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    Chise Hatori 
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Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese), Dani Chambers (English), Susana Moreno (Latin American Spanish)

The protagonist and titular character.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Not her, but the dress she wears after the incident with Joseph. In the anime, which briefly Overtook the Manga, it was a white dress, while in the manga it was colored black, or at least a dark color.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Chise's main romantic interest and future husband is Elias, but she didn't seem too bothered when Redcurrant kissed her.
  • Ambiguously Human:
    • It's heavily implied that Sleigh Beggy are some derivative of The Fair Folk, to the point that the fae try to lure Chise into their world permanently early on because "she belongs there." The fact that her green eyes and red hair for a Japanese is noted in-universe to be rather implausible strongly hints towards mixed-blood ancestry, as well.
    • Red hair and green eyes in general has been associated with fairies in contemporary folklore in Ireland and the UK. Witch Hunter also associated both traits as a mark of witchcraft or lycanthropy. As steeped in western myths and legends as the series is, this is probably not a coincidence.
    • The fact that Titania considers Chise "her child" a status given to all faeries in the British Isles is also suspect.
  • Animal Motifs: Birds, specifically the red robin and the phoenix: she is called "robin" by the fae and her Magic Staff has a bird carving at its tip. The robin evokes the idea of freedom and sky-high potential, but is also a tiny, vulnerable creature. To top it all off, the kanji making up her family name mean "wing" and "bird".
  • The Apprentice: Chise is Elias' magical apprentice, which also makes her his future bride.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Or punch variant in this case. When Chise finds out that Elias was perfectly willing to murder Stella in order to remove her Dragons Curse, because he was jealous of her friendship with Stella, Chise angrily punches him in the face and tells him he's no different from anyone else who has tried to use her.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Averted. Chise is Japanese and has only been learning English for a few months at most (she is specifically said to be conversant but not yet fluent, and carries a Japanese-to-English dictionary with her in case of difficulty), but her English is never implied to be anything less than grammatically and phonetically correct (though most likely with a strong accent).
  • Baleful Polymorph: Ashen Eyes briefly turns her into a fox shortly after he's introduced.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Elias' Beast, especially when he's in his true form.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: While she has been persuaded to leave Elias because of the potential only valuing Chise out of curiosity to human beings and not because of genuine affection, Chise responds that she's aware of the possibility. And doesn't care. Why? Because Elias was the first person to actually welcome her into his home and call her "family".
  • Beneficial Disease: More like beneficial curse, two of them in fact. Neither is beneficial of its own, but each helps counteract the other, with Cartaphilus preventing her from dying too soon to the Dragon's Curse, which in turn prevents her from suffering eternally bearing Cartaphilus.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alice found out personally that you don't threaten those around Chise lightly. The first time, she flatout ignored the knife to her throat and broke herself out of a hostage situation. The second time Alice held her up to try to take a Grim, Chise near-immediately hit her with a Sleeping Potion to the face so she could disarm and interrogate her more safely.
  • Cast from Lifespan: Being a sleigh beggy makes her a powerful mages with a drastically shortened life.
  • Character Development: At the start, Chise was so despondent to life she was about to commit suicide before deciding to auction herself, not caring what abuse she would endure. Meeting Elias and making numerous friends, not only helps Chise grow in assertiveness, but also want to live.
  • Cooldown Hug: Chise gives one to Joseph of all people in the season finale while singing to him a lullaby from her childhood and telling him that You Are Not Alone. It seems to work as the epilogue shows Joseph sleeping peacefully on Elias' property and he doesn't seem interested in causing trouble anymore.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Chise was born a Sleigh Beggy, or a human with the True Sight to be able to see magical fae and the abnormalities of the world around her as well as have an unrivaled source of magical energy within her body. This makes her capable of pursuing any type or method of magic, in theory, and a very potent mage. Unfortunately, it's also Blessed with Suck, as seen in Ill Girl below and the fact that just about every other wizard, witch, magi and fae in the world seems to have an eye on her, for good or bad purposes.
    • A very downplayed example is her Dragon's Curse, which turns her arm into a massive claw. The negatives far outweigh the benefits (the curse reduces Chise's lifespan to less than a year), but having a giant claw with some measure of Super Strength can have its uses, as seen when she grapples Joseph, and later manages to overpower an attack from one of his similarly mutated limbs.
      • Absorbing Cartaphilus becomes this for her due to the Dragon's Curse, as the two balance each other out.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Her father left with her little brother, her mother committed suicide, no relatives would take her in, she contemplated killing herself, and then allowed herself to be sold into slavery just so she wouldn't have to worry about anything. Yeesh.
    • Chapter 42 finally gives the details and holy hell does it does it take it to the extreme. Due to their innate magical nature, neither Chise nor her mother, who is implied to be a sleigh beggy herself, were able to leave their small apartment as for whatever reason, Chise's father, Yuuki's, energy created a sort of barrier that protected them from the spirits who wanted to eat Chise. However one night, Chise's baby brother awoke in the night prompting Yuuki to take care of him which was the night he left. However, this new memory reveals that Yuuki had promised that he would return for both Chise and her mother but never did. Chise's mother was forced to pick up the slack but without Yuuki's protection was constantly hounded by the spirits and not only that but they would whisper how she was forsaken by her husband with one spirit constantly telling her it was Chise's fault until Chise's mother snapped and tried to strangle Chise. When she realize what she had been doing, she committed suicide as a form of apology. All in all, the Hatori family was basically bullied into breaking apart.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although she doesn't usually say it to people's faces, Chise tends to have these moments. When Elias is having another Manchild moment, this especially elicits this sort of reaction.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is actually what indirectly led to Chise meeting Elias — she was about to commit suicide while at school and was found and persuaded by the human buyers to put herself up for auction.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. Chise has bright, red hair and is quite emotionally reserved.
