, courtesy of Victor.
  • Megane: He's near-sighted and occasionally uses glasses.
  • Mellow Fellow: Always happy, calm and friendly, although sometimes he does get a bit too friendly.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is blond on top and brown on the sides. Since his eyebrows are brown, the blond part of his hair is probably dyed.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually quite friendly, even to his rivals. Maybe too friendly.
  • Only Friend: There are implications that he is this to Victor, from the way Victor talks about him.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has some facial hair around his mouth and on his chin.
  • Proud Beauty: Oh, yeah. He's sexy and he knows it.
  • Significant Birth Date: As the most overtly sexual and flirtatious member of the cast, it's appropriate that Christophe's birthday is on February 14th (Valentine's Day).

    Phichit Chulanont 

  • Adorkable: Particularly due to his Shipper on Deck tendencies and perpetually happy attitude.
  • Animal Motifs: He tends to be associated with hamsters.
  • Camera Fiend: He loves sharing photos and videos of his daily life in Instagram and other SNS, and he especially loves to take selfies.
  • Foil: To Yuuri. Yuuri is introverted, has trouble making friends, over-analyzes his performance and gets frustrated over any slip-ups. Phichit is outgoing, extremely sociable, treats his job with clear enthusiasm and isn't bothered if he makes a few mistakes.
  • Keet: A happy upbeat guy who is always in a cheery mood and taking selfies with everybody.
  • Nice Guy: Phichit has a humble, friendly, and genial personality and is supportive of his fellow Agents.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls his Handler Celestino "Ciao Ciao".
  • Odd Friendship: His relationship with Yuuri, since he's extroverted and enthusiastic while Yuuri is introverted and often melancholic. Though this is downplayed, since despite their contrasting personalities they see eye-to-eye in many things and are both friendly with other people.
  • Older Than They Look: He's pretty youthful-looking for a 20-year-old.
  • Only Friend: Downplayed. Yuuri does have friends and gets along with some of the other Agents, but among them, Phichit is the only one Yuuri really sees as his friend.


