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Characters who have appeared in the Mai-Otome anime series, including the OVA sequel Mai-Otome Zwei and the manga.

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Main Heroines

    Arika Yumemiya
"I finally found my dream! So call me reckless or whatever, but I'm going to do it."
Voice Actor: Mika Kikuchi (JP), Angie Beers (EN)
GEM: Coral, Azure Sky Sapphire
Master: Mashiro Blanc de Windbloom
The focal character of the main series. Arika is a traveler from the faraway nation of Galelia, who arrived in the kingdom of Windbloom to enroll at Garderobe Academy for clues to the whereabouts of her Missing Mom. She was given the "Azure Sky Sapphire" Gem, which becomes the key to realizing her dream of becoming an Otome. Arika is the daughter of Lena Sayers, the previous Azure Sky Sapphire and Otome to the previous king of Windbloom.

    Nina Wáng
"I don't need anyone other than Father!"
Voice Actor: Ami Koshimizu (JP), Kris Rundle (EN)
GEM: Coral, Ultimate Black Diamond, Neptune Emerald / (manga) Azure Sky Sapphire, Black Smoke Chrysoberyl
Master: Nagi Dai Artài, Mashiro Blanc de Windbloom (in Zwei and the manga)
Nina is the top-ranked Coral student at Garderobe Academy, a training ground for Otome candidates. She is not happy with Arika's sudden arrival, but learns to put up with her for the time being. Nina is the adoptive daughter of Major Sergay Wáng of Artài (anime only; in the manga, the two are not related). In truth, Nina is the real long-missing Princess Mashiro of Windbloom, though she doesn't know.

    Mashiro Blanc de Windbloom
Voice Actor: Yukana (JP), Katie Rowan (EN)
Otome: Arika Yumemiya, Nina Wáng
The princess (soon queen) of the Kingdom of Windbloom. At first, Mashiro is rebellious and quite unenthusiastic about the responsibilities of her job, and may not actually be the real heir to the kingdom, if rumors are to be believed. Through a series of (unfortunate?) events, she becomes Arika's Master.

Garderobe Academy Students


Coral Otome

First-year students at Garderobe Academy, Coral Otome all fight using the same Coral Robe. Two are assigned as room attendants to second-year Pearls, who mentor them while they do chores. Only half of all Corals advance to their second year.

    Erstin Ho 
Voice Actor: Minami Kuribayashi (JP), Lorie Barnes-Smith (EN)
GEM: Coral, (manga) Rainbow Cloud Rhodonite
Master: Fumi Himeno (manga) Mashiro Blanc de Windbloom
Home country: An Nam
Erstin is one of Arika and Nina's friends and roommates on campus. She is unusually gentle and meek, and tries not to hurt anyone. Unfortunately for her, Erstin belongs to a family who follows the Schwarz (no, not that Schwarz), and is turned against the ones she loves, resulting in her death in the anime.
  • Blackmail: In the manga, it's implied she did this, as it's noted that she had some leverage to use on Natsuki when negotiating to move back into Nina's room, which happens immediately after she learns Manshiro is male.
  • Boobs of Steel: In the manga, she's ranked Number 3, making her the third best Coral Otome. Also, having a prominent F-Cup bust is crucial to her signature technique, Ultra Bust Impact.
  • Does Not Like Men: In the manga, to the point of panic attacks. She makes an exception for Manshiro after falling in love with him.
  • Fighting Your Friend: In the manga, is manipulated into fighting against Arika in a Butou match.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts are often a source of humor in the manga.
  • Grasp the Sun: In her dying moments.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Anime-only. Block's Nina's attack with her slave to stop her from attacking Arika (despite the fact that Schwarz is on Nagi's side), costing her her life (manga) Tries to do this with a grenade to stop Dark Hime Natsuki, but fails and survives.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Ers" to most of her friends.
  • The Mole: An unwitting one, but it traumatizes her a lot, and she ends up paying the price for it.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name can be romanized as "Elstin Ho", an anagram of "Holstein", a breed of cow, making her making her name a pun on her large breast size.
  • Personal Effects Reveal: She left behind a letter for Arika and Nina, which the latter reads after Erstin's death.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Manga!Erstin's crush on Nina is made obvious from the very start. May also apply to her anime incarnation, depending on one's interpretation of her last letter to Nina. She also acts this way among her other schoolmates, and in the sound dramas, admits to having a crush on her Onee-sama Akane, while under the influence of a mushroom that removes her inhibitions.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga, she survives and becomes one of Mashiro's Otome.
  • Taking the Bullet: She pushes Nina and Arika out of the way of a dropped acid flask, but gets her leg splashed for her trouble.

    Irina Woods 
Voice Actor: Kumiko Higa (JP), Leah Dubbin-Steckel (EN)
GEM: Coral
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home country: Aries
Irina is the fourth member of Arika's initial Four-Girl Ensemble, and she is fond of engineering and scientific endeavors. She was invited to Garderobe on a scholarship from her home country of Aries. Her closest friends on campus are Erstin and Professor Youko.
  • Expy: Irina looks a bit like Yukino, who appears in this series as her home country's president.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Late in the anime, during the occupation of Windbloom, she asks Nina what happened to Arika and Erstin, but gets no response.
  • Meganekko
  • Playful Hacker: She exhibits this trait when reprogramming the Fumi System during the Otome war near the end of the series.
  • Teen Genius

