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    Oscar François de Jarjayes
Voiced by: Reiko Tajima (TV series), Mónica Manjarrez (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)
Portrayed by: Catriona Mac Coll (live-action film)

A beautiful noblewoman who was raised as a boy by her father. She is educated in such diverse arts as fencing, horseback riding, and etiquette. Eventually, she commands a company in the Garde du Corps du Roi (the senior Household Cavalry regiment), and later transfers to the French Guards.

  • Action Girl: One of the earliest.
  • The Alcoholic: She goes from drinking once in a while to Drowning Her Sorrows as tragedies pile up.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: She's handsome-looking in male clothes and very pretty in the dress she wore that one time.
  • Bifauxnen: Of course, though she stays slightly more on the female side thanks to the shape of her face and eyes. She provides the page picture for the trope, and she's also very likely the Trope Codifier.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: A variation. Oscar shoots De Guément in the hand not to disarm him, but specifically to cripple him so he won't be able to ever fire a weapon.
  • Blessed with Suck: Although a lot of people have asked Oscar whether she's unhappy about being raised like a man, Oscar doesn't mind as she believes had she been raised like a woman, she wouldn't have had so much knowledge about the people' suffering.
  • Bling of War:
  • Bokukko: She uses the very masculine "ore" when she's around people who is of lower level than her such as Andre or Rosalie, but uses "watashi" in the presence of those with higher status.
  • Breakout Character: The manga was originally intended to focus on Marie Antoinette, with Oscar as a supporting cast member, and hence the story arc of the manga begins with Marie's birth and ends with her death. Oscar became so popular with readers that she quickly took over the focus of the story, and other adaptations of the work focus on her as the main character from the start. In particular, the anime begins with the birth of Oscar.
  • Break the Cutie: She's more of a beauty than a cutie. Gets broken nevertheless.
  • The Brigadier: For her role into Jeanne Valois' death, Oscar was promoted to colonel and commander of the Gards du Corp regiment, becoming a de facto cavalry brigadier general. While in the French Guards she kept the colonel rank, but, commanding a regiment-sized company, became de-facto a colonel.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Eventually, with André.
  • Colonel Badass: Oscar, as captain in the Military Household, holds rank equivalent to a colonel's.
  • Cool Big Sis: In some Takarazuka adaptions and in one CD drama, her niece Loulou sometimes refers to her (Oscar) as "Oscar onee-sama", showing that Loulou regards Oscar as an older sister rather than an aunt.
  • Covert Pervert: She read and appreciated L'Organt, a political poem filled with satire, attacks against the monarchy, the nobility and the church and infamous (and banned) for an immense quantity of pornographic episodes.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: During The Turkish Pirates and Nuns, Oscar dressed up as a nun and was worried that she'd be caught since she, as the "Mother Superior", supposedly gives out nightly Mass. Luckily, she bluffs out of the situation by reading aloud Latin from the text that was given to her. See, Impersonation Gambit below.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: In the Takarazuka Revue, after Oscar gets shot, she's shown in this position, signifying her role as a savior trying to help create a new France.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She becomes more socially conscious and empathetic as the series progresses due in part to her friends exposing her to the real world.
  • Died Happily Ever After
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Oscar's birthday is on December the 25th. She dies at age 33. Sound familiar?
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Now and then.
  • Dude Magnet: Andre and Alain really, really like Oscar. Fersen actually used to love her as well, before devoting himself to Marie.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's a stylish Bifauxnen and Action Girl. This was bound to happen. She always got women swooning over her whenever she appeared. Charlotte and Rosalie were both in love with her, and Marie Antoinette had a little crush on her when she was younger.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Due to being Raised as the Opposite Gender, she also has a male name.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After André's death.
  • Her Heart Will Go On
  • The Heroine: In her Five-Man Band.
  • Historical In-Joke: Her father, the general De Jarjayes, has an historical counterpart who actually raised his daughter for a man, naming her Jean-Antoine Pierre Marie Victor. Jean-Antoine was believed an actual man until her birth certificate was discovered.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Fersen.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's rather level-headed until someone she cares for is in danger. Then she'll become this, and you'll have a pissed off Oscar after your head.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: As a manga hero(ine) of the 1970s, she's got them.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Oscar refuses to kill Bernard "Black Knight" Chatêlet, the one to blame for André's Eye Scream situation, because of this.
  • Ill Girl: She has tubercolosis... But dies of a fatal shot rather than of illness.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Dressed up as a nun in The Turkish Pirates and Nuns side story to infiltrate a convent
  • Incurable Cough of Death: See above.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Among the female characters, Oscar is the one whose beauty is most often commented on, mostly by noblemen or fellow soldiers. In fact, this was one of the reasons some soldiers disrespect her: she's a woman and too much of a beauty for them to take her seriously as their commander.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Played for drama. After walking away from the fiasco of Company B kidnapping her, with Andre helping her, she leans by a window and softly cries out for her mother.
