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  • Badass Cape: Capes are a sign of nobility so they're a big deal for nobles, and considering the cast, most of it wears one. Also, they flare out in a very badass manner despite there not being any wind.
    • When Louise renounces her noble status so she can rescue Tabitha from her uncle without involving Tristain in a international incident she gives Henrietta her cape.
    • When Saito is knighted in the third season he is given a cape.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kirche and Tabitha quite a bit. Mr. Colbert and Kirche do this in Season 3. Heck, Kirche gets to save everybody at some point in each season.
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  • Genre Blindness: The Knights of the Water Spirit, for peeking on the girl's baths. Saito tried to stop them, but......
  • Overly Long Name: A good way to identify nobles is by the five word or longer full name.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Saito, Guiche, and Malicorne are all good examples, especially Malicorne because he was the most useless. All of them develop their skills and mature over the course of the series.

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  • Battle Couple: Louise and Saito, in the traditional "the Warrior keeps the enemies busy while the Mage casts" structure.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Louise and Saito often butt heads while falling in love, especially in the first season.
  • First Kiss: They kiss during their first meeting as part of their contract establishment.
  • Lady and Knight: Louise is the Bright Lady and Saito is her White Knight. He will protect her even if it means standing alone against an army of 70,000 soldiers, archers and mages.
  • Magic Contract Romance: The relationship between Louise and Saito begins with their Familiar-Master contract. Their First Kiss was part of the summoning ritual.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Louise and Saito, especially in the beginning where he has to wash her panties. She goes to the extreme of calling him her dog and treats him far worse than that.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Louise is a void mage and Saito is a normal boy from Japan whose only magic comes from their contract.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Louise is the Sorcerer and Saito is the Sword. She summoned him to serve as the physical fighter that would protect her while she casts her spells. Granted, she wasn't expecting a human physical fighter.

    Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Cristina Valenzuela (EN), Annie Rojas (Latin-American Spanish)

The main female character and a second-year student at the Tristain Academy of Magic... with a terrible track record in practical magic, thus earning her the runic name "Louise the Zero" for her lack of success rate and elemental attributes. Her presence is mostly based on being the third (and youngest) daughter of the aristocratic La Vallière family, who runs north-eastern Tristain. During a summoning ritual, she accidentally calls upon ordinary Japanese boy Saito Hiraga, and her life will never be the same again. Louise's hobbies are weaving and horseback riding; she is terrible at the former and exceptionally good at the latter.

  • A-Cup Angst: Her complex about her flat chest is a large part of her character as she sees it as one more area she's deficient in, and unfortunately, all but one of her romantic rivals have larger chests than her.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the light novels, Louise is still an aggressive Tsundere, but she has more Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments and development compared to her anime counterpart. In the anime, she comes off as considerably less sympathetic due to having a nastier temper and her violent tendencies towards Saito being far more exaggerated.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a result of her inability to use magic she suffered major scorn from her fellow magic wielding nobles, who dubbed her "the zero".
  • Almighty Janitor: All other wizards are ranked from Dot to Square based on how many elements they can control. Louise's rank is "zero" and yet she is more powerful than any of them.
  • Anti-Hero: She has many personality flaws (short-temper, prone to violence, inferiority complex) but she also has heroic traits, loyally protects her country and eventually matures enough to get her flaws under control.
  • Anti-Magic: Dispel is one of her void spells.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Louise gives one to Henrietta after the former confronts the latter about constantly hitting on Saito.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After Tabitha's rescue, Louise, who has been stripped of rank by her own family, is adopted as a sister by Henrietta, making her second in line for the throne.
  • Badass Adorable: The few times she can get her act together, she is as dangerous as she is weapons grade cute.
  • Betty and Veronica: In the original, the Veronica to Siesta's Betty because she is a haughty noble, and thus, out of Saito's league. The roles were switched in the anime.
  • Big Sister Worship: She idolizes her big sister Cattleya.
  • Butt-Monkey: She starts getting as good as she gives in the later chapters of the novel.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Since she only sees Saito as her familiar, she has no problem changing in front of him at first. Later, she starts hiding in a closet to change, showing that she thinks of him differently.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the anime Louise has a much shorter fuse when dealing with Saito and his Accidental Pervert moments.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it if Saito's looking or even thinking about another girl. In fact, she can't stand Saito being separated from her for too long, even if he's hanging out with his guy friends. Considering how crappy her life was before Saito came into it, however, it's understandable.
  • Covert Pervert: It's more prominent in the novels. Whenever we are shown her fantasies, it's rather... saucy.
  • Cry Cute: She is absolutely adorable whenever she allows herself to be emotionally honest to her feelings towards Saito. In fact, she's the very poster girl of the trope. For a good example, when she thinks him dead, she bawls her eyes out over Saito and in general is in a How Dare You Die on Me! kind of state while others watch. When he comes to and proposes, she accepts, with everyone as a witness.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms up to Saito as time goes on.
  • Devoted to You: Despite her constant abusive treatment, Saito is deeply in love with her and will never leave her, even if it is for a chance to go back to his own world. It's implied that Saito's familiar runes subtly Mind Rape him, making him forget the bonds he has with his family and old world and, over time, replace them with a desire to serve and protect his master. The only confirmed effect was suppression of homesickness, which made Saito less likely to want to leave Louise, rather than rewire him into full subservience, but the experience shook Saito badly enough that he wondered how much of how he felt for her came from him anyways, putting yet another obstacle in their troubled relationship.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Explained further in the novels. She injures Saito enough that even he can't move for some of the smallest things. It's usually cheating on her.
  • Domestic Abuse: Explosions an such for Saito, who is first her servant and then her boyfriend. She gets better about this as time goes on.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She tends to physically abuse Saito when she feels he's being a pervert or even looking at other girls, reaching Comedic Sociopathy levels.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Has found herself in yuri-tastic situations more than once and has been subjected to lots of Marshmallow Hell from her other considerably stacked contemporaries, and was kissed by girls as many times as she was kissed by Saito.
  • First Girl Wins: She's the first girl Saito meets in Halkegenia, his indisputable main Love Interest and the one he ultimately marries.
  • Glass Cannon: She becomes such after she acquires Void magic, since while void spells are extremely powerful, they also take a long time to cast.
  • Godiva Hair: During the bath or hot springs scenes, though there's little to cover up.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tabitha deduced her feelings for Saito are the most effective way to recharge Louise... and decided that jealousy was both the most effective and the easiest to provoke. It worked surprisingly well, although poor Saito would beg to differ.
  • Groin Attack: Her favored method of dishing out discipline to Saito is a quick shot between the legs.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair color is described as strawberry blonde in the novels, but it looks bright pink in the illustrations.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: God help you if you were the one who caused her temper to blow. Saito receives it most of the time.