    Tomoe Marguerite (spoilers) 
Voice Actor: Rie Tanaka (JP), Tracy Sutton (EN)
GEM: Coral, Cursed Obsidian
Master: Fumi Himeno, Lena Sayers
Home Country: Windbloom
Tomoe is the second-ranked Coral student in Garderobe Academy. Unlike her fellow Otome peers, she is willing to use every dirty trick in the book to maintain her status, and makes it clear on a few occasions that she dislikes everybody (with one exception, and only one: Shizuru, whom she's had a crush on since she was a youngster). After Schwarz assumes control over the school, she is contracted into joining Nagi's special Valkyrie squadron.
  • Anime Hair: Long hair on her right and short on her left.
  • Bait the Dog: While her nasty true personality is well-known enough not to be considered a spoiler, she initially comes off as a friendly, polite and talented Coral.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She puts on a polite front when people other than Arika and Miya are around, and even sticks up for Arika on a few points (including during her scheme to frame Arika for selling her uniform) in order to maintain it.
  • Blatant Lies: Virtually any scene in which she acts nice to Arika, or anyone else. One scene that sticks out is late in the series, after making some comments mocking Nina's relationship with Sergay, Nina loses her temper and slaps Tomoe hard. Tomoe then claims to Shizuru that she did nothing to deserve this treatment.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Normally, Tomoe speaks in a calm manner, but does a lot more shouting after her defection and subsequent reunion with Arika.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates Arika just for getting attention from Shizuru even though it wasn't even that much.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Joins the Valkyrie squad along with a few other Corals after being promised promotion to Meister status.
  • Dark Chick
  • Dark Is Evil: Her Cursed Obsidian GEM.
  • Dark Magical Girl
  • Demoted to Extra: In the manga, only appears a few times alongside other generic students, and is not evil.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Subtlety is not one of Tomoe's strong points, but yet only Chie and Shizuru are aware of her true motives.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Following the Schwarz invasion, Tomoe ditches her Coral Robe for a suit of transforming all-black fighter-jet armor, complete with Spikes of Villainy and a mean spear.
  • Expy: Essentially a more villainous version of Shizuru from the original series.
  • It's All About Me: Her only motive is possessing Shizuru and hates so much as giving attention to anybody else. She only works with Nagi since it helps her, but she doesn't care about his plans, though she has no problem with the destruction they cause either.
  • Karma Houdini: For all she has done, she survives her Disney Villain Death, and according to Zwei she apparently didn't get any punishment beyond having to leave the academy.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Forcing Shizuru to sleep with her to guarantee Natsuki's safety. Even though being "forced" was what Shizuru wanted in the first place.
    • After seeing Miya Taking the Heat for her, for which Miya ultimately gets expelled, she mutters to herself that Miya is worthless.
  • Precision F-Strike: Shortly before her defeat at Arika's hands, she screams, "Stop fucking around, you damn ant!"
  • Precocious Crush: Has had a crush on Shizuru since she was a young girl and Shizuru was a Pearl Otome.
  • Psycho Lesbian
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: To Shizuru, by falsely claiming that Natsuki has been captured, too.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After learning that Shizuru was merely pretending to have feelings for her, and seeing Chie and the Aswad intervene to protect Arika.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the first half of the anime, Tomoe seems to be a genuinely nice girl; it is not until the second half that her true nature is revealed.
  • Yandere: Tomoe wants Shizuru, and is perfectly willing to kill anyone whom she considers "in the way" leading her to attack and attempt to murder Arika, even though Shizuru lavishes a majority of her attention on Natsuki.

    Miya Clochette 
Voice Actor: Yui Itsuki (JP), Kelsey Schimpf (EN)
GEM: Coral
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home country: Lutecia Remus
Miya is a member of the Coral class, along with Arika, Nina and Tomoe. She gets used by Tomoe as an accomplice for some of the former's most heinous actions, despite her own personal objections. Unable to stand up to her, she is forced out of Garderobe when Tomoe forces her to take full responsibility for attempting to have Arika raped.

    Yayoi Alter 
Voice Actor: Kimiko Koyama (JP)
GEM: Coral
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home country: Lutecia Romulus

    Lillie Aldean 
Voice Actor: Akiko Kimura (JP), Jillian Hannah (EN)
GEM: Coral
Master: Fumi Himeno

Pearl Otome

Second-year students at Garderobe who fight with Pearl Robes and each have two room attendants from the first years.
  • Custom Uniform: The #1 Pearl's uniform has an white dress instead of a gray dress like the others.

The Trias

    In General 
A trio of Garderobe upperclassmen who hold the rank of Pearl Otome. They act as big-sister figures and room supervisors for some of the Corals.

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: In charge of disciplining the students, although sometimes Natuski and Maria step in.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: With the exception of Shiho. Chie sympathizes with Arika for having to face being accused of selling her uniform so early in her time at Garderobe, and she and Akane help find clues to prove Arika's innocence.

    Akane Soir 
Voice Actor: Junko Iwao (JP), Morgan Partridge (EN)
GEM: Pearl, Pure Heart Malachite
Master: Fumi Himeno, Kazuya Krau-xeku
Home country: Florince
Room attendants: Erstin Ho and Irina Woods
Pearl and Trias #1.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the manga, once she finds out that Kazuya is a Schwarz agent and he’s been cheating on her, she activates her robe and takes him down.
  • Cat Girl: Her Meister Robe makes her resemble one.
  • Love Martyr: In the manga, takes some extreme measures out of loyalty to Kazuya, including temporarily leaving the academy when he goes missing. When she discovers the truth about him, she returns. (By contrast, her anime incarnation's love for Kazuya is requited, and he's equally willing to make sacrifices)
  • Official Couple: With Kazu.
  • Onee-sama: All three are called this, but Akane exemplifies the character type the most.
  • Running Gag: Her and Kazu's complete inability to have sex due to all sorts of extenuating circumstances.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Akane ditches her Meister promotion ceremony to run off with her lover, Kazuya in Episode 13. He later becomes her Master after he takes the crown of Cardair following Argos XIV's death.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In her special, when she and Kazuya are about to have sex.
    Kazuya: I'm a little scared.
    Akane: Don't worry, I know lots of stuff.
    Kazuya: Eh?
    Akane: (sheepishly waving hands) No! I didn't mean it like that! I learned lots in school!
    Kazuya: (nervous laugh) Ah, right.
  • Wall of Text: Her talking about everything she went through after Kazuya's disappearance in the manga, complete with "Fast forward" and "skip" buttons shown.

