List of Vampire Knight characters

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The Vampire Knight manga series and its Anime adaptation features a cast of characters created by Matsuri Hino. The series takes place at the Cross Academy, where the daughter of the head master, Yuki Cross, faces many different types of challenges. She faces her love for the vampire student, Kaname Kuran. She also has some affections for her childhood friend, Zero Kiryu.

The primary character of the series is Yuki Cross, a naive but energetic human, who is the introductory narrator, she is supported by her childhood friend and vampire hunter Zero Kiryu and her crush Kaname Kuran. The story is set in a school environment and originally the cast is divided into human and vampire students, but after the main three characters are eventually revealed to be vampires, the story moves away from the school environment in the second arc. Zero Kiryu’s revelation as a vampire drives the first half of the first arc and the second half is driven by Yuki’s revelation to be a vampire. In spite of the secrets held by the two former humans, Kaname is the character with the most secrets, which appear to be the focus of the beginning of the second arc.

While initially developing the characters, Hino reported that though Kaname was created earlier, at every step in the characters' creations, she found it difficult to maintain a balance between Kaname and Zero as she struggled with fears of the former overshadowing the latter.[1]

Main characters[edit]

Yuki Cross[edit]

Yuki Cross / Yuki Kuran ( 優姫 Kurosu Yūki / Kuran Yūki?) is the adopted daughter of the Headmaster of Cross Academy, a 16-year-old first year student, who wields the Artemis rod, an anti-vampire weapon given to her by Kaien Cross. She begins as a human, a Guardian protecting the vampire students' secret from the human students. Towards the end of Arc 1, it is revealed Yuki is the Pureblood Princess of the royal Pureblood family, the Kurans, and the daughter of Haruka and Juri Kuran. Following the tradition of Pureblood siblings intermarrying, Yuki was born to become Kaname Kuran's wife. As a Pureblood, Yuki not only possesses immense psychological and physical strength, but carries the rare Kuran ability to carry Vampire Hunter weapons. Her Artemis Rod is her weapon of choice, however her vampire nature morphs the rod into a menacing scythe. Yuki is extremely close to Zero Kiryu, who she becomes determined to help once she learns he has become a vampire. Her other significant relationship is with Kaname Kuran, whom she has been in love with since he saved her from a vampire attack as a young child; when she later has her memory restored, the fact she had been in love with him disturbs her. She is generally a kind, caring, cheerful, and comedic character, but she is naive and careless, and performs poorly in her studies due to spending most of her nights as a Guardian, giving her little chance to sleep or study, which often lands her in detention. She is often kept ignorant by other characters who know more about on-goings, which gives her immense guilt for being unaware of the suffering of other characters. Even after becoming a vampire again, Yuki's personality remains largely unchanged; however, she comes to act like her mother later. Hino Matsuri has described Yuki as a healing and soothing character, who exemplifies her justice side.[2]

After Kaname sacrifices his heart to the furnace that creates anti-vampire weapons, Yuki lives happily with Zero. She gave birth to a daughter and a son; though it later revealed that Kaname is the father of her daughter. When her children have reached adolescence and Zero has passed away, Yuki sacrifices her life to turn Kaname into a human and thus resurrect him, leaving her children with a message that describes the world he will see the same way she saw it as a human.

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

Zero Kiryu[edit]

Zero Kiryu (錐生 零 Kiryū Zero?) is unique being both a Vampire Hunter and a vampire. Yuki's close friend and a Cross Academy Guardian, he was trained to be a Vampire Hunter by Toga Yagari. Zero carries "Bloody Rose”, an anti-vampire gun. On one side of his gun it says "Crossing" and on the other "Bloody rose". On the front of the gun below the opening in the barrel you see a symbol, that is the same symbol the gun shoots to kill the vampires. Zero lives with Kaien Cross and Yuki, after being bitten by a Pureblood vampire who also murdered his family. Due to the attack, Zero developed a deep hatred and distrust of vampires, despite originally being a gentle character by nature; however, he retains his kindness beneath his scowls, always looking out for the Day Students in case the Night Class "misbehaves". He has a tattoo on his neck that allows him to be restrained by a charm that temporarily symbolizes him and allows him to enter the Hunter Society's headquarters. Zero also holds a deep hatred for Kaname Kuran, who tells him that he is simply a shield for Yuki. Zero is deeply in love with Yuki, but chooses to hide it; his feelings with left temporarily confused after Yuki was revealed to be a Pureblood vampire, but Zero continued to love her. In the anime's final episode, Zero lets her drink his blood, allowing Yuki to see how he feels about her. He is one of the few vampires whose body refuses blood tablets, leaving him constantly thirsty for blood; Yuki oftens gives him her blood to satisfy his thirst. After the time skip, Zero is being considered for the position of the Hunter Society president; he also drinks the blood of vampires he hunts to satisfy his thirst. Matsuri Hino described Zero as exemplifying her hesitant nature.

