The Claes Family (Catarina Claes) | The School
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Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)
First Prince of the Stuart Family and eldest brother of Ian, Geordo, and Alan.
- Arranged Marriage: Engaged to Suzanna in a relationship of convenience to each other. Geoffrey is a flirt and only interested in aiding his younger brothers and has no interest in taking over the throne, while Suzanna only wishes to research magic.
- Big Brother Instinct: Everything he does, it is for his younger brothers, especially Geordo and Alan. Although he ultimately has good intentions, it is a Deconstructed Trope, since he doesn't even know that his brothers have respective problems, one of them being Geordo and Alan's soured relations and their respective issues since childhood that could have been grow worse had not from Catarina's intervention.
- Chess Master: Judging him on his silly antics will be the last mistake you ever make if you are a villainous individual. Geoffery works in the shadows to outwit and apprehend nobles who abuse their statuses.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Acts like, and is, a bit of an idiot even if he can outwit everyone else in the room.
- Didn't Think This Through: Averted, Geoffrey relies on this trait to appear as an idiot to the public when in reality everything he does is well-thought and planned out.
- Heel: Purposely makes himself out to be this in order to gain support from the more unscrupulous nobles within the kingdom for his campaign to gain the crown. In truth, Geoffrey has no real interest in becoming king, and intends to surrender the crown to one of his younger brothers. Not only does this prevent his amoral benefactors from gaining more power, but Geoffrey himself is able to secretly provide evidence of the crimes of his supporters to the Ministry of Magic if they ever step over the line.
- Stalker Shrine: Has a wall covered with pictures of Ian, Geordo, and Alan to highlight his borderline unhealthy adoration of his three younger brothers.
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese)
Prince Geoffery's fiancée. Suzanna is the second daughter of the marquis of the Randall House. Secretly, she is Larna Smith, working at Ministry of Magic as Raphael's superior.
- Ambiguously Gay: Considering her Arranged Marriage with Geoffrey was done purely for convenience and its made pretty clearly they aren't romantically attracted to each other. The only person that Suzanna showed any intimate interest in is, of course, Catarina.
- Arranged Marriage: Engaged to Geoffrey in a relationship of convenience to each other. Suzanna is only interested in researching magic and not being a Princess, while Geoffrey is a flirt and only interested in aiding his younger brothers.
- Atrocious Alias: The name she choose for her undercover identity was, Lana. literally one letter off from her work name.
- Birds of a Feather: While neither of them are romantically attracted to each other, Larna gets along well enough with Geoffrey due to the both of them being somewhat eccentric geniuses. But even she finds Geoffrey's devotions to his younger brothers to be overwhelming at times.
- Blow You Away: Her elemental affinity is wind and she is skilled enough to instantly send a man flying with just a simple gesture.
- Chess Master: Like her fiancée, Suzanna is genius who uses her abilities to defeat her enemies. She is even called "the Smartest Woman in the Kingdom" by the Elite.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Despite being Married to the Job by her own admission, Suzanna seemingly only makes an exception with Catarina. Although her plan is to have Catarina work by side in the ministry, that way she can still pursue her career and be with Catarina at the same time.
- Married to the Job: Suzanna is fully committed to her job at the Ministry of Magic and agreed to an Arranged Marriage with Geoffrey out of convenience so the two can freely pursue their passions without being pressured by others on the topic of marriage. Even her pursuit of Catarina still lines up with her job, as she want Catarina to work by her side at the ministry.
- Master of Disguise: Larna's an accomplished make-up artist and actor, allowing her to create multiple personas to play whatever role she needs. Most people of the royal court knows her by her Suzanna persona, the alluring fiancée of Prince Geoffrey, while her Larna Smith persona work as the Director of Magical Instruments Research at the Ministry of Magic. Then there's her Lana persona, who works as a maid in the Berg household in order to uncover David Mason's scheme and protect the captive Catarina. It's unknown which identity is her first and/or true persona, but she mostly has Catarina refer to her by her "Larna" identity. Her ability is also what enables Raphael to go on public without others recognizing him as Sirius.
Voiced by: Yusuke Shirai (Japanese)
The Second Prince of the ruling royal family. Ian is the younger brother of Geoffrey, and the older brother of Geordo and Alan. He is engaged to Selena Berg.
