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Cid Kagenou / Shadow

Debut: Volume 1

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Shadow

Fascinated by shadowbrokers, a young Japanese boy once trained for years to become a secret powerful individual while playing the role of a mob character in public. Having realized his limits as a human, he eventually came to the conclusion that he needed to attain magic. In his delusion, he ran into a truck and died, only to be reincarnated as Cid Kagenou, the second child of a noble family.

To train his skills and gain funds for his secret activities, Cid hunted down bandits, where during one of his raids he stumbled upon a "possessed", a lump of meat that was overloaded with magic. Using this opportunity to experiment on it, he accidentally healed what turned out to be a young elven girl. He then told the elf a fabricated story about the Cult of Diablos that changed history and aimed to revive the ancient demon who cursed the heroes that defeated it (not knowing that all of it is true). He named her Alpha and invited her to join his Shadow Garden to fight the cult.


  • Accidental Hero: Cid made an entire organization of beautiful assassins from a lie. Ironically, that lie turns out to be true and he and his Shadow Garden are actually saving the world.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Almost Cid's entire goal; to become the World's Strongest Man while pretending to be a nobody that is barely noticed at all. He fails at this hard.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the founder of the Shadow Garden, as well as its most powerful warrior.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played with in that only he believes it’s a mask at all and doesn’t realize otherwise.
  • Berserk Button: There are two things that would put you on Cid's hit-list.
    • Do not claim that he's running away.
    • Don't ever get in the way of his dream.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cid is, putting it mildly, insane. His dream is to be the World's Strongest Man while pretending to be a Mook for no other reason than that it sounds cool to him, believes if he trains hard enough he can overcome Nuclear Weapons, and continues to believe the world-spanning Benevolent Conspiracy / Mega-Corp he has inadvertently formed is just his friends messing with him. However, he also is the World's Strongest Man through his endless amounts of hard work and enough of a Genius Ditz to identify people's true intentions and even actual evil conspiracies even when he thinks he's just making things up, and is managing to destroy an evil, world-spanning cult most people didn't even realize exist in his madness.
  • Chuunibyou: Cid suffers from an extreme case of this, dreaming of being "the true power in the shadows", wanting to be strong enough to destroy a nuke, and spending his evenings running around in a Badass Longcoat while acting like a giant Large Ham.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Almost every women (including his Shadow Garden members who practically worship him) he encounters fall for him and his only interest is becoming the non existent eminence in shadow.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Part of Cid's goal is to appear like an inconspicuous and average student. Despite how insane he is, Cid is actually one of the most competent fighters in the series.
  • Determinator: This man went through insane amounts of training and even ran into his death to fulfill his dream.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Inverted. He makes it a point that he looks like a weak and average student so that no one realizes he is a very powerful fighter running an N.G.O. Superpower that fights evil.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Cid maybe delusional and selfish but even he is slightly disgusted that Lutheran killed Sherry's mother.
  • Fantastic Nuke: His insane solution to finding a way to fight something like nukes? Become a nuke. His most powerful attack basically focuses and condenses his mana and unleashes it in an explosion not unlike a small nuke. He even has a variant that heals instead of destroys.
  • Genius Ditz: Delusions of grandeur aside, Cid is actually smart considering he has acting skills good enough to fool even the most sharp spellswords, able to discover the secret method in curing Possessed and creating the slime suit and so on.
  • The Gift: Subverted. Despite people believing his abilities are based on some kind of Artifact of Doom or Amplifier Artifact, in truth he just used knowledge from his past life as well as train very hard in secret.
  • Healing Hands: Cid possesses powerful healing magic as a consequence of his experiments with mana control. The same power that can cure the mana corruption also has rejuvenating effects. His most powerful healing ability is essentially a healing nuke that can even cure vampirism.
  • Healing Shiv: Or rather, a healing nuke. One of his ultimate abilities has him focusing healing magic into such density it achieves a form of magical fission and explodes in every direction for blocks... healing anyone caught in the blast radius.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He doesn't care at all about killing criminals, looting their bodies, using them as Unwitting Test Subjects for weapons, magic, and any other insane things he can think of in pursuit of his chuuni dreams. Although to be fair, they were vile scum.
  • Hidden Depths: Besides the fact that he's hiding his true powers and personality behind his mob persona, he also is talented in playing the piano. Why did he learn it? Because Classical Music Is Cool.
  • Idiot Hero: Cid is essentially this. After all, he is the guy who was so obsessed over a fantasy that he stripped himself naked and banged his head against a great tree.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Before getting reincarnated, he always wanted to be the hero that strikes within the shadows or The Eminence in the Shadows as he puts it.
  • Improbable Weapon User: During his stint as John Smith, he uses wires that are powerful enough to behead his enemies.
  • Invincible Hero: Shadow practically cannot be defeated by anyone. The best some of the strongest beings he fought against could do was force him to put a little more effort in fighting. In Volume 3, the Blood Queen forces him to defend and he can't counterattack, but this only happens because he stuffed his slime suit with gold coins. Once he puts them away, he quickly defeats her.
  • It's All About Me: From birth till present, any action he takes is solely to satisfy his own self interest.
  • Jobber: To increase his reputation as a mob character, Cid intends to take part in the Senbetsu Tournament, fights Rose and throw the fight. However, he was so focused on using all his techniques that he unintentionally made himself more noticeable to the class and attracted Sherry and Rose for pressing forward despite the odds against him.
  • The Leader: Shadow is the founder and ideological "inspiration" of Shadow Garden. The members of the Shadow Garden revere him and view him as the ultimate mastermind, though he is actually clueless about the fact that the Cult of Diablos really exists.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Averted as the girls keep him up-to-date on all the details within Shadow Garden and their war with the Cult of Diablos. It's just the fact that he thinks they're making it all up to play into his fantasies that he usually forgets what they told him.
  • Mad Scientist: He likes to experiment with his magic which is how he created the slime bodysuit and the cure for the possession. He also experiments how to cure brain damage by using Doem as his unwilling test subject.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Downplayed. He is highly skilled in fighting but he is far from being the strategic mastermind the Shadow Garden thinks of him as.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Cid claims that he never hurts an innocent person and even experimented on Doem for sending out Emilia, an unwitting test subject, to fight him.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: While sharing a bath with princess Alexia, Cid is more focused on the sunrise and ignores the nude Alexia. Probably because his subordinates are more beautiful than her.
  • The One Guy: He is so far the only male member of Shadow Garden, despite no attempt on his part to make it that way. Somewhat justified by the fact the "possessed" the Cult of Diablos targets and Shadow Garden saves from them and then recruit appear to be exclusively female. As Diablos herself was also female.
  • One-Hit Kill: His special attack is the I Am Atomic, a move that disintegrates everything in contact with.
  • One-Man Army: Even as a kid, Cid hunted down large bands of bandits. When the Cult of Diablos or the vampires of the Lawless City send their armies to wreak chaos, Shadow dispatches them with ease.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Accidentally. While hanging out with the rest of Shadow Garden as a child, he'd tell them half-remembered bits from documentaries he watched in his past life that covered economics, steam engines, and other things. The girls latched on to his every word and used them as inspiration to bring them to life in this world. Cid is rather disturbed that they were able to pull this off. It was thanks to this Gamma was able to create Mitsugoshi, Ltd., selling chocolate and coffee as its top products.
  • People Puppets: Cid develops a skill called Shadow Marionette. After reinforcing the abilities of the Vow of Black Rose, he takes control of their bodies. He helps direct the people he controls and improve their fighting skills when they were facing of against Ratja Count's forces.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Justified. One of the reasons Cid is always hunting bandits is that he needs money to fund his secret lifestyle as a shadowbroker. Alexia baits him into becoming her fake boyfriend by offering him money, he pickpockets several people in the Lawless City, and he intended to create a credit crisis that would affect both the Major Corporate Alliance and Mitsugoshi to get money for when he eventually retires. The last point especially is ironic because he is not aware that Mitsugoshi is a front for Shadow Garden, and as its leader it actually belongs to him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His mind is basically that of an eighth-grader; And combined with his near god-like strength, you'll have a dangerous combo.
  • Punny Name:
    • His family name is カゲノー (Kagenou). When read in Japanese name order, his name becomes "Kage no Cid", as in "Cid of the Shadow".
    • His name on Earth was 影野実 (Kagenou Minoru). 野 could be just ateji to substitute の, so his name is the beginning of the series' title "陰の実力者になりたくて" (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni naritakute) with 実 being read as "Minoru"; alternatively 影野 read together means "shadow field", as in Shadow Garden.
    • His chosen identity during the Bushin Festival is called Mundane Mann (Jimina Seinen).
  • The Resenter: Anytime he sees one of his friends making a ton of money off of something he told them about from his previous life, especially since he doesn't have that much money himself. He is completely unaware that they are making that money for Shadow Garden and he has full access to the funds.
  • Secret Identity: Other than his Shadow persona, Cid has adopted several disguises to further benefit in his dream in becoming the Eminence in Shadow such as Jimina Sehnen and John Smith.
  • Sherlock Scan: Played for Laughs. He uses a range of minor details like the nature of the "possessed" disease and fairy tales about a historical Evil Overlord to construct a convincing cover story for why he has to be such a Chuunibyou... that are in fact evidence pointing to an actual conspiracy that actually exists. Despite this, Cid continues to think he just made it all up and treats any additional evidence to its veracity as just attempts by other people to justify their own desires to be Chuuni.
  • The Sleepless: He makes use of meditation techniques and magic to reduce his sleeping time to a fraction of the standard 8 hours most people rest to give himself more time to train, with some implication it may be exacerbating his Cloudcuckoolander lunacy even worse.
  • Stealth Mentor: Before Claire entered the Midgar Academy, she used to spar with Cid often. She notes that while she beat Cid every time (because he let her), she learned more from his techniques than the other way around.
  • Talented, but Trained: Cid comes from a family that has always produced strong dark knights. While he has far from the largest mana pool in the story, he has the technology and technique to far outstrip the abilities of those with higher "specs". One illustration of this is his explanation of his slime sword vs. normal swords. A standard iron sword only has 10% mana usage efficiency, a high end mithril sword used by a normal expert has 50%, but the slime sword he invented has 99% efficiency. In other words, even his sword alone makes him capable of taking on a well-equipped expert with twice his magic power.
    Cid: I mean, if I was forced to choose between strength and technique, I'd take strength in a heartbeat, since advanced tactics without the power to back them up are useless. That said, I absolutely despise half-baked strategies that solely depend on physical abilities— like power alone, or speed alone, or reaction time alone. They overlook and disregard the subtleties of battle. You see, strength is natural, but mastery requires effort. Shadowbrokers never lose when it comes to skill and expertise. And I want to be the same. My techniques will bolster my strength.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Quite literally before his reincarnation. In his obsessed drive to learn magic in a world where it seemingly didn't exist, he ended up beating his head against a tree until he saw a light that he believed was magic and ran towards it. Said light was the headlights of a massive truck on the freeway that he ran directly into.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Played with. He allows himself to be tortured by investigators for nearly a week because he feels it adds to his image as a mob character, even though he could have easily killed his torturers or simply used his knowledge of healing magic to recover from all the damage they did to him instantly. In fact, as long as he believes it makes him more "mob-like", Cid will happily allow himself to beaten black and blue, stabbed, and one time even stopped his own heart for 10 minutes for the sake of what he called a "mob saves a main character event".
  • Unreliable Narrator: Cid lives in his own world with his own delusions. He is thus utterly unreliable to give the reader actual accurate details of what is going on, which is why the narration frequently switches to other characters.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In all honesty, Cid's an oblivious idiot whose entire goal is based on self-interest; he would kill and manipulates others to get what he wants. The reasons he's not entirely considered a villain is because: 1) He's just a stupid kid who doesn't know what he's doing, 2) The people he kills are even more unsympathetic than him and 3) anytime he does something wrong to good people it will always backfire on him.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite having a growing number of supporters, a large hall where he sits on a throne, a Mega-Corp created for him, and the constant new information of the Diabolos Cult, he still thinks that the girls are just his friends playing a game with him and going after mere bandits.
  • World-Healing Wave: He can make his ability that mimics a Nuclear Explosion into a large healing spell instead.
  • World's Strongest Man: He doesn't have a large mana pool, but thanks to a lifetime of practicing several martial arts and magic, he is certainly the most powerful Spellsword of the story. Iris Midgar considers him to be the strongest man alive.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Cid believes he is just a hidden powerful person for his roleplay, when he's actually the main character of the story and leading figure in a secret war against an evil organization.
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    Claire Kagenou 

