Utena Tenjou | Anthy Himemiya | Akio Ohtori | The Student Council Members | The Black Rose Duelists | Other Characters
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Voiced by: Yuka Imai (Japanese), Roxanne Beck (English), Irma Carmona (Latin American Spanish)
Utena's best friend at the onset of the series, Wakaba is an eccentric girl who has a clear obsession with the protagonist. However, its her crush on Saionji that kicks off the plot.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Poor girl is madly in love with a guy who is openly abusive to women. Due to missing the Aesop of her storyline in the Black Rose arc, it's implied that she will continue with similar romantic obsessions in the future.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: The girl can leave a mark. Just ask Utena.
- Cool Car: Becomes a car in the movie. Hers is much less cool than the other characters' cars, though, possibly representative of her story arc in the series.
- Dark Action Girl: Out of all the female Black Rose Duelists, she's the most brutish. She literally rips Saionji's sword out of his chest, and handles Utena like a rag doll in their duel, nearly dragging her friend by her hair.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: She serves as a slight example of deconstructing the Muggle Best Friend character like Naru from Sailor Moon. That is, Wakaba is driven by a desire to be special like Utena and Saionji and knows they have something she doesn't. So when she finally acquires that special something through Saionji living with her, she begins to enjoy her new status until she realizes it's not permanent. Her happiness turns to rage and, when she becomes one of Mikage's duelist, she doesn't hesitate to try and kill Anthy and almost murders Utena while screaming about what it's like to get trampled on by the actual special people of the world.
- Driven by Envy:
- Earn Your Happy Ending: By the end of the series she's no longer pining over Saionji, her friendship with Tatsuya seems to be in a better place (but they don't appear to be lovers) and she now has a new best friend who dotes on her the way Wakaba doted on Utena.
- Genki Girl: To the point that she almost knocks Utena out of windows.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Smacks Utena out of her self-pity when she's going through a Heroic BSoD after losing to Touga.
- The Glomp: She does this to Utena a lot, almost knocking her out of a window.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Thinks she's not nearly as great as Utena is.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Some analysis declare this is her deal with being in love with Saionji. She sees him as a Troubled, but Cute guy that just needs someone to shows him true love to change.
- I Just Want to Be Special: A deep analysis of her character reveals that, as she's conscious that she's just an average girl, she can only feel special when around special people. As Wakaba is an innate nurturer, she feels special when special people, like Utena, rely on her. When Saionji was freeloading in her room, it was her dream come true: the troubled special guy was relying on her and appreciating her. When she believes that Anthy steals him away, her elevator confession reveals that she felt she was close to becoming special herself but her chance was foiled.
- Leitmotif: Cruelly subverted. During her Black Rose Character Filibuster episode, a variation on the theme music associated with the main characters plays, but strained and in a lower key, implying that even though she is doing better than usual, she is still not up to par with the more "meaningful" characters she admires.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When she duels Utena, and how. This trope describes all of the Black Rose Duelists, but most of them already had something wrong with them; Wakaba was very innocent and her personality as a duelist is very aggressive.
- Love Letter Lunacy: She sends Saionji a love letter. He scoffs it, and it ends up put on display and mocked by other students. Poor Wakaba collapses crying, and Utena steps in to defend her honor... via challenging Saionji to a duel.
- Ms. Exposition: Her role in the first arc is basically to introduce our main characters to Utena. Later on she becomes a more complete character.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: The trigger Mikage used to break her was having Saionji give him the handmade hairpin he was planning to give to Wakaba and instead giving it to Anthy. Thinking Saionji gave it to her, Wakaba became a Black Rose duelist and was the only one who actively tried to kill Anthy in the dueling arena before the duel even started.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Explicitly calls Utena "my one true love" several times, but this seems to be more of an inside joke between the two of them.
- Take That, Audience!: During the Black Rose arc, her character is meant as an indictment of bored, dissatisfied fans who wish they had adventures like those of anime and manga protagonists.