  • Lady of War
  • Love Epiphany: "My André is in danger!" (...) "My... André...?"
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to André's Feminine Boy.
  • Meaningful Name: As commented on by Dianne, "Oscar" means "God and swords". This is, however a case of Artistic License – Linguistics : The name Oscar is of Gaelic origin and means "Lover of Deers".
  • Messianic Archetype: Born on Christmas day, dies in her 30s, and has a Crucified Hero Shot in the musicals.
  • Mirror Self: Episode 7 revolves around Oscar confronting a self in which she was raised as a woman.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Eventually, Oscar trying to win over the rebellious soldiers with heart had worked in her favor in the end and they wholeheartedly followed her. Even more ironically, Alain, the leader of said rebellious soldiers who was the most adamant in disobeying her, ended up falling in love with her.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Word of God stated she's loosely based on Pierre-Augustin Hulin, the historical leader of the people and the French Guards in the storming of the Bastille. In an Historical In-Joke, Hulin serves under her and gets his historical role due to Oscar being shot and outranking Alain.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Oscar dies by being shot by over a dozen muskets. Justified by the inaccuracy of smoothbore muskets, that, barring the very high aiming skills of a professional hunter, meant you had to resort to this when you shot a single person at that distance.
  • One of the Boys: She always stays with the boys' side, and when she interacts with girls, it's more like a man talking to a woman rather than two women interacting. Oscar is even drawn with sharper, more mature and manly features than almost all women in the series. If you didn't know she was a girl at first, you would be likely to think that she's a very bishie shoujo boy.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Oscar's Mirror Self in Episode 7 appears and disappears throughout her lifetime, causing Oscar some distress on her other self's identity. This all culminates to the final part, where Oscar's dopplegänger reveals who she is: that she is Oscar if she were raised as a woman .
  • Outnumbered Sibling: A bit averted since she's still a lady, but out of the six daughters in the family, she's the only one to be raised like a man and acts somewhat like a "son".
  • Pass the Popcorn: Her usual reaction to the court's squabbles, as long as they don't involve her. She did it even to Marie Antoinette and the Du Barry's battle, before the latter got her family involved.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The one time she wears one, it is pretty grand.
  • Pretty in Mink: At least in the manga, she has a fur-trimmed cape on her trip to the ball when she went undercover as the mystery lady.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: She was the youngest daughter of a high-ranked military man, so she was raised as a boy by her dad. By the time she meets Andre at age 7, she already knows she is a girl and identifies as such. By the time Oscar joins the military at age 14, most people can tell she is female. It can be a Historical In-Joke since The Real Life counterpart of her father did the same thing to his firstborn daughter, and was more successful in hiding her true gender (it was found out only years after both their deaths, when people stumbled on her birth certificate).
  • Say My Name: "ANDRÉ!"
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She once puts on a Pimped-Out Dress when she goes to a ball to dance with Fersen. Andre's reaction is different in each media: he gets angry in the manga, but in the anime he laughs about it.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her one-time dress is grand, but actually less loaded with the frills and trimmings typical of the nobility of the time.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: André.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Originally the protagonist was supposed to be Marie Antoinette, but Oscar's popularity forced the author to give Oscar this role until her death.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and André do get together, but then he dies a few days after. She follows him soon.
  • Staring Through the Sword: At least three times.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Oscar starts out as being seen as this.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: She dresses as a man for her day job of commander of the Royal Guard. The rest of the time, she just does it because her father raised her as a boy.
  • Tomboy: Invoked specifically.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Tomboy to Marie Antoinette and Rosalie's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Name: Considering her father intended to raise her as a boy, it's no surprise he gave her a boy's name.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her grand dress is mostly shades of blue.
  • Tsundere: A very tragic version of the Type A variety.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: For people who didn't know Oscar's gender, their reactions were almost always "What, you're a GIRL?!"
    • It also didn't help that she apparently looks handsome enough for the guys to think that she's a girly boy at first sight. For example, Fersen thought that Oscar was being too "royalty" when she requested for him and Andre to stay outside while she changed because he thought there was no problem for boys to see another boy changing. It's only when her nanny screamed at him angrily that Oscar was her "mademoiselle" did he notice her lean and girly features. He was pretty embarrassed about that too.
  • Uptown Girl: Oscar is a noblewoman, while André is a commoner.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: While they're not an item yet, Oscar completely flips her shit out when André is blinded by Bernard, and very nearly kills him.
  • You Are Worth Hell: In the manga, Andre vows to always be her shadow "until the depths of Hell."