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

Kaname Kuran[edit]

Kaname Kuran (玖蘭 枢 Kuran Kaname?) is introduced as the Pureblood vampire that saved Yuki from an attack by an Level E when she was five years old. Kaname is revealed to be one of the original vampires and founder of the Kuran family, who was raised as Haruka and Juri's son after being reawakened by Rido Kuran. He worked together with Kaien Cross to establish the Night Class to promote peaceful co-existence between vampires and humans. He acts as president of the Moon Dorm, with his best friend Takuma Ichijo acting as vice-president; Kaname often has Takuma take care of tasks he doesn't have time for. During the first arc, Kaname spends his time working to protect Yuki, which includes killing Shizuka Hio and fostering Zero Kiryu's powers; the one thing Kaname didn't count on was Zero falling in love with Yuki and part of her heart also loving him. When Zero attacked Yuki out of bloodlust, Kaname would've transferred Zero to the Night Class; however, he allowed Zero to remain because it was Yuki's wish. The end of the arc culminates in his destruction of the Vampire Council, which attacked the school, fearing the return of the Kuran family as the rulers of Vampire Society. Kaname's inexplicable attachment and gentleness to Yuki is finally explained when Kaname awakens her true nature as a Pureblood vampire, born as his sister and to become his wife. To be technical, Kaname is Yuki's foster brother as well as her ancestor. Following the time skip, Kaname begins a plan to eliminate all Purebloods aside from Yuki, even willing to place his own heart in the furnace that produces the anti-vampire weapons.

The night before he sacrifices his heart to the furnace, Kaname sleeps with Yuki. His body is preserved in ice by Hanabusa. Kaname's notes on transforming vampires into humans without sacrifing a Pureblood are fround by Hanabusa, who perfects it; however, it cannot resurrect Kaname. After centuries pass and the furnace is to be shut down, Kaname is resurrected by Yuki as a human; their daughter passes on a message from Yuki saying that the world he sees as a human is just as how she saw it.

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Ethan Murray (English)

Day Class Students[edit]

The Day Class students are humans who attend Cross Academy and live in the Sun Dormitory. The majority remain ignorant of the vampires at the school. They attend classes during the day only, hence the name, while wearing black uniforms. Following the battle on the school, the students realized the true identity of the Night Class students. At first they were fearful, but eventually accepted the vampires reluctantly; however, upon the reopening of the school, all but a selected few had their memories erased of this information.

Sayori Wakaba[edit]

Sayori "Yori" Wakaba (若葉 沙頼 Wakaba Sayori?) is Yuki's dorm-mate and best friend since junior high. Yori is a very perceptive girl who finds the aura of the Night Class to be scary. She is one of the few girls with no interest in the Night Class and not intimidated by Zero, frequently joining Yuki to tease him while maintaining that Yuki is the only one capable of dealing with him. When Yori discovers that Yuki is a vampire during the attack on the school, she accepts Yuki. After a year has passed, Yori remains Yuki's loyal friend, she refused to have her memory erased by the hunters, now one of the few students who knows what actually happened at the school. According to Kaito, Yori is quite unique for being the human friend of a vampire who hasn't been devoured. Kaito uses Yori as bait at the vampire ball in an attempt to provoke trouble, while she does this in order to meet with Yuki whom she hadn't seen in a year It is revealed that she is also a daughter of an important official, whether hunter or not is unknown, when the headmaster was discussing on reopening the night class. She makes a few attempts to see Yuki later in the manga. She encounters Ruka and Kain with two other day class students, and is ordered to go inside, then Ruka uses her power to make the whole Day Class fall asleep. In the end chapter, Yori (her face not shown) tells her grandchildren about Yuki and the battle to restart the furnece.

Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Nadeshiko Shindo[edit]

Nadeshiko Shindo (新藤 撫子 Shindō Nadeshiko?) is a shy, but daring Day Class student, and like the rest of the other Day Class girls, she first appears as silly, because of her giddy admiration of the Night Class. She was considered as brave by her fellow Day Class students after she timidly, but bravely asked Zero to dance with her during the ball. Shindo braids her long hair into two low pigtails and she has clips in her hair. She also wears glasses. Shindo's hair color is very light brown which almost looks blonde, and her eye color is blue. Shindo is first seen on St. Xocolatl's Day/Valentine's Day, when the day class girls stand outside the Night Class. She attempts the climb the wall to get into the night Dormitory but falls. Zero catches her before this happens though. Zero rebuffs her repeated attempts to get close to him. She attempts to give chocolates to Zero, but he refuses and tells her to leave him alone. Then she comes across him in a side story in the stables and later attempts to ask him to dance during the ball. She is not seen again until after the battle with Rido's vampire servants is over and is one of the girls who speaks up for the Night Class, one of the many voices of the Day Class girls who voted that they did not want to forget about the Night Class's secret of being Vampires.

Voiced by: Taka Fujimori (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)

Kasumi Kageyama[edit]

Kasumi Kageyama (影山 霞 Kageyama Kasumi?) is a student of the Day Class at Cross Academy and the president of the Day class. He has dark brown hair and wears glasses. He wears his uniform properly and normally has an expression on his face. Kasumi is in love with Ruka and shows it to her, but Ruka has no interest in him. During St. Xocolotls day, he gave Ruka some chocolates. At the social ball, he had asked Ruka to dance with him but she denied his request, saying that she did not want to dance with someone she doesn't know. When Ichiru arrived at the academy, Kasumi was told to take care of him.

