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The Claes Family

    Katarina Claes/The Monkey Girl 

Voiced by: Maaya Uchida

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The protagonist, a former Spoiled Brat Alpha Bitch who Took a Level in Kindness... and also became a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander... due to her hitting her head and getting Past-Life Memories of a girl who played an otome game very similar to the world she's currently in.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Played with. Katarina is consciously trying to prevent her future death or exile. But by accident she does things that work a little too well. Without even meaning to, she ends up winning the hearts of all of the game's love interests, the other rival characters, and even the main heroine herself. Katarina is completely oblivious to this.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Other students at magic school refer to Katarina as "Saint-sama" (Lady Saint) for her kindhearted nature and her blindness to social status.
  • Alpha Bitch: Katarina was on the way to becoming one, but upon remembering her past life she A. realized this would end badly for her and B. couldn't take herself so seriously anymore. As a result, she instantly mellowed out and became a kind of Magnetic Hero or something similar by (accidentally) taking over the plot of the story she was in.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Katarina's family and friends pretty much all agree she's not normal by any stretch of the imagination, and they find it charming and frustrating in equal measure. She acts on impulse, is oblivious to subtext, can be spacey and absent-minded, is easily distracted, has difficulty with paying attention unless she's interested, has only a few things she's interested in trying to learn, frequently forgets or puts off her homework, isn't good at long-term planning, takes time to absorb information, seems immune to lectures, etc. It's suspected in the fandom that she has ADHD and/or brain damage; she did, after all, take a nasty fall on a rock as a child.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not entirely clear if Katarina is really Katarina or just the monkey girl in her role. Her father thinks she and her mother are very alike, she has all of Katarina's memories and immediately identifies as Katarina + α, meaning the life experience of her previous self. However, Katarina doesn't act a bit like her old self and seems like she's unaware of or at least unfamiliar with a few things Katarina should know. Jeord in the spinoff says the original Katarina was a simple thinker not given to plotting, and was prone to acting on a whim, suggesting some continuity of character between her past and present selves, but to Maria Katarina seems very different after her fall.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While Katarina considers herself straight, she does spend a suspicious amount of time thinking about how gorgeous her female friends are, especially Maria, and other rather suspect thoughts.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance:
    • When Katarina couldn't remember her past life, she was well behaved, but spoiled and bratty. When a blow to the head made her remember that she had lived a low class life before, she suddenly couldn't take herself so seriously and became super friendly and tomboyish, much to the exasperation of her mother.
    • In the spinoff, Katarina was already firmly established as a bullying Alpha Bitch by the time she got her memories back, which deeply embarrasses her even before she realizes it puts her in a dangerous position.
  • Animals Hate Her: The only ones that don't seem to like Katarina are dogs. This seems to have carried over from her past life.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Katarina frequently gets distracted mid-conversation and misses out on important things. She's also capable of acting with dignity and etiquette until she's inevitably distracted. Also, as soon as she's done being scolded, she forgets about what anyone told her and goes back to what she was doing the next day. People actually envy this ability of hers.
  • The Beard: In the game, Jeord was only engaged to Katarina so that he would have someone to point to in order to discourage fangirls, so she assumes that Jeord still just considers her a shield. In Verge of Destruction, Jeord refuses Katarina's request to break off their engagement because he still wants her as a shield, using her previous arguments for how he should take responsibility for her long-gone scar against her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Katarina is one of the sweetest characters you'd ever meet, but Maria's bullies were terrified of her when she stood up for her — Katarina chalks this up to her "villainous face".
  • Big Eater: Left to her own devices, Katarina will eat all the food, get sick and throw up, and then go back for more. She'll even eat food off the ground if she thinks it looks tasty, including the first chapter of the spinoff where the food is pretty clearly damaged.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Katarina's plan to avoid destruction in Keith's route is to shower him with attention while they are still children. By becoming his doting big sister, she reasons there's no way he would kill her later. Besides, he's adorable and she wants to dote on him anyway.
  • Blithe Spirit:
    • Thanks to Katarina's newly found free spirit, she cures Jeord's boredom and isolation, Alan's inferiority complex, Keith's loneliness and Nicol's family issues. As a result, they not only fall for her, but they never develop into a sadist, a bitter rival, a playboy and a suspicious and withdrawn pretty boy like they were in the game they come from. She also nets herself the student council president by insisting on seeing him as a gentle boy instead of a dark magician, which helps him to drive out the ghost possessing him before he can commit any crimes.
    • She makes friends with Mary early in their childhood, leaving her less dependent on her fiance Alan. Then she bonds with Sophia, not only leaving her less obsessed with her brother but also letting her make some friends and ignore the people who think she's cursed and awful. Maria is also able to bond with the student council and Katarina much more quickly, is protected from bullying and makes up with her mother in large part due to Katarina's clueless affection. They also all fall in love with her.
    • Finally, there are numerous characters like the head gardener, her mother, her personal maid and her classmates who don't fall for her, but are also much happier and freer as a result of her influence.
