!!Area 88 Pilots and Staff

[[folder: Area 88 Itself]]

An air force base controlled by Asran pro-monarchy forces, housing Asran's foreign legion.

* AbandonedArea: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Area 88 is temporarily abandoned. After Farina's nuclear weapon goes off near Area 88, the pilots and staff are relocated to a [[{{ElaborateUndergroundBase}} mountain base]]. Later in the manga, however, it is reoccupied.
* CrapsackWorld: It's a military base with a high casualty rate at the front line of a civil war. Shin, who is bound to Area 88 through involuntary servitude, feels this especially.
* SettingAsACharacter: Area 88 looms large over the mercenary characters. In the manga and OVA, several characters speak of Area 88 as if it were an entity.
* SmallSecludedWorld: Area 88 is isolated from the outside world, and thus little information seeps in or out.
* ThirstyDesert: Area 88 is located in the middle of the Asran desert.


[[folder: Shin Kazama]]
[[caption-width-right:296:He's a badass once he gets on a fighter.]]
-> Japanese Voice Actors: Creator/KanetoShiozawa (OVA), Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Creator/ChrisPatton
-> Favorite Aircraft: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_F-8_Crusader F-8 Crusader]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_F-20_Tigershark F-20 Tigershark]]
A young man trained as a commercial pilot by Yamato Airlines. His dreams of becoming a commercial pilot are crushed when his "friend" Kanzaki tricks him into signing a three-year mercenary contract with the Asran air force.

* AcePilot: He's the most formidable fighter pilot at Area 88.
* ActionSurvivor: Shin became a mercenary against his will and was forced to hone his skills to survive the Asran civil war.
* AdaptationDyeJob: He has blond hair in the manga and TV series, but brown hair in the OVA. Kaoru Shintani's official art depicts him with every shade of hair imaginable, from off-white to dark brown.
* AdventuresInComaland: In the manga, Shin is rendered unconscious after his jet crashes. While dreaming, he sees Hoover's spirit beckoning him, but Shin cannot follow Hoover because he can't move his legs. Shin wakes up in the infirmary of Farina's land carrier.
* AmbiguousDisorder: In all continuities, he's depressed due to his involuntary servitude at Area 88.
** In the OVA, his melancholy is so powerful that has a crying jag in private. Later in the OVA, he finds himself emotionally numb, even after traumatic events such as Jess' {{mercy kill}}.
** In the manga, he suffers from a brief psychotic episode and has to be confined to a cell until he recovers. Throughout the manga, he's prone to angry (albeit justified) outbursts, such as when he slams his fists down on a box due to being unable to help with Area 88's defense (as his legs were broken).
** In the 2004 TV anime, Shin speaks only when necessary and has a blunted affect. He's socially awkward, as seen in flashbacks from his student pilot days with Kanzaki and Ryoko. Moreover, he's aloof and standoffish with the other pilots at Area 88, and is only ''slightly'' less so with friends such as Kim and Mickey.
* {{Angst}}: In the early parts of the manga and OVA, Shin is disgusted at being a killer and reluctant to identify as a mercenary. As the story progresses, the horrors of war change him.
* ArrestedForHeroism: In the OVA, he stops a robbery by throwing a knife into the robber's shoulder. He spends a night in a Paris jail for his trouble.
* BerserkButton: Kanzaki, particularly in the manga and OVA.
* {{Bishonen}}: He's youthful and handsome.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Although in later manga issue that did not make it stateside [[spoiler: he meets relatives he didn't know he had: Hachibei Kaionji, his grandfather, and Misuzu, his cousin.]]
* CosmicPlaything: He especially felt like this in the OVA, when he [[spoiler: accidentally retuned to Area 88 after his aircraft was shot down. He'd spent days trying to hike ''away'' from the base.]] In a conversation with [=McCoy=] in the manga, he darkly remarked that God has nothing to give them but bullets.
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' I wonder what God is thinking. I don't know anymore.
-->'''Shin:''' It's easy. God gives hope to people, courage to men, love to women, future to children, and comfort to old people. And to vultures like us, God gives lead bullets.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the manga and OVA, Shin is sociable and develops warm relationships with others at Area 88. In the TV anime, he speaks only when necessary and is aloof from the other pilots, only developing shallow ties to Mickey and Kim.
* {{Determinator}}: In the manga and OVA, he is fiercly determined to leave Area 88 alive. He survives multiple jet crashes, bullet wounds, and being stranded in the desert, all so that he can return to Japan. [[spoiler: Subverted when he leaves Area 88, then decides to return.]]
* DissonantSerenity: In the OVA, when confronted by three Paris thugs, Shin just smiles. He remains calm as he snatches a knife from one of the thugs and hurls it into a robber's shoulder. The thugs are completely unnerved.
* DrippingDisturbance: In an issue of the manga that didn't make it stateside, [[spoiler:after he leaves Area 88 and takes up residence in Paris]], Shin can't sleep due to a dripping faucet in his apartment. Furious, he sits up in bed and screams at the faucet. This is a decidedly non-comical example, since it is intended to show Shin's psychological disintegration due to war trauma.
* DrowningMySorrows: The TV series hints that he does this privately. In the manga, [[spoiler: he drinks heavily to cope with his war trauma after leaving Area 88 and returning to Paris.]]
* EasilyForgiven: In the manga, [[ConflictBall he menaces a civilian plane, strikes Saki, and attacks Mickey during a brief psychotic episode]]. His actions would be grounds for a court martial in any other military, but he's released from a holding cell at Area 88 without charges once his psychosis subsides. Mickey and Saki quickly forgive him, even though the blow he dealt to Saki's head damaged Saki's eyesight and would later require Saki to seed medical attention abroad. To boot, Ryoko isn't troubled by the fact that her boyfriend ''shot at the civilian plane she and her friends were on''.
* EasyAmnesia: [[spoiler: In the end of the manga, where head trauma causes him to forget everything surrounding Area 88 and hit the {{relationship reset button}} with Ryoko.]]
* GlassCannon: In the manga, Shin deals a nasty blow to Saki's head while in the throes of temporary psychosis. However, Mickey floors Shin with one punch. [[spoiler: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Mickey punched Shin again after Shin returned to Area 88. One punch from Mickey sent Shin to the floor.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mickey in the OVA and manga. The two often spend time together, confront crises together, and demonstrate great concern and loyalty toward each other.
** Subverted when [[spoiler:Shin returns to Area 88 in manga issues that didn't make it stateside. Mickey's first reaction upon seeing Shin back at Area 88 is to punch his old friend in the face. Afterwards, they spend less time together than they did earlier in the manga.]]
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: He wears a bright orange flightsuit in the OVA, a blue flightsuit in the TV series, and a red flightsuit in the arcade game. In the desert, he'd stick out like a sore thumb.
* [[IconicOutfit Iconic]] NoseArt: His flaming unicorn on his F-20. It even appears in VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar!
* IJustWantToBeFree: Shin desperately wants to be free from his involuntary servitude in Asran's foreign legion.
* JerkassBall: In the manga, he leers at Saki's bodyguards behaves rudely when they won't talk to him or allow him to enter Saki's office.
* KubrickStare: He gives one to Saki during a bout of temporary psychosis in the manga.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler: In the penultimate issue of the manga, Shin is so emotionally overwhelmed by the deaths of Saki, Mickey, and Sela that he starts laughing hysterically. His laughter makes Kim extremely uncomfortable. He returns to his senses when Kanzaki contacts him.]]
* MeaningfulName: Shin means "true" in Japanese, while Kazama derives from ''kaze'', meaning "wind". Thus, his name roughly translates "the true wind", an appropriate name for a pilot.
* MyGirlBackHome: Ryoko.
* ParentalAbandonment: Shin is an orphan who was raised at a Catholic orphanage. In later issues of the manga that did not make it stateside, we learn that [[spoiler: Kanzaki's mother was responsible for his parents' deaths.]]
* PeekaBangs: He sports HUGE bangs, which usually cover one eye.
* PlotArmor: Shin survives injuries and dangerous situations that logically should have killed him. Then again, if Shin were killed off, there would be no story.
* RealMenGetShot: Several times in the manga.
* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster: [[spoiler: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Shin leaves Ryoko before their wedding to stop Kanzaki and Project 4 back in Asran. After an aerial duel with Kanzaki, Shin has amnesia and cannot remember the events of the previous few years. His amnesia serves as a {{relationship reset button}} with Ryoko, who reunited with him.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: He finds war senseless and ugly and only serves at Area 88 because Kanzaki tricked him into signing a mercenary contract.
* [[spoiler: SecretlyWealthy: In the manga, while Shin is serving as a mercenary in Bambara, Nadato Balla Homme gives him access to a Swiss Bank account before his death. This makes Shin very wealthy, and he uses his wealth to quietly undermine Project 4.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: In the manga and OVA, Shin is emotionally scarred from his time at Area 88.
* ShirtlessScene: Gets a few throughout the manga.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the OVA. In a flashback, an Asranian recruiter throws Shin to the floor in a Paris bar. Later in the OVA, however, Shin not only unnerves a trio of thugs, but stops a robbery by throwing a knife into a robber's shoulder.
* TraumaCongaLine: He's betrayed by his best friend, cheated out of a bright future with Yamato Airlines, compelled to serve as a mercenary in a war that disgusts him, kept thousands of miles away from his girlfriend, and forced to cope with the deaths of friends while at Area 88.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Shin returns to Area 88 after briefly living in Paris and Tokyo. Mickey, who had observed Shin's angst during his first mercenary deployment, is so angry that he punches Shin in the face.]]
** [[spoiler: Shin also abandons Ryoko in the OVA and manga. In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Sela even questions him about it when he returned to Area 88.]]
* [[spoiler:YouCantGoHomeAgain: In the OVA series, where he forgoes a chance at reuniting with Ryoko in order to go back to Area 88.]]