    André Grandier
Voiced by: Taro Shigaki (TV series), Armando Coria (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)
Portrayed by: Barry Stokes (live-action film)

Oscar's childhood friend and the grandson of her nanny. André and Oscar learned the arts of fencing and horsemanship together when they were children. As they grew up, Oscar became the Dauphine's guard and the class gap between them widened. He has been described as a "true working-class hero" by Helen McCarthy. He is secretly in love with Oscar.

    The Jarjayes clan 
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (General de Jarjayes), Hiroko Kikuchi (Madame de Jarjayes), Hisako Kyoda (Andre's grandmother); Carlos Rotzinger (General de Jarjayes), Alma Nuri (Andre's grandmother) (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)
Portrayed by: Mark Kingston (General de Jarjayes) (live-action film)

  • Abusive Parents: The General de Jarjayes is this as he uses physical violence to punish Oscar for disobeying him. In the very first episode of the anime, he goes far as to push Oscar down a flight of stairs just because she refused to wear the uniform and become Marie Antoinette's bodyguard. In the manga and anime, he was close to killing her after Oscar escapes capture to free the 12 soldiers of Company B. In the manga, the General was going to kill Oscar even while knowing that she was already pardoned by Marie Antoinette. This was softened in the anime by having a messenger arrive with the pardon before the General planned to kill both Oscar and Andre.
  • Historical Domain Character: François Augustin Reynier, first Count of Jarjayes is an historical character. The main differences between the historical general and Ikeda's version is that Ikeda made her own older in order to have a daughter of the same age as Marie Antoinette (the historical version was only ten years older than Marie Antoinette), and the historical character raised his firstborn daughter as a male, not the last, and was more successful into hiding her actual gender.
  • Hypocrite: At one point the General talks to Oscar about the Jarjayes staying loyal to the Royal Family, and that a noble and a commoner can't marry without the King's permission. In Episode 6, as a young man, the General was prepared to disobey Louis XV's decision to choose a wife of better social standing, and marry Georgette, prior to The Reveal.
  • Love at First Sight: One of the most recent episodes, Episode 6, expands on how Renier and Madame de Jarjayes met, with this trope coming into play.
  • Only One Name: In Episode 6, Madame de Jarjayes was originally a young, aspiring artist named Georgette.
  • Parents as People: Madame de Jarjayes seems to be a decent and kind Proper Lady, and Oscar loves her very much. General Jarjayes, on the other hand... oh my. The guy has a good heart, but he is a bundle of HUGE issues and many of them pass onto Oscar.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: André's grandmother is the most consistent source of comedy and slapstick as she constantly frets over Oscar's lack of femininity and whales on André for failing to prevent Oscar from getting into scrapes.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: In a way, Armand, the painter, states how someone can move up in ranks because of their achievements. Because Georgette's great-grandfather, Georges de La Tour, was the "Painter of the King" for Louis XIII, she and Renier can marry with Louis XV's permission.
  • Shipper on Deck: Renier openly states that the only thing keeping him from having Oscar marry Andrè is that he's a commoner.
  • Team Mom: Andrè's grandmother.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Oscar's older sisters make a single appearance on the day she is born, they are never shown or even mentioned again. Their eventual fates are unknown.

    Rosalie Lamorliere
Voiced by: Rihoko Yoshida (TV series)

The adoptive daughter of a commoner named Nicole Lamorlière. She is described as "a stereotypical good girl, sweet, obedient and timid". Oscar teaches her the art of fencing, manners, history, and other courtly skills and Rosalie comes to admire and love Oscar greatly.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: A small Inversion: In the anime she never makes amends with Charlotte and even pretends to be unaffected by the latter's death at first before finally actually crying. In the manga they tearfully make up to each other and she is openly crying and desperate at Charlotte's suicide.
  • Arranged Marriage: Barely escapes one.
  • Beta Couple: With Bernard.
  • Break the Cutie: Yep, nary a single cutie is left unbroken in the series.
  • The Chick: In Oscar's Five-Man Band. Crush on The Heroine included. Though she marries The Smart Guy instead.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rosalie wasn't very well liked by Japanese readers, so she faded away from the spotlight as time passes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: During her monologue in the Countess in Black gaiden, Rosalie reveals that she harbors self loathing and low-esteem issues stemming from her inability to have a relationship Oscar. She also reveals that she envies all of the girls that look at Oscar.
  • Historical Domain Character: Loosely. There was a Rosalie Lamorliere in real life (Marie Antoinette's caretaker and maid when she was imprisoned), but she obviously wasn't like the girl we meet in this manga.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wears quite a few, given to her by Oscar's family.
  • Pretty in Mink: In the manga, the clothes she gets from Oscar's family includes a fur-trimmed cape and a jacket and muff.
  • Rags to Royalty: She's a sort of 'Sleeping Beauty' type. Her then-teenaged mother gave her up to a poor family, thus Rosa has no idea of how said mom has gone Rags to Riches in the meantime and considers herself the daughter of Nicole Lamorliere for a long while.
  • You Killed My Mother: Oscar actually meets Rosalie when she tries to kill her mom, mistaking Madame Jarjays as the noblewoman whose carriage ran Nicole over.

