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This page lists the human characters of Umineko: When They Cry in the island of Rokkenjima from the year 1986, which includes the Ushiromiya family, servants, and guests. Be warned that from here on, there are unavoidable spoilers from Arc 2 onward.

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    Battler Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP), Kyle Igneczi (EN)
"Ahh, it's useless! It's all useless!"

The protagonist and 18 year-old son of Rudolf and Asumu and 7th in the line of succession. After Asumu died six years ago, Battler became angry with his father for remarrying Kyrie so fast and went to live with his maternal grandparents. Because of this, he's been fairly out of the loop as to the affairs of the Ushiromiya family. Often, he is teased about being similar to his father for his tendency to try to grope girls. He now has a half-sister named Ange who does not come to Rokkenjima.

After the first arc, he is trapped by Beatrice in time loops where the murders occur over and over again. In order to win, he must explain those murders rejecting the use of magic in them.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He had dark brown eyes in the original VN. They were changed to light blue in the anime and the PS3 version.
  • Agent Scully: He refuses to believe that the murders were caused by magic as Beatrice claims. Initially, at least. Though the story still leaves it up in the air whether or not magic exists, Battler later realizes that completely shutting down magic shouldn't be his ultimate priority.
  • All-Loving Hero: Battler cares about everyone, always wishes to think the best of everyone and wants everyone to get along. He also never holds a grudge (unless it's against his father) and is quick to forgive and give second chances to anyone, even those who have tormented him such as Beatrice and Bernkastel.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The characters in his name literally mean "fighting person". In-universe, Battler mentions that a lot of people tend to assume that his name is "Sento" just from reading the kanji in his given name.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Turns out Battler's soul lost his memories after he tried and failed to save Sayo Yasuda from drowning and the "Battler" personality died to then be replaced by Tooya Hachijo. The reason Beatrice started the games was an attempt to make Battler remember who she is and what happened in the real world.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the new Endless Sorcerer.
  • Animal Motifs: The witches compare him a few different times to The Phoenix. Maybe makes sense, given the nature of his Fate Worse than Death combined with his Determinator personality.
  • Anti-Magic: His ability to resist magic of up to godlike scale is classified as Endless Nine. However, this isn't necessarily a good thing.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Beatrice for gleefully watching Eva-Beatrice torture Rosa in the third arc
  • Badass Bookworm: Battler "it would be arrogant for somebody who only reads about a hundred books a year to call himself well-read" Ushiromiya.
  • Badass Cape: He wears an Ominous Opera Cape as the Endless Sorcerer. At first just a Fanon idea, but became canon in EP6. In EP8, he becomes even more badass by taking it off.
  • Bat Deduction: At the end of Episode 5, he actually spends an undefined amount of time thinking about past events and how to make sense of them in light of the new rules he has learned. The readers, though, only get this line:
    Battler: "And then...I...knew."
  • Battle Couple: With Beatrice.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to George's Betty and Sayo Yasuda's Archie.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • After Ange reveals her identity to him and performs a Heroic Sacrifice, Battler snaps out of his funk and goes up several levels in badass and sets his mind back on track to defeating Beatrice and making it back home to her. Neither work.
    • In Episode 8, Battler creates a happy ideal game especially for Ange and tries to hide the Book of the One Truth from her because he wants to protect her from the truth and give her hope for the future so she can let go of the past and live a happy life. Unfortunately, Bernkastel ruins things for Battler by turning Ange against him.
  • Bishōnen: Regularly noted to be very good looking.
  • Bookworm: He states that he "only" reads about 100 books per year.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: Flip this one and White Shirt of Death around, and you've got Battler's outfit: white jacket, red shirt. And yes, his luck sucks. Ultimately subverted since it turns out that he was the only one, aside from Eva, who survived.
  • Buxom Is Better: A firm believer in this, to the point that he's a self-entitled "breast sommelier". Hell, he even has a whole Image Song devoted to his love of large-breasted girls.
  • Came Back Strong: Takes Dlanor's Red Key to the chest in the climax to EP5. Since by that point 'death' in the Meta-world is rather vague, dying gives him as much time as he needed to think back over the mysteries of the story, realize what he'd been missing, come to understand the Truth of the Game and will himself back to life as one of the strongest characters in the series, purely out of understanding the truth. He proceeds to wipe the floor with Erika and Dlanor.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: He spends the first 4 Episodes trying to defeat Beatrice and make her pay for what she did to him and his family. Come EP5 where she becomes comatose, Battler finds himself missing the witch and even mentions he wants to hear her annoying laugh again. Then Beatrice dies just moments before he finds the truth, which makes Battler break down in tears.
  • Catchphrase: "Ah, it's useless. It's all useless!" (Used not to complain when his struggles are useless, but to brag when he thinks his opponent's struggles are useless)
  • Changeling Fantasy: It's confirmed in EP8 that Kyrie is his real mother, and he was swapped at birth with Asumu's stillborn child.
  • The Chessmaster: After he learns the rules of the Meta World, he very slowly starts to become this.
  • Chewbacca Defense: Hey, anything to fight off Beatrice and Bernkastel.
  • Chick Magnet: Largely an Informed Attribute (since we only see him with his family in the story). It is implied that Battler is quite popular with girls, though it seems he's not entirely aware of it himself. However, most of the female cast is already either married or paired off with someone else. However, if this is to be taken seriously...
  • Chivalrous Pervert: It seems like he'll try to grope anyone (even his cousin!), and at one point even tells little Maria to let him grope her when she gets older, but the one time a girl actually tries to let him, he freaks out and scolds her (after being punched by aforementioned cousin). Note: He thanked the cousin for punching him.
  • The Coats Are Off: In EP8, he throws his Endless Sorcerer coat and faces Erika in a closed room duel.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Battler wears one as a fastener for his jacket.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In the original sound novel.
  • Death of Personality: While Battler physically survives the Rokkenjima incident, the narration makes it clear that even though Tooya Hachijo posesses Battler's memories of the incident, he should be considered a different person. The Battler we know is long gone.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Weaponized in his final battle against Dlanor in EP 5, when he argues that his observations are not actually objective because this time around he's not the detective like the first four games, (the detective actually being Erika), which means that he has the right to lie and obfuscate facts as an observer. (As well as allowing him to be considered as the culprit.)
    • Subverted because he actively fights to remain as the protagonist. And in the end, he has earned it.
  • Determinator: See the first tea party for just one example. Averted in the second arc, however, when he does give up and is explicitly shown why that isn't an acceptable option.
  • Devoted to You: After his promise with Sayo/Shannon, 6 years later Sayo/Beatrice still can't forget about him. It turned out horribly, horribly bad.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • If slamming Beatrice's head on a table in EP2 or slapping her in EP3 don't count, then actually managing to punch Bernkastel in the face might.
    • And if you think those mentioned were just damn luck, then he also manages to kick Bernkastel in the same scene while she's Teleport Spamming! Battler earned the Villainous Breakdown that he got out of her.
  • Died Happily Ever After: That's more or less the idea of the Magic Ending. Battler joined his family in death, while Tooya continued to live, his mind finally at peace.
  • Distressed Dude: In EP6, Battler is left trapped in a logic error after falling into Erika's trap. Bernkastel then takes the chance to make Erika marry his unconscious body and become the new Territory Lord. It's up to Beatrice to crash the wedding and solve the logic error to save Battler.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: During his Heroic BSoD in the anime, and while trapped in a logic error during EP6.
  • Expy: He's obviously one of Keiichi, being just as Hot-Blooded and chivalrously perverted. However, unlike Keiichi, Battler learns that being Hot-Blooded won't get him anywhere in the witch's game.
  • Fatal Flaw: Battler's is that he is extremely emotional and that emotions act as his primary motivator; this means that while he's genuinely a smart guy and a good thinker, his emotions very frequently get in the way of rational thinking, and this has massive negative consequences, both direct and indirect ones.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Battler gets a few of these.
  • Fiery Redhead: His Hot-Blooded tendencies match the color (and shape) of his hair.
  • First Love: To Shannon. It's the root of many of Sayo Yasuda's internal struggles.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: To the point that his fixation with proving that magic doesn't exist is one of the things that drive Beatrice to her death in EP5.
  • Game Master: Of EP6, though Erika makes sure he doesn't get much use out of it. He has more success in EP8 even if Bernkastel is also a Game Master at the same time, albeit a much more malicious one.
  • Generation Xerox: His relationship with Beatrice plays this theme hard with regard to Kinzo.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: His way of Throwing Down the Gauntlet at Beatrice.
  • Gratuitous English: Battler loved this trope back in 1980. In 1986 he's just embarrassed about it and doesn't want to remember. It's a major plot point.
  • Happily Married: With Beatrice after EP6. In the Meta World, at least.
  • Has a Type: He likes blue-eyed blondes with feisty and tomboyish personalities who he can joke around with (and according to him, being well-endowed wouldn't hurt either). Just like Jessica and Beatrice, who actually was designed this way by Sayo Yasuda to be Battler's ideal woman.
  • The Heart: At least in the early arcs, he wound up frequently jumping in between two people who were at each other's throats to point out why person X wasn't necessarily the culprit.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Comments by Ange in Twilight allude to Battler being this.
  • Heroic Bastard: During Episode 4, it's heavily implied he is this with the revelation that Asumu is not his biological mother. Confirmed in Episode 8, when Rudolf admits he's actually Kyrie's son.
  • Heroic BSoD: Near the end of Episode 4, "Just who am I?". Freaks him out so badly that not only does his brain shut down, but he physically disappears.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "Battler" is not a title or a nickname for a scrappy kid; that's his real name.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially during the first four arcs when confronting Beatrice. However, it's deconstructed; while in most series a character's hotbloodedness will help them overcome challenges, Battler's hot blooded attitude actually blinds him. He's much too focused on defeating Beatrice out of some vague sense of justice, never even questioning why she's playing this game with him in the first place despite all the clues she leaves for him. As a result, he can come across as rather insensitive and hypocritical at times. Once he finally realizes the truth behind her game in EP5, his hot blooded nature becomes more toned down.
  • I Reject Your Reality: As a matter of principle, even while having tea with the witch he's disproving. He can tend to the more irrational side of this trope when desperate and frustrated.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks identical to Kinzo as he appeared in his youth, save for the hair. His appearance as Tohya Hachijo is identical to young Kinzo. Heck, Battler and young Kinzo even have the same voice actor.
  • Image Song: OPPA in LOVE!!note  and Battlerfield ~ The Four Forms of Battler.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Whenever Piece Battler is in a situation where he might possibly have to fight, he always seems to go for a hat rack or candlestick as opposed to something a bit more practical.
  • Informed Attribute: In the late episodes Battler is revealed to be an avid reader and mystery buff. But earlier he speaks of conventions of the mystery genre, Knox in particular, as if they were news to him, and he's baffled by their purpose. He's supposedly versed in closed room mysteries in particular, but seems to analyze them from a completely fresh perspective.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He can end up hurting people's feelings by saying some innocent, but insensitive comments. Perhaps the most notable example of this was how he broke poor Shannon's heart by forgetting about his promise to return for her and not bothering to write her a letter when he wrote one for everyone else. Battler really didn't mean to hurt Shannon's feelings; he just didn't think she would hold their time together in such high regard.
  • In the Blood: Given his similarities to pre-WWII Kinzo, there seems to be a heavy implication that Battler's just one poorly-ended romance away from going completely nutters like his grandfather. In the end he doesn't go insane, but he loses Beatrice and gains Trauma-Induced Amnesia as a result.
  • Kick the Dog: His poor treatment of the Chick Beatrice in EP6, although it may have to do with the fact that the woman he loves refuses to call him anything but Father for a long time. This mirrors Kinzo and Beatrice II's relationships, to the point of incest. He even threw away her cookies.
  • Large Ham: And engages Beatrice in Ham-to-Ham Combat. Not quite as hammy as his grandfather, but his cousins and Shannon relate how much hammier he used to be when younger, spouting charmingly cheesy lines and using heavily Gratuitous English. He's embarrassed by it, yet completely unconscious of how hammy he still is.
  • Leitmotif: Several, most famously Dread of the Grave.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • It's a joke among the family members how Battler's way of handling women is very similar to Rudolf's.
    • He is also afraid of vehicles like his mother Asumu. And he inherited his sharp wits from his real mother Kyrie.
  • Logical Fallacies: Small bombs and cardboard boxes. The thing is, Battler is fully aware all his theories are beyond ridiculous but at the moment he only cared about denying Beatrice's ones.
  • Loss of Identity: Briefly in EP4, when the reveal that he isn't Asumu's son and he might not be the real Battler Ushiromiya at all makes Battler lose his sense of self to the point where he literally disappears for a while.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: His Image Song ''OPPA in Love!'' is essentially Battler's playing up his own lecherousness to hilarious extents. One of his special moves in the fighting game, the "Sommelier Finger", is a groping attack. He even says it's okay being killed over and over again by the Seven Stakes because they have nice breasts and from then on normally refers to them as 'the ass nee chans.'
  • Magical Guide: After understanding the truth, he plays this role toward Ange in Twilight of the golden witch.
  • Man in White: Battler wears a white suit, although he does also have a red shirt underneath the jacket. If there is any symbolism there, it probably falls closer to the combination of Bring My Red Jacket and White Shirt of Death. Either that, or it's to contrast Beatrice and show which pieces he's playing in the Human Chess game they're having.
  • Manly Tears: Who wouldn't be crying after all the crap he goes through?
  • Meaningful Name: Bateleur is French for a stage magician, someone who uses mundane means to create the illusion of magic (in Tarot, the Magician card is known as Le Bateleur in French) while Battler is not too far from what he actually does: battle (with witches and demons), and to take it even further the kanji in his name literally mean "fighting person".
  • Megaton Punch: Punches out Bernkastel. Bernkastel who, just scenes ago, had been tanking big bangs and big crunches. Battler's fist is more powerful than the universe. And inflicts the concept of pain.
  • Momma's Boy: It's implied Battler was very close to his mother Asumu. When she died and his father remarried so quickly, Battler was so affected by it that he left the Ushiromiya family to live with his maternal grandparents. In EP4, finding out he is not related to Asumu by blood is such a shock for Battler that he enters an existential crisis and literally disappears.
  • My Greatest Failure: Ange's Heroic Sacrifice in EP4 and solving the game too late and allowing Beatrice to die in EP5.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Makes some remarks to this effect in Twilight.
  • Nay-Theist: Gets into very involved logic arguments with beings he says do not exist. It's probably all symbolic anyway.
  • Nice Guy: Battler is friendly, easy-going, big-hearted and incredibly forgiving.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In EP6, he tries to be merciful by giving Erika duct tape and make the fight more even. She then repays him by creating a trap to lock him in a logic error and then take control of the game board by forcing him to marry her.
  • Noodle People: Mostly in Episode 2 manga, due to Jirou Suzuki's style.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only one out of Kinzo's children and grandchildren who doesn't have a realistic western name; how many people in real life are actually named "Battler"? Still, there are reasons why he has that name, however much he dislikes it.
  • The One Guy: He is the only male witch in the cast.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's the one who will solve Beatrice's mystery and kill her. He won't allow anyone else to do it.
  • Only Sane Man: At least during the first tea party, where the other characters are calmly talking about how everything has been explained by the existence of the witch.
    Battler: "Why have you guys stopped thinking?"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Beatrice in Episode 3. It's quite effective. Or not…
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • His denial of witches and magic can seem this, during the more blatantly magical events and before the Meta World rules are explained.
    • He really doesn't want to think about how his past actions may have played a part in the tragedy.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: The Events of EP6? He CREATED THAT!
  • Shameful Strip: After he surrenders to Beatrice and temporarily becomes her furniture in EP2, Battler is found stripped completely except for a chain around his neck that Beatrice uses as a leash.
  • Shonen Hair: His hair is noticeably spiky, and it stands out among the rest of the cast's hairstyles. It goes well with his Hot-Blooded personality. Lampshaded by Ange.
    Ange: Save the jokes for your hairstyle.
  • Shout-Out: His habit of pointing dramatically at his opponents reminded many fans of how Phoenix Wright does the same thing, and Ryukishi later confirmed in an interview that he was indeed inspired by the Ace Attorney games during development.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ange. Ange is a female Sugar-and-Ice Personality to Battler's Hot-Blooded male, with completely opposite biases.
  • Signature Laugh: "Ihihihihi!" Other characters laugh like this on occasion, but Battler uses it the most and thus it's most closely associated with him.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: His true motives as the Game Master in EP8 are to convince Ange of this, as he specifically designs a game that shows the Ushiromiya family at their best, and openly questions the more cynical opinions Ange had ended up forming about the family. Bernkastel nearly turns his plans on their head, and even turns Ange against him for a bit, but Ange ends up coming around to his line of thinking, especially in the Magic ending.
  • Stealth Mentor: By EP8, he is this to Ange. Instead of showing her the truth she wants, he shows her a clearly fake scenario where all the Ushiromiya family is happy and everyone gets along. Ange accuses him of trying to distract her from the truth with delusions in the same way Beatrice did with him. While Battler did intend to hide the truth from Ange because he didn't want it to hurt her, the real intention of his game was to give Ange hope for the future and inspire her to live a life where she can be happy. It backfired horribly because of Bernkastel's intervention.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: A deconstruction of the trope, since many of the traits of the character type actually prove to be keeping Battler from reaching his goal. He's a Hot-Blooded Determinator who absolutely refuses to acknowledge witches, but he's also very naive and trusting, always wanting to think the best of everyone and so he constantly winds up jumping up in the middle of fights to explain a scenario in which person X might not be the culprit. Battler's hot blooded attitude also ends up hindering him; he's so focused on defeating Beatrice out of a vague sense of justice that he never asks himself why she's playing her game with him in the first place, despite all the clues she leaves for him in the form of "magic". He doesn't realize this until after Beatrice dies in EP4.
  • Sudden Humility: In Episode 6, he realizes that the position of Game Master is much less comfortable than he imagined when he fought against Beatrice.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Battler is the main view point character and essentially the hero of the fantasy side of the story. However, when you look at it with hindsight, Umineko is actually about Sayo Yasuda and Battler understanding the conflict between Sayo's personas and her motives for murder.
  • Switched at Birth: He thinks he's Asumu's son, but he's really Kyrie's.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Tons with Beatrice, particularly in EP3 and EP5.
    • In EP3, he comes to sympathize with her when he sees her trying to atone for all the evil she has done and even sacrifices herself by using the Red Truth to deny witches and therefore herself in order to defeat Eva-Beatrice. Unfortunately, at the end of the Episode Beatrice reveals it was all an act to try and make him acknowledge witches, leaving Battler very disappointed.
    • In EP5, Battler feels great pity for Beatrice when he sees her reduced to the pitiful state of a living doll now that she gave up on continuing their game.
  • Talking to the Dead: At least once, Battler addresses his father after Rudolf's corpse has been discovered.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In EP3, when Beatrice laughs about Eva-Beatrice killing Rosa and Maria over and over again, he doesn't take that too well. Bonus points for giving her an Armor-Piercing Slap. And later, when Virgilia tries to encourage him to accept her as his opponent, he still refuses to forgive her. At least, until she tells Beato to be more encouraging and apologize to him.
  • Together in Death: It's implied in the fantasy ending and confirmed in the manga that Battler managed to escape from Rokkenjima with Sayo/Beatrice's help, but when Sayo threw herself into the sea Battler followed and drowned with Sayo. The Battler we know indeed died at that time, but his physical body survived and became Tooya Hachijo.
  • Too Dumb to Live: So you're in a room, alone with the person you suspect of having killed half of your family the same day. Said person is holding a loaded rifle. What do you do? You can plan a surprise attack to take her out or steal her gun. Or you can stand there and point the finger at her, screaming that she is the culprit. Guess what our hero choses and what happens not 10 seconds after that.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Though this is subverted in EP4's Tea Party, since he never understands Beatrice's heart, he didn't solve a single murder and the whole scene is just Beatrice giving up and making it look like he won, he still manages to improve in every arc. In Episode 5, he took all his levels in badass and squared them during the hidden tea party. His badass levels seemingly take a dip in EP6 in that he falls into a deep depression and ends up being nearly reduced to a Distressed Dude, with a few badass moments sprinkled here and there. "Seemingly" being a key word; EP8 spectacularly subverts all that by revealing his dip in badassery was completely intentional.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Just the first arc would probably be enough to qualify him for this, and it just gets worse from there.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Just about the last thing he wants, considering his feud with Rudolf, but all his relatives remark on how alike they are. He turns out to be even more similar to Kinzo—in looks, temperament, and circumstances; once he realizes the truth, this is retroactively implied to be one of the reasons Battler's so upset by the reset Beatrice calling him "Father" in EP6. Lo and behold, some forty years after surviving the Rokkenjima incident, his hair has whitened and shortened to the point where he looks exactly like Kinzo when he was his age.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Battler always tries to think the best of everyone and will give second chances to even those who have put him through the worst.
    • In EP3, he's ready to forgive Beatrice for everything she put him and his family through and trust her completely after she seems to see the error of her ways. He then finds out the hard way that it was all an act in order to make him surrender.
    • In EP8, he wants to try and give Bernkastel, the responsible for all his troubles from EP5 afterwards, a second chance by accepting to play a game with her and even asks her to bring back her piece Erika, despite all the horrible things she did too. It comes back to bite him big time, as he ended up giving Bernkastel the perfect chance to manipulate Ange and destroy the Golden Land.
  • Unexpected Successor: At the end of Episode 5, he becomes this to Beatrice.
  • Un-person: In the sound novels, after his defeat at the end of Episode 2 and his Heroic BSoD in Episode 4, he literally disappears from the character list. Who said only the narrated story could be terrifying?
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His failure to keep his (not entirely serious) promise to Shannon that he would take her away from Rokkenjima and start a new life with her, due to having broken off his ties with the Ushiromiya family after Rudolf and Kyrie married too soon for his taste, is the straw that breaks the camel's back for Sayo Yasuda, and it eventually drives them to orchestrate the murders. It turns out that this was his "sin of six years ago".
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the fifth arc, he was essentially pressured by the adults, who were all being bribed by Sayo, to make harassing phone calls to Natsuhi so that she will spill the beans about Kinzo's death.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to It Was His Sled from EP5 onwards, particularly his role as the Endless Sorcerer.
  • Was It All a Lie?: He asks Beatrice at the end of EP3 when it's revealed she put up a big act to make him think she turned good and make him surrender to her. After a brief struggle with herself, Beatrice tells him it was a lie and mocks him for falling into her trap. The truth behind her actions turn out to be far more complicated, though.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In EP6, he manages to bring Beatrice back, but her personality is sweet, docile and innocent, completely different from the original Beatrice. This annoys Battler because the Beatrice he wants back is the trolling witch he fought. He eventually does come to accept this new Beatrice and decides to let her act as she likes.
  • White Shirt of Death: Subverted. After apparently dying over and over again, he's revealed to be one of only two characters to actually make it back from Rokkenjima.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Battler's not a fan of his name.
    Battler: Battler Ushiromiya. Incredible. Also incredible are the parents who stuck that name one me, and the public official who accepted it. They're all on the top of my must-kill list.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Battler's terrified of any vehicle that shakes when it moves.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Battler's tendency to quickly trust and give people the benefit of the doubt tends to bite him in the ass more often than not. In Episodes 6 and 8, he uses this to his advantage to fool his enemies.
    • Played with, while Battler is rather innocent and oblivious about the true nature of his family, he gets so absorbed into proving Beato wrong that he doesn't even consider why she is doing all this in the first place, ignoring all the clues she gives him in form of "magic" throughout the games. This is the very thing that keeps him from finding the truth until Episode 5.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Beatrice slowly become this to each other. His reason for refusing to play against Lambdadelta in EP5 is that this is between him and Beatrice and no one else.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Especially if the girl's name is Beatrice, Erika Furudo, and Bernkastel. He also hits Maria on the head quite a lot in the first two Episodes.
  • You Are Too Late: Battler ultimately discovers the truth behind Beatrice's puzzles just a few minutes too late to prevent her from dying. This echoes his earlier sin of coming back to Rokkenjima too late to have avoided breaking Sayo's heart but just in time to completely undo their resolve to explain the truth to George and accept his proposal.

