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This is the character page for Mary Skelter: Nightmares and Mary Skelter 2. There is a possibility of encountering unmarked spoilers, between self-explanatory tropes that cannot be spoilered per site policy and things spoiled by the mere premise of the second game. Therefore, read on at your own risk.


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     The Blood Team 

In General

  • Ambiguously Human: Jack and the Blood Maidens are clearly not normal, with many people assuming they're Marchen or Nightmares due to their powers. Those people are mostly correct. They're the result of pregnant human women being turned into Marchen, carrying the child far longer than normal, to the point they simply rupture leaving behind a mostly human child. This is why their earliest memory is fairly consistently seeing a "mutilated Marchen that probably killed their parents".
    • Gretel herself initially insists that she's a Nightmare like her "brother" Hansel, and accepts being a Blood Maiden as simply being another phrase for the same thing.
    • Kaguya was well aware of this fact, the trauma of figuring that out contributing to her reclusive behavior.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The transformation into Blood Skelter typically involves their weapon warping into a more sinister form and fusing to their limbs. Alice plays it completely straight with her arm ending in a massive sword. Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Otsuu play it mostly straight, just with scissors, bows, tower-like hammers, and a sword/scythe hybrid respectively. Cinderella and Little Mermaid play with it, as their weapons are instead fused to their legs. Cinderella has one leg completely fused to her boots, while the other becomes a mass of energy. Little Mermaid's spear fuses entirely with her legs creating a long tail covered in blades that ends in a trident.
  • Blood Knight: The Blood Team consists of literal Blood Knights. More to the spirit of the trope, the Maidens become bloodthirsty killing machines after being splashed in Marchen blood, dipping into Massacre if they can maintain some control over themselves and falling into Blood Skelter when they cannot.
  • Blood Magic: Fittingly for the game's theme, almost all characters have access to a Job specializing in this in some manner. Only Sleeping Beauty and Kaguya lack this as Blood Hunter is, despite the name, styled more like an Adventurer Archaeologist and focuses on item drops.
  • Fairy Tale: All of them are living references to these, as noted under each one. Together, however, they are all part of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. Otsuu's Jobs include multiple direct references that place her as Hikoboshi, while her relationship with Little Mermaid places her in the role of Orihime. The rest of the Blood Team, regularly referred to as "birdies" by Michiru, play the role of the magpies who reunite the Star-Crossed Lovers. This is most apparent in the postgame of the remake, where the Blood Team helps Otsuu revive Little Mermaid in the original timeline.
  • Family of Choice: More so in the sequel, where as Mary Skelter was closer to a Band of Brothers. Lack of professional structure to the group, thanks to the Dawn's quick destruction, and the situation being a desperate bid for survival as opposed to a methodical search and preparation for escaping the Jail drives the team into a less professional and more familial relationship centered around the "parents" Otsuu and Little Mermaid getting everyone together and mediating their personal disputes.
  • Miko: The DLC Job, Sakura Maiden, available to all Blood Maidens is inspired by this
  • Nonuniform Uniform: A black jacket or dress over other bits of white clothing with red accessories or linings, and a sash with The Dawn's symbol. Beyond that there's no set consistency with The Dawn's uniform.
    • Mary Skelter 2 seems to have changed up the uniform slightly, being more in line with Gretel's original white over black with blue alteration.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Massacre and Blood Skelter end up turning the girls' hair white.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When in Massacre and Blood Skelter forms the girls' eyes are a bright reddish pink.
  • Ship Tease: Between Jack and the various girls in the relationship-based cutscenes, and of course between childhood friends Jack and Alice regardless. Interestingly, there are no clear-cut love declarations, though Alice's ending comes about as close as one can possibly get and Thumbelina almost confesses in her ending.
  • Super OCD: All of them hold at least one obsession drawn from the Fairy Tale they're based on. This trait is eventually given the term Blood Libido. This behavior is due to the nature of their Marchen side's mimicry enforcing traits of their stories.
    • Jack: Obsessed with climbing.
    • Alice: Obsessed with motive and things making logical sense, also obsessed with tea parties.
    • Red Riding Hood: Obsessed with headwear.
    • Snow White: Afraid of mirrors, excessively pessimistic about her looks.
    • Thumbelina: Finds comfort in small, cramped places.
    • Sleeping Beauty: Perpetually drowsy, often dreams of a prince.
    • Gretel: Insatiable curiosity, has a sweet tooth.
    • Rapunzel: Obsessed with producing offspring and retaining her long hair.
    • Cinderella: Obsessed with clothing, accessories (particularly her slipper-shaped earrings) and cleaning.
    • Kaguya: Excessively lazy, a nagging feeling that she belongs elsewhere.
    • Hameln: Obsessed with traveling alongside others in a structured manner, also obsessed with keeping promises.
    • Otsuu: Obsessed with returning favors.
    • Little Mermaid: Obsessed with singing.
  • Stripperific: The girls lose all of their clothes in Blood Skelter (save Red Riding Hood, who wears a tattered hood), being strategically covered by energy surrounding their body.
  • Theme Naming: They all are named for various Fairy Tales
  • Tyke-Bomb: Most of team were trained from a very young age to be part of the Blood Team. Though, given that all of the Maidens have a natural urge to kill Marchens and the team's theory that they were created to bring about a happy ending to the story of the Jail, it could be argued that they were this right from birth.
  • Vague Age: Downplayed; due to the way that Blood Maidens tend to be discovered, not to mention that they appear to develop far longer in their mothers' wombs than a normal human, it's difficult to pin down an exact age for the cast. However, the prequel novels for both games do provide some reference points to narrow their ages down: Red Riding Hood is around 20 years old by the time of the game's events, Cinderella is approximately 18 in the first game, Otsuu and Little Mermaid from the sequel are roughly 15, Thumbelina and her sisters are 14, and Rapunzel is found seven years after her chapter which likely places her at 10 or younger. No numerical hints are given for Gretel, Jack, Alice, Kaguya, or Hameln, though Gretel visibly looks younger than most of the cast and Alice's A-Cup Angst scene implies that she is close in age to Thumbelina.
  • Whole Costume Reference: DLC for Mary Skelter 2 provides the cast Death end re;Quest costumes laid out in a way that highlights parallels between the characters and plots.
    • Otsuu gets Arata's outfit as the "hero" of the story. Like Arata she makes repeated attempts to reset time to save Little Mermaid.
    • Little Mermaid gets Shina's in game outfit as the heroine of the story. Like Shina Little Mermaid's death is inevitable, becomes something of a mother figure to the younger members, and is ultimately revived properly by a neutral aspect among the antagonists.
    • Alice gets Shina's reality outfit as the heroine of the series. Like Shina, Alice is already long since gone and returned to the group somewhat off, Alice being a Marchen copy of her former self and Shina being a creation of the Ludens based on Iris's memories. This one is especially interesting as, clothes and implied age difference aside, Shina is an obvious Expy of Alice appearance-wise.
    • Red Riding Hood gets Celica's outfit as the strongest among the team and being the upbeat big sister type. Like Celica, Red Riding Hood succumbs to despair and puts the group at risk because of it.
    • Cinderella gets Lydia's outfit as one of the younger members of the cast. Like Lydia, Cinderella is a tragic murderer and the situation surrounding that point proves vital in ending the story's repeating cycle.
    • Rapunzel gets Iris's outfit as the daughter figure of the group.
    • Hameln gets Al's outfit as the Genki Girl hero Otaku of the group.
    • Gretel gets Sumika's outfit, sharing an affinity for digging into unsettling truths surrounding them.
    • Kaguya gets Lucil's outfit, being ostracized by those around them before joining the group for their otherness. And they use floating chairs.
    • Thumbelina gets Lily's outfit being the twintailed members of the team with suppressed and extreme anger issues that lead to attempts at murder among their teams once they finally snap.
    • Snow White gets Rin's outfit, being among the most observant and competent within the group.
    • Sleeping Beauty gets Clea's outfit, being one of the more physically developed members of the group with a preference for ranged combat. Like Sleeping Beauty, Clea is actually quite timid, though better at hiding it, until pushed into a situation requiring her to assert herself.

Jack

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Voiced by: Kodai Sakai (Japanese), Khoi Dao (English)

The Protagonist. Despite being timid, he has a strong heart and assists the Blood Maidens in finding a way out of the Jail.


  • Accidental Pervert: Gets caught in an handful of these moments.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: In Mary Skelter 2, Jack becomes a Nightmare. A Face–Heel Turn is avoided thanks to his link with Otsuu, though moments of extreme distress threaten to finally push him over and drag her along with. Discovering that the Mysterious Nightmare is the original Alice does finally push him over the line.
  • Apologizes a Lot: He is very, very timid and forgiving, which makes the moments where he does stand up for himself (such as when Kaguya compares him to a monkey due to his climbing obsession) that much more notable.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Nightmare Jack has a tendency to stop in the middle of exploring the Jail to collect random discarded items, some seemingly trash while others are stated to be exceedingly rare and valuable, all of which turn out to be something that each of the girls would like.
  • Declaration of Protection:
    • Has a mutual one with Alice. He becomes very upset when he learns that he can't fight like the Blood Maidens, and his sheer desire to help her in some way moves Haru to develop the Mary Gun.
    • Taken to its (somewhat) logical conclusion in 2, when he finds out that a Nightmare Alice exists and tries to pull a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Emergency Transformation: Mary Skelter 2 begins with Jack suffering a fatal fall, only to be transformed by the Jail into a less grotesque version of the Tower Nightmares.
  • Fairy Tale: Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Flat "What": Gretel's opinion of their Blood Libidos gets this reaction from Jack, along with a Luminescent Blush.
  • Friendship Trinket: In Mary Skelter 2, he accidentally pulls off Alice's Hair Decoration during their attempt to escape captivity. After being transformed into a Nightmare, he wears in on his right hand. This becomes a critical plot point.
  • The Heart: It's his caring nature that helps keep the group together, and convinces Gretel to join. The entire team comes to him to share their secrets, and his passion for his friends even moves the likes of Haru.
  • High-Pressure Blood: The Mary Gun allows Jack to spray his blood over great distances, and when fully upgraded with enough force to send the party flying, as well as slow an otherwise fatal fall from the top of the Jail.
  • Innocently Insensitive: For all of the times that Jack manages to connect with the Blood Maidens, there are a few instances where he completely fails to read the mood and makes them even more upset.
  • It's All Upstairs from Here: He is obsessed with climbing large structures. This mostly manifests itself as a desire to scale the Jail Tower, but it also hijacks his thoughts at the Temple.
  • Oblivious to Love: Gains the affections of almost all of the girls, but fails to act on most of it, something a frustrated Cinderella laments. Alice seems to be the only exception.
  • Official Couple: The first game allows for some Plausible Deniability regarding the relationship between Jack and Alice due to its harem mechanics, but the sequel drops all pretense on that front.
  • Take a Third Option: In Mary Skelter 2, Nightmare Jack uses a nearby core to create a copy of himself so that he can join Nightmare Alice while still protecting the Blood Team's Alice.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • He can do so in battle, albeit with a very high risk of knocking him out of commission for a few turns.
    • He tries to take one for Alice in the backstory and ends up getting knocked out cold by a Marchen.
    • In Mary Skelter 2, he takes a hit for Otsuu from Blood Skelter Alice that would have killed him if not for the aforementioned Emergency Transformation.
  • The One Guy: The only male on the Blood Team.

Alice

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Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese), Cristina Valenzuela (English)

Jack's good friend, whose soft spot for him betrays her normally calm demeanor. She joins the Blood Maidens in order to escape with Jack from the Jail.