    Bernard Chatelet 
Voiced by: Akio Nojima (TV series); Ricardo Hill, Marcos Patiño and Hermán López (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Newspaper reporter from Paris and Maximilien Robespierre's follower.

    Jeanne de la Motte aka Jeanne Valois
Voiced by: Yoneko Matsukane (TV series), Elsa Covián (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

An ambitious young woman raised by a poor seamstress along with her half sister, Rosalie.

  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She intends to kill Nicole d'Olivia, the prostitute who she hired to impersonate the queen and the one person who can connect her to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, but can't bring herself to do it. This causes her downfall.
    • Partially averted in the manga: while not liking doing it, she could bring herself to kill Nicole, but she is still unsheating her knife when Oscar and her soldiers barge in with an arrest warrant, both saving Nicole and discovering her existance.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Sort of. She and Rosalie love each other, but when Jeanne was starting to feel satisfied with the lot she had earned into life she saw that Rosalie, thanks to Oscar, had free access to Versailles, and decided she couldn't let Rosalie live a better life than herself.
  • Historical Domain Character: Sort of. She's a very highly fictionalized Jean de Valois Saint Remy, the mastermind behind the infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While the real Jeanne and her husband were thieves and con artists extraordinaire, they didn't actually murder anyone.
  • It's All About Me: Apart from Nicole, Jeanne treats no one else like a human being. In her final appearance, she kills her devoted but often abused husband Nicholas, the one person in the world (except Rosalie) who is still on her side, because she does not wish to die alone.
  • Jerkass: Apart from the Moral Event Horizon-grade examples listed below, rewarding Oscar's great generosity toward her by publicly slandering her as a lesbian rather firmly cements this.
  • Lady Drunk: Often seen with a bottle of vodka.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Rags to Royalty: The most twisted Cinderella type ever. She uses her being the natural child of the last descendant of the Valois dynasty to be taken in by an old noblewoman with it, then kills her benefactor to inherit her riches. It gets worse, and worse, and worse...
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath: Not quite a clean-cut example, as she does appear to feel remorse for some of her deeds, but something is clearly not right with a girl who will have her sweet sister whipped for no good reason or murder without qualms an adoptive mother who has been nothing but nice to her, just in order to inherit the estate. See also above, under It's All About Me.
  • Together in Death: She kills her husband Nicolas and then herself, in the anime. In the manga, she falls victim to Death by Falling Over.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Nicholas.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the manga: starts when she realizes that Rosalie (the only person Jeanne really loved and trusted) told Oscar where to find the now wanted Jeanne, gets worse after Oscar remembers her of her happy childhood with Rosalie, and completely snaps after she accidentally kills Nicolas.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the anime it's the Duke of Orleans to slip where Jeanne is hiding, as he didn't need her anymore.

    Nicholas de la Motte 
Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (TV series); Jesús Barrero and Ricardo Hill (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Jeanne's husband. He's also apart of the Garde du Corps; Oscar is his commander.

  • The Alcoholic
  • The Brute: Say what you want about his character, but this guy overpowered Oscar in hand-to-hand combat, something that usually takes at least three or four muscle-bound men, and was much less injured than the three or four muscle-bound men.
  • Con Man
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: Whipping and torturing Rosalie.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He managed to get his hands on an unholy amount of Berthollet's potassium chlorate, at the time the most powerful explosive in existence and discovered just that year.
  • Together in Death: In the anime, with Jeanne.

    Nicole Lamorlière 

The commoner who raised Jeanne and Rosalie.

