A list of characters appearing in the Rosenkreuzstilette series. While they share many similarities with a certain other franchise, there's nevertheless a good deal of characterization, both in-game and out.
Rosenkreuzstilette, the "Blades of the Rose Cross"
- "I can't just give up. It's not too late. If you give it your all, you can change the world."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS001 (or Eins). The Heroine of the first game. She's a straightforward and honest young lady as well as a training instructor, treated with deep respect and admiration by even the imperial soldiers. She's naive and kind of a klutz and sinks like a brick in water, but at least her fighting instincts are strong and her moral convictions are second to none. Her RKS friends call her "Tia" for short. She may be the other reincarnation of Rosenkreuz besides Iris, known as "Rosenkreuz's Stiletto", born with the ability that defined him most as an individual: his ability to tap into the strength of his friends.
Her ability is called Seelegewehr, which gathers magical energy from the immediate vicinity and releases it in the form of round magical bullets, which become stronger the more they are charged. They can be used without restraint since they don't tap into her mana supply. She can also copy the abilities of any Magus she defeats and use them in combat, because she may have Rosenkreuz's ability to use the powers of others.
Tropes related with Spiritia:
- And That's Terrible: Her reaction to Iris revealing herself to be the mastermind behind RKS's rebellion."I don't get it... I just... don't. You're not the kind of kid who would do something like this!"
- All-Loving Heroine: She has no qualms about trying to befriend the opponents she defeats within her very own squad of RKS Magi, and even voices how she wants to help Graf Zeppelin as long as he makes things right.
- Berserk Button: Do not speak of killing Iris in front of her. At least, not until she learns the truth.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's pretty much a nice girl. But when her friends start a war against the Empire to build their new world and start it all off by burning the forest, she immediately fights to stop them. And after finding out what kind of monster Iris really is, she soon enough goes after her and attacks her to stop her from getting away with the whole coup she started for her amusement.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Part of the final battle in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel involves Freu fighting Tia, who has been brainwashed by Iris.
- Calling Your Attacks: She says the names of the weapons she uses when she unleashes them after fully charging them.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In her case, defeating her friends in combat means that she is able to convince them that the rebellion is going to be less than worth it. She ends up being right for different reasons than she initially thought.
- Determinator: She never gives up, no matter what. And it's all part of her unrivaled sense of justice gig.
- Distressed Damsel: Gets captured by the Schwarzkreuz at the beginning of Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Elemental Baggage: Whenever she uses an elemental weapon outside the stage she got it from (Zornebombe, Klageharnish, Freudenstachel, et cetera).
- Expy: Of Mega Man himself, right down to her personality. Appearance-wise, she's also one to Saber.
- Final Boss: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, alongside Seraph Iris, who is fought right after her.
- Gold and White Are Divine: The blonde hair and white shirt are both a dead giveaway.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's rather kind and straightforward, but that doesn't mean she won't resort to violence when it's needed. She does always try the "soft" way first, though.
- Hair Decorations: A cross-shaped hair-clip, specifically.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While she can have just about any hair colour, her standard is blonde and it matches her kindness.
- The Heart: The one cast member who makes an effort for everyone to get along. Even if they need to be beat up to get it, first.
- Heroic BSoD: She gets this when Iris attacks and fatally injures her after killing her father and afterwards reveals the whole, terrible truth behind the war. Things calm down a little when Freu comes just in time to save her, and even more so when she reassures her that both #1: she will be alright despite having overdone the room-freezing attack a bit, and #2: she'll release Kahl and sort out and take care of every other problem left behind by Iris.
- The Hero: The heroine of the first game (alongside Grolla).
- Hotter and Sexier: It could be just Author Appeal, but Spiritia's breasts have become larger and buoyant in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel compared to her appearance in the first game◊.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: As a boss in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, her attack pattern is somewhat easy to avoid. When her health goes low, however, Lilli will give her a Cross Tank and then Spiritia will whip up several more powerful attacks.
- I Am What I Am: Even if she really were Rosenkreuz's Stiletto, Lilli says that she'll always be herself.
- Idiot Hair: Has a noticable ahoge and is a bit of a ditz sometimes, but never outright idiotic.
- Idiot Hero: Not only did she actually trust Iris and take it upon herself to stop the war (by Swiper, No Swiping! method no less — though fortunately she's strong enough to fight them if it fails) without knowing that she started it for laughs, her profile even says that she's kind of a klutz and sinks like a brick in water. Granted, Spiritia's friends and even Graf Zeppelin (the Magi leader, who starts the whole coup) also don't know that Iris has planned it all. The only one knowing this is Grolla. Iris being "kidnapped" doesn't help.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: As part of her Power Copying shtick, her hair color will change to that of the Magi whose power she is currently wielding.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Her fully-charged Seelegewehr.
- The Klutz: Tends to mess up, but is ultimately good at heart.
- Leitmotif: "AM Fight No. 1" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette title theme (later used as Luste's talk theme in the sequel)), "The Ground Which Can Shine" by Silver Chaos (Opening Stage theme), "Vampire Revolution" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme), "Fighting Spirits" by Silver Chaos (boss theme), "Scarlet Moon Castle" by Unlimited Hellest (Final Stage talk theme (shared with Iris)), "Awakening the Profound Evil" by Wingless Seraph (Final Stage boss (also shared with Iris)).
- Light Is Good: Her default attack is this.
- Oh, Crap!: Quite often done when she sees that her friends are participating in the war; her expressions in seeing and realizing that are quite priceless.
- Take this particular set of dialogues for example:Spiritia: "Trau, not you too!? Why!?"
Trauare: "Oh? What exactly did you take me for? A pacifist? Hardly. I just don't like wasting effort. And that's exactly what you're doing right now, Tia."
Spiritia: "That's not true...!"
- Take this particular set of dialogues for example:
- Oh, No... Not Again!: As the Imperial Training Hall starts shaking for the second time after Talos flies off with Iris in tow and Lilli follows...Spiritia: "Not again! The place is under attack!"
- Only Sane Man: Probably the Only Sane Girl of the cast, considering how she doesn't attack people on sight and wants them to get along. But it always turns into a fight anyway.
- Power Copying: She has the special ability to copy others' abilities. This is a trait she may have inherited from Rosenkreuz.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Using different weapons from the other RKS members she'd fought will change her hair color corresponding to the hair color of the original user.
- Power Gives You Wings: She has her Silberflügel "Eins" and Silberflügel "Zwei", both which are abilities to create platforms with wings.
- Rapunzel Hair: If she didn't wear her hair in a ponytail (her huge one still reaches significantly down her back regardless).
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an awesome one to Iris after defeating her in the final battle of the first game.Tia: "Iris, you're wrong. I won because everyone was cheering me on. No one truly fights alone. It's because you couldn't believe in others... because you couldn't love your fellow man... That's why you lost."
Tia: "Give it up, Iris."
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: She ends up as this when she finds out that Iris had caused the events of the game to happen for her amusement, instead of her initial assumption that Graf Zeppelin was behind it all.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: She swims like a brick, but she never drowns no matter how much time she spends in water.
- Swiper, No Swiping!: She does this deal with her friends as well as Graf Zeppelin.
- Tareme Eyes: As befitting a gentle character, she has those.
- Tennis Boss: As a boss in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, she occasionally sics Lilli to attack you. You (as Grolla) can smack Lilli back to Tia with her sword.
- This Cannot Be!: "I can't believe it...! The Count is even using the forbidden arts!?"
- This Is Unforgivable!: She and Lilli say two variations of this trope to Iris before they fight her Iris Machine at the end of Iris Stage III because they blame her for everything she did up to then.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She said this at one point after beating Grolla in the main game after already having defeated Sichte before her, states that she never wanted to kill her in the first place.
Freudia: (about Spiritia's refusal to kill her) "You possess so much power, yet you cannot do something so simple? Are your ideals truly that important to you?"
- Then again, she spends her time not killing any of her colleagues after defeating them anyway.
Spiritia: "This has nothing to do with ideals, Freu. I just want to protect the people from RKS as much as I want to protect the people of RKS, that's all..."
- This is also deconstructed, due to this, she took long enough to deal the final blow to Iris, still hoping for her to learn her lessons. Not only Iris attempted an underhanded strike against her before the palace collapsed, she escaped, didn't learn any lessons at all and lived long enough to plot another scheme that involves having Tia kidnapped and then mind-controlled. Lots of trouble could have been avoided if she made an exception to the rule just that once.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Before the Final Boss fight, as Spiritia confronts Iris, the latter starts laughing. Spiritia and Lilli thinks she's crazy... before she reveals that Spiritia may be the legendary Rosenkreuz's another incarnation — "Rosenkreuz's Stiletto."Iris: "I think I might just start believing in fate now. Ahhh, the feeling of hating another with every fiber of your being... It's such an amazing rush...! Oh, I'm so anxious to rip you apart! What about you?You have the power of the world's finest magician coursing through your veins. How does it feel? Exhilarating? Intoxicating? Exuberant? Or perhaps such a puny vessel can't fully comprehend the magnificence of it all?"
Lilli: "Tia will always be Tia! So there!"
Spiritia: "Thanks, Lilli. I don't really know if I possess Rosenkreuz's spirit... Or if I'm his other incarnation or whatnot... Or if I inherited his ability to tap into the strength of others'... But none of that matters when it comes to magic. Freu... Zorne... Trau... Luste... Grolla... Sichte... Liebea... Schwer... and Lilli... It's because they support me that I have the will to fight. They're the source of my power. That much, I know for sure!"
- Turns Red: Interestingly, when using Grolla's weapon, Grollschwert.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Grolla upon hearing her talk about killing Iris in front of her in Grollschwert.Tia: "RKS has also marked me as a traitor. I have to keep the Count from taking this any further!"
Grolla: "The Count, you say? He may be involved as well... Nevertheless, we must eliminate Iris before this gets out of hand."
Tia: "What!? Grolla, please tell me you don't mean that...!"
- Worthy Opponent: Iris amused herself with watching Tia give it her all, thus thinking of her as one.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: She says this after Luste, raring to play with her, says, "Game start! I go first!"
- You're Insane!: She says this to Iris when she starts laughing madly from finding out where she got all her energy.Lilli: "What's wrong with her?"
Spiritia: "Iris, have you lost your mind!?"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS002 (or Zwei). A close friend of Spiritia in RKS, despite her dislike for being close to others. A lone wolf by nature, she's cool and collected and she prefers to work alone and is capable of getting things done without anyone's assistance thanks to her many talents. Her friends call her "Freu" for short. In the sequel, she's the game's heroine.
Her ability is called Freudenstachel, which allows her to gather water vapor and unleash it frozen into icicles, which become sharper in a colder area. She can also implement the abilities of her friends into learnable abilities, three of which she uses in her boss battle.
Tropes related with Freudia:
- An Ice Person: Uses snow and ice abilities exclusively.
- Anti-Heroine: She dislikes being close to others besides Spiritia, and later Strudel in the sequel. In addition, she's also not as forgiving as Spiritia. Tia would try to reason with Iris instead of killing her outright. Freudia goes for the jugular and eventually kills her.
- Apologetic Attacker: Even though she's perfectly willing to beat Spiritia down, that doesn't mean she enjoys it.Freudia: "I'm sorry, Tia..."
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Because of their prier friendship, she spares Spiritia in the prologue to fight another day.
- Berserk Button: Simply put, seeing her friend Spiritia being controlled by Iris did not help improve her already very bad opinion of Iris.Freudia: You've made a grave mistake in trying to use Tia's likeness against me. If not for her, I would have given up long ago... Now, suffer for your hubris! Iris, you WILL die!!
- Big Damn Heroes: As she saved Tia from Iris' attack after the latter kills her own father.
- Birds of a Feather: Shares a similar no nonsense approach to fighting as Grolla. When they fight in Grollshwert, they both agree that trying to talk either out of fighting is pointless.
- Bullet Time: Her Weißteufel that she acquires from Sichte.
- Burn the Witch!: Was nearly burned at the stake as a child when the townspeople discovered she was a magus. Spiritia was thankfully there to save her, explaining why they're so close in the present.
- Calling Your Attacks: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she calls out the names of both her signature Freudenstachel attack and her learnable abilities.
- Charged Attack: Unlike Tia, only a few of her weapons can be charged up in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: Tia was an out and out Nice Girl throughout the game, a classic heroine. Freu, on the other hand, while actually kind, has a cold exterior and acts more like a standoffish Ice Queen (who eventually defrosts) and isn't overly nice when doing good deeds.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A partial example with Spiritia. While they were already friends, they were on opposite sides of the conflict, Freudia was unaware of Iris' plan and honestly thought the Empire was against them. Once Tia defeats her, she ceases her hostility. Played straight in Freudenstachel, as she at first only tolerates Strudel's presence, but warms up to her over the course of the game.
- Determinator: In Freudenstachel, she's going to bring Spiritia back, no matter how many oppose her efforts.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: "Do you honestly believe you can stand against the entirety of RKS on your own?"
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Unlike Spiritia, Freudia has none of Rosenkreuz' abilities. She still kicked Iris' ass and then delivers a Fate Worse than Death on her.
- Disappointed in You: In the original game, she'll say this to Spiritia once when she responds to her "Did You Actually Believe...?" quote above with her resolve to do what she asked her if she thought she could, and again if Tia uses up her last life against her.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Her Freudenzwinger and Kopiekreisel.
