Vampire Knight (ヴァンパイア騎士, Vanpaia Naito)
Yuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, when she was attacked by a vampire, she was saved by another vampire, Kaname Kuran. 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian for the school, Cross Academy, with 2 purposes. That is to protect the Day class (humans) from the Night class (vampires)’s fang and protect the true identity of the Night class students from being discovered by the Day class students. Kaname Kuran, Yuki’s saviour, leads the group of night class, with the help of Takuma Ichijo. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend whose hatred for the vampires that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined to kill them all and never trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but the question remains, have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions? Is Kaname’s infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her? Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.
Yuki Cross (黒主優姫, Kurosu Yūki?) later revealed to be Yuki Kuran (玖蘭優姫, Kuran Yūki?)
Yuki Kuran, is the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, and is a member of the school’s disciplinary committee, which is a Guardian for Cross Academy. Ten years prior to the events of Vampire Knight, the Kuran family was attacked by Rido Kuran, so Yuki’s mother Juuri, wanting Yuki to live as a normal human, sealed Yuki’s memories, powers and pure vampire blood with the cost of her own life, and Headmaster Cross took her in. She has lost all memory of her life before the attack, but since Kaname rescued her when she was attacked by a vampire, she has been harboring deep feelings for him. Yuki is usually a cheerful and carefree girl. She has also let Zero, a childhood friend, drink her blood, hoping to save him from insanity. She has cares deeply about Zero, and has strongs feelings for him. It was revealed in chapter 35 that she is the daughter of the Kuran family, which is primarily pure blood-vampires. She and Kaname are engaged; it is normal for pureblood siblings to marry.
Her weapon is the “Artemis Rod,” an extendable staff she received from Headmaster Cross.
Zero Kiryu (錐生 零, Kiryū Zero?)
Yuki’s childhood friend. Zero is also a Cross Academy Guardian and likewise on the disciplinary committee. Yuki has cared about him as a close friend ever since he was brought into their home (the Headmaster’s). His family, one of vampire hunters, was murdered by the pure blood vampire Shizuka Hio when he was young. He harbors a deep hatred for vampires and claims to have taken on the role of Guardian to learn to hunt them better. In truth, Zero was bitten during the attack on his family and therefore turned into a vampire, something that has been kept secret even from Yuki until his vampiric urges began to surface and became uncontrollable. As Zero’s body rejects the blood tablets that most vampires take to control their hunger, Yuki began letting him drink her own blood, which helps his thirst for blood, but he is ultimately to become a Level E vampire. In chapter 35, he discovers Yuki is a vampire, and in chapter 37 he attempts to shoot her, which leads to Yuki telling him her vampire side “ate” her other side.
Zero’s weapon is the gun “Bloody Rose,” given to him by Chairman Cross. He made Yuki promise that if he becomes a Level E vampire, she will kill him with the “Bloody Rose”.
Sayori Wakaba (若葉沙頼, Wakaba Sayori?)
Yuki’s dorm-mate and best friend since junior high, Yuki often refers to her as Yori-Chan. One of the few girls who is not interested in the night class. She finds them a bit scary and would prefer someone from the day class. Yori is also very observant.
Ichiru Kiryu (錐生壱縷, Kiryū Ichiru?)
Zero’s younger twin brother. When they were younger, they were both taught by Toga Yagari to become a vampire hunter. Ichiru however did not seem to share Zero’s natural ability and was often ill. Zero and Ichiru were very close as children, although later Ichiru claims to have hated Zero after overhearing that his parents preferred Zero over himself.
Shizuka let Ichiru drink her blood to strengthen him and cure his chronic ill health, although she did not turn him into a vampire and he remains a human. He now attends Cross Academy as a Day Class student by the orders of Shiki’s father, Rido Kuran. It appears Rido has promised Ichiru that he will kill those whom killed Shizuka Hio, which is probably the main reason Ichiru is working for Rido Kuran.
Ichiru has also warned Zero to stay away from Yuki and stating ‘Your taste has gone bad’.
Kaname Kuran (玖蘭枢, Kuran Kaname?)
A pureblood vampire. He saved Yuki from an attack by another vampire when she was 5 years old. Kaname is the class president of the Night Class, both feared and respected by the other Night Class students.
