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[[caption-width-right:350:A space pirate... sailing the sea of stars...]]

->''"Under this flag, I live in freedom."''
-->-- '''Captain Phantom F. Harlock'''

''SpacePirate Captain Harlock'' is a recurring character created by LeijiMatsumoto in 1953.

Harlock's creator, LeijiMatsumoto, [[{{Hypertime}} was never a stickler for continuity]], so it's impossible to give a coherent description of Captain Harlock's history. Nevertheless, his character has always been clear: Captain Harlock is a man of honor who, betrayed by either a corrupt or VichyEarth, chose to sail the Sea of Stars as a SpacePirate to remain true to his ideals. Although he has left behind an Earth which hates and fears him, Harlock remains willing and able to fight for his homeworld in its times of need. Nevertheless, he's not motivated by patriotism; he swore an oath to fight for only what ''he'' believes in.

Captain Harlock has appeared in the following series:

* ''Space Pirate Captain Harlock'' (1978) - Harlock and his RagtagBunchOfMisfits are the last line of defence against the Mazone invasion of a [[{{Anvilicious}} decadent Earth where no one dares to dream]]. An expanded episode of this series was released as a movie, ''Captain Harlock: Mystery of the Arcadia.''
* ''Arcadia of My Youth'' (1982) - The Earth is defeated and occupied by the warlike Illumidas. Harlock and a few others are the only ones left on a conquered VichyEarth willing to carry on the struggle. Notable for being the one adaptation where we actually ''see'' Harlock losing an eye.
* ''Arcadia of my Youth - Endless Orbit SSX'' (1982) - A sequel to TheMovie involves Harlock and the ''Arcadia'' searching for ''paradise''. Cut short by due to poor ratings, resulting in a bit of a GeckoEnding.
* ''Harlock Saga'' (1999) - A six-episode OAV based on a recent manga by Matsumoto, in turn based on Wagner's ''Der Ring des Nibelungen''.
* '' Cosmo Warrior Zero '' (2002) - An AlternateUniverse OAV. Earth Captain [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Warrius Zero]], traumatized by its defeat at the hands of the [[GalaxyExpress999 Machine People]], finds new purpose when VichyEarth and the machines assign him to lead a crew to find and capture a young Harlock. [[TheAnimeOfTheGame Based on a video game.]]
* '' Gun Frontier '' (2002) - Harlock and his best friend in Tochiro [[RecycledInSpace in the Wild West]]. No science fiction here, but the funniest series starring Harlock so far.
* ''Space Pirate Captain [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Herlock]] The Endless Odyssey'' (2002) - A 13-episode OAV, and a near-sequel to (or a near-remake of; it zig-zags) the original ''Captain Harlock'' anime.
* ''Film/SpacePirateCaptainHarlock2013'' - A [[AllCGICartoon CGI movie]] reboot.

Harlock and his crew have also had significant cameos in the GalaxyExpress999 TV series, movies, its side-story series ''Space Symphony Maetel'' and the ''Queen Emeraldas'' OVA.

{{Funimation}} currently has subtitled episodes of the original anime series as streaming video on its website.

Discotek has now announced a subtitled dvd release of the original series for North America in one box set.

For more information, visit [[http://www.cornponeflicks.org/harlock/harlockmain.html The Captain Harlock Archives]].

Not to be confused with [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Captain Haddock]] or [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Captain]] [[MemeticBadass GAR]][[FanNickname lock]].
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!! The ''Captain Harlock'' animes contain the following tropes:

