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Anthy Himemiya

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (Japanese), Sharon Becker (English), Rocío Prado (Latin American Spanish)

The Rose Bride of the dueling games, she becomes engaged to whoever can best her current betrothed in a duel. It is said that this person shall gain from her the power to bring the world revolution. She has little autonomy of her own and is unpopular with most students, but she is coveted by the duelists of the Student Council due to her role in their game.

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  • Adaptational Consent: Exactly how willing she is when it comes to her incestuous relationship with Akio varies by the medium, with the movie being the clearest case of it not being willing (and even that's muddled slightly by the revelation that she was awake the whole time he was molesting her after he tried to drug her).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, she originally had very dark brown hair, brown eyes, and wore a white dress. When the anime attained popularity, her colour scheme in the manga was retroactively changed.
  • A God I Am Not: She is the Rose Bride, the immortal or possibly undying holder of the all-powerful Sword of Dios. She just wants to be a normal girl and is generally depressed about being the Rose Bride. In truth, her pain runs far deeper than that because of her abusive brother who allows her to be constantly stabbed by the Swords of Hate. She eventually leaves her brother with the help of Utena.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nobody at Ohtori is friends with her. In the first arc, we saw her getting cornered (usually by Nanami's gang), berated, and slapped almost Once an Episode. It's later revealed that part of her role as the Rose Bride is to bear the hatred of the world for taking Dios away from them.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She has dark skin and wears a bindi, but her surname is Japanese and her given name is Greek. Flashbacks to her and Akio's past also seem to depict medieval Europe, further muddling the issue. Her ethnicity is never actually specified. The whole getup gives her a very exotic look compared to other students.
  • Back Stab: Quote Oscar Wilde: "The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword!" Anthy does it with both to Utena at the end of the final duel.
  • Barrier Maiden: Subverted. She's actually what the barrier's preventing from getting out of Ohtori (that, and her own despair).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's unfailingly polite, pleasant, and faithful to Utena and everyone as a student and the Rose Bride, but as the series goes on, it becomes clear she has a dark side that she typically shows through passive-aggressiveness. And, in the last arc, through stabbing Utena In the Back.
  • Broken Bird: At first it just seems like she's friendless and a prize in the Student Council's fights, which is bad enough. Then we find out she's been tormented and caught in an abusive relationship with her fallen princely brother for centuries after being stabbed by a mob of townspeople for trying to save him.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Although it at first appears to be consensual, it's made clear a few episodes later that Akio does not accept refusals, or even hesitation.
  • But Now I Must Go: After Utena is ret goned for reaching her, she calmly changes her clothes, lets her hair down, goes to Akio's office with Chu-Chu on her shoulder and her travel bag in her hands, tells him she's leaving Ohtori to find Utena, and finally is able to take command of her own life. The last time she's seen, she and Chuchu are happily Walking the Earth, hoping to meet up with Utena someday.
  • Catchphrase: In the next episode preview: "Absolute fate apocalypse."
  • Compressed Hair: She manages to compress her thigh-length hair down into a horizontal roll.
  • Damsel in Distress: Downplayed. She has potential to fight back, but her role as the Rose Bride doesn't let her do this directly.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In the Grand Finale, Anthy ends the dueling game and saves herself from her oppressive role as the Rose Bride. She decides to leave Ohtori and walks out. Utena provided the impetus and the resolve.
  • Defiant Captive: Her role as the Rose Bride hinders this. While physically she can pull this off, her emotional/psychological damage is way too serious.
  • Designated Victim: In the first arc, you could start a drinking game based on how many times she gets slapped.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Dios and Anthy crossed this in their backstories, which is what shaped them into Akio Ohtori the Manipulative Bastard and Anthy Himemiya the Rose Bride.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Something that creeps out a lot of the people around her, especially her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kanae.
