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    Beatrice Castiglioni 

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP)

"Thank you... for not calling me the daughter of the Castiglioni."

The daughter of an Italian official during World War II, she took part in a secret mission for the Salo Republic (the parallel government created by the remnants of the fascist regime after Italy's surrender in 1943). The submarine she was traveling on hit a mine near Japan and was forced to accost to a tiny, forgotten island where the Japanese had a small military base, most of its crew (including her own father) dying during the travel. She met Kinzo there as they worked as translators between the Japanese military and the Italian crew, and they fell in love. After a massacre over the 10 tons of gold that the submarine transported, Kinzo and Beatrice fled and started a secret romance, soon giving birth to a daughter. Alas, Beatrice died in the process.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Her friends and Kinzo call her "Bice". The fandom also calls her that to distinguish her from the other Beatrices.
  • Blue Blood: She comes from a noble Italian family, with her father being a naval officer.
  • Death by Childbirth: She died from giving birth to Beatrice Ushiromiya, her and Kinzo's daughter, which caused Kinzo to cross the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Depending on the Artist: While her full-body sprites from both the original and PS3 versions of the visual novel show that she wears pants, for some reason there are other official sources (such as the pachinko game) that have her wear a dress instead.
  • Language Barrier: Kinzo didn't speak Italian and Beatrice didn't speak Japanese. Both of them spoke English, however, so they worked around the trope to communicate with each other and their groups.
  • Leitmotif: The slow and melancholic Ballade Continuer.
  • Lethal Chef: In her own words, only her "alchemy" can "turn pasta into a smoking black heap".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Before meeting her, Kinzo was an Empty Shell and on his way to become a Death Seeker. Their time together was the first time Kinzo felt alive since he was forced to become the family head. When Beatrice died, Kinzo crossed the Despair Event Horizon and descended into madness.
  • The Lost Lenore: Her death had an enormous impact on Kinzo.
  • Missing Mom: She died giving birth to Beatrice Ushiromiya. Things got really ugly when Kinzo got the idea to use their daughter as a replacement for her.
  • The Mistress: She was Kinzo's true love, but he was already in an Arranged Marriage.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: An Italian woman with blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: If her Death by Childbirth hadn't happened, none of the events of the series would have occured.
  • Plucky Girl: "Italian women don't break easily!"
  • Posthumous Character: The readers can see her only in Episode 7's flashbacks, since she suffered Death by Childbirth before the story begins.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: As appropriate for an high-class lady.
  • Questionable Consent: Outside of Kinzo's obviously biased flashbacks, it isn't clear whether or not she actually consented to their relationship (much less having a child with him), especially since the manga more or less confirms that Kinzo started the massacre at the military base and she had nowhere else to go but with him.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears during Kinzo's flashbacks in EP7, but his relationship with her and her Death by Childbirth have a huge impact on the plot.
  • Tsurime Eyes: To go with her brave and assertive personality.

    Beatrice Ushiromiya 

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP)

"Everyone calls me Beatrice. That's apparently the name of a great witch. But that's not what I am. I'm just a human... Who am I? Why was I given life in this world? Will I live in this mansion my whole life?"

Kinzo's illegitimate daughter with Beatrice Castiglioni. After her mother's Death by Childbirth, Kinzo's grief made him delude himself into thinking that this Beatrice was the former's reincarnation. However, in 1967, she fell off a cliff upon finally leaving the Kuwadorian mansion with a young Rosa, splitting her head open on the rocks below and dying instantly.