    • She's even this back on Earth, where the monkey girl was responsible for bringing Atsuko out of her shell in middle school. And even though the monkey girl's death devastated Atsuko, she resolved to live her life to the fullest and wish that she'd be able to reunite with her friend again, eventually resulting in her reincarnating as Sophia beside the monkey girl's Katarina.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Blue is Katarina's primary color, with bright blue eyes and a turquoise and navy dress. It makes it all the more ironic that her original role was that of a villain. Eye-wise, it seems the original intention is most likely trying to invoke sinister Icy or even Creepy Blue Eyes, which the manga does invoke in one of the color illustrations.
  • Book Dumb: Inverted. Katarina is socially as dumb as a box of rocks and before reincarnating got terrible grades. However, A-chan attributed this to a lack of interest in studying. As Katarina, she's actually pretty diligent when it comes to studying and picking up skills because she feels she needs them, and turns out to have at least average academic ability... when it comes to the few things she bothers trying to learn about, like magic.
  • Brutal Honesty: Katarina captures Alan's interest at first by pointing out that if a girl is more interested in hanging out with her than her fiancee, it's probably because her fiancee is boring.
  • Captain Oblivious: Katarina manages to miss the totally obvious constantly either because she's naturally dense or because she stops paying attention to things that don't interest her. In fact, her obliviousness to her own uniqueness is one reason why her friends find her refreshingly attractive.
  • Caring Gardener: Katarina takes up farming to both increase her affinity with earth magic and so she'll have a useful skill in the event that she gets banished. Even after finding out that it wouldn't help her with magic at all, she continues to do it as a hobby well into her teenage years, much to the confusion of everyone around her.
  • Chaste Heroine: Katarina tends to brush off romantic gestures and veiled confessions because she doesn't consider herself attractive (and because of Katarina's villainous role). As a result she doesn't mind doing things like offering to hand feed her stepbrother.
  • Childish Older Sibling: Katarina has the mentality and attention span of a young child, while Keith is very well behaved and often finds himself playing Cloudcuckoolander's Minder for her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Katarina actually does have reasons for doing weird things like farming or carrying toy snakes, but she doesn't explain herself and therefore everyone thinks she's nuts. Which is true anyway. A lot of people are attracted to this specific quality about her more than her kindness, such as Jeord, Rufus and even "Lana", who is secretly in the Ministry of Magic and even more secretly Geoffrey's official fiancee.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Katarina is the romantic equivalent of a black hole; she'll attract anyone who gets too close to her, regardless of gender, but she's so astronomically dense that she's completely unaware that so many people are vying for her affection. Nothing can escape her pull, not even light (i.e. Maria).
  • Cool Big Sis: Katarina always wanted a little brother or sister and therefore considers herself to be a great big sister who makes sure her handsome little brother doesn't become a playboy, but in actuality she's something of a womanchild that Keith has to constantly take care of.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Katarina practices swordsmanship in case she reaches a particularly grim Bad End and needs to defend herself, and hones her magic as much as possible to have something to fall back on if she gets exiled and loses her noble title. She also carries an increasingly realistic fake snake for scaring off Jeord with, and is possibly putting in more effort in her farming than she does at schoolwork, as an alternate exile option. Nobody else quite understands why a nobleman's daughter wants to become a farmer.
  • Death Glare: Katarina's got a pretty mean glare when she gets angry, or so she thinks. It's actually a bit ambiguous: People afraid of her may instead be afraid of her family name.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Katarina's elemental affinity, though her magic is weak with the original Katarina only using it to trip people. Current Katarina manages to move a larger amount of earth after seven years of work, but it still isn't much.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: There are genuine dangers ahead of Katarina if she doesn't prepare for them, and as such, she takes steps to avoid them. Some of her ideas are spot on like being nice to Keith so he won't get lonely and grow to resent her, but her other prevention methods make no sense and include ideas like "interacting with the source of her (earth) magic" by plowing a field.
  • Entitled to Have You: Original Katarina felt this way towards Jeord, using their engagement and the scar she got on her face as leverage to keep him tied to her. Current Katarina has no such interests, especially given her potential future if she does act that way.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Apart from the pretty boys around her, there are at least three girlsnote  who are also into Katarina, though she doesn't realize it.
  • Face of a Thug: Played with. Katarina thinks she has a villainous face (considering her Tsurime Eyes and Forehead of Doom), but everyone else thinks that she just looks a little intense. But it would be really suited for one given that's what she was supposed to become. She ends up invoking this when saving Maria from a group of bullies, twice, due to her being very angry.
  • Forehead of Doom: Katarina's large forehead is part of what cues her into the fact that she is in the villain's role. She mentions once that her scar can be covered up with her bangs, but proceeds to never do so.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Katarina is so consistent about mentioning she's straight when talking about how her female friends cause her to swoon a little that the question becomes more whether she's in denial about being bisexual or whether she genuinely doesn't realize it than whether she's actually straight or not.