- Arranged Marriage: Engaged to Selena Berg.
- Poor Communication Kills: Ian is a stoic and quiet man. Because of this, he doesn't talk much and thus his fiancée believed he didn't like her which actually isn't true. Had he just talked to her, so many small problems could've been avoided.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Known to be serious and stoic, which caused his fiancée to think that he doesn't like her, leading to a series of misunderstandings that no one among the couple even attempted to clear up. Deep underneath his expressionless face lies a genuine person, who cares for his brothers and most especially his fiancée.
Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese)
Prince Ian's fiancee. Selena is the eldest daughter of the Duke of Berg.
- Arranged Marriage: Selena is engaged to Ian, the second prince of the royal family.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She is so out there that Selena gives Catarina a run for her money.
- Didn't Think This Through: Her plan was to kidnap Catarina, force Geordo to relinquish his claim to the throne to give Ian a better shot, and renounce her engagement to Ian so he is not implicated for her crime... even Catarina can't help but think Selena is a little out there.
- Fatal Flaw: Selena is in love with the concept of true love enough to disregard what is really happening in front of her. She is (not maliciously) jealous of Suzanna, Catarina, and Mary's engagements to the other princes because she sees those pairs as being so in love with each other, and doesn't feel her engagement is to their level despite her undying love for Ian.
- This obsession with the idea of love causes her to not realize that since Suzanna and Geoffrey's relationship is that of convenience and they have no interest in the throne, Catarina and Geordo's relationship is wacky, and Alan and Mary are pining for Catarina instead of each other, her and Ian's relationship is actually the most stable engagement of the princes! It doesn't help that she makes no attempt to get to know him beneath his stoic façade, which causes her to fail to realize that he loves her, putting herself into legal jeopardy and risking her and her family's status due to a big case of miscommunication.
- Selena also suffers from a very poor self-image. She spends her days wallowing that she is unfit to be Ian's wife and yet never once bothered to ask how he felt about their engagement.
- Kind Hearted Simpleton: Selena doesn't have a bad bone in her body and yet is prone to doing some dumb things. Which makes Rufus Broude/Sora Smith and his employer's work much easier.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Enough to put herself into trouble.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Yes, she came up with a (not very well-thought out) plan to kidnap Catarina but she treated her so well during her imprisonment, Catarina forgot she was kidnapped and almost didn't want to leave! Catarina barely had to talk to her to make her just give up her "evil deeds" and even then Catarina almost didn't want to because Selena is so bad at being bad!
- Poor Communication Kills: The victim of it as well, so much of Selena's mistakes could have been avoided had Ian and Selena just talked to each other!
- Walking Spoiler: Her not so well-thought out deeds are a big spoiler for the third novel/second season of the anime.
Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)
Catarina's best friend in her previous life. It's later revealed that she reincarnated as Sophia Ascart.
- Affectionate Nickname: Catarina called her "A-chan"("Atsu" in the dub). She's apparently so used to calling Atsuko that, when she is in her Lotus-Eater Machine dream, she once used a double honorific by calling her "A-chan-sama".
- Ambiguous Disorder: The fact that she doesn't understand social interactions by the time she enters junior high suggests she may have some kind of developmental or mental disorder.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never made clear how much time passed between the "monkey girl's" death and her own (or even how she died), though Sophia's comment about having a dream from a long time ago seems to suggest a rather large gap.
- Backup from Otherworld: After Catarina falls into a coma, she leads Sophia to her and then seemingly jumps into Catarina's mind, helping her wake up and giving her the information she needs to find Maria and help Sirius.
- Best Friend: She and the "monkey girl" had been best friends ever since middle school, and her greatest wish was to be with her friend again in her next life.
- Bullied into Depression: Having been bullied and generally treated like a pariah in grade school caused her to become afraid of people.
- Bully Magnet: In elementary school, kids bullied her over her social awkwardness, which in turn caused her social phobia.
- Character Development: Due to "monkey girl"'s Positive Friend Influence, she changed from a Shrinking Violet who literally wasn't comfortable speaking to anyone to a talkative girl who is proud of her hobbies. Besides, her social skills may have improved as well as she had been able to make other friends.
- Crash-Into Hello: She first meets her "monkey girl" best friend...when the latter falls out of a tree and lands butt-first on top of her.