After the one year time skip, he has a small role, but spies Yuki walking into the forest with Zero and notes that the Night Class are strange, and is nearly attacked by two vampires. He runs into Ruka and Kain, along with Sayori, Shindo, and the Day Class sun dorm president and recognizes her and his memory of her is regained, but Ruka does not remember him, to his disappointment, but Ruka thanks him for remembering her, and orders the three to go back inside.

Voiced by: Takahiro Matukawa (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

Fuka Kisaragi[edit]

Fuka Kisaragi (如月 風花 Kisaragi Fuka?) is a secondary character who appears only in the novella Vampire Knight: Ice Blue's Sin. She initially has a crush on Kaname, but later focuses her affections on Aido. She almost dies in a near fatal accident before she begins attending Cross Academy, but is saved when a Pureblood vampire bites her and turns her into a vampire. She is used by Aido and other members of the Night Class as a test subject for blood tablets, and is kept in the dark about the fact she is becoming a vampire. At the end of the novella, she realizes what is happening to her and is killed by Aido rather than become a Level E, but not before admitting her feelings for him.

Ichiru Kiryu[edit]

Ichiru Kiryu (錐生 壱縷 Kiryū Ichiru?) was Zero's younger identical twin brother. Ichiru failed to be a Vampire Hunter due to being a sickly boy and his lack of hunter talents. He was believed to have been killed by Shizuka Hio, but he returns healthy after revealing that he had become the servant of Shizuka and she had given Ichiru her blood to cure his chronic ill health. In spite of his desires, she does not turn him into a vampire and he remains a human. With Shizuka's death, he returns to Cross Academy ( being watched by Kasumi Kageyama ) as a Day Class student by the orders of the Vampire Council and his own desire for revenge for Shizuka's death. During Zero's imprisonment by the Vampire Hunters, Ichiru visits and shoots him but reveals that he attained a mortal wound in an attempt to kill Rido, because of his role in Shizuka's death. After he shoots his brother, Ichiru convinces Zero to devour him so they can finally become one, as they were originally supposed to be. Zero buries him alongside their parents grave. When Zero starts questioning his humanity after the timeskip, Ichiru is revealed to live on inside Zero; he asks Zero to consider what is considered "human". Maria senses Ichiru when Zero carries her back to the Moon Dorm. He makes on last appearance when Yuki drinks Zero's blood, amused how Zero hides his true feelings.

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

Night Class Students[edit]

Night Class students are young vampires who attend Cross Academy and live in the Moon Dormitory, while wearing white uniforms. They are offsprings of elite families in vampire society and are of noble blood, gathered by Kaname Kuran, in order to pursue peace between humans and vampires. They are extremely beautiful and highly intelligent. As they are nocturnal and sensitive to sunlight, they attend classes during the night and sleep during the day.

Akatsuki Kain[edit]

Akatsuki Kain (架院 暁 Kain Akatsuki?) is Hanabusa's cousin and considered one of "Lord Kaname's right-hand men." While the Day Class girls have nicknamed him "Wild", Kain is actually mellower than Aido and his laid-back attitude and association with Aido frequently sees him getting into trouble, despite not being directly responsible.[3] Since Aido is lazy, Kain is left to clean their room when he's out, making Aido mistakenly believe their room gets cleaner on its own. Kain is incredibly perceptive and frequently sensitive to others' feelings, most particularly with his cousins, Aido and Ruka's. Kain has the ability to conjure and control fire. He has been in love with Ruka ever since they were kids, but never reveals his true feelings to her because she is in love with Kaname.[4] His protectiveness over Ruka is the only thing preventing him from fully devoting himself to Kaname like Aido. During Rido's attack on Cross Academy, Kain and Ruka fight vampires attacking the Day Class on Kaname's orders.

After the one year timeskip, Akatsuki leaves with Ruka and Kaname. Aido runs into him and Akatsuki says that he's going back to Kaname's side. In Chapter 79, he and Ruka arrive back at the Academy. He gets into a fight with Aido, but manages to escape with Ruka. In Chapter 83, when Kaname injures Ruka, Akatsuki attacks Kaname out of anger for hurting her. After Kaname escapes, Yuki offers to heal Ruka with her blood. But Akatsuki sucks the blood from Yuki's wrist and gives it to Ruka through a kiss, finally revealing his love for her.

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)

Hanabusa Aido[edit]

Hanabusa Aido (藍堂 英 Aidō Hanabusa?) nicknamed "Idol" by the Day Class girls, Aido is well known among the Night Class along with his cousin Akatsuki to be "Lord Kaname's right hand". His fierce admiration for Kaname borders though extremely loyal, Aido has a tendency to overstep his boundaries, which results in Kaname punishing him if discovered (often by slapping him). A noble-class vampire who can conjure and control ice, Aido often appears cheerful and friendly one moment, but vindictive and cruel the next. In spite of his seeming capriciousness, he is a dedicated and serious individual. A perceptive individual, figures out Zero is a vampire, but he keeps this information to himself without any hidden agenda in mind. He is often irritated at Yuki and her naive ways and he resents the fact Yuki is given special attention from "Lord Kaname". He is temporarily troubled when he witnesses Kaname's killing of a fellow Pureblood and runs away from the Moon Dormitory and imposes himself on Yuki and Zero. Agreeing with Yuki's assertion that he would remain loyal to Kaname even if betrayed by him, he returns to the Pureblood's side.

