|Anne-Sophie de Grantaine|
|Occupation||Piano Instructor (manga) |
|Relatives||Yuzuru Suoh (Husband - manga) |
Tamaki Suoh (Son)
Haruhi Fujioka (Daughter-in-Law - manga)
Unnamed grandchildren (manga)
|Manga Debut||Chapter 56|
|Anime Debut||Episode 25|
Anne-Sophie meets Yuzuru Suoh, Tamaki's father, in Paris while he's on a business trip. The two fall in love and she becomes his mistress. When Tamaki is born, she is forbidden by Yuzuru's mother, Shizue Suoh, to return to Japan with Yuzuru. She remains in France, raising Rene (Tamaki) until he is fourteen. As Tamaki grows up, Anne-Sophie's health steadily declines.
When the Grantaine family business goes into debt and is near bankruptcy, Shizue Suoh offers a deal to Anne-Sophie. In exchange for financial security and medical care until the end of her days, she is to relinquish all control and visitation rights to her fourteen year old son, Rene (aka Tamaki). Shizue does this because she is concerned for the Suoh legacy, Yuzuru having no other children to whom he can pass on the family and business legacies. Anne-Sophie tearfully accepts and it is said that she leaves France and goes into seclusion following Tamaki's departure. Though her location is supposedly unknown, Yuzuru may have some idea. During the 2nd Year school excursion to France, Kyoya locates her and discovers that she is living quite healthily, thinking of her son every day. In Chapter 77 of the manga, it is revealed that Anne-Sophie suffers from Systemic lupus erythematosus.
In the Volume 18 of the manga, Anne-Sophie and Tamaki reunite for five minutes, just before Anne-Sophie returns to France following a visit to Japan for medical treatment at an Ootori hospital. Tamaki says that even five minutes is a good thing since it now means that he can visit his mother whenever he likes, and his father and Anne-Sophie are reunited. In one of the omake, when Tamaki goes to Ryoji to ask for Haruhi's hand in marriage, it is revealed that Anne-Sophie and Yuzuru have developed cordial relations with Ryoji.
In the anime, Anne-Sophie's situation is somewhat different in so far that she works as the housekeeper in the Tonnerre household where she develops an inter-generational friendship with the family's daughter and heiress, the Lady Éclair Tonnerre . She regales Éclair with many wonderful stories about her sweet and beautiful son, which sparks Éclair's curiosity.
Tamaki is the only child of Anne-Sophie de Grantaine and Yuzuru Suoh. When Tamaki is born out of wedlock to the couple, Shizue Suoh forbids both Anne-Sophie and Tamaki to accompany Yuzuru back to Japan. Tamaki is thus raised by his mother in France until he is fourteen. At that point, he is remanded to the custody of his grandmother in Japan as part of an agreement struck between his mother and the Suoh matriarch. Instead of becoming bitter about his lot in life, Tamaki never complains; instead, he goes out of his way to ensure that people around him are happy so that his mother should not have made her sacrifice in vain. Tamaki's musicianship has developed, in part, because his mother enjoyed hearing him play the piano and he did so often for her enjoyment. Tamaki resembles his mother in appearance and it may be speculated that his obsession with making women happy is a projection of his desire to make his mother happy.
Yuzuru Suoh is Anne-Sophie's lover. Yuzuru and Anne-Sophie met while Yuzuru is on a business trip in Paris. the two fall in love and had a son together - Tamaki. Shizue Suoh, Yuzuru's mother, refuses mother and child to accompany Yuzuru back to Japan (as he is still a married man). In the manga, it is shown that Yuzuru visits Anne-Sophie and Tamaki in France from time to time and that he is a loving father to Tamaki. It is revealed in Volume 9 of the manga, that Yuzuru knows where Anne-Sophie is located, but keeps this information to himself in the hopes that Shizue and Tamaki might develop a decent relationship as he is prepared to inherit the Suou empire.
In collaboration with the Ootori Medical Group, a medical treatment for Anne-Sophie's illness is developed and Yuzuru brings her to Japan. During that visit, Yuzuru, Anne-Sophie and Tamaki are briefly reunited. Yuzuru's master plan is to restore the Grantaine business, force his mother into retirement, take over as President of Suoh Enterprises and make Tamaki his legitimate heir by marrying his one true love, Anne-Sophie.
Kyoya went to find Anne-Sophie during his stay at France. He was extremely tired trying to find clues and informations and fell asleep on a floor, where Anne-Sophie notices him. Anne-Sophie lets him stay at a guest room where she's currently staying and offers him food. Anne-Sophie and Kyoya had a little bit of chat and Kyoya thanked Anne-Sophie for letting him stay. He realizes that Anne-Sophie still communicates with Yuzuru, and wonders what Yuzuru might be up to. When Kyoya leaves the place Anne-Sophie is staying in, he remarks that Anne-Sophie looks a lot like his "bestfriend", referring to Tamaki. Anne-Sophie narrates that Tamaki has a "good friend" and looks over the photo of Tamaki with the Host Club, also realizing that Kyoya was one of Tamaki's friends.
Éclair is an anime-only character who appears in the final two episodes of the anime series. She is daughter to the extremely wealthy and influential Tonnerre family which runs the Tonnerre Group. Anne-Sophie works as a housekeeper in the Tonnerre household and it is there that Éclair first hears about Tamaki. Éclair and Anne-Sophie may share a "friendly" relationship since Éclair listens to Anne-Sophie whenever she tells stories about Tamaki, said stories being one of the reasons Éclair journeys to Japan.
- Chapter 56
|Tamaki Suou • Kyouya Ootori • Hikaru Hitachiin • Kaoru Hitachiin • Mitsukuni Haninozuka • Takashi Morinozuka • Haruhi Fujioka|
|Benio Amakusa • Chizuru Maihara • Hinako Tsuwabuki|