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (Japanese), Roxanne Beck (English), Mónica Manjarrez (Latin American Spanish)
Miki's twin sister, a sexual and in her words "impure" girl who has a complicated and unhealthy relationship with Miki. She refuses to let him become romantically involved with anyone, but intentionally tries to get with everyone in order to aggrevate him.
- Ascended Extra: From the manga to the anime, where she gets more fleshed out and a near total personality overhaul.
- Attention Whore: Deconstructed; her inferiority complex with regards to her brother makes her think that negative attention is the only kind she can get, hence her promiscuous behaviour.
- Bi the Way: Kisses Anthy in the middle of Miki's second duel and goes on a date with Chigusa in the Sega Saturn game, though it seems to be more about pissing off Miki.
- Character Exaggeration: Kozue in the manga was a very different character from Kozue in the anime, to say the least. Basically, she was just bratty and overprotective of Miki, and she certainly didn't act promiscuous or shove anyone down flights of stairs.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In the manga, and overtly so.
- Cool Car: Shows up as one in End of the World's garage in the movie.
- Creepy Twins: Miki is not creepy at all (unless you're the type to overthink some things...) but Kozue more than makes up for that!
- Damsel in Distress: Becomes one of these in the manga and light novel, forcing Miki (who, in these versions, had been completely opposed to the dueling game beforehand) to duel against Utena in order to save her.
- Defiled Forever: Subverted in After the Revolution, she thinks this is why Miki isn't interested in sleeping with her. He doesn't actually care about that. It is his aversion to Twincest that stops him.
- Demoted to Extra: In the movie, she doesn't have much of a role compared to the anime.
- Faux Action Girl: As a Black Rose Duelist and the wielder of Miki's soul sword, her poor repertoire is very apparent in her battle with Utena. This refers to the fact that she's nowhere near as competent as her brother, and also a nod to her subpar piano skills in comparison to his.
- Freudian Excuse: When Miki was unable to attend their recital, not only was it revealed Kozue was a sub-par player on her own, but being alone in front of the crowd clearly traumatized her. And while Miki is the series' Nice Guy, he hasn't treated her with the same affection since she stopped playing the piano and projects her childhood self onto Anthy. No wonder the girl has issues.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Don't take her brother's attention from her. Just... don't.
- Half-Identical Twins: With Miki; she looks almost identical to him aside from her hair being slightly longer and a different shade of blue. When Utena sees both of them together for the first time, she even comments on how similar they look to one another.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Show attention or attraction to her brother around her, or worse, hurt him? You're in for it big time.
- Not So Different: The reason why she puts herself in great danger to save an abandoned bird nest placed in the branches of a tree that was about to be cut down is that she saw herself in the birdies, as they were abandoned by their bird parents
- Parental Abandonment: See Miki's section. Kozue isn't exactly fond of their parents.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Miki. She's rather blunt, tends to sleep around and isn't very good at piano while Miki is polite, a model student and is a skilled piano player.
- Really Gets Around: She invokes this to get Miki's attention.
- Theme Twin Naming: "Kozue" means "treetop" while "miki" means "trunk".
- Twincest: Implied, particularly in the movie.
- More blatant in the 20th anniversary manga. Wherein Kozue is openly attracted to her brother, going so far as to try kissing him in his sleep (she was rejected), and actually kissing him when she came to him in the middle of the night, claiming that her husband had abused and potentially sexually assaulted her, claiming she was in love with another man. It was to the point that, after the second mentioned rejection by her brother, she went into a state of catatonia.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Miki certainly thinks so, and he holds her up on it big time despite the fact that his childhood memories are... biased, to say the least.
- Yandere: Over Miki.
Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
A girl who Juri has a crush on. Shiori, on the other hand, has a bizarre resentment for Juri, and desperately tries to gain power over her in any possible way.
- Ambiguously Gay: She has repressed feelings for Juri.
- Ascended Extra: She was only ever really important to the episodes focusing on Juri. She graduated to one of the villains in the movie.