  • First Kiss: Ironically, her first kiss was apparently with Redcurrant who gave her a "Shut Up" Kiss when she questioned whether or not Redcurrant was in love with Joel.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Many magical creatures take an instant liking to her.
  • Ill Girl: Being a Sleigh Beggy typically inclines that whether due to dangerous fae or overexerting their own body since they can't handle all the magical energy flowing through them, they always die young. Even early incidents of using magic can potentially knock Chise out for days at a time, and moderate overuse without watching her output mangles her internal organs. Taking the Dragon's Curse into her body has not only transformed her left arm into a gigantic, misshapen husk of a claw, but reduced her estimated lifespan to less than a year.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She has developed friendships with people that are much older than her, or in the case of Stella, younger than she is.
  • Living Battery: Is a living battery of magical energy.
  • Love Confessor: 43 chapters of unable to tell each other anything, Chise finally confesses her love for Elias...to a memory of her mother.
  • Messianic Archetype: Slowly growing into one over the course of the series thanks to Character Development. Chise manages to turn numerous people's opinions around, throws herself into danger at the slightest provocation to help others, and does a soft variant of Defeat Equals Friendship with Renfred and Alice in spite of their intense dislike for fae. This confuses the daylights out of Elias and various fae given their Blue and Orange Morality towards humans. She's even the only person willing to figure out the emotional enigma that is Cartaphilus.
  • Mythical Motifs: Tying into her bird motif, she is also represented by the phoenix: When she magically travels to Elias, she takes the form of a phoenix. The phoenix symbolizes Chise's burning passion and self-destructive nature, while also implying an idea of rebirth. To top it all off, the kanji making up her family name mean "wing" and "bird".
  • Nice Girl: Although initially rough around the edges, Chise nonetheless still takes other's words at face value as she attempts to help anyone she can. Even if it's a risk to her health, she'll still put her life on the line for others.
  • The Nose Knows: Since taking the dragon's curse, her sense of smell has been enhanced to an extent.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Chise is a pelt using variant, similar to a Skin Walker without the dark ritual. (Though prominent in European folklore.)
  • Playing with Fire: She is associated with the element of fire due to her impulsive and passionate nature and her tendency to burn herself out with her sheer power, as well as her ability to bring light and warmth into the lives of others. This also plays into the phoenix symbolism (above). Notably, her familiar also has the ability to spit fire.
  • Primal Fear: She's terrified of thunderstorms as demonstrated in a bonus chapter.
  • Red Right Hand: The Dragon's Curse turns her left arm into a monstrous claw, and she hides it under her cloak in public. Even after taking in Cartaphilus' curse to counteract it, the skin on her arm remains black and she wears a glove on her left hand when traveling.
  • Running Gag: She's quite prone to getting knocked or tossed into water with her clothes on, as Lindel lampshades in chapter 17. It's just as frequently Played for Drama, however.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • In the manga, Chise asks Elias if he and Angelica are lovers (which he strongly denies)
    • She asks the leannán si if she is in love with Joel and when it turns out that she had been draining his life unconsciously, Chise goes out of her way and endangers herself for the sake of allowing Joel and her to meet before he passed away.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Red hair, green eyes, the protagonist, and is also a Sleigh Beggy. It's noted In-Universe to be unusual for a Japanese girl to have red hair and green eyes, and as a Sleigh Beggy it may be a hint that she's not entirely human.
  • Squishy Wizard: Sleigh Beggies are physically weak but good at casting magic.
  • Super Strength: A lower case but since she took the dragon's curse she's gotten the ability to lift around the weight of two people.
  • Taking the Bullet: At the end of Volume 2, she pushes Alice out of the way of Cartaphilius' attack and gets heavily injured herself as a result.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: As Elias' apprentice, Chise will also marry him.'
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Played with interestingly. She tells a memory of her mother she will not forgive her for almost strangling her because there is nothing to forgive instead thanking her for letting go as that allowed her to meet Elias.
    • Eventually played straight later, with Elias. After Elias tried to save her life by attempting to sacrifice Stella, Chise is so outraged that she runs away. And even when Elias helps rescue her from Joseph, she makes it clear that while she's grateful, she's still angry about what he did and reminds Elias that he's far from forgiven.
  • Unequal Pairing: Discussed and ultimately deconstructed with Elias. She sells herself at an auction and lets him buy her as an alternative to suicide, and at first is content to remain in his shadow due to her depression and abandonment issues. However, most of his acquaintances are aware of the power imbalance and encourage Chise to find some happiness, magical training, and friendships outside him. Over time she slowly recovers the will to live, and gains magical training and friendships with other people besides Elias. She also starts increasingly sneaking out of the house leaving notes because she's no longer content staying by his side or needing his permission to do stuff all the time — much to his agitation. This comes to a head when Elias tries to kill her friend Stella to heal Chise of a deadly curse without Chise's knowledge because he's jealous of their friendship — something that makes Chise so angry she removes the adder stone he gave her and leaves with Joseph. While Chise does love him and still wants to be with him, the narrative makes it clear she needs to gain a degree of power, independence, and social support outside Elias for them to be healthy together.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after being told by several people that Elias only sees her as a toy or an experiment, even though Elias himself has confessed to her that he doesn't feel empathy like a human, she will stick by the mage's side - he's the first one who made her feel like family, and she doesn't even seem to care whether or not it's all a lie. The only thing that manages to break that loyalty is Elias' attempt to sacrifice Stella's life to save Chise's.
  • You Are Not Alone: Chise gives one of these to Joseph in the season finale, after noting their similarities and how painful it is when nobody else understands you, before singing him a lullaby and telling both him and Cartaphilus to rest. It seems to work out as Joseph is shown sleeping in a bed in the well on Elias' property and Ashen Eyes comments that it seems Joseph is content sleeping having somewhere to sleep.
  • You Remind Me of X: The initial reason Ruth felt attracted to Chise was her similarity to his original owner.
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    Elias Ainsworth 
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Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English) Kristy Sims (Feminine form), Manuel Campuzano (Latin American Spanish)

