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The Gilded Poppy

    Heroine 

Heroine/Protagonist/Main Character ("MC")

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The player character, a struggling Cuban-American artist recruited by the Gilded Poppy for their latest heist.


  • Affectionate Pickpocket: She starts to pick this skill up from Vivienne in her route, even successfully pickpocketing Vivienne herself after surprising her with a hug.
  • Bad Liar: She can't come up with a decent cover story to save her life. She learns to overcome her lack of ability on Remy's route, thanks to coaching from the con man himself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The work outfit she acquires after joining the team includes a midriff-baring top.
  • Berserk Button: In Vivienne's route, she gets really irritated whenever Vivienne calls her 'darling,' because it indicates that she's treating her like a mark and not taking her seriously.
  • Bi the Way: As standard for Lovestruck romance games, she's canonically bisexual in all routes.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Her parents are noted to disapprove of her artistic aspirations, which is one of the factors contributing to her situation at the start of the game.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Her name is set by the player.
  • Honey Trap: Her role in the caper in Remy's first season is to attract the mark and get close enough to him to find out where he's keeping the rare film the team plans to steal.
  • Jumped at the Call: Having the police looking for her in connection with the Gilded Poppy's thefts gives the heroine extra incentive to join the crew, but she doesn't seem to need that much encouragement to grab onto the opportunity with both hands.
    MC: (Isn't this what I was waiting for? Excitement? Adventure? To escape an ordinary life?)
  • Master Forger: In Nikolai's route, she is recruited to forge a painting. In Leon's route, she is initially recruited as a manuscript restorer, but ends up doing forgery work as well.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She's new to thievery, allowing the player to receive an introduction to the Gilded Poppy's world along with her.
  • Starving Artist: Her art has found her little fame so far, and before being recruited by the Gilded Poppy she was on the verge of having to give up and move back home.
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    Nikolai 

Nikolai Stirling

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The Mastermind

The leader of the Gilded Poppy.


  • Appropriated Appellation: As he explains in his first season, the "Thief Lord" moniker was originally used to mock him, as the more seasoned members of the Paris underworld thought he acted too high and mighty for just another homeless teenage pickpocket. Once he and the Gilded Poppy began making their reputation, however, the tone changed until newcomers didn't even realize it was supposed to have been a joke.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: He is implied to take poison with his tea, making him resistant to it.
  • Badass Boast: He makes this bold declaration early in his first season:
    Nikolai: I am the master of the impossible. It can defy me as long as it wants, but in the end, I will conquer it.
  • Bad Dreams: The reason he doesn't sleep is that he has severe recurring nightmares of the day his family was murdered.
  • Bi the Way: He casually mentions having had sexual partners of "all genders, all backgrounds." A Q&A with the production team confirmed that he's pansexual.
  • Challenge Seeker: Nikolai is driven by a need for challenge and mental stimulation. He's constantly planning the team's next job, stating that he finds dwelling on past successes boring; after the caper in his first season he admits that he doesn't really care what the team steals, he just wants the fun of planning and enacting the heists.
  • Color Motif: Blue, a cool color suggesting control and intellect over emotion. He has blue eyes, his room is decorated primarily in dark blue, and his casual outfit includes a blue dress shirt. His cat Elizabeth is even a breed known as a Russian Blue, and she also has blue eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sense of humor is sharp, sarcastic, and extremely dry.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Nikolai's "surprised" sprite is denoted mainly by a single raised eyebrow.
  • Had To Be Sharp: He gained some fighting skills living on the streets; when he ends up brawling with the much larger and stronger Gerard, he lands a sucker punch to his abdomen, telling him that "Remy Chevalier and the Parisian slums say hello!"
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes are a sharp, pale blue in keeping with his cool demeanor.
  • The Insomniac: He claims he doesn't sleep, and while this isn't a hundred percent true, Nikolai definitely sleeps as little as humanly possible.
    Nikolai: Life is a race against my own REM cycle.
  • King of Thieves: Nikolai is known as "Thief Lord" by both the press and the Parisian underworld.
  • Last-Name Basis: Though he instructs the heroine to simply call him 'Nikolai,' he doesn't immediately use the same familiarity, instead referring to her by her surname for most of his first season. He says outright that it's to maintain a sense of distance between them; when he uses her given name for the first time while encouraging her during the season one heist, it signifies that their relationship is on the verge of a breakthrough.
  • The Leader: He leads the Gilded Poppy and plans their heists.
  • Not Bad: Praise from Nikolai isn't easy to come by, and when he gives compliments they are judiciously measured to the point of being backhanded. It comes from the combination of his extremely high standards and his refusal to observe social pleasantries; in his first season he deems the heroine's work "adequate" and is genuinely confused when her knee-jerk reaction is to bristle at what sounds like faint praise.
    MC: If you could be like ten percent less backhanded, that'd be nice.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: When he demonstrates his pickpocketing skills in a premium scene in his first season, he starts by "accidentally" bumping into a man on the dance floor and lifting his wallet in the process.
  • Photographic Memory: He has one, which sometimes comes in handy on the job.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Even Nikolai's most casual outfit is just a suit without the jacket on, and he wears a full tuxedo lacking only the tie when on the job, which the heroine notes makes him look like "a heist movie antagonist."
  • Significant Birth Date: His profile lists his birthday as February 29th, Leap Day.
  • Sole Survivor: As revealed in his second season. His entire family was murdered via poisoned wine when they gathered to celebrate his fifteenth birthday. Because he was the youngest and was distracted by his new kitten, he was the only one who didn't drink enough to get a lethal dose, and escaped when the murderer(s) set fire to the house to cover their tracks. It's left him with recurring nightmares and a phobia of red wine.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Tall, dark, handsome, and always the smartest person in the room - and he knows it, sparing little patience for the slower minds around him.
  • The Tease: Nikolai is very well aware from the start of his route that the heroine is attracted to him, and he takes every opportunity to tease her with strategic invasions of her personal space and deliberate innuendo. As their relationship develops it becomes a case of mutual teasing, each trying to provoke the other into giving in first.