  • Disproportionate Retribution: He broke Erin's hand and healed it wrong so that she might never be able to play the piano again - because she bit him while he was kissing her/feeding on her. She drew blood (and taunted him about it) but his Healing Factor took care of it quickly.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Ashen skin, jet-black hair, blood red lips, cold to the touch. He's an (un)dead Yuuri, at least physically.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's Yuuri's traits dialed Up to Eleven, one way or another.
    • Yuuri loves Victor with all his heart, to the point of dying for him. Eros wants Victor by his side forever, Mind Control notwithstanding.
    • Yuuri suffers from a Lack of Empathy due to his terrible self-esteem but is generally a sensitive Nice Guy. Eros is a smug, arrogant, overconfident bastard who unrepentantly engages in For the Evulz behavior that is occasionally For Science!.
    • Yuuri works hard to get to where he is note  and chose to be an Agent because he believes in using his powers to save people/the world. Eros' ultimate endgame is to subjugate the world, and he uses people like guinea pigs/pawns.
  • Expy:
    • To Sailor Galaxia. Both characters are not from Earth, consider themselves superior to others, deem lesser beings only fit to crush under their heels, serve a supernatural, incorporeal entity, are power-hungry, and has brief redeeming moments only to reject redemption. The scene where Victor kisses Eros' boot, hand, gem, and lips was lifted straight from the manga, where a Reforged into a Minion Tuxedo Mask does the same to Galaxia. Unlike both of the previous villains that takes Tux on as a minion (Queen Beryl and Black Lady), Galaxia doesn't actually have any emotional attachment to Mamoru. Eros flat out informs Victor that he's easily replaceable.
    • To Mysterio. An Affably Evil caped master of illusion, psychological games, and gaslighting/victim blaming, with a tendency towards the dramatic. Eros' psychic torture of Victor resembles the Far From Home scene in which Mysterio torments Peter Parker. Quentin Beck's story of being a superpowered soldier whose planet was destroyed by Elementals is echoed in Eros and Yuuri's backgrounds. Eros came to Earth as his homeworld, Delta Pavonis, is on the verge of total destruction. Yuuri's job and calling is to protect the Earth from monsters, and his death set off a chain of events that nearly destroyed Earth. Both Eros and Yuuri are superpowered soldiers. Gold-One has elemental powers: fire, ice, electricity, earth, and light. "Eros" and "Mysterio" are names coined/owned by other people that the characters took up.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Well, he wears Yuuri's face. His personality and moral code is anything but similar.
  • The Fair Folk: He bears some resemblances to an unseelie fae.
    • He's originally from a remote world hidden to humans (Delta Pavonis) (the land of Faerie).
    • He doesn't understand humans, (considering them amusing and severely underestimating their capabilities), and likes to toy with them.
    • He abducts Victor and Erin, and alters them in some way - Victor gets his identity stolen, turning him into a drone that's stronger, faster, more durable, and bound to Eros. Erin nearly gets the same treatment, but Eros' defeat and her rescue means she winds up with PTSD, damaged hands, and superpowers.
    • He's considered handsome (helped by wearing Yuuri's face, who isn't exactly ugly).
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's amiable enough when you're playing nice, if a bit on the insufferably smug side. Piss him off and there would be hell to pay, and he's going to enjoy every bit of the payback. Erin and Victor both learned this the hard way - him via attempted murder with impalement, her via broken hands.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's insufferably arrogant and condescending.
  • Karmic Death: He kicks the bucket thanks to a double helping of The Dog Bites Back. His mistreatment of Erin caused her to hate him enough to curse him with all of the power she could muster, and his reveal to her that Victor is Forced into Evil led her to reach out to him, unknowingly but slowly eroding the geas from Victor's mind by treating him like a human being. It culminates in Eros getting fatally stabbed by a very furious Victor (defying a direct order that Eros gave with the full force of his Mind Manipulation), shortly on the heels of Eros' gloating that Victor would do whatever Eros wanted.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His actual name is "Suisen", Japanese for "narcissus" (like the flower). He's certainly full of himself, and his vanity led to his downfall. Doubles with Embarrassing First Name, which is why he simply stole Yuuri's Eros identity.
    • His stolen name is also appropriate: the central character of the "Eros" routine is The Casanova or a Femme Fatale who goes from town to town seducing people and casting them away. He tries this on Victor, Erin, and Phichit to varying degrees of success. He's considered physically attractive by all three of them.
  • Mind Rape: He's exceedingly fond of psychological warfare, ranging from simple manipulation, victim-blaming, and gaslighting to full blown visions right out of a bad acid trip.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He's an alien equivalent, though not viral (can't change other people into his kind).
    • He has Undeathly Pallor and Glowing Eyes of Doom in a shade of red not seen in humans not wearing contact lenses. He's cold to the touch as well (except when he's using his Playing with Fire powers to burn people, as Victor found out). He doesn't need to breathe (and when he does, his breath is always cold), though he has a heartbeat and bleeds red.
    • He feeds on Life Energy via kissing. Victor serves as his right hand and main food source. This energy gives him a Healing Factor.
    • He has Super Strength and is slightly more durable than the average Agent (who are already this universe's version of a Super Soldier).
    • He meets his demise via a stake through the heart, made of ice rather than wood.
    • He's capable of Mind Control with a Compelling Voice, both vocally and mentally.
  • Power Parasite: Courtesy of the Red Rose, he takes on Yuuri's Playing with Fire skillset. This stops as soon as Victor breaks free of the Mind Control.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Yuuri has reddish brown eyes. Eros' eyes are much, much redder, signifying his destructiveness, fire powers, and sadistic malice.
  • The Sociopath: Almost a textbook case. He's devoid of empathy and conscience, will do anything to achieve his goals, lacks impulse control, is delighted by suffering, doesn't understand (and is so arrogant he severely underestimates) humans and their feelings, is a Manipulative Bastard and Control Freak in All Take and No Give relationships that can easily lead into You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He never raises his voice outside of Calling Your Attacks - the most he approaches it is snarling. He actively enjoys other people's suffering and thrives on Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Walking Spoiler: Not to fans familiar with the Sailor Moon canon and therefore may cotton on that Yuuri is a close counterpart of Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask before Eros shows up in the plot. To everyone else, however, he is.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Erin's broken hands are proof.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Orders Victor to throttle Yurio (the youngest Agent, and not yet a legal adult), and later duels Yurio one-on-one with intent to kill. If his plans to Take Over the World had worked, this would have occured on a planetwide scale.

