Tropes that apply to all of them
- Adaptational Badass: Most of them are based on characters with no combat abilities whatsoever, but they are all competent fighters. Averted by Goldie (who is based on a character that is already superhuman) and Despina (who uses the same type of magic as her original, just applied in a different way). Seiten inverts this trope, but amusingly enough her zombie slave Genjou plays it straight.
- Gender Flip: Goldie, Despina and Seiten (and in the backstory of the latter, Genjou). Hansel also fits this trope, at least as far as biological gender goes, even if his and Gretel's situation is a bit complicated.
- Hotter and Sexier: The entire point of Grimoire is "reunite some characters from fairy tales and folklore and redrawn them to look like Queen's Blade characters."
Alicia is a magic swordswoman who lost her way from a different dimension and found herself in Mel Fair Land. She enters the Queen's Blade tournament in hopes of returning to her dimension.
- Adaptation Personality Change: As far as personality goes, she has nothing to do with the main character of Lewis Carroll's book. Alice was a Cloudcuckoolander and a bit of a Shrinking Violet, but otherwise a polite and gentle girl. Alicia is an arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold, has a serious, no-nonsense personality and absolutely no patience or politeness to give to the people of Mel Fair Land.
- Alice Allusion: Her character is based on Alice In Wonder Land.
- Anti-Hero: Unlike Leina, Annelotte and Alice, she's very arrogant and snobbish. Justified, since she's from another world and she doesn't understands Mel Fair Land's customs.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: She treats everyone with disdain and is very confident in her own skills despite not being from that world.
- Casting a Shadow: She's capable of manipulating the power of darkness to create a doppleganger and fire blasts.
- Expy: She's a composite expy of Leina with the Disney's version of Alice, except sexier. She's also an expy from a witch her author created beforehand for a H-doujin.
- The Heroine: Of Grimoire, albeit she is an unconventional one compared to Leina and Annelotte.
- Jerkass: She abuses the citizens around her because she looks down on them. This might also come from the fact that Mel Fair Land is too peaceful to her liking and she stirs things up because the citizens are all weak.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she may sound very arrogant and rude most of the time, this is partially because of much she hates Mel Fair Land. Her interactions with Zara and Tiina bring to the surface a kinder side of her.
- Murderous Thighs: When captured and stripped by Liliana's Ghost Pirate crew, she wraps her thighs around one of their skulls and crushes it into dust.
- Named Weapons: Her rapier, Liddell. Also serves as a Shout-Out to Alice Liddell, the main inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.
- One Steve Limit: The reason why she isn't called "Alice" like the character she is based of? There was already a heroine with this name in Queen's Gate. "Alicia" is the Spanish rendition of the name.
- The Paragon: In the animated adaptation, Zara and Tiina admire her strength and bravery and are eventually inspired to Took a Level in Badass thanks to her.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Treats the people from Mel Fair Land like crap, since she thinks they're doing stupid things. To be fair, at least in the animated adaptation, they are really annoying, since the only thing they do is troll Alicia by singing non-stop on her.
- Trapped in Another World: Just like her namesake, she's not from Mel Fair Land and wants to return to her world, albeit it's never explained from which world she comes from. In the animated continuity, she hails from Gainos as a member of the royal court.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
Zara is a demon huntress that is always accompanied by the demon wolf that once ate her grandmother and herself. Having survived being eaten alive thanks to her regenerative abilities, she hunts other demons and enters the Queen's Blade tournament upon hearing that Seiten is participating.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the animated adaptation, her hair is now brown rather than grey.
- Badass Longrobe: What the iconic red hood has become.
- BFS: Her longsword, Fangbane.
- Character Development: The point of her character is to explore what would happen to Red after the fairy tale ends (in the versions where she lives but her grandma dies). The answer is she becomes a hardened hunter who kills demons so that others won't have to suffer like she did. The second half of the first OVA is dedicated to showing this transformation.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her past is basically the original Charles Perrault's version of the tale, except she manages to survive being eaten by The Big Bad Wolf by awakening a Healing Factor. Not only she defeats the wolf who ate her and her grandmother, she turns him into her familiar.