  • A-Cup Angst: Finding out that even Thumbelina has a larger chest than her causes her to snap for a little while.
    Alice: "How did hers get so big? Maybe it's my nutritional intake... I'm growing too, but... That's right... I don't need to worry... I just need to confirm..."
    Thumbelina: "Eek! Now you're freaking me out! H-Hey wait! T-Touching me isn't going to do any good!"
    Alice: "No... It will do good..."
    • She's hit with it again in Mary Skelter 2. Hanging out with Little Mermaid, the two try to push for some Petite Pride between themselves, only to start ranting about the uselessness of large breasts as Sleeping Beauty is passing by. She ends up fearing that she'll be useless over her breast size, and the two end up taking everything back to comfort her to the point that they drive themselves back into depression over being flat.
  • Alice Allusion: A girl named Alice in a fairy-tale themed game, of course she is an allusion. As with the rest of the Blood Team, her Marchen blood is explicitly trying to turn her into a walking, talking Alice in Wonderland reference.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • She becomes upset at Jack when he tries to downplay the physical toll that the fighting has taken on him. When he admits that he's been trying to put on a strong front, Alice snaps at him before telling him to rely on her more.
    • If she is the one who gets rescued in the True Ending, she rips into Jack for using his blood to slow their fall, audibly breaking down all the while.
  • Declaration of Protection:
    • She is fiercely protective of Jack, enough that Gretel teleporting Jack out of sight for a brief chat causes the logic-obsessed Alice to completely lose it until Red Riding Hood applies percussive maintenance to bring her back to her senses.
    • This is even referenced in the game mechanics, as she grants the party a damage boost while Jack is KO'd.
    • In Mary Skelter 2, she has a full-blown Hair-Trigger Temper when it comes to Jack. She verbally unloads on Red Riding Hood when the latter suggests that Jack might be a bother, and when the City Streets Nightmare hurts Jack, she drags herself over and hacks at it until she falls into Blood Skelter. For reference, Thumbelina hits Jack in front of Alice in the first game and the most Alice does is try to stop Jack from continuing to be Innocently Insensitive.
  • Fairy Tale: Alice in Wonderland
  • Finger-Suck Healing: When Jack's finger bleeds, Alice's immediate response is to kneel down and suck the blood away. She is so used to licking Jack's blood for comfortnote  that it's apparently become a Reflexive Response.
  • Friendless Background: She was an outcast from pretty much the day that she was born. She wasn't fond of Jack when they first met, but Jack nagged her until she started to like it and eventually grew to cherish his company.
  • Friendship Trinket: Her cross-shaped Hair Decoration was given to her by Jack as a child, and she cherishes it despite thinking that she doesn't look good with it. It was important enough to her that it was recreated for her Marchen mimic, which proves vital in discovering the Mysterious Nightmare's identity as Nightmare Jack has the original fused to his hand.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: All of her Jobs can use swords, and all but Marshal are depicted with one.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • It takes at least a couple of chapters for her to completely get over lashing out at Jack while in Blood Skelter.
    • In Mary Skelter 2, she has one when Nightmare Love and thus Nightmare Jack is killed, to the point where she completely ignores the others' pleas to get away and ends up getting killed by the upper Tower Nightmare.
  • In a Single Bound: In Mary Skelter 2 due to Jack gaining her old ability of setting up an exit/save point she in turn copies the effect of the fully upgraded Mary Gun, enabling her to jump up to six spaces ahead.
  • Informed Attribute: Her obsession, which effectively amounts to her being pushy and argumentative every once in a while, is a lot less pronounced than the others' quirks. (Aside from her Blood Libido character scenes, where it is dialed up well beyond her characterization in the main story.) If anything, her response to her Declaration of Protection being threatened is closer to the other characters' Blood Libido-induced panics.
    • Mary Skelter 2 gets around this by instead making her Blood Libido specifically an obsession with tea parties, rather than the need for logic, many of her side events focusing on trying to have one with Jack, Otsuu, and Little Mermaid.
  • Instant Expert: Played for Drama. The sight of a complete tea set causes her to suddenly know all there is to know about tea and tea parties. This completely irrational happening clashes with her obsession with things making logical sense, and she ends up finding herself lost in thought trying to figure out how and why that happened to her.
  • The Lancer: Despite being the newest member, she quickly ends up second in command to Red Riding Hood, thanks to being far more level headed than the other girls.
  • Love Hurts: Her Mary Skelter 2 story in a nutshell. She goes into Blood Skelter like the first game, except this time she believes that she has killed Jack instead of simply harming him. She has such a massive Freak Out that the Jail turns her into an Omnicidal Maniac Nightmare due to misinterpreting her desire to erase Jack's death. She leaves behind a mimic with her original memories, who is completely unaware of the fact that she's a clone until she is exposed as such by Otsuu. In response to there being two Alices to protect, Nightmare Jack splits in two, one part fusing with Nightmare Alice to become Nightmare Love. And after Nightmare Love (and thus Nightmare Jack and Nightmare Alice) are eliminated by the Blood Team, the mimic Alice is promptly killed by the upper Tower Nightmare, with her last words being that it was worth it just to spend time with Jack. Yikes.
  • Odd Friendship: Enjoys debating with Gretel over what type of logic should be accepted, arguing in favor of obeying social norms.
  • Properly Paranoid: She immediately distrusts everyone except for Jack and pushes him into helping her uncover what The Dawn is hiding from them. Her obsession, which revolves around making sense of logic and motive, probably has a hand in this.
  • Series Mascot: While Jack is the main character and Red Riding Hood is the leader of the team, Alice is the face of the game as far as advertising goes.
  • Wham Line: In Mary Skelter 2, when the group reaches the Graveyard's core the usual discussion about the core to fill in the new member goes on until Alice mentions that she woke up next to one when her Blood Skelter ended, the similarity of it to Cinderella's copies tipping the player off that this Alice is not the original.

Red Riding Hood (Akazukin)

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Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

An older sister type who brazenly traverses through the Jail. Being the first Blood Maiden, she currently acts as the unit's leader.


  • The Berserker: In Mary Skelter 2. After recovering from Blood Skelter Red Riding Hood proves to be exceptionally unstable due to the Mysterious Nightmare killing everyone at the Dawn, flying into a rage at the sight of any Marchen or Nightmare that isn't Jack. Two early events with her center around her killing large numbers of Marchen and continuing to attack the corpses, completely unaware of her own injuries. When first sighting the Nightmare in the City Streets area after finally returning, the group struggles to keep her from suicidally attacking it until they can destroy the core.
  • The Big Guy: While her job set allows her to work into almost any role plotwise she is treated this way. She's considered the most physically powerful among the Blood Maidens, with only Alice and Hameln keeping up with her training.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: In Mary Skelter 2, her now-white hoodie is permanently stained with Marchen blood
  • Cool Big Sis: The self proclaimed big sister of all the Blood Maidens. She comes to regret her emphasis on seeming cool as people start pushing her more toward cool things constantly instead of letting her be cute like she'd like to be.
    • She is still considered the Blood Maidens' big sister in Mary Skelter 2, but less of a cool type. As she lacks the trauma that lead to her taking things seriously, and later develops into The Berserker, the team's confidence in her is lower compared to how things were in Mary Skelter and the only one to consistently return the sisterly sentiment is Little Mermaid.
  • Evil Laugh: Her final event in Mary Skelter 2 has her letting out a drawn out and creepily deep "Huhuhu...huhuhuhu...huhuhu...huu huu huu huu huu..." laugh. Concerned about any further Sanity Slippage, Otsuu goes into her room to find out what's going on. Turns out she's just really happy with the red parka she was recently given. Nothing about the laugh changes but the context of it all ends up turning it into In-Universe Narm for Otsuu, suddenly finding the whole situation weirdly cute.
  • Fairy Tale: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Family of Choice: Red Riding Hood, moreso than any other character, sees the Dawn as her family. She even goes so far as to refer to Professor Tohjima as her dad. Sadly for her, this relationship is played for tragedy in both games. In the first, she becomes increasingly defensive of the Dawn, between Kaguya's reveal about their origins (which Kaguya flat-out warns Jack will probably hurt Red Riding Hood the most) and the Blood Team's growing suspicions. This ultimately ends with her being left trying to reconcile her feelings of love for Tohjima as a father figure and disgust for all that he's done as Snark. In the sequel, the Dawn's Reasonable Authority Figures are long dead by the time she rejoins the team, and a number of her "sisters" die before she meets her own end.
  • Hair Decorations: All of her Jobs depict her with something on her head.
  • In the Hood: She's very protective of her hoods, as she becomes extremely distressed without them.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Gains wolf-like feet and hands, as well as an energy tail, in Blood Skelter. Her swimsuit in Mary Skelter 2 gives her furry wolf-like ears as well.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: Red Riding Hood is more than capable of handling herself in a fight.
  • My Greatest Failure: She was forced to kill Little Mermaid, who had entered Blood Skelter, at ten years old. The novel expands on this somewhat. Not only was she forced to kill Little Mermaid, but the only reason she ended up entering Blood Skelter was due to Red Riding Hood repeatedly fighting and covering her in Marchen blood despite the need to retreat due to their injuries. Part of her Cool Big Sis complex is because Little Mermaid first addressed her as a "dear sister" and after killing her the Professor introduced Cinderella to her as her younger sister.
    • She is every bit as uncomfortable as you'd imagine she would be in the remake when the subject is brought up again via Nightmare Otsuu. In the end, however, she gets a second chance to be Little Mermaid's big sister.
  • Necessary Fail: Her aforementioned failure led to the discovery of Blood Skelter, which altered the Dawn's approach to deploying the Blood Maidens. The "necessary" part isn't emphasized until the sequel, where the removal of this failure leads to all sorts of trouble.
  • Non-Indicative Name: In Mary Skelter 2, she wears white and blue clothes. The only part of her default attire that is a reddish color are the blood stains on her hoodie.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: In one cutscene, she has to take off her hood for it to be repaired. She tries her best to hide her anxiety from Jack, but when Jack thinks about leaving to find something for her to wear, she grabs him and begs him not to go. She feels slightly better when Jack places a napkin on her head as makeshift headwear, but remains uncharacteristically clingy for the rest of the scene.
  • Reality Ensues: Not only is she a surprisingly realistic depiction of what could happen to a ten-year-old forced to kill another human, her latter character arc and ending serve as reminders that it tends to be very difficult to break familial love, even if it is blatantly one-sided.
  • The Red Mage: Her Jobs cover a little bit of everything, allowing her to fit into almost any team build easily. Libero, her default, is specifically referred to as an all-rounder.
  • Shear Menace: Her default weapon is a pair of giant scissors, and uses them to destroy barriers in the Jail.
  • Stepford Smiler: She always tries to put on a brave face, even when it's clear that there's a lot bothering her. At one point, a reveal that calls into question the story of how the Professor found her causes her to start hyperventilating and forces the team to carry her out of the dungeon to be treated by Miko. As soon as she's recovered, she goes right back to downplaying it.
  • Supporting Leader: While she is officially The Leader of the team, Jack is still the main character.

Thumbelina (Oyayubihime)

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Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)

A young girl often found scolding or pushing Jack around despite his best effort. Her dislike towards showing her true self often makes her act a bit fidgety in front of others, especially Jack.


  • A-Cup Angst: She's not amused when the rest of the group assumes that the only reason Cinderella had no problem recognizing her was that she must not have grown at all since they were children.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Thumbelina tries her hardest to be a model big sister for Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. She becomes incredibly upset when her sisters tell her not to worry so much and snaps at Jack in a fit of resentment when he tries to help. Mary Skelter 2 has her protective behavior pushed so far she becomes a Control Freak, ruling over their lives until it nearly gets them killed at which point she quickly eases up on them and falls more in line with how she was in Mary Skelter.
  • Claustrophobia: Inverted. Her obsession is claustrophilia, meaning that she finds comfort in small, cramped spaces.
  • Death Dealer: Her default class weaponizes cards.
  • Fairy Tale: Thumbelina
  • For Want of a Nail: Chiaki's death at the hands of Cinderella, and by extension Professor Tohjima prior to the events of Mary Skelter 2 resulted in her, as well as her sisters leaving to join Michiru at the Order of the Sun.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Styles her hair in this manner.
  • Hive Mind: In the novel it's revealed that she and her sisters showed some traits of this, being capable of fighting in unison unlike Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, and the Professor tested them with that concept in mind.
  • I'll Kill You!: Seeing her sisters attacked by a Nightmare has her saying this repeatedly, stopping just short of falling into a Madness Mantra. After running into Chiaki's killer, Cinderella, she does it again.
    Thumbelina: I'll kill you... I'll tear you apart and kill you!!
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: In her ending, she was going to tell Jack that she wanted him to be with her forever before she's interrupted by the others. When Jack asks her what she was going to say, she angrily tells him that she wants to stay friends with him.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Shortly after joining with the Blood Team in Mary Skelter 2 she questions the logic of keeping Nightmares like Jack and Hansel around, as they are still a threat if they go berserk. Jack's blood is not a good enough reason, as it would be simpler to just kill him and preserve the blood for use in emergencies. Otsuu and Little Mermaid refuse, insisting that he's still their friend despite his form. Gretel shuts her down entirely. The idea would be sound except that testing had shown that his blood's effect rapidly degrades upon release, if it's not fresh it's useless, and then deliberately posing the question of whether or not she could stand killing her sisters if they ever fell into Blood Skelter because then they would be the threat.
  • Little Big Sister: The oldest of the three sisters, she's smaller than Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. In more ways than one. Mistaking her for the youngest doesn't go over well.
  • Luminescent Blush: She blushes quite a few times, usually when she's apologizing to Jack or otherwise being honest with her feelings.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: In true Tsundere fashion, she's usually the one to make Jack pay (or at least threaten to) for his Accidental Pervert moments.
  • Punny Name: A joke to her name is Lost in Translation. The Kanji for Oya in Oyayubihime mainly holds meanings relating to familial closeness, fitting for someone with sisters, but it also roughly means "card dealer" as well tying in to her Weapon of Choice.
  • Properly Paranoid: She apparently has trouble trusting anything or anyone in Mary Skelter 2, which often puts her at odds with her sisters.
  • Square-Cube Law: The main purpose of her Tiny Princess ability. Most equipment, when shrunk, loses the vast majority of its power in exchange for speed making the best options of this the heavier types that drop speed by default. The exceptions to this are rare, often running on Rule of Sexy, such as the Nurse Outfit armor becoming purely more powerful than their normal sized versions.
  • Squishy Wizard: This is role that she generally serves, with the player deciding whether she is a Glass Cannon, The Medic, or focused on buffs/debuffs.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Again, in true Tsundere fashion.
    Thumbelina: ''J-Jack! It's nothing! I'm not baking cookies or anything!"
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Early on after joining the group in Mary Skelter 2 she can barely contain her aggression toward the Blood Team, Jack and Hameln in particular, thanks to the grudge she has against the Dawn. It's not until this behavior drives Snow White and Sleeping Beauty away, and in to the local Nightmare forcing cooperation to save her sisters, that she begins to ease up. And then the group gets to the Downtown area.
  • Tsundere: Checks many of the boxes, as you can see above. She uses abrasiveness to cover up feelings that she's too embarrassed to vocalize, including her feelings for her sisters and her claustrophilia urges. To her credit, she's very quick to realize when she's being obnoxious and apologizes for many of her outbursts.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Unable to kill Cinderella while she was in Blood Skelter, Thumbelina lets Little Mermaid use Jack's blood on her to bring her back. And promptly starts strangling the girl, who is now harmless and utterly confused and horrified by the fact that everyone she knew is now standing before her as adults. Otsuu manages to pull her off, but Cinderella quickly retreats further into the Downtown area alone.