  • The Hedonist: Katarina is all about what's doing fun and pleasurable right this second. Fortunately, though, she does care a great deal about people so she never abuses anyone in her pursuit of the maximum amount of fun. It does exasperate her mother and little brother, though.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She actually turns out to be an amazing actress. Or at least has the potential to be so. Sure, she's basing her lines off what Katarina from the game would say because she didn't have time to learn what she was supposed to be saying, but acting involves far more than just reading a script.
    • Katarina also has shown surprising insight at times. When she confronts a group of girls bullying Maria and claiming favoritism is why she's so successful, Katarina points out that if that was true, then her (Katarina's) grades would've been better than average due to being from the Claes household. When she confronts Sirius, after he says the sleep spell was supposed to kill her, she immediately calls it out as a lie, pointing out that no one was around when he cast it on her and that if he wanted to, he could've killed her on the spot and nobody would've known he'd done it.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In a manner of speaking. Katarina forcibly takes over the heroine position by seducing all the love interests, their rivals and the supposed main heroine herself. However, she does it on accident. She does it all while thinking of herself as the unwilling villain.
  • Humble Goal: Having died as a teenager in her previous life, Katarina has resolved to die of old age in this one, specifically to become an old woman sitting in a rocking chair, staring at the sunset with a cat on her lap.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Katarina responds with amused affection when she thinks of dense harem protagonists and considers Maria one, but completely fails to realize that she has become one herself.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Katarina is considered to be above average in attractiveness, but thinks she has a villainous face. This doesn't cause her to get depressed or anything, but it does mean she assumes she's unattractive and therefore people wouldn't be interested in her. The issue might also be that by face alone, Katarina is pretty but not cute like the other girls.
  • I Have Brothers: Katarina had two older brothers in her original life, which greatly contributed to her tomboyish personality.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Katarina's belief that she has a villainous face comes down to two factors. One, she has Tsurime Eyes. Two, her eyes are a light blue that she thinks look harsh and cold. Nobody else really agrees with her on either and barely even know that she thinks that. The extra illustration of volume 1 of the manga definitely does invoke this, however.
  • Idiot Hero: Katarina runs pretty much entirely on id with no thoughts to the consequences down the line.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Sirius tries to ruin Katarina's reputation by amplifying her jealousy towards Maria, but fails because she isn't jealous in the slightest.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: Played with, given that the younger sibling is adopted and there's only a few months between them. The original Katarina from the game was incredibly jealous of Keith stealing away their father's attention and would verbally abuse him well into their teenage years (something that leads to her death in at least one of the routes). The new much kinder Katarina (having the Past-Life Memories of a Japanese schoolgirl who played the game and always wanted a younger sibling) defies this and tries to be his Cool Big Sis almost immediately after meeting him.
  • Informed Ability: Katarina took swordplay lessons as a child and supposedly had good form, but they're never utilized.
  • Inner Monologue: Katarina has inner monologues whenever she is trying to work out how to avoid potential destruction ends. In her mind, this takes the form of strategy meetings in which different aspects of herself, such as Chairman Claes, Representative Claes and Secretary Claes, all give ideas and work together to formulate coherent plans (the omake in volume 2 of the manga identifies the aspects as standard Katarina, Chairwoman Katarina, who has a fake mustache, Glasses Katarina, who wears fake glasses, the kind of confident(?) duke's daughter Katarina, and the kind of timid(?) duke's daughter Katarina), although while they might look and behave differently, they all think about exactly the same things. Secretly, she wishes another person could join in this monologue to give her a different viewpoint to work with.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: While Katarina considers her blue eyes to be cold looking, they're really more along the lines of this given that the manga illustrations show them as being a color that looks far more friendly than harsh. She herself is super innocent in nature and doesn't get it at all when people make a pass at her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Katarina does have her reasons for learning to farm and carrying toy snakes, but these are still absurd answers to serious problems that had already been solved anyway. The only 'destruction flag countermeasures' she practices that people don't find weird are learning swordsmanship and being nice to Keith.
  • Manchild: Katarina actually considers herself to be in her thirties since she lived for seventeen years, died, reincarnated and then lived another fifteen years or so by the first novel. Yet she still acts like an eight-year old.
  • The Matchmaker: She seems to have a good knack for saying just the right things to people with strained relationships to get them open up to each other and realize their mutual feelings:
    • Her parents married for love, but originally didn't realize they each felt the same. Following some words from Katarina with them together, they end up confessing how much they love each other, with them going on to become a loving couple and great parents.
    • Selena is crushed by doubts about how much she suits her fiancee, prince Ian, but Katarina reassures her and suggests that she find out for sure how he feels before doing anything rash like terminating their engagement. True to form, Ian really does love her and was simply shy and didn't want to seem clingy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Katarina's reaction in the spinoff to realizing she was the one who spoiled Maria's muffins, causing her to do dogeza in front of her and apologize profusely.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: The injury to Katarina's forehead bled a lot but wasn't that serious. However, it also triggered her remembering seventeen years worth of a past life, passing out due to overload and remaining unconscious and feverish for five whole days. No such issue occurs in the spinoff, however.