The Child of Thorns. Chise's teacher and fiance.


  • Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if he's a human, a fairy or a combination of both.
  • The Atoner: Downplayed. He mostly works with the Church to be allowed to continue living in peace rather than strictly make amends for what he's done in the past. He does seem genuinely regretful of his past transgressions, on some level.
  • Badass Baritone: The anime gives him a pretty deep voice.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Elias' attire of choice is a black suit and Badass Longcoat.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Chise' Beauty, especially when Elias is in his true form.
  • Bishōnen Line: Elias' human glamour looks a lot like Simon, and an author's note says this is because Elias based it on Simon's appearance.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Elias does not understand emotions, at least beyond the core logic of all being's emotions, and has a mindset towards Chise that takes a while to figure out. While he understands the idea of good acts, he's an Anti-Hero on a good day and a Nominal Hero at worst because he can't comprehend their point; the only thing he genuinely tries to protect with earnest is Chise, and even that's complicated when it's revealed he sees her as a curiosity he cannot understand, and only took her in as an apprentice to see the results rather than out of any compassion. Even after the two have shared genuine compassion, his urge to save her means he's perfectly willing to discard the life of another without a moment's hesitation, because they're not Chise and thus below his concern. Titana even points out that he wishes to be with humans but still loves them in the manner of a fae.
    • When asked if he did anything "shady" to get Chise as his apprentice he says that he didn't do anything criminal to earn the money he used to purchase her as a slave.
  • Broken Pedestal: Chise is heartbroken when Elias attempts to sacrifice Stella to save her life. The fact that he willingly admits he chose Stella because he is jealous of her relationship with Chise makes her fully realize just what how horribly selfish he can be, to the point that she actually runs away from him. This is significant because before that she was devoted to him pretty much body and soul.
  • Casting a Shadow: His most common ability involves controlling and hiding within the shadows.
  • Child Hater: He mentions hating being around children because while they don't have magic, they somehow have the ability to see through him. There's a good reason for this, as shortly after Lindel had made him his companion, they were chased out of a village by a mob with Torches and Pitchforks because a kid noticed Elias' creepy silhouette skulking in Lindel's shadow.
  • The Comically Serious: He's a very powerful and old mage who knows a great deal about things that would terrify normal humans... yet at the same time he's completely hopeless at normal human interactions, such as being a lousy cook, bickering childishly with Simon, and balking at being called a "shithead" by Angelica.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Chise is his apprentice, and he gets rather stingy when others start pulling her away. And this endangered Stella because of deep-rooted jealousy at not understanding the close bonds between her and Chise.
    • He eventually begins to grow out of this as seen during his and Chise's first day at the College, when she is interacting with a male student, Elias notices that he doesn't feel the same tripdation as he did with Stella.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's an imposing figure that controls shadows, yet is mostly a good guy.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the anime, Chise forgives him relatively quickly after he attempts to sacrifice her best friend to save her. He admittedly shows that he's trying to improve himself - something that in and of itself is a challenge for him due to running on a fairy-like mentality, so she may be cutting him some slack for that. Though in the manga, Chise makes it clear that she's still furious about what he did, and he's not forgiven yet.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: It's heavily implied that he's some form of hybrid or chimera. He is definitely part of The Fair Folk to some extent, but the way a lot of magical characters refer to him as "incomplete" or "half-baked" makes it likely that's not all he is. It's never explicitly stated that he has any measure of human in him, but it would explain why he is able to feel human emotions for Chise (although with more than a tinge of fairy mixed in), why he does not wish to live in the realm of the fae (it would change his human side and turn him into a full fairy), and how he can be a Magus in the first place (the Fair Folk are usually what Magi use for their spells, not Magi themselves).
  • The Hedge of Thorns: Whenever he uses his magic, thorny brambles appear around him. He is often referred to as Thorn, Child of Thorns, Mage of Thorns, and such epithets. His title as "Pilum Muralis" (wall spear) may also be derived from the same thorny vines.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Elias is a bipedal humanoid with the skull of a wolf and horns of a goat in place of a head, with glowing red beams of light in the empty sockets of his eyes.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Elias goes out of his way to call Cartaphilius a monster for only wanting to see results, not caring about who gets hurt in his path to see them. Chise turns this on its head when he promptly goes down the exact same route to save her without even letting her consent to it, much less caring for others. Cartaphilus even mockingly lampshades Elias' hypocrisy.
    • He often keeps secrets from Chise, or sneaking out of the house leaving only a note (if that). When Chise responds in kind by sneaking out of the house leaving only notes, he becomes upset with her. Chise more or less calls him out on this.
  • I Have Many Names: Elias Ainsworth (which was the name given to him by Lindel's master Rahab) has a couple; Ariel the Fairy calls him "Thorn" on several occasions, he's referred to as the "Thorn mage" a few times, and Titania calls him "Pilum Muralis"(or "wall spear").
  • Immortal Immaturity: Despite his age and intellect, Chise realizes he has the emotional development of a child. This becomes extremely evident on how dependant he has become of Chise and is quick to get jealous of anyone taking her attention. Mixed in with his Blue and Orange Morality and Chise realizes that as he is now, they are dangers to themselves, each other and other people.
  • Invisible to Adults: Dislikes being around children because they can see him and has gotten him chased before.
  • Lack of Empathy: Due to his peculiar nature. He can understand what emotions are and therefore fake them, but he cannot really feel them. Though, spending time with Chise may be leading to him Becoming the Mask.
  • Lethal Chef: The soup he made for Lindel was certainly not very good. Justified in that Elias had no experience cooking at that point, only having watched Lindel do it, and having Silky in the house meant that he wouldn't need to do any cooking of his own.
  • Multi Stage Teleport: He implied it would have took him several jumps to get home from Japan if he hadn't been using Chise's energy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His attempt to sacrifice Stella to save Chise comes off as this, since he intentionally chooses a person he's jealous of (a child, no less!) to save his beloved in a selfish attempt to kill two birds with one stone.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He has existed as such for at least several centuries.
  • Red Baron: Known as "The Thorn Sorcerer".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's a centuries-old man, yet his emotional development is equivalent to that of a child's.
  • Skull for a Head: His head looks like the skull of a canine with the horns of an antelope.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Since Chise is his apprentice, they will marry at some point.
  • These Hands Have Killed:
    • Elias does not like whatever he caused in the past, and the fact that he ate people before disturbs him on a deep enough level that he immediately wanted to erase Chise's memory when she found out from Lindel. Chise refuses and admits it doesn't really change a thing between them.
    • Unfortunately, it's also this mindset that makes him willing to sacrifice Stella to save Chise, seemingly willing to bear yet another death on his hands without her knowledge so as to not stain her with complicity.
  • Unequal Pairing: Discussed and ultimately deconstructed with Chise. Elias bought Chise at an auction to train as his apprentice and eventually make her his bride. While he does treat her as family rather then property, nevertheless most of his acquaintances are aware of the grave power imbalance between them, and encourage Chise not to be too content living in his shadow, and offer her training, outings, and friendships outside him. Over time Elias becomes increasingly discontent with the life Chise develops outside him - being antsy when she's away from him, becoming jealous of the friends she makes, and annoyed with her going out without his permission or accompaniment. It comes to a head when he tries to kill her friend Stella to save Chise, but also because he's jealous of the bond they share, prompting Chise to angrily remove the adder stone he gave her and leave with Joseph.
  • To Serve Man: We don't get any details but apparently in the past, he would eat people, although he does have control now and hasn't done it for years.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • When Elias gets really angry, he metamorphoses into a giant monster that can effortlessly tear Cartaphilus' chimeras apart.
    • He does it again in the finale of the anime where he consumes a fairy to boost his power to such epic proportions that he covers easily the size of a city block in thorns and takes the normally much more powerful Ashen Eyes out of commission temporarily in one hit.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Since Elias doesn't understand emotions he has a self stated difficulty empathizing and putting words to what he is feeling, and is thus prone to this trope. He, admittedly, uses Chise in order to try and answer this question when it comes up.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Elias was willing to sacrifice Stella, Chise's 10-year-old friend to save Chise.
  • Yandere: Heavily deconstructed. As mentioned in Immortal Immaturity and Blue and Orange Morality, Elias is emotionally stunted and can only seem to love humans as a fae does. Though Elias is affectionate to Chise (even if it's not always genuine (see Blue and Orange Morality)), he gets jealous when someone else has her attention even going as far as to try and kill them. When Chise starts regaining her will to live and independence, she starts calling him out on his behavior. It gets to a point where she removes her adder stone and leaves with Joseph.