  • Having a Blast: Her signature spell is Explosion.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She has those moments where she shows some kindness to Saito and is more open to her feelings for him (in a painfully adorable way). Season 4 ditches the 'hidden' part because she makes it clear to him and everyone else around that she loves him. Guess who gets married to who in the Grand Finale...
  • Hypocrite:
    • Again, it's more prominent in the novel. She's always calling Saito out for being perverted, (even when the comments are directed towards her) yet she's likely just as bad as her familiar.
    • It's also worth mentioning that she claims to hate seeing Saito get hurt, yet she frequently abuses Saito throughout the series.
  • I Just Want to Be You: When she became her 'ideal self' during the masquerade ball, she looked exactly like her older sister Cattleya.
  • Inept Mage: Subverted — the reason she can't do normal magic is because of her affinity with the Void, the arcane fifth element. At the start of the series, everyone thought the Void was a myth and so assumed she was inept.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's loud about her family status and history because she feels like garbage for lacking magical power. As she develops her Void magic this goes away and her A-Cup Angst becomes more prominent.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Louise the Zero"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: An abusive, egotistical and nasty person who generally treats people with scorn. She can also be patriotic and a decent friend at times. She tries to emulate her gentle older sister but more often emulates the harsh one. The key word here is "tries" because she easily falls back on bad habits.
  • Karma Houdini: She never recieves any consequences for abusing Saito, at all... Granted, she does find herself in embarrassing situations, but that isn't really enough to be considered Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Lack of Empathy: Initially she has no regards for Saito's feelings because she sees him as a familiar instead of a person. She did better with her fellow nobles and Henrietta.
  • Lima Syndrome: She ends up falling in love with the guy that she basically kidnapped and enslaved.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her obsession with Saito will cause her to beat him if he so much as looks at another woman. When he (occasionally) gets angry and leaves she ends up hardly able to leave her bed.
  • Magical Girlfriend: She can be seeing as one to Saito, since she brings him to her magic world taking away from his world. However, she does this by basically kidnapping and enslaving him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite being flat, she has scenes where she is in lingerie.
  • My Hero, Zero: Her nickname as Louise the Zero. It signifies both her lack of aptitude in normal magic and her Void powers (considering that the Void, just like the number zero, is the absence of everything).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Louise de La Vallière was a big deal in real life.
  • The Napoleon: Her short stature and short fuse are her two most defining characteristics.
  • Nominal Hero: Louise has few altruistic impulses early on before Character Development sets in. The defining moment in her maturity is when Louise throws aside her noble rank to come to Tabitha's rescue.
  • Older Than She Looks: Looks about ten (her chest is a factor) but she's actually around 16 by our world's years by the start of the series.
  • Overly Long Name: Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière.
  • Portal Door: The World Door allows her to travel quickly across countries or across worlds. She only has this power in the anime. In the novels, this power is exclusive to the Pope.
  • The Power of Love: The most effective way to recharge Louise is to incite emotion, with her feelings for Saito being most effective.
  • Power of the Void: Her true magical affinity is the Void... which renders her unable to cast Fire, Water, Air and Earth Magic, the four common types of magic. Her spells have the effect of destroying (explosion) erasing (dispel) or reaching across space (World Door).
  • Property of Love: As Saito's master, Louise always refers to him as her possession or dog. She claims he belongs to her only and she can't stand it when anyone tries to take him away from her.
  • Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: Inverted. What recharges her willpower are negative emotions. That's why she was unable to cast her magic when she was really happy that everything was going well.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist like a classic noblewoman.
  • Rich Bitch: The main reason she's so stuck up and arrogant is because she's a noble. Downplayed in that it's more akin to a defense mechanism from the frustrations she had to deal with in her life rather than out of actual malice, not that it's apparent at first.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Double Subverted. Her hair is bright pink, but otherwise she acts like a Fiery Redhead with her hot temper and frequent violent outbursts. As she matures and accepts her love for Saito, she becomes sweeter and affectionate, although she still can get aggressive every now and then.
  • Royal Blood: Louise is told by Henrietta that her ancestor was an illegitimate child of the King.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: At first, she has no problem changing in front of Saito, because she considers him to be merely a familiar.
  • Shana Clone: One of the Big 4 Trope Codifiers of the trope. Small? Check. Flat-chested? Check. Bossy Tsundere with a Hair-Trigger Temper? Double check. Pink Rapunzel Hair? Check. Grade A Zettai Ryouiki? Check again. In love with an ordinary high-school dude who got dragged into her world and in competition with several other girls for his heart? Check yet again. Voiced by Rie Kugimiya? Oh so check! Bonus points for Shana's love interest and Louise's love interest for sharing the same seiyuu.
  • She's Got Legs: She used to be the page image for Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Smug Snake: Before figuring out the Power of the Void, she was a stuck up Jerkass that was incompetent despite her arrogance.
  • Squishy Wizard: Saito's primary function in battle is to defend Louise while she completes the long Void chants. She can't handle enemies that get too close to her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks exactly like her mother did during her younger days.
  • Stylistic Suck: Her attempts at weaving are dreadful.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Her hobby is knitting.
  • They Do: She marries Saito at the end of the light novels and F. Louise then casts the World Door and comes with Saito to see Japan and meet Saito's parents.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Season Four sees her learn the "World Door" spell.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's so short and underdeveloped that she resembles a pre-teen and lords her "mistress" status over Saito.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In season 4. She's still a harsh Tsundere, but now acknowledges Saito as her boyfriend and is able to befriend her classmates, even her rival Kirche.
  • Troubled Abuser: She mistreats Saito in terrible ways. However, she was bullied, and has low self-esteem.
  • Tsundere: A particularly harsh type. She often acts haughty and demanding to Saito, physically abuses him and has trouble expressing how much she cares about him. She can go from berating and yelling at him to kissing in the matter of seconds. As the series continues, she's more comfortable showing him affection in front of others, but still turns violent at the drop of a hat if she thinks he's getting along too well with other girls. The ending of the last anime season is all about Louise's tsundere-ness over Saito.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her sharp eyes reflect her harsh and haughty personality.
  • Unexpected Successor: Louise is a princess, and second in line for the throne.
  • Upper-Class Equestrian: Louise is the daughter of an aristocratic family and horseback riding is listed as her special skill.
  • Uptown Girl: Louise is a noble while Saito is a commoner and basically her servant.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She makes sure Saito stays safe from others.
  • When She Smiles: Saito says he feels happy when he sees Louise smile.
  • Whip It Good: When punishing Saito. It's funny at first, but gets more and more disturbing as the series goes on, especially when she switches out her riding crop for a huge-ass spiked whip. She would eventually give up the whip, as a sign of her overcoming her insecurity with regards to her love relationship, but that would not happen until very late in the novels. She regains it one time when she tries to 'train' Saito to act and look presentable as a nobleman.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bright pink hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She always wears thigh-high socks along with her school uniform.