    Maria Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP), Sarah Wiedenheft (EN)
Click here to see her witch form 
"Uuuuuu~! Beatrice exists!"

9 year-old daughter of Rosa and eighth in the line of inheritance. She has a troubled relationship with her mother and thus became absorbed in the occult as a way to cope. Notable for her repeated catch phrase, a sort of whining ("u~~") as well as her very creepy laugh.

Her meta-world alter-ego is Lady MARIA, the Witch of Origins.

  • Agent Mulder: Firmly believes in the existence of magic and witches, and studies the occult as a hobby.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's an outcast at school due to her Verbal Tic and how she acts much younger than she is.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Maria's behaviour tends to imply something like autism or Asperger's syndrome: she acts much younger than her nine years of age, she never seems to realize when the constant use of her Verbal Tic is irritating other people, and she obsessively studies the occult but has little to no interest in anything else.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: On one hand, she's an innocent and abused child. On the other hand, she's helping the culprit in several timelines (though it's because she believes that everyone will be revived in the Golden Land).
  • Bastard Angst: Maria's father left her mother without marrying her and while she was still pregnant. This is one of the reasons for Maria's highly troubled relationship with Rosa and deep down, Maria believes Rosa wishes she was never born.
  • Berserk Button: Don't go and tell her that Beatrice or magic don't exist. Of course, knowing that Erika takes great delight in pressing, or rather slamming the button.
  • Black Magic: After Sakutaro died, her magic changed from making it rain candy to wishing for the death of her enemies.
  • Book Dumb: She's explicitly stated to have done poorly in school. As she puts it, she's good at doing things she likes, but not "boring" things. Seeing what she knows about magic, she actually shows a very strong intelligence. She can also read English (and mocks the high-schooler Battler for not being able to).
  • Break the Cutie: She didn't take Sakutaro's death at the hands of Rosa very well.
  • Broken Record: She has a tendency to repeat one word over and over again: any word, not just her "uu" noise.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: In the fourth arc, we get a scene in which Maria finally gets fed with Rosa's abuse and decides to confront her and make her pay for it. It's not pretty. Then again, it's heavily implied that she's only calling Rosa out in her own head.
  • Cheerful Child: Subverted; while she can be a sweet and cheerful girl, she also has her creepy moments and is later shown to have a troubled home life with Rosa which she tries to deal with by pretending everything is fine.
  • Child Mage: As MARIA, the Witch of Origins.
  • Consulting Mr Puppet: From a mundane perspective, this is what she's really doing when talking to Sakutarou.
  • Creepy Child: She has an extreme obsession with the occult and she gets very creepy and disturbing when she talks about Beatrice and starts giggling at the murders. However, this is mainly due to having No Social Skills, and in EP7 it's implied that she may actually be invoking this in order to seem more knowledgeable about the occult.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In games in which Beatrice (Sayo) is not in control, Maria rarely survives until the final sacrifices and, more often than not, her deaths are also too bloody and violent for a little girl of only 9 years. Particularly evident in the adaptation of the manga of EP3 in which she is subjected, together with her mother Rosa, to the horrible sadistic tortures of Eva-Beatrice (and in particular one of her deaths show her burning alive inside a gigantic magic oven).
  • Cute and Psycho: At times, the cutest and sweetest little girl ever. At others, the most terrifying kid you'll meet.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Well, at least when she can actually be considered "cute".
  • Cute Witch: Subverted. Maria may be cute-looking, but she is mad, bad, and dangerous when she finally snaps.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Sakutaro's death is this to Maria.
  • Dies Wide Open: In the anime after Beatrice chokes her to death.
  • Disappeared Dad: And he fled while her mother was pregnant, no less. To the point that Rosa ended up telling her she doesn't have a father. As a result, Maria thinks she has a Meaningful Name and is special, trying to justify the lack of a father figure in her life by believing that she's a child of God.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The outfit she wears in the flashbacks in the fourth anime arc. Sweet Lolita, to be exact.
  • Enfante Terrible: When she finally snaps, she makes a serious competition against Eva-Beatrice for the title of this series' queen of the trope. However, the only time she's actually shown killing anyone is implied to either be All Just a Dream or an Indulgent Fantasy Segue, and in Bernkastel's game during EP8 it's stated with the purple truth that Maria is incapable of directly murdering anyone. While Maria may certainly entertain thoughts of being this trope, she wouldn't be able to pull it off in real life.
  • Evil Laugh: Kihihihihihihihi… (also her Signature Laugh). Made even more creepier by the fact that she appears to be counting the hi's, apparently imagining something happening for each one.
  • Expy: She's basically a 9 year old Rena; they both have reddish-brown hair, have a tendency to repeat words over and over, have severe mother issues, and believe strongly in an otherworldly being that none of the other characters really believe exists (and will become extremely angry if their beliefs are repeatedly denied). They actually have an indirect link: a TIP reveals that the man Rosa was seeing at the time of the flashback was a guy in the fashion business called "Akihito-san". That's the guy Rena's mother divorced her father for, triggering her Hinamizawa Syndrome. Unwitting Instigator of Doom, much?
  • Friendless Background: One of the reasons why she turns to the occult and imaginary friends, which in turn makes her even more of an outcast.
  • The Gift: Maria in the fourth arc is described to have an innate affinity for magic thanks to her kinship with Kinzo (and in particular she has very strong abilities that are scarce or barely present in him). It is even stated that this natural gift, if properly developed, will allow her to become a Creator in a next thousand years (that is the most powerful magical being in the multiverse alongside Featherine).
  • Giggling Villain: Not a villain, but she is disturbingly prone to laughing at horrible situations.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Mainly because she likes to make her stuffed animals into Companion Cubes.
  • Hair Decorations: Her small crown, which is attached to a hair band.
  • Heroic Bastard: Her parents weren't married, and her father left Rosa while she was still pregnant.
  • Image Song: Happy Halloween MARIA.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Beatrice. They are very close friends despite Maria being only 9 while Beatrice is over 1000 years old. Although, the Beatrice she's friends with is really just 19 years old.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Magic exists, witches exist, Beatrice definitely exists and made her a witch. Trying to shatter her fantasy will only leave her more stubbornly resistant and dangerously resentful.
  • Irony: Maria in the sequences of the Meta-World is considered a potentially more powerful witch than Virgilia, Erika, Beatrice and Eva-Beatrice by belonging to a higher rank even to that in which Lambdadelta and Bernkastel belong. Yet in the real world she is only a normal child and, among all family members, she is the least likely to interpret the role of the murderer (despite her unstable personality) because of this condition.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Almost immediately after Rosa destroys Sakutaro, Maria asks Beatrice to teach her magic to kill her own mother. However, this is downplayed since she never gets to act on these desires and can only imagine them.
  • Kiddie Kid: Deconstructed. In the first four arcs, other characters often point out that Maria acts quite a bit younger than her nine years of age, and it's later revealed that she's bullied at school because of it. One of Rosa's Berserk Buttons is being asked how old Maria is, since she tends to interpret the question as "is she really nine?".
  • Leitmotif: Happy Maria!
  • Lonely Doll Girl: Maria's favorite tactic to combat loneliness is to make her stuffed animals and other dolls into Companion Cubes by treating them as though they're alive. Sakutaro is the most important one to her, being a gift from Rosa.
  • Love Martyr: Maria's relationship with her mother is portrayed this way when Ange talks with her. Maria always tries to think the best of her mother, despite Rosa's less than stellar parenting, constant abuse and neglect.
  • Magic Staff: In her witch form, she channels her magic through a staff that has the Ushiromiya family's one-winged eagle crest at the top, much like the one Eva-Beatrice uses.
  • Mad Dreamer: Maria sees no difference between fantasy and reality, though at least some of this is her way of coping with the troubled relationship between her and her mother.
  • Matricide: During an Indulgent Fantasy Segue in Episode 4, Maria repeatedly kills Rosa in revenge for all the abuse her mother put her through all those years.
  • Metaphorically True: She never lies, but her peculiar way of thinking and formulating things can give the impression that she is lying from an adult perspective: yes, she is telling the truth when she says "Beatrice gave her the letter". It's just that to her "Beatrice" isn't defined by her physical appearance but by her behavior.
  • Morality Pet: Beatrice is demonstrated to have a rather large soft spot for Maria, treating her better than she treats anyone else in the series. It's most likely because Maria is one of the few real friends Sayo Yasuda has.
  • Ms. Imagination: She has a vivid imagination that allows her to create many imaginary friends and have fun in her imaginary world. However, she's a depressing example in that she uses this to cope with her mother's abuse and her lack of real friends. When the things described in her diary are seen from a mundane perspective, you realize Maria is really just a lonely girl trying to deny her sad reality.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: In EP7, Maria reveals that she believes this is how she was born. Rosa would angrily deny that Maria had a father whenever Maria tried to ask her about him, and later on a priest came to Maria's school and read to them about Jesus' immaculate conception. By her own logic, this made Maria come to the conclusion that she was a "child of God" who came into this world without an earthly father like Jesus did.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Oh yes. Who else would start cracking up at magic circles apparently written in blood?
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Maria's giggling sometimes morphs into it.
  • No Social Skills: As strange and borderline creepy as she can be, she's not evil—just very socially maladjusted. Her overly childish behaviour, her inability to realize when her Verbal Tic is annoying other people, and her fixation on the occult lead her to be bullied and friendless at school and harshly reprimanded by her mother.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Maria isn't afraid of being chosen as a "sacrifice" and dying as part of the ritual to resurrect Beatrice, because she believes she will be revived in the Golden Land along with everyone anyway.
  • Oracular Urchin: She is always making cryptic comments about Beatrice and the ritual that only disturb everyone. Subverted since she doesn't actually know as much as she seems to; while Sayo Yasuda had already told her about her plan to "open the door to the Golden Land", Maria doesn't fully understand the consequences, or know the full extent, of Sayo's Murder-Suicide plan.
  • Peaceful in Death: Maria is found this way in the fourth arc. Battler notes that the murderer apparently went out of their way to make her look that way, and it actually looks pretty squicky, since she's lying so peacefully in the lap of her mother, whose face was half-blown off, surrounded by adults whose faces were half-blown off.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When she is shown wearing her witch dress in fantasy scenes and the Meta World.
  • The Pollyanna: As long as she had Sakutaro to cheer her up, at least.
  • Psycho Party Member: Treated this way in the first arc and shown to be this way in the fourth.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Maria is "pure and childlike"—which, aside from implying geniality and a loving nature (and letting her retain the imaginative power necessary for being a Creator), means that she acts a few years younger than she is, doesn't understand the concept of doubt, and has next to No Social Skills. As a result, she's bullied and rejected by her mother and her peers.
  • Purple Eyes: She has violet eyes to highlight her connection with magic and the occult.
  • Reality Warper: As a Witch of Origins (Creator), she is destined to create whole multiverses, both with the help of Beatrice and alone, even though for the moment her magic is still too weak and she can change reality only through the Endless Magic kindly granted by her mentor and Virgilia. From a mundane perspective, this just means that she has a very creative and vivid imagination.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It happens in 2 episodes:
    • In Alliance of The Golden Witch she dreams of repeatedly killing and reviving her mother (or more specifically the Black Witch she sees in her) in the most cruel and unimaginable ways, with the help of Beatrice, as a form of revenge for the death of Sakutaro and all physical and verbal abuse as well as the abandons to which Rosa subjected her.
    • In Dawn of The Golden Witch she furiously attacks Kanon when he kills her mother.
  • A Saint Named Mary: Played With. Maria is aware of the religious connotations of the name Mary, of which her name is the Latin variant, but believes that she's a child of God instead. In the fourth arc, one of the TIPS speculates that Maria is one of the Creator witches, who can create something where there was previously nothing. From a mundane perspective, this means that her highly creative mind lets her create numerous Imaginary Friends.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Does her best not to notice that her mother isn't quite qualified for the job. In the fourth arc we see that she did notice, and what she likes to imagine in order to cope with it.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Maria is the only one of Kinzo's relatives to share his knowledge and passion for everything related to occultism and mysticism.
  • Spirit Advisor: She is either this or an Imaginary Friend to Ange, depending on how you interpret it.
  • Spoiled Brat: Despite her mother's abusive tendencies, it's shown that at the same time Maria actually is a bit spoiled; Rosa will sometimes just give her what she wants to keep her from making too much of a fuss, which only goes to show how she's a less than stellar parent in more ways than one.
  • Super Gullible: Maria will believe anything you tell her as long as it's related to magic. It gets to the point that you just need to act like someone else and say you're possessed and Maria will believe you, no questions asked.
  • Third-Person Person: As is common for children in Japanese works. At nine years old, though, she's considered too old to still be referring to herself in the third person.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Shouts this repeatedly at her Abusive Mom Rosa in EP4 out of anger for killing Sakutaro in front of her before going all Ax-Crazy on her and getting revenge for him. Luckily, she's even calmer and happier when Sakutaro gets better, compliments of Ange.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Maria is a walking encyclopedia of Western occult lore. Where did a 9-year-old Japanese girl learn all this?
  • Unstoppable Rage: In the middle of Episode 4, when she decides to give her mother a taste of their own medicine. Though she's probably just imagining this as a way to cope.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the anime, nobody seems to pay much attention to her ludicrously over-the-top Creepy Child moments. In the visual novels and manga, though, they react much more appropriately.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: She believes that all of the murders will eventually lead to everyone being resurrected in the Golden Land. Because of this, Maria isn't at all concerned about her relatives being murdered, not even when her own mother dies, because she's convinced that in the Golden Land her mother will be much nicer to her than she is now.
  • Verbal Tic: "Uu~". It's later revealed that she says it so much because she believes it's a spell for happiness, since she once used it when she couldn't remember the words to a song and it made Rosa smile. It's also deconstructed; Maria's verbal tic frequently irritates her mother, who will even hit her for saying it too much, and it's said to be one of the reasons why she's bullied and friendless at school. Interestingly, her witch incarnation MARIA (at least the one envisioned by Ange) doesn't say it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Anime only; at the end of the fourth arc, she isn't seen or mentioned again after going to her "test". In the VN and manga, Battler finds her the day after in the dining room, lying dead as if sleeping besides her mother, probably poisoned.
  • White Magic: Most of her spells were harmless at first. Then her loneliness started turning into bitterness...
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She is something of a subversion. Her way of thinking can seem absurdly innocent and naive, yet she has a deeper insight on life than any 7 to 9 year old girl should have.
  • You Killed My Mother: She instantly transforms into her witch form and bombards Kanon with numerous Fireballs after she has seen him kill Rosa in EP6.

    Jessica Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)
"People are capable of creating another part of themselves inside themselves at any time. A part that they can truly like."

