Characters appearing in Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight and the mobile game RE:Live.
The 99th Class of Seisho Music Academy
- The Ace: As Seisho is one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in Japan, they are all considered the creams of the crop in the world of theater by default as only a handful of 30 talented students are selected from entrance exams each year.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: They're much less aggressively vicious and brutally competitive towards each other in the anime compared to their stageplay counterparts and are depicted as being very close friends right from the beginning.
- The Chosen Many: The first stage play and its print adaptation The Show Must Go On refers to them (sans Hikari, who had yet to transfer at that point) as the "Selected Group". note
- Coat Cape: They all wear red coats (except Hikari, whose coat is blue) with their stage combat outfits, though only on one shoulder.
- Friendly Rivalry: In the anime and the stories that follow its continuity at least. The stageplay, on the other hand, has them eventually develop into this after much trial and grief they go through in the Auditions. Before that, their rivalry was less than friendly.
- Motif: They are heavily associated with the stars. Hikari's hairclip given to her by Karen is in the shape of two stars, the play they all memorably cherish is entitled "Starlight", and they all aim to shine brighter than the stars above by becoming the Top Star. Most of their songs are even themed towards stars.
- Numerological Motif: The number "9". There are 9 of them, they're part of the 99th class in Seisho, and there are 9 main characters in the "Starlight" playnote . The main plot in the anime has all of them aiming to reach the top and become the Top Star by defeating each other in stage combat until only one is left to take the crown, tying in to the number "9" being at the apex of the single digits. Even the true purpose of the Auditions is also associated with the number 9 as the winner of the Auditions gets to have any of their wishes fulfilled by taking the defeated opponents' Shine from them and using that as fuel to ensure the winner's wish comes true even if reality has to be altered in the process.
- True Companions: They're close enough to be considered family at this point, having been together since their first year. The events of the story have them grow even closer than before, even including the newly transferred Hikari into their circle.
- Worthy Opponent: All the other schools technically see them as this, but this is especially true with the Edels from Siegfeld as the girls from the 99th Class of Seisho are the only students whose talents and skills they actually acknowledge as being on par with theirs. The other two schools, with the very small exception of some individuals like Shizuha and Fumi, on the other hand, are barely within their radar of interest as rivals.
A girl who was amazed by the play "Starlight" she saw as a child, and found herself on the path to a career in theater as a result. She's always energetic and has a loud voice, but is extremely weak in the mornings and hates morning practice.
- Big Damn Heroes: After Hikari is Pinned to the Wall by Junna, Karen is quick to jump to the former's aid.
- Book Dumb: Academics is not Karen's best forte. She also needs to be corrected by Mahiru every time she mispronounces or jumbles some words every now and then.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Not to Kaoruko's extent, but it's heavily implied that her lack of dedication and general naivety are what's keeping her from reaching her full potential as a stage girl. Once Hikari returns in her life, her determination to stand onstage together with Hikari reignites her passion to stand on top and she quickly improves after working even harder than before to do just that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Downplayed. It's easy to miss because of the setting and because her more talented friends overshadow her, but you have to remember that since Seisho Music Academy is a prestigious performing arts school in Japan, only a select talented few can enter it, and Karen qualified. Though it can be attributed to hard work on her end, the fact that she was one of the top 30 entrance exam passers and was not the lowest of that 30 should say something about her despite her bad habits in class.
- Catchphrase: "Non non" when she is denying something.
- Childhood Friends: With Hikari, although they were separated for a long time when Hikari went to England.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: While she's not exactly the ideal role model herself, she's essentially Hikari's babysitter sometimes though Mahiru ultimately does a better job at it than she does.
- Cool Crown: Aside of her hairclip, she wears a small one in her stage costume.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Her first battle with Junna. She ends in the receiving end in her fight with Maya.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction when Hikari seemingly turns on her during the final day of the auditions.
- Genki Girl: Karen is filled with energy and determination.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has her hair in the "two side up" variety, fitting for her energetic and idealistic nature.
- The Heart: Her ultimate role in the 99th is this as she helps bring out the best in her classmates and encourages them to shine brilliantly on stage together in the most idealistic way possible. If she's down, everyone else can feel it in the atmosphere.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Uses a cutlass.
- Idiot Hero: Her heart may be in the right place but she's definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Important Hair Accessory: She wears a crown shaped hairclip that is melted in lava during her transformation.
- Insult of Endearment: Hikari dubbed her "Bakaren" (a portmanteau of "baka" and "Karen") after she interferes with the former's audition with Junna. After Episode 2, Junna seems to have adopted the term with this trope in mind. The subtitles instead render it as "Dorkaren" (a portmanteau of "dork" and "Karen").
- Late for School: How she's introduced in the present day in the stage play version of the story, which got her and her class in deep trouble in the first part. While she isn't introduced in the same way in the anime, it's alluded to several times as one of her bad habits in class.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She's essentially this to Mahiru, who doesn't see herself as anything special and is only able to feel good about herself by looking after Karen.
- Nice Girl: Very. She loves and cares for her friends, and being the idealist that she is, would love the idea of being able to stand on stage with everyone together despite the competitive nature surrounding her career. The prequel manga even has her helping an old lady out on her way to her entrance exams at Seisho.
- The Nicknamer: She's the one who came up with the "Banana" nickname for Nana, and she also calls Junna "Jun-Jun".
- Not a Morning Person: Despite all her energy, she's very difficult to wake up in the mornings and hates morning practice.
- Oblivious to Love: She doesn't notice Mahiru's crush on her.
- Red Is Heroic: Her stage uniform has more red than the other girls'.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hikari's Blue. She is an energetic Genki Girl, Hikari is a stoic Aloof Dark-Haired Girl.
- Spanner in the Works: One of two with the other being Hikari. Her participation in the auditions is one of the primary factors that set in motion the events that would throw off Nana's never-ending time loop and put it to a halt.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Umeboshi, according to her profile.
- Why Didn't I Think of That?: After Karen runs all over the school looking for Hikari, and disturbs the rest of her classmates in the process, Nana casually suggests calling Hikari by phone. Karen's immediate reaction reeks of this trope.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She was already in the road to a highly competitive career before she ended having to fight her classmates in the literal sense of the word. She still believes in being friends and working together with everyone, even when all the other girls believe only one person can be the Top Star.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Says this trope almost word per word to Mahiru during and after she defeats her in their revue duel together.
Karen's childhood friend who had been studying abroad at a school for the performing arts in England. Her returning to Japan and reuniting with Karen is what starts the plot of the anime.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While Hikari's motivations and aloof personality stay mostly the same in the anime, Hikari treats Karen much less coldly compared to her stage play counterpart when they reunite for the first time in years and makes it more obvious that she does care for her childhood friend right from the start. She also doesn't taunt Junna during her audition against her unlike in the stage play version where she was being almost sadistic about doing it.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Besides being much colder, at least initially, Hikari in the stageplay isn't as eccentric or even that stoic compared to anime Hikari, who comes across as a monotone oddball in her more comedic moments.
- Adorkable: During the times when she's more relaxed, she's this. The OVAs and RE:Live mobile game highlight this trait of hers more especially since the auditions in the anime were finally done and she could afford to relax around others besides Karen more.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Comes across as this when she meets Karen for the first time since they were children, though it is hinted that her aloof nature is an act, which turns out to be half true. She really lost some of her emotions and her passion for the stage when she lost the auditions before, but she still has plenty left. She is playing up her aloofness to keep Karen away from those dangerous auditions.
- Anger Born of Worry: She gets increasingly angrier as Karen keeps participating in the auditions. She ends slapping Karen and running again after Karen is defeated by Maya.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a brilliant Stage Girl, but can be somewhat flighty and downright strange when she's not onstage performing. Junna even exasperatingly admits during the Valentine's event in RE:Live that she's baffled a talented actress such as Hikari would lack so much common sense offstage.
- Childhood Friends: With Karen, although her moving to England means they were separated for years.
- Cloudcuckoolander: If you get past the aloofness, you'd see that she's just as weird and ditzy as Karen is: she's just better at hiding it.
- The Comically Serious: She can say and do the strangest of things without ever changing her monotone voice or expression ever.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Hikari is not the least bit pleased that Karen jumped in to duel Junna after the latter pins her to a stage fixture with an arrow, as Karen interfered with an audition for the Starlight revue.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: She is the first to defeat Nana, who had gone undefeated in the auditions several times thanks to her "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Deuteragonist: She's the second most important character in the story right after Karen.