- Death Is Cheap: Because she can regenerate her body From a Single Cell, mortal wounds are nothing to her.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In her combat book, when she gets a leg wound, her Familiar wolf covers her with its body, but due to unfortunate angles, it ends up looking like it is doing something very different to her.
- Eaten Alive: By The Big Bad Wolf, but was able to escape by Kill It Through Its Stomach.
- Expy: She's basically a composite expy from B.B. Hood (looks and some parts of her backstory, except she's not a psycho like her) and Donovan (background). Also, she resembles, somewhat, Riven from League of Legends, albeit this is toned down in the animated adaptation.
- Familiar: The Big Bad Wolf answers her summons instead of hunting her.
- From a Single Cell: She has the ability to regenerate herself. No matter how many times her body is gutted or minced, she will come back good as new.
- Healing Factor: One so strong she survives being Eaten Alive.
- In the Hood: Well, duh. It actually looks a bit creepy now thanks to her taciturn disposition, but she is still a good person inside.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: Demon hunter who tamed The Big Bad Wolf.
- Shrinking Violet: In the animated adaptation before her grandmother was eaten by the Big Bad Wolf.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is said to be unable to express her desire to help people and comes across as cold hearted.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the OVA, Zara started out as a timid, meek girl who needed Alicia to save her when she was in danger. But after taming the dark powers of The Big Bad Wolf, she became a powerful and confident demon slayer.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
Tiina is the youngest daughter of the Seabed Kingdom. She makes a pact with Seiten in order to be able to walk on land and find a man.
- Character Development: She starts the second OVA timid like the mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen's tale. By the end, she has grown more confident in herself and is now willing to fight to achieve her dreams.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both her hair and her eyes are blue.
- Deal with the Devil: She makes a deal with Seiten so she can get human legs and thus be able to walk on land.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Like the original Little Mermaid, she wanted to go to the land to find a prince. However, she develops some attraction towards Alicia in the second OVA, albeit she does comment that it would be better if Alicia was a man.
- Incompatible Orientation: In the OVA, while sharing a dance with Alicia, she admits that she has a bit of a crush on her and wishes she were a boy. Alicia quickly says she doesn't swing that way.
- Magic Idol Singer: Regardless of what form she's in, Tiina uses her music to control her powers and fight in the tournament.
- Magic Music: Without music, Tiina cannot use her powers, but she's so confident in her music that she enters the Queen's Blade tournament.
- Making a Splash: She has the ability to control water and most of her abilities require water to be involved.
- Ms. Fanservice: Huge breasts that jiggle all over the place, see-through clothing, lusciously long blue hair, and plenty of curves.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Among other things, she can turn the lower half of her body into a pair of human legs and then back into a fish's caudal fin, and fights using Magic Music.
- Pointed Ears: It helps identify her as a mermaid.
- Power Incontinence: Due to her ability to control water, she's always wet and due to this, her clothes are see-through.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Using her Magic Music, she is able to generate a trident out of water for a melee weapon if needed.
- Rebellious Princess: She finds her father rather annoying and while she told him of the pact she made with the Demon Monkey, she refused to tell him she was going to enter the Queen's Blade tournament.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A princess of the Seabed Kingdom, perfectly willing to participate in the Queen's Blade tournament.
- Sexy Soaked Shirt: Because her power set is all about water, she's constantly wet, and her clothes are see-through.
- Shout-Out: Beside The Little Mermaid, Tiina seems to take her idol singing from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
- Shrinking Violet: She entered the Queen's Blade tournament in hopes of changing herself for the better.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Just like the character she's based of, this was the reason she decides to go into the land.
- Summon Magic: She is able to summon the Kraken with her magic.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the OVA, she's shy and timid, until Alicia convinces her that she's the hero who needs to step up to save her kingdom.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Which she does.
Kaguya is the self proclaimed human that came from the moon. She was adopted by an old couple and spoiled rotten. She enters the Queen's Blade tournament because she's interested in the item known as Queen's Blade and given that she is a collector, chances are that her goal is just to obtain another rare treasure.
- Adaptational Jerkass: The Kaguya from the original tale was a kind and understanding girl. The worst she ever did was giving the five princes impossible tasks because she really didn't want to marry them (and it's not clear if she expected them to actually try to do those tasks, resulting in one of them getting injured and possibly dying). This Kaguya is childish, spoiled, selfish, and very clearly doesn't care in the slightest about the guys who want to marry her.