    Saito Hiraga
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Jonathan Meza (EN), José Ángel Torres (Latin-American Spanish)

Saito is a Japanese boy who, while picking up his laptop after attempting to get it repaired in Akihabara, gets sucked into a portal and into Tristain. As a Familiar he was treated as more of a servant-dog by Louise, although as time passed he came to love her and decided to protect her at all costs.

  • Almighty Janitor: As a peasant-style familiar, his rank was as low as palace servants if not lower, yet his ability as Gandalfr is more powerful than many of the student nobles. This trope become less pronounced after Henrietta promotes him to royal knight, and thus a nobleman in his own right.
  • Attempted Rape: Saito has a bad habit of expressing his love for Louise physically, and at the worst possible times, when she doesn't want it. The worst instance is in the second novel where he tries to rape Louise because he assumes that she wants to have sex no matter how many times she says no. He begins to make moves on a sleeping Louise, hugging her and kissing her cheek, before moving to lift her dress, which is when Louise wakes up. He confronts her with the idea that she loves him when she demands an explanation, and she vigorously denies it, no matter how much he insists. Finally he moves to kiss her, and she responds violently. At worst its an Attempted Rape, at best it's Saito massively overestimating the level of their relationship, and subsequently making a move. While she had been giving him somewhat mixed signals prior to this and continues to do so for much of the series, he still comes out looking pretty bad, though it's eventually shown that it wasn't entirely by free will.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: His knighthood, and in the novels, he's also consecrated as an Imperial Guard Sub-Commander.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of season 2, he was well and truly dead. Then Tiffania used an heirloom to revive him.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His familiar contract breaks so many of the established rules that eventually the cast just rolls with it: he's human, he doesn't obey his master, his contract can be negated, re-established, extended to a second mage.... On the other hand, Louise's classmates aren't at all surprised that "the zero" failed to properly cast the summoning spell.
  • Bishōnen: In a series packed with eye candy for male viewers, Saito still stands out as one of the prettier guys here.
  • Bodyguard Crush: As Louise's familiar, he's bound to protect her.
  • Brainwashed: It's implied that the reason he stays with Louise in spite of her abusive treatment is that his familiar runes subtly Mind Rape him, making him forget the bonds he has with his family and old world and, over time, replace them with a desire to serve and protect his master. It takes importance in the light novels, where the Mind Rape from the contract is undone and Saito gets all the feelings of homesickness back in a large burst and complicates his relationship with Louise.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lots of comic abuse comes his way and not just from Louise, although she is the greatest contributor.
  • Character Exaggeration: If you read the novel and then watch the anime, Novel Saito is much less perverted.
  • Chick Magnet: Surprisingly, he was unpopular with girls before the start, making him a Cool Loser.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's a Nice Guy, but he's also a 17-year-old human male. He may be a pervert, but it's obvious that he cares a lot for the girls around him, especially Louise, who in turn does care for him in her own violent way.
  • Cool Loser: Initially shunned as a peasant, he gained a slight grudging respect through various achievements, but really took the cake after holding back an army of 70,000, and subsequently becoming a Chevalier Knight.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: While he's not as violent about it as Louise, he has shown to be very jealous whenever other guys flirt with her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The perverted guy who doesn't know how to keep his foot out of his mouth is also a determined Mage Killer.
  • Culture Blind: He's ignorant of anything not related to Japanese culture, like the I Kiss Your Hand gesture.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: On the odd occasion that Louise doesn't use her Explosion spell, she denies him dinner.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: At the start of the light novels, he goes as far as using online dating simply to spice up his life.
  • Determinator: He took on a whole army for Louise.
  • Devoted to You: She won't admit it at first, but Louise can't stand being away from Saito. She ends up hardly able to leave her bed when he gets angry at her and leaves. Later, she outright states she has no reason to go on if Saito is not with her.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Played with. While Louise rarely shows him respect, he has been publicly honored many times for his heroic deeds.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Inverted. He's been rewarded twice when he wasn't seeking one in either case. First with knighthood and then with his own fiefdom.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: After his victory over Guiche, Saito becomes popular with the commoners and some nobles in the school, both male and female.
  • Familiar: Of Louise. He's unusual in that familiars usually aren't human. He later learns this is standard for Void mages.
  • Fish out of Water: He's a guy from early 21st century Japan who got pulled into a fantasy version of Medieval Europe.
  • Flanderization: Saito becomes increasingly perverted as the anime goes on.
  • Flash Step: He's described as moving so quickly you can only hear footsteps.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He got amused at the sight of Louise and Tiffania groping each other in the women's bath. Also, he got turned on when he saw Montmorency and Beatrice kiss while under the influence of the Love Potion.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Louise basically enslaved him and treats him like dirt, but he still loves her and stays by her side.
  • The Hero Dies: In the last episode of season 2, Saito sacrifices himself to make sure that Henrietta's army can escape. That is, until he is Back from the Dead due to Tiffania's intervention.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The Derflinger is his standard weapon. He could use any other kind of weapon and his Gandalfr rune would make him skilled with it but he stays with swords.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He takes on an army of 70,000 to facilitate the escape of Louise, Henrietta, and the rest. He got better thanks to Tiffania's magic.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of season 1, he gives up a chance at going to home to help Louise repel a Reconquestia invasion.
  • Idiot Ball: There are so many freaking times where Saito could've easily avoided Louise's wrath by simply explaining the situation in clear terms, that this becomes the only explanation.
  • Instant Expert: Justified; being the reincarnation of Gandalfr, he is gifted with the skill to use any weapon he touches. In the anime, this only works as long as it's meant to be a weapon.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Saito is rarely seen without the original clothes he wore when he was pulled to Halkeginia from Earth, even after he was knighted, where he simply wears a cape over his clothes.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Especially in the anime, where his lecherousness and perverted antics are taken Up to Eleven. A lot of Saito's perverted actions, which on occasion borderlines as Black Comedy Rape, tends to be shrugged off by some fans unlike Louise's abuse.
  • Love Martyr: Exhibit A: Facing an army of 70,000, by himself, so a girl that regularly whips/blows him up can escape.
  • Nice Guy: More noticeable in the novels, considering the Character Exaggeration in the anime, which makes him all the more undeserving of Louise's abuse.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At the end of volume 8 he and Louise are reunited, Siesta says she'll step aside, and he and Louise retire to their bed for the night. Then he proceeds to start wondering if he's dreaming and starts to insult Louise's chest so she'll hit him and he will see if it's a dream making her freak out and hit him, thus about tripling her insecurity complex, and ruining their relationship's chance at becoming official.
  • Nosebleed: Even in the novels this is a sign of his perversion.
  • One Head Taller: Than Louise, his mistress/girlfriend.
  • One-Man Army: It's pretty damn literal, considering the fact that he faced an army of 70,000 men. He incapacitated a lot of them before going down, and when he did, it was because of archers. Everyone that got into sword range was taken out.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: He was walking down the street when suddenly he was in the courtyard of a magic school.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Explained in the light novels. He has such a mundane life he's described as average at EVERYTHING.
  • Stepford Smiler: He may have become one due to Louise's unrelenting abuse, as he says with a breezy smile on his face that adapting is all he's good at and he's used to sleeping on the floor.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: He ends up falling in love with the girl who pretty much kidnapped and enslaved him.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Sometimes Saito will be powerful enough that he can take on an entire army and at other times, all it takes is a single skilled mage to give him a lot of trouble in a fight. How strong he is will usually depend on the needs of the plot(and whether or not he has Derflinger with him).
  • Subordinate Excuse: Eventually, being Louise's Familiar becomes just an excuse to stay with her.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Averted. Louise wasn't trying to summon an everyman or a hero. She was trying to summon a magical creature like her classmates that would be little more than her pet.
  • Supporting Protagonist: He's the "Familiar of Zero" in the title, but he's following Louise around.
  • They Do: He marries Louise at the end of the light novel and F. It is hinted that their wedding took place in the same chapel where they eloped in Season 2's finale. The epilogue shows Louise using the World Door spell and the two go to Japan so Louise can see his world and meet Saito's parents.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: At least in the Light Novel, Saito fought trying to resist against the 70.000-soldiers army without killing anyone.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His master/girlfriend has a Hair-Trigger Temper, but that doesn't stop him from doing insanely stupid and perverted things, even towards her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In season 4, just like Louise, the "chivalric" part of his Chivalrous Pervert trait makes gains against the latter.
  • Trapped in Another World: Due to being "accidentally" summoned by Louise. Later events demonstrate that the boundary between worlds is more porous than he believed.
  • Tsurime Eyes: An odd example that goes with his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass example. These only show up in dangerous situations.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted. Saito was no willing to take the life of any of the 70.000-men army because Saito is not a soldier and is no able to see allies and enemies as tools.

Voiced by: Tetsuo Gotō (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English), Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish)

Derflinger is an ancient talking sword which Saito and Louise bought in a local blacksmith in order to make Saito look more intimidating. He and Saito struck up an immediate friendship and have been partners in battle ever since.

  • Cool Sword: A talking sword that, in addition to being well made, can also absorb magic energy.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Episode 10 of Zero no Tsukaima F where he shatters trying to absorb an attack from the ancient dragon. It turns out he resided in Saito's Gandalfr runes all along, not in the sword itself.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Derf is always there to provide advice to Saito and to help him grow as a person. He also has a laughing streak and enjoys teasing people.
  • Energy Absorption: One of Derf's powers is absorbing spells. Higher level spells take longer to absorb.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: Looks like a piece of junk but is an awesome sword.
  • The Fog of Ages: Derf remembers little of his own life, due in large part to his age.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Derf is about six thousand years old and initially he looked the part.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Saito/Louise. He also encourages Saito to perv on other girls.
  • Talking Weapon: The hiltguard functions as his mouth..
  • Weapon Wields You: Another one of his powers is to take control of his partner's body, but this costs him mana and so he can't do it for long.