18 year-old daughter of Krauss and Natsuhi and fifth in the line of succession. Jessica has a lot of pressure put on her by Natsuhi, being the first heir after Kinzo's sons and daughters (although technically her future husband will become the head and not her). She falls in love with Kanon. In the alternate world shown in EP7 she is no longer the first heir of the cousins, with her older sibling Lion being the first in line of succession instead.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes were black in the original VN, but became greyish-blue in the anime and light blue in the PS3 version.
  • Battle Couple: With Kanon in EP8.
  • Book Dumb: She doesn't seem to do very well in school. However, it's possible that her grades are simply average and being "average" just isn't enough for her parents.
  • Catchphrase: "Uzee ze!" (So annoying!)
  • Cerebus Retcon: During the School Festival in the second arc, Jessica gets pissed off at a classmate and Megaton Punches her with a brass knuckle. That was just a gag, right? She pulls them out again during the fourth arc and they quickly become conduits for Supernatural Martial Arts.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Not ordinarily so, but considering that her episode 2 school festival performance consisted of singing the Touhou song Tsurupettan while dressed up as Marisa...
  • Cute Bruiser: In Episode 4 fantasy scenes, she fights against Ronove using her magically-powered fists.
  • Cute Little Fangs: In the original sound novel.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Expecially notable during action scenes.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In the third arc, Kanon is briefly brought back as a spirit by Beatrice so he can talk to Jessica one last time and help her out while she's blinded. Of course, this is subverted since Kanon was never really dead in the first place.
  • Determinator: She says it herself; "'Give up' isn't written anywhere in my dictionary!"
  • Disconnected by Death: In Episode 4. Although it's a subversion, since she initially just played a scenario arranged with Sayo… who then went and killed her for real. "Confession of the Golden Witch" explicitly showed her on the phone with Battler, with Kanon pointing a shotgun to her head...
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": She wants Kanon to call her by her name instead of "ojou-sama".
  • Expository Pronoun: She uses the feminine pronoun "Watashi" for herself in contrast to her otherwise masculine vocabulary, showing she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Expy: Tsundere heiress to a Big, Screwed-Up Family that acts like a Tomboy but wants to be girly? Sounds like Mion to me.
  • Femininity Failure: During the dinner in Episode 5, where she tries to sit "straight and elegantly" so she won't appear less cultured than Erika. Rudolf's reaction is to ask her if she has a stomach-ache.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the foolish sibling to Lion's responsible in the world where Lion exists as her older sibling. Jessica is still rebellious and free-spirited, preferring to play music with her band instead of focusing on her studies; Lion, on the other hand, is a model student and works very hard to be the future head of the Ushiromiya family.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has her faults, but in the end she's one of the few unambiguously good characters.
  • Hellish Pupils: In the sixth arc, when she kills Kyrie.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to save Kanon, she took Asmodeus In the Back.... Too bad it didn't really, well, work. She also chooses to do this when given the test in the fourth arc under the logic that either of the other two choices would be worse (Choosing to kill Kannon would fill her with regret for the rest of her life, and she would need to live under the burden of having chosen to kill everyone else and Kanon would never love her if he was only left alive because everyone else had died).
  • Ill Girl: Jessica has asthma which often acts up and incapacitates when she's under stress. Subverted in Episode 7, when (that game's) Jessica reveals to Will that she's been deliberately invoking this trope. Her asthma is a put-on meant to lend her an image as a frail, sheltered lady, as well as giving her a handy way out of unpleasant situations by faking her attacks.
  • Image Song: Dokkyun Heart, which contains gems like "Au au!" and "Uso da!".
  • In Love with Love: When Kanon asks her why she likes him, Jessica doesn't know how to answer since she became interested in Kanon just because she wanted a romance of her own and Kanon was the only guy around her age who lived close to her. Jessica admits she couldn't tell Kanon that, because it would be like telling him any nearby boy would have done just as well.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Lion existing and thus becoming the second child, her personality never changed. If at all, this fueled her rebellious spirit.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Kanon, who's a servant of the Ushiromiya family while she's a member of that family. Subverted since Kanon's true identity, Sayo Yasuda, is the real head of the family.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: By Japanese-standards, her vocabulary is very vulgar and inappropriately masculine.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's one of the few people living on the island who doesn't know Kinzo is already dead.
  • Magic Skirt: See Dangerously Short Skirt above.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Kanon, at least; he fell in love with Jessica because of her energetic and rebellious spirit, and he often says that to him she's "dazzling like the sun".
  • Megaton Punch: Played for Laughs with Battler. Becomes an actual weapon in fantasy scenes.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In one of the side-stories, she summons Zepar and Furfur and asks them for a magical charm to make up with her friend Saku. Being who they are, they immediately gush about the beauty of her "forbidden love", until she corrects the misunderstanding. They don't even try to hide their disappointment.
  • Nice Girl: While she has her flaws, Jessica is a very nice and friendly girl to everyone.
  • Nice to the Waiter: She's known to treat the servants well and isn't afraid to get friendly with them, even considering Shannon one of her closest friends. Her mother highly disapproves of this, but Jessica doesn't care.
  • Oblivious Mockery: In the flash-back of Episode 7, she and Manon spend half a dialogue laughing about how some stupid girls take boy's words too seriously and get the wrong idea. All in front of Shannon, who does her best to not show any reaction. You can feel her heart being pierced with spears at each of the other two's words.
  • Ojou: She has the rich, high-class family and Big Fancy House, plus she's very popular at school and all the Ushiromiya servants treat her with respect. However, she has none of the usual personality traits associated with this trope and is a feisty Tomboy with a Girly Streak instead.
  • Plucky Girl: At a bare minimum in the fourth arc.
  • Power Fist: Her primary weapon in fantasy combat scenes.
  • Rebellious Princess: Not surprising, given how strict her parents are and how old-fashioned and patriarchal the Ushiromiya family's views are, even for the eighties.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Considering they love the same person, she could be considered the red to George's blue. More rebellious and Hot-Blooded, and trying to enjoy life to the maximum. To further the contrast, she helps Kanon to open up, while Shannon was the one to make George less timid.
    • In EP7 she can also be considered the red to Lion's blue.
  • Sailor Fuku: She wears this as her school uniform, as shown in the anime, manga and PS3 port.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Kanon's Savvy Guy.
  • School Idol: The only two reasons she became the Student Council President are a) because her parents wanted her to, and b) she's so ridiculously popular at her school that she won the election without even trying (let alone wanting).
  • She's All Grown Up: Battler's reaction when he meets her after 6 years.
    Battler: What are those, boobs?
  • Shipper on Deck: For George and Shannon. But unbeknownst to Jessica, Shannon and her own love interest Kanon are the same person.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jessica's Meta-Super in the fighting game is the Master Spark, complete with Marisa costume.
    • Her Palette Swap for the Marisa costume is red and white, referring to Reimu (her brown hair also fits, since Reimu's hair tends to shift between brown and black depending on the art).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lion in the world where they are siblings; she's rebellious, free-spirited and not very formal, while Lion is calm, polite and dedicated to being Kinzo's successor.
  • Student Council President: She currently serves as this at her school. She didn't actually want the position, but her parents forced her to run and she ended up being elected anyway.
  • Spoiled Sweet: An heiress to a wealthy family and a loyal friend to Shannon.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: She suffers from this in the world where Lion is her older sibling. Unlike her, Lion is an excellent student, the Student Council President and even captain of the badminton team. Even everyone in the family acknowledges Lion is more suited to be the next head than anyone else. This causes Jessica to feel overshadowed by Lion and her parents never stop pressuring her to be more like her talented sibling.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: To Sayo Yasuda. When Jessica asked Sayo/Shannon whether Kanon had a girlfriend Sayo was baffled that someone could love her "male" half. Having troubles with forgetting about Battler and fearing that "Shannon" and George's relationship wouldn't last, Sayo started to contemplate the idea of having a romance as a boy. Then she fell in love with Jessica during the school festival, which only worsened her internal issues.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Shannon's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Has a short, wavy ponytail and she's very much a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's feisty, rebellious and has boyish speech patterns (though not to the point of using "boku" as a personal pronoun), but she's very interested in other people's love lives and deep down she really wants a romance of her own.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks in a very low, gruff voice and her speech patterns and mannerisms are very masculine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between being Kanon's Damsel in Distress in the second arc and putting up a strong fight against Ronove in the fourth arc. And then burning Kyrie alive in the sixth arc.
  • Tsundere: Though like Mion, it's played somewhat unusually in that she's neither overly tsun nor overly dere.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Having a little trouble dealing with your target? No problem! Just make a little contract with Zepar and Furfur, call up Bronove to stick some barriers around, and Min Max your way through that yandere-off.

    George Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (JP), Josh Grelle (EN)
"Marriage means becoming your wife's ally for your entire life. From the moment I did that, I was prepared to have the whole world as my enemy."

23 year-old son of Eva and Hideyoshi, George is sixth in the line of succession. He has been working as a junior worker at his father's company, but hopes to eventually be able to own his own business. He falls in love with Shannon against his mother's wishes. Being in his twenties, he is by far the oldest of the four cousins, and tends to serve as an older-brother figure to the others. He's very good with young children.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His original sprites made him appear to be noticeably overweight and not particularly attractive, whereas the anime and his PS3 sprites make him out to be a Bishōnen of a similar degree as Battler and more muscular than fat.
  • Age-Gap Romance: A mild example, but Shannon was supposedly 14 (actually 17, due to Sayo Yasuda's age being lowered by three years when first put to work) and he was 21 when he started dating her. And he was interested in her way before that.
  • Always Save the Girl: In EP4, he chooses to save himself and Shannon in exchange of sacrificing everyone else on the island, since almost his entire family would have been against their Inter-Class Romance anyway and he believes that marrying someone means struggling to be together until the end, even if that means making the entire world your enemy. And then proceeds to subvert the trope by attacking the very demon who forced the Sadistic Choice on him.
  • Arranged Marriage: Eva was trying to arrange an omiai for George. He wasn't particularly interested and got incredibly sheepish as soon as she brought it up.
  • Badass Creed: See the above quote.
  • Barrier Warrior: In fantasy scenes, though he uses softer light than Shannon. His adds the force of any attacks aimed at him to his own attacks, rather than just plain repelling the enemy.
  • Battle Couple: With Shannon in EP8.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Battler's Veronica and Sayo Yasuda's Archie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He serves as this to Battler and Maria.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: In Episode 6, he finally tells his mother he's proposed to Shannon, and is willing to leave the family rather than lose her. Eva doesn't take it well.
  • Chastity Couple: With Shannon. Actually plays a big part in Shannon/Sayo's decisions, given her insecureties.
  • The Conscience: Usually winds up playing a supporting role to Battler here.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": He tells Shannon to stop calling him "George-sama".
  • Entitled to Have You: George confesses that he used to be this sort of guy, assuming he should be more popular with women because he "treated them well" and that he wasn't because they have bad taste in men and prefer jerks. He hit a turning point when he realized that Battler was getting more attention from Shannon and other girls not because he was a rude punk, but rather because he was an outgoing and genuine guy who didn't put up a "Nice Guy" front simply to win over girls. George admits in hindsight that his past behavior was pretty douchey and entitled, and he'd rather forget he was ever like that.
  • Extremity Extremist: Fights only with kicks, in contrast to Jessica.
  • Friend to All Children: Among all the older cousins, George is the one who cares most about Maria, acting as a sort of responsible older brother figure for her. Even when in the first episodes Maria behaves like a Creepy Child who laughs disturbingly at the deaths of the various family members (including his own parents) and exclaims several times in a crazy happiness that the witch Beatrice will kill all of them, George is practically the only one who still tries to reason peacefully with her and partly justifies this behavior by blaming Rosa's Parental Neglect.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Eva's upbringing made him both very cultured and very mannered.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: He shamefully admits this to Shannon in EP6. The time he started to feel attracted to Shannon was when he noticed she liked Battler better than him. Due to a huge entitlement complex he had back then, George came to think of Shannon as a stolen lover and decided he had to "win her back". As George overcame his entitlement complex and he started dating Shannon, his feelings turned into a more proper love, but he still shows some possessiveness towards her sometimes.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He admits to Shannon in EP6 that he was jealous of Battler when they were kids because he was so close to Shannon. When he finally proposes to her though, he realizes how childish his envy is toward Battler. In the end, it turns out he wasn't mistaken to doubt of the strength of Shannon/Sayo's feelings for him and how Battler's return would affect their engagement.
  • Image Song: Love Declaration, and the lyrics are a little… disturbing. They don't say "I love you" so much as "You are mine".
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Shannon. Subverted though, as Sayo is actually the head of the family.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In Episode 2, when he tries to fulfil Shannon's Last Request to tell her one more time that he loves her, he's killed by Beatrice before he can finish. Since Beatrice and Shannon are the same person, it was in fact Sayo Yasuda who killed him.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In fantasy scenes, he fights using magic to empower his martial arts.
  • Loving a Shadow: Quite literally. He loves Shannon because he sees her as a lovely domestic and shy young lady. That's just the character Sayo Yasuda created; Shannon's real self is very far from that.
  • Marry for Love: He says that it makes no sense to marry someone you don't love.
  • Matricide: In Episode 6, George kills his mother as a symbol of him freeing himself from her control so he can marry Shannon. It's subverted since that was just a fantasy sequence and Eva was just Faking the Dead until Erika killed her for real.
  • Meaningful Name: In Kanji, "譲治" is written with the characters for "yuzuru" (to transmit, to hand over) and "osameru" (to rule, to govern). If Kinzō gave him this name, it might be a coincidence. If Eva did, considering that she wanted George to be the next head because she couldn't… probably not.
  • Nice Guy: Played with: he used to be one in the most unflattering sense possible, which Shannon teases him about even now. He's now closer to the genuine article, though probably not as much as he thinks; some of the things he says and does, like his inner thoughts about how he enjoys "playing with Shannon's feelings" as much as he likes still tend to come across as condescending.
  • The Power of Love: George invokes this trope in the fourth arc when he and Gaap fight. Unfortunately, that doesn't help him win.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He's a lot more familiar with the seedier aspects of the Ushiromiya family, and the business world in general, than Battler and Jessica, and usually the one to encourage a cooler approach to dealing with things when they find themselves in the midst of an unpleasant confrontation. One notable example is when Rosa begins hitting Maria in EP1. While Battler eventually attempts to butt in and stop her, George realizes that Rosa won't take kindly to this, and ends up dissuading him. However, this is completely averted when it comes to his romance with Shannon, as he's perfectly willing to endanger his own standing within the family in order to marry her.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jessica's red. More cultured and composed and more traditionnal in his view of love.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Sayo started dating him in part to forget about Battler's promise and their pain from his forgetting it. It did eventually turn into proper love, however.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Has these whenever he gets serious, expecially during fantasy combat scenes.
  • Second Love: For Shannon. She started to date him once she finally got over Battler. Or at least tried to. "Shannon" indeed managed to move on, but Sayo still loves Battler and just can't completely let go of him.
  • Shout-Out: His Palette Swap in Ougon Musou Kyouku looks like Peter White without rabbit ears just solidifying the possibility of him being a Yandere.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: When he fights Gaap in EP4, he reveals that he learned martial arts from Eva.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Happens in Episode 4 fantasy scenes, in a similar way to Jessica.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His proposing to Shannon probably caused the murders as much as Battler's "sin of six years ago", putting quite a dark twist on Shannon's claim that now that she's received a wedding ring, her life is complete and she can die without regrets (because things would have gotten much more complicated after the wedding).
  • The Wise Prince: Amply demonstrated in his lectures on leadership in Ep 4 and 6, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses and levels in badassery.
  • Yandere: EP 4 and 6 raise some major red flags that he may be one. In the fantasy sequences, George won't hesitate to let everyone else die and even murder his own mother if it means he and Shannon can be together, though in both cases this is also subverted in a sense. In EP4 he tries to fulfill his decision of letting everyone else die by attacking the very demon who forced the Sadistic Choice on him, and his murder of his mother in EP6 is a purely fantasy sequence that doesn't even happen for real in the game itself. As far as the real world goes, he shows no clear tendencies towards being one.


    Kinzō Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Mugihito (JP - elderly), Daisuke Ono (JP - younger)
"Money is the crystallization of everything in this world. If you cannot grasp that then you cannot grasp the world! If a life cannot strongly grasp this world, it doesn't deserve to live!"

The head of the family, Kinzo is expected to die soon, given his fairly poor health. He is suggested from the beginnning of the series to be mentally unstable, having devoted all of his time to black magic in his study. He is obsessed with reviving the Golden Witch, who claims that she gave him his entire fortune. Adopts the name Goldsmith in the fourth arc, when he shows his powers as a magician.