- Didn't Think This Through: Karen points out that Hikari locking her in the shed to prevent her from losing would've made her lose anyways for not showing up. Hikari is baffled she didn't realize that.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: She admits that math isn't her strongest subject and would rather do without it.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She is shown to sleep with a stuffed bear, and bought a stuffed jellyfish during her escapade from school.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Her very presence pretty much sealed the deal that Karen would join the auditions and her attempts to prevent Karen from participating in the auditions only serve to make the latter all the more determined to get to the bottom of them.
- Important Hair Accessory: Her sparkle shaped hairclips.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears a long-sleeved purple leotard instead of the regular white and black one worn by the other students outside of Maya and Claudine. Justified due to her being a new transfer student from the Royal Institute of Dramatic Arts from England, a school that's said to be more prestigious than Seisho, which all but states that she's more experienced in ballet compared to most of the class.
- Not So Above It All: In spite of her Aloof Dark-Haired Girl act, a Freeze-Frame Bonus in episode 3 reveals she sleeps with a stuffed animal. Then there is the fascination with jellyfishes she is shown to have in the following episode. At one point she is watching them in an aquarium with a group of children.
- Not So Stoic: Despite acting aloof and unsociable, she frequently breaks her mask and expresses genuine emotion around Karen. Episode 8 expands on this aspect of her character, explaining that losing the auditions in England took away her drive to achieve her old dream. The Giraffe notes that it's unusual she even has that much emotion left, implying that the losers are expected to become fully melancholic and stoic.
- Poor Communication Kills: Her biggest flaw. Her refusal to talk to Karen leads the latter to follow her to the underground stage, and Hikari would rather tie Karen up and lock her in a shed over explaining herself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Karen's Red. The irony is that once you get past her stoicism, you will see that Hikari has way worse temper than the energetic and idealist Karen.
- The Southpaw: With her cape correspondingly on the right side.
- Spanner in the Works: Her appearance and transfer to Seisho serve as the main catalysts to the events that would put an eventual stop to Nana's wish of a never-ending time loop to her time with the 99th Class.
- Took a Level in Cynic: There is a huge contrast between the cheerful Hikari from Karen's flashbacks and the present day Aloof Dark-Haired Girl. This is because her "shine" was taken from her when she lost the auditions in England, leaving her mostly apathetic even towards her childhood dream. However, meeting Karen again has clearly re-sparked her old dream of standing on stage with her friend, instead of standing alone after beating all other competitors like she (and everyone else) thought was the only way.
- Trash of the Titans: She almost never cleans up after herself in her room, much to poor Mahiru's distress.
- Unknown Rival: Mahiru resents her for being Childhood Friends with Karen, and becoming the focus of Karen's attention since her return. Hikari is oblivious to these feelings.
- Whip Sword: Hikari wields a downplayed example, a dagger tied to a rope, though she can also use the dagger on its own, its similar to a kusari-gama. The reason she only has a dagger compared to everone else's longer weapon is that almost all off her "shine" was lost in England. That she even has this much shine left is surprising to the Giraffe.
A thoroughbred girl who is the offspring of a famous stage actor and a prima donna. Despite her beautiful physique, strong voice, and natural-born talent, she never sits on her laurels. She is a lone wolf who always aims to go higher.
- The Ace: She is the number one of her class, excelling in all areas of revue. She is the daughter of two stage actors and is described as being naturally talented at acting. However, it's later revealed that Nana has beaten her in every itiration of the "Groundhog Day" Loop so far, which would make Nana the true ace of the class.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Maya was more of an arrogant jerk in the stageplay unlike her friendlier, though still aloof, anime counterpart.
- Always Someone Better: To Claudine. Defeating her and taking her place as #1 forms the crux of Claudine's motivations as a Stage Girl.
- Animal Motifs: Birds, especially swans. Besides the obvious reference to the Swan Lake, it symbolizes her status as The Ace who is Lonely at the Top, as swan are seen as beautiful and majestic animals, and since they can fly they stay above land animals.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed, but as someone who has reached the top by giving her best and defeating other girls who were also giving their best, she dislikes people who do not give all they have to achieve their dreams.
- The Comically Serious: She talks about how great potatoes are with the same expression she has while training.
- Establishing Character Moment: The way she enters the first episode by going straight to Position Zero not only handily establishes her as the top student in the class, but the way her announcing her name and number stops all of the multiple conversations happening in that scene shows how she's respected by her classmates... as well as isolated from them.
- The Gadfly: Her interactions with Claudine sometimes shows shades of this in her, even borderline teasing the girl at times.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: And it's not just movies either, but also stories told in person.
- Gratuitous English: Finishes her fights saying this. Amusingly, she didn't bother changing the eastern order of her name despite speaking in English.This is Tendo Maya.
- Hair Decorations: She has X-shaped hairpins to hold back her bangs, plus a blue ribbon on the back of her head.
- Lady of War: Not the only one, but the biggest one in the show so far.
- Lonely at the Top: Her status keeps her distant of her other classmates. She sees this trope as an inevitable part of being a Top Star.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: In their ballet lessons, all the other girls wear the same sleeveless white and black leotards except for Maya (who wears a blue one with elbow-length sleeves) and Claudine. Justified because she and Claudine are the most experienced ballet dancers, and in many real-life ballet schools, the more experienced students are allowed greater freedom in their choice of outfits compared to the younger girls.
- Not So Above It All: Despite usually emanating a dignified aura, she joins the rest of the group in their silly ruse to cover for Karen and Hikari when they miss the school curfew. The prequel manga also reveals that she is terrified of ghosts, which Claudine completely misses no matter how much she sees Maya freaking out in front of her (she assumes she's just that good of an actor).
- Not So Stoic: Hilariously vents out her frustrations of losing the lead role of Claire to Hikari in the hammiest way possible in the 2nd Starlight Special.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when it hits her that Nana plans to reset the time after defeating her.
- Ret Gone: RE:Live's 7th chapter in the Main Story has Maya seemingly completely disappear from existence and in everyone's memories.
- Royal Rapier: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Ship Tease: Her and Claudine have a lot of tension like this between each other. Every time Maya dances with Claudine she spends the whole time smiling at her, regardless if anyone is around to see them. She also spends a good part of her fight with Karen praising Claudine's passion and drive (we know Maya is talking about Claudine due to the camera cutting to her while Maya is making her speech). She also blushes in the flashback to the previous production of the Starlight play when Claudine leans in to whisper in her ear.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves baumkuchen so much that she can finish off entire plates of the thing when given to her.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a royal blue leotard while the girls are practicing ballet.
- Terrible Artist: According to the 4-koma manga and an in character interview, the one subject she is bad at is art. Claudine claims her drawings look like something one would see in a fever dream. RE:Live also reveals that she skips art classes because of this under the guise of being sick as an excuse.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The prequel reveals that she's afraid of ghosts and all things horror-related.
- Worthy Opponent: To Claudine. Also to Akira Yukishiro in RE:Live, her equally talented counterpart from Siegfeld Music Institute.
An honor student and the class rep that has the best test scores in her grade. Though she has good judgment and the ability to analyze a situation, she has a tendency to overthink things. She chose to pursue theater despite her parents' objections. Her biggest worry is the gap in skill between herself and natural genius like Maya and Claudine.
- Adaptational Personality Change: She was much more eccentric in the stageplay unlike her more straight-laced anime self.
- Archer Archetype: She uses a bow and arrows in battle, is a loner (at least at the start of the series) and a Combat Pragmatist, and acts a bit haughty towards Karen due to thinking she doesn't take the auditions seriously.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Forced to be the tsukkomi role between both Hikari and Maya being the boke as a result of both of them hamming it up in the 2nd Starlight Special OVA.
- Class Representative: She's the class rep for the 99th class, and she fits many aspects of the trope, being an intelligent girl who's usually concerned about the rules.
- Cold Sniper: Her battle tactic is to shoot her opponent from every possible angle.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses the props in the stage to get good positions to shoot or to hide herself.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: As the prequel manga reveals, she's terrible at handling anything horror-related.
- Hammerspace: She never runs out of arrows and doesn't use a quiver or anything to keep them.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Trains herself to near-exhaustion, but finds that she still can't hold a candle to characters like Maya and Claudine, who possess natural talent for revue.
- Hurricane of Aphorisms: At the end of episode 9 in an attempt to cheer up Nana, who shows a surprising interest in all those quotes Junna knows. Subverted at the end when she decides to use her own words instead.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The crux of her determination to become the Top Star. She does not want to be just another face in the crowd, but a star that has its own shine.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Taken to absurd levels during her fight with Kaoruko: When both of them enter a Blade Lock, she fires an arrow upwards, which ricochets off the structural beams of the arena several times before hitting the latter's cloak.