- Expy: To Roll (considering her hairstyle, hair decorations and having the same number in their own lines) and Proto Man (considering her personality and her Big Damn Heroes moment above). Her main weapon Freudenstachel is one to Needle Man's weapon. She also has some elements of Zero, namely her very close friendship and dynamic with Tia and the way she acquires her new skills in Freudenstachel.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Her outfit heavily resembles one, reaching from her ankles all the way up to the top area of her chest, and even comes with Opera Gloves. In Freudenstachel, she wears a sash around that outfit's waist, making it look as if its skirt were separable from its top.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: She's rather fond of these, and they can be acquired in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Her Frostklinge ability, which she learns from Doris.
- Good Is Not Nice: She prefers not to be close to others despite her strong relationship with Tia. Also, unlike Tia, if someone crossed the line in her eyes, she's more than willing to straight up kill that person or just freeze them for eternity.
- Hair Decorations: Her big red hair ribbon, which in the sequel can change color depending on the ability she chooses.
- Harmless Freezing: Her Eisschwert.
- Not so harmless if you're Luste.
- Heroic Albino: She's the heroine of the second game.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She makes one to save Spiritia from being killed by one last attack from Iris, which uses up a bit of her energy. At least the sacrifice isn't fatal.
- Idiot Hair: Though just like Lilli, she's clearly not an idiot.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her strapless dress definitely fits the trope. One must wonder how she avoids a wardrobe malfunction with all the fighting she does.
- I Work Alone: One of her main preferences.
- The Lancer: She's Spiritia's greatest rival and closest friend in RKS.
- Leitmotif: "Pegasus" by Extra Ocean (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), "07" by AM3 (talk theme), "22" by AM3 (main/boss theme and the menu theme of Freudenstachel, her game), "Fate" (Prologue Stage theme), and "Winter Waltz" by Sky God Corridor (talk theme) (shared with Eifer).
- More Dakka: Her main weapon, Freudenstachel, is the only one which can't be charged by Spiritia when she acquires it - instead, holding the button will make it rapidfire. It also works similarly in the sequel.
- Mystical White Hair: As befitting someone with ice magic powers, her hair is white/light-blue.
- Non-Indicative Name: Freudia is taken from the German word for "joy". She's anything but joyful.
- Olympic Swimmer: Freudia doesn't have the same problem as Spiritia has in swimming capability.
- Only Sane Girl: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she's the only one who's solving the assault of Schwarzkreuz with a clear, cool head, the rest has been rather agitated due to situations.
- Opera Gloves: Wears those as part of her ensemble, which makes sense since her dress does look like it should be worn for an opera.
- Power Copying: A variant in the sequel: she doesn't exactly use the powers of the enemies she fought, but she adapts her ice powers to match them.
- Power Floats: She has an ability to levitate in the air.
- Precision F-Strike: Does this a few times in Freudenstachel, such as saying "damn" when she sees Grolla in a trance, as well as actually saying that Iris has pissed her off when she sees Tia as having been Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is at least belly length.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted — Even though she does have red eyes, she's actually a decent person who happens to be duty-bound on this war.
- Reflecting Laser: Her Eislanze.
- Shout-Out: One of her Pre Asskicking One Liners was inspired by Mega Man X4, which had a similar phrase said by one of the bosses.Freudia: "I'll lay you to rest in a cool bed of ice."
Freudia: "I'll lay you to rest in a cool bed of ice... For all of eternity."
- She repeats it again in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, with a variation... Just before facing Iris for the last time.
- Also, her swimming animation looks like that of Mario.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Cold in the outside and prefers being alone. Warm on the inside, especially when Spiritia is involved.
- Sword Beam: Her Eisschwert creates these. Which freeze opponents into blocks of ice upon contact with them.
- Turns Red: Subverted. She's the only boss that doesn't do this. Despite having a flash and a battle quote when her life is cut in half in both of her fights—indicating that she has just done this — her pattern remains exactly the same as before. In Freudenstachel, on fighting Spiritia/Iris, she, as the playable character, does this to herself, granting her infinite Freudenstachel bullets to show how much she's been pissed off.
- Warm-Up Boss: In the Opening Stage of the first game.
- Woman in White
- You Monster!: After laying Graf Zeppelin back to rest again, she comments to herself that Iris isn't human after all.
- "Father's word is absolute. I couldn't care less about Iris, but I'll always fight for Father's sake!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS003 (or Drei). A short-tempered, impulsive, and moody young wannabe daddy's girl who's quite a pyromaniac and a terrible cook with cooking skills nothing short of disastrous, and she doesn't even know the meaning of the word "restraint". She looks up to Graf Zeppelin a lot for saving her life once, and, despite the absence of blood ties, regards him as her real father. And she takes high pride of it. Not to mention, she also refuses to get along with Iris.
Her ability is called Zornesbombe, which allows her to create bombs that explode in a cross-like fashion and can demolish brick walls.
Tropes related with Zorne:
- Alliterative Name: Zorne Zeppelin in the Fan Translation.
- Berserk Button: She'll go berserk on anyone who calls her an "idjot/widget", messes with Father, or even "brainwashes" her friend Trau.
- The Big Girl: Relative to her position in RKS.
- Big "NO!": In Kiora's Doujinshi Zorne's Birthday. See Oh, Crap! below.
- Big "SHUT UP!": If already having defeated Trauare, she would tell Tia, "Shut up *shut up* SHUT UP!!" when Spiritia desperately tried to talk her into calming down and listening to her.
- Butt-Monkey: In the first game.
- Cartoon Bomb: Her Zornesbombe.
- Combination Attack: With Trauare in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Cry Cute: Gets some tears in her eyes when she's humiliated... in a cute way.
- Cute Bruiser: A cute girl with a viscious-looking metal glove that can punch pretty hard.
- Expy: If she isn't a Bomberman expy, she was at least very heavily inspired by the series.
- Fiery Redhead: Red hair matching her hot temper.
- Girlish Pigtails: She ties hers with red bows. It also matches her being a bit more of a Tomboy than the rest of the cast.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In the first game, some parts of her pre-boss dialogue suggest that she's violently jealous towards Spiritia because her stepfather liked her for being strong. Zorne wanted to show everybody that she could be the most useful to her adoptive father himself. She blew it, of course.
- Happily Adopted: By Graf Zeppelin.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She is very easily angered.
- Heroic BSoD: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, it's revealed that Zorne had been a "walking puppet" according to Trau during the few months that passed since her adoptive daddy's death, and she tried many times to drive herself to suicide, all attempts which were stopped by Trau herself. It was her eventual anger that she got towards the army of the church that booted her back up again.
- I'll Kill You *I'll kill you* I'LL KILL YOU!!: One of her quotes when she Turns Red.
- Leitmotif: "SHINING MAN" by Maru no IE (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), "Sinner" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme), "Eruption Trigger" by Sound Prison (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme)
- Lethal Chef: According to her profile, she's a REALLY terrible cook.
- Mad Bomber: The word "mad" fits her anger in this case.
- Meaningful Name: "Zorn" means "anger/wrath" in German.
- Mood Whiplash: She gets bonus points for this as she easily has "Sinner" by Unlimited Hellest as one of the darkest talk themes in the franchise. There's a reason why said talk theme is Darker and Edgier than her stage theme in the original game, "SHINING MAN" by Maru no IE, after all.
- Non-Standard Game Over: She urges you to "Hurry Up!" for a reason.
- Oh, Crap!: In the hilarious manga Doujinshi Zorne's Birthday by Kiora, when Trau enters while Zorne is trying on the new dress provided to her by her adoptive dad, she obviously doesn't like the look in her friend's eyes. Cue Big "NO!" from her.
- Personality Powers: Read Meaningful Name above to get the idea behind her Zornesbombe.
- Power Fist: She wears an over-sized version of the gauntlet like the one worn by the title character in the Prince of Persia remake.
- Precision F-Strike: She's not above screaming "Damn it!!" when somebody hits her Berserk Button.
- Pyro Maniac: Loves throwing fiery bombs.
- Rapunzel Hair: Would likely, if she didn't wear her hair in ponytails.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot-headed Red Oni to Trauare's blue.
- Say My Name: (After defeat) "Oto-samaaaaaaaaa!" ("Fatheeeeerrrrrrrr!")
- Shout-Out: When she Turns Red, the background will start filling up with gray blocks, and if the entire background is completely filled with these blocks, it's instant death for both the player and Zorne.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In the official release, her surname is "Zeppelin". In the Fan Translation, it was changed to "Sepperin"; see Graf Michael Zeppelin's folder to see why this change is justified.
- Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are the gentle kind despite her character suggesting otherwise, hinting that she has a nicer side too - as befitting a Tsundere.
- Tempting Fate: She does this before her boss battle.Zorne: "Tia, Father might like you because you're strong... but I'll show you all that I'm the most useful to him!"
Zorne: (after getting bested by Spiritia) "Ugh... does this mean I'm completely useless!?"
Zorne: "I have faith in Father! And I will NOT lose to you!"
Zorne: (After getting bested by Spiritia) "Ugh... Why can't I do anything when it really counts!?"
- This Is Unforgivable!: In her intro dialogue against Spiritia and Grolla, both times after Trauare has been defeated.
- Time-Limit Boss: In the first game, once she Turns Red, you'll have to beat her before the room is filled with blocks or it's instant death.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Trauare's Girly Girl.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's significantly tougher in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel than in the first game.
- Tsundere: She's more exceptionally violent than other examples.
- Violence Is the Only Option: She doesn't even understand the meaning of "restraint" anyway. Only if she proves to be a Butt-Monkey by getting humiliated both physically and emotionally does she tend to listen to reason. Poor thing.
- Wall Crawl: With the aid of her Power Fist.
- Warm-Up Boss: She's considerably easy compared to the others in the first game.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Always look up for her adoptive father's approval.
- You Killed My Father: Iris kills off Graf Zeppelin not only because he outlived his usefulness to her, but also to make Zorne suffer knowing she strived and yearned for him to accept her as his biological daughter. In the Doujinshi Tearis (a.k.a. Rosenkreuzstilette After-Story) created by Kiora, she vows to eliminate her for murdering him.Zorne: "I... I know what you did to Father... if you think everything will turn out alright if you just suppress her power you're wrong..."
- "This world is filled with despair. Still, it might be worth it to hang on just a little longer."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS004 (or Vier). She's a composed and pragmatic young lady capable of concealing her immature tendencies, making a point of what needs to be done and finishing whatever's asked of her, but carries a disinterested look on her face the whole time. She's even tougher to control than her friend Zorne when she's angry, she's quite vindictive and will stop at nothing to exact revenge once she's angry, so you wouldn't like her when she is so. She loves to swim and will often invite Zorne to join her at a nearby ravine in her spare time. Her friends call her "Trau" for short and she uses the Chaos Spear Leviathan as her weapon of choice.
Her ability is Klageharnisch, which generates miniature tornadoes of water and can launch them in different directions at once.
Tropes related with Trauare:
- Battle Strip: She throws away her jacket before fighting the player in the first game.
- Berserk Button: Her Berserk Button will be pressed if her friend Zorne has been defeated. She even combines it with Let's Get Dangerous!.
- The Big Girl: Only she's much more composed than her close friend.
- Blade on a Stick: Her Chaos Spear, Leviathan.
- Combination Attack: With Zorne in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue eyes, blue hair.
- Doppelgänger Attack: When she charges after Turning Red, she can produce illusional copies of herself generated from Leviathan that charge seconds after she does so.
- Girly Girl: To Zorne's Tomboy.
- Graceful Loser: Compliments Tia (and Grolla) in the first game when they defeat her.
- Hair Decorations: Her seashell hair clip.
- Hime Cut: And it's rather short hair, in fact.
- Humans Are Bastards: This is what she thought at first when she took part in RKS' rebellion. She eventually changed her mind when Spiritia (and Grolla) bested her.
- Lighthearted Rematch: Implied:Trauare: (After she loses) "When this is all over, let's have another match."
Spiritia: "...Sure. If it's a fair fight you want, I'll take you on anytime! "
- Leitmotif: "28" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), "Inferiority" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme), "Frozen Air" by Wingless Seraph (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme).
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She almost never takes things seriously... unless when her friend Zorne is defeated, causing her Berserk Button to be pressed.Trauare: "It looks like Zorne was no match for you. I'll have to take this seriously, then."
- Making a Splash: She uses water and even fights underwater.
- Meaningful Name: "Trauer" means "sorrow" in German. Downplayed in that she's just mellow and calm.
- Mood Whiplash: In the first game, her talk theme is Darker and Edgier than her stage theme.
- Power Floats: She can levitate in the air a little above the ground in the first game, even if she isn't underwater.
- Precision F-Strike: As shown in Freudenstachel, she can be prone to this very often when she's enraged, especially if Zorne is defeated before her.Trauare: It pisses me off. GOD DAMN IT. IT PISSES ME OFF!!!
- Qipao: Wears one in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel over her one-piece swimsuit.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Zorne's red.
- School Swimsuit: She wears a competitive type under her Qipao.
- She's Got Legs: In both games, her bare legs out in the open.
- Straw Nihilist: She has shades of this.Trauare: (Before the fight) "There's far too much sorrow in this world. No matter how hard you try, you can't change that, Tia."
Trauare: (After she loses) "This world is filled with despair... Still, it might be worth it to hang on just a little longer. If you can help make our dreams a reality, I'm with you. Tia..."