  • Abusive Dad: Despite his children being adults already, he still has enough power to pull it. And just in case the emotional (and literal) beatdowns weren't enough for you, he also imprisoned his illegitimate daughter in isolation and eventually raped her.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: An in-universe example. In most of the games, Kinzo is portrayed as a temperamental, grumpy and crazy old man who doesn't give a crap about his family and only seems to care about Beatrice. The game of EP8, on the other hand, has him acting as a fun Cool Old Guy and a caring family member who clearly loves his children and grandchildren. While that game's nature is left ambiguous, EP8 Kinzō is implied to be a version of him that could have existed, had he not descended into madness, or at least a representation of a part of him that existed deep down.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The manga supports a decidedly nastier interpretation of his character, as it claims that Kinzo did, in fact, orchestrate the deaths of everyone on the military base he worked at. In the visual novel, this was only hinted at as part of a Mind Rape done by the villains, making it very easy to doubt.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The anime gave him dark hair when he was younger. This was before the release of EP7, which revealed that his hair has always been white.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: He has a similar speech as Beatrice when he's old. He spoke normally when he was younger though.
  • Arranged Marriage: Kinzo married the daughter of a high aristocratic family, who the elders forcibly chose more for their own convenience than for his. This is one of the reasons why he didn't consider his wife and children an actual family.
  • The Atoner: Turns out the whole deal with the epitaph was actually his wild gamble to establish contact with Sayo, grant her the headship, and try to somehow make up for for what he did to his daughter Beatrice.
  • Badass Grandpa: In the fourth arc, he managed to summon two of Beatrice's more powerful furniture as well as her mentor all at once. Subverted. He wouldn't have been able to do this, since he was Dead All Along.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: His polydactyly was seen as this, which is why he was made head of the Ushiromiya family legacy despite being from a branch family.
  • Byronic Hero: He appears as one of these in the first episodes, exaggerated to the point of parody. Makes sense, since he's actually dead and the "Kinzo" we see is based on the very opinionated view Sayo Yasuda had of him.
  • Call-Back: The name "Goldsmith" was from a gag in the first EP, where Battler jokes that Kinzo should join in the Western Theme Naming.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Most of his expressions, laughing or crying, are wide open-mouthed, as if to literally chew all the scenery. One textual example from Ep 7:
    He sometimes scratched at his head in anguish, sometimes faced the heavens like an opera singer.
  • Childhood Friends: With Genji. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
  • Cool Old Guy: In EP8's ideal game, where he's much nicer than in previous games and jokes around with his grandchildren.
  • Crazy People Play Chess: His chess games with Beatrice during the first episodes, as everybody around him gets brutally murdered.
  • Dead All Along: In almost every arc he's actually been dead for about two years, with the only exceptions being EP7 and EP8 since those are "what if Kinzo were still alive" scenarios. He only appears to be alive thanks to Beatrice's Unreliable Narration, along with Krauss and Natsuhi's efforts to convince the rest of the family that he's shut himself in his study.
  • Deal with the Devil: Beatrice tries to convince Battler that the whole Rokkenjima tragedy was because of one of those on Kinzo's part. Which is obviously false, since Kinzo had been dead for years.
  • Death Seeker: During World War II he joined the army hoping to be killed in battle, only to be assigned to an engineering job far from the front lines. He got over it when he met Beatrice.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He was implied to have crossed it when Beatrice Castiglioni died, fueling the eventual Parental Incest with his daughter.
  • Determinator: His lifelong reputation. Even the children who suspect he's dead are uncertain enough to fear his wrath. When asked how plausible it would be for him to leap from a 3rd story window to take a peaceful stroll in a typhoon, everyone accepts it as pretty typical for him.
  • Doting Grandparent: In the ideal setting of EP8's game, Kinzo absolutely adores his family and loves to play around with his grandchildren.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: One of the many unhealty ways he tries (and fails) to get over Beatrices' death.
  • Empty Shell: Episode 7 shows he was this before meeting Beatrice. See Death Seeker above.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Reviving a witch who requires your entire family to be sacrificed doesn't seem like a good idea to begin with, and sure enough, he's found as one of the sacrifices in most of the early arcs. Subverted; he actually died two years prior of natural causes, after meeting Sayo and granting her the headship.
  • Evil Old Folks: Well, according to the fourth arc, he sics Beatrice's demons on his entire family. Subverted. See above. Now, when he was alive, he was definitely abusive toward his family, even in his old age.
  • Evil Sorceror: Particularly in the fourth arc. Completely out of his mind, yes, but then, who in this family isn't? Well, except that he's not actually a sorcerer.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: While raising Beatrice Castiglioni's daughter, Kinzo was well aware of the ugly desires bubbling up within him, to the point that he even discussed them with Nanjo over drinks. Despite his fears that he may end up crossing a line and doing something he regretted, that exactly what ended up happening when he impregnated his daughter, and Kinzo was tormented with the weight of his sin for the rest of his life, especially after the child's death was faked to protect it from him.
  • Extra Digits: Kinzo was born with six toes on each foot. This fact is almost always used to identify his charred corpse.
  • Flanderization:
    • Notably, this happens to him in-universe: he was dead by the time of the murders, which means the "Kinzo" we see in the first episodes is based on how Sayo Yasuda viewed him.
    • In parody works involving him, his eccentricity, drunkenness, and frivolous spending are cranked Up to Eleven.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: He has a fetish for western cultures in general (though he seems to be particularly fond of Italy and Germany), being obsessed with the western occult, building himself a western-style mansion to live in and giving his children and grandchildren western names transliterated from kanji. His flashback in EP7 shows that he was fond of foreign literature as well.
  • Formulaic Magic: His magic is said to be based heavily in probability. Indeed, he is well aware that his gambit to find his lost child by writing a difficult riddle for them to solve that would lead to his hidden gold only has about a one in a quadrillion chance of working. But lo and behold, it does.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first four Episodes, while the other "sacrifices" die in various ways, Kinzō alone consistently ends up burned to a crisp. That's because he's a charred corpse from the beginning.
  • Gambit Roulette: Kinzo is well aware that establishing contact with his lost child, Sayo, and granting him/her the headship is a huge gamble, even lampshading it with the quote at the top of the chapel.
  • Generation Xerox: Battler's relationship with Beatrice is later shown to heavily mirror Kinzo's own relationship with both Beatrice Castiglioni and Beatrice Ushiromiya.
  • A Good Way to Die: Moments before dying, Kinzo got to meet "Beatrice" (Sayo in disguise) one last time and ask for her forgiveness for having raped her mother. He also passed the family headship to Lion/Sayo, his and Beatrice's child, as he always wanted and got Lion/Sayo to call him "Father" for first and last time. Kinzo then died with no regrets left. Once Sayo found out about the horrible things Kinzo did, she felt Kinzo didn't deserve to die in such a satisfying way.
  • Grumpy Old Man: At his best, he's this. At his worst, he's an abusive Jerkass.
  • Gun Nut: If there's something other than Beatrice and the occult that Kinzo definitely loves, that's Sawed Off Shotguns. He has an entire collection of them and it's Serious Business for him when amateurs can't tell the difference between the types.
  • Hot-Blooded: People often describe him as this. we get to see in the final battle of ''Twilight of the Golden Witch".
  • Image Song: A Song of Scattered Love ~ My Beloved Golden Witch, which is shared with Genji.
  • Incoming Ham: His "Happy Halloween" entrance in Episode 8.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He strongly resembled Battler when he was young, and Battler himself isn't hard on the eyes.
  • Jerkass: Even in Eva's flashbacks in Arc 3. The candidacy of most of his descendants for at least Jerkass Woobie can largely be laid at Kinzo's feet.
  • Karma Houdini: In a way (see A Good Way to Die above). He died peacefully and with no regrets, and though he was deeply ashamed of his treatment (and eventual rape) of the second Beatrice, he got no comeuppance for that aside from Genji concealing their child's existence. This later fed into Sayo's bitterness, who made sure he did get his comeuppance in every Episode she wrote.
  • Kick the Dog: Nearly every scene we see him interact with anyone that's not Beatrice is a Kick the Dog moment for him. Even taking into account that he was not actually alive for most of the series. The final episode makes an effort to subvert this, however, as Battler goes out of his way to show that Kinzo was capable of being a loving patriarch, despite it all.
  • Large Ham: Most of the scenes he appears in, he is screaming at the sky like the insane man he is.
  • Laughing Mad: According to Natsuhi, this was his reaction when he learned that the child he had entrusted to her had fallen off a cliff; screaming something like "You escaped me again, did you?!"
  • Leitmotif: The slow, solemn and slightly sad Rose. Not coincidentally, it also plays in Episode 6 the fist time Battler appears as the Game Master.
  • Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Beatrice Castiglioni the moment he first saw her.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Deconstructed. After Beatrice Castiglioni died, Kinzo became obsessed with her daughter as she grew to look identical to her mother, convincing himself that she was his lover's reincarnation. The problem was she was also his daughter and he ended up raping her.
  • Love Hurts: Both you and your family, after it has made you crazy.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: EP7 shows that he was nothing less than a Nice Guy in his youth, and The Woobie to boot. It got worse, horribly, when he became obsessed with Beatrice. He was so much in love with Beatrice Castiglioni that her Death by Childbirth ensured that he would never be completely sane ever again. He views any of her descendants as "Beatrice" in a desperate attempt to convince himself that she can come back to him, from raping his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya due to her Strong Family Resemblance to having Sayo wear Beatrice's dress when they finally meet (though in the latter case, he's also trying to atone for having raped Beatrice Ushiromiya to begin with).
  • Love Makes You Evil: Taken Up to Eleven in the manga by revealing that he was the one to start the massacre in the military base, feeding into the narrative that he was always a madman who wanted to "have the gold and Beatrice all for himself."
  • Loving a Shadow: After his lover Beatrice Castiglioni's Death by Childbirth, he convinced himself that their daughter Beatrice II was her mother's reincarnation and attempted to carry on their love with her, even though she couldn't understand or return her father's feelings.
  • Mad Love: Given how crazy he is over Beatrice, it's telling that he just about never comes up in any of her speech, except how he relates to the murders. Heck, she actually has her Mooks eat him alive in one ending. This behavior is very much justified once the true relationship between her and Kinzo is revealed, as while Kinzo and his original mistress genuinely loved each other, their granchild who ended up playing Beatrice in 1986 barely knew Kinzo and went on to despise him.
  • Madman in the Attic: He may have locked himself in there, but he still fits pretty darn well. Except for the fact that he's dead, of course.
  • The Mourning After: Kinzo has never stopped loving his mistress Beatrice long after her death and his wish to bring her back with magic is was drove him to become obsessed with the occult. Now, he seems to be engaging in the ceremony that involves sacrificing everyone in the island in order to bring her back to life. While the last part turns out to not be true, he did believe his love with Beatrice to be eternal and once she died, he tried to carry on their love with their own daughter, deluding himself into thinking she was her mother's reincarnation.
  • Murder by Cremation: In most of Beatrice's games, Kinzo's corpse is found burnt in the incinerator of the mansion's underground boiler room. It's later subverted with the revelation that he actually died of natural causes two years before the story begins.
  • Necromantic: Kinzo had a mistress a long time before named Beatrice, and he seems to be engaging in the ceremony in order to bring her back to life after she died years earlier. This is later proven false, since Kinzo wasn't alive in order to orchestrate the ceremony. And while he did have a mistress whom he desperately wanted to come back to life, the "ceremony" was not a magical ritual to summon her, but to rather find their child so that he could beg for forgiveness.
  • Never My Fault: Since the beginning of the story, when he is not busy laughing or crying madly invoking the name of Beatrice and the ritual for his resurrection and spends time commenting on the family reunion on the partition of his legacy, Kinzo defines with contempt that Krauss, Eva , Rudolf and Rosa are nothing more than ungrateful vultures ready to feast on his body once he is dead (and not showing the least affection neither for them or their respective children). He never realizes if not in EP8, during the game created by Battler for Ange, that if his children have come to hate him to such an extent, the fault is uniquely only his.
  • Not So Above It All: The stern and scary Kinzo of arcs 1-7 gives way to a Kinzo genuinely delighted to see his children and grandchildren to the extent that Genji winds up refraining whenever he says hello to anyone to remember his dignity.
  • Omniglot: In Episode 1, Battler mentions that it's hard to find books written in Japanese in his library, and wonders just how many languages he can read. His skills in English actually helped him to negotiate with the GHQ during the American occupation.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: As part of his Necromancer appearance.
  • One of the Kids: In EP8's ideal setting of Battler's game for Ange, Kinzo is shown horsing around with Maria (which in this arc he defines her like his favorite granddaughter, in stark contrast to what was revealed in EP 3 in which his daughter Rosa said that Kinzo never wanted to meet his granddaughter after he tried to force the same Rosa in vain to change Maria's name) and Ange.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Lion Ushiromiya, his child/grandchild by Beatrice II. In the world where Lion grows up as his successor, Kinzo wants no other but Lion to become the next family head and personally grooms Lion for the position. In the world where Lion grows up as Sayo Yasuda, Kinzo immediately takes a liking to Shannon once he figures out she's Lion and even teaches her how to shoot his precious Sawed Off Shotguns, something he would never let anyone else do.
  • Parental Incest: With his daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya. He saw it as a Reincarnation Romance, since she looked so much like her mother as she grew older, but she couldn't understand or return his feelings.
  • Parental Neglect: When he was not busy to physically and emotionally abusing them, Kinzo often ignored his 4 children and let his wife and servants take care of them.
  • Pater Familicide: Through the summoning of Beatrice. Subverted then Double Subverted; he's dead by the time the story begins, but before his death he did write a cryptic epitaph in hopes of "summoning Beatrice" (i.e., contacting his lost child Sayo Yasuda/Lion Ushiromiya, who carried Beatrice Castiglioni's blood) and let everyone read it however they liked. The deaths of his heirs as a possible consequence of interpreting it did not escape his attention. Not to mention the times when he would go into the hidden room where the gold was and flip the switch of the bomb to go off if he didn't come up with a good idea by midnight.
  • The Patriarch: Of the Ushiromiya family.
  • Pen Name: He uses the name "Goldsmith" to sign the grimoires he writes.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The scene in the first arc where he tells Natsuhi that even though she isn't qualified to wear the family crest on her clothes, that it's in her heart and to not listen to the family members who would mock her. Subverted, as he was actually dead and Natsuhi was just being delusional.
    • His behaviour towards Lion in EP7 could also count towards this. However, this is because Lion is actually his and Beatrice Ushiromiya's child, and thus he's trying to atone for his sins by ensuring Lion succeeds him.
    • Also according to Kanon in EP6 when Kinzo was away from the family members and he was alone with Kanon, he would reveal a soft side toward Kanon and even was the person that taught him how to fire a gun. Again, this is because Kanon's true identity is Sayo Yasuda, Lion's Alternate Self and thus Kinzo's child.
  • Phrase Catcher: "I wouldn't put it past father/grandfather." Whenever they talk about him doing something Crazy Awesome.
  • Pragmatic Hero: It's possible to interpret his actions on the military base in the manga as this. Kinzo could have orchestrated the deaths of both his and the Italian units not out of a budding madness, but because he predicted that revealing the gold would turn everyone against each other anyway, and so chose to ruthlessly manipulate how things went in order to ensure that he and Beatrice made it out alive.
  • Puppet King: Before building his home on Rokkenjima, he was the head of the family in name only. Everything in his life, including his wife, was decided by the elders.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Usually begins with OOOOOH BEATORIIICHEEE!! WHY DID YOU ABANDON ME!! and continues from there for a few minutes. Every day. You have to feel sorry for Genji. It's at least partly due to in-universe Flanderization.
  • Reincarnation Romance: He wanted to believe he had this with Beatrice Ushiromiya, his daughter because she looked so much like her mother Beatrice Castiglioni.
  • Sanity Slippage: By Genji's own words, after he lost his beloved Beatrice. Although going by the manga's interpretation he wasn't exactly the sanest man around, even before that.
  • Self-Made Man: He was tasked with reviving the Ushiromiya prestige which was toppled in the great Kanto quake. He did it, to the surprise of everybody.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Kinzo is revealed to be particularly fussy about his clothes in Twilight.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Beatrice-sexual. He even obsesses over her daughter because he believed she carried the soul of his beloved Beatrice Castiglioni.
  • Skyward Scream: "BEATORIICHEEEEEEE!!!!!!"
  • Spirit Advisor: He serves as this for Natsuhi within her delusions, along with Beatrice.
  • Springtime for Hitler: He enlisted in the army because he wanted to be killed on the front. But because he had some experience with construction, the higher-ups sent him to a secret base on an isolated island where no deadly battle was ever likely to occur. It ends pretty well for him though; well, apart from the whole "massacre over 10 tons of gold" thing.
  • Straw Misogynist: His behaviour towards Eva in EP3. Dude has some serious issues with women.
  • Summon Magic: The TIPS say that this is his specialty. It's probably a reference to how he managed to "summon" Sayo Yasuda/Lion Ushiromiya with the epitaph, despite the low odds.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Kinzo was clearly more in love with Beatrice Castiglioni than the woman his family had made him marry, especially since it's shown that before he met Beatrice he was very unhappy with his life and felt detached from his wife and children as a result.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In-Universe, he's known for loving areca nuts which is a hint that the "beloved hometown" mentioned in the epitaph is Taiwan. When it comes to drinks, he seems rather fond of absinthe, a drink (erroneously) attributed to cause delusions.
  • Troubled Abuser: Kinzo was manipulated as the heir to the Ushiromiya family, made to marry a woman he didn't love, sent himself off to World War II while hoping he'd be killed on the front so his misery would end and finally met his true love, Beatrice Castiglioni, only to have her and later their daughter both die. He winds up half-insane, is abusive to most of his children (expecially to Eva, by denying her the right to be the heir purely for her gender despite being more talented in business than her eldest brother Krauss) and has a child with his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice Ushiromiya, through rape.
  • Unexpected Successor: He was actually from a branch family of the main Ushiromiya line that had the least influence but after an earthquake that killed most of the family members, the title of family head fell onto him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: A late scene in EP7 implies that Kinzo was the one to suggest that the Japanese steal the Italian gold, a Call-Back to scenes in EP 4 where Gaap says he chose to let everyone other than himself and his loved one die. Nowhere does this show up in Kinzo's self-narrated flashback, and the very context behind the scene casts doubt on it since it's part of a Mind Rape done on Ange. The manga, however, claims that this indeed happened.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Is stated to have utterly no talent in magic whatsoever. However, through absurd amounts of hard work he managed to become a master summoner. The tips describe him as a magician who can't even cast a spell to heat water, yet can summon a demon that can boil away an ocean. This could be foreshadowing for how his "summoning" of Beatrice (that is, his wild gamble to find his lost child, Sayo, who he made to dress up as Beatrice for him when they finally met) succeeded.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He certainly comes across this way now, but in his youth it seemed he was a subversion, being much less of a Jerkass and still having white hair. The manga claims that he was the one who suggested that the Japanese steal the gold from the Italians, playing this straight, while the original visual novel left the authenticity of this fact ambiguous.
  • Wife Husbandry: He raised his illegitimate daughter, Beatrice II, to be a replacement for his lover and her mother Beatrice Castiglioni as she grew up to resemble her mother more. Unfortunately for him, she couldn't understand or return his feelings. Things turned out horribly wrong for both of them as a result.
  • Yandere: His obsession with Beatrice Castiglioni seriously makes him go over the edge. In the manga, he started the massacre in the military base, which is very easy to interpret as his attempt to "have Beatrice all for himself". This all comes to a head when he rapes his own daughter Beatrice II because she was identical to her mother, a sin that torments him for the rest of his life, to the point that the entire epitaph puzzle was a gambit to find their child and beg them for forgiveness.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Kinzo's wife was often suspicious of him having a secret mistress, but she never found any proof. It turns out that she was right.

    Krauss Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP)

"Don't you think education for women is like sugar in black tea? When there is none it's just tasteless, but too much of it ruins the tea."

First successor to Kinzo's fortune, father of Jessica, and husband of Natsuhi. He has poor intuition for investment, and so has squandered a lot of the Ushiromiya family's wealth on failed projects. He is largely resented by his siblings for being very manipulative.

  • Action Dad: In fantasy sequences. It is also known that he practiced boxing from a young age and that he passed this passion on to his daughter Jessica.
  • Big Brother Bully: Growing up, Krauss constantly made fun of his younger siblings and looked down on them as a way to deal with his own inferiority complex.
  • Bound and Gagged: Apparently done to him in the fifth arc (well, bound, anyway), as part of a ploy to frame Natsuhi for the murders that occur.
  • The Dutiful Son: He and his family are the ones who stay on Rokkenjima and look after Kinzo, since he's first in line to the headship.
  • Expository Pronoun: Since he was a teenager, Krauss opted to call himself with the formal pronoun "Watashi" because that's what the family head is expected to do. Eva even called him out on this, claiming he was throwing in her face his position as the firstborn.
  • Genius Ditz: While certaily not a genius, he is is frequently shown to be very perceptive. This becomes apparent as early as Episode 2, when he is able to notice small changes in Shannon's mood and behavior. Apparently, he can also tell when Natsuhi is experiencing headaches by the way she wrinkles her forehead.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Even after he gets swindled, he's still singing the praises of a few of the swindlers.
  • I Know Karate: He knows boxing. And he can down a goat-monster twice his size if he raises enough loser flags.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: And he's all too aware of it, which puts a huge amount of pressure on him. His arrogant attitude mostly comes from this.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He knows full well that he's not the best person to be head of the family, but he deals with this by acting arrogant and lording it over his siblings.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Episode 5, he offered to divorce Natsuhi so that she and Jessica wouldn't have to suffer from the fall of the Ushiromiya family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Introduced as not much more than a manipulative jerk to his siblings as well as being sexist towards his wife and sisters, but in arcs three and four, he shows a much softer side with a Pet the Dog moment or two. For all the sexist attitude he can show when he's upset, he really does care about his family.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He shows this very effectively in the first arc, where he successfully turns the tables around in his negotiation with the other parents. However, later arcs show that he isn't quite so smart in other areas.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and Natsuhi were forced to get married as a reconciliation of her family's debts to Kinzo. They have their problems, but they really love each other.
  • Pet the Dog: In episode 17 of the anime he laments that due to being Kinzo's successor he was never as nice to his siblings (especially Eva) as he should have been. Cue Eva-Beatrice strangling him and Natsuhi. Despite his sexist attitude towards Natsuhi, later arcs also show him displaying a softer side towards her.
  • Punched Across the Room: In the fourth arc Krauss literally punches a goat man so hard it ends up falling right on top of Virgilia.
  • Sleeping Single: He and Natsuhi are shown to sleep in separate rooms.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Alienated Eva and Rosa with sexism when they were younger and he was competing with Eva over the headship qualifications. Much later, he refuses to let Natsuhi have anything to do with the family funds until it's too late to get out of the hole he dug himself into—very unfortunately for him, as she's got all the common sense.
  • Straw Misogynist: Turning you into one of these is part of the Ushiromiya standard upbringing. He's at least partly aware he's exploiting this because of his Inferiority Superiority Complex, and that Eva would actually be a better family head than him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He seems like a good guy, but lacks any business sense whatsoever. A big hint towards his complete lack of business foresight appears early in EP1 when Krauss remarks that Japan will become the economic center of the world. Unfortunately for him, the collapse of the Japanese asset price bubble would have likely completely wiped him out only four or five years later.
  • Verbal Tic: In Japanese, he seems to punctuate every question with "ka ne?"
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gotta feel sorry for the poor idiot to some extent. Although he was the heir apparent, Kinzo never really had any faith in him (for good reason) to begin with, and so he was struggling for Kinzo's approval just like Eva. The only difference is that Eva actually deserved it.

    Eva Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Miki Ito (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)

Second in the line of inheritance and George's mother. She has a lot of resentment against her older brother, Krauss, and has a rivalry with his wife, Natsuhi. She is also the wife of Hideyoshi. In order to keep her placement in the line of successors, she married Hideyoshi and had him adopt the name of "Ushiromiya".

In the meta-world, Eva-Beatrice is the manifestation of all the theories which place her as the culprit of the Rokkenjima incident. In Arc 3, it is revealed that in the Bad Future Ange comes from she survives the Rokkenjima incident and becomes Ange's caretaker while becoming the head of the Ushiromiya corporate.