Tristain Academy of Magic

Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP), Xanthe Huynh (EN), Melissa Gedeón (Latin-American Spanish)

A maid at the academy. She has a crush on Saito, and unlike Louise she treats him very kindly. She fell in love with Saito because he stood up for the rights of the people who can't use magic. She seems to not mind Saito getting punished because she ends up taking care of him anyways. In Season 3, she is appointed by Henrietta to be Saito's personal maid. It's a Long Story.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the anime, Siesta appears in many situations and events that originally, in the novels, she was no part of; this often results in Siesta scheming and getting in Louise and Saito's way much more than usual.
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: She is originally a modest and gentle maid, but falling in love with Saito makes her push herself too much. Considering Louise's flat chest, her own sex appeal is one of her better "weapons".
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Louise's Veronica because she is a Japanese commoner instead of a European-ish noblewoman. The roles are arguably switched in the anime where she is more conniving.
  • Big Breast Pride: After the first season, she becomes very boastful about her large breasts (thanks to picking up on Saito's preference for large breasts), knowing full well that her direct love rival is completely flat.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's something like this later on in the story. She often joins Louise in beating Saito if he does something to anger her, and on more than one occasion has attempted to seduce him knowing full well that Louise would beat the living hell out of him for it.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is the descendant of a World War II Japanese pilot who strayed into Tristain.
  • Buxom Is Better: She frequently brags about her large breasts to Louise and her favorite seduction technique is to let, and in some cases force Saito to touch her breasts.
  • Character Exaggeration: Though appearing in events she was no part of originally, in the anime Siesta comes off as very clingy and ready to get in the way of Louise and Saito's relationship at every given opportunity.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Starts to display this trope once Tiffania shows up, and shares Louise's utter contempt for the poor half-elf girl.
  • Covert Pervert: As the anime progressed, she shows signs of enjoying Louise's constant abuse of Saito, going as far as to sexually seduce him, inciting Louise's wrath in return. Seasons 3 and 4 make no attempt to hide this; she's enjoying Saito getting beaten just so she'd be the one to take care of him.
  • Gainaxing: Often as part of Big Breast Pride. Used to great hilarity in one episode when the gang is trapped in a cave. They hear something approaching fast and prepare for a fight, until Saito realizes exactly what that sound is with a priceless look on his face while the viewers get the obligatory chest shot of the approaching Siesta (who's wearing the Sailor Fuku outfit Saito bought earlier).
  • Graceful Loser: In the Grand Finale. We're not entirely sure, but she attends the Official Couple's wedding and looks genuinely happy for them, but it isn't entirely clear if she will still work for them.
  • Meaningful Name: A relatively minor example in that one of the databooks mentions that her "hobby" is napping. The word siesta is Spanish for "short nap taken in the afternoon."
  • Meido: A servant in the academy that sports the classic maid look.
  • Naked Apron: Invoked Trope on one occasion (see Be a Whore to Get Your Man) and to great effect.
  • Nice Girl: Initially, she was a kind girl who treated Saito with more respect and care than Louise did. As the fight over him escalated, she gradually began to turn less cordial.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She invokes this from Season 2 and beyond to try and win out over Louise.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: After several seasons of competition, she watches Saito marry Louise.
  • Tareme Eyes: To highlight her gentler and more humble personality (before Flanderization set in) she has rounded eyes.
  • Teeth Clenched Team Work: She considers Louise her rival but is willing to put her grudge with Louise aside and work with her to prevent other female rivals from getting to Saito.
  • Through His Stomach: Resorts to the food tactic at times in her many attempts to win Saito's heart.

    Kirche Augusta Frederica von Anhalt Zerbst
Voiced by: Nanako Inoue (JP), Lauren Landa (EN), Carla Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish)

Louise's classmate and a Fire Mage, whose power is drawn from her strong passion for money. Her family has an intense dislike for the La Vallieres, and thus treats Louise with disdain. She flirts and has dated (and heavily implied in the anime to have slept with) many of the Academy's male students, but falls in love with Saito. Her familiar is a giant flame-tailed salamander she creatively calls "Flame".

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her uniform is significantly less modest in regards to her chest.
  • Cool Loser: Initially shunned by socialites at the academy and subjected to slut-shaming and public humiliation, because of her "popularity". It stopped once she returned the favor and revealed herself to be a triangle-class Fire Mage.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: "Bouncy, energetic, fiery personality"...she checks off all of the boxes. It's also exotic in Tristian because no one else at the Academy has either trait.
  • Demoted to Extra: Compared to Season 1, her screentime is slowly reduced season after season. It's quite possible that this is because she eventually loses interest in Saito (to be fair, it's not like Saito reciprocates her feelings...which is only natural if either side of a relationship isn't interested in the person pining after them) and the role of Louise's rival is taken by Siesta.
  • Elemental Hair: She's a fire mage; she has red hair. It's a given.
  • Femme Fatale: Kirche has a special talent in persuasion, as she does not think twice of using her body to gather secret information, like in Gallia when they tried to gather information on Tabitha's whereabouts. A very small amount of men could resist this persistence, which does not include the academy boys including Saito himself, until after Fouquet's debut.
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally. She's a fire mage with a loud personality.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Her Salamander (a fire breathing lizard) is named "Flame".
  • Good Bad Girl: Regardless of the truth of her sexual exploits, she's not ashamed of it.
  • Ironic Name: Her name means "church" and she has a reputation as a slut.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Starts off the series as a bully towards Louise, but becomes nicer as the series continue. By this time, she doesn't act rude anymore and often ends up being the gang's big damn hero along with either Tabitha or Mr. Colbert.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pretty obvious; the uniform, the flirting, etc.. and, until Tiffania's debut, she was the most buxom character in the series.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Sofie Frederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, maiden name of Catherine the Great, one of the most powerful monarchs of Russia.
  • Overly Long Name: "Kirche Augusta Frederica von Anhalt Zerbst" that's six words.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs hang over her right eye. She fits into the sexy and seductive traits associated with the trope.
  • Pet the Dog: After learning of Tabitha's Dark and Troubled Past and seeing her haunted by nightmares in her sleep, she decides to lie beside Tabitha and embrace her, telling her everything will be alright.
  • Playing with Fire: She's a fire mage.
  • Porn Stash: In the anime, her family heirloom is one. Which is one of the clues that there are things summoned from the Earth, specifically Japan.
  • Proud Beauty: Only a few male characters are unaffected by Kirche's good looks. She knows this and loves to flaunt and use her beauty to get what she wants.
  • Really Gets Around: One scene in season 1 shows her half-naked, telling a boy outside to "wait an hour later", implying that she has slept with a sizable number of the boys on campus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tabitha's blue; high energy, talkative, flirty, with the magic power to match.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: In Season Three, Kirche falls in love with Mr. Colbert, and she tries to instigate this.
  • The Tease: To Saito, but only in the first season until she switches her interest to Mr. Colbert. In general, she uses this as part of Femme Fatale act.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Goes from being a rude bully to a gentle and caring girl who will do anything to protect her loved ones, and is even able to befriend her former rival Louise.
  • Tranquil Fury: In the light novel, she describes herself as being calmer the angrier she gets.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Befitting her aggressive demeanor and a contrast with her best friend, she has sharp eyes.
  • The Von Trope Family: Her family name is von Anhalt Zerbst and she is from Germania.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Long boots to Grade A.

    Guiche de Gramont
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Nicholas Manelick (EN), Alan Bravo (Latin-American Spanish)

Louise's classmate and a consummate playboy despite being in love with Montmorency. He always carries an artificial rose with him, the stem of which is his wand. He also likes to dote upon his familiar, a giant mole named Verdandi. As his familiar indicates, his specialty is earth magic and he prefers to fight using bronze statues called Valkyries. He is named after Antoine V de Gramont, Duke of Guiche, a French military figure.