  • Nice Girl: After hitting her head and remembering her past life, Katarina becomes super sweet and kind. There also might've been a bit of brain damage involved.
  • No Name Given: Katarina's former life never has their name given, and is instead referred to as "monkey girl" because of her monkey-like climbing ability.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Something as dirty and laborious as farming is considered an odd hobby for a daughter of nobility. Katarina initially took it up so she could provide for herself in case she was exiled.
  • No-Sell: She's completely unaffected by any attempt to use emotion manipulation magic, though this isn't because she's special like Maria. She simply doesn't have the emotional makeup necessary for it to affect her, as any other kind of ability works normally against her.
  • Oblivious to Love: Because of her obsession with avoiding the Bad Future in store for her role in a game and her own belief that, as a game villainess, she is unattractive, Katarina is ignorant of the fact that her relationships with others often go beyond simple friendship on their side.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The name of Katarina's previous life is never given, and she's only referred to as the "monkey girl".
  • Otaku: She developed a love of anime, manga, and otome games in her previous life after befriending Atsuko. Since none of these things exist in the world of Fortune Lover, she feeds her addiction by reading romance novels.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Katarina is noted to be reasonably pretty but absolutely nothing compared to Mary, Sophia or Maria.
  • Past-Life Memories: After receiving a head injury at the age of 8, Katarina regains her memories as the "monkey girl", a high school student and otaku from modern-day Japan who died at 17 in a traffic accident. Within these memories are farming experiences with her grandmother, a talent for climbing and knowledge of the otome game Fortune Lover, which Katarina uses to alter events in order to avoid the Bad Future ensured for her in the game itself. These awakened memories have also caused a Mental Fusion within Katarina, combining the monkey girl's Blithe Spirit with Katarina's original bratty attitude to create the current Katarina's kind personality.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Katarina has an affinity for earth magic, but she is an air-headed Genki Girl with poor impulse control and long-term planning skills. The only thing about her that really screams "earth magic" is her farming hobby, but she only picked that up in the first place because she mistakenly thought it would make her magic stronger.
  • Rags to Riches: In a manner of speaking. Katarina is basically the unnamed monkey girl in personality at least, so she went from a completely unremarkable Japanese family to being a ducal heir and then got engaged to a prince.
  • Reformed Bully: In Verge of Destruction, she doesn't regain her memories until after she's already at school during an incident while she's in the middle of bullying Maria. This ends up making her look like a rather extreme example to all outsiders.
  • Scars Are Forever: Invoked but averted. Jeord and Katarina become engaged because he accidentally scarred her forehead, which could have had an effect on her marriage prospects. However, within a few years the scar is entirely gone.
  • Siblings Wanted: In her previous life, Katarina was the youngest of three children and had always asked her parents for a younger brother or sister. As such she is incredibly happy when she meets her adoptive little brother Keith for the first time (with a hint of dread due to him being responsible for her death or exile in several routes). She stands in direct contrast to the original Katarina, who bullied Keith out of hatred for him taking away their parents' attention.
  • Spoiled Brat: As a little girl, Katarina used to be pretty horrible because she was pampered so much, but when she stopped taking herself so seriously she showed that deep down she had actually been really sweet all along.
  • Sweet Tooth: Katarina will eat sweets until she throws up if Keith doesn't stop her.
  • Tomboy: Katarina climbs trees constantly and farms as a hobby. She also usually refuses dresses and accessories as gifts because they are impractical for her regular outdoor activities.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Katarina's sole girly hobby is reading romance novels.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Katarina is a wealthy nobleman's daughter who was a huge brat. She becomes a kindhearted and friendly girl... though she stays an impulsive airhead. She would have been a Spoiled Brat all her life if she didn't suddenly remember her past life.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Katarina thinks she has a villainous face because her eyes are upturned. To everyone else this just makes her look a bit intense since they're still quite pretty.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Averted. Absolutely no one, not even the father that doted on her, thinks that Katarina's sudden change in personality as a result of apparent brain damage is a bad thing. For her part, while Katarina does identify as Katarina rather than her previous life, that life has had more of an influence on her.
  • When She Smiles: Katarina is not particularly unattractive, but when she smiles she ends up making other people, generally girls, fall for her.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The main concept of the series and the source of most of its comedy. Katarina (or, more accurately, the girl who became her) thinks she's been transported to a scripted world with only horrible deaths awaiting her at the hands of her friends for being the evil rival character. And she'd be right if it wasn't for the fact that her even being aware of this has sent the plot completely Off the Rails. Everyone rather likes the sweet-natured oddball who dropped into their midst, meaning most of the scripted events will no longer happen, but she considers herself to be an outside observer at best to their romantic hijinks while remaining completely blind to her own.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: The injury that awakened Katarina's Past-Life Memories and set her down the path to becoming the story's protagonist left her with an X-shaped scar on her forehead (though it fades after several years).
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    Keith Claes 

