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  • Abandon Shipping: The Ange × Amakusa ship was initially fairly popular… until it was revealed that Amakusa was the one who mercilessly killed Ange in Episode 4. Well, some of the crew members jumped ship, but not all, mind you. The relationship is even ambiguously canonized by the characters' final profiles released in 2013.
  • Adaptation Displacement: This happened when the anime first aired, due to the usual situation where anime is widely watched while visual novels are a niche market. But the anime quickly gained a reputation for being a very bad adaptation, having the dubious honor of being voted Worst Anime of 2009 by 2chan. Due to abysmally low DVD sales (less than 600 copies), Chiru never got an adaptation as a result, though the price of said DVDs certainly didn't help.note  The original visual novels have since gained more prominence over its anime adaptation, especially since Witch Hunt's English Fan Translation started before the anime aired, and the manga adaptation has attracted more fans since it offers a completed story.
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  • Adorkable: Like Mion, Jessica goes from tomboyish to a sheepish, stuttering mess when her feelings for Kanon surface.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Battler: Is his eventual Laser-Guided Amnesia a result of brain damage, survivor's guilt, the unwillingness to admit his own (albeit limited) responsibility in the Rokkenjima incident, or a combination of all the above?
    • Beatrice: a heartless and sadistic murderer, or the savior of the Ushiromiya family's dignity, allowing their memory to be unsullied by the crimes committed in their two days on Rokkenjima by taking them all upon herself? Might be easier to figure out if she weren't voluntarily tripping through the Face–Heel Revolving Door at every turn.
      • This is what happens when a Tsundere goes too far.
      • Could also be a Trickster Mentor, as the "Wind and the Sun" strategy of EP3 seems to be an attempt to show Battler that he's way too trusting. With the "Wind", she wore down his refusal to suspect the people close to him, but with the "Sun" she got him to trust and sympathize with her. When Ange, then a complete stranger, appeared at the Golden Reception, Beato and Virgilia had no reason to start dribbling their Villain Ball in front of him — except to rub the point in.
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    • Bernkastel: a vile, disgusting, monstrous witch who toys with humans for her own amusement, or a tragic Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who had to go through thousands of years of Break the Cutie horror and now can only torment others in order to dull the pain?
      • Episode 8's tea party segment seems to suggest that while Bern is indeed a sociopath with natural inclinations towards sadistic cruelty and making people miserable regardless of the Freudian Excuse she has for getting to be that way, she can also dial that cruelty back in her off time and only goes fully completely monstrous when it's her turn to be the Punch-Clock Villain in any of her and Lambda's little games. This is depiction is further demonstrated in Umineko Golden Fantasia.
    • Ikuko Hachijo/Featherine: It's never explicitly said that Ikuko is Featherine. One non-magical explanation of how the two could be different entities is that Ikuko's story that Ange reads is a description of a fictional Ange reading the story of Battler's sixth game to a fictional Featherine, so that Featherine is Ikuko's Author Avatar. The magical explanation would be that Featherine existed first and is on such a trascendent, god-like level compared to other Witches that she personalized Ikuko in her image (like how Bern had done with Erika) and placed her into the non-magical world in the late 80's and the 90's, making Ikuko the Author Avatar of Featherine rather than the other way around.
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    • George: Dogged Nice Guy who has an enlightened view of the world through his years of experience, and who respects Shannon as a person, or a borderline-sexist who takes everything far more seriously than he should? He may (or may not, YMMV of course) have Yandere tendencies (possessive subtype) to boot.
    • At the end of EP7, is Kyrie really so ruthless and cold that she would cast off any family for 1 billion, or is she simply keeping a cool facade to the threat from an emotionally distraught Eva?
      • Some fans from Eastern countries theorized that in EP7, Kyrie's claim that she never loved Ange was actually a lie to trick Eva during their battle. This is because Eva had already killed Rudolph, so Kyrie could have guessed that she could get also killed by Eva; thus, no one would be left to protect Ange, and Eva might take revenge on Ange as well. Therefore, fans theorized she could have lied that she hated Ange to convince Eva that Ange had nothing to do with this conflict, and also convince Eva that Ange needed a mother to guide her. It's also possible that in her grief and madness at that point, Kyrie was lying to herself so that she may embrace death without any emotional attachments left. And in EP8, there are moments where Kyrie shows she DOES cares for Ange, with the manga version even showing us when Ange was born and that both her parents did indeed love her very much.
    • Like Kyrie, the manga takes a harsher interpretation of Kinzo's past, claiming that unlike the story he told, Kinzo himself was responsible for the military base massacre that killed everyone except for him and Beatrice. But even so, did he instigate the massacre because of his obsessive desire to keep Beatrice and the gold for himself, or was he motivated more by ruthless pragmatism since he could predict how the gold would corrupt the people on the base, and was simply trying to manipulate what he considered an inevitable disaster in his favor? There are a number of factors supporting such an interpretation, such as the fact that Kinzo's penchant for accurate predictions played a key role in his business success, the fact that he had no real reason to lie to Willard when discussing his past (indicating that his own role in the massacre may have been a minor footnote to him rather than a dark secret), and finally, his characterization in EP8, which showed that he was capable of being a kind and loving man despite his later descent into abusive behavior and madness.
