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  • Fire-Forged Friends: They become closer as they continue working together in order to save vampires and help each other get out of dangerous situations.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The naïve, gentle and great-hearted Noé has white hair, in contrast to his companion black-haired Vanitas who is cynical, arrogant and amoral.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Noé is a vampire and Vanitas is a human. Despite not getting along at times, it's clear they're becoming very close friends.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Vampires like Noé have a much longer lifespan than humans like Vanitas, being practically immortal unless directly killed.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noé is the noble male (idealistic, chivalrous and very polite), while Vanitas is the roguish male (rude, brooding and unscrupulous).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Vanitas is the Red Oni, being loud, dominant and vicious. Noé is the Blue Oni since he's gentle, calm and innocent. Funnily enough, Vanitas is part of the Blue Moon clan and Noé is a vampire of the Red Moon.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Vanitas is the doctor with the magic book that can heal Curse-Bearing vampires and Noé is his personal assistant who mostly protects him while Vanitas saves vampires. Vanitas is also a manipulative Jerk with a Heart of Gold who will gladly take hostages to make his enemies surrender. Noé goes against Vanitas' amoral ideas and tries to reach an understanding with their enemies instead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They gradually form this sort of relationship. They annoy each other and bicker all the time, but they grow to trust and care about each other as they work together.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Mémoire 12 has Noé questioning Vanitas what love is, only for Vanitas to admit he also doesn't have the answer. Note this happens when Noé and Vanitas are in the middle of something of a Dance of Romance.
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    Noé Archiviste 

Noé Archiviste

Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese)

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A young vampire who was asked by his Teacher to find the Book of Vanitas.


  • All-Loving Hero: Noé likes both humans and vampires and will go out of his way to save both if he sees them in trouble.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The impact Louis' tragic death has in Noé even now brings up the possibility that Noé's feelings for the boy went deeper than friendship. His growing interest in Vanitas is also open to interpretation.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He gets easily sidetracked by just about anything. He seems to be unable to prioritize things like getting from one place to the next over fleeting curiosity. Justified as he spent most of his childhood with the de Sade family in an isolated castle and has never seen a big city like Paris before.
  • Asleep for Days: After Dominique gave him the chest that contained the stakes Louis made for Noé to kill him with, Noé collapsed with a fever and didn't wake up for two days.
  • Audience Surrogate: The reader frequently gets explanations about the setting and characters through the blissfully ignorant Noé asking other characters who know.
  • Betty and Veronica: When it comes to Vanitas' potential love interests, Noé is the Betty and Jeanne is the Veronica. While Vanitas' dynamic with Jeanne has many ups and downs and lots of friction, Vanitas has a much more functional dynamic with Noé where they gradually grow to rely on and care deeply about each other as partners.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Noé is possibly the nicest vampire anyone could meet, but even he can be dangerous when he's angry.
  • Bishōnen: Noé is an extremely beautiful man.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: In the wake of Louis' death.
  • Brutal Honesty: He bluntly states that he doesn't like Vanitas upon the first night meeting him. He doesn't even realize how rude that is.
  • Chaste Hero: He's very innocent, doesn't comprehend the concept of love that well and hasn't realized his childhood friend Dominique has been in love with him for years despite the obvious signs she gives him.
  • Childhood Friends: He has been friends with Dominique since childhood. She wants a Childhood Friend Romance, but Noé is oblivious to that and only thinks of her as a dear friend.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Noé refuses to abandon anyone he sees in danger. He even unhesitatingly tries to protect Curse-Bearers despite knowing that they're dangerous and law orders to have them executed. This is because he doesn't want to see other vampires suffer the same fate as his friend Louis.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Seems to indicate him being the last survivor of the Archiviste clan that was wiped out long ago and who were able to see other vampire's memories by drinking their blood.
  • Compliment Backfire: Following the advice Louis once gave him, Noé at one point tries to sweet-talk Vanitas into letting him drink his blood. Noé tells Vanitas that he has wonderfully aromatic blood for someone with such a problematic personality and attitude. Vanitas asks Noé if he's picking a fight with him.
  • The Conscience: He's the one to scold Vanitas whenever he does something too rash or amoral, such as rejecting his plan of taking a Chasseur hostage and berating him for his borderline suicidal recklessness.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Twice over. First he was discovered alone in a field by an elderly couple who wound up adopting him. And then they died.
  • Country Mouse: He spent most of his childhood living at his teacher's castle in the forests of Averoigne, which is located far off in the country. He's overcome with childlike excitement when he first arrives at Paris because he has never seen a big city before.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, he was kidnapped by slavers and eventually purchased by the one called "Teacher." While he wasn't traumatized by that, he is from the gruesome deaths of Louis, Mina, and several other friends as a child.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: He has dark skin and white hair. Apparently, it's a common trait among Archivistes.
  • Declaration of Protection: Soon after Louis died, Noé swore to protect Dominique who is his remaining childhood friend.
  • Easily Impressed: Noé is marveled by anything new he encounters.
  • The Empath: Besides being able to see other people's memories, Noé can also feel their emotions through tasting their blood.
  • Endearingly Dorky: His naive, earnest, and curious personality is what makes him so likable and trustworthy to just about anyone he meets.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Even for his race's standards, Noé is incredibly nice and helpful towards both humans and vampires. He also abstains from drinking blood even though he likes it because he doesn't want to peek at people's memories without permission. Meeting a vampire as nice as Noé is what gets the Paladin Roland to change his perception of vampires.
  • Happily Adopted: When he was little, he was adopted by an elderly human couple. Sadly, they died long before the start of the series. He's then taken in by the De Sade family, who seem to treat him well.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die:
    • The death of Louis keeps haunting him after years. He deeply regrets he could do nothing to help his friend and worse, he didn't kill Louis himself which was the death Louis wanted.
    • His future self's narration claims to have killed Vanitas, which is a huge source of remorse and grief for him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He tends to be a bit too blunt and blurts out whatever comes to his mind, which can be awkward for others without him realizing it.
  • Interspecies Adoption: As a child, he was adopted by an elderly human couple who eventually died.
  • Keigo: His speech is very polite.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He keeps a pet cat. No better way to tell he's the most pure-hearted guy in the entire cast.
  • Last of His Kind: Noé is the last of the Archiviste clan.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: He sacrifices his left hand to dodge the explosion fired by Astolfo's spear.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Noé is the French version of "Noah" from Noah's Ark, a famous Bible story where two (a male and a female) of every animal is brought upon a boat to survive extinction.
    • His clan name "Archiviste," is French for "Archivist," a person whose job is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical writings. Quite appropriate for a clan who can view memories.
  • Morality Pet: To Vanitas. Noé brings out a soft and protective side in Vanitas who is usually an obnoxious douchebag to everyone. Vanitas is also slowly becoming less ruthless and more heroic thanks to Noé's influence.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: He was first discovered alone in a field by an elderly couple who wound up adopting him.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • He wishes he could have done something, anything, to save Louis.
    • His future self is implied to be burdened by the regret of failing to save Vanitas.
  • Mystical White Hair: Noé is an Archiviste, a special type of vampire with the power to read people's memories by drinking their blood. Coincidentally, white hair is apparently a common trait among Archivistes.
  • Naïve Newcomer: To just about everywhere since he grew up in a remote forest castle.
  • Narrator: In Mémorie 11, Noé is seen writing down in a journal about the story of his journey together with Vanitas, which is supposedly the manga itself.
  • Nice Guy: Noé doesn't have a single mean or selfish bone in his body.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He considers the Blue Moon, so feared by other vampires, beautiful. He's also fascinated by the Book of Vanitas.
  • No Sense of Direction: Dominique has to put a leash on him to keep him from getting lost due to his bad habit of getting distracted by just about anything on his way. However, he can find a place quickly when he is determined to.
  • Oblivious to Love: He mistakes Dominique's affections for teasing.
  • Only Friend: He's the only person Vanitas has bonded with and placed his trust into.
  • Power Incontinence: He doesn't like to drink people's blood because his powers as an Archiviste will automatically show him their memories and he thinks it's wrong to do that without the person's consent.
  • Raised by Humans: He spent his early childhood under the care of an elderly human couple that found him abandoned in a field. Noé didn't discover he was a vampire until he was captured by vampire slave traders.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Noé is the main viewpoint character and narrator, but the story is about Noé recounting his adventures with Vanitas and a big part of the narrative is Noé trying to understand Vanitas.
  • Survivor Guilt: He was appalled at the relief he felt when Louis was killed before Louis could kill him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despite being very blunt about his dislike for Vanitas, Noé forces himself to cooperate with him in order to save the Curse-Bearing vampires. Their dynamic gradually starts to change and they become more of Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Terrible Artist: His attempts at drawing are just bad scribbles, much to Vanitas' amusement.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Noé doesn't want to kill anyone and avoids doing lethal harm to his enemies as much as he can. This puts him in a disadvantage in his fight with Vanitas because Noé must hold back to not kill him while Vanitas won't hold back.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tarte Tatin.
  • Transferable Memory: As an Archiviste, he has the ability to read people's memories by drinking their blood.
  • Tsundere: A subtle Sweet type. Noé is the kindest guy ever, but dealing with Vanitas' bad personality brings out an unexpectedly cranky side in him.
  • Use Your Head: He attacks Vanitas with a headbutt whenever he's particularly angry at him.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Hearing that Jeanne drank Vanitas' blood and marked him makes Noé's chest hurt and he feels sad to the point of wanting to cry. Noé thinks he's only displeased with another vampire tasting Vanitas' delicious blood before him, but it apparently has more to do with Jeanne claiming ownership of Vanitas with the mark of possession. Either way, Noé feels a jealousy he doesn't fully understand.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While he objects to Vanitas knocking Maria out in the Chasseur arc, he fights against Jeanne who is a powerful and dangerous opponent.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Vanitas calls him out on him holding back against Astolfo for being a kid. Noé admits this and the second time he faces Astolfo, he thinks of his opponent as a Paladin as threatening as Roland.

    Vanitas 

Vanitas

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese)