[[folder: Mickey Simon]]
[[quoteright:350:[[HoYay http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Area_88_9440.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-Someone has a secret.-] ]]
-> Japanese Voice Actor: Creator/KeiTomiyama (OVA), Creator/TomokazuSeki (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Creator/JohnSwasey
-> Favorite Aircraft: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F-14_Tomcat F-14 Tomcat]]
A former U.S. navy pilot and a Vietnam War veteran who became a mercenary pilot at Area 88 because he had trouble adjusting to civilian life.

* AcePilot: Second only to Shin at Area 88. He honed his combat skills as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.
* AffablyEvil: Even though he's a mercenary who has no moral qualms about killing for pay or taking part in an ugly war, he's very friendly and talkative. His PetTheDog moments in the manga and OVA help to make him sympathetic.
* AmbiguousDisorder: After returning home from the Vietnam War, Mickey was emotionally numb and disconnected from the world around him. In the manga, his startle reflex was heightened, such as when he looked up in alarm as a plane passed overhead while in New York. In the 2004 TV series, he has ''serious'' anger issues, illustrated by his violence toward Makoto Shinjou and his angry response to Kim's question during dinner. His symptoms are consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even though he's never diagnosed with PTSD.
* AmbiguouslyGay: In the TV series, he's seen reading ''Playgirl'' magazine. Subverted in the manga -- despite ample HoYay, Mickey only shows romantic interest in women.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Mickey quickly discovers that his F-14 Tomcat, while formidable in combat, is a ridiculously expensive gas hog. In the OVA, he's shocked when [=McCoy=] hands him an [[ShockinglyExpensiveBill exorbitant maintenance bill]] for his F-14. In the TV anime, when Area 88 is running dangerously low on fuel, Saki and Roundel exclude him from a high-stakes mission because his F-14 uses too much fuel.
* BattleCouple: With Sela in latter issues of the manga that did not make it stateside.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: In the manga, Mickey becomes an executive at [[{{Nepotism}} his father's company]] after the Vietnam war. He was initially stressed out, although whether this was due to inexperience or untreated war trauma is unclear.
* BeneathTheMask: In the manga and OVA, Mickey presents a friendly, upbeat exterior to others. From time to time, the mask slips, allowing viewers to see the cynicism, regret, and despair underneath.
* BetaCouple: With Sela.
* BrokenAce: Despite his skill as a fighter pilot and his friendly exterior, Mickey is a broken man. The Vietnam War left him with PTSD, which prevented him from leading a happy life back in New York. Convinced that he could not live without war, he abandoned a life of privilege to fight at Area 88. In a manga issue that didn't make it stateside, Mickey admits that part of him is already dead.
-->'''Mickey:''' I already died, long ago, only there was no grave until now.
* CharacterExaggeration: He's bolder and angrier in the TV series than in other adaptations.
* ConsummateProfessional: For a soldier of fortune, Mickey has a strong professional code. In the manga, he is loyal to his fellow pilots and politely turns down Rishar's offer to join the anti-government forces.
-->'''Rishar:''' Will you fight for me?
-->''(Mickey laughs)''
-->'''Rishar:''' What's so funny, Mick?
-->'''Mickey:''' Don't underestimate me. I'm a professional soldier! We have our own strict code of conduct, like all professionals, and we have contracts, contracts that can't be broken, no matter what.
* TheCynic: He's very cynical about war and peace in the manga. In a conversation with Shin, he explains that Switzerland, a militarily neutral country, was at one time a source of mercenary troops. In a conversation with Rishar, he claims that leaders attribute wars to fate because they are unable to articulate real reasons for starting wars.
-->'''Mickey:''' If you look into their origins, you find that most wars don't begin for specific reasons. You're always left wondering if there couldn't have been a better solution. Then, in the end, you decide it was just fate. That's the excuse everyone uses.
* DependingOnTheArtist: He has a more masculine face and athletic build in the TV series than in the manga or OVA.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the manga and OVA, Mickey is cheerful and friendly without being overbearing, and his angst is mostly internalized. In the 2004 TV anime, he's loud, overbearing, and has ''serious'' anger issues.
* DrinkOrder: In a flashback, he and his father drink martinis to celebrate his return home from Vietnam.
* [[{{EvenEvilHasStandards}} Even Mercenaries Have Standards]]:
** He's shocked when he learns that Saki wants to use nuclear weapons against the anti-government forces in the manga.
** Even though he is a soldier of fortune, Mickey still values his fellow soldiers and resents Saki for taking the pilots for granted. In the manga and OVA, Mickey is stunned when he learns that Shin has been working without sleep and angrily criticizes Saki for not intervening. In another scene, Mickey calls Saki a "cold bastard" when Saki expresses indifference over combat casualties.
** And then of course there's his ConsummateProfessional standards. No betrayal for him.
* EasilyForgiven: In the manga, after Shin is incarcerated in a holding cell during his psychosis, Mickey warns Saki not to execute Shin, [[UnfriendlyFire lest Saki experience an "accident" during combat]]. Saki has little reaction to a pilot under his command ''threatening his life'', and Mickey would remain his trusted comrade for the remainder of the manga.
* ForcefulKiss: Used for comedic effect in manga that did not make it stateside. [=McCoy=] secures a new F-14 Tomcat for Mickey after his previous F-14 was shot down. Mickey is so overjoyed that he grabs [=McCoy=] and tries to kiss him. [=McCoy=] is not amused.