    Alain de Soissons 
Voiced by: Keaton Yamada (TV series), Martín Soto (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

The sergeant of the Company B, the troops assigned to Oscar's service in the French Guards.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the manga, for Oscar. Happens again in Eroica, where he falls for a woman from Lyon who happens to be a Royalist.
  • The Big Guy: To Oscar's Five-Man Band.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Outside of duels he fights very dirty. Eroica drives home the point in his first meeting with Napoleon, when Alain was trying a Bavarian Fire Drill to sedate the 12 Vendémiaire Insurrection by using cannons in the streets of Paris, the same tactic Napoleon had decided to implement (hence Napoleon taking him under his protection).
  • Four-Star Badass: Simply he was the first person to go toe-to-toe in a duel with Oscar and he's quite a skilled brawler. In the sequel Eroica, where Napoléon Bonaparte promotes him before the Second Italian Campaign (he started trying to give him the promotion after witnessing his valor at Lodi in 1796, but it took three years for Alain to accept the promotion). He would have been made a Marshal of the Empire, had he not died in a failed attempt to kill Napoleon before he could crown himself Emperor.
  • Heroic BSoD: When his little sister Dianne kills herself, Oscar and Andre find him sitting next to her death bed, his body tense and his eyes full of tears of despair. As Madame de Soissons explains what happened, he apologizes and says he cannot go back for a while, so takes a 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky

Voiced by: Miyuki Ueda (TV series), Laura Ayala (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Marie Antoinette of France.

  • You Are Worth Hell: In the manga, Fersen returns from the American Revolutionary War and vows to be at Marie's side, even if it eternally damns him.

    Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria.

  • The High Queen
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Ignored Expert: She left Marie Antoinette with a list of instructions on how to act as a princess and a queen, including never giving jobs and money as favors and always listening Count De Mercy. Had she followed her instructions about jobs and De Mercy, Marie Antoinette would have avoided many of the errors and wastes that ended up causing the Revolution.
  • Modest Royalty: While her clothes are more pimped out than in Real Life, they're still quite modest. She even states a queen should dress modestly, with only a crown to evidence her position and her own dignity as decorations, when she sees a portrait of Marie Antoinette in her usual clothes.
  • Parents as People: She cares for her children but isn't above using them for her purposes and interferring in their lives. Just like she did in Real Life.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Averted: her clothes are the simplest seen on any noble except for Louis XVI's preferred coat.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her dress in the anime.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her preferred clothes are a simple dress with a purple sash (an incredibly expensive dye) and a small diadem.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask

    Louis XVI
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara (TV series), César Arias and Esteban Siller (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis XVI, the Dauphin and later King Louis XVI.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's quite the Big Beautiful Man here.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: A strange example: he's married to the woman he loves, but knows well she loves Fersen.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His reaction to his death sentence? Make his son swear he won't try and avenge him, then, once brought to the guillotine, taking off his jacket, telling the assembled people he wished them well, and placing his neck under the blade.
  • Hidden Depths: He's much smarter than he looks, it's implied he realized about Marie Antoinette and Fersen about at the same time as Oscar (i.e. when Louis XV was still alive, years before the rumor mill picked it and months before Antoinette herself had any hint) but let them do because he wanted his wife to be happy and rightly trusted her to not imperil the succession.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Comes off as rather cute here, though not in a conventional way.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He really wants Marie Antoinette's happiness, and it's implied he knew she was in love with Fersen well before the rumor mill and allowed it because it made her happy and Fersen wasn't around her only to get favors (he states he likes and trusts Fersen exactly because of this). His only problem with them being Star-Crossed Lovers was that the rumor mill picking it up and blowing it out of proportions had upset his beloved.
  • Modest Royalty: He tends to wear simple and practical clothing (especially when compared with his wife's many overdecorated dresses), unless the occasion calls for more decorated clothes.
  • Nice Guy: His niceness is even lampshaded by two royal guards, who noted his modesty (especially compared to his wife), love for simple things, lack of lovers, and that he truly loved his people. Sadly, he was too nice for his own good: had he been a little less nice and somewhat harder (and capable to resist his wife's strong opinions), he would have been able to avoid much of the trouble that ended causing the Revolution. But was nice to the end, even taking time before his execution to make his son swear he'd not try to avenge him and, before placing his head on the guillotine, wishing the French people luck and prosperity.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: As the King of France he owns a magnificent blue cape with white fur trimmings and decorated with golden lilies (the symbol of the French monarchy). It's only seen at his coronation and the opening of the Estates-General, when the occasion demands him to show everyone exactly who is the King of France.
  • Shrinking Violet