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The mysterious owner of the Book of Vanitas. He calls himself a doctor and "treats" Cursebearers as his way of getting revenge on the original Blue Moon Vanitas.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Poor Jeanne is freaked out by Vanitas' unwanted advances towards her, mainly the whole Forceful Kiss incident, and while he's very handsome, his unpleasant pushy personality is a major turnoff for her. However, she does begin to feel attracted to his hidden kinder side.
  • Afraid of Doctors: When he falls "ill" because of Jeanne's "curse", Vanitas absolutely refuses to let Noé take him to a hospital because he would rather die before letting a doctor do him a physical. His past with Doctor Moreau must surely have something to do with this.
  • Allergic to Love: Getting kissed on the cheek by Jeanne causes Vanitas to spend ten entire days on bed and feeling like he's dying. He thinks Jeanne must have poisoned him or placed a curse on him until Roland "diagnoses" Vanitas' condition as being in love.
  • Ambiguously Bi: As the series goes on, Vanitas get very notable scenes of Ship Tease with Noé and Jeanne.
  • Anti-Hero: He proclaims he doesn't heal Curse-Bearers out of any goodwill; it's just his revenge against Vanitas of the Blue Moon. His personality and manipulative methods are also way too nasty to call him a proper hero.
  • Asleep for Days: After the Gévaudan arc, Vanitas spends ten whole days resting on bed.
  • Betty and Veronica: In terms of Noé's romantic options, Vanitas is the Veronica and Dominique is the Betty. In contrast with the childhood friend Dominique, Noé has just met Vanitas and is very intrigued by the mysterious vampire doctor's circumstances. Noé's relationship with Vanitas can be rocky because Noé is irritated by Vanitas' difficult personality, but they gradually become closer as they work together as partners.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Implying he's in league with the original Blue Moon Vanitas makes him disturbingly unhinged.
    • He warns Noé that if he ever even tries to drink his blood, he will kill him. The problem isn't that Vanitas dislikes his blood being drank, but that he doesn't want an Archiviste vampire to see his memories.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Back when he and his adopted younger brother Misha were Moreau's test subjects, Vanitas would reluctantly volunteer for the most painful experiments in order to protect Misha.
  • Bishōnen: He's a very beautiful man.
  • Byronic Hero: A perfect example. He's a very amoral, selfish, arrogant, rude, smart, charismatic, and beautiful young man with a mysterious dark past and highly conflicted emotions stemming from it. As he says so himself, he does whatever he pleases and uses the methods he chooses to accomplish his goals regardless of what other people want. He has the lack of respect for authority part down as seen when he badmouths the vampire queen and gets himself kicked out of Altus for it. He's noted to have very little regard for his own safety and a lot of his behavior is self-destructive to the point of almost coming off as suicidal. Bonus points for being the protagonist of a vampire story.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He's wasted after only one drink of alcohol in a special chapter.
  • Circus Brat: His mother was a member of a troupe of traveling performers. After his mother died in childbirth, he and his father traveled with his mother's companions until the entire troupe was killed by vampires.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Vanitas of the Blue Moon's mark of possession on his right forearm. He later receives another mark from Jeanne on the juncture of his neck and right shoulder.
  • Color Motif: Blue, of course. He's kin of the Blue Moon clan, fittingly his clothes, eyes and sometimes hair are all blue.
  • Consummate Liar: He's very good at telling lies. The only ones who can't be fooled by him are Noé and Roland.
  • Control Freak: He always needs to feel in control of whatever situation he's in and the people around him. This is why he hates dealing with people like Roland who are impossible to influence by anything he says or does. Whenever he finds himself in a situation where someone else is in charge and he can't turn it around, he has a very bad Freak Out.
  • Covered with Scars: He has scars all over his back and arms. It appears to be a combination of Dr. Moreau's vivisections and claw marks left on him by something.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets visibly upset whenever Noé is getting along a bit too well with other people. This puts Vanitas at odds with Noé's childhood friend, Dominique and adds to his already strong hatred of Roland since Roland and Noé openly say they like each other.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has feline fangs to highlight his trickster character.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father and their traveling troupe were killed by vampires. After that, he was trained as a Chasseur until he was kidnapped by Doctor Moreau and became a victim of heinous human experimentation. When he was about to be potentially killed in one of the insane experiments, he was rescued by Vanitas of the Blue Moon who let him follow them. After that, he and Misha were adopted by vampire Vanitas and they lived mostly happily until vampire Vanitas died and Vanitas blamed himself for it.
  • Death Faked for You: Dr. Moreau killed a Body Double of Vanitas so the Chasseurs were fooled into thinking Vanitas died in battle, all in order to kidnap Vanitas and use him in his sick human experimentation.
  • Death Seeker: Much of his reckless actions imply Vanitas doesn't really care whether he survives or not. He let Jeanne bite him despite being told the poison of her fangs could kill him, simply stating it didn't matter to him. Noé also calls him out on how he acts like he's ready to throw his life away at any moment.
  • Determined Doctor: If he hears there's a Curse-Bearer, Vanitas will go anywhere to cure them and won't let anything stop him.
  • Deuteragonist: Vanitas is the protagonist as much as Noé is. As its core, the main story is about Noé getting to know Vanitas and forming a close relationship with him through their adventures before he eventually kills Vanitas.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Roland's Condescending Compassion enrages him to the point of violence.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Tends to get these when Noe calls him healing vampires being the right thing to do using the Book of Vanitas or basically any reminder of his past.
  • Dynamic Entry: His introduction in the very first chapter has him bursting out of the window of a Cool Airship on his way to finding his vampire patient.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Black-haired, pale-skinned and often leaning towards mysterious and devilish behavior.
  • Experienced Protagonist: At the start of the story, Vanitas is already the owner of the Book of Vanitas and knows how to use its power to heal Curse-Bearing vampires.
  • Femme Fatalons: It looks like he has very long, sharp nails to illustrate his dangerous and slightly twisted nature, but they're actually part of his gloves and his real nails are normal.
  • Foil: To Noé. Vanitas is a human, Noé is a vampire. Vanitas is pale-skinned and black-haired, Noé is dark-skinned and white-haired. Vanitas is a knowledgeable, sly cynic who Hates Everyone Equally, Noé is an innocent, painfully honest and sheltered All-Loving Hero.
  • Forceful Kiss: After becoming fascinated by Jeanne, he declares he's in love with her and steals a kiss from her.
  • Freak Out: He loses it when Misha reveals he's helping someone who can bring Luna back to life, something that would make Vanitas' efforts to erase that existence go to waste.
  • Freakiness Shame: As a member of the Blue Moon clan and current owner of the Book of Vanitas, Vanitas is used to vampires reacting with hatred and fear at him. Noé is the only vampire he has met who thinks the blue moon is beautiful and went as far as to call the power of the Book of Vanitas to cure Curse-Bearers "phenomenal" and "right". This is the main reason why Vanitas quickly comes to like him.
  • The Gadfly: There's nothing that he enjoys more than getting reactions out of people by pressing their buttons.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Vanitas is the main hero who saves Curse-Bearer vampires with the power of his Book of Vanitas. However, many find his personality detestable because he's rude, condescending, and not above using intimidation to get what he wants.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is black, but is often colored blue in official art.
  • Happily Adopted: He was adopted by Vanitas of the Blue Moon who rescued him from Moreau's lab. His feelings for the vampire were complicated because he thought vampires were monsters who killed his father, but the former Vanitas was so kind and caring to him that he still thinks fondly of the former Vanitas in his most vulnerable moments.
  • Harmful to Minors: Witnessed his father being murdered in front of his eyes. When training as a Chasseur as a young boy, he ended up in the clutches of Dr. Moreau and became one of the crazy scientist's favorite test subjects for his human experiments.
  • Hate at First Sight: Vanitas and Dominique take an instant dislike for each other from the moment they first meet, mainly because neither wants the other near Noé. Vanitas' opinion of Dominique only gets worse after she accuses him of worshipping the Vampire of the Blue Moon. This eventually culminates in Vanitas refusing to help Noé save Dominique after Misha hypnotizes her and goes as far as to threaten to kill Dominique himself to "free" Noé.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: He states that both humans and vampires are all ugly and selfish creatures in his eyes. The only notable exceptions are Noé and Jeanne.
    Vanitas: Humans, vampires, dhams... I hate them all equally.
  • Heroic BSoD: He nearly completely shuts down when Dr. Moreau asks him how "No. 71" is doing. Thankfully, Noé snaps Vanitas out of it.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the rare occasion he drops his arrogant front, it's hinted that he has virtually little to no self-esteem. He even told Noé he has no interest in someone who would fall for him, implying that he believes only a bad person could love him. Mémoire 44 reveals that he has such a low opinion of himself that he is utterly convinced that no-one could ever actually love him.
  • Hide Your Otherness: His long gloves are meant to hide the mark of possession that Vampire Vanitas left in his forearm. He never wants to take the gloves off except for the time he exposed himself as kin of Blue Moon Vanitas at a ball of vampires.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He says he pursues Jeanne precisely because it's unlikely she will ever fall in love with him. He turns out to be wrong about that, though.
  • I Have This Friend...: He tries to do this when consulting Roland and Olivier about his new feelings for Jeanne, claiming he's just talking about an acquaintance who is conflicted about a lady. However, the moment Roland identifies the symptoms as love, Vanitas completely forgets about pretending he isn't talking about himself.
  • I Have Your Wife: He gets Jeanne to surrender to him by making it seem like Noé took her master Luca hostage and will kill him if she doesn't obey. All the witnesses call Vanitas a jerk for this.
  • I Know Your True Name: Part of how he "heals" Curse-Bearers is recovering their true name that was stolen and corrupted by Charlatan.
  • Idiot Hair: He has a cowlick sticking up from his head, emphasizing his usually silly behavior.
  • I'll Kill You!: Before Vampire!Vanitas took him away from the lab, he yelled he would kill Dr. Moreau for injecting him with the blood of Vampire!Vanitas.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: It's very, very brief, but there's a panel in the manga in which, after having managed to save Chloé successfully, he just lies in the snow, looking at the possession mark on his hand. As he gets up, he softly murmurs, "It's cold...", as Jeanne rushes towards him.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: In the aftermath of the Gévaudan arc, Vanitas is made realize that he has truly fallen in love with Jeanne. And he hates it, freaking out over how being in love is "agonizing" and "disgusting".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He comes across as arrogant, overconfident, and annoying. In the rare occasions where he lets his guard down, however, it's shown that he has extreme self-loathing and borderline suicidal urges.
  • In Love with Love: He pretends to be in love with Jeanne because being in a romantic chase is exciting. Vanitas even admits he simply calls what he feels for Jeanne love because that makes it interesting. As of Mémoire 44, however, Vanitas is forced to face that he has developed genuine romantic feelings for Jeanne because of their bonding during the Gévaudan arc.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He finds it ridiculous to even consider that Jeanne (or anyone for that matter) could ever love him back because Vanitas views himself as an utterly unlovable person.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a big jerk and won't deny it. He does care about Noé and Jeanne as shown when he endangers himself to protect them several times. In general, he repeatedly proves himself to be a more good-hearted person than even he realizes.
  • Knife Nut: He uses two knives he keeps in his belt.
  • Legacy Character: He claims he's the inheritor of the original Vanitas.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The left side of his hair is of upper-back length.
  • Love Hurts: Vanitas claims to be used to pain, but he describes his newfound romantic feelings for Jeanne as an unbearable agony.
  • Made of Iron: He falls from an airship and gets up no worse for wear.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: When he was a child, he never tried to escape from Dr. Moreau's lab because he didn't want the Mad Scientist to look for a replacement to torture in his place and went as far as offer himself for the most painful experiments so Misha could be safe. Even in the present day, he'll readily throw himself in harm's way to prevent others from getting hurt.
  • Master Actor: He displays impressive acting skills during his reunion with the despicable Doctor Moreau, being able to flawlessly pretend that he's on the Mad Doctor's side and happy to see him again. The truth is Vanitas is using all his willpower to hold himself back from killing the bastard who almost killed him.
  • Matricide: He killed Luna, the vampire of the Blue Moon, who was the only mother figure he ever had in his life.
  • Meaningful Name: "Vanitas" can mean "vanity" (exhibited in the self-serving way he talks about saving the vampires) or "emptiness". A vanitas is also a particular style of painting, a reminder of death and the frailty of life which demands that we cannot be obsessed with trivial things. This may also be a factor in the meaning of Vanitas' name.
  • My Greatest Failure: He has visions where it's mentioned someone died because of him and he couldn't keep a promise he made to his younger brother Misha, which has burdened him with a lot of guilt. This is implied to be the real reason why Vanitas is so determined to save all vampires.
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: The story revolves around other character's impressions of Vanitas, who's secretive, erratic, and manipulative.
  • Not So Above It All: He usually tries to be the composed and calculating type of guy, but that facade completely falls apart when dealing with people or situations that he can't have under control. For example, interacting with the religious enthusiast Roland or realizing his budding crush on Jeanne cause Vanitas to have one big Freak Out.
  • No Sympathy: While he's shocked to hear Noé's childhood friend Louis was decapitated after becoming a Curse-Bearer, Vanitas has no time to give his sympathies to Noé and Dominique when he's dealing with Misha telling him there's someone trying to resurrect Luna.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Dr. Moreau notes that his eyes were a different shade of blue before encountering Vanitas of the Blue Moon.
  • Oh, and X Dies: The very first chapter talks about how Noé will kill Vanitas at the end.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Vanitas is the name he took from the Vampire of the Blue Moon. His original name remains unknown.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He promises Jeanne that he will be the one who kills her if she ever becomes a danger for Luca.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair often conceals one of his eyes.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: While he's a protagonist who cures Curse-Bearing vampires, Vanitas has shown to be notably condescending and dominating towards women. He writes Dominique off as Noé's "convenient female" even though she's Noé's closest friend from childhood. Vanitas also enjoys exercising control over Jeanne through harassment and emotional manipulation.
  • Power at a Price: The mark of possession he got from Vanitas of the Blue Moon gives him access to the power of the blue moon. However, the cost is a big one; the more Vanitas uses the power of the blue moon, the mark of possession spreads in his body and with it, Vanitas's very self is being rewritten, leaving him at a risk of literally losing himself.
  • Pragmatic Hero: His preferred tactics for dealing with enemies include trickery, manipulation, and taking hostages.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He's a little prone to these.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: He's a gorgeous man with black hair and pale skin.
  • Rejection Affection: Jeanne hates how the more she rejects Vanitas, the more aggressively he chases after her. There's a quite depressing aspect to this behavior as Vanitas explicitly puts the moves on Jeanne because he knows she will be turned off and disgusted by him, which Vanitas uses as proof that he's the abhorrent person he views himself as.
  • Revenge: He claims to the vampires at the ball that he's going to save the vampires of the Red Moon to spite Vanitas of the Blue Moon who despised them. It's unclear how much of this is true, but Noé does believe Vanitas has a desire for revenge.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: At the beginning, Vanitas only plays at being in love with Jeanne because her flustered reactions are very entertaining to him. After the Gévaudan arc, Vanitas is forced to realize that he has developed genuine feelings for Jeanne due to seeing her more assertive side.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: An interesting example. Vanitas at first puts up a cheery façade when he's actually jaded, grumpy and deeply depressed. In contrast, Jeanne's past has turned her submissive and oppressed, but her real self is spirited, feisty and affectionate. This is best shown at the end of the Gévaudan arc where Jeanne is ecstatic from the group having been able to rescue Chloé, hugs Vanitas and kisses him on the cheek while Vanitas is acting unenthusiastic.
  • Secret Keeper: He promises Jeanne to not let anyone about her cravings for blood, especially Luca. Although, he does it under the condition that she never drinks blood from anyone but him.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: He claims that he and Jeanne are in love with each other after she unconsciously marks him while drinking his blood. Jeanne disdainfully tells him to save his sleep-talking for when he's asleep.
  • Sitting on the Roof: He's frequently found brooding on top of a building. Noé assumes Vanitas must like high places.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: He acts like a total asshole, but beneath that mask of arrogance lies a man who is plagued by traumas, self-loathing and crippling guilt over something that happened in his past.
  • Stepford Smiler: He puts up a happy-go-lucky façade to hide his depression and self-loathing. When he drops the act, he's very irritable and brooding.
  • Stepford Snarker: Whenever he drops his usual cheery and happy-go-lucky façade, he switches to using bitterness and sardonicism to cope with his painful emotions.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Vanitas is a cunning human who knows how to manipulate people and Jeanne is a powerful vampire who burns her enemies with a gauntlet that shoots fire blasts.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Moreau injected him with a medicine mixed with the Vampire of the Blue Moon's blood as part of an experiment to create artificial kin of the Blue Moon that could use the Book of Vanitas. Vanitas heals faster than regular humans as a result.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Apparently, his blood is "very sweet" to vampires. Jeanne loved it so much that she unconsciously marks him and the mere scent of it causes Noé to barely be able to control himself.
  • Supreme Chef: He's an amazing cook.
  • Survivor Guilt: His mother died when she gave birth to him and his father was killed by vampires while protecting him. Feeling somehow responsible for the death of both his parents deeply scarred him.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: It's eventually revealed he killed Luna, also known as the previous Vanitas. He's badly traumatized by the event and feels tormented by guilt since he deep down never really hated Luna.
  • The Tease: He gets his kicks from making Jeanne go crazy from embarrassment by invading her space and making statements about wanting to be her lover. Funnily enough, when Jeanne gives him the Intimate Healing treatment and strips to her underwear in front of him, Vanitas is the only one panicking.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His hourglass earring originally belonged to Vanitas of the Blue Moon.
  • Trauma Button: Mentioning his younger brother reminds him of something that happened with Vampire Vanitas that he feels guilty about and his brother blamed him for. It's apparently so bad that Vanitas almost had a breakdown when Dr. Moreau asks him about "No. 71".
  • Troll: He likes to screw with people's heads, though sometimes it serves a purpose.
  • Tsundere: Harsh type. Vanitas is very haughty, mean and stubborn, but he can be a softie sometimes. While it's obvious he's growing to care a lot about Noé, he won't admit it because Noé is a vampire and Vanitas has been almost killed by vampires enough times to hold contempt against them. Developing true romantic feelings for Jeanne gets him annoyed and overly flustered because he has never felt that way about anyone before and such sugary emotions are alien to him.
  • Unable to Cry: He was Dr. Moreau's favorite test subject because he never cried even when the experiments nearly killed him. Averted; he does cry in chapter 49, after he's rescued from that horrific lab.
  • The Unapologetic: He refuses to apologize sincerely for forcing a kiss on Jeanne during their first meeting, even though the one demanding the apology is the vampire with the most authority after the queen.
  • Voluntary Vampire Victim: After discovering Jeanne suffers from vampiric impulses very similar to those of a Curse-Bearer, Vanitas allows her to feed on him whenever she comes close to losing herself.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: Gender-swapped example. Jeanne becoming so vulnerable and submissive because of her loyalty to Luca makes her even more beautiful and lovable in Vanitas' eyes. Although, it's more about Vanitas wanting to play with Jeanne's emotions instead of actually feeling attracted to her.
  • When He Smiles: Jeanne can't help to blush when Vanitas shows her a more charming smile instead of his usual smug one.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't hold back against Jeanne, who is a powerful and dangerous opponent. He also knocks out Maria when she aims a crossbow at him.
  • You Are Number 6: He was No. 69 during Dr. Moreau's experiments.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Noé calls out Vanitas on not telling him that Naenia is the Malnomen of the Vampire Queen Faustina. Vanitas states that he wasn't totally sure about it until Chloé gave Naenia a physical form and a vampire like Noé wouldn't have believed a human with such a crazy theory about the vampire queen anyway. Noé responds by headbutting Vanitas as he affirms he would have definitely believed him.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Getting injected with the blood of the Vampire of the Blue Moon during Dr. Moreau's experiments doomed Vanitas to die young because a human body can't handle carrying vampire blood.

