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- Adaptational Jerkass: The OVA makes her needlessly cruel to humans in her mission, whereas the manga had established her as only mildly cold, and most of it to mask some inner insecurities.
- Adaptational Wimp: Perhaps because it focuses on her more vulnerable and human side, the TV series downplays heavily her manipulative skills and array of vampiric powers, and instead has her angsting a lot, using only her fire powers in combat, and needing rescue by Larva more often. However, she does not need anymore to spell the name of the Shinma in order to seal them as in the OVA, although this might be more of a thing of the series's dynamics than her own skillset.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Her personality varies greatly between continuities. In the OVA, Miyu is portrayed as a twisted, whimsical trickster who presents herself in a grandiloquent manner and enjoys toying with people. In stark contrast, the TV series shows her as serious, collected and soft-spoken, as well as much more caring and kind-hearted. Her manga personality, finally, could be considered an intermediate step between both, albeit featuring a certain amount of sensitivity and self-doubt that is not present in any.
- Anti-Hero: She fights for a goal that will make the world safer for humans and other lifeforms, but the events in her life have left her unable to care very much for people.
- Breath Weapon: In the OVA, she shuts off Raen's Will-o'-the-Wisp lights by blowing at them.
- Broken Bird: In all continuities, her family life and adolescence were destroyed in the process of becoming a vampire.
- Characterization Marches On: The TV series features the most heroic and warm version of Miyu by a substantial margin, but the first episodes have her doing a couple misdeeds typical of her OVA version that might look weird in hindsight, like murdering the harmless Machiyama (by some illusory powers she never uses again in the series, furthermore).
- Cherry Blossoms: Some of her powers in the OVA involve this, although she never uses it as actively as Yui.
- Crippling Overspecialization: While very nimble, most of Miyu's offensive abilities are psychic in nature, forcing her to trust Larva to handle the physical aspect of the fighting. If her powers fail to work and he's not around, she can only resort to Combat Parkour to wait for a chance.
- Dark Magical Girl: Toyed with. She's not only the main character, but she's the one who seeks out friendship instead, at least in some versions.
- Dhampyr: Daughter of a vampire and a human.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She is barefoot whenever she goes hunting, sporting either just a red ribbon around her right foot or nothing at all down there. The OVA and manga imply she adopted the habit because she had lost her sandals just before waking up as a vampire, while the TV series hints her white hunting kimono without footwear is a sort of uniform for her kind. In any case, she has been this way over both snow and burning sands, so she clearly does not care about it. It may cross also into Undead Barefooter considering she is a vampire.
- Fiery Stoic: A fire user who can be either laid-back (OVA) or stoic (anime).
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Strictly speaking, she only feeds on people who would benefit to some degree from the Lotus-Eater Machine induced by her bites. The only time she is suspected of being drinking blood at random, she is compared to an animal.
- Good Is Not Nice: She does what she can, and occasionally feels regret for those she can't help, but in the end her job is to banish Shinma and absolutely not to protect or save people. She's not above using mortals as bait or even killing them to get to Shinma, if necessary. The OVA turns this Up to Eleven and make her almost a Nominal Hero.
- Guile Hero: The girl is frighteningly manipulative and good at playing people, especially in the OVA and in spin offs like Vampire Yui and Vampire Princess. Very, very few people are able to outsmart her.
- The Fatalist: A side effect of recovering from her life trauma. She believes the only way to escape fate is death.
- Healing Factor: Although she rarely needs it, her vampire body gives her one. The most egregious time was when she is stabbed through the torso in the TV series and survives to tell it.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Miyu and her mother are as much Shinmas as the enemies they hunt.
- Improbable Hairstyle: She has an elaborate hairstyle in the shape of a single odango bun with a long lock free.
- Kiss of the Vampire: Notably because she has no visible fangs. The act itself is usually hidden.
- Iconic Outfit: Her white short kimono.
- I Have the High Ground: Loves to do this in all continuities, often over a torii.
- I Know Your True Name: In the OVA, she must first learn the Shinma's name before sealing them.
