The Claes Family (Catarina Claes) | The School
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Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese, child), Adin Rudd (English)
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 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 grown worse had Catarina never intervened. Not to mention his love for them borders on being obsessive, potentially even incestuous.Suzanna Randall: I bet even Mason has no idea that you're a freak with an abnormal adoration for your younger brothers.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's got a load of eccentricities, and he likes pretending he's dumber and even crazier, but he's a very capable and effective noble whom many view as having the genuine potential for succeeding the throne despite those traits.
- The Chessmaster: Judging him on his silly antics will be the last mistake you ever make if you are a villainous individual. Geoffrey works in the shadows to outwit and apprehend nobles who abuse their statuses.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Acts like, and is, a bit of a scatterbrained loon, even if he can outwit everyone else in the room.
- Didn't Think This Through: Subverted, as Geoffrey relies on appearing like he never plans for most things, in order to appear as an idiot to the public, when in reality everything he does is well-thought and planned out.
- Jerkass Façade: Purposely makes himself out to be a conniving bastard 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While most of his kookiness is very much his actual character, he deliberately plays it up to look like a controlling and greedy idiot so that nobody would suspect his hidden manipulations.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The manga localization translates his name as Jeffrey.
- 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), Erin Yvette (English)
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 the head of the Magical Tools Research Division, and is Raphael's superior.
- Ambiguously Gay: Considering her Arranged Marriage with Geoffrey was done purely for convenience and it's made pretty clear 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 chose 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She hires anyone she thinks is "interesting" who, despite having excellent qualifications, are all self-admitted eccentrics and weirdos.
- The Chessmaster: 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.
- The Glomp: She loves to give big hugs to Catarina, and would do so even when she is in disguise. This seems to be Suzanna's way of letting Catarina know which of her disguises are actually her, however Catarina is too dense to pick up on the hints.
- Hint Dropping: She occasionally tries to drop hints to Catarina to let her know that her alter egos, "Larna" and "Suzanna", are in fact the same person. Naturally, Catarina does not make the connection at all, much to Suzanna's annoyance.
- 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 her 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 wants 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 know 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 out in public without others recognizing him as Sirius.
Voiced by: Yusuke Shirai (Japanese), Emiri Katou (Japanese, child), Daman Mills (English)
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.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The revelation about his feelings for Selena are treated this way. In universe, due to his stoic and quiet personality, this revelation is treated as a The Reveal level shock to everyone.
- Character Development: Starts the series as a very stoic and reserved young man especially for a 19 year old, after seeing that these personality traits were further damaging his fiancee, he lightens up and becomes more openly affectionate and sociable for her sake.
- Irony: Many Nobles believed Ian & Selena were having relationship issues because they were very distant unlike the rest of the Princes, yet his engagement to his fiancee is actually the most successful while his brothers' engagements are "wacky" to say the least.
- 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 especially Selena kidnapping Catarina.
- He postponed his marriage because his older brother is not married yet (in the era the series is based on (Medieval Europe) a younger brother getting married before his older brother made said older brother look very bad) and not talking to his fiancee about this in detail did not help her already bad self-image issues.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: There four brothers so it is a little convoluted.
- Ian & Geoffery share a lot of the same Sibling Yin-Yang that make up their younger brothers' dynamic.
- Ian & Geordo are very much in love with their fiancees, but while Geordo is a little too aggressive in "sealing the deal" with Catarina despite only being 17 and still unmarried; Ian views being openly affectionate to Selena in public as "inappropriate" and restrains himself until they are properly married (which is the right thing to do).
- Ian & Alan are both more stoic and reserved than their brothers, yet Ian takes it a bit too far while Alan is still friendly and sociable.
- 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), Julia Mc Ilvaine (English)
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.
- Book Dumb: According to her, her grades in the Wizarding School were rather "inferior," especially compared to Geoffrey, Ian and Suzanna. It didn't help with her self-image issues.
- 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.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: She believes she is a failure of a fiancee to Ian (Mainly due to her poor self-image) and doesn't see the obvious that she is the only fiancee to love her fiance. The women she is jealous of, Suzanna, Catarina, & Mary, are clearly not infatuated with their fiances (Suzanna even blatantly announced this during her engagement interview) while Selena is head over heels for Ian and Catarina of all people had to spell it out for her!
- 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 because there is nothing about herself in her mind that makes her worthy of a prince's fiancee.
- 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.
- Foil: To Catarina. They are both high-rank nobles who got engaged with a prince despite being rather mediocre in their abilities. Their main differences lie in their self-images.
- 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 at First Sight: She pretty much fell in love with Ian when they first met.
- 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, as many of her mistakes could have been avoided had Ian and Selena just talked to each other!