House de Sade

    In General 
  • Badass Family: Everyone in this family appears to be in the business of ass-kicking.

    Dominique de Sade 

Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese)

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Noe's childhood friend. The youngest de Sade sibling.


  • Angsty Surviving Twin: The death of her twin brother Louis affected Dominique just as badly as it did for Noé. Even years later, Dominique hasn't stopped wondering why she couldn't die in Louis' place and believes Noé might have been happier if Louis had been the twin who lived.
  • The Bait: Vanitas' brother Misha ordered her to bring Noé to him, but since Dominique won't do it, he's going to use her to lure Noé to him.
  • Betty and Veronica: In terms of Noé's romantic options, Dominique is the Betty and Vanitas is the Veronica. Completely different from his unusual and somewhat rocky relationship with the mysterious Vanitas, Noé cares about Dominique as his close childhood friend while being clueless to her secret romantic affections.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dominique is a friendly and playful girl, but she can get menacing to those she thinks might hurt Noé.
  • Bifauxnen: She dresses in masculine clothing and looks pretty damn good in them.
  • Bokukko: She uses the boyish first-person pronoun "boku" in Japanese. She used female pronouns when she was a child, so she's probably trying to imitate the speech patterns of her dead brother Louis.
  • Broken Bird: Witnessing the tragic death of her brother Louis at hands of their grandfather and being made believe her family and Noé would have preferred that she had died in Louis' place left quite the emotional damage in poor Dominique.
  • But Not Too Bi: Noé is the only man she has been shown to feel attracted to. Besides him, she only flirts with other women and has no experience with men whatsoever.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She's been crushing on her childhood friend Noé for years, but unfortunately for her, he's very dense.
  • Damsel in Distress: Vanitas' little brother Mikhail uses his Book of Vanitas to corrupt Dominique's true name and hold control over her. Mikhail then uses her to threaten Noé by stating he will force Dominique to kill herself if he doesn't drink Vanitas' blood to check his memories of Vampire Vanitas' death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She saw her older brother become a Curse-Bearer and get beheaded by their own grandfather.
  • Date Peepers: She spies on Jeanne's "date" with Vanitas and is endlessly frustrated to see her adorable friend being played like a fiddle by Vanitas.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's very popular among other girls and seems to like it.
  • Hopeless Suitor: There seem to be very little chances Noé will ever come to see Dominique as something more than a dear childhood friend. Noé's growing closeness to Vanitas also appears to be likely to become a problem for her.
  • Identical Twin Mistake: A very sad example. When Noé was delirious with a fever shortly after Louis died, he mistook Dominique for Louis and hugged her while saying how happy he was that Louis was alive. This was one of the reasons why Dominique believes Noé would be happier if he still had Louis with him instead of her.
  • Important Haircut: In her grief after her brother Louis died, Dominique cut her hair when she decided to reshape her behavior to resemble Louis'. She grew it back after Noé asked her to go back to being Dominique instead of trying to replace Louis.
  • In-Series Nickname: Domi, as she's referred to by Noé, Veronica and Louis.
  • Incoming Ham: Her introduction has her being followed by a little automaton that spits out roses for her Shoujo flower backdrops.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Dominique puts on a bravado that gives the impression of a bold and confident young woman, but when she's around her family, she's constantly belittled by her older siblings and being compared to them since childhood didn't do any favors to Dominique's self-confidence.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When she was a child, she once told Louis that she envied him for living at their grandfather's estate with Noé because the main house is too strict and she never has fun there. She later realized how much it must have hurt Louis to hear her say that when Veronica let her know the de Sade family wanted Louis dead since birth because he was Dominique's twin brother.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Louis' death at hands of their grandfather. Louis became a Curse-Bearer to protect Dominique and Noé from their friend Mina who had also become a Curse-Bearer and Dominique believes Louis wouldn't have needed to do that if she haven't asked Noé to try and save Mina from being executed. Soon after Louis died, Dominique came to blame her very existence for Louis being ostracized by the de Sade family since they did that because Dominique and Louis being twins was a sign of ill omen to vampires.
  • Knife Nut: Once she gets Vanitas alone, she throws some knives at him.
  • Mutual Envy: In the past, Dominique once told Louis she was jealous of him because he lived at their grandfather's castle where he could hang out with Noé every day while she was made study at the main house where everyone compared her to Veronica. In return, Louis was convinced Dominique was simply too young to understand how much she was better off than him, who was casted away from the family for being born with an "illness".
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: After her twin brother Louis' death, she soon began to sport his clothing preferences and developed behaviours that Louis displayed as a teen. This is her way to cope with her belief that everyone, especially Noé, would have been happier if Louis had lived and taken her place.
  • Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: She only attracts women because her older sister Veronica scares away any men that might become interested in her. Because of this, she has no idea how to give romantic advice about guys.
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Dominique has been in love with Noé since they were children, not that she has ever been assertive enough about her feelings for him to even notice them. She appears to value taking things slowly with the one she loves, as she freaks out when she hears Jeanne is ready to jump on Vanitas and tells her courtship should start with exchanging letters like she did with Noé.
  • Poisonous Friend: She's so devoted to Noé that she's more than ready to interrogate Vanitas while using him for knife throwing practice just because she suspects he might be using Noé for his own ends. Vanitas can understand how Noé turned out so naïve with someone like Dominique watching out for him.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has long hair that goes past her waist.
  • Replacement Sibling: Louis believed that his parents gave birth to Dominique to replace him, who was "sick" at birth and basically abandoned to eventually die as a Curse-Bearer.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She becomes good friends with Jeanne after dancing with her at a ball. Dominique even says Jeanne is hers.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She introduces herself as Noé's fiancee. Noé then makes clear she's only his childhood friend.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was very timid as a child and nervously hid behind her brother Louis when introducing herself to Noé.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She lists strong, dashing, kind, and lovable as the qualities she finds attractive in Noé.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: She suffers from an inferiority complex because her older sister Veronica is a much more powerful vampire and influential noble than she could ever hope to be. Even when she was a child, she hated living at the main de Sade house where everyone criticized her for not being good at what she did like Veronica.
  • Survivor Guilt: Ever since her brother Louis became a Curse-Bearer and was killed by their grandfather, Dominique has thought she should have been the one who died.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Played With with her and Jeanne. Dominique gives the impression of being the tomboy since she's a Bifauxnen with an exuberant behavior, in contrast with the more withdrawn and passive Jeanne. However, Dominique's tomboyish traits are mostly an act she puts up to cope with her insecurities and Jeanne later regains the spirited, outspoken attitude she had as a child thanks to Character Development.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: When she was a child, Dominique was timid and wore cute dresses. As an adult, she dons masculine outfits and adopted a bold personality to cope with her insecurities.
  • Unbroken Vigil: After Noé passed out with a fever due to the trauma of Louis' death, Dominique sat by his bedside and refused to leave until he woke up.
  • The Un-Favourite: She has it better than Louis in some ways because she's at least acknowledged as a member of the de Sade family, but the way her family especially her older siblings treat her leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: While they aren't dating, Dominique is very protective of Noé and her romantic feelings for him are very obvious.
  • What Does She See in Him?: She's baffled when she hears Jeanne has fallen in love with Vanitas after the Gévaudan arc, even asking Jeanne if she hit her head because Dominique can't think of any other reason why anyone would find such an annoying man attractive.
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    "Teacher" / The Shapeless One 