- Attention Whore: Shades of this in her character, though it's more like she just wants positive attention from someone who can actually make her feel good about herself.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Due to her cripplingly low self-esteem. Utena initially thinks Shiori regrets what she did to Juri and nags Juri about forgiving her so they can be friends again, not realizing Shiori is upset but only because she used the wrong tactic to hurt Juri. She plays this up further in the movie where she's soft spoken as she tries to manipulate Touga into dueling Juri, then manipulates Juri into dueling Utena.
- Cool Car: Turns into one and attacks Utena in the movie.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Utena makes rather quick work of her in their duel.
- Dark Action Girl: As a Black Rose Duelist. And in the movie as a car.
- Defiled Forever: It's heavily implied that she and Ruka had sex while in Akio's car and because of this and her low self-esteem, it's implied that her over-the-top begging for Ruka to not dump her is because she feels that now nobody would ever want her.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She rejects Juri's attempt to console her after Ruka dumps her. She's also convinced that the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place was because she felt sorry for her, which has made her extremely bitter.
- Disturbed Doves: When she loses her Black Rose duel.
- Drives Like Crazy: In the movie. While trying to ram Anthy off the road, she doesn't seem to notice that she's about to crash into a fork in the road.
- Evil All Along: Subverted. Her confession in the elevator reveals she's secretly hated Juri since they were kids, out of jealousy and a sense that Juri only pitied her. She also reveals she purposefully tried to steal that boy when she believed Juri loved him for the sake of hurting her. And once she finds out Juri loves her, she gets pleasure out of knowing how miserable Juri is and wonders where she can take it from there. What stops Shiori from going full on evil is that, deep down, she's really not happy with this situation at all and wonders why things have to be this way.
- Evil Knockoff: As a Black Rose Duelist and wielder of Juri's sword soul; Utena comments that Shiori fights exactly like Juri, but easily defeats her, referring to Shiori's jealousy of Juri and being second-best compared to her.
- Gayngst: Depending on interpretation, part of the reason for her self-hatred is her internalized homophobia towards herself over her feelings for Juri.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Believes that Juri was always better than her at everything, and that she was only pretending to be friends with her in order to look down on her.
- Incompatible Orientation: Truthfully, this is the least of the problems between Juri and Shiori. Actually subverted; it's strongly hinted that she has her own romantic feelings for Juri, and this has been confirmed by the director. Their relationship also appears to have improved by the end of the series.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: While not exactly acting "superior" she certainly acts a lot more confident than she actually feels, mostly to hide a horrible self image.
- Innocently Insensitive: Juri calls her "cruelly innocent", referring to the fact that Shiori hurt her without realizing that she was the person Juri was in love with. Even so, she is willing to do deliberately harmful things because of her inferiority complex.
- It's All About Me: In the movie, when, after she becomes a car, she rants to Anthy that the only who deserves to escape from Ohtori is "beautiful me. Me. Me. Me! Me! Me, me, me, me, ME!!!"
- Lack of Empathy: In the movie, while Touga talks about how he was sold into sexual slavery as a child, Shiori barely seems to care as she keeps trying to convince Touga to duel Juri while saying how "Disgusting" Juri is because of her locket and the rumor that started because of it. She seems to think what Juri's done to her (how she "Killed" Shiori's prince, the locket) is on the same level as the horrible abuse Touga was put through.
- Macabre Moth Motif: In the movie. She technically becomes a Cabbage White butterfly, but the disturbing context of the scene as well as what the butterflies represent (mainly parasitism and cruel innocence) are more in line with this trope.
- The Nondescript: Considers herself to be plain in comparison to the beautiful Juri.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In After the Revolution, she's mellowed out considerably over the last twenty years and is now Juri's close friend and manager.
- Poor Communication Kills: Granted she does try to communicate once and Juri isn't the easiest person to talk to but a lot of her and Juri's relationship issues could be eased if they talked to each other. Shiori's tendency to bottle up her bitter feelings to a festering point really doesn't help her case.