Snow White (Shirayukihime)

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Voiced by: Marika Kouno (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

She always tries to lend a gentle but clumsy hand to Jack. Her fear of mirrors may be due to her lack of self-confidence.


  • Cartoon Bomb: Her Scientist Job is depicted with several of these, and these are also what is left laying around using her Poison Bomb Blood Ability.
  • Face Your Fears: She is afraid of mirrors, but eventually works up the courage to look into one with Jack's help. Unfortunately, while she wasn't frightened by her reflection itself, it just fed into her crippling self-depreciation.
  • Fairy Tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • For Want of a Nail: Chiaki's death at the hands of Cinderella, and by extension Professor Tohjima prior to the events of Mary Skelter 2 resulted in her, as well as her sisters leaving to join Michiru at the Order of the Sun.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She constantly puts herself down in comparison to others. She frequently insists that she's fat, plain, and boring, and anything she's praised for someone else is obviously better. She gets better about it.
  • Hive Mind: In the novel it's revealed that she and her sisters showed some traits of this, being capable of fighting in unison unlike Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, and the Professor tested them with that concept in mind.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: In one cutscene, Snow White wants to try out a dress picked out by Thumbelina. Unfortunately, Thumbelina didn't take into account the differences in chest sizes between the two, with the dress barely keeping Snow White's endowments in check. Snow White, being Snow White, blames herself for being fat.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She has a few instances of this, such as telling Cinderella that she's a fit for her "Plain Alliance," which naturally makes Cinderella angry. (She was referring to Cinderella's plain, down-to-earth nature, not her looks.)
  • Meganekko: Her Blood Chemist class gives her a pair of cute glasses.
  • Nice Girl: She's very kind, though at least partially because she fails to recognize good traits in herself.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a black beret, and is even referred to as Beret Girl before Jack learns her name.
  • Power Copying: One of her alternate Jobs, Mimic, specializes in this.
  • Science Hero: Unlike Gretel, who is more of a Mad Scientist, Snow White simply uses various sciences from her job set to help the team, be it through her personal bomb supply, optimizing the use of their item supply, tampering with the Jail's sense of logic to sway outcomes in their favor, or helping to adjust the rate blood is drawn. Outside of combat she is a fairly normal, if not highly observant, girl.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: She trains with Red Riding Hood to improve her stamina; it totally has nothing to do with losing weight or anything. Upon hearing this Blatant Lie, Red Riding Hood attempts to drag her to the cafeteria to build her strength through eating.
  • Third-Person Person: She alternates between referring to herself in the first- and third-person.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Fittingly enough, being the "fairest one of all" in Japan. Visually about the only detail missing is the Hime Cut, instead sporting a '20s Bob Haircut that could easily grow out into one. While generally submissive and simply going with the group, or her sisters if there's a split, she is quick to assert herself should she notice something seemingly vital that everyone else has over looked or when a behavior is blatantly self destructive, such as noting the lack of eyes in the Dorm area or stepping in to stop any fighting among the group over trivial matters in the Tower.

Sleeping Beauty (Nemurihime)

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Voiced by: Yuki Nagaku (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (English)

A young girl with a kind heart. Her approach is often mysterious, but ultimately helpful. She conveys her feelings through head nods, and always looks tired and sleepy.


  • Annoying Arrows: Her Rose Arrow ability is primarily used for flipping switches, but can also be used to stun Nightmares for a couple seconds.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Her Massacre transformation is one of the more jarring ones, going from drowsily moving about to screaming that she's going to put the Marchens to sleep.
  • Buxom Is Better: She's the most developed between her, Thumbelina, and Snow White, which Gretel quickly points out along with casually noting that people like full figures. Natually, Jack gets roped into this conversation and is made out to be a pervert by Thumbelina and even Snow White.
  • The Chick: If it isn't Jack doing it, Sleeping Beauty is often the one to calm things down.
  • Curse Escape Clause: In her ending, she claims that her sleep curse has been lifted and talks with more enthusiasm and almost-complete sentences.
  • Elective Unintelligible: Under normal circumstances she's slow to speak, getting her point across in a couple words at most. Speaking with Rapunzel, however, she becomes incredibly chatty but limited to the first two syllables of the girl's name. The rest of the team can only look on in confusion at the conversations only the two of them understand.
  • Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty
  • For Want of a Nail: Chiaki's death at the hands of Cinderella, and by extension Professor Tohjima prior to the events of Mary Skelter 2 resulted in her, as well as her sisters leaving to join Michiru at the Order of the Sun.
  • Friendly Sniper: Much like Kaguya most of her Jobs, including Sniper, lean toward the use of bows and guns. Unlike Kaguya she's quite pleasant to be around, when she's awake.
  • Funbag Airbag: Jack falls face-first into her chest at least twice.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a rose with a thorny hairband.
  • Heavy Sleeper: She's almost always asleep, often while still moving about the Dawn HQ and the Jail labyrinths and talking with the others. Some of her later relationship cutscenes imply that it's actually contagious, as she almost immediately puts Jack to sleep.
  • Hive Mind: In the novel it's revealed that she and her sisters showed some traits of this, being capable of fighting in unison unlike Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, and the Professor tested them with that concept in mind.
  • Irony: Despite being a perpetual sleepyhead, she is one of the fastest characters in the game, especially in her Speed Gunner class.
  • Lap Pillow: She lets Jack sleep in her lap in one cutscene.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Has messy, long hair. And the "beauty" part is right in her name.

Gretel

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Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese), Abelina Sabrina Rios (English)

A girl who lived in the Dorm area with the Nightmare, Hansel. Naturally curious, but seems to lack a sense of right and wrong. For whatever reason it may be, Jack's kind nature seems to spark great interest within her.


  • Anti-Villain: She was responsible for numerous deaths of Dawn exploration groups, but reasons it away as having defended her home and that she did leave clues for them to be able to safely escape.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Joins the Blood Team despite them killing her "brother" because Jack's a Nice Guy.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: She tends to act and view the world more on a scale of logic than any sense of morality.
  • Constantly Curious: Her thirst for knowledge is one of her obsessions.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks this way in the English dub.
  • Custom Uniform: Wears a white jacket over a black shirt with blue lining, as opposed to the normal Dawn uniform. It's pretty much the same outfit she wears at the Dorm except with a hairband, a black dress instead of a tattered top, and Dawn armband. In Mary Skelter 2, she flat out wears her clothes from the Dorm, tattered top and all.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Shortly after joining she isolates Jack and herself so that no one else can hear what she has to say. She quickly changes the nature of Jack and Alice's suspicions about the Dawn and the Order dropping several of these.
    Gretel: "Maybe someone in the Dawn is working with the Jail to monitor us. Has that ever occurred to you?"

    Gretel: "It's because my brother, Hansel, called himself a Nightmare."
    Jack: "But the people at the Dawn created the name 'Nightmare'..."
    Gretel: "Create? Maybe they just knew it."

    Gretel: "If the Blood Maidens harbor danger within themselves, what'll happen to them after our escape?"
    Jack: "As long as I use my blood, I can stop Blood Skelter."

  • Fairy Tale: Hansel and Gretel
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Of a sort. She used to take advantage of Hansel's regeneration to take an endless supply of candy directly from his body.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Completely and utterly defied. Otsuu and Thumbelina break into her room after hearing Jack screaming, only to see Gretel in her underwear directly between Jack's legs. She's determined to find out if Nightmares have a sex drive, and is rather thrilled with who came in as it gives a chance to test if Jack likes them bigger or suffers from a "Lolita Complex". Jack takes the opportunity to run during the ensuing fight.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: She finds normal humans to be utterly fascinating, noting the city to be logically designed despite lacking cohesiveness and the people's tendency to obey rules without questioning the reasoning for them.
  • Meta Twist: Each Blood Maiden has a cutscene where they are temporarily upset by Jack...except Gretel, where instead Jack becomes upset at her for the way she talks about humans.
  • Nerd Glasses: She sports a pair that are significantly larger than Miko's more stylish glasses. Hansel obtained them from one of the prisoners.
  • Not So Different: She holds this view toward Jack and Alice, holding them in higher standing than the rest of the Blood Team due to her feeling their obsessions are based more on a desire for logic and knowledge than caving to their emotions like the rest.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite her alleged lack of emotions, she finds pleasure in sweets, tries to tell jokes, and feels the beginnings of a Blood Skelter when Hansel dies.
  • Odd Friendship: Enjoys debating with Alice over what type of logic should be accepted, arguing in favor of a more survival of the fittest approach. Otsuu is also surprised to see her bonding with Hameln over board games.
  • Power Copying: Her default Job, Mimic, specializes in this.
  • Science Hero: Unlike Snow White, Gretel is more of a Mad Scientist version of this. She also helps by optimizing the use of their item supply, tampering with the Jail's sense of logic to sway outcomes in their favor, or helping to adjust the rate blood is drawn. Out of combat however, she treats much of the team as guinea pigs of one sort or another and spends time working with Professor Tohjima on his research.
  • Slasher Smile: Whenever she tries to smile, it ends up looking like this.
  • The Smart Guy: She proves to be the most intelligent of the group, often assisting the Professor in his research. As well as assisting in picking holes in Snark's cover story.
  • The Spock: While not as emotionless as she initially believes herself to be she still goes out of her way to favor a logical approach to everything, which frequently puts her at odds with the more emotional team members. At one point she states that she views emotionally based activities, Blood Libidos specifically, as being no different than "indulging in orgasm".
  • Sweet Tooth: As anyone familiar with Hansel and Gretel might have guessed. In fact, she gets her first taste of sweets and immediately identifies them as her Blood Libido.
  • Youkai: Gretel's transformations draw inspiration from the Futakuchi-onna. A spectral head begins to overlap her own, with mouths to either side. Blood Skelter provides her an additional pair of disembodied hands, in place of the traditional serpentine limb hair.

Rapunzel

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Voiced by: Ari Ozawa (Japanese), Sarah Williams (English)

A golden-haired girl full of energy, who sometimes mistakes Jack for food. She seems to like Sleeping Beauty and can be found taking naps on her chest.