- Spell My Name with an "S": The manga localization translates her last name as Burgh, while the anime translates her surname as Burke.
- Walking Spoiler: Her not so well-thought-out deeds are a big spoiler for the third novel/second season of the anime.
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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.
- I Have No Daughter!: He disowned Anne after she gets scarred in a fire, viewing her as unmarriageable because of that.
- 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 magic 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.
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Kylen Deporter (English), Amber Lee Connors (English, child)
A butler turned unwilling criminal turned Ministry Special Agent.
- Arc Villain: Serves as the main antagonist of Volume 3/"The Prisoner" arc until his HeelFace Turn.
- The Butler Did It: He is the Man Behind the Man, manipulating Selena into kidnapping Catarina. However, he's also not a real butler.
- Crocodile Tears: He generally gets away with things when caught by looking sad and saying he was forced to do whatever he did. Contrary to her normal attitude, Catarina seems to be one of the few who can actually see through this with ease. She wonders how anyone could fall for it.
- Didn't Think This Through: Now, he was supposed to be in charge of kidnapping Catarina and manipulating Selena for his employer, however, the plans rely on Catarina being somewhat complicated, so she uses this as an opportunity to force Sora to bring her snacks & novellas, making him her prisoner in a sense.
- The Dragon: To the corrupt noble, David Mason, who serves as the Greater-Scope Villain for Volume 3. When Mason was arrested off-screen for masterminding Catarina's kidnapping, Sora sees no point in continuing the scheme, and peacefully gives himself up to the Ministry.
- Dumb Muscle: According to his stats polygon in the fifth novel, he has the highest power and stamina points among the entire cast, but his intelligence is on Anne's level—better than Catarina but lower than everyone else in her harem.
- Happiness in Slavery: Downplayed. Despite being David Mason's slave who is forced to do his dirty work, Sora acknowledges that it isn't the worse thing that could have happened to him. He is still well-fed, gets to wear nice clothing, has a warm bed, and manages to get together with several women among The Beautiful Elite. He also takes his arrangements with Ministry very well seeing as he was to work with them as a part of his "community service" (with being able to stay close to Catarina as a bonus).
- HeelFace Turn: He was instructed to kidnap Catarina and to force Geordo to renounce his claim to the throne, but instead winds up falling for Catarina, and turns himself in after his master is captured.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He's not a bad person. In fact, Catarina considers him outright admirable after learning his backstory. She also calls his sky-blue eyes extremely beautiful.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When his boss is arrested off-screen and realizing who "Lana" truly is, Sora knew that his kidnapping scheme has to come to an end. Although after developing Lima Syndrome, he did consider running away with Catarina so that he can have her all to himself, but realized how foolish this plan was. Instead, he decides to go peacefully when the Ministry comes to arrest him.
- Ladykiller in Love: He only cared about one person before, a random sick guy who was something like a best friend or father figure. But Catarina wins him over with her innocence and lack of pride and for the first time, he finds himself in love with a woman, though he definitely has a lot of experience.
- Lima Syndrome: He is the butler Selena charges to look after the kidnapped Catarina, but after exposing himself as The Man Behind the Man, he is intrigued by Catarina's lack of fear towards him and engages with her in conversation, even telling her his true backstory. By the end of their talks, he is completely smitten with her, literally carrying her to bed and probably would have had his way with her if he were not interrupted.
- Meaningful Name: He is explicitly named after the color of his eyes.
- Mr. Smith: His fake last name Larna gave him, which he only accepted because it would make the paperwork for getting employed at Department of Magic easier. Catarina notes that it's especially lazy because it's the same last name Larna uses, which Catarina also suspects is fake.
- Multiethnic Name: People in Sorcier usually have names that are commonly used in the English language. "Sora," however, is a Japanese name, and gets paired with the English surname of Smith. Justified as he isn't from Sorcier, and he was technically named "sky", with "Sora" simply being in Japanese because that's the language "Fortune Lover" was written in. He is also given the name "Smith", after his HeelFace Turn and he begins working with Larna Smith at the Department of Magic.
- Never Given a Name: He was abandoned before his parents gave him a name, and was given multiple aliases depending on where he was working after that. The name "Sora" was given to him by a kindly man who taught him how to read and write, and even then was never used until his HeelFace Turn because the Ministry required him to have one.
- Street Urchin: As an orphan, he spent his early years as this until the Marchioness uses him as a test subject.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He never really was a bad guy, even during his time as a villain. Sora had no personal grudge against Catarina or Selena, and made it clear that he had no intention of physically harming either of them when following through on his master's plan. As soon as Mason was caught, Sora simply gave up without a fight knowing that there is no point in trying to resist arrest.
Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita (Japanese), Nanako Omoto (Japanese, child), Landon McDonald (English)
The eldest son of Viscount Coleman, and Keith's biological half-brother.