    Chie Hallard 
Voice Actor: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Hazel Forman (EN)
GEM: Pearl, Cursed Obsidian, Unknown
Master: Fumi Himeno, Lena Sayers, Unknown
Home country: Aries
Room attendants: Tomoe Marguerite and Lillie Adean
Pearl and Trias #2.
  • Ascended Extra: Unlike her Mai-HiME counterpart, she plays a role that is relevant in the main story.
  • Bifauxnen
  • Catch a Falling Star: To a depowered Arika.
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Fake Defector: Temporarily joins the Valkyrie unit to keep an eye on Tomoe, who joined of her own volition. It's believed that she may also have been spying for Aries' army, as Haruka and Yukino address her as "Major" when they meet near the end.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Chie loves to flirt with some of the girls, and is implied to be in a relationship with Aoi, the royal maid.
  • Something About a Rose Chie always carries a blue rose with her.
  • Taking the Bullet: Catches Arika as she falls from the air while having her Robe deactivated, and takes an attack from Tomoe meant for Arika.

    Shiho Huit 
Voice Actor: Sakura Nogawa (JP), Leda Davies (EN)
GEM: Pearl, Spiral Spin Serpentine
Master: Fumi Himeno, Charles Guinel Roy d'Florince VIII
Home country: Cardair
Room attendants: Miya Clochette and Yayoi Alter
Pearl and Trias #3 and a member of the Cardair royal family.
  • Alpha Bitch: Strongly opposes Arika coming to Garderobe, since she feels she doesn't fit the character of the school as someone without much money or the backing of a nation.
  • Berserk Button: Any nicknames related to "spiraling".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: There's a significant contrast between her behavior when the faculty is watching and when they aren't. She even keeps up the facade around most of her fellow students, and keeps her "Spiraling" a closely guarded secret.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: She gives Arika and Erstin's "meal" 0 points just by looking at it. When Arika tricks her into swallowing a morsel, she reduces the score to negative 10 points.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Chiding some of her juniors for gossiping about Nina, then, when she's out of earshot, says she hopes it's the result of her "spiraling" Nina for refusing to be her room attendant.
  • Expressive Hair
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In her specials, it's suggested that some of the disasters that happened were the result of her getting angrier and angrier, spiraling more and more each time until she spirals herself.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her "maki maki" spiral voodoo magic causes no shortage of nuisances for anyone she tries to curse (Arika is a favorite target of hers). Part of a Running Gag.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In the manga, she manipulates Erstin into fighting Arika by using her being moved out of Nina's room against her, along with Mind Control.
  • Plucky Comic Relief

    Juliet Nao Zhang 
Voice Actor: Yuuka Nanri (JP), Marcy Lannan (EN)
GEM: Pearl, Break String Spinel
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home country: Artài
Room attendants: Nina Wang and Arika Yumemiya
Pearl Otome #4 and a native of Artài, Nao likes to keep to herself and intends to use her Garderobe education as a way to marry rich and live easy. She is later promoted to the vacant Fourth Column spot by Natsuki during Windbloom's time of crisis, and is unhappy about it. Only Shiho ever calls her by her real first name, while everyone else addresses her as "Nao".
  • Aloof Ally
  • Anti-Hero: Type II. Nao does good deeds in spite of her apathy toward the whole Otome thing.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She keeps her grades high enough to meet Sergay's standards, but doesn't want to become a Trias. Unfortunately for her, after Akane's departure, she has to replace her.
  • Chinese Girl: Like Nina, she is from Artai, and wears a qipao as her standard outfit as Column IV.
  • Cool Big Sis: She may not be frank about it, but this universe's Nao cares for her younger classmates.
  • Dis Motivation: She gets good grades to meet Sergay's expectations, but stays as #4 Pearl to avoid becoming a Trias. Unfortunately for her, Akane's appointment as Florence's Otome and subsequent elopement with Kazuya means that Nao, now third among the remaining Pearls, replaces Akane on the Trias.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Juliet.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Spiderman to Sara's Batman.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Meganekko: In the manga, after briefly losing her contacts.
  • MRS Degree: Technically why she's at the school, to find a rich husband. Except she fails.
  • Out of Character Is Serious Business: She's actually visibly shocked when she finds out that Arika was almost raped, and is concerned about her behavior in the time afterward.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Drags attempted rapists from a boat through the city's canals.
  • Power Fist: Plus Wolverine Claws. Her Meister Robe's Element is a giant claw on her right hand.
  • Razor Floss
  • Senpai Kohai: Nina and Arika, her room attendants and the only two underclassmen with whom she interacts on a regular basis, call her "Nao-senpai" rather than "Nao-onee-sama"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Natsuki end up developing this dynamic in the second half of the series.