Aido has difficulty adjusting himself to referring to Yuki in a formal manner following the revelation of her true nature when he is appointed as one of her protectors. During Rido's attack on Cross Academy, Aido protects the Day Class, as ordered by Yuki. Half a year after the incident, Aido becomes Yuki's tutor and protector. After witnessing Kaname kill his father, Aido tries to suppress any hatred towards the Kuran family and collaborates with Yuki to re-establish the Night Class. Hanabusa witnesses Yuki drinking Zero's blood, but refrains from saying anything and instead asks for Rima and Senri to help him snoop around. He follows Kaien in order to track down Kaname but meets instead with his cousin, Kain who blocks his way before leaving him.

When Kain and Ruka arrive back at the Academy, Aido tries to attack them, but they escape. After Kaname sacrifices his heart to the furnace, Hanabusa preserves his idol's body in ice and finds Kaname's notes on transforming vampires into humans. He perfects the process, creating the first method to do so without sacrificing the life of a Pureblood.

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

Maria Kurenai[edit]

Maria Kurenai (紅 まり亜 Kurenai Maria?) is a very distant relative of Shizuka Hio. She allows Shizuka to possess her body in exchange for being allowed to drink Shizuka's blood, which would strengthen her weak body; though Maria becomes healthier thanks to Shizuka's blood, she will lapse back into a weakened state in daylight. She seems to be fond of Ichiru Kiryu, and she hugs Zero when she mistakes him for Ichiru. She asks Yuki to tell Zero that if he sees Ichiru, to tell him Maria wants to see him again. She returns to her family after Shizuka's death, and when she sends an owl out to search for Ichiru she witnesses Kaname's destruction of the Senate, and proceeds to spread the news.

Maria returns to Cross Academy to support Yuki and the Night Class. She notices the changes in Zero and Yuki's relationship and tells Yuki she intends to take Zero. She becomes closer to Zero, seeking him out and finding the presence of his twin within him. She helps Yuki with retrieving Sara's blood tablets from the Night Class, and tells Yuki that she can't cure Zero's hunger. The two discover Hanadagi's servant, and Zero shows up and orders her to take her to Kaito. Maria encounters Ruka and Kain, and attempts to attack them, but they tell her that they are just passing through.

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

Rima Toya[edit]

Rima Toya (遠矢 莉磨 Tōya Rima?) is one of the youngest Night Class students and she works as a model alongside Senri Shiki. Rima is smart and usually appears uninterested and indifferent. She is often blunt and has a fairly quick temper. She possesses a personality similar to Shiki. Rima possesses lightning or electricity related abilities.[5] She shares a fondness for Pocky with Shiki. After suspecting Shiki has changed upon his return to school, Rima confronts Rido and demands him to leave Shiki's body since she can tell that he is not Shiki. She is wounded by Rido, but is saved by Ichijo. While injured, she tries to convince Shiki to snap out of his state and calls him an idiot for letting Rido control him. Badly wounded, she is sent back to the Moon Dormitory by Ichijo. Rima is later seen at the vampire ball with Shiki and at a photoshoot at a school Sara Shirabuki was spotted at. Rima rejoins the newly established Night Class, but has since become a critic of Kaname's actions.

She becomes worried because Senri has taken the new blood tablets, and rushes to him after Takuma and Sara accompany Zero to the Hunter's Association.

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)

Ruka Souen[edit]

Ruka Souen (早園 瑠佳 Sōen Ruka?) is a female noble vampire who provides a stark contrast to Yuki Cross. She is 169 cm tall. Ruka has the ability to weave illusions, thus she can trick enemies into killing each other or themselves. She has been in love with Kaname Kuran since she was a child and thus remains close to him as a faithful friend. However, she ironically remains unaware of Kain's unrequited love for her. She is also long-time friends to her cousins Aido and Kain. She has an intense jealousy towards any humans that raise Kaname's interest. Her character becomes more jealous and disheartened towards the end of the first arc after she learns that Yuki is engaged to Kaname. Despite all this, she continues to maintain an unrequited love for Kaname. Like the rest of the Night Class, she works with Kain and Aido to defend girls in the Day Class during the attack on Cross Academy from hostile vampires.

After Yuki's transformation into her former vampire self, Ruka becomes closer to Yuki, such as giving her etiquette lessons, though she is still intensely jealous of her. While Ruka is kind to Yuki and other girls, she avoids them when she can. Yuki eventually confronts Kaname about her, to which Kaname tells Yuki that it will be a long time before Ruka can forgive him for once drinking her blood, consequently making Ruka believe he loved her but never truly repaying her for the act. In Chapter 81, Ruka helps Kaname get away from Yuki by creating an illusion of Zero killing her, and later apologizes to Kaname about letting Yuki see something horrible. However, in Chapter 83, Ruka protects Zero from Kaname and is severely wounded by his anti-vampire sword. Kaname considers this an act of betrayal and tells her that it is over between them. After Kaname escapes, Ruka finally realizes Akatsuki's love for her when he kisses her, giving Yuki's blood to heal her wounds.