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Guiche may be a consummate womanizer, and his on-and-off girlfriend Montmorency a Tsundere Clingy Jealous Girl, but they do love each other.
  • Beta Couple: With Montmorency. Their relationship experiences similar ups and downs to Saito/Louise but to a lesser extent.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Often creates these, whether or not he's trying to charm the Girl of the Week.
  • Bishounen: Like Saito but he has an advantage; his rose.
  • The Casanova: In every episode there's a good chance he'll be flirting with a new girl.
  • Chick Magnet: He is and should be one, but the moment other girls (usually Montmorency) end up seeing or knowing about him two-timing or committing perverse acts (which is... a lot of times) he'd better say goodbye to his pride... and three years of his life.
  • Commitment Issues: Despite his love for Montmorency, he can't bring himself to stick to just her and instead has to flirt with the first years.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: One the best examples; after their duel early in season 1 he eventually becomes Saito's go-to-guy for help.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's an earth mage.
  • Ensign Newbie: During the war with Albion, immediately after he finishes basic training he finds himself assigned as a company commander to replace one who deserted. Thankfully one of the sergeants there is able to guide him.
  • Handsome Lech: His good looks are why his initial flirting is often successful. Then Montmorency or one of his many previous paramours walk by, see him flirting, and tell him off. At which point, the current girl also tells him off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once one gets past his overwhelming narcissism, Guiche is actually a nicer guy. By season three, he and Saito are good friends. In the light novels, too, when Saito was presumed dead, Guiche erected a statue of him in honor of his friend. Unfortunately, Louise and Siesta accidentally destroyed it...
  • Ladykiller in Love: Towards Montmorency. It's unfortunate that he has Commitment Issues because she's the only girl he's truly interested in.
  • Large Ham: Regularly hamming it up with his rose and his familiar affection and his charming.
  • Marionette Master: His signature style is conjuring statues to battle for him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Antoine V de Gramont, Duke of Guiche, a French nobleman and Lieutenant General.
  • Number Two: Ironically, Saito is the Vice Captain of Guiche's knight unit, the Ondine Knights, while Guiche is The Leader but no one cares and they seem to treat Saito as the leader more than Guiche. Guiche doesn't mind much.
  • Princely Young Man: A nobleman Prince Charming type who uses this guise to flirt with younger girls.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Verdandi is the Norse Goddess of the Present.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His familiar Verdandi is named after the Norn of the Present from Norse Mythology. Some fansubs made incorrect variations, either out of ignorance of the source material or immediate associations with Belldandy of Ah! My Goddess, whose original name is the same as that of the source material but was fallen victim to Dub Name Change when the said series was exported to America.
  • Suck My Rose: He uses one instead of a wand, to complement his Casanova appearance.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Like Saito, he also does some incredibly stupid and perverted things which make his girlfriend want to put him in a medical ward for life.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Inverted as he's not normally one for seriousness or strength of will of any kind.

Voiced by: Yuka Inokuchi (JP), Jennifer Alyx (EN), Cecilia Gómez (Latin-American Spanish)

The soft-spoken, book-reading best friend of Kirche and classmate of Louise with a mysterious past. She specializes in Wind Magic and has a dragon familiar named Sylphid.

  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: She becomes Queen of Gallia after Joseph's ultimate defeat.
  • Badass Adorable: Invorted, cute, short, and a powerful and strong willed Triangle class mage. She's also a knight.
  • Badass Bookworm: Most often, she can be found reading. Considering her school, they're likely spell books.
  • Blow You Away: Wind is her specialty.
  • Broken Bird: She used to be a cheerful girl, until her mother was driven insane after taking a drugged drink meant for her. Now she rarely shows any emotion.
  • Cool Loser: Never tried to be socially accepted, yet still manages to be cool in her own way.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both blue.
  • Cute Bookworm: Tabitha is a rather cute and quiet girl who is usually seen reading.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was the Crown Princess of Gallia, whose father, the Duke of Orléans, was killed in a succession dispute with his older brother Joseph, who then became King. Her mother was driven insane after taking a drugged drink meant for Charlotte, and she was sent on dangerous missions as a means to distance her from the Gallian throne and hopefully have her killed in the line of duty. Her mother gets better in Season 4.
  • Dope Slap: Sometimes does this with Sylphid when she becomes too annoying.
  • Elemental Hair: Blue haired character that routinely uses wind and ice magic.
  • Emotionless Girl: Of the repressed variety, as a result of the fallout from her father's assassination; there's plenty of emotion that is not expressed.
  • Foil: To her friend Kirche in many ways. Kirche is taller and more physically well-endowed whereas Tabitha is the opposite. Kirche is also much more outgoing and flirtatious with men whereas Tabitha is more of The Stoic. Appearance-wise, Kirche has red hair with dark skin whereas Tabitha possesses blue hair and a much lighter complexion. Their roles in the story also seem to be mirror opposites, as Kirche falls for Saito very early in the series but seems to lose interest in him after the first season, while Tabitha had very little interest in Saito at the beginning of the series but falls for him when the show has reached a much later stage.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Grand Finale. We're not entirely sure, but she attends the Official Couple's wedding and looks genuinely happy for them.
  • Hero of Another Story: Her spinoff manga "Tabasa no Bouken" ("Tabitha's Adventures").
  • Hopeless Suitor: She doesn't start falling for Saito till the very end of Season 3 after he goes out of his way to rescue her from her uncle. She fruitlessly tries to woo him at points in Season 4, and in one incident, even tells Louise that if they got into another fight, she would simply throw her rank as queen around and forcefully marry him.
  • An Ice Person: Being a Triangle Mage with a Wind specialty, she's adept at creating blizzards and icicle javelins.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They fit her calm and collected personality. She can use ice magic to boot.
  • Love Martyr: She still loves her mother and is very devoted to her, even though she's insane and can't recognize her as her daughter.
  • Magic Knight: She's a knight and so she can handle herself in magicless close combat.
  • Meganekko: Bookish, shy, glasses girl.
  • Not So Stoic: Her feelings peek through once in a while, especially whenever she remembers her family, or when she fell in love with Saito late in season 3..
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Tabitha" isn't her real name, that's the name of the doll her mother gave her. Her real name is Charlotte Helene Orléans.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Her familiar Sylphid is a Rhyme dragon who has a human form.
  • Personality Powers: She has ice powers and definitely has the personality that comes with it.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: She only becomes one of Saito's potential love interests at a rather late stage of the show, in the third season.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's a noblewoman who wears white tights, which create one of many contrasts with her less modest best friend.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely talks, even to her best friend.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kirche's red; quiet, cautious, associated magic etc.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She has the bobbed light blue hair and eyes, very fair skin, a short stature relative to her age, a Dark and Troubled Past, and a quiet and deeply stoic demeanor. As an added bonus, she has ice powers.
  • Rescue Romance: Begins to like Saito a lot after he goes out of his way to rescue her despite her attempts at attacking him earlier. She even goes so far as to defend him against some of Louise's jealousy fueled spells/explosions.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Both check but rather than a Shrinking Violet, she's just quiet and not interested in socializing.
  • Simple Staff: She wields a full staff instead of the small wands favored by her classmates. This is because she is a knight in addition to being a noblewoman mage. It's meant to be used as a weapon in and off itself.
  • Stocking Filler: Rarely goes without her white stockings.
  • The Stoic: Even in battle she rarely shows emotion.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Despite her quietness and chilly appearance, she's a nice girl.
  • Terse Talker: "Me."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tabitha was once a lively and optimistic girl with a happy family, but her father's assassination and the ensuing fallout turned her to what she is now.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's must be a family trait because everyone else in her family has it too.

    Montmorency Margarita la Fere de Montmorency
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Analiz Sánchez (Latin-American Spanish)

A girl in Louise's class and Guiche's on-and-off girlfriend. She is a Water Mage with a frog familiar known as Robin. Her family makes oaths to the water spirits of Lake Lagdorian. She is one of the few girls in the series who never falls in love with Saito, instead becoming friends and teammates with him.

    Malicorne de Grandple
Voiced by: Hikaru Tokita (JP), Marianne Miller (EN), Emilio Treviño (Latin-American Spanish)

A chubby student in Louise's class, is a wind mage with an owl familiar. Becomes much more important and useful in Seasons 3 & 4.

  • Ambiguously Bi: He's clearly into girls but has some otherwise questionable moments like when he seemed to take an obscene amount of pride in having manboobs and even shoves Saito's face into his own manboobs.
  • Ascended Extra: Doesn't get to do much until Season 3, when he became a member of the Knights of the Undine.
  • Big Eater: Rare is the scene where he is not eating.
  • Blow You Away: Wind mage.
  • Blush Sticker: Frequently an addition to his face.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He always carries a lot of spoons on his person, so he can eat no matter the situation.
  • Fat Best Friend: Regularly seen alongside Guiche for the contrast in appearance and demeanor.
  • Fat Idiot: Not dumb, but he acts pretty silly and his stomach is harder to miss.
  • Super Senses: Has a spell that lets him see things up to 15 miles away.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He starts to get girls later in the series, then he's dumped in the third season due to the peeping incident. Then regains them in Season 4 for being the Queen's guards.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even without a Tsundere girlfriend like Louise or Montmorency, he still manages to do some really stupid and perverted things that end up endangering his life, much like Saito and Guiche.