Garderobe Academy Faculty

    Fumi Himeno 
GEM: Pure White Diamond
Master: Unknown Mashiro look-alike, True Mashiro (manga)
The first Otome and the founder of Garderobe, as well as its first principal and instructor. It's implied that she eventually retired, married, and had a family, because her body is used as the power source for Garderobe's Predecessor system and produces the school's GEMs.

The Five Columns

Five Otome contracted to the Predecessor, Fumi Himeno, who serve Garderobe itself rather than any individual country. Their right to Materialize off Garderobe property is strictly regulated by a number of treaties and articles. At the start of the series, the position of the Fourth Column is vacant and is later filled by Nao.

    Column I: Sara Gallagher 
GEM: Galactic Aquamarine
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home country: Aries
Anime-only character. Hailing from Aries, Sara was the official room attendant to Mai Tokiha during her Coral days, and she, like Yukino, picks up on Haruka's occasional malapropisms. Sara, being one of the Columns, sides with Haruka and the other Alliance members in the finale.

    Column II: Natsuki Kruger 
Voice Actor: Saeko Chiba (JP), Cheryl McMaster (EN)
GEM: Ice Silver Crystal
Master: Fumi Himeno
Home Country: Aries (manga only)
Natsuki is the stoic and incredibly business-minded headmistress of Garderobe Academy. She is worried about the recent resurgence in Otome fighting.

    Column III: Shizuru Viola 
Voice Actor: Naomi Shindo (JP), Melanie Risdon (EN)
GEM: Bewitching Smile Amethyst
Master: Fumi Himeno
Shizuru works alongside Natsuki as her assistant and protector. Her title is the "Bewitching Smile Amethyst", which matches her sometimes flirtatious behavior.
    Column IV 
See Juliet Nao Zhang.

    Column V: Mahya Blythe 
GEM: Swirling Dance Fluorite
Master: Fumi Himeno
Anime-only character. Mahya is the current Fifth Column. She takes her job very seriously, and tries to keep Akane's libido in check so that she doesn't lose her Otome powers.
  • Cat Smile
  • Dance Battler
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Facial Markings
  • Jerkass: Often makes catty remarks, especially to Akane and Kazuya.
  • Moment Killer: Shows up with several royal guards to drag Kazuya back and arrests Akane after finding the two at a motel, about to have sex. According to Zwei, she does this on a fairly regular basis, rigging a net outside Akane's room to prevent Kazuya from sneaking in to have sex.


    Maria Graceburt 
Voice Actor: Yoko Matsuoka (JP), Barb Mitchell (EN)
GEM: Eternal Recurrence Jasper
Master: Fumi Himeno
One of the Garderobe instructors, Maria is an elderly mother figure and strict disciplinarian who tries her best to teach the students how to honor and respect the Otome traditions, as she once used to be a Meister.
  • Action Girl
  • Berserk Button: Does not like disrespectful references to her age.
  • Full-Name Basis: Her typical way of addressing her students.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: One of the last episodes of the series, and most of the Sifr prequel, showcases a much younger and more attractive Maria (with blond hair!). She says she hides this fact because she "wanted to age gracefully" (no pun intended).
  • Lady of War
  • Meaningful Name
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Believes that an Otome's loyalty to a master should take precedence over all others, but eventually comes to question this.
  • Retired Badass
  • Stern Teacher: In the anime, is typically strict to her students, especially about the harsher aspects of an Otome's life, and believes those who do not have what it takes should quit. In the manga, she even carries a riding crop around.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Possibly meant to be a genderswapped version of Joseph Greer from Hi ME. This might be the case as his Otome counterpart was nowhere to be seen.
  • Super Speed: Her Otome specialty.

    Yukariko Steinberg 
Voice Actor: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Barbara Kozicki (EN)
GEM: Illusionary Lapis Lazuli
Master: Fumi Himeno
One of the Garderobe instructors, Yukariko is the most visible teacher on campus who is able to remain gentle and calm even under stressful situations.
  • Dude Magnet: Supplementary material says that this was why she couldn't hold down a master, she was forced to cancel several of her Otome contracts, due to her Masters falling in love with her.

    Yohko Helene 
Home country: Aswad
Professor Yohko is the school's developer and maintainer of the technology that gives the Otome their powers. She appears to have some sort of past connection with Midori and Rad.
  • Mysterious Past: She comes from Aswad, but we never find out the exact circumstances of her departure or her relation to Midori and Rad.
  • School Nurse: She also cares for students illnesses or injuries, regardless of whether they're related to the nanomachines.

Other Otome

    Lena Sayers 
See Mai-Otome 0 S.ifr~ characters.

    Anh Lu 
GEM: Infinite Wisdom Azurit
Master: Nguyen Bao
Anh Lu is an Otome from the nation of Annam. She joins the side of the Alliance in their effort to take back Garderobe.
  • Handsome Lech: Apparently Shizuru was her room attendant. Suddenly it all makes sense.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Inflicts this on Arika while drunkenly trying to cover up her breasts.