* TheAce: Tadashi Daiba.
* ActionGirl: Kei Yuki, though depending on the series, she can be reduced to a FauxActionGirl.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Planet Maicon in the ''SSX'' series.
* AlternateContinuity: Every single series takes place in a similar but slightly different universe. ''Gun Frontier'' is "our" universe, mid 19th century.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Harlock is canonically German but speaks perfect Japanese. (Though this is justifiable for his WWII-era ancestor in ''My Youth In Arcadia'')
* AncientAstronauts: The Mazone, who are pretty much responsible for [[spoiler: every human civilization]].
* {{Arcadia}}: The name of Harlock's CoolStarship.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: All the Illumidas ships designed by human turncoat Feydar Zone suffer from this.
* BadAss: The titular captain and Emeraldas. To give you an idea of just ''how'' badass:
-->'''WebVideo/JesuOtaku''': "I think ChuckNorris checks his closet every night to make sure Captain Harlock is not in it."
** In the first ''GalaxyExpress999'' movie Harlock showed his ability to kill machine people by ''having them drink milk''. You hardly get more badass than this.
* BadassCape
* BizarreAlienBiology: Alcohol is a nutrient for Miime's people, though it still seems to act as an intoxicant for her as well.
* BoardingParty: The Aracadia has harpoons with tunnels in the cables for just this purpose.
* [[BoringInvincibleHero Boring Invincible Starship]]: In the original ''Captain Harlock'' anime, the Mazone can only overwhelm Harlock by [[ZergRush sheer numbers]] or [[HumanShield Tokargan shields]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}: All animated series so far tone down Harlock's (considerable) macho posturing and sexism in the manga.
* BreadAndCircuses: Earth is a bit... distracted by a limited selection of TV shows.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Harlock's first mate Yattaran, who is very good at his job despite spending all his off hours as a stereotypical plastic model {{otaku}}.
* BurialInSpace: ''Arcadia of My Youth''
* CallToAdventure
* TheCaptain: Harlock, obviously.
** Emeraldas in ''Queen Emeraldas''.
** ''Cosmo Warrior Zero'' has the titular Zero.
* ColonyDrop
* ComingOfAgeStory: It certainly is for the Tadashis in the various series.
* ConspicuousCG: Experimented with for spaceship scenes in the ''Queen Emeraldas'' OVA, ''Harlock Saga'' and ''Cosmo Warrior Zero''.
* ContinuitySnarl: [[http://www.cornponeflicks.org/harlock/continuity.html Corn Pone Flick's Captain Harlock Archives]] summed it up best:
-->Here's the short version: forget it.
-->And now for the slightly longer account:
-->I've many times seen, in various articles, publications, websites, etc., the idea put forth that the various stories featuring Captain Harlock and assorted attendant characters don't fit into any proper chronology that could make any sense at all. After this declaration, which is significant and utterly true, the writer will then proceed to elaborate on some form of overarching continuity, as if they had suddenly been struck with a flat iron and were unable to remember their own prior assertion. Failure dogs their heels throughout the ill-fated attempt, and finally catches them and eats them. They have blown it.''
* CoolStarship: Besides the ''Arcadia'' and the ''Queen Emeraldas'', we also have Harlock's old command, the rhinoceros-beetle-meets-Yamato ''Deathshadow'', and Mr. Zone's...photon-powered ship.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Several incarnations have hints of this, but it's played straight in ''The Endless Odyssey''.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Earth in the original series is like this. No one on Earth has to work because of the fabulous luxuries available to them due to robot workers. As a result, humans do nothing but drink and relax while they're being invaded by the Mazone.
* {{Crossover}}: Harlock and company frequently cameo in ''GalaxyExpress999'', with a full-blown crossover in the ''Space Symphony Maetel'' series. Harlock has also appeared in at least one manga adaptation of ''SpaceBattleshipYamato,'' where is is established to be [[spoiler: Kodai's older brother, believed killed in in the Gamilus attack early in the story.]]
* CuteMonsterGirl: The Mazones.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The various Harlock stories have gotten somewhat darker in tone over the years, most notably with ''Endless Odyssey''.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: At the beginning of ''Endless Odyssey'', Harlock [[spoiler: says point blank, he doesn't care to save Earth from the Noo. It's implied he views this as indirect revenge upon the leaders and population that ostracized him; some of the crewmen state that Harlock took to space because he is just 'waiting to die,' so...maybe he really ''doesn't'' care. Either way, it distracts The Noo from Daiba's presence.]] Birdie number one. Number two comes from the ''entire crew'', when [[spoiler: the Noo are unable to possess Harlock or anyone else. They're simply too {{badass}} to fall for the scare tactic.]]