- Arc Villain: Of Volume 4/"Keith Disappeared" arc, until the true villain of the story, Sarah, pulled a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain that mistreated The Abel, Keith, out of spite and later sets out to ruin his life.
- Disinherited Child: He gets on the receiving end of this later on, due to his arrogance and poor performance leading to his father sending him away.
- Fat Bastard: He's a short, chubby man and definitely one of the more despicable characters in the show.
- Formerly Fit: To the point that Keith was unable to recognize him when he saw him again years after.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's furious at the fact that Keith is now better off than him, to the point of kidnapping him for a ransom.
- Hate Sink: Thomas is portrayed as nothing more than a vicious bully who tortures his half-brother, Keith, for no reason other than petty spite. Granted, it does not help that Sarah was amplifying his negative traits using her dark magic. He is also one of the few villains to be killed off instead of redeemed. Its strongly implied that Sarah stole his life force to replenish her own dark magic because he was such a hateful person.
- I Have No Son!: He and his other siblings didn't consider Keith their brother, even calling him "whoreson".
- Laser-Guided Karma: He bullied Keith for being a Son of a Whore that he didn't consider his sibling. Thomas would later get disowned by his own father for his haughty attitude and poor performance, with his younger brother replacing him as heir.
- Never My Fault: He blames his teachers for his poor performance in school, and his servants' incompetence for quitting from his abuse. None of it had anything to do with his mistakes, of course. Arguably, his inability to reflect on himself is what got him disowned in the first place.
- Remittance Man: After he was disinherited by Baron Coleman, he was sent to live in a distant estate with a small allowance.
- Riches to Rags: Due to his haughty attitude, he was disowned by his father and his younger brother was made heir. He was sent to live to a faraway estate where he quickly wasted his money on gambling and alcohol.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was used by a Dark Magic-using witch to kidnap Keith. While it was his wish to merely torment him and ruin his life, hers was to use Keith as the catalyst to create a Dark Familiar.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On the receiving end of this when his accomplice, Sarah, drained him of his life force to replenish her dark magic shortly after Catarina started their rescue mission to raid their headquarters save Keith. He died not long after he was arrested by the Ministry.
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese), Amber Lee Connors (English)
A mysterious young woman who is able to wield Dark Magic. She was initially introduced as Thomas Coleman's accomplice in his plans to kidnap his brother, Keith. It's eventually revealed that she is far more dangerous than her partner, and serves as a major reoccurring antagonist towards Catarina and her friends.
- Affably Evil: She can be very polite and keeps an upbeat attitude even when committing some of her more heinous acts, such as using Keith as a test subject for her dark magic experiments. Her interest and fondness towards Catarina does seem to be genuine.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She ends up causing Thomas's death when she stole his life force after pulling a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Breaking Old Trends: She is the first dark magic user introduced in the story to not be a one-time Arc Villain who undergoes a HeelFace Turn after interacting with Catarina, like Raphael and Sora before her. She instead continues to act as a reoccurring antagonist for the several volumes after her introduction.
- Cute and Psycho: She is a young woman with pretty black hair and a cute, innocent smile of a child. However, her outward appearance hides her true psychotic nature.
- The Dragon: She was initially introduced as this to Thomas Coleman, until it turns out that she was the one manipulating him. Later, it's revealed that she does serve a yet-to-be-seen master.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Sarah always has a perky and jovial smile on her face, but she is actually a sadistic psychopath.
- Freudian Excuse: Sarah was an orphan who was sold into slavery and used as a human test subject for the Dieke Family's experiments with dark magic. She was able to escape with the help of her future master, but it is pretty clear that the inhuman experiments performed on her took their toll on the girl, turning her into the psychotic villainess that she is today.
- Hot Witch: The Cute and Psycho variation.
- Lady of Black Magic: She is the first female dark magic user introduced in the story, not counting Catarina who has yet to fully develop her dark magic when Sarah makes her first appearance.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Compare to her fellow dark magic users, Raphael and Sora. According to Maria, Sarah's dark magic and high magical aptitude far exceed anything she has seen before. Also, whereas Raphael and Sora only served as antagonists for a single arc respectively before each of them undergoes a HeelFace Turn, Sarah has been a reoccurring antagonist for multiple arcs whose crimes are far more severe than anything they ever did.
- Perky Goth: Has long black hair and wears dark clothing befitting a Lady of Black Magic, but keeps up a cheerful and lively attitude even when she is committing inhuman experiments with her dark magic.
- Perpetual Smiler: Regardless of the situation, she almost always has a big childish smile on her face.
- Teleportation: This is how she managed to pull off her Karma Houdini act to get away completely scot-free, there's currently no telling if it'll ever have a Karma Houdini Warranty attached to it...