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Child) Tetsuya Kakihara (Teen)

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Katarina's younger adopted brother.
  • The Casanova: Within the original Fortune Lover scenario, Keith is noted to be quite a playboy due to all the verbal abuse he got from his adoptive mother and sister leaving him starved for affection, and his route in the game has him become a Ladykiller in Love. This is averted within the story proper, as Katarina awakening her past life memories leads her to instead act as his Cool Big Sis and condition him to always treat women with respect to specifically avoid him developing this sort of behavior (which ironically makes him even more popular among the opposite sex than his game counterpart).
  • Chick Magnet: He's noted to be quite good at attracting fangirls. He also was a major Casanova in the original game.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Katarina's mother is extremely worried about her being shown off in public unless Keith is there to keep an eye on her.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He has incredibly strong earth magic to the point that as a child he could already make massive golems, while Katarina only can raise a small amount of earth. His lack of control however, lead to him thinking he was a monster.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Played for Drama. Keith and his adoptive father have near identical eyes due to them being distantly related, which led to his mother mistaking him for her husband's bastard child. In the original timeline, this led her to become verbally abusive to Keith and caused the deterioration of her marriage.
  • Happily Adopted: Putting aside his exasperation with his older sister's bizarre tendencies, Keith is quite happy being a member of the Claes family.
  • Heroic Bastard: Keith's biological parents were a minor noble and a common prostitute, a fact which led him to be bullied by his half-brothers. Despite this, he is shown to be a perfect gentleman as a teenager due to Katarina conditioning him to always treat women with respect.
  • Hikkikomori: In Fortune Lover, Keith isolates himself out of fear that his magic powers will harm those around him, until his bubble is burst by Maria. Katarina forces him out of his bubble early on by smashing down his door with an axe, then apologizing and saying that everything was her fault.
  • I Am a Monster: Keith is initially withdrawn not just because he's been abused but also because he thinks of himself as a monster with uncontrollable magic. Katarina refuses to accept this.
  • Ladykiller in Love: In Fortune Lover, Keith was a real playboy whose loneliness was healed by Maria, causing him to fall in love with her. However, in the story, Katarina drilled it into him to treat girls kindly, and as a result, Keith never becomes the playboy he was in the game. Despite this, due to his kindness, he still ends up being popular with the girls, although he never shows interest in other girls and only has eyes for Katarina.
  • Marionette Master: His specialty in magic is creating large earth golems which he can control remotely.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Katarina thinks he might be attracted to Nicol.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Keith is definitely a straight example and butts heads with his sister's fiancée whenever Jeord visits (which is often), though for different reasons than normal.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Keith and Katarina are distantly related, but it sounds like the nobility are all distantly related to each other. However, Keith was adopted into the family as her little brother and she firmly considers him one right from the start. The fact that this trope is in effect is what motivated Keith and their mother to try to annul Jeord's engagement so Keith can marry Katarina instead.

    Miri Diana 
Mother of Katarina and Keith and wife of Duke Claes.
  • Affair? Blame the Bastard: She initially mistook Keith for being her husband's bastard child due to their similar eyes and was incredibly cold to him in the original game. Katarina throwing everything off the rails led to her learning the truth very quickly and they instead develop a much healthier mother-son relationship.
  • Almighty Mom: There is one particular brand of "doom" that no countermeasure Katarina devises can save her from, a scolding from her mother.
  • Christmas Cake: She lamented her age when confessing to her husband after they resolved their misunderstanding. He didn't care one whit about it.
  • Hidden Depths: While she was pretty villainous in the game, this turns out to have been from years of bitterness. If she doesn't become embittered, she actually turns out to be a really nice person, if perhaps understandably strict.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Gender inverted. She finds her daughter super embarrassing and wonders why she's so strong willed and tomboyish. Her husband secretly thinks that the two of them are completely alike.
  • Parental Favoritism: Downplayed and Played for Laughs. She likes Keith more than Katarina, but not because she doesn't love Katarina with all her heart. It's just that she can leave Keith alone for five freaking minutes without having to feel worried.
  • Parents as People: She is a very loving mother (at least, in the post-Monkey Girl timeline) but frequently gets frustrated with her daughter's less-than-ladylike behavior.
  • Shipper on Deck: She counts herself on team Keith and tries to get her daughter's engagement to Jeord dissolved.

    Duke Luigi Claes 
Father of Katarina and Keith and husband of Miri.
  • Satellite Character: Despite being Katarina's father and the source of royal heritage for Miri and their children, he actually has a rather small role because his personality can easily be summed up as "loves his wife and spoils his daughter".