    Tiffania Westwood
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

A well-endowed half-elf who Saito remembered as "the big-breasted fairy who saved his life" once. She appears in the third season as a regular character, and also has feelings for Saito.

  • All-Loving Heroine: She is as friendly with humans as with elves, despite the Fantastic Racism on both sides, and even the Alpha Bitch who bullied her is eventually won over.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her breasts are often called to "debate" by many of the male characters in the series, and all like them.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: By the power of both her huge tits and her genuinely kind and sweet personality, the other female students at the academy also like her along with the male students.
  • Fantastic Racism: She has to hide her Unusual Ears to avoid the prejudices that elves face in human society.
  • Foreshadowing: She was capable of reviving Saito without any magical artefacts (Ring of Andvari being one), by filling him with magical energy (and thus sacrificing her memento). Later, the powers Saito gained upon becoming Lifdrasil made him into a container for magical power, with the added ability to unleash it as destructive spells (on command of his master), or revive himself by using some of it.
  • Gag Boobs:
    • They are the source of many jokes such as people wondering if they are real.
    • During the Sleipnir Ball (in the anime), she masquerades as Saito; Louise thought the one she saw was Saito, but looking down a bit, she saw a huge chest, because the magic did not remove Tiffania's chest size!
  • Gainaxing: She barely has to move to set her breasts bouncing around like Flubber. In the closing theme for the third season, they shift like a waterbed while she's standing still.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Grand Finale. She attends the Official Couple's wedding and looks genuinely happy for them.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her long golden hair is matched by golden personality; she's the nicest and friendliest mage at the academy.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Her father is human. She inherited her Void magic and buxom figure from her father's side of the family. Both traits are unheard of in elves.
  • I Just Want to Be You: She turns into Saito because of a magic mirror that temporarily turns whoever looks into it into who they most want to be.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Again, very sweet, very kind, and also ignorant of the world outside her village. Despite the badblood between humans and elves she has nothing against anyone.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: As a contrast to the other well-endowed mage on campus, Kirche, who is far more likely to flaunt it. One example of this is when she asks Saito to check if her chest is real by touching them.
  • Love Epiphany: Although she always seemed to admire Saito, she seems to start developing feelings for him after he defends her during her inquisition trial, and in the beginning of Season 4 outright wonders about those feelings she has when Saito is around.
  • Mind Manipulation: Her Mind Wipe spell erases memories of events and dispels any mind-control magic used on a target. This is her signature spell as a void mage.
  • Ms. Fanservice: No surprise, she is the most buxom character of the series.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Pure hearted girl whose insecure about her body and is picked on by an alpha bitch? Check, at first. After the inquisition she becomes popular and wiser, without losing her kind nature.
  • Nice Girl: Friendly, compassionate, sweet-natured; the nicest girl at the Academy.
  • No Social Skills: She grew up alone so she has no experience with socializing.
  • Pointy Ears: She's an elf.
  • Power of the Void: Like Louise, she is a void mage. Her signature here is erasing memories and mind control.
  • Rescue Romance: She begins to develop feelings for Saito after he defends her during one of the student's inquisition in Season 3. It gradually turns into a Love Epiphany by Season 4.
  • Tareme Eyes: Reflecting her gentle personality and contrasting with Louise, her main rival.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: The "fight" for Saito's heart was narrowed to Siesta and Louise, until Tiffania made her debut. It intensified when she unintentionally contracted Saito as her familiar.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B

    Julio Cesare
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa

A priest-knight from the Holy Empire of Romaglia sent as transferee to Tristain Magic Academy. Julio is sent by the Pope as a support for Henrietta's expedition to Albion, now in political strife after the fall of the royal family.

  • The Ace: Julio is infuriatingly good at absolutely everything. This is justified to a degree, as he's also a Void familiar with more control over his magic than Louise; his primary ability is to control magical creatures.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Julio is canonically in love with Louise but may or may not also have an interest in her boyfriend Saito as shown when he tells Saito whether jokingly or not that he loves him and wants to kiss him as well as Louise.
  • The Beastmaster: Has his dragon tamed despite the fact that he isn't a mage. This is due to his power as Vindalfr.
  • Bishōnen: Like Saito, he is a attractive young man.
  • Chick Magnet: Much like Saito, he's pretty popular with ladies.
  • Demoted to Extra: Zigzagged. He's important in season 2 but in Season 3 he's largely a character in a crowd setting, and only gets a few lines at most. Then in season 4 he becomes much more important.
  • Duality Motif: He has one red eye, the other blue — called the "Moon Eyes" after the twin moons of Halkeginia.
  • Good Shepherd: A 'flamen' (holy man/cleric) on loan to Henrietta. It's downplayed in that he claims he has "returned to secular life" upon arrival at the academy.
  • Irony: Saito is the harem male lead of the series but ironically, Julio happens to be able to attract girls in even greater numbers than him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: A downplayed version—he's named after a Romaglian dictator who shares the same name as a certain famous Roman emperor.
  • New Transfer Student: He joins the cast when he's sent as a transfer student to Tristain Academy of Magic.
  • Princely Young Man: A Prince Charming Type. Most of the female population at the academy swoons over him because of his chivalric attitude.
  • The Trickster: Exploiting harem hijinks for one. It's unusual since he's a loyal familiar for the Pope.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Unlike Saito, he has these most of the time instead of just in dangerous situations.

    Miss Longueville
Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (JP), Liliana Barba (Latin-American Spanish)

The daughter of a viceroy who served under Tiffania's father the archduke, Matilda was forced to flee her home with Tiffania after King Wales murdered the rest of their families and had her home burnt to the ground. These events caused her to develop a burning hatred of nobility, and forced her into a life of crime to pay the bills. At the start of the series she is posing as a secretary at the Tristain Academy of Magic with the intent to eventually steal the Staff of Destruction (an M72 LAW) stored there.

    Jean Colbert
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (JP), Esteban Desco (Latin-American Spanish)

Mr. Colbert is a teacher at the Academy and one of the first mages to respect Saito. He dislikes war and instead tries to find ways to adapt fire magic for technology. He's quite absent-minded but dedicated to his job and deeply interested in the culture of Saito's world, especially the machinery which are much more advanced than Halkegenia's.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: He's so focused on "Dragon's Blood" or some other topic that he sometimes neglects tasks or wanders off.
  • The Atoner: Deeply regrets the burning of Agnes' home village, and due to this has developed a desire to help the nation with his fire magic.
  • Bald of Awesome: Although he looks like an unassuming bald teacher at first, he was a famous fire mage and former soldier, qualifying him for the "awesome" part.
  • Cool Teacher: Downplayed. The students aren't his fans but they also don't think his lessons are boring.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The burning of Agnes' home village and the various deaths he caused.
  • The Engineer: Builds an engine in the manga and other inventions throughout the series.
  • Faking the Dead: He pretends to die after his duel with another fire mage at the academy.
  • For Science!: He's not being paid for his research or inventions; it's what he does in his spare time.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He reverse-engineers a fighter plane to invent the local version of gas-powered aircraft and is capable of artificially creating its fuel.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was better looking as a young man.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire mage.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His reason for hating war is going through one as an officer and burning a village down.

    Kaita The Gust 

One of the teachers at the Academy. He believes that the wind element is the most powerful out of all the elements and wasn't afraid to prove it.

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin-American Spanish)

An ancient Square-class wizard and Headmaster of the Academy. Has a mouse familiar. He is perverted and often uses his familiar's size for lecherous purposes, but he is said to be a powerful mage.