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)

Seiren[edit]

Seiren (星煉 Seiren?) is a student of the Night Class, and is Kaname's unofficial bodyguard. She appears emotionless, never showing anything more than a neutral expression on her face Seiren is usually the first to defend Kaname from anyone regarded as a threat to his safety. She threatens to kill Zero when he threatens Kaname with the Bloody Rose. Seiren also appears to serve Kaname in the capacity of a spy or informant, for example she is the one that tells Kaname that his uncle, Rido, has risen. She practices martial arts to use herself as a weapon against enemies mainly focusing on her intensely sharp finger nails; she also behaves in a manner similar to a ninja, often "vanishing" from sight and reappearing where she's needed. Seiren follows Kaname Kuran at his bidding throughout the course of the story. In the anime, Aido says it's out-of-character for Seiren to lie; she said Kaname ordered the Night Class to protect Yuki right after he dismissed them.

Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (Japanese), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English)

Senri Shiki[edit]

Senri Shiki (支葵 千里 Shiki Senri?) is one of the youngest Night Class students and works alongside Rima Toya as a model. His mother is a former actress, who's become mentally unstable; Senri got his job when someone scouted him when his mother took him to work. When Kaname gives the Night Class orders to hunt down a Level E vampire, Shiki is usually the one seen out hunting them; he's typically out during the day because of his modeling career, so it makes sense. He has a whip-like weapon which develops from his blood. It is later revealed that Shiki is in fact the son of Rido Kuran, meaning he's Kaname and Yuki's cousin. Shiki possesses a personality similar to Rima Toya. He is usually impassive, and often detached to the rest of the vampires except for Rima and Ichijo. He rarely expresses emotion, and may seem like he doesn't care about his surroundings. Because of his reserved nature, he keeps to himself, and never has much to say. Senri's typically seen eating sweets, though he's not too fond of them; his fans often send him sweets because he said he liked them in a magazine interview. He is the only vampire seen not being driven insane by the special blood tablets created by Sara; this may be due to his father being a Pureblood, unlike the other Aristocrats' parents.

Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)

Takuma Ichijo[edit]

Takuma Ichijo (一条 拓麻 Ichijō Takuma?) is the vice-president of the Night Class. He is an aristocratic vampire nearly as powerful as Kaname, whom he is close to and respects. With his cheerful and enthusiastic demeanor, Ichijo appears very "un-vampire like", lacking the dark atmosphere that surrounds most vampires and making him appear more like a human. Ichijo maintains a close friendship with Senri Shiki. Ichijo is ordered by his grandfather Asato Ichijo to spy on Kaname while attending Cross Academy but refuses out of loyalty for his friend. When Senri Shiki is possessed by Rido Kuran, Ichijo is forced to go against Kaname in order to protect his friends. Once Shiki is freed from Rido's possession, Ichijo rejoins Kaname's side and stops Kaname from killing his grandfather, instead asking that he'd be the one to handle the issue. It appears that Ichijo intended to end his life along with his grandfather's. Takuma was discovered unconscious afterwards by Sara Shirabuki, who said that she always wanted "to have" Takuma. Following the one year time-skip, Takuma remains at Sara Shirabuki's side and cannot return to Kaname's side after being fed with Sara's blood when he was injured, because Sara's blood has been taming him and turn him into her slave. After posing as Sara's brother at the elite school she is scouting, he comes back to the new Night Class formed by Yuki Kuran in Cross Academy, along with Sara, completely under Sara's possession.

In chapter 80, Sara admits to him that she has always wanted him, which Ichijo takes as a love confession, and believes that Sara was also jealous of Kaname because Ichijo was by his side for so long. Ichijo wonders if Kaname was ever his friend, or was using his powers to keep Ichijo around him. Takuma agrees to follow Sara to the Hunter's Association under Zero's command in chapter 81. Senri, who is with them, asks him why he would make this decision. Ichijo answers that this was always his decision.

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese), Spike Spencer (English)

Vampire Hunters[edit]

Vampire Hunters are the enemies of vampires. They were created ten thousands year ago by one of the progenitors of the vampire race who desired to give humans a chance to defend themselves against the vampires that were turning the human race into their slaves. By drinking her blood deeply, she poisoned the humans, those who survived became Vampire Hunters who developed accelerated healing, the ability to sense vampires. They also are capable of using magic to detect and detain vampires. Only Vampire Hunters are capable of wielding anti-vampire weapons, such as swords and guns, that will only harm vampires and are the only weapons capable of killing the immortal Pureblood vampires. Their abilities were then passed on to their children, however as a result of sharing some vampire instincts, twins are rare, normally devouring each other in the womb and are stillborn. They set up an association of hunters with rules and regulations that they must follow in order to hunt vampires. The hunters maintain a list of vampires who have become dangerous and violated the rules as defined in the treaty with the vampires.