- Lady of Black Magic: Extremely elegant and aloof as she uses her ruby-red flames.
- Limited Wardrobe: In the anime series, we only see her in school uniform or her white hunting uniform. In the OVA series, however, she has a different kimono every episode along with another school uniform.
- Mind over Matter: She has telekinetic powers, which she employs to levitate around and use objects as weapons. Barely uses them in the TV series, though.
- Musical Assassin: In the anime series, she plays a small flute when appearing to her enemies. It is only to announce herself, though.
- Older Than They Look: Justified Trope, since she was granted eternal youth by the Shinma so she could take all the time she needed in catching the runaways.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She is a rather powerful and atypical kind, as she has several of the classical vampire powers yet apparently none of their usual weaknesses (and given that her mother didn't have them either, it cannot be attributed to Miyu being a Dhampyr): she doesn't have even fangs or an uncontrollable need for blood, and seems physically indistinguishable from a regular human girl. Additionally, in something even less common in vampire lore, she has the ability to leave her victims in perpetual dream trances.
- Playing with Fire: Her signature attacks. She uses them in all continuities to finish off opponents, and in the TV series, to do most of her fighting.
- Power Floats: She can levitate, and is constantly doing so in the OVA.
- Squishy Wizard: While not too squishy given she has superhuman agility and somewhat of a Healing Factor, she is not a hand-to-hand fighter, and instead fights using her dimensional and pyrokinetic magic.
- The Stoic: Common to all portrayals it is that she doesn't get flustered easily, or at least not noticeably.
- Abled in the Adaptation: Inverted. The OVA states his face and voice were sealed away, so he cannot speak nor remove his mask. In the TV series and original manga, he can do both, although still rarely does.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: His main weapons are his red long fingernails, which can cut even through energy attacks.
- Adaptational Badass: In the TV series, he has a large scythe aside from his claws and Miyu's fire. In turn, however, he actively dislikes using the latter.
- Becoming the Mask: Became Miyu's servant after losing to her, but developed empathy towards her plight.
- Big Damn Heroes: His trademark (and almost only) way to appear is in a Dynamic Entry to help Miyu.
- Bodyguard Crush: Depending on the continuity, his bond with Miyu is sometimes portrayed as romantic in nature.
- Facial Markings: Mask example. Tear drop shaped ones on his cheeks.
- Playing with Fire: He shares Miyu's fire powers due to his servant bond with her, but doesn't like to use it because it brings him bad memories.
- Power Floats: Although not as much as Miyu, among other things because he moves little and has a cloth that obscures his body, he can basically levitate.
- The Quiet One: In the TV series and manga, where it is by choice that he doesn't talk much.
- The Voiceless: In the OVA, his voice was sealed upon having the mask placed on his face.
- Your Size May Vary: His height is difficult to measure due to his long robe and levitating powers, but it varies between continuities, and even scenes, judging by whenever he stands behind Miyu. He is sometimes just relatively tall by western standards, while other times he genuinely looks like a 8 ft giant.
Characters from several continuities
Voiced by: Masako Ikeda (OVA, mother), Mayumi Shou (TV series, mother), Kiyonobu Suzuki (OVA, father)
- Adaptation Expansion: The plot point that they are sealed away by the Japanese Shinma first appeared in the OVA, which aired after the manga's first volume. In the latter, it was implied she was fighting Shinma entirely by her own will instead.
- The Ageless: This is what leads to the whole crisis in the OVA in the first place, even though they're Shinma themselves, their particular bloodline is fully mortal and Miyu's mom is getting on years so Miyu should have been groomed to be the next Guardian.
- Big Fancy House: In the original OVA, they owed a very pretty traditional Japanese home. It was located atop of a hill near Nara... the place where the fourth OVA takes place.
- Empty Shell: Miyu's dad, since Miyu's mom drank his blood before marrying him, which she regrets due to the terrible effects. It's actually so bad that when the Shinma came to claim Miyu as the Guardian and both his wife and daughter ran away, he simply stood there quietly, allowing the Shinma to capture him.