As it turns out, in the same year Kinzo had had a child with her through rape. Not long after her death, Kinzo gave her child to Natsuhi for her to raise due to her inability to produce an heir. This child would either be shoved off a cliff themself by Natsuhi and grow up to be Sayo Yasuda, or (in one very rare possibility) be accepted by Natsuhi and grow up to be Lion Ushiromiya.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: Which is quite odd, since her mother didn't speak like that and she isn't pretending to be a 1000 years old witch. Though considering the lies Kinzō told her about her birth, it wouldn't be strange if he taught her to speak like that.
  • Bastard Angst: Because she was an illegitimate child, she was kept imprisoned by her father her entire life and only a few servants were allowed to know she even existed.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Italian.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's first introduced through a flashback in EP3, and the reader is initally led to believe that she and the Golden Witch Beatrice were the same person. In EP7 we learn who she really was and her importance to the story.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She was named after her deceased mother, except Kinzō didn't even bother with the "Junior" part. Clair thinks this was the first sign that Kinzo never thought of Beatrice II as his daughter to begin with, but as Beatrice Castiglioni's replacement.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She wanted to know the reason why she was born and live a real life outside of Kuwadorian. She tried to escape with Rosa because she believed that way she could finally find the purpose of her existence, but she was sadly denied the chance when she died.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Adds to her innocent and childlike aura.
  • Gilded Cage: She lived her entire life in the luxurious Kuwadorian mansion with Kinzo providing for all her needs. It was comfortable, but she was essentially imprisoned there due to being Kinzo's illegitimate child whose existence he had to keep secret.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She inherited her blonde hair from her mother, and she's very sweet, unassuming and harmless.
  • Heroic Bastard: She was born from Kinzo's secret relationship with Beatrice Castiglioni.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Blonde, Italian Beatrice Castiglioni and Japanese Kinzo give birth to a blonde child, who has none of the physical traits of her father whatsoever. Granted, Kinzo is shown as having naturally white hair, but given that the author states that the art doesn't necessarily reflect the true appearances of the characters, taking Kinzo to be a dark-haired Asian leads one squarely to this trope.
  • Human All Along: Beatrice claimed the Beatrice of 1967 was a homunculus created by Kinzo to imprison the witch's soul. EP7 makes clear that she was a human girl who was Kinzo and Beatrice Castiglioni's illegitimate daughter.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: She wanted nothing more than escape from her Gilded Cage and be free of Kinzo's imprisonment. Sadly, just when she was free for the first time in her life, she died.
  • The Ingenue: She was naive, kind, cheerful and pure-hearted like a child. This gets Played for Drama when it's implied she has never really understood Kinzo's ambiguous feelings for her and his related actions.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The colour is inherited from her mother, but it certainly helps to emphasize the above.
  • Leitmotif: A tune called "mother", appropriately enough.
  • Lonely Funeral: After Kinzo discovered her death, she was buried without a proper funeral. Since no one knew of her existence, there was no need for anyone (save Kinzo) to have a funeral to sever their ties with her.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She lived her entire life trapped inside the luxurious Kuwadorian mansion, having only Kinzo and a few servants to talk to. The poor girl never had any real friends or family and probably didn't even know what they were.
  • Loss of Identity: Since Kinzo raised her as his lover's reincarnation, Beatrice II usually asked who she was and wanted to find an identity of her own. Even her name was someone else's.
  • The Lost Lenore: Kinzo seemed to view her as this, though EP3 shows that his love wasn't reciprocated. EP7 later shows the disastrous consequences.
  • Miss Conception: Played for Drama in this case − by the time she met Rosa, she had already given birth to Lion, but had clearly no idea of the implications or why it happened.
  • Missing Mom: She died shortly after giving birth to her and Kinzo's child Lion.
  • The Mistress: Except this Beatrice was not Kinzo's lover by choice, but his daughter. When Beatrice Castiglioni died, Kinzo's grief made him delude himself into thinking his daughter was her mother's reincarnation.
  • Nice Girl: Probably the nicest and friendliest character in the series. The moment she met Rosa, she cheerfully welcomed her and invited her to have tea together.
  • Only Friend: Having lived all her short existence literally imprisoned by his father (as well as being raped by him), it is beautiful and at the same time very sad the way she opens so easily with Rosa and tries to make friends with her in less than a few hours of knowledge. Not to mention her genuine desire to want to explore the world and definitely escape from the island with together.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: The Golden Witch Beatrice's explanation for her existence was that Kinzo made a homunculus and trapped her soul in it. As it turns out, the actual story is a bit different.
  • Parental Incest: A victim of this, thanks to Kinzo convincing himself that she was the reincarnation of her dead mother.
  • The Pollyanna: She probably had the most depressing life of all the cast (and that's saying something) yet managed to keep smiling and have the resolve to escape with Rosa.
  • Posthumous Character: She died 19 years before the story begins, as shown in Rosa's flashback in EP3.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: As part of Kinzo's desire to turn her into a "reincarnation" of her mother.
  • Rape as Backstory: As she grew older, she began to look more and more like Beatrice Castiglioni to the point that Kinzo eventually forced himself on her, believing that she was her mother's reincarnation.
  • Reincarnation: Kinzo wanted to believe she was Beatrice Castiglioni's reincarnation, due to how closely she resembled her deceased mother. He then deluded himself into thinking they could have a Reincarnation Romance and things got worse from there.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Kinzo thought she could be this for her mother. Things didn't end well for either of them as a result.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: She's an illegitimate child whose existence is hidden from everyone in a secret mansion, Kuwadorian. Due to having lived in Kuwadorian all her life, she's very sheltered and knows next to nothing about the world outside.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks identical to her mother Beatrice Castiglioni. However, this is Played for Drama; as she grew to look more and more like her mother, Kinzo deluded himself into believing she was her mother's reincarnation, which eventually led him to rape his own daughter.
  • Super Gullible: She would believe anything she was told. As Rosa puts it, "it was like she had never been lied to... or rather, like nobody ever taught her how to doubt".
  • Tareme Eyes: The main feature that distingues her from her mother.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Do the math − Kinzō bought Rokkenjima in the 50s (the Ushiromiya mansion is finished in 1952), Rosa meets her in 1967. Assuming that she was placed in Kuwadorian before being aware − as she doesn't remember living anywhere else −, that makes her 17 or 18 years old at the very most at that time, and at that point she would have already given birth to her and Kinzo's child.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Although her life was rather miserable, she probably was the most kind and pure-hearted character in the cast. The poor sweet girl died while trying to escape with Rosa, and even if she had survived, considering the nature of her family, it's safe to assume that nothing good would have happened to her.
  • Womanchild: Justified. Since she's been confined to Kuwadorian since her birth, she's very innocent and naive, knowing almost nothing about the world outside her mansion and believing nearly everything she's told. Rosa noted how Beatrice acted way more childish than her even though Beatrice was clearly older.

    Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda 

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP - visual novel), Rie Kugimiya (JP - Umineko Golden Fantasia)
Sayo in the EP 8 manga, wearing her mother's dress.

"It's obvious that a witch can do things like that. ...Becoming a witch, I'll bring forth all the things I wish. People, hearts, everything. And now, there's nothing I can't do. Because I am already a witch."

Sayo, also known as "Yasu", is the true identity of the witch Beatrice, as well as Shannon and Kanon at the same time. Sayo was the one who instigated a mass murder-suicide on Rokkenjima from October 4th to October 6th in many of the arcs.

Sayo's birth name is Lion Ushiromiya, the illegitimate child of Kinzo and his daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya, as well as the baby Natsuhi was given by Kinzo 19 years ago to raise, due to her inability to give birth at the time. One day Natsuhi gave the baby to a servant, but pushed the servant off a cliff out of anger and resentment over raising a child that wasn't her own. The servant died, but the baby managed to survive by a miracle, although with a major abdominal laceration that damaged the baby's sexual organs. Genji, Doctor Nanjo and Kumasawa managed to hide the baby's survival, passing the baby off as an orphan from the Fukuin house. When Sayo was still very young, Genji arranged work for her at the Ushiromiya estate as a servant in hopes that this would allow Kinzo to bond with her as a parent without Kinzo committing incest with his own child once more.

In the real world, Sayo planned the murders and wrote the message bottles containing the description of them. In the official Twilight of the Golden Witch manga, it was confirmed that the epitaph was solved by the adults before Sayo could carry out their plans; Rudolph and Kyrie were the ones who carried out the massacre from there. Despite Battler offering her his help to live on, Sayo was still overturn by guilt and self-loathing and drowned herself at the sea.

The manga goes on to confirm that the battles between Battler and Beatrice since Legend of the Golden Witch occur after that in Purgatory, between Sayo's deceased spirit (Beatrice) and Tohya's missing memories (Battler).

It should be noted that the name Sayo Yasuda only appears in the manga, not the visual novel (however, the name Sayo is hinted by Shannon, one of Sayo's personas, in the VN's Episode 1).