  • The Dragon: Of a sort. She's instrumental to Akio's schemes and loyal to him, but it's also made clear she's only performing the "princess" role by rote. When Utena gives her reason to stand up for herself, she cheerfully leaves him behind.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • When she sees the effects of Akio's manipulation on Utena (blaming herself because she MUST follow his will no matter what) she tries to throw herself off the roof of the dorm. Utena stops her, though.
    • And in the movie, it's heavily implied that she was about to do this before Utena shows up in the Rose Garden before their dance.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Given that her final scene in the movie has her having sex with (or at least making out with while both were completely naked) Utena while speeding down a highway in a heavily damaged race car with no seatbelts, it's clear she took lessons from her brother on the importance of staying in control of the vehicle at all times.
  • Emotionless Girl: She rarely shows any emotions other than a placid smile, and it's noted to be creepy by a few other characters. Subverted as she's more emotionally repressed than actually emotionless due to her abusive brother.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When she leaves Akio, Anthy lets her Prim and Proper Bun down. It shows hows she's rejected the role imposed upon her and is finally choosing her own path and becoming her own person.
  • Extreme Doormat: She is actually described as being "less forceful than a doormat", but the truth is a bit different. Subverted when it turns out that her emotionless personality is just a cover for her collusion with her brother, double subverted when she actually is an Extreme Doormat to him, though she passive-aggressively rebels every step of the way. In any case, she's far from emotionless to the point where some fans consider her worse than Akio. She theoretically can rebel against her destiny as a fallen princess / Wicked Witch, but has to choose between eternal torture and returning to the outside world which brought about her torture into the first place.
  • Facial Markings: Wears a bindi.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The swords of hate, always stabbing her in every single uncovered inch of her body...combined with the understanding that taking them for Dios turned him into Akio, rendering all of her pain utterly pointless.
  • Female Misogynist: When Utena asks her what is femininity, she answers that all girls are like the Rose Bride; as the Rose Bride, she has been an Extreme Doormat and a Stepford Smiler trapped in a cycle of abuse. Later, when she stabs Utena In the Back, she tells Utena that she can't be her prince because she's a girl.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Downplayed. The only foods she can make safely are children's snacks like shaved ice.
  • First-Name Basis: With the exception of Utena, most of the cast calls her by her first name.
  • Flower Motifs: All the characters are associated with roses of various colours, but being the Rose Bride, the rose motif is especially strong with her.
  • Friend to All Living Things:
    • Not in an over-the-top way, but she clearly has an affinity with animals, more so than with humans.
    • It's also hinted that if you mistreat an animal, she'll calmly curse you to be hated by all of them. You heard that, Nanami?
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In Episode 8, she's perceived as this when she switches bodies with Utena, who as Anthy is bullied and slapped by Keiko. Anthy!Utena thought it was about time Keiko learned her lesson, and struck back. Even better in the manga when Anthy!Utena nearly goes to town on the girls.
  • Girl in a Box: Her body's in a coffin.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She deconstructs the Damsel in Distress role as she does have the potential to fight back (but her role as the Rose Bride doesn't allow her to) and saves Utena and herself in The Movie. She also has domestic skills like cleaning, likes snails and snakes, is more sexually aggressive towards Utena in The Movie, wears armor and rides on a horse in the opening scene versus her standard attire of dresses, and isn't that great of a cook. The only foods she can make safely are children's snacks like shaved ice.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When she sleeps with Akio. It's also done more poignantly in the final episode, when she leaves her glasses on Akio's desk before leaving the school for good to search for Utena.
  • A God I Am Not: She has the power of the Sword of Dios and is immortal and/or undying. She'd really rather be an ordinary girl, though.
  • Godiva Hair: Though the circumstances are of the Fan Disservice variety.
  • Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: She ends up being both and varies between them. In the end, she decides to be a "good witch" and throws off her brother for good.
  • Grew a Spine: She starts out as not standing up against her tormentors, though she passive-aggressively rebels every step of the way. However, in the Grand Finale, she leaves her abusive brother, Akio, to go Walking the Earth with Chuchu in search of her best friend Utena.