Claire Kagenou

Debut: Volume 1

Cid's sister, who is two years older than him. She is a talented dark knight and the pride of the baron house Kagenou. As a child, Claire suffered from the possession, but was secretly cured by Cid. The Knight Order is very interested in hiring her, but she stubbornly refuses, as she doesn't want to leave her brother alone.


  • The Ace: Claire is a prodigy that is hailed as the future of her house. She is a powerful dark knight, though unbeknownst to her, her brother is actually stronger than her.
  • Always Someone Better: Claire knows Cid is leagues above her, as far as Cid shows and is trying to prove to people about her brother's abilities.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has long dark hair and doesn't bother to be courteous, even to royalty if her brother is in danger.
  • Big Sister Bully: She does nothing but criticize her younger brother and outright assaults him on multiple occassions, but that's actually because she's trying to toughen her brother up to be better. She knows her brother has potential and wants him to make use of his talent. She doesn't realize her brother just pretends to be weak.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She is very attached to her brother. If someone so much dares harm him, she will tear them to pieces. Not even Princess Iris is exempted from her wrath when she had her brother detained.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even when locked up, she always makes time to insult her captors.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She has been training Cid intensively since childhood.
  • Heroic Host: During the Red Moon arc, Claire comes into contact with Elisabeth's Progenitor blood. Claire's body then starts to rampage, but Aurora's spirit appears and temporarily takes over Claire's body to fight Elisabeth until Shadow appears. She leaves Claire with a seal that lets her control her powers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aware that her possession will mean her demise, Claire tries to toughen up her brother so that he can survive without need of help, and deep down she just wants to spend whatever remaining time she has with him.
  • Made of Iron: Claire rips her skin on her arm to free herself in Volume 1. In Volume 3, she also gets impaled by Elisabeth and manages to survive this.
  • Meddling Parents: A sibling variant. When she's not training Cid, she always tries to step in and advises or forces him to do things that she feels is good for him.
  • Secretly Dying: She learns that she suffers from the possession and doesn't tell Cid, her parents or anyone else about it. Unbeknownst to her, Cid has already rid the curse from her body.
  • Yandere: She is violently protective of her brother, threatening to even murder nobles or royalty, along with their friends and family, if she believes they wish to harm him.

Shadow Garden

    General 
A secret organization founded by Cid Kagenou a.k.a Lord Shadow to fulfill his fantasy as an eminence in shadow. Their main goal is to destroy the Cult of Diablos.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The first members of Shadow Garden are named after Greek letters. This all started when Cid internally called Alpha "Shadowbroker Subordinate A".
    A or Alpha. Either works.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Shadow Garden is composed solely of beautiful assassins with Cid being the exception as he is the leader.
  • Battle Harem: They are an elite group of beautiful women assassins and some of them are in love with their leader, Cid.
  • Childhood Friends: Cid and the Seven Shadows have been together since they were young.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite how sinister looking they are, the group are the ones that is saving their home from destruction.
  • The Dreaded: They became such a threat that even the Diabolos Cult are afraid of them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: They look too frail and helpless to be any threat when they were kids. That is until Cid came, turned their despair to rage and directed it at the Diabolos Cult.
  • Good Is Not Soft: They fight for justice, but they have no qualms of brutally torturing and killing their enemies.
  • I Owe You My Life: This is the case for everyone that was saved by Cid and Shadow Garden.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: They have connections everywhere, have a formidable private army, and considerable resources and wealth thanks to their front organization Mitsugoshi.
  • Rescue Romance: Many of the members fell in love for Cid who saved them, to the point of worship.
  • Revenge: They joined Shadow Garden to avenge the suffering they went through.
  • Spy Catsuit: Their uniforms doesn't leave much to the imagination.
  • Undying Loyalty: All of them worship their leader as the ultimate badass. Some of them are in love with him.
  • You Are Number 6: With the exception of Shadow and the first members, each of their members are given numbers.

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Seven Shadows

The first seven members who have joined Shadow Garden.

    Alpha 

Alpha

Debut: Volume 1

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Alpha

A young elf who is the same age as Cid, whom he found after one of his bandit raids. He succeeds in curing her possession and then tells her about the Cult of Diablos. He names her Alpha and founds the Shadow Garden with her, making her the first of the Seven Shadows.

In the following years, Alpha finds six other girls who suffered from possession. After training with Cid for several years, the Seven Shadows leave Cid's home to expand their operations with Alpha as their leader. 5 years after Cid saved Alpha's life, she has transformed Cid's Shadow Garden into the most powerful force in existence.


  • The Ace: When Cid rescues Alpha, he initially notices that her overloaded state has more mana than him. Alpha is strong, intelligent, beautiful, and is effectively the actual leader of Shadow Garden.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Just seeing Alpha angry makes Delta quiver in fear and stops whatever she was doing prior. In Delta's flashback, Alpha gets challenged by Delta for the position of being second-in-command of Shadow Garden. It's unknown what happened but obviously, Alpha won since Delta loyally serves under her.
  • Beautiful All Along: Thanks to Cid's experiments, Alpha was restored and much to his surprise, Alpha's actually a beautiful young girl.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Alpha admits to Gamma that she thought Shadow Garden was the force of good and the Diabolos Cult was the force of evil. However after listening in Shadow's Badass Boast, this inspires her to have Shadow Garden take any action, including illegal and shady ones to accomplish their goals even if meant having the entire world against them.
  • Childhood Friends: She is Cid's first friend following her rescue.
  • A Father to His Men: Alpha cherishes her friends. When she learned of Delta's disappearance, she got enraged to the point she heads out to assassinate the person who presumably killed her on her own to ensure no more of her dear friends get hurt.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Alpha seems to hold some measure of respect for her ancestor.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Outside of battle prowess, Alpha is actually a better leader than Cid. In fact, she is probably too competent for her own good, as Shadow Garden grows at an alarming rate.
  • Identical Granddaughter: She heavily resembles her ancestor, Olivier.
  • The Leader: Alpha is practically the leader of Shadow Garden, since Cid doesn't do anything but indulge in his fantasies as a power in the shadows. She is highly competent, mature, determined, and charismatic. All of the Seven Shadows acknowledge her as having the highest authority in the organization beneath Shadow and loyally follow her orders.
  • Ms. Exposition: During the Holy Ground arc, Alpha reveals to everyone present the origin of the Three Heroes and the Cult of Diablos' true goal.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a golden haired elf with a nice ample buxom and a sensual voice. Several other people note her beauty.
  • Number Two: She was Cid's first member of Shadow Garden. She handles most of the operations whenever Cid is not around. When Cid takes over, his commands take precedence over Alpha's.
  • Step into the Blinding Fight: Alpha releases a red mist to hide inside and confuse Shadow. Once his guard is down, she strikes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With help from Eta's research into demonic possession, Alpha is freely able to change her sword's form all the while maintaining its strength. She is also able to activate a red mist for camouflage. Cid took note of this and is impressed.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Cid initially wanted to sell Alpha to the Church because he deemed her a lost cause, until he changed his mind and experimented on her to increase his own power. Of course if he hadn't done it, Alpha would never have returned to her original elf form and would have stayed a piece of rotten meat till she died.
  • Workaholic: The "Eminence in Shadow Gaiden" manga reveals that Alpha barely has time to relax, having being so busy building up Shadow Garden to be an effective force.