    Hans Axel von Fersen
Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (TV series), Katsunosuke Hori (TV series EP 6-8); Carlos Becerril (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Hans Axel von Fersen, The Younger. A handsome Swedish aristocrat who comes to the court of Versailles and becomes involved in a forbidden romance with queen Marie Antoinette.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: After coming home from the American Revolution, he shows signs of PTSD, being unable to adapt to civilian life and stating to Oscar he is grateful to be so alive in the TV series. The manga shows him unchanged by the war.
  • Adaptational Badass: He never does anything noteworthy in the manga but his portrayal in the anime shows him as growing into a hardened veteran after the American Revolution who's skilled enough with a rifle to shoot a thrown apple a distance away with ease.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to André's Betty for Oscar's Archie.
  • Chick Magnet: Antoinette and Oscar were very smitten with him. Considering how hot and gentlemanly he is, can you blame them?
    • Truth in Television: He was a famous ladies' men, with lovers spread around all of Europe before 'settling' with Marie Antoinette.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The manga records his historical fate: after Marie Antoinette's death he grew cold, cynical and hateful of the commoners, and by them was lynched in the anniversary of the Flight to Varennes (a date he had grown to consider unlucky) for his part in the supposed murder of the crown prince of Sweden (who had died of natural causes).
  • Historical Domain Character
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why he originally left France for a while.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Oscar.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Marie Antoinette.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Downplayed. He may be considered dark by Swedish standards, but definitely not by French ones. He even dyes his hair a much darker shade in order to disguise himself later in the story.
  • Trauma Congaline: Towards the end, first he fails to save the woman he loves, then his friend is beheaded, and then the love of his life suffers the same fate. Years later his best friend, the crown prince of sweden, dies in a tragic accident and he is accused of murdering him and become lynched at his funeral.
    • Especially heartrendering if you take into account that in real life, his older sister, Hedda, died of unknown reasons while in Italy. Her body wasn't even sent back for a funeral in Sweden, giving him no chance to properly say goodbye. His father grew ill as a result and died of stress two years later. Want to know the kicker? All those death happend within three years, Hedda died in 1792, Marie and Louis in 1793, and his father in 1794. This guy could't catch a break.

    Louis XV 
Voiced by: Hisashi Katsuta (TV series); Eduardo Borja (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis XV, King of France and grandfather of Louis XVI.

  • Historical Domain Character
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In time, his many wars and court expenses would end up causing the French Revolution. Most important to the narrative, he commissioned a certain diamond necklace for Madame du Barry, not ever imagining the scandal it would cause during his successor's reign.

    Louis Joseph

Voiced by: Yoshiko Matsuo, Patricia Acevedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis Joseph, the Dauphine. The second child and first son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette.

    Madame Du Barry
Voiced by: Ryoko Kinomiya (TV series), Rocío Garcel (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Lover of King Louis XV and enemy of Marie Antoinette.

  • Did Not Think This Through: Twice over:
    • She made herself an enemy of Marie Antoinette out of sheer pride, not thinking that her power derived from Louis XV's support and the moment the old king died Marie Antoinette would become the Queen of France, something Oscar points out as part of her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her. Once Oscar is finished, du Barry tries to mend her relationship with the future queen, but by now it's far too late.
    • She flaunted to the court her influence over the king, making herself widely hated and finding no further support for the moment the old king would die-or keep the royal confessor from having her kicked out by Louis XV on his deathbed.
  • Genre Blind: Early on in the series. Oscar was for the most part neutral in the political conflict between du Barry and Marie Antoinette until du Barry brought Oscar's mother, Madame de Jarjayes, into the conflict. du Barry thought that doing this would win Oscar's support and help resolidify her power at court. Instead by doing this du Barry gave Oscar a good look at her ruthless and untrustworthy nature, threatened Madame de Jarjayes' safety, and forced Oscar to pick between publicly supporting du Barry or Marie Antoinette in the court's hierarchy of power. To no one's surprise, Oscar felt the best option was Marie.
  • Gold Digger: Deconstructed subtly. She uses her relationship with Louis XV to gain power, influence, and control over the internal workings of the court, but as he lay dying, she becomes terrified for her future and tries to encourage him to live longer because he's all she has.
  • Historical Domain Character: The real life du Barry was a complex individual whose nature historians still debate over to this day. In her time, though, she was actually highly unliked by everyone in court.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: From what is known of the real Jeanne Bécu (Madame du Barry), she was a good natured simpleton who was largely a pawn of her brother-in-law, was generous and kind to her friends and elderly mother, a patron of the arts, and never thought about anything else except pretty dresses and sparkly jewellery. A far cry from the vicious and cunning (if myopic) Villain that the manga and anime portray her as.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh
  • Pimped-Out Dress: At one point she deliberately tries to out-dress Marie by way of challenge.
  • Smug Snake
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She never imagined that all the expenses she had the king commit would end up causing the French Revolution.

    Duchesse de Polignac
Voiced by: Reiko Mutou (TV series), Socorro de la Campa and Liza Willery (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Madame Yolande de Polastron, aka the Countess (later Duchesse) de Polignac aka Yolande Martine Gabrielle. Singer at the Court. She befriended Queen Marie Antoinette to take advantage of her power.