- When Spritia beats her, however, she changed her views.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: She can fight underwater like a mermaid.
- Tsurime Eyes: Not quite matching the type, since she's more calm and less assertive. She is prone to swearing a lot when angry, however.
- Unstoppable Rage: When her Berserk Button gets pressed and she shows her true competence.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: In the first game.
- Worthy Opponent: She deems anyone who beats her fairly as this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Quite literally blue-haired, as befitting a water user.
- "I don't really get all that tough stuff... So let's just have some fun! C'mon, let's play! Let's play!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS005 (or Fünf) in Rosenkreuzstilette, AKA "RKS??? UNBEKANNT" (Unknown) or "Heroe?" (The Metal Hero?) in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. RKS's resident Cloudcuckoolander. A cute devil girl who's cheerful, simple-minded and optimistic and always lives in the present. She's easygoing and treats everything like a game, and pictures herself as a hero of justice. She's so attached to Tia that she often plays games with her, with her as the "bad guy". She's nonetheless self-centered and loves tomato juice.
Her ability is Lustatem, which is capable of launching pressurized blades of wind through the air in any direction. She can even launch even bigger ones, especially when she Turns Red.
Tropes related with Luste:
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: A two-piece bikini, elbow gloves, and thigh-highs in all-black thanks to Trauare as a joke. Need we say more? Yes, she's also wearing a choker.
- April Fools' Day: Had an entire page dedicated to her in 2013 with RosenkreuzStilette Lustatem.
- Bare Your Midriff: She bares everything her midsection has to offer.
- Blush Sticker: Constantly seen blushing.
- Charged Attack: She uses one in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Cheerful Child: Luste is most certainly cheery and upbeat.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She presents herself as a hero of justice, but enjoys destroying things for fun, and she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. That, in addition to her outfit covering about 0% of her body, rounded down.
- Cool Shades: In one of the screenies from the Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel April Fool's site, she had these alongside her Scarf Of Asskicking. Later, when the game was confirmed to be in development, she was eventually revealed to have a visor to replace those April Fool's shades of hers.
- Cute Little Fangs: Can be seen if you squint hard enough.
- Expy: Of Metal Man combined with a dash of Flandre Scarlet and Cirno. In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she fights like Proto Man at first and wears shades and a scarf just like him, even calling herself "Bluste" after his original name, "Blues"...which doesn't fool anyone (except perhaps first-time players). The official English translation goes one further, where she calls herself "Protogirl Blueste".
- Fun Personified: Luste is easily the most fun-loving character of the cast, being an easygoing and optimistic girl who treats everything like a game.
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted, as she's laid-back and easygoing rather than short-tempered, hot-blooded and hot-headed.
- Fingerless Opera Gloves: They help cover her body more when her bikini doesn't do much at least...
- Genki Girl: She's easily one of the most energetic of the RKS.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: If you get too close to her, she'll jump to the other side of the stage. Oddly, while this would mean in theory that fighting her with Grolla would become much harder, due to Grolla's dash ability, chasing Luste becomes easier, and if played right, Luste can be trapped into only jumping around the arena, and at the same time allowing Grolla to freely attack her while she's still in midair.
- Graceful Loser: In Spiritia's story, when she loses, she cheerfully admits the fight was fun even though she lost to her (Also see Wasn't That Fun? below). Less so however in the Freudia's story where she got annoyed from losing to her and being ordered to report to her duties.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: According to her profile, she likes smashing everything in sight due to treating everything as a game despite believing herself to be a hero of justice, which gives her an emphasis on CRAZY.Luste: "Heheheh! Smashing buildings is fun!"
- Hoist By Her Own Petard and Weaksauce Weakness: Her other weakness is her own weapon, Lustatem. You can try it when you fight Luste Golem in Iris Stage III.
- Hotter and Sexier: See Ms. Fanservice below.
- Idiot Hair: One on each side of her head.
- Idiot Hero: "Ah! It takes one to know one!"
- Leitmotif: "26" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), and "11" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette talk theme), "Kaede" by Rengoku Teien (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme), "AM Fight No. 1" (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel talk theme (previously used as the Rosenkreuzstilette title theme and one of Tia's leitmotifs).
- Meaningful Appearance: Notably, her darker blonde hair, coupled with green eyes, overly revealing black outfit and similar klutz-ness make her something of a dark mirror to Tia.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "desire" in German. It can also mean a delightful or an energetic nature, which more than describes her personality. It may also derived from that other Lust, which might explain why she's so scantily-clad.
- Ms. Fanservice: Aside from being a scantily-clad little girl, [erka:es]' 2013 April Fools' Day RosenkreuzStilette Lustatem shows Luste as a fully-grown Ms. Fanservice, as seen here◊. It makes her name all the more meaningful.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She puts on some Cool Shades, a Scarf Of Asskicking, a pair of metal knuckles and an even more Stripperiffic top and pretends to be the hero of justice Bluste in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. The stage selection screen even lists her name as unknown. But let's face it, her disguise is a effective as Ratsel Feinschmecker's, and her level is still called "Luste Stage".
- Perky Goth: She wears all black and has bat wings coming out of her shoulder sleeves, yet is the least concerned person in the RKS. Not that there's much black to her dress anyway.... She's a Token Mini-Moe as well.
- Razor Wind, Blow You Away: Her Lustatem.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Acquires one of these in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- In her Game Over screen for Spiritia, Luste parodies Flandre Scarlet from the cover-art of Touhou 06 ~ the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. In the fan translation, she also lets Grolla know why she's "the strongest" if she loses her final life to her.
- In Freudenstachel, as Bluste she channels her inner Kamen Rider Stronger and Sailor Moon and uses her own spin on their famous one-liners before taking on Freudia.
- Stripperiffic: Nothing more needs to be said here.
- Tagalong Kid: Alongside with Schwer-Muta and Doris as team's youngest members.
- Tareme Eyes: Much like Tia, they suggest she's more gentle and innocent. Well, she's the latter at least.
- Token Mini-Moe: Easily the cutest member of the main cast.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tomato juice, of course.
- Wasn't That Fun?: "Awww... I can't beat you after all... But that was still fun!"
- Winged Humanoid: Detached teal/black bat wings.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade-A.
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS006 (or Sechs). Born with the spirit of a warrior, she's calm, collected, and every bit as strict with her colleagues as she is with herself. She's willing to protect them at any cost - but should her Berserk Button be pushed in any way, she'll stop at nothing to exact revenge. A gifted swords(wo)man, she's feared and respected by many, and is the granddaughter of Raimund Seyfarth. She prefers to let her blade do the talking over sharing her feelings with others and is a subordinate and bodyguard of Sichte. She may not look like it, but she's actually damn proud of her job. In Rosenkreuzstilette, she's The Heroine of her own game mode, Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert.
Her ability is Grollschwert, which utilizes the power of her weapon, the Demon Sword of the same name. Using it as a conduit, she can unleash her inner power in the form of multidirectional slashes. Grollschwert's blade becomes sharper and gets farther reach the closer its user is to death.
Tropes related with Grolla:
- Ancestral Weapon, BFS, and Cool Sword: Her Demon Sword Grollschwert, which has been passed down by the Seyfarth clan for generations. It takes a much darker yet more badass appearance in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Another Side, Another Story: Completing the game will give you the code to play as her in her own special sidestory, Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert.
- Anti-Heroine: One who prefers to let her sword do the talking.
- Armor Is Useless: She's the only person who wears any sort of armor and yet she's the Glass Cannon.
- Beam Spam: When she Turns Red, she will let loose her Sword Beams in every direction possible.
- Beat the Curse Out of Her: In Freudenstachel, when she gets possessed by her Grollschwert's influence, it's your job to do this to her.
- Berserk Button: While many things has made her angry, the one thing that sticks the most is that her grandfather had to be awaken from his peaceful slumber by Graf Zeppelin.
- The Big Girl: Her strength is a significant asset to RKS.
- Blood Knight: She qualifies because she prefers to fight first and ask questions later.
- Bloody Murder: She naturally gets this when she takes up her granddaddy's Grollschwert in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, even when she already has enough magic to turn the sky and moon blood red in the first game.
- Breast Plate
- Bring It: She does this to the Cross Wall before the boss battle starts.
- Calling Your Attacks: She shouts "Grollschwert!" when you input the code for Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In her side-story, after the fight against Sichte, she noted that Grolla doesn't fight to her fullest like she's used to, and shows signs of mercy (when Sichte expected Grolla to kill her). Her response:Grolla: "Dead, you are useful to no one. I want you to stand by me against Iris."
- The Comically Serious: Even though she's the kind of girl who's every bit as strict with her colleagues as she is with herself, there are some times that she just can't get out of a funny situation. Like this part, for example:Luste: "Hey, it's Grolla! What're you doing here?"
Grolla: "That doesn't matter. Stop what you're doing."
Luste: "No way! I wanna play some more!"
Grolla: "...Ugh. I hate dealing with idiots."
Luste: "Ah! It takes one to know one!"
Grolla: "It seems you could use some discipline...!"
(After an awkward scilence)
- And another example:
Grolla: (As usual, she makes no sense.)
- Charged Smash: In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, part of the Zero expy gig.
- Critical Status Buff: Her attacks become more powerful when her vitality goes below half.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has purple hair that matches with her eyes.
- Darker and Edgier: Her stage in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. With several scenes of Nightmare Fuel, especially the bloody rainstorm near the end, her stage is considered darker than the stage in the original game.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As she gets two stages in the form of a graveyard and a dungeon with bones and blood and even a bloody rainstorm, was taught by a legendary war hero who was brought Back from the Dead as The Grim Reaper and is her grandfather, and is willing to protect her colleagues at any cost.
- Dash Attack: She performs a tackle against players, and a dash blade attack while playing as her.
- Defeat Means Friendship: At least she's closer to the truth than Tia.
- Demonic Possession: Her grandfather's soul appears to possess her in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, but it's believed afterwards to be an illusion made by the demon sword.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: "You think I would fall for the same trick twice!?"
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She didn't care if Iris was a god, a human, or even an insect, she was willing to punch her out anyway.
- Expy: Of Zero, right down to the play style. Appearance-wise, she's also one to Rider, complete with purple hair and eyes, as well as the thigh-highs, only minus the blindfold and Medusa powers. Her pattern in the first game also resembles Fire Man's.
- Flat "What": She delivers this when Iris pulls off a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on her by pretending she's an innocent girl being threatened when Sichte walks in.
- Fragile Speedster: In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert mode. Her dashing and wall jumping abilities break the stages in ways Tia never can, but she can't take a hit for her life. May or may not also count as Glass Cannon. Ironic, as she's the only character who wears an armor.
- Good Is Not Nice: In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, she'll fight against her own colleagues just to get them out of her way.
- Also, the fact that she would rather fight than listen to reason more than qualifies her for this trope.
- Humiliation Conga: She gets a rather embarrassing humiliation courtesy of Iris' Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Tough break, descendant of Seyfarth!
- Invocation: Whenever she Turns Red, she chants "Ōgi kakusei!" ("Hidden awakening!") or "Zetsugi kaigan!" ("Exceed skill enlightenment!")
- Lady of War: As beautiful as she is powerful.
- Leitmotif: "Dark Purple Moonlight" by Sky God Corridor (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme and Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert title theme), "Dark Purple Moon ~ Dance of the Moon ~Rebirth~" by Sky God Corridor (talk theme, shared with her grandfather), "Acid Rain" by Sound Prison (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme).
- Magic Knight: Despite being a Magi, she excels at using her family's heirloom to deal with her enemies more than her magic abilities.
- Meaningful Name: "Groll" means "grudge" or "ill will" in German. Appropriately she's always in a bad mood and she also easily hold grudge towards anything that angered her.
- Miss Swears-a-Lot: She in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert is, surprisingly, quite fond of profanity, despite her speech being in feudal tongue.Grolla: (To Iris) "...You bitch."
- My God, What Have I Done?: One of her victory quotes in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel has her panting and saying "What... did I do...?" And when Freu defeats her and frees her from Grollschwert's possession, she voices how ashamed of herself she is for letting her demons control her mind.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: She's powerful enough to carry her Grollschwert with just one hand.
- Only Sane Girl: In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert.
- Perpetual Frowner: Most of the time Grolla's seen with a frown and the closet you'll ever see her smile is when she smirks which isn't very often.
- Precision F-Strike: She has quite a habit of saying rather obscene words at certain times (see Miss Swears-a-Lot above).
- Prepare to Die: Her quote in her profile. "Traitorous dog! Your life ends here!"
- Purple Is Powerful: She's a very competent fighter, feared and respected by many, plus she has purple eyes and hair. Also, her teleportation magic gives off a purple aura, as do her Grollschwert slashes in the first game.
- Rapunzel Hair: She's a badass with hair that can reach her calves.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers this to Graf Zeppelin in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert because she pities him for being manipulated by his OWN daughter.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She had these in one of the screenshots from the Freudenstachel April Fool's site. These were absent in the trial versions and the full game.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She goes on this after Iris humiliates her with her Wounded Gazelle Gambit. She even combines this with Unstoppable Rage.
- The second time: She lays Raimund back to rest. Infuriated and deeply hurt afterwards, she vows to make Graf Zeppelin pay for disrupting Raimund's peaceful slumber and nearly kills him. She would've finished him off if not for Iris interrupting and stealing her kill.