** Also happens in ''Cosmo Warrior Zero'', in a fashion: when he's told he brought an outgunned and nearly crippled ship against Harlock, Zero has a face saying 'Did I Just Flip Off Cthulhu and LIVED?!'.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Same show.
** That's Zero's mission in ''Cosmo Warrior Zero'', at least in the titular hero's opinion. I mean, he had to catch/kill HARLOCK...
* DistaffCounterpart: Emeraldas.
** Within the extended sphere of Matsumoto's other works, Harlock has another distaff counterpart in {{Ozuma}}'s Bainas.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Harlock's old ship the ''Deathshadow'' once refurbished by the Illumidas, which [[spoiler: can predict his every move due to his old tactics stored on its outboard computer]], and even gave him a HeroicBSOD.
* TheDragon: Cleo for Queen Lafresia.
* DramaticWind: His hair and cape at crucial moments (actually, just about anytime).
* TheDrunkenSailor: The entire crew except possibly Kei and Daiba. Miime, the Doctor, and Harlock are seen drinking most often.
* DubNameChange: In France, for some reason he has become Captain Albator. Because… [[AwesomeMcCoolName it sounds cooler maybe?]]
* EmotionBomb: The Noo from ''Endless Odyssey'', using fear.
* {{Expy}}: Matsumoto claims Harlock and his predecessors were inspired by a childhood friend of his.
** Harlock - at least from the manga Diver Zero (1975) onwards, bears a more than passing resemblance to CL Moore's scarred outlaw Northwest Smith (even down to the pulp-era western-in-space setting and the blood-brother relationship between Harlock and Tochiro mirroring NW's friendship with Venusian Yarol.) Hardly surprising since from 1971-77 Matsumoto illustrated the Japanese translations of the stories over the three volumes of Smith stories (along with works by Michael Moorcock and Andre Norton) and not only does Harlock come to resemble the illustrations for Smith (prior to which his art style was VERY different) but some of the scenes he chose to draw bear a strong resemblance to screenshots later included in the SPCH TV series. If any further evidence were needed, he also illustrated the Jirel stories by the same author - Jirel being a feisty red-haired warrior maiden...
* EyepatchOfPower
* GeneticMemory: Used as a plot device in ''Arcadia of my Youth'' to include a story about Harlock's ancestor in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In ''Endless Odyssey'', Harlock [[FanNickname Brightslaps]] Daiba ''in their very first scene together'', before Daiba can even start {{Wangst}}ing properly over [[YouKilledMyFather his dead father]].
* GhostShip: The ''Fata Morgana'' in ''Endless Odyssey''. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in an episode of the ''SSX'' series.
* {{Gonk}}: Several characters, including his best friend Tochiro. In fact, sometimes it seems that humanity has evolved into two distinct races in the [[TheVerse Leijiverse]]: a race of beautiful NoodlePeople and a race of hideously deformed midgets.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Harlock and Emeraldas.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: The Mazone are a race of these.
** Mimay is this at times.
* GunsAkimbo: Episode 4 of Mugen Kido SSX contains a spectacularly silly example - wherein our ONE-EYED hero manages not only to aim his pistol and his sabre-rifle in opposite directions, but also hit both targets simultaneously...
* GunshipRescue: The ''Arcadia'' in the first episode of the original series.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Mimay subsists on alcohol, although she does get flushed while drinking. Harlock himself is often seen with a glass of red wine, and never appears to be drunk.
* HarpOfFemininity: Apart from advising Harlock, Mimay's favourite pastime is to play the harp while wearing a very feminine dress.
* HauntedTechnology: The main computer of the ''Arcadia'', which [[spoiler:houses the soul of Harlock's dead friend Tochiro]].
** In some of the shows, anyway. The series waffles on whether Tochiro is literally a ghost (''Captain Harlock''), is [[BrainUploading living in the ship's computers (the ''Galaxy Express'' series, ''Endless Road SSX'']], or just put so much effort into building the ship that it picked up his personality.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Harlock and Tochiro.
* HonorBeforeReason: Harlock's the type of man who always keeps a promise, no matter how small, even if he has to put his life on the line to do so. For instance, landing on VichyEarth while a wanted fugitive to keep a promise to visit a young girl on her birthday [[EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode of the original anime]].