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: She wanted to keep faithfully waiting for Battler's return. After he wrote a letter for everyone but her, Sayo decides to move on and starts a relationship with George instead, but her love for Battler never completely fades.
  • A-Cup Angst: Played for Drama. Sayo started to figure out something was wrong with her body when it didn't show any signs of puberty in middle school. Given that both Shannon and Beatrice have large breasts and the fact that Battler thinks Buxom Is Better, it's clear Sayo has quite a complex about it, especially since she even uses Fake Boobs so no one will find out that she never grew breasts.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga lays down explicitly all of Sayo's inner issues and the thought process that led her to her final choice, in the form of another message bottle titled "Confession of the Golden Witch" that was found by Ikuko and Tooya. The VN on the other hand, only exposed a part of it and encouraged the reader to go through the story again and try to figure out the rest themselves.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Suffered bullying and mocking from the other servants during her first years of work. The only other servants who treated Sayo with any kindness were Kumasawa and her Imaginary Friend, Shannon.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: It's very strongly implied that Sayo was designated male at birth, but was raised as female due to having her sexual organs damaged as a baby. As a teenager, Sayo began feeling extremely uncomfortable and insecure once she noticed her body wasn't developing like a girl's body should. She went as far as to create a male identity to cope. Finding out about her injuries from the cliff fall only made matters infinitely worse for Sayo. Much of Sayo's conflict and "furniture" complex comes down to not feeling fully comfortable as either gender because of the condition of her body. Despite everything, Sayo universally gets treated as a girl by the series and even the author explicitly refers to her as such.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The fact that Sayo can be even labeled "evil" depends on the viewer's viewpoint and value system.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Sayo is considered attractive either as a woman or a man. Both Shannon and Beatrice are seen as very beautiful women and Kanon is such a Bishōnen that all the girls at Jessica's school fawn over him.
  • Bastard Angst: After finding out the truth behind her birth, Sayo is horrified because not only is she an illegitimate child, she's a Child by Rape born from Parental Incest. All this leads Sayo to believe she was never supposed to be born.
  • Bastard Bastard: Played with. Sayo is the bastard child of Kinzo and Beatrice II who planned the murders in the island, but she's still quite the sympathetic character.
  • Batman Gambit: Sayo's entire plan with the epitaph boils down to one of these constructed in a particularly haphazard way, with more vulnerability to failure than you usually get in these. This is justified since a part of Sayo wants the plan to fail and to be found out.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In EP6, the duel between Shannon and Kanon, with Beatrice sitting on the sidelines, is actually a representation of the state of affairs within Sayo's head for a good year or two prior to 1986. By extension, most of the other arguments and fantasy battles between Shannon, Kanon, and Beatrice throughout the story represent this, too.
  • Becoming the Mask: Sayo planned to "become" Shannon - the quiet and demure wife that George expects - by "killing" Kanon and Beatrice before she marries George. That shows just how desperately she craves to be loved. Of course, Battler's return ended up blowing her plan out of the water by awakening "Beatrice", Sayo's desire to commit suicide and take everyone down with her, once again...
  • Bi the Way: Sayo is in love with Battler, George (as Shannon) and Jessica (as Kanon). At one point in EP7 Sayo even notes that she's willing to fall in love with anyone who shows her kindness, regardless of gender.
  • Blinding Bangs: In the manga of Episode 7, "Yasu"'s eyes are always covered by her hair, reflecting how she was The Faceless in the original visual novel. They switch briefly to Peek-a-Bangs when Gaap possesses "Yasu".
  • Bookworm: Sayo loved to read the mystery novels given to her by Kumasawa. This was what made her closer to Battler and it's implied Sayo got her ideas of closed room murders from the mystery novels.
  • Break the Cutie: The definition of Sayo's entire life. The hell she goes through changes her from an innocent child to a desperate, suicidal person.
  • Broken Bird: Sayo used to be an innocent child who only wanted to fall in love and have a real family, but bullying, heartbreak, traumatic revelations and conflicting romantic feelings broke her to the point of losing all hope for a happy life and deciding to plan a massive Murder-Suicide.
  • Broken Tears: Plenty of times during Confession of the Golden Witch. First when breaking down from the stress of the lack of development of her body, Battler's absence and her massive loneliness. Then when Sayo breaks down after learning the truth of her origins and her body. Also, when writing down her murder plans becomes too much for her.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Mostly Japanese, but has some Italian blood in her from her grandmother Beatrice Castiglioni.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Sayo is said to have "a body that can't love" due to the wounds she received after falling from the cliff as a baby, which implies that her sexual organs are badly damaged and she can't have sex as a result.
  • Child by Rape: Sayo is the result of Kinzo convincing himself that his illegitimate daughter Beatrice Ushiromiya was the reincarnation of his lover and ultimately raping her. Sayo didn't take it well when she found out.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: With Battler in 1980. His completely forgetting to come back for Shannon and yet appearing again 6 years later like nothing happened when Sayo was facing her most horrible struggle was the final straw that made her want to end everything.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Sayo was originally Lion Ushiromiya, who was meant to grow up to be the heir of the Ushiromiya family. However, her adoptive mother Natsuhi rejected her and pushed the servant who was holding her off a cliff, which resulted in the servants hiding the baby's survival to then raise them in an orphanage to become a servant. Clair even compares Sayo to Cinderella in regards to the "preparations" Kinzo and Genji made for her to find the gold and have Kinzo meet "Beatrice" one last time before dying and passing on the headship to Lion.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • Sayo and Battler's shared love for mystery novels played a big part in their bond.
    • Sayo also became close to Maria because both of them had a fixation with magic and the occult as a way to cope with their unpleasant realities.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Ever since Sayo was born, the universe seems to be conspiring to ruin any chance of happiness she may get. It gets quite literal when she becomes the Witches' plaything, considering their love of tragic endings.
  • Crippling Castration: Sayo's sexual organs were mutilated as a result of a cliff fall when she was a baby. Learning that not only it was impossible for her to have children, but she Can't Have Sex, Ever, was one of the revelations that broke Sayo for good.
  • Death Faked for You: After Natsuhi pushed her off a cliff, Genji, Doctor Nanjo and Kumawasa managed to hide Sayo's survival and fake her death.
  • Death Seeker: The reason Sayo plans the murders is not only to kill everyone, but herself as well, since she genuinely believes that everyone would be better off if she never existed.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sayo passing this is what kicks off the plot. The reveal of her origins and mutilated body had already broken Sayo, but Battler's untimely return just at the time Sayo was facing her most horrible struggle was what made her lose all hope for a better life and plan the murders. The one hope she had left was for Battler to stop her.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: So desperate that over the course of her life, Sayo seeks love from three different people while under different identities. The problem is that even if she shares a mutual love with someone, she feels that that love is eventually doomed to failure due to her body being unable to have sex, neither as a woman, nor as a man.