  • The Hecate Sisters: She can be seen as all three depending on the situation: the maiden in her role as the Rose Bride, the wife for the duelists, and the witch/crone as Akio's "partner".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Thanks to Utena' determination to save her, Anthy finally frees herself from Akio's endless quest for power via the dueling game and leaves him forever.
  • Human Pincushion: Anthy was subjected to this at the hands of an angry mob for sealing Dios away long ago, and she still has to endure the pain of constantly being skewered by the Swords of Hate as a scapegoat for humanity's rage toward the Prince who lost his faith and then abandoned his people.
  • Human Shield: Akio throws Anthy in front of Utena during her assault during their duel.
  • Immortality Hurts: Anthy is an immortal "Wicked Witch" (and implied Physical God), doomed to forever serve as The Scapegoat for humanity's fury over "losing" their Prince, which manifests as a million swords constantly stabbing her body.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Anthy put herself between a mob and her brother, and thus got impaled (on-screen but in silhouette) with "The Million Swords of Humanity's Hatred". Of course, only some of them are actually visible in most of these scenes, but in the Grand Finale, all one million are shown in their full glory, all seeking to impale poor Anthy simultaneously.
  • I Will Find You: Anthy sets out to find Utena at the end of the anime version, since Utena's genuine desire to help her (a opposed to her former white-knighting) finally gives Anthy the courage to break the cycle of abuse she was trapped into. So as soon as she can, she gets ready to leave Ohtori Academy and tell Akio that she's no longer his pawn and that even if Utena was erased from the world, she'll find her no matter what.

  • Jade-Colored Glasses: She's long since given up any hope of escaping her fate as the Rose Bride, and thus Utena's continued efforts to free her cause her either consternation or shock.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: In the second ending sequence with Utena.
  • Lady and Knight: The Lady to Utena's Knight. Deconstructed, since it's shown that being the "Lady" is a very stifling and limited position to have.
  • Lady in Red: In the anime version, Anthy wears a red dress during the Rose Duels as she's the bride and the prize of the dueling game. She doesn't behave in a particularly sexual manner, but she is an object of desire for a few males in the cast. She's sleeping with her brother and serves as his Dragon, but not by choice.
  • Love Martyr: To Akio, and how. Eventually ends up being subverted when she realizes Akio isn't worthy of it, and she leave him far behind.
  • Love Redeems: Utena's love redeems her and gives her the courage to leave Akio.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In The Tale of the Rose, her fictionalized version manipulates her brother into trapping himself in her castle by warning him that a witch in the castle seeks to seal the Rose Prince away from the world. Subverted when it turns out that she only saved her ailing brother from the Ungrateful Townsfolk by taking the Swords of Hate actually meant for him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Anthy" is derived from the Greek word "ánthos" for "flower" and is similar to Anthea, an epithet for the Greek Goddess Hera. Note that Dios is another name for Zeus, Hera's brother-husband. Himemiya" means "princess shrine".
  • Meganekko: Anthy's gentle and intelligent nature seems to fit the role, though her apparent ditziness is explained in a dark and extreme subversion later on. Lampshaded when the Grand Finale reveals that Anthy doesn't even NEED to wear glasses, and was seemingly wearing them at Akio's order, most likely to make her look more submissive and timid. When she finally breaks ties with him, she illustrates this by taking off her glasses and leaving them on his desk, and heading out into the world without them. This is hinted at in one of the next episode previews much earlier in the series where Anthy casually remarks that she can see better WITHOUT her glasses.
  • Messianic Archetype: Deconstructed. She was killed by an angry mob when she tried to protect her brother, came back to life and has to bear the sins of humanity from then on. However, the anime shows that someone who is defined solely by sacrifice, suffering and martyrdom will eventually be warped into a bitter shadow of themselves. Furthermore, taking on someone else's sins and burdens does nothing good to them, as it generates guilt and eventually resentment and teaches that they can avoid consequences.
  • Multiethnic Name: Her given name is derived from a Greek word and her family name is Japanese.