** He also did this to Sela to show his feelings for her, with ambivalent results. A gentler kiss between the two later in the manga went much better.
* {{Guyliner}}: His eyelashes are pronounced in the 2004 TV anime.
* HairTriggerTemper: In the TV anime. He punches Makoto Shinjou for taking photographs of an injured pilot in the first episode. He also barks at Kim during dinner after Shin had been shot down.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: He wears a purplish-blue flightsuit in the TV series and an indigo flightsuit in the OVA and arcade game. Needless to say, in the desert he would NOT blend in.
* JerkassBall: He and Shin are rude to Saki's bodyguards in the manga.
* TheLancer: He's Shin's best friend and {{wingman}}, and his gregarious temperament is in sharp contrast to Shin's melancholy personality.
* [[spoiler: LastKiss: In the manga, Sela kisses him before they're both killed in an explosion.]]
* ManlyTears: After Nguyen's death in manga that did not make it stateside.
* {{Messenger}}: In the manga, Mickey is briefly captured by anti-government forces, but Rishar sends him back to Area 88 with a message for Saki.
* MilitaryAcademy: In one of Mac's flashbacks in the manga, Mickey received his education at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: In the manga, Mickey is shot down and wakes up in an anti-government base infirmary. He bumped his head during the crash, and is VERY unhappy about his headache.
* MrFanservice: In the manga, he gets several shirtless scenes.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: In the manga, Mickey is surprisingly strong for a slender man. When Shin lashes out due to temporary psychosis, Mickey floors him with one punch. In a later issue of the manga that did not make it stateside, Mickey does it again. [[spoiler:Angered by Shin's return to Area 88, Mickey punches Shin, who immediately falls to the floor.]] Of course, Shin might just be a GlassCannon.
** In the manga, Shin and Mickey are taken captive aboard Farina's land carrier. Shin's legs were broken during a jet crash, so Mickey carriers Shin atop his shoulders at length, seemingly without difficulty or discomfort.
* NoIndoorVoice: In the English dub of the 2004 TV anime, he often speaks loudly.
* TheOneThatGotAway: Tracy. He and Tracy broke off their engagement when Mickey decided that he could not live a civilian life.
* OnlySaneMan: In the manga, Mickey tries to be a voice of reason to others.
** During his meeting with Rishar, he tries to give the [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] Rishar a dose of reality by reminding him of how many people have been killed by Asran's civil war. When Rishar waxes poetic about the will of the Asranian people, Mickey warns Rishar that the people may call for Rishar's execution after the war.
** Mickey tries (and fails) to convince Saki that Rishar's peace conference proposal was genuine. He also talks at length with Saki about Asran's poverty, but Saki is unwilling to consider selling Asranian oil. Later, Mickey reacts with understandable horror when Saki proposes using nuclear weapons against the anti-government forces.
** In a manga issue published in Animerica, he flies after a distraught Greg following the deaths of Jensen and Campbell and tries to talk him down, seeing as Greg has flown off into a war zone.
* PhenotypeStereotype: A tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed American.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Compare the way he looks in the very first issue of the manga to the way he looks a few issues later. He's noticeably more youthful-looking.
* ReturningWarVet: After the Vietnam war, he returns to civilian life back in New York.
* SecondLove: Sela, in the manga.
* SeventiesHair: He styles his hair into a pompadour.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Mickey served in the Vietnam war and had difficulty acclimating to civilian life afterwards.
* ShirtlessScene: Gets a few of these in the manga. [[{{MrFanservice}} Hot damn.]]
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: In the OVA, Mickey is stunned when [=McCoy=] hands him an exorbitant maintenance bill for his F-14. [=McCoy=] reminds him that an F-14 is expensive to maintain.
* StepfordSmiler: Primarily of the depressed type, with shades of [[ShellShockedVeteran the unstable type]]. He veils his war trauma, cynicism, and regret with a friendly exterior.
* [[spoiler: TakingTheBullet: Toward the end of the manga, Mac shoots at Sela during aerial combat. Mickey flies between the two, and his jet takes the bullets intended for Sela's aircraft.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: After the Vietnam War, he never got help for his war trauma, making it difficult for him to adjust to civilian life. Not helped by the fact that everyone around him (except Tracy) was oblivious to his trauma.
* [[spoiler: TogetherInDeath: With Sela near the end of the manga.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: [[{{HeterosexualLifePartners}} To Shin]] in the manga. He has come between Shin and death on multiple occasions, both in aerial combat and on the ground. When the Enforcers threatened Shin, Mickey was by Shin's side, ready to defend him. When Shin was shot down by Farina's land carrier, Mickey immediately flew out to look for Shin, getting shot down and taken captive in the process.
* TheVietnamVet: He served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, which took a [[ShellShockedVeteran heavy psychological toll]] on him.
* {{Wingman}}: To Shin and Saki, but he's a formidable pilot in his own right.


[[folder: Greg Gates]]
-> Japanese Voice Actors: Takuzo Kamiyama (OVA), MasayaTakatsuka (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Rob Mungle
-> Favorite Aircraft: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_Republic_A-10_Thunderbolt_II A-10 "Warthog"]]
A boisterous Danish fighter pilot who serves at Area 88.