  • Determinator: In the true events of Rokkenjima, Sayo was lying on the ground, bleeding heavily from being shot by Kyrie, but still ran around the island in order to rescue Battler. And she succeed, even though she end up dying herself by suicide when Battler tried to take her with him.
  • The Ditherer: Perhaps Sayo's greatest flaw is her unwillingness to face any sort of unpleasant situation and how she avoids making decisions out of fear of negative consequences. Sayo was always too afraid to actively do something about her situation, only pretending that nothing was wrong or letting others make the decisions for her. It was this very indecisiveness that led her to make the game in the first place; all of Sayo's conflicting feelings left her without knowing what to do anymore and she just abandoned herself to fate to not be forced to make a choice. This is something that Sayo acknowledges in the manga, admitting she was nothing but a coward who kept avoiding her problems. In the end, she never did anything to solve them and made them worse as a result.
  • Driven to Suicide: This is the way Sayo died in the real world, by throwing herself into the sea and drowning along with Battler.
  • Driven to Villainy: Sayo planned the murders of everyone in the Ushiromiya household because the extreme amount of stress and psychosis caused from the traumatic revelations of her origins and broken body lead Sayo to believe all hope was lost and death was the only way to free herself and the Ushiromiya bloodline from a cursed fate.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: This is Sayo's default expression in the closest thing she has to real appearances in the visual novel as Clair and Beatrice in the EP7 Tea Party. They represent her deep depression and despair.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Even though the name has stuck in the fandom, Sayo really didn't like to be called "Yasu". It doesn't help that the word can mean "cheap" (as in "a cheap article").
  • Expository Pronoun: A complex example, as she has created multiple personas and thus has various incarnations in the story, each using a different pronoun. As herself and as the servant Shannon, she uses "watashi", the normal female pronoun. As Beatrice, she uses the archaic regal pronoun "warawa" to give her an elegant and haughty vibe. Kanon, the meek and gloomy boy persona, uses "boku". And as Clair in Episode 7, she uses the formal "ware" to give a theatrical effect.
  • Extra Digits: The manga reveals that like Kinzo, Sayo had polydactyly, but her extra toes were surgically removed and only a small scar remained.
  • The Faceless: In the visual novel, "Yasu" doesn't have a sprite in Ep7. This is confirmed by Ryukishi to be an attempt to obscure her real identity as Shannon. In-universe, she's only seen through the "characters" she creates, so the reader can only imagine what Yasu looks like. Yasu's appearance in fanart varied wildly as a result, at least until the manga of EP7 finally gave her a more concrete appearance by depicting Yasu as a young child with long hair and Blinding Bangs. Later, this appears to be yet another attempt at obscuring her identity by giving her a form more similar to Clair. In the manga of Episode 8, however, she's most often shown with Shannon's appearance. Most fanartists like to draw Sayo as a blond Shannon without bosoms to make things simpler.
  • The Fatalist: She has the right to be, considering the rather crappy hand life has given her.
  • Forgiveness: In EP8, Sayo is able to bring herself to forgive Natsuhi for throwing her off the cliff and ruining her life because Sayo already got back at her in the games and Natsuhi repented for her sin. She's also implied to have forgiven Kinzo by the time she confesses in EP7, as her narration portrays him in a pitiful, rather than resentful light.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rather than one, it's more an accumulation of misfortunes and betrayals from people she loved that ultimately drove Sayo over the edge.
  • Friendless Background: Sayo could never made friends with any of the kids of her orphanage or her fellow servants because of her shyness and clumsiness, so she would usually turn to her imaginary friends to comfort herself. Throughout her entire life, the closest things Sayo had to real friends were Battler, Jessica and Maria. Even then, Sayo wasn't really that close to them because Battler left the family and didn't see Sayo again for several years, Jessica wasn't allowed to get too friendly with Sayo because Sayo was a servant and Maria thought she was playing with the witch Beatrice who was only possessing "Shannon"'s body.
  • Gambit Roulette: Sayo's plan in the various games have countless possibilities for failure, and she acknowledges this - for example, as pointed out by Willard, if in Legend of the Golden Witch George had ignored Hideyoshi's attempts at stopping him from looking at Shannon's 'corpse' and simply barged in, the gig would be up right away. This is actually deliberately Invoked as Sayo's plan, due to her hoping to leave the fate of herself and everyone else to destiny. There are three possible outcomes for her, just like in actual roulette - either Sayo succeeds in her murders and successfully bombs the island, creating the "Golden Land" as Beatrice, or she is either caught and stopped before the end, as Sayo, or in the rarest scenario (the 'zero on her roulette', as represented by Kanon), she simply cracks under pressure and confesses to everything, aborting the murders.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: While the appearance of her "avatar" Clair is female, the young "Yasu"'s gender is never explicitly specified in Episode 7. All the witnesses use "that child" or similar phrases.
  • Given Name Reveal: Subverted in-universe. When learning that Kinzō is her father, she also learns her real name (Lion), and seems to embrace it at first, but she never uses it again in the end. Probably because after learning everything about Kinzō, she was less than happy to use the name he gave her. Her other given name (Sayo) is only revealed in the manga, although in a sense, it was already revealed right from Episode 1, but before the manga made it clear some assumed that it was only "Shannon"'s name (i.e. a name Sayo had made up).
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: As a servant, Sayo wasn't exactly happy, but she was still mentally stable. Learning about her origins and the state of her body after having discovered the gold, however, made Sayo broken for good. That's actually when she began to call herself "furniture".
  • Graceful Loser: Multiple references to a roulette when talking about her plans are born from the fact that Sayo not only expects her plan to be stopped, but even wants someone to do it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: This what Sayo ultimately was in the real-life massacre. Sayo is initially set up to be the true mastermind behind the murders on Rokkenjima, and is indeed shown to have been motivated to kill everyone thanks to her suicidal self-loathing and trauma. At the end, it's revealed that Sayo did set her plan in motion, but the adults solved the epitaph before Sayo could actually kill anyone. The adults then turned on each other, and after everything fell apart due to a couple of accidental deaths, Kyrie and Rudolf were the ones who carried out the massacre to its conclusion. However, Sayo still created the scenario that resulted in the deaths of everyone but herself, Battler and Eva (most notably by placing a stack of shotguns, complete with ammunition, right in front of the emotionally charged siblings). Sayo makes no attempt to excuse herself from the fault and outright tells Ange that she's the one responsible for the tragedy that took her family away from her.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Sayo's exact hair color is left somewhat ambiguous, but it's usually either portrayed as brown (when in the guise of Shannon/Kanon) or blond like Lion and Beatrice.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Sayo starts as an innocent orphan who wanted nothing more than having a real family. Then Sayo went past both the Despair Event Horizon and the Moral Event Horizon with her decision to just blow up the entire island.