    Vivienne 

Vivienne Tang

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The Seductress


  • Acquired Poison Immunity: She is resistant to her own Drugged Lipstick; Ariana says she probably could eat the whole tube and only suffer a hangover the next day.
  • Affectionate Pickpocket: A favored tactic. In the prologue, she leans in close to the heroine to whisper in her ear, and presumably took that opportunity to slip a stolen pearl necklace into her purse, as she was holding the necklace before and the heroine left the shop afterward. She does it again in her first season, embracing the heroine in order to swipe her cell phone.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: She does breaking-and-entering in her usual stylish heist outfit.
  • Color Motif: Red, denoting her as the team's Femme Fatale and giving her an aura of seductive power. Her color scheme also prominently features black, for mystery.
  • Drugged Lipstick: Her usual dark red shade is made to drug whoever she kisses. The heroine falls victim to it at the end of her first season. She avoids getting poisoned from it herself by applying a clear sealant beneath it, as well as having built up a resistance.
  • Femme Fatale: The heroine outright uses the term to describe her in a scene early in her first season:
    MC: (I think I finally understand the term 'femme fatale'.)
  • Gay Option: She's one of the first two love interests released on the game's debut.
  • High Class Gloves: She wears long, black gloves in her heist outfit.
  • High Heel Power: She wears high heels, complementing her femme fatale "sexy and dangerous" vibes.
  • Lady in Red: Befitting her role as the Seductress, Vivienne's signature color is red - the color of passion, danger, and sexuality - and most of her outfits feature it prominently. Even her lingerie is red, as are her lipstick and nail polish.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Fittingly given her role as a femme fatale, she's quite feminine in her presentation, and is the only member of the Gilded Poppy whose heist outfit is a dress instead of a suit.
  • Noiseless Walker: Even in heels, she is able to walk silently, surprising the heroine on a few occasions by approaching her without her noticing.
  • Omniglot: Vivienne speaks English, French, Mandarin, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Poison Ring: Her ring contains poison and by removing a cap on the snake's tail, she can strike someone with it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9", and her heels accentuate it further.
  • The Tease: Vivienne weaponizes her sex appeal as easily as she breathes. The heroine is rather discomfited early in Vivienne's first season when she realizes that she's not the only person Vivienne takes such an intimate, flirtatious tone with.