- Only Sane Man: Plays this role in the second Starlight Special between Maya and Hikari. She's also this in general among the 99th whenever they all goof off.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The only student with glasses and she is the class representative with top scores. She is also seen researching the Giraffe in episode 3.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's spooked by anything horror-related, as revealed in the prequel manga.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
A girl that is usually calm and shy but dances and sings with vigor on the stage. She has always admired the positivity and energy of her roommate, Karen. This admiration leads to complicated feelings when Karen's childhood friend returns.
- Adaptational Badass: She was initially much more reluctant to engage in stage combat against her classmates in the stageplay unlike her anime counterpart who is a willing participant in the Auditions from the start. Even when she faces off against Karen in her focus episode in the anime, she doesn't at all hesitate to attack her regardless of her feelings for her.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She is unable to talk about her massive crush on Karen or her dislike of Hikari.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a mace.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Before Hikari arrived, she served as this to Karen. Though even after Karen grows to be self-reliant and hardworking once Hikari transferred in, Mahiru is still arguably this towards her and Hikari whenever she has her irresponsible moments.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Hates when Karen gets closer to the other girls. Amusingly enough, in one scene of episode 2 she is literally clinging to Karen.
- Color Motif: Green. She's represented with the color green, and her Revue outfit is green. She is incredibly jealous of Hikari due to how close she is to Karen, and envy is commonly associated with green.
- Cool Big Sis: Her siblings back in Hokkaido definitely see her this way.
- Covert Pervert: Episode 5 all but openly states her feelings for Karen aren't entirely pure. In order, she: Stuffs her face in Karen's pillow, stares at her used towel as if it was a treasure, and attempts to get an Indirect Kiss with her water bottle.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Invoked and Played With. Mahiru wants to slim down so she can better portray the Lean and Mean Professor Moriarty in "Holmes versus Lupin". It turns out that her concerns about not fitting into her Moriarty costume were caused by the bathroom scale malfunctioning, but Mahiru did lose some weight while under the mistaken impression that she had gotten heavier.
- Everyone Can See It: According to Kaoruko, everybody has noticed her feelings for Karen. Except Karen herself of course.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has a pair of very small pigtails. In the anime, they'll sometimes move according to her mood.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She really doesn't like Hikari for being the center of Karen's attention.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Seisho Music Academy is such a prestigious school Mahiru appeared on TV just for being able to go there. And despite keeping up with her classmates there for a whole year, she still believes she doesn't compare to any of them. In her mind being Karen's sidekick/caretaker of sorts is the only thing she has because it allows her to be part of someone else's radiance. Ultimately it falls to Karen herself to remind Mahiru of how much she can do on her own, allowing her to finally find some "shine" in her reflection.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the oldest of six siblings.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: The usually sweet and mild Mahiru has taken on nasty roles such as Don Salvatori's "business associate" in "Mafia Famiglia" and Professor Moriarty in "Holmes versus Lupin".
- Schoolgirl Lesbian: Has a massive crush on Karen. Unlike with some of the other relationships between the girls, neither the anime nor the stage play even try to keep it at subtext.
- Shrinking Violet: Unless she's on stage performing, she is incredibly shy.
- Stealth Insult: If you have Musketeer Mahiru with you in RE:Live where she takes on the role of Porthos from The Three Musketeers for a play, she'll mention that she'll need to take cues from Kaoruko in order to better get into character. If you remember how Porthos was the gluttonous, boorish comic relief from his original source material, then that would mean Mahiru sees Kaoruko in the same light.
- Team Mom: Acts like a fussy mom at times to both Karen and Hikari. Hikari even calls her "Mamahiru" for this.
- Unknown Rival: Hikari is completely oblivious to her jealousy of her, though Mahiru at least gets to vent it out against her in the stageplay...only for Hikari to chalk up her jealousy towards her as really good acting on Mahiru's part.
- Yandere: Played for Laughs. When she finally gets to vent her frustrations in a revue with Karen, she does it by using her mace as a baseball bat and Karen as the ball, all while smiling sweetly. It's all portrayed as pure slapstick.
The mother figure of the 99th graduating class who has an aura of gentleness surrounding her. Her nickname is Banana. She's not just skilled at dance and song, but also production as well.
- The Ace: She's talented at dancing and singing, as well as theatre production and being a Supreme Chef to boot. She is arguably the true ace of her class, as she has beaten Maya repeatedly over several iterations of the same sequence of events in the Groundhog Day Loops she has set up.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. She's shown to be very skilled in stage combat in both the stageplay and the anime, but since she doesn't get to show off much in the stageplay version of the events, it's never made clear if she's capable of going toe to toe with the best students of her class since she only got to fight Mahiru and Karen there (and she never even got to finish her duels with either of them due to circumstances). In the anime, not only is she shown to be the third best in her class, just below Maya and Claudine, but she's also beaten the former, the ace of their class, numerous times in different time loops in the Auditions, having been Top Star for who knows how many times, which more or less confirms that she's beaten everyone just to get that position.
- Adaptation Expansion: Her desire to keep everyone together and fears of letting everyone go are expanded more in the anime. Because of this, she has a bigger role to play in the greater scheme of things in the anime's plot, with the reveal about her during episode 7 changing everything in the story. Meanwhile, while not quite irrelevant, Nana's role in the stageplay isn't as big or as important by comparison.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- Frequently called "Banana" by her classmates, due to having a prominent banana motif; she often makes banana-flavored sweets for her friends, her pigtails are shaped like bunches of bananas, and her smartphone case is yellow and brown (a color combination often associated with bananas). It also comes from her full name (in eastern order) Daiba Nana. If you split the family name you get Dai Ba Nana, or Big Banana. Episode 7 reveals it's Karen who came up with this nickname, positing out that Nana is like a banana in that she's sweet, tender, and "nourishes" the people around her.
- Karen has also called her "Bananice" (a portmanteau of "nice" and "banana") after receiving help from her in episode 4, which she seems to have warmed up to very quickly.
- Animal Motifs: Although attention is never specifically drawn to it the way it with her banana motif, Nana is associated with an animal: frogs. She owns many things with frog patterns, owns frogs plushies, and keeps her treasured photo of the girl's first year performance of Starlight in a frog-shaped frame. Notably, a well-known pun in Japanese is that "frog" and "return" both sound the same when said outloudkaeru. This becomes very significant in light of The Reveal of Episode 7.
- Anime Hair: Her pigtails are shaped like bananas. Lampshaded in the 4-koma manga when Karen asks how she keeps it that way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's genuinely kind and motherly, but has another, different side to her that is hidden well underneath that. Her being far and away the true most talented member of her class is one thing, but the lengths she'll go to preserve the memories of her class's performance of Starlight by trapping everyone in a Groundhog Loop Day can be frightening.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's actually far and away the most talented member of the class. She simply doesn't have the drive Maya and Claudine have, and only puts it to use to ensure her timeloop can continue.
- Camera Fiend: She is frequently seen taking pictures of her classmates with her smartphone. This turns out to be symbolically crucial to her motives. She wants to keep the 99th classes Starlight a permanently frozen moment in time, akin to a picture capturing a single moment.
- The Chessmaster: It turns out that she's been controlling a "Groundhog Day" Loop for quite some time, and considers the eternally recurring Starlight to be "hers".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While very warm and friendly, and generally unassuming, Nana ranks third on the audition ranking board, right under Maya and Claudine. In fact, she has defeated Maya and become Top Star in the auditions multiple times.
- Dual Wielding: The only one who does this.
- Foreshadowing: Early in the series, Nana opts out of taking part in a starring role in the next Starlight production, instead choosing to work with Class B in the support role. Similarly, she was bothered when the rest of the support class started to pitch Karen and Hikari as the two leads rather than Maya and Claudine. When you later learn that Nana had previously created a "Groundhog Day" Loop to repeat the same performance of Starlight before losing to Hikari, it becomes apparent that this earlier decision was her last ditch effort to try and "control" things from behind the scenes.
- Friendless Background: Before coming to Seisho. This caused her to value the time spent with her current class even more leading to her setting up the "Groundhog Day" Loop so she could stay with them forever.
- Girlish Pigtails: Hers are shaped like bananas, which only further enforces her banana motif.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She's the tallest member of the cast. Maya points out her height as one of the things that make her the perfect candidate for a "Top Star."
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her Friendless Background leads her to be overly attached to the rest of the class, making her want for them to stay that way forever.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Nice Girl: Nana's defining characteristics are her warmth and affection towards the other girls. In Episode 7 it's revealed that this kindness is what motivates her to keep her and the others frozen in a "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Punny Name: When said out loud, her full name in Japanese order sounds like "dai banana (big banana)", hence her nickname of "Banana".
- Stating the Simple Solution: When Karen is panicking because Hikari disappeared, Nana asks is she tried to call her phone.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In the 4-komas, Nana befriends a frog that Karen shows her. A later story has Nana getting help from a whole group of frogs to flashmob Futaba for her birthday.