  • Hope Spot: Sayo views Battler's promise to take her away from the island so they could live together as this. The fact that Battler completely forgets about it and then comes back six years later, at a time when Sayo is suffering various major issues, only drives her further into madness.
  • I Have Many Names: In Episode 7 alone, Sayo is referred to as "Beatrice", "Shannon", "Kanon", "Clair" and "Lion". The fact she uses multiple names − each symbolizing a different "role" − is actually the key to several puzzles.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Sayo is desperate to find someone who can love, accept and understand her completely. However, she thinks it's impossible because of her broken body.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The reason why Sayo wanted to become a witch instead of just being a servant.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Played with. Sayo admits one of the reasons why she wouldn't have been satisfied with committing suicide by herself and chose a mass Murder-Suicide of Battler and his entire family instead was because she couldn't stand the thought that Battler could eventually forget about her and move on with someone else. However, in the real world Sayo ultimately did kill herself alone while letting Battler live.
    Sayo: "If I believed the world could be this fleeting... then I would probably have been satisfied dying alone. If I died, will he cry for me? I'm sure he would. He would cry and cry until his tears dried. Then he'll move on with somebody else, as if none of this ever happened... No. I didn't want anybody else to have him."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She created and nurtured the character of an almighty, haughty witch in great part to deal with her frighteningly low self-esteem. And is all too aware of it, as the scenes between Beatrice and Shannon in Episode 2 show.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Sayo doesn't believe anyone can love and accept her real self, so she uses a different identity for each of their love interests to love. This a major issue for Sayo's love life, as she knows she is tricking her love interests and she believes once they find out the truth about Sayo's body, they will leave her.
  • Ironic Name: Sayo's given name can be pronounced as "Shaddai", the goddess of fertility. Well...
  • It's All My Fault: Sayo tends to frequently blame herself for many things. One point worthy of note is that even though she Desperately Craves Affection, what she cries out to Battler in anguish in EP 4 isn't "Why doesn't anyone love me?" but "Why am I unable to love anyone?" showing just how much she hates herself and believes that it is her own fault that she cannot have a fulfilling relationship with someone.
  • It Meant Something to Me: While his time together with Shannon and their promise wasn't a big deal for Battler and he easily forgot about it after his life got complicated by his family problems, the time they spent together means the world to Sayo and Battler's broken promise coupled with his sudden return becomes the last straw that causes Sayo's final breakdown.
  • King Incognito: Though Sayo was raised as a servant, she is in fact the true head of the family and was always intended to be so, having been granted the headship by Kinzo before he died. However, none of the Ushiromiya relatives know about this since Sayo's true identity is kept a secret even after Kinzo granted them the headship.
  • Kissing Cousins: Given that she is Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice, Sayo is involved with as many as three of her cousins (who are also her niece/nephews). To be fair, Sayo had no idea she was related to Battler and George until about two years prior to when the story begins and after finding out the truth, Sayo begins to feel disgusted at finding herself attracted to her relatives, believing it makes her no different from Kinzo who raped his own daughter.
  • The Klutz: As a child, Sayo was extremely clumsy at work and would often drop and break things and lost items. Sayo's low self-esteem and having to work as a small child probably didn't help.
  • Last Kiss: When Battler tried to take her away from Rokkenjima with him, Sayo kissed him for the first and last time before throwing herself into the sea.
  • Leitmotif: Sayo has several, being the "heart" of Beatrice and the "true culprit" of the message bottles.
    • Fall, Far (flat) and Toy box accompany Yasu throughout Episode 7's "flashback".
    • Sayo's true Leitmotif that encompasses her struggles as Shannon and Kanon is ALIVE, a nostalgic and tragic song.
    • End of the World (inst.) is frequently used as Sayo's Leitmotif during her two most painful years that led her to finally contemplate mass suicide.
  • Lost in Character: Invoked. Sayo hates herself and her life so much that she chooses to create idealized "characters" that she would like to be and play their roles to the degree of almost becoming another person entirely, in an attempt to escape from reality. Although many fans interpreted this as a case of Split Personality at first, Sayo is perfectly conscious about what she's doing when creating these characters, and they are used to express different layers of Sayo's personality. They're more of a cross between characters played by an actor and Imaginary Friends, as opposed to something like Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Love Hurts: It doesn't matter if her love is requited or not, Sayo believes she can't have a successful romance with anyone because of her broken body.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The traumatic revelations about her origins and body were what began Sayo's fall into madness, but her conflicting feelings for George and Jessica and Battler's return was what finally drove Sayo over the edge.
  • Love Martyr: Toward Battler. Even though he broke his promise to come back for her and broke her heart by forgetting all about it, Sayo still can't forget about Battler and no matter how much Sayo loves George and Jessica, there's always a special place for Battler in Sayo's heart, even if it only brings her pain.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Sayo began to develop feelings for Jessica only after Jessica told "Shannon" she was interested in Kanon, which made Sayo feel overjoyed that someone noticed the persona that represented the ugliest part of herself.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Immediately after solving the epitaph, Sayo meets with Genji, is put in an extravagant dress to play the role of Beatrice, and learns that the master of the house in which she has served for eight years is her father. At first, she was just confused, but after learning exactly what kind of things said father has done, the mere idea of this man's blood flowing through her veins becomes horrifying to her.
  • Mad Bomber: Sayo rigged up enough explosives to completely wipe out the Ushiromiya estate and any evidence of the murders with it, leaving nothing but a crater behind. And that shrine that was presumably destroyed by a lightning bolt? It was actually blown up when Sayo was testing explosives that were half a century old. Though to be fair, the giant bomb that ultimately wiped out the mansion and all surrounding areas was constructed by Kinzo and merely used by Sayo for her plans.
  • Mad Dreamer: Sayo's "dreams" are her attempt to escape from the reality she finds unbearable. The collapse of her dreams as she realizes that they are not real was the final straw that sent her to despair.
  • Madness Mantra: "Die. Die. Die. Die. Die. Die. Die. Die." (as she writes her bloody murder mysteries).
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A mundane example, since the "spirits" are really just "characters"/Imaginary Friends Sayo made up and not real people. If you just count the ones that are given control of Sayo's body, the number is likely three (with Clair being an embodiment of all three at once), but if you count all of her Imaginary Friends as well, the number quickly shoots into the double-digits. "I am one yet many", indeed. Spoofed here.
  • Master Actor: Sayo is able to play the roles of all her idealized personas to the degree of almost becoming another person entirely. Her voice and behavior can also change greatly between two scenes.
  • Master of Disguise: Sayo spent several years constantly switching between the "Shannon" and "Kanon" disguises without anyone noticing it. As Beatrice, she looks unrecognizable. It's implied and later confirmed that Sayo uses wigs and Fake Boobs as part of her disguises.
  • Meaningful Name: Sayo's given name can be read as 3, 4 hinting towards her personas. Also, didn't Higurashi's Big Bad also have a name involving those numbers?