  • Abusive Parent: Eventually became one to Ange when she became her legal guardian. Apparently Eva did "something" to Ange as a punishment for trying to escape her household: "something" that gives Ange panic attacks even to this day. That and all sorts of emotional abuse on top.
  • Accidental Murder: Of Natsuhi in EP7 Tea Party, which is what happened in the real world. Natsuhi impulsively jumped at Eva while she was carring a gun, which caused an accidental discharge that killed Natsuhi.
  • Action Mom: In fantasy sequences. She's the one who taught George martial arts, after all.
  • Altar the Speed: After Eva noticed that Kinzo was upset that Natsuhi and Krauss were having trouble having a child, she decided to convince Hideyoshi to marry her quickly so that they could have a child who could be usurp the place that Jessica would eventually have in the succession. Hideyoshi, who had already lost his relatives and was eager to start a family of his own, agreed. Despite Eva's motives, the two are quite Happily Married.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Played with; young Eva's desire to become the new family head is portrayed as a good thing, since she actually is the smartest and most dedicated of Kinzo's children. When Kinzo and Krauss constantly deny her the position because of sexist reasons, though, she isn't able to let it go and lets ambition and bitterness poison the rest of her life.
  • Anti-Hero: Turns out she was one the whole time. While she isn't exactly a noble person and she did very questionable things, Eva was the one who stopped and killed the real culprits in the real life massacre and she made herself into a Silent Scapegoat to protect Ange from the truth.
  • Ax-Crazy: The whole story about the mystery of the Episode 3 murders saw her alternative personality Eva-Beatrice in the role of the culprit in the fantasy sequences, in the real world was depicted in showing how Eva (after finding the gold and then being be faced by Rosa this regard) becomes prey to a frightful murderous rage that drives her to exterminate not only all her siblings but also their spouses and children without remorse. This alternative scenario was the reality in which society and Ange (before she discovered the true truth during the seventh arc) had chosen to believe.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Eva wished her entire life to become the family head. In Ange's future, she got her wish after becoming the only known survivor of the Rokkenjima Massacre. However, she lost her beloved husband and son, her only living relative absolutely hates her and the media never stops harassing her over the events of the massacre. It's no surprise when we see her in her deathbed, Eva has gone insane and decided the best way to make Ange's life hell was to make her the new family head.
  • Berserk Button: When Natsuhi scolds her for her mischievous behavior and tries to deny her the right to cross the threshold of the Ushiromiya house, Eva becomes quite vicious.
  • Big Sister Bully: When she was younger, she was constantly lying to her younger sister and teasing her (to the point that Rosa herself in the Tea Party of EP2 states that Eva even ruined her ninth birthday by constantly emphasizing that she had no friend to invite). Unlike her brothers, who nowadays recognize that they had treated Rosa badly when she was a child and they would like to have been better brothers, Eva, although she is much more contained and understanding, still can not stop herself from teasing her sister or to insult her when she is nervous.
  • Break the Haughty: Expected when George or Hideyoshi are found dead and she is still alive.
    • Leads to Unstoppable Rage in EP5 when Natsuhi is declared the culprit; after the trial, Eva loses it in the real world and begins to beat her up in a fit of rage. Not that anyone tries to stop her, besides Battler.
  • Cain and Abel: Due to the fact that in the timeline of Ange she's the only person who survived the entire massacre on the island and consequently inherited the riches of the entire family, the niece and the whole society chose to believe that she (representing the Cain of the situation) killed her 3 siblings and their families to inherit all the gold of her father and her position as head of the family, which gave rise to the theory Eva's Culprit and consequently also to the existence of Banquet of the Golden Witch that sees her counterpart of the Meta-World become a witch and kill everyone, starting with her sister Rosa and her niece Maria, just to keep every single gold bar all to herself (while in the logical sequences of reality the same Eva carried out without remorse the murders). It does not help her then that in EP1 she was one of culprit's accomplices together with her husband. In EP7 reveals that in reality she is an almost completely involuntary tragic Cain by showing her going crazy both from the terror of ending up in jail and from the feelings of guilt after she and Hideyoshi accidentally killed Krauss and Natsushi (even if she does not show hesitation in aiming her rifle against Rosa when the latter tries to manipulate her by threatening her and then bursting into a raging verbal outburst on her younger sister's body after she has been betrayed and killed by Kyrie, affirming that Rosa herself sought it out and rejoicing because, with her death, Eva gets a further share of heredity), and then kill Rudolf only after he and his wife killed her husband and son and tried to kill her too.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her martial arts prowess is discussed at the beginning of the first novel. A slightly different example in that the callback turns out to be the fact that she taught those skills to George, allowing him to be a Badass Normal in the fourth novel. Aside from that, it also explains the reason Eva-Beatrice is a melee fighter in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
  • Cool Aunt: She usually behaves very jokingly with the children of her siblings (especially Battler).
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: In Ange's future, Eva was never found guilty of the Rokkenjima incident due to the lack of evidence. The media, however, would never stop to incriminate her and create conspiracy theories with her as the culprit.
  • Death by Irony: Sort of. In the Bad Future, she dies from the same illness as Kinzō. On the exact day the Rokkenjima incident happened (October 4). All of the killing actually took place on October 5th.
  • Death Glare: She gives one to Natsuhi in EP1 .
  • Despair Event Horizon: After losing her beloved husband and son in Rokkenjima, Eva tried to start a new life with Ange. Unfortunately Ange rejected her and accused her of being the one who murdered everyone. This, coupled with constant suspicions and harassment from the media and society, made Eva lose all hope for a happy life and her relationship with Ange went downhill from there.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Part of the reason she activated the bomb was to get rid of any evidence that would incriminate her, given her Accidental Murder of Natsuhi would have been more difficult to excuse than her murders of Kyrie and Rudolf, which were more or less self-defense.
  • Education Mama: Tuesday: piano lessons; Wednesday: cram-school; Thursday: supplementary class; Friday: special school for parents and children; Saturday: special tutor. All alongside regular school. It's surprising George didn't imitate Battler.
  • Evil Aunt: Ange sees Eva this way, being convinced that she is the real culprit behind the tragedy of Rokkenjima and the murderer of her real parents. Even her niece Jessica seems to see her in this way to a lesser extent, given that if both manage to survive all the killings up to the final stages, she inevitably gets to suspect Eva. It's subverted to hell and back particularly in the final two arcs.
  • Eye Scream: Once in the fourth arc, she (or better said, Ange's perception of Eva) holds Ange at gunpoint. Then, the rifle blows up on her face, and said injuries are so horrible that Ange has to Mercy Kill her.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: One of her gloves is shorter than the other in order to show her One-Winged Eagle tattoo in whole.
  • Female Misogynist: Becomes this, to some extent, in her attempts to wrest the succession from Krauss, as she sees the genders of their children as an advantage to her. She feels plenty guilty about it, though.
  • Go-Getter Girl: When she was younger, Eva always tried and excelled at everything in order to prove herself and surpass her brother Krauss. Then her father told her she could never become family head because she was a woman. Things got worse from there...
  • Good All Along: In the future, Eva was incriminated by society as a mass-murdering monster that killed her own relatives to have the fortune all to herself. Even her niece believed that to be the truth. Despite her unhealthy greed, her desire for revenge and the bad relationship she has with Krauss and Rosa, Eva is not so bad, crazy and heartless to want to kill them just for money and business. In Prime, it was Rudolf and Kirie who killed the entire family out of greed. After seeing Hideyoshi's corpse and discovering the death of her son at the hands of her brother, Eva killed Rudolf and Kyrie for both revenge and self-defense. After that, she hid the truth for the rest of her life in order to protect herself and don't let poor Ange know the monsters her parents really were.
  • Happily Married: She genuinely loves her husband and has the most stable relationship with her spouse among her siblings.
  • Hypocrite: In the Tea Party of Episode 7, she arrives to bawl against Rosa's corpse stating that she has sought and deserved the death she had for her having become so greedy, shortly thereafter, however, she was completely enthusiastic about the idea of inheriting an even larger slice of Kinzo gold thanks to her sister's death.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In the Bad Future Ange comes from. Oddly, you see the scene in which she's implied to have died, but the actual cause of death stated in the TIPS is heart failure. Huh. That must have been some cough.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She convinced her husband, Hideyoshi, to adopt the name of "Ushiromiya" in order to keep her placement in the line of successors. It also helped that Hideyoshi had already lost his family in the war.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: After her Accidental Murder of Natsuhi in the real world, Eva decided to blow up the island and pass it all off as an accident. The other siblings didn't want to cooperate, but after Rudolf and Kyrie killed everyone but her and Eva killed them, Eva could activate the bomb and claim it was all an accident.
  • My Beloved Smother: To George. She's grooming him to become the new family head.
  • My Greatest Failure: In Episode 8, we get to see Eva deeply regretting her failure to become a good mother to Ange after Ange rejected her and Eva just gave up on repairing their relationship, which only lead to both of them becoming even more miserable.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Kyrie shoots her in Requiem's Tea Party. Certainly a miracle, although we won't go as far as to say she was "lucky"…
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: With Natsuhi. If there's a thing all Episodes get right, it's that Eva and Natsuhi absolutely despise each other. It's sort of sad, since they actually share a lot of issues.
  • Older Than She Looks: While most of the adult women in this series are quite attractive, Eva probably takes the cake. She's 50 and yet she doesn't look a day over 30. Probably doesn't hurt that she's mastered numerous martial arts and kept her figure extremely fit.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Eva disapproves of George falling in love with Shannon and makes that very clear. In Episode 6, George calls her on it. The resulting argument has her causing a major case of My Beloved Smother before finally transforming into Eva-Beatrice and trying to beat him into submission with magic. Cue Kung-Fu Wizard smackdown.
  • Parental Substitute: After the island explosion and the deaths of all their relatives and families, Eva tries to become this for Ange.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Verbally aggressive even in good-natured teasing, a little rougher on her thick-skinned siblings, but downright bloodthirsty with Natsuhi.
  • Pet the Dog: She genuinely seems to love her husband Hideyoshi, and gets a touching scene with him in episode 3 of the anime. They find her and Hideyoshi's bodies approximately 90 seconds later. Also, despite (and because of) what you'll hear about Eva-Beatrice, the third arc serves as a giant Pet the Dog moment for Eva. At least until she turns out to be the culprit, or something.
  • Purple Eyes: Like for her niece Maria, her eyes in the anime and in the versions on PS3 are violet as Foreshadowing for the birth of her witch version, Eva-Beatrice.
  • Resentful Guardian: As Ange's caretaker, Eva made no secret of the fact that she wished Ange was the one who died instead of her own son George, who had been killed in Rokkenjima. The fact that Ange was the daughter of those who directly killed Eva's family probably didn't help matters. It gets complicated since turns out Eva always still cared for Ange to some extent and was protecting Ange from the Awful Truth of Rokkenjima by deliberately directing all of Ange's hate on herself.
  • Rich Bitch: She acts equivalent to the trope, but usually over position in the hierarchy, rather than actual money, since everyone's filthy rich.
  • Sanity Slippage: Third arc only, where you can really start to see her lose it after Hideyoshi is killed, until the end, where she ultimately goes Ax-Crazy.
  • Silent Scapegoat: Chose to have Ange hate her forever rather than tell her the truth about what really happened on the island, which she feared would be too much for her.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her husband is one of the few real Nice Guys in the series. She loves him very deeply and is usually at her best mood when he's around.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Part of her outfit.
  • Sole Survivor: In the world of 1998, she is believed to be the only survivor of the Rokkenjima Incident. This is not a good thing, for her, or for Ange, the only other living Ushiromiya.
  • Spanner in the Works: Episode 1. While she gave Battler useful advice in accordance with the "scenario", she also did everything she could to make Natsuhi spit out that Kinzō was Dead All Along, which could have ruined Sayo's plan. Surely enough, she and her husband were disposed of right after that scene.
  • Split Personality: Though similarly to Sayo, this is symbolic of her internal conflict rather than an actual split.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: How she was treated by her father and brothers in her childhood.
  • Stealth Insult: Notably in the early arcs, her favorite targets being Natsuhi and Rosa.
    Eva: It's so nice for a child to have dreams! By the way Rosa, how old is Maria this year, again? ^__^ The Insult... 
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Eva-Beatrice.
  • Supreme Chef: It's only very briefly mentioned in the story, but according to a TIP she is very skilled and creative when it comes to cooking, to the point Hideyoshi calls her a "Witch of the kitchen".
  • Talking to Themself: With Eva-Beatrice in EP3.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In the world of 1998, Eva suffered from the constant accusations and harassment from society that made her out as the culprit of the Rokkenjima massacre and created a bad image of her and her family. Eventually, Eva finally broke down and started to become the monster everyone expected her to be.
  • Tragic Heroine: Her action during and after the real-world massacre can be seen as an example of this. Eva was the one who stopped and killed the real culprits, Rudolf and Kyrie. Sadly, they killed her husband and she was too late to save her son. After that, Eva hides the truth for the sake of self-conservation and to protect Ange. As a result, Eva is rejected and despised by her only living relative and spends the rest of her life being constantly accused and harassed by the media.
  • Troubled Abuser:
    • After surviving the Rokkenjima Incident, Eva initially tried to be a good guardian to Ange. However, things broke down, with Ange acting essentially as a little girl in her situation would. This hit Eva's Berserk Button, and things went downhill from there. Driven mad by grief for her son and husband and the constant harassment from the media, Eva became neglectful as well as emotionally and (it is implied) physically abusive to Ange.
    • She is also used to teasing, verbally abusing and, sometimes, even trying to psychologically subjugate her younger sister Rosa whenever she gets the chance as a way to vent her constant discontent due to frequent fights with Krauss and the Kinzo's abuse.
  • Unexpected Successor: Third arc. Although she's not actually that far down the chain, there was no reason to expect Krauss to pass away, and after he does, the hope would be that Jessica's husband could succeed after him. In addition, Eva has the Heir Club for Men baggage to deal with.
  • Womanchild: Despite her 50 years, Eva mentally never grew up enough after Krauss and Kinzo ripped off her chances of becoming the heir of the family because of her gender. It is a test her continuous teasing everyone whenever she has the opportunity and her constant attitude from Alpha Bitch in regards to Rosa, Natsuhi and Shannon (which looks down on her, judging her as a person of rank and prestige too inferior to be with her son George) simply because she is completely unable to leave her family past behind and move on despite having a loving husband who loves her and a very sympathetic, kind and polite son. All this is much more exemplified by observing her counterpart Eva-Beatrice, who substantially embodies her most infantile and obscure sides.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Most of her issues come from her need to prove herself to Kinzo, who hadn't acknowledge her qualities when she was young because of his view that women should Stay in the Kitchen.
  • You Monster!: She called Kyrie this before shooting her dead in the real world.

    Rudolf Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP)

"Kids nowadays can't understand the beauty of a lever-action."

Husband of Kyrie and father of Battler and Ange, Rudolf is third in the line of succession. He's an admitted philanderer. His relationship with Battler has been strained since his first wife, Asumu's, death, due to his quick remarriage to Kyrie.

  • Action Dad: In fantasy sequences, thanks to his passion for western movies, he is one of the most skilled characters in handling firearms.
  • Ax-Crazy: EP7, at least, where he declares that killing people is surprisingly easy and very fun.
  • Badass Normal: In fantasy scenes, instead of using magic he becomes supernaturally good with guns.
  • Big Brother Bully: Like his older siblings, he was this for Rosa and, in the second arc during the Tea Party, it was affirmed by Rosa herself that Rudolf tormented her and betrayed her more than Eva and Krauss put together. In EP8 it is revealed that it was he himself who destroyed his sister's rag doll in front of her.
  • Black Spot: Hilariously played with in one of Tsubasa's TIPS. Kyrie and Battler offer him a shaver as a present, but Beatrice has switched the cousin's presents, and the shaver is replaced by a kitchen knife. Rudolf opens the present… while he's calling to arrange a date with a mistress. Pale face and cold sweat ensues, and he promptly ends the call.
  • Break the Haughty: EP6. It's one thing to find your wife's body burned alive but it's another thing to lose your son as well.
  • Cain and Abel: In the seventh game (which unlike the others belongs to the reality of the future of the timeline 1998) it is revealed that he and his wife Kyrie are the real culprits of the massacre. Although it is Kyrie who kills his younger sister Rosa and then tries to unsuccessfully kill his older sister Eva (all shortly after the accidental killings of Krauss and Natsuhi), Rudolf does not seem so sorry about it, seeing it mainly as an advantage because in this way he will obtain all his father's inheritance for himself. Because of this, he is make no scruple in cruelly killing his nephew George and then trying to shoot Eva (miraculously survived). Also in Episode 8, aided by Kyrie and Battler, is no problem for him to slaughtering everyone and laughing at it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: After EP4's revelation that Asumu is not Battler's birth mother it was believed that Rudolf was aware of this. And in EP5 it is highly implied during the 19th person talk that Rudolf was going to tell Battler in EP1 after the letter reading, thus his 'I'm going to die' stint. However, he is never actually seen telling Battler nor is he seen telling anybody.
    • He finally does tell Kyrie in EP8 that Battler is her biological son, and he was responsible for switching him with Asumu's child, who was miscarried, because he didn't want anyone to know he had an affair with Kyrie. Kyrie takes the news better than what would be expected of her at this point.
  • Commitment Issues: Horribly so. He claimed to love both Asumu and Kyrie, but he just couldn't decide to settle down with only one of them and kept having an affair with Kyrie even after marrying Asumu. He went as far as to switch Kyrie's son with Asumu's stillborn child because he didn't want to choose only one of them. He finally settled down with Kyrie after Asumu died, but it seems he hasn't abandoned his cheating habits yet.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: According to Kyrie's diary entries that Ange reads after the Rokkenjima incident, Rudolf's business practices were rarely ever not skirting the law in some way. It's only recently that it's come to bite him in the ass and get him slapped with a lawsuit, which is why he wants the gold. Apparently, a few of the people he swindled hanged themselves, though this is only something he muses after he's completely snapped and gone on a murderous rampage.
  • The Dragon: To Kyrie in Episode 7.
  • Duel to the Death: A rare successful one in Episode 3.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Episode 7, he constantly tells Kyrie not to go after Battler when they're massacring everyone else on the island. It's even hinted that he wouldn't have listened to Kyrie to shoot his own son if Battler didn't believe his lies.
  • Evil Uncle: Next to representing a sort of Cain to the Abel of his sibings, Rudolf is more than willing to kill all their respective families in order to get all the gold for himself and his family, showing us when he kills George in cold blood.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: To Eva in EP7 after killing George.
    Rudolf: Go ahead and shoot... I doubt that'll bring you much peace, though.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Comes off this way in the Episode 7 Tea Party, especially while killing George. George even comments how it's oddly appropriate that his uncle, who's always smiling and joking, is still doing so even while brutally murdering him.
  • Handsome Lech: He has always been a shameless womanizer. Before Asumu died, he never wanted to completely commit either to her or Kyrie and he apparently hasn't dropped his skirt chaser habits even after marrying Kyrie.
  • Harem Seeker: In his youth. He later got over it... for the most part.
  • Hidden Villain: He and Kyrie are the real culprits of the massacre shown in EP 7's tea party. The manga goes as far as revealing that the One Truth in Eva's diary indeed is the same as the events of the EP 7 Tea Party.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In Episode 8 he and Kyrie manage to each fire a bullet simultaneously and make the bullets clash. 10 cm from Erika's head.
  • Leitmotif: With Episode 7, Yomotsu Hirasaka Corruption is now heavily associated with him.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds them when Battler and Kyrie are killed in the sixth arc.
  • Millionaire Playboy: It's later shown that this has caused a lot of Kyrie's issues.
  • Overprotective Dad: To Battler in EP7. Fanon turns it Up to Eleven in doujinshi.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward Battler despite constantly mocking him. In EP6 he literally breaks down when he finds Battler's body and refuses to believe it was suicide, and is the first person to take the gun.
  • Parent with New Paramour: One of the reasons why Battler distanced himself from his family was because he was VERY displeased with his father's remarriage.
  • Remarried to the Mistress: Married his mistress Kyrie soon after Asumu's death, to Battler's chagrin.
  • Shotgun Wedding: With both Asumu and Kyrie. He married them because he got them pregnant and they made him feel he had to take responsibility for it.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Especially in Episode 3 during his fantasy scenes.
  • Taught by Television: "Don't underestimate the western-loving generation!"
    • This actually plays a big role in EP7. He understands how to use the guns that are on the island more easily than anyone else because he's watched so many Western movies.
  • Tragic Villain: The more sympathetic interpretation of his actions on Rokkenjima. He and Kyrie decided to massacre everyone on the island after realizing there was no way to walk back from the lines they'd ended up crossing in the confrontation over the family gold. And unlike Kyrie, Rudolf even struggles to brace himself for the possibility that he may have to turn on his own son because of this.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In the real world, he and Kyrie were the psychotic murderers that worked together to kill everyone, all whil reaffirming their love for each other.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: One could say he is as much to blame for Sayo/Shannon's breakdown as Battler's "sin from six years ago". It was because of Rudolf remarrying to Kyrie so soon that Battler left the family and didn't return to see Shannon for so long. Years later, Rudolf begged Battler to return to the Ushiromiya family just when Sayo was at her most emotionally and mentally unstable. Not wanting to deal with her confused feelings anymore, Sayo decided to try and end everything by killing the entire family.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He got Kyrie pregnant while he was still married to Asumu, which is what Battler felt the most outrage for. It gets Played for Laughs in the TIPS where Rudolf cheats on Kyrie with Belphegor and Kyrie makes him pay for it.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: EP1 he tells Battler and Kyrie that he's going to get killed. Battler doesn't believe him. Next morning, he's in the shed. Then it turns out he was planning to tell Kyrie that Battler is her real son and was afraid of how she'd react. Oh, the irony.

    Rosa Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP)
"I'm sorry for having been such a bad Mama..."

Kinzo's youngest daughter, mother of Maria and fourth in the line of succession. Although Battler describes her as a calming figure, her relationship with Maria is very troubled.