  • Berserk Button: Miko suggests that Rapunzel cuts her hair and Rapunzel throws a massive fit in response, which leads Miko to conclude that keeping long hair is one of her Blood Libidos.
  • Drop the Hammer: Uses a massive hammer as her default weapon.
  • Elective Unintelligible: While her ability to speak is already fairly limited it rapidly devolves into this any time she holds a conversation with Sleeping Beauty, the two only speaking the first two syllables of each others' names. The rest of the team can only look on in confusion at the conversations only the two of them understand.
  • Expy She's essentially Perpell, but younger. Hell, they have the same English VA.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She tries eating a door and regularly complains about Nightmares disappearing when they die as she never gets to try eating them.
  • Fairy Tale: Rapunzel
  • Hair Tropes: Given the name, it's to be expected that she covers a lot of these.
    • Dumb Blonde: Given that she's a feral child she's not exactly the smartest person around, to the point where the world is made of two things to her: Food and not food.
    • Godiva Hair: Any time she ends up naked, this comes up taken to extremes. The only thing left uncovered is a single eye.
    • Hair Decorations: While the bows are for cuteness, the bands that they are attached to are the only things keeping her hair under control.
    • Mega Twintails: Her hair is done up like this in the first game, while the second has it done up as a Mega Tomboyish Ponytail.
    • Prehensile Hair: Her hair can be used to grab distant objects, disarm spike trapped doors, and move across some elevated rails.
    • Rapunzel Hair: It's right there in her name.
  • Hulk Speak: Talks this way, having apparently been alone since birth. This is pushed even further by her Japanese text completely lacking the use of any kanji and most katakana outside of names, she can repeat the words but she doesn't necessarily understand them completely.
  • Not So Different: Rapunzel's Blood Skelter form is incredibly similar to that of the Waterside Nightmare.
  • The Talk: She repeatedly tries to get people to explain how children are made to her, flustering everyone involved.
    • Otsuu manages to temporarily stop this by bringing up the stork, and prevents Gretel from undoing it by reasoning that the lie is fine for the time being as information needs to come in in a proper order to avoid confusion. This allows her to better interact with others and, paired with having another child around to play with, leads to her developing into a relatively normal child as opposed to her near purely feral behavior in the first game.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As having children is part of the story of Rapunzel, she is obsessed with the idea of having babies herself and becomes aggressive when the subject is avoided or is told it's too early.
  • Wild Child: A far more extreme case of having grown up isolated than Hameln, who at least had manga as a point of reference, Rapunzel has no real grasp on society, can barely speak, is prone to growling at Nightmares and Marchen like a dog, and attempts to eat just about anything be it other people or the very buildings and furnishing around her.

Cinderella

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Click to view Cinderella as she appears in Mary Skelter 2 
Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese)

A girl with a holier-than-thou attitude, which she uses to mask her very modest nature. She has a quirk of wanting to keep things sparkling clean. She often dwells on what she did, even to the point of self-loathing.


  • Age Lift: Mary Skelter 2's Cinderella looks notably younger than the first game's incarnation. She also has a completely different "default" portrait, whereas the other characters simply have their portraits from the first game updated with their new character designs. It is justified in-universe by her time in Blood Skelter stopping her from aging.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It becomes very obvious that Cinderella views Jack as her "prince," but he never returns her feelings.
  • Berserk Button: In the backstory, the Professor introduces Cinderella to Red Riding Hood and refers to the latter as her big sister. Cinderella doesn't take it well at first, because she has memories of being bullied by older sisters, and the Professor has to specify that he meant that in a figurative sense.
  • Can't Catch Up: In the Mary Skelter 2 prequel novel, she becomes very concerned about her performance in Professor Tohjima's tests. It comes to a head when Chiaki asks about the Professor's plan involving seven Blood Maidens, and Cinderella realizes that Kaguya's recent arrival means that there are eight at the Dawn and thus one will become unnecessary. And then her eyes start glowing pink...
  • Cold Sleep, Cold Future: Less "Cold Sleep" more Blood Skelter anyway, but the effect is the same. Cinderella comes to surrounded by children she knew, now all adults, Thumbelina trying to kill her for things she has no recollection of, and the news that her home has been destroyed and nearly everyone else she knew has been brutally murdered by the Mysterious Nightmare.
  • Combat Stilettos: One of her shoes in her default class is a literal combat stiletto, the other fits the spirit of this trope.
  • Easily Forgiven: While it wasn't intentional killing Chiaki is forgiven quickly among the Blood Team, Thumbelina coming around to it in the end thanks to being rescued and some nudging from Rapunzel. Averted in regards to faceless members of the Order of the Sun, who openly lash out at her while Thumbelina is trying to reconcile with her.
  • Fairy Tale: Cinderella
  • Freak Out: One of her obsessions is that she feels ugly and useless whenever a part of her outfit goes missing. So when she loses an earring running from a Nightmare, she goes absolutely ballistic, even lashing out against the other Maidens.
  • Hidden Depths: For all of her apparent vanity, she is very kind at heart, willfully giving her batch of cookies (which are rare within the game's setting) to Rapunzel and going so far as to rip her dress without a second thought to wrap Jack's wound. Even her obsession with fashion appears to be focused around gaining Jack's attention.
  • Just in Time: She spends the fight against the copies of her in a panic, but pushes through it in order to save Thumbelina from one that had ambushed her.
  • Kick Chick: Her default fighting style.
  • Neat Freak: Her other obsession. She is seen more than once with broom in hand, cleaning up around HQ.
  • Me's a Crowd: The Blood Team ends up fighting multiple mimics of Cinderella in Mary Skelter 2.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Throws in a couple of these.
  • Not the Intended Use: She has Jack help her apply lipstick by rubbing it on his finger and then rubbing his finger across her lips. Cue embarrassment when Cinderella thinks to look at the instructions.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • She completely shuts down Jack when he tries to smooth things over after Kaguya drops The Reveal, in contrast to her usual behavior around him.
    • In the sequel, this is used to differentiate the real Cinderella from a mimic. One Cinderella is wearing a glass slipper pendant and taking the current situation fairly well, while the other is missing a glass slipper pendant and is completely scared out of her mind. The latter is indeed the real Cinderella; the pendant is a Red Herring, as the copy's claim that only the fake would lose it could hold weight. The solid proof against her is that, unlike the real Cinderella who was terrified even with her pendant, she shows no concern about the fact that everyone is much older than she remembers.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: The Professor's plans hinged on there being at least, not exactly, seven Blood Maidens. This misunderstanding helped lead into her Can't Catch Up tragedy.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Originally the Professor had intended to keep all the Blood Maidens completely separated. After Little Mermaid's death he instead chose to introduce Cinderella to Red Riding Hood as a replacement "little sister" to help her cope.
  • She's Got Legs: Being a Kick Chick, this is to be expected. Just to drive the point home, she wears her Dawn armband around her thigh in her default class.
  • Super Speed: Her Blood Ability, Twelve Dash, temporarily grants this; it allows the player to outrun crumbling floor panels. In Mary Skelter 2 it gains an additional effect of increasing the distance of jumps off of springs.
  • Tempting Fate: She claims that Jack doesn't look very reliable, and when she's assigned to the team claims that her presence will be an asset to everyone. The aforementioned Freak Out happens that same chapter and puts everyone in danger.
  • Weight Woe: Has a little bit of this once she learns what calories are.

Kaguya (Kaguyahime)

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Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (Japanese), Kayli Mills (English)

An amazingly lazy girl known for always cruising on her special ride, Bamboo 1. She seems to have some secrets up her sleeve, which are used to help her general laziness.


  • All Men Are Perverts: Kaguya's justification for sending Jack back to the Dawn to retrieve clothes for a naked Rapunzel. Alice (naturally) jumps to his defense, but in the end Jack and Alice are the ones that leave.
  • But Now I Must Go: In one cutscene, Kaguya tells Jack that she has a strange feeling that she belongs elswhere, but doesn't want to go and tells Jack to stop her if she tries to leave. This is a Blood Libido; Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter ends up leaving her adopted family to return to the Moon.
  • Cold Sniper: Like Sleeping Beauty most of her Jobs focus on Bow and Gun attacks from a distance. Unlike Sleeping Beauty, Kaguya goes out of her way to drive people away from her. Sniper is even her default Job.
  • Crocodile Tears: A bottle of fake tears is one of many methods she uses to convince others to do her bidding.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out cold to the Blood Team, but slowly warms up to them, culminating in her calling them friends as she breaks down into tears while dropping The Reveal.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Following The Reveal below, the rest of the Blood Team treat her differently, something that she is not happy about. In particular, she snaps at Jack with a "Please don't try to console me!" when he tries to smooth things over.
    • In Mary Skelter 2 after repeated attempts by Otsuu and Little Mermaid to get her to stop pushing herself after her prolonged time in Blood Skelter, she snaps at them and expresses a similar sort of distress over Tohjima's experiments that Cinderella had. The poor girl essentially had it drilled into her that she needs to provide good results.
  • Fairy Tale: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
  • The Gadfly: She teases Jack on top of forcing him to do random things for her so that she can continue to be lazy. She actually manages to make him angry by laughing at his obsession, though she at least apologizes for that.
  • Get Out!: "Please leave." Spoken when the Blood Team tries to convince her to work, and later when her rejection of Jack's concern for her starts an argument.
  • Hates Being Alone: Rather paradoxically thanks to her Blood Libido. She becomes uncomfortable with the fact that the other girls are willfully complying with her demands rather than pulling away and resisting her and becomes furious when Jack suggests she tries just giving them space, noting that he of all people should be fully aware of her urge to outright leave everyone she's close to and how much it distresses her. Basically if she feels she's The Friend Nobody Likes that's a safe balance in distance, if she's actually close to people she has to completely abandon them and it horrifies her.
  • Hidden Buxom: When asked how she doesn't get fat, despite being so lazy, she insists that she is but refuses to say where she's fat. Cue the other girls feeling around under her outfit, only to find out she's bigger than Alice, Red Riding Hood, and Thumbelina.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She accuses Miko of being lazy for ignoring her suspicions about the traitor, Kaguya of course being the laziest character in the game.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Wears her hair loose in Mary Skelter 2.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her adopted parents were all too eager to dump her on Professor Tohjima, which was the last straw on her road to becoming a bitter recluse.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kaguya delivers one to the Order of the Sun's followers when they briefly discard their beliefs and descend into an angry mob following the death of the fake Michiru.
  • Repressed Memories: Downplayed. Kaguya never quite forgot, but Rapunzel leading the Blood Team to a Marchen corpse that was almost certainly her mother causes painful memories to resurface in Kaguya. resulting in a brief panic.
  • The Reveal: She's the one that reveals that Blood Maidens are born from Marchens and are thus not true humans. It's not a coincidence that she drops this reveal, as Kaguya from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter ends up revealing that she is not from Earth.
  • The Slacker: Her defining trait. She uses every trick in the book to avoid having to do actual work.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She is said to be "positive and put together" in Mary Skelter 2, which would be a far cry from the first game's bitter, haughty version of the character.
  • Unexplained Accent: In the English version, she speaks with a notably different accent than the other characters. No explanation is offered in-universe. It could possibly be a reference to the fact that her tale comes from the East instead of the West like the other fairy tales, or simply there to play up her Gentlewoman Snarker-esque aura, since it sounds vaguely generically English.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: She actually starts doing things for herself after she gets into a fight with Jack and tells him to leave her alone. He makes up by telling her that everyone is concerned that she's doing her own work and that she should go back to being lazy.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Kaguya's laziness has left her with near crippling atrophy. When Hameln and Red Riding Hood are trying to get her to exercise they bring up such light activities like half a marathon, Otsuu steps in pointing out that that's only light to them suggesting a simpler starting point of just going for short walks. That's still too much work. The three finally get her to agree to lift some light dumbbells, provided by Red Riding Hood, and she's immediately pinned to the floor by the weight. Thinking it's another case of Red Riding Hood's idea of light Otsuu quickly goes to get it off Kaguya, only to find that it weighs almost nothing. All that aside, Kaguya has no problems keeping up in combat, thanks to all of her tools.

Hameln

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Click to view Hameln as she appears in Mary Skelter 2 
Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

A young girl who struggles in articulating ideas, which disrupts the aura of fear she attempts to convey. She treats everyone arrogantly except for Alice, who she reveres.