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese)

Noé's teacher and grandfather to Veronica, Dominique, and Louis de Sade.
  • Constantly Changing Name: He changes names and aliases so often Noé can't keep track of which one he's using at any given time.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: In Noé's flashbacks, he always wears a top hat that obscures his eyes.
  • Mysterious Backer: He sent Noé to find the Book of Vanitas and "observe the story of the people surrounding it". However, he's an extremely shady figure and whether his motives for arranging Noé to meet with Vanitas are good is highly questionable.
  • Nice Hat: A rather fetching top hat.
  • Nightmare Face: He had a very terrifying one after he beheaded his own grandson.
  • Offing the Offspring: He beheaded Louis, his own grandson, after the latter finally lost himself to his Horror Hunger and tried to kill Noé.
  • Parental Substitute: He's the closest thing to an adoptive father Noé has.

    Veronica de Sade 
The eldest de Sade daughter. One of the Beastias.
  • Aloof Big Sister:
    • Her treatment of Dominique ranges from emotionally distant to outright cruel.
    • She was worse towards Louis as she refused to even acknowledge him as her younger brother.
  • Big Sister Bully: When Dominique tries to prevent her from hurting Noé and Vanitas in the ball, Veronica humiliates her by tying her up and leaving her hanging from the ceiling in a bondage position. Just to be an even worse sister, Veronica plans to encase Vanitas in ice, shatter him into pieces and make Dominique watch. Veronica is also verbally abusive of Dominique during their conversations.
  • Cool Mask: She wears a fox one as part of her Japanese style outfit to the ball.
  • Dark Action Girl: Being a Beastia means she's a highly powerful vampire and her ice powers show it. She laughs maniacally as she throws chunks of ice at Noé and Vanitas, proclaiming her intention to freeze their bodies and shatter them to pieces.
  • Does Not Like Men: The only thing Veronica hates more than humans is men. Dominique doesn't really know any guys outside of Noé because Veronica scares men off.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Unlike Dominique, Veronica's hair is light-colored, which is perfect for an ice magic user.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: She has thin plus-shaped pupils.
  • Fantastic Racism: She appears disdainful towards humans.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: Veronica appears to have an inclination to Japanese culture given that she goes to a ball in a kimono, has a Hime Cut and smokes from a kiseru pipe.
  • Hime Cut: She has blunt bangs, cheek-length sidelocks, and very long straight hair. Her hairstyle represents her status as the daughter of an aristocratic family. Although, she's French instead of Japanese.
  • An Ice Person: She has the ability to produce and control ice, using it to throw blocks of ice and freeze people.
  • Kimono Fanservice: She shows up at the vampire masquerade ball in a beautiful kimono.
  • No Sympathy: After Louis was beheaded by their grandfather, Veronica didn't even feel bad for him because she never thought of him as family. She also mocked Dominique when she was grieving over losing Louis and Noé being traumatized, basically rubbing in her face that Louis had such a miserable life and death because he was Dominique's twin brother.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to about the back of her knees, fitting her status as a noble lady.
  • Slave to PR: She's infuriated when Dominique wants to ask their father to protect Jeanne from punishment for letting the Beast of Gévaudan escape a second time, as defending the life of a Bourreau would be a big hit to the name of the de Sade house.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Seeing her smoking from a kiseru pipe while wearing a dressing gown makes her look quite sexy and classy.
  • Too Much Information: In the middle of the night, Dominique sees Veronica's dressing gown is splattered with taints of blood. Veronica claims she just had a fling with Marquis Machina and proceeds to give a detailed description of the "encounter" to Dominique, who seriously doesn't want to hear anything about her older sister's sex life.
  • Torture Technician: That torture chamber at the ball that Dominique showed Vanitas? That's hers.

    Louis de Sade 
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Dominique's elder brother and Noé's friend. He was a Curse-Bearer and died at a young age.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: As Louis himself put it, the de Sade family, except for his little sister Dominique, thought of Louis as if he was already dead because he was born "ill", but the truth was that they wanted to kill him right after his birth because he and Dominique are twins, which is viewed as ill omen by vampires. They was only allowed Louis to live at his grandfather's estate apart from the main house because his grandfather wished for it.
  • Beauty Mark: He had a mole on his chin.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He had a soft spot for Dominique, as seen when he let her cuddle with him when she was scared during a stormy night.
  • Broken Bird: A male version. He was depressed and bitter due to the knowledge of his cursed status, and envied his naive younger sister for the freedom she enjoyed. However, he didn't take these feelings out on her and Noé.
  • Death of a Child: Louis was in his early to mid-teens when he was killed.
  • Death Seeker: After his death, Noé and Dominique find a chest of stakes he intended to give to Noé to potentially kill him with.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Louis was at first believed to be Dominique's older brother by a year, but they are later revealed to be twins.
  • First Friend: He was Noé's first friend and main source of company during the time they shared when living together at Louis' grandfather's castle. Losing Louis in such a tragic way affects Noé to this day.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Louis was very callous when Noé first arrived at his grandfather's place, telling Noé that his deceased adoptive grandparents were probably planning to eat him. Despite that, Louis showed his gentler side to Dominique and also Noé after they became friends.
  • Off with His Head!: After he was completely consumed by his bloodlust, Louis was beheaded before he could kill Noé.
  • Posthumous Character: He died as a young teen, and his death heavily affects Noé and Dominique.
  • Raised by Grandparents: His parents wanted nothing to do with him because of his "sickness" and he was sent to live at his grandfather's place, although his grandfather was apparently absent often.
  • Shipper on Deck: He supported Dominique's obvious crush on Noé and gave Noé advices to make him grow closer to Dominique.
  • Stepford Smiler: He acted cheerful in front of Noé and Dominique to hide his depression. He even carved stakes that he wanted Noé to kill him with while smiling and claiming they were presents.
  • The Un-Favourite: Due to his curse, his parents and elder siblings had zero interaction with him. The only family he appeared to be close to was his younger sister Dominique.

    Antoine de Sade 
Son of the de Sade family and another elder sibling of Dominique. He also is a member of the senate.
  • Bishōnen: He's as beautiful as his sisters.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He convinces Lord Bellator to not have Jeanne executed after once again failing to kill the Beast of Gévaudan. After all, Jeanne is someone very important to both Luca and Lord Ruthven; getting rid of her at that moment would make it harder to manipulate those two later on.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's a young man with androgynous qualities and long hair falling down his back.

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House Oriflamme

    Luca/Lucius Oriflamme 

Voiced by: Shino Shimoji (Japanese)

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A young boy seeking the Book of Vanitas. He wishes to destroy it in an effort to save his elder brother, a cursebearer. Nephew of Lord Ruthven. Jeanne is his chevalier.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, he's searching for the Book of Vanitas to save his older brother.
  • Bodyguard Crush: He has an obvious crush on his Chevalier Jeanne, although the feeling isn't mutual.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He despises Vanitas because he forcibly kissed Jeanne right in front of him.
  • Horned Hairdo: He has a pair of little "horns" sticking out from both sides of his head.
  • Morality Chain: Luca does his best to stop Jeanne from reverting back to her brutal ways as a Bourreau, reminding her that she must protect him without killing anyone. He's not that successful, but Jeanne's loyalty to Luca does restrain her from crossing the line.
  • Not So Weak: The members of the senate thought of Luca as the perfect Puppet King who would never say anything against the choices they made. That is until Lord Bellator demands Jeanne to be executed and Luca for the first time ever stands up to the senate to make clear that he won't ever allow any of them to have his chevalier executed.
  • Playing with Fire: He creates great gouts of flame when he's upset, but appears to have difficulty controlling this ability.
  • Precocious Crush: He has a big crush on Jeanne who is much older than him. He's aware that he's only a child that must be protected in her eyes and wants to grow up fast so she sees him as a man.
  • Puppet King: Luca is basically the currect ruler of vampires due to the queen's half-dead state. However, those in the senate only see him as a figurehead and is considered shocking when Luca merely speaks up during a senate meeting.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest character introduced so far.
  • Young and in Charge: The amount of governmental power he possesses is second only to the queen.

    Jeanne 

Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese)