    Beta 

Beta

Debut: Volume 1

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Beta

The second of the Seven Shadows, an elf who is the same age as Cid and Alpha. Beta has made it her life goal to write "The Chronicles of Master Shadow". Being a talented author, she uses her connections as the author Natsume to gather information for Shadow Garden.


  • Badass Bookworm: Beta's hobby is reading books and stories. It's revealed long ago, Beta felt remorse for killing, causing Cid to regale her about the stories from his old life. Not only did the method help Beta removed any trace of guilt in killing, this made her become the extremely loyal subordinate she is today. She is also a Femme Fatale Spy armed with about a hundred ways to kill an opponent.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole underneath her eye. It has been used to signal Shadow Garden to start an operation.
  • Big Breast Pride: She is quite proud of her large chest, especially since they surpass Alexia's one.
  • Birds of a Feather: Despite Beta coming from a different background, personality and so on, she shares a lot of traits with Alexia and Rose due to all three of them wanting to bring peace and justice to their world and all three care about/love Cid. Beta willingly acknowledges this after the fight between the latter two.
  • Blood Magic: By the end of the Red Moon arc, Beta gains the ability to manipulate blood much like the Blood Queen.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The sole reason she befriended Rose and Alexia is to protect the two princesses from the Cult of Diablos.
  • Childhood Friends: Beta was already acquainted with Alpha prior to both of them meeting Cid.
  • Clark Kenting: Beta masquerades as Natsume, a famous author who writes popular stories based on the stories Cid told her about such as Red Riding Hood and Romeo and Juliet.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beta severely dislikes Alexia for dating Cid for a while. She always makes attempts to ridicule the princess whenever they pair up and even removes her from her chronicle, placing herself as the Damsel in Distress her beloved master saves.
  • Elective Mute: Ordered to by Cid in order to spy on the humans of Earth.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: She's beautiful and looks so delicate that no one in the world could ever see her as dangerous, making her a great infiltration expert to get vital intel. Only Alexia sees that she's shady.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Throughout the series, Beta is writing a book based on Shadow's adventures. It's called The Chronicles of Master Shadow.
  • It's All About Me: Beta has shades of this. She willingly kidnapped Akane Nishino just so that she can learn more about Earth.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a beautiful elf with a very large bust.
    • Between her and Alexia, Beta/Natsume gets the most applause from the people of Midgar due to her sheer sex appeal.
    • On Earth, she discovered and wore a BDSM outfit and a school swimsuit and decided to keep them to seduce Cid.
  • Mystical White Hair: She has short silver hair.
  • Omniglot: Beta is easily able to pick up languages. She is able to more or less master the Japanse language in just a couple of days.
  • Sexy Secretary: Whenever it's her turn to be with her beloved Shadow and she loves every minute of it.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: During the early days of Shadow Garden, she was initially terrified of her master until over time, she grew past that and revere him as a God-like being.
  • Stalker Shrine: In her room, Beta has a wall covered with sketches of Shadow and his analects.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Beta hides her memo pad within her cleavage.

    Gamma 

Gamma

Debut: Volume 1

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Gamma

The third member of the Seven Shadows, an elven woman, who is two years older than Cid. Gamma manages the internal affairs in the Shadow Garden. In public, she is known as Luna, the president of the Mitsugoshi, Ltd., which acts as a merchant front for Shadow Garden and sells commodities based on the stories Cid shared with her.

Gamma has strong magic potential, but poor eye-hand coordination, which is why she is considered the weakest amongst the Seven Shadows.


  • Badass Bookworm: Although she is the weakest among the Seven Shadows, she compensates her faults by using her ability to analyze her enemy's strengths and weakness followed by overpowering them with her sheer speed and powerful and lethal sword strikes.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Gamma is the smartest of the Seven Shadows, but one of the reasons why she respects Cid so much is that she believes he's an even greater chessmaster than her.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Her nickname is Gamma the Weak, since she is physically the weakest of the Seven Shadows.
  • Foil: Gamma is the opposite of Delta, yet Cid thinks that makes them very similar in a way. He's given up teaching them how to fight, since Delta acts almost on pure instinct, but lacks intelligence, while Gamma is extremely intelligent, but lacks intuition and coordination. He ended up giving them both the same advice: "Infuse your attacks with a lot of magic."
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: She tries to improve on her martial art skills but after multiple attempts, she realizes that she isn't suited for fighting. This ends up subverted when Cid introduces a new path for her.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Gamma runs the popular Mitsugoshi, Ltd., which is a front for Shadow Garden, but she does not resort to dirty practices in contrast to the Major Corporate Alliance.
  • The Klutz: Gamma is extremely clumsy. This is the reason why she is the physically least adept fighter of the Seven Shadows. For instance, she is prone to fall onto the floor to the point that it's a Running Gag, because she's not used to wearing high heels
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her first official appearance has her wearing a Little Black Dress attached to a checker that exposes her chest and back.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Gamma is the head of the Mitsugoshi Group, which is responsible for securing the funds for the Shadow Garden. She is Crimefighting with Cash and also uses her position to help Cid with whatever he needs.
  • The Smart Guy: Having been taught by Cid, she has become very intelligent. She is not only running a high-class business corporation but also acts as the strategist of Shadow Garden.
  • The Strategist: Her role within Shadow Garden.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Despite having an enormous amount of mana, she lacks any kind of fighting skills to make use of it which why she is called the weakest among the Seven Shadows. Her assailants were even surprised someone with as much power as her lacks so much skill.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She has a rivalry with Delta for disrespecting her regardless how high her rank is compared to the latter. However, upon learning of Delta's disappearance in Volume 3 after she encountered John Smith, Gamma is the most worried among everyone, thinking she might have been killed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gamma is an elf who sports long, dark-blue hair.

    Delta 

Delta

Debut: Volume 1

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Delta

A canine therianthrope, Delta is the fourth member of the Seven Shadows and the same age as Cid. Once hailed as a prodigy of her tribe, she was driven out when she was 12, after she contracted the possession. When she saw Shadow, she immediately submitted to him, who subsequently healed her.

Delta is described to fight like a loose cannon. She relies mostly on instincts, but her ferocity and supernatural strength and speed make her the physically strongest fighter of the Seven Shadows.


  • The Berserker: Delta is nicknamed "Suicide Weapon" or "Gunshot" because once she starts getting into a fight, it's hard to stop her. She doesn't have any patience to follow complicated plans and just charges in without thinking too much.
  • The Big Guy: Delta's only duty is to fight. All Alpha or Shadow need to tell her is who she is supposed to kill.
  • Blood Knight: She revels in fighting much to her enemies' chagrin. In fact, Delta was raised to be The Social Darwinist. The canine therianthropes are proud fighters who loathe weakness and believe that Might Makes Right. Delta immediately submitted to Shadow because she saw the clear power difference between him and her. She later also obediently follows Alpha's commands after Alpha beats her.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Happens during the Holy Ground arc where Delta had to transform her slime bodysuit into bikini armor in order to control her magic.
  • The Chief's Daughter: It's later revealed that Delta was the child of the chieftain of her tribe. She could have been made the next chieftain because of how strong she was compared to her other siblings but her tribe was patriarchal and does not allow a female member to become leader.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her ears and tail are clear signs that she is a therianthrope, but she is otherwise a very attractive girl with a voluptuous figure.
  • Dumb Muscle: She is nearly the perfect superhuman but her sole flaw is that she is not that smart.
  • Expressive Ears: Delta's dog ears do this whenever she senses Cid.
  • Genki Girl: Bloodthirstiness aside, Delta is surprisingly cheerful and energetic.
  • The Glomp: She loves to hug Cid whenever she sees him much to his annoyance.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She is a canine humanoid possessing superhuman strength and senses and has the speed to match them.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Delta is a therianthrope, specifically a canine type.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Delta reveals to Cid that she has many brothers due to the many concubines her father mated with.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: Using her canines, Delta takes a bite out of the greatsword a Nelson clone tries to use against her in Volume 2.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Due to her race, she can track any target even from a very long distance.
  • Slasher Smile: She sports this whenever she's on the hunt.
  • Secret Keeper: Under orders from Shadow, Delta keeps his involvement in the Corporate Warfare confidential from Shadow Garden.
  • Super Senses: Delta's instincts are one of the most developed amongst the Seven Shadows. She has keen eyesight and hearing and her sense of smell allows her to track down and identify people easily, even when they are in disguise, such as in Volume 3, when she instantly realizes that "John Smith" is actually her master.
  • Third-Person Person: Delta refers to herself in the third person.
  • Tranquil Fury: She wags her tail in a certain way when she is angry, even if she doesn't show it on her face. In Volume 3, she meets one of her brothers, who works for the enemy. The knowledge of meeting one of the people that forced her into exile, said person working with the enemy and begging her to be spared by offering her to be made the enemy's concubine leads to Delta being fed up with this and wasting no time to behead her older brother.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She has a rivalry with Gamma. Delta mercilessly beat Gamma up whenever they sparred, but they do care about each other.
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    Epsilon 

Epsilon

Debut: Volume 1

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Epsilon

The fifth member of the Seven Shadows, who is two years older than Cid. Epsilon was born into an elven noble house, until she showed signs of the possession and was driven out, at which point she was found by Cid who saved her.