- Say My Name: (Her defeat in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel) "Shishooooooooo!" ("Masteeeeeerrrrrrr!")
- Shoot the Dog: Grolla does this twice in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert. In one instance, she's forced to battle her own superior, Lady Sichte, because Sichte cannot bring herself to join her in stopping Iris. Even after her defeat, Sichte still refuses to abandon her cause but promises that she will no longer stand in her way, asking her to strike her down if that is unacceptable. Downplayed in that Grolla spares her out of belief that killing her would make her useful to no one.
- And then after that, her second and saddest Shoot the Dog moment is when she's forced to take on the undead form of her own grandfather and mentor, Raimund Seyfarth. To her, being made to slay her grandpa and lay him back to rest again is Easily Forgiven. But, in her words, the fact that Graf Zeppelin interrupted his peaceful slumber by bringing him Back from the Dead... not so much.
- Shout-Out: She quotes Shiki Ryougi when confronting the Cross Wall.
- Silence, You Fool!: She says this when Tia says that she's not siding with the Empire when she confronts her at the end of her stage in the main game.
Michael: "...Grolla. Such a rude entrance... How ludicrously fitting for a traitor."
- Similarly, when she confronts Graf Michael Zeppelin:
Grolla: "Silence, demon! Know that the price for toying with the souls of the dead is high!"
- Smug Super: When fighting the Cross Wall, she tells it to show her its worst as she says there's nothing her blade can't cut, and when Tia uses up her last life against her as a boss, she gets a tendency to mock her failed attempts against her. And in the Last Stage of her mode, she's even willing to rip Iris apart just the same no matter whether she's a god, a human, or even an insect.
- Spell MY Name With An S: In at least the original (Japanese) release, her last name was spelled "Sayfalth" at the end of her own game mode. Considering it comes immediately after the scene of the castle crumbling in the ending, this MAY be an intentional homage to the end of the original Castlevania, despite everyone else's names in the cast roll being consistent (including her grandfather).
- Sword Beam: The traditional shockwave type that she fires off her Grollschwert, which also becomes a 3-way Spread Shot when she Turns Red in the first game, and blade beams when she is close to defeat.
- Sword Plant: One of her new moves in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- This Cannot Be!: "...!? This chilling sensation... it can't be... Am I, a Seyfarth, afraid of a mere child!?"
- This Is Unforgivable!: After she killed her resurrected grandfather:Grolla: "Michael Zeppelin... Your reasons mean nothing to me. There will be no mercy. You shall pay for this with your life."
- Tomboy: A tomboyish knight, to her mistress Sichte.
- Tsundere: A certain fan of the English Rosenkreuzstilette community managed to get WOMI to spill the beans on this (scroll to the bottom of the April 23rd entry); like Freu, mostly everybody sees the cold and strict woman that she is, but she has a bit of a softer side only known to Sichte and grandfather Raimund.
- Unstoppable Rage: She'll stop at nothing to get revenge on anyone who presses her Berserk Button in any way.
- Video Game Dashing: One of her repertoire of abilities.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Again, she's not too good with words.
- Wall Jump: Like Zero, she can jump off of walls and scale them in this fashion.
- What the Hell Are You?: When Iris attacks and heavily injures Grolla with her magic, she becomes so shocked about the fact that she somehow managed to obtain such powerful magic that she hits her with this trope.
- Worthy Opponent: Trau would compliment her for being a pretty tough swords(wo)man after being bested by her. If Zorne has already been defeated, she even admits that she's jealous.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
- You Have to Believe Me!: She knows that Iris is using RKS against the Empire just for fun. She tells her colleagues the truth, but they don't believe her. When the convincing fails, she goes into "Good Is Not Nice" mode and beats them up just to get them out of her way.Grolla: "I have stated my reasons. I will not repeat myself."
Freudia: "At the moment, you cannot be trusted."
Grolla: "And yet the truth remains unchanged..."
Freudia: "We might as well cease this debate. Words shall get us nowhere."
Grolla: "My thoughts from the very beginning. If my words cannot persuade you, perhaps my blade can sway you instead!"
- You Monster!: She calls Graf Zeppelin a demon or a devil (both of which come close to monster) because he meddled with the dark arts to disrupt her grandfather's peaceful slumber.Grolla: "Any last words, Devil?"
- You're Insane!: After Iris murders a priest for the lulz, we got this exchange:Grolla: "What was that...!? Iris, what is the meaning of this!?"
Iris: "...! How careless of me. I wasn't expecting an audience so soon."
Grolla: "What do you think you're doing!? Iris, have you gone mad!?"
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade-A.
- "I shall be blunt, then. Tia, we are fighting for a place to belong. There is no shame in what we hope to achieve."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS007 (or Sieben). The Team Mom of RKS, Sichte is a level-headed and mature decision maker with keen judgement who is the active leader of the RKS Strike Force. She often frets about her troubled childhood since she was born and raised in the slums, thus having trouble with having faith in those older than her. Ruthless in enemy faces, she's kind and caring to others. She's Grolla's close friend and mistress. Also tends to talk about fate and the future.
Her ability is Die Geplante Zukunft, which allows her to speed up, slow down, or even stop time, and unleash magical energy in the form of small green emerald shards.
Tropes related with Sichte:
- Ambiguously Brown
- Bare Your Midriff: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, due to Clothing Damage to the lower half of her shirt that she somehow got sometime prior to the events of said game.
- Bullet Time: Part of her Die Geplante Zukunft's powers.
- Death from Above: One of her attacks when she Turns Red has her come down with a giant brick block from above after resuming time (which makes it another subtle reference to Dio).
- Expy: Of Dio Brando with a hint of Noriaki Kakyoin. She also fights like Flash Man and Bright Man in the first game, and once she Turns Red, she'll start placing hordes of knives while time is frozen and then unleash them all afterwards, much like Sakuya Izayoi. By Freudenstachel, she also gains an ability to leap up and drop a giant wall once time stops (akin to the steamroller that Dio uses).
- Gag Boobs: When Strudel nestles herself into Sichte's cleavage after Freudia defeats her.
- Good Is Not Soft: Sichte's generally kind and caring, but being the field leader of the rebellion, she's shown to be dense. She also will not forgive traitors.
- Girly Girl: To Grolla's Tomboy.
- Graceful Loser: In the first game, she compliments Spiritia's strength after the latter defeats her in the main story, and in Freudenstachel, she gladly takes her defeat by Freudia really well too.
- Knife Nut: See Expy example above.
- Leitmotif: "CRASH MAN" by Extra Ocean (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), "Night Fire" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme), and "The Ancient Cry" by Wingless Seraph (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme).
- Meaningful Name: Her full name can loosely mean "master of future sight", fitting with her powers.
- Ms. Fanservice: Moreso in the second game. She has huge breasts while wearing a low-cut tube top in addition to showing off her midriff.
- Not So Stoic:
- In Grollschwert, she uses this expression when she's worried about Grolla after she retreats when she tries to order her to lower her weapon and not hurt Iris (despite the Wounded Gazelle Gambit pulled off by her, which she didn't know about), and when she shows sadness when Grolla uses up her last life against her, and again when the two bid farewells to one another after Grolla defeats her.
- Freudenstachel plays this for laughs when she's embarrassed from the fact that Strudel's fitting herself in between her breasts.
- Shout-Out: Her stage, powers, and boss fight are all a shout out to Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; Even Spiritia's Game Over screen for that stage is drawn in the style of the manga, with Spiritia saying Jotaro's Catchphrase.
- Her emerald shard attacks are also a shout-out to Noriaki Kakyoin's Emerald Splash attack from the same series.
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she even does a move akin Dio Brando's infamous "ROAD ROLLER da!!", and the way she speeds up time a reminiscent of Enrico Pucci's Stairway to Heaven.
- The Stoic: Except during some events where she shows a sad/worried expression, and in one event where she's being embarrassed from Strudel fitting herself in between her breasts.
- "It's... it's all over... everything... Brother, keep me safe...!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS008 (or Acht). A peaceful, compassionate young girl who adores flowers, she's currently under the care of her brother Kahl. She's able to manipulate the weather, but avoids using her powers as much as possible because she has trouble controlling them. Being a pacifist, she hates violence and the notion of fighting. She's always willing to do anything for Kahl's sake because she loves him THAT much.
Her ability is Liebessturm, which lowers her proximity's atmospheric pressure before unleashing a heavy downpour of rain. It takes time to charge it, but the results can be devastating.
Tropes related with Liebea:
- Actually a Doombot: The first time you fight her in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Apologetic Attacker: She has shades of this.Liebea: "Forgive me, Miss Tia..."
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's generally a kind, innocent girl, but if you hurt her feelings in any way, she won't stop crying until she beats you down completely, either by rain, wind, or any other kind of weather manipulation.
- Big Brother Worship: Holds her brother Kahl in high regard, and she is willing to do anything for his sake.
- Blessed with Suck: Lampshaded by one of her pre-fight quotes.
- Blow You Away: Her Desperation Attack will also blow you off the stage if you're not careful.
- And it's turned Up to Eleven in her Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel incarnation.
- Despair Event Horizon: In the first game, Liebea was over the edge of this trope for a while when Graf Zeppelin told her that the Empire had taken Kahl captive and that there was no hope to pray for his safe return. However, she didn't know that it was Zeppelin himself who had imprisoned Kahl, and he had actually lied to her out of fear that she would become an adversary of the organization. She gets better, of course.
- Emotionless Girl: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she appears to be this when Freu fights her... until she defeats her and not only rips off all her clothing, but also sees that the Liebea she fought is a fake!
- Expy: Of Toad Man, pattern-wise in the first game, and of Magnet Man in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Girl in the Tower: In the first game.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her dress just couldn't be any shorter at the top area.
- Leitmotif: "30" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), "dear" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme), "Ice Flower" by SHW (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel stage theme)
- Meaningful Name: "Liebe" means "love". It reflects her love for her brother.
- Power Incontinence: When she's upset.
- Power of the Storm: She can manipulate rainstorms and gusts of wind.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has very long hair that can almost reach the ground.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She has pink hair and she has a peaceful and compassionate personality.
- Shout-Out: She sometimes says "koko desu ka" when performing her Liebesstrum in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Innocent Flower Girl: She also loves flowers.
- Smart Bomb: Her Liebessturm can hit any enemy on screen.
- Technical Pacifist: She hates violence but has trouble controlling her powers.
- When She Smiles: Telling from some official artwork as well as some of her Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel mugshots, Liebea actually gets happy and even smiling expressions on rare occasions.
- Warmup Boss: See Willfully Weak below. She's arguably the easiest boss in the first game. Even without Freudenstachel, she still leaves herself wide open when charging her Liebessturm and can even be knocked out of it with a few normal shots, leaving her to attack only with easily dodgeable magic projectiles.
- Willfully Weak: In the first game. Not so much in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, but see Actually a Doombot above.
- "Everyone should just fall apart!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
RKS009 (or Neun). Schwer's a reclusive young girl who dislikes interacting with others, having been forced to subside in a barren, bestial environment before being placed in RKS's care. Because of this trauma that burdens her to this day, she's generally suspicious of everyone she meets. She feels that her only friend is her pet squid Zeppy.
Her ability is Geisterwand, which generates a circle of mace/cross-like objects around her, forming a barrier. While it's primarily a defensive ability, it can also be used for offensive purposes.
Tropes related with Schwer-Muta:
- Animal Motifs: Her outfit seems to resemble either a cat or a wolf.
- Barrier Warrior: Her weapon is an Orbiting Particle Shield made of small maces or shields.
- Catchphrase / Verbal Tic: Zeppy's "Kwui-kwui", which is pretty much the only thing he ever says.
- Creepy Child: Mostly because of her anti-social nature.Schwer-Muta: "The bonds that tie people together... are just an illusion...!"
- The Eeyore: She's always so depressed plus she often uses a low voice and always a soft voice. Not to mention she's very shy.
- Interesting to note is that she often attacks anyone who comes near out of distrust towards everyone she comes across. In the first game, she attacked like that because everybody missed her birthday. As Tia puts it, "We've all been pretty busy... Everything's been hectic lately."
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Her squid sidekick, Zeppy.
- Expy: Of Wood Man or Skull Man in the original game, and of Lemmy/Wendy from Super Mario World in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason she attacks others is just out of distrust, due to the fact that she was forced into attempting to survive a barren, bestial environment before being placed under RKS's care, a trauma that burdens her to today. In the first game, she attacked Tia because nobody came to her birthday party.
- Leitmotif: "33" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette stage theme), and "Little Mischief" by Ramine (talk theme).
- Meaningful Name: "Schwermut" means "melancholy" in German, which more than speaks for her personality.
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Mood Whiplash: Opposite of Zorne and Trau. Her talk theme is actually Lighter and Softer than her stage theme.
- Nonhuman Sidekick: Zeppy the squid.
- Offscreen Start Bonus: More like Offscreen Start Requirement in her stage. You have to go left to enter the stage, because on the right is a death trap where the start would normally be.
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, starting the stage by going either way will actually take you out of the stage and back to the stage select screen. You have to continue by falling into a death pit.
- Painting the Medium: Zeppy spits out ink that covers the screen for a short time.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair obscures almost half of her face and covers on of her eyes.
- The Quiet One: She's pretty silent most of the time. Until Zeppy breaks the silence, that is. Even so, Schwer is still pretty quiet when she speaks.