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Luca's chevalier. Formerly Lord Ruthven's Bourreau.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: Jeanne is a pariah among the vampire community because of her background as a Bourreau. This is the reason why Jeanne becomes overly attached to anyone who is nice to her.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: In Mémoire 42, Jeanne gives Vanitas a kiss on the cheek as a thank you for saving Chloé's life.
  • Artificial Human: She was told that she's a "doll" created with the purpose of being used as a tool.
  • The Atoner: She became Lord Ruthven's Bourreau to do penance for her parents' betrayal against him.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Dominique observes that Jeanne is very susceptible to being treated kindly, since her status as a Bourreau means that many people in vampire society treat her cruelly.
  • Betty and Veronica: When it comes to Vanitas' potential love interests, Jeanne is the Veronica and Noé is the Betty. Vanitas almost immediately becomes fascinated with Jeanne because of her beauty, power, and most of all, submissiveness. They then enter a dysfunctional relationship where both are constantly contending to be the dominant one while they grow more and more attracted to each other as they see different sides of their personalities.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As long as you're not a threat to Luca, Jeanne is a sweetie pie. If she thinks of you as a danger to her master, she reverts back to her lethal Hellfire Witch ways.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has a large bust and is a powerful combatant.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She keeps her hair short which suits her when she's in her menacing mode in battle.
  • Broken Bird: Ever since her adoptive parents died, Jeanne has tried to only do as others tell her out of fear that someone she cares about will be killed again if she acts on her own accord.
  • Buxom Is Better: Vanitas lists her big bosom as one of the things he likes about her.
  • The Champion: She has abandoned her occupation as a Bourreau in favor of serving as Luca's Chevalier.
  • Covert Pervert: She acts reserved and modest normally, but after she falls head over heels in love with Vanitas, Jeanne talks about how she could end up having her way with him if her feelings for him get stronger.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were executed as traitors after they conspired with humans to ruin the negotiations for peace between humans and vampires. Jeanne saw their decapitated heads and she was forced to become a Bourreau to pay for her family's crime.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she hates Vanitas because of his obnoxious personality and harassment towards her. Later on, she gradually warms up to him after seeing his kinder, more heroic side and starts falling in love with him.
  • The Executioner: An Alienated type. Around 100 years ago, Jeanne was a renowned Bourreau, a vampire executioner tasked with killing all vampires who side with humanity or become Curse-Bearers. Becoming a Bourreau is punishment for one's family committing a major crime; in Jeanne's case, her parents betrayed their teacher Ruthven. Jeanne is ostracized by the vampire society for having executed her own kind.
  • Extreme Doormat: Subverted. From the first moment she can remember, Jeanne was told that she's meant to be a tool with no will of her own. Her time as a Bourreau reinforced her mindset that she only must follow orders. The way Vanitas can easily play with her emotions also makes her look like a pushover. However, Jeanne is later revealed to be very strong-willed and assertive when someone she cares about is in danger, to Vanitas' surprise. At the climax of the Gévaudan arc, Vanitas gives her the courage to fight for what she wants even if that goes directly against her superiors' orders.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her battle outfit includes gloves that lack fingers.
  • Flower Motifs: Her mark of possession is shaped like a rose and her volume cover has lots of flowers in it.
  • Genki Girl: When she was a kid, Jeanne would run and jump around all day. Lord Ruthven said no normal vampire could take care of her and Chloé ended up exhausted from chasing after the young Jeanne.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's one of the deadliest Bourreau vampires in history, known for being able to incinerate her enemies with her giant Crimson Gauntlet. She's also very feminine, sweet to those kind to her, and a hopeless romantic once she falls in love with Vanitas.
  • Grew a Spine: She becomes much more confident and assertive following the Gévaudan arc.
  • Happily Adopted: She was adopted by a vampire couple that found her when she was a kid. The deaths of her adoptive parents crushed her.
  • Heal the Cutie: She was a lively Cheerful Child before her parents betrayed Lord Ruthven and she was made execute her own kind as punishment for her family's crime. Thanks to falling in love with Vanitas, Jeanne has begun to smile like she did when she was a child.
  • Honey Trap: Ruthven has Jeanne go on a date with Vanitas to keep the latter distracted while Ruthven goes to target Noé.
  • Horror Hunger: She suffers from frequent cravings for blood, although she claims there's a medicine that helps her keeps it under control. Vanitas wonders if she's a Curse-Bearer, but Jeanne is apparently unable to confirm or deny it.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: One of Jeanne's duties as a Bourreau is to hunt down and kill Curse-Bearing vampires that have lost control over their cravings for blood.
  • In the Hood: During her introduction, she wears a hood over her head to keep a low profile when accompanying Luca.
  • Intimate Healing: After Vanitas shields her from Astolfo, gets poisoned by the attack and nearly freezes to death in the snow, Jeanne forces him to take his clothes off, cuddles half-naked with him to warm his body up and gives him water mouth-to-mouth. The next morning, Jeanne goes over everything she did to Vanitas and freaks out at the thought that it might make her a pervert.
  • Love Epiphany: Jeanne falls in love with Vanitas because of their bonding moments throughout the Gévaudan arc, but it doesn't click with her until Luca points out she's talking about Vanitas as if he is someone she likes. Unlike Vanitas who was freaked out by his newfound feelings, Jeanne is happy to be in love with Vanitas and not even Luca or Dominique can discourage her feelings.
  • Loving a Shadow: Her attraction to Vanitas has shades of this since the good qualities she has seen in him which changed her bad first impression are actually a reflection of Noé and the positive influence he has on Vanitas.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jeanne has the biggest bosom in the series and is also the only female to have been depicted in her undergarment during her Intimate Healing scene with Vanitas.
  • My Greatest Failure: She believes she failed her duty as a Bourreau by being unable to bring herself to assassinate Chloé despite receiving direct orders from Ruthven to eliminate the Curse-Bearer of Gévaudan.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: After she learns that Chloé isn't the Beast of Gévaudan, Jeanne admits with Vanitas' encouragement that she never wanted to kill Chloé and even though she's going against direct orders from Lord Ruthven, she wants to save Chloé to redeem herself for the time she hesitated to stop Chloé's suicide attempt. With the joined effort of everyone, Chloé is saved.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Jeanne is the French spelling of the name of the famous saint Joan of Arc.
  • Not So Weak: She's kind of a pushover under normal circumstances because of all the scorn she gets due to her past as a Bourreau. If anyone threatens or insults her master Luca, Jeanne will show just how scary she can be.
  • Oblivious to Love: She's clueless to Luca's crush on her.
  • Older Than She Looks: Jeanne looks like a young woman in her twenties, but even without counting the time in which she was sealed, she should be several decades old.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: During her "date" with Vanitas, she carries a parasol that Dominique got for her.
  • Playing with Fire: Her gauntlet shoots fire.
  • Red Baron: During her days as a Bourreau, people called her the "Hellfire Witch".
  • Rip Van Winkle: After she had a breakdown at Gévaudan and became useless as a Bourreau, Ruthven put Jeanne in a deep sleep for around 100 years.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: Dominique suggests Jeanne to pretend to love Vanitas back in order to make him lose interest in her since he only pursues her because she keeps rejecting him. After a very enjoyable date with him, however, Jeanne realizes her act of a girl in love is becoming way too convincing.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She becomes very attached to Dominique after they dance at a ball together and Dominique also adores her.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Double Subverted. In her childhood, the pink-haired Jeanne was an adorable Genki Girl. Much of her sweetness appeared to go away after she was made a Bourreau, but once she starts opening up to people other than Luca, she's still the same sweetheart as in the past.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: While she had already felt attraction towards Vanitas before, it's Vanitas restoring the true name of Jeanne's older sister figure Chloé what makes Jeanne's opinion of him change completely and romantic feelings blossom between the two.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: An interesting example. Jeanne's past has turned her submissive and oppressed, but her real self is spirited, feisty and affectionate. This is in direct contrast with Vanitas who at first puts up a cheery façade when he's actually jaded, grumpy and deeply depressed. This is best shown at the end of the Gévaudan arc where Jeanne is ecstatic from the group having been able to rescue Chloé, hugs Vanitas and kisses him on the cheek while Vanitas is acting unenthusiastic.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Over time, Jeanne realizes Vanitas isn't as much of a terrible person as he makes himself out to be. Before she realizes, she falls for his hidden kind and noble side.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Her parents were students of Lord Ruthven who betrayed him and conspired with humans in an attempt to assassinate vampire aristocrats who approved peace between the two species. After her parents were executed, Jeanne was made into a Bourreau as punishment for her family's crimes.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Jeanne is a powerful vampire who burns her enemies with a gauntlet that shoots fire blasts and Vanitas is a cunning human who knows how to manipulate people.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her normal eye color is yellow and they change to red when she uses her power as a vampire.
  • Sweet Tooth: She finishes her cake faster than anyone in the table and takes great offense in Vanitas claiming all desserts taste the same to him.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: At Luca's orders, she won't kill anyone not matter how much she wants to.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Played With with her and Dominique. At first glance, Jeanne is the girly girl because she acts more timid and introverted than the bold and flirtatious Bifauxnen Dominique. Eventually, however, Jeanne becomes a much more assertive and spunky once she gains more self-confidence. On the other hand, Dominique's tomboyish traits turn out to be mostly a front to conceal her insecurities and she's naturally a much meeker girl than she lets on.
  • Tongue-Tied: Lord Ruthven apparently put her under a spell that forbids her from revealing that she's a Curse-Bearer.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After the Gévaudan arc, the once timid Jeanne has become peppy and full of smiles thanks to the happiness her newfound feelings for Vanitas bring her.
  • True Blue Femininity: Dominique buys Jeanne a beautiful blue Pimped-Out Dress for her "date" with Vanitas.
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. Jeanne only gets easily worked up around Vanitas. It's understandable because she's angered by his teasing and pushy advances, but she's way too weak to any form of kindness he shows her.
  • Undying Loyalty: She's unquestionably loyal to Luca and Ruthven.
  • When She Smiles: At the end of Mémoire 42, Vanitas is dumbfounded when he sees Jeanne's true joyful smile for the first time. Vanitas confesses that seeing that beautiful smile changed the way he sees Jeanne completely.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In her case, her hair is pale pink.

    Lord Ruthven 
Luca's uncle and a very important figure in the vampire world because of his role in ending the war between humans and vampires.
  • Adopted into Royalty: He isn't really Luca's uncle. Ruthven got himself adopted into the Oriflamme family so he could become a member of the senate and end the war between humans and vampires.
  • Animal Eyes: His sclerae are dark-colored like his irises, making his eyes resemble those of a feline or a reptile.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Happens off-screen, but easily defeats Noé and Jeanne seemingly just from his anger at the vampire Queen being insulted by Vanitas.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Noé and Vanitas from Veronica de Sade.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Long ago, he was a very friendly and idealistic guy who tried his best to achieve peace between humans and vampires. He changed completely after an incident in which he was betrayed by his own students who were conspiring with humans to kill vampire pacifists. He even thinks he was a fool for ever thinking humans and vampires could understand each other.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a very good man who loved both vampires and humans, so he tried to achieve peace between both races. However, just when negotiations for peace were starting, humans and vampires, including Ruthven's own students, colluded to assassinate the pacifist vampire aristocrats. Ruthven was seriously injured and seeing all his efforts ruined, he lost hope on humans and vampires ever coexisting in peace.
  • Evil Uncle: He plotted to assassinate his own nephew.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears an eye-patch over the right side of his face.
  • Fallen Hero: Ruthven is known as the hero who was the main responsible for ending the great war between humans and vampires. Flashbacks show he wanted to achieve peace between both races until a terrible incident destroyed his hopes. Nowadays, he's working behind the scenes with Charlatan to accomplish something involving the Curse-Bearers.
  • Femme Fatalons: He has long and sharp nails. You know, just to give a sign of how trustworthy this guy is.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: We don't know what exactly he's up to, but it definitely isn't something good if it involved participating in an assassination attempt on Luca and working with Charlatan.
  • Meaningful Name: Lord Ruthven is the name of one of the first vampires in English literature, being the titular character in the 1819 short story "The Vampyre". Similar to Vanitas's Ruthven, the one from the short story had the power to make people take an oath with him and if they broke it, they died.
  • Only Friend: He was this to Chloé, the hidden vampire of the d'Apchier family. He made her frequent visits between years to make her feel a bit less lonely. Their friendship officially ended when he tried and failed to mind control her.
  • Playing with Fire: He has the ability to produce black flames.
  • Really 700 Years Old: While he looks like a man in his early thirties, he has lived for around 300 years.
  • Shadow Archetype: His younger self was a lot like Noé. Ruthven completely changed after a traumatic event convinced him that humans and vampires can't coexist in peace.
  • The Stoic: He often has a detached and melancholic expression on his face.

Vampire Rulership

    Queen Faustina 

The queen of vampires, although she has been hidden from the public eye for a long time. Vanitas suspects she's the source of the mysterious outbreak of Curse-Bearers.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Apparently, there's no more powerful vampire than the queen.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: As Vanitas suspected, Faustina's Malnomen is Naenia, who steals the names of vampires and turns them into Curse-Bearers.
  • Godiva Hair: When Naenia takes the form of Faustina, she's completely naked with only her Rapunzel Hair covering up her body.
  • Kiss of Death: Her kiss causes vampires to writhe in agony and makes Curse-Bearers go on a rampage.
  • Monster Progenitor: She's the first Vampire of the Red Moon.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: It's heavily implied she's either already dead or near death, but those in the know like Ruthven pretend the queen is still alive.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has extremely long and voluminous hair the covers her entire body.
  • Vampire Monarch: She's the ruler of vampires with a power far superior than any other of her kind.

Other Vampire Lords

    Francis, Marquis Machina 
A member of the Altus senate. He was the host of the ball Dominique brings Noé to.
  • The Faceless: He is always dressed in some kind of suit, such as an old-fashioned diving suit or a bear suit that fully covers his body, including his face. Even during a senate meeting in Altus, though he wasn't wearing a suit only the back of his chair and arms could be seen.

Blue Moon Clan

    Vanitas of the Blue Moon / Luna 
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A vampire who was born on the night of a blue moon and hence was alienated by the normal vampires who were born on a crimson moon night. Vanitas is the creator of the Book of Vanitas and rumoured to be the cause of Curse-Bearers.