    • Keep in mind this trope is subjected to ALL of the Ushiromiya family, especially in EP8 which shows a different side of Kinzo, and paints the entire family in a far more flattering light than any of the other games. One of the main rules is that pieces can't act completely out of character no matter what, so normally there would be many interpretations to one character, including what their true intentions were even when they did in fact do despicable things. The manga adaptation clears it up more, with Ange coming to acknowledge that no one in her family was ever truly "a total villain or a total saint."
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The pacing of the anime comes to a screeching halt at the start of the fourth arc, with three straight episodes of exposition on the characters of Maria and Ange.
    • In both the VN and manga versions, Arc 7 feels like the longest to get through, with Willard having to get stories from Rosa, Kinzo, Maria, and Jessica before starting to piece things together, which leads to an extended (and largely embelished) backstory for Sayo Yasuda, and then when it looks like the illusion of the witch has been killed and the story has reached its end, the longest and most detailed Tea Party ever follows and keeps things going even longer. creating Ending Fatigue as well.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The manga adaptation of Episode 8 has some noteworthy ones:
    • Eva acknowledging the damage done to her relationship with Ange was her fault, not Ange's. Even if Ange tried to reject Eva as a parental figure and unknowingly denied Eva of any source of comfort from the accusations she was already getting, it was Eva's responsibility as an adult and Ange's new legal guardian to love and care for Ange instead of giving Ange a scapegoat to blame for the murders by acting horribly abusive to reinforce Ange's warped perception. To put it shortly, even if Eva had her own trauma to deal with she should've tried harder with Ange.
    • By that same token, the rest of the Ushiromiya family coming to terms with their own sins. The quiz game at the Halloween party is replaced by hide and seek and in that time we see, aside from the above thoughts from Eva, Natsuhi and Beato/Yasu getting closure with each other over what Natsuhi did to baby Yasu in the past, Rosa realizing how she'd perpetuated the cycle of her own abuse onto Maria and starting to forge a stronger mother-daughter relationship with Maria to make amends, and a clearly shown fallout of Rudolf confessing his sin and the truth about Battler's parentage to Kyrie. To take it further, when Ange is reunited with the family in the Golden Land later on, a point is made of how the Ushiromiya Family ultimately tore itself apart due to its members own vices and sinful acts accumlated over the years finally giving way, and Kinzo openly holds himself accountable for sourcing everything that had gone wrong since the time he lost his mistress.
    • Realizing the Unfortunate Implications of what Tohya Hachijo's implied death at the end of EP8 would do to poor Ange, Ryukishi wrote in the final character profiles released in 2013 that he actually survived, which was made explicit by the manga adaptation two years later.
  • Awesome Music: Has a whole page, of course.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Rosa. She's considered a Memetic Badass Mama Bear based on her actions in EP2, where she fends off a horde of goat butlers using a shotgun and a gold ingot in her purse in order to protect herself and her daughter, which is one of the times where Rosa demonstrates that she sincerely loves Maria and is legitimately sorry for her abusive behavior, and a horribly Abusive Parent sarcastically called "World's Best Mother" by the fans for the way she treats Maria and gets what she deserves any time she's killed, especially in EP4 when Maria uses her new witch abilities to kill Rosa over and over again after she destroys Sakutaro, all the while Rosa is screaming she never loved Maria. This scene is implied to be All Just a Dream, so it could be that deep down Maria is afraid that Rosa really doesn't love her. Given the fact that the Ushiromiya Family is intentionally being displayed at their worst on the island, instead of being like that all the time, and that some of their actions are the result of twisted gossip, it's safe to assume that Rosa does indeed have legitimate love for Maria, but that love is very conflicted and could either persevere over hatred or shatter completely given the course of events.
    • Fans may garner sympathy for Kinzo whose Jerkass tendencies to his children and grandkids dated back to during his youth, when he was forced into an loveless Arranged Marriage and had children against his will, which made him have a jaded view on life and became a Death Seeker as World War II hits. That is, until meeting Beatrice Castiglioni, who gave him a chance to live and love her but then she dies in hiding after giving birth to their own baby daughter, whom Kinzo named Beatrice II and raised her in secret on Rokkenjima. As she grew up into a young lady. Kinzo became deluded that she's the reincarnation of his mistress and raped her, causing fans who were appalled by his unforgivable action to hate him, especially as he indirectly started the real tragic event of the Rokkenjima murders in 1986. On the other hand, his depiction in the EP8 game as a Crazy Is Cool but kind, loving grandfather who fully understands and regrets the error of his ways, and a Gun Nut against the goat servants, does win him back some fans.
    • Eva (and by extension Eva-Beatrice) became this after it is discovered that she did what she did to Ange only to protect her from the Awful Truth by making her believe that she was actually a monster as society painted her. While her intentions may even be considered noble for some of her fans, others continue to condemn her character for her highly questionable actions.
    • Sayo Yasuda and everything related to them has been subject to much debate by the fandom. Not to mention their main motivations, which on the one hand can seem emotionally deep, understandable and even almost justifiable for most fans (especially by the supporters of the Shkannontrice theory and the couple of Battler and Beatrice), while on the other they are seen as extremely childish, fully condemnable and also as a very manipulative narrative aimed at forcing the reader to try at all costs to empathize with and pity the character.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The "fight" between Krauss and Goat-kun in Episode 4 let many fans wondering what in the hell they just read.