  • Meido: When she isn't wearing Beatrice's dress, Sayo is usually portrayed with Shannon's maid outfit.
  • Ms. Imagination: A rather tragic example; while Sayo does have a very vivid imagination, it's mainly used as a coping mechanism for all the troubles in her life.
  • Multi-Gendered Split Personalities: While not exactly split personalities, Sayo has three core personas; two females and a male one. Sayo's male identity, Kanon, was created when Sayo started to notice there was something wrong with her body due to its lack of any signs of puberty. Sayo then started dressing and acting as a boy part-time to "see if being in a male role feels more natural", while still spending the rest of her time as her main female persona Shannon.
  • Murder-Suicide: Sayo's reason for bombing the entire island and constructing the murders.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Despite what she wrote in her stories, in the real world Sayo was horrified when she found out George, Jessica and Maria, the people she cared about the most after Battler, died because of her game.
  • No Periods, Period: Played with. The fact that Sayo hasn't had a period yet causes her to suspect that something is gravely wrong with her body.
  • Not So Different: To Ange, lampshaded heavily in the manga. Both are women who loved Battler and wanted to be with him forever, but are abandoned and possibly forgotten by him. Both resent and blame at least one of their parent figures (Kinzo for Sayo and Eva for Ange). Both were severely bullied. Both used "magic" as escapism. Both have given up on life and wanted to commit suicide. In the manga, Sayo-as-Beatrice lampshades the similarity herself, saying both of them could have had a happy life had they faced reality and chosen a path they could not see.
  • Old Flame: When it seemed like Battler really wasn't going to return, Sayo tried to forget about him and began to pursue a romance with George. Just when Sayo had resolved to marry George, Sayo heard Battler was going to return that same year. She found her feelings for Battler were as strong as ever and she still wanted him to fulfill their promise. This, combined with a shitload of issues Sayo was already dealing with, caused Sayo to completely breakdown.
  • Older Than They Look: Sayo was nine years old when first put to work, but Genji lied about her age, lowering it by three years to avoid suspicion from Natsuhi about Sayo being the child she rejected. Because of Sayo's feebleness and underdevelopment it was easy to fake.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Played with. In EP7, "Yasu" is the only way to directly refer to Sayo. "Yasu" is only a nickname that was given to her by the other servants, which is based on the last name that she received from the Fukuin house, Yasuda. The manga made clear that her given name is in fact Sayo. However, that name was known since EP1, it's just that some people weren't sure if that was just another made up name for "Shannon".
  • The Ophelia: More of a case of someone who in spite of living a sad (and mostly unescapable) reality chose to revel herself on delusions and made-up personas.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Suffers from this later in life, though not literally, due to what is heavily implied to be her damaged sexual organs, and Sayo not considering herself human as a result.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Sayo's anguished declaration to Battler when he goes on a rampage to find the culprit (Kyrie) is to beg him not to leave her.
  • The Pollyanna: Or tried to be, at least. Much like Maria in her diary, Sayo's narration of her story in EP7 tries to attenuate the misery of her situation as much as possible with various coping mechanisms, but if you read between the lines it becomes obvious that her life was pretty horrible. The "red guts sequence" at the end of Episode 7 gives us an inkling of how Sayo really felt about it.
  • The Prankster: Though not a particularly mischievous or malicious example. It's mainly a way for Sayo to cope with her low self-esteem, especially with how the servants believe Beatrice will play pranks on them or steal their things.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Due to Gender-Neutral Writing in Episode 7's "flashback", the pronoun to be used to refer to "Yasu" has been the subject of much debate. Most people usually settle on "she" though, as it's the gender of most of her personas, and the main gender she seems to identify with, having been raised as a girl.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: In the manga, while thinking about how much she hates mirrors since they only show her "pitiful self" and not the person she wishes she could be.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Implied. It's shown that Sayo was raised as a girl and there are several hints that she may in fact have been designated male at birth. The Episode 8 manga skews heavily towards this interpretation.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: Played with. She first starts dressing as Kanon in an effort to "see if being in a male role feels more natural" (which Genji and Kumasawa supported and encouraged) due to her body's lack of development. However, the truth about her body (which is indirectly confirmed to have been designated male at birth in the first place) was unbeknownst to her back then.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Even though Battler tried to convince her to live on to atone for her sins, Sayo didn't believe she could do it. Filled with guilt and regret, Sayo threw herself into the sea with one golden ingot.
  • Rousing Speech: In the EP8 manga, Sayo gives Ange a heartfelt and motivating speech after the latter finds out the One Truth of the Rokkenjima Incident. Sayo tells Ange she knows what it is to feel so lonely and desperate that you only want to turn your back on reality and die, but Sayo states nothing good ever came out from running away from her problems. In the end, she ended up choosing death as her final escape and dragged everyone in the island down with her. Sayo then tells Ange to not make the same mistakes as her; she must find the courage to live on, become happy and make reality shine because you will not be able to find real happiness in the land of the dead.
  • Sanity Slippage: After finding out the truth about her origins and the state of her body, Sayo becomes more and more unstable.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Sayo's Weapon of Choice. As bullets from this type of shotgun tend to scatter, this explains why most of Sayo's victims turn up with the appearance of their heads smashed.
  • Scars Are Forever: The manga reveals Sayo had scars in her feet from the operation that removed her Extra Digits. One day, Sayo accidentally spilled hot soup she was bringing to Kinzo on her feet and when Kumasawa took off her shoes to treat the burns, Kinzo immediately noticed the scars, causing him to suspect that Sayo was his lost child.
  • Sent Into Hiding: She is kept secret by different groups for different reasons. Natsuhi and Kinzo keep Yasu secret because Yasu is Kinzo's bastard child, and Natsuhi threw Yasu off a cliff. Genji and Kumasawa, on the other hand, keep Yasu's existence secret partially at Kinzo's wishes, but they keep secret even from him and Natsuhi that Yasu survived the cliff fall because they think that Kinzo might eventually fall in love with Yasu, as he did Yasu's mother, Beatrice Ushiromiya.
  • Shout-Out: Sayo's nickname being "Yasu" is a reference to Yasuhiro "Yasu" Mano from the Japanese mystery game The Portopia Serial Murder Case. The game's infamous twist was that Yasu, who is the player character's friend and detective partner, turns out to have been the culprit behind the murders the entire time (so much so that "Yasu is the culprit" quickly became a meme, which was later adopted by the Umineko fandom). However, whether Umineko's "Yasu" is truly the culprit is questionable.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was very shy and lacked self-confidence when she was younger, due to being bullied. Some of this still can be seen in her Shannon persona.