    Ruth 
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Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)

Chise's familiar.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Becomes a protective brother figure for Chise, and people notice it.
  • Bishōnen: His human form is quite easy on the eyes.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's quite frank in his opinions, which is not unexpected for a dog.
  • Canine Companion: His dog form gives that impression.
  • The Comically Serious: Much like Silky, a lot of humor derives from him keeping a completely straight face during comedic moments.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Grim, a church hound that wanders graveyards, yet is mostly calm and protective.
  • Familiar: Agrees to become Chise's familiar, so when she dies, so would he.
  • Heroic Dog: As a Grim, it's his job to chase off grave robbers. His first scene has him killing an evil spirit that was trying to harm Chise.
  • I Am Who?: In his first appearance, he initially believes that he was once human and Isabel was his sister, due to have only recently awoken as a Grim. It's later revealed that he was really an ordinary dog and Isabel was his owner.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: He was this to his master Isabel. To the point that he stayed by her grave even after she died, so that she wouldn't be lonely when she woke up, eventually dying himself and becoming a Church Grim. Afterwards he became Chise's familiar under the name Ruth.
  • Meaningful Rename: His original was Ulysses, but now goes by Ruth after becoming Chise's familiar. Ruth means "friend," and there is a passage from the Bible about the loyalty of Ruth: But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried."
  • Playing with Fire: He can breathe fire.
  • Synchronization: One of the aspects of becoming Chise's familiar is that he shares everything, up to and including time. When Chise dies, Ruth will die. Chise, knowing her time is short is initially hesitant, but she accepts to protect him from Joseph and because she doesn't want to be alone any now than Ruth does.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Deconstructed. His loyalty towards his original owner made him despondent to the whole world after her death, refusing to leave her grave since he thought she was only sleeping and would wake up eventually.
    • Justified with Chise, since he is now her familiar. Then Deconstructed once again when this loyalty led Ruth to go along with Elias' plan to pass Chise's curse onto Stella
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can shift between his original dog form and a human form.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was also willing to sacrifice Stella to save Chise's life, though unlike with Elias, Ruth isn't driven by jealousy but rather his desire to protect his master. It's also because of this that while Chise is also mad at Ruth for going along with it, she's primarily angry at Elias; and during her confrontation with Joseph, she tells Ruth that she's willing to forgive him provided he follows her instructions.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Threatened to kill Leanan sídhe if she did anything to harm Chise.

    Silver Lady ("Silky/Silver") 
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Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Rachel Glass (English)

The fairy landlady of the house Chise, Elias, and Ruth reside in.


  • The Comically Serious: Silky usually keeps a straight face and that adds to some comedic moments.
  • Facial Dialogue: While Silky will keep a stoic expression most of the time, she will definitely express her feelings through her facial expressions. Giving big warm and cute smiles when she imagines Chise praising her, giving glaring pouts towards Simon and actually faints Blue with Shock when she realizes that she never learned Chise's birthday to celebrate it.
  • First Person Smart Ass: special 4komas show that Silky is the master of this; expect that if she gives you a deadpan stare, she's probably thinking unkind things about you.
  • House Fey: She's a Silky, which in this series is described as a kind of brownie. Brownies are household spirits, and she lives as a housekeeper for the home where Elias currently resides.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Her backstory, given as a Day in the Limelight chapter, reveals she used to be one until the whole family she served died. This is somewhat of a Genius Bonus in that she is the non-hostile "fairy/spirit connected to a single family" type of banshee, so viewers used to seeing banshees as murderous ghosts whose screams will kill you may be really confused.
  • Hates Being Alone: After her clan died. It's demonstrated by the fact she become worried when Elias and Chise were away for awhile.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses her faeries powers to change the decoration of the house.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Silver Lady, but other characters usually call her "Silky" or "Silver".
  • The Quiet One: She's not very talkative, or expressive.
  • Supreme Chef: All of the meals she makes are noted to be very delicious.
  • Technicolor Eyes: She has pink eyes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As expected of a silky, heavy cream is hers to the point that a 4koma exposits that the heavy cream atop the hearth is hers and hers alone.
  • Undying Loyalty: As both a banshee and a silky, Silver is this without a doubt. Even before Chise arrived, Silky was already calling her the lady of the house.

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Supporting Characters

    Simon Cullum 
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Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Tyler Carson (English)

A priest who is in charge of keeping an eye on Elias.


  • Butt-Monkey: Supernatural beings tend to make his life difficult, and he isn't that respected by others, including Elias.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Every single relative he had was killed because of his jinx, including his grandmother, mother, aunt, uncle, cousin, and even his fiancee. He turned to violence and drugs to escape the pain before eventually trying to kill himself.
  • Good Shepherd: A genuinely nice priest.
  • Identical Stranger: Invoked by Elias when he needs to use a more human face in public, as Simon is the basis for his glamour of choice.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He was going to kill himself at his fiancee's grave if not for Alonza stopping him and taking him into the Church.
  • The Jinx: Played for Drama. Due to circumstances around his birth, anyone who eats the sweets he makes is cursed to die a very short time later. His grandmother and mother were the first victims, and by the time he was 18 he'd accidentally killed his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Even the love of his life died because of it. The moment he finds out it really is his fault, he immediately tries to kill himself.
  • Lethal Chef: Completely play for drama. His sweets are delicious, but if you eat them you'll die soon after due to a jinx.
  • Nice Guy: He's a pretty kind person despite what usually happens around him.
  • Witch Hunt: A very refreshing aversion. Simon is actually on pretty good terms with Elias and is fully aware of the existence of magic without condemning it. It is implied he's not the only one with this mindset in the Church, either, as the faction that he seems to belong to are more pacifistic. Ironically, some magical creatures do dislike him for his faith, as seen when Titania banishes him from the meeting between her and Elias.

    Angelica Barley 
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Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Janelle Lutz (English)

An old acquaintance of Elias, a witch, and a technician of the Magus Craft.


  • Big Sister Mentor: She acts as this to Chise when they first meet to explain a few things to her that Elias had yet to explain to her regarding the magic world.
  • Cool Big Sis: While not related, she does take a liking to Chise and cares about her. When Chise inadvertently created a mess in her shop with her power, she doesn't blame Chise but Elias due to him not telling her about Chise's power nor giving Chise any explanations or training beforehand.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She makes it clear to Elias from the start she is not thrilled he 'bought' Chise nor is she happy with how inappropriate he was.
  • Happily Married: Despite at first resisting his advances, she eventually agreed to marry David, the man who would become her husband, and now are quite happy with each other.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With her as the December, as a long lived mage with a normal human.
  • Megaton Punch: A downplayed version in the second chapter/episode of the series. As soon as she finds out from Chise that Elias did rather 'unacceptable' things, her first reaction is to punch him in the stomach (which causes him a great deal of pain) before she kicks him out of the room.
  • Older Than They Look: She may look like a woman in her twenties, but as a magus she is far older.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Looks the same after decades. According to the manual, she is over a hundred.
  • Scars Are Forever: She covers up her arms with long gloves to hide the crystals embedded into them due to a mistake she made training as a child.

    Lindel 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)

Elias' magician Master.