- Cry Laughing: Coming across the "monkey girl's" final text message (complaining about having trouble with Geordo's route) helps break her out of the Heroic BSoD she'd been in since the latter's death and she begins to laugh at how ridiculous the whole situation is... before the fact that her best friend is never coming back finally sinks in and she breaks down in tears.
- Cute Bookworm: Before she met the "monkey girl," she's essentially this—shy, socially awkward, and treats reading as the only thing she enjoyed.
- Friendless Background: She was unable to make any friends in her life before befriending the "monkey girl."
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She did want to have friends before she met the "monkey girl," but she resigned to not having any since she knows she's too socially inept for it. This is why she uses fiction for escapism; she's self-inserting into the protagonists to fulfill this trope.
- Love Transcends Spacetime: Her platonic love for her best friend was so great that she ended up being reincarnated alongside her in the world of Fortune Lover.
- 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 monkey girl never got a chance to play via flashbacks of her giving the "monkey girl" spoilers. Even her Big Damn Heroes moment boils down to her giving Catarina more spoilers.
- My Greatest Second Chance: She felt terrible for being unable to prevent "Monkey Girl's" death or to do anything to save her after the fatal event. So when Catarina is put into a magically-induced coma, she rouses her own present incarnation from despair and explicitly instructs her what to do so she/they/the-two-of-them can save her best friend.
- No Social Skills: The reason for her Friendless Background. She has difficulties interacting with people, which makes her isolated at school.I dont know how to speak to my classmates... or how to try to be friends with them. I dont understand things like that.
- 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. It is implied she is more into these than the monkey girl.
- Posthumous Character: She's dead in the story proper, though her memories live on in her reincarnation Sophia.
- Shrinking Violet: As a result of having bullied for her awkwardness. It's at a point that she essentially tuned out everyone else in class and withdrawn to herself; this is why at the time the "monkey girl" fell on her from a tree, she didn't even recognize the "monkey girl" was her classmate.
- Significant Double Casting: She shares a voice actress with her reincarnation Sophia.
- Significant Monogram: A slightly more complex example given that the characters in question live in societies with different name order conventions, but Sasaki Atsuko reincarnated into Sophia Ascart.
- Worth Living For: An unusual example, as the thing Atsuko found herself worth living for after the "wild monkey" girl's death is the latter's Positive Friend Influence. She saw it as a new and better world than before she met her late friend, one that she's willing to live on even when her friend is no longer there.
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Maria Campbell's mother who lives in the countryside.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Something she regrets, as she nearly decided to give Maria away to another family after developing resentment for her daughter for all the hardship caused by the discovery of Maria's light magic, but stopped and feels great shame for thinking like that.
- Happily Married: Until her husband left her after the rumors of a possible affair on her part became too much for him to bear it longer.
- Irrational Hatred: It's downplayed, but ultimately Played for Drama as she knows that Maria isn't to blame for their situation and even saw past her daughter's Stepford Smiler persona yet couldn't bear to look into her eyes for the fear of being hated by her for almost deciding to give her away and feeling guilt for even thinking that.
- Mistaken for Cheating: When her daughter was revealed to have light magic, it didn't take long for rumors being whispered around town that she had cheated on her husband with a noble.
- Parental Abandonment: Defied. She was tempted to give Maria away to another family after developing resentment for her daughter for all the hardship that came after the latter could use light magic, but quickly stopped this train of thought when realizing this and felt guilty afterward.
- Parental Neglect: It's somewhat justified when she distances herself from Maria because of her own misplaced anger and later fears the possibility of Maria showing hatred towards her.
- Parents as People: She did not handle the fallout of Maria having light magic in the best of ways, but she's still trying to be a good parent.
- Perpetual Frowner: She hadn't once smiled after her life fell apart from the discovery of her daughter's light magic.
- So Beautiful It's a Curse: She's noted to be a very beautiful woman in her town, and was quite popular because of it. Deconstructed when her daughter shows aptitude for casting the rare light elemental magic, leading to rumors that she slept with a nobleman behind her husband's back.
- Unnamed Parent: Is never referred to by name, which is justified since the only time she's seen, the only other people there are Catarina and Keith (who wouldn't know it in the first place) and Maria (who just calls her "mom").
- When She Smiles: Gives one to her daughter in the anime, which is the start of mending the strained relationship between them.