  • Alien Blood: Their blood is blue.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to the fairy tale, Vampire Vanitas was ostracized and feared by the Red Moon vampires because Vanitas was born during a night of blue moon, which is viewed as an ill omen by vampires.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Luna has a very androgynous appearance that makes it hard to determine the gender. Not even human Vanitas and Misha could agree on it (the former thought of Luna as female while the latter thought they were male). In Mémoire 51, Luna themself states to have no gender.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They adopted human Vanitas and Misha after stopping an experiment that would have likely killed them.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: They have white hair and black skin.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Vampire Vanitas was the most loving and gentle parent both human Vanitas and Misha ever knew because their relationships with their human parents weren't good, particularly in Misha's case. The loss of vampire Vanitas is still affecting their adopted children very badly.
  • The Dreaded: Simply seeing Vanitas' mark causes a panic among vampires.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Luna's childlike bubbliness was a big part of what made Misha and human Vanitas fond of vampire Vanitas.
  • The Exile: According to the fairy tale, the vampire Vanitas was exiled by the Red Moon vampires because they were born on a night of a blue full moon.
  • Facial Markings: They have teardrop-like markings around their eyes.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Contrary to the rumors surrounding them, the original Vanitas is a kindhearted and benevolent vampire who could get along with humans and even adopted two human children they rescued.
  • Impaled Palm: They used their hand to protect their eyes from the future human Vanitas' knife.
  • In the Hood: All depictions of them are of a mysterious figure wearing a white hood that obscures their face.
  • Interspecies Adoption: After their raid on Moreau's lab, vampire Vanitas took in the two human orphans who were used as test subjects there and raised them as their own.
  • Lethal Chef: The breakfast they prepared for human Vanitas and Misha was a muddy substance they called soup and a black liquid they called milk. From then on, human Vanitas took charge of the cooking in the house.
  • Mr. Exposition: In human Vanitas' flashbacks, vampire Vanitas is usually giving him and Misha an explanation of something related to what human Vanitas is facing in the present.
  • Mystical White Hair: Vampire Vanitas has silvery white hair. This is a sign that vampire Vanitas is special even among vampires because they bear the power of the blue moon that is said to take away the power of vampires.
  • Non-Human Non-Binary: They claimed to be neither male or female since they were a unique existence in the world.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: When they introduced themself to human Vanitas and Misha, they claimed to not have a name to give them and "Vanitas" is a name given to them by others. Human Vanitas unintentionally gave them the name "Luna" and they decided to keep it.
  • Parental Substitute: They rescued human Vanitas and Misha from Dr. Moreau's lab and took them in as kin of the Blue Moon clan. Misha did love vampire Vanitas as his "father", but human Vanitas apparently kept his distance from vampire Vanitas.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Their long bangs fall over their left eye.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Vampire Vanitas has very long white hair hanging from their hood, reaching down past their knees in length.

    Mikhail 
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Vanitas' adopted younger brother who was another of Dr. Moreau's test subjects until he was rescued and taken into the Blue Moon clan. Like Vanitas, Mikhail also has a Book of Vanitas that he inherited from the original Blue Moon Vanitas.


  • Artificial Limbs: His left hand is a prosthetic.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His artificial left arm has a retractable blade.
  • Creepy Child: He's an innocent-looking kid, but there's something very unsettling about him and the way he smiles.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He spent his early childhood being raised by a physically abusive mother who beat him and forced him to "help" at her job as a prostitute. After his mother was killed by a vampire, he was taken in by the Chasseurs where he was dragged into Dr. Moreau's lab and was yet again abused and tortured for the experiments. He finally had a time of happiness after the Vampire of the Blue Moon took him and Vanitas away from the lab and the three became kind of like a family, but that ended in tragedy when Vampire Vanitas died and Human Vanitas was apparently at fault.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He keeps his calm smile even as he attacks and threatens Noé.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As twisted and morally wrong as he is, Misha loves his "Father" and human Vanitas because they were the only good family he ever knew.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Vanitas betrayed him when he killed Luna and abandoned Misha even though he promised Misha to never leave him. Misha still loves his older brother and wants to know the reason of his betrayal, but Vanitas' utter refusal to speak of what happened the day he killed Luna forces Misha to take extreme measures.
  • Family of Choice: He thought of human Vanitas and vampire Vanitas as his true family because they were the only people who protected him and made him feel safe. He loved them much more than his abusive birth mother who only hurt him.
  • Happily Adopted: He was fond of Vampire Vanitas for taking him in as their kin and called them his "father". Considering how abusive his birth mother was to Misha, Vampire Vanitas was the only caring parental figure Misha knew and was devastated when his adopted brother killed Vampire Vanitas.
  • Harmful to Minors: Misha's early childhood was full of traumatizing events, from his mother forcing him into prostitution, watching his mother being killed by a vampire, and being used as a test subject for torturous human experimentation.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: He uses his Book of Vanitas to put Dominique under some kind of mind control so Noé has no choice but to obey him.
  • I Have Your Wife: To force Noé to drink Vanitas' blood, Mikhail takes his childhood friend Dominique hostage and if Noé refuses or attacks him, Mikhail will use the power of his Book of Vanitas to force Dominique to commit suicide.
  • I Owe You My Life: He was thankful to vampire Vanitas for saving him and human Vanitas from being used as test subjects at Dr. Moreau's lab.
  • In-Series Nickname: His name is Mikhail, but asks to be called Misha.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He's human Vanitas' younger brother. Whatever happened between them that caused them to get separated and what promise human Vanitas failed to keep to Mikhail are not yet known.
  • Necromantic: Misha is working for the person who told him they could resurrect Luna. Misha believes he can have his happy family back with Luna's revival, but this sends him into conflict with human Vanitas who is working to erase Luna's existence from the world.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: As a member of the Blue Moon clan, Mikhail has the same bright blue eyes as Vanitas.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He sports one when introducing himself to Dominique, which is another thing besides his eye color that make him similar to his brother and hints at an unhinged personality.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: A very disturbing example. His mother dressed him like a girl to force him to give services to her sexual customers.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: He has an automaton attack dog.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: The first thing Dominique notes about Mikhail is his Occult Blue Eyes, which are identical to those of Vanitas. It's a symbol of their status as kin of the Blue Moon clan.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was a prostitute who was killed by a vampire.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Like Vanitas, Misha was injected with the blood of the Vampire of the Blue Moon during Moreau's experiment to create an artificial kin of the Blue Moon.
  • There Is Another: Everyone thinks there is only one Book of Vanitas that the human Vanitas currently owns, but Mikhail is revealed to have a Book of Vanitas too.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He takes Dominique hostage and directly threatens her life to make Noé do what he wants. When Noé doesn't look like he wants to drink Vanitas' blood at Misha's request for no clear reason, Misha has Noé drink his blood with highly questionable consent. Made all the more disturbing by the intimacy implications of blood drinking in the setting.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is silver and he has no qualms about taking hostages and endangering lives to accomplish his goals.
  • You Are Number 6: He was No. 71 as one of Dr. Moreau's experiments.
  • You Killed My Father: He believes his brother killed his "father" Blue Moon Vanitas, which caused a serious breach between the brothers. But before taking revenge, Mikhail wants to know why Vanitas did it so he needs Noé's help to see Vanitas' memories.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Vanitas of the Blue Moon stated that Misha and human Vanitas would die young because of the effects of getting injected with blue vampire blood. Vampire Vanitas considered the option of making Misha their kin to save him and Misha gladly accepted.

Vampires of Paris

    Amelia Ruth 
A young woman who, upon discovering she was a Cursebearer, sought out a doctor in Paris whom she heard could cure her. She currently works as a maid while her condition is monitored by Count Orlok.

    Count Parks Orlok 
The vampire in charge of incidents between vampires and humans in Paris. As such, he's in charge of Cursebearer executions.
  • Covered in Scars: He has scars all over his face and on his hands. The rest of his body is concealed under his suit.
  • High-Class Glass: He's a count who wears a monocle on his left eye.
  • Pointy Ears: He has pointed ears.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his doubts, he gives Vanitas and Noé a chance to prove their claims. He also spares Amelia Ruth the axe and monitors her condition in case she relapses.

    Manet and Nox 
Manet and Nox are a pair of siblings who serve Count Orlok.

Chasseurs

    In General 
  • Badass Preacher: They're an extremist religious group from the church formed with the purpose of eliminating vampires. The Paladins are especially powerful fighters and use a Super Serum to rival a vampire's capacities.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Every Paladin is named after one of the Charlemagne's Twelve Peers.
  • Super Serum: During battle, they inject themselves with a drug that enhances the speed, strength, and stamina of their bodies in order to face off vampires.
  • Vampire Hunter: The main goal of the Chasseurs is to wipe out all vampires that they deem as evil monsters threatening humanity.

    Roland Fortis 
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One of the twelve Paladins who lead the Chasseurs.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Roland is an amazingly kind-hearted and benevolent man. Just don't make him your enemy because he's Paladin who can easily take on vampires on his own.
  • Broken Pedestal: Until a while ago, Astolfo basically worshipped Roland as the knight who saved his life from the evil vampires that killed his family. Certain incident damaged the perfect image Astolfo had of Roland and this has made their relationship grow distant.
  • Condescending Compassion: He considers Vanitas an "unfortunate child" who needs to be saved from the vampires. Vanitas, a highly independent young man, is less than thrilled.
  • Covered with Scars: He has scars all over his arms, which is a good way to tell that he's an experienced warrior.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a very cheerful and flightly man, but he easily tricks Vanitas into getting locked into a cell and disables Noé.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Soon after Noé finally strikes him down, he asks that they be friends.
  • A Friend in Need: Although Vanitas doesn't view Roland as a friend, Roland still can't ignore Vanitas and leave him alone because Vanitas always looks on verge of shattering in pieces.
  • Friend to All Children: Roland is very kind to children. He can even comfort the usually deranged Astolfo when the latter is having a breakdown. It helps he has younger siblings at home.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's the most virtuous and kindest of the Paladins, but he's a terrifying opponent to those he deems evil.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His blond hair goes perfectly with his heroic and idealistic disposition.
  • Large Ham: His reaction to meeting Vanitas in person.
  • Luminescent Blush: Frequently, and never from embarrassment.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his tendency towards Condescending Compassion, Roland is practically a saint unless he thinks you're evil.
  • No Sense of Direction: He runs into Noé and Vanitas after getting lost in the catacombs beneath Paris.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: One of the things Vanitas hates about Roland is his habit of hugging people.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a lot more intelligent and perceptive than his usual jolly and slightly ditzy behavior would make anyone think.
  • Prone to Tears: He's often moved to tears in the form of Inelegant Blubbering when preaching.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Vanitas absolutely hates dealing with him because Roland is precisely the type of person he hates the most: overly enthusiastic zealots who are impossible for him to influence.
  • Sudden Name Change: His name was originally translated by Yen Press as Laurent, but has since been changed to Roland.
  • Whip Sword: His sword/spear Durandal can become this.
  • Zombie Advocate: After his encounter with Noé and Vanitas, Roland comes to see vampires in a whole new light since he has witnessed proof that there's vampires who are good people and can become friends with humans. Afterwards, Roland becomes more interested in understanding vampires instead of hunting them like monsters that threaten humanity like the other Chasseurs do.

    Olivier 
One of the twelve Paladins who lead the Chasseurs. Roland's friend, and recommended him to the Paladin position.
  • Bishōnen: He's a gorgeous man.
  • The Conscience: When Roland tells him about his new-found wish to reach an understanding with vampires, Olivier warns him that if he keeps up that attitude, the church could deem him a threat and not only him, but his family and friends will be in danger. However, Roland doesn't fear to make the church his enemy.
  • Creepy Good: The people he saves end up more terrified of him when they see him brutally butchering the wolves of Chloé's Malnomen.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has beautiful silky hair that reaches down his back. Roland even comments on it when he first appears.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: His weapon Hauteclaire is a BFS combined with a chainsaw.
  • Nice Hat: He wears an elegant top hat in his civilian clothing.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He always has an irritated expression on his face, especially when dealing with Roland.
  • Proud Beauty: He finds it natural that he's popular with women because he's so handsome. Roland points out his lack of modesty.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: He's shown smoking in his time off, which combined with his gentleman clothing, creates a very alluring image.
  • Straight Man: Whenever he's together with Roland, Olivier is driven nuts by his overly enthusiastic fellow Chasseur's unconventional behavior and views.
  • Why Won't You Die?: He's annoyed beyond measure when he and Roland fight the wolves in Chloé's Malnomen and these regenerate instantly no matter how many times they get cut in pieces.

