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     Kaien Cross 

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (Japanese), Christopher Corey Smith (English)

The headmaster of Cross Academy. Kaien is Yuuki's adoptive father and took in Zero following the death of his parents. He strongly believes that humans and vampires can co-exist. In the past, Kaien used to be known as the strongest vampire hunter known to man and thanks to his genetics that houses an insane amount of vampire DNA, Kaien no longer ages past his prime. He had a very jaded outlook on life as a result of constantly assuming different identities to avoid suspicion about his age, as well as the fact that killing rogue vampires makes no leeway for humans in the war for survival. It was only after meeting Juuri Kuran that his personality started to change, similar to how Zero met Yuuki. It's implied that he was in love with Juuri but never pursued the relationship due to her already being happily married to Haruka.

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  • A Death in the Limelight: Kaien's death and final thoughts are explored in Vampire Knight Memories Chapters 17 and 18, as he dies trying to keep the peace between humans and vampires. Ai watches over him as he slowly passes away, comforted as he dies.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a goof but he's really good at founding and running his own academy full of humans and vampires.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: To say that he acts like a clown would be an understatement. A startling contrast compared his hunter persona.
  • Cool Sword: His trademark sword is serrated. This prevents vampires from healing quickly, along with its magical anti-vampire qualities.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let his foolishness deceive you. He knows when things get serious, the gloves are off. Known to be the most powerful vampire hunter in the world. Yes, this guy is even more badass than Zero, Kaito and Toga put together and actually is a threat to purebloods such as Kaname.
  • Defiant to the End: Downplayed but Kaien gently refuses Ai's offer of being turned into a full vampire to save his own life, content with dying as a human.
  • Doting Parent: Done in the most over-the-top way for both Yuuki and Zero. He's also like this towards Ai, becoming a doting grandparent. He would've become this towards Ren but unfortunately dies before he could meet her.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Imparts sage advice to his peers and adoptive children in the silliest ways possible.
  • Famous Last Words: "Oh...I've made a mistake...They said I didn't have much time left. And yet I was so careless...Oh...The one crying over there...Is that Juri-san? Or is that Yuuki? Ai-chan...You know, I'm glad...Since there's a child who's crying for me..."
  • Generation Xerox: Despite not being related to the Kiryuus, Kaien's life is eerily similar to his adoptive son Zero's: both hated vampires and hunt them, they meet an eccentric Pureblood vampire who changes their outlook on life and will do anything to protect their legacy, etc. The only difference is that while Kaien failed to woo Juuri, Zero actually got together with Yuuki.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Kaien does this in front of Ai to comfort her, while also content that he was able to die in front of loved one and not be alone.
  • Grumpy Bear: While he was a full-blown hunter in a flashback chapter.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Sadly, for Juuri.
  • I Owe You My Life: Feels indebted towards Juuri Kuran for sparing his life sixteen years ago. This is due to trying to attack her while she was pregnant with Yuuki.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually becomes this towards Juuri, as by the time he meets her, she's already married to Haruka. According to his bio in the fanbook, when asked what his taste in women is, he says, "She's already married, so..."
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: In the anime, he says something to this extent to Kaname (referring to Yuuki, of course) in the final episode.
  • Large Ham: Oh yes.
  • Love at First Punch: Falls for Juuri after she defeats him in battle.
    Kaien: Well in any case... I'll just tell you that it... It was there that I found love at first sight!!
    Little Zero and Ichiru: Where...?
  • Meaningful Name: Kaien means "ashes" (kai) and "village gate" (en). The kanji for en is used to Enma too, which is the ruler of the Underworld in Buddhist mythology. Cross (or Kurosu) is the Japanese pronunciation of "cross" and the kanji chosen for kurosu translates to "black" (kuro) and "master" (su).
  • Megane: His trademark appearance. When the glasses come off, shit is about to go down.
  • No Body Left Behind: Like a traditional vampire, Kaien's body disintegrates into ash at his funeral, leaving behind his trademark glasses to his children.
  • Oranyan: Shown in a flashback when he first meets Juuri; exactly how Zero is now.
  • Parental Substitute: He became this for both Zero and Yuuki when they had nowhere else to go and their families were destroyed by vengeful Purebloods.
  • Pervert Dad: Constantly comments on Yuuki's beauty, much to her chagrin. This may be due to how much she resembles Juuri.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Provides sufficient comedy to the story whenever things grow to depressing.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Is actually over two hundred years old because of the vampire genes he has as a Vampire Hunter.
  • Red Baron: "The Vampire Without Fangs."
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Ties his long hair back to give an appearance of respect as the Chairman of an Academy. Loses it whenever he slips back into his hunter persona.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: With Haruka and Rido as the Betty and Veronica for Juuri's affections, this leaves him as the Third-Option Love Interest.
  • Vampire Hunter: Formerly one. Comes out of retirement at times to aid the heroes.
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     Touga Yagari 