- Red String of Fate: As seen in Juri's past memories of her in episode 7.
- Selective Obliviousness: When Juri tries to warn her away from Ruka because she's worried about her, Shiori misinterprets her words as jealousy and thinks she's awful for it.
- Self-Deprecation: To the extreme; she calls herself "useless" and cannot believe that anyone could genuinely like her.
- Self-Serving Memory: In the movie, as she's recounting her so-called relationship with Touga before his death, she mentions that "My Prince and I were going to go steady." Considering he was still in a relationship with Utena at the time, chances are she's either lying or that's how she remembers it. (On the other hand, Touga could very well have been two-timing, even at that young age. This is Touga we're talking about, after all, and we only get so much insight into his character in the movie.)
- Shrinking Violet: She appears friendly on the inside but deep down she suffers from a lack of self-confidence. She doesn't let this trope out until Ruka breaks up with her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In The Movie, where her school uniform has more lacy ruffles and she wears stockings which the rest of the girl students lack.
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Elizabeth Tarpon (English)
Akio's fiancee and the heir to the bloodline Ohtori family. Although she loves Akio, she is highly disturbed by Anthy, seeing a lot of passive-aggressiveness in her behavior towards Kanae.
- Contralto of Danger: As a Black Rose Duelist; her sweet and soft voice becomes virulent and gruff.
- Cute and Psycho: When this girl snaps, she snaps. Being practically Mind Raped by Mikage and Mamiya did NOT help.
- Dark Action Girl: The very first one introduced in the Black Rose arc. Her fight with Utena was short, given she's not a Duelist at all, but she does provide Utena with a bit of stress.
- Dark Mistress: Heavily deconstructed. She's nothing more than another pawn, as Akio uses sex to control anyone he can; it's even heavily implied that he kills her later, just to demonstrate how ultimately unimportant she was to his plans.
- Disposable Fiancé: She's introduced as Akio's fiancee but Akio uses her power, cheats on her with everyone including her mother and maybe even literally disposes of her.
- Downer Ending: Out of all the duelists, Kanae is the only one not shown in the Book-Ends montage towards the end. The last we see of her is, well...
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Deconstructed like whoa. Kanae is implied to fit the true princess archetype in this series, being very kind-hearted and sweet... but also very passive and lacking any control over her own future. This is not portrayed as a good thing.
- Meal Ticket: The only reason Akio is with her is so he can stay as the acting chairman and have the planetarium for his personal use.
- Sanity Slippage: She's really paranoid about Anthy due to the latter's Stepford Smiler nature.
- Teach Her Anger: Her elevator confession is all about realizing that, no matter how much she tries to like her, Kanae actually hates Anthy.
- Tempting Apple: In the third arc, Akio and Anthy feed a BSODing Kanae an apple pin-cushioned by forks. It is strongly implied that they're poisoning her, and the apple also obviously stands for Anthy's swords of hate. One of the background music tracks, which normally plays during Akio and Anthy's familial bonding is called "Fruit of Sin", as well. Make of that what you will.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Being engaged to Akio gives him the status as the chairman of Ohtori Academy. However, she's nothing more than another pawn, as Akio uses sex to control anyone he can; it's even heavily implied that he kills her later, just to demonstrate how ultimately unimportant she was to his plans.
Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (Japanese), Mandy Bonhomme (English), Socorro de la Campa (Latin American Spanish)
The second-in-command to Nanami's Girl Posse.
- Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Eventually turns on Nanami after Touga feeds her a horrible pack of lies, most prominently the "fact" that he and Nanami aren't related.
- Beta Bitch: It's clear that Keiko is the one who leads Aiko and Yuuko, judging by the fact that she's often to one to slap Anthy, is usually at the front of the group, and the one who has the most lines and focus.