    Anne Sherry 

Voiced by: Azumi Waki

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Katarina's personal maid.
  • Harem Nanny: Anne works hard to keep Katarina presentable to society and has her own dedicated side story which is half about detailing why she's so protective of Katarina and half about her exasperation at her charge's terminal cluelessness.
  • Heroic Bastard: She's the result of the short-lived relationship between a baron and one of his mistresses. Her mother raised her to be a Yes-Man in the hopes that she could curry her father's favor and earn her a better life.
  • Old Maid: She's nearing the point where people find it hard to get married anymore. However, unlike the head maid, she's completely fine with this because she would much rather serve Katarina until the day she dies.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother was killed in a fire just before her fifteenth birthday. Her father abandoned her with the Claes family shortly afterwards, as the burn scars she received made her worthless for potential political marriages.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a massive burn scar from the fire that took her mother's life. Unlike the small X-shaped scar that Katarina got at the beginning of the story, it's implied that it's still there several years after the fact.
  • Shipper on Deck: She ends up getting intimidated into supporting Jeord's efforts, but unlike the other shippers, she's not actually all that into the idea.
  • Servile Snarker: She pretty much worships Katarina, but doesn't hesitate to make fun of her in the slightest. Interestingly, one of the reasons for Anne's Undying Loyalty to the current Katarina is that Katarina doesn't mind that she's this, which broke through Anne's Yes-Man attitude she kept up before as a survival mechanism.
  • Undying Loyalty: Anne doesn't fall in love with Katarina like the others since she was already in her mid teens when Katarina was just a kid, but she would still die for her.

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    Jeord Stuart 

Voiced by: Asami Seto (Child) Shouta Aoi (Teen)

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A young prince to whom Katarina is engaged.
  • The Ace: Jeord is skilled at absolutely everything. He's even more efficient in Katarina's farm than Katarina herself. Poor Alan has a complex over being compared to his perfect twin.
  • Chick Magnet: Like Keith, he also has no problems drawing women to him.
  • Entitled to Have You: While in the game it was the other way around, the main series has him believing that Katarina belongs to him due to their engagement. Verge of Destruction, meanwhile, averts the trope, with neither of them feeling entitled to the other after Katarina gets her past-life memories back.
  • Intelligence = Isolation: Jeord is a genius, but is unable to find interest in anything, leaving him bored with everyday life. Maria catches his interest in Fortune Lover, and Katarina does the same in the main story and spinoff.
  • Love Confession: Not willing to risk any more rivals appearing, Jeord kisses Katarina, much to her confusion. She passes it off as a dream, so he kisses her again the next day and then confesses. This gets her to finally finally pay actual attention to his obvious feelings, even though she doesn't understand at all. While the next volume makes it seem at first as though she's become more conscious of him, the moment there's something to distract her it turns out there was no real lasting impact and she just doesn't really know how to handle it.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Jeord was supposed to take an interest in Maria when he spotted her climbing down from a tree while wearing a dress, finding such unladylike behavior refreshing compared to what he's used to. Problem is, by the time it happens he's known Katarina (for whom random tree-climbing is far from her most unusual behavior) for years, so seeing Maria do it doesn't really stand out.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His one weakness is his fear of snakes, and Katarina carries a fake snake around just in case she needs to use it against him.

    Alan Stuart 

Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Child) Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Teen)

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Jeord's younger twin brother.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Alan is incredibly gifted at playing the piano and violin, to the point that people say that he had been blessed by the god of music. Given that he had spent most of his childhood living in the shadow of his twin brother, he quickly came to embrace music once his talent was discovered. The brothers' relationship started to improve soon afterwards.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Alan acted brash and arrogant as a kid as a way of compensating for his low self esteem in regards to his brother. When he grew up he grew worse. However, when he's shown that he's a more talented musician he mellows out.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Alan loves Mary, but only as a sister. And this isn't just a changed scenario thing since he felt the same way in the game.
  • Love Epiphany: After Katarina's kidnapping, Alan finally realizes how he feels about her.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Alan considers Mary to be like his little sister and was originally annoyed with Katarina for 'seducing' her but before long has fallen for Katarina himself.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Alan is highly talented, but not quite as good as his genius brother at most things. This causes a complex that Katarina helps him get through by noticing that he's a much better musician, which Alan focuses on from then on.

    Mary Hunt 

Voiced by: Miho Okasaki

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Alan's fiancee and Katarina's first friend.


  • Caring Gardener: Mary tended the flowers in her family's garden when she was younger, and it was Alan commenting on her green thumb that caused her to fall in love with him in the original game. Katarina ends up stealing that line by accident, befriending her in hopes that she could help with the wilting plants on her farm.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When it comes to Katarina, she's among the most aggressive of the girl's suitors, with only Jeord really comparing.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Alan route of the game, Mary was the rival instead of Katarina, but in the good ending she gave up with grace and wished for the heroine's happiness.
  • Hidden Depths: Katarina considers Mary to be a graceful and elegant lady, and she is. But she also isn't above negging her best friend.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Mary ends up growing into this role in the altered timeline. The volume 4 omake even has her saying that if hypothetically she's exiled, the one thing she'll take along is her notebooks with various compromising information about certain nobles.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was very shy and reserved as a child due to being bullied by her older half-sisters. Falling in love with Katarina (or Alan in the original game) helps her to grow out of it.