    • The "magic or trick" battle between Erika and MARIA in Episode 6, where even Dlanor and her suboordiantes openly state that this moment is pointless and only ever bring it up again later just to drive in how petty, childish, and ultimately meaningless it had been.
  • Broken Base:
    • "So, what did you think of the anime?" ... Yeah, just do everyone a favor and don't ask.
    • Thanks to the release of a PS3 port, many fans are now divided whether the original novel's sprites or the PS3's are better. The Steam release includes a yet different set of sprites (originally made for the 2014 pachinko game), and opinion on their quality is divided as well.
    • With the release of EP8, many people on 4chan are now divided on whether the Road Cone system is a good thing or not.
    • Also some people being dissatisfied with the series' open ending not fully answering what really happened.
      • One of the arguments that gets ugly is when deciding whether or not this series was a mystery to begin with.
    • Another topic that's best not to bring up within the fandom is what Lion/Yasu's gender is.
    • Confession of the Golden Witch. There is some debate over whether giving answers this explicit in the manga was a salutary move to lift many ambiguities or an unnecessary one that more or less defeats the point of the series to let the readers search for the answers themselves.
      • Related, the confirmation of a new Chiru episode in 2017 hasn't been taken well by everyone, as it leads many to believe that what has been regarded for quite some time as a solved mystery may now open the door to new secrets, and thus arguments.
  • Cargo Ship: Fans have joked about this in regards to how often Battler uses a hat stand as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • The side story "The Stakes' Valentine's Day" is filled with these. Including Asmodeus/Juuza, Beelzebub/Gohda, Leviathan/Kyrie, Belphegor/Rudolf... and even teasing Beatrice/Battler and Battler/Lucifer!
    • Not to mention the couples poll on the official site, which had absolutely everything.
    • There's Amakusa/Battler fanart around the Japanese fandom. Not only have they never met, it's a time paradox. On the other hand, Yaoi Fangirls in this fandom have to take what they can get. There aren't a lot of bishounen running around.
    • If Game Master Battler's TIP is to be believed, Virgilia is a crack shipper who ships Battler with several other male characters, including his own dad.
    • There's also the TIP "Angel of 17 Years", which is dedicated entirely to crack Ho Yay pairings (with Ange and Virgilia being the Yaoi Fangirls gushing over them, though it's all obviously Played for Laughs).
    • One of Golden Fantasia's endings teases an uncanny WillBern; maybe not so uncanny though, considering it's Will and Bern.
    • In the TIP "Jessica's Good Luck Charms", Jessica wants to make Kanon dream of her, but she messes up the ritual and makes Gōda dream of her instead. Yep, JessiGoh. Didn't see that one coming.
    • The manga has some downright disturbing cover pages. Battler×Maria? Yep, we got that.
  • Crazy Is Cool: Jumping from the third story of your mansion in order to go for a midnight stroll? "I wouldn't put it past grandfather."
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Episode 2's Tea Party in the anime. It starts moving towards the line when Rosa is forced to eat dishes made from the body parts of her abusive siblings. Then it crosses the line the first time when the dessert is Maria's decapitated head with baked apples. It crosses the line a second time when Maria's decapitated head starts talking about how she was a burden to Rosa and deserves her fate. Then it crosses the line a third time when the head jumps into Rosa's mouth while laughing.
  • Cry for the Devil: Bernkastel. Bad Samaritan though she is, she was still born (in a sense) from a little girl's death and trauma-filled 100 year "Groundhog Day" Loop, and the only way she knows to dull the pain of it all is to make everyone else more miserable than she is. A detailed list of everything she's gone through would probably be enough to make up its own wiki page.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Ironically, despite her definitive Scrappy status after EP5, Erika then became something of this after EP6, especially in Japanese fandom. Ryukishi certainly did intend for her to be a sympathetic character, but saying that she was the hero of the episode is a bit...
    • Sayo "Yasu" Yasuda, too. While s/he has massive, massive reasons to be the person s/he is ( or better said, persons), many fans seem to believe s/he is ~perfectly justified~ to go Kill 'Em All and no one should criticise him/her, thinking that the terrible life they have led should be enough oif a reason to completely leave them off the hook for his/her own actions.
  • Ending Fatigue: Episode 7's Tea Party is a prime offender of this for many readers.
  • Ending Aversion: There are fans out there that pretty dissatisfied with, if not completely hate, the Shkanontrice/Yasu ending, and claim that the entire ending was a very elaborate ruse by Ryukishi and they know the identity(ies) of the real culprit (the most popular being Rosatrice). However, Ryukishi has been very consistently clear that Shkanontrice is the canonical culprit or to be more technical The Man Behind the Man since they never actually killed anyone directly on Rokkenjima Prime.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Hideyoshi is sloooowly becoming one. In fact, the fandom's displeasure about him not having any Character Development is becoming a sort of meme.
    • Gohda and his butterfly repelling jacket. Also partially because he's Magical Gohda Chef.