  • Dirty Old Man: Why else would he uses his familiar's size for lecherous purposes? He's dirtier in the OVA.
  • Informed Ability: The old man is said to be a square mage, but never fights. We don't even know what his specialty is.
  • Wizard Classic: A tall and old man in a long robe with a longer beard of pure white.

Kingdom of Tristain

    Henrietta de Tristain
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Cassandra Lee Morris (US), Andrea Arruti (Latin-American Spanish)

The well-loved Crown Princess of Tristain and Louise's old friend. She eventually ascends to Queen of Tristain. She has a strong sense of justice and strictly obeys her morals, but based on her interactions with Louise and her budding attraction for Saito, this wasn't always the case in the past. She is a Water mage.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is described as being a chestnut brown in the novels. In the anime her hair is a light purple and in the manga her hair is a much darker shade of purple.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She makes a heartfelt cry to Prince Wales... or better said, the copy of his body, animated with a little of his soul.
  • Battle Ballgown: Her battle armor is a ballgown with the only pieces of real armor worn on the arms, legs and shoulders.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Henrietta and Wales... the tragic romance is not the only hardship she encounters.
  • The Chains of Commanding: It's not easy being queen; corrupt nobles, war plans, international politics, etc. Several times these chains prevent her from helping her friends (such as Louise) because doing so would have backlash on the country as a whole.
  • Childhood Friends: Louise was her playmate when they were both growing up. Because of this, she sees Louise more as an equal she can confide in and rely on instead of one more noble subject.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Grand Finale. We're not entirely sure, but she is the witness to the Official Couple's wedding alongside Tabitha/Charlotte and looks genuinely happy for them.
  • The High Queen: She ultimately ascends to Queen with the power and popularity to go with it.
  • I Just Want to Be You: She turns into Louise because of a magic mirror that temporarily turns whoever looks into it into who they most want to be.
  • Jerkass Ball: Season 4, Episode 6 shows a meaner side of her, telling Louise that she's in love with Saito and then taunting her and her poor, flat chest. Then they get into a tussle, just like they used to when they were children. By the end of the scene she's back to normal.
  • Kissing Cousins: She's in a secret relationship with Prince Wales of Albion, who happens to be her cousin. It ends in tears...
  • Lord Country: She rules over the Kingdom of Tristain and her family name is de Tristain.
  • Making a Splash: She is a water mage.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In season 2, where she has a scene in a Sexy Soaked Shirt, and in season 4 where she appears in a sexy negligee.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Henrietta Anne, youngest daughter of King Charles I of England and sister of King Charles II.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being in love with Saito, she remained a serious character for the longest time and didn't get into any bickering with any other girl over Saito. In the fourth season, she finally gets into a fight with Louise over Saito's affections for the first and only time.
  • Politically Active Princess: She's very active politically. At one point she hires Saito and Louise to spy on a village to confirm her suspicions about corruption within the nobility, because she doesn't trust the usual sources. She was crowned and became Queen after taking command of the royal guard and leading them into battle to defend Tristain.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She doesn't throw her weight around just because she can, tries to take care of her troops in war, and will even abide by rules set by the school at a party.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She takes command of the army when needed, and even tries to stop Louise and Saito's group from rescuing Tabitha partly out of her concern for their safety, and partly because she doesn't want to provoke another war by making it seem like she approved of their invasion into another country to rescue her.
  • Ship Tease: Constantly with Saito and it escalates in Season 4, where she isn't afraid of telling to Louise's face that she loves him.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Prince Wales, her first cousin. Politics prevent them from being together officially, so they have covert meetings.
  • Tareme Eyes: Fitting her role as a benevolent monarch, she has rounded eyes.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: While Saito gets a lot of Ship Tease with most of the main female cast, Henrietta gets the most focus behind Louise and Siesta.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: The position of Queen demands a confident, competent, and most of all spotless image, and so Henrietta has to maintain this image for the public. She takes solace in her friendship with Louise, when no one can see her.

    Agnes Chevalier de Milan
Voiced by: Michiko Neya

Captain of Tristain's Royal Musketeers in service of Henrietta. She is introduced in the second season. She holds a strong animosity towards Fire mages because of her past. Since she appears stern and uninterested in men, many people think or assume that she is a lesbian.

  • Ambiguously Lesbian: She has no qualms silencing Louise by kissing her when the latter gasps while eavesdropping on a pair of conspirators. She's only visibly mortified in the anime. In the novel she shrugged it off as no big deal and later had a big laugh about it at Louse's expense.
  • And Then What?: Colbert tries this tactic to talk her out of revenge but she brushes it off with ease. Once she acomplishes her revenge, she's going to fight for her queen until she dies.
  • Badass Normal: In a world filled with mages, she holds her own with a pistol and a saber.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Sidetail variant, to better contrast the fashion of noblewomen.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Even if Saito approaches her to save him from another misunderstanding-fueled temper tantrum by Louise, she does nothing to help him.
  • Celibate Heroine: She has no interest in romance, be it with Saito, any other man, or any woman.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Doesn't have much role in Season 3 other than being Henrietta's bodyguard. Her biggest scene is when she finds out that Colbert is still alive. She spares him in the end, out of the fear that his students will hate her.
    • She has even smaller role in Season 4. All of her scenes last around 5 to 30 seconds and she doesn't speak in some of them.
  • Does Not Like Magic: She doesn't like mages, especially Fire Mages, due to a group of such Mages burning her native D'Angleterre.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: With Louise during a spying mission.
  • Revenge: Her motivation — her native D'Angleterre was set ablaze by a group of Fire Mages, supposedly to contain an epidemic. One such Mage was Colbert, who, unknown to her, backed out at the last minute due to his doubts concerning the epidemic, and eventually rescued her from the blaze.
  • Out of the Inferno: Done awesomely, but not in the usual way; as Lishman is savoring his victory, Agnes leaps out of the flames and skewers him.
  • Muggle Power: Believes herself to be superior to mages in combat because she can fire her gun faster than they can cast a spell. When she encounters the lieutenant fire mage that burned her village, she is overwhelmed.
  • Sergeant Rock: When training the academy mages she is tough and strict and does not tolerate back talk or any other kind of resistance.
  • Sword and Gun: She prefers a pair of pistols and a longsword.
  • Token Wholesome: She's the complete contrast of most of the fanservice-laden girls in the series, despite having a decently-sized bust, a different variation of Zettai Ryouiki, and her Fake-Out Make-Out moment with Louise. It is a perfect contrast to her Girly Girl partner, Princess Henrietta, who is, like several other major female characters in the series, a Ms. Fanservice.
  • Tsurime Eyes: There is no softness in her; her personality is as sharp as her eyes.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Henrietta. It's thanks to her granting her a military position that she is not a homeless and starving vagrant.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: On the musketeer uniform, the hotpants/long boots variant. It's somewhere between Grades A and B.

    Viscount Jean-Jacques Francis de Wardes
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Mario Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish)

Wardes is the captain of Tristain's Griffin Knights and Louise's fiancé. His runic name is 'Lightning'. When Louise is sent on mission for Princess Henrietta, Henrietta sends him with Louise to help and guard her. He is polite and a gentleman, but tends to get carried away whenever her wants something done.

  • Bastard Boyfriend: Played with, he was Louise's fiance, but once she dumps him, he quickly reveals the bastard part.
  • Beard of Evil: When he arrives, Ward is shown a few times in flashbacks where he acts kind to the main character, and has no beard. However, in the present, he has a beard, and is, well, evil.
  • Blow You Away: His sword also functions as a wand, from which he uses wind magic.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Louise who believed him to be The Paragon. It was heartbreaking for her to realize he was treacherous.
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies in the anime.
  • Disposable Fiancé: In the first season, he's engaged to Louise. This is to up the tension between her and Saito.
  • Me's a Crowd: He can create copies of himself with wind.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one that matches his clothes.
  • Scars Are Forever: He ain't getting that arm back. It's his shoulder that gets wounded in the anime and his arm is bandaged so it wouldn't look too violent.
  • Shock and Awe: He uses his wand/sword for electric spells.
  • The Mole: Secretly a member of Reconquista.
  • Wicked Cultured: Dresses quite nicely and he is a noble and a mole.