  • Significant Double Casting: In Episode 7 of the PS3 port, Yasu is voiced by Sayaka Ohara, who also voices Beatrice. This is because Yasu is Beatrice's true identity.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sayo is generally attracted to nice people, which isn't limited to the male gender. First, she fell in love with Battler because he's kind-hearted, friendly and funny and he sort of promised to be her prince charming. Later, she developed feelings for George because he's a gentleman who was willing to give up everything to marry her. And then, she became attracted to Jessica when she noticed and was nice to Kanon and Sayo found Jessica's liveliness charming.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: Sayo changes her servant name from Shannon to Kanon when she's in her male persona. Also, "Kanon"'s real name Yoshiya is, in fact, a modified Japanese reversal of Sayo's name. 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."
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With all three of her love interests to a degree, but the most emphasized is Sayo and Battler. Sayo fell madly in love with him when they were children and Battler promised to take her away of the island in a white horse, which became Sayo's ultimate dream. Unfortunately, Battler ran into some serious family problems and left the family for six years, forgetting all about his promise with Shannon. Sayo tried to believe in Battler, but when it became clear he didn't intend to return for her, she decided to try and forget about him, starting to pursue a romance with George and then Jessica. Battler's untimely return became the trigger to Sayo's Despair Event Horizon, as her unresolved feelings for him added to her emotional and mental instability which was pretty much completely shattered by that point. This lead to Sayo choosing to end everything via mass Murder-Suicide. However, in the real world, Sayo did get a chance of happiness with Battler when both survived the massacre and Battler tried to take Sayo away from the island with him. Sadly, Sayo was still overwhelmed by her guilt and self-loathing, choosing to commit Suicide by Sea. Battler "died" trying to save her, losing his memories in the process. In the end, they can only be Together in Death as Battler and Beatrice in the Golden Land.
  • Stepford Smiler: A unique type, but closest to the Unstable type in the form of Shannon.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played with. In her Beatrice persona, Sayo is the splitting image of her mother and she's said to look a lot like her mother by Kinzo. But given that nobody noticed it all those years until they solved the epitaph, it may not be that strong after all.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Played in an unusual way in the PS3 port of Episode 7. For a long while, "Yasu" is the only non-voiced character (she has plenty of lines, but they aren't voiced)...until the line where she says she wants to become a witch. During the whole scene after that, her voice gradually evolves into that of Beatrice. The only other voiced lines Sayo has are when she is made to meet Kinzō after discovering the gold, and also when Sayo demands why Genji and Nanjo didn't just let her die after they reveal the truth about her origins and the state of her body to her.
  • Suicide by Sea: While Sayo never did kill anyone on Rokkenjima in the real world, she still felt responsible for causing the massacre and chose to commit suicide by throwing herself into the sea.
  • Talking to Themself: Throughout most of the story, whenever Beatrice, Shannon or Kanon are speaking to each other it represents Sayo talking to herself about her own inner conflicts.
  • That Man Is Dead: A trick Sayo likes to use on the gameboard. Sayo can cast away one of her identities and state in red that "Shannon" and/or "Kanon" are dead while Sayo really is still alive. Figuring this out is the key to solve riddles such as the one of the murder of Nanjo in the third game. Though this only applies to the anti-fantasy interpretation, as each persona are distinct individuals in the anti-mystery interpretation and appear simultaneously in front of other characters many times when not from the point of view of the detective.
  • Together in Death: Not being able to believe she could live on, Sayo threw herself into the sea. Battler followed her and both drowned together. The Battler personality indeed died with Sayo at that time, but his physical body survived and became Tooya Hachijo.
  • Tragic Dream: The manga reveals Sayo's dream was to someday marry a man she loved and have a real family with him. That dream was destroyed once she discovered the truth of her body.
  • Tragic Villain: Driven mad by the tragedies of her life, Sayo planned a brutal Murder-Suicide to take down everything and everyone from the Ushiromiya household with her. However, in the real world she didn't actually get to do the villainous acts she had planned, but was still responsible for the way the massacre started.
  • Trans Tribulations: A somewhat convoluted example. It's very strongly implied, and all but outright confirmed in the manga, that Sayo was designated male at birth. Her sexual organs were badly damaged due to being thrown off a cliff when she was a baby and she was raised as a girl afterwards. As a teenager, Sayo began to suffer from severe body dysphoria as a result of her body not developing like a girl's should, going so far as to create a male identity for herself (Kanon) as a way to cope with her confusion over her gender identity. After learning the truth of her origins, Sayo calls herself "furniture" because she believes her broken body makes her inhuman and nobody will ever love her because of it.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Thrown off a cliff as a baby, bullied as a child by her fellow maids, her first love leaves the island with little hope of returning after he (half-jokingly) promised they'd spend the rest of their lives together. Sayo then spends years waiting in vain for said first love to return for her, only to have her heart broken when Battler forgets to send a letter for her. Finally, Sayo discovers that she is Kinzo's Child by Rape born out of his incestuous advances towards his illegitimate daughter. To make it even worse, she also learns the truth about her mutilated body, which makes Sayo think of herself as a "furniture" unable to love. For the following two years, Sayo is constantly tormented by her self-loathing, growing psychosis and conflicting feelings for George and Jessica. The straw that broke the camel's back is Battler's untimely return, which finally makes Sayo decide she had enough and just want to end everything.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Retroactively; when Sayo learns about the circumstances of her birth and what the injuries from her cliff fall had done to her body, she demands why Genji and Dr. Nanjo simply didn't let her die.
  • Uptown Girl: Sayo falls in love with Battler, George, and Jessica, who are all members of the obscenely wealthy Ushiromiya family, while she was a servant. Later this turns out to be subverted, since Sayo is technically also an Ushiromiya as well as the true head of the family.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Sayo was originally a sweet and innocent child who only wished to have a real family one day. As she grew up, some traumatic revelations and having a lonely, almost friendless life drove her to do some rather questionable things.
  • Walking Spoiler: Many of the story's mysteries revolve around Sayo; in a sense she's the real main character of the series.
  • Wild Card: Sayo is this in the struggle between the Ushiromiya siblings for the gold. She's the one who actually has the gold, but doesn't care at all about where it will end and just uses it as a tool for manipulation.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sayo planned a massive Murder-Suicide that involved killing the members of the Ushiromiya household in cruel ways and blowing up the island, yet her extremely tragic life makes it practically impossible to not feel sorry for her.
  • Yandere: Definitely far from Sayo's main motivation for killing, but certainly is part of it. Part of Sayo's plan is a twisted and desperate attempt to get Battler's attention, hoping he will stop her and save her from her cursed fate. It's subverted since, in the real world, Sayo didn't kill anyone and chose to commit suicide alone while letting Battler live.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sayo eventually becomes involved with three different people at the same time; first she falls in love with Battler, then she enters a relationship with George after almost giving up on Battler returning to Rokkenjima, and then Sayo falls in love with Jessica after finding out that she's in love with Kanon. While it's assumed that Battler realizes this after solving Beatrice's true identity, George and Jessica never find out that their love interests are the same person.