    • Black Battler; despite being an illusion created by Bernkastel, he's gotten popular enough to join the roster of the fighting games.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Though a happy ending was denied for Rokkenjima, whether it's a Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending for Ange is subjective, as she still lost her entire family and has to live with the ugly truth about what befell them on Rokkenjima, and then when she finds that her beloved big brother had actually survived and was still alive (but amnesiac) that whole time, he's implied to die shortly after their reunion. Averted in the manga, where Tohya Hachijo does not die and everything points more strongly towards a Bittersweet Ending.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • In the early episodes, Beatrice appears to be an unrepentant cackling sadist. Even before the full extent of the tragedy is revealed, she remains beloved for how charismatic and entertaining she can be, stealing every scene she's in. Even in Episode 6, Beatrice returning in full force, sporting a characteristic maniacal grin and (seemingly) casting away her demure and friendly persona is one of the coolest and most memorable moment in the entire story.
    • Fans of Erika who do not excuse her actions love her for how much of an unapologetic bastard she is as well as her undeniable competence.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Bernkastel. Well... Not her, completely, but in situations where she displays her cruel and playful antics coupled with her twisted personality, she certainly is! And some chapter covers do it justice. note 
    • Judging from the fandom's reactions to him, Black Battler.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Erika's backstory leaves much to interpretation, from her upbringing to her original personality, to how she met with Bern, or the reason she fell from the boat − or why the boat was out in the first place, despite a typhoon forecast.
    • Land of the Golden Witch, as well as the "rival detective" character Virgilius, are popular subjects of this.
  • Fanon: Yasu's full name is generally assumed to be Sayo Yasuda (since Yasu says their last name is Yasuda and Shannon claims that her real name is Sayo), but it's never told explicitly in the story. Confirmed as of the EP8 manga bonus chapters, labelling Yasu explicitly as "Sayo Yasuda".
  • Faux Symbolism: Maria's name is written as "真里亞"—notice how the last character looks like a cross? Battler points it out and seems to consider it stylish.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Most obviously, Beatrice x Battler and Bernkastel x Lambdadelta, both of which are confirmed canon after EP5 and EP6. The side stories "The Stakes' Valentines Day" and "Beato's White Day" even play Beato x Battler for laughs.
    • Erika/Battler, complete with wedding scene.
    • In Stakes Valentine you see Belphegor, Leviathan and Satan giving chocolate to the three humans they fought in the canon games (Rudolf, Kyrie and Kanon respectively), for Valentines Day. Lucifer also gives chocolate to Battler, who is considered her rival, and Beelzebub gives her chocolate to Gohda, who she killed in EP2.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Studio DEEN's anime adaptation of the series gets a lot of flack, mainly for cutting out crucial scenes and having numerous plot holes. These problems were also present in Higurashi's anime adaptation as the first season alone went through 6 out of the 8 core arcs. What made DEEN's Higurashi adaptation still work was that most of the scenes that were cut or changed weren't as important to the plot, so they could be left out without any issue and didn't affect the suspenseful scenes or have major plot holes. It helps that Ryukishi07 himself advised DEEN for Higurashi Kai, notable with the anime-only arc adding in information from the VN that wasn't in the first season. However, Umineko's structure is different from Higurashi since many scenes are crucially important to solving the mystery. DEEN changing certain scenes from the visual novel ended up causing the mystery to be unsolvable in the anime. This affected DEEN greatly as poor DVD sales has prevented them from making a Chiru adaptation.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Enough to warrant its own page.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Arc 4's Cliché Storm turns around to bite George and Jessica in the ass, due to a rather brutal Brick Joke involving the danger of a Hope Spot.
  • Growing the Beard: Most people agree that Banquet of the Golden Witch is where the series really takes off. Pretty ironic knowing that the original Episode 3 was supposed to be completely different.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • An in-story version. In the second arc Beatrice tells Shannon that she won't feel that same way about George after he "looks at her with lust" and at the time it just sounds like taunting. If you take into account that Shannon and Beatrice are the same person, it's really a representation of the conflicts in Yasu's heart over whether or not George can truly love Shannon and stay with her after discovering Yasu's broken body.
      • Hell, most scenes where Shannon, Kanon, and Beatrice interact are this when you realize that they're all essentially her own struggles with herself!
    • Another in-story example also comes from the second arc, or rather, the ending to it. At Beatrice's banquet, she has her goats eat Battler alive after he loses against her. This ends up getting used against her in the fifth arc when she loses in proving Natsuhi's innocence, and Lambadelta and Bernkastel sentence her to the same fate because it's how she "punishes the losers in the game".
    • Second arc again. Beatrice tells Kanon that the three worst ways to hurt a girl are physically, emotionally, and by betraying their hopes. She calls the last the most difficult, the most effective, and the one most often committed by accident. And poor Beato would know more about that than anybody else.
    • Again, in-story example:
    Battler (to Ange): It's not like you'll get struck by lightning if you tell me your name.
    • The whole scene where Battler promises to win Beato's game and come back to Ange is really sad after you understand that when Beato's game started, everyone except Eva and Battler was already dead. From the beginning, there was never any chance of the family coming back home alive; and indeed, Beato herself never promised that, it's just what Battler assumed.