- Boss Banter: Though most Black Rose Duelists usually ramble on about their means of undergoing corruptions, Keiko's is the most talkative. Granted, none of them were to begin with and their temporary competency comes from the Soul Swords they wield which came from the Council members, but Keiko barely makes an effort to fight Utena and just goes on about her love for Touga.
- Cinderella Circumstances: Subverted. At first, Keiko seems to follow this tale straight to the point of parody, Nanami being a sorta "evil stepmother"... But then her attitude to her "prince" appears to be much more "rose-bridish" than "cinderella-esque". And as she gets close to Touga at last, she switches roles with Nanami, starting to humiliate her. To crown the subversion, she ends up beaten and "princeless".
- False Friend: Only pretended to be Nanami's friend so that she could get closer to Touga, and wastes no time in ditching her when the opportunity presents itself.
- Girl Posse: A member of Nanami's posse, along with Aiko and Yuuko.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Does this once after Nanami makes her miss out on seeing Touga at a party.
- The Nondescript: Taken to new heights when the audience realizes that Utena doesn't even know her name until after she duels her and Anthy mentions it to her. The other two members of her Girl Posse have similar names as she does also.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: She shares an umbrella with Touga, which enrages Nanami.
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Ted Lewis (English), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish)
A young boy from Ohtori's elementary school division who has a crush on Nanami. Being so young, he contemplates the difference between being a child and being an adult.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Deconstructed, as his innocence ends up being quite creepy at times.
- Ambiguous Innocence: He is an Adorably Precocious Child who has a crush on Nanami. He also has been stalking her and, at one point, he placed her in a series of deadly situations so he can rescue her, apparently not realizing that this is very bad.
- Badass Adorable: Sure, the main characters spend pretty much all their free time having sword fights to bring about the World Revolution (whatever the heck that means), but all they ever really do is try to knock something off each others shirts. Nine-year-old Tsuwabuki, on the other hand, gets jumped by three high-schoolers, and he takes them all. That kid has got spunk.
- The Chew Toy: His horrible luck is played for utter comedy, even in his Black Rose episode.
- Combat Pragmatist: In his Black Rose episode he attacks Utena before she can even draw the Sword of Dios; he also puts to good use the intrinsic advantages of dual-wielding against someone with a single weapon.
- Creepy Child: Has a cheerful demeanor, but initially places Nanami in a series of deadly situations so he can rescue her, apparently not realizing that this is very bad. Also qualifies during his tenure as a Black Rose duelist where the amount of stress and frustration he was dealing with most likely led to that destructive desire.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Tsuwabuki is practically Nanami's lackey, but he's happy with just being by her side and being useful to her. In his Black Rose episode, he wants to be more than that and snaps.
- Dual Wielding: Wields Nanami's sword and knife as a Black Rose duelist.
- Forgotten First Meeting: He first saw Nanami when she was little and he was at kindergarden.
- Indirect Kiss: His chocolate bar, which had a bite taken out by his friend Mari.
- Just a Kid: His Black Rose episode make him realize he's still a kid, so he desperately wants to be an adult to be at the same level as Nanami.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: When the object of your affection is Nanami of all people, you have issues.
- Stalker with a Crush: A clipshow episode shows Tsuwabuki following and spying on Nanami since the start of the series. Which leads to him plotting to make her fall in love with him. Surprisingly for this anime, it's only played for laughs.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Frank Frankson (English)
A boy who Wakaba knew when she was younger. After he arrives at Ohtori during the events of the series, Wakaba continues referring to him by the nickname of "Onion Prince", much to his embarrassment.
- He was sure that Wakaba still had feelings for him like he still has for her, and the ambiguous conversation they have about "being true with your feelings" make it look like they're going to end up together. Then Wakaba hopes him to found someone special as she thanks him for his advice and goes to see her true prince, Saionji.
- His elevator scene in Nemuro Hall, which ends with Mikage rejecting him as a candidate to be turned into a duelist.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: During the elevator confession, he assumes that Wakaba will always come back to him regardless if her "prince" really does just use her like he thinks he will, saying in a really creepy way "love will always win in the end".