  • Adorkable: Try as she might, she can't quite get being terrifying right, and just ends up endearing herself to others instead.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She quickly becomes utterly devoted to Alice, but comes to be quiet attached to Jack as well.
  • Animal Motifs: Rats. Her Necromancer design has her commanding a monstrous rat head, which later becomes a recurring enemy type in her home in Mary Skelter 2. Her shield as a Fighter has a rat head design to it as well.
  • Ascended Extra: She is an optional character in the first game. While she has her own scenes, the script of the main story is clearly written without her in mind, meaning that she barely interacts with the Blood Team there. In the sequel, she is the first Blood Maiden to permanently join Otsuu and Little Mermaid.
  • Black Cloak: She has one in her default Necromancer outfit, made from the skins of dead Marchen, to help her "Demon King" act. It mostly just gets in the way of that, tripping over it when she tries to be serious.
  • Character Exaggeration: Thanks to actually being a part of the story in Mary Skelter 2 she gets a bit of this due to no longer being limited to barely a dozen short scenes. In Mary Skelter she turned to manga to find out what friendship and teamwork really mean at Gretel's suggestion and admits she has no idea how to seriously figure these things out due to being alone her entire life, while the sequel has that as her default point of reference for personal interactions from the start and has enough of an interest in the medium beyond that to try making her own when supplies for it are found.
  • Chuunibyou: In line with one interpretation of the Pied Piper, she insists that she's a demon. She often attempts to be excessively dramatic as well, only to end up slipping up or saying the wrong words.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Should Hameln be recruited before the fight against the Station Grounds Nightmare she'll claim that the reason Snark retreated is that it fears her. Given that Snark is actually quite weak despite the stories but definitely smart enough to not go picking fights he can't win, it wasn't her specifically but any and all of the group.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: By default her hair is an incredibly light pink, it goes white like any other in Massacre and Blood Skelter forms.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She manages to deal with the second Tower Nightmare while Otsuu and Little Mermaid were unconscious though she finally dies from her injuries after the two wake up, being held by Little Mermaid as she goes.
  • Discard and Draw: Hameln is an exceptionally powerful Necromancer, but in Mary Skelter 2 opts to leave her servants to defend the people at the Hameln Liberated District. In turn she takes up being a Fighter, eventually becoming physically comparable to Red Riding Hood and Alice.
  • Eye Tropes: Hameln covers several of them.
    • Black Eyes of Crazy: Her Blood Skelter form is unique in pulling this off, further playing up her demonic appearance.
    • Eye Beams: Her hat is capable of attacking the entire party with these. Expect it to be the first and last thing you see if you go into her boss fight unprepared.
    • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Her Magician, Counselor, Necromancer, Blood Witch, Fighter, and swimsuit outfits all include eyes that, judging by the model used in her boss fight, are functional rather than strictly ornamental. Much like the weapons and outfits of the Overlords.
    • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unlike the other Blood Maidens, Hameln's eyes are permanently locked into the bright reddish pink coloring.
  • Fairy Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a pair of goggles on her Nice Hat in Mary Skelter 2.
  • Good Costume Switch: She was never evil, but decides to switch to clothes more befitting a hero very early into Mary Skelter 2.
  • Hidden Depths: Early on in Mary Skelter 2 Jack can find supplies for drawing manga, which Hameln quickly takes for herself and Otsuu just figures it's part of her manga obsession. By the end of the game Hameln shares what she's made so far with Otsuu, who is legitimately surprised by the quality of her work.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She tries to stop Jack from interrupting Sleeping Beauty's nap by shouting at him.
  • Kill It with Fire: Hameln overreacts to finding a bug in her room, and proceeds to start trying to burn the place to get it. Fortunately Jack was nearby and was quick about getting water.
  • No Social Skills: She has a bit of difficulty adjusting to life around humans. Made worse by Hameln trying to obtain said social skills from manga.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. In Mary Skelter 2 she quickly becomes embarrassed whenever someone brings up her "Demon King" act, insisting that it was a long time ago and should be forgotten.
  • The Power of Friendship: It's this very trope that convinces her to join in Mary Skelter 2. Completely overpowering Otsuu's group Mamoru attempts to stall her alone to buy the others time to keep running. "Nakama" comes up in his speech and she immediately recognizes this and wants in on it, ceasing all hostility, offering them shelter, and abandoning her self proclaimed "Demon King" title in favor of "Hero".
  • The Promise: Early on in Mary Skelter 2 she promises to help reunite Otsuu and Little Mermaid with their friends from the Dawn. After Tohjima's body had finally been found, and only Alice and Red Riding Hood remain unaccounted for, Hameln begins to feel distressed about the end of their agreement. Otsuu proposes a second promise, to get the survivors out safely when the time comes to escape the Jail. She fails.
  • Romantic Wingman: While already a couple, Hameln goes out of her way to convince Little Mermaid and Otsuu to make their relationship official after finding out they aren't actually married.
  • The Sixth Ranger: The only optional member of the team, Hameln only joins if her home is found and is beaten.
  • Stripperific: She wears nothing but straps around the important bits and a Badass Cape to provide some semblance of modesty. Her clothes in Mary Skelter 2 appear to be significantly more modest.
  • Unknown Rival: Despite the lower opinions of her in Mary Skelter 2, Red Riding Hood is still seen as reliable. So the few times Otsuu and Little Mermaid begin being hopeful about being reunited with her Hameln becomes jealous, and worried at what it may mean for her self proclaimed role of Hero, declaring a rivalry with her. Red Riding Hood is, obviously, completely unaware of this.

Little Mermaid (Ningyohime)

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Voiced by: Aya Suzaki (Japanese)

A Blood Maiden who fell victim to Blood Skelter at a young age and lost her life as a result. She is alive in Mary Skelter 2, placing others' happiness before her own and deeply loving her "prince" Otsuu.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Despite roughly half of the Blood Team having Princess (Hime) in their name in the Japanese version, Mermaid is the only one who Otsuu refers to as her Princess.
  • All-Loving Hero: While she won't hesitate to defend herself or others Little Mermaid would rather see that everyone lives, Nightmares included. Where Jack failed in the original Mary Skelter she manages to peacefully put an end to the fight with Hansel and Gretel by stopping the others from dealing a killing blow to Hansel, as their goal was to reunite the "family" from the Dawn not to go tearing others apart just because a Nightmare's involved. In the original timeline she defended Otsuu, who at that point was still a Nightmare, from some Marchen without hesitation.
  • Back from the Dead: She is revived in the remake once Otsuu's and Jack's Ripple Effect-Proof Memory kicks in.
  • Blade on a Stick: Fittingly enough her spear type weapon is depicted as a trident. Curiously most of her jobs can't actually use spear type weapons, including the one specifically showing her using it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There's a scene in Mary Skelter 2 where issues with her microphone set off her Blood Libido. Takumi resolves the issue, and fixes the recording function on the mic, which captures Little Mermaid's song and the conversation afterwards. In the remake, Jack comes across this mic while the team is exploring the Government Building and plays back the recording, which restores his memory of the sequel timeline.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: With Otsuu, who was in love with her from the moment they met as children and asked to be her wife. Little Mermaid agreed to it, but said Otsuu would have to be her "Prince" too. The prologue has the two repeatedly mention being married.
  • Death of a Child: Using the estimates provided by the Mary Skelter 2 prequel novel would place her at a mere 5 years old when she found herself on the wrong end of Red Riding Hood's scissors.
  • Dramatic Irony: Players familiar with the first game know that she died in the backstory. The fact that she's around in the second game, combined with the remarkably-similar premise of the game and developer comments, add to the mystery of the game's setting.
  • Fairy Tale: The Little Mermaid
  • For Want of a Nail: In Mary Skelter 2 she's alive and working for the Dawn with her girlfriend Otsuu, in addition to Red Riding Hood, who together find Jack and Alice. Lack of knowledge of Blood Skelter results in Alice's transformation throwing the group, excluding Red Riding Hood, down into the caves below. The increase in injuries sustained leads to Jack becoming a friendly Nightmare not so different from Hansel. The lack of realization regarding his behavior leaves Tohjima free to push his unethical experiments without pause, resulting in Cinderella instead becoming the first known victim of Blood Skelter. This lack of restraint would leave Haru needing to devote even more of an effort to keep him in line rendering him incapable of taking on Clara as an apprentice, resulting in her becoming the Wandering Merchant instead. This is a result of Otsuu's interference in the past.
  • Grave Robbing: In the remake, the Blood Team and Nightmare Otsuu dig up her grave, only to find that her corpse is still fresh due to having been killed while in Blood Skelter. This makes it possible for Nightmare Otsuu to revive her.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Hameln asks the Little Mermaid and Otsuu when their wedding was, only to find out there never was one. Insisting that they do it properly, like her manga says they should, the two agree to have one with everyone there once they escape the jail. Once the couple are alone, they opt to not wait and exchange vows and a kiss.
  • Official Couple: With Otsuu in the sequel. Their character summaries on the game's Japanese website and promotional materials mention the two having feelings for one another.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long since dead by the time the first game starts, having been killed by Red Riding Hood defending herself after she had gone into Blood Skelter. She gets little development in the novel before dying.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: In Love Prison Tower Mary Skelter it's rumored that she's dating Otsuu. She also kisses Otsuu in the main game.
  • Team Mom: She tends to take a more emotional angle in handling the team's disputes, actively supporting Otsuu in that regard when matters don't naturally deescalate and need a softer touch. During Thumbelina's introduction and attempts to share information with the group, Little Mermaid repeatedly restrains Hameln before she can say something stupid and derail the meeting. When it comes to outright hostilities, such as with Hansel & Gretel, she's insistent that the matter be handled without fatalities on either side.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the girly girl while Otsuu is the tomboy.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: She has to die for everyone to have a happy ending.

Otsuu (Tsuu)

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Voiced by: Rika Abe (Japanese)

The protagonist of Mary Skelter 2, who serves as Little Mermaid's "prince." She shares a mental link with Nightmare Jack.


  • Animal Motifs: The Red-Crowned Crane. The red and white portions of her hair are similar to the heads of Red-Crowned Cranes, and she has a crane belt buckle in her Altair outfit.
  • Bifauxnen: Is referred to as "Prince?" in the opening video and, chest aside, looks very boyish. Chiaki even assumed that she was a boy at first.
  • Bokukko: In addition to her boyish looks, she has incredibly masculine speech patterns.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: With Little Mermaid. Otsuu was in love with her from the moment they met as children and asked Little Mermaid to take her as her wife. Little Mermaid agreed...sort of, but said Otsuu would have to be her "Prince." The prologue has the two repeatedly refer to them being married to one another.
  • Cosmic Plaything: She searches for Little Mermaid for ten years in the original timeline, only to find out that she's long dead. She is reborn as a Blood Maiden and rescues Little Mermaid, creating the sequel timeline...where she and Mermaid are the only Blood Maidens to survive the game's events, leading to the couple giving up their happiness for their allies' sake. The only question is whether she or Alice have it worse in Mary Skelter 2.
  • Debt Detester: Given the premise of her tale, this is naturally her Blood Libido.
  • Dramatic Irony: After the Dawn is sacked by the Mysterious Nightmare, Otsuu muses to herself that the situation would be a bit less bleak if Professor Tohjima was still around. Not only was he running hazardous experiments on them, Tohjima is responsible for the Jail and was also planning to send the Blood Maidens to their doom for his own goals.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Otsuu ultimately saves Little Mermaid, but not before she goes through the first game's events, the second game's events, and the first game's events again.
  • Fairy Tale: Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Crane's Return of a Favor). Otsuu's quick Childhood Marriage Promise would imply that it is more specifically the Tsuru Nyōbō (Crane Wife) variant of the tale, where a key distinction is that the Crane becomes her benefactor's wife rather than taking the role of a daughter.
    • The distinction between the two versions is specifically brought up in a conversation with Gretel. Having found herself reading through a book of fairy tales and noting the similarities to themselves she puts forth the idea that Otsuu's relationship with Little Mermaid is the Blood Libido, while Otsuu insists that her Blood Libido is only repaying favors. Regardless, she's left shaken at the thought that her love might not even be genuine.
  • For Want of a Nail: While not as drastic as Little Mermaid, the second game's prequel novel is dedicated to showing how her mere existence sends the backstory flying off of the rails. While not the primary or even secondary reason why Chiaki gets murdered by Cinderella, she puts Tohjima's Blood Maiden strategy way ahead of "schedule" and inadvertently causes Chiaki to become more suspicious of the setting than the first game, which sets the stage for the aforementioned tragedy.
  • Master of All: Otsuu's job set is unique in that it draws from all other job sets with each one, esentially allowing her to be a superior Libero. Altair draws from the Fighters, Milky Way from Magicians, Hercules from the Archers, Stargazer from the Scientists, and Tanzaku providing passive buffs to all stats driving home the "superior Libero" concept.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One eye is an odd shade of red, drifting between a dull pink or purple depending on the lighting, while the other is blue.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Hameln asks the Little Mermaid and Otsuu when their wedding was, only to find out there never was one. Insisting that they do it properly, like her manga says they should, the two agree to have one with everyone there once they escape the jail. Once the couple are alone, they opt to not wait and exchange vows and a kiss.
  • Luminescent Blush: Otsuu blushes in the High School A.U. after being kissed by Little Mermaid.
  • Official Couple: With Little Mermaid; her character summary and the sequel's prologue on the official Compile Heart website state she's been in love with Little Mermaid since they met as children.
  • Parody Sue: A tragic, rather than comedic, example. She has access to just about every power any other character has, has almost everyone's immediate and extreme respect, and the world seems, if only for a moment, better off for her simply existing, and even once things do fall apart she can pull it all back together again. Having forced herself into this very role by using the second Jail's core to rewrite history for her own happiness with Little Mermaid, reality is warped in such a way that ultimately proves to make everyone else more miserable before killing them all off.She opts out of this in the true ending and remake's timeline, legitimately working toward the happiness she desires even at the risk of sacrificing herself.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Otsuu holds Little Mermaid in this manner while reviving her in the Mary Skelter remake's timeline.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: She wears not one, but two nice scarves.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: In Love Prison Tower Mary Skelter it's rumored that she's dating Little Mermaid.
  • Screw Destiny: With the help of the Remake Blood Team, she revives Little Mermaid in the original Mary Skelter timeline instead of making another futile attempt at reviving her through time travel.
  • Team Dad: Most disputes among the group usually end up with her as an observer, only willingly stepping in if both sides continually escalate the matter. She's easily flustered when dragged into matters that require a softer touch, often needing support from Little Mermaid to get through them. Dealing with more hostile encounters, such as Hansel & Gretel or the girls who've fallen into Blood Skelter, her planning rarely goes much further than "Subdue first, figure out the rest after".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The princely tomboy to Little Mermaid's girly girl nature.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her attempt to change Little Mermaid's fate by altering the past only makes things worse for everyone.