A nobleman and Anne's estranged father.
- Abusive Parents: He treats his illegitimate daughter horribly, telling her that she's of no use to him after she gets scarred in a fire, resulting in her going to the Claes family to work as a maid. Years later, after Anne has become happy with working as Catarina's maid, Baron Shelley returns to force her into another arranged marriage.
- Arranged Marriage: His ultimate goal for Anne, regardless of what she personally wants.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears eyeglasses and is a rather unpleasant person.
- Jerkass: He shows that he places no value on Anne as a person after she's scarred in the fire. Even when he's in a relatively good mood, such as when he learns of someone who's willing to overlook Anne having scars, he comes off as rather condescending.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up in flashbacks involving Anne, and nothing he ever does directly affects any members of the primary game cast, but him sending Anne to be with the Claes family after effectively disowning her was how she and Catarina become such close friends and she started breaking out of her submissive shell, and Catarina's efforts to stop him from marrying her off against her will is the major push that truly allowed Anne to break free of her mental shackles and decide to be her own person instead of what would potentially please other people.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He sends Anne away due to believing that her scars make her unmarriageable.
Voiced by: Yo Taichi
The wife of Marquess Dieke and the mother of Sirius Dieke. She was responsible for arranging the dark magic ritual to transfer her son's memories into his half-brother, Raphael Walt.
- All for Nothing: In the end, the dark magic ritual failed to make Raphael into Sirius, who merely pretended to be Sirius to save himself from being killed. Because of that, Marchioness Dieke killed two people and ruined a third's life for nothing. This also leads to her downfall once Raphael finally reveals himself and the truth about the ritual in order to bring her to justice.
- Awful Wedded Life: Heavily implied with her and the marquess in the fifth volume.
- Exact Words: She offers to return the dark mage user in her employ to his family. Unfortunately for him, this involves killing him to send him to his family in the afterlife.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Her actions to save her son are the entire reason the subplot involving Raphael came to be, but despite still being alive and active in the present time, she never gets directly involved with the main cast, with her eventual defeat and arrest happening without any involvement from Catarina or the other main characters.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous of Raphael's mother for attracting the marquess' attention, even though the other woman was effectively raped, along with her being able to live happily with Raphael while Sirius was deathly ill.
- Hate Sink: She's one of the most despicable characters in the series. Her only redeeming characteristic is her love for her son, but even that drives her to do terrible things to Raphael, his mother, and even the dark magic user she employed. Also, as the fourth volume reveals, she was involved in despicable experiments utilizing dark magic, most of which involved children, showing that Raphael wasn't the only one who was victimized by her and her conspirators.
- I Have Your Wife: She claimed that she was holding the dark magic user's family hostage to force him to perform the ritual for her. In reality, she had them killed off as she had no intention of letting him return to them.
- Ill Girl: She was sickly by nature, and believes she passed this trait down to her son, causing him to die young.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: She gets away with conducting a dark magic ritual and having the man responsible murdered for years, but all this ends when Raphael informs the authorities about her crimes.
- Love Makes You Evil: Her love for her son and desperation to save him from death led her to resort to dark magic.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her desperation to avoid this led to her trying to use dark magic so that Sirius could live on in Raphael's body. In the end, it was for naught, as Sirius died and Raphael never truly became Sirius.
- Unnamed Parent: She's only ever referred to as Marchioness Dieke, with her given name never being stated.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She is the most despicable character in the entire series. In a series where the intended Hate Sink was simply a bully who tried to murder one innocent teenager in a fit of rage, Marchioness Dieke premeditated the murder of her husband's ex-lover, a dark mage's entire family along with the dark mage himself, attempted to have the body belonging to the child of her husband's mistress possessed by her own child, and accidentally caused that child to be possessed by the murderous spirit of the wizard. Raphael and the dark mage were relatively tragic victims compared to her, and no doubt that the only reason she didn't steal the Hate Sink crown from the original Catarina is because of her relatively minor role.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to discuss her role in the story without spoiling the truth about "Sirius".
- Would Hurt a Child: Raphael is understandably worried that Marchioness Dieke will kill him if she learns that he never became Sirius, thus he maintains the illusion that the ritual worked.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She kills the dark magic user responsible for the ritual, since he's played his part and knows too much to be allowed to live.