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Wakaba. Upon hearing him confess, Mikage rejects him for the Black Duels and sends him home. And immediately afterwards, he uses said knowledge to put Wakaba as the next Black Duelist in line.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Prince Onion", since in Japanese referring to something as onion-make means it's shoddy or second-rate.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Over Wakaba. But curiously, he's rejected for Mikage as a Black Duelist, despite having a genuine load of issues with him, like the other duelists.
- Nice Guy: A theory says that, unlike others, Tatsuya wants a healthy relationship with Wakaba instead of forcing her into be with him, and that's why Mikage said that he's truly a nice person.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Wakaba. His frustration with being this and not getting the story ending he wanted is what drives him to visit the Mikage Seminar.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
The mysterious orchestrator of the Mikage Seminar, where students can come to confess their problems to him. Most of the time, he ends up psychologically breaking them somehow and turning them into Black Rose duelists who try to kill the Rose Bride.
- Arc Villain: Of the Black Rose arc.
- The Chessmaster: Of the Black Rose arc. He poses as a counselor to make vulnerable students into opponents for Utena.
- Chronic Evidence Retention Syndrome: Utena realizes that he's responsible for the Black Rose duelists when she discovers that he kept pictures of all the people he'd brainwashed, in their brainwashed state, and openly displayed them on the walls of Nemuro Hall.
- Dead All Along: Possibly. It isn't clear whether or not he died in the fire he started at Nemuro Hall years ago, though the fact that he hasn't aged since then may indicate that he's a ghost of sorts.
- Despair Event Horizon: Weaponized, sorta. He approaches young people who are in their lowest emotional states with promises of a chance to change their worlds and end what's making them suffer by defeating Utena: it's specially obvious in the cases of people like Kanae, Wakaba, Keiko, or Tsuwabuki. And then we learn that Mikage himself also went past the DEH in his backstory, and is pushed even further in the last episode of the Black Rose arc.
- Disproportionate Retribution: All the duels he enables are this, and usually for a small or perceived slight. Mikage himself was guilty of this in the past, too; he burned down Nemuro Hall, killing a hundred people in the process, just because he saw the woman he liked making out with another man.
- Driven to Madness: Seeing his beloved Tokiko seduced by Akio made him crack big time, and Mamiya's death made things even worse.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Nemuro Memorial Hall. He does his thing in an elevator decorated with pictures of butterflies (in different stages of development) and a leaf, which leads to a massive underground mausoleum where the bodies of a hundred duelists are stored.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It's implied even he was creeped out by Tatsuya's declaration that Wakaba will always come back to him no matter how she gets treated and only told him he was a "Good person" just to get him out of Nemuro Hall.
- Expy: Of Fiore from the Sailor Moon R movie, which Ikuhara also directed. In addition to their appearances and role in the narrative, they also have the same seiyuu, Hikaru Midorikawa.
- Fake Memories: His memories of Mamiya and what really happened to Nemuro Hall.
- Foil: To Utena, pink hair and all. Utena is straightforward and well-meaning; he is manipulative and cruel. They have some similarities, too-see Shadow Archetype and Spear Counterpart below.
- The Glasses Come Off: This is reversed with him, who is unable to clearly perceive things after he loses his glasses.
- Loving a Shadow: "Mamiya" is actually Anthy in disguise.
- Manipulative Bastard: How he creates Black Rose duelists.
- Mind Rape: How he manipulates the Black Rose duelist candidates, via making them tell him their deepest traumas and frustrations and using said knowledge to recruit them to his side. It's a frighteningly good use of the "Mundane" methods.
- More Than Mind Control: His entire shtick with the black roses.
- Not So Different: With Utena, and their similar coloration intentionally highlights this.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Maybe. The end of the Black Rose arc suggests he was Dead All Along, but reality seems to get overwritten at that point. It's theorized that he might be a self-propagating mental projection, though you may as well just call that a ghost. More confusingly, his flashback scenes don't even match up with what we know about the timeline from elsewhere.