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:In manga that did not make it stateside, Greg's aircraft crashes in Asran City. While traveling through the city, he finds a frightened Asranian child whose mother was killed in the fighting. The girl accidentally shoots him with her family's gun.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. He's older and heavier in the TV series than in other adaptations.
* AffablyEvil: He has no moral qualms about fighting in a bloody civil war, and as the OVA demonstrates, he delights in combat. However, he genuinely cares about his fellow pilots. In the OVA, [[spoiler: he's part of the honor guard that escorts Shin to the Asranian border.]] In the manga, he grieves over the deaths of his fellow pilots, and is kind to an orphaned child he meets in Asran City. Averted in the TV anime, in which he has far fewer redeeming qualities.
* BadassBeard: He has a bushy black beard.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: In flashbacks, Greg has a clean-shaven face. His beard grew after he left Europe and came to Area 88.
* [[spoiler: BigSleep: In the manga, after being accidentally shot by a frightened Asranian girl, Greg dies peacefully.]]
-->[[spoiler: Asranian Girl: "Are you sleeping?"]]
* BloodKnight: In the OVA, he can be quite gleeful during aerial combat.
--> '''Greg:''' I know it's early, but here's a present from Santa Claus!
* ButNotTooWhite: For a northern European, he has a very tanned face in the OVA and arcade game.
* CallBack: While stationed at Area 85, Greg reminds the Asranian troops that they must stay alive in order to rebuild Asran after the war. Near the end of the manga, a pro-monarchy soldier remembers Greg's words about rebuilding Asran.
* CoolPlane: In manga issues that didn't make it stateside, he purchases an A-10 Thunderbolt, a state of the art aircraft at the time.
* DependingOnTheWriter: In the manga and OVA, he's a boisterous soldier who cares about his brothers in arms and recognizes the importance of rebuilding Asran. In the TV anime, he has far less empathy for others -- he's part of the mob that happily brutalizes Makoto Shinjou near the end, and he's not very conscious of Kitori's boundaries.
* DrowningMySorrows: In manga published in Animerica, he does this once after the deaths of several fellow pilots.
* FeelNoPain: He sterilizes shrapnel wounds with ''alcohol'', for crying out loud. In a manga issue that did not make it stateside, he sterilizes a wound by spreading gunpowder from a bullet onto it, then igniting the gunpowder with a lit cigarette.
* HeroicBSOD: He experiences one in the manga after the deaths of Jensen and Campbell.
* HiddenDepths: Early in the manga, Greg is shown as a boisterous pilot and occasional {{Idiot Ball}} holder. However, he's shown to have a pensive side when he addresses Asranian troops at Area 85, urging the Asranian pilots to let the mercenaries handle the more dangerous missions. He reminds the Asranians that they must stay alive to rebuild Asran after the civil war, whereas mercenaries have no lives to rebuild or homes to return to. He's also shown to have a sensitive side when he grieves over Jensen and Campbell's death, as well as when he tries to help an orphaned Asranian child near the end of the manga.
* MadeOfIron: Throughout the manga, he survives shrapnel wounds, bullet wounds, and blood loss from Wolfpack's "Bloody Screw" aerial attack without making much fuss.
* ManlyTears: After the deaths of Jensen and Campbell in the manga.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: In the TV anime, he's one of the men trying unsuccesfully to woo Kitori. When he tries to carry his "goddess" from her jet after she completes a high-stakes mission, Kitori twists his arm behind his back.
* SmarterThanYouLook: In the manga, he's shown to be clever. For example, he neutralizes the effects of Wolfpack's Bloody Screw attack by tearing the hose of his G-suit. After the catastrophic attack on Farina's land carrier, he realizes that ordinary aircraft won't be effective against the carrier and immediately orders an [[CoolPlane A-10 Thunderbolt]] from [=McCoy=].
* SuddenlyBilingual: Toward the end of the manga, he communicates with a frightened Asranian child, even though he showed no signs of Arabic fluency before.
* SympatheticMurderer: In manga that did not make it stateside, he came to Area 88 because of this. Back in Europe, he killed a man who had murdered an innocent refugee woman and child.


[[folder: [=McCoy=]]]
-> Japanese Voice Actors: Creator/IemasaKayumi (OVA), Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Andy [=McAvin=]
An elderly arms dealer who secures arms and supplies for Area 88, sometimes through dubious means.

* AffablyEvil: He's an arms dealer who uses underhanded tactics to get his hands on wares. He cares only about money, indifferent to the moral implications of his work. In the OVA, he also sold defective Sidewinders to Boris and tried to sell them to Shin. In spite of this, he's friendly and grandfatherly to the pilots, especially Shin. The manga and OVA show him bringing Shin a case of ramen noodles after a business trip and gathering information on Kanzaki for him.
* AmbiguouslyJewish / GreedyJew: He has a large nose and cares only about money, thereby fitting the stereotype. Although, given the name, he may be a Scotsman. It should be noted that Scotsmen also have a history of being arms dealers and overall thrifty.
* ArmsDealer: He sells fighter jets, weapons, and sundries to Area 88.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Early in the manga and OVA, he's indifferent to the safety of his customers, such as when he sells defective Sidewinders to Boris. As the manga progresses, he shows concern for the pilots and shares his melancholy thoughts about their deaths.
* CoolOldGuy: He's a friendly (if amoral) old man with a sense of humor.
* EasilyForgiven: When [=McCoy=] sells defective Sidewinders, neither Boris nor Shin report him to their superiors, even though his actions endangered Boris. The incident is quickly forgotten, and Shin never brings it up again.
* EvilOldFolks: Despite being a jovial old man, [=McCoy=] is still an amoral arms dealer profiting from a bloody civil war.
* [[{{AFatherToHisMen}} A Grandfather to His Men]]: As his character became [[CharacterizationMarchesOn more fleshed out]], he shows genuine warmth for the pilots at Area 88.
* HonestJohnsDealership: He sells merchandise to make the maximum profit possible. Early in the series, he even sold defective sidewinders.
* KnowledgeBroker: [=McCoy=] serves as this to Shin in all continuities. In the manga and OVA, he provides Shin with information about Kanzaki and Yamato Airlines. In the TV anime, he provides Shin with tidbits about Makoto Shinjou's real mission in exchange for money.
* ManlyTears: In manga that didn't make it stateside, he's on the verge of tears when [[spoiler:Shin signs a new mercenary contract at Area 88.]]
* PetTheDog: [=McCoy=] has kind-hearted moments when he's not committing dubious acts for profit.
** In the manga and OVA, he gives Shin free ramen after returning from an overseas trip, telling Shin that he's a good customer.
** In the manga, [=McCoy=] rides in the ambulance with an injured Shin and urges Shin not to move too much.
* TheScrounger: He tracks down elite fighter jets, as well as other supplies, for Area 88. In the manga, he brags that he can get someone the Kremlin if they have enough money. This may explain why most of the aircraft and equipment that the mercenaries use seem to be a lot cheaper than they would be in the real world.
* {{Slimeball}}: Most of his actions are motivated by his lust for profit. Underneath his friendly exterior is a man who's willing to use deception, manipulation, and even blackmail to get information or profit.