Epsilon specializes in controlling magic, though the only reason she practiced this was because she wanted to impress Cid with her perfect body.


  • 24-Hour Armor: Epsilon wears her slime bodysuit the entire time to give herself the perfect body shape.
  • A-Cup Angst: Epsilon is very conscious about her looks since it doesn't help her seduce her beloved Shadow. It's revealed that she and all female members of her bloodline possess slender but flat bodies.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the light novel, Epsilon, with help from Beta, is able to go toe to toe with Mordred.
  • Always Someone Better: Both played straight and Played for Laughs. She is beaten in martial arts thanks to Delta, beaten in intellect thanks to Gamma and as for charms, Beta beats her by a long shot due to many, many factors.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: About to be captured, Epsilon prepares to kill herself rather than let the Diabolos cult get any information out of her. Thankfully, her master saves her.
  • Break the Haughty: Downplayed. Epsilon took pride in her beauty, intelligence and battle prowess before she was cast out of her house. The possession robbed her of everything, yet she was healed and accepted by Cid, for which she loves him and wants to serve him. However, when she joined the Shadow Garden, she was forced to admit that she is not better than any of the other Seven Shadows at anything. She still has pride, but she respects the order of command and the people that outclass her.
  • Berserk Button: Don't figure out that her figure is fake. She will release murderous intent if you do so.
  • Determinator: Even after receiving a massive wound, she manages to elude from the cult members that were chasing her and finally reaches a place to hide until Cid came to back her up.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She works as a pianist using songs her master told her about.
  • Fake Boobs: Her main drive in developing her slime suit.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Justified. She's using her slime bodysuit to give herself the perfect figure.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite coming off as snobbish and rude to most of Shadow Garden and in general, everyone not her master, Epsilon truly believes in her organization's cause and genuinely sympathizes with Emilia due to their shared circumstances as victims of Demonic Possession and she is willing to beg her beloved Shadow to spare the girl so that she can be given another chance in life.
  • Large Ham: Whenever she starts praising her master. As Cid puts it, she's the kind of person that exaggerates.
  • The Magnificent: Her nickname is "the Precise" for her delicate and refined control of magic.
  • Master of One Magic: She is an expert on magic control, earning the title The Precise. The fact that she has maintained her Impossible Hourglass Figure disguise for years shows the level of skill she possesses. Her primary use of her magic is a slicing attack which she sends straight at opponents, decapitating them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Epsilon's beauty and physique make even models jealous. The physique part is later subverted. Epsilon actually uses her slime Suit to alter her rear to be shapely, tighten her stomach, increase her height and create large fake breasts to look like a mature woman.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Epsilon's slime suit became this after she experimented on it multiple times. Thanks to her thick slime padding all over her body, she has high physical defense. This is what saves her from Venom's sneak attack and later Mordred's.
  • Pride: This is a trait that she still retained from her heritage despite no longer being part of it. Whenever Cid compliments her, she can be unbearable to even her comrades in Shadow Garden.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Epsilon's cover story when joining Black Rose is that she (now he) is Cid's younger brother who wants to be alongside him.
  • Riches to Rags: Epsilon was once an Elven noble with everything handed to her on a silver platter. She took pride on her heritage. That is until she is discovered to have the demonic possession and was cast out and hunted down like an animal. By the time she reaches her mutation stage, Epsilon's mind is filled with revenge and wants to get even with everyone who has betrayed her.
  • The Rival: Epsilon sees Beta as a rival for her master's affections and tries to compete with her. But the latter couldn't care less until Epsilon sports "breasts" that surpasses even her's.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Epsilon uses her slime suit to mask herself as a young boy. Her cover story is that she is Cid's younger brother who wants to join the Vow of Black Rose.
  • Through His Stomach: While joining with Cid, Epsilon cook a rabbit for him. She was ecstatic that he find it delicious.
  • The Worf Effect: Epsilon became the first of the Seven Shadows to be seriously wounded in battle to show the threat of Mordred.

    Eta 

Eta/ Eta Lloyd Wright

  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Eta is only mentioned several times by Shadow Garden.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She is the primary researcher of the demon, Diablos, creating new magical techniques based on the information collected and also easily able to decode Cid's message that is using five different languages.
  • Rich Genius: Her secret identity is regarded as a genius architect that won Architect of the Year.

Other Shadow Garden members

    Nu 

Nu

Debut: Volume 1

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Nu

A former human noblewoman, who is one year older than Cid. Cid meets her after he starts attending Midgar Academy, where she acts as liaison between him and the rest of Shadow Garden.


  • Cute and Psycho: Can keep a cute and pleasant smile on her face even as she cuts the fingers off your hand.
  • Exalted Torturer: Seems to be Shadow Garden's interrogation specialist, and she will use any means to get information out of members of the Diabolos Cult. And if you soil Shadow's name, expect Cold-Blooded Torture as a mercy.
  • Extreme Door Mat: In the past, she complied with everything her parents told her to do. After joining Cid, she decides to be more independent.
  • Fallen Princess: Nu is the daughter of a marquess, who took her life and family for granted. Her happy life turned around when she contracted the possession. She no longer has a home, but she cherishes her comrades and master who share her goal.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: At least in battle. Nu acts as Gamma's assistant, and while she doesn't match Gamma's intellect, she is a better fighter than Gamma, since Gamma is extremely clumsy.
  • Master of Disguise: Nu is an expert in disguising her figure to avoid detection and infiltrate enemy bases. When she meets Cid in the Academy, he only recognizes her because he remembers her voice. She is also an expert in altering slimes to change people's faces. She does this in Volume 2 to turn Cid into Mundane Mann.
  • The Nondescript: Nu has inconspicuous brown hair and she herself thinks that her face looks bland, which makes it easy for her to disguise herself.
  • Only Sane Man: In the "Eminence of Shadow Gaiden" manga, she acts as this to Beta whenever the latter goes Fangirl over Shadow.
  • Pet the Dog: After discovering her defeated former fiancée, Nu contemplates whether to find out if he's alive or just leave him for dead. Ultimately, she decides to check him for a heartbeat and confirms he is alive. However, she would have killed him in a heartbeat if he had been conscious while she and Shadow were talking, to protect Shadow's identity.
  • She's Got Legs: One of the chapters focusing on her details her lovely legs.
  • Unperson: Her existence has been erased from the records of her marquess family.
  • Vague Age: Averted. Due to her makeup skills, it's tough to guess her age, and she does not wish to tell Cid how old she really is when he asks her. However, in Volume 1, the narration points out that if her life hadn't gone downhill, she would have been attending the academy in her second year, which means she is roughly one year older than Cid.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Shadow is her living god. Anyone who is a threat to him or even insults his mob character is in for a beating or worse.
    • In her first scene, Nu takes notice of Cid getting teased for being dumped by the princess by Cid's male friends. Her solution is to personally request and escort Cid to take a survey and leave his two friends in the dust. To add insult to injury, Nu subtly mocks them while doing so.
    • Later in the same arc, disguised as a student, Nu is walking around the campus together with Cid like a couple, when she hears a student insulting Cid. She plans on beating up this student later for ruining her quality time with Cid and insulting him (and for constantly hitting on her back in her Academy days).

    Lambda 

Lambda

     559 

Victoria/559

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  • The Ace: Excluding the Seven Shadows, Victoria's power and skills surpasses that of many members of Shadow Garden. It helps that she was personally healed by Shadow.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm during a fight but she got it regenerated thanks to Cid.
  • Decomposite Character: 559 was created for the LN to take over some of The Worf Effect duties from Epsilon— she's a powerful member of Shadow Garden said to be on par with the Seven Shadows who, like them, was personally healed by Shadow, and it is 559, rather than Epsilon, who gets gravely wounded by high-ranking Cult members while being pursued. She also shares Epsilon's traits of Pride and fanatical devotion to Shadow.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Rose acknowledges how beautiful Victoria is.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Cid remembers "Victoria-chan" as a "weak girl who wouldn't hurt a fly" who clung onto his coat sleeve with Puppy-Dog Eyes when he healed her, and is surprised when he meets her again, surrounded by a hundred corpses of the Cult of Diablos members she's "cruelly slaughtered."
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Victoria is surprisingly quick to write Rose off but she's not entirely wrong to claim Rose turning traitor since she did turn against them to protect her mother.
  • Remember the New Girl: Cid describes 559 as "a platinum-pink haired girl I knew" that he'd met by chance on one of his past excursions, who he cured and later turned over to Alpha. She'd already had a reputation as a powerful up-and-comer in Shadow Garden, on a trajectory to stand among the Seven Shadows, yet nothing had been mentioned about her for 3 volumes. Justified in Cid's case since he doesn't bother retaining info unrelated to his Emminence in Shadow goals.

     664 

664

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  • The Leader: She became in charge of a team comprised of herself, 665 and 666.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: 664's the Little Guy to 665 and Rose's Big Guy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing goes her way even when she's in charge. There is no mission where she makes it out unscathed.
  • Only Sane Man: She feels she is this when leading her team.

     665 

665

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  • Adaptation Species Change: In the WN 665 is identified as a therianthrope when introduced to Rose Oriana. In the Light Novel she's an elf.
  • Butt-Monkey: Granted she was facing some tough opponents, the end result is always her suffering major injuries.
  • Emotionless Girl: She's a girl with few words.
  • The Medic: She's at least knowledgeable enough to know Claire's injuries are severe that needs medical attention.