  • Abusive Parents: She pretty much pawns Charlotte off to a]] very creepy older man to gain power. And once Charlotte commits suicide out of despair, she blackmails Rosalie into filling the spot.
  • Evil Chancellor: As the Queen's favorite, basically the Distaff Counterpart to this. Not powerful, but influential enough to appoint and dismiss ministers.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Polignac was extravagant to the max and apparently more than a little cold and calculating, but nowhere near the levels she gets in the show.
  • It's All About Me: Will not think twice about killing off potential threats to her special relationship with the Queen, or marrying off an 11-year-old daughter to a creepy old man if it increases her own power and prestige. Her view of others is very instrumental.
  • Karma Houdini: After all the tragedy she's caused, to say nothing of contributing to the downfall of the French monarchy, she escapes from France and the revolution altogether. Frustratingly Truth in Television, although in Real Life she died soon after Marie Antoinette of an undiagnosed illness.
  • Malicious Slander: Targeted at Oscar, in particular.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this reaction when Charlotte mentioned Rosalie Lamoriere's full name, as she fully realized that she had killed the woman who raised her firstborn daughter, and she had earned said daughter's fully justified hate.
  • Poisonous Friend: To poor Marie Antoinette.
  • Polyamory: Openly admits that both her and her husband have lovers, explaining they married for convenience.
  • Rank Up: She's introduced as a countess, but later becomes a duchesse as her husband is made a duke.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath: Her anime characterization very easily lends itself to this interpretation, given her frequent use of Crocodile Tears, shameless exploitation of the gullible Queen, horrible abuse of her daughters and general Manipulative Bitch tendencies.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Gave birth to Rosalie when she was 14.

    Charlotte de Polignac
Voiced by: Kazue Komiya, Patricia Acevedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Daughter of the Lady Polignac, a beautiful and very sheltered 11-to-12 year old girl.

    Duke of Orleans 
Voiced by: Osamu Ichikawa; Jorge Roig Sr. and José Luis Orozco (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. Cousin of Louis XVI who secretly tried to usurp the throne. Second in row to the throne of France after Louis XVI's children and brothers.

    The Duke of Guiche 

Charlotte's ex-fiancé.

    The Count of Girodelle 
Voiced by: Keiji Mishima (TV series), Carlos Becerril and José Luis Orozco (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Oscar's arranged fiance.

    Henri de Guémént 

A cruel, cold nobleman who resorts to violence and kills a young boy for a petty crime, appalling Rosalie, Oscar and Andre.

    Leon de Saint-Just 
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa, Eduardo Tejedo (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Louis Antoine Léon Florelle de Saint-Just. A military and political leader during the French Revolution.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the TV series he carries out a series of successful assassinations including an attempt on Reynier, injuring in the process and later on Oscar, forcing the latter to fight tooth and nail to survive. He was just a mere debater in the original manga.
  • Ascended Extra: Where the manga had him appear only near the end, the anime elevated him to a quasi-Big Bad role.
  • Connected All Along: As revealed by Bernard, he and Saint-Just are distant relatives.
  • Covert Pervert: The manga remembers us he's the author of L'Organt, a politically-motivated satirical poem filled with an immense quantity of pornographic episodes. He maintains the book was banned for the attacks against the monarchy, nobility and church, and takes offence when Bernard calls it porn.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: In the manga Oscar mistook him for a woman twice (partly thanks to Bernard's habit of calling him Florelle), and only realized his true gender when Bernard told her his full name.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Both versions remember us why he was called Angel of Death and that he's personally responsible for Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI being executed instead that kept prisoners, but put Jacques Hébert on his shit list (and got him guillotined as a thief) for dishonoring the Revolution by falsely accusing Marie Antoinette of incest with her own son.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Overly Long Name: Lampshaded by Oscar in the manga.

    Maximilien Robespierre 
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori, Hermán López and Ricardo Hill (TV series, Latin-American Spanish dub)

Maximilien Robespierre, French lawyer and politician.