- Shrinking Violet: So much that she considers Zeppy to be her only friend. Her official art from Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel even has her hiding behind the border of the image.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Zeppy was translated as Seppy in the Fan Translation, but his official name is "Zeppy" according to their stage titles in the sequel.
- Talking to Herself: Schwer shares the same seiyuu as Tia's Fairy Companion, Lilli.
- The Unintelligible: As Grolla would say, "As usual, she makes no sense".
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She has shades of this; though unlike most examples she isn't actively hostile towards everyone, as she only wanted to be alone.
- It may also be because she feels betrayed and forgotten, since no one came to her birthday party. When Tia wishes her happy birthday, she's moved.
- "Inevitable, isn't it... here comes!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette (mentioned)
Liebea's older brother. He's a member of the RKS intelligence division who places Liebea under his care. He saw through Iris' facade and attempted to dispose of her but she arranged for him to be imprisoned by her father because He Knows Too Much; unaware of the truth, he then lied to Liebea and told her that he was held captive by the Empire. Thankfully, he was freed by Freu when she sorted out all the problems left behind by Iris. He was supposedly planned to be a playable character in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel's extra mode in a Castlevania-like fashion, at least according to [erka:es]'s 2011 April Fool's joke.
He makes a surprise appearance as the boss of the Pamela Stage in Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber.
Tropes related with Kahl:
- Bare Your Midriff
- Creepy Cool Crosses: As a part of Simon expy gig (below), he's also depicted with the cross boomerang.
- Expy: He's depicted as an expy of Simon Belmont of Castlevania fame on the [erka:es] blog, and he would've been playable if not for the 2011 April Fool's joke.
- He Knows Too Much: Hence, why Iris had him imprisoned.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: He can replenish health back to full, just like Spiritia did in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, but with a pork chop.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: As shown in his mugshots, though is other sprites and portraits don't show him wearing them.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Karl" was the logical name choice in the Fan Translation, but his name was officially romanized as "Kahl" for his physical appearance in the sequel.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Unexpected Character: While he is not a playable character in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, he does appear as a boss in Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber, taking Pamela's place in her own stage.
- The Unseen: In the first game. Averted in Weißsilber, where he is the boss of Pamela's stage.
- Vampire Hunter: According to the 2011 April Fool's update, he was "planned" to play similarly to most of the heroes of Castlevania fame, plus his side-game was "planned" to be a Castlevania-clone as well. Had it not been an April Fool's Joke, Kahl would've become the first playable character not to be based on one from Mega Man.
- However, many of his attacks as a boss in Pamela's side story are call-backs to Castlevania, such as his whip and cross boomerang.
- Whip It Good: Carries a chain whip in a similar fashion to the Belmonts with a fully-powered up whip in the classic Castlevania games.
- Would Hit a Girl: Rarely does he encounter any female opponents, but he certainly doesn't hold back when he fights them. Just ask Pamela about it.
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
RKS013 (presumably Dreizehn). She is a member of the Special Forces Unit of the RKS who's also a hard worker and hates to lose. She's calm in the heat of battle as well as a formidable warrior, but can also sometimes be careless and make mistakes at crucial times. She's very intelligent but knows very little about the outside world, and can also easily become jealous. She's incredibly strong despite her age and carries a huge shuriken-like boomerang called Fesselspirale around with her all by herself.
Her ability of the same name as her weapon revolves around said weapon itself, which she can gather wind power from the solar objects around her and use it to hurl in a fashion normally impossible.
Tropes related with Doris:
- Bare Your Midriff: Her attire shows off plenty of her bare torso.
- Berserk Button: In a similar fashion to Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist, she doesn't take too well to being called small.
- Blow You Away: She gathers wind power from anything around her to use to hurl her Fesselspirale.
- Cute Bruiser: Even with wind-manipulation powers, it takes considerable amount of power to wield her weapon properly.
- Expy: Of Gyro Man, complete with flying up to the ceiling and hiding behind the scenery.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Her Fesselspirale resembles one.
- Girlish Pigtails: She is usually seen with her hair worn as twin-tails.
- Gratuitous Ninja: She has a ninja-esque vibe... in a Holy Roman Empire setting.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She easily becomes jealous of things, and she has a jealously-fueled rivalry towards Luste as she was promoted to a higher position than Doris. In a screenshot of the April Fool's RosenkreuzStilette Lusteatem, she appears to be jealous of Luste even more upon encountering her aged up and bustier than before.
- Hair Antennae: Has two antennae sticking out of the center of her head where her hairline starts.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Inverted, she's actually very close to everyone else in RKS.
- Hypocrite: Doris' responds to Strudel poking fun at her short size by calling Strudel a "midget" when she's not much taller than anyone else in the RKS.
- Insufferable Genius: She's a very intelligent individual and she tends to come off as quite rude at times. Her hatred towards losing may even suggest arrogance.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She surprisingly views Schirach as her idol and wants to become like her, even if Schirach is no longer a member of RKS. The reason for this is because Schirach made her Fesselspirale for her.
- Leitmotif: "Illusion Field" by Wingless Seraph (stage theme), "B10" by RP-MUSIC (talk theme)
- Little Miss Badass: She might be short, but don't call her that as she can put up a good fight and can dart around her opponents before they'll know what hit them.
- Not Quite Flight: She can spin her Fesselspirale fast enough to allow her to fly around to an extent.
- Precision F-Strike: In Weißsilber, at least, she lets slip a short sentence of "Damn it!" twice during her conversations with Pamela.
- Rapunzel Hair: Possibly more extreme than most other RKS characters — even if her hair is tied in pigtails, it still almost reaches the ground!
- Spell My Name with an "S": Doris or Dolis? The official English translation Romanizes her name as the former, while in the original Japanese version it's the latter.
- The Smart Girl: Even if she doesn't know much about the outside world, she's amazingly intelligent.
- Talking to Herself: She and Strudel share the same Seiyuu as well, namely Haru Kaburagi.
- Token Mini-Moe: Another young one among the RKS long with Luste and Schwer-Muta.
Schwarzkreuz, the "Black Cross"
- "There's no point in holding back. Come at your full strength!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
SK001. The captain of the Schwarzkreuz organization. Born of nobility, she's a fairly straightforward and sensible girl as a result of her noble upbringing that she got from her secret training as a royal knight. Her existence is best kept secret, so very little is known about her. She never doubts her views of justice and will convict anyone who doesn't share them. In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, Pamela becomes The Heroine of her own game mode, Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber.
Her ability is Weißsilber, which utilizes her magical sword of the same name as the ability. She can draw a magic circle in the air with it and manipulate the space within it, using many attacks available for her use as a result.
Tropes related with Pamela:
- Affably Evil: She's very courteous overall, being fairly straightforward and sensible, which helps coming from an Anti-Villain born to nobility.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, you can't help but feel sorry for her when Eifer betrays her with an Eiferstachel attack that brutally pummels her to the point of eventually causing her loss of consciousness. This on top of being revealed by Iris that everything she did was futile and only serve as an amusement to Iris, the Pope that she fought on was already dead and Pamela has been manipulated all along. She lost her consciousness with her spirit utterly broken.
- Another Side, Another Story: Pamela is the star of her own mode in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber, similarly to how Grolla became playable in hers in the original game.
- Anti-Villain: Type-I and III, like Graf Zeppelin (at least, in the main game). She's a villainess born to nobility who's straightforward and sensible and never doubts her views of justice.
- Break the Haughty: Aside of what happened to her once Iris revealed her cards, the Weißsilber story had Pamela's worldview gradually destroyed one by one, her prestige stripped away, and she was forced to confront on just how lonely she was. Despite still putting a haughty bravado, she started to question just where did she go wrong.
- The Captain: To the Schwarzkreuz.
- Cool Sword: Her Weißsilber, a magical sword resembling a modern silver katana.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dark Magical Girl: She's all confident and wields great power on her own, but has a deep-seated issue about being perfectionist and pursuing justice in her own terms. By the end of Weißsilber, deep down she admits she was jealous at Freudia for having friends back home while she drove away all her possible friends due to her haughtiness. Though it turns out otherwise, once she defeated Iris, the previous Schwarzkreuz members that left her alone were waiting for her, even Eifer.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
Pamela: (to Luste) What in God's name are you wearing!? There are limits to indecency!
- Not only does she not like the idea of being vilified upon learning that she's been branded a traitor by the pope and the rest of the Schwarzkreuz, she doesn't approve of Graf Zeppelin's idea of destroying the old world and creating a new one. Oh, and she's also disgusted by Iris' brainwashing of Tia.
- She's also rather disgusted by Luste's way of dressing herself.
- Evil Redhead: In the main story, less so in her side-story - but even then, she spends half the time in her story kicking the RKS members' asses before the twist comes in.
- Expy: Pattern-wise, she's one of Agile.
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted most of the time, as she has a generally calm and polite demeanor, but do anything to make her angry and this trope becomes played straight. Bonus points for having some fire attacks as well.
- Geometric Magic: Pamela can draw magic circles with Weißsilber and manipulate the space within them, therefore gaining access to a variety of techniques.
- Gonk: Her Game Over screen is meant to be a Shout-Out to Adol Christin from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, but it only succeeds in making her look extremely creepy.
- I'll Kill You!: Her profile quote. "I've been waiting for this! I will destroy you!"
- Katanas Are Just Better: See Cool Sword above.
- Knight Templar
- Lady of War: The perky version of Grolla.
- Leitmotif: "Earn the experience value" by Nine Gates (stage theme), "B55" by RP-MUSIC (talk theme), "Virgin's Battle in Dark Light" (Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber Replay and Option theme)
- Noble Demoness: While devoting herself to hunting the "witches" as she calls the members of RKS, when she resolves to do something heroic, she always keeps her word. This is especially shown in her story mode when she frees Tia from Iris' influence by defeating both of them before reuniting Tia with Freu.
- Pet the Dog: Reuniting Tia with Freu at the end of her game mode after beating up Iris and smashing her palace to rubble? This hints that she might not be so bad after all!
- Playing with Fire: She has quite a few fire attacks up her sleeve, among them dashing while ablaze in the main game as well as causing flames to erupt from her fully-charged attack in her game mode.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Eifer after having heard the entire truth from Iris.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: With matching red hair.
- Say My Name: "Schiraaaaach!!"
- Shout-Out: Surprisingly, she might be one to Ky Kiske of Guilty Gear. She and her organization even share the same symbol with him and his Sacred Order of Holy Knights!
- Start My Own: After realizing that her Schwarzkreuz were nothing but a sham made by Iris, she decided that she'll restart the Schwarzkreuz under her own terms.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: She sinks like a brick when in water, just like Spiritia and Grolla. Because of this, the game would add platforms not available in Freudenstachel for her to traverse areas that required Freudia to actually swim.
- Sword Beam: She shoots these from the magic circles created by her Weißsilber.
- "Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
SK002. Possibly the creepiest of the Schwarzkreuz bunch. She's always wearing heavy clothes due to chronic hypothermia, and despite her age she's actually cool-headed and mature. However, her emotions and mood can violently fluctuate, making her sometimes act out of character. For some unknown reasons, she seems to carry strong emotions towards Freu.
Later, after the Schwarzkreuz is defeated, Eifer is revealed to be The Mole, working with Iris Zeppelin and having manipulated the Schwarzkreuz all along.
Her ability is Eiferstachel, which lets her manipulate the location, density, and hardness of any object around her and use them to attack. She can turn any earthly metal or flora she finds into dangerous weapons in an instant.
Tropes related with Eifer:
- Bloody Tears: When Eifer returns to her normal form after the Dark Devil is defeated, her eyes cry tears of blood.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just before fighting her in her Dark Devil form, her eyes change color from blue to red.
- The Chessmaster: She, alongside Iris, planned to have the Schwarzkreuz attack the Empire and kidnap Spiritia, all while making them believe the Church was witch-hunting Magi.
- Cloning Blues: She is an homunculus crafted by Iris, using Freudia as a base.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: On her coat.
- Creepy Monotone: She speaks with this kind of monotone.
- Cute and Psycho: Take a look at her outer appearance. Then look deeper inside her.
- Dissonant Serenity: She tends to appear calm, even in battle. Unless she acts out of character, that is.
- The Dragon: To Pamela. Later after betraying Pamela, we are shown who her allegiance truly goes to.
- Easily Forgiven: In Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber, Pamela invites her back into the Schwarzkreuz after defeating the Dark Devil.
- Emotionless Girl: She appears to be this, but this is actually subverted, as her emotions actually violently fluctuate, making her sometimes act out of character.
- Evil Genius: With Iris, she pretty much set in motion the events occurring in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: She's on the bad guy side, plus, besides her plant manipulation, she likes choosing cold places as her stages and she has her own variation of Freu's Freudenstachel.
- Exposed to the Elements: Her lower half, that is - the upper half is appropriately dressed for the cold climate of the Prologue Stage.
- Expy: Her design quite resembles Ilyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/stay night. Meanwhile, her Dark Devil form resembles Shadow Devil from Mega Man X5.
- Famous Last Words: "Freu... dia..."
- Green Thumb: Subverted in that she actually manipulates density and location of an object. It's just that flora seems to be the more obvious choice for her.
- Idiot Hair: She has one beneath her hat. It's not a sign of idiocy, though. Instead, it is meant to be a hint of her connection to Freudia.