    Sophia Ascart 

Voiced by: Inori Minase

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Daughter of the prime minister and the reincarnation of the Monkey Girl's best friend Atsuko.


  • Albinos are Freaks: Invoked. People instantly react poorly to Sophia because of her white hair and red eyes, but she's a gentle and friendly girl. It's implied that in Nicol's route in the game she grew fixated on her brother for being the only one to treat her well when everyone else considered her cursed.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Sophia is bullied for her albinism, though she has red eyes instead of the actual blue ones. Katarina just thinks her hair and eyes are pretty and immediately endears herself to Sophia and her older brother Nicol as a result.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Sophia was supposed to be in love with her older brother Nicol, as was the case in the original timeline, but she also falls in love with Katarina (though she is the least aggressive member of the harem and spends more time trying to hook her up with Nicol than she does pursuing her).
  • Cute Bookworm: She's a big fan of romance novels, and bonds with Katarina over their shared interest in them. It's probably a carryover from her past as Atsuko.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Sophia has a bit of a thing for Katarina but instead chooses to tell her to marry Nicol, her brother.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Inverted. Sophia is super protective of her big brother, but seemingly tells Katarina to marry him all the time.
  • Past-Life Memories: Like Katarina, Sophia has memories of her life as Atsuko, though they only come to her when she's asleep and she quickly forgets them when she wakes up.
  • Shipper on Deck: She's told Katarina point blank several times that she should marry her brother, but Katarina doesn't catch on.
  • Split Personality: One of the interpretations of Sophia and Atsuko's personalities after the latter reincarnated into the former, although with Atsuko always staying in the background, such as when Katarina is in a coma in Volume 2, and Atsuko's voice inside Sophia's mind guides Sophia to Katarina in her bed before Atsuko apparently jumps into Katarina's dream to try to wake her up.
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    Nicol Ascart 

Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi (Child) Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Teen)

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Sophia's older brother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He would often protect Sophia from all the discrimination she faced for being albino when they were younger. It caused her to develop a crush on him in the game's timeline.
  • Chick Magnet: Like Keith and Jeord, he's got several girls pining after him. Unlike them, however, he also has a good deal of boys interested in him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of Nicol's hangups in the light novels is that people tend to pity him for being burdened by having to constantly care for and protect his sheltered sister. In an interesting twist, this attitude infuriates him not because of his pride, but because as he sees it, having such a wonderfully kind and gentle sister is no burden at all, but a blessing. Katarina first catches his interest by being the first person to match this sentiment, complimenting him for having such a blessed family.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Nicol has a large number of male admirers. Katarina thinks Keith might be one of them.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Nicol is very stoic, but he's a sweet guy who just happens to be hard to read. He tends to tense up around Katarina in particular, so she doesn't even realize how much he's changed from his game self.