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)

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The Number One hunter at the Hunter's Association and Zero and Kaito's former teacher. In the past, his fiancee, who took care of Zero and Ichiru during their stay in a hospital, turned into a vampire and Touga was forced to execute her but not without losing his eye. He later comes to Cross Academy as a teacher at the insistence of his old friend Kaien Cross. While he was willing to kill Zero to spare him further pain that comes from being a vampire, he changes his mind after seeing Zero's resolve to fight on and Yuuki's insistence of protecting him. Later becomes co-president with Kaien at the Hunter Association, grooming Zero to take his place one day.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga most of his much his hype as a veteran vampire killer is never shown resulting in the impression of Badass on Paper. In Guilty, he's directly in the fight, protecting the day class as he slays vampires with his shotgun.
  • Berserk Button: Let's just say he was not pleased when Kaien let it slip that Zero had to repeat a year of school.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Touga was quite the brat in Kaien's flashback.
  • Eye Scream: He had his right eye torn out by a vampire. That vampire used to be his former fiancee.
  • Eyepatch of Power: While the eyepatch doesn't give him extra powers, it makes him look quite intimidating.
  • The Gunslinger: Extremely skilled with his shotgun. He was the one who taught Zero everything there is to know about shooting.
  • Hot Teacher: On par with the Night Class in terms of handsomeness.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes give off this impression and take on an eerie demeanor at night time. It still looks creepy and scary despite only have one left.
  • Meaningful Name: Touga means "ten fangs" and Yagari meand "night" (ya) and "to harvest" (gari).
  • The Mentor: To Zero, Ichiru, and Kaito.
  • Papa Wolf: Harm Zero in any way and there'll be hell to pay.
  • Parental Substitute: Along with Kaien, he's this for Zero.
  • Ship Tease: Implied that he hooked up with Seiren in the final chapter. May be a result of saving her from falling rubble during Kaname's rampage on the Hunter's Building.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Always seen with a cigarette.
  • Troll: Casually insults his vampire students on his first day as a professor. When the lesson is over and he's about to leave, Touga non-nonchalantly blocks a knife thrown at his head with his book. He then gives a sarcastic smile and wishes the students well.
  • Vampire Hunter: Next to Kaien, the strongest Vampire Hunter to date.

     Ichiru Kiryuu 

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

I'm so happy, I thought I was dead inside Zero's heart...

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Zero's twin brother. Ichiru and Zero were once very close as children until Ichiru overheard their parents favoring Zero over him. He willingly went with Shizuka following her attack on the Kiryuu family and became her faithful servant/possible lover. After Shizuka loses her life, Ichiru wandered about without a purpose until he learned that Rido brought about his former master's death. Though he fails to avenge her, he sacrifices his life so that Zero can halt his process into becoming a Level E vampire, power up by taking back the "Twin's power" and finally reconciles with his beloved brother.