  • Abusive Mom: The relationship between her and Maria is complicated, to say the least; when Rosa isn't being extremely protective or overindulging Maria, she's slapping Maria across the face and yelling at her.
  • Action Mom: In the fantasy sequences, among the rest of the other parents except Kyrie, she is the one with the most noticeable moments of action throughout the eight episodes. Her action moments are so iconic that the general fandom has given her the title of Rosa Musou (in addition to the famous reputation of best mom ever) with even a personal videogame dedicated. She is also the only parent (not counting Eva-Beatrice) to have been inserted as a playable character in Ougon Musou Kyoku (Umineko Golden Fantasia). It is recognized that when she fights to protect Maria, Rosa is the strongest human character of all.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Next to both her daughter and her father, Rosa does not seem to be mentally stable given her alternation between attitudes from Abusive Mom and Good Parents in regards to Maria, combined with the multitude of Berserk Button she has that quickly make her lose her temper whenever her daughter makes the mistake of teasing them they make her look like she's suffering from some bipolar disorder. We should also consider the trauma that she suffered in having seen Beatrice II die as a kid girl.
  • Badass Normal:
    • At the end of the second arc, she takes on an army of goats with a rifle, a pen, and a gold ingot. And it is awesome.
    • Continues badassing it up in Episode 8 as well.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In the Tea Party of the second arch, as the last survivor, she is physically forced by Beatrice and the goats to feed on the blood and flesh of her hated siblings and threatened by the witch to hear their cries as they die continuously throughout eternity, relying on fact that in the depth according to Beatrice, Rosa herself felt immense pleasure in all this.
    • In the third arc Eva-Beatrice decides to use her magic to torture Rosa and Maria relying on memories and dreams of Rosa's childhood. For example by making her fly in the sky, in the middle of a hurricane, through the desire to fly away from Rokkenjima like a seagull or a witch of a little girl Rosa and then grant the desperate request of the latter to be able to return to the ground by canceling the magic that kept her in the air, with the sad obvious result that gravity did the rest.
  • Berserk Button: "Uu-uu-uu-!!" Maria, you're very cute, but it seems your "happiness charm" has the opposite effect, sorry.
    • To question her love for Maria to the point of stating that Rosa would never have given birth to her daughter has Erika earning a gun barrel stuck into her mouth.
    • Even mention or remind her in some way that Maria's father abandoned her is not a wise decision that almost took her to shoot Eva, her sister, in Episode 7.
  • Black Blood: Used to chilling effect when Maria kills her.
  • Blown Across the Room: All of her rifle attacks in Ougon Musou Kyoku will throw opponents off their feet; many of them will bounce them off the far edge of the stage.
  • Born Unlucky: Being born into a socially influential and economically rich family could theoretically seem a great advantage if only this family did not have the surname Ushiromiya and you had not as a father a certain Kinzo and older siblings like Krauss, Rudolf and Eva that precede you in the succession line of family inheritance. In addition to this, how not to mention the trauma of seeing one of the few kindest people in your regards be dying in front of you the day you met her. Or be abandoned while you are still pregnant by your partner, who also discharges you the responsibility of paying both your and his debts, and having to passively endure not only being constantly tormented and hampered by your own brothers and sister but also having to be forced to see how much they are happily married, while you can hardly maintain a relationship with a another man. If you add all these with being a living magnet for both The Many Deaths of You and Cruel and Unusual Death you can just add another reason to recognize yourself in this trope.
  • Butt-Monkey: Being among the first to die in the first arc is getting off easy compared to the hell she goes through in later arcs. Rosa has only survived past the second twilight once (of course, she is among the few victims of Episode 5 and 6), and that's just things involved with the murders. Outside of that, Rosa's life is practically a personalized hell for her: Being the youngest, she got picked on by her older siblings, according to Rudolf. In addition to that, if EP3 is to be believed, then she watched Beatrice II die and blamed herself for the incident, which both ends up being what drives Kinzo off the edge of insanity and is something she has to be reminded of every time Maria references Beatrice. And then on top of all that, the man she had Maria with runs off to have a family of his own while burdening her with a debt that gives her the futile hope that he'll come back to her if she pays it off, leaving Rosa to raise Maria by herself while taking up a management job she never wanted. Rosa's life is probably the most screwed up among the main siblings bar none, and second only to poor Natsuhi. At the very least, it shows that the only way to really stop Rosa once she's pissed is to practically gib her.
  • Cain and Abel: She, along with Krauss, usually represents the Abel in almost all the narrative arcs, except for the EP2 which instead sees her to wearing the role of Cain as the main accomplice of the murderer.
  • Christmas Cake: In some of the EP4 flashbacks, this seemed to be a large concern of Rosa's (she's 35), especially because any potential husbands would need to be okay with a daughter who isn't theirs. Though if we take what's revealed about Rosa's husband in EP6 into account, this may not be true at all.
  • Classy Cravat: Part of her classy Ushiromiya attire.
  • Cool Aunt: She seems to be Battler's favorite aunt, at least at the beginning of the first arc where he often describes her as a pleasant, calming person. However, it's later revealed that she has a lot of issues which she mainly deals with by taking out her frustrations on her own daughter.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Oh, boy, she does deserve a special entry for this for quantity alone.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has both brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Cute and Psycho: Like mother, like daughter. Rosa can switch from the sweetest mother to the most abusive one with such ease...
  • Death by Falling Over: According to the official logical explanation of her death in Episode 3, she ended up on the pointed ledge of the rose garden fence when Eva pushed her.
  • Death Glare: Of all the characters in the series, counting witches and furniture as well, Rosa is the scariest when she starts looking at you like this, as poor Maria knows very well.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: A more literal example in that she disapproves of Maria's obsession with magic and the occult.
  • Fashion Designer: She is the head of an company that designs, creates and sells western-style clothes and accessories whose name is Anti-Rosa.
  • Force Feeding: Beatrice forces Rosa to eat a meal made of Maria and her siblings' body parts in the EP2 Tea Party.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rosa often uses this to rationalize her harsh treatment towards Maria. Her own parents and siblings showed little mercy towards her when she was growing up, so she believes holding back on Maria would be "spoiling" her.
  • Generation Xerox: In the EP8 manga, it's revealed that as a little girl she had a stuffed rabbit named Uutan that she loved very much, rather like Maria with Sakutarou. Unfortunately, similarly to Sakutaro, Rosa's rabbit was torn apart by her older siblings. When they're hiding in her old room during the game of hide-and-seek, Rosa even makes the badly-repaired Uutan talk to Maria like Maria makes Sakutarou "talk" to other people.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sported these as a child.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Beato has Rosa drink this. It's actually Krauss' blood.
  • Guns Akimbo: In Ougon Musoukyoku X and Cross, Rosa's Meta-super move involves Maria giving Rosa and extra gun so that Rosa can launch a mega-combo against her opponent like this.
  • Hime Cut: She sports this hairstyle, to denote her position as a member of a high-class family.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Fourth arc, when she's torn apart by her own hands.
  • Hypocrite: In Episode 2, she yells at the servants that they have been bought off by the culprit and are blinded by the gold. Never mind that she was bought off herself, and is probably the one most motivated by greed in the lot.
  • I'm Not Hungry: In the EP2 Tea Party, when Beatrice presents her a meal made of the body parts of her siblings and daughter, she tries to pull this. Unfortunately, Beatrice forces her.
  • Improvised Weapon User: Although in the second arc she has a rifle, some of her other defensive moves when she wasn't armed included a pen and a chair, to varying degrees of effectiveness.
  • Kick the Dog: When she tears up Sakutaro and probably breaks her relationship with Maria for good.
  • Knight Templar Parent: To some extent, although there are a few questionable things she does that just don't seem to fall into that category.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The main reason she's The Chew Toy, at least as far as her deaths in the main story goes: Beatrice probably resents her both for her poor treatment of Maria and the death of her mother. It's most direct in the fourth arc, though…
  • Laughing Mad:
    • While Maria kills her over and over again. At some point they actually laugh mad together. What a happy family!
    • Her ending with Battler in Ougon Musou challenging Beatrice after she's killed everyone, but knowing she and Maria are soon to die.
  • Leitmotif: Worldend Dominator it is canonically hers as it was used for the first time in her action scenes to emphasize her ransom.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: According to the EP8 manga, much like Maria with Sakutarou, Rosa had a stuffed rabbit named Uutan that she took everywhere with her when she was a child because she didn't have any real friends. After she remembers this, Rosa feels horrible for tearing up Sakutarou when she should have known very well how Maria felt, since her older siblings did the same thing to her rabbit.
  • Love Martyr: The reason that Rosa's in debt is that she cosigned a loan with Maria's father. She is hoping that if and when she pays off the debt, the man will finally agree to marry her and become a proper father to poor Maria, even though he's already said he won't.
  • Magical Girl: She, as Magical Rosa, and Eva-Beatrice, as Magical Eva, form the Magical Girl duo "Magical Beatrice" at the end of their scenario in Ougon Musou Kyoku.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Her last act in the second arc is to mow down goat-headed butlers with a rifle and Maria at her side. Rudolf also explicitly describes her as "a quick-to-anger mother bear".
      Rosa: Just try laying a finger on my daughter. I'll show you how lukewarm the hell you came from is!!
    • Then comes EP8, where Erika has the guts to tell Maria her mom doesn't love her. Guess who shoves a rifle barrel down her throat?
  • The Many Deaths of You: Of all the human characters in the franchise, she is undoubtedly the one who suffered most physical torture and countless deaths (in the witches' record for each game, Rosa is shown to have the worst luck), especially in the moments when Eva-Beatrice "plays" with her and Maria in EP3 and when Maria dreams of take revenge for the death of Sakutaro with the help of Beatrice in EP4 are all counted.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her general reaction after beating or neglecting Maria. (Doesn't stop her from doing it again). This is actually Truth in Television, as it's rather common to have abusers of all kinds regret their actions upon seeing the consequences they bring to their victims, and try to compensate the abuse by acting nicer. Sadly, it's also very common to restart the cycle of abuse with one little mistake...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite being frequently called the dumbest of the siblings, she had ended up solving the riddle of the Witch's Epitaph before Eva, but didn't pursue her suspicion until later. It should also be added that in Requiem of the Golden Witch, after the death of Krauss and Natsuhi, she is the only one among the parents of the family to succeed in planning, in an appallingly lucid and cold way, a morally legal plan that allows everyone (except Eva and Hideyoshi) to solve all their financial problems and live a luxury life without even have the need to work by converting all of Kinzo's gold bars into cash, Unfortunately for her, however, her brother Rudolf and his wife Kyrie considered it, in the most unpleasantly fatal way for the poor Rosa, a naive plan.
  • Parental Neglect: When she's not abusing Maria, she leaves her on her own to visit her boyfriend. Although this may not be true at all, and it's because Rosa really is working hard so she can pay off the debt Maria's father left her in and he can come back to both of them.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Rosa does this a lot on Ougon Musou Kyoku, but it is justified due to the game mechanics; before Rosa can fire her rifle, she has to charge it first.
  • Really Gets Around: Played for Drama. One her many issues is her inability to have any stable relationship because she is a single mother. As a result she is implied to regularly get new lovers, only to break up with them shortly after - Beatrice accuses her of "losing herself in the sin of flesh". However, if what's revealed about Rosa's Love Martyr tendencies towards Maria's father is true, she may not actually be getting around much at all.
  • Repressed Memories: Her meeting with Beatrice II, and the latter's death by her fault.
  • Resentful Guardian: Maria definitely imagines that this is the case, since being a single mother has made Rosa's life a lot harder and she can't find a stable relationship because of her daughter. While it is true in some part of Rosa's psyche, it's still pretty apparent that she genuinely loves her daughter. It's complicated.
  • Slave to PR: Virtually one of her default personality characteristics. One of the main reasons that Rosa easily gets angry with her daughter is because she gives a great weight to the way in which the whole society looks at them. In her flashbacks as a child of the eighth arc, it is implicitly revealed that it was her parents and her siblings who instilled in her this sense of preservation of her apparent good image as a member of a family of great social and economic position.
  • Split Personality: The way Maria interprets Rosa's behaviour towards her (whenever her mother becomes abusive, it's because she's being possessed by a "black witch"), not being able to understand the idea of a Troubled Abuser.
  • Stepford Smiler: From the Tea Party of the second arc, it is strongly implicit that she secretly feels hatred and deep contempt for her siblings but she always hides them by adopting a tranquil attitude accompanied with a slight smile. It becomes even more evident in Ep 7 against Eva after the accidental deaths of Krauss and Natsuhi.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Maria's father left her in the middle of her pregnancy without marrying her. As if that wasn't enough, he left Rosa with a huge debt she struggles to pay off. Despite being the owner of a design company based on selling occidental clothes and accesories, her business does not go as she hopes. She usually works all day, causing her to neglect her daughter Maria. In addition, Maria is a rather problematic child. Because of all these situations (added to the fact that neither her father nor her siblings seem to be interested in giving her a hand), Rosa can't resist to physically and emotionally discharge all the stress accumulated over the years on her when Maria does not obey her and makes her nervous.
  • Tears of Blood: Sixth arc.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Crabs.
  • Trauma Button: The continuous mention of the Beatrice's name ends up provoking or an her angry reaction or a very strong migraine.
  • Troubled Abuser: Rosa was abused by Kinzo, tormented by her brothers and sister (which Rudolf acknowledges at some point), and is a single mother where the father of her daughter Maria left her without marrying her and while she was pregnant. All in all, her life's a train wreck. Is it any wonder that she winds up taking so much of it out on Maria, as much as poor Maria doesn't deserve it?
  • Tsundere: A non-romantic example towards Maria. One moment, she's scolding and yelling at her daughter and slapping her across the face. The other, she's hugging her, begging her to forgive her for hurting her and doing her best to protect her. It's not funny.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She enter this mode in EP2, when she fighting to the end against the butlers of goat to protect herself and Maria and then again in EP8, when Erika criticizes her for hers mistreating against her daughter by trying to convince Maria that Rosa hates her.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Battler says that Rudolf said this about Rosa a lot, but because of the age difference between her and the rest of her siblings, she got treated pretty nastily by them a lot of the time. Now, of course, she treats Maria quite harshly.
  • Use Your Head: One of Rosa's many attacks in Ougon Musoukyouku.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Rosa/Battler scenario on Ougon Musoukyouku ends with Rosa shooting and killing Battler, eerily mimicking the scene where Eva does the same to Battler in EP3.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Rosa usually has to work all day and hardly spends any time with Maria, leaving her all alone in the house. EP4 brings into question how much of this is true given some implications that Rosa does have some free time and uses it to spend time with her boyfriends instead of Maria, but if what's revealed in EP6 is to be believed Rosa really is working hard so she can pay off the debt Maria's father left her in and he can come back to both of them.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: She's very displeased with Maria's obsession with the occult, creepy tendencies and childish behavior, which is why she is constantly scolding and abusing her to get her to start acting her age and make some real friends.
  • Wicked Witch: Her daughter Maria sees Rosa as being replaced by a "black witch" whenever Rosa is angry towards her, since in her mind a person's change in behavior means they've been possessed.
    • In addition, her scenarios with Chiester 410 in Ougon Musou Kyoku see her directly play this role in the Meta-World as a representation of Rosa that forces Ange, Sayo and Maria to put away their toys after they have finished playing.
  • Womanchild: She's nowhere near being the most blatant example of this trope, but she does have some moments where she acts quite a bit like a child, since the harsh treatment from Kinzo and her siblings essentially deprived her of a normal childhood. At one point in EP1, she even laments that she still doesn't feel as though she's really grown up.
  • You Are Too Late: Rosa's practically made of this one. In Episode 2 she and Maria reconcile...just in time for them to die. In Episode 3 she solves the epitaph first, but presumably doesn't act fast enough and Eva arrives before her. In Episode 4 she almost takes out Goldsmith, but hesitates a little too long.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Inverted to the extreme. One of the reasons why Rosa does not get along very well with her older siblings comes from the fact that since her childhood all her school failures have been put in competition with the successes of Krauss, Eva and Rudolf, that brought her to constantly fight with her mother. Not even in adulthood the situation changes because for every family meeting Rosa continues not only to suffer from inferiority complexes in their comparisons in the workplace field but also in those parental and relational fields, because she was forced by circumstances to become a Struggling Single Mother who tries with all her strength to give a decent life to herself and her daughter Maria, a little girl who is a little mentally unstable. Instead her siblings can rely on any kind of support from their respective spouses.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Try to hurt Maria in front of her, press her Berserk Buttons or make it clear that she is not a good mother and that she hates her daughter to the point that she never wanted to have her and you'll see what happens next.

    Natsuhi Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Emi Shinohara (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)
"Without fail, I will protect all of the Ushiromiya family's honor and glory!"

Mother of Jessica and wife of Krauss, she is ninth in the line of succession. Natsuhi is under a lot of pressure, since it is her and Krauss's responsibility to take care of both Kinzo and the house, and yet she married into the Ushiromiya family, putting her at a fairly low rank on the hierarchy. She gave birth to Jessica after twelve years of being unable to have a child, a fact that Eva attempted to take advantage of.

  • Action Mom: She repeatedly tries to be this but often, compared to other established Action Moms like Rosa and Kyrie, she is always eliminated before she can actually do something to damage her killers and / or defend herself or Jessica.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult the Ushiromiya family name, head, her husband, or her own standing in the family honorably given to her by Kinzo, even if the last one isn't true.
  • Break the Haughty: Natsuhi is oftentimes far too proud for her own good. The whole fifth arc is one long Trauma Conga Line for her.
  • Butt-Monkey: In addition to Break the Haughty and Trauma Conga Line above, she gets verbally abused by Eva in EP1 to the point that she ends up running away in tears. She is also one of the first to go in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh games. She was actually the first person to die when the real life massacre started, and it was entirely by accident. To add insult to injury, despite her brave attempts to take charge in the first arc by wielding a gun and challenging Beatrice to a duel, the manga reveals that her gun wasn't even loaded and she didn't even know enough about guns to be able to tell. Suffice to say, Natsuhi is the series punching bag alongside Rosa.
  • Classy Cravat: Part of her classy Ushiromiya attire.
  • Dead Person Conversation: A few with Kinzo, although it's implied that it's because she snapped to a certain extent after Kinzo's death, rather than it being a genuine conversation with a ghost.
  • Death Glare: Whenever any of the staff of the servants commits even one mistake or shown lack of knowledge or efficiency, if Natsuhi is nearby she will begin to look at them with a deep intimidatory look.
  • Duel to the Death: In EP1, with Beatrice. She loses, and it's later revealed to be because Sayo Yasuda removed the bullets in her gun beforehand.
  • Education Mama: Not shown in as much detail as Eva, but it's still apparent that Natsuhi is very strict with Jessica when it comes to her studies, as well as just about everything else in her daughter's life.
  • Etiquette Nazi: She forces Jessica and Krauss to be sharply dressed even in the mansion's corridors. Which is, you know, their house.
  • Extreme Doormat: Ultimately averted. In the first half of the series she seems to be completely obedient to her husband and always support him whatever he does or says. In the fifth novel though, she shows she can chew him out hard when his stupidity has obviously gone through the roof.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time in the first novel, due to her chronic headaches.
  • Family Honor: She's dedicated to upholding the Ushiromiya family's honor, even though she's not a blood relative and isn't even allowed to wear the One-Winged Eagle crest on her clothes like the other relatives.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: In EP8, Sayo/Beatrice forgives her for throwing her off the cliff, saying she has tormented her long enough. Sayo/Beatrice will never forget that Natsuhi is responsible for her miserable life, but as long as Natsuhi regrets what she did to her, Sayo/Beatrice won't hold any grudge against her.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her dress is primarily purple and she's quite feminine, mature, and lady-like. Well… usually.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She tends to get worked up very easily, especially if someone is insulting Krauss. With all the stress Natsuhi has to deal with, you'd be a little high-strung too.
  • Honor Before Reason: She will protect the pride of the Ushiromiya, whether it's the smart thing to do or not.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: Because the child Kinzo gave her to raise served as a constant reminder of her failure to produce an heir herself, she pushed a servant holding the child off a cliff.
  • Hypocrite: She always goes about the importance of tradition and honor. Yet she was the one who came up with the idea of concealing the family head's death so her husband could buy enough time to pay off his debts. Not to mention she has never being disposed to face her responsibility for her crime of throwing a servant and a baby off a cliff, resulting in both's presumed deaths.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Out of an entire sharply-dressed family, Natshuhi's outfit qualifies for this trope. Even Rosa the designer dresses more conservatively.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Natsuhi's birth family. It's the cause of her Arranged Marriage with Krauss.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Believes to the very end that Kinzo loves and supports her as his daughter, even though there's no evidence he ever acknowledged her in any way.
  • I Wished You Were Dead: Her exposition about the child from 19 years ago indicates this trope in action. Natsuhi starts off claiming the baby died in an accident shortly after she wished it just disappeared. However, she later confesses it wasn't an accident; she pushed the baby along with the servant who was carrying it off a cliff in a moment of rage.
  • Keigo: She speaks very formally almost all of the time (even using the pronoun "watakushi"), more so than all of the other adults. Given that she's a Yamato Nadeshiko (or at least she's trying to be one), this is only to be expected.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Feeds into succession tensions, as she and Krauss couldn't conceive a kid for twelve years.
  • Leitmotif: Discolor in Episode 5, aka the "Natsuhi's life falling apart" theme.
  • Mama Bear: Kumasawa refers to Natsuhi as this trope by name in the first arc. Natsuhi later tries to invoke it against Beato to protect Jessica, but it horribly fails. The manga reveals she had no idea that the gun she was carrying throughout the arc wasn't even loaded, since Sayo removed the bullets beforehand.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can be translated as "summer princess". Her favorite season is fall, though.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Displays an odd variation after Jessica's birth, since hers is held in a high ponytail. This somewhat expresses her sternness despite genuinely loving her family.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her lower/head hair and her upper/ponytail hair are noticeably different shades of brown. In the original PC art, the ponytail actually seems to fade to red.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: In Episode 5 she briefly mentions that she has some experience with a naginata, having been raised in a family of Shinto priests.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: With Eva. Depending on the episode and the moment, they can be Sitcom Arch-Nemesis or really abusive towards each other.
  • Offing the Offspring: Erika suggests that she did this to Jessica in the fifth arc, though it's later proven false. However, she did push a servant holding the baby Kinzo gave her to raise off a cliff, due to the child reminding her of her failure to give birth to an heir. The baby just barely survives, but Natsuhi's actions still have severe consequences in the story.
  • Older Than She Looks: She is 47 years old but shows at least 10 less.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Despite being essentially forced to marry him and both of them having their own issues, she and Krauss really do care about each other.
  • Perpetual Frowner: A rare female example. She is very often seen with a prominent frown on her face to underscore her serious and responsible personality.
  • Pride: Her Fatal Flaw is that she can let her desire to uphold the honor of her husband and the Ushiromiya family as a whole get the best of her.
  • Sanity Slippage: Poor woman seems to have somewhat lost track of reality after Kinzo's death.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: A G-rated version: Kinzo forced Natsuhi into marrying Krauss as a reconciliation of her family's debts to him.
  • Sleeping Single: For all her dedication to Krauss, they sleep in separate rooms.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Krauss repeatedly shuts Natsuhi up. Unfortunately this isn't to his benefit, since she basically runs the house and has much more common sense than he does (at least when she isn't letting her emotions get the better of her) while he squanders their money on poorly thought-out business ventures.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Revealed in EP5. 19 years before the start of the series, Kinzo forced her to adopt a baby because of her inability to give birth at the time. For someone as proud and traditional as Natsuhi, this was the ultimate insult and she came to see the baby as a reminder of her failure as a woman. One day, Natsuhi lost control of herself and in a moment of rage, she pushed the servant who was holding the baby off a cliff.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Natsuhi seems to have a day from hell in the 5th game. She keeps getting Harassing Phone Calls from a man claiming to be her son who threatens to reveal a crime from her past. Then Jessica is murdered and Krauss is kidnapped just to have Natsuhi on a string. Not only does Krauss die anyway, but Natsuhi is framed for all the murders, gets beaten up by a very pissed off Eva and Battler is the only one who even tries to intervene. As if that wasn't bad enough, she gets accused of cheating on her husband and having a sexual relationship with Kinzo. Then Bernkastel brutally tells her in red that everything that's been basically keeping her sane until that moment was all a delusion on her part. Poor Natsuhi.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The biggest one in the series. Because Natsuhi pushed a servant holding her adoptive child off a cliff in her fit of anger, the child would grow up to lead a lonely, almost friendless life as a servant with body/gender issues thanks to the injuries they suffered from the fall, eventually leading to the Ushiromiya Massacre.
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: She insists that Jessica should act more refined and ladylike instead of feisty and tomboyish.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Natsuhi is this to Kinzo, her father-in-law, as she loves him very much and desperately wants his approval. In EP5, however, Bernkastel tells her in red that Kinzo never thought she was good enough, sending poor Natsuhi further into despair.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Tries her hardest to be this, and has quite a few characteristics of the trope, but she ultimately has too much of a Hair-Trigger Temper to fully play it straight. She'd probably fit the role better if she hadn't married into a Big, Screwed-Up Family that constantly heaps pressure on her.

    Hideyoshi Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Masashi Hirose (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

"Would ya give it a rest, Eva?"

Father of George and husband of Eva, he is tenth in the line of succession. He owns a successful restaurant chain and is a fairly cheerful and sociable man. He was married into Eva's family and took on her family name on a technicality.

    Kyrie Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP)
"Flip the chessboard around."