  • Ascended Extra: His role in the manga is relatively little (apart historically documented appearances at important events, he only shows up four times, only two of which are actually important to the plot and one being at Marie Antoinette's trial, where he was historically present but in which he had no role). In the anime he shows up much more often, and both Bernard and Saint-Just work for him (with the latter causing him a lot of trouble due his attempts at murdering nobles and starting armed revolts).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Like Saint-Just, he's utterly disgusted with Hébert for accusing Marie Antoinette of committing incest with her son.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Knight in Sour Armor

    Pierre-Augustin Hulin 

A sergeant in the French Guards, leads the storming of the Bastille after Oscar is shot. Doesn't appear in the anime.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Genius Bonus version: unless you already knows history, you won't realize his importance when he's named until he performs his historical role. Even then, it may escape you.
  • Expy: Inverted: Oscar is based on him, more specifically him as a young soldier leading the storming of the Bastille.
  • Future Badass: He doesn't look like much in the series, but he'll survive The Terror, serve under Napoleon to become a Colonel Badass first and a general later, and played a part in saving Napoleon's throne when former general Malet tried a coup in 1812.
  • Historical Domain Character: Hulin's claim to fame was to lead the French Guards in helping the storming of the Bastille.
  • Sergeant Rock: Happens off screen, but he is a sergeant, and leads the storming of the Bastille after Oscar was shot.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Oscar is shot he takes command of the French Guards.

     Napoleon Bonaparte 

Napoléon Bonaparte, the future Emperor of the French, showing up in the manga during the Estates-General.

  • Awesomeness Is a Force: He was just passing by when Oscar was terrified by him and asked for his name, rank and regiment.
  • Future Badass: Oscar immediately identifies him as one.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Sequel Hook: His two appearances serve to indicate that Ikeda will draw a sequel (the relatively obscure Eikou no Napoleon-Eroica, published between 1986 and 1995) and Napoleon will be the protagonist. The second is particularly blatant: it's Napoleon in the garbs of his imperial incoronation with the narration noting that, after the deaths of Marie Antoinette, Oscar, Robespierre and many other, France is waiting for the hero Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Young Future Famous People: When he appears in the story, he's just a lieutenant.

     Count of Mirabeau 

A liberal nobleman and one of the leaders of the Third Estate at the Estates-General.

  • Bring It: When the Marquiss de Dreux-Brézé reminds the National Assembly the king has just ordered their dissolution, Mirabeu declares they won't move unless forced by bayonets-and when he's told the French Guards are coming there to do just that, he just waits there.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He first shows up trying to get Rosalie (who still lived with her mother) in his bed, and Oscar notes that he's an infamous pervert and alcoholist (albeit one who seemed having an inhuman luck or power) riddled with gambling debts. Fast forward to the Estates-General, and Oscar is left wondering how the hell that nobleman managed to get elected as a Third Estate representative from Aix, and that's before he becomes the driving force in the creation of the National Assembly.
  • Gonk: Truth in Television, the Count of Mirabeau had been disfigured by smallpox as a child.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Kavorka Man: He was also a successful casanova.

     Nicole D'Olivia 

A prostitute who helped Jeanne in her heist at Rohan's expense.

  • Disabled in the Adaptation: She's blind in the anime
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Identical Stranger: She's identical to Marie Antoinette. Even Oscar and other people who know well the queen have trouble telling them apart.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She had no idea why Jeanne had asked her to dress with expensive clothes, give a rose to a fat cardinal and telling him a few loving words, only that she would be paid fifteen thousands livres and she needed the money. Accentuated in the anime, where she's blind and considers Jeanne her benefactor, and, when she identifies her at the trial, has no idea she's testifying against her in a trial.

     Marquis de Launay 

Bernard René Jourdan de Launay, the cynical governor of the Bastille.

  • Adaptational Badass: He kills Oscar in the anime. In the manga, truer to his historical persona, he was hidden in his office, and Oscar's killers were lieutenant Deflue and his thirty soldiers, detached from the Salis-Samade regiment to reinforce the Bastille).
  • Dirty Coward: Stays hidden in his officeside the Bastille while his men fight to defend the fortress.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Oscar.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the anime he apparently gets away with killing Oscar, but study of history reveals he was lynched later that very day.

    Jacques Necker 

Louis XVI's on-again/off-again minister of finance.

  • Almighty Janitor: Being of Protestant faith he could not hold the position of Controller-General of Finances (the minister of finances) but held an advisorial position to a minister that everybody knew was simply a placeholder. The only exceptions were the period around the French intervention in the American Revolution, where the position was vacant, and the September 1788-July 11 1789 period, where he actually held the position.
  • Genre Savvy: Why he was hailed as the saviour of France: he knew exactly what he was doing. Justified by him having been a successful banker before getting into politics.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Ignored Expert: Advised to have the nobles pay the taxes for a long time, but was ignored (and it even cost him his job). Also, in July 1789 he advised the king to not concentrate the troops on Paris on account that a series of floods had already caused food shortages that the troops would make worse, thus risking a popular insurrection, and that added Marie Antoinette to the list of his enemies at court (getting him dismissed again).

    Marquiss de Dreux-Brézé 

Henri-Évrard de Dreux-Brézé, Louis XVI's Grand Master of Ceremonies and the man who refers his orders.


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