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A sibling like example. No matter what each brother said or did to each other, Ichiru still loved Zero will all his heart and vice versa. Which makes it all the more terrible when Ichiru dies.
    • Kaien even notes one time that when Ichiru was annoying Zero by glomping on him, if Zero really wanted him off, he would've used force. He didn't.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Which led to his Undying Loyalty for Shizuka.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Identical to Zero.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Upon dying from a wound Rido gave him, he subtly tells Zero that he still cares for his brother and gives his life to save him.
  • Happiness in Slavery: He stays content by Shizuka's side as her servant.
  • Ill Boy: Ichiru was known for always being sickly. Shizuka's blood heals him of this.
  • Likes Older Women: According to his bio in the fanbook, his taste in women is "a beautiful, older woman," likely indicating Shizuka.
  • Meaningful Name: Ichiru translates to "one" (ichi) and "thread" (ru). Kiryuu translates to "auger"/"drill" (ki) and "life"(ryuu).
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: With Shizuka.
  • New Transfer Student: And more well-liked in the Day Class than Zero to boot.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Zero.
  • Purple Eyes: Shares this with his twin.
  • The Resenter: Resented the fact that their parents favored Zero. The tragedy is that this is what he perceived; his parents actually loved him very much, a fact he only understood with his dying breath.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Zero; Zero is moody, Ichiru is more cheerful, Zero hates vampires, Ichiru loves Shizuka, Zero is good with a gun, Ichiru is good with a sword, etc.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Kaien spazzes out when he notices that the twins entered the room with the same pose.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Quite possibly to Shizuka.
  • Theme Twin Naming: 'Zero' literally means 'zero' and the 'Ichi' in 'Ichiru' means 'one'.
  • The Unfavorite: He thinks that he is this to everyone. He couldn't have been more wrong.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Shizuka. Despite Shizuka's cold indifference towards him, she actually appreciated Ichiru's company.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Sweeter even than Zero. Then his insecurities and Shizuka's influence caught up with him...

     Kaito Takamiya 

And now we have a little lamb... joining the party.

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A fellow hunter and an old friend of Zero's who returns to Cross Academy as a teacher-in-training. Similar to Zero, he hates vampires with a passion, though he's willing to do more dirty and pragmatic things to get the job done. Whatever his character faults, he does care for Zero and treats him like family at times.

  • Ascended Extra: Kaito was originally a character from a Vampire Knight novel but the author loved him so much that she inserted his character into the main story proper.
  • Batman Gambit: He used Yori as bait for the purebloods during a vampire ball to test Zero's reactions.
  • Canon Immigrant: Kaito originally appeared in the light novel based on the series, written by Ayuna Fujisaki. When Hino Matsuri wanted to add another Vampire Hunter character into her story, she liked Kaito so much that she asked Fujisaki for permission use him.
  • The Chessmaster: Like Kaname, Kaito doesn't hesitate in using people like pawns if means a goal is reached. Case in point: he brings Yori into a party full of amoral vampires, knowing that if she's attacked, it would get a rise out of Zero, as well as giving him an excuse to kill.
  • Guile Hero: Kaito is quite savvy about the politics and worldview of the vampires and Hunter Association; with this knowledge, he's able to stay a few steps ahead of his enemies.
  • Hot Teacher: Attends the university as a teacher-in-training.
  • I'll Kill You: His warning to Zero.
    Zero: When you first showed up at the academy, I initially thought you had come to kill me... the way you killed your own older brother.
    Kaito: Oh, believe me, Zero. If you get violent and I think you might harm me... I'll definitely kill you...
  • Old Friend: Of Zero's. He briefly trained under Yagari alongside Zero and Ichiru.
  • Staking the Loved One: Killed his brother after he was turned into a vampire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was willing to endanger Yori to test Zero's capability of a future association president.
  • Vampire Hunter: Hinted to be as powerful as his teacher, Touga.

     Fuuka Kisaragi 

... I believe in you, Aidou-senpai.

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Fuuka and Aidou.

