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Just because the manga is all about executions and the eventual downfall of the monarchy, that doesn't mean that it's all tears and fears.

  • The fact that Jean-Baptiste does seem to have a healthy, albeit extremely bizarre, relationship with his second son suggest that there is some good in them.
  • Marie's relationship with Charles-Henri when she was younger, especially the scene of the two of them studying in secret. Marie even thanks Charles' in Latin. Aaaawww!
  • Charles making his vow to rid of all executions in this world are prompted after having to execute one of the few people that he could call a friend, Jean de Artois.
  • Nicolas-Gabriel calling Andre his "foster brother",and the only person that he could rely on to retrieve the materials necessary for the ecartelement.
  • A flashback in one chapter opens up with a young Nicolas trying to cheer up a crying Jean-Baptiste by playing with a snap-dragon flower.
  • As Nicolas is removing Damiens' skin with a pair of hot pincers, his mental state is represented of his child self getting lost in a dark forest, and almost drowning in a sea of blood. The person that he calls out isn't his older brother Jean, or Anne-Marthe, the mother whom he's tried to finally gain affection of....but Andre.
    • Afterwards, Andre gently takes away the pincers from Nicolas' hands, saying that the job was originally to be done by Subyss, and Andre is willing to do so instead of Nicolas. The next panels show child!Andre and child!Nicolas running through the forest to escape while holding hands.
  • Jean-Baptiste actually saving Jacque Damien. Mind you, he did not agree to have this child in his house. Secondly, he waited until the boy recovered from his operation before sending him off to an orphanage (mind you, if you know some basic math and anatomy, you will guess that Jacque stayed even after his father's arrest.)
  • When Marie has trouble trying to get through the large crowd, she's helped out by the nun Marie-Jeanne Becu.
  • Six-year old Marie, seeing how the ecartelement is at a stand-still, and while hidden in Becu's nun's habit, asks Marie-Becu (a nun who will later become Madame du Barry) for a pair of sewing scissors. Marie then goes up on the platform to help Charles-Henri, despite their grandmother's attempts of having her get down.
  • After Charles comes across Anne-Marthe torturing Marie for overstepping her "role", after Damiens' execution, he promptly removes the torture devices from Marie. Later, he calmly explains to Anne-Marthe that Marie has talent, and that, if it weren't for her, then the Sansons would've been in jeopardy. During these panels, along with the panel of Charles declaring that he and Marie will cast away anyone who threatens their future, Marie is seen clinging to Charles.
  • Charles discovers that his father, Jean-Baptiste, harbored the same tender heart as Charles did, with a study full of crosses meant to represent each and every convict that Baptiste had killed. When Charles starts praying, he sees the ghost of his late tutor, Father Grisel, who tells him that all humans are imperfect and see the humanity of others by associating with people. Father Grisel [[Disappears into Light
  • In chapter 56, after Marie's confined to the torture chamber by Charles as an extreme measure to stop her from letting her emotions get the better of her, Andre, her servant, comes to free her. Marie quickly tells him to stop, and Andre correctly deduces that she allowed herself to be confined so that he wouldn't be discharged. After removing the covering from her eyes, Andre says that she (Marie) is a person who can control her emotions better than any adult.
    • The summary of vol 6 in the cover of vol 7 reveals that what restrained Marie from acting out was "the kindness of her assistant, Andre".
  • After Charles reveals to Marie, right as she's about to get up on the platform, that he discharged Andre after he came forward about releasing her, Andre forces his way into the crowd to watch over her one more time.
  • After the rather disastrous luncheon, Louis-August, the future Louis XVI, is the only person who's genuinely interested with Charles' beliefs on equality. He then asks the executioner to visit him to teach him things.
  • Chapter 72 shows how close Antoinette and her sister Carolina were before Carolina was sent to be married off to Ferdinand IV and become Queen of Sicily, much like in real life.
  • In chapter 73, Andre, who is living the slums during this time, meets a young Jeanne de Valois after she crashed into him while she's trying to catch a stray dog. Despite her attempts to get away from him, Andre offers her some bread to eat.
    • In the next chapter, the box that Jeanne tries to steal contains some of Marie's hair that Andre helped cut off; the locks of hair are "proof that the person with the most noble heart in this world bade farewell to her womanhood". However, this can come off as Squick to others.
    • In chapter 75, despite knowing that Jeanne tried to steal the bag of money that Marie originally gave to Andre, after she finally found him, Andre gives the money to Jeanne in hopes that she can use it to help the rest of the people in the neighborhood.
  • In chapter 94, after Marie Antoinette finally acknowledges Madame du Barry at court, and Charles-Henri leaves the palace after his role is done, a whimsical scene occurs where all of the adults - except Marie-Joseph - turn into little kids. While set to the French folk song, "Ah! Vous dirai-je maman?", the children then start to wreck havoc by jumping on tables, gorging on desserts, drinking wine, having fights and telling secrets. The final panel of this fantasy shows a smiling Marie-Joseph and putting her arms akimbo while the children are playing. Sweets are worth more than reasoning, indeed!
  • In chapter 96, after stealing Marie's tricorne, Blanka - a snow-white monkey - uses it as a basket to give a little girl who works in the palace kitchen a feats of bread, fruit, cheese and sweets.
  • Chapter 97 opens up with a flashback of how six-year old Marie met Alain, a biracial young man, after he took one of her ribbons that he needed to tie it around a roll of bread. The roll with Marie's ribbon is given to a young girl, and Marie demands Alain that he gives her back the ribbon. Alain tries to explain to Marie that the ribbon made the girl so happy, but Marie isn't buying it. However, Marie starts having a crush on Alain when he tells her that the young generation will change the future of France, and he's sure that even her dream will come true one day.
    • In the same chapter, there's another flashback showing Marie seeing Alain prepare to go out to sea, so he can create a plan to bring happiness to the children of France. Before he leaves, Marie pulls him into a kiss, and tells him that they'll make it a race to see whose dream came true first. According to Alain, she won.
    • Blanka giving a kiss on the cheek to the kitchen girl, much to her delight.
  • Chapter 99: Alain teaches the same kitchen girl, Cecile, how to spell her name. She's so happy and tells Marie that she'll study and write her name for sure.
    • Alain in general. Up until his murder by the hands of the aristocrats, all he wanted to do was help change France by educating the poor and create a system where people are no longer discriminated by their social class, race, or gender.
  • Marie's immediate reaction to the burning of the school and the murder of the students within is to hunt down the nobles and kill them.