* {{Hypertime}}: Matsumoto's general approach to continuity.
** Matsumoto ''deliberately'' makes all of his series impossible to reconcile yet containing elements from his other series.
* IdenticalGrandson: Virtually all of Harlock's ancestors are duplicates of him.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: It's hard to tell just what Harlock and Miime's relationship is. They spend a lot of time together, and she seems to exhibit jealousy when she sees Harlock with the Mazone spy, but they're never shown doing much aside from talking, drinking or playing music.
* InspectorJavert: Commander Kiruta.
* IOweYouMyLife: Mimay was saved by Harlock from ravaging plants on her home planet, so she has dedicated her life to being by him.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Yattaran
* KnightTemplar: Tadashi Daiba kills Mazone even when Harlock lets them go or they are unconscious.
* LandfillBeyondTheStars: The planet of the Rubbish Heaps where construction companies dump the ruins they've illegally dug up in ''Endless Odyssey''.
* LastOfHerKind: Miime
** Her alternate counterpart in Mugen Kido SSX, La Mimay.
* MookFaceTurn: Zoll and the Tokargans from ''Arcadia of My Youth'', who served the Illumidas so they would take mercy on their homeworld. That [[EarthShatteringKaboom didn't work out for them.]]
* MultipleChoicePast: A few different explanations are given for Harlock's past: In Space Pirate Captain Harlock, [[spoiler: he and Torchiro know each other since grade school, build the ''Arcadia,'' and then meet Emeraldas for the first time]] ''My Youth in Arcadia,'' however, states that [[spoiler: Harlock and Tochiro meet for the first time in the military, but Harlock apparently knows Emeraldas already.]] One of the oddest explanations (based on early drafts of the story that were dropped prior to filming - though not before several promotional guidebooks and a novel had been published) is that [[spoiler: Harlock is actually Alex Wildstar/Mamoru Kodai of SpaceCruiserYamato. They do actually look alike, but that would negate ''all'' the important plot elements about Harlock and Tochiro's ancestors in MYIA.]]
* ManlyTears: Harlock, believe it or not.
* MyHeroZero: We have a ''Doctor'' Zero and a ''Captain'' Zero.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Emeraldas' titular ship in the ''Queen Emeraldas'' OVA. Attacked by hundreds of ships, Emeraldas doesn't react for a while due to hostages. The very moment the hostages escapes, she opens fire... Annihilating 70% of the enemy ships WITH THE FIRST SALVO! Yes, the Queen Emeraldas has that many guns. Incidentally, that's when the villain gets an OhCrap face. Oh, and one of the ''many'' guns of her ships is a WaveMotionGun, and she was about using it on the main villain's ship before his boss beat her to the punch...
* NoMouth: LaMime/Mimay.
* NoPronunciationGuide: In the Japanese version, the Arcadia [[ContinuitySnarl (when it's called that)]] is consistently pronounced Ar-CAH-di-a. Some of the dubs, however, pronounce it Arcade-ia.
* {{Objectivism}}: Averted with Harlock and friends. Although Randians are noted for independence and "living under their own flag", Harlock and company most definitely do not share the dislike for altruism that dedicated Objectivists generally employ.
* {{OEL Manga}}: Eternity Comics published a ''Captain Harlock'' comic from 1989 to 1992 -- before discovering that the representative they bought the rights to Harlock from grabbed them after they FellOffTheBackOfATruck -- Toei didn't have anything to do with it. The comic was discontinued as soon as this was revealed. (The comic series was, by accident or by design, effectively an Americanized version of Endless Road SSX, sans most of the mystical elements.)
* OfficeGolf: The Prime Minister of Earth is often seen practicing his putt in the office or at home to emphasize how useless he is. He also presides over a legislature that breaks for horse races, dog races, and anything else you can bet a fiver on.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Harlock is nothing if not completely courteous to anyone, even enemies, unless they do something really rotten. He is also impeccably chivalrous to women.
* OldSchoolDogfight: Happens often in the 1978 series.
* OneGenderRace: The Mazone and the Illumidas.
** Matter of fact, male Mazone are seen various times among their civilians. It is only their warrior caste that is all female.
* OvertookTheManga