  • Neutral Female: She can be seen as this for roughly 90% to 95% of the series. In fact, the series could be seen to deconstruct the trope that women ought to ultimately obey their 'prince' and have no life of their own. As punishment for being a witch who sealed Dios away, Anthy was cursed to be in the role of the Rose Bride, passed around from person to person based on the outcome of the dueling game. As Anthy saw herself as an empty shell with no heart, she went along submissively. She starts to try doing what she wanted only when she becomes friends with Utena who encouraged her to obey her own will.
  • One-Note Cook: She sticks to shaved ice. Any other meal she cooks up tend to have very interesting side-effects, which may or may not be intentional.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She almost always wears a placid, vapid smile. This, in addition to her Dissonant Serenity, is noted by other characters to be creepy and unsettling.
  • Person of Holding: Saionji and then Utena draw the dueling sword from her body.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: In the television version, she usually wears her hair in a horizontal roll above the neck.
  • Princess Classic: While she isn't a royal, Anthy otherwise fits this trope. She is a demure Damsel in Distress, a Friend to All Living Things, an object of desire for a few males in the cast, has long hair, and wears a fancy red dress as the Rose Bride. She is also a tragic look at this trope, as she has no control over her future and it's passed to the current winner of the dueling game. Not to mention, when she confesses a desire of learn to cook like Wakaba, Touga laughs at the idea of the Rose Bride cooking and that her only priority is taking care of the rose like a princess who is only there to be pretty.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Her hair is black in the manga, but the anime series and movies render it purple.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has purple hair down to her thighs when not up in her Prim and Proper Bun. Her long hair serves as a Godiva Hair during several of her Fan Disservice segments.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It's never clarified just how old she really is, but it's definitely way over 14.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: In the Grand Finale, Anthy delivers one to her brother, Akio, who has been tormenting her for centuries.
    "You really don't know what happened, do you? It doesn't matter. By all means, stay in this cozy coffin of yours and continue to play prince. But I have to go now. She isn't gone at all, she's merely vanished from your world."
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She is a seemingly emotionless Mysterious Waif with purple hair and green eyes that serves as a Love Interest to the main lead Utena. Like Rei, she has a personal connection to the Big Bad as his sister. She is not quite human, as she is actually an ancient goddess that was stabbed by the Swords of Hate to contain her power. Given the original air date of Utena, she's probably the Ur-Example, as well as one of the few that stays true to the original character's Unbuilt Trope nature. There's also the fact that Ikuhara and Anno are real life friends and Anno himself asked Ikuhara to work with him, but Anno joked that he ran away.
  • The Scapegoat: She became this unwillingly when the enraged town people stabbed her for blocking their pass to reach her sickly brother. After this, she became the scapegoat for Akio by taking the Swords of Hate again and again actually meant for him. Being this trope is the real purpose of the Rose Bride.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: These pop up whenever she's being complicit in Akio's manipulations. They also pops when Utena and Akio starts becoming an item.
  • Shapeshifter: Could be an Empathic Shapeshifter.
  • Shrinking Violet: What she appears to be on the surface... appropriate, considering her hair color.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: At the very end Anthy abandons her glasses, loses her bun and swaps her red dress and school uniform for a pink travel suit. It shows hows she's rejected the role imposed upon her and is finally choosing her own path and becoming her own person.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Saionji, Nanami, her Girl Posse, Kozue, and Juri all smack her around despite her having little-to-no involvement in their issues. Most prominent when Anthy manages to somehow take a thrown glass of water for someone else at point-blank range. When she was a child, Anthy tried to pull this by telling the world that she is a Wicked Witch who has imprisoned her brother, the heroic Prince Dios. She knew that he will die if he keeps saving people constantly and that everybody will hate her and stab her with their thousands of swords of hate. It doesn't kill her, but it leaves her in a state of constant pain and cast as the villain. Only she and Dios know the truth, and both of them know that, if she reveals it, the people will instead hate and stab Dios, so neither of them are going to reveal it (especially since the shattered and embittered Dios is now Akio). However, Utena's treatment and friendship started to make her realize she didn't want this life but she has no other option as long she continues to be the Rose Bride.
