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The characters of manga and anime series Vampire Knight:

Day Class

Yuuki Cross / Yuuki Kuran

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

That incident ten years ago... was my "beginning."

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The main heroine. Yuuki is the adoptive daughter of Headmaster Cross and works with her childhood friend Zero as a Prefect, monitoring the Day Class and Night Class. She was saved from a vampire attack ten years ago by Kaname, who she has been in love with ever since.


 Aidou (in inner monologue): Also according to them, she's "a small girl who can eat so much despite her size."


Zero Kiryuu

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

I will never allow that to happen... even if it makes Kuran my enemy... and even if you hate me for it.

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Yuuki's childhood friend and a fellow Prefect. Zero is often aloof and unfriendly. He has a hatred for vampires ever since his family was murdered by a pureblood vampire five years ago. Zero was bitten by this vampire, Shizuka Hio, which is slowly causing him to grow into one and he will inevitably become a Level E vampire. He has feelings for Yuuki.

Sayori "Yori" Wakaba

Yuuki... I feel like you're hiding something from me... I know you have "something" you can't tell me. And I know you're doing that to make me not worry about you. I'm lonely... Yuuki...

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The best friend of Yuuki.


 Kaito: I didn't ask that earlier because we were in front of the association, but... are you Zero's girlfriend?

Yori: No, a close friend of a childhood friend of his.

Kaito: Oh...


Kasumi Kageyama

The Class President of Yuuki's class. He harbors unrequited feelings for Ruka.

Nadeshiko Shindou

A Day Class student who develops a big crush on Zero after he rescues her.

Night Class

Kaname Kuran / The Ancestor of the Kurans

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese)

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Kaname is the president of the Night Class, a pureblood vampire, and the object of Yuuki's affections. He rescued Yuuki ten years ago from a vampire attack. While formal and polite, Kaname can also be enigmatic and distant. Two mysteries that surround Kaname are the death of his parents and his connection towards Yuuki's memories.

Takuma Ichijou

... Grandfather... Let us put an end to the Ichijou line.

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Kaname's best friend and the Night Class's vice president. He is very friendly and outgoing, and can usually be found with a smile on his face. Ichijou's grandfather is a member of the Vampire Council. He is good friends with Shiki and Rima.

Hanabusa Aidou

... And my heart decided. I would become someone who could really protect him.

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Nicknamed "Idol" by the Day Class girls, Aidou is Kaname's "right-hand man" alongside his cousin Kain. He displays a fun-loving and playful personality around the Day Class girls, and he fiercely idolizes Kaname. He is jealous of the attention Yuuki recieves from Kaname.

  • A Day in the Limelight: In Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi.
  • Always Someone Better: Initially hated Kaname when they were children, as Kaname was more well-liked because of his pureblood status, but he gradually grows to admire Kaname as time grew on.
  • An Ice Person
  • Becoming the Mask: He--along with Kain, Ruka, and Ichijou--was purposely supposed to befriend Fuuka in order to keep an eye on her as she takes the experimental pills to see if it will help her slow down the vampire process of an eventual Level E, but as time grew on, Aidou began growing emotionally supportive and sympathetic towards Fuuka and genuinely wanted to save her.
  • Berserk Button: You do not want to come between him and his Kaname-sama.
  • Big Eater
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Not evil. Just very... territorial when it comes to Kaname.
  • Blue Eyes
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Butt Monkey: From time to time, but recently increasing in the current chapters by unfortunately getting captured by Zero and the Hunters Association.
  • The Caretaker: Of Fuuka.
  • Child Prodigy/Teen Genius
  • Clingy Jealous Boy
  • Conflicting Loyalty: His admiration towards Kaname versus his duty as a vampire after he witnesses Kaname murdering Shizuka. Also, his growing attachment towards Fuuka versus his duty to have kept her emotionally distant and think her as just an experimental subject.
  • Cool Teacher/Hot Teacher: Becomes Yuuki's personal tutor and personal bodyguard following the timeskip.
  • Dead Little Sister/Failure Knight: Initially, Fuuka--a Day Class student who had been turned into an ex-human vampire--was just a test subject and experiment to him for the (at the time) experimental pills that could slow the vampire process from a Level E. He disliked her because she had a crush on Kaname, but as time grew on, he sympathized with Fuuka and wanted to save her from her eventual fate. After Fuuka took the pills, she was beginning to show signs of recovery, but her body soon developed an immunity against it. Fuuka asks him to kill her so she won't turn into a Level E vampire, and in spite of his protests, he reluctantly abides and kills Fuuka.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Arguably towards Fuuka, though subverted as it took him a while to have her presence grow on him.
  • Fan Boy: For Kaname.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Extremely jealous towards the attention Yuuki recieves from Kaname. He kind of gets over it when he finds out Yuuki is a pureblood and Kaname's "sister."
  • Hair of Gold
  • His Heart Will Go On: After Fuuka's death.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Kain.
  • Hidden Depths: There's more to him than just being a Kaname fanboy.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Ho Yay: With Kaname.
  • I Will Protect Her: A male example with him obviously wanting to protect Kaname. Played straight with Fuuka, but he wasn't able to save her.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Fuuka.
  • Jun Fukuyama
  • Last-Name Basis: Usually called by his last name.
  • Meaningful Name: Hanabusa means "petals of a flower" and Aidou means "indigo temple." The pronunciation of Aidou is very close to the pronunciation of the English word "Idol" in Japanese, which is where the Day Class girls derived Aidou's nickname from.
  • Mercy Kill: Reluctantly kills Fuuka when she doesn't want to become a Level E.
  • Number Two: He and his cousin Kain share the role towards Kaname.
  • Pet the Dog: He gradually grows to sympathize with Yuuki following The Reveal. After the timeskip, he reassures Yuuki he won't tell Kaname that she is writing a letter to someone (presumably Zero), offers blood tablets for her when she had to resort to biting herself to get blood, accompanies her on her mission to confront pureblood vampires, and stands beside her when she decides to reopen the Night Class, in spite of the fact that Kaname murdered his father prior to this.
  • Ship Tease: With Yuuki, Yori, and Fuuka.
  • Staking the Loved One: To Fuuka.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Kaname.