    • Bernkastel's explanation of how to create a bully and Erika's explanation of the ways she intends to abuse Battler after their marriage are individually disturbing enough. Putting them together underscores how truly horribly Erika had been treated to become an intellectual rapist.
    • In the early days of the fandom, Kanon's insistence that he's furniture as the go-to reason for why he's so unhappy with his lot in life was treated as Wangst and often the source of fandom jokes, especially since what exactly being "furniture" meant was very vague. After various reveals in EP7, and especially after "Confession of the Golden Witch", it's made very clear that being furniture isn't just Wangsting on Kanon's end.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One fan made comic (NSFW), located after EP5 features Battler creating the 6th game but instead of the typical visual novel he creates a fighting game. It even says Magic fighting game, Battle of the Golden Witch coming soon…
    • In Episode 1, after Eva and Hideyoshi's murder, Battler yells and promises that he will grab the culprit by the collar before the end of the night. A few hours earlier he had done just that when he spoke to Kanon, who is also Beatrice.
    • While it's not known if it's an intentional Casting Gag, Marina Inoue and Yuu Kobayashi would play Master and Servant again in Maria†Holic, just with the roles reversed. Helped by the fact that the "mistress" is a blonde, the servant is stoic, and Mariya is a Creepy Crossdresser and Kanon is a facet of the personality of someone biologically male raised female (both voiced by Kobayashi).
  • Ho Yay: Between Lion and Wright from EP7 (If you believe Lion is a guy, that is). Some fans even took to re-naming EP7 "Homolust of the Golden Witch". Lion's gender hasn't been officially confirmed (and will probably never be), although the English fandom seems to be sure he/she's a guy. The Japanese fandom is fairly split on whether Lion is a girl or a boy, but many fanartists are fond of depicting Lion as a girl for obvious reasons.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Eva. It may have worked only once but she gives Kyrie a hell of a fight after she loses her family.
    • Battler as of Episode 6. Given what he had to go through in all the previous arcs and even in this one, it's nothing sort of awe-inspiring that he makes it out largely mentally and emotionally unscathed.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • No, Bernkastel is not a stoic neutral who sympathizes with the heroes. Good luck not knowing this before you start the series.
    • The existance of Sayo Yasuda and the fact that Shannon, Kanon, and Beatrice are alternate personas she created is also pretty known too.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Eva may be a dog kicking Big Sister Bully, Female Misogynist, Evil Aunt, Education Mama and Rich Bitch who loves to annoy others constantly by insulting them for no reasons, but when you get down to it, like the life she lives in the future as the only survivor of the tragedy, hated by her niece until her death and continually discredited and offended by the media and society and with the unbearable pain of having lost her family forever, it is difficult not to feel a little compassion for her when you discover that she truly did want to try and love Ange as her daughter and tried to protect her for the rest of her life.
    • After you come to learn of her sad childhood, the trauma she suffered as a young girl, of her Love Martyr tendencies, and fully understand the highly stressful difficulties she is literally subjected to EVERY SINGLE DAY of her whole life, you can't help feeling sorry for Rosa. Her whole life was surrounded by the total lack of healthy love by her entire family, by the inexplicable hatred and negligence of her siblings towards her, by the sense of guilt and abandonment of a man with whom she hoped to build a loving family whom that she never had as a child. Once you become able to understand all this about Rosa's character then you cannot fail to be sorry to see her subject to infinite tortures and particularly sadistic and brutal deaths for the pure fun of Beatrice and the other witches. Of course, it doesn't change the fact that she treats Maria really bad when she's angry although it becomes more understandable.
    • Beatrice may qualify as one in a particularly strange way in that the "Jerkass" part is deliberately invoked by her as she plays the part of the supposed Big Bad. The "Woobie" part comes from her true self, Sayo Yasuda, and what they truly seek to accomplish as amends to their family.
    • Erika is probably one straw short of being a mentally insane, Jerkass murderer, but she earns a least a few Woobie points on account of her being Bern's piece and the few details of her backstory we're given that explain why she's the way she is. Though she DOES actually end up being a mentally broken Jerkass murderer in EP6 in order to win against Battler, and comes to proudly embrace her more villainous side in EP8.
  • Les Yay: Lambdadelta x Bernkastel, which is actually canon. Lambda acts like a supernatural Stalker with a Crush, they like to talk about giving each other candy bath massages, and they've even both said they love each other.
    • One scene, though possibly just imagery, has young Eva smiling, with tears running down her face, as EVA places a hand on her bare chest.
    • Erika and Dlanor in Episode 6. Even if Erika is talking about her ex-boyfriend, the two nonetheless spend 5 minutes saying things like "I would give up my life for you" or "I present you 6 pieces of evidence that I still love you." Taken further by the end of Episode 8 where after Erika crosses a line that a pissed off Dlanor makes clear she will absolutely not forgive, Dlanor...forgives her anyway and is last heard pleading for Erika to come visit her and stir up some trouble again via letter.
    • There is also a bit of it between Ange and Mammon, especially in the manga.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: In EP5 Natsuhi is set up to be incredibly suspicious in every way. Of course she can't be the culprit!