House la Vallière

    Duke Centurion la Vallière
Voiced by: Jiro Saito (JP)

The father of Louise, as well as Eleanor and Cattleya, he is extremely protective of her and would do whatever it takes to ensure her safety. He is married to Duchess Karin Desiree of Tristain.

  • Action Dad: As a mage with far more experience than any student at the academy, he is powerful. Not living up to his legacy is part of Louise's angst.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: His first name is CENTURION, for crying out loud.
  • High-Class Glass: That monocle is befitting his noble status.
  • Magic Staff: He uses one of these instead of a wand.
  • Off with His Head!: Wanted to behead Saito after the incident with Louise and the boat.
  • Overprotective Dad: He was willing to kill Saito for almost having sex with Louise. In the light novel, after Saito's promotion, he still kicks his ass for trying to make moves on Louise. The Grand Finale shows him bringing his youngest daughter to meet Saito at the altar. He looks genuinely happy for them.
  • Papa Wolf: He genuinely care for Louise and was willing to oppose the state if it tries to exploit her talents like a tool.
  • The Patriarch: The head of House la Vallière.

    Duchess Karin Desiree la Vallière
Voiced by: Yoshiko Takemura (JP)

The mother of Louise, Eleanor and Cattleya, she is also known by her nickname "Heavy Wind". She was the strongest Wind magic-user ever to serve in the Tristain military according to records.

  • Action Mom: As a mage with far more experience than any student at the academy, she is powerful. Not living up to her legacy is part of Louise's angst.
  • Blow You Away: A square-class wind mage.
  • Cool Mask: Wore an iron mask during her time as Heavy Wind.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both pink.
  • The Dreaded: Louise was much more frightened of her mother than the Queen's punishment.
  • Hero of Another Story: Her past is elaborated in two spin-off novels.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Part of her hair is tucked away and pinned behind her head. Oddly enough, she has two free tails down the front.
  • Red Baron: Heavy Wind.
  • Retired Badass: Former Commander of the Manticore Corps, and believed to be the strongest human mage in the setting.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Inverted. She is cold and dreaded. It was played straight when she was younger.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While not apparent in the series proper, she looked almost exactly like her daughter when she was younger.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The former Commander of Manticore Corps, and during her time as Commander she hid her gender. Considering she favored hot pants and thigh high boots when she was younger, it's unknown how she pulled this off, or if everyone else just pretended to believe she wasn't a woman to not make a fuss about it...
  • Tsundere: Not apparent in the present day, but she had a bit of a propensity to blow up at her future husband during at times he angered her, not unlike her youngest did with hers. How she went from that to the cold, aloof person she is in the present era is both a mystery and a source of horror for some among the fanbase.
  • Tsurime Eyes: A harsh demeanor she has; she passed it on to her eldest daughter. In the past, they were more like her youngest.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her daughters Louise and Cattleya got their pink hair from her.

    Cattleya la Vallière
Voiced by: Kotomi Yamakawa (JP)

Cattleya Yvette La Baume Le Blanc de La Fontaine is Louise's second sister. She believes Louise has potential, and that she is a wonderful girl. More than anything, she longs for Louise's happiness, and is fine with the fact that Louise has feelings for a peasant. She is a kindhearted person, and even helped Louise escape from her house to go back to the Academy. She knows Louise well, and could easily tell that Louise was in love with Saito, even when Louise denied it. Although Cattleya is older than Louise, she isn't married due to the fact she is ill. Cattleya is an Earth mage.

    Eleanore la Vallière
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP)

Eleanore Albertine Le Blanc De La Blois De La Vallière is Louise's eldest sister and is currently working as head researcher in the Tristainian magic research organisation simply known as the "Academy". She resembles her father more than her mother. Eleanor brought Louise out of the magic academy, intending to find her a noble husband. It should be her turn to get married instead of Louise, and she had gotten engaged to the Earl of Burgundy, though he called off the marriage. Like most the rest of Louise's family, except for Cattleya, she believes that Louise is incapable of performing magic, and that she is a zero.

  • A-Cup Angst: Similar to Louise, she dislikes being flatter than Cattleya.
  • Berserk Button: Being reminded about her failed engagement makes her even harsher than normal.
  • Big Sister Bully: To Louise; ordering her around, pinching her cheek until she's addressed as "Onee-sama", dragging her out of the academy, etc.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Also similar to her youngest sister, it's easy to set her off.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: She's willing to lock Louise up so she wouldn't go to war. Her character song with Cattleya and Louise (Nemurenai Fantasy) shows this, along with hints of her secret approval of Louise and Saito's relationship.
  • Meganekko: When we get to see here dere side, she becomes this thanks to her glasses.
  • Onee-sama: Louise calls her this out of fear/protocol instead of adoration like Cattleya.
  • Overly Long Name: Eleanore Albertine Le Blanc De La Blois De La Vallière.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The only thing she and Cattleya have in common is long, noble-style hair.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: When she gets mad, her glasses do this.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Cattleya; hard and harsh vs soft and sweet.
  • Tsundere: Even worse than Louise. Internally she gushes about the Earl of Burgundy but he never saw her feelings for him. He genuinely thought she hated him.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Like her mother, she has the pointed eye shape and for the same reason.
  • Whip It Good: In the anime, she uses two whips.


    King Joseph Gaul 
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP)

Joseph is the King of Gallia, a Void Mage and has the "Mind of God" Sheffield as his familiar. Outwardly he plays the facade of being just a pretty boy that cannot rule his country if his life depended on it, while in reality he is a ruthless politician and schemer. There was no act he would hesitate to do, or anything he was not willing to sacrifice due to the 'Void' in his heart. He is the uncle of Tabitha.

  • Abusive Dad: He treats his daughter, Isabella, like dirt, always sending her away in disgust, purely because she reminds him too much of himself.
  • Cain and Abel: Evil older brother, check. Murdered younger brother, check again.
  • The Caligula: As the king of Gaul, he ticks off most of the checklist. The only reason he doesn't fully fit the trope is that he is completely incapable of anger, but he goes out of his way to trigger wars, purely so he can laugh as the world burns around him.
  • The Chessmaster: Has a literal magical chessboard to compliment his Evil Plan.
  • Evil Uncle: While he isn't the main character's uncle he is an uncle to Tabitha. He is pretty evil too.
  • Flash Step: Acceleration/Haste enables him to keep up with the Gandalfr's speed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The reason he hated his little brother is jealousy.
  • Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy: His Explosion spell is less powerful than Louise's but is more accurate so he can aim it at a designated target, unlike hers which is more of an Area of Effect spell.
  • Lack of Empathy: Seems to have no issues killing his brother, then attempting to poison his niece, and later killing not only Romalia's men, but his own as well in an attempt to feel some kind of emotion. Season 4 implies that Joseph's actions were attempts to make himself feel regret for killing his younger brother, but in a twisted way.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Keeps up a public persona of a weak and useless man.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to kill everybody. Purely for the sake of trying to feel something, anything, even if it's merely the sadistic pleasure of watching others wallow in the despair he caused.
  • Power Copying: He can absorb the abilities of other Void Mages through his familiar, "the Mind of God".
  • Power of the Void: One of the four void mages. His specialty is super speed.
  • The Sociopath: The man is incapable of feeling anything, so he always relishes the suffering of others, especially at his own hands. In fact, the quickest way you can find yourself at the point of his dagger is to say you love him. If he spends any effort on anything, it's purely so he can come back and destroy it later, and enjoy watching it burn.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Explosion, though his Void specialty is actually Acceleration/ Haste and not Explosion.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's right to give his elf "ally," Bidashal, a good Breaking Speech. The pompous, self-righteous, arrogant twit has done a great many nasty things in the service of Joseph Gaul, never hesitating or questioning Joseph's goals and intentions, until after his appointed task is done and only then expressing outrage, calling Joseph a "demon," while completely neglecting everything he's done not only to enable Joseph's evil deeds, but all the blood on his own hands.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone in his family has blue hair; must be genetic.


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