    Mai Tokiha 
Voice Actor: Mai Nakahara (JP), Carol-Anne Day (EN)
GEM: Fire Stirring Ruby
Master: Unknown (Mikoto)
Home country: Zipang
Mai is the so-called "Tragic Meister" who disappeared into the Black Valley a while before her graduation. She is a friend and former rival of Natsuki.
  • Boobs of Steel: She was the 1st Coral and 1st Pearl of her Garderobe years. When it was time for graduation, both she and Natsuki were offered positions as the 1st and 2nd Columns.
  • The Corruption: In the manga, somehow, the original HiME's power got corrupted and memories replaced. Turns out that the resurrected HiME were just altered copies based off the originals data.
  • Custom Uniform: Her Pearl and Coral uniforms have orange trim, similar to Arika's pink trim.
  • The Dreaded: In the manga, the HiME were called "The Beautiful Devils of Darkness" and several times, people had tried to resurrect them in bids to take over the world. Mai is especially feared as it was she who caused the "Seven Days of Flame", the incident that effectively destroyed the old world. Which turns out, was all a lie to begin with.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: 'The Tragic Meister'. She hates the name.
  • First-Name Basis: With Natsuki and Mikoto. Technically, she calls everyone by their first name, she's just that friendly, but she uses honorifics in nearly all cases except with Natsuki and Mikoto. They in turn use only her first name without honorifics as well.
  • The Ditz: She's a LOT more lax and easy-going than one would expect from someone of her standing, to the point that she goes on a walk to sort out a tough decision and she ends up walking into a hidden valley dozens of miles from Garderobe.
  • Generation Xerox: Shizuru draws the parallel of Arika's and Nina's 'relationship' with Mai and Natsuki's back in their school days. She even had someone else sponsor her tuition to Garderobe just like Arika.
  • Mundane Utility: Yes, she uses her power to make dinner.
  • Present Absence: Despite her absence from most of the story, Mai's relationship with Natsuki was was hinted it at various times in the story in parallel to Arika and Nina's growing relationship.
  • Rebellious Princess: Ran away from home at some point before coming to Garderobe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The 'Red' to Natsuki's 'Blue'. Despite this, she was one of Natsuki's closest friends in Garderobe, and still is.
  • Reincarnation: This one is a bit confusing. In the manga, it turns out that Mai, who was the HiME of old, had her power corrupted somehow. The King and Queen of Windbloom who gave birth to Mashiro were the reincarnations of Mai and Yuuichi years later.
  • The Rival: To Natsuki in that they were both the #1 and #2 Coral and Pearl Otome but it was more on Natsuki's side. Turned into a Friendly Rivalry very quickly as Natsuki considers Mai one of her best friends.
  • Ring of Fire: Big ones, too. She can even light herself on fire by flying through her ring to deal even more damage.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Legend says is that she disappeared in the forest split between her boyfriend and her status as an Otome. Turns out that the guy people thought she was with was someone she was only casually acquainted with, and she was split between becoming a Meister for her sponsor family and staying as one of the Five Columns. She decided to talk a walk to clear her head and the rest is history...
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Averted. Fans speculate that Mai's greatly-reduced role in Otome was due to Sunrise wanting to avoid a repeat of what happened with Kira in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.
    • And again in Zwei. As one of the strongest remaining Otome, she materializes and heads up to fight the enemy that's been causing havoc all this time but is interrupted by a ressurected, old fan favorite so that Akira and a returning friend can deal with the enemy themselves.
  • Supreme Chef: Mikoto won't eat anything not prepared by Mai. The cafeteria at Garderobe serves 'Tokiha Mushroom Soup', one of her original creations from when she was a student.

    Rosalie Claudel 
GEM: Malachite of Pure Love, Abyssal Green Jadeite
Master: Charles Guinel Roy d'Florince VIII
Anime-only character. Rosalie initially resigned from her position due to an Arranged Marriage (that wound up not happening). She initially joins late in the series on the side of Nagi and the Valkyries, but is convinced by Mashiro to switch sides.
  • Arranged Marriage: The reason she left her post in the first place. She eventually comes back.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Joins Mashiro in stopping the Harmonium after finding out that Nagi has betrayed his allies.
  • Shipper on Deck: In a sense; she wants Akane and Kazuya to get married so that Shiho (whom she dislikes) will be able to fill in as the Emperor of Cardair's Otome.
  • Whip It Good

    Carla Bellini 
GEM: Rumbling Thunder Garnet
Home Country: Lutecia Romulus

    Laula Bianchi 
GEM: Flowery Splendor Enstatite
Home Country: Lutecia Remus


    Aoi Senoh 
Voice Actor: Ryoko Shintani (JP), Jayna Mitchell (EN)
Mashiro's personal attendant and a close friend of Chie's.

    Sakomizu Cardinal 
Voice Actor: Akio Suyama (JP), Randall Wiebe (EN)
Captain of Mashiro's guard.

A young orphan living in the slums of Windbloom.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies of injuries inflicted by the desert monster.
  • Pet the Dog: Her treatment of Mashiro, whom she does not know is the Queen.
  • Street Urchin: She lives on the street and has the classic Dickens-esque attire.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her hard upbringing has given her a dark, vindictive streak toward the Queen and all associated with her. When Ai is forced off a cliff by the group Mimi is in, her reaction is disappointment that she didn't cry and beg for her life.

The Aswad

    In General 
A mysterious Proud Warrior Race seeking out Lost Technology. They hold no allegiance to any of the other countries.

"Power is not good or bad. But without power, there's only death."
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Mariette Sluyter (EN)
Slave: Gakutenou
Midori is the leader of the Aswad, who oversees her people from an enclave in a distant mountain area. She is capable of summoning a beast called Gakutenou using a crystal on her glove, but can only do so for a limited time.

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Ethan Cole (EN)
Rad is a mysterious Black Knight who serves Midori as her right-hand man. He was involved in the siege of Fuuka Castle 14 years prior to the start of Mai-Otome.

Voiced by: Naoya Uchida
Slave: Kyrios
A man with a woman's body and speech patterns, Lumen loves to comment on the prettiness of girls.


Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
The shortest cyborg of the five, Gal is skilled with electronics and is the only other woman on the team.