     The Dawn Liberation Force 

Professor Tohjima

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Voiced by: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese)

A researcher who holds vast knowledge of the Jail, and is extremely passionate about escaping from the Jail. He raised Red Riding Hood from infancy, thus bringing her to call him "Dad".


  • Absent-Minded Professor: He tends to forget things, often resulting in communication breakdowns between himself and the rest of The Dawn.
  • Custom Uniform: Like Gretel his outfit reverses the usual layout of white and black, though he doesn't replace the red.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In the novel. After failing to heed Haru's advice that it's far to early to be sending Red Riding Hood out into combat, leading to her being forced to kill Little Mermaid, he begins to consider experimenting on Red Riding Hood and Cinderella to figure out the nature of Blood Skelter before coming to the realization that he has been completely crossing the moral concepts of research. The lesson is quickly lost after getting Thumbelina, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Kaguya, treating the four as glorified lab rats.
  • The Illegible: He is stated to have terrible handwriting. To get the True Final Boss, the player has to use this fact to catch him in a lie regarding the Jail Memos' origins.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: When The Order of the Sun requests that the Dawn investigate the Dorm and Waterside areas the Professor is quick to suggest that the growing team split up and cover both at once, ignoring the strain this would put on Jack until called out on it.
  • Mad Scientist: At the best of times his research and experimentation could simply be considered creepy, such as his use of live Marchen. Most of the time it goes straight into immoral territory, as he occasionally but temporarily figures out, such as nearly anything he does with the Blood Maidens.
  • Motivational Lie: He tells Cinderella that Little Mermaid was killed by Marchens in an attempt to garner sympathy for a mourning Red Riding Hood.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: From what can be gathered about him in Mary Skelter 2, his Ignored Epiphany was more of an Occasionally Remembered Epiphany and so lacking it his experimenting was far more severe. Cinderella and Kaguya were traumatized by it all, and Thumbelina and her sisters outright left when Chiaki is killed by Cinderella going into Blood Skelter. Given that he's Snark, it's also less that he took a level and more that he's just not hiding it as much.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: While not called out on it while he's present, Jack and Snow White both note and discuss how completely counterproductive it would have been for him to tell them all that they're the children of Marchen right before a major mission because it could've traumatized them had they not already worked that out themselves and had time to cope.

Haru

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Voiced by: Yuji Kameyama (Japanese)

A craftsman with a bad mouth and a worse attitude, though he seems to care for Jack, who often questions his own usefulness.


  • Anti-Hero: He, along with Snark, were responsible for the Jail's creation. Unlike Snark, he's willing to settle on the coexistence with Earth the Jail has has taken to rather than desiring to try over and over again to recreate their world regardless of the destruction it would cause and subtly guides Jack toward undoing Snark's plans.
  • Advertised Extra: He is given a profile on Mary Skelter 2's official website. He never appears on screen in the game itself, having been killed and apparently having his eyes gouged out by the Mysterious Nightmare.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his rough exterior, he takes in Clara and helps Jack stop Snark's schemes.
  • Luminescent Blush: Jack manages to get him to blush a few times, much to Miko's amusement.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Haru creates, maintains, and upgrades the Blood Weapons and the Mary Gun.

Miko Ueshima

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Voiced by: Natsue Sasamoto (Japanese)

She's cool and calm, but also very kind-hearted. She gives counsel to the Blood Maidens, and also works closely with the professor.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: All of her portraits have her holding the corner of her glasses.
  • Advertised Extra: She is given a profile on Mary Skelter 2's official website. She never appears on screen in the game itself, having been killed and apparently dismembered by the Mysterious Nightmare.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She has no memories of her biological parents and lost her mentor Dr. Ueshima in the Snark incident. It hurt Miko enough that she decides to take on her mentor's last name and follow in her footsteps as a doctor.
  • For Science!: She's helping out the Professor because she's intrigued by his vast knowledge and wants to know what happens to the Jail once the Dawn's plan succeeds. She's so intrigued that she turns a blind eye to the Professor's dealings. In fact, if she's accused of being a traitor, she reveals that she knew from pretty much the beginning that he was a fraud; she felt that that she was too weak and afraid of her emotions to make a move against him.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Quickly comes up with a snarky retort when the Professor makes a light-hearted suggestion that the Blood Maidens are gifts from God, and deeply distrusts the Order of the Sun. Ironic, given her name.
    • She does, however, eventually admit that Michiru is worth having around as a source of hope for the survivors.
  • Hospital Hottie: She appears to be the Dawn's primary medic and she's quite attractive.
  • Improbable Age: She already had basic medical skills in her early teens, and was an important doctor and researcher at 18 years old. She's roughly eight years older than Red Riding Hood, which would put her at a slightly-less-improbable 28 years old during the game's events.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Her scientific area of expertise is ambiguous; she serves as a medical doctor for the Dawn, but also calls herself a researcher and is interested in studying the development of the Jail.
  • Properly Paranoid: She correctly guesses that the Order of the Sun has a benefactor other than Michiru and Chiaki.
  • Team Mom: Being the medic of the Dawn, she effectively serves as this to the Blood Team. She also attempts to rein in the Professor's experiments when Haru's not available to keep Tohjima in line, such as in the backstory of Mary Skelter 2 where the Professor suggests testing the limits of Massacre mode by essentially torturing a Blood Maiden.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When the Blood Team starts calling themselves monsters, she tells them to stop and assures them that they're every bit as human as she is.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She's both on the giving and receiving end, depending on choices made during the endgame interrogation.
    • If you have Jack accuse Tohjima of being a traitor, the team comes to the conclusion that Haru and Miko are at the very least complicit in his schemes. Miko admits that this is at least partially true on her end, for which Kaguya accuses her of being lazy.
    • If you have Jack accuse Haru of being a traitor, he admits that he was onboard with Snark's plan until the massacre of the Dawn expedition fifteen years ago. Miko isn't very happy about that and demands an explanation for Haru's silence on the matter. Which, given the above, is a bit hypocritical.
    • On the other hand, if you have Jack accuse Miko herself of being a traitor, she calls out Jack's (and, by extension, your) ill-formed logic, claiming that it might get him killed.

Clara (Kurara)

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Voiced by: Yui Nakajima (Japanese)

A bright and lively young girl who works as Haru's doting assistant. She is usually found manning the general store.


  • Affirmative Action Legacy: She trains as an apprentice under Haru and takes his place during the game's climax. In the sequel, she is instead implied to have been taught by the Wandering Merchant of the first game.
  • Cryptic Conversation: During her second meeting with Otsuu, she offhandedly mentions people at the Dawn having talked about her and something about "Blood Maiden". Otsuu only catches on to this as the girl is leaving, unable to get the matter clarified. This is a call-back to a scene in the first game, where Clara mentions that the Professor once asked about her name, the implication being that she might be a Blood Maiden, and was disappointed to learn that her grandmother named her.
  • Fairy Tale: The Nutcracker. Unintentionally. She shares her name with the one used for the heroine of the story in some adaptations, which was enough to catch Professor Tohjima's attention before disappointing him with the perfectly normal origin for it.
  • Intrepid Merchant: She becomes the randomly-occurring Wandering Merchant in Mary Skelter 2. She goes into more detail on what led to her living that way the second time she's met, plotwise. As in the original timeline she was a thief, but this time around she was expelled from the Dawn's Liberated District. She was taken in and taught her current trade by someone who is implied to be the original Wandering Merchant.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The English version of the first game has her name as Clara, while the Japanese version has it specifically spelled out as Curara in the Character Bonus section. The second game's site has her listed as Kurara.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Going from manning a regular store in relative safety to being the Wandering Merchant would mean she's picked up on the skills to avoid being caught by Marchen and Nightmares, as opposed to her inability to not get caught by Haru when stealing from him. It turns out her teacher showed her how to get around the Jail undetected.

Towa Kadowaki

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Voiced by: Fukuji Ochiai (Japanese)

The guard at the entrance to the Liberated District. Despite being a normal human, he's strong enough to hold off the Marchens.


  • Advertised Extra: He is given a profile on Mary Skelter 2's official website. He lasts just long enough to have his innards pulled out by the Mysterious Nightmare.
  • Blood Knight: He greatly enjoys getting to take care of the Professor's Marchen disposal. Fighting with them until they're too broken to move and then torturing them to death. His only complaint about it is that only weaker Marchen can be safely captured so they're all just too easy and the fun is starting to fade.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He carries a crude club which is presumably his Weapon of Choice against the Marchens.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were murdered by Marchens right in front of him.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He's not fond of people calling him Towa, preferring Mr. Kadowaki instead. Red Riding Hood insists this is because he doesn't like how cute "Towa" is.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He has his eyes closed in most of his portraits.
  • Hey, You!: Not out of disrespect, to Jack's relief, he just has a hard time remembering people's names.
  • Psycho Party Member: His torturing of Marchen he's supposed to be simply executing is noted by other members of the Dawn, but it's accepted partially out of fear of what may happen if he's denied his outlet for his trauma.
  • The Worf Effect: He's the only non-Blood Maiden fighter from the Dawn that we get to see, so of course Mary Skelter 2 establishes the Mysterious Nightmare as a threat by having it murder Kadowaki right in front of the party.

     The Order of the Sun 

Michiru / Oohime

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Voiced by: Maya Yoshioka (Japanese)

A religious leader of the Order who speaks with a shroud of mystery. She is known as Lady Oohime but her real name is Michiru. She uses confusing words which possess an odd sort of divinity.


  • Advertised Extra: While better off than the members of the Dawn, she only shows up a couple times in Mary Skelter 2. Once basically just to prove that she's still around, and again much later to cryptically hint at the true natures of Otsuu and the other Blood Maidens before being escorted away by Clara.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Michiru is not exactly the most coherent person. As the game progresses, she steadily gets worse and eventually devolves into a Talkative Loon due to constantly being fed bits of the Jail Tower itself over time.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Her official art reveals that she walks around barefoot.
  • Fairy Tale: The Blue Bird, though in this case it's the 20th century play instead of the completely-unrelated 17th century fairy tale. Notably, "Michiru" is how "Mytyl" is rendered in Japanese, and the English version of the first game slips up and refers to her as Mytyl whenever there's an event waiting at the Order of the Sun that involves her.
  • Mismatched Eyes: She has one red eye and one blue eye.
  • Reincarnation: She died on the day that the Jail was planted, but the Jail reincarnated her and her brother through mimicry.
  • The Reveal: She is the girl in the "blue bird" skits between chapters, though her voice likely gives it away pretty early on. Depending on some endgame dialog choices, she possibly drops a few more: the Jail seed dropped onto her preschool and into her story book, creating the fairy tale-themed world that the game takes place in. She and Chiaki died that day, but her sheer desire revived them through mimicry. And finally, she was only pretending to go insane from the Jail's food so as not to alert Snark.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Zigzagged. She inadvertently caused the Jail to mimic fairy tales instead of Snark's homeworld, which created the creepy world that the game takes place but also pushed Snark's plans back at least fifteen years.
  • Vague Age: She is stated to be near the three Blood Maiden sisters' ages in the prologue novel, and yet she was close to ground zero when the Jail seed dropped onto the Japanese city. This is further muddied by she and Chiaki being mimics.