    Mikhail Renfred 
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Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)

A wizard who hates Magus and magicians.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Gave his arm to Cartaphilius to protect Alice.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Renfred doesn't hesitate to shoot Joseph in the head when he is distracted by Elias.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he first appears, he and his apprentice Alice take Chise hostage when she is separated from Elias and renders a fae helpless by using his special glove showcasing his pragmatic side. However, he makes it clear he would rather not kill the fae that he has at his mercy, and he expresses genuine sympathy for Chise along with offering her the chance to be free showcasing he is not as much of a Jerkass as he initially seems.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He expresses disdain for Elias purchasing Chise.
  • Handicapped Badass: Just because he's missing an arm it doesn't mean he has lost his skill as an alchemist.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While at first he seemed ruthless and cold, he's actually a good person who cares greatly about his apprentice.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Normally shooting someone in the head is not the right thing to do, but considering the monstrous things Joseph had done, it is easy to support his actions.
  • Pet the Dog: When he first meets Chise, he expresses genuine sympathy for the girl due to her fate as a Sleigh Beggy and being bought by Elias.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has actually refused to heal his scar or regrow his arm with magic out of remembrance.
  • Taking the Bullet: Protected Alice from some dangerous magic and got a scar to the face.
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    Alice 
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Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese), Jennifer Green (English)

Renfred's apprentice.


  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her father got her hooked on drugs and made her become a dealer. If it wasn't because of Renfred, she would still be trapped in that life.
  • Declaration of Protection: Promised to be Renfred's bodyguard after an accident that left Renfred with scars. Renfred can take care of himself, of course, but he does rely on Alice for protection.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Like her master while at first she seemed ruthless, she shows a more kinder side later on.
  • I Owe You My Life: She feels this for both Renfred and Chise.
    • Renfred is the one who saved her from her troubled past as well as saved her from Cartaphilius.
    • Chise pushed her out of the way from Cartaphilius' attack, which probably would have killed her, and this resulted in Chise getting gravely injured instead.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Everything she does is mostly to protect Renfred.
  • Not So Different: Bonds with Chise thanks to their similar pasts and their relationships with their respective teachers. Alice lampshades this at the end of Volume 2 for the manga, and Chise silently agrees.
  • Odd Friendship: She develops this with Chise over the course of the series, despite being on opposite sides at first.
  • Playing with Fire: Blue Flame mentions her soul carries the scent of fire, meaning its serves well for powering its magic.
  • Recovered Addict: She was initially a drug addict thanks to her father making her one so she could be a dealer for him. She recovered after Renfred took her in.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: She was once a street urchin who dealt drugs and was an addict herself, but Renfred decided to take her in as an apprentice and bodyguard.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Downplayed; she only wears part of her hair in a ponytail while letting the rest of it down. She's still a good deal more tomboyish than most of the other female characters, though.
    • She cuts her hair off in order to make a contract with Blue Flame. He'll watch over her in exchange for being allowed to be next to her.

    Oberon 
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Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

The Faerie King and Titania's husband.


  • Bishounen: To Dude Looks Like a Lady degrees.
  • Composite Character: He is referred to as Oberon and is Titania's husband, but his satyr-like appearance and his goofy nature make him more similar to a different fairy - Puck, at least as he is depicted in A Midsummer Night's Dream, where he is Oberon's servant.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's really wacky, but he's also a King of magical entities. He is able to replenish an exhausted Chise's magic within an instant without much effort, implying that his own magical reserves are absolutely through the roof.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He looks nearly as feminine as his wife.
  • Elfeminate: Is a male fairy who looks female.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: He looks rather like a satyr, though he has antlers instead of horns and a deer's legs instead of a goat's.
  • Henpecked Husband: Subverted, even though Titania occasionally sics her hounds on him for him for his antics, he doesn't seem to mind that much anyways.
  • Horned Humanoid: He has antlers, with one of them being broken.
  • Keet: He's quite energetic.
  • Immortal Immaturity: While he's older than Elias, Oberon acts like a spirited child.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The guy invades Elias and Chise's personal space and pesters them with questions, to the consternation of his wife.
  • Shipper on Deck: He asks if Chise and Elias are married and if they have kids.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: To contrast his wife's purple ones, his golden eyes signify his faerie nature.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: If he gets too obnoxious, Titania will usually send her hunting hounds after him. This doesn't really work to well as he enjoys it rather than hates it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green on his case, fitting for the king of faeries.

    Titania 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

The Faerie Queen and Oberon's wife.


  • Big Damn Hero: Comes in to save Chise in Chapter 44 with the others.
  • Fairy Sexy: She's a fairy, and when compared to other fairies, damn sexy.
  • Gainaxing: Her large breasts seem to have the the consistency of gelatin with the amount they wobble. Averted by her "branch" form, which appears much more childlike.
  • The High Queen: Well, The Fair Folk version of it.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Magic most be the only thing keeping her breasts from popping out.
  • Purple Eyes: Pale, almost pink eyes, and represent her regal nature.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Titania's hair reaches all the down to her feet.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has very pale skin and long black hair, fitting for a queen.
  • Shipper on Deck: Makes a bet with her husband on how many children they think Elias and Chise will have.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Oberon points out she had numerous human lovers in the past. This is downplayed as all of them are implied to be human and thus died from age which for a fae is "a mere moment of having their eyes off them".

    Spriggan 
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Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Chris Ryan (English)

Titania and Oberon's bodyguard.


  • Badass Baritone: Has a pretty deep voice, and despite being short, he's the bodyguard of the rulers of faeries.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Titania and Oberon are both plenty powerful beings of their own right, so whether they really need someone to watch over them is questionable.
  • Cool Helmet: His helmet seems to be made of rock.
  • Fantastic Racism: Is quite hostile to non-faeries, including Elias. This is because of the damage humanity has done to nature, and Elias in particular has cost the lives of many in the past.
  • Hulking Out: When angry enough, he becomes huge, capable of even dominating Elias.
  • Pet the Dog: He's the one who gave Silky a new purpose by changing her from a banshee to a House Fey. The short story in The Golden Yarn reveals that he continuously stays in contact with her to make sure that she's comfortable.

    Redcurrant 
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Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (English)

A Leanan sídhe that becomes Chise's neighbor.


  • Belated Love Epiphany: After denying it all his life, Redcurrant finally seems to undergo one after Joel dies, vowing to stay at his house until the end of time to wait for him.
  • Bi the Way: She's very much in love with Joel (no matter how much she denies it), but she also shows rather overly affectionate behavior towards Chise, even to the point of kissing her.
  • Cry Cute: Several times, but particularly while denying that she is in love with Joel.
  • Hair Antennae: Three long ones that curve backwards.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: The same deal as Titania.
  • Fairy Sexy: Just like Titania, she takes this trope to the logical extreme.
  • Love at First Sight: The moment her eyes met Joel, she felt her heartstrings being tugged but denied it due to the fact that he didn't seem to be her type.
  • The Mourning After: After Joel's death, she refuses to look for a new lover, remaining at his house.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Like the other faeries, she likes clinging on Chise, sometimes shoving her assets to her face.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Although a faerie, she drains the blood of men, and in exchange she gives them talent, eventually killing them.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: To Chise when denying her feelings for Joel.
  • Stripperific: She's only wearing semi-transparent purple lingerie.
  • Tsundere: Downplayed. She is deeply in love with Joel and has stayed by his side for decades, yet even while sobbing over him she firmly denies that she has any feelings for him. She even calls him an idiot ("baka") while he says goodbye to her, saying that he's selfish for not letting her reply to his confession.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: She's quite gorgeous and is a type of vampire.