  • Stealth Insult: "Take it easy, Saionji... senpai." Note that Anthy had been using the very respectful suffix "-sama" all this time, but after Saionji loses the duel, she only uses "-senpai."
    Utena: Himemiya, you're type-AB, right? Let's see, type-ABs are elusive and seldom reveal their true feelings, huh?
    Anthy: And you're type-B, right, Utena-sama? Type-Bs are self-centered and prone to misconceptions...
    Utena: Yeah, sorry, okay.
  • Stepford Smiler: She is initially presented as a demure, somewhat shy and even submissive girl, but by the end of the series, it has been revealed that not only has she been living with an unimaginable amount of both physical and emotional pain, but she is even be considered a puppet of the series' Big Bad, her own brother.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: When she was a child, Anthy became a Silent Scapegoat of all the world's anger in order to save her ailing brother. When her brother developed an evil side out of sheer grief over being unable to save her, she decided to stick with him and indulge in his whims, and even to become his sex slave just to make him happy. She additionally allowed the whole world to continue hurting her with their thousands of Swords of Hate, just to save her brother from feeling that pain. Eventually, she realizes that this is not the life she wants to lead, and she simply tells her brother to go deal with his issues alone.
  • Talking in Bed: She does this often with Utena after Utena moves in with her and Akio.
  • Tears of Remorse: Near the end for letting Utena get entangled so far and then stabbing her in the back.
  • Tragic Hero: All she was trying to do was protect her exhausted brother from the demands of people who wouldn't fight for themselves, and she gets stabbed to death for it.
  • Tranquil Fury: All the time. It mostly manifests as Passive-Aggressive Kombat, but Anthy is very good at keeping that bland, trademark smile of hers when she's busy plotting the downfall of everyone who's mistreated her, barring Akio-and only because he's convinced her he's her only semi-good option.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: To the point that Kanae compares her to an alien and Nanami thinks she's the scariest person she knows.
  • Vocal Dissonance: A minor case, but Yuriko Fuchizaki sounds noticeably older than many members of the high school cast. This series being what it is, this was probably deliberate.
  • Walking the Earth: With Chu-chu, after the Grand Finale. To search for Utena and for her real place in the world.
  • Wicked Witch: Subverted. She does have some supernatural powers. This would seem to resign her to the role of a wicked witch in any fairy tale (as The Tale of the Rose notes, a prince's sister can never become his princess, so she must become a witch). Nevertheless, she desperately plays the helpless princess role out of love for her brother, a Fallen Prince who acts like a witch. She eventually leaves her abusive brother with the help of Utena, a princess who acts like a Prince Charming.
  • Woman in White: Her original Rose Bride attire in the manga - changed once the anime eclipsed the source material.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Played with. Her experiences have made her very understandably misanthropic and bitter towards most of the world, especially the Ohtori students who treat her as an item rather than a person. However, her darkest deeds are motivated by something else- loyalty to her brother; her Heel–Face Turn isn't motivated by letting go of her anger but letting go of her love (if you can call it that) for Akio. Ikuhara has said that he never decided if she had malice or not.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She's calm, soft-spoken, domestic, and devoted to her fiancé as the Rose Bride. She has black hair in the manga, but the the anime turns it into purple hair. However, technically speaking, she fails at being a Yamato Nadeshiko, as she lacks the Silk Hiding Steel part that is needed. Double Subverted when she grows a spine enough to leave her abusive brother, Akio, to go Walking the Earth in search of Utena.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Combines this trope with The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask. It turns out she's an ancient Goddess-Princess who watched her brother, the God-Prince, being responsible for all the evil on earth. As a child, she decided to take the blame and let herself be punished by the world for all eternity. She subsequently spends the entire series serene and calm, while suffering the anguish and hatred of the entire world... for her Fallen Hero prince and the fear to change.


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