- Kick the Dog: Her betrayal against the Schwarzkreuz, especially when she badly injures Pamela with an Eiferstachel attack.
- Killed Off for Real: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel (not Weißsilber), as confirmed by WOMI in a response to a comment in his diary. However, he didn't shoot down the possibility of her being resurrected in a future installment.
- Leitmotif: "Castle of Eternal Night" by Sky God Corridor (stage theme), "Winter Waltz" by Sky God Corridor (talk theme) (shared with Freu)
- Manipulative Bitch: Manipulated the Schwarzkreuz into launching their own coup against the Empire alongside Iris all along.
- Miss Swears-a-lot: If you thought Grolla was the resident queen of this trope due to throwing around the word "damn" a lot and using "bastard" towards Sir Raimund's spirit and "bitch" towards Iris, then Eifer could very easily give her a run for her money with her constant use of "damn" when she's defeated and the fact that she called Freudia and Pamela bitches in both of their stories.Eifer: (to Freu) You bitch...! I'll rip you apart!
- The Mole: She reveals herself to be working with Iris after the Schwarzkreuz is defeated, having manipulated the rest of the Schwarzkreuz all along.
- Interestingly, this is subverted, as she doesn't actually pretend to be a good girl. What she does pretend to be, however, is an ally of the Schwarzkreuz.
- Non-Indicative Name: Just like Freudia's above, "Eifer" means "eagerness" in German. She's anything but eager, at least in the first glance.
- Obviously Evil: She has Dissonant Serenity minus the smile, as well as Hellish Pupils and deathly cold ice powers in addition to her plant manipulation powers. But, unlike most characters who are Obviously Evil, she was shown to be redeemable in ''Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber''.
- One-Winged Angel: In Iris's fortress, she turns into the Dark Devil.
- Our Homunculi Are Different
- Smug Snake: She seems to carry shades of this, and even constantly alternates between being this and being a Magnificent Bitch. Her violently fluctuating emotions and mood say it all.
- Snow Means Death: At least in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, according to .
- Spikes of Doom: Used in her boss battle.
- The Stoic: See Dissonant Serenity above.
- Talking to Herself: She shares the same voice actress with Freu. There's a reason for this.
- This Cannot Be!: Whenever you defeat her in battle.
- Token Evil Teammate: Schwarzkreuz is already a group of Anti-Villains doing witch-hunts for the Church and looking to bring RKS to "justice" and "put down the Walpurgisnacht", but Eifer turns out to be, at least, the most evil of the Schwarzkreuz girls. In fact, she's the only one out of the five who doesn't have any genuine friendliness, and her out of character moments don't help, either. The fact that her true loyalty goes to Iris, her creator, only makes things worse.
- The Trickster: She fooled the rest of the Schwarzkreuz into thinking that she was their ally.
- Warm-Up Boss: In the Prologue Stage.
- "Change the world? Words of a madman, I say."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
SK003. A former member of RKS, Schirach is a fairly mysterious woman who was reported missing a few years ago. She loves fighting so much to the point of obsession that she's simply excited to participate in any fight - and she doesn't care whether she wins or loses. Being The Brute of the Schwarzkreuz, she's incredibly strong and can carry her hammer, Lichtfaust, with ease.
Her ability of the same name as her hammer allows her to carry and swing it around with great speed and strength. Her abilities far outclass the limitations of regular humans.
Tropes related with Schirach:
- Affably Evil: You really have to admit how great of a woman she is to be around, with her words of encouragement and all that, even if she's on the bad guy side. And Doris really looks up to her as well!
- Blood Knight: So much so that even other RKS members were unnerved by it. She doesn't even care if she's the victor of a fight or not, so long as she gets enjoyment out of it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Well, she's the Brute of the Schwarzkreuz Five-Man Band, but that doesn't stop her from acting friendly (see Affably Evil above and Noble Demoness below).
- Interestingly, this is often subverted, as she doesn't act loud most of the time.
- Boobs of Steel: Her breasts are just as big as Sichte's, and she's shown to be exceptionally strong compared to most other people.
- Broken Pedestal: Notably averted, as Schirach defecting to the Schwarzkreuz does not stop Doris's hero worship of her.
- The Brute
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dishing Out Dirt: She doesn't explicitly have the ability to conjure earth, but she can do it with her sheer power.
- Dissonant Serenity: Even more than Eifer.
- Drop the Hammer: Her big hammer, which she handles easily thanks to her Lichtfaust ability.
- Expy: She has some similarities to Guts Man, due to creating earthquakes when she lands and throwing huge boulders at you. Unlike Guts Man, however, she is not slow and immobile.
- Narratively, she's a former trouble-making member of the RKS that defected to the antagonists side and is an obsessive Blood Knight, not unlike Vile and Magma Dragoon. Her capturing Spiritia at the beginning of Freudenstachel also mirrors fellow X-series turncoat Mac doing the same thing to X in X3.
- FaceHeel Turn: She was a former RKS member and was reported missing a few years ago. And now she's in the Schwarzkreuz.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- The Glasses Come Off: When she goes into action.
- Graceful Loser: She takes her defeat by Freudia in stride. Win or lose, as long as she gets a good fight, she couldn't care less for the outcome.
- It Amused Me: Her reason for fighting. Then again, she doesn't care whether she wins or not.
- Leitmotif: "Wild Road" by Wingless Seraph (stage theme), "B59" by RP-MUSIC (talk theme)
- Megaton Punch: Has one hell of a punch. Given the chance, it can knock Freu around.
- Noble Demoness: She's the type of girl who's more than happy to give her captain some words of encouragement after losing to her.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Shockwave Stomp: She likes to spam this over and over. When she Turns Red, she can even send a wave of rocks jutting out from the ground.
- Social Darwinist: She believes that Magi are the "top of the food chain" and thus superior to regular humans, then bluntly tells Freu that she doesn't care if the weak perish or not.
- Super-Deformed: Her Game Over screen shows her and Freudia chibi-fied, with Schirach competely leveling the RKS' castle.
- Super Strength: Her Lichtfaust.
- Token Evil Teammate: Remember that she used to be a member of RKS. And back then, she was at best a slacker, and at worst, she's a Blood Knight who's only in for exciting fights instead of the better lives of Magi. As seen in the story, she tends to suggest more 'exciting' methods like 'killing' or 'more killing'.
- Troll: In Weißsilber, Schirach really gets a kick on drilling on Pamela just how incredibly naive she has been.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Worthy Opponent: She deems Freudia as one after she (Schirach) loses to her.
- You're Insane!: Her above quote states that she thinks of changing the world as words of a madman. She's also on the receiving end of this by Freu, albeit, not to her face.
- "Uhh... Umm... Forgive me, but I have no choice!"— Lecht Refraktia"No one can stand up to us! We can beat anybody in no time flat!"— Rink Refraktia
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
SK004 005. Twin sisters who're always seen together, rarely apart. Lecht Refraktia, the older of the two, is a very introverted Hikikomori who dislikes interacting with others but loves to read books. She wears an eyepatch because for some unknown reason she's blind in one eye. Rink Refraktia, the younger of the two, is lively and outgoing and keeps her sister so foremost in her thoughts that she'll stop at nothing to remove any threat to Lecht herself.
Their shared ability is Falschegestalt, which lets them generate a magical shield that reflects special attacks.
Tropes related with Lecht & Rink:
- Affably Evil: Both are part of a group of antagonistic but good-intentioned witch-hunters, and they're both rather personable, with Lecht being polite and well-mannered and Rink being outgoing and cheerful.
- Alliterative Name: Rink Refraktia.
- Always Identicaltwins: Aside from Lecht's eyepatch and mirrored hairstyle, the two look exactly alike.
- Barrier Warrior: They, with their shared ability Falschegestalt, can conjure a magical shield that reflects magic attacks.
- Berserk Button: If Lecht is threatened in any way, Rink will stop at nothing to annihilate the threat. She also doesn't take well to what she considers to be Lecht getting yelled at.Rink: (to Pamela) Hey! Don't you dare yell at Recht! Why don't you tell us what you did to piss the Pope off!? You're so full of yourself!! We thought you were like us!
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cute Ghost Girl: Rink, who is revealed to be Lecht's imaginary friend created by magic.
- Dark Chicks
- Doppelgänger Attack: When turning red.
- Dual Boss: Expected since you're fighting a Gemini Man expy after all.
- Evil Genius: Lecht, who of course loves to read books.
- Eyepatch of Power: Lecht.
- Expy: Their personalities are quite similar to Kei and Chihiro Shindo from ef: a fairy tale of the two. Pattern-wise, they are one to Gemini Man.
- Genki Girl: Rink is lively and outgoing and therefore possibly counts.
- Hikikomori: Lecht.
- Leitmotif: "Wizard's Secret Lab" by DEAD END WONDER (stage theme), "Labyrinth" by Unlimited Hellest (talk theme)
- Little Black Dress: Both the twins wear black nun dresses.
- Nun Too Holy
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Rink.
- Puzzle Boss: Only one of them takes damage. The other will absorb your shots and heal. There's a reason for this. Fortunately, they share a lifebar. Aim for Lecht.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rink and Lecht, respectively.
- Shrinking Violet: Lecht, who is introverted and dislikes interacting with others but nevertheless likes reading books.
- Tareme Eyes
- Theme Twin Naming: Respectively. Their names are actually a play on the German words for left and right, links and rechts.
- Token Mini-Moe
- Unstoppable Rage: Rink if Lecht is threatened in any way.
- "In any event, I told no lies. Creating a world for Magi and ensuring my daughter's safety are one and the same."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
The (former) leader of RKS and Iris's father. An imperial nobleman, he's an authority on magic research and a powerful Magus. He's looked up to like a father to all the other RKS members, especially his adopted daughter Zorne, who, despite the lack of blood ties, even regards him as her real father for saving her life once. He made a Deal with the Devil and launched a coup against the Empire to (supposedly) protect Iris and help the Magi build a world just for them, and was ultimately killed in the end by Iris.
In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, he is revived by Iris and brainwashed into believing that Tia was the one who killed him, serving as the first boss of the Iris Palace. He is killed once again by Freudia.
Tropes related with Graf Michael Zeppelin:
- Affably Evil: His role as an antagonist is the only thing that makes him "evil". In fact, he's truly a nobleman at heart, even when his Omnicidal Maniac tendencies showing up in the sequel make it clear how Brainwashed and Crazy he is in said sequel.
- Anti-Villain: Type-III.
- Back from the Dead: He was brought back by Iris, serving as the boss of Iris Stage I in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Background Boss: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, his fight takes cues from both Gamma from Mega Man 3 and the second form of Sigma from Mega Man X1.
- Badass Baritone: Has a low, deep masculine voice and is a powerful Magus.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Big Bad: At first.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudensatchel, by Iris. She brainwashed him into thinking that Tia murdered him and that Iris brought him back through her prayers, as well as becoming an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He apparently made a Deal with the Devil and therefore gained demonic powers. Despite that, he cares for his own fellow magi very much, and he did so just to build a world where magi can live in peace and ensure the safety of his daughter Iris, who he didn't know was just pitting them against the Empire for her enjoyment.
- Death from Above: In his One-Winged Angel form, he has a good ol' Goomba Stomp as one of his attacks. It also can shake the ground.
- Dub Name Change: The name of "Michael Sepperin-hakushaku" is officially rendered as Graf Michael Zeppelin ("Graf" in German or "hakushaku" in Japanese essentially equating to "Count" in English), but in the Fan Translation, his name was established as Count Michael Sepperin. This change in the official translation was justified as [erka:es] intended to name him after someone famous, but the word choice threw it off a bit.
- Evil Albino: At the first glance at least (the "evil" part, that is).
- Evil Sounds Deep: Again, inverted, as he's not really evil, just a nice guy who made a Deal with the Devil.
- Expy: Of Dracula from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Heat Man in the first game. In the second, he becomes an expy to Sigma instead, particularly his second form in X1.
- Famous Last Words:
- Rosenkreuzstilette: "What are you saying? Iris had been here the whole time..."
- Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert: "Try as you will, descendant of Seyfarth!"
- Fatal Flaw: He loved his biological daughter so much that he trusted her too much to see the monster within her...
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he's charging as bats and transforming and in his demon form.
- Killed Off for Real: He gets obliterated into a burst of flames when Iris killed him after his defeat in the first game.
- Back from the Dead: He returns in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel as the Iris Stage I boss! And then he gets killed again courtesy of Freu (or Pamela).
- Laser-Guided Karma: He becomes a Necromancer and controls the dead Raimund Seyfarth as a guardian boss in the first game, before he dies. Then he's summoned by Iris as a guardian boss in the second game. Way to go.
- Leitmotif: "Party of Ghost" by God Melospi (Zeppelin Stage IV theme), "Cathedral2nd" by in the Ruins of Memories (Rosenkreuzstilette talk theme), "Fighting Eternally" by Unlimited Hellest (boss theme), "The Linking Blaze" by Sky God Corridor (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel talk theme)
- Mr. Exposition: Especially in Spiritia's story, before the boss fight, he gives her (and the player) many infos about the history of their world as well as why they're rebelling in the first place.
- Named After Somebody Famous: After Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
- Necromancer: In making a pact with the devil, he got the ability to use the forbidden arts, allowing him to command monsters and demons, and even allowing him the necrotic ability to raise and control the dead. He even brought Sir Raimund Back from the Dead as a Grim Reaper-like wraith.