    Stella Barklem 
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Skyler Mc Intosh (English)

A ten year old girl that befriends Chise after helping her find her younger brother.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The cause of her brother's disappearance. By saying she didn't want him as her brother anymore, even though she was just frustrated at the time, Ashen Eye was more than willing to grant that wish to teach her a lesson.
  • Demonic Possession: Not by a "demon" exactly, but Cartaphilus isn't too off the mark. He pricked her while passing her on the street which gave him the ability to control her body for a time, and had Chise make a deal with him in exchange for Stella's safe return home.
  • Determinator: Even with her memories of him fading she doesn't give up on getting her brother back from Ashen Eye, and handles other magic or fae related troubles fairly well for a normal human child. When she meets Ashen Eye again she's even willing to threaten him despite fully knowing she doesn't really have the means to do anything.
  • Muggle Best Friend: One of the first friends Chise has made since living with Elias that he didn't introduce her to, and doesn't even have the Sight. Unfortunately for her this made her the target of his jealousy, to the point he was willing to curse her to save Chise's life.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Initially she benefits from this. She realizes Ethan's disappearance is unnatural because no one else in her family remembers he exists. The longer he's missing, the less she can remember about him to the point she can't understand Chise when she tries to remind her what his name was.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Chise initially assumed Stella was closer to her age and was rather surprised to hear she was getting social advice from a kid who hasn't even hit her teens yet.

    Shannon 
Voiced by: Asami Shimoda (Japanese), Haileigh Todd (English)

A changeling that was raised by humans, and now serves as doctor for the other faeries. She's married to the human that was swapped with her, Shanahan.


    Joseph/Cartaphilus 
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Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English, Joseph), Jerry Jewell (English, Cartaphilus)
The major, mysterious antagonist.
  • Age Without Youth: A strange variant. He cannot die, but his body is apparently always rotting and decaying like a corpse (just as if he had a normal human lifespan), and it's implied he constantly has to perform fleshy sorcerer experiments to renew or fuse with other body parts to keep himself looking and feeling young. His Lack of Empathy also causes him to go to unethetical lengths and test cruel experiments on mortals. If the state of Cartaphilus when Joseph found him is any indication, it is possible that Joseph needs to change his body parts to even be able to move, period.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It is become pretty noticeable from his first appearence that there is definetly something wrong with him in terms of psychology. The most noticeable disorder he appears to possess is Bipolar Personality Disorder. The fact that he is two people trapped inside a single body likely explains his Bipolar tendencies.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: An unusual example in that he wears a coat and double-breasted suit with short shorts, likely to emphasize his immaturity.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under his right eye.
  • Berserk Button: He hates being called by the name of "Cartaphilus". As it turns out, Joseph and Cartiphilus were once two separate people before doing a Fusion Dance.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Season 1 whose experiments and obsession with finding a way to kill himself often lead him into conflict with the rest of the cast.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his first appearance he looked very nice and willing to help Mina, but just wanted to use her as a guinea pig in his experiment with cats.
  • Body Horror: Due to his body constantly degenerating his body often ends up falling apart in globes of melted flesh. It's shown that, without constantly replacing his lost body parts with ones taken from other creatures, he will likely end up as a desiccated, near-dead husk that's barely (if at all) able to walk unassisted. In fact, given that his bodyparts now melt, it's likely his experiments over time have made his condition even worse!
  • Complete Immortality: He doesn't seems to age, as he already has at least several centuries of life and still looking like a preteen, and after being shot in the head he acted like it was no big deal.
  • Creepy Centipedes: He has a spell that unleashes an entire tidal wave of them. Whether it's alchemy-based, a side effect of the rot that plagues him, or a necromancer ability is unclear.
  • Death Seeker: His ultimate goal is to die to finally stop the constant agony of his existence. Unfortunately, that sounds easier than it really is, as if he simply letting his body rot completely would not do the trick. A lot of his experiments are dedicated to trying to find a way to counteract his curse of immortality with one that would finally allow him to die.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: How he sees his curse. In his own words, he threw a few stones and ended up being cursed to not die, but to rot while alive, suffer in pain, be exiled by the living, and so on. In fact, it was not even he who did those actions at all. Or rather, part of him did...
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": In fact, his main Berserk Button is anyone calling him by his birth name, "Cartaphilus". It makes more sense when you find out that he genuinely is named Joseph, and he acquired Cartaphilus' curse by fusing with him. "I do not bear such a cursed name", indeed.
  • Evil Albino: He is as white as a cloud and surely is evil.
  • Evil Genius: Responsible for many experiments on innocent people to advance his research and is quite intelligent in the manipulation of innocent people for his goal.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He speaks in a calm, polite, childlike manner. But, that only serves to show how much of a cruel, psychopathic monster he is.
  • Feel No Pain: His ultimate plan. To achieve it he makes everyone else suffer.
  • The Fog of Ages: Joseph has lived for so long that he can't even remember how he was originally cursed to begin with and as his origin episode shows he can barely even remember that he used to be two separate people.
  • Fusion Dance: A Power Booster version gone wrong. It turns out that Joseph and Cartaphilus were once two seperate people. Joseph was a gravekeeper and a necromancer that found Cartaphilus in a state of near decomposition and attempted to heal him. However, no matter what Joseph did, Cartaphilus could not get better but at the same time could not die to the point that one day the villagers found out about Cartaphilus and thought he was doing a necromantic experiment. After being beaten he decided to that the only way to heal Cartaphilus was to fuse with him. It's implied that a mental one occurred later, as in the memories Chise sees Cartaphilus initially had his own voice that Joseph could hear speak to him after their merger, but by the time we meet them they only ever use Joseph's voice.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed but after Chise gives him a Cooldown Hug and tells him that You Are Not Alone Joseph is seen sleeping in the well outside Elias' house and Ashen Eyes notes that he seems to be content having a place to lay his head. In the manga he states since he lost he'll keep his head down for a Century or so.