Headmaster Kaien Cross[edit]

Kaien Cross (黒主 灰閻理事長 Kurosu Kaien?) is over 200 years old,[6] the oldest and most powerful known Vampire Hunter, nicknamed "The Fangless Vampire". In spite of being a vampire hunter, Kaien maintained friendships with several Pureblood vampire families, especially the Kurans. Kaien adopted Yuki and also took Zero into his home after he his parents were murdered by a Pureblood. Kaien retired as a vampire hunter and became the Headmaster of Cross Academy, he established the Day Class and Night Class with Kaname Kuran with dreams of promoting peace between humans and vampires. Kaien is an eccentric character who often provokes Zero and irritates other characters with his silly mannerisms, though he is a serious character when it comes to matters he cares about. He carries a hidden anti-vampire weapon in his cane[7] which he uses to fight against the President of the Hunter Association who had turned corrupt from drinking Rido Kuran's blood.[8] It is also pointed at, although never said directly, that he was in love with Juri Kuran.

After the one year time skip, he is not impressed by Kaname's rebellion against the rest of the Purebloods, and tells Zero that he will go to stop him. The hunters later reveal to Zero and Yuki that they think that he should just let Kaname do what he wants. Kaien and Kaname fight with swords, and Kaien tells him that he will never return Yuki to him, though she still believes in him somewhere in her heart, and that it is his turn to change her back into a human. When Kaien slashes Kaname, he is revealed to be Toma, who has been used by Kaname. Kaien carries Toma back to the Hunter's Association. When Zero brings Sara to the Hunter's Association, he thinks that Sara and Kaname killing each other is a sick joke.

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

Toga Yagari[edit]

Toga Yagari (夜刈 十牙 Yagari Tōga?) is currently the top ranked vampire hunter, as well as the one who trained Zero to be a Vampire Hunter. Yagari told them to leave but in an attempt to help his teacher, Zero refuses and stays. It is during this time that the nurse goes for Zero, that Yagari stands in front of him and gets a blow to his face, losing his right eye. It's later revealed the nurse was his fiancee. He appears at Cross Academy in the guise of being a new Ethics teacher for both the Day Class and the Night Class, but he's really there to see if Zero's become a Level E. One night when Zero tries to drink Yuki's blood, the two fall in a swimming pool and when the emerge from the water Yagari shoots Zero in the shoulder with an anti-vampire gun.

Later when Ichiru returns to confront Zero, they get in a fight. Yagari steps in, and to avoid Ichiru having his sword fall through his face Yagari stands over him and lets the sword fall through his own shoulder. Yagari is shocked to learn the Senate's decision to punish Zero for the death of Shizuka Hio and later reappears to arrest Zero. Yagari subsequently joins the Kaien Cross to protect Cross Academy from the Hunter Association. When Kaien goes to Kaname to stop him after the one year timeskip, he is angry at him and tells him that he should let Kamame kill the Purebloods.

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

Kaito Takamiya[edit]

Kaito Takamiya (鷹宮 海斗 Takamiya Kaito?) is a young hunter and a teacher-in-training. He is first introduced in the light novel Vampire Knight: Ice Blue's Sin (ヴァンパイア騎士 憂氷の罪 Vanpaia Naito: Aisu Burū no Tsumi?) and does not appear in the manga until the second arc when Matsuri Hino needed another hunter character; Hino liked Ayuna Fujisaki's creation so much, she asked to use him.[9]

According to Kaien, Zero and Kaito share Yagari's attitude because they trained under him. Kaito was trained by Yagari with Ichiru and Zero after his former teacher was wounded. During that time, Kaito picked on Ichiru for his physical weakness and Zero for his soft heart. Later, Zero and Kaito become more friendly. He is a ruthless vampire hunter and trusts no one. His elder brother was bitten by a Pureblood and on his first mission with Yagari, he insisted on killing his brother himself. Kaito is invited to the academy by Kaien to be a student ethics teacher, while they are relying on his competence as a skilled hunter to assist the Hunter Association's organization. Kaito makes his own plans, inviting Yori to sneak into a vampire soiree, later revealing to Zero that it was to stir up the vampires as an excuse to hunt and as a test on Zero's control around them. He later reveals that his role is to observe Zero and invites Zero to rely on him as Zero once did on Yuki.

Zero orders Maria to take Hanadagi's servant to Taito, and he guards her with Hanabusa and Maria. Handiagi's servant is angry that the Vampire Hunters are letting Sara do what she wants, and Kaito agrees. At the Hunter's Association, she is angry that Sara is there with Zero, and Kaito tells her that she would get killed if she tried to attack Sara when Handagi's servant asks to be let free to kill her.

Taito Takamiya[edit]

Taito Takamiya (鷹宮 泰斗 Takamiya Taito?) was a young hunter who appeared in Season of Transience, as a Level E that Zero and Kaito were meant to hunt. He was revealed to be Kaito's older brother, whom Kaito thought had simply run away because he hated his job. When he meets his brother again, Taito attempts to beg for his life, only to reveal it was a feint to get the hunters to lower their guard. He damages Kaito's shoulder and nearly succeeds in biting Zero when Yagari arrives to save them. Kaito winds up killing Taito himself.