    Remy 

Remy Chevalier

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The Conman


  • Becoming the Mask: Most of his first season revolves around Remy and the heroine pretending to be married for a con, only for the act to become much more real than either of them bargained for. By the end of the season, Remy spends more time worrying about what the mark could do to the heroine than thinking about the heist, and she has to remind him that he's not actually her husband.
  • Bi the Way: Confirmed in a Q&A with the production team.
  • Color Motif: His color scheme is heavy on orange and shades of brown - warm tones evoking emotion, without the overt sense of danger associated with Vivienne's red and black.
  • Con Man: Remy fills this role on the team, and is adept at manipulating people - even, as the heroine discovers to her own chagrin, when they should already know better.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: On his route, the heroine quickly discovers how much she enjoys hearing Remy speak to her in French.
  • The Gadfly: He's a frequent instigator of mischief and takes particular delight in trolling Nikolai. Just for starters, in the very first episode of Nikolai's first season Remy directs the heroine to sleep in Nikolai's room, telling her it's the "guest room."
  • Good Luck Charm: His "special franc." It's the first thing he ever stole, and he writes it up to pure luck that he wasn't caught pickpocketing it.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: The heroine spends most of his first season in a nearly perpetual state of confusion about how Remy actually feels about her - or anything. Since he tends to map to her likes rather than expressing his true opinions, and can shift from flirtatious and romantic to coolly professional at the drop of a hat, she has a hard time knowing whether his affectionate gestures indicate genuine feelings or if it's all just to further the con. Nikolai suggests that even Remy himself doesn't know, commenting that he's the type who lies to himself as much as he lies to others.
  • Shipper on Deck: On Nikolai's route, Remy takes every opportunity to push the heroine and Nikolai together. It's at least in part just for the fun of getting reactions out of Nikolai, but he also genuinely thinks the heroine is good for Nikolai and is visibly delighted when it seems the two are getting closer.

    Zoe 

Zoe Banks

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The Hacker


  • Bare Your Midriff: In her casual outfit.
  • Bifauxnen: Her heist outfit is a three-piece suit with a bow tie; the heroine's first thought after bumping into her is even that she "may as well have invented the suit." Her casual wear is characterized in large part by a sporty baseball jacket, though the midriff-baring shirt under it makes it less androgynous than her working clothes.
  • Butch Lesbian: Although downplayed compared to the butch love interests in other Lovestruck titles, Zoe has a relatively short hairstyle, more typically masculine-coded hobbies (like hacking and skateboarding), and dresses pretty androgynously, even wearing a three-piece suit when on the job.
  • Code Name: She's known as 'Copperhead' in the hacking community.
  • Color Motif: Green, a color associated with electronics.
  • Cool Board: She's an avid skateboarder.
  • The Cracker: Zoe uses her hacking abilities for theft.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She uses sarcasm a lot, most of the time with a straight face.
  • Gay Option: Zoe is a potential love interest.
  • Hates Being Touched: She's not really a fan of physical contact, which the heroine learns when she tries to hug her early in her first season.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: She wears a midriff-baring tank-top in her casual outfit.
  • When She Smiles: When the heroine first meets Zoe in the prologue, she has a cool demeanor. Then she lets a bright grin slip through, which the heroine finds enchanting.
  • Wrench Wench: Growing up, she thought she'd end up becoming a mechanic like her dad, and she spent much of her childhood tinkering with car parts at his shop.