A Day Class student with a crush on Kaname. After attempting to sneak in the Moon Dormitory, the Night Class students — Aidou, Kain, Ruka, and Ichijou in particular — take an interest in Fuuka and let her visit the dorm at night. As these visits progress, a mystery surrounding Fuuka begins to unveil itself. She is introduced in the VK light novel Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi.

  • A Death in the Limelight: The whole point of her story is exploring the tragedy in falling to an unrecoverable state and the despair that comes from being put down by a loved one. However, her death served to show that Aidou is not completely as heartless as he portrays himself to be.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love/Dying Declaration of Love:
    Fuuka: What would you think if I were to say... I love you?
    Aidou: You're too honest... I'm sorry...
    Fuuka: Never mind. I... I... I love you, sempai. And that's why I'm happy... to die in your arms...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She feels this way towards Aidou because of how he was her only ally—having rescued her so several times and was the only person who was honest with her. So, naturally, this is why she asks Aidou to be the one who kills her.
  • Break the Cutie: One of the sweetest characters introduced in the series and the knowledge that she's going to become an unrepentant, uncontrollable monster breaks her.
    • Kill the Cutie: Before she falls to Level E, she requests for Aidou to execute her. He does.
  • Broken Masquerade: Becomes a vampire and all it entails, including the eventual fall...
  • Death by Origin Story: Her death serves to change Aidou's personality, if even just a little bit.
  • Death Seeker: Asks Aidou to kill her, so she will not turn into a Level E vampire.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in the arms of her beloved Aidou.
  • Distressed Damsel: Aidou works diligently to make sure that Fuuka doesn't turn into a Level E. He fails and is forced to kill her.
  • Doomed by Canon: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi takes place around a year or so before the main story takes place, so I wonder why this new character Fuuka hasn't shown up yet. ... Oh, that's why.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Just when she visits the Moon Dormitory to ask what kind of chocolates Aidou likes for St. Xocolatl's Day to give him "thank you" chocolates for rescuing her, she overhears Aidou, Kain, Ruka, and Ichijou discussing the experimental pill's effect on her, and they reveal that she is an ex-human vampire and the pills were an attempt to slow down the vampire process.
  • Dying as Yourself: Would rather die by Aidou's hand as herself than be hunted down as a Level E vampire.
  • Fangirl: For Kaname. Later for Aidou as well.
  • Genki Girl: Very energetic and happy, similar to Yuuki.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Gives one last smile before she passes away.
  • The Gwen Stacy: Hinted to be Aidou's first love.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With her best friend Kanae.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For Kaname.
  • I Am a Monster: When she discovers she is an ex-human vampire.
  • Ill Girl: Throughout the light novel, Fuuka has not been feeling well and seems to be suffering from anemia. This is actually the effects of her eventual descent to a Level E vampire.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Fuuka's optimism serves to open Aidou up a bit more to the world.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction after she drinks Kanae's blood to the point where Kanae faints from blood loss.
  • Naïve Everygirl: As the trope name says, Fuuka is extremely innocent and naive to the things around her.
  • New Transfer Student: She had been transferred to Cross Academy from another high school following the summer holidays.
  • Plucky Girl: Enough to sneak into the Moon Dormitory to find Kaname's room, so she'll be the first to give him chocolates for St. Xocolatl's Day.
  • Posthumous Character: Dies before the story begins proper.
  • Protectorate: To Aidou.
  • Second Love: She has a crush on the mysterious and forlorn Kaname, but she ends up falling in love with the initially difficult but very dependable Aidou.
  • Ship Tease: With Aidou.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: She turns out to be an ex-human vampire.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only lasts one novel and hasn't been seen or referred to since. At least, Kaito became added to the main story following his first appearance in a novel.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She was revealed to have been bitten by a pureblood vampire following an accident. The pureblood saved Fuuka's life and altered her memories, but as a result, she was gradually turning into a Level E vampire.
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