- Mama Bear: Miyu's mother tried to save her from becoming the Guardian by force. By either considering to kill her (manga) or giving her her own blood (OVA). It didn't work, obviously.
- Parents in Distress: They're now hostages of the Japanese Shinma, frozen in time and in an eternal sleep in an alternate dimension between the Darkness and Earth. Miyu has to catch all the runaways to get them free.
- The Voiceless: Miyu's dad, with the OVA being the only exception.
- Anti-Magic: His eye can nullify enemy spells.
- Canon Immigrant: He was an addition to the TV series, likely to capitalize on the Mons Series fad of the nineties. However, after the series aired, he "appeared" in the manga in the form of a key chain with his exact shape, with Miyu commenting it looked like a plushie named Shiina she used to have. He finally ended up making proper appearances as himself.
- Forgot About His Powers: It's shown that he has a form of offensive Anti-Magic spell, but he only uses it once in the TV series, even though it would have been pretty useful on several other occasions.
- Mad Eye: His right eye, which gives him scrying powers, is huge, bloodshot and usually hidden behind one of his bunny-like ears.
- Seers: More specifically, if you look into his sort-of Evil Eye, you can see stuff that is normally invisible.
Reiha and Matsukaze
Reiha and Matsukaze
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Matsukaze. In the TV series, he is a traditional Japanese doll which can only levitate, while in the manga he looks just like a human child and can move naturally.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Inverted. In the anime series, she was the daughter of a yuki-onna and a human guardian of Miyu's bloodline, and knew her back when they were children. In the manga, she is a ruler of a boundary of the Shinma world who only meets Miyu due to a fleeing subject of her.
- Affably Evil: Reiha is soft-spoken, calm, always has a cold smile on her lips... and is a frightening opponent.
- Always Someone Better: While neither Miyu nor Reiha acknowledges it explicitly, the latter has proved to be able to consistently overpower the former.
- Canon Immigrant: She appeared first in the TV series and later in the manga.
- Creepy Doll: Matsukaze, who seems to be a mouthpiece for Reiha's hate for Miyu.
- Lady of Black Magic: Reiha is even more aloof than Miyu and mercilessly attacks others using ice.
- Facial Markings: A sign on her forehead, which appeared after her powers woke up.
- Good Is Not Nice: Reiha fights the runaway Shinmas and all, but she's not concerned with the bystanders at all and openly antagonizes Miyu.
- Harmless Freezing: Averted. It looks harmless, but it's just as deadly.
- Losing Your Head: She calmly picks up her own head after being decapitated and swears revenge as she returns to the Darkness.
- The Rival: To Miyu, complete with thematically opposite powers.
- Squishy Wizard: Even more than Miyu, as she remains mostly stationary when fighting and her ice magic seems to be stronger than Miyu's fire powers (or are at least used more liberally).
- The Unfavorite: Reiha hates Miyu to death because her father, one of her collaborators, died protecting Miyu and called out to her in his last breath instead of recalling his own daughter.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the anime series, she was merely a mook of Garline. In her incorporation to the manga, she became a relative to Larva, specifically a cousin to him and sister to Carua.
- Canon Immigrant: She appeared first in the TV series as an ally to Garline, and later showed up in the manga, where she worked with Carua and Lemnia.
- Fille Fatale: Looks like a highschooler, yet behaves like her namesake.
- Musical Assassin: In the TV series, she plays an ocarina which can cause pain to her victims.
Voiced by: Mayumi Shou (OVA)
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the OVA, she doesn't survive the events of her first encounter with Miyu, while in the manga she does.
Characters from the OVA
- Distracted from Death: He left Ryoko near the bridge she had to cross to go home. The moment he turned to walk away, Ra-en/Baku killed her.
- Big Fancy House: Where she lives.
- Convenient Coma: Is in this state in the OVA.
- Cute Mute: When she "wakes up", she doesn't say a single word.
- Creepy Child: She is seen as one of these. When she wakes up, she's among the cutest and most pitiful examples of this.
- Deal with the Devil: She let Ra-en possess her body and use her for his plans, in exchange for creating an illusion in which her beloved parents are still alive.