- Noble Demon
- One-Winged Angel: His demon form.
- Our Vampires Are Different: See Expy above.
- Our Demons Are Different: Same as above.
- Playing with Fire
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Secret Keeper: He states that he shared Iris' secret with only the select few he felt he could trust, one among them is Kahl. Then, as Iris told him, (she's lying, of course) Kahl is in fact a spy for the Empire, thus he gets Kahl imprisoned.
- Shockwave Stomp: In his second form, he causes tremors whenever he lands after he jumps, temporarily stunning the player.
- Shout-Out: His entire boss battle is one to the final battle of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, and in retrospect, the prologue of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
- He also shouts "Grant me power...!" before going One-Winged Angel.
- He also sometimes shouts "I'm the Devil...!" instead before doing so, similarly to Dr. Weil from Mega Man Zeronote . Unlike Dr. Weil, however, Graf Zeppelin himself is not a monster whatsoever.
- Role-wise, he's also one to Dr. Cossack from Mega Man 4; Graf Zeppelin has a young daughter, like Dr. Cossack, his stage select and castle animations are also similar to his, and the password to the Zeppelin Stages for Story Mode is the exact same password to the final stages of Mega Man 4 given the game uses the same password save system. Oh, and he's also a Disc-One Final Boss.
- Considering that he tries to rebel against the Empire because he thought they're going to persecute him and that he's trying to make an utopia for his kind, his motives are similar to Sigma. Which makes his appearance in the second game all the more amusing.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Team Dad: To all of RKS.
- Tempting Fate: He does a similar thing to Spiritia before his own boss battle.Michael: "Empty platitudes. If you are so certain of yourself, then show me the true extent of your power!"
(Gets beaten by Spiritia)
Michael: "Gah... I had not expected such an outcome...!"
- Undeathly Pallor
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. He's got the white hair going but what he did was never done with malicious intent. All he wanted was to make the world better for his daughter Iris. Too bad his love for Iris blinded him from seeing the monster that she really is.
- "I got it, Tia! Leave it to me!"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
Tia's little green Fairy Companion. Lilli's a curious and inquisitive fairy who's interested in learning about humans, Magi, and the outside world. Kind of a mischief maker, she'll also pout whenever things don't go her way. As a great friend to Tia herself, she can always be counted on in times of need.
Finding the Black Forest's Treasure in the Trauare Stage allows Tia to use Lilli to attack.
Tropes related with Lilli:
- And That's Terrible: When she sees what Iris turns out to be after Graf Zeppelin's defeat, she feels just as horrified as Tia.Lilli: (about Iris) She's awful!
- Armor-Piercing Question: She gives one to Graf Zeppelin after listening to his explanation as to why he started the war, which makes both Tia and the Graf realize something is off."...Let me get this straight: The church wanted Iris dead. You found out about Karl. And that's the whole reason you started this war, right? If that's the case, why was Iris at the Training Hall when all this started?"
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a sash over a sleeveless top, leaving her navel exposed. One must wonder how she doesn't freeze up in, say, Freudia's stage.
- Catchphrase / Verbal Tic: "Hunya!"
- Curtains Match the Window: Has light-green hair and green eyes.
- Doomed Hometown: The burned forest in the Opening Stage happens to be the home of the fairies, and that includes hers.
- Expy: Sprite-wise, she looks like a Cyber-Elf from the Mega Man Zero series. Functionally, she works like Beat from Mega Man 5.
- Fairy Companion: To Spiritia.
- Genki Girl: Not even the burning of her home mentioned above is enough to keep her down for long.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous whenever Tia mentions about her close friends, thinking that she's the closest friend Tia ever had.
- Homing Projectile: Once you obtain her secret treasure, you can use Lilli as a means to attack. Bring her out and she will automatically target any enemy onscreen, and she has a lot of strength to take out even the stronger ones with one shot excluding mid-bosses and bosses. She can also pierce through enemy defenses that render your projectiles useless and even pass through walls to attack them. Each attack though drains her mana so it's best to save her for really crowded areas.
- Idiot Hair: Even though she's clearly not an idiot.
- Meaningful Name: Her name's derived from the Lilliputians of Gulliver's Travels fame.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Lilli is barely bigger than Tia's hand, and sprite-wise, you can only see her fairy glow onscreen. Despite her diminutive size though, she is a lot stronger than she looks and has enough strength to take out enemies in one shot.
- Platforming Pocket Pal: Only available after Tia gets a special item in the Trauare Stage.
- Precision F-Strike: At least once.Zorne: "Tia, I'm taking you down! Right here, right now!!"
Lilli: "Whoa. She's pissed..."
- Properly Paranoid: More like "Properly Angered", but she's shown to be like this when Iris is mentioned. And then you see what Iris turned out to be...
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her knees, which is quite long by fairy standards.
- Say My Name: She does this when Tia loses a life while using her to attack. Also when Iris is going to attack Tia (though thankfully she was saved).
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: "Tia will always be Tia! So there!"
- "I CARE NOT FOR THE MATTERS OF MORTALS NOR THE MOTIVES OF MY SUMMONER. I CRAVE ONE THING ALONG: BATTLE."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
Grolla's deceased grandfather and mentor who died years prior to the story of the first game. He's the legendary wielder of the Demon Sword Grollschwert and the Devil Scythe Grassense — there's not a single man who doesn't know his name. He's strict and stubborn and shows an unforgiving nature, and never gives up on his job even if dishonor may befall his title. He was brought Back from the Dead by Graf Zeppelin to guard his castle bridge.
Tropes related with Raimund:
- Back from the Dead
- BFS, Cool Sword: His Grollschwert can grow massively in size in one of his attacks.
- Bifurcated Weapon / Mix-and-Match Weapon: His Grollschwert's hilt is connected to Grassense's own, most of the time.
- Blood Knight: The tendecies of which has been passed through the Seyfarth line for generations, as he put it.
- Bloody Murder: A variant. It is imbued within both his Grollschwert and Grassense. It can even turn the sky and moon blood red when he Turns Red!
- Combat Compliment: He does this whenever he's hit by his weakness, and when he dies.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's Grolla's grandfather and mentor, after all, and he's respected as a war hero.
- Dem Bones
- Disappointed in You: He'll state this to Grolla if she uses up her last life against him during his first phase in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert.
- The Dragon: To Graf Zeppelin.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted, as he is not technically evil.
- Expy: Of Death from Castlevania, namely from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
- Famous Last Words: "NICELY DONE..."
- Graceful Loser: He compliments the player character when she's defeated him in battle. See Combat Compliment above.
- The Grim Reaper
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Like Luste, he's weak against his own weapon. See also Off with His Head! below.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: After half of his health is gone, one of his quotes is "I will not hold back!"
- Leitmotif: "Meteor Strike" by The Chair Hideout (Zeppelin Stage III theme), "Dark Purple Moon ~ Dance of the Moon ~Rebirth~" by Sky God Corridor (talk theme, also shared with Grolla).
- In the Hood
- Magic Knight
- Meaningful Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The name of his stage, Thanatos, is the name of the Greek God of Death.
- Off with His Head!: When you defeat him at the end of Zeppelin Stage III, both his Grollschwert and Grassense fall off his hands and the screen, cutting off his head before disappearing off the screen itself right before the rest of his body starts to explode.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Prepare to Die: "PREPARE YOURSELF, SPIRITIA! I SHALL BESTOW UPON YOU A GLORIOUS DEATH!"
- Purple Is Powerful: Like Grolla, he's a skilled and competent fighter. His cloak is purple, as well.
- See You in Hell: When Grolla uses up her last life against his second phase:Seyfarth: "I SHALL JOIN YOU IN HELL, GROLLA."
- Sinister Scythe: His Grassense.
- That Man Is Dead: He states that his name that he used when he walked among mortals is of no use to him now.
- The Undead
- Worthy Opponent
- "When I was young, a man gave his life for us. The Church feared him; he was the most powerful Magus in history. His name was Rosenkreuz."—Michael ZeppelinIntroduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette (mentioned)
The legendary Magus who dedicated his life to the Magi and helped them each live lives free of fear and persecution. Ultimately, he and his eight disciples took a stand against the Holy Empire and the Orthodox Church in a long and grueling war that ultimately ended with his Heroic Sacrifice having the Empire accept the Magi as their subordinates. A few decades later, he was reincarnated into two separate beings: Iris, with his absolute power and unparalelled brains, and Tia, with his soul as well as his strongest ability: the ability to tap into the strength of others'.
Tropes related with Rosenkreuz:
- Guile Hero: Implied; He pulled off a Thanatos Gambit to make sure that the Magi can coexist and be accepted by normal people, though the extent of it is not shown.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the war, he offered up his life to have the Empire accept Magi as part of its military. That made them what they are today: Rosenkreuzstilette, the "Rose Cross Stilettos".
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Invincible Hero: According to Graf Zeppelin, the Church, whom the Empire's reins of power lay within, feared him because he was the most powerful Magus in history.
- Light Is Good
- Messianic Archetype
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Christian Rosenkreuz.
- Posthumous Character: Much of the info we got about him came from Graf Zeppelin and Iris.
- Power Copying: He's able to tap onto the strength of his close companions. This power is later inherited by Tia as "Rosenkreuz's Stiletto".
- Reincarnation: Two of them: Iris got his immense magical prowess and the abundance of knowledge he acquired over the course of his life, while Spiritia got his ultimate power: Power Copying.
- Team Dad: To Magi in the past.
- The Unseen
- "Are you the kind to have smooth bumps on your head?"
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel
Freu's little blue Fairy Companion. Not having quite fit in with the rest of the forest inhabitants, Strudel's a carefree fairy who knows nothing of hatred. She's the type who lazes about and only sees what pleases her and has no general goal but doesn't show any resentment to what needs to be done. Strangely enough, she also likes rubbing smooth objects. Strudel likes to call herself "Ru" for short.
Tropes related with Strudel:
- An Ice Person
- Buxom Is Better: She likes round, smooth objects, and that is usually 'boobs'. The first thing she notices on meeting Freu is noticing that she has big boobs and becomes one reason why she likes her and wants to follow her around.
- Cheerful Child
- Curtains Match the Window
- Expy: Functionally, to Rush from Mega Man (Classic). She actually creates ice sculptures that look just like him that help Freu in similar manners to Rush himself.
- Fairy Companion: To Freu. Duh.
- Fun Personified: Strudel's one of the least-concerned characters of the RKS cast, even to the point of being an implied Pollyanna, which is justified since she was created using Freu as a template and doesn't remember any of her actions.
- Idiot Hair
- Lazy Bum
- The Mole: She's actually a servant of Eifer who's purpose is to watch over Freudia's actions. However, by the time of The Reveal, Strudel has grown so attached to Freudia that she immediately pulls a HeelFace Turn.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Implied.
- Platforming Pocket Pal: Becomes available as a weapon for Freu to use if she finds the Black Forest's other secret treasure in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- The Pollyanna: Implied. She doesn't care at all that Freudia burned down the fairies' forest. Justified, as she's a partial clone of Freudia and has no memory of her actions.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: During Eifer's reveal. Her eyes changed back afterwards though.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Mystical White Hair: Revealed to be one just like Eifer, except her hair changed back after the battle.
- "Dragons are kind, gentle creatures. ...At least, that's what Freu tells me."—Spiritia, regarding the species Talos is part of.Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
A dragon who appears in the beginning of the game to kidnap Iris. In truth he was actually enslaved by her until Tia (and Grolla) freed him by shattering the red orb. He gladly returns the favor by taking them to her and saving Tia when Iris self-destructs her palace.
Tropes related with Talos:
- Androcles' Lion: In return for being freed from slavery, he helps Spiritia/Grolla cross the chasm to Iris's chamber and rescues the former upon the destruction of Iris' fortress.
- Book-Ends: Appears in the prologue stage to sweep Iris away on his back. In the last stage, Spiritia flies on him to reach Iris.
- Captain Ersatz: Resembles Wyverns from Castlevania games, sprite-wise.
- Gentle Giant: According to Spiritia, from what Freudia said to her, dragons are kind, gentle creatures. Talos is no exception, he was just slaving away at Iris' whelms, and he wasn't enjoying it.
- Leitmotif: "ys008 ~The Final Duel~" by Oo 39 Dot Com (Last Stage theme)
- "From this day forth, all Magi shall be considered heretics, menaces to society, and enemies of the state."—Part of the opening text from Rosenkreuzstilette FreudenstachelIntroduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel (mentioned)
The nameless pope who organizes the Orthodox Church where the Holy Empire's reins of power lay within and arranged for the creation of Schwarzkreuz. As it turns out, the real pope was assassinated by Eifer as planned by Iris, and was replaced by a homunculus posing as him.
Tropes related with the Pope:
- Character Death: He was murdered by Eifer.
- Cloning Blues: He was replaced by a homunculus acting as him when he was killed by Eifer.
- Dead All Along
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's never referred by name, instead only being simply called "the pope". The only other name he goes by is "his Holiness".
- Knight Templar: After RKS' rebellion was forced to cease in the first game due to Iris being behind everything, it wasn't too long before he declared all Magi as heretics, threats to society, and enemies of the state before organizing the witch hunt by Schwarzkreuz. Turns out, the real pope was killed by Eifer and replaced by a homunculus posing as him.
- The Unseen
- "Heheheh. I think all kinds of interesting things are sure to happen."