- Ambiguously Bi: She demands all the young noblemen that propose to her to give her magic clothing and battle her while she uses it. If they win, they can marry her. The prologue of her combat book closes with her making the same offer to a female Beautiful Fighter. It is implied however, that she is so confident of her victory that she doesn't care who she is challenging.
- The Collector: She likes to collect treasures, a Mythology Gag about the original tale she's based of, and wants the Queen's Blade sword for herself.
- Girlish Pigtails: Fitting, as she is an extremely childish person.
- Hair Decorations: Her hairclips looks like rabbit ears, a reference to the Japanese legend of the rabbit who pounds mochi in the moon.
- Laser Blade: She uses a laser nodachi.
- Mega Twintails: Her twintails reach her legs.
- Moon Rabbit: Well, she's human as far as we know, but judging from her background, her looks and the original tale she's based of, she gives the vibe of being one.
- Science Fantasy: Her entire character design is based on this. You have the Queen's Blade universe which is a fantasy setting yet Kaguya's weapons are highly technical, but the science fiction feel comes from her fairy tale counterpart in Tales of the Bamboo Cutter in which science elements are used in a fantasy setting.
- Spoiled Brat: She was spoiled rotten by the old couple who raised her. This is demonstrated by how she treats every man that proposes to her as an errand boy to get her more treasures.
- Womanchild: She's described as not being a manipulative person. She's just childish and given she was spoiled by the people who adopted her, she ends up acting younger than her actual age.
- Wutai: Except this time, the Wutai of this continuity is the Moon.
Goldie is a kind girl that lived her most of her life in solitude. Her life was peaceful and easy until the Lady of the Lake approached her and gave her the golden axe. She then decided to discard the easy life and become a ranger to protect nature, entering the Queen's Blade to do so.
- An Axe to Grind: Her main weapon is an axe. A golden axe.
- The Beastmaster: She is said to be able to tame any animal, albeit she has difficulties with females. Her tactic to make her job easier is to pour honey on herself.
- Composite Character: Mostly based on Kintaro, but her backstory is also a blatant reference to the fable of The Honest Woodsman, and the reference to the "Lady of the Lake" and her general western appearance imply she may also be meant to evoke Arthurian legends.
- Expy: From Menace, being from the same character designer. Personality-wise, of both Leina (despise not being the heroine) and Nowa.
- Fiery Redhead: She has red hair, won't hesitate to use brute force to protect nature, and has a wild fighting style.
- Friend to All Living Things: She sees all the animals in the forest as her friends.
- Meaningful Name: She's a Western, female version of the Japanese legend of Kintaro, The Golden Boynote , hence her English name and her clothes.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even more than some of the other girls, especially when one looks at her combat book.
- Nice Girl: She may be a bit odd on the head, but she is genuinely friendly and polite.
- Only One Name: Averted. Her full name is Goldie Carter, as she's a member of the Carter family.
- Race Lift: Despise being based on a Japanese legend, she looks Western instead, and she has more ties with some aspects from Arthurian lore.
- Vapor Wear: She doesn't wear a bra or panties.
- Wrestler in All of Us: She can use Sumo Wrestling moves in her melee attacks, possibly as a nod towards her original legend and country.
Gretel is a kind girl that defeated the man-eating witch in her area, obtaining her ability to use the power of sweets in the process. She used this to become a confectioner, but upon hearing that Mel Fair Land was in danger, she decided to participate in the tournament to save the day. Unfortunately when she defeated the witch, she gained a split personality called Hansel that makes things more difficult for her to say the least.
- All Work vs. All Play: Gretel is the All Work and Hansel is the All Play. Ironically their likes and dislikes imply that they cannot get along.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Hansel seems to identify as a male (using male pronouns and referring to himself as "I'm your guy", plus the fascination with woman and dislike toward men) despite the prologue describing "him" as female, at least in appearance. Given that Hansel shares Gretel's body and is a split personality, it's possible that Gretel is Transgender or gender-fluid, but at the moment, it's unclear how Hansel identifies him/herself.
- Ambiguously Lesbian: Gretel didn't seem surprised at the situation before her if Hansel had sex with the female fighter.