- Stepford Smiler: She hides her loneliness underneath her kind smiles, something that was given more emphasis on the prequel manga back when the 99th class were still first years. The bond and genuine friendship she developed with her friends and classmates helps heal her from this loneliness, serving as her primary motivation for putting everyone in a time loop for an unknown amount of times because of how much she treasures her time with them.
- Supreme Chef: She knows a lot of recipes and her friends love her cooking, though a lot of the food she makes tends to be banana-flavored.
- Team Mom: She often cooks snacks for her friends and generally helps them and worries over them like a mother figure would. Episode 7 goes into this aspect of her personality more, specifically how she helps the other girls and how deeply she's impacted when two of her classmates drop out of the academy after not being able to keep up with the pressure. It's in fact her kind, motherly nature that leads her to keep the others trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop without them knowing- Nana states flat-out that she doesn't care about being the Top Star, she just wants to keep returning to the "bright" memories of the 99th performance over and over again because of how happy and carefree everyone was during it... at the expense of never allowing anyone to move forward or grow.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Subverted. Despite being heavily associated with bananas and often making banana-flavored sweets, her favorite food is actually pork miso.
- Walking Spoiler: Big time after The Reveal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Keeps everyone trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop simply so they can all be happy.
A half-Japanese, half-French girl with a Japanese father and French mother. She's an extremely talented girl who has been acting on the stage since she was a child. She has considered the brightly-shining actress Maya her rival ever since meeting her.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: She lacks her stageplay counterpart's snobby condescension towards the others in the anime. Thanks to that, she's much more playfully friendly and even very considerate towards the others in the anime right from the beginning.
- Always Second Best: Claudine's primary beef with Maya. No matter how hard Claudine tries, she always ends up short of being first place only for Maya to one up her every time.
- Always Someone Better: Claudine herself discusses how this trope applies to her. In her own words, she always thought she was "special" thanks to her career as a child actor, but when she entered Seisho Music Academy, she found someone who was even better than her in all areas: Maya.
- But Not Too Foreign: She has a Japanese father and a French mother.
- Child Prodigy: Was very well-known for her exceptional talent on the stage ever since she was a child.
- Cool Sword: Uses a longsword.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her very first line in the anime is teasing Karen while singing, showing her to be somewhat playfulbut when Maya enters the scene moments later she immediately becomes much less relaxed.
- Foreign-Language Tirade: After getting spooked by Karen who was looking for Hikari, she angrily lets loose entire sentences in French, when she usually only throws a few words.
- Full-Name Basis: Addresses and refers to Maya only by her full name.
- The Gadfly: She's fond of playfully teasing her classmates from time to time.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Not as much as Maya or Junna, but she can't stand to watch a horror movie all by herself as revealed in RE:Live. She's especially not a fan of Japanese horror.
- Gratuitous French: Being half-French, she occasionally throws some French words in her speech.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair is naturally blonde, and while her proud and competitive demeanor make you think otherwise, is actually caring in her own way to her friends. She helps Futaba out with her dance lessons without expecting anything in return and in the prequel manga, goes along with Kaoruko to buy candy for Futaba after realizing how Kaoruko is inexperienced in going out on her own.
- Hot-Blooded: When it comes to her rivalry with Maya.
- In-Series Nickname: Some of her classmates call her Kuro which is a pun on her name written in katakana.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: She has a French given name and a Japanese family name, reflecting her heritage.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Pulls off an impressive one in her Cardinal Richelieu card in RE:Live.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: When the girls have ballet classes, all the other girls wear the same basic sleeveless black leotard except for Maya and Claudine, who wears a short-sleeved pink one. Justified because they're the two most experienced ballerinas in the class and in many real-life ballet schools, the more skilled dancers are allowed greater freedom in their practice outfits as a sign of their greater experience.
- The Ojou: Though it was only vaguely implied in most Revue Starlight-related media, the 4-koma Starlight gag manga confirms that Claudine comes from an affluent family and sees no problem making expensive purchases every now and then.
- Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink leotard to the girls' ballet practice.
- Playing Against Type: Claudine tends to be cast as a hero or protagonist, like Flora in "Starlight", Carabas in "Puss in Boots", and the Prince in The Nutcracker. The trope is lampshaded when she has to play Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, and she contemplates while practicing her Evil Laugh that she used to always be cast as D'Artagnan. The 4-koma also shows her playing one of the oni in a production of Momotaro.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Seems to have this mindset, as she is bitterly resentful towards Maya for being the lead in rankings, and seeks to usurp her position.
- Ship Tease: Her and Maya have a lot of tension like this between each other, her fixation on beating Maya only adds to it. And Claudine has photos of Maya on her tablet, to study her dancing of course, and she immediately keeps Karen from seeing she's looking at them when Karen takes her by surprise.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Maya. Which is why when Maya loses against Karen in their dual Revue against her and Hikari, Claudine insists that it was she herself who lost, not Maya.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Maya. She's legitimately surprised to hear that both Kaoruko and Maya herself believe that she and Maya are close friends who get along really well in a conversation between the three in RE:Live.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a Type A with her school uniform.
Kaoruko's childhood friend who enrolled as a student at Seisho Music Academy because she did. She has a sharp tongue, but is actually very kind. Despite having a tendency to complain, she always puts Kaoruko's wellbeing first.
- An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She's basically Kaoruko's caretaker since childhood and has always been annoyed by how high maintenance Kaoruko can be.
- Berserk Button: Hates being called short as revealed in RE:Live.
- Bifauxnen: Has short hair and a tomboy demeanor.
- Biker Babe: She takes Kaoruko to school with her motorbike.
- Boyish Short Hair: The only one to have this hairstyle.
- Childhood Friends: With Kaoruko. In the manga she says they are like family.
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's very strongly implied in the prequel manga and the anime the two are together romantically. They are always seen together, Claudine is surprised in episode 3 that she wasn't with Kaoruko. Futaba even says in the anime Kaoruko is special to her.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She's been looking after Kaoruko since they were kids, and in present day she's often the one dragging her to class while she's drowsy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes. Her primary targets of snark are Kaoruko and Karen.
- Lap Pillow: Gives a few of those to Kaoruko.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: With Kaoruko. The Tomboy Futaba is obviously the masculine side.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's the shortest student in the 99th Class but is stated to be the best performer when it comes to theatrical fight scenes and is one of the most athletic girls in Seisho. Her weapon is even a giant axe in the Auditions, and it's definitely not light by any means.
- Super Strength: The second musical has several moments where Futaba carries or lifts Kaoruko (although, contrasting with their characters, Ikuta is taller than Itou). Re LIVE also touches on how Futaba's classmates perceive her strength: a My Theater conversation implies Nana brought Futaba into the kitchen as her assistant so Futaba would do the heavy lifting, and one of Karen's ideas when told that the prop nutcrackers used in the performance of The Nutcracker cannot open her walnuts is to ask Claudine if Futaba can.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Kaoruko's Girly Girl, with her short hair, sharp tongue and talent for physical activities contrasting with Kaoruko's status as a lady of a high-class family.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves kinako sweets.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sums up her role in episode 6. Through both actions and words, she calls out Kaoruko for being lazy, taking her support for granted, and childishly calling for attention instead of trying to better herself together with her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
The granddaughter of a master of Japanese dance with extraordinary skills in song and dance. A high-class lady, she relies on Futaba to serve as her hand and foot. She always has a gentle smile on her face, but is actually very calculating.
- Adaptational Heroism: See what she did under her I Surrender, Suckers entry in the anime? She pulled off the same stunt against Futaba in the original stageplay version of the story...except unlike anime Kaoruko who purposely made her slash shallow just to prove a heartwarming point to Futaba, she actually goes through with cutting off Futaba's clasp without much remorse so she can win.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: As an addendum to the above, Kaoruko in the anime is significantly less egotistic and mean-spirited than her stageplay version, as the anime plays up her noble and positive traits more while toning down some of her selfishness.
- Always Someone Better: To Tamao Tomoe, who feels that she can't match Kaoruko's natural talents with her own.
- Attention Whore: Loves being the center of attention every time, which is her motivation for wanting to be the lead in every play and the Top Star in general. Ironically, she's shy around people she doesn't know all too well when she isn't vying for their attention during performances.
- Berserk Button: Tamao unintentionally earns Kaoruko's ire the moment she told Kaoruko not to compete against Rinmeikan in their Revue against each other due to Tamao's fears of facing her and losing during their reunion at the beginning of RE:Live's Main Story.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She generally seems to be more devious then she lets on. Like how she was teasing and stirring up Mahiru's jealousy over Hikari and Karen's relationship.