Artài Principality

A cold, impoverished country with little military power and no Otome. Despite this, they have the Shwartz on their side and are the main enemy faction of the series.

    Grand Duke Nagi Dai Artài 
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Graham Ko (EN)
Otome: Nina Wáng
Nagi is the Grand Duke of the nation of Artài and the main antagonist. He is short and sneaky, yet holds absolute command over his subjects. He aims to control the whole world and get rid of the Otome system.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He is a teen about the same age as the Garberoube Academy students, but is a Grand Duke who controls a whole principality. Also an evil example as he is an Evil Overlord.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He is a Duke and the Big Bad.
  • Bad Boss: He treats Nina horribly, casually manipulating her and showing no concern for her, and later orders her to destroy all of Windbloom, showing how complete lack of care for his other minions as well.
  • Big Bad: He is the one who masterminds the plot to conquer Windbloom and destroy the Otome system so he can Take Over the World.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Even for someone who hasn't watched Mai-HiME, it's made pretty obvious that he is up to something evil despite the comedic slapstick he suffers. Notably, all jokes with his character are dropped after he gets active with his schemes.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In Mai-HiME, he was the acting leader in place of the Obsidian Lord/Prince, but here he is the full-on boss.
  • Enfante Terrible: He is just as young as the teenage Arika and her friends, yet he is a Manipulative Bastard and formidable Big Bad.
  • Evil Overlord: He is the ruler of Artài and noted to be a cruel ruler who keeps the land cold and impoverished. When he takes over Windbloom, he runs it into the ground, exiling the poor people to the desert and ruling as a dictator.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's outwardly pleasant to people, especially Queen Mashiro, but his actions later on make it clear that this is skin-deep, and he holds nothing but resentment for most people.
  • Humiliation Conga: The finale has him survive, but after all his plans are foiled, he is arrested for war crimes and sentenced to hard labor for the rest of his life.
  • Hypocrite: He desires to plunge the whole world into war because he hates people for desiring it, but he himself desires world war and thinks nothing bad of it.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After escaping justice in Mai-HiME, he is arrested and sentenced to hard labor.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Along with John Smith, once he begins his takeover of Windbloom, he takes the show in a darker direction than it had previously been.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates everyone in his quest for power. Is most notably seen with Nina- he convinces her that her whole life is a lie and that no one cares about her to get her to become his Dark Magical Girl, and it works.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He wants everyone in the world to "feel the pain of war" because he believes that everyone, from citizens to leaders, desires war, and he hates them for it.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nagi says he plans to bring down the Otome system to put an end to using "substitutes" as fighters in wars and take the world out of the pseudo-Medieval Stasis it's been stuck in. Not only do his plans involve mass-murder, but he later reveals that he feels it's wrong for the Otome to feel all the burdens of war because everyone should feel it, especially the common people since he feels they want it the most. Except he doesn't think he should suffer for desiring war.
  • Oh, Crap!: When everyone comes to arrest him in the finale, he freaks out and tries in vain to run away.
  • Smug Snake: He manipulates everyone as part of his plans and is always smug about it, his words dripping with thinly-veiled contempt for everyone he comes across.
  • Take Over the World: His goal.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In Mai-Otome Zwei, he laughs off the failure of several former Artai military officers to secure his release by taking a bus full of hostages, noting that he would have gotten recaptured quickly if he’d stuck with "idiots" like them. Natsuki finds this appalling.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In the first half, he often hangs out with the other characters and gets into comedic shenanigans with them.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He is the Big Bad and has cyan hair; while not quite white, it still gives off the same vibe.

    Sergay Wáng 
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Phil Fulton (EN)
Major Sergay Wáng is Nina's adoptive father, and a messenger from the Duchy of Artài working directly under Nagi.

Aries Republic

    Yukino Chrysant 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Morgan Partridge (EN)
Otome: Haruka Armitage
Yukino is the president of the nation of Aries, a patriotic republic on good terms with Garderobe. Her Otome is Haruka Armitage.

In the manga, she is a police officer for the Windbloom Police, and Haruka's partner.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: The people of Aries adore her. They laugh at the idea of anyone trying to run against her during elections.
  • Generic Cuteness: While not ugly, she's certainly not the beauty most of the other characters are.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name in this continuity is a pun on her name in Mai-HiME, specifically the "Kiku" of "Kikukawa", which is written with the character for chrysanthemum. It also reference her position of power in this series as the chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial Family.

    Haruka Armitage 
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP), Lori Barnes-Smith (EN)
GEM: Continental Orb Topaz
Master: Yukino Chrysant
Haruka is the very impulsive Brigadier General of Aries's army, and a former classmate and Unknown Rival of Shizuru. President Yukino Chrysant is her Master.

In the manga, she is an Assistant Inspector with the Windbloom police who dislikes Otomes.

  • BFG In the manga, has a vehicle mounted weapon that gets upgraded a few times.
  • Eagleland: Mixed flavor. Usually has the right idea about what to do, but she missed the memo about doing it tactfully.
  • Epic Flail: Her weapon as an Otome.
  • Mythology Gag: Her ship is named after her Mai-HiME incarnation's surname.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Yukino's blue. Also red to Shizuru's blue when they team up.
  • The Rival: To Shizuru, although unlike in Mai-HiME, they seem to be friends as well as rivals.
  • Shout-Out: Her surname is a reference to Naomi Armitage who was also played by Ryoka Yuzuki.
  • Super Strength: To an even greater degree than most Otome, as she is able to toss an airplane as a decent sized ship into outer space, and in one of the extras, it is revealed that she pushed the Suzushiro (her massive sand-cruiser) to Windbloom when it encountered engine failure.