    Kai 

Kai

    Omega 

Omega

Midgar Kingdom

Midgar Royal Family

    Alexia Midgar 

Alexia Midgar


  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Despite looking like the Ojou, she is actually condescending and rude and her whole act is to maintain her image. The only people who knows this is Cid and possibly the rest of Shadow Garden.
  • Always Second Best: She feels that she is second best compared to her sister. The reason for this is because of a compliment Iris gave to her which the latter misinterprets. It's only during witnessing Shadow's battle with Zenon that Alexia realizes what her sister truly meant.
  • Cassandra Truth: She tries to warn Iris just how dangerous Shadow is but her sister merely thinks that he must be carrying some sort of artifact to boost his abilities. That will soon change.
    • She's the only who thinks there's something suspicious about Miss Natsume however her attempts in convincing others about this is fruitless since all of them can chalk this up to being her jealous over the bespetacled girl.
  • Damsel in Distress: She got kidnapped by Zenon who wanted to use her for the Diabolos Cult's experiments.
  • Declaration of Protection: Despite being scared out of her wit confronting Shadow, she announces that she'll protect her sister and her only friend (Cid) from him. Unknowingly, Cid is Shadow.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: She does this to lower the guard of the Shadow Garden impostors.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She does this to Cid.
  • Fake Relationship: She gets Cid to be on a relationship with her to prevent an Arranged Marriage.
  • Hate at First Sight: Almost immediately dislikes Natsume-sensei aka Beta upon meeting her. This is because she instinctively realized that Natsume-sensei was also putting on a fake persona just like Alexia. Natsume-sensei having a more pronounced bosom doesn't help, especially when she catches Natsume-sensei smirking at Alexia's own attempt to show off her chest.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She is indeed cute but compared to Shadow Garden's women, she is average at best. This is lampshaded by Cid and Natsume/Beta, the latter calling her cheap.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite how she badly treats Cid during their fake relationship, Alexia does cares for him especially after he praises her swordsmanship. She is then shown to be genuinely worried about her senior, Rose and wants to find her.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: While initially using Cid to prevent Zenon's advances, Alexia genuinely did develop feelings for her partner. This lead to her confessing that she wants to continue the relationship a little longer but Cid refuses.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She begins to be more active following her rescue, wanting to take part in her sister's missions in uncovering the secret war between Shadow Garden and the Diabolos Cult.
  • School Idol: Is described as this by her class.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the time during the God of War Tournament, she manages to duel with Rose in even footing. Rose notes that Alexia's sword is similar to Shadow's.
  • Tsundere: After being rescued, Alexia starts to develop feelings for Cid but of course, she's too proud to admit it.

    Iris Midgar 

Iris Midgar

The eldest princess of the Midgar royal family and the leader of the Crimson Order.
  • The Ace: A famous graduate of the Midgar Academy, the strongest warrior of the kingdom, and one of the most accomplished Spellswords of the story.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She is both the first princess of the kingdom and is officially recognized as its strongest warrior. However, her strength is all Iris is good for and she knows it. Everything else is second rate, making her a Dumb Muscle.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Upon learning Alexia's kidnapping, Iris pull all her resources to find her.
  • Can't Catch Up: She is obsessed with surpassing and defeating Shadow, but is unable to achieve this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end thanks to Shadow. Twice. First, she couldn't land a single hit during their official bout when he was disguised and hiding his true power. Then when she teamed up with Beatrix to fight him after he revealed himself, she still couldn't get in a hit. Being defeated so easily like this has done a number on her self-esteem.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: To The Ace. She carries the weight of not only her royal family but the entire kingdom as well. After suffering her first few defeats at the hands of Shadow, she's beginning to succumb to the pressure she imposed on herself and trains hard to catch up to her opponent, thus isolating her from her sister.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Deconstructed. Not even a small group of the most powerful knights can protect the entire kingdom. They are so few in numbers either because most of the knights are not up to Iris's standards or they are assigned with other important tasks. Iris had to use her own resources so that it can continue to run. And what worsens the matter is the negative public opinion that starts to arise due to the group's recent failures and Iris's defeat at the hands of Shadow.
  • Enemy Mine: She teams up with Beatrix to take down Shadow. It didn't work.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: She wears panties that have a kitty image on them, a fact that her younger sister used to blackmail her to allow her to join her new taskforce.
  • Hero Antagonist: She's genuinely a good person but the unfortunate thing is that she is fighting against Cid's Shadow Garden.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Iris compliments on Alexia's swordsmanship in the past only for the latter to interpet it as pity rather than a genuine compliment causing Alexia to become the cynical person she is in the present.
  • Not So Different: Both Iris and Alexia feels they are second best compared to someone better than them. Alexia with Iris and Iris with Shadow. Alexia even notices this and worries for her older sister's fate.
  • Not So Stoic: She's normally acts like a calm and professional knight, but she becomes unsettled when Alexia insists on wearing G-string underwear.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After being publicly humiliated twice by Shadow during the God of War Tournament, Iris has become obsessed in defeating the leader of Shadow Garden, spending much of her time training in a dojo to better herself. This changed her for the worst, not caring about the kingdom's other situations, thus alienating herself from Alexia.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Alpha calls out on the princess for instantly assuming the monster is evil and making things worse by hurting her.
    • Her sister tries to pull her out of her obsession with defeating Shadow when their kingdom is in crisis from the Corporate Warfare.

Midgar Royal Spellsword Academy

    Sherry Barnett 

Sherry Barnett


  • Badass Bookworm: Downplayed at first until Cid helps her to save everyone in the academy.
  • Break the Cutie: She accidentally stumbles upon Shadow killing her step-father causing her to cry over him. Unfortunately, she didn't know the truth that he was an evil murderer that killed her mother.
  • But Now I Must Go: She leaves Midgar Academy to go to Rawagas Academy City but not before expressing her feelings for Cid.
  • Child Prodigy: She is the foremost expert on the ancient civilization.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Diabolos Cult targets her to get the Eye of Avarice. Thankfully, Cid was there to get her out of many sticky situations.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Wanting to be in a relationship with Cid, Sherry asks Alexia if the two are still dating. After the princess reveals they aren't, Sherry thanks Alexia before leaving with a smile on her face. Unbeknownst to her, Alexia smashes her cup in anger.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is long dead, murdered by her step father.
  • Mistaken for Romance: When Cid gave her the chocolate. Cid just didn't want it and gave it to the first girl that crossed his field of vision, not thinking much of it. However in this world Chocolate is a new (to where Sherry didn't even know what it was at first) and very popular item to the point that it isn't uncommon for people to get to Mitsugoshi, Ltd. at the break of dawn to get in line to buy it. So from her point of view, he just gave her something that he must have waited a long time in line to give her and believes he just confessed his feelings to her.
  • Nice Girl: Following her getting a chocolate as a present from Cid, Sherry takes an interest with him and is quite worried about the boy following his duel with Rose.
  • So Much for Stealth: She suffers this a lot when the school was being taken over by the Order of Diabolos. She tries not to draw attention to herself but makes simple mistakes like thinking out loud or that her shoes are making too much noise. Cid has to make sure no one gets to her and eventually personally meets with her to give her the proper advice.
  • Sweet Tooth: She dumps a jar of sugar into her coffee to the point that her cup is filled with more sugar than coffee.

    Rose Oriana 

Rose Oriana


  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: She is brawn to her team consisting of herself, 664 and 665.
  • Fangirl: Of Miss Natsume's books.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Long ago, Rose actually met Cid when they were young. He saved her from some bandits that kidnapped her. All she remembered of him was his alias, the Stylish Bandit Slayer. She eventually realizes that her hero is also Shadow.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Rose is forced to kill her father to free him from mind control put there by Doem.
  • Nice Girl: She's very kindhearted.
  • Number of the Beast: She is given the designate, 666.
  • Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Cid after he jumped in to save her from a fatal strike by a Shadow Garden impostor. Even after joining Shadow Garden, she is still in love with Cid, blissfully unaware that he is also her boss, Lord Shadow.
  • Rightful King Returns: Rose claims the throne in the Light Novel.
  • Shameful Strip: Lambda, 664 and 665 destroys all of Rose's clothes and possessions following her induction to Shadow Garden.
  • Sixth Ranger: She eventually became a member of Shadow Garden following her self imposed exile.
  • Stereotype Flip: Despite hailing from a kingdom devoted on art, Rose chooses to be a swords woman after witnessing a beautiful display of swordsmanship from her savior who later turns out to be Sid who called himself the Stylish Bandit Slayer.
  • Student Council President: Of Midgar Royal Spellsword Academy before her self imposed exile.
  • Take a Third Option: Rose chooses to assassinate her father rather than let Doem have her and take over her kingdom or allow her father to be controlled and start a civil war.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: You better beware: She'll slice you down into bits if you so much dare harm Cid. Even Shadow.....even though Shadow and Cid are the same person.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about her without mentioning her role later on in the story.

    Skel Etal & Po Tato 

Skel Etal

  • Butt-Monkey: He gets in a lot of trouble for his actions especially when Cid is involved or he involves Cid.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Attempts to hit on any beautiful girl but learns that said girls are only interested in Cid.
  • Dub Name Change: He was named Hyoro in Japanese, but the official translation names him Skel Etal.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He looks up to Goldoh. That is until Goldoh gets bested by Jimina Sehnen and Skel loses all of his money due to betting on him. When Cid (Jimina) mentions about that event, Skel responds in anger, having completely remove Golodoh out of his life.
  • Punny Name: His original Japanese name, Hyoro, means thin and wispy, referring to his skinny build. His localized name is Skel Etal because his thinness makes him look skeletal.
  • The Gambling Addict: He pours all his money into betting for Goldoh at the God of War festival. However, Goldoh loses to Jimina and Skel is left in serious financial loss.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Po are Cid's only friends.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Although shaky their friendship is, Skel does show he cares for Cid. One example is when he is horrified to see Cid being cut down in front of him.
  • With Friends Like These...: Despite having a good friendship with Cid, it doesn't stop Skel in using him into many of his schemes.