- Despair Event Horizon: Her parents's deaths. Since they died after giving her their blood so she'd survive, poor Aiko blamed herself and called herself a vampire, biting the neck of her doll in the orphanage she was placed in much to the horror of the other kids. Then Ra-En came in...
- Ill Girl: Horrible, heartbreaking subversion. She was thought to be in a Convenient Coma, but she actually was under Demonic Possession and a Deal with the Devil
- Creepy Monotone: They speak like this. Brrrrrr!
- Dead All Along: They actually died in a car crash a while before the OAV's take place. The ones that Himiko met are illusions summoned by Ra-en as a part of his deal with Aiko.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Both are shown either fully barefoot (the father) or wearing only tabi socks (the mother). Justified, not only they're only seen inside a very traditional house where being barefoot is a requirement, but they're wearing kimonos.
- Heroic Sacrifice: They knew that their injuries from the accident would eventually kill them, so they begged their treating doctor to let them donate their own blood (of a pretty rare type) to their beloved daughter Aiko so she'd survive. He couldn't refuse such a request since they had no blood of said type left in the hospital and there was no time to ask for donors: in the end Aiko survived, but Mom and Dad died.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: On Ranka, with a Forceful Kiss.
- Broken Ace: Except for being at least a bit Book Dumb, he acts completely perfect at school. He's polite, handsome, popular... As well as selfish, indifferent, and disenchanted with life.
- Book Dumb: What their parents believe, as they berate him because his grades are not as good as his siblings' and his mother thinks he might even need extracurricular classes. It is unclear how much truth there is in this, however, as his actual grades are not revealed; considering that his siblings seem to be overachievers, he might not be that bad himself if not compared to them. Also, considering he looks seriously depressed, it might even be due to a lack of motivation rather than talent.
- Chick Magnet: Possesses a practically unearthly beauty, and even Himiko can't help but comment on how hot he is.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He falls in love with an Uncanny Valley Girl, that's all.
- Playing Against Type: Quite the jump in regards to Vegeta or Shun, huh?
- Princely Young Man: The Ice King type, with some traits of the Gentleman.
- Star Crossedlovers: With Ranka. They find a way to stay together.
- Stepford Smiler: He hides his boredom with life in general, his feelings of inferiority towards his more academically-succesful siblings and his apathy towards his Education Mama's constant pressure under a polite, soft-spoken, beautiful mask.
The Shinma Armor
- Immortality Seeker: Asks Miyu to make her a vampire so she can be young and pretty forever. Miyu's mom stops them and sends her back home.
- Red Herring: We're led to believe that Miyu's mom drained her of blood to feed Miyu her first blood "meal". It wasn't like that.
- Secret Keeper: Knows what her best friend Miyu is because she saw her bite one of their classmates and accidentally kill her by draining her of blood.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Contrary to what it looked like, no, Miyu's mother didn't kill her for blood, but Akiko never appears again either after that.
Characters from the TV series
Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga
- Otaku: He is called one, and being short, stocky and with glasses, he certainly looks the part.
- Übermensch: Believes vampires to be this, so he tries forcing Miyu to make him one. She's so offended by such claims that she tricks him into falling to his death.
Voiced by: Maiko Shirakura
- Foreshadowing: The fact that Chisato is the only one of Miyu's human friends who shows up in the opening and ending sequences should clue you on how her role will be VERY important later.
- Knife Nut: Her Weapon of Choice is the dagger that her dead older brother Tokiya gave her as a Tragic Keepsake.
- Yandere: Over her brother Tokiya, whose death triggers her transformation into a Shinma
Voiced by: Kokoro Shindou
- Kill the Cutie: Chisato kills her and Yukari as soon as her powers awaken. In Hisae's case, Chisato does it under the effects of the Shinma Shidon's More Than Mind Control right after she and Yukari learn the truth about Miyu; she then wakes up next to the dead Hisae and starts screaming in horror...
- He Knows Too Much: The reason she's killed. After Hisae's death, Yukari confronts Chisato and then goes to Miyu to learn what's going on. It does NOT end well, needless to say.