- Playing with Fire: The reason Nemuro Hall burned down.
- Psycho Psychologist: Poses as a therapist and then brainwashes his patients to try and kill Anthy.
- Reality Warper: The reason for his continued existence. Unfortunately for him, Akio and Anthy are also Reality Warpers.
- Ret Gone: After the Black Rose arc, everyone but Akio and Anthy forgets he was ever there.
- Sanity Slippage: In the final episode of the Black Rose arc. He's run out of duelist candidates, he realizes he's been Akio's pawn, Utena sees through his bullshit, and he starts hallucinating that she and Tokiko are the same person.
- Shadow Archetype: Of Utena. Both of them are living their lives to memories whose details are so far-off that they've grown blurry and idealized (Mikage's love for Tokiko, Utena and her Prince). It opens up the question of how healthy Utena's desire to be a prince is and if she's in danger of slipping down a dark path for her pursuit of the past. Though they both suffer the same fate (vanishing from the school and being mostly forgotten), Utena's has a far more positive twist than his.
- Signature Move: He's ambidextrous.
- Spear Counterpart: To Utena—pink hair, attached to a submissive person in an engagement type of situation (whose looks and names are quite similar) motivated by idealized memories.
- Take That, Audience!: You know how some adult anime fans watch series with teenage protagonists, thereby living vicariously through an idealized and romanticized version of their younger years that they never quite had? And you know how by staying at Ohtori, Mikage continues to exist by living in a fantasy world built around an idealized and romanticized version of his younger years? Yeah.
- The Stoic: Was described as being akin to a "human computer."
- Teen Genius: A professor at just 18.
- There Are No Therapists: Man could really have used one. He also functions as a twisted version of a therapist in the Black Rose arc, urging the students who visit him to confess their psychological problems... Of course, having Mikage listen to your issues is really not a good way to solve them.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Akio, who had him under control the whole time.
Mamiya Chida (Spoiler Character)
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)
Mikage's associate who is assisting him with the growing of roses for his duelists. His purpose is to be the new Rose Bride in Anthy's place. He's a Walking Spoiler, so all entries for this characters are unmarked.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has dark skin and a bindi despite having a fully Japanese name. It turns out that the real Mamiya had a lighter skin tone; the only reason he appears Ambiguously Brown is because Anthy is impersonating him.
- Dead All Along: The real Mamiya died some decades ago, while Mikage was still a professor.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Anthy takes over his identity to fool Mikage into believing that Mamiya is still alive.
- Facial Markings: Wears a bindi, just like Anthy, since Anthy is actually impersonating him.
- Ill Boy: Had some kind of terminal illness, which brings up the question of how he's still around. Of course, the truth is that he died of his illness some time ago and the Mamiya we see now is actually Anthy.
- The Stoic: Tends not to show much emotion.
- Un-person: No one but Mikage and the Black Rose Duelists know he exists, and they forget him once their roses are destroyed.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without revealing that we don't actually know anything about him, since the one we see is Anthy.
- Youthful Freckles: The real Mamiya had freckles.
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Tara Jayne (English)
Mamiya's older sister, who brought Mamiya to Ohtori several years ago in order to try to cure his fatal illness.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: To Nemuro, once she sees him burn down a certain building...
- Expository Hairstyle Change At the end of episode 22, we see her as an older woman. Her formerly short hair has grown much longer.
- Hot Scientist: She became one to try curing her little brother's life-threatening illness. She failed, and Mamiya ultimately died when Nemuro Hall was burned down.
- Only Sane Man: It's safe to say that Tokiko is probably one of, if not the, sanest person ever to grace the hallowed halls of Ohtori Academy.
- Your Cheating Heart: Despite being married to who she says is a gentle and kind man, it's implied that, besides visiting Mamiya's tomb, she went to Ohtori to "pay a visit" to Akio.