Akatsuki Kain

... If in the future you end up causing her unhappiness... then I will not forgive you.

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Nicknamed "Wild" by the Day Class girls, Kain is Kaname's "right-hand man" alongside his cousin Aidou. He is often laidback and reserved. Kain sympathizes with his childhood friend Ruka, who he has feelings for.

Ruka Souen

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Because I've been a fool who only cares about my own feelings... always... until I was faced with the truth...

A beautiful student of the Night Class who has unrequited feelings for Kaname.

Senri Shiki

That's all right, because a puppet, is now able to move by its own conscious.

A young model in the Night Class who is often in the company of Rima. Quiet and introverted, Shiki initially doesn't think too much of himself. Shiki's mother is a former actress who he must take care of because she's fairly helpless on her own. He is good friends with Ichijou.

Rima Touya

Shiki! You should love yourself more!

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A young model in the Night Class who is often in the company of Shiki. If separated from him, Rima is often found worrying about Shiki. She is good friends with Ichijou.


Kaname's unoffical bodyguard.

Other Characters

Kaien Cross

The headmaster of Cross Academy. Kaien is Yuuki's adoptive father and took in Zero following the death of his parents. He strongly believes that humans and vampires can co-exist.


 Kaien: Well in any case... I'll just tell you that it... It was there that I found love at first sight!!

Little Zero and Ichiru: Where...?


Touga Yagari

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The Number One hunter at the Hunter's Association and Zero's former teacher. He comes to Cross Academy as a teacher.

Ichiru Kiryuu

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

Zero's twin brother. Ichiru and Zero were once very close as children until Ichiru overheard their parents favoring Zero over him. He willingly went with Shizuka following her attack on the Kiryuu family and became her faithful servant.

Kaito Takamiya

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

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A fellow hunter and an old friend of Zero's who returns to Cross Academy as a teacher-in-training.


 Zero: When you first showed up at the academy, I initially thought you had come to kill me... the way you killed your own older brother.

Kaito: Oh, believe me, Zero. If you get violent and I think you might harm me... I'll definitely kill you...


Fuuka Kisaragi

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

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Fuuka and Aidou.

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


 Fuuka: What would you think if I were to say... I love you?

Aidou: You're too honest... I'm sorry...

Fuuka: Never mind. I... I... I love you, sempai. And that's why I'm happy... to die in your arms...


Other Vampires

Shizuka Hio

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A pureblood vampire who murdered Zero's parents and turned Zero into a vampire. She is infamously known as the "Kuruizaki-hime."

Maria Kurenai

Please... If Zero sees Ichiru, ask him... to tell Ichiru that I want to see him.

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A young girl and a distant relative to Shizuka Hio. She transfers to Cross Academy while possessed by Shizuka.

Sara Shirabuki

There are few purebloods left in this world... so we must support each other.

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A pureblood vampire who is good friends with Kaname.

Juuri Kuran

It happened so fast that I didn't have time to hold back my power... I couldn't take the risk, because there's a life growing inside me that I had to protect at all costs...

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Kaname's and Yuuki's mother, Juuri is the wife of Haruka. Supposedly, Haruka's and Juuri's deaths were the result of suicide. It was later revealed that they were murdered by Rido instead. She is also Haruka's and Rido's sister.


 Haruka: It's because I wanted to share an umbrella with you...

Juuri: ... Are you stupid?!


Haruka Kuran

How can I stay behind and let my child protect me? Don't destroy my pride of being a father, please.

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Kaname's and Yuuki's father, Haruka is the husband of Juuri. Supposedly, Haruka's and Juuri's deaths were the result of suicide. It was later revealed that they were murdered by Rido instead. He is also Rido's and Juuri's brother.

Rido Kuran

Alike... You look like Juuri. I've changed my mind. You will replace Juuri, and let me love you.

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Rido is the Big Bad. He is also Shiki's father and the older brother of Haruka and Juuri. Rido had unrequited feelings for Juuri and was resentful of Haruka's and Juuri's marriage. Rido returns to Cross Academy in order to devour Yuuki and take her power. He is also the one who ressurected the Ancestor of the Kurans — Kaname — from his grave. Thus, Kaname is unable to kill him.

Unnamed Woman

I cannot forgive the person who forgot his purpose in life and played with those weak, yet strong, lives that instinctively continued to hope. There's no way I could silently keep watching.

A woman from the Ancestor of the Kuran's past. She sacrificed herself to forge the first weapons for the Hunters to wield. Introduced in the recent arc.