  • Love to Hate:
    • Bernkastel and Lambdadelta are likely the best examples, as they have several fans who adore them for being the shameless, sadistic (yet strangely lovable and hilarious) Jerkasses that they are.
    • Yes, Erika is an unrepentant, insufferable bitch, and that's why so many people love her!
    • Eva-Beatrice. She does a wonderful job showing that things are going to get ugly when she is on-screen.
    • On one hand, many fans loathe Kinzo for how selfish, possessive, and abusive he is, and how he shaped the ruination of his own family. On the other, his madness is widely considered to be entertaining as hell and makes him the source of much Memetic Mutation.
  • Memetic Badass:
  • Memetic Loser: Battler. If you looked at only the memes, you'd swear he does nothing but constantly get trolled by Witches every single day of the week and mentioning small bombs on the other days.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to warrant its own page.
  • Memetic Troll:
    • Beatrice is pretty infamous for her trolling, more so than any of the other characters, even though her trolling nature is largely an act and Bernkastel is a far more cruel and merciless troll than she is.
    • Bernkastel and Lambdadelta naturally get this too, as does Eriko Furuudo by extension.
  • Mind Game Ship: Beato x Battler. Also Battler x Erika in a much darker sense.
  • Moe:
    • Beatrice shows flashes of cuteness when she isn't cheerfully orchestrating murders and walking all over Battler. This starts happening more and more frequently from Episode 3 onwards.
    • Sakutaro! To the point that the 7 Stakes go completely crazy whenever he shows up, wanting to cuddle him.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • When did you realize that Eva-Beatrice was a ugly, horrible and psychotic little monster? The repeated sadistic deaths of Maria and Rosa did it for a lot of people, especially when Beatrice of all people steps in to give them a Mercy Kill.
    • Rosa herself crossed the line in EP4 when she not only broke one of the ceramic rabbits she gave to Maria as a way to punish her disobedience and threatened to do the same to the other rabbits any time Maria didn't do as she was told, but brutally eviscerated and decapitated Sakutaro, who she'd also given to Maria to begin with, in an unreasonable rage at her daughter, cruelly declaring "Sakutaro is dead!". Keep in mind that she knew full well that Maria thought of these toys as her special friends and would in her mind take this like friends of hers being murdered right in front of her, and she did it anyway as a truly hideous act of child abuse.
      • This only gets worse in the manga version of =EP 8= where it reveals that at an age considerably even younger than her daughter's, Rosa herself suffered the same cruel injustice at the hands of Krauss, Eva and Rudolf, with the latter apart a stuffed rabbit named Uutan (who played the same role for Rosa as Sakutaro for Maria) out of pure malice and meanness, even mockingly saying "Now Rosa's toy is dead!", which makes it clear that Rosa unconsciously relived her own childhood trauma through her upbringing of Maria and perpetuated the cycle of abuse, much to her horror.
    • Maria in turn (or rather MARIA, her witch incarnation), after the death of her toys, crosses and definitively overcomes the limit when she dreams to happily takes revenge on the Black Witch Rosa by subjecting her to a cycle of gruesome torture and death (with Beatrice's help in reviving Rosa after every time so that the cylce can repeat itself over) and imagining doing the same thing to her older cousins only because they playfully teasing her after she wakes up. She also gets drunk on her newfound power and starts to even write down curses meant for harming others such as magic to injure a classmate so severely that they die or magic that would cause a bus full of her school bullies to fall over a cliff. After this point, in all games she has no moral qualms about basking openly in the suffering of her surviving relatives for the simple fact that they do not believe in magic and in Beatrice, so she thinks it justified that Beatrice exact bloody vengeance upon the family for their disbelief.
    • Kinzo was always close to this trope because of his treatment of his family and the subverted Pater Familicide, but he still remained something of an Ensemble Dark Horse with some people thanks to his reputation. However, the revelations about Beatrice Ushiromiya, his daughter and the fact that he raped her and got her pregnant was the end of the road for many fans, and his Ensemble Dark Horse status plummeted as a result.
    • In EP6, Erika beheads five people to make sure that they're actually dead (which, it turns out, they weren't). And all in order to get revenge on Battler by trapping him in a logic error. Even in-universe, Erika begins to embrace the label of villain following this.
    • EP7’s Tea Party has Rudolf and Kyrie cross it by revealing that they were the true culprits of the Rokkenjima massacre, callously killing off nearly everyone on the island just to hog the gold. Kyrie in particular brushes off Rudolf’s death and admits to never actually caring about Ange.
    • Bernkastel crossed it in the side story "The Witches' Tanabata", which is where her You Bastard! moment comes from.
  • Narm: Enough to have its own page here, though most examples are from the anime.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Battler's theory about "small bombs" became a Memetic Mutation in the fandom due to how ridiculous it was. What most fans didn't realize is that Battler didn't actually believe this theory; he was just desperately fishing for ways to counter Beatrice's claims that the murders were done by magic. That still doesn't stop some fans from bringing up "SMALL BOMBS" as a way to make fun of Battler's reasoning skills.
    • Krauss can be at times sympathetic, genuine and sharp, but fans will never let him forget the moon tourism venture.
    • In-universe, Ange getting literally carved into mincemeat - twice - just keeps getting brought up. It's to the point where even Ange herself starts making snarky quips about it.