Introduced in: Rosenkreuzstilette
A young girl placed under the care of RKS. Iris appears to be a kind, innocent, and mature-for-her-age girl who's much loved and trusted by everyone. However, that's just a facade: underneath her so-called "innocent demeanor" lies an utterly cruel Magnificent Bastard who's willing to do everything in her power for her own personal gain. She likes to sing as she talks, as evidenced by the eighth note (♪) placed at the end of her sentences. Everything she does, no matter how cruel or hurtful, is all done strictly For the Evulz. She's also a reincarnation of the legendary Magus Rosenkreuz, blessed with absolute power and unparalelled brains, and with that, she seeks to usurp God himself.
She's back to her deplorable ways in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, where she is revealed to be the one who manipulated the Schwarzkreuz through Eifer Skute, an homunculus she crafted using Freudia's genes as a base. Unlike in the original, however, she finally gets her comeuppance from Freudia, who uses her powers to freeze her and then sends her frozen body to some remote place, just to be sure. Oh, and in Pamela's story, she explodes.
Her ability is Blitzstrahl, which lets her unleash electric sphere attacks and even generate bolts of lightning in different directions at once.
Tropes related with Iris:
- Affably Evil: She never stops behaving like an elegant little girl, even while beating down others. Also seems to alternate between this and...
- A God Am I: Her defining character trait.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Her arrogance about her intellect and her power doesn't keep her from begging for mercy from Freu to spare her, which of course doesn't work since the latter doesn't give in to any of her crap and just ups and entraps her in her icy prison.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Even as early as the intro cutscene, Spiritia and Lilli noted something wrong about her... Unfortunately, they were right.
- Arch-Enemy: To Spiritia over the course of the endgame of Rosenkreuzstilette, and Freudia due to similar circumstances, being cemented in Freudenstachel, where Freudia firmly declares her intent to kill Iris after she brainwashed Spiritia.
- Ax-Crazy: She's a sadistic, mad girl who will gladly go so far as cold-blooded murder to revel in her victim's suffering. Her whole Evil Plan and the destruction it caused was psychopathic cruelty for it's own sake, which isn't something that comes from a sane frame of mind.
- And I Must Scream: Her final fate at the end of Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel when Freu encases her in an ice crystal.
- Berserk Button: She doesn't take too well to anyone interfering with her plans.
- Big Bad Friend: As she's the one who plotted all of the war.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She looks so nice and dandy at the beginning, just for Iris to reveal her true colors in the endgame.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: She doesn't even regret any of the horrible things she's done in the games, which were all for the hell of it.
- Cheerful Child/Creepy Child: Before and after the reveal.
- Children Are Innocent: She makes you think this at the beginning of the game, except she's anything but.
- Classic Villain: Not only does she embody the deadly sins as listed in the Seven Deadly Sins section below, she also embodies Ambition (as in her ambition to usurp God) and serves as the Evil Counterpart to Tia's Incorruptible Pure Pureness.
- Combat Pragmatist: Both the first game and the sequel seem to portray her as this. When you first face off against her, she attacks you from within her massive Iris Machine, and, in the first game and its side-story, she continues her attacks from within the safety of her Iris Capsule. In Freudenstachel and its own side-story, she sics a Brainwashed and Crazy Tia on you. It's only during the final phases of both of the final boss battles that she decides to fight you head-on. And after her defeat in the first game, what does she do? She pulls off an I Surrender, Suckers and self-destructs her palace, trying to take you down with it.
- Cool Crown: She gets a tiara on her forehead in the first game's climax.
- Cry Cute: During her Wounded Gazelle Gambits as well as her defeated mugshot when she gets bested by Tia in the final battle.
- Cute and Psycho: Oh, yes, definitely. Shows at the end of the first game in both modes, of course. At first, in both stories, she's definitely cute, but she gets the Psycho part even more when she gets her Villainous Breakdown just before the final battle, as she starts laughing maniacally and very quickly changes her prim and proper attitude to insane motormouthed arrogance. Even so, she still has the cute part, of course.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Inverted in that she pulled off the "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness" deal on him and didn't care about his death - but he in her words was certainly entertaining.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: At the end of Rosenkreuzstilette Weißsilber, she starts exploding after Pamela slashes her with her sword.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: "Do you honestly believe you're a match for me?"
- Enfant Terrible: Once you know her true colors, she's essentially this.
- Evil Laugh / Noblewoman's Laugh: She takes this, due to her being a Dr. Wily expy.
- Evil Plan: She manipulates the RKS into enacting a coup by telling her father that Kahl is a spy of the Empire and that he may have told the Empire Iris' secrets, and things just got worse from there. All for the heck of it.
- Expy: Of Kalinka from Mega Man 4, to her father being the Dr. Cossack expy and the Damsel in Distress of the first game; when she reveals her true nature, it turns out she's namely one to Dr. Wily and to X8's Lumine.
- Fate Worse than Death: Depending on how you interpret the ending of Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, either Freu freezes her to death or keeps her trapped in ice as a Human Popsicle for all of eternity, which definitely qualifies as this.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She makes Baby Bonnie Hood look innocent and sweet by comparison; she looks adorable and kind but it's a facade that hides her cold and ruthless side.
- Final Boss: In both games.
- For the Evulz: She made RKS fight against the Empire for laughs and even amuses herself with other people's, especially Zorne's and Grolla's, suffering.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She becomes this towards Spiritia during her breakdown upon realizing that Tia is Rosenkreuz's other incarnation and that she's going to eliminate her for the right of being the sole ruler of the world.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Seems to be this, with the glimpses of her personality, until it's revealed later that she's the opposite.
- Hate Sink: Zig-zagged. In-universe, none of the other characters have had a good opinion of her ever since she betrayed RKS, murdered her own father in cold blood, and revealed that she started their war on the Empire for laughs. Out-of-universe, she became someone who wants you to love her by hating her in the eyes of several players.
- Hijacked by Ganon: She turns out to be the antagonist of the sequel.
- Insufferable Genius: She's blessed with insane amounts of intellect and takes very high pride in both that and her incredible power, to the point that she claims to be a god.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Her case.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Just like good ol' Wily, she grovels upon surrendering to Tia after she loses... and then she activates the self-destruct mechanism of the castle, trying to take Tia down with her. Didn't work when it comes to Freudia.
- Kick the Dog: She does this quite a lot throughout the first game, such as killing a priest in the beginning of Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert just for laughs. Oh, and the "killing your own dad for being no longer useful" blurb.
- Kill It with Ice: She ends up on the receiving end of it at the end of Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel when an extremely pissed off Freudia decides to freeze her to death.
- Killed Off for Real: See above. Then again, Mega Man villains aren't known for staying dead.
- Knight of Cerebus: Compared to the rest of the whole enemy lot, she really knows how to hold the honor of showing off some serious evilness, especially in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert where you don't have to go any farther than the opening sequence to see it for yourself.
- Large Ham: She just loves to chew the scenery everytime she talks.
- Leitmotif: Lots. "Power of God, Human Heart" by Unlimited Hellest (Rosenkreuzstilette main theme), "18" by AM3 (Rosenkreuzstilette Iris Stage III theme), "Heavy Snake" by Unlimited Hellest (Rosenkreuzstilette Iris Stage III talk theme), "Pray to Muse For..." by Song! Cat Room: Unkolyn (Rosenkreuzstilette Iris Stage III boss theme), "The Devil Loves a Fallen Angel" by Unlimited Hellest (Last Stage talk theme), "Last Battle ~Requiem for Myself~" by Song! Cat Room: Unkolyn (Last Stage boss), "B38" by RP-MUSIC (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel main theme), "Mad Darkness" by DEAD END WONDER (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel Iris Stage III theme), "B7" by RP-MUSIC (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel Iris Stage III talk theme), "the end of last age final destination" by Kamo King (Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel Iris Stage III boss theme), "Scarlet Moon Castle" by Unlimited Hellest (Final Stage talk theme (shared with Tia)), "Awakening the Profound Evil" by Wingless Seraph (Final Stage boss (also shared with Tia))
- Light Is Not Good: Her final battles clearly showcases this. Her Fortresses are also prominently themed after gold and light, looking handsomely decorated.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After defeating her for the last time, her castle self-destructs.
- Man Behind the Man: Actually, Girl Behind The Man, because she's the sole reason why the plot for both games happened
- Manipulative Bastard: She manipulated RKS into launching the coup against the Empire just for kicks. Oh, and she did the same thing in the second game, this time with the SK.
- Meaningful Name: She seems to be named after (and be similarly) to Iris, the rainbow goddess, and Eris, the goddess of chaos. Like the rainbow goddess of the same name (only with a different pronounication), her One-Winged Angel transformation appears to be a beautiful maiden with wings, and like Eris, she delights in causing as much mayhem as possible just for fun, mainly by manipulating others into attacking one another. Iris herself claims to be a god anyway, so this makes perfect sense.
- Oh, Crap!: She uses this expression when Grolla overhears her plot to have RKS fight against the Empire for kicks in the beginning of Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert. She also uses this expression right before Freudia Kills Her With Ice at the end of Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- One-Winged Angel: In the final battle, she turns into a seraphic version of herself.
- Physical God: She claims to be one.
- Pitiful Worms: In addition to her claims to be a Physical God above, she'll never miss an opportunity to call other people "worthless maggots".
- Power Gives You Wings: In her One-Winged Angel form.
- Princess Classic: She seems to have shades of this. She's very intellectual, as much as Rosenkreuz himself, plus in the first game, she's very well-dressed in elegant clothing, similar to that of a real princess. Of course, this is then inverted, as she's really more evil and malicious than expected.
- Psycho Electro: She qualifies even further when she gets her Villainous Breakdown.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has very long hair, long enough to reach her calves.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted... At first.
- Seven Deadly Sins: She pretty much embodies a lot, if not all, of the deadly sins. Here's a list below:
- Pride: She definitely takes pride of being basically a "god's reincarnation" and sees others as commoners. She also can't accept defeat.
- Lust: The lust for pleasure and excitement... over other people's misery, that is.
- Envy: She becomes jealous of Tia at the end of the main game upon learning that she's the other incarnation of Rosenkreuz and that "the world needs only one Rosenkreuz".
- Greed: This is linked to her Ambition. She will not let anyone else standing in the way to godhood, manipulating them all to ensure that.
- Shock and Awe: Her Blitzstrahl ability.
- Shout-Out: Some of her actions and quotes are this:
- One of her quotes, "Oh, I'm so anxious to rip you apart!", is one to Double from Mega Man X4 (fittingly, both him and Iris are shown to be a well-mannered people in the good guys' side before being revealed as evil and sadistic).
- She also did one to Vile from Mega Man X when she witnesses Spiritia wrecking her floating fortress.
- Her quote, "Grovel in the dirt like an insect, and the insect I know you are", is one to Dracula's victory quote from Castlevania: Judgment.
- Smug Super: She believes herself to be incomparable to everyone else since she claims to be a god, and always boasts about it.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Again, see the Count Michael Zeppelin folder for details.
- Teleport Spam: She employs this tactic on the battles against her capsule and then against her seraphic form.
- This Cannot Be!: She says many variations of this whenever she is defeated.
- This Is the Final Battle: "I would kill you here and now, but I have a better idea. I'll let you prepare yourselves for a final showdown. You had better get ready!"
- The Trickster: Her innocent demeanor fooled everyone into not knowing that she started the war for her entertainment.
- Troll: She has tendencies to do this, as showcased in the next examples:
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, she's clearly amusing herself with pissing off Grolla as much as possible, and as Grolla continues her quest to get her revenge, Iris conjures up more ways to piss her off again — just to have fun at her expense.
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, she manages to do it again, this time with Freu; she uses a brainwashed Tia to attack her just to have even more fun at Freu's own expense (see Freu's Berserk Button above). And what better punishment for her being a troll than being sealed in ice after the battle...
- Verbal Tic: The eighth note (♪) is often placed at the end of a lot of her sentences.
- Villain Opening Scene: She gets this in Grolla's side story.
- Villainous Breakdown: She gets this on both stories, one each. One when she laughs madly as she realized that Tia is the other half of Rosenkreuz's reincarnation, another when Grolla said that she doesn't care who the heck she is and she wants to kill her, and a final one when Freudia beats her and reveals that Tia purposefully sealed off her own Rosenkreuz's power so Iris wouldn't be able to use her powers fully, not to mention Freudia declaring that she's not that merciful and kept her word that she will kill her, ending with a Big "NO!" as Freudia froze her forever.
- Villains Want Mercy: Subverted; see I Surrender, Suckers above. Played Straight in Freudenstachel when she begs that Freudia won't go through what she planned to do (put her to a cold sleep eternally)... Except Freudia already ran out of craps to give and showed no mercy.
- Walking Spoiler: And for many, MANY good reasons, which gave her a separate folder with a spoiler character warning.
- Wave Motion Gun: Her new flying fortress in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel gets one.
- Wasn't That Fun?: For when you use up your last life against her during the second phase of the fight against her Iris Machine.Iris: "Now THAT was fun!♪"
Iris: "Now THAT was quality entertainment.♪"
- Winged Humanoid: Again, her One-Winged Angel form.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She pulls this on Grolla in the Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert mode and pretty much everyone in the main game.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She pulls this on her father after the battle with him. She would have done the same to Spiritia if not for a Big Damn Heroes moment from Freudia.