A country to the far east that condemns the use of Otome and prefers to stay out of Otome conflicts. In the manga, Takumi and Akira are from Cardair.

    Takumi Tokiha no Kami Tadayori 
Voiced by: Yugo Takahashi (JP), Cole Howard (EN)
Otome: Akira Okuzaki (manga only)
Takumi is the prince of Zipang who comes to Windbloom in search of his sister.
  • Ill Boy: In the manga, he's even confined to a wheelchair.
  • Intimate Healing: With Akira, in a Call-Back to a very similar scene in Mai-HiME.
  • Revenge: In the manga, he launches a retaliatory attack against the Aswad after his predecessor is killed.

    Akira Okuzaki 
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (JP), Annika Odegard (EN)
GEM: Mysterious Peridot (manga only)
Master: Takumi Tokiha (manga only)
Takumi's bodyguard. In the anime, Akira is a ninja, but not an Otome, and finds the practice of using Otome despicable.


    Fiar Grosse 
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
GEM: Excel Elegance White Onyx
Master: Emperor Argos XIV of Cardair.
Fiar is the giant-staff-wielding Otome of Cardair. Her Master is Emperor Argos XIV. They are both killed by Midori when the Aswad retaliate against Cardair.

    Emperor Argos XIV 
Voiced by: Tomoaki Ikeda
The ruler of Cardair.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Betrays the Aswad in order to retrieve data, which winds up getting him killed.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He really wants to conquer the world for himself and is a rival to Nagi, but barely has a role or much screen-time compared to Nagi, and is unceremoniously killed long before the end.

    Kazuya Krau-Xeku 
Voiced by: Kazuma Horie
The prince of Cardair and Akane's boyfriend. After Argos' death, he takes the throne. In the manga, he's actually a Schwarz agent who has been cheating on Akane.


    John Smith 
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida
The leader of the Schwarz and, next to Sergey, Nagi's most trusted henchman. He is the main developer of much of Schwarz's weapon technology, including the Robes used by the Valkyrie unit.
  • Co-Dragons: With Sergey, though of the two he is more enthusiastic and loyal to Nagi.
  • Evil Genius: As the leader of Schwarz, he builds a lot of their technology.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is very businesslike in his words and manners, but he eagerly aids Nagi in his atrocities and shows no actual care for other people.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses and is one of the most evil characters in the series, being an Evil Genius and Mad Scientist.
  • Killed Off for Real: Once Sergey finds out what's fueling the Valkyrie Robes (it's Lena Sayers' corpse), he gets extremely pissed off and puts two bullets in Smith's head.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Once he and Nagi launch their takeover plot, the story gets serious.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost always called "Smith".
  • Legacy Character: In Sifr, there's another John Smith, with this one serving as his subordinate.
  • Mad Scientist: In addition to developing war weapons for Schwarz, he also uses the corpse of Lena Sayers to create the Valkyrie units, who must obey Nagi or be electrically shocked for disobedience.
  • Mr. Smith: His name is John Smith. As Sifr reveals, it is a passed-down name, and it is unlikely to be his real name.

Other Characters

Voiced by: Kiyomi Asai (JP), Maizun Jayoussi (EN)
In the anime, Miyu is a mysterious drifter who pops up from time to time to protect Arika. Her allegiance and motives are largely unknown. It is, however, known that she is very old, at least older than any human currently alive; she has a lot of unexplained knowledge about the world and the Otome technology, which she uses in the climax. She also once knew Arika's ancestor, who is implied to be Alyssa Searrs; this could possibly mean — and it is a popular fan theory — that she is the same Miyu as in Mai-HiME.

In the manga, Miyu has been excavated and brought into working condition by Alyssa, who hopes to replace the Otomes with the "Maids" so that her sister will not have to be headmaster any longer. The Dark Hime version of Alyssa is able to exert some authority over Miyu, but ultimately, Alyssa Kruger wins.

  • Big Damn Heroes: For Arika in the battle against the Valkyries.
  • Meido: In the manga, is one of the MAIDs, a series of androids Alyssa hopes will replace the Otomes.
  • Villain Override: Used in the manga by Dark Hime Alyssa, although the real Alyssa counters it by telling Miyu that she is her most important person.

Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (JP), Caitlynne Medrek (EN)
Mikoto is a chubby black cat who lives in the castle with Mashiro. (Well, not exactly. The cat is actually owned by a humanoid girl who is also named Mikoto, a goddess who lives in the Black Valley. She's Mai's master.)
  • Great Gazoo: In cat form
  • Mega Neko: Mikoto is one big cat.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Mashiro, and also for herself.
  • Not So Different: To Arika- Mai and Mashiro's reactions to them enjoying Mai's cooking can respectively be summed up as "great, another Mikoto" and "great, another Arika".
  • Physical God: Mai says she could never beat her even with her robe on.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her status as a goddess and relationship to Mai.

Mai-Otome Zwei Characters

The main antagonist of Zwei, a life form that was sealed away, but returned via an asteroid.

    Wattarl Ishigermin 
A painter from Airies who runs against Yukino in the presidential elections, showing up at the site of the busjacking. His running mate and supposed girlfriend is Tomoe Marguerite.
  • My Nayme Is: While most of the returning characters except Mai have different last names, his first name has inexplicably been slightly changed.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He clearly has no chance against Yukino, but seems to think that he does.

A young girl who was once part of Schwartz.
  • Here We Go Again!: Goes up the steps to the academy, and announces her desire to become an Otome even though Natsuki is slowly dismantling the system.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks like a younger Erstin, which is somewhat disturbing to Nina.
  • In the Hood: Wears a face-concealing hood until the end of Zwei.
  • No Name Given: "Ribbon-chan" is her unofficial nickname.