  • Player Punch:
    • Ange is built up into an incredibly sympathetic character. Prepare to shed many tears.
    • Game 5, end of the tea party, Promise. No one will blame you for demolishing a few tissue boxes over this one either.
  • Prolonged Prologue: Episode 2 suffers from this, as you spent several hours following the love woes of Shannon and Kanon before the game even starts. Although it helps that Beatrice plays her role of Magnificent Bitch delightfully during that part, and it benefits from how relevant it is.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Rooting for the Empire: Erika may be a Jerkass and a Replacement Scrappy, but it wasn't entirely lost on some people that she spends most of End of the Golden Witch delivering logical Curb Stomps to Beatrice, who, until that point, had been a practically invincible torturer for the series. And even for some who were not rooting against Beato here, Erika's counter-strikes against her in order to incriminate Natsuhi in the court retroactively get this treatment after Natsuhi confesses to the murder of the servant holding baby Sayo Yasuda, and attempted murder of Yasu themself, which lost people almost all sympathy for Natsuhi and made them feel like she was getting what she deserved.
  • Signature Scene: So many death scenes within the VN especially the garden shed scene.
    • Maria's face shifting into a Nightmare Face.
    • Krauss fighting Goat-kun in EP4.
    • EP2's ending where Battler is dragged around naked by a chain by Beatrice and then devoured by a horde of goats, and Rosa and Maria attempt an escape in the rose garden.
    • Ange jumping off the roof in EP3's ????.
    • EP5's ???? where Battler solves the mystery and becomes the Endless Sorcerer.
    • EP6's wedding scene.
    • EP8's drowning scene.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The first novel is almost painfully monotonous with glimmers of hope when small horror elements show up… then somebody finally dies! In the 10th chapter (out of 17)!
  • So Bad, It's Good: How a lot of people feel about the visual novel's art, though the characters' expressions are generally agreed to be awesome.
  • Squick: Beatrice Ushiromiya, daughter of Beatrice Castiglione is also Kinzo's daughter. And he had a child with her. So this qualifies as Parental Incest.
  • Stoic Woobie: Not only does Ange lose her parents and brother, but supplementary materials reveal that a certain witch manipulated her into not only hating the only relative she had left that doesn't want to kill her, but also locking away any form of happiness. She later veers into Not So Stoic after she learns from Bernkastel how her mother (who she loved more than anyone) never truly loved her and how Eva (who she hated more than anyone) wanted to protect her from the truth.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Even disregarding the whole Compressed Adaptation issue, there are many changes in the anime that fans can hardly forgive. In the last 2 minutes alone, Battler hugging Beatrice tenderly is left out, and Bern and Lambda's epic Evil Laugh is turned into a mischievous giggling. That hurts the emotional factor quite a lot.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The whole character of Beatrice II certainly qualifies as such considering that she has a very well written backstory and that could easily take Sayo's place in history with her equally (if not more) strong motivations, yet she appears only in Rosa and Kinzo's flashbacks and the rest she is just mentioned a few times. Together with her mother, she is also one of the 4 deceased characters connected to the Ushiromiyas who did not appear in the finale in the Golden Land even once, although it is basically thanks to her and Beatrice Castiglioni that the legend of the golden witch Beatrice (and consequently the existence of the whole story) existed.
    • Kinzo's wife also potentially qualifies as such as, although she could potentially bring many interesting storylines, she does not appear even once and is mentioned even less than Beatrice II.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Throughout all 8 sagas, Maria justifies Rosa's violent reactions to her as the actions of a great black witch who possesses her in her moments of Unstoppable Rage. Rosa, similar to Eva according to Ange, has these reactions because she carries within herself great quantities of anger, bitterness and pain repressed as a result of the family climate in which she grew up and the difficulties of her life that, often and willingly, crushed her. Because of this you would expect that sooner or later Rosa, like her sister Eva and Sayo Yasuda, suffers (according to the imagination of Maria) a Literal Split Personality that allows her to manifest her hypothetical witch version in the Meta-World, yet the whole franchise ends without this black witch (which in the Meta-World is known and feared for eliminating one of the Chiester Sisters as a reflection of Rosa who destroyed one of Maria's ceramic bunnies) really having the chance to see the light. Just the dissatisfaction of this possible narrative turn never explored that involves the character of Rosa (who, behind the protagonists characters, has always been classified as one of the most popular) has partly influenced the birth of "Rosatrice's theory".
    • Even in Ougon Musou Kyoku, combining Rosa with some characters with whom she shares an ending scenario or seeing her clash with some characters in the story mode, half the cast recognizes her as the infamous Black Witch (and some fantasy characters like Ronove, Ange, Chiester 410, Beatrice and even Lambdadelta come to respect her for her terrifying power).