Chiaki / Hitsuka

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Voiced by: Shunichi Toki (Japanese)

A calm and stern young boy, who is also the sub-leader of the Order. He works closely with Oohime and preaches her words to her followers.


  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": He tries to avoid having anyone know his real name, Chiaki, and gets embarrassed when it's used.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He's not too fond of people knowing Michiru calls him "Chii" either.
  • For Want of a Nail: In the prequel novel for Mary Skelter 2, Otsuu tells Chiaki that Tohjima's experiments with Marchen blood and a hug given by Michiru invoke the same kind of feelings in her. This rubs Chiaki the wrong way and drives him to start investigating both the Dawn and the newly-formed Order of the Sun. Instead of simply serving a high position in the Order to protect his sister as in the first game, he uses his status to further advance his knowledge of the Jail. One of his interrogations ends up sending Cinderella beyond the Despair Event Horizon, which eventually becomes his undoing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He changes from being nice to a bit of a jerk as he grows up, but it's only because he's trying to protect his sister. In Mary Skelter 2's prequel novel, it's explained that he also becomes more distant to protect Thumbelina and her sisters from whatever danger he might be exposing himself to in his investigations.
  • Reincarnation: He died on the day that the Jail was planted, but the Jail reincarnated him thanks to his sister's desire.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Chiaki is killed in the backstory to Mary Skelter 2 by Cinderella, during an investigation of the Jail.

Blue Bird

  • Fairy Tale: The Blue Bird, though in this case it's the 17th century fairy tale (in which the Blue Bird often brings gifts) instead of the 20th century play that Michiru is based on.
  • The Man Behind the Man: It's heavily implied that the Blue Bird is the one who supplies The Order of the Sun. It turns out that the Blue Bird is none other than Snark, who is attempting to poison the minds of Michiru and her followers.
  • Narrator: In the handful of instances in which a narrator is required, the Blue Bird is the one who does it.

     Hameln Liberated District Residents 

Mamoru

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Voiced by: Ryota Ohsaka (Japanese)

  • Dropping the Bombshell: After gaining the memories of "Leader", the Blood Team is skeptical of his story up until he mentions how "he" was the one who found Red Riding Hood as a child in the Station Grounds, seeing her destroy Marchen with her bare hands, and her name specifically.
  • Ghost Memory: He gains the memories of "Leader" from the first game's prequel novel after his corpse is buried with the remains of the Dawn expedition and subsequently revived.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Mamoru is playable for a Hopeless Boss Fight against the Mysterious Nightmare in Mary Skelter 2, alongside Hansel.
  • Hero of Another Story: The in game novel pages you can find detail what lead to his capture, as well as what happened after his escape in the beginning of the game. After being revived he climbs a separate section of the Jail in order to help Jack's team successfully make it to the top.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: One late sidequest in Mary Skelter 2 has Mamoru and Hikari request that Otsuu find replacement shovels for them. Completing this they reveal that they've been preparing graves for Hameln's servants that died defending the area. Hameln is grateful that they would bother doing so.

Hikari

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Voiced by: Manami Numakura (Japanese)

  • Hero of Another Story: The in game novel pages you can find detail what lead to her capture, as well as what happened after her escape in the beginning of the game. She's also part of Mamoru's team climbing the Jail Tower.
  • Series Continuity Error: Hikari is revived along with Mamoru and the others, and is present for their climb up the other half of the Jail Tower. She is also revived at the top of the Tower as an angelic goddess. There's no mention of there being two Hikaris running around, so unless she somehow died again during the climb there's no way this actually works.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her death and resurrection into an angelic goddess was essentially the only reason Snark failed. Were it not for her granting Jack and the Blood Maidens the means to try fighting the Jail Tower itself, Snark would have been able to remake the world as he saw fit.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: One late sidequest in Mary Skelter 2 has Mamoru and Hikari request that Otsuu find replacement shovels for them. Completing this they reveal that they've been preparing graves for Hameln's servants that died defending the area. Hameln is grateful that they would bother doing so.

Itsuki

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Voiced by: Daiki Abe (Japanese)

  • Childhood Friends: With Kaede.
  • Expy: He is the scientist of the Underground District, roughly serving as the sequel's equivalent to Professor Tohjima and Miko Ueshima.
  • Hero of Another Story: The remake reveals that he was one of the people revived along with Mamoru and Hikari, assisting them in their attempt at climbing the Jail Tower.

Kaede

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Voiced by: Makiko Miura (Japanese)

  • Childhood Friends: With Itsuki.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is described as a strong-minded older sister type.
  • Expy: She is a shopkeeper, serving as the sequel's equivalent to Clara.
  • Hero of Another Story: The remake reveals that she was one of the people revived along with Mamoru and Hikari, assisting them in their attempt at climbing the Jail Tower.
  • She's Got Legs: She doesn't appear to be wearing any pants, which exposes all of her thighs.

Takumi

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Voiced by: Takashi Narumi (Japanese)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A "self-centered eccentric" who randomly chooses different Japanese Pronouns for himself on a whim, but also a weapons expert who originally worked for the Dawn.
  • Expy: He is a Blood Weapon mechanic, serving as the sequel's equivalent to Haru.
  • Hero of Another Story: The remake reveals that he was one of the people revived along with Mamoru and Hikari, assisting them in their attempt at climbing the Jail Tower.

     The Jail and Nightmares 

Jail

  • Big Bad: Took over a large Japanese city, transforming it into the strange place it is in game, and changed almost every living thing within it into Marchen. The survivors are regularly kidnapped and tortured for its own satisfaction.
  • Character Customization: In both Mary Skelter 2 and the remake you're given the ability to edit the Jail's behaviors and abilities to further adjust the game's difficulty beyond the three presets. There are two separate methods of doing so.
    • The first applies specific drawbacks in return for some advantage, for example permanently disabling the use of maps in exchange for more experience or random chance stat decreases for boosted drop rates on certain things.
    • The second is a Point Build System editing of the reward roulette, being able to stack in multiple copies of an effect to increase the odds of the Jail providing you that option.
  • Chaos Architecture: The Jail's exact layout varies between Mary Skelter, its remake, and Mary Skelter 2. It is at its most extreme in the latter with nearly every area having its very color scheme changed up and arranged around the tower in a different order and including new areas. The remake being different from the original is justified by being the third time the Jail has grown, rather than just being a game simplifying design choice.
  • Constellations: The apparent theme of the second Jail. Numerous cubes covered in symbols of the Western Zodiac can be found bound in webbing with a rapidly spinning view of the stars above and the known Nightmares native to it are related to the Summer Triangle, allowing for a convenient overlap of the first Jail's Fairy Tale theme.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Zigzagged. The Jail is actually a terraformation device intended to remake the Earth in the image of Snark's and Haru's homeworld. Unfortunately for them, it's a bit too sensitive for its own good, and its first meal (Michiru and her storybook) result in it transforming into a fairy tale-themed monstrosity. It's Zigzagged because, while this explains mimicry and the transformation of humans into Marchens, it does not work for its ability to alter the past.
  • Fairy Tale: Each region within the Jail takes some aspects of the fairy tales related to Jack and the Blood Maidens.
    • Jack and the Beanstalk: The Jail Tower is very loosely styled after a beanstalk, which is part of what compels Jack to try climbing it.
    • Alice in Wonderland: The City Streets are lined with card soldiers and nonsensical clocks, with the doorways being shaped like keyholes giving a distorted sense of size. Guillotines are a common trap as well.
    • Little Red Riding Hood: The Station Grounds have become a forest like area with wolves and baskets laying around.
    • Thumbelina, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Sleeping Beauty: The Graveyard is covered in roses and thorny vines, with massive tulips in the background. Moles, frogs, and dwarves can be found all around as well.
    • Hansel and Gretel: The Dorms are built out of, and filled with, various types of candy. Hansel and Gretel also leave white stones by teleporters that aren't trapped to keep one going in circles.
    • Cinderella: The Downtown region has pumpkin shaped carts made of lights, glowing glass slippers locked away in cages. The loading screen depicts the area's signs as having an excessive foot focus as well.
    • The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter: The Temple is surrounded by a massive bamboo forest, much of which is faintly shining gold, and in some places appearing more mechanical than natural giving it an alien feeling.
    • The Pied Piper of Hamelin: The walls of the Underground Cavern are covered in whistling and singing mouths, and cages full of rats can be found everywhere
    • The Waterside is an odd exception to this, as there is almost nothing here but train tracks, water and cages.
    • The Little Mermaid: The Aquarium Ruins resemble glass tunnels winding around under the sea, with the majority of the Marchen present being aquatic animals.
    • Crane's Return of a Favor: The Old Art District is styled like an old fashioned Japanese building with cloth floating overhead bearing images of cranes, while some windows show a silhouette of cranes. There are Marchen that resemble a cross between paintbrushes and cranes, with their necks caught in a bloody bear trap.
    • The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl: The second Jail, formed around the Metropolitan Government Building takes advantage of the building's structure to pull it off. Two towers remain almost normal, though now connected by a milky white webbing. There is a heavy star theme as well, with false stars on the ground and in the sky.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Everything except for the few remaining survivors were changed when the Jail arrived. Eventually it stopped actively changing things quite so drastically, though depending on what the survivors eat or expose themselves to they may still end up changing. The Marchen within each area are generally thematically tied to the story that served as its basis as well. Otsuu originally suffered from this as well. Born a plantlike Half-Human Hybrid Nightmare, her time trapped in the Jail's Underground Cavern looking for Little Mermaid eventually warped her form into the stony mechlike body she is seen in in Mary Skelter.
  • Genius Loci: The Jail is essentially a metropolis sized Mimic. It doesn't appear to takes sides, though; if the Blood Maidens sate its desires, it'll reward them and/or punish its own denizens without a second thought.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Screams are a lullaby to the Jail, which drives the Marchen to capture and torture humans to help satisfy its need for sleep.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: All of Snark's plans rely on the Jail doing what it was intended to, its failures making it necessary to start from scratch. Eventually it's proven that there are actually multiple Jails that landed on Earth. The original game leaving it an ambiguous "what if" alternate ending, Mary Skelter 2 making it official and expanding on it.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: One of the perks the Jail may grant in battle is doubling Marchen bleeding, the aftermath of which generally leaves everything, the floor, ceiling, and walls, within four tiles completely pink, with splatters occasionally reaching out even further.
  • Turns Red: Mary Skelter 2 introduces a mechanic relating to the Jail's current mood. Every battle progressively aggravates the Jail, enhancing the stats of Marchen and Nightmares as well as increasing the rate of Nightmares showing up. Passing 60% causes a noticeable increase and the Jail begins glowing red and constantly screaming. Only by constantly satisfying the Jail's needs can its rage be kept in check.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: The eyes are quickly noted, and the Blood Team wonders what the world was like before the Jail arrived if that was somehow normal. The Dorm utterly lacks any such eyes, something that bothers Snow White enough to speak out about it. As it turns out the eyes are functionally cameras Snark has set up to monitor everywhere in the Jail. Because Hansel and Gretel killed everyone who pushed too far into the Dorm, there was never a chance to set them up there.
    • In Mary Skelter 2 the Downtown region is excessively covered in eyes. Few rooms are lacking in them, and several consist of nothing but eyes. This is a Call-Back to the first game's novel. Tohjima wanted to study Blood Skelter, and he was not going to a miss a thing Cinderella does during her rampage there with this many eyes set up.
  • Weird Moon: The moon changes between glowing white, blue, and pink, depending on its current primary desire, which will be easier to satisfy and provide a slower roulette for the reward. The moon also isn't a moon at all, it's an egg.

The Nightmares in General

  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: The presence of a Nightmare quickly cuts away all lights, short of the glow provided by spilled Marchen blood. Mary Skelter 2 plays with this with "White Darkness" generated by the Nightmares, functionally the same as normal darkness that is somehow also blindingly white. Marchen blood still shines through.
  • Flat Character: Most Nightmares receive no real characterization, being more comparable to unstoppable forces of nature than individuals. This works to help amplify the It Can Think reveal. Mary Skelter 2 similarly leaves most of them undeveloped, focusing instead on the threat of Blood Skelter through most areas of the Jail.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Any time a Nightmare begins hunting the Blood Team it is announced by a loud growling noise.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing short of death will stop them from chasing you. Escaping only grants a brief period of relative safety to continue exploring the labyrinths.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Even if you break them apart, all that does is slow them down while they reform. It's only after the Core in their territory is destroyed can they be put down permanently.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Almost all of the original Nightmares had their appearances updated for Mary Skelter 2, some as minor as adjustments to their colors while others receive entirely new body parts.