  • Humanoid Abomination: While looking mostly human, the fact that he can survive being shot in head and other things clearly show he's anything but human. When he gets shot in the head, grotesque tentacles can be seen emerging from his eye-socket, and when Elias pushes his Berserk Button by calling by his birth name, one of his hands transforms into a monstrous claw as he loses his composure.
  • Immortality Hurts: He already was shot in the head and had his left arm blown off. He also already complained of some extreme headaches, like his head was "being split in two", and pains in his left eye and where his arm was detached. In chapter 41 he told Chise that his body is constantly degenerating.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Elias and Ruth destroy his two chimeras, he agrees to leave at Renfeld's suggestion rather than keep going. He lampshades this trope as he leaves, stating that living as long as he has has taught him when to quickly give up.
    • After losing to Chise and Elias, he decides to just keep his head down for a Century.
  • Lack of Empathy: He is completely unconcerned with the suffering he causes to sate his curiosity, a fact that he admits with a smile.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair hasn't always been white. Before Joseph became immortal it was blond like Stella's but it's not clear if this change was caused by preference, age, or something related to Cartaphilus himself.
  • Mad Scientist: Experiments on people and animals to further his research, even turning Isabel into a Chimera.
  • Madness Mantra: He tends to say "It hurts" over and over when he's feeling particularly distressed.
  • Motive Decay: He muses that he no longer remembers why he wants to escape pain, but also can't stop either.
  • Necromancer: Joseph was a necromancer before he merged with Cartaphilus. After doing so, Cartaphilus can use necromancy to raise wraiths, the spirits of those he experimented with, that can harm the souls of others.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Joseph genuinely tried to help Cartaphilus. For his efforts, he was "rewarded" with a life of eternal suffering and having to constantly kill people to prevent himself from quite literally falling apart. This might go some way to explain his selfishness from then on.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: He constantly laments his immortality, and though he has shown he could change areas to make himself look older if he really wanted to (namely by sewing on limbs from people older or taller than he is) his childish personality is a constant. This only applies for Joseph, since he currently looks like he did when he first met/merged with the fully grown (and very decayed) Cartaphilus.
  • Not Quite Dead: He rose after being shot in the head by Renfred with a magic bullet that prevents regeneration.
  • Not So Different: It turns out that Joseph and Chise have a lot in common. Both of them were mocked by others due to their affinity for magic, grew attached to the one person who didn't (Elias for Chise and Cartaphilus for Joseph), and both of them have their bodies suffering due to their respective curses.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He is a immortal with at least one or two thousand years, but has a body of a boy in his early teens.
  • Sadist: He does seem to quite enjoy the suffering that he inflicts on others.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: He has the ability to take control over another person's body and see through their eyes without they being aware, as he did with Stella.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Elias Ainsworth. Both are ancient beings with the emotional development of a child who see others as little more than tools to get their way or toys to satisfy their curiosity. However, Elias is (usually) less overtly malevolent and is able to at least fake a level of maturity, not to mention that his relationship with Chise serves as a Morality Chain. Joseph/Cartaphilus is far more overtly childlike, sadistic and disdainful of others, taking Elias' negative traits Up to Eleven. As the series progresses, the line between the two becomes really blurry. Joseph starts being portrayed in a slightly more sympathetic light as the suffering caused by his curse is emphasized and his origin story is revealed, while Elias proves that he can be just as much of a monster as Joseph when it benefits him.
    • Later, it turns out he is one to Chise as well. They were both kind-hearted youths whose innate great gifts for magic (necromancy, in Joseph's case) were not really making their lives better. In time, they would both meet an ancient magical being who would henceforth become an integral part of their life, changing it forever. However, while Elias is a tricky being to understand at the best of times, overall he has changed Chise's life for the better. Joseph was... not as lucky with Cartaphilus.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Official Guide Book and manga uses "Josef" rather than the more common "Joseph", possibly due to how long it's been since he was named or being from Eastern Europe prior to merging with Cartaphilus according to the same source.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Well he is at least one or two thousand years old, his character is quite similar to this trope being a being that looks like a teenager but is a horrific monster.
  • Tragic Villain: While it will never justify all the atrocities he's committed, in the end Joseph/Cartaphilus just wants his suffering to finally end, and after living for two millennia in an eternally-rotting body, is willing to do anything to make the pain stop.
  • Two Beings, One Body: It's revealed that he's actually a fusion of two different people: Joseph the gravekeeper and Cartaphilus the Wandering Jew. And it's hinted that even long after they've merged, they maintain their individual identities... to some degree.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Joseph used to be a young gravekeeper and given his interactions with Cartaphilus, he was just as much a All-Loving Hero as Chise. It is pretty obvious, considering his current self, that he Took a Level in Jerkass.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Chise manages to see into Joseph's memories and cause him to remember his past he loses all composure he has and begins ranting and raving about how no one knows what its like to never die for a sin he barely even remembers. This gets even worse once Chise's friends arrive to help her and he ends up fleeing after letting loose his creations on the heroes.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Usually seen wearing one.
  • Walking Spoiler: With all the spoiler tags on this page, you know there's more to him than it seems. Knowing too much about him reveals that he and Cartaphilus used to be separate people and that he Used to Be a Sweet Kid until the curse forced his hand.
  • Wandering Jew: He's The Wandering Jew, cursed with immortality by Jesus.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: As shown in his official color scheme, he has white hair, and at various times in the story he has shown a dark heart, possibly a consequence of having lived so long.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: He is tired of living, and the fact that his body is constantly degenerating and that he needs a constant supply of parts do keep it functional doesn't help in the matter.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was willing to kill Alice for telling Elias, Chise, and Ruth his goals, but Chise took the hit. He remained unfazed.