- Kill the Cutie: Chisato kills her and Hisae as soon as her powers awaken.
- Empty Shell: Since Miyu cannot undo the damage that has already been done to poor Miho, she ends up biting her and taking her blood. The last time we see the poor girl she's hospitalised, listless, completely indifferent to anything around her...
- Fate Worse than Death: Ends up catatonic in the hospital, with no way to return her to the way she was.
- Magic Feather: Cruel subversion: the red shoes she was given as lucky charms... were actually a MacGuffin that absorbed her life energy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Under the disguise of an artist, he sells trinkets to Miyu and Chisato. Said trinkets are actually magical charms that keep Miyu from sensing Chisato's growing powers.
Characters from the manga and/or Drama CD's
- Orphan's Ordeal: Has just lost her whole family (Mom, Dad, little sister) to Shinmas.
- The Gwen Stacy: It's not exactly clear who Kaoru was for Miyu, but she clearly feels bad when she meets him as "Fumiya".
- Waif-Fu: Male example, as the human body he possessed was one of a highly-trained gym practitioner.
Rima and Mari Minami
- Honey Trap: Dr. Minami, being a Shinma, used Mari to kidnap boys and feed on their blood.
- Twin Telepathy: Sorta, as the locked-away Rima can see the outer world through her twin sister Mari's eyes.
- Graceful Loser: Escaped years ago from Miyu, so when she finds him again, he at first tries to cover for his girls and help them escape, but once he loses he doesn't put up much of a fight and lets Miyu vanish him.
- Hot Scientist: In charge of the local aquarium and some experiments. Not really.
- Inter Species Romance: With the twins's mom, a mermaid.
Ruri and her family
- BrotherSister Incest: Implied between the original Ruri and her brother, Little Ruri's "father". It was at least one-sided canon from his side.
- Happily Adopted: After her "Papa" is banished to the Darkness, Little Ruri is adopted by the Hiyama family.
- One Steve Limit: Subverted. Ruri is the name of both a little girl and her pet bird, given to her by her "papa". And of "Papa"'s dead younger sister.
- Sole Survivor: In an odd incident, Little Ruri was left all alone in her hometown. A handsome stranger saw her and took her in.
- Wife Husbandry: Miyu believes this is what Ruri's "dad" want to do to her, and she calls him out on it. It's more of a Replacement Goldfish deal, though.
- You Killed My Father: Ruri's "dad" accuses Miyu of letting the real Ruri die by not biting her and thus not giving her eternal life.
Characters from Shin Vampire Princess Miyu
- Kick the Dog: Killing a mother and her child who had helped Miyu.
Caith Sith's mother aka the Quarl Queen
Yui, Nagi and Senryu
Vampire Princess Yui characters
- Big Fancy House: She lives in an old traditional complex.
- Break the Cutie: Specially when she can't control her urge for blood and ends up draining one of her school friends, then runs away in horror and when she arrives near Yuki's "Pool of Illusions" and Nagi tells her who she truly is without any filter. Not to mention the borderline Mind Rape effect that Yuki's voice has on her.
- Cherry Blossoms: Weaponised, since Yui can manipulate and bend them to her will. It comes from Yuki, whose powers sorta can manifest through Yui.
- Shouji reveals to Kyouko that Yui had always been fascinated by the massive cherry tree in her garden. She actually hates it, as she thinks that whenever sakura trees bloom, someone she loves will die.
- By the end of the first volume, all that's left of Yui's old home are the sakura trees.
- Does Not Like Shoes: A trait shared with Miyu. Her first appearances have her wearing sandals with her kimono, but she discards them after her first hunts. In some artworks, she even wears shin wraps in a sort of reference to Miyu's foot ribbon.
- Half-Human Hybrids: One of the oddest examples ever in this franchise. Mother is human, father is a Shi (another kind of demon, described as "the anti-Shinma"), and she also is half-vampire as her mom Sayuri was given Miyu's Kiss of the Vampire when still pregnant with Yui. That's not counting her connection with Yuki, the former Guardian of the Lake and leader of her clan, whose succesor and twin sister Saki was Yui's ancestor.