[[folder: Roundel]]
-> Japanese Voice Actor: Masashi Hirose (OVA); Haramaki Koji (TV anime)
A veteran of the British Royal Navy, an instructor for pilots in Asran's foreign legion, and Saki's second-in-command.

* TheAlcoholic: In manga that didn't make it stateside, Sela notes that Roundel is fond of alcohol.
* TheConsigliere: To Saki.
* EyepatchOfPower: He wears an eyepatch over one eye, although it doesn't affect his performance in aerial combat.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* TheMentor: In the OVA and manga that didn't make it stateside, Roundel is an instructor for new fighter pilots.
* NumberTwo: To Saki in the TV anime.
* OldSoldier: Even in his autumn years, Roundel is a skilled fighter pilot.

[[folder: Kim Abba]]
-> Japanese Voice Actress: Creator/RyoHirohashi (TV series)
-> English Voice Actress: Serena Varghese
-> Favorite Aircraft: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_AV-8B_Harrier_II AV-8B Harrier II]]
A young, enthusiastic fighter pilot who serves at Area 88.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Western viewers may have thought him Indian due to the turban. Later issues of the manga that didn't make it to the states, however reveal the Bambara family. The real world [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people Bambara ethnic group]] is composed of Black Africans.
* {{Bishonen}}: One of the most youthful and androgynous-looking male characters in the series.
* ChildSoldier: In the manga, he is sixteen years old when he arrives at Area 88.
* CrossDressingVoices: Although Kim is a young man, he is voiced by women in the Japanese and English versions of the TV series.
* NeverBareHeaded: Well, rarely bare-headed. He wears a turban in the TV series and a beret in the manga, at least when not wearing his flight helmet during combat.
* TheReveal: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, it's revealed that he's a son of the Bambara presidential family.
* SuddenPrincipledStand: In manga that did not make it stateside, Kim is ''very'' unhappy after Nguyen shoots an enemy pilot who ejected. Toward the end of the manga, he also [[spoiler: prevents Saki from shooting a disoriented Abdael, arguing that Abdael is still Saki's parent.]]
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite their mutual teasing, Kim and Sela do care about each other. Near the end of the manga, Sela hugs Kim when he returns safely from Asran City. She kisses him on the cheek before leaving for [[spoiler:her last mission before her death]]. Judging from the look on his face, Kim was deeply affected by the kiss.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Strawberry jam, in the manga.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Sela in manga issues that did not make it stateside. Also with Kitori in the TV series.


[[folder: Jess]]
-> (OAV only)
An Area 88 fighter pilot who is blinded during aerial combat. He panics, shooting recklessly at friend and foe alike. Shin is forced to perform a {{mercy kill}} on him to protect the rest of the squadron.

* CareerEndingInjury: And how!
* EyeScream: He's blinded during a dogfight.
* MercyKill: Done to him by Shin.


[[folder: Nguyen Van Chom]]

A sadistic, unstable Vietnamese fighter pilot who briefly serves at Area 88.

* AcePilot: In the Vietnam War and at Area 88.
* BadassMustache: He's a skilled fighter pilot with a mustache.
* BloodKnight: He delights in battle. In the OVA, he even admits to Shin that he loves bloodshed and can't get enough of it.
* FreudianExcuse: Thanks to the strife in Vietnam, he was surrounded by blood and violence his entire life. Nguyen was born immediately after his mother was killed by bombs. In the manga, his birth is shown in a flashback in which two horrified Vietnamese women take him from his mangled mother's remains.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has a conspicuous scar on his face.
* {{Jerkass}}: In the OVA, he repeatedly taunts Shin over Jess' {{Mercy Kill}}.
* KarmicDeath: In the OVA, he shoots an enemy pilot who had ejected from his jet. Nguyen dies the same way.
* OrgasmicCombat: In a combat scene from the OVA, he gets ''way'' too excited right before shooting an enemy pilot who had ejected.
* {{Sadist}}: He takes great pleasure in shooting an enemy pilot who ejected from his jet. In the OVA, he also takes every opportunity to taunt Shin about [[MercyKill killing Jess]].
* SinkTheLifeboats: In the manga and OVA, he likes to shoot enemy pilots who have ejected from their jets.
* TheSociopath: He delights in war with no concern for human life or suffering.
** SociopathicSoldier
* TokenEvilTeammate: Even by the standards of Area 88, Nguyen is sadistic and callous.


[[folder: Hoover Kippenburg]]

-> Japanese Voice Actor: Takahiro Fujimoto (TV series)

A former major in the West German air force, descended from a long line of ace fighter pilots. He serves at Area 88 to escape a tragic past.