    Jett 

Jett Slater

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The Explosives Expert


  • Bi the Way: Confirmed in a Q&A with the production team.
  • Demolitions Expert: His role on the team.
  • Mad Bomber: Jett is really enthusiastic about explosions. He keeps explosives in the team's communal fridge and nitrobenzene in his room.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is white and red.
  • Tattooed Crook: Jett has tattoos visible on much of his exposed skin, including one of a bomb on his right arm.
  • Thrill Seeker: In his own words, Jett likes to "live life on the edge." His keen interest in explosives and his casual attitude toward safety in handling them are both an extension of his adrenaline-junkie tendencies.
    Jett: The sense of imminent danger really gets the creative juices flowing.
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    Leon 

Leon Kwan

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The Driver


  • The Big Guy: He's huge, and along with being the team's driver he also serves as their muscle.
  • Covered with Scars: He has prominent scarring all along his arms and torso.
  • The Driver: Leon handles driving and piloting whatever vehicles the crew uses in their heists. He demonstrates his skills in the prologue, evading the pursuit of a police car and beating the rest of the team (arriving via helicopter) to their rendezvous point while also making sure that the heroine doesn't get banged around in the passenger's seat.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a wall of solid beef, but Leon is also unfailingly considerate towards the heroine from the start, assuring her in the prologue that he'll keep her from coming to any harm and quietly looking out for her well-being once she's joined the crew.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: When he walks in on the heroine in her underwear early in his first season, Leon is considerably more flustered than she is, a fact she finds adorable.
  • Power Fist: He carries a set of well-used brass knuckles with him for situations where his size and reputation aren't intimidating enough to defuse a violent situation.
  • The Quiet One: As Leon himself acknowledges, he's not a talker. On his route he professes to enjoy listening to the heroine chatter at him, saying that it "fills the empty space."
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He looks like a thug, can bench-press 300 pounds, is into cars and driving - and enjoys reading romance novels for the happy endings. In their April Q&A, the producers refer to him as a "romantic."
  • You Are Number 6: His former cellmate addresses him as '8209.'

    Elizabeth 

Elizabeth

Nikolai's cat.
  • Ear Notch: She has a notch in her left ear, hinting at a rougher life in the past.
  • Right-Hand Cat: She is a Russian Blue cat belonging to Nikolai, Thief Lord and criminal mastermind. In Remy's first season, the heroine watches Nikolai petting Elizabeth and remarks that he looks "very super-villain."
  • Team Pet: She lives in the Gilded Poppy headquarters, occasionally hanging around with the crew.

Allies

    Ariana 

Ariana Nassar

A seller of potions and poisons in the Underbelly.
  • Fortune Teller: Remy's first season shows that in addition to her apothecary business, Ariana also tells fortunes, and she gives the heroine a reading which contains advice about her current relationship drama and a prediction of the season's ending.
  • Master Poisoner: She makes and sells poisons, among other potions.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The reading she gives the heroine in Remy's season one is very on-target. Remy attributes her abilities to expert Cold Reading skills, but there are hints that she's genuinely magical. Between her distinctive eye color, her claim that magic runs in her family, and hints dropped in the producers' Q&A, indications are she's a member of the Nassar family of djinn from Havenfall is for Lovers, which is further strengthened by Roshni referencing an "Aunt Ariana" in Razi's seventh season. Eventually confirmed via her last name on the 2019 update to the LGBTQ characters list.
  • Tattooed Crook: She has an large and intricate tattoo on her sternum. The nickname given to her before her name is revealed is even "Tantalizingly Tatted."

    Jace 

Jace

An appraiser in the Underbelly who also trades in information.
  • Knowledge Broker: They're officially referred to as an appraiser, but they also trade in information. Nikolai buys some info from them at the beginning of his first season, paying with a stolen Monet.
  • Transgender: Jace is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
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    Clemance 

Clemance Bardot

One of Remy's contacts, a cabaret dancer.

    Daisa 

Daisa Khoury / DJ Visage

A DJ who's friends with Zoe.

    Noz 

Noz

Leon's preferred mechanic.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Noz" is short for "nitrous oxide." Her legal name has not been mentioned.
  • Wrench Wench: On Leon's route, the heroine first meets Noz climbing out from under Leon's car, hands covered in grease. Leon is very particular about his vehicles, so the fact that he chooses Noz as his mechanic says everything you need to know about her skills.