    Maria Campbell 

Voiced by: Saori Hayami

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The original heroine of Fortune Lover, before Katarina's change.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Maria's life became this as soon as it was revealed she had light magic. Aside from her family falling apart, she is shunned by both ends of the social spectrum: commoners doubt her and accuse her of using her magic to deceive and succeed; jealous noble students at the magic school also shun her for being a commoner and yet possessing so much talent and such a rare element. Katarina defends her, of course, but characters like Sirius are confused at how stupid people have to be to screw with a girl that is obviously going to enter the ministry of magic and have influence on par with royalty in just a few years.
  • Chocolate Baby: Maria has the ability to use magic despite neither of her parents coming from a noble background, which while not unheard of is noted to be incredibly rare. It lead to rumors that her mother had an affair and eventually drove her father away.
  • Comfort Food: Maria bakes sweets using a recipe from her mother, as it reminds her of the times from before she was discovered to have magic (which drove away her father and isolated her from her peers).
  • Demoted to Extra: In a meta sense. She goes from being the main character of a harem story to just another member of the harem.
  • Disappeared Dad: Maria's backstory explains that her father left his wife and daughter after her light magic was revealed.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Katarina considers herself straight, but admits that Maria occasionally makes her heart beat faster because she's just that pretty.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Maria's baking hobby is one of the many reasons Katarina finds her so sweet and charming.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Maria has flowers in her hair on both sides of her face, and they underscore how lovely and charming she is.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Maria's blonde hair reflects both her kind heart and her light magic.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. At first, Katarina thinks that Maria only got high grades because she was super talented, but eventually learns how dedicated Maria is when she studies.
  • Hero of Another Story: Quite literally. When the world was just a normal otome game, she was the main character of the story, with each of the main guys being her love interests and Katarina being one of several rivals to her. However, after the memory situation with Katarina, her role has been flipped, and instead she has become a love interest for Katarina, with her former love interests and the rivals for said love interests becoming rivals for Katarina's love now.
  • Hidden Depths: In-Universe, Katarina is surprised to find that Maria is actually a fairly complex person who wasn't how she appeared in the game. Where in the game she seemed like a confident genius, in reality she's absolutely desperate for any kind of personal recognition and is an extremely hard worker. She also has an unhappy home life.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Having magic power isolated Maria when she was younger, making her wish that she could just go back to being a normal little girl again.
  • In-Series Nickname: Katarina privately refers to Maria as "Sweet Maria" because that is exactly what she is.
  • Mage Born of Muggles: Maria is a powerful light mage from the lower classes, who normally don't have any magic. The suspicion that she might be a Heroic Bastard ruined her parents' marriage.note 
  • Nice Girl: Maria is a nice girl both in Fortune Lover and its alternate timelines: in the original game, she's the one who helps the capture targets deal with their various dysfunctions, in the main story, she brings Katarina sweets and helps her with her studies and homework, and in Verge of Destruction, she worries about whether Katarina's okay after hitting her head even though she'd been bullying her.
  • Rags to Riches: Maria in the game went from a commoner to being married to one of numerous nobles. However, even in this distorted setting it's noted that she's still going to end up with practically royal status based on her own merits because of her rare and powerful magic.
  • Superpower Lottery: The ability to use magic is almost exclusively found among the upper class. Maria is not only a powerful mage despite being a commoner, but she is able to use light magic (which is so rare that there are less than ten people capable of using it in the entire country). This ends up being deconstructed: because commoners with magic are so rare, people assume that her mother must have slept with a nobleman, and the rumors eventually result in her father abandoning the family. Also, being blessed with such rare magic leads people to believe that all her constant academic success is a result of said magic, when she's actually a defiance of Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • Tears of Joy: During an incident when Katarina confronts a group of bullies, Katarina points out to Maria's tormentors how dedicated Maria is to her studies and how wonderful a person she is. Maria begins crying as a result because all she ever wanted was not to be seen as "the girl with light magic", but as Maria Campbell, and Katarina was the first person to do so.
  • Uptown Girl: All of her potential suitors in the game and her crush in the story proper vastly outrank her in terms of social status.

    Sirius Deek/Rafael Walt (MAJOR VOLUME 2 SPOILERS) 

Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda

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The Student Council President of the Magic Academy and an old friend of Nicol.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Sirius/Rafael wanting to enact revenge on the people who killed his mother and forced him as sacrifice was due to his mother's wish for him to avenge her...which turns out to have been warped memories caused by Demonic Possession, where his mother's real last wish was for him to have a happy life and that she loves him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Played with. The character that everyone refers to as Sirius Deek is actually his illegitimate half-brother Rafael Walt. After Sirius fell deathly ill as a child, his mother had a mage use dark magic to transfer his consciousness into Rafael. Due to the fact that Sirius had completely lost the will to live, Rafael merely inherited all of his memories but functionally remained as himself. He had been pretending to be Sirius for years by the time he's introduced, both to keep himself from being killed and because the ghost of the mage who performed the ritual had been possessing him to seek revenge for his own family after Sirius' mother had him executed.
  • Secret Character: He's the suitor for the secret route in Fortune Lover.
  • Two Siblings In One: Played with. The character that everyone refers to as Sirius Deek is actually his illegitimate half-brother Rafael Walt. Sirius' mother coerced a man into performing a dark magic ritual and transfering Sirius' consciousness into Rafael's body. Rafael did end up inheriting all of Sirius' memories, though he still effectively remained himself, and he's been pretending to be Sirius for years to avoid being killed.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost everything about him spoils the ending of the second volume.

    Sienna 
A member of Katarina's gang in the original game.
  • Ascended Extra: She is was just an unnamed member of Katarina's gang in the game and is a non-entity in the main series, but she ends up being the first person that Katarina befriends in Verge of Destruction.
  • Beta Bitch: She was the first person to join Katarina's Gang of Bullies at school and was the one who was closest to her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The main reason she bullied Maria was because she was jealous of her natural talent at magic when all her own hard work never produced any results.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Sienna's reason for bullying Maria stemmed from how it seems no matter how hard Sienna worked, she would never have anything to show for it.
  • Morality Pet: To date, she is the only known person that the old Katarina has been shown to be kind to. Sienna admired her because she managed to be proud despite lacking any real magical talent.
  • Reformed Bully: She stops bullying Maria after seeing that she doesn't just coast by on raw talent, and begrudgingly joins Katarina as one of her masked protectors.

Others

    Atsuko Sasaki 
Katarina's best friend in her previous life.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Katarina called her "A-chan".
  • Ms. Exposition: Since she actually completed all the routes in Fortune Lover, she's able to fill in bits and pieces for the audience that the moneky girl never got a chance to play.
  • Otaku: She's a big fan of anime, manga, and otome games and was the one responsible for getting the monkey girl interested in them in the first place.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead in the story proper, though her memories live on in her reincarnation Sophia.
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