* AcePilot: Shin observes that Hoover is a better aerial leader than Saki, and that he must have been a fine commander in the West German air force.
* AdaptationDyeJob: He has blond hair in the manga, wheat-colored hair when he appears in the background of the OVA, and grey hair in the ''Area 88: Etranger 1995'' video game. A Japanese [[http://sp.pf-img-a.mbga.jp/12011959?url=http://m-area-mainsp.alggames.net/img/sp/card/C_P_0521_l.gif fan-developed card game]] depicts him with dark brown hair.
* BadassBaritone: When viewers briefly hear him speak in the 2004 anime, his voice is deep.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He might be more pleasant than some of Area 88's other pilots, but he's still a mercenary. For example, after Saki demands implicit obedience from his best pilots after a Wolf Pack attack devastates Area 88, Hoover is among the pilots trying to manipulate Saki into giving them free equipment and maintenance in exchange for absolute obedience to orders.
* BlueBlood: Implied. Hoover's grandfather was named Karl von Kippenburg. The nobiliary particle ''von'' indicates that he descended from nobility. In real life, after the abolition of monarchies in Germany and Austria, the nobility in those countries lost their privileges, which might explain why Hoover's father had no ''von'' in his surname.
* CharacterDeath: He dies in combat during an anti-government surge against Area 88.
* DemotedToExtra: He receives character development in the manga, but only appears in the background of the OVA and only makes a cameo in the TV series.
* DrinkOrder: In manga that didn't make it stateside, Carlisle reveals that the late Hoover was fond of Steinberger Riesling.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: After receiving ample character development, Hoover unceremoniously dies off-screen during battle.
* EyesAlwaysShut: In the manga, his eyes are two dark slits. Averted in the SNES game ''Area 88''/''UN Squadron'' -- he's depicted in the background of the [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mr6GNyJm7mQ/T4zNy8MJxeI/AAAAAAAAAOc/g2y_V1YhiXE/s1600/UN-Squadron-snes-2.jpg character select screen]] with open eyes.
* AFatherToHisMen: Shin deeply respects him, and he in turn helps Shin make sense of Mario's combat death. He also gently reminds Mario not to be reckless in combat.
-->'''Hoover:''' It's a man's fate to die eventually. Just don't be so hasty to go, son.
* FieldPromotion: During the Wolfpack crisis, Saki temporarily puts Hoover in command of Area 88's aerial forces.
* {{Foil}}: To Mario. His maturity and reserve contrast sharply to Mario's immaturity and cockiness.
* GloryDays: He went from being a NATO aerial commanded who trained pilots over Mont Blanc to a mercenary working in a third world backwater.
* HeroicLineage: As revealed by Mario.
-->'''Mario:''' You must be Hoover Kippenburg, ex-major of the West German air force. Adolph Kippenburg, your father, shot down 130 planes with his Messerschmidt during World War II. And your grandfather, Karl von Kippenburg, was one of the Blue Maxes during World War I. You've got one impressive family background.
* HotBloodedSideburns: Subverted. Hoover has long sideburns that fall past his face, but he's one of the most level-headed pilots at Area 88.
* InformedAttribute: After Hoover's death, Shin remembers him as a "steel ace" and a tactical genius. However, readers really don't get to see examples of Hoover's tactical skill.
* JacobMarleyApparel: On the two occasions after his death when he appears in Shin's dreams, he's wearing his flight suit and gear.
* LikeFatherLikeSon / LineageComesFromTheFather: He comes from a family of famous German fighter pilots, stretching back to World War I. When he and Mario meet for the first time, Mario surprises him by reciting famous details about the Kippenburg lineage.
* MajorlyAwesome: An ex-major in the West German air force and a former NATO air commander.
* {{Psychopomp}}: After Hoover's death in the manga, he appears in a dream to Shin, beckoning Shin to come with him. Shin hesitates, and Hoover moves on in the darkness.
* MoralMyopia: Hoover was devastated when he thought his actions led to the accidental deaths of several pilots back in Europe. What does he do to escape his painful past? He becomes a mercenary and ''kills enemy pilots for a living.''
* MyGreatestFailure: Hoover blames himself for the deaths of several pilots during a training exercise back in Europe.
* SeventiesHair: He has long hair that almost touches his shoulders, and long sideburns to boot.
* TheStoic: He's calm and reserved most of the time.
** NotSoAboveItAll: He becomes very animated when arguing with Mickey over [[SeriousBusiness the merits of West Germany electronics]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Hoover" is an English name, not a German one. Because the letters "B" and "V" are interchangeable in Japanese, it's possible that "Hoover" is a mistransliteration of "Huber", a common German name.
* SpiritAdvisor: Played with. In manga that didn't make it stateside, after Shin [[spoiler:returns to Japan and takes up residence with Ryoko]], Hoover appears to him in a dream.
* SurvivorGuilt: He's wracked with guilt after the NATO pilots under his command died during a training accident back in Europe.
* UnusualEyebrows: His eyebrows are thin and heavily arched.


[[folder: Mario Bandini]]
-> (Manga only)
A cocky, arrogant Italian pilot at Area 88 and a former member of the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team.

* AcePilot: Deconstructed. Mario is an ace aerobatic pilot, not a seasoned fighter pilot. His aerobatic skills serve him well in his first dogfights, but as other pilots ''repeatedly'' point out, aerobatic skill is not the same as combat skill. Greg tries in vain to explain this to Mario.
-->'''Greg:''' You're better at flying and stunts. But it's a different story in combat. It's not a matter of being good or bad, it's all a matter of survival.
-->'''Mario:''' I came back alive!
-->'''Greg:''' You came back alive ''today''. But you never know about tomorrow ... If you get killed, you lose everything.
** Even though Mario rises to the rank of #1 pilot at Area 88, his achievement is short-lived. His overweening pride and lack of familiarity with combat techniques gets him killed. Hoover points this out after Mario's death.
-->'''Hoover:''' Skill in combat is very different from aerobatic skill. Moreover, ordinary combat skill isn't enough here. On an aerobatic team, no matter how difficult their stunts may be, they don't have other people trying to kill them.
* AlasPoorVillain: When Mario dies trying to execute an outer loop, Shin mourns for him, wondering what kind of life Mario left behind in Italy.
* AscendedFanboy: He adored fighter pilots and jets as a child, eventually growing up to be an aerobatic pilot.
* AttentionWhore: He takes every opportunity to draw attention to himself and his skill while at Area 88.
* {{Bishonen}}: He's youthful, with a thick head of black hair and large, shiny eyes.
* BloodKnight: He's very eager to engage in combat, which causes the other pilots some consternation.
-->'''Mario:''' I came here to be a ''real'' fighter pilot.
-->'''Randy:''' Say what? Weren't you a fighter pilot in the aerobatic team? You must've been using a Fiat G9, that light agile fighter.
-->'''Mario:''' That's not a real fighter. It's just a jet plane. I want to be in real combat!
-->'''Other pilots:''' He wants to be in ''real combat'' instead of ''make-believe''? What a fruitcake!
* EasilyForgiven: He nearly causes a mid-air collision, ignores a direct order from Hoover to stay at Area 88 during a Wolfpack raid, and nearly gets Hoover, Mickey, and Shin killed when he joins their aerial battle uninvited. He's never disciplined for his insubordination or dangerous behavior.
* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: Of famous European fighter pilots. Upon meeting Hoover, he immediately knows who Hoover is and recites details about fighter pilots in Hoover's lineage.
-->'''Mario:''' You must be Hoover Kippenburg, ex-major of the West German air force. Adolph Kippenburg, your father, shot down 130 planes with his Messerschmidt during World War II. And your grandfather, Karl von Kippenburg, was one of the Blue Maxes during World War I. You've got one impressive family background.
-->'''Hoover:''' How do you know all that? Were you a genealogist in Rome?
-->'''Mario:''' No, I've adored fighter pilots since I was a kid. I know most of the famous fighter pilots in Europe.
* {{Foil}}: To Shin. Mario sees war as something exciting, whereas Shin knows that war is anything but. Mario willingly came to Area 88, while Shin was tricked into becoming a mercenary.
** Also to Hoover. Mario, despite all his bragging, is an inexperienced combatant who believes himself to be more skilled than he actually is, while Hoover is a seasoned aerial leader who doesn't trumpet his skill. Mario fights as an individual, while Hoover shines when leading a formation with other pilots.
* GlorySeeker: He comes to Area 88 to become a "real" pilot and show off his skill.
* IgnoredEpiphany: He's nearly shot down during his first dogfight, and he's so shaken afterwards that his teeth are chattering. Unfortunately, his brush with death does nothing to dent his arrogance and recklessness, and he fails to realize how inexperienced he truly is.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a skilled aerobatic pilot, and he never lets anyone forget it.
** He "introduces" himself to Shin and Mickey by cutting them off and landing ahead of them on the runway, which nearly causes a mid-air collision. When a furious Mickey confronts Mario, Mario replies that if they couldn't avoid his aerial maneuver, they didn't deserve to be at Area 88.
* KarmicDeath: After bragging endlessly about his aerobatic skill, Mario dies performing an outer loop for which his aerobatic training did not prepare him.
* ManChild: He acts like a hot-headed, macho teenager who craves approval from others.
* MonochromaticEyes: His eyes have no visible sclera.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Mario stands uncomfortably close to Hoover when they meet for the first time.
* {{Pride}}: His undoing.
* RealityEnsues: During his last combat mission, he forgets that elaborate aerial maneuvers can be extremely punishing on a pilot's body. While executing an outer loop, he's overwhelmed by the G-force and crashes to his death.
* SmugSnake: He's deeply convinced of his superiority as a pilot. However, his inexperience in combat nearly cost him his life in his first dogfight, and he only survives due to Shin's help. After a few combat successes, he's unbearably smug with the other pilots, only to die in combat shortly thereafter.
* TeamPrimaDonna: He brags endlessly of his aerobatic skill and does everything possible to attract attention to himself.