    Rahab 
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Lydia Mackay (English)

Lindel's teacher and the one who named Elias. She reappears in Chapter 49.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Has dark skin tone, but her original nationality is unknown.
  • Deep Sleep: She enters these regularly enough that she doesn't know what era she's in when waking for a moment.
  • High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: She's Lindel's teacher, who in turn became Elias' mentor.
  • The Older Immortal: By virtue of being older than Lindel and Elias, she's the oldest mage seen so far.
  • Purple Eyes: Which signify her age and power as a mage.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While looking no older than 30, she was already older than Lindel when she met Elias.

    Ashen Eyes 
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Greg Dulcie (English)

A very ancient neighbor that takes interest in Chise.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Even with his Blue and Orange Morality Ashen Eyes seems to do some pretty shady things even for a fae. It doesn't help that he's shown next to Cartaphilus when the mage passes Stella on the street right before she gets possessed by him. Sure enough come the season finale and Ashen Eyes is shown actively working with Joseph to try and get Chise, though his motives for doing so remain very unclear.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions, since he transforms into a scorpion-like creature when making a contract with Stella.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Never say something harsh without meaning it within his presence, you will regret it. Just ask Stella.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed, but he doesn't seem to like either Sleigh Beggies or mages in general very much, as he believes they bind and enslave The Fair Folk.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The season finale shows Ashen Eyes working with Joseph in an attempt to try and capture Chise and he helped Joseph find Stella in the first place so she could be used against Chise.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He enjoys inflicting torment for the kicks of it and seems to be somewhat sadistic, but is kept out of outright villainy by his sense of fair play - he will sometimes give clues to his victims to help them overcome his trials and holds no grudges towards those who best him, sometimes even rewarding them.
  • Casting a Shadow: He seems to be affiliated with darkness like Elias, and can vanish into dark smoke and create black portals.
  • Dark Is Evil: Not entirely evil per se, but definitely not someone you want to take interest in you.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His Japanese voice is even deeper than Elias', and while he's not exactly evil, he can be very dangerous to humans if he wills it.
  • Extra Eyes: Chise briefly sees he has three eyes.
  • The Fair Folk: He represents this trope quite well, since his morality and 'gifts' are far from the same as a human.
  • Familiar: Becomes one to Stella.
  • Graceful Loser: Even when his tricks are thwarted, he still finds enjoyment at having found a Worthy Opponent.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Chise only sees a glimpse of it, and is not pleasant.
  • In the Hood: Wears a cloak that covers almost his entire face.
  • It Amused Me: The only reason Ashen Eyes does anything is to amuse himself often playing cruel trick and pranks on humans because he finds it fun. In the season finale he seems to like helping Joseph because he finds him and Chise interesting and loves watching them fight. He even expresses disappointment when Joseph is seen sleeping in Elias' well after Chise gave him a Cooldown Hug noting how "boring" it is that Joseph has found a place to rest his head.
    • He then later found his next source of entertainment in Stella, a past victim of his. She not only wandered into a magical area despite not being able to see Fae, she also proved to have learnt from their past encounter how Ashen Eyes, while not a liar, is an opportunist and doesn't reveal everything. She also declares with unshakeable resolve to find a way to hurt Ashen Eyes if he ever tormented anyone else, despite not having any magical ability, so she could keep her friendship with Chise, who Ashen Eyes points out is why Stella keeps getting into these affairs. So amused by all this, Ashen Eyes goes on a First-Name Basis with Stella and decides to test her limits by making a contract with her.
  • Losing Your Head: Although Ashen Eyes gets his head cut off by Elias, he's still able to just put it back on, though it apparently takes time to stay on permanently and can roll off onto the floor. Not that this inconveniences him.
  • Overarching Villain: He's as close to one as the series has.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Quite literally: His name is translated as "Ashen Eye" or "Ashen Eyes".
  • Spirited Competitor: He doesn't care whether he wins or loses, he's just after the thrills of a good challenge.
  • Stronger with Age: He is even more ancient than Elias, and so powerful he can put him out of commission effortlessly.
  • The Trickster: He loves toying with both Muggles and mages for his own amusement, and his pranks are particularly cruel.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Reveals to Stella he can also do this when making a contract with her, turning into a giant, scorpion creature with a large hunchback.
  • The Worf Effect: A fairy-boosted Elias one-shots him in the final episode of the anime. He gets better, but it seems to deter him for enough time for Chise to deal with Joseph, after which he loses interest.

    Chika Hatori 
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Rachel Michelle Thompson (English)

Chise's mother who around ten years before the series began committed suicide.


  • Ambiguously Human: She has the same red hair and green eyes that Chise inherited, which is already noted as being a statistical improbability despite their implied mixed heritage. Chapter 42 also gives hints that she may have had gone through the same things as Chise did when she was younger thus implying she may have been a Sleigh Beggy as well or something similar.
  • Break the Cutie: She basically underwent what could be considered a bullying campaign by the Japanese entities. The stress of it and trying to maintain a household led her to be easily manipulated into almost killing Chise. It was the final straw and she was Driven to Suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: The entities of Japan basically bullied Chika into this by calling her a forsaken woman after her husband left her and then one manipulated her into trying to kill Chise. Thus she took her own life by throwing herself off of their apartment balcony in a self inflicted Redemption Equals Death.
  • Hikkikomori: Downplayed and Justified, due to the nature of her and Chise's abilities which included attracting the Japanese neighbors, both could barely leave their apartment without Mr. Hatori's presence to the point that it's treated as a red-letter day when she can go grocery shopping on her own. When he leaves the home forcing Chika to work, the neighbors hound her near constantly slowly driving her mad.
  • Mama Bear: When a creature tried to eat Chise in the middle of the night, despite her exhaustion she promptly grabbed a kitchen knife and butchered the thing.
  • Moment of Weakness: Her attempt to strangle Chise was this, since it was caused by the emotional stress of her situation and the manipulation of a malevolent spirit. After realizing what she just tried to do and having a My God, What Have I Done? moment, she committed suicide.
  • Troubled Abuser: Chise's most vivid memory of Chika is when she tried to strangle Chise and said she never should have given birth to her. Later flashbacks reveal that Chika was actually a very loving mother at one point, but the constant turmoil of dealing with malevolent supernatural creatures that tried to manipulate her, along with her husband and son's sudden disappearance and her inability to hold down a steady job afterwards, eventually drove her to attempt to kill her own daughter and later succeed in killing herself.
  • Walking Spoiler: Considering her suicide and the reasons behind it are at the core of Chise's character this is not surprising.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Played for Drama, the constant harassment from the entities made it difficult for Chika too hold a steady job. her constant changing of jobs made her seem unreliable to employers making hard for her to find employment after a while.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Utters the "Never should have had you" variation while trying to strangle Chise, turns out that she was being manipulated by...something.

    Yuuki Hatori 
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese), Kyle Phillips (English)

Chise's father, who walked out on her and her mother, taking Chise's baby brother Fumiki with him. Though that may not be the whole story.


  • Barrier Maiden: A Spear Counterpart version, Yuuki's magical energy is stated in Chapter 42 to being able to keep out the Japanese creatures out of the Hatori's apartment.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: This is one is played very oddly. But the night that he walked out on Chise and her mother, he was woken up by Fumiki, Chise's baby brother, and when he was preparing the formula, he noticed a cat-like shadow staring into the apartment like it had been earlier that day. Whatever it was, it's what caused him to pack his bags and go but before he did he promised that he would return for Chise and Chika, but never did.
  • Papa Wolf: Acted as the main defender for the Hatori household, even beating some of the entities with his bare hands if they got too close to his wife and child. It makes his departure form the house all the more unnerving.

    Joseph's Curse 

The embodiment of the curse that plagues Joseph, that was implanted in him as Cartaphilus for throwing stones at the Son of God.


  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Takes the form of Joseph when talking to Chise in her memories, just with his face covered in darkness with the exception of his eyes. Before this, it took the form of a forgotten memory of Chise's that gave the full details of why her mother attempted to strangle her. Like Shannon, it was testing her will and desire to live.
  • Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome: Can be either or, depending on how a person sees him as. So long as a person wishes to continue living he will be a blessing, if not he's a curse.
  • Fusion Dance: A piece of it partially fuses with Chise after she helped Joseph in order to keep her Dragon Curse in check even noting that now she has the same likelihood of either living or dying as any other creature.

    Lucy Webster 

Chise's roommate in the College, a girl who likes to sleep and isn't much for talking.


  • Eating Lunch Alone: She eats alone, in contrast to the other students.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: She's very to the point in that she doesn't really expect to be friendly with Chise, though not really hostile either. She believes that eventually everyone will end up betraying one another so she doesn't want to be involved.
  • Not a Morning Person: She hates being up earlier than needed.

    Lian 

A student in the College, a boy who mentors under Torrey and wants to learn magecraft.


  • Brutal Honesty: He states some dark things he's heard about what the others have said about Alice to her face, though he doesn't seem to be malicious.
  • In the Blood: He carries the scent of rust in his blood, which makes him undesirable to fae.

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