- Ambiguous Situation: When Hansel takes over Gretel in the prologue, the reader is left to assume that either a battle took place or Hansel had sex with the female warrior. Given that Hansel loves fighting and women, neither would be out of character.
- Badass Adorable: Gretel fits this trope. Hansel may be badass, but is definitely not adorable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Its not Gretel that anyone should be fearing. Its Hansel who is more likely to screw you over when you least expect it.
- Blood Knight: Hansel loves fighting female warriors.
- Costume Porn: Gretel's entire outfit is made out of candy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Despite being all smiles, Gretel has lived a difficult life and it manifested into a split personality after slaying the man-eating witch. Even if she's a good warrior, she cannot predict or stop Hansel when Hansel takes over her body.
- Does Not Like Men: Hansel is stated to not like serious men. This could be either because its counterproductive to Hansel's hedonist nature or because Hansel is a male personality.
- Erotic Eating: Some of the images in Gretel's combat book invoke this trope.
- Food Porn: All the sweets Gretel makes are said to be delicious. Then again it is her occupation and her powers.
- The Hedonist: Hansel's profile specifically states this.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Gretel has the ability to "make articles and structures out of sweets", including her own clothes.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: She made her lollipop weapon by herself. What type of the weapon the lollipop is yet to be seen (but seems to lean toward a sword).
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Hansel's main desire besides fighting is women. While Gretel wants to save Mel Fair Land, Hansel finds it as an excuse to meet powerful and beautiful woman to fight in more than one way.
- Nice Girl: Gretel is so far one of the few characters who honestly wants to save Mel Fair Land without any other motivation backing her up (as other characters would want to go home, prove themselves in the tournament or are interested in the prize rather than saving the world).
- Sexier Alter Ego: While Gretel isn't a slouch herself, Hansel is described as gorgeous in comparison to Gretel.
- Split Personality: Hansel, a second personality apparently created to help Gretel cope with her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Stripperiffic: Hansel drops the candy armor for a leather bikini.
- Super-Powered Alter Ego: While Gretel is good at battle, Hansel in comparison seems to be stronger, being able to amplify the strength Gretel already has. This is in part because Hansel has no problem not holding back.
- Supreme Chef: Besides being a fighter, Gretel is also a skilled confectioner.
- Technical Pacifist: In her prologue Gretel refuses to battle the female warrior immediately because she considers fighting barbaric. Hansel ends up taking over as a result.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hansel has dark green hair.
The Winter Demon's right hand. A Monkey King born from a stone egg, she is a powerful necromancer and the "villainess" of Mel Fair Land. Since what she desires the most are powerful adversaries, she shows great interest in participating in the Queen's Blade tournament.
- Adaptational Badass: Seiten herself suffers from the opposite trope, but this applies to Genjou. The Gender Flip version of the character that appears in her backstory is a fighter who tried to defeat Seiten. She was killed in what was implied to be a Curb-Stomp Battle, but the fact she was a fighter at all (and one with a pretty good reputation at that) already makes her look more impressive than the guy she is based on, who is famous for being a Non-Action Guy that is always getting kidnapped.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Zigzagged. At the start of Journey to the West, Sun Wukong was even worse than Seiten, but ultimately became a better person thanks to Character Development, something Seiten so far lacks.
- Adaptational Wimp: As strong as she is, the original Sun Wukong was on the level of a Physical God. There is just no way to make Seiten anywhere near as strong as him without breaking the power scale of the Queen's Blade universe.
- Arch-Enemy: Zara's. She entered the tournament because Seiten was participating in it.
- Blood Knight: She loves to have a good fight above everything else.
- Co-Dragons: For The Winter Demon alongside Despina.
- Composite Character: In a sense. Besides being an Expy of Sun Wukong, she also takes the role of the Sea Witch in Tiina's backstory.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite calling herself evil, she doesn't like to prey on the weak, as she enjoys a good fight against stronger opponents.
- Evil Laugh: Ki-ki-ki-! Intentionally made to sound like a monkey.
- Expy: Based in Sun Wukong (Son Goku in Japanese) from the Chinese classic Journey to the West, not to mention she is, background-wise, very similar to another character inspired in the same classic, except evil.