Po Tato

  • Casanova Wannabe: Attempts to hit on any beautiful girl but learns that said girls are only interested in Cid.
  • The Ditz: He seem to be this among his group.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Jaga in Japanese, but the official translation names him Po Tato.
  • Punny Name: Both Jaga and Po Tato refer to his short and stocky build, making him look like a potato.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He basically follows the girl he likes around and take notes on everything including her body sizes. The girl in question did actually notices him and attacks him for it.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Skel are Cid's only friends.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Although shaky their friendship is, Po does show he cares for Cid. One example is when he is horrified to see Cid being cut down in front of him.
  • With Friends Like These...: He is just as bad in being a friend to Cid like Skel.

    Christina 

Christina

  • Adapted Out: Christina is removed in the Light Novel.
  • Fiery Red Head: She has red hair and was kicking zombie butt before Cid arrives.
  • Nice Girl: Like Rose and Sherry, she's one of the few students who appreciates Cid and goes as far as to compliment his skills and supporting him.
  • Parents in Distress: She head to the war-torn Oriana Kingdom to rescue her mother who lives there.
  • Skewed Priorities: Christina refuses to break and enter the Mistugoshi Co Oriana branch even when the Zombie horde is fast approaching her and Cid because of how it's too beautiful to be destroyed. Cid, of all people, can't believe what he's hearing.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Cid himself is very impressed at Christina, who he thought was merely a mob character, for moving up several classes of the Royal Capital Bushin Style in over a year and being Action Survivor throughout the Zombie Apocalypse.

Lawless City

    Elizabeth 
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: She possesses red claws that can take against blows from the sharpest magic swords.
  • Blood Magic: Her greatest ability was the power to freely control her own blood and imbue it with magic, using it as things like spears, arrows, or deadly tentacles, or using it as healing magic to give herself a rapid Healing Factor.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Cid uses his healing 'nuke' to cure her vampirism allowing her to live a normal life she long desired.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's a Vampire, sure but she's most benevolent of her entire race.
  • Driven to Suicide: Elizabeth took her own life to ensure she will never harm any more lives when she lost control of her vampire nature. However, she didn't die but was merely put into a coma like state that looks like she's dead.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she regained her senses, Elizabeth is filled with immense guilt for the terror she unknowingly brought upon the world.
  • Naked First Impression: When she was resurrected, she was fully nude before using her Blood Magic to make new clothes for herself.
  • Posthumous Character: She was already dead but later got resurrected when the Red Moon occurred.
  • Power Trio: One of the three Monarchs of Outlaw City. She resides at the Red Tower.
  • Super Smoke: She can change her body into mist.
  • Tragic Monster: She is the only Vampire leader that refuses to take a life and only wishes to have a peaceful life. She tries to fight off her urge to feed but her nature as the vampire progenitor prevents her from doing so.

    Mary 
  • Adaptational Name Change: She was originally called Milia in the Web Novel, but it was changed to Mary for the Light Novel. Presumably this was done to make sure she wasn't confused with "Emilia".
  • Brought Down to Normal: Having shunned drinking blood, her strength and vulnerability is comparable to that of a human's. She can get her powers back by drinking blood.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Knew that the Red Moon will come, she made an underground tunnel that leads to the Red Tower and stop the ceremony to resurrect Elizabeth.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: She drinks the blood that were on Claire's lips to revive herself. In another perspective, it looks like Mary tried to force a kiss with the girl. The Light Novel even has an illustration for it which to everyone who doesn't know the circumstances looks like they are kssing.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She and Elizabeth can finally start new lifes after Cid cures the latter of her vampirism.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She develops a friendship with Claire.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's short but she's the closest servant to the most powerful Vampire progenitor in existence. Expect heavy resistance.
  • Take a Third Option: Instead of killing her master or allow her to suffer because of her vampire nature, Mary chooses to imprison her. This backfires when Crimson manages to overpower her and took Elizabeth.
  • Undying Loyalty: It's clear Mary is still devoted to Elizabeth. When Beta accidentally made a remark about progenitors being similar to demons, Mary is enraged at the comparison, condemning it as heresy.
  • Vampire Hunter: After Elizabeth went on a rampage, Mary dedicated her life in tracking her down and kill any vampire that do harm on humans.

    Crimson 
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being beaten within an inch of his life by Shadow, he tries to make a deal with him. Unfortunately, Shadow doesn't care and kills him for good.
  • Asshole Victim: For intentionally causing Elizabeth's rampage and is about to do so again, his death means one less bastard to deal with in the future.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to resurrect Elizabeth and have vampires reign supreme over the land.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He thoroughly bring down the White Demon to his knees and forces him to be his eternal servant.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Combined with Good Thing You Can Heal and Played for Laughs. When Crimson finally confronts Shadow, he is about to monologue only for the latter to kill him many times before he could finish a full sentence.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: He add human blood into Elizabeth's food thus reigniting her basic instincts.

    Yukime the Enchantress 
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: She tries to tempt Shadow, now John Smith into sleeping with her. It doesn't work.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Her signature weapon.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She is a beautiful foxkin.
  • Enemy Mine: She allies with Shadow Garden, wanting the Diabolos Cult to be destroyed for ruining her life.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her lover betrayed her and murdered her mother so that he could get power to end a clan war.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She sports a large scar on her back, perpetrated by Gettan when she tried to escape from him. Cid later removes it for good by using his healing powers.
  • Honey Trap: She uses herself and her subordinates to seduce Shadow in order to have him tied to her organization.
  • Light Is Not Good: She is a Foxkin with long, snow-white hair but she is head of a criminal organization. That is reversed after falling in love for Shadow.
  • The Oldest Profession: She rises to power by serving as a prostitute.
  • Power Trio: One of the three Monarchs of Outlaw City. She resides at the White Tower.
  • Rescue Romance: After being saved by John Smith(Shadow) from her former lover, she fell head over heels for him.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Yukime doesn't mind showing off her breasts to Shadow and in a later chapter, revealing her bare naked body to him.
  • Super Mode: She transforms into her true form; possessing nine tails and blood red eyes. She unknowingly uses it to rob Gettan of his eyesight.

    Juggernaut the Tyrant 
  • BFS: Wields a Giant Nata.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Mary sends him flying from the tower to the very bottom.
  • Killed Offscreen: He is killed by Delta, ordered by Cid who made it in random so that he can finish his mission.
  • Power Trio: One of the three Monarchs of Outlaw City. He resides at the Black Tower.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Juggernaut boasts that he doesn't need any techniques. He relies solely on his monstrous strength to do the work for him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Upon seeing Claire and Milia, he immediately decides to kill them.

    Watchdog/White Demon 
  • Asshole Victim: He is a psychopathic mass murderer. After losing to someone he couldn't beat, he is forced into enslavement by Crimson, chained like the animal he is. He is later killed by another person above his comprehension.
  • Ax-Crazy: The guy was mad before he became Crimson's servant. He uses his position as Grand Commander to kill and when his crimes are exposed, he kills all of his men.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Subverted at first. After losing to Crimson, he made sure not to mess with people from Outlaw City, especially the three Monarchs. Played straight when he thought Shadow is someone he can beat, he paid the price for his foolishness with his life.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He defeats Quinton and Goldoh, all powerful warriors and participants of the God of War festival.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Shadow bisects him into half. He didn't even know he was dead until he hit the ground and sees the other half of his body.

Oriana Kingdom

    Clara 
  • Adapted Out: Clara is removed in the Light Novel
  • Big Sister Worship: She idolizes her older sister, Rose. Even after learning about Rose's role in their father's death, she keeps on believing that her sister might has some reason for doing it.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Doem Faction can't kill her for political reasons and they want to use her as bait to draw out Rose.
  • Damsel in Distress: She was kept prisoner in the Doem faction's prison camp following the kingdom's civil war. Shadow Garden's mission is to aid the Royalists in rescuing her.
  • Nice Girl: Much like her sister, Clara shows a lot of compassion and optimism despite being forced to live what is essentially prison. Upon witnessing Cid getting hurt, she came to his aid.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Clara remembers one of the Royalists as her family's gardener and despite the differences in hierarchy, she values his opinion.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When OWL is engaging with Doem's forces, Clara decides to rally the Royalists to assist her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Following her rescue, Clara understands she is this for Shadow Garden.

    Zack 
  • Adapted Out: Zack is removed in the Light Novel.
  • Butt-Monkey: He became Cid's lackey after he threatened him.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: When Cid met him, he was with the Doem Faction because they have the best privileges. However, that's what Zack wants everyone to believe.
  • Join or Die: His faction forces new prisoners to help them or be killed by them. Unfortunately he tries this on Cid who turns the deal around.
  • The Mole: Zack's actually a member of the secret royal guard and is helping the Royalists to undermine the Doem faction.