While he is cold and authoritative towards his fellows in the Night Class, he is always kind and sweet to Yuki. He has shown that he cares deeply for Yuki ever since he saved her, and loves her in a romantic sense (He allows Zero to live because he knows his death would sadden Yuki). Kaname also asked Yuki to become a vampire and live with him for all eternity by his side, but manages to stop himself from biting her. He is both jealous and angry with Zero for biting Yuki and endangering her life.
He also seems to know the pureblood who bit Zero, Shizuka Hio, and later kills her before drinking her blood to protect Yuki, in spite of it being a terrible taboo. Kaname and Yuki are engaged. Up to this point, Kaname’s character still remains a mystery. We still have yet to find out who his real parents are.
Takuma Ichijou (一条拓麻, Ichijōu Takuma?)
The vice-president of the Night Class, he is a noble-class vampire nearly as powerful as Kaname, whom he is close to and respects. He seems kind and lacks the dark atmosphere that surrounds most vampires, making him appear more like a human. His favorite reading material is manga; in one chapter, it seems he forced Aido into reading a vampire manga series.
Takuma appears to be aware of Kaname and Yuki’s relationship, and has asked Yuki why her current relationship with Kaname no longer is the same as the one they had when she was a child. Takuma’s grandfather, who is a member of the council and very powerful, educated him and has high expectations of him. The reason Takuma’s grandpa allowed him to come to Cross Academy is because he’s forced to spy on Kaname. However, Takuma doesn’t want to hurt Kaname because they’re good friends.
Takuma is ordered to bring Senri Shiki (possessed by Rido Kuran) back to the academy where Rido will look for ‘that child’ (referring to Yuki). Takuma doesn’t want to hurt Kaname (by bringing Kaname’s uncle to the academy), but since his grandfather commanded him to do so, he must. He stopped the fight between Rido and Kaname since he didn’t want Shiki to get hurt (since Rido was using Shiki’s body). He also saves Rima Tohya from being killed by Rido Kuran when she confronts him and tells him to get out of Shiki’s body.
Hanabusa Aido (藍堂英, Aidō Hanabusa?)
Nicknamed “Idol” by the Day Class girls. Along with his cousin Akatsuki Kain, Hanabusa Aido is known among the Night Class as “Kaname-sama’s right hand,” and he has a fierce admiration for Kaname. But when he makes Kaname mad, he usually gets slapped pretty hard. He possesses a noble-class vampire ability to control ice. It is revealed that Aido knew all along that Zero was a vampire but felt that there was no need to blab it out, seeing as how it wouldn’t benefit him and that, “he wasn’t that type of person”. Aido can seem cheerful and friendly one moment, and cold and vindictive the next. He is not fond of Yuki, obviously jealous of the attention Kaname gives her, but he tolerates her because Kaname loves her. He himself may be in love with Yuki because of his attempts to bring her over to their side by biting her, or biting her for his own pleasure, which may be for amorous reasons. He also shows disdain when Kaname tells him Yuki is his fiance, which may not only be because of the fact that he cares for Kaname but that he cares for Yuki too. He is the only one to have witnessed Kaname kill Shizuka, but Aido still looks up to Kaname and wants to lend Kaname his power to help find who killed Kaname’s parents. Even though Kaname declined his offer so that Aido won’t put himself in danger, Aido is now researching behind Kaname’s back in books and records to try to find who could possibly have been enemies of the Kurans and to find Kaname’s secrets. He also has a certain understanding with Yuki when she claims that no matter what Kaname says or does, she will always remain loyal to him, which is a feeling he too feels. In ch. 37 he is seen giving Yuki shoes (she was barefoot) and the two have a moment in which Yuki is surprised he isn’t calling her, “Cross Yuki” or “hey you.” He has a hard time adjusting to referring to Yuki in a formal manner, often correcting himself. When Yuki starts crying he states, “for a pureblood to start crying in front of others…it’s unheard of” which she replies with a, “It it’s something I can only cry in my heart…it’s almost like a sin.”
Akatsuki Kain (架院暁, Kain Akatsuki?)
Aido’s cousin and another one of “Kaname-sama’s right hand.” His carefree attitude gets both him and Aido in trouble at times. His nickname is “Wild,” despite the fact he is actually mellower than Aido. He tends to get blamed for the actions of other vampires, especially Aido, despite not being involved and ends up getting punished as a result. In a bonus story at the end of Volume 2 (“I Must’ve Been Born Under the “Victim of Circumstances” Star…”) he also refers to Kaname as their “gang leader.” He is incredibly perceptive and is frequently sensitive to others’ feelings, most particularly with Aido and Ruka’s. Kain was the first vampire to appear with Yuki after Shizuka was killed. He first suspected Zero of killing Shizuka, but almost instantly realized that wasn’t what had happened.
Ruka Souen (早園瑠佳, Sōen Ruka?)
A beautiful female vampire popular with the Day Class students and is one of those who are the most faithful and protective of Kaname. She seems to dislike Yuki because Kaname loves her. It was expressed in a flashback that even before she met Kaname, she had always had feelings for him to the extent of wanting to give him her blood. Although Ruka has strong feelings for Kaname, he does not reciprocate them. He only drank her blood one time to protect Yuki from his urge to bite her, and has since politely refused to drink it. She’s upset of the fact that Kaname choose Yuki to be his lover. Ruka seems to have liked Kaname since she was a child. In ch. 37 she is seen outside her room and apologizes for her behavior, in which Kaname states that he trusted her a lot. She later decides to become a “strong and responsible woman” and later has Aido deliver Yuki shoes because Yuki was barefoot at the time.
Senri Shiki (支葵千里, Shiki Senri?)
One of the youngest Night Class members. He works as a model with Rima Tohya. When the night class is given orders to hunt down a level E vampire, Shiki is usually the one we see out hunting the level E vampires. Shiki has a whip-like weapon which develops from his blood. His father is Rido Kuran (Kaname’s uncle), thus making Shiki Kaname’s cousin and Rido his mother’s uncle is part of the council. His mother was also a former actress, making the Shiki family well known. Shiki’s body is currently being possessed by his father’s soul, who is supposed to be dead. He and Yuki are cousins, being since she is the actual daughter. Later, in ch. 36 Rido claims that having Shiki regain conscious is easier then he let on. During his fight with Rima, whom tries to convince Shiki to fight against Rido and to, “Stop being an idiot” Shiki is seen trying to regain control, while Rido is telling him otherwise.
Rima Tohya (遠矢莉磨, Tōya Rima?)
One of the youngest night class students. She works as a model alongside Senri Shiki. Her exact relationship with Shiki is unknown, though they are almost always seen together, signifying a close relationship. She also cares deeply for Shiki and possesses a personality quite similar to his.
In Chapter 36, she confronts Rido (who is in Shiki’s body) and tells him to leave Shiki’s body since she thinks that he isn’t Shiki. During her fight with Rido, it is revealed that she has a special ability, but it isn’t specified. She is wounded by Rido, but is saved by Ichijo, who steps in on the fight to save her. She tries to convince Shiki to snap out of his state and calls him an idiot for letting Rido control him. Later on, she was sent back home by Ichijo as she was wounded badly.
Seiren (星煉, Seiren?)
A student of the Night Class, she is Kaname’s unofficial bodyguard. She is usually the first to defend Kaname from anyone she regards as a threat (this can be seen when Zero pointed the Bloody Rose at Kaname for saying that Zero sympathized with a level E vampire). It seems as though she also acts as a spy for Kaname. She is shown with neatly trimmed short hair, a bob haircut, with a single, small braid on the side. Seiren has no need to use any sort of weapon because like Shiki, Seiren can use her own body as a weapon.
Headmaster Kaien Cross (黒主理事長, Rijichō Kurosu Kaien)?)
Yuki’s adoptive parent, who also took Zero into his home for several years. Headmaster Cross dreams of peace between humans and vampires, and established the Night Class to promote understanding between the two races. Cross is shown to have a habit of provoking Zero and be eccentric in some ways, but he has a serious side as well. It is revealed that he is a former vampire hunter. He also seems to be close to Kaname, and seems to know Kaname’s parents (whom are dead and founded the peace treaty) since he’s indebted to them. He knew Yuki was a pureblood vampire the whole time.
Toga Yagari (夜刈十牙, Yagari Tōga)?)
The current top ranked vampire hunter, Toga Yagari, formerly trained Zero to be a vampire hunter. He had lost his right eye due to trying to save Zero long ago. He showed up once at Cross Academy serving for a short while as a Night Class teacher, and to decide whether Zero is considered dangerous or not. He appears briefly in volume five, when he appears shocked about the council’s decision to punish Zero.He also appears in the near end of chapter 36, it seems like he is in front of the academy.
Shizuka Hio (緋桜閑, Hiō Shizuka)?)
The pure blood vampire who bit Zero; even her fellow vampires are uneasy around her. She is called “Mad Blooming Princess” by her fellow vampires. A manservant whom she loved (a former human vampire; said to have never fallen to Level E) was killed by a Kiryu vampire hunter. In rage and revenge, she attacked the Kiryu family, killed Zero / Ichiru’s parents, turned Zero into a vampire, and took Zero’s twin, Ichiru, in as a devoted servant. Shizuka’s blood can prevent Zero from falling to Level E, and thus Yuki risked her life for Zero to be able to drink Shizuka’s blood. But Kaname killed Shizuka to protect Yuki. Kaname drank her blood, but left some for Zero to drink as well. Unfortunately the blood was drunk by Ichiru who arrived at the scene first. Before dying, Shizuka warns Kaname that he will live in darkness and has summoned a sinister future for himself. She was Rido Kuran’s fiancee, but they never got married due to their deaths.
Maria Kurenai (紅まり亜, Kurenai Maria?)
A very distant relative of Shizuka Hio. Her mind was taken over by Shizuka in return so her body could be a little stronger, since she was often sickly. Maria has returned to her family after the Shizuka incident, but has asked Yuki that if she sees Ichiru to tell him Maria wants to see him again.
Asato Ichijo (一条麻遠, Ichijō Asatō?)
Asato is Takuma’s grandfather and a member of the Vampire Council. He wanted to become Kaname’s guardian after the death of Kaname’s parents, but Kaname did not accept. He has allowed Takuma to attend Cross Academy for the purpose of spying on Kaname. His age and demeanor brings fear to many vampires, though Aido and Ruka openly confront him when Asato implies his desire to drink Kaname’s blood. Many people call him Ichiō-sama (First Elder).
Sara Shirabuki (, Sara Shirabuki?)
A beautiful pureblood vampire of the Shirabuki family. She appears at a party held by the Aido family stating that “We purebloods have to stick together” to Kaname.
Rido Kuran (, Rido Kuran?)
A pure blood vampire, Senri Shiki’s father, and Haruka Kuran’s elder brother. He is supposed to be dead and his true body appears that way; however, he is still able to transfer his soul to other bodies and take control. His eyes are two different colors (crimson and blue), and when his soul is transferred to a different body, that body has eyes of two different colors. Rido’s soul currently is in control of his son’s body (Senri Shiki).
According to Asato Ichijo, he’s the true head of the Kuran family. He currently is secretly reviving himself and gaining power, which only the council members know.
In Chapter 34 and 35, it was revealed that 10 years ago he was killed by Kaname since he tried to kill Yuki, as his sacrifice for something not yet be revealed. It is also revealed that his fiancée was Shizuka Hio and he appears to know Shizuka was killed by Kaname.
Juri Kuran (, Juri Kuran?)
Yuki’s mother and a pure blood vampire. Juri was the wife of Haruka Kuran. Ten years ago when Rido Kuran appeared, she was the one who erased Yuki’s memories because she wanted her to live a normal human life at the cost of her own life. Headmaster Kaien Cross stated that he is in debt to her. Juri looks like an older version of Yuki. Her last will was for Kaname to look after Yuki. It is also revealed, in ch. 36 that she is the sister of Haruka Kuran but they are still lovers.
Haruka Kuran (, Haruka Kuran?)
Yuki’s father and a pure blood vampire. Haruka was killed by his older brother, Rido Kuran, in his attempt to stop him (Rido) from killing Yuki ten years ago. He revealed that the Vampire Council are trying to use pure blooded vampires for the value of their existence and the power of their blood. In ch. 36 it is revealed he is siblings with Juri Kuran, yet loves her as a woman despite