Vampires[edit]

Matsuri Hino's vampires do not follow the traditional mythology of vampires, they are a spontaneous genetic oddity born from humans ten thousand years ago as a result of climate change, which gave rise to creatures who were sensitive to the sun, but immortal and do not age. The offspring of a union between these first vampires were known as Purebloods and any bite to a human from a Pureblood vampire would turn a human into a Level E vampire. The offspring between humans and vampires resulted in four levels of vampires, characterised by the amount of human blood, a Level A having no human blood and a Level E being a former human; with levels B & C falling somewhere in between. Vampires drink blood but it is not necessary to survive, they enjoy human blood, but the blood of a Pureblood can grant them new powers. Along with their healing powers, vampires also have supernatural powers, the strength of their healing and powers corresponds to how pure their vampire blood is, with the exception being vampire hunters.

Asato Ichijo[edit]

Asato Ichijo (一条 麻遠 Ichijō Asatō?) often referred to as Ichio, is Takuma's grandfather and a member of the Senate. He wanted to become Kaname Kuran's guardian after the death of Kaname's foster parents, but Kaname did not accept; he planned to control the vampire world by having Kaname under his control. Since Kaname did not fit into his plans, Ichio decided to use Rido Kuran, a fool who could be controlled easily if fed enough. Promising the Hunter Society president vampire blood ot maintain her beauty in exchange for favors, Ichio succeeded in being able to subtly manipulate the Hunters; however, he later killed her when disgusted by her intense desire to maintain beauty. He allows Takuma to attend Cross Academy for the purpose of spying on Kaname and was later killed by his grandson who opposed his methods.[10]

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)

Pureblood Vampires[edit]

Haruka Kuran[edit]

Haruka Kuran (玖蘭 悠 Kuran Haruka?) was Yuki and Kaname's father and both brother and husband to Juri Kuran. Haruka was killed ten years ago, by his elder brother, Rido Kuran, in a fight to protect his family when Rido came to take his daughter. After their true son, Kaname, was kidnapped by Rido and used to awaken the boy's namesake through sacrifice, Haruka had Rido imprisoned by the Senate to ensure he couldn't harm Juri and himself again. He took in the awakened Kaname, raising him in place of his son. When Yuki was born, Haruka did his best to make sure no one knew of her to make sure she didn't suffer the fate of a Pureblood.

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Erik Davies (English)

Juri Kuran[edit]

Juri Kuran (玖蘭 樹里 Kuran Jūri?) was Yuki and Kaname's mother and the wife and sister of Haruka Kuran. Ten years ago when her husband's elder brother, Rido Kuran appeared, she sacrificed herself to erase Yuki's memories and sealed away her vampire nature, because she wished for Yuki to be able to live happily like a normal human girl. Kaien Cross states that he is indebted to her, and it was revealed that she spared his life when he attempted to murder her when she was pregnant on the condition that he would establish a school where humans and vampires can co-exist peacefully.[11]

Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

Rido Kuran[edit]

Rido Kuran (玖蘭 李土 Kuran Ridō?) was a Pureblood vampire, Shizuka Hio's former fiancé, Senri Shiki's father, and elder brother to Haruka and Juri. He appears to be insane, having no real motives behind his actions, just simple whims. Rido was the main antagonist of the first arc. In order to drink the slumbering ancestor's blood, Rido awakened Kaname by sacrificing Haruka and Juri's first son,who was also named Kaname, but the starved ancestor (Kaname) attacked Rido, leaving him incapacitated and he was arrested by the Senate. He was set free ten years ago seeking to take Yuki like he did with Haruka and Juri's first child. Rido killed Haruka with a sword that was used by the Vampire Hunters. Young Kaname was unable to kill Rido as Rido was his master and instead he reduced Rido to pieces of flesh. Rido now required another Pureblood vampire's blood in order to revive.

Aided by the Senate and the Hunters' Association, Rido manipulates events from the shadows for ten years by transferring his soul to other bodies and taking control. Rido takes possession of Shiki's body and he goes to Cross Academy. Kaname revives Rido's body using his blood seeing that he can't kill him. Seeing Yuki's resemblance to Juri, Rido decided to take Yuki as a replacement for Juri,[12] who had rejected him. Rido's life came to an end when he was defeated by Zero Kiryu and Yuki, but Rido appears now as a phantasmal 'fragment' of consciousness attached to Kaname, who can only be seen or heard by Kaname.

Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)

Shizuka Hio[edit]

Shizuka Hio (緋桜 閑 Hiō Shizuka?) was the first antagonist to appear in Vampire Knight. Shizuka was the Pureblood vampire who bit Zero, as well as the vampire responsible for killing his parents and bringing Zero's brother Ichiru to her side. She is regarded as dangerously erratic and insane, garnering her the epiphet "Kuruizaki-Hime" (狂い咲き姫  "Flowers blooming out of season princess"?). Shizuka shows up at Cross Academy in the guise of another vampire, Maria Kurenai, but is recognized by both Kaname and Zero. In order to save Zero, Yuki risked her life and humanity for Zero to be able to drink Shizuka's blood to prevent his fall to Level E, but Zero stops her by defying his master's orders. Yuki,in turn, prevents Zero from gaining his revenge on Shizuka, instead Kaname kills Shizuka to save Yuki.