- Blade on a Stick: She uses a naginata.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Deconstructed Trope. She is a talented dancer, with the ranking shown at the end of episode 3 putting her as the fourth best in her class. But because she is too arrogant and lazy to give her all during practice, she is quickly left behind by her classmates.
- Childhood Friends: Has this relationship with Futaba.
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's very strongly implied in the prequel manga and the anime the two are together romantically. During the talk she has with Mahiru in episode 3 she even compares Mahiru's crush on Karen to herself and Futaba.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Kaoruko spends almost the entirety of her interactions with Tamao in the game being a dismissive ass who has nothing but harsh words towards her after Tamao unintentionally pisses her off in their initial encounter, openly berating her in front of both their friends whenever she could. As it turns out though, Kaoruko wasn't being cold to her out of simple spite, but because she realized Tamao's extreme selflessness and naivety were hindering her own growth as a stage girl and that she was too afraid to take risks for her team. Kaoruko then took it upon herself to lecture her about this so she can improve herself after Rinmeikan loses to Seisho in their Revue together.
- Does Not Like Spam: She dumps green onions on Futaba's plate whenever her dishes had any in it because of her dislike of them.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Due to her natural talent at stage combat granting her an initial edge over several of her classmates, she thinks that she can simply use this and her reliance on Futaba to cruise along comfortably near the top of her class. It is her laziness and lack of interest in actually working to sharpen her skills that causes her to eventually be left in the dust of her otherwise less talented classmates, who actually put in the work to better themselves.
- Heir to the Dojo: She's the slated heiress to her family's Senka-ryuu traditional dance school.
- I Surrender, Suckers: During her duel with Futaba, she makes a big show of cutting off her own clasp, but only as a gambit to trick Futaba into getting into the range of her weapon. It fails only because her attack was purposely too shallow.
- It's All About Me: She loves being the center of attention and will throw a small tantrum if things don't go her way, as seen in her focus episode. She does mostly grow out of it however, after realizing how much she took Futaba for granted and taking Maya's words of wisdom to heart.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant, has a selfish streak, and is not above tattling on her friends just so she could get them in trouble, but ultimately does care for them deep down in her own way.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Her Kyoto dialect is her trademark.
- Lazy Bum: She'd rather not exert too much energy outside of rehearsals and dancing so she delegates most of the tasks she doesn't want to do to Futaba. Even walking to school from the dorms is too much for her even though it's literally just walking distance! Her main dislike according to her profile is even housework.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: With Futaba. Kaoruko, being a wealthy Ojou, is the feminine side.
- Naginata Are Feminine: She wields a naginata, tying into her image as a Yamato Nadeshiko.
- No Social Skills: The prequel manga reveals that due to her over-reliance of Futaba, she was unable to properly interact with her classmates on her own when she first arrived at school. She got better with time.
- Ojou: The prequel manga shows her family is quite wealthy with her not knowing what the names of low priced sweets were and waving around a credit card.
- Picky Eater: Subtly implied to be one, dumping parts of her lunch she dislikes onto Futaba's plate.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As shown in the prequel manga, her sheltered upbringing left her clueless when it comes to dealing with the real world. She even tried to buy off some kinako sweets from a kid with her black card instead of actual money. It's a running gag she doesn't know how to actually use a train on her own.
- The Rival: To Tamao Tomoe from Rinmeikan Girls' Academy in RE:Live, as Tamao sees Kaoruko as the biggest obstacle she and her friends need to face to become Top Stars.
- Shrinking Violet: Before she eventually became comfortable around her friends besides Futaba, she was formerly this in her first year at Seisho, as revealed in the prequel manga.
- Sleepyhead: She is often seen on the verge of falling asleep.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Futaba's Tomboy, with her lady-like behavior contrasting with Futaba's short hair, sharp tongue and talent for physical activities.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She appears to be one on the surface with her skills in traditional Japanese dancing and using a naginata during stage combat, but her personality doesn't fit the archetype at all since she's actually arrogant, self-centered and lazy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And she really does.
The Edels of Siegfeld Institute of Music
- The Ace: Like Seisho Music Academy, it's an elite school that houses geniuses who are talented in all areas of Revue. The 5 students (given the title of "Edels" by their school acknowledging their talents and merits) who participate in the Auditions in RE:Live are considered to be the best of the best.
- Coat Cape: Like Seisho, they wear coats on their shoulders with their stage combat outfits, though they're worn properly on both shoulders and the coats themselves are far more elaborate.
- Metallic Motifs: Their ranks are metal and jewel-based. Their best student, Akira, is the only one who managed to attain the rank of Frau Platina, the highest rank awarded to the student who is considered to be the #1 in Siegfeld. As stage girls who want to be the best of the best, they won't just settle for gold but for something higher than that. Their main theme song is even entitled "Platinum Forte", a song that has them asserting their dominance and defending their kingly position.
A stage girl who aims for perfection without compromise. She is considered a genius among geniuses among the students of Siegfeld and stands at the top of her school as their best and most talented student. Her desire for perfection onstage leads her into getting into conflict with the people around her but her overwhelming ability forces them to yield to her anyway.
- The Ace: She's Siegfeld Institute of Music's top student. Not only that, she's also one of the very few people capable of pushing even Maya back in the Auditions.
- Decomposite Character: She takes up the colder aspects of Maya's character from the original stageplay: being the proud, domineering, ruthless, and downright condescending perfectionist ice queen she was in the beginning of the play.
- Expy: Of Yukina Minato from BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, being the cold, aloof perfectionists who dominate everyone with their sheer talent in their craft and their overwhelmingly powerful attitudes.
- Hopeless with Tech: She's a bit old-fashioned, so even something as simple as a small change in desktop settings can throw her off.
- Ice Queen: Though respected, her perfectionism onstage makes her downright cold and domineering towards others. Not helped at all by her very unfriendly attitude.
- Jerkass: She's cold and condescending towards students who don't meet her very high standards. And even if you do, she'll only treat you slightly less cold than the rest and would have nothing but harsh words in store for you if you can't keep up. But as it turns out...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She genuinely wants to see her fellow Edels improve as Stage Girls and helps them do just that in spite of her cold demeanor. The "heart of gold" part of her shines best whenever she's around Shiori, who she has a soft spot for. An in-game monologue she has in RE:Live also has her admit that while she's disappointed and somewhat hates Fumi for not living up to her skills and "running away" from the stage when she was still Frau Jade, she's also glad that Fumi returned to it and found her brilliance once again in Rinmeikan.
- Lonely at the Top: She's isolated from the others not just because of her overwhelming talents, but because of her aloof and downright cold personality. Like Maya, she sees this as being an inevitable part of being the Top Star.
- Perpetual Frowner: Almost never smiles. The few times she does, it's with a hint of smug confidence.
- Senpai Kouhai: She's the senpai who's looked up to by the younger Edels, especially by the middle school aged Shiori.
- Student Council President: Her position in Siegfeld due to her status as the top student there.
A friendly stage girl who is always seen with Akira. Though her singing, dancing, and acting abilities are all on par with Akira, she's satisfied with just being her #2 despite also aiming to be the Top Star like her. Her sociability and friendliness have made her popular in school.
- The Ace: Together with Akira, she's considered a genius in the world of the stage and is the only one in Siegfeld who's capable of keeping up with her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As Akira's equal, she's not someone you should take lightly during the Auditions in spite of her friendly attitude.
- BFS: Her main weapon in the Auditions. It's even bigger than she is!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. While not exactly malicious, she's not quite as nice or perpetually cheery as others make her out to be as revealed in one of Siegfeld's side story chapters. For now, only Akira knows her true nature behind closed doors while Yachiyo is heavily suspicious.
- Genki Girl: She helps brighten the mood around her due to her cheerfulness and friendly attitude.
- Older Than They Look: It's easy to mistake her for a kid, especially since her peers are taller than her, but she's actually Akira's age and is in the same year as her, meaning the other three Siegfeld students, two of whom are in their first year and the last of which is in her third year in middle school, are younger than her.
- Only Friend: Prior to the game's plot, she's the only person who's willing to stick around Akira despite the latter's cold attitude and has no problem hanging out with her.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's one of the shortest characters in the franchise, but her talents are on par with Akira's, one of the very few people who can rival Maya on stage.
A third year from Siegfeld's middle school department and Fumi's younger sister. She used to be sickly often due to her weak body and was unable to attend many lessons previously as a result. However, she distinguishes herself from most stage girls by being able to overcome her health problems and quickly catch up with the others in spite of this.