- In terms of personality, she shares some points with Melona, being the Big Bad's right hand and loving to mess with their opponents in many ways, except she is not as insane as Melona.
- Girlish Pigtails: Albeit unlike most examples she is definitely not meant to come across as cute or innocent.
- Girl Meets Ghoul: She didn't meet the ghoul as much as she made them, but the point still stands. Some of the images of her combat book explicitly show her making out with a female zombie.
- The Heavy: She is Zara's Arch-Enemy, and the entire reason she is participating in the tournament. And since she took the role of the Sea Witch, she is also the reason Tiina is able to enter the tournament. Even if she is not the Big Bad she definitely seems to be the antagonist with the most direct influence on the plot.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means Equal of Heaven in Japanese, which is also the transliteration from Chinese of one of the many names Sun Wukong holds in the original Chinese classic. In Chinese, her name is normally transliterated as Qítiān Dàshèng.note
- The Necromancer: Seiten can revive corpses as the undead and command them.
- Psycho Lesbian: Perhaps the most disturbing example in the franchise, due to being invocative of necrophilia. She made Genjou her lover/slave after killing her and making her a walking corpse.
- Simple Staff: Just like her counterpart, she uses a Nyoi-Bo.
Once known as a wandering minstrel, Despina used to find work as a ratter through the use of the beautiful melodies that came from her pipe. However, as a woman consumed by a greed unlike any other, she eventually decided to use her melodies to hypnotize pretty girls into becoming part of her harem. It was not long before she became The Winter Demon's first-in-command.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Brainwashing girls into becoming members of her harem is definitely not a nice thing to do, but when you remember the original Pied Piper of Hamelin kidnapped every child in a town (and in some versions, either killed them all or sold them to slavery) because their parents refused to pay him for getting rid of the local pests, Despina ends up looking pretty harmless in comparison.
- Co-Dragons: For The Winter Demon alongside Seiten.
- Expy: To The Pied Piper of Hamelin. She is a former ratter who turned her attention to catching pretty girls.
- Harem Seeker: She joined the Queen's Blade tournament to collect beautiful women.
- The Hedonist: Second only to Hansel.
- Involuntary Dance: Her horn can make people dance to her whims.
- Magical Flutist: Her main weapon is a magic horn.
- Magic Music: Her music can mesmerize people and make them dance uncontrollably.
- Mind-Control Music: Uses her abilities to charm and enthrall beautiful women.
- Musical Assassin: Her main weapon is a horn she uses to control people.
- Psycho Lesbian: She uses her abilities to kidnap women and add them to her harem.
- Sexy Jester: Her outfit has this design.
- Wandering Minstrel: A villainous take on this trope.
A beautiful princess from the Apple Kingdom. Envied by her Stepmother, the Queen, for her radiant beauty, Snow White was banished from her Kingdom to the woods. After surviving several assassination attempts she obtained a magical dagger, and quickly took matters into her own hands, killing her stepmother and obtaining the Queen's prized treasure, the Magic Mirror, in the process.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Snow White's iconic hair that is "as black as ebony"? Gone and replaced by white hair. It's unclear if she is Prematurely Grey-Haired or if it's just another case of Anime Hair.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Apparently, she didn't just steal the magic mirror of her stepmother, but her catchphrase as well, although she tweaked it a bit."Magic mirror in my hand, who's the strongest beautiful fighter of the land?"
- Improbable Weapon User: Her magical dagger allows her to alter the properties of apples, allowing them to perform all kinds of functions ranging from bombs and poisons to restoratives.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Snow White is a young princess with skin as white as snow who learns how to defend herself from assassins.
- Summon Magic: Her Magic Mirror has the ability to summon Beautiful Fighters from other worlds.
- Truer to the Text: Since most adaptations of Snow White are based on the Disney version, this version of the character ends up looking Darker and Edgier for murdering the queen in revenge. In reality, the original tale ends with Snow White and the prince forcing the queen to wear a pair of red-hot iron slippers and dance in them until she drops dead. In terms of personality, this Snow White is closer to the original character from The Brothers Grimm's book than a lot of adaptations out there.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed. While she is absolutely merciless towards her enemies, deep down she is still a gentle soul with a love for singing and all things cute. It's just that surviving so many assassination attempts hardened her a lot.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: Her hair is short and white.