It is later revealed that Shizuka had been used by a number of vampires for their own purposes. Out of hatred for her fiancé, Rido Kuran, she had sought more power to kill him and refused to submit to him. When she began having a vampire who had once been human as her lover, Rido deliberately arranged for her lover to be listed amongst the Level E vampires to be eliminated, in spite of the fact that Shizuka's lover was in no danger of falling to that level. Shizuka's lover was killed by the Kiryu family, though she was not offered the chance for revenge until Kaname released her from her cage. When Zero learns that Kaname was responsible for releasing Shizuka from Sara Shirabuki, Kaname claims that he had done so for Shizuka to take revenge on the Kiryu's, which would ensure that their twin sons would seek the elimination of all Pureblood vampires.

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Sara Shirabuki[edit]

Sara Shirabuki (白蕗 更 Shirabuki Sara?) was a Pureblood vampire who first appeared minorly at a party held by the Aido family. Sara has taken a larger role in the second arc as the story's newest antagonist. Sara first took the injured Takuma Ichijo as her pawn and created her own harem of Level D vampire school girls barely within the rules. But Sara has also violated the rules secretly. She killed her fiancé, Ouri, forcibly turned humans into vampires, and attacked a small number of slumbering Pureblood vampires by taking their hearts. Kaname has been following her and killing the Purebloods that she has attacked.

Sara asks Zero to hide her at the Hunter's Association from Kaname and Zero agrees. Sara then promises to help him with his revenge. The hunters are not happy about this, and Hanadagi's servant, who is being guarded by Kaito, wants to kill her. Sara lets Zero drink her blood in front of them.

In chapter 84,she is murdered by the Ancestress when the Parent pierces her through the heart with the metal used to create anti-vampire weapons.Before dying,she asks Takuma to bear witness the destructive nature of the Purebloods and kisses him before shattering into a million shards of glass.

Ouri[edit]

A Pureblood that was murdered at the first party Yuki attended. He was Sara Shirabuki's fiance, whom she killed, with the help of a female hunter she took control of.

Isaya Shoto[edit]

Isaya Shoto (菖藤 依早弥 Shouto Isaya?) was the first Pureblood vampire to whom Yuki makes her offer of being a grim reaper. Isaya is a long-time friend of Kaien Cross, even before Kaien was friends with the Kurans. Due to being in a fifty-year slumber, he missed the recent the vampire ball. During his meeting with Yuki, he questions the wisdom of her mission but remains impressed by her and reflects on the similarities between her and her adoptive father, Kaien. Though Kaname intended to kill him, Kaien Cross protected Isaya and engaged in a fight with Kaname. Isaya is later asked by Kaname to turn Yuki into a human again, something the ancient pureblood finds to be a worthy way to end his life. However, Isaya changes his mind on complying once Zero drinks Yuki's blood to regain the memories of her she took from him; he ultimately goes against the idea since there was no need to do so for protecttion anymore. According to Yuki, Isaya vanished after that.

The Hooded Woman[edit]

The Hooded Woman, also known as the Ancestress, was one of the progenitors of the vampire race that exists today. She plays a significant role in the history of vampires and vampire hunters, though she has only appeared in Kaname's deep past. Being the first of the Purebloods, she witnessed the forthcoming doom and enslavement of humanity and requested Kaname to put a stop to the fellow Purebloods. Her final act was to throw her heart into a furnace of metal, creating weapons powerful enough to kill the immortal Purebloods. She then gave her toxic quantities of blood to the humans willing to fight, with the survivors of the ordeal becoming the first Vampire Hunters. Both acts caused her to slowly die, with her body cracking and shattering into shards of glass in front of Kaname, who had intended to be the sacrifice rather than her.

During the second arc of the series, Kaname parted from Yuki to murder the rest of the Purebloods, claiming it was 'her' wish. However, Yuki later sees Kaname's memories when drinking his blood and claims that it was not the Ancestress' wish to kill all Purebloods, only to stop the enslavement of Humans. Deeming that Kaname's actions were selfish and arrogant, Yuki and Zero attempt to kill him at the Hunter's Association before he can kill Sara Shirabuki, who tries to manipulate Zero into killing Kaname so she can become the Vampire Queen. Before Sara can succeed, the ancient furnace containing the Ancestress's heart buried deep in the Hunter's Association begins to crawl up the walls and pierces Sara's heart. With the furnace containing her heart beginning to dwindle, the Ancestress attempts to reclaim all the weapons born from her heart to remain alive and complete her wish. However, Kaname convinces her that she has done enough and he will become her successor, allowing the Ancestress' spirit to crumble and fade away.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vampire Knight Volume 1 tankōbon - Manga artist freetalk III & IV
  2. ^ Shoujo Beat Interview, http://www.shojobeat.com/features/21/020.php
  3. ^ Volume 2 Bonus Story - "I Must've Been Born Under the "Victim of Circumstances" Star..."
  4. ^ Vampire Knight Chapter 48
  5. ^ Vampire Knight Manga, Chapter 36
  6. ^ Vampire Knight Volume 12, Bonus chapter
  7. ^ Vampire Knight manga, chapter 39
  8. ^ Vampire Knight manga, chapter 45
  9. ^ Vampire Knight Manga, Volume 11
  10. ^ Vampire Knight, Chapter 43
  11. ^ Vampire Knight Manga, Chapter 45
  12. ^ Vampire Knight Manga, book 9, Chapter 42