- All Girls Like Ponies: She loves horses. One of her hobbies is horseback riding, and when she thinks about which character she would like to be in a Romance of the Three Kingdoms-based play, she picks Red Hare, Lu Bu's horse, over any of the human characters.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest Revue Starlight character in the entire franchise, being only in her final year of middle school while everyone else is in high school.
- Determinator: Shiori's meek demeanor belies an iron-willed girl who absolutely refuses to back down from a challenge presented to her and will work ten times harder than before just to achieve her goals. Even her sickly body in the past wasn't enough to stop her from pursuing her dreams of becoming the Top Star.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a rose clip on the side of her hair just like her sister Fumi.
- Ill Girl: She's known for having a weak sickly body but is better known for overcoming this due to her talents, skills, and hard work.
- It's All My Fault: She believes she has something to do with Fumi suddenly transferring out of Siegfeld due to Fumi refusing to explain why and Fumi's conscious efforts to distance herself from Shiori after it happened.
- Proper Lady: Her likes and hobbies include horseback riding and tea time, pointing her to this trope. Even her favorite foods, black tea and chiffon cake, are pretty fancy all on their own.
- Shrinking Violet: She's shy and softspoken compared to her peers.
- Sibling Rivalry: Wants to get out of Fumi's shadow in Siegfeld and surpass her as the new Frau Jade after her, though it's unclear if Fumi feels the same way towards her younger sister.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's basically a mini Fumi, though Shiori's larger, more innocent-looking eyes help set her apart from her sister.
- Unknown Rival: She's unaware of Mei Fan's jealousy of her whenever Akira pays more attention to her than she does to Mei Fan.
Liu Mei Fan
A stage girl from China. She's a known actress back in her hometown and transfers to Siegfeld Music Institute to expand and further develop her talents. She's polite and is a good upperclassman at heart, but is aware that Akira is a hurdle she must overcome. She takes fortune telling as a hobby, but since the misfortunes and jinxes she predicts always come true no matter what she doesn't get to do it much anymore recently.
- Beauty Mark: Has one underneath her left eye.
- Berserk Button: Deception, according to her profile.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's jealous of the amount of attention Shiori gets from Akira every now and then.
- Foreign Exchange Student: She's a Chinese student who came to Japan to study at the prestigious Siegfeld Institute of Music so she can further expand her skills as a stage girl.
- Fortune Teller: Her main hobby is fortune telling, but since only her bad fortunes come true, he friends don't come to her to ask for their fortunes anymore.
- Hero Worship: Deeply admires Akira and aims to surpass her one day.
- Otaku: She collects capsule toys and plays gacha games as her hobbies.
- Running Gag: In the "Waltz with the Beautiful Beast" event, the Edels find themselves temporarily taking care of a lost chihuahua they dub Belle. Mei Fan soon becomes very attached to Belle, and Michiru remarks, "She's going to be bawling when it comes time to give it back to its owner." Not only does Mei Fan indeed cry when returning Belle, the mere mention of Belle in later conversations always makes her tear up.
A mischievous and oftentimes mysterious stage girl who seems to know everything but doesn't let anyone know anything about her. She rarely if ever shows her true self and loves to say provoking words to Akira and Meifan. She loves making clothes and sewing, and dreams of one day becoming the Top Star while standing onstage with the clothes she made herself.
- Bows Versus Crossbows: Her primary weapon in the Auditions is a crossbow. Fitting, considering her sneaky attitude and her status as one of the talented elite in Siegfeld, a contrast to the hardworking and straightforward Junna who wields a bow in combat.
- The Fashionista: She takes up sewing and dressmaking as a hobby because of this.
- The Gadfly: She's mischievous and loves teasing others around her.
- Hair Decorations: Wears two red X-shaped hair clips on the left side of her hair.
- The Mole: She was assigned by Siegfeld's board of directors to keep tabs on her fellow Edels. The reasons why are currently unrevealed.
- Perpetual Smiler: Her default expression is a mischievous and sly smile, highlighting her shifty and playful personality.
- Senpai Kouhai: Like Akira, she dotes on Shiori quite a bit and has a soft spot for her as Shiori's senior.
- The Tease: Her main hobby besides sewing is her tendency to provoke and poke fun at others for her own amusement.
Rinmeikan Girls School
- Kimono Is Traditional: Their Revue outfits are styled in traditional Japanese fashion unlike all of the other schools' Western-style outfits. Fitting, considering their school is known for its traditional and oriental-style dance classes.
- Saving the Orphanage: They participate in the Revue Auditions in the hopes of winning it to save their school's Performance Department from being dissolved.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: As a school that leans more on the traditional Japanese arts, this is the standard ideal Rinmeikan's academe instills in its students.
A good-natured and friendly yamato nadeshiko stage girl. She is proud of her school's precepts, "Strongly, Gracefully, and Beautifully", and keeps those words strong to her heart as she strives to fulfill them each day. Her grandmother and mother were also graduates of Rinmeikan. She is an old acquaintance of Kaoruko.
- 100% Adoration Rating: She's well-loved by her peers in Rinmeikan for her kindness and selflessness. Even the initially grouchy Fumi can't bring herself to be harsh towards her. Whenever Kaoruko would antagonize Tamao every time they encountered each other in RE:Live's Main Story, the Rinmeikan girls would always unhesitatingly rush to Tamao's defense.
- The Ace: The Rinmeikan girls, especially Rui, see her as this among them, though Tamao denies this as she sees herself inferior to Kaoruko.
- Alliterative Name: Tamao Tomoe.
- Foil: She's Kaoruko's. They both have the vibe of a yamato nadeshiko, but while Kaoruko doesn't have the personality to match her appearance, Tamao does. They're also both following in their grandmothers' footsteps, as they are also practitioners of Japanese traditional dance, but while Kaoruko was arrogant and has high confidence over her talents and herself, Tamao is humbler but self-deprecating in turn. Also, while Tamao is a hard worker in her craft unlike how Kaoruko started out as, she also feels that she lacks the natural talent Kaoruko possesses and feels inferior to her as a result.
- Humble Hero: She's mentioned to be the best student Rinmeikan's Performance Department ever produced before Fumi arrived but while happy about others praising her, Tamao never revels in the attention given to her and remains humble throughout.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She wields a katana in the Auditions.
- Nice Girl: Polite and unfailingly kind to everyone she meets.
- Oblivious to Love: She has no clue that Rui is crushing hard on her even though everyone else knows about it.
- The Rival: She's Kaoruko's direct foil and counterpart in Rinmeikan, even having directly studied under the same traditional dance instructor, aka, Kaoruko's grandmother, so they're this. However, Tamao is afraid of facing Kaoruko in the Auditions since Kaoruko's talent far surpasses her own and that she risks losing her school's chances of saving their theater department if she ever dueled her.
- Senpai Kouhai: To Yuyuko and Rui, her two underclassmen.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She has the looks, grace, and demeanour of one, and unlike Kaoruko, this extends to her personality as well.
Tamao's best friend who is also in her second year in Rinmeikan like her. Energetic and cheerful, Ichie brightens up the mood with her positive and sunny disposition. She dreams of becoming an idol one day and is confident with her singing and dancing to achieve that dream.
- Book Dumb: She always begs both Tamao and Fumi to help her in both her homework and exams. A Theater Story also reveals that she legitimately thought that soy milk is just regular cow's milk with soy beans added in them (thanks to her mom) before Tamao corrects her.
- Butt-Monkey: She's usually made fun of by her friends except for Tamao. Even her underclassmen can't help but tease her every now and then (unintentionally in Rui's case).
- Combat Hand Fan: She wields a fan in combat.
- Genki Girl: She's the resident mood-maker and energetic troublemaker among the Rinmeikan girls.
- Ironic Name: Her surname, Otonashi, literally means "soundless/without sound". Ichie is the most talkative and energetic of her friends and is far from being quiet.
- The Prankster: She's the most mischievous Rinmeikan girl and her friends have become wary over her tendency to pull off pranks.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She gets into friendly fights with Fumi due to a clash of personalities between them.
Shiori's older sister who had recently transferred from the prestigious Siegfeld Institute to Rinmeikan for unknown reasons despite her excellent results there. Though she's quick to deny it, she has a habit of looking out for other people despite how she usually is.
- Aloof Big Sister: She moves out of Siegfeld for unknown reasons without telling her younger sister why and actively avoids her. That saying, her self-introduction has her happily and unashamedly reminiscing the times she spent with Shiori so it's likely an act on her part.
- Bandage Babe: Her Revue outfit has both her forearms covered in bandages, though it's only for aesthetics.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The game's story has yet to reveal it, but whatever happened to her during her tenure as Frau Jade in Siegfeld affected her badly enough for her to nearly give up on the Performing Arts despite her love for the stage prior and distance herself away from her younger sister without any explanation whatsoever.