    Astolfo Granatum 
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One of the twelve Paladins who lead the Chasseurs, and the youngest of them. Nicknamed "the Chasseurs' problem child".


  • Ax-Crazy: He takes maniacal glee in killing vampires and won't hesitate to even kill humans if they as much as try to get in his path.
  • Bishōnen: He's a very feminine-looking guy.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon Louisette is a spear with a blade that can expand its range as he wishes.
  • Blood Knight: Noé notes the excited, nearly orgasministic expressions in Astolfo's face during their fight.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: He was marked by thirteen vampires in the past, although now there are only five marks left.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents and little sister were brutally murdered by vampires because Astolfo got tricked by a vampire kid he helped. His blood was the meal of a horde of vampires for several days and he came out with thirteen marks of possession in his body.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He gets insistently mistaken for a girl by dragoons. Vanitas also makes fun of his girly appearance.
  • Dynamic Entry: His second meeting with Noé starts when Astolfo stabs someone to death in front of him with his lance.
  • Empty Eyes: His eyes have no shine in them, which is the first giveaway that there's something disturbed about him.
  • Fragile Speedster: Noé observes that Astolfo's attacks have a very light weight and his defense isn't that great either, but he makes up for it with extremely high speed and agility.
  • Freudian Excuse: When he was kid, he went through a very traumatizing event where a horde of vampires murdered his family and fed on his blood for several days. Because of this, Astolfo is convinced that vampires are all evil monsters that need to be wiped out from the world.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Just the smallest provocation is enough to send him into a violent rage. Vanitas uses this at his advantage and points out how easy it is to set Astolfo off.
  • Hates Being Touched: Noé is shocked to see Astolfo killed the dragoons in the Gévaudan of the past. Astolfo's justification? The dragoons refused to stop touching him. Therefore, in Astolfo's words, killing them all was a valid act of self-defense. Disproportionate Retribution at its finest.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: At the times he's at his most emotionally vulnerable, Astolfo blames himself entirely for the death of his family at hands of vampires since it all happened because he naively got deceived by a vampire.
  • Improbable Age: He became the youngest Paladin ever at about fifteen years old.
  • I Owe You My Life: Roland saved him from the vampires that killed his parents and little sister. Until short time ago, Astolfo worshipped Roland as his savior and although their relationship soured after certain incident, Astolfo still harbors respect and gratitude for Roland even if he doesn't show it openly.
  • Like a God to Me: According to Georges, Astolfo used to look up to and adore Roland as if he was the god who brought death to the vampires that killed his family. Unfortunately, when Roland couldn't live up to the perfect image Astolfo had of him, Astolfo grew distant from Roland.
  • Mean Boss: He has no problems with hitting his own subordinates to shut them up.
  • Phlebotinum Overdose: During his third fight against Noé, blood starts pouring from Astolfo's eyes and mouth because he injected himself with too much Super Serum.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red eyed and ready to kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Seems to be his main motivation for killing vampires, as his family was killed by them.
  • Shadow Archetype: As Noé points out, Vanitas could have become someone very frighteningly similar to Astolfo if Vanitas had become blinded with desire for revenge against all vampires and had never met the Vampire of the Blue Moon.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Underneath that raging and borderline psychotic Vampire Hunter, there's a badly traumatized and suffering boy haunted by guilt and self-loathing because of his family's tragic death.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Played for horror. It seems vampires liked his blood so much that at least thirteen of them marked him, which left him with a very severe trauma.
  • Tragic Bigot: He wants to kill all vampires, but it's hard to not sympathize with his hatred when you learn his family was horrifically murdered by vampires that sucked his blood without his consent.
  • Trauma Button: Asking him anything related to his reason for hating vampires, particularly his marks of possession, makes him flash back to the death of his family and flip out. When someone of the Charlatan's parade mentions the many vampire marks in his body, Astolfo drops his weapon, curls up on himself, and starts crying before flying into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the past, Astolfo was a kind little boy who innocently trusted a vampire boy who was being hunted by the Chasseurs. As a result, many vampires brutally murdered his parents, drank his and his little sister's blood until the latter died and thirteen vampires left marks of possession in his body. Astolfo swore to hunt vampires into extinction in revenge and became the Ax-Crazy Blood Knight he's today.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Even more than anyone in the church, Astolfo hates vampires with passion and wants to exterminate them all indiscriminately. He's even willing to kill humans who get in his way to kill vampires or are allied with vampires.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has lavender hair.

    Maria and Georges 
A pair of Chasseurs who often work with Roland.

    Marco 
The vice-captain of Astolfo's unit.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly been physically abused by his highly unstable captain.
  • Freudian Slip: At moments of distress, he calls Astolfo "Young Master" instead of "Captain".
  • Nice Hat: He's always seen wearing a top hat.
  • Opaque Lenses: We can't see his eyes because of his glasses.

Dhams

    In General 
  • Dhampyr: They are the hybrid offspring of a vampire and a human.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Because of their status as hybrids, Dhams are rejected by both the human or vampire worlds.
  • Knowledge Broker: They sell the information they collect to the highest bidder.
  • True Companions: Since they are rejected by both humans and vampires, Dhams view each other as their only allies and work together to make a living as information brokers. Johann has said he considers his fellow Dhams his family.
  • Wild Card: According to Dante, Dhams don't care what happens to humans or vampires and will sell information to either of them depending on who pays better.

    Dante 

Voiced by: Taro Kiuchi (Japanese)

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A Dhampir who often partners with Vanitas, selling him information or working alongside him in pursuit of Curse-Bearing Vampires.


  • Beauty Mark: He has a mole under the outside corner of his left eye.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Sort of, towards Vanitas. Dante hates how both humans and vampires have looked down on him and rejected him his entire life for being a dham. Vanitas is the only non-dham he knows who doesn't discriminate him because Vanitas Hates Everyone Equally.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets very mad when Riche makes "bedroom eyes" at Noé.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has light brown hair to match his light brown eyes.
  • Date Peepers: He joins Dominique in spying on the little date of Vanitas and Jeanne.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Vanitas calls him "Baldy" to curse him to eventually go bald. Needless to say, Dante hates it.
  • Lovable Coward: He gets scared easily in any dangerous situation, but his nervous reactions are quite funny.
  • Oral Fixation: He almost always has a lollipop in his mouth.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Dante is 18 years old, according to supplementary materials. He looks closer to 35.

    Riche 

Voiced by: Riho Kuma (Japanese)

A female Dhampir who works with Dante and Johann.
  • Meganekko: She's a very cute girl with glasses.
  • Ms. Exposition: She gives Noé an informative exposition of the Catacombs of Paris like she was a tour guide.

    Johann 

Voiced by: Koji Yusa (Japanese)

A Dhampir who works with Dante and Riche.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like to be asked whether he's a human or a vampire, answering he's a Dhamp in an intimidating tone.
  • Team Mom: He acts somewhat like an overprotective mom to his fellow dhams, as seen by how he treats Dante like a child he must keep out of trouble, which Dante hates.

Charlatan

    Naenia 
A mysterious shadowy creature that appears to turn people into cursebearers.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the case of strong vampires, Naenia tempts them to let her steal their name in exchange of giving them the power to achieve what they wish for.
  • For the Evulz: Why it seems to like turning vampires into cursebearers.
  • The Heavy: She's the one creating the outbreak of Curse-Bearers, but it's been stated that she's apparently under the control of someone else who uses her to steal the names of vampires.
  • Humanoid Abomination: So far, Naenia has appeared as a vaguely humanoid black mist.
  • Kiss of Death: She steals the true names of vampires by kissing them in the lips.
  • Living Shadow: She takes the form of a sentient humanoid shadow. Fighting her is a pain because she's completely intangible.
  • Meaningful Name: Naenia, in Roman mythology, was the goddess of funerary lament. Alternatively, in Latin "naenia" also means "incantation" or "dirge". A perfect name for the Malnomen of the vampire queen.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Naenia, She Who Harbors Death. That name alone is enough to know she's bad news.
  • Nightmare Face: Amelia gets a full look at Naenia's face during the 'Parade of Charlatan' and it's something out of anyone's worst nightmare.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The other members of Charlatan address her as Naenia, but she herself states that's just how they choose to call her. Naenia is the name of the Malnomen of Vampire Queen Faustina.
  • People Jars: Her true body is being kept inside a container.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: The real identity of the immensely creepy Living Shadow and true name-stealer was the Queen of Vampires the entire time.

    Monsieur Spider and Plague Doctor 
Two members of Charlatan sometimes seen with Naenia.

    Doctor Moreau 
A doctor who performs human-to-vampire experiments.
  • Affably Evil: He's a Mad Scientist who happily vivisects people to satisfy his scientific curiosity, but he's very cheerful and amicable when Vanitas and co. meet him. He gives Vanitas a warm welcome to his secret lab, expressing how much he missed his favorite test subject and asks him how "No. 71" is doing (obviously not noticing the Heroic BSoD this triggers in Vanitas).
  • Bald of Evil: He doesn't have any hair on top of his head or value for life whatsoever.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: He's missing one tooth. This fits well with his Manchild personality.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He welcomes Vanitas and co. to his secret laboratory by shouting "WELCOME BACK" with a megaphone and throwing confetti in the air like if it was a surprise party. Yeah, a Mad Scientist is bound to be over-the-top.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He only wears a glove on his left hand while his right arm is covered by a Hand Hiding Sleeve.
  • For Science!: He vivisects humans and vampires to satisfy his scientific curiosity instead of conscious malice or sadism.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: He wears an oversized labcoat with sleeves longer than his arms.
  • Hate Sink: All the characters who meet him find him disgustingly twisted and crazy.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He wears a labcoat as part of his classic Mad Scientist character.
  • Laughably Evil: As much of a despicable human being as he is, his eccentric personality is funny to watch.
  • Mad Doctor: A quite stereotypical one. In the name of science, he kidnaps and vivisects humans and vampires.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named after the titular character of The Island of Doctor Moreau. The Moreau from the book is a Mad Scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. This isn't much different from the character from the manga who vivisects humans and vampire to find a way to transform himself into a vampire.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He has the title of doctor, but instead of healing people, he prefers to cut them up for his experiments.
  • Ocular Gushers: He literally makes a pool of tears when he loses his laboratory. He also nearly cried himself to dehydration when Vanitas of the Blue Moon took away human Vanitas, who was his favorite test subject.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: He always wears a pair of googles that hide his eyes.
  • Playing with Syringes: He experiments on humans, attempting to turn them into vampires.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He behaves like an excitable kid, treats his test subjects as toys for him to play with (often getting carried away and "breaking" them) and throws childish tantrums when others get in the way of his research.
  • Vampire Vannabe: The main goal of his research is finding a way to turn himself into a vampire because he has seen that they are a much more superior species than humans.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He used young Chasseur trainees as his test subjects. He casually mentions Vanitas nearly died when he used him in his experiments, possibly more than once.

Gévaudan

    Chloé d'Apchier 
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A Curse-Bearing vampire known as the Witch of the Silver Forest. Chloé is the last surviving member of the noble family d'Apchier that kept her existence hidden ever since she became a vampire because of the Tower of Babel. She's suspected of being the Beast of Gévaudan.