The business partner and second wife of Rudolf. Kyrie is Ange's mother and Battler's stepmother. She is the last on the chain of succession as far as is known (there is confusion over Maria's father). She is known to have a very strong "flip-the-chessboard" mentality about how to tackle problems, and indeed, seems to have inspired Battler's own.

  • Action Mom: Among all the parents she's the one with the most battles, especially in Episode 3 when she utterly defeats Leviathan completely on her own.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Becomes this after the manga confirms that she played a major role in the Rokkenjima massacre. It's left up to interpretation whether or not she really was a cold-blooded psychopath with a hidden disdain for her entire family, or simply a tragic woman who embraced a persona of being a cold-blooded psychopath after crossing some lines that she could never walk back from.
  • Badass Bookworm: Even in fantasy combat scenes, her biggest asset is her mind.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her outfit includes a cool longcoat that makes her look even more awesome during her fight scenes.
  • Badass Normal: During fantasy combat scenes she doesn't use magic, relying on guns and her wits instead.
  • Betty and Veronica: She was the Veronica to Asumu's Betty in their love triangle for Rudolf. Kyrie was Rudolf's business partner with a sharp and intelligent personality that could make Rudolf feel overwhelmed, in contrast with the sweet and demure Asumu.
  • Bifauxnen: With her short hair and her business-styled clothing, Kyrie could pass off as a pretty-looking man.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As appropriate to her smart and assertive personality.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Whether or not she's actually the murderer as Bernkastel suggests, EP3 and onward show that she is capable of extraordinary coldness and violence if it's for Rudolf's sake, which is why it is possible for her piece to act as it does in EP7 (pieces cannot be out-of-character).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Though she hides it very well, she is this to Rudolf. The undying jealousy Kyrie has felt towards her long dead love rival is enough to out-envy the reification of Envy itself.
  • Cool Big Sis: Battler views her as being more like this to him than a stepmother.
  • Disconnected by Death: Episode 4, same as Jessica.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Murdering your entire family in cold-blood? Just another day for Kyrie.
  • Driven by Envy: This is how she can own Leviathan (the reification of Envy) in every sense of the word.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Leviathan gives chocolate to Kyrie for Valentines Day, in the Extra Tips "Stakes Valentine Day" and in EP6 Leviathan saves Kyrie from being killed by Jessica.
  • Eviler Than Thou: A badass variation; in the third arc, Leviathan explains that it took a couple days after she was born to develop powers, making her extremely envious of her older sisters. Kyrie laughs at her and magnificently counters with what amounts to "What? You think that's envy? I envied some bitch for stealing my man from me for eighteen years!!", then shoots her to death.
  • Firing One-Handed: She's the only one to wield the rifles this way.
  • Formulaic Magic: The Power Levels for Leviathan and Kyrie are determined in how many hours they've experienced intense envy. In-game, Leviathan attempts the multiplication for Kyrie's multiplication formula, along with revealing her own, giving players the idea. In the TIPS, Kyrie is shown actually chanting her formula as she runs to give Rudolf what for after she finds him cheating on her with Belphegor.
  • Good Stepmother: Kyrie and Battler have a closer rapport than any of the children have with any of their parents. Although Battler resents his father for his rapid remarriage, he doesn't hold it against Kyrie. While they don't view each other as family, they seem to have a fair amount of respect for each other. Subverted because Kyrie did have a bitter rivalry with Battler's mother that has festered in envy over years. When in private, Kyrie admits she does resent Battler and is only forcing herself to be nice to him. In Episode 7, she shows she wouldn't have any problem with getting rid of Battler if he gets in the way of her and Rudolf running away with the money.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal:
    • In Episode 3, Kyrie admits that even though she pretends to get along with Battler, she actually can barely stand to see him because he reminds her of the woman who stole Rudolf away from her and of the child she lost when she had a stillbirth the same day he was born.
    • Zig-Zagged in regards to Ange. In the scenario Bernkastel shows Ange in Episode 7, Kyrie she coldly admits to Eva that she never truly loved her daughter; she was just her way to tie Rudolf down and only thought of her as a piece in a "make-believe family" play. Now that Rudolf is dead, she has no reason to keep "playing the role" of a mother and Ange is useless to her. Kyrie also states that she never once thought "that brat" was cute at all. Whether or not she actually felt this way is uncertain, and Battler does his damnedest in Episode 8 to show Ange that she didn't.
  • Hidden Villain: She and Rudolf are set up to be the true culprits of the Rokkenjima murders in the scenario presented at the end of Ep7, which is heavily implied and later comfirmed in the manga to be what happened in real life. Eva never wanted Ange to know the truth because Kyrie and Rudolf really were the culprits.
  • Lady Macbeth: In the real world scenario, she's this to Rudolf. She instigates him to kill everyone to have all the money to themselves and is capable of extreme coldness and ruthlessness when it comes to helping her husband in the murders.
  • Leitmotif: As of Episode 7, Ridicule is universally considered to be hers.
  • Love Hurts: Of course, it also gives you enough envy to overpower envy-incarnate, so it all evens out.
  • Madness Mantra: Played for Laughs in "The Stakes' Valentine" and "Beatrice's White Day", when Leviathan kindly informs her that Rudolf gets along very well with Belphegor.
    Kyrie: Oh my. I hope the hospital has a free room with two beds. 24×365×1895179579245988…
  • Mafia Princess: The Sumadera clan can be more-or-less summed up as Expies of the Sonozaki family, and Kyrie herself has plenty of scary moments, particularly in later arcs.
  • Mask of Sanity: At first glance, Kyrie is an affable and collected woman. It's only when the subject of Asumu is brought up that it starts becoming clear that Kyrie is not as stable as she appears to be. Bernkastel exploits the implications of this trope to the fullest to traumatize Ange in EP7's Tea Party that shows Kyrie going on a rampage and murdering most of the Ushiromiya family. While the manga confirms that this indeed happened, Battler tries to debunk the theory that Kyrie truly was insane in his EP8 game.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly, as "Kyrie" means "Lord" in Greek, in addition to being a Japanese name.
  • The Mistress: Before Asumu's death, she was this to Rudolf.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She seems to believe killing is the best and easiest way to deal with troubling situations, both in love and money.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Kyrie says that Asumu probably drew Rudolf in due to the fact that she was very good at acting the traditional female role. Kyrie tended to serve as a business partner for Rudolf, which she feels probably overwhelmed him to a certain extent.
  • Not So Different: Tells Eva that they are actually the same in their final confrontation.
    • She even unconsciously admits that she feels (mistakenly) similar to Rosa when, in her last dialogue with Eva, she tries to justify her choice to abandon Ange taking as an example the complicated relationship between her sister-in-law and her daughter Maria.
  • Power Levels: Leads to Green-Eyed Monster in Episode 3, where she basically defeats Leviathan by out-Envying her.
  • Runaway Fiancé: She ran away from her Arranged Marriage to marry Rudolf, and her family made her sister Kasumi marry her fiance in her place.
  • Smart People Play Chess: She's said to be good at chess and was the one who taught Battler the "turning the chess board around" mentality. She's also the most intellectual, logical and analytical among the adults.
  • Smug Snake: In EP7, for all her wit and cunning, she comes across as a nasty murderous thug who seems to be a Karma Houdini... until Eva shows up with a rifle.
  • The Sociopath: She was widely interpreted as being this once the public began accusing her and Rudolf of being the culprits. It's particularly notable in especially Episode 7's tea party, but if you dig a bit deeper there are a few signs even in earlier arcs. In the real world scenario revealed in EP7, Kyrie shows herself as a complete murderous maniac who kills almost everyone in cold and ruthless ways. She also shows she doesn't really care about what happens to her own husband and daughter; she goes as far as to admit she finds Rudolf's death convenient and she's glad she doesn't have to pretend to love "that brat" Ange anymore.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: EP3 reveals Kyrie had a stillbirth the same day Battler was born. This contributed to her extreme jealousy and resentment of Asumu and Battler because of Kyrie believing they had everything that rightfully belonged to her and her son. It isn't revealed until EP8 that Kyrie is Battler's real mother through a baby switch; Asumu was really the one who had a stillbirth.
  • Tragic Villain: The more sympathetic interpretation of her actions at Rokkenjima, where she voluntarily embraces the persona of a psychopath after realizing that there was no clean way for her to move on from the lines she'd ended up crossing in the heat of the moment. At the very least, Battler went out of his way to debunk the theory that she truly was a sociopath in EP8.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: She hides it very well, but Kyrie admits she does have quite an issue with Battler being Asumu's son, especially since her own child was stillborn while Battler got to live. In EP8, Kyrie breaks down when she finds out the boy she has been resenting all those years was her son all along.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Rudolf in the real world. They worked together to kill everyone else and keep the money to themselves.
  • Unreliable Narrator: All the horrible things she says about Asumu are mostly her version of the story. Considering how the two of them got along, it wouldn't be strange for her to distort the truth a tiny bit…
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As said above, she had kind of a role in Sayo/Shannon's breakdown. Had she and Rudolf not married that soon, Battler wouldn't have broken off his ties with the Ushiromiyas, and Sayo wouldn't have reacted so badly to his sudden return...
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Envy is her core defining trait, not to mention that she is responsible for the Rokkenjima massacre in the real world.
  • Woman Scorned: Played for Laughs in the TIPS where Kyrie goes to make her husband pay for flirting with Belphegor.
  • Would Hurt a Child: As demonstrated by EP 7, Kyrie has no qualms about killing or trying to kill teenagers like Jessica and Battler in case she sees them as obstacles, but gets to kill a 9-year-old girl in cold blood that could easily be her daughter (as Eva tries to point out to her).
  • Yandere: Considering the entire Asumu talk, Kyrie's not too far from this for Rudolf. In EP6, Kyrie straight up tells Jessica that if Asumu didn't die on her own then she would have just killed her, all to be with Rudolf. However, in Episode 7 she doesn't so much as bat an eyelid when she learns of Rudolf's death, and actually finds it rather convenient.
  • Your Son All Along: It's confirmed in Episode 8 that Battler's biological mother isn't Asumu but Kyrie. A baby switch was made by Rudolf when Asumu's child was a stillbirth and he thought it would be easier since he and Asumu were married while Kyrie was a lover. Needless to say, Kyrie gets hit hard by the truth when she finds out.

Servants and guests


Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP)
"George-san and I swore our love to each other. As proof, I accepted the ring... With that, our eternal vows were completed! No matter how you torture us with your wicked magic and your malice, you cannot disgrace that for all eternity!"

One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. She is a very sweet and shy girl who shares Kanon's belief in their being furniture within the Ushiromiya household. Despite that, though, she actively cultivates a relationship with George.

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: After Battler left the family, Shannon tried her best to keep faithfully waiting for him to return for her as he had promised. Then Battler wrote letters for everyone except her, which caused Shannon to break down. Already tired of waiting for someone who might never return and now thinking Battler probably never really cared for her in the first place, Shannon gave her love for Battler to Beatrice and started to pursue a romance with George instead.
  • Adapted Out: Not really an "adaptation", but she isn't included in Forgery of the Purple Logic.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are dark brown in the original VN and the manga. They were changed to blue in the anime and light blue in the PS3 version and the Tsubasa manga. This was probably to give further hints that she and Beatrice are the same person.
  • Age-Gap Romance: There's a seven year age gap between her and George. Actually, they are only four years apart because Sayo Yasuda's real age is 19.
  • Ambiguously Christian: It's implied a few times that Shannon is a Japanese Christian. In Episode 7, she mentions several times that "God must be testing her" as she keeps trying to believe in Battler's return.
  • Artificial Human: According to an anti-mystery perspective. From an anti-fantasy perspective, it's subverted: she and Kanon don't consider themselves human due to their true identity Sayo Yasuda's insecurities about her damaged sexual organs, since she believes that she may as well be "furniture" because of it.
  • Aside Glance: If she wins on Ougon Musoukyouku against anybody but Kanon, Shannon will do this, after setting a small mat on the floor, and setting a small picnic with cake and tea, as if acknowledging how ridiculous it is for her to be winning against anybody.
  • Barrier Warrior: In fantasy scenes, her magic is about manipulating barriers.
  • Battle Couple: With George in EP8.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Shannon in general is underestimated by the Meta-Character due to her status of being a simple maid whose only powers are defensive in nature, yet in all the times she actually is able to fight back she has been able to hold back her attackers reasonably well, culminating in EP6 where she kills Witch!Maria and Sakutarou without breaking a sweat.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • Just as Kanon is protective of her, Shannon is very protective of him and encourages him to get into a relationship with Jessica and break out of his shell. That's why she's disgusted with Beatrice in the second arc for using his body when he's already dead to kill more people. Also she prefers to die with Kanon than have him suffer a gruesome death in EP3.
    • Subverted in EP6 where she outright tells Kanon that as long as he doesn't get in the way of her love for George, he'll be fine. Cue to the end of the arc where they have a Duel to the Death and she kills Kanon because his love for Jessica wasn't strong enough. Of course, in the end, that was all a representation of Sayo Yasuda's internal struggle—Sayo believes that in order to be with George, her "ugly" Kanon self which hides all of her bitterness and pessimism must "die" since George wants a shy, docile and optimistic wife, not a bitter, pessimistic Sayo.
  • Boobs of Steel: In the fighting game spin-off Ougon Musou Kyoku, Shannon has the highest health out of all the female characters and the second highest overall. Only Ronove, another defensive character but more close-range and counterattack oriented, edges her out. Of course, considering that her breasts are actually fake, this is a subversion.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Ryukishi said in an interview "How scary must it be, to be told that your partner "wants children" when you have a body that cannot make love." referring to how Shannon is unable to have sex due to Sayo Yasuda's badly damaged sexual organs. Not surprising Shannon got nervous when George begun talking about them having children after getting married.
  • Chastity Couple: With George. They are already engaged, but they are never shown to do anything other than Holding Hands and hugging. This seems to be invoked on Shannon's end, however, because if they were more physically intimate then she'd have to reveal how mutilated her body is.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Has her moments in the fighting games, mainly due to the fact that half of everyone's moves are weird references to the novels. For example, in context, you probably thought the line was fine, but "I KEPT MY PROMISE, LADY BEATRICE!!!"
  • Childhood Friends: With Jessica, to whom she is also The Confidant, since she is the only girl close to her age on the island. This is despite the fact that Natsuhi had forbidden her daughter for interacting too much with the servants.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Not exactly marriage, but Battler promised to Shannon that he would "come back to take her away on a white horse". She remembered it and waited desperately. Unfortunately, Battler didn't seriously mean it, so he didn't return to the island for six years due to his family issues and completely forgot about her. This is his "sin of six years ago" and the straw that broke the camel's back for Sayo, who loses all hope for a better life and plans the murders.
  • Commonality Connection: The very thing that made her closer to Battler 6 years ago was their shared love of mystery novels.
  • Cute Bookworm: Shannon is a fan of mystery novels and would read them a lot when she was younger.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: When upset and flustered, she will instantly take several levels in clumsiness, which tend to get progressively more severe until she's rendered completely ineffectual. Of course, this tends to get her in a lot of trouble with the very strict Natsuhi. Poor girl.
  • Deal with the Devil: The second arc opens by stating that she made a deal with Beatrice that she would break a mirror at the shrine that disappeared if Beatrice would make George fall in love with her. This represents the moment Sayo Yasuda starts testing the bomb by blowing up the shrine with a single load, making her resolve to kill everyone and create the catbox where Shannon could be loved by George.
  • Driven to Suicide: It's confirmed in the manga that this is the way Shannon really died in Episode 2 and 4, by shooting herself in the head in a way the gun would be left hidden so Battler couldn't find it.
  • Duel to the Death: She takes part in one with Kanon in EP6.
  • Fake Boobs: Her large breasts are confirmed to be fake by Word of God, and this is later shown explicitly in the manga.
  • Fighting Clown: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon is a joke. On most of her stage intro she trips face-in and her normal attack involves attacking with girly slaps and things like carpet beaters, yet Shannon is still about as effective as anybody else, using her shields and her normals long range to keep the enemy away from her, playing more defensively that most characters.
  • First Love: She was this for Battler. His Second Love is Beatrice, but since Shannon and Beatrice are one and the same then it makes things a bit more complicated.
  • Foreshadowing: During her very first scene in the VN, it's mentioned that she has worked for the family for 10 years, and since she was 6 years old, making her 16 years old. Yet, she acts like she is a few years older than Kanon, even though he is also 16. In Episode 7, we learn that Genji faked Sayo Yasuda's age to not raise suspicion from Natsuhi, making Shannon 16, but she's actually 19.
  • The Gadfly: Much more subtle about it than most examples because of her Prone to Tears nature, but she tends to pick on Jessica regarding her lack of a boyfriend and on George and Battler about their embarrassing pasts. Especially notable whenever her true self, Sayo, resurfaces.
  • Gag Boobs: While she was already well-endowed in the original visual novel (which Battler lampshades), her breasts are definitely treated this way in the anime and manga. In Ougon Musoukyoku she's the only character with an animated Meta-Declaration, for obvious reasons. It turns out that this is invoked by Shannon herself, since Word of God and the manga have revealed that her breasts are actually fake.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Shannon is a demure and sweet Meido. She also thinks hammerhead sharks are "cute" and she's very good at handling guns, with Kanon stating she's better at it than him.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: In EP7, she basically short-circuits briefly when Will asks her to get Kanon, complete with robotic voice, Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble, and Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. This is a very obvious sign that she and Kanon are the same person and thus cannot appear in front of Will at the same time.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A big part of her issues come from the fact that she feels unworthy to be loved, both for physical and emotional reasons.
  • Hidden Depths: Kanon outright states in EP6 that Shannon was always the better of two when it came to handling guns.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: In Ougon Musoukyouku Shannon can pull out carpet-beaters, pulling carts, mats, serving trays, seagull feed, umbrellas and endless supplies of tea sets to drop out of nowhere, unlike Virgilia, who clearly uses magic to make her weapons appear.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Her low self-esteem makes her feel like this whenever anybody notices her. More explicit with George because of the Inter-Class Romance nature of their relationship.
  • Imaginary Friend: Shannon was originally created by Sayo as an imaginary friend and an embodiment of the perfect servant that she wished to be, her role model. Later Sayo decided to be a witch instead and created the Beatrice persona, but Shannon eventually became the main personality that Sayo presented to everyone else.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With George. The main obstacle to George and Shannon's romance was the fact that she is a servant to the Ushiromiya family, while he is a member of that very wealthy family. Subverted, since Sayo Yasuda is the true head of the family. There are also much bigger obstacles to their relationship than just their class difference.
  • Ironic Name: Her real name Sayo can be pronounced as "Shaddai", the goddess of fertility. Which is ironic since Sayo Yasuda cannot have sex, let alone children.
  • I Will Wait for You: She resolved to do this for Battler, who had promised to take her away from Rokkenjima on a white horse and live their lives together. Unfortunately he forgot about this promise, not only because of the whole situation with Rudolf remarrying too soon and Battler deciding to leave the family because of it, but also because he didn't even take it as seriously as she did. After Battler wrote letters for everyone except Shannon, Shannon had a breakdown and decided to give her love for Battler to Beatrice and pursue a romance with George instead.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Shannon and Kanon are Like Brother and Sister to each other, but they still need to face each other in a Duel to the Death in order for one of them to find happiness with either George or Jessica. Anyone who can connect the dots in the sixth arc realizes that the real relationship between them is a little different from what was just stated. Sayo's turmoil in trying to kill off part of herself is highlighted in this setup.
  • The Kirk: She's in the middle between Beatrice and Kanon; Shannon wants to find love and happiness with George and actively builds their relationship, but she still carries her insecurities from her furniture complex and how George will react to the truth about her. Shannon is the persona closest to the core of Sayo Yasuda, who is constantly torn between her conflicting feelings represented by Beatrice and Kanon.
  • Last Request: In the second arc when Beatrice has broken through Shannon's shield, Shannon turns to George and asks him to tell her one last time how much he loves her. He starts, but is cut off when Beatrice kills him. In reality, it was Sayo Yasuda (who is both Shannon and Beatrice) who killed him.
  • Leitmotif: The very cute and peaceful Praise.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: She manages to kill Maria precisely because rather than attacking her, she's "defending herself"... it's only incidental that Maria winds up smashed against the wall in the process.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Beatrice's dark. Of course, both are just different sides to Sayo Yasuda.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Kanon. While not really related by blood, they consider each other siblings and care very deeply about each other. It's eventually made clear that they're actually the same person, created as alter egos of Sayo Yasuda; Sayo created Kanon to be a "little brother" for Shannon.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Mostly because no matter how much she may love and be loved by George, she would have to reveal herself as furniture to him sooner or later.
    • Before George, Shannon got to know how painful love can be through her feelings for Battler. Shannon wanted to believe in Battler's promise, but waiting for his return eventually became too unbearably painful and Shannon gave up her love for Battler to Beatrice to get rid of the pain.
  • Luminescent Blush: In the sound novels, Shannon is the only character whose blushing can take up her entire face.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A mundane example; she's one of quite a few people inside Sayo Yasuda, but they're all "characters" Sayo created and not actual people.
  • Meaningful Name: Shannon's (real) name can be read as 3, 4. This could hint towards her being one of Sayo's personas.
  • Meido: She's worked as a maid for the Ushiromiya family since she was young. Her outfit is actually pretty tame by the standards of this trope (her skirt is to her knees, even!), but the fetishization aspect smacks you in the face once you realize there's a slit in that skirt that totally bares her thigh, showing off her one-winged bird tat.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: We start getting hints that she's more than she seems way at the beginning of EP2, with such gems as the fact that her idea of "cute" runs towards hammerhead sharks.
  • Not So Weak: At first in fantasy scenes, when she reveals her Barrier Warrior powers. This is an hint that there's more to her personality than it appears in the real world too.
  • Not with Them for the Money: In EP8, she proclaims her love for George has nothing to do with his wealth when forgeries of the future accuse her of being a Gold Digger.
  • Odd Name Out: While she has a "on" like the other servants, she's the only one who was given a Western name.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Shannon's real name is Sayo, but the only one who ever calls her that is George. When she became a servant for the Ushiromiya family, she was given a "servant name" that ends in the Japanese character for sound (音), read as on/non/ne. In fact, whenever she's referred to as "Sayo" in-story and it isn't George speaking, the narration is most likely referring to Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda the culprit rather than their facade "Shannon".
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: To a lesser extent than Kanon, but she still expresses a desire to stop being furniture and become a human being in order to live happily ever after with George. However, like Kanon, this is not in a literal sense.
  • The Pollyanna: In contrast to Kanon, Shannon always keeps trying to see the bright side of things and believe in a happily ever after with George, despite being furniture.
  • Prone to Tears: At least partly invoked for George's sake, though she does have cripplingly low self-esteem.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kanon's Red. Shannon is reserved and passive, while Kanon is aggressive and prone to bad-mouthing people. Whenever love or Beatrice are involved, she's the calm and serene one, lecturing Kanon.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Battler notices how beautiful she has become after six years and tries to grope her large breasts, nearly exposing them as Fake Boobs.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Jessica and Kanon. She usually encourages Kanon to accept his feelings for Jessica and try to make a progress in his relationship with her, although he keeps insisting that's impossible because he's furniture. Of course, this is actually Sayo Yasuda trying to be honest with herself about their feelings for Jessica, despite their broken body and their relationship with George.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played straight at the beginning but by EP 6 it's an obvious subversion.
  • Sleeping Single: She and George once went on a trip to Okinawa all alone, but slept in separate bedrooms, much to Jessica's disappointment. If they had slept in the same room, their relationship would have come into serious jeopardy since George would have seen Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's mutilated sexual organs (not to mention the heavy implication that Sayo was actually assigned male at birth).
  • Talking to Themself: With Kanon and Beatrice. Their conversations and arguments are meant to represent conflicts within Sayo Yasuda's heart.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Jessica's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In EP1, she's fairly close to the stereotypical maid archetype; timid, kind, polite... cue EP2 when she's utterly determined to be with George at all costs and stands up to Beatrice though this really represents two different aspects of Sayo Yasuda's personality arguing with one another. She takes another one or two in EP6, where she kills Witch!Maria with a minimum of fuss using Lethal Harmless Powers, and later shoots Kanon dead in a duel.
  • Tranquil Fury: Her character sprite doesn't allow her to show anything but an expression that shows disgust but never outright anger like Kanon's sprite.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Actually three aliases. She, Kanon and Beatrice are all the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda.


Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Bryson Baugus (EN)
"Because… we are furniture…"

One of the servants in the Ushiromiya mansion. He maintains the belief that he and Shannon are nothing but furniture, which initially hinders him from having a relationship with Jessica. He and Shannon act like brother and sister, although they are not related by blood.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Similar to Shannon, Kanon's eyes are black/dark brown in the original VN and the manga. They were changed to grayish blue in the anime and light blue in the PS3 version and the Tsubasa manga. Again, this is probably to give further hints that he, Shannon and Beatrice are all the same person.
  • Artificial Human: Same as Shannon. Also subverted; see Shannon above.
  • Badass Boast: When fighting Beatrice in Episode 1: "I'm not furniture anymore… I'm the zero on your roulette!"
  • Battle Butler: In fantasy scenes he reveals he's quite skilled at magical combat.
  • Battle Couple: With Jessica in EP8.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, since he's supposed to be younger than Shannon. He's very protective of Shannon and always trying to guide her in the right direction as well as warn her the dangers of throwing away her status as Furniture. EP 7 reveals that Sayo Yasuda created Kanon to be the little brother that would love and protect his big sister.
  • Bishounen: He's unsurprisingly quite feminine.
  • Break the Cutie: The second arc has Beatrice doing whatever it takes to have him submit to her. Naturally, it does work (in the manga and the visual novel since how bad he broke was absent in the anime.) However, if you take into account that Beatrice and Kanon are actually the same person, then it's really just a metaphor for Sayo's issues.
  • The Butler Did It: Whether it's subverted or played straight is still up for debate even after the series has ended, but in one form or another, this trope was applied particularly strongly in the second arc. And the sixth.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's probably the servant that is worse off and is probably the third character that has bad luck in the series. Aside from failing to realize his feelings for Jessica until it's too late in all the arcs except EP6, he never survives past the third Twilight contrast to Shannon who easily makes it past the fourth Twilight more often than not. To add to the insult, his body always goes missing in half of the arcs and he's usually accused of being the culprit. Though this is likely because there isn't a body to go missing in the first place, since Shannon and Kanon tend to fake their deaths and make sure Battler never sees their "bodies" directly. To be fair though, his death is nothing (AKA getting stabbed or shot in the chest) compared to what the other members of the family have to go through.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He refuses to admit his feelings for Jessica even to himself, because he is furniture.
  • Can't Live Without You: Episode 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity.
  • Chick Magnet: When Jessica takes him to her school's festival, all the girls fawn over how "cute" he is; of course since he lives on an island where there is exactly one girl his age, it doesn't serve him much.
  • The Conscience: He keeps trying to reason with Shannon to make her understand that no matter how much she and George love each other, she's still furniture and if she continues building their relationship, it will only make it's failure the more painful for her. Shannon rarely listens to him. He's also this in a more figurative sense, since he represents Sayo Yasuda's more cynical side.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More so in the actual novel where he won't hesitate to take a crack at Shannon or the other servants every now and then.
    Shannon: Don't worry, Ange, it won't be a very difficult riddle.
    Kanon: Of course it won't. Since you'll just have to think on Shannon's level.
  • Die Laughing: Towards the end of Episode 6, Kanon goes out laughing as he Disappears into Light inside the closet of the closed room to solve the Logic Error.
  • Dragged into Drag: By Jessica during their ending in Ougon Musou Kyoku, where he's cosplaying as Reimu.
  • Duel to the Death: In EP1 and EP6.
  • The Eeyore: He's very pessimistic and cynical, in contrast with the more optimistic Shannon. He actually represents the cynical, "ugly" aspects of Sayo Yasuda's personality.
  • Extreme Doormat: Kanon verges on this with his whole "furniture" ideology, but it's subverted in that despite calling himself furniture, he is never the last to badmouth Natsuhi behind her back, is far more Hot-Blooded than his sister when facing Beatrice and in the end of "Turn of the Golden Witch," he admits he's in love with Jessica.
  • The Fatalist: See The Eeyore above.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Episode 6, when he takes Battler's place in the Logic Error.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: In Episode 6 he asks Jessica what she could possibly find attractive about him. It turns out, she cannot give a proper answer, much to her own shame.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He's in way more denial about it, but just like Shannon this is his main motivation.
  • Image Song: In The Peace of Forgetting the Way.
  • Imaginary Friend: Sayo originally created Kanon as an imaginary brother for Shannon, who in turn was an Imaginary Friend to Sayo. Later, Sayo started to play the role of Kanon's character to cope with her gender issues.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He does reciprocate Jessica's feelings, but he considers himself unworthy to feel or receive love because of his belief that he is furniture. It turns out that there's a very good reason behind that "furniture" complex.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Jessica. Later this turns out to be subverted, since Sayo Yasuda is actually the true head of the family.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Shannon and Kanon are Like Brother and Sister to each other, but they still need to face each other in a Duel to the Death in order for one of them to find happiness with either George or Jessica. Anyone who can connect the dots in the sixth arc realizes that the real relationship between them is a little different from what was just stated. Sayo's turmoil in trying to kill off part of herself is highlighted in this setup.
  • Laser Blade: An elaborate variation.
  • Leitmotif: White Shadow
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Shannon. While they're not really blood-related, he still refers to Shannon as his older sister and acts very protective of her. Sayo Yasuda created him to be the "little brother" who would give Shannon company.
  • Love Epiphany: In EP6, he finally admits he is in love with Jessica.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Not literally, as he exists as more of a representation rather than a true split personality. But like Shannon, he's one of quite a few personas inside Sayo Yasuda.
  • Mercy Kill: Gives one to Rosa in the narrative of EP6 which is one of the most pleasant deaths that Rosa has in the entire series.
  • Never Found the Body: Episodes 2, 4, and 6. Episode 1 and 3 count too, considering that Battler doesn't see his dead body directly.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: See Shannon for elaboration. Kanon's real name is "Yoshiya," which some people romanize as "Joshua."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise as Jessica's Pretend Boyfriend would be very convincing… if he didn't call her "Milady" and adress her in Keigo in front of everyone. In the VN, one of the girls even suspects that Jessica forced one of her servants to come with her.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He is usually complaining or making cynical remarks, and is only seen smiling on a few occasions.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He desperately wishes to stop being "furniture" so he can gain the right to fall in love and be with Jessica. Though this is not in a literal sense (see Sayo Yasuda for the details).
  • Pretend Boyfriend: He acts as this for Jessica during the school festival in EP2, even though she does have legitimate feelings for him.
  • Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy: In the second Episode. Subverted if you take into account that he probably faked his death in the first place.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In EP2, the fake Kanon.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Shannon's Blue. It's more evident whenever love or Beatrice are involved and he becomes insecure, irritable and quite Hot-Blooded while Shannon is calm, serene and confident.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Jessica's Energetic Girl.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His real name Yoshiya is, in fact, a modified Japanese reversal of Shannon's real name, Sayo. Shi and ya need to be slurred together into one sound, as the Japanese kana does to write the letter "Sha," and you wind up with "Shayo," which is only slightly different from "Sayo." This is yet another hint that Shannon and Kanon are actually the same person, Sayo Yasuda.
  • The Spock: In contrast with Shannon and Beatrice, Kanon always puts logic before his emotions and tries to constantly remind himself and Shannon that they shouldn't fall in love because they are furniture. He represents Sayo Yasuda's cynical and pessimistic side.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Since he's very good at hiding his footsteps, he often appears by Shannon without her noticing and disappears just as suddenly. After Episode 7, that ability suddenly makes a lot of sense.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He considers intellect and composure virtues, but even moreso believes that he's beneath emotional involvement, and that avoiding attachments it is his duty. However, deep down he's a nice and caring guy with a desire to be loved.
  • Talking to Themself: With Shannon and Beatrice.
  • Troubled, but Cute: One of the reasons Jessica falls in love with him. He's way more troubled than he appears, though.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Actually three aliases. He, Shannon and Beatrice are all the same person, created as personas of Sayo Yasuda. Arc 8 confirms in red text that if Shannon dies, Kanon disappears for all eternity, heavily reinforcing this fact.
  • When He Smiles: It's a very good one but the visual novel makes it come off as a Cat Smile.
    • He manages to pull a real smile when talking to Chick Beatrice after being killed by Shannon and admitting his faults. This is also the point where you notice that his laugh is very similar to the original Beatrice hence hitting at his origins.
  • Willfully Weak: He reveals to be REALLY half ass of everything he does. Kanon even admits it to Chick Beatrice after he is killed by Shannon. Because he didn't go all out, he ended up giving Shannon the upper hand.
  • The Worf Effect: He tends to get defeated very easily despite being one of the few characters that can actually use magic. EP 6 reveals though that he is a deconstruction of this trope and that he never goes all out because he does everything halfheartedly. He tells Manchild Beatrice this after he realizes this after Shannon kills him and he's nothing but a shadow that can only watch over Jessica.

    Genji Ronoue 

Voiced by: Masato Funaki (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN)
"The Master is a man who sometimes has the wisdom to see a thousand years into the future. However, there are times when that appears to be nothing more than madness to commoners such as myself..."

The oldest servant and Kinzo's most trusted confidante. The only one besides Dr. Nanjo usually let into Kinzo's study. Most of the family doesn't trust him, considering him to be a spy for Kinzo.

His meta-world manifestation is Ronove.

  • Artificial Human: Same as Shannon and Kanon. Subverted, since from a mundane perspective he and Kinzo actually met in Taiwan (it's revealed in EP8 that Genji's family lived in Taiwan) and became close friends; see I Owe You My Life below.
  • The Atoner: In Episode 7, we learn that he was responsible for the maintenance of Beatrice II's Gilded Cage. Unable to forgive himself for allowing her to be abused by her father, and terrified that Kinzo would inflict the same suffering on Sayo, he faked Sayo's death and passed the child off as an orphan. Alas, making Sayo work as a servant in the Ushiromiya estate just in the hope that she and Kinzo could be reunited one day was yet another mistake—one that, according to "Confession of the Golden Witch", he was willing to atone for by knowingly assisting Sayo in her murder-suicide plot.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kinzo. EP8 reveals that they grew up together in Taiwan.
  • The Confidant: To Kinzō.
  • Happiness in Slavery: While Shannon and Kanon thoroughly hate their condition, Genji is just satisfied with serving his master until his death, and doesn't wish for anything else.
  • Image Song: A Song of Scattered Love ~ My Beloved Golden Witch, which is shared with Kinzo.
  • I Owe You My Life: Episode 8 reveals this is why he's loyal to Kinzo. He and Kinzo were Childhood Friends. Kinzo foresaw Japanese settlers would be expelled from Taiwan after the war, so he warned his family. Genji was the only one to listen.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The EP8 manga reveals that when he was younger, Genji looked exactly like Ronove without his mustache, removing any ambiguity as to who Ronove is supposed to represent.
  • The Jeeves: He's basically a perfect butler stereotype. He doesn't seem to have a personal life outside being this.
  • Knife Nut: Most instances of him defending himself involve throwing knives. Not completely clear whether he carries these around or if he's an Improvised Weapon User, but to manage some of the things he does, it makes sense that he has some experience with them. The Episode 7 manga also confirms that he was the one who killed Nanjō and Kumasawa in Episode 2.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He stood at his master's side even after he did some really heinous actions. When Kinzo dies and Sayo Yasuda becomes Genji's new master, he also assists her in her Murder-Suicide plan without question.
  • Old Retainer: See The Jeeves above.
  • One Steve Limit: "Ronoue" and "Ronove" are more-or-less the same word (ロノウエ versus ロノウェ). This is most likely because Sayo based Ronove off of Genji.
  • Parental Substitute: He served as a distant father figure to Sayo.
  • Satellite Character: To Kinzo, and later to Sayo.
  • The Slacker: Despite his serious personality, he is not above dropping work once in a while to watch TV or to take a swig of his master's drink.
  • The Stoic: To near robotic levels. Even having half of his head smashed doesn't change his (non-)expression. Kinzo, his lifelong partner, admits that even he can't see through Genji's pokerface.
  • Undying Loyalty: To "The Master". Which doesn't necessarily refer to Kinzō.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Like Shannon and Kanon, he refers to himself as "furniture", but as the manga indicates, the word has a different meaning to him than it has to them: it symbolizes the loyalty, efficiency and discretion that he considers a servant should have. During the hide-and-seek game, Eva and Ange can't find him because they literally confuse him with a piece of furniture.

    Chiyo Kumasawa 

Voiced by: Yasuko Hatori (JP), Linda Young (EN)

A really old servant at the Ushiromiya house. She loves to make jokes about mackerel.

Her meta-world manifestation is Virgilia.

  • Cool Old Lady: The cousins are fond of her, and she likes to joke around with them. Sayo Yasuda also views her as this, since Kumasawa taught them "magic".
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She often talks about making various weird dishes with mackerel. Whether she really tries to make them is unknown though.
  • Dirty Old Woman: In EP1, when Battler is going on about how much he loves breasts, she jokingly offers to let him rub hers. Needless to say, Battler quickly declines.
  • Lovable Coward: More so in the sound novels.
  • Magical Nanny: To Sayo, in a sense; she used folk magic as a basis for instruction, which encouraged mystical thinking.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Sayo, involving mystery novels. Could be considered an Eccentric Mentor
  • Never Mess with Granny: When Kumasawa is attacked by the Stakes on the first twilight in the third arc, she turns into Virgilia. Doesn't stop her from dying, though.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Quite an odd one. Rather than a "oooooh-ho-ho-ho-ho!", Yasuko Hatori does it as a rapid-fire "hohohohoho!"
  • Parental Substitute: To Shannon, Kanon, and Sayo, which is kind of jarring considering they're all the same person. She also served as this to Beatrice II, after her mother's Death by Childbirth.
  • The Slacker: She is this amongst the servants. She tends to get out of doing work by using her age as an excuse.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mackerel
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kumasawa calls Battler out on some of his less than admirable behavior towards the Chick Beatrice in EP6.

    Toshirō Gōda 

Voiced by: Hitori Bifu (JP)

"You can easily make a good dish out of top-quality ingredients. But a true chef is someone who can make a wonderful dish from anything."

The personal chef at the Ushiromiya mansion. Unlike the other servants, he was hired by Krauss and Natsuhi, so most of the servants distrust him. He is one of the only servants not to wear the one-winged eagle on his clothes, due to Kinzo's lack of trust in him.

  • Attention Whore: Much to the annoyance of Kanon and Shannon.
  • Break the Haughty: His death in EP3 is depicted as this when he exclaims "All phenomena can be explained by science!" right before the stakes murder him with magic.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He's very loyal to the Ushiromiya family and Natsuhi in particular for employing him as their chef.
  • Crossword Puzzle: Gohda's hobby in his downtime. It's a small hint he's smarter than the narrative gives him credit for (because it's tinted by Sayo/Beatrice's dislike of him).
  • Gentle Giant: Although he's a very large man, he is very graceful and polite, if a bit lazy. His size is also the reason he's usually one of the first ones killed, as he could reasonably overpower the culprit(s) with his strength alone.
  • The Jeeves: A special point is made of this in respect to Gohda. His food doesn't just taste good because he's an excellent chef, but because he also 'sells' the meal with talk of the dish, its preparation, and the background of the ingredients.
  • Jerkass: Towards Kanon and Shannon. Mostly it's because he's a high-class chef with real work experience, while Kanon and Shannon are both teenagers, and they're more trusted by the family than him. (They get to wear the one-winged eagle emblem and he doesn't.) He can be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold though on the few times their duties overlap and they prepare food together.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In EP5, we find out he's the only person living on the island, outside of Jessica, who doesn't know that Kinzo is dead.
  • Muggle: His case is pretty unique among the people on the island. He doesn't know about Kinzō's death, nor about Sayo/Beatrice, has no Imaginary Friend or Split Personality, never teams up with magical beings and has no connection to the magical meta-world whatsoever. He is just a cook who does his job.
  • Mugging the Monster: He asks Kanon about the legend of Beatrice, then denies it is possible and even goes so far as to suggest the notion of 'Beatrice' is just a superstition from the result of pranks. He's dead right, but he's also telling his thoughts to Beatrice herself. It hits too close to home. Sayo/Beatrice takes revenge by messing up Gohda's kitchen and drawing a magic circle on the kitchen wall, frightening him out of his wits.
  • The Slacker: He was hired as a chef and server, but he's often given other menial jobs to take care of around the mansion. He tends to order Shannon and Kanon to do these on his behalf.
  • Supreme Chef: As noted above he can be a bit of an Attention Whore, but he is very good at his job. Even canned food prepared by him is described as elegant.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: His backstory. He was a high-class chef and server at a luxury hotel, but he was tricked into resigning when the entire kitchen was planning to threaten to quit in protest of the management's poor choice of a new head chef after the previous one retired. Enough of the staff backed down from their threat to the point Gohda was one of the few who actually went through with offering their resignation, and the hotel ownership, rather than bargaining to get him to stay, let him walk. After that, he couldn't get another job in the upscale culinary industry because of his reputation as a "troublemaker," and being hired by the Ushiromiya family was a genuine saving grace for him.

    Terumasa Nanjō 

Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi (JP), Francis Henry (EN)

Kinzo's personal physician. He is one of the few people that Kinzo trusts in the present. After Kinzo and Beatrice's run-in with the Italians, it was Nanjo who treated their wounds and helped Kinzo hide Beatrice's existence from the military.

  • The Coroner: His main purpose in the story is to let the characters and the audience know that characters who are killed are in fact dead. Of course, sometimes he's not entirely honest about this.
  • Deadly Doctor: In Forgery of the Purple Logic.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Possibly. He mentions that he has an ill granddaughter just before EVA-Beatrice kills him in Episode 3. This may or may not be part of the reason he covers for Sayo even after the murders start.
  • I Have a Family: Nanjo's plea to Eva-Beatrice before she kills him.
  • Satellite Character: Nanjo's role in some of the early arcs seemed to be made up entirely of having Cryptic Conversations with Kinzo and letting everyone know that the corpses they had found were, indeed, dead.
  • Secret Keeper: Initially, he is the one who kept the secret of Beatrice Castiglioni's existence from the military. And later, of Kinzō's death.

Alternative Title(s): Umineko No Naku Koro Ni 1986 Humans


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