- Defector from Decadence: She was originally one of Siegfeld's elite Edels as Frau Jade, but due to some unknown incident, left both the position and the school to study at Rinmeikan's General Education course. While she has yet to open up about what happened to make her leave Siegfeld back then, it was apparently bad enough it left her embittered about everything related to the theatre arts until Tamao and friends successfully convince her to return to the stage once again.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Since she originally hailed from the very draconian and cutthroat Siegfeld, she winds up being this to the more chill Rinmeikan girls when they asked for her help in overseeing their daily practice. For the entire duration of their rehearsal time, Fumi had nothing but sharp criticism and harsh rebukes for the performing arts students except for Tamao. It hilariously comes back with a vengeance during the White Day event in RE:Live when she has to teach Ichie how to cook on her own for a surprise they plan on giving Tamao.
- Grumpy Bear: She's brusque and blunt, introducing herself to Tamao and the others as a moody loner when they tried to invite her to join their group.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a rose clip on the side of her hair, which is the exact same one Shiori is also seen wearing.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being grumpy and aloof, she actually loves taking care of others to the point of excess though she fervently denies this often.
- New Transfer Student: Transfers from the prestigious Siegfeld Music Institute to the declining Rinmeikan Girls' Academy for unknown reasons.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's what Shiori would look like if she were older albeit without Fumi's slanted Tsurime Eyes.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She likes ponzu sauce.
- Tsundere: She may be a grumpy hothead at times, but she'll always feel more than happy to be a big help for others to the point of excess, though she'll be really quick to deny and dismiss it as something else.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ichie, due to a clash of personalities. It's all in good fun though.
A first year in Rinmeikan. She deeply admired Tamao when she witnessed her acting skills firsthand during her middle school days and strives to follow her by taking up the challenge of being a stage girl as a result. She has extreme stage fright, but under Tamao's tutelage, she gradually improves to overcome it.
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Tamao is as clear as day to all her friends...except Tamao herself of course.
- Hero Worship: Towards Tamao, having admired her since she was in middle school.
- Performance Anxiety: Is said to suffer from it but Tamao helps her overcome it slowly over time.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: The game doesn't hide the fact that she has a crush on Tamao.
- Undying Loyalty: She's fiercely devoted to Tamao.
A sleepy stage girl who is currently in her first year in Rinmeikan. She's a night owl who prefers not being seen when she's working hard so she practices by herself most of the time. Her favourite Japanese performance art is Rakugo.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can't help but spew out sarcasm whenever her friends are making her exert more effort than usual in the morning.
- In-Series Nickname: Rui, and presumably her classmates, call her "Yukko", though her senpai all just call her by her actual first name.
- The Night Owl: She's much more active at night than she is during the day time.
- Not a Morning Person: As a result of being a night owl, she's usually more than groggy during the day.
- Sleepyhead: She's usually seen being drowsy and unmotivated during the daytime.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Uses two kunai as her weapons for the Auditions.
Frontier School of the Arts
- All the Other Reindeer: Despite housing talented individuals within their campus, the school and its students are looked down upon by other performing arts schools because of their "fun first" approach in their productions. This in turn leads everyone else to believe that Frontier doesn't take the performance arts seriously like the rest of the schools do, leading to the school gaining a bad reputation as a result.
- For Happiness: Unlike the other schools whose motivations for joining the Auditions range from desperation in saving something they cherish (stopping Rinmeikan's Performance Department from being shut down for Rinmeikan), having something they all consider precious to be at stake in the Revues (the memories of the Starlight play for Seisho), or something as grandiose and proud as proving they're the best above all (Siegfeld), the Frontier girls compete in the Auditions merely to get people to watch their "Captain Twins" play. This makes them the only school who doesn't get to risk losing anything of value in the Auditions, win or lose. This is also their general motivation in doing plays under Aruru's leadership: they just want to make people smile.
A very cheerful and happy-go-lucky stage girl. Her naturally bright smiles and optimistic energy never fail to lift the spirits and moods of those around her. She believes herself to be very lucky, and despite her being a complete amateur in the world of the stage, her straightforwardness rapidly gets everyone around her involved in what she does.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Not overall, but among each of the schools' representatives, she is the only first year among them while everyone else is in their second year in high school.
- Born Lucky: According to her. Her happy-go-lucky attitude and optimistic personality are both rooted in her personal belief that she's a very lucky girl.
- Childhood Friend: Of Misora's.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's so hyper and carefree that she tends to have the most outlandish of schemes almost every second.
- Expy: Of Kokoro Tsurumaki from BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, being the blonde, perpetually cheerful, and charismatic ball of energy who gets everyone around her to follow her lead in spite of, or probably because of, her eccentric personality. She's also reminiscent of Kasumi Touyama from the same franchise for being hyperactive girls who are plucky novices to their hobbies of interest.
- Genki Girl: Very energetic and always cheerful to the point of strangeness.
- Lethal Chef: Her cookies are terrible.
- Magnetic Hero: Her charisma and go-getter attitude helped net her her new circle of friends in Frontier AND get the cast she needed for the "Captain Twins" play she wanted in just one go.
- Plucky Girl: She's optimistic and is very persistent whenever there's something she wants to do or get.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Dual wields two pistols for the Revue duels.
Aruru's childhood friend. Having grown up with parents who run a troupe, Misora has had a connection to the stage since her early childhood. As she's always dragged around by the reckless Aruru for most of her life, she's developed a great physique and mental strength which is directly accompanied by her large appetite.
- Big Eater: She eats as much as she moves around, and since she gets dragged around by the hyperactive Aruru a lot, that's saying something.
- Childhood Friend: Of Aruru's.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Aruru. She even serves as a translator buddy for her when others don't get her train of logic sometimes.
- Fiery Redhead: She's passionate and energetic, and is second only to Lalafin in their group when it comes to being athletically-inclined.
- The Lancer: Shares this role with Lalafin for Aruru. Bonus points for her Revue weapon being an actual spear.
A small, animal-like stage girl. As someone who's been in the showbiz industry as an actress and model since her childhood, Lalafin entered Frontier Arts Academy in the hopes of broadening her horizons over arts and theater and was further captivated by the stage as a result of her stay there and is always absorbed in the lessons she learns. She's experienced in rhythmic gymnastics and is good at dynamic stunts that require great physical strength despite her small stature. She's a fan of anime, idols, tokusatsu.
- Animal Motifs: Rabbits. She wears rabbit ear-shaped hair ties, is fleet-footed and hyperactive, and is even small to boot. She's even seen feeding and playing with them in one Memoir.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's born to a Japanese father and a German mother.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She has a tendency to space out out of the blue.
- Drop the Hammer: Her weapon for the Revue duels is a giant hammer.
- Genki Girl: She's always bright and cheerful.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's every bit of a girly girl like everyone else is, but her main interests and hobbies (her love for Tokusatsu shows, superheroes, and sports) are mostly considered boyish. Her ideal version of Cinderella (in which Cinderella is more of an assertive main lead who doesn't need her prince) in a Frontier-centered event in RE:Live reinforces this in spite of Lalafin genuinely loving the classic Cinderella story herself.
- Gratuitous German: Averted. Though she's Half-German, she admits that she can't speak the language itself and never peppers her speech with it unlike Claudine.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: Her given name is German while her surname is Japanese. Like Claudine, it reflects her heritage as a half-German, half-Japanese girl.
- Otaku: She's a big fan of Tokusatsu shows and anime.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite her size, she's physically strong and athletic. Her weapon of choice is even a giant hammer.
- Older Than They Look: Despite looking like a small child, she's actually a second year in high school and is Aruru's senior.
An elegant stage girl who values health above all else. She is considered as an ideal older sister figure by her peers and is modest and considerate to a fault. She charms people onstage with her outstanding style and talent and is considered the face of Frontier's Performance Course.
- The Ace: She is this among the Frontier students, even being considered as the face of the school's Performance Course.
- Cool Big Sis: Her personality and tendency to look after her friends get her this reputation among the Frontier students. She's especially this to Aruru and Misora, her two juniors.
- Gamer Chick: Surprisingly, Shizuha is one. To the point that she would line up early in the morning to get a pre-ordered video game and build her own PC. When asked, she explains her parents cultivated a love for gaming in her and keeps contact with them via the online games they play.
- Lethal Chef: As a health junkie, she concocts health tonics, but the flavor is nothing to be desired.
- Lonely at the Top: As she's Frontier's star student, numerous other students would always vouch to have her be an actress in their plays. Because of Shizuha's talents however, she always ends up overshadowing the others on stage leading other people believing that the student plays she stars in are good only because she's in it. This leads to Shizuha distancing and avoiding herself from group plays and productions until she meets Aruru.