  • Anger Born of Worry: After Vanitas restores her true name, the first thing Chloé does is hitting and yelling at Jean-Jacques for getting hurt "without her permission" by talking her back to her senses in the middle of her rampage caused by Queen Faustina's Kiss of Death.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She's very attached to Jean-Jacques because he was the only person who never left her and comforted her at the hardest time of her life when her human family was killed because they were hiding her.
  • Broken Bird: A very long life of isolation and losing all her human relatives has left Chloé with no hope for her future. She only lives for the sake of exacting her revenge against Naenia to then die.
  • Daddy's Girl: Even centuries after the death of her father, Chloé acts as an obedient daughter who devotedly follows his instructions and teachings.
  • Death Faked for You: After her transformation into a vampire, Chloé's father declared to the public that she had died from an illness so he could hide her away and start the research to find a way to turn Chloé back into human.
  • Death Seeker: Ever since the d'Apchier family was wiped out, Chloé has only wanted to die. This is represented by her Malnomen, which manifests as a Pocket Dimension identical to Gévaudan from the past where everyone is still coming to kill her as the Beast of Gévaudan. After her revenge against Naenia fails, Jean-Jacques realizes Chloé was planning to have her own automatons kill her. At the end of the Gévaudan arc, however, Chloé finally finds the will to live thanks to Jeanne and Jean-Jacques proving her how much they want her to live.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She dresses in Elegant Gothic Aristocrat style, which makes sense since the d'Apchiers were a family of aristocrats in Gévaudan. Chloé's childlike appearance and Victorian clothing caused Jeanne to mistake Chloé for a doll when they first met.
  • Gilded Cage: Ever since she can remember, Chloé grew up in the castle of d'Apchier family deep in the forest. Her father gave her strict orders to never leave the castle because the Vampire Hunters could find and kill her. Centuries later, Chloé still refused to leave the castle because it was the only world she ever knew.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle sports a small pair of intakes that slightly resemble cat ears.
  • Hates Being Alone: As the years passed and she continued to outlive everyone in the castle, Chloé grew increasingly desperate for company. Jean-Jacques alleviated this when he promised to stay with her forever.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: She acted like she got along with Naenia, but that was a ruse to make Naenia let her guard down. When Chloé finishes the World Formula-altering device, she uses it to get a chance to kill Naenia in revenge for the latter turning Jean-Jacques into a Curse-Bearer.
  • Hikikomori: By her father's orders, she never stepped out of the castle and spent her entire life shut off from the outside world.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Chloé uses her World Formula-altering device to give Naenia a physical body that can be killed. Chloé realizes too late that by giving Naenia a body capable of feeling pain, she caused Naenia to regain her powers and Chloé receives the Kiss of Death from the vampire queen.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's barely the half of Jean-Jacques' height and he's usually carrying her around in his arms.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: When she's finally honest about her wishes, Chloé admits all she ever wanted was to be accepted and loved by the d'Apchier family even if she wasn't human like them. Chloé can finally be freed of her Malnomen when she realizes Jean-Jacques and Jeanne care very deeply about her and want her to live.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Chloé and Jean-Jacques care about each other more than anyone in the world, but Chloé feels she's only making Jean-Jacques suffer by having him protect her all the time. Turns out Chloé was planning to kill herself partially because she believed that would set Jean-Jacques free. He calls her an idiot because he would never be happy if Chloé dies on him.
  • Interrupted Suicide: When she finally reunited with Jeanne after the latter had become the Hellfire Witch, Chloé only wanted to die. Realizing it was too painful for Jeanne to kill her, Chloé tried to end everything by throwing herself off a cliff with Jean-Jacques in her arms. However, Naenia interfered and Chloé accepted the offer of being turned into a Curse-Bearer to eventually exact her revenge.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the only surviving member of the d'Apchier noble family.
  • Little Miss Badass: She has the body of an eleven-year-old little girl, but don't underestimate her for her appearance because she's a very powerful vampire.
  • Lost Food Grievance: When Noé attacks Naenia and accidentally knocks all the food in the dinner table onto the floor, Chloé gets so pissed that she kicks Noé and tells him how much she hates those who waste food.
  • Ma'am Shock: She got visibly offended when Ruthven switched from "mademoiselle" to "madame" while addressing her because of her actual age.
  • Mystical White Hair: She's a 300-year-old vampire with pale gray hair.
  • No-Sell: Ruthven tried to put her under a mind-controlling spell to force her to give him her family's research, but she somehow was able to cancel the effect.
  • Onee-sama: Jeanne views Chloé as a gentle and graceful older sister who she adores.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Subverted. Chloé's father spent his whole life looking for a way to undo her transformation into a vampire and Chloé said she wanted that to please him. The truth is Chloé never cared about being a vampire nor wished to become human; what she really wanted was for the d'Apchier family to accept her no matter what she is.
  • Pocket Dimension: Her Malnomen traps her and other people inside an alternate dimension that replays the hunt of the Beast of Gévaudan in the 18th century.
  • Raised by Humans: Chloé's parents were human and she became a vampire when she was four years old because the incident of Babel caused random humans to be altered by the World Formula and transformed into vampires.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Her body stopped aging when she was 11 years old, so she still looks like a little girl despite being around 300 years old.
  • Red Herring: Contrary to initial assumptions, Chloé was never the Beast of Gévaudan. The first murders were work of illegal vampire hunts of the church and the villagers simply blamed it all on Chloé because of the shady research of the d'Apchier family. Jean-Jacques then took the form of the beast from the rumors in order to protect Chloé.
  • Revenge: Her goal is to use a Word Formula-altering device to erase Gévaudan from existence after being treated like a monster by its people. Or that was it seemed like. The true target of Chloé's revenge is not Gévaudan, but Naenia who made Jean-Jacques into a Curse-Bearer.
  • Sent Into Hiding: For over 200 years, Chloé was hidden away by the d'Apchier family and kept locked up in a castle deep in the forest. This was for the sake of protecting her from the vampire hunts.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She spent her entire life in the castle of the d'Apchier family and was kept in the dark about the conflicts between humans and vampires. Her friend August/Ruthven and later Marquis Machina were the only ones who occasionally informed her of the things going on in the outside world.
  • They Died Because of You: She was blamed for the massacre of the d'Apchier family at hands of the church because they were killed under the suspicions of having a hidden vampire.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She says this to Naenia for turning Jean-Jacques into a Curse-Bearer.
  • Tragic Ice Character: Chloé became a vampire because of the influence of Babel, outlived her human family generation after generation, spent her entire life confided to a castle to protect her from the vampire hunts, and her human relatives were finally killed by the church after they were suspected of hiding a vampire. Chloé now lives inside a Pocket Dimension where it's always snowing in the forest surrounding her castle, so the townsfolk call her the Witch of the Silver Forest.
  • Trash of the Titans: Despite living alone for over a century, Chloé apparently never learned much about housework. The first time Jean-Jacques saw her room, the first thing he thought was how messy it was and he has taken care of cleaning the mansion ever since.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Chloé spent her 300 years of life locked in a castle where she outlived all of her human relatives until she was alone. She gradually became submerged in completing the World Formula theory to honor her father's memory, but she was really distracting herself from her empty unaging existence. Her closest friend tried to mind control her, her remaining human family was killed by the church because they were suspected of hiding a vampire and Chloé was blamed for it, then she was made into a scapegoat for the attacks of the "beast" that everyone in Gévaudan wanted dead. Finally, the only person who stayed loyal to her became a Curse-Bearer willingly to protect her from the villagers. When Jeanne arrived to kill her, Chloé was more than ready to die.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Chloé swore to herself that she wouldn't cry after she decided to take her revenge against Naenia. She held back her tears for around a century, but after her true name is restored and she gains the will to live on, Chloé can't repress her emotions anymore and breaks down in tears.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite being offered the chance to live freely with other vampires, she refused over and over to abandon the d'Apchier family and desperately continued the research that her father had originally started for her sake.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: We see her wearing a wide variety of Victorian dresses in her flashbacks. She's a noblewoman, after all.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After catching the vampire hunters from the church, Chloé told Marquis Herman d'Apchier about what she saw in hopes the massacre of Gévaudan would stop. Later, the d'Apchier family was nearly completely massacred by the church under the suspicions they were hiding a vampire.
  • Uptown Girl: Chloé is part of a notable noble family and she's in a relationship with Jean-Jacques, a peasant from a village in her family's domains. Because he wants to protect Chloé, Jean-Jacques serves Chloé as her personal butler.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: If you even try to harm Jean-Jacques, Chloé won't let you get away with it. The only human she ever attacked was the father of Jean-Jacques, who was trying to kill his own son to get the reward for killing the Beast of Gévaudan. Later, it's revealed she has been planning for the past century to kill Naenia to take revenge for laying a hand on Jean-Jacques by turning him into a Curse-Bearer.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She used to be good friends with Lord Ruthven and was something of an older sister figure to Jeanne. Her friendship with Lord Ruthven ended when he tried to brainwash her into letting him use her family's research for his own ends. After Chloé supposedly became the Curse-Bearer responsible for more than a hundred murders, Lord Ruthven ordered Jeanne to kill Chloé. After failing once, Jeanne is determined to eliminate Chloé once and for all.
  • Winter Royal Lady: She's a girl of noble blood who is called the Witch of the Silver Forest because the Pocket Dimension of her Malnomen is always covered in snow. Also, her vampire true name is Canorus, She Who Plays Snow Crystals.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Subverted. It's made appear that all the tragedy inflicted in Chloé's long life made her hate Gévaudan so much that she would use the World Formula-altering theory of her family to wipe the region out of existence. However, the truth is Chloé could never bring herself to hate or hurt the people of Gévaudan because her father taught her the d'Apchier family had the duty to protect them. The only one Chloé hates is Naenia, the one who turned Jean-Jacques into a Curse-Bearer.

    Jean-Jacques Chastel 
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The loyal servant of Chloé.


  • Animorphism: His Malnomen gives him the ability to transform into a giant monstrous wolf at will.
  • Battle Butler: He serves as Chloé's personal servant, doing things like cooking dinner for her, cleaning her room and protecting her from those who try to hurt her by transforming into a monstrous wolf.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Because of the poor treatment he got from his Abusive Parents, Jean-Jacques is very grateful towards anyone who protects him, no matter the reason. This is the source of his Undying Loyalty towards Chloé and he also saves Noé's life because the latter protected him from Jeanne when Jean-Jacques fought her in his beast form.
  • Blinding Bangs: His eyes are usually covered by his hair.
  • The Champion: Everything Jean-Jacques does is for the sake of protecting Chloé. He went as far as to willingly become a Curse-Bearer and take the form of the Beast of Gévaudan to keep the vampire hunts away from Chloé. At the end of the Gévaudan arc, however, he realizes he caused Chloé pain by selling his name to Naenia, so he asks Vanitas to heal him since from now on he will protect Chloé not as the Beast, but as Jean-Jacques Chastel.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He can barely hold back the urge to strangle Noé to death after Chloé enjoys drinking his blood a bit too much. He only calms down after Chloé tells him she still likes his blood better than Noé's.
  • Declaration of Protection: He proclaims his wish to protect Chloé from anything that tries to hurt her.
  • Devoted to You: His only purpose in life is to be by Chloé's side and protect her.
  • Healing Factor: In his giant wolf form, his body heals quickly, causing normal attacks from weapons like guns to be useless against him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He towers over the short Chloé and he often carries her in his arms when she doesn't want to walk.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Chloé. Him promising to always be by her side was the one thing that kept her from completely breaking down after her human relatives were killed by the church. Later on, it's Jean-Jacques begging Chloé to not kill herself and live on with him what lets her gain the will to live.
  • Older Than He Looks: Being a vampire gives him an eternally youthful appearance. Jean-Jacques looks like a young man around Noé's age, but he's around 100 years old.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: After he finds out Chloé was planning to die after taking revenge for his transformation into a Curse-Bearer, Jean-Jacques makes it clear to Chloé that he can't imagine his life without her and tearfully begs her to never leave him alone.
  • Raised by Humans: Like Chloé, Jean-Jacques is a vampire born to human parents because the influence of Babel in the World Formula transformed him. Both his parents rejected him and treated him as an abomination.
  • Satellite Character: His character is entirely defined by his devotion to Chloé and all his actions are motivated by what he thinks will let him protect Chloé.
  • Silent Scapegoat: The original attacks of the "beast" that started the panic among the people of Gévaudan were in reality vampire hunts from the church. Since the villagers were going to hunt down Chloé until the beast was killed, Jean-Jacques willingly became a Curse-Bearer to take the form of the beast and protect Chloé.
  • Undying Loyalty: He declares he would readily follow Chloé anywhere, even to the depths of hell.


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