    Erin Riel 
  • Canada, Eh?: She's from Winnipeg (that is, somewhere between Toronto and The Other Rainforest), but doesn't have the Verbal Tic. Has a fierce rivalry with the other Canadian, JJ, who hails from Quebec.
  • Defiant Captive: She constantly talks back to Eros using Passive-Aggressive Kombat, even when it threatens her safety.
  • Expy:
    • To Sailor Saturn, the Soldier of Destruction. She's fought over by two factions, one wanting to kill her before she accidentally ends the universe, the other wants to save her and train her to control her powers. Her middle name is Violet, a shade of purple, which is Saturn's primary color. She's an anomaly from the rest of the Agency, having had her powers (forcibly) manifest in adulthood rather than after a rigorous period of training as children/preteens. Just as Saturn never should have been awakened, Erin should have never gone Active - except some aliens decided they wanted to resettle on Earth.
    • To Deadpool. Canadian, snarky, incapable of shutting up even when it would threaten their lives, highly destructive, cope with emotional trauma via an aggressive facade and jokes, have their powers manifest via torture from an Affably Evil villain with a henchman as their muscle.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Erin" is the name of the personification of Ireland. She comes from an Irish family. No one ever said the luck of the Irish is good luck - Erin's power is chaotic luck Up to Eleven.
    • Her middle name is Violet. The official theme song of the Takarazuka Revue is "Sumire no Hanasaku Koro", "When the Violets Bloom".
    • Her codename is Bellona, the Roman goddess of war. Fitting for someone who's destruction personified, and with a fiery temper.
  • Multiethnic Name: Irish first name, English middle name note , French last name.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her surname is from Louis Riel, leader of the Red River Rebellion.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Maaya's blue. She will fight anyone and everyone, and cannot keep her mouth shut even in danger. Just ask Eros how annoying she is.
  • Significant Birth Date: She's a Capricorn, born on January 13, 1995 (Friday the 13th). Capricorns are Earth signs ruled over by Saturn (which name means "earth-star" in Japanese).

    Maaya Towaki 
  • Expy: To Sailor Chibi Moon: A mysterious girl who shows up out of nowhere, on a mission to save her home. Chibi-Usa and Hotaru (Saturn) have a friend-version of Usagi and Mamoru's relationship (with vague hints of Toy Ship), while Erin and Maaya are the Distaff Counterparts of Victor and Yuuri. Chibi-Usa is also responsible and mature, yet at the same time fun-loving and upbeat. Maaya is cheerfully a Rules Lawyer.
  • The Fair Folk: Maaya is the seelie fae to Eros' unseelie.
    • They're the same species and from the same world as Eros.
    • Their flat is filled with thriving plants, actually their food source (for Life Energy).
    • They're a Lethal Chef due to lack of experience with human food and actually cooking, since they don't need to eat the mundane way. Thanks to Erin, they're getting better. Slowly.
    • They're very helpful to the protagonists, but at a cost (to achieve their own end, not out of the goodness of their heart).
    • They're mischievous and fun-loving.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Similar to Yuuri, their name is spelled in the Japanese order.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Their name is a mashup of two Takarazuka actresses: Towaki Sea (Hitoko) and Maaya Kiho (Kiichan). It's also a minor shoutout to Maya Fey/Ayasato Mayoi of Ace Attorney.
    • Their codename is Ayame, which means "iris" in Japanese. Iris is the Greek goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Erin's red (which isn't saying a lot because, outside of Yurio, everyone is calmer than Erin).
  • Replacement Goldfish: Eros accuses Maaya of being this where Erin is concerned. With their hair slicked back, Maaya bears an uncanny resemblance to Eros (even discounting their shared species). Here's a picture.
    • Meta-wise, Eros and Maaya are both based on Takarazuka Revue actresses, specifically top stars:
      • Eros: Tamaki Ryou as Death and Yamato Yuuga as Chiba Mamoru.
      • Maaya: Masaki Ryuu (see above picture) and Kozuki Wataru.

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