* PantyShot: Mayu suffers from a lot of this in the original anime.
* PapaWolf: A defining trait in any of Harlock's incarnations. Harlock will not suffer a child abuser to live. Particularly, hurting his goddaughter Mayu(Tochiro and Emeraldas's daughter) or Tetsuro(from ''GalaxyExpress999'') is LITERALLY a death sentence.
* PeekABangs: Harlock's hair covers his eyepatch.
* PerspectiveFlip: ''Cosmo Warrior Zero'' follows a VichyEarth crew on a mission to defeat a younger Harlock.
* PirateParrot
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The instances when Harlock and friends actually steal and plunder are exceedingly rare. "Pirate" is more a name given to him by his detractors.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that when they do get down to business, things get done.
* PlantAliens: The Mazone in the 1978 series.
* PlutoIsExpendable: In the ''Endless Odyssey'' OVA.
* PointyEars: Miime in her [[http://mypinsdaybyday.tumblr.com/image/39973091165 original appearance]] and in the manga Diver Zero.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Why ''Endless Odyssey'' is a DirectToVideo release instead of a straight TV series.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The Arcadia -- it even has a retractable battering ram in the bow that looks like a giant Bowie knife.
* RapunzelHair: On most of Matsumoto's women.
* RatedMForManly
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Almost the only acceptable outcome of a HeelFaceTurn.
* {{Revival}}: ''Captain [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Herlock]] Endless Odyssey''
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Takashi against the Mazone.
* RunningGag: people who met both Emeraldas and Maetel remarking that Emeraldas is the tough twin and Maetel the nice, sweet and harmless one. After all, it's Maetel who [[EarthShatteringKaboom blew up a planet]] because the local mecha people disgusted her, while disgusting Emeraldas usually results in her walking away 'till the disgusting one calls her a coward (and get killed).
** One particularly egregious example happens in the Maetel Legend OVA: the villain, supreme overlord wannabee in command of the mecha people, remarked that and ordered Emeraldas killed and Maetel taken prisoner, but when his mooks tried it they discovered she had a custom-made gun intended to kill only mecha people she later admits having ordered because she expected she would have to kill her own mother, Ra Andromeda Promesium, who is being mechanized and may go mad. As anyone who watched ''Galaxy Express 999'' knows, [[spoiler: the mother went in fact mad due the particular mechanization process and too though for the gun, so Maetel pulled a decades-long {{plan}} ending in Maetel convincing Tetsuro to blow up his first planet, with Promesium on it]].
** Gun Frontire has the horses Harlock and Tochrio use to travel between towns dying on them.
* SchizoTech: Exhibit A: The ''Arcadia'', completely controlled by steering wheel; Exhibit B:a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo-vintage Revi C12 (apparently still working after a 1000-odd years) reflector gunsight to target its main cannons.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: ''CaptainHarlock'' turns to space piracy because of the corruption of Earth's government, but still fights for he believes in and is willing to defend the Earth if need be.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Noo.
* SeeYouInHell
* SeriousBusiness: Alcohol. In the ''Cosmo Warrior Zero'' OVA, Harlock rampages against the inhabitants of Gun Frontier, who had tried to lynch Tochiro, but when they say he had destroyed their supply of booze and couldn't pay it admits they're in the right and ''apologizes'', before giving them all of his booze for free.
* ShamefulStrip: Pretty much a RunningGag in ''Gun Frontier,'' where most of the bad guys in the series wind up forcing Sinunora to undress.
* SmugSnake: Murugison, the NumberTwo of the WorthyOpponent from ''Arcadia of My Youth''
* SpaceIsAnOcean: "The Sea of Stars is my sea" from the opening theme, a sterncastle on the back of the ''Arcadia'', a skull-and-crossbones flag flapping in the nonexistent breeze...
* SpaceIsNoisy: Mayu plays an ocarina, and the Arcadia is able to determine where it's coming from?
* SpaceshipGirl: Averted. The Arcadia houses Tochiro's soul/mind, and is considered male. Endless Odyssey makes a point of referring to the ship as "The Arcadia," not as "She."
* SpacePirates: Played straight with the Sea Wolves from ''My Youth In Arcadia''.
* SpaceWestern: When's it's not [[SpaceIsAnOcean at sea]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The ''Endless Odyssey'' series was released as "Captain H'''e'''rlock". It was still pronounced the same way.