  • Toy Ship: Sakutaro's mutually-adoring relationship with Maria hints at this.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • We are asked to feel some level of pity and compassion for Kinzo in EP7 due to his Dark and Troubled Past prior to becoming the Ushiromiya family head, how deeply he loved his late mistress, Beatrice Castigloni and how much he wanted to atone for how he'd treated his deceased daughter. But for many, this is practically impossible not only for how horribly we'd seen Kinzo treated his still living family before now, but because this exact same arc reveals that he'd become so infatuated with the resemblence his teenage daughter had to his dead mistress and so overcome with the delusion of her being said mistress' reincarnation that he raped her and got her pregnant with a child, which would mean she gave birth to her own sibling since they'd share the same father. This revelation also makes Kinzo's Entitled to Have You attitude about Beatrice all the more disgusting and hard to feel any form of sympathy for. This is somewhat alievated in the manga where in the final arc, Kinzo acknowledges that he still had no good excuse for how he'd acted following his gravest sin, and that by fixating so much other dead women that he neglected and mistreated his still living relations and allowed his own family to rot from the inside, he'd gone to his grave having not truly atoned for anything after all, for which he is now truly, genuinely remorseful.
    • Many fans may find it hard to be as forgiving of Rudolf as the story seems to be not just for his part in the family massacre along with Kyrie, but how he'd swapped his then-wife Asumu's stillborn baby out for Kyrie's healthy baby boy, Battler, cheating Kyrie out of raising her own biological son and then never confessing this dark secret for years, allowing the family dynamic to be strained. The display of him as Rosa's Big Brother Bully in the manga doesn't win him any points either.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In EP1, during the first instance of Rosa's abusive behaviour towards Maria where she slaps Maria for saying her Verbal Tic over and over again, Battler tries to interfere on Maria's behalf, but George stops him, saying that this is a "family problem" and Battler should stay out of it. This reflects the Japanese attitude that child abuse is something that only the family members who are involved should deal with, and it isn't anyone else's business. However, the narrative itself doesn't necessarily condone this view (as evidenced in EP4, when social services tries to get involved but Rosa angrily turns them away).
    • In EP4, it's shown that Rosa often leaves Maria at home by herself, making many western fans wonder why she can't at least hire a babysitter. In Japan it's actually extremely rare for anyone aside from a grandparent to supervise one's children if the parents are unable to watch them (and considering what Kinzo is like and how far away he lives, it's unlikely that Rosa would consider him as an option). However, nowadays the demand for babysitting services is higher in Japan due to more and more mothers joining the workforce.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In EP6 Battler gave Erika duct tape. And it's three rooms' worth. When in the previous game, the duct tape she used allowed her to use the red truth.
    • After EP7, it becomes obvious that Battler's behavior in EP6 is him betting on a miracle so that Beato regains her memories. Battler acts as an obvious comparison to Kinzo, Chick!Beatrice is quite like Beatrice II, the love duel acts as a metaphor of "Yasu's" internal conflict, etc...
    • Krauss. Oh, Krauss. The true extent of his idiocy is revealed in EP5. He's quite possibly the stupidest character in Umineko. The poor idiot would have been penniless on the street some five or six years ago if Natsuhi weren't hypercompetent to the point of neurosis.
  • The Woobie:
    • Oh god, Natsuhi. Especially after EP5. To verify, she starts to lose her sanity after Kinzo dies, is forced to confront a less than pleasant aspect of her past (one that she's already repented for), her only daughter (and the only result of numerous failed attempts at conception) Jessica is murdered, her husband Krauss is kidnapped, forcing her to obey the mysterious man claiming to be her son. Not only does Krauss die anyway, but she is framed for all the murders, and gets beaten up by a very pissed off Eva and Battler is the only one who even tries to intervene. She gets accused of cheating on her husband and having a sexual relationship with Kinzo. Then Bernkastel brutally tells her in her that everything that's been basically keeping her sane until that moment... was all a delusion on her part. They basically make her life hell in that arc. And even that's an understatement.
    • What, no sympathy for Sakutarou? One of the few characters who doesn't have any malicious tendencies or a fragile psyche, he was basically Maria's only friend and was constantly trying to cheer her up by telling her that her mother loved her very much and was busy working for her. And then Rosa goes and rips him apart right in front of Maria, then makes it worse by declaring to Maria "Sakutarou is dead", which made it impossible for Beatrice to revive him. At least until Ange managed to do so in 1998.
    • Clair. She exists solely as yet another of Bernkastel's pieces, meant solely to shoulder the responsibilities and sins of Beatrice as her stand-in. Despite lacking a personality, supposedly, she wishes for her counterpart Lion Ushiromiya, the person that Yasu may have become if Natsuhi accepted the child instead of becoming Beatrice to be happy and live a happy life for her sake and all the Beatrices of every world. She then asks for Will to kill her now that her task is complete, only for Bernkastel to bring her back solely to gloat that Lion will die anyway, before having her guts torn out of her stomach.
    • Beatrice II is the most miserable of all when thinking about it. Her mother died giving birth to her. At a very young age she was shut in Kuwadorian and forbidden to leave. She grows up living a comfortable, but boring and empty life, knowing very little about the outside world and having only Kinzō and a few servants to talk to. While she is still a teenager, she is raped and impregnated by her maddened father, becoming a mother without understanding what's happening to her. And when her pre-teen half-sister finally comes to get her out of her prison, she doesn't get to spend 2 hours in the outside world before dying anonymously, as though she had never existed. Even Rosa represses her memories of their meeting. In other words, she is pitiful from her birth to even after her death.

Alternative Title(s): Umineko No Naku Koro Ni

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