[[folder: Sela Bernard]]
-> (Manga only)
A former Project 4 mercenary pilot who meets Shin after their jets crash near ancient ruins. She later defects to Area 88.

* ActionGirl: She serves as a fighter pilot for Project 4, then Area 88.
* AfterActionPatchup: After sustaining a minor leg injury during combat, we see her in the infirmary in a medical gown with a bandage on her thigh. Mickey comes to visit her, and they share a romantic moment.
* BattleCouple: With Mickey.
* BetaCouple: With Mickey.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When she's first introduced, she's brazenly seductive and a little unstable. Over time, she evolves into a more mature and complex character.
* [[spoiler: DeadHatShot: After an explosion kills Mickey and Sela, Sela's helmet is thrown across the runway. Kim picks up the helmet, and the look on his face is heartbreaking.]]
* {{Expy}}: Kitori from the TV series bears a remarkable resemblance to Sela, and she plays a similar role as {{the squadette}} and Kim's best friend.
* FlirtingUnderFire: She and Mickey do this back and forth from their jets.
* HauntedHeroine: In manga that did not make it stateside, Sela and Kim stake out an abandoned Area 88. While there, Sela sees a vision of scores of dead pilots.
* HeelFaceTurn: Sela is introduced as a Project 4 mercenary pilot, but she later defects to Area 88.
* [[spoiler: LastKiss: She kisses Mickey before they're both killed in an explosion.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: She and Kim bicker and tease each other constantly.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: She and Kim are often seen together but are not romantically involved.
* [[{{LikeFatherLikeSon}} Like Father Like Daughter]]: She's a pilot like her late father.
* MsFanservice: She gets a nude scene in the manga.
* TheSquadette: She is one of the few female fighter pilots to serve at Area 88.
* TheTease: She often play-flirts with Kim, which he finds annoying.
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite their mutual teasing, Kim and Sela do care about each other. Near the end of the manga, Sela hugs Kim when he returns safely from Asran City. She kisses him on the cheek before leaving for [[spoiler:her last mission before her death]].
* [[spoiler: TogetherInDeath: With Mickey]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Kim. They bicker and tease each other constantly, but their friendship is solid.


[[folder: Boris]]
A British pilot who serves at Area 88.

* CharacterDeath: He's hit with a bullet during the "Fang" mission and crashes his jet.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The deaths of his fellow soldiers have traumatized him.
* SurvivorGuilt: He's haunted by memories of his fallen friends. He sleeps with his bedroom light on so that he doesn't see their faces in the darkness.


[[folder: Charlie]]
An assassin sent to Area 88 on Farina's orders to kill Shin.

* AffablyEvil: He's friendly and disarming, and he seems to genuinely like Shin. He also insists on trying to kill Shin in the air instead of doing so "in the dark" on the ground.
* AssassinOutclassin: Charlie tries to kill Shin during aerial combat, but Shin kills him in self-defense.
* ConsummateProfessional: After Shin defeats him in aerial combat, Charlie refuses to reveal who hired him. He takes the secret to his grave.
* {{Exposition}}: In the manga, he tells Shin about the background of the Asranian civil war and the origin of Saki's X-shaped scar.
* MeaningfulName: In Vietnam, American soldiers referred to enemy troops as "Charlie". This Charlie is very much Shin's enemy.
* NobleDemon: Charlie adheres to a code of conduct. For example, he tries to kill Shin honorably in combat, even though he admits that it would have been easier to kill Shin quietly on the ground.
* ProfessionalKiller: Farina deploys him to Area 88 to assassinate Shin, after Kanzaki puts a hit out on Shin via Farina.
* PunchClockVillain: He harbors no ill will toward Shin and is quite friendly toward him.
* RedBaron: The other pilots nicknamed him "Invulnerable Charlie" (or "Charlie the Phoenix", depending on the translation).
* SeventiesHair: He has a pageboy haircut.
* UnfriendlyFire: He tries to kill Shin in aerial combat.


A mercenary pilot at Area 88. He's briefly stationed at Area 85 along with Shin, Greg, Jensen, and Malraux.

* ArtificialLimbs: He has a prosthetic leg and a hook hand.
* HandicappedBadass: Losing his leg and hand have not impacted his combat skill.
* CharacterDeath: He dies in combat against Farina's land carrier.
* GallowsHumor: In the OVA, he jokes that the mercenaries will be hanged if they lose the war. He jokingly puts his hook hand under another pilot's chin to simulate a noose.
* HookHand
* SenselessSacrifice: During a battle against Farina's land carrier in the manga, it becomes clear that Campbell, Jensen, and Greg aren't even denting the carrier. To inflict damage on the carrier, Campbell flies his aircraft toward an open drone launching bay, planning to eject before his jet crashes. He fails to eject in time, dying in the crash. To boot, the jet crashes after the drone bay closes, making Campbell's sacrifice futile.


->Manga only
A mercenary pilot at Area 88. He's briefly stationed at Area 85 along with Shin, Greg, Campbell, and Malraux.

* CharacterDeath: He dies in combat against Farina's land carrier.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: While stationed at Area 85, he gets in a fist-fight with one of the Asranian pilots who resents the mercenaries' presence.
* HairTriggerTemper: A few insults from an Asranian pilot are enough to send him into a rage.
* LackOfEmpathy: He's stunned that an Asranian pilot is "crying like a baby" after the death of a fellow soldier. Malraux reminds him that the Asranians are fighting for their country and their people, while the mercenaries are merely fighting for money.


[[folder: Benson and Randy]]
->Manga only
Two mercenaries who serve at Area 88.

* BaldOfAwesome: Randy is bald.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Benson is depicted as childish and selfish in the first issue of the manga. Several issues later, he's a lot more subdued.
* CoolShades: Randy is never seen without them, even at night.
* DeadpanSnarker: Benson has his moments, such as when the two meet Mario for the first time.
-->'''Randy:''' One of the good things about this place is that nobody asks you why you're here. So we won't even ask ''you''.
-->'''Benson:''' Well, I will! Are you here because the law wants your ass, or some angry husband's after you?
* EnragedByIdiocy: In the manga, they're furious at Greg for destroying Gold's documents and pummel him.
* EyepatchOfPower: Benson has one, but it doesn't seem to affect his ability to pilot aircraft.
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: In the OVA, Benson has no illusions about the role of the Area 88 mercenary pilots.
-->'''Benson:''' So we get fragged to protect the royal flyboys.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In the manga, they're usually seen together, offering commentary on whatever situation is occurring.