Snark

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The "King of Nightmares". A being of unknown origin, Snark met with Professor Tohjima long ago, but has not been seen since.
  • Composite Character: Snark also has traits of The Big Bad Wolf, having long since replaced the man who found Red Riding Hood.
  • The Dreaded: Single handedly wiped out the original team attempting to escape the Jail. Even after they find a way to kill Nightmares the Professor insists that they do everything they can to avoid him. This is because Snark is specifically crafting such an image of himself to survive as he is actually incredibly weak, only capable of killing things already in the process of dying. He didn't even wipe the original team out, it was the Tower Nightmares who did it.
  • Evil Plan: His ultimate plan is to create a new Jail that he can exert god-like control over. To do this, he manufactures a conflict between humans and Marchens, nurtures a religion while mentally poisoning its divine figure, uses the Blood Team to focus all of the Jail's energy into the tower, and leads the religious followers into the tower for their souls to be sacrificed and their collective desire to be used to fuel a new Jail egg. Either he completely succeeds, in which case everything goes to hell, or the Order of the Sun's followers are saved, in which case he uses Marchens and himself as sacrifices instead.
  • Fairy Tale: The Hunting of the Snark and Little Red Riding Hood
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Snark is not a Nightmare at all, but rather an alien that came along with the Jail, a tool that was supposed to recreate his homeworld. When the Jail began to mimic Earth instead he opted to guide things toward creating a new Jail egg, fertilize it, and, if necessary, fuse himself with it becoming a god that could make the world he desired in the first place.
  • Light Is Not Good: Unlike other Nightmares Snark is brightly colored, primarily white. This extends to his reversal of black and white in the Dawn uniform as Professor Tohjima as well.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is behind all three factions in the game, being the King of Nightmares, the Blue Bird, and Professor Tohjima.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates every single faction in the game, and uses Plausible Deniability to cover up the holes in his story as they open up. He even comes up with explanations seemingly on the fly to cast doubt on Jack's evidence, only coming clean when Haru calls him by name and tells him that he's been figured out.
  • Sore Loser: In the process of figuring out his identity Jack finally starts getting him to stumble when bringing up the monitor room and Haru steps in to end the charade before he can figure out some new lie. Exposed, cornered, and out of allies Snark pulls a gun on everyone to allow himself to retreat and finish his plans for the Jail.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Does this to the Station Grounds Nightmare. Though in hindsight, he's essentially leaving all of the Nightmares to be wiped out by the Blood Team to further his own goals.
    • He also tries to get the Blood Team killed by suggesting that they split up, then plays it off when they call him out on how dangerous his plan is. Once his schemes come to light, he tells Red Riding Hood that she's not needed anymore.

Hansel

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  • Anti-Villain: He was responsible for numerous deaths of Dawn exploration groups, but reasons it away as having defended his home against those who pushed on through Gretel's traps. He keeps Gretel out of the fights against the Blood Team out of a desire for her to live a normal life, urging her to go with them should he die. According to Gretel he never made any attempts to kill humans outside of the persistent intruders to their home.
  • Belly Mouth: Has a large round mouth on his stomach.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Hansel has massive eyes on each of his shoulders, and as his armor breaks away it reveals the eyes on his head are on the right side rather than where they'd normally be.
  • Fairy Tale: Hansel and Gretel
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He is playable in the Hopeless Boss Fight against the Mysterious Nightmare in Mary Skelter 2, alongside Mamoru.
  • Meta Twist: Hansel is not slain by the Blood Team in Mary Skelter 2, and travels to the Hameln Liberated District alongside Gretel. He instead dies in battle against the Mysterious Nightmare.
  • Mundane Utility: The candy portions of his body apparently are actual sweets. Gretel would take advantage of his regenerative abilities for an endless supply of snacks, only bothering to learn how to make normal sweets after the destruction of the core in their home rendered him incapable of regrowing them.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Platonic example - Hansel murders a prisoner (who was secretly a Dawn researcher) that was appealing to Gretel's curiosity in a fit of primal jealousy.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: This first Nightmare to have single target attacks that ignore a Paladin's Cover, making for a quick loss if the rest of the party's defenses are not kept up at least a little bit.

City Streets Nightmare

Graveyard Nightmare

Temple Nightmare

Downtown Nightmare

  • Fairy Tale: Cinderella
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: This is the form the Nightmare takes. As it takes damage the rats riding it fall away, the slipper breaks, and the head comes off leaving only a giant rotting foot with carved up toes behind.
  • It Can Think: This is the first or second Nightmare to display the ability to speak, depending on how you approach Chapters 3 and 4.
  • Multiple Head Case: In Mary Skelter 2, beneath the pumpkin-like head is a cluster of three bloodied heads, the stepmother and stepsisters, still stomping around on the giant rotting foot.

Waterside Nightmare

Station Ground Nightmare

Tower Nightmares

  • Adapted Out: Averted. As the fairy tale's page here states the giant's wife is often left out of adaptations of the story. The Tower is guarded by not one, but two, Nightmares based on the giants.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In Mary Skelter 2, the second Nightmare waits until the Blood Team is weakened after defeating the True Final Boss to ambush them.
  • Fairy Tale: Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Interface Spoiler: Mary Skelter 2 lacks sufficient enemy slots in the enemy listing for both Nightmares, giving away that something is up with the second Nightmare to anyone who played through the first game.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In Mary Skelter 2, in the upper levels of the Tower the Blood Team is disturbed by the the fact that while they can hear the Nightmare it never once shows itself or gives chase.
  • The Unfought: The second Nightmare goes completely unencountered in Mary Skelter 2. Until it takes advantage of the Mysterious Nightmare weakening the Blood Team to kill them all.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Mary Skelter 2, the upper Tower Nightmare successfully kills off most of the Blood Team.

Little Mermaid's Nightmare

  • Despair Event Horizon: It brought about one. While the Mysterious Nightmare destroying the Dawn's Liberated District pushed Little Mermaid to her limits, this Nightmare's arrival during her search for survivors pushed her to the breaking point and pushed her into Blood Skelter.
  • Fairy Tale: The Little Mermaid
  • Odd Name Out: Most Nightmares either have a specific name, or are just referred to by where they roam. The newer Nightmares instead refer directly to the Fairy Tale they come from.

Crane's Return of a Favor Nightmare

  • Fairy Tale: Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Crane's Return of a Favor)
  • Odd Name Out: Most Nightmares either have a specific name, or are just referred to by where they roam. The newer Nightmares instead refer directly to the Fairy Tale they come from.
  • Waddling Head: The Nightmare is just a giant two faced head walking around on its large seven fingered hands.

Nightmare?

(Spoilers for both games, especially 2, so proceed with extreme caution)

A Nightmare encounter in the Underground. While the Blood Team fights and defeats it, its nature is unknown until the second game, where it is revealed that this Nightmare is actually Otsuu.


  • Ambiguous Gender: It is interesting to note that this Nightmare's true form does not even have the prominent breasts that the already-boyish Blood Maiden incarnation of Otsuu has.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Alters the past entirely because Little Mermaid was nice to her ten years ago.
  • Bonus Boss: In the first game.
  • Composite Character: Originally just a Nightmare seeming to avoid its responsibilities, much like the citizens of Hamelin not paying the Piper, Mary Skelter 2 and the remake of the original expand on this by incorporating its drive to do anything for Little Mermaid out of gratitude.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Nightmare or not, it very clearly crosses the horizon in the remake after asking the Blood Team about Little Mermaid and learning that she's dead.
  • Fairy Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin combined with Crane's Return of a Favor, as well as The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: She is dropped into the past as a Blood Maiden after using the Jail seed, presumably because it will allow her to be closer with Little Mermaid. She ends up reverting to her slightly more Nightmarish form for a bit in the True Ending.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Nightmare? is incredibly timid, doing whatever it can to avoid the Blood Team. The original version of the game was able to play this up with the area's massive size, it would spawn somewhere well away from you so you'd hear it but likely never find it until the scripted battles. The remake version of the area is incredibly small, making it almost impossible to avoid encountering it at which point it will chase you just the same as any other Nightmare.
  • Happy Ending Override: If the way that the endgame plays out in the remake is canon rather than the original game, she used the Goverment Building's Jail seed after the team had defeated Snark.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In the remake, the last battle against Nightmare? amounts to this for Jack, who at that point has regained his memory of Mary Skelter 2.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She really wanted to be friends with Little Mermaid, who was kind to her despite her appearance, but doesn't work up the courage to talk to her until it's too late.
  • It Can Think: Moreso than most Nightmares.
  • Mini-Mecha: Not mechanical, but appears to piloted in a similar manner. You can see a humanoid inside after breaking the outer shell. In the remake, after seemingly being defeated, Nightmare Otsuu pops out and fights the Blood Team on foot.
  • Plant Person: Mary Skelter 2 gives a closer look at the humanoid form inside, revealing it to be this. In her Nightmare form, Otsuu's left arm and tail are made of bamboo, while her hair becomes a leafy green.
  • The Reveal: This Nightmare is the original Mary Skelter timeline's version of Otsuu, aptly titled Nightmare Otsuu. She is an incredibly weak Half-Human Hybrid who grew fond of Little Mermaid during her time at the Aquarium. While searching for Little Mermaid, she gets lost in the Underground and ends up encountering the Blood Team. She narrowly escapes and, after learning about Little Mermaid's death, decides to grow the Government Building's Jail until it can reach its Jail seed. She wishes for a way to protect Little Mermaid, and is reborn in the past as a Blood Maiden named Otsuu. She rescues Mermaid before a young Red Riding Hood can arrive, kicking off the sequel timeline.
  • Right Red Hand: Subverted. She has an inhuman eye and one of her arms contains a mass of tentacles instead of a hand, but she becomes friendly to the Blood Team once Remake!Jack helps her remember the Mary Skelter 2 timeline.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Downplayed, as it takes a while for her to remember and it is apparently pretty painful, but she eventually recalls the Another Story ending in Mary Skelter 2 and the events of Mary Skelter 2 in the remake.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: The first time Nightmare? loses its armor, it bails out instead of continuing to fight the Blood Team. The sequel and the remake reveal that it survived the second encounter as well, and is pursued by the Blood Team until it uses the Jail seed (leading to the sequel), or has its memory restored (leading to the remake's Golden Ending).
  • Sequential Boss: Notable in the remake in that it has three forms the final time that it is fought: a Murder Hunt battle, a battle against the unarmored Nightmare, and finally a battle against the humanoid Nightmare Otsuu.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: In the remake the only way to defeat this Nightmare's final form is to stop attacking and use the various items Jack had found both as a human and Nightmare in order to restore Otsuu's memories.

Mysterious Nightmare "Snark?"

(Major Spoilers for Mary Skelter 2, so proceed with extreme caution)
  • Bait-and-Switch: The site for Mary Skelter 2 has this Nightmare listed as "Snark?", and the Blood Team do put forth the idea as well given its proven capacity for destruction, implying that the King of Nightmares has taken on a far more imposing form. The truth is that this Nightmare is in fact Alice.
  • Bishōnen Line: As its massive flower form is shattered, it reveals a pair of almost human bodies chained together inside, the bodies being the original forms of Jack and Alice.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Snark is highly effective at planning and manipulating others, while the only plan the Mysterious Nightmare has is to shred everything that it comes across.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: It has a single eye in its stomach.
  • Fairy Tale: Alice in Wonderland and Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Final Boss: The game ends with a battle against the Mysterious Nightmare, either as it appears normally or as Nightmare Love.
  • Final Boss Preview: Mamoru and Hansel have a battle with the Mysterious Nightmare well before the ending of the game.
  • Fusion Dance: Pulls one with Nightmare Jack to become Nightmare Love.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It is an Omnicidal Maniac Nightmare born from Alice believing that she had killed Jack. Even in this state, it refuses to harm Nightmare Jack; everyone else is fair game.
  • Meaningful Rename: Once the player correctly deduces its identity, the game changes its name from Mysterious Nightmare (Nazo no Nightmare) to Nightmare Alice.
  • Plant Person: After its Fusion Dance it becomes a massive fleshlike flower with a small field of normal flowers and two massive arms inside.
  • The Reveal: This Nightmare is the Alice who falls into Blood Skelter at the beginning of the game.

Government Building Nightmare

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