    The Fukuin House servants 

Runon voiced by: Yuka Saito (JP)
Renon voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa (JP)
Sanon voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (JP)
Benon voiced by: Seiko Yoshida (JP)
Manon voiced by: Ayano Niina (JP)
Berune voiced by: Yuri Yamaoka (JP)
Asune voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (JP)

Clockwise from the bottom: Runon, Renon, Sanon, Benon, Berune, Asune, and Manon.

"What? Yasu, you lost your keys again?"

Girls who grew up in the same orphanage as Sayo and once worked as servants at the Ushiromiya estate with her, constantly mocking Sayo's clumsiness and forgetfulness (except the last one). Their names are Runon, Renon, Sanon, Benon (who were Sayo's first coworkers at the mansion), Berune, Asune (who came after the first four left) and Manon (who appears when Sayo has already become "Shannon").

The Stakes of Purgatory are based on these girls, with the Stakes' personalities being exaggerated versions of Sayo's fellow servants.

  • Agent Mulder: Berune was seriously freaked out after Sayo pulled a prank on her and started to believe in the Witch.
  • Agent Scully: Asune, on the other hand, insists this is just ridiculous to believe in the Witch.
  • Alpha Bitches: Runon, Renon, Sanon and Benon often harshly criticize Sayo for being clumsy, forgetful and being much younger than them. Even later servants like Berune and Asune look down on Sayo, and call her names behind her back, but at least have the decency to call her "Shannon-chan" when talking to her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Their servant names are first mentioned in EP1, when Shannon recalls the previous servants who used to work with her.
  • Greek Chorus: They are questioned by Zepar and Furfur, along with various other characters, as "witnesses" of what "Yasu" was like at the time.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Like the Stakes of Purgatory, they all look exactly the same aside from their hairstyles. Unlike the Stakes, none of them are sisters.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Manon seems to be the only one who was ever genuinely nice to Sayo.
  • Malicious Misnaming: They would continually call Sayo Yasuda "Yasu", despite knowing how much Sayo hated that name.
  • Meido: An army of them, as appropriate to a rich and noble family such as the Ushiromiya.
  • The Nicknamer: They call each other (and Sayo) by nicknames since they don't like using their servant names.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: No one seems really sure how the kanji of 留音 and 恋音 should be read. The manga writes the furigana as "Ruon" and "Renon", but the PS3 version has the former pronounced "Runon" and at some point Gaap's voice actor reads the latter as "Renne".
  • Reused Character Design: An in-universe case, since Beatrice based the Seven Sisters on them; out-of-universe it's the opposite, since their sprites are reused from the stakes, and as a result they all look the same despite not being sisters.

    Tooya Hachijō 

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP)
In the manga 

"18… when I tried to remember my age, this number floated inside my head. For some reason though, my mind felt much younger, and my body felt much older…"

A man who was found lying in the middle of a road by Ikuko Hachijō, with no memories ouside of his own age. They started to live together, sharing their love of mystery novels, as he gradually gave up on retrieving his memories and started to accept himself as a new person, "Tooya", the name she gave him.

He later remembers his old identity as Battler Ushiromiya when he learns about Beatrice's message bottles, and then writes "forgeries" of them with Ikuko, which describe events similar to Episodes 3 to 6. They are published under Tooya's name.

  • The Atoner: The reason he reveals himself to Ange in the final Hidden Tea Party. He'd originally turned her away when she'd asked for a meeting with him, fearful that he couldn't reconcile himself with his prior identity as Ange's big brother. Ange even goes as far as addressing him as "Tooya-san" to put his mind at ease when she sees just how much he's suffered because of his decision, and when the story ends at the Fukuin house, Tooya is implied to have finally come to terms with the man he once was.
  • Bookworm: He becomes really interested in mystery novels very quickly after his "birth".
  • Collective Identity: He and Ikuko both make up the identity of the mystery writer Tooya Hachijou. Tooya provides the scenarios for Ikuko, while Ikuko writes the books and makes public appearances under Tooya's name.
  • Commonality Connection: Tooya bonds with Ikuko thanks to their shared love for mystery and detective novels, which eventually inspires them to become mystery writers together.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Having to struggle with his old identity was physically painful to him. He had to endure more than 10 years of accute headaches before suddenly remembering who he was, resulting in a brain seizure and being confined to a wheelchair. The love interest part is debatable, but he and Ikuko are at least definitely fond of each other.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Tooya's hair has turned white due to aging and has been cut shorter, in contrast with the hairstyle he had as Battler.
  • Expository Pronoun: Uses the formal "watashi", which highlights his more peaceful character compared to Battler, who used the brash "ore".
  • The Faceless: His face is kept hidden in his first appearance to hide his identity as Battler. We don't get to see Tooya until the epilogue.
  • Identical Grandson: Looks almost exactly like the younger version of his grandfather Kinzo.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Ikuko. Ryukishi had actually intended him to be married to Ikuko in the epilogue, but ended up making things more ambiguous.
  • Last Episode, New Character: He appears only in the epilogue, which takes place in the 2020's. While he possesses the memories of Battler Ushiromiya, it's made very clear by himself and the narration that he should be considered a different person.
  • Leitmotif: A very sweet and melancholic one called En-counse, shared with Ikuko.
  • Loss of Identity: He is terrified at the idea that "Battler Ushiromiya" could "take over his body" and he could wake up as someone else.
  • Meaningful Rename: His current name was given to him by Ikuko. The characters of his name mean "18" which was his age at the time of the Rokkenjima incident, after which Ikuko found him, and the only thing he remembered after his accident.
  • Morality Pet: Ikuko isn't a very nice person to anybody, except Tooya.
  • Older Than He Looks: He does have white hair in the epilogue, but he is still a pretty youthful 60-year-old. The manga gives him an appropriately old appearance though.
  • Only Friend: Ikuko doesn't seem to have any friends outside of Tooya, who appears to be the only one who can get on her good side.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": More of a transliteration issue with the name Ikuko gave him, 十八 (とおや). Toya? Tooya? Tohya? You take your pick.
  • That Man Is Dead: A subversion. It's not that Tooya deliberately threw away his old identity, it's just that he is unable to accept it. Not only because trying to remember this identity initially caused him unbearable headaches due to brain damage, but also because the feeling of having memories that are not his own is too terrifying.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Battler actually survived the Rokkenjima murders along with Eva. However, he nearly drowned after trying to save Beatrice, and lost all of his memories. Most of the plot is Tooya trying to put his memories back together. Yes, a good part of the instances and scenarios beforehand was just Tooya brainstorming for the truth.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just knowing about Tooya's existence is a big spoiler for Battler's fate in the real world.

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