- Villain Takes an Interest: Toward Catarina after the familiar that Sarah was trying to create attached itself to her. Sarah's interest in Catarina only grows over the course of the story when Catarina herself starts to develop her own dark magical abilities.
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: The "Monkey Girl" 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".
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her crippled social skills caused her elementary-school classmates to see her as a weirdo, and as a result, she was often ignored and bullied.
- Ambiguous Disorder: The fact that she didn't understand social interactions by the time she entered junior high (and in her words, she has always been like that) 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.
- Ambiguously Bi: The fact that she is into Romance Games such as Fortune Lover indicates she is interested in heterosexual romance, and her side-story has no clear indication of her friendship with the "monkey girl" has grown beyond platonic. However, since it is ambiguous as to whether she has any role in her reincarnate Sophia's crush on the "monkey girl"'s reincarnate Catarina, it also means it's ambiguous as to whether she hid her romantic feelings towards the "monkey girl."
- 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, she has been able to make other friends, although they were all otaku as well.
- Crash-Into Hello: She first met 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) helped break her out of the Heroic BSoD she'd been in since the latter's death and she began to laugh at how ridiculous the whole situation is... before the fact that her best friend is never coming back finally sank in and she broke down in tears.
- Cute Bookworm: Before she met the "monkey girl," she's essentially this—shy, socially awkward, and treated reading as the only thing she enjoyed. Unlike most other examples she actually didn't like being in this trope; she described herself at that point as being "lonely, shy, and unhappy." She grows out of it due to the Monkey Girl's Positive Friend Influence, and hobbies aside, Catarina's recollections of her shows she became a lot more outgoing.
- Dream Weaver: In addition to her occasional mind controling of Sophia, she potentially has the ability to influence other people's dreams. For example, in the sixth novel, Catarina has several dreams about herself in Acchan's body, playing Fortune Lover II...which she should not have known, since it was released on Earth after the "Monkey Girl"'s death. Acchan is the only plausible reason Catarina can have such a dream in the first place.
- 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.
- Loners Are Freaks: She was seen as a weirdo due to her inability of making friends.
- Love Transcends Spacetime: Her (presumably) platonic love for her best friend was so great that in death her spirit followed her and 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. She does it again in the sixth novel, where she took over Sophia's body to write a summary of Fortune Lover II to Catarina. When Catarina asks Sophia whether she wrote that, Sophia has no recollection of writing in a language (Japanese) that she doesn't know a single bit.
- 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 can save her/their best friend.
- No Social Skills: The reason for her Friendless Background, but mostly an Informed Flaw. She had difficulties interacting with people, which made her isolated at school. And given that this made her very lonely, the trope was Deconstructed.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 was 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.
- Proud to Be a Geek: Post-Character Development. In Catarina's recollections of her, she was often smug about her otome game skills.
- Shrinking Violet: As a result of having bullied for her awkwardness. It's at a point that she essentially tuned out everyone else in the 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 familiar of Dark Magic, which becomes attached to Catarina and refuses to leave her side.
- Adorable Abomination: He looks like and has the personality of an adorable little puppy, but as living Dark magic he's a Living Shadow that embodies negative emotions. Most characters that see him get incredibly unnerved about the little guy, and find it especially concerning that Catarina sees him as little more than a nice and friendly dog who just happens to be able to go into her shadow.
- Black Magic: He is literally made of Dark Magic; when he first takes the form of a dog, a puddle of liquefied dark magic takes his shape.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's made up of Dark Magic (which itself is composed of negative emotions), but he's nothing but cute and friendly.
- Familiar: He was created by a witch using high levels of dark magic that hoped to have her own familiar, but instead, he became attached to Catarina.
- Hellhound: He can grow into a much more terrifying form if he senses danger toward his mistress.
- Irony: Catarina is a girl who normal dogs instinctually chase after and attack, but Spot, a dog who is literally made of negative-emotion-fueled Dark Magic, is completely friendly to and adores her.
- Literal Genie: His dog form seems to have come about because while trying to free Keith from his snake-shaped Dark Magic restraints, Catarina literally tore them apart and said that she would have shown more restraint if it were a cute puppy. Cue the dark magic literally turning into a cute puppy.
- Living Shadow: When Catarina tells him to "go home", he dissolves into her shadow... something that makes Anne wince when she witnesses it.
- Meaningful Name: His name is "Spot" and he was created from a literal "spot" of Dark Magic.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: An incredibly cute puppy, albeit created from Dark Magic.
- Shadow Walker: Likes to hide in Katarina's shadow when unneeded.
- Undying Loyalty: Initially, Catarina wished to give him to the Department of Magic so that they could study him, but Spot literally clung to her and refused to be separated.