    Guin 

Order of Diabolos

    General 
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Their goal is just to conquer the world and they've done this by kidnapping, planting moles and puppet kings in key locations and unleashing a zombie plague.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The leaders of the cult, the Knights of Rounds comprises of twelve individuals. This is relevant as their concoction for immortality can only be produced in twelve.
  • Elite Mooks: The Named Children are the most powerful of the cult's soldiers, either coming from the 1st and maybe even the 2nd Children.
  • Immortality Seeker: The main goal of the Order of Diabolos is to extract the power of Diabolos and gain immortality for themselves.
  • One-Winged Angel: When backed into a corner by a stronger enemy, they use a red lozenge to boost their abilities all the while mutating them into something inhuman.
  • Religion of Evil: They are worshiping a demon that has nearly destroyed the world. It's later revealed they don't care about the demon, only its power.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Most of them are in key positions that are respected by the rest of the world, allowing the cult to carry out their criminal activities without suspicion.
  • We Have Reserves: The Diabolos Cult's Third Children are just brainwashed people who are meant to be killed, whether or not they accomplished their missions. Second Children are about the same but they retained their sanity.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They have doing this for hundreds of years, most especially in killing the descendants of the Three Heroes.

Members

    Viscount Grease 
  • Accidental Truth: He is the one confirming it. He had just learned about the highly secretive Diabolos Cult and was surprised that outsiders knew about it.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Seven Shadow plans to extract info out of the viscount, possibly painfully as possible.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Olba in Japanese, but Grease in the official translation.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: His defeat at Iris's hands is considered this that it becomes his Berserk Button.
  • Tragic Villain: Grease's only wish is to reverse the "Curse" from his daughter which finally came for her years after his death.

    Zenon Griffey 
  • Arranged Marriage: Alexia is disturbed by the numerous advances he made on her. She has good reason to...
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He thinks too highly on his own abilities that he's completely shock when Shadow can easily parries his attacks blow by blow.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The guy wants to get close to Alexia so that he can kidnap her and extract her blood for the cult.
  • Broken Pedestal: Once his crimes were exposed, the students that follow him left his class.
  • Frame-Up: He has Cid take the fall for his crimes in kidnapping the princess. However, this act brought the attention of Shadow (Cid) and Shadow Garden.
  • Kick the Dog: Zenon insults Alexia by belittling her skills and comparing her to Iris, which she hates.
  • Humiliation Conga: His overconfidence in his skills shatters when Shadow arrives who thoroughly blocks every one of his attacks with ease, beats him down numerous times, thinks so little of him and mocks his so-called superior swordsmanship during their fight. To say he loses it would be a complete understatement.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes he is about to be vaporized.

    Lutheran Barnett 
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Although he's dead, he succeeded in framing Shadow Garden for his crimes. What's worse is that he died a martyr to his stepdaughter.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His loving father side to Sherry is completely fake.
  • Dub Name Change: He was originally named Ruslan, but the official translation renamed him to Lutheran.
  • Evil Cripple: He was a former member of the Rounds and when he could not longer able to do it anymore due to an illness, he tries to use various illegal methods to get back.
  • Evil Laugh: His is noted to be disturbing.
  • Frame-Up: His goal is to have Shadow Garden be blamed for the attacks all over the kingdom and making them the enemy of the world.
  • Karmic Death: Cid kills him the same way he killed Sherry's mother.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once his minions have been killed, he attempts to flee and burns every trace of evidence that ties the crime to him.
  • The Mole: His true mission is to extract the Eye of Avarice.
  • Wicked Stepmother: A male variant. He murdered Sherry's mother to silence her and uses Sherry to further his agenda.

    Rex 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: This man has a severe overestimation of his own abilities until Shadow shatters that illusion to pieces.
  • Bad Liar: He pretends to be Shadow Garden, but then questions if that is the right name, then constantly changes the name.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He thinks Cid has an artifact that boosts his abilities and that he's too injured to keep fighting. He was way wrong.
  • Oh, Crap!: This bastard thinks he's evenly matched against Cid. That is until he finds the corpses of all his men and he starts wetting himself.
  • Stupid Evil: He attempts to pose as a member of Shadow Garden to frame them but gets their name wrong. If it weren't for the fact that everyone not knowing much about the organization, the plan wouldn't have work.

    Nelson 
  • Bald of Evil: Alexia loves to make potshots at the man's lack of hair. When she learns about his secret to immortality, she thinks Nelson's baldness is the result of it only to learn that it's just natural.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Nelson learns Alpha's identity as Olivie's descendant and plans on capturing her to save face. He didn't get far as Cid kills him.
  • Dirty Old Man: When Natsume-sensei (Beta in disguise) asks questions about Aurora, Nelson took an opportunity to ogle at her chest.
  • Fat Bastard: He's is quite obese.
  • Mad Scientist: He was one of the original researchers that studied Diabolos long ago.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's possibly centuries old using the power of Diabolos.
  • Self-Duplication: He can make multiple copies of himself to overwhelm his enemies. This is rendered mute since the clones can't do anything since he's only one man and can't control all of them at once.
  • Sinister Minister: An archbishop, secretly working with a cult that wants to resurrect a demon.

    Doem Ketsuhat 
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: He was killed by Cid in the Web Novel while in the Light Novel, Doem was killed by Mordred.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He expresses jealousy and hatred that Jimina is a way better swordsman than he is.
  • Karmic Death: He drugged King Oriana till his mind broke to turn him into his puppet, so it's fitting that Shadow broke his mind first through a experiment before killing him.
  • Punny Name: His name in Japanese can be read as "giant masochist asshat".
  • Puppet King: His goal is to control the King Oriana and take over his kingdom.
  • Smug Snake: The man thinks that his plans will succeed except.....
  • Villainous Breakdown: Rose puts a stop to Doem by killing King Oriana. He went mad because without his puppet king, he lost the ability to claim the throne.
  • Villainous BSoD: After Rose foiled his plans and Shadow scarring him to near death.

    Maximillian 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He takes extreme pride over his abilities.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Maxmillian pegged that Shadow is using an artifact which he thinks is his coat yet he's not taking into account that this is Shadow's true power and his coat is just slime.
  • Super Speed: He uses this ability to kill multiple people and overwhelm powerful opponents.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The more he fights Cid, the more he understands that he is screwed from the very beginning.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He promptly executes his subordinates after having Princess Clara within his grasp.
  • You Monster!: Maximillian calls Shadow a Demon Lord when he sees the wings sprouting from his back.

    Mordred 
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the Web Novel, Morded was able to take on Epsilon and several Shadow Garden members with ease. In the Light Novel, he was nearly overwhelmed by both Epsilon and Beta and it's implied that one of them could have easily defeat him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His arm got bisected after Shadow and Aurora escape.
  • Battle Trophy: He kept some of Epsilon's hair after defeating her.
  • Blood Knight: He seems less interested in fulfilling the cult's goals and wants to fight the Seven Shadows.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The biggest reason he was able to defeat Epsilon was because his surprise attack gave her a deep cut.
  • Curbstomp Battle: He has beaten 664, 665 and even Epsilon, one of the Seven Shadows.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His besting of Epsilon is there to acknowledge he's stronger than other villains in the previous arcs.
  • Fusion Dance: By absorbing pieces of an interdimensional beast.
  • Oh, Crap!: Not only Mordred was shocked that Shadow has escaped a dimension, something he thought was not possible but also learning that he plans to reveal the truth about the Order of Diabolos and more to the world.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a handsome silver haired man but is working for the cult.
  • You Have Failed Me: Mordred kills off his subordinate for failing to report anything of significance or basically just wasting his time.

The Three Heroes and the Witch of Calamity

    Olivier 

    Freya 
  • And I Must Scream: Being isolated inside a dark room and wrapped around in chains, unable to move really costed her sanity until Shadow frees her.
  • Death Glare: She gave one at Mordred.
  • Famous Ancestor: It's revealed Cid and Claire Kagenou, Alexia Midgar, Rose Oriana and Emilia Olba are descended from her. Most likely includes other human descendants.
  • Mystical White Hair: She possesses silver hair.
  • Posthumous Character: She was already dead centuries ago but her ghost is another matter.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Her spirit was presumably caught by the Order and was trapped under the Oriana Kingdom for a long time.

    Aurora, the Witch of Calamity 
  • Anti-Villain: As the Witch of Calamity and Diabolos, she only went around destroying things because she was an abused human test subject who wanted to kill those who exploited her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She reappears to save Claire and everyone else from the Queen of Vampires when Claire's blood starts going out of control.
  • Given Name Reveal: Other than being called the Witch of Calamity, she actually goes by the name, Diabolos. Meaning that she is the "demon" whose resurrection Shadow Garden is trying to prevent.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As Diabolos, she is indirectly responsible for causing the Diabolos Cult to be formed and placing the curse on the Three Heroes' descendants. Subverted when it's revealed she was a test subject of the cult's ancestors. Further, the heroes' "curse" was mana deviation caused by being implanted with her stolen cells, so they could be used as weapons against her.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: She, or at least part of her, helps Shadow Garden in finding more about the Three Heroes and end the Oriana Kingdom Civil War.
  • Hive Mind: Anything that holds a large enough concentration of her cells can become a vessel for her mind. This includes her dismembered, mutated body parts, as well as people who were implanted with her cells to increase their own powers or even some of the descendants of these people.
  • Hot Witch: She is a drop dead beautiful magic caster.
  • I Hate Past Me: While reviewing the past memories, she has shown disappointment and probably apathetic towards her younger self. Following her freedom from the Holy Ground, she requests Cid to kill her.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She had lost most of her memories from centuries of isolation by the time the current day Trial of the Goddesses happened. However, it's revealed she retained a lot more memories than she lets on.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: When she thought Cid is about to be killed, she offers herself to the Diabolos cult to save him.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Demon "King" Diabolos? Yeah, it's her.
  • Sinister Scythe: Aurora takes out a mean looking one to fight Shadow in close combat.
  • Squishy Wizard: Despite being one of the famous mages in history, she is still physically weak. Cid notes that she's not particularly good with a sword.
  • Storm of Blades: Using her magic, she is able to summon wave after wave of swords onto her target and can redirect them any where she wants.
  • Was Once a Man: Cid later finds her still very much alive, heavily mutated finger and heals it back into a normal human finger the same way he healed the rest of Shadow Garden, much to the shock of everyone present, including Aurora. Cid then decides to find the rest of her and finish healing her, as his she's his friend, according to him.