- Proper Lady: Her main demeanor. She incorporates this image even on the stage, resulting in her elegant performances.
- Sinister Scythe: Her weapon for the Auditions.
- Team Mom: She's doting towards others and looks out for both her classmates and underclassmen like a mother would a child.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Has the grace and elegant beauty of one, with her graceful performances and soft-spoken words emphasising her demure personality.
A laid-back, fashionable stage girl who cherishes her comrades more than anyone. Despite how carefree she looks, her appearance belies her natural abilities and talents onstage that are almost equal to the academy's top class. Because she was raised in a strict home environment, she lets herself loose in the dorms and allows herself to binge on junk food and fashion.
- An Axe to Grind: Her weapon of choice in the Auditions is two battle axes.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: After her accident, she started slacking off as a performer despite being rigorously strict and talented about it prior. Aruru persuading her to perform in her play under Shizuha's recommendation forces her to come back to the stage though.
- Career-Ending Injury: Her foot got injured during a performance for a play in the past, and the trauma of the incident made her reluctant and very unmotivated to join in on other productions by the time Aruru and the others meet her despite her talents. Aruru's persistence in seeking her out for a play she wants to do makes Tsukasa relent however.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Looks frivolous, but is actually one of the most talented students in Frontier.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two axes in stage combat.
- The Fashionista: Loves fashion and always looks trendy whenever she can.
- Sweet Tooth: She frequents a sweets shop and hangs out there whenever she has free time.
Seiran General Art Institute
- Alternate Character Reading: The school's name utilizes the kanji for "blue" and "storm". Claudine, for some reason, pronounces it as "Ao Arashi" despite hearing the correct reading of "Seiran" multiple times earlier on.
- Clothing Reflects Personality: Koharu and Hisame are both neatly dressed, establishing them as well-mannered (one panel in the manga adaptation has Koharu fixing up Hisame's uniform). Suzu's uniform jacket is left open, her tie loose, and shirt not fully buttoned up, implying a comparative lack of regard for how she looks. Their teacher Yakumo-sensei is always seen wearing a long suit jacket.
- Color Motifs: Koharu is associated with red, Suzu with green, and Hisame with yellow. To a smaller extent, Yakumo-sensei is associated with blue.
- Foil: To Seishou. Where the first stage play was about the Seishou students becoming Fire-Forged Friends, the Seiran students' introductory scene is of them exchanging banter, showing their closeness. The bond between Koharu, Suzu, and Hisame is also the reason why Yakumo-sensei thinks they are ill-suited to do Starlight: because none of them wants to deprive either of her friends of a lead role.
- Like Maya, top of the 99th class, Koharu is the top student from Seiran. Yet the ways they interact with Claudine, the other participant of the Shunrai revue, are completely different — Maya and Claudine's preexisting rivalry, plus Maya becoming a Fake Defector, results in heightened antagonism between them; Koharu gains Claudine's respect in Shunrai and her Dropping the Bombshell during the Nijiiro sequence sparks off the reconciliation between Claudine and Maya.
- In middle school, Suzu admired Mahiru, similar to how Mahiru admires Karen in high school. But where Mahiru eventually lost confidence in herself and came to see Karen as her Living Emotional Crutch, Suzu's admiration of Mahiru grew over time, and it spurred her on to catch up.
- Hisame's forceful attitude during her initial scenes contrasts against Nana's generally personable demeanor. While they both feel guilt towards each other, Nana eventually manages to move on from their troubled history, and that allows her to overcome Hisame, who still has hangups over it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: An unusual case in that the Seiran characters appeared onstage in live action first, and unlike the Seishou characters, without illustrations cast on viewing screens to show the audience their designs in 2D. Their appearances in official and fan-created artwork were therefore based on their respective actresses.
- New Old Flame: Koharu is the only character from Seiran to not have some sort of past involvement with her Seishou counterpart. Suzu and Hisame were former schoolmates of Mahiru and Nana respectively, while Yakumo-sensei was Souda-sensei's junior as a Seishou student who fought the Korosu alongside Souda-sensei. In the present day, Mahiru and Suzu both posit that Mahiru had wanted to forget about Suzu, and Nana is unsettled by Hisame's presence reminding her of her Friendless Background.
- Cooperation Gambit: Maya ropes Koharu into one, first hinted at during a scene showing them meeting up prior to the revues of Transition.
- Ditzy Genius: Famed genius, able to recognize a Shakespeare quote unprompted, a good hand with a blade, and terrible at reading the atmosphere. Fan-created works have taken this ditziness even further thanks to Nanaki's soft-spoken and somewhat dorky self off-stage, such as an oft-repeated anecdote of her holding a rice ball in one hand, chocolate cornet in the other, then happily eating both at the same time without seeing any issue with doing so.
- No Social Skills: The first scene Koharu appears in has her grumbling at Hisame and Suzu, her best friends, for being too noisy. When guesting on Radio Starlight, Nanaki also mentioned that although Koharu meant to properly make her greetings when introduced to the Seishou students, she inadvertently let slip the topic of the Starlight performance at the recent Seishou Festival, then Suzu and Hisame went on from there, resulting in Junna feeling as if they were ignoring her.
- Talented, but Trained: Implied with her lines in "Aoi Arashi".If the difference is in the amount of effortAll I need to do is surpass that.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The first thing Suzu does when reunited with Mahiru is to dash right across the room towards her. Flashbacks show that Suzu was always excitable and bubbly even in middle school.
- Determinator: In middle school, she overworked herself in her attempts to improve and reach Mahiru's level, to the point where it took a visible toll on her. Her lines in "Aoi Arashi" show that two years later, with the "competition" between them unresolved, Suzu remains fixated on making her dream come true... whatever it takes.
- Protectorate: Mahiru's.Mahiru: I won't let you be hurt again!
- Taught by Experience: Suzu's fighting style includes acrobatic moves such as somersaults, as expected of a cheerleader's skill set. The way she rotates her sword in her hands is also reminiscent of how Mahiru spins her mace like she would a baton.
- Emotional Bruiser: Hisame was so moved by the 99th class' performance of Starlight, it brought her to tears. Possibly an Actor-Inspired Element; Nanaki (Koharu) said during her closing speech at the final show of Transition that Kadoyama (Hisame) "is a crybaby."
- Meaningful Name: Hisame's name is literally "ice rain". The title of her revue with Nana and Junna, Hatsuyuki, harks back to the winter when she and Nana parted ways. "Shiro no Sekai", a number performed by all three Seiran students but most fitting to Hisame's characterization, includes lines such as "freeze my heart over". However, it is also an Ironic Name because Hisame's personality, for all that she tries, is far from icy.
- Shoo the Dog: Hisame's real reason for leaving Nana was that she thought she was holding Nana back. Nana refuses to have any of it, though, and still hopes to someday take the stage together with Hisame.
A mysterious talking giraffe that oversees the Starlight revue auditions.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's not clear what his motives actually are, but given that the auditions drain the motivation of those who don't come out on top, he's probably not an ally.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does this in the finale, encouraging the viewer to become Starlights audience.
- Composite Character: He takes up Headmaster Souda's place and role from the original stage play in the anime, where he serves as the primary initiator and overseer of the revue auditions in her stead.
- No Name Given: He is merely known as "The Giraffe" and nothing more.
- Manipulative Bastard: He essentially kickstarts the end of Nana's timelooping wish after having grown bored of the repeat Revues by getting her to parrot his words of wishing for "an unpredictable stage". This eventually leads the Giraffe to arrange for Hikari's arrival in Seisho Academy, ensuring Karen's involvement in the Auditions and the rest is history.
- Nonstandard Character Design: In a series otherwise full of human girls with fairly typical anime designs, the presence of a realistically-drawn talking giraffe and the Mood Whiplash that accompanies his scenes and plot involvement is rather jarring.
- Reality Warper: Is at least powerful enough to put everyone in a "Groundhog Day" Loop on Nana's request.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Karen a downplayed version of this trope, stating that a girl who can't wake up on her own and is fine with not being the lead isn't good enough for the auditions.
- Talking Animal: A particularly ironic example, as giraffes are (incorrectly) known to not make sounds.
- Verbal Tic: "Wakarimasu" (understood).
- The Voice: He doesn't physically appear in the stageplay version but he is heard as he's still a big presence there. The most we see of him is an outline of himself but that's it.
- Expy: Of the equally enigmatic Headmaster Souda from the original stageplay, taking up her role of being the secondary overseer and primary initiator of the Auditions after The Giraffe.
- Hair Decorations
- The Host: She is the presiding emcee in the onstage revues in RE:Live alongside The Giraffe who stayed more in the sidelines.
- The Stoic: Is always calm and unemotive.