** TheMovie is also known as ''My Youth in Arcadia'', inspired by GratuitousEnglish on Japanese promotional materials; Creator/{{Animeigo}} re-translated the Japanese title to get ''Arcadia of My Youth'', instead.
** The same goes for Emereldas, which can easily be mistaken for Esmerelda.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: La Mimay in ''Arcadia of my Youth'' and ''SSX'', for Mimay from the original series.
* SwordAndGun: Sort of. Captain Harlock routinely carries a pistol, and... um... a ''much longer'' pistol, with a handguard that makes it resemble a cavalry saber. That's right, Captain Harlock is so [[{{Badass}} manly]] that [[RuleOfCool he stabs people with his spaceship and shoots them with his sword]].
* TenderTears: Tochiro.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: Harlock did not lose an eye the way the trailer to the ''Arcadia of my Youth'' movie depicts it.
* TrialByCombat: The big battle between the ''Arcadia'' and Zeda's ship in ''Arcadia of my Youth''.
* TrueCompanions: The crew of the Arcadia.
* TwistEnding: The end of ''Endless Odyssey'' where [[spoiler:Harlock reveals he killed Tadashi's father, then tells Tadashi to kill ''him--''earlier he promised Tadashi that he would deliver his father's killer to him.]]; this verges on being a ShockingSwerve.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Harlock, and to a lesser extent his shipmates and {{Worthy Opponent}}s. The {{Vichy Earth}}lings are almost always Last Men.
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[http://www.otakia.com/wp-content/uploads/V_1/nom_27/6142.jpg Tochiro and Emeraldas]].
* TheUnpronounceable: The correct title for The Noo is literally impossible for humans to vocalize.
* VagueAge: Harlock clearly has a reputation that was many years in the making. But how old was he when he started his career? Presumably he would have spent many years learning the ropes before he got to be TheCaptain. In ''Endless Odyssey'', his old adventures are spoken of as if they were many years ago, yet he looks no different. And one character muses that "He must be dead by now". In most of his appearances, Harlock does not act particularly young. Some quasi-cannonical promotional materials have given Harlock's age as about 28 which makes little sense for a man who speaks so much about "finding a place to die". Also, said promotional material described Kei Yuki as a biologist who "helps Harlock biologically". Make of that what you will.
** Episode 26 of the Space Pirate series introduces some backstory concerning Yattaran and Doctor Zero. Doctor Zero claims that he knew Yattaran since elementary school. Either the doctor looks old for his age (possible given his heavy drinking) or Yattaran is a true literal case of arrested development. ''Endless Odyssey'' did age Doctor Zero somewhat and it clearly states his age as about sixty, clearly not a contemporary of Yattaran who looks no different than he did in ''Space Pirate''.
** Emeraldas may be somewhat older than she looks depending on which continuity she's in. In some cases, she's just a normal human presumably. In others, she is sister to Maetel and daughter of La Andromeda Promethium.
* VichyEarth: ''Arcadia of my Youth'' is largely about Earth turning into this after losing a war, and how Harlock decided to rebel.
* VoiceOfTheResistance: ''Arcadia of my Youth'' -- "This is the Voice of Free Arcadia..."
* WaveMotionGun: On several other vessels (e.g. the Karyu from ''Cosmo Warrior Zero''), but averted on the ''Arcadia''. (See RammingAlwaysWorks.)
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Mazone queen Lafresia starts out as this until we see her cross the MoralEventHorizon ''several times'' by [[spoiler: forcing other conquered races to take down Harlock by holding their families hostage, kidnapping Mayu to lure Harlock away from his defense of the earth, killing Mazones who refuse to follow her to Earth]], and (somewhat belatedly) [[spoiler: using human shields]].
** Actually, [[spoiler: Mayu was kidnapped by one of Lafresia's officers against the queen's explicit orders; but once the abduction was fait accompli]], Lafresia felt simply free to exploit the situation.
* WorthyOpponent: Harlock tends to feel this for his opponents.
** Zero feels this for Harlock.
* WineIsClassy: More of a wine in a brandy snifter thing with Harlock.
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Played straight with Mazone and Illumidas commanders, averted with the human turncoat Zone in ''SSX''.
* YouKilledMyFather: If your name is Tadashi, you will join Harlock to get revenge on those responsible for your parents' death.
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