Earth

    Nishino Akane 
  • The Ace: She's very popular with the boys and girls at her school for her looks and good grades. In the Light Novel, she is humanity's strongest knight against the invading beasts. Then it gets Deconstructed as the only reason she got to where she is now is due to an experiment that resulted in hundreds of deaths and since then, she has immense guilt over it.
  • Accidental Misnaming: She gets pissed that her name gets wrong by Minoru.
  • The Atoner: She becomes the First Knight to redeem herself for the slaughter of the people at Arcadia.
  • Attempted Rape: Her kidnappers wanted to force themselves onto her until Minoru rescues her before the attempt was made.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she was at Junior High, Akane had a stalker who kidnapped her. Although she was saved, the event caused her to halt on acting and her parents had arranged a car and driver to take her home safely.
  • Death Seeker: The poor girl has suicidal tendencies as a result of immense guilt over accidentally destroying Aracadia.
  • Defrosting the Ice Queen: After being saved by the Stylish Badguy Slayer and learning Minoru finally remembers her name, she decides to walk with her classmate; presumably their relationship has improved.
  • The Dreaded: Her alternate persona, the First Knight is this to human race after she destroyed Arcadia, Japan's last safe haven.
  • Hostage MacGuffin: Her current kidnappers want to use her as ransom and get her family to pay a huge sum of money.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Believe or not, it's quite possible that her second kidnapping did made Minoru be a little more aware about the people around him.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: A lot of men would nothing more than to have Akane to themselves much to latter's disgust.
  • Stepford Smiler: Because of what the stalker did to her, she tries to hide her emotions to not show how troubled she was about it. She also does this to avoid unwanted rumors when around Minoru.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Volume 4, Akane has became a calming presence within her band of Knights in contrasts to the haughty girl she was back in high school.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Akane has a missing piece of her memory regarding what happened to Aracadia. Turns out that missing piece is her destroying that safe haven due to her out-of-control powers.

    Nishino Akira 
  • Karmic Death: He is shot by Yuuka, a victim of Arcadia which he had a hand in its destruction.
  • Mad Scientist: The man experiments on people, including her own sister just to satisfy his own morbid curiosity.

    Yuuka 
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Yuuka seems to be Akane's close friend but in truth, she is an Alliance spy, wanting revenge against Akane and her brother for what they did to Aracadia.
  • He Knows Too Much: She sends hitmen to kill Minoru for nearly finding out about her plot to undermine Akane.
  • The Mole: Yuuka's an alliance spy trying to sabotage Messiah.
  • Revenge: She wants vengeance against both Akane and Akira for the destruction of Arcadia and the death of her husband.

Others

    Emilia 
  • Body Horror: When we first see Emilia, she barely look human at all.
  • The Bus Came Back: She came back during the later parts of the Oriana Kingdom Civil War arc after Doem resurrected her from the dead.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Initially Emilia was the cult's last choice since they wanted more powerful individuals like Rose, Alexia and Claire for their experiments but since those three are out of the question, they finally chose her.
  • Healing Factor: It's shown during her rampage that her enhanced regenerative abilities are so powerful that even Iris couldn't stop it. Only Alpha was the one who stops her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The first thing Emilia did after being freed is to kill the scientist who experimented on her.
  • I Have Your Daughter: Emilia was kidnapped by the Diabolos Cult to coerce her father into joining them.
  • Mercy Kill: Her first death is this.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Emilia was given a second chance after Shadow and Epsilon frees her from Doem's control.

    Beatrix 
  • Bare Your Midriff: Beatrix only wears a chest guard and a loincloth leaving her belly exposed.
  • Blood Knight: After Jimina defeats Iris, Beatrix shows admiration to the young man and wants to fight him.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's the great swordswoman of the world and has an impressive rack.
  • Enemy Mine: She joins forces with Iris Midgar to take down Shadow. It didn't work.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Being related to Alpha, Beatrix's also the descendant of Olivie.
  • In the Hood: She wore a gray robe to hide her face.
  • Lady of War: Hence the title, Goddess of War.
  • Missing Child: She is searching for her late younger sister's child, implied to be Alpha.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Like her niece, she has some great looks and a voluptuous body.
  • World's Strongest Woman: Her victory at the previous God of War Tournament made her this. This reflects in her skills against Shadow and while she did lose to him in the end, she lasted a lot longer than his previous opponents, showing that there is some credence.

    Annerose 
  • Cassandra Truth: Annerose is one of the only people to discover Jimina's true strength but no one believes her due to how ridiculous he defeats his opponents.
  • Challenge Seeker: The reason she left her country is because she long desires to find a strong opponent that can match her skills. Unfortunately, years of not finding one leaves her cynical and bored. That is until she meets Jimina.
  • The Comically Serious: She tries to imitate Jimina's moves (weird ones) in order to intimidate him. It didn't work.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She first appeared during the Trial of the Goddess when she won against a summon.
  • Friendly Rival: After being beaten, she promises to Jimina that she'll be worthy for his skills. Jimina replies back that she, having fought him without his Power Limiter, is an accomplishment that earns his respect.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that Jimina (Cid) had Power Limiters throughout most of the tournament and she's about to face him in full strength.
  • That Man Is Dead: Annerose prefers not to be called Annerose of the Seven Swords of Begalta and just Annerose.
  • Worthy Opponent: Her true main goal was to find someone who can compete with her skills but after much time passes and couldn't find any, she became cynical and loses hope until she meet Jimina(Shadow).

    Quinton 
  • Break the Haughty: His defeat at the God of War festival and his enslavement humbles him.
  • Cassandra Truth: He's one of the people that doesn't want to believe Annerose that Jimina is a lot more dangerous than he seems. Because of it, he gets his rear kicked.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He looks like an evil wrestler but despite this and his Jerkass tendencies, he's an overall nice guy.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears one over his right eye.
  • Made a Slave: Following the Red Moon incident, he is reduced to a servant and was bought and ordered to steal the Oriana's kingdom's treasures.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He gets mad at Jimina and beats him up to a pulp. Of course, what he did was something Jimina(Cid) wanted.
  • Tempting Fate: Before going to have his match against Jimina, Quinton declares he's going to prove to everyone that he's a fraud. Moments later, he gets defeated by Jimina.

    Goldoh 
  • Awesome by Analysis: His preferred tactic is to make sure to gather battle data and chooses his opponents and battles wisely. Sadly, this doesn't apply to the Invincible Hero.
  • Break the Haughty: His defeat at the God of War festival and his enslavement humbles him, making him reconsider his life choices.
  • Broken Pedestal: Played for Laughs. Skel Etal looks up to Goldoh until the latter's loss costs him lots of money and Skel angrily casts him aside.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of this. He unleashes his ultimate attack upon Jimina who counters it by firing off a powerful sneeze.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He detests the title "Undefeatble Myth" since it painfully reminds him that part of the reason he wasn't defeated is because he ran away from stronger opponents. He prefers "Sure Win Golden Dragon".
  • Heroic Second Wind: After Cid powers him up, Goldoh turns the tide in his favor.
  • Made a Slave: Following the Red Moon incident, he is reduced to a servant and was bought and ordered to steal the Oriana's kingdom's treasures.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: It's revealed that whenever he meets stronger opponents, he either flees or forfeits. Most recent example is that after realizing that he cannot defeat the Watchdog, he flees, abandoning Quinton. Not like he got that far.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Tulpicano dies, Goldoh take command of the Black Rose.

    Gettan 
  • Alas, Poor Villain: No matter how many terrible things he has done, including what he did to Yukime, he still loves her and it's only when he is near death that finally regrets his actions.
  • Bad Boss: He treats his subordinates with utter contempt and will kill them should they fail him.
  • Blade on a Stick: His naginata.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with the cult of Diabolos. If his and Yukime's tribe swore allegiance to the cult, they will protect them from the clan war. The offer was tempting enough for him to murder Yukime's mother.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: An attack by Yukime caused Gettan to have a scar across his face and lose both his eyes.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite being blind, he is still a powerful wolf Beastkin.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While making a deal with the evil cult was a bad idea, he did it with the intention in proving his tribe and one true love.

    Tulpicano 
  • Asshole Victim: His one true aim is to use the Civil War at Oriana to steal the Kingdom's wealth. It's safe to say that none will miss him.
  • Con Man: He made a team of volunteer soldiers so that they could distract the Ratja Count's armies while he and a small few loyal to him infiltrate the palace, get treasure and escape with it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared at Outlaw City, buying Quinton and Goldoh.
  • Fat Bastard: Cid describes him looking like a pig.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He gets killed by the arm of Diabolos, the real treasure.

    The Three Ojisans 
  • Farm Boy: One of them used to work in the farms. But he grew fed up and joined Black Rose.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Cid tries to warn the three about their odds against the enemy but they didn't listen and charges forward against the numerically superior enemies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: One of them succumbs to guilt for mortgaging his wife.
  • Nice Guy: All three of them are kind to Cid when they became a team.
  • Only in It for the Money: Another of the Ojii-sans only join Black Rose to get rich.

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