Manga-exclusive characters (All Spoilers Unmarked)

    "Mashiro" (real name unknown) 
The main character of the manga series. An ordinary boy who is forced to pose as the deceased princess Mashiro to avoid panic about the princess' real fate. He is actually her twin.

    Alyssa Kruger 
Natsuki's younger sister, a child genius who holds a high position in the Aries government despite her extreme youth. She enters the story while attempting to market a mass-produced version of Miyu that she hopes will replace the Otome system so her big sister can spend more time with her.
  • Anti-Villain: She merely wants to spend more time with her sister, and Arika sympathizes so much that she has trouble committing herself to the battle against Miyu.
  • The Glomp: Very first thing she does to Natsuki, the very first time they're on-panel together.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Switches from cool, genius Aries representative to attention-hungry baby sister without missing a beat. And the thing is, neither one of them is an act.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tries to rig a contest in her favor by sending Miyu to seduce the judge. One wonders how an eight-year-old thought up that one.

    Saeko Kruger 
The president of Aries in the manga, and Natsuki and Alyssa's mother.

    Grand Duke Nagi Dai Artai 
The manga incarnation of Nagi, who is quite different from his anime counterpart.

    Prime Minister Sergey Auguste Taiki 
The manga incarnation of Sergey, who is essentially completely different from his anime counterpart except for his given name. He is not Nina's father, is the Prime Minister of Windbloom rather than an officer in the Artai military, and also is a very unpleasant person at heart, who reveals himself as the main antagonist after betraying the real Mashiro and tries to destroy the world, which he believes to be built on lies.

    Spoiler Character 

The Dark Hime

Summoned forth by the real Mashiro, they fight against the heroes in the final battle.
  • A-Cup Angst: Dark Natsuki, who is very sensitive about her chest and jealous of Erstin's large breasts.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Manshiro vs. Dark Mai.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Otomes.
  • Malaproper: Dark Yukino. She and Dark Haruka appear to have reversed roles compared to their counterparts.
  • Mythology Gag: Although this is based off of the Mai-HiME manga, in which Shizuru is not a Hime, Shizuru wonders what her own counterpart would be like, and conjures up an image of herself from the Mai-HiME anime, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom and a Martial Arts Headband with "Natsuki Love" on it.
  • Naughty Nuns: Dark Yukariko has an extremely revealing outfit.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Dark Yukino and Dark Haruka.
  • The Vamp: Dark Yukariko.
  • Villain Override: Dark Alyssa tries this on Miyu, but Alyssa responds that Miyu is her most important person, inspiring Miyu to overcome it and kill Dark Alyssa.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their existence reveals a connection to Mai-HiME.

    Spoiler Character 

The real Mashiro

The real Mashiro, who supposedly died but was really lying in wait, manipulating Nagi. She serves as the seemingly true antagonist of the manga.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed; she was morally ambiguous but not evil in Mai-HiME, while here she is a wicked queen.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Gets a moment of this when she dies. Even her brother starts crying.
  • Big Bad: She is the one behind Nagi, and wants to control the world herself. However, she herself is a pawn of Sergey.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Suffers this at the hands of Fumi and Sergey.
  • Cain and Abel: At the very least, she does not particularly care for her brother.
  • The Chessmaster: She sets everything in motion from the shadows.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: After Nagi dies, she is built up as the real villain. Then Sergey betrays her and reveals that he was using her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She carries around a locket with a picture of her with her parents on it, suggesting she loves them. She also has a Together in Death moment with Nagi.
  • Evil Cripple: She is still wheelchair-bound, but unlike her morally ambiguous role in Mai-HiME, in here she is truly evil.
  • Faking the Dead: Supposedly she was deceased, but she is still alive and plotting. Subverted in that her current body is a doll/avatar, and she is technically already dead.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Unlike her anime counterpart, who was a misguided Royal Brat, this Mashiro is actively malevolent.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: She is heavily implied to be a reincarnation of Mashiro from Mai-HiME.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Due to being wheelchair-bound and using a doll as an avatar, she relies on Nagi, Fumi, and Sergey to do the legwork, a fact the latter exploits.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She continues this trend from Mai-HiME.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Prior to her, all the Big Bads in all the Hime and Otome stories were male. She is the first female to hold a position as Big Bad.
  • Take Over the World: Her goal, like Nagi before her, is to make the world bow before her.
  • Together in Death: She can be seen at the end of Mai-Otome Arashi happily whipping Nagi.
  • Walking Spoiler: The mere existence of another Mashiro sets off a series of reveals that turn the entire plot on its head. In order: Sergey is working for her and not Nagi, she's the real Mashiro, she's not dead except she is and her current body is an avatar, she's heavily implied to be a reincarnation of the Mai-HiME Mashiro, and she’s the real villain until Sergey takes her place.

    Arashi Dai Artai 
The younger twin brother (actually sister) of Nagi, Arashi is the main antagonist of the manga's pseudo-sequel, Mai-Otome Arashi. Taking over Artai following Nagi's death, Arashi passes herself off as a man and buys out Garderoube's debt as a means of taking over the installation to avenge Nagi's death, which she blames on Mashiro and the Academy.

    The Great Cosmo Beauties (Marie Antoinette and Yang Guifei) 
Arashi's assistants and the true main antagonists in Mai Otome Arashi, who use Arashi in order to get into Garderobe in an effort to obtain the Blue Sky Sapphire.


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