Enemies

    Gerard 

Pierre Gerard

A rival thief with a personal vendetta against Nikolai.
  • Arch-Enemy: Gerard expected to hold the top spot in the Paris underworld, but then Nikolai came along. Gerard bears a fierce grudge against Nikolai and the Gilded Poppy as a result; he's interfered with the Poppy's heists before, and is the main antagonist of Nikolai's first season.
  • Patricide: He's stated to have killed his own father.

    Celine 

Celine du Bellay

An heiress who is the target of Vivienne's heist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The heroine finds her very sweet and naive, to the point that she feels kind of bad about stealing from her. That was all an act, however. She figured out fairly early on who Vivienne really was, and then played along so that she could steal the jewels herself at the last moment, at gunpoint no less.
  • Blue Blood: The du Bellay family is a French noble family.
  • The Mark: Vivienne is aiming to steal from her family.

    Parker 

Parker Vos

A wealthy American with a shady reputation.
  • Compensating for Something: The heroine takes the tacky decor of his yacht as a sign.
    MC: Tell me more about this gold-plating and how it's not compensating for anything.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Parker shows off his wealth at every opportunity, from plying acquaintances with expensive champagne to festooning his yacht with gold-plated accoutrements.
  • Has a Type: His covetousness extends to his relationships - he prefers to seduce happily married women away from their husbands, a tendency the Gilded Poppy plan to exploit with their con.
  • Hate Sink: Parker is depicted as thoroughly unlikable from Remy's very first description of him, and he only gets worse with each appearance, all the better to justify manipulating and ripping him off.
  • The Mark: He's the target of the caper in Remy's first season.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: When the con is revealed at the end of Remy's season one, Parker offers to refrain from reporting the heroine's part in it to the police if she agrees to become 'his woman'. She responds by pushing him off his yacht into the Seine.
  • Translation by Volume: During their first meeting, the heroine observes disparagingly that Parker is the obnoxious type whose approach to language barriers is to keep speaking English more loudly as though that will make him better understood.

    Whitehat 

The Whitehat / Raveena Patel

An Interpol agent who's trying to catch Zoe.
  • Code Name: Her hacker name is 'Stagecoach.'
  • Hackette: Everyone is surprised to find out that she's a woman.
  • Worthy Opponent: She's one of the few hackers who's actually able to give Zoe a challenge.

    Jock 

Jock Maclaren

The leader of Jett's old crew.
  • Delinquent Hair: He has a mohawk dyed multi-colour.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He and Jett are competing with each other to be the one to find the Hellfire Club's hidden diamonds, but they're still good friends.
  • Man in a Kilt: He wears a kilt.

    Unsettling Stranger 

Unsettling/Terrifying Stranger

Leon's former cellmate.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's very quick to fly into a rage.
  • It's Personal: He doesn't actually care about the manuscript in particular, he just has a vendetta against Leon because he perceives Leon escaping from prison as him abandoning him.
    Terrifying Stranger: Eight years we lived together. Eight years you were my only friend. And then you escaped.
  • No Name Given: His name is never revealed in Leon's first season.
  • Professional Killer: He was a hitman.
  • We Used to Be Friends: How he sees his relationship with Leon. Leon, for his part, never liked him, and kept their interactions to the bare minimum while they were cellmates.
    Leon: He looked at me, and he thought he saw similarities where there were none.

    Hugo 

Hugo Vansittart

A man who claims to be the last surviving member of the Hellfire Club.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: When Jett and the heroine first run into him while burgling his house, he comes off as an ineffectual threat, being an elderly man, and they easily escape. At the end of the first season, they find Jock dead in his own home and narrowly escape the explosion of a bomb planted there. They spot Hugo watching in the aftermath, implying that he was responsible.

    Francesca 

Francesca

Vivienne's ex-partner from her teenage years.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her open top exposes skin down the center of her chest.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: How she's introduced — the heroine bumps into her and drops her paints, and after getting back to HQ, realizes they've been switched.

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