!!Vashtal Royal Family

[[folder: Saki Vashtal]]
-> Japanese Voice Actors: Creator/TaroShigaki (OVA), Creator/HirokiTakahashi (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Creator/IllichGuardiola
-> Favorite Aircraft: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAI_Kfir Kfir]]
An Asranian prince who commands the Area 88 mercenaries on behalf of the Asranian royal family. Son of Soria and Abdael, nephew of King Zak, and brother of Rishal.

* TheAllegedBoss: Closest to type 3. While not incompetent, Saki is not an outstanding leader and generally lacks the ability to motivate people to go out of their way to do things for him. The pilots follow orders mostly because it's what they're paid to do. And they can refuse his orders if they can afford the $5000 dock to their pay. In an emergency situation, after the Wolfpack decimated all of the planes at the base, Saki was manipulated into a bargain where he offered to pay prize money, fuel, weapons, and repairs on the ten handpicked pilots that would fly the replacement planes sent by HQ.
* CoolShades: He wears aviator sunglasses almost all the time in the TV anime. In the manga, Saki has to wear sunglasses at all times to protect his eyes after his eye surgery.
* CulturedBadass: He was educated in London and is multilingual.
* DemocracyIsFlawed: He does not think the Asranian people are ready for democracy yet because of the country's poverty and insufficient education system.
* InformedAttribute: In the manga, Saki is nominally Muslim. When Mickey is summoned to the command center after opening a bottle of champagne, he incorrectly assumes that Saki is unhappy about the alcohol because of his religion. However, in a flashback, Saki promises to take Rishar to a London pub when Rishar is older, showing that Saki has no problem with consuming alcohol.
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Saki was educated in London. In spite of this (or because of it), Saki is very suspicious of western powers seeking to take advantage of Asran's civil war. He also opposes Asran selling its oil rights to foreign powers, even though it could drastically improve the standard of living of the Asranian people.
* MixedAncestry: Saki is the son of an Asranian prince and his Greek wife, Soria, who was loved by the Asranian people. Saki has suffered no stigma in Asran because of his mixed heritage.
* MommasBoy: He has loving memories of his mother, Soria.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: In the manga, Saki defends the Asranian monarchy, even though its decisions have left the Asranian people poor and uneducated.
* MyGreatestFailure: The manga discusses the origin of his X-shaped scar. During the early years of Asran's civil war, Saki was reluctant to engage his father's aerial forces in battle, which cost him the lives of his entire squadron. Saki was so devastated that he cut an X-shaped scar into his own forehead in front of King Zak as a mark of shame.
* [[spoiler: NoPlaceForMeThere / DrivenToSuicide: At the end of the manga, Saki admits that the Asranian people will not accept him after his role in the civil war. After Abdael's death, Saki carries Abdael's body into Soria's tomb and shoots himself.]]
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Subverted in the manga, Saki is so determined to defeat the anti-government forces that he is willing to use nuclear weapons.
* PersonalHorror: In the manga, Saki is slowly losing his eyesight due to an injury.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He participates in the civil war that is tearing his homeland apart partially out of hatred for his father, Prince Abdael.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: He comes across as a cold, methodical military man, but he shows great warmth to those he loves, such as Rishar. He can also be very friendly and gracious with old friends.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: In the manga, when he slices an X-shaped wound into his forehead.
* ThickerThanWater: He deeply cares for his brother Rishar, even though they're on opposite sides of the civil war.
* TraumaCongaLine: The manga explores this in detail. He loses his mother at a young age, he nearly loses his brother, his homeland has been engulfed by a civil war started by his father, one of his most trusted soldiers (Shin) attacks him in a fit of lunacy, and said attack leaves him with eye damage that is slowly robbing him of his eyesight. [[spoiler:Then at the end of the manga when he learns that the civil war was futile, he kills himself.]]
* VetinariJobSecurity: Saki ''thinks'' the Vashtal royal family has this. During a conversation with Mickey in the manga, Saki says that the Asranian people are not ready for democracy, and that the Vashtal royal family must look after the people like a parent.
* WarriorPrince: He's an Asranian prince who also serves as a commander and fighter pilot at Area 88.
* XMarksTheHero: He has an X-shaped scar on his forehead.


[[folder: Rishar Vashtal]]
-> (Manga only)
An Asranian prince who serves the anti-government side of Asran's civil war. Son of Soria and Abdael, nephew of King Zak, and brother of Saki.

* {{Bishonen}}: He's an androgynous young man with long hair and shiny eyes.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Rishar is an Asranian prince who wants to eradicate the Asranian monarchy and bring democracy to the country.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:At the end of the manga, Rishar, Soria, and King Zak usher in a new era for Asran, after witnessing years of civil war.]]
* LeftForDead: In the Animerica manga, Rishar is severely injured after he tries to sabotage Farina's land carrier. The land carrier crew dumps his unconscious body in the desert, where [=McCoy=] discovers him and takes him back to Area 88.
* [[{{LikeFatherLikeSon}} Like Mother Like Son]]: Rishar resembles Soria, down to the long blond hair. Saki remarks that Rishar is much more like their mother than their father.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: He has long blond hair and a youthful appearance.
* MixedAncestry: He's the son of Abdael (Asranian) and Soria (Greek).
* MonochromaticEyes: His eyes have no visible sclera.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Rishar is all too aware of this. He grieves for the Asranian people because the war has brought they enormous suffering.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ThickerThanWater: He speaks warmly of his brother Saki, even though they're on opposite sides of the civil war.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: At the end of the manga, Rishar, Soria, and King Zak are left to transition Asran from a monarchy to a modern republic.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Rishar genuinely wants to empower the Asranian people by replacing the monarchy with a democracy.
-->'''Rishar:''' Out nation will have no future unless we reform it! The unique nature of this country ''may'' disappear by introducing another culture, by bringing sweeping change, but the people shouldn't have to endure hardship and poverty just to retain their heritage! The future cannot be sacrificed for the past!
** Mickey warns him that the Asranian people may call for his execution after the war. Rishar is not afraid of this possible outcome.
-->'''Mickey:''' Changing to a democracy is fine, but when the new system is completed, what will you do if the people in this country decide you should be killed?
-->'''Rishar:''' I will obey the will of the people. This has gone on too long. It would be easy to give my life if it brought comfort to those who have died.


[[folder: King Zak]]

The monarch who rules Asran. He fights a civil war against anti-government forces led by his brother, Abdael.

* CoolUncle: In the manga, Zak was a father figure to Saki in his youth.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:King Zak, Soria, and Rishar usher in a new era for Asran at the end of the manