Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway – Rose is a seventeen-year-old, half-vampire, half-human (which makes her a Dhampir) protagonist of the Vampire Academy series and is best friends with Princess Vasilisa (Lissa) Dragomir. Her birthday is at the end of March. She died in the same accident as Lissa's parents and brother in the past, but Lissa unknowingly brought her back after the car accident in which her parents died making her a "Shadow-Kissed" Dhampir. Because of this, Rose has had a one-sided bond to Lissa for two years, allowing her to read Lissa's thoughts, sense her feelings and see the world through her eyes. Sarcastic and quick-witted, Rose is training to become Lissa's Guardian, while in the process falling in love with her older mentor, Dimitri Belikov. Rose is described as beautiful with semi-exotic desert-princess features: big dark eyes, dark brown hair, and very light tanned skin. She is 5'7" with an athletic and curvy figure. She has a strained relationship with her mother, because she thinks her mother abandoned her, the famous Guardian Janine Hathaway. She is framed for murdering Queen Tatiana at the end of Spirit Bound, but is later revealed to be innocent. She enters into a promised relationship with Adrian, Queen Tatiana's nephew, after returning from Russia and tries to deny her feelings for Dimitri throughout the course of Last Sacrifice. Nearing the end of the book, she is surprised to learn of Dimitri's still strong feelings for her, feelings he had previously denied to protect her, and to Dimitri's strong disbelief, she returns his feelings and they reunite once more. She loses her bond with Lissa in Last Sacrifice when Rose gets shot in the chest by Tasha trying to protect Lissa and dies but comes back on her own, rather than being brought back by Spirit. Rose becomes Lissa's Guardian after Lissa is crowned Moroi Queen. Adrian visit's Rose and they break up. Adrian is hurt and angry over Rose's love for Dimitri, but Rose says when you find that person, he'll know and also that he needs someone who inspires him to change, not someone to be a crutch, like she was. It all ends with Rose officially restarting her relationship with her true love, Dimitri, after hiding it for so long and her future looking bright.