     Innocent Rouge 
  • After Marie successfully has De Luxe arrested and executed, along with the other men who were with him, Marie first sees the angel of Cecile. Marie thinks that the vision is just the result from the any remnants of the drug that was used for her lipstick. At the sound of Alain's voice, Marie looks up to see him thanking her for what she did. After sharing a Held Gaze, the two kiss, and Alain or Marie admits their love to the other. Blanka, Alain's monkey, comes up to Marie's shoulder not long after, and gives Marie a peck on the cheek.
  • During her fight with Jacques Damiens in chapter 30 of Rouge, he explains that he wishes to create a world where men can choose their occupation, fall in love with women without the fear of social classes, and for children to go to school. Marie, in this fantasy, walks by Jacques, and calls him out for only imagining a positive future for men and men only.
    Marie: The future Marie sees is one where no matter if you're a man or woman, you can take the starring role!!!
  • In the following chapter, Andre arrives with reinforcements, and immediately goes to attack Jacques. Andre becomes surprised when he sees Jacques' new metal leg inches from his face, and Marie, taking a small dagger, tells Andre to get down as she throws the dagger towards Jacques' back.
    • Following Jacques' escape, Marie orders the soldiers to search for any other members of the Enrages that might still be lurking about. Andre, knowing that Marie shouldn't have missed the mark with her sword, believes that Marie is physically injured.
  • After witnessing Zero taking their first steps from a pile of horse guts, Nicolas-Charles and Charlemagne are disgusted and wonder if its a devil child. Marie, stepping over the blood and gore, says to her brothers that that's her "beloved child". After giving Zero a soft smile, Marie picks them up and says:
    Marie: The child's name is Zero! Marie loves them more than anything else in the world.
  • The opening lines for chapter 49 that describes baby Zero's view of the fight.
    Because Marie never taught Zero to have a 'sense of fear', there were no prejudices in the world reflected in that child's eyes. So the sparks that erupted from the point on the iron mask that axe hit, looked like beautiful fireworks coloring the night sky... Even the horse lying on the ground looked to them like a white horse made of the stars in the sky, galloping across the galaxy.
  • In chapter 50 of Rouge, after listening to Louis XVI's fears, Zero shares a roll of bread with him. He smiles when Zero says to him that they're family now.
  • The face that Louis-Charles makes when Louis XVI allows him to play and run around during their break during the Flight to Varennes is absolutely precious.
  • Chapter 80: While escaping commoners that have broken into the high school, Elisabeth and Antoinette try to escape, only for Elisabeth to be overtaken by the people. Right before she's taken away, she declares to Antoinette that she had more fun with her than any other boy, and that she loves her.
  • Antoinette's refusal to guillotine her own friend, Elisabeth during the high school fantasy sequence in chapter 81, and instead, pushes through the crowd to fall to her "death".
  • When Antoinette ascends the steps towards her demise, the scene turns into a giant ballroom, with Marie asking Antoinette to dance with her. As they're dancing, Antoinette and Marie exchange smiles at each other.
  • Following Antoinette's execution, Marie says to Charles-Henri that, unlike him, she doesn't feel pain from killing people. Suddenly, she's stabbed by a man from the crowd, and as she gouges the man's eyes out, a flashback of a smiling Antoinette appears. Given that the two had history together, it's implied that Marie did feel something for the last queen of France.
  • In chapter 84, Marie admits to Charles-Henri during dinner that she had the most fun when she was studied with Charles as a little girl.
  • Page 15 of Chapter 86, with Charles-Henri declaring that that him, Jean-Louis, and Andre, they'll save the one that they love from the execution platform - Marie.
  • Doubles as a tearjerker: The final chapter has a now older Charles meeting the spirit of the recently deceased Marie again. During that reunion Marie thanks Charles for giving her the life that she had, for she burnt out that "flame" despite being rejected and hated. Charles and Marie embrace each other, and he thanks her for having been born.
    • In the following page, Zero sets off to go on a journey to see the rest of the world, inspired by the meteor shower. Carrying a cane and a suitcase full of bread, they're optimistic that someone will share bread if they run out, and Zero will happily share bread with someone if they want it.
    • The final pages show that both of respective dreams of Charles-Henri and Marie-Joseph came true: Marie's dream of the end of the aristocracy on September 4th, 1870, when the French Republic was established following the abdication of Napoleon III. Charles' dream came true in 1981 when France finally abolished the death penalty.
      Even if the bodies may succumb, dreams live forever. The dreams dreamed by those siblings who never saw them fulfilled through the ages, eventually came to pass.

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