- Foil: To Miyu. Miyu is mysterious and reserved, whereas Yui is plucky and emotional.
- Ill Girl: Subverted. Peple think that Yui has severe anemia, but the truth is that her Guardian powers have just awakened and, since she had no real idea of what was going on, she lacked of the blood she needed. (It's not helped by how Yui refuses to drink blood from humans if she can help it, so her Battle Butler Nagi gives her his blood instead.)
- The Ojou: At the start of her story, Yui lives in a traditional Japanese Big Fancy House with her grandmother.
- Psychic Link: She has one with the sleeping Yuki.
- Raised by Grandparents: Her father was banished away, her mother died when she was tiny, so her grandmother has raised her.
- Stepford Smiler: While taking to her sempai Shouji and her friend Kyouko, Yui acts like a Genki Girl and a Shipper on Deck for them both. In reality, she's thinking of how she won't be able to keep up with them.
- Weak, but Skilled: Sorta. She wins her first fight via relaying on trickery and pure sheer pluck.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Sorta, as for quite a while doesn't like the idea of feeding from humans. Nagi then lets her feed from him.
- Un-person: After the funeral of Yui's grandmother, it's strongly implied that Miyu and Larva erased Yui's presence from the memories of her few remaining friends.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Don't harm Nagi. Seriously, DON'T. When Nagi once took a spear for her, Yui was pissed.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After Yui's grandmother dies, she definitely abandons her old life.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: At first she's cool and harsh to her granddaughter, but later we learn all the pain she's been through.
- Broken Bird: She's said to be a gorgeous woman "with crimson lips and sad eyes".
- Convenient Coma: Self-induced. Yuki was in a Star-Crossed Lovers deal with a human, and thus she and her lover preferred to go into eternal sleep at the bottom of the magical lake known as the "Pool of Illusions" which Yuki was bound to. (Said man was the stepbrother of Nagi, who'd become Yui's protector.)
- Empty Shell: After Miyu gave her a Kiss of the Vampire... while pregnant with Yui.
- Missing Mom: In Yui's words: "After Dad died, Mom became a dreamer... and she died of a heart attack.". It's kinda odd, as Sayuri was supposed to be in "eternal happiness", but all of a sudden it was broken and then Sayuri died of grief.
- Odd Friendship: Played with. After getting bitten by Miyu, Sayuri sorta continued her life and Miyu dropped by sometimes to check on her well-being. This being Miyu, her main interest was the baby still within Sayuri, the future Yui, whose potential she wanted to awake. (It's implied, however, that Miyu might have cared for Sayuri in her own way.)
- Widow Woman: Sorta. It's all but spelled out that, since her husband was a Shi, Miyu either killed or banished him and then bit Sayuri to both have her blood and relieve her from pain. People believe that he died in an accident, however.
Shouji and Kyouko
Characters from the Vampire Princess manga
- Lesbian Vampire: Her relationship with Yui Shougakuin is chock-full of Les Yay. See it yourself.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She actually wears a hakama while going to school.
- The Ojou: Yuu is said to be the daughter of a deceased pharmaceutical tycoon, and at the start she has just returned to Japan from living overseas. She isn't, obviously.
- Expy: The Yui to Yuu's Miyu.
- Military Brat: Her dad shows up wearing an uniform and is referred to as "Shougakuin-sama", so it seems he's got a rather high rank. (According to Yui herself, though, he has just been promoted into it.)
- New Transfer Student: She has just arrived to Tokyo and the all-girls's school she and Yuu attend.
- The Ojou: A very sheltered and gentle girl from a loaded and traditional family.
- Tender Tears: Is often seen diven to tears.
- Numerical Theme Naming: His name, Jirou, means "second son". It's a name usually given to the second child born in a family, if said child's a boy. (And double if the first child is a boy and his name is Ichirou aka 'first son'.)
- Old Retainer: To Yuu, sorta. He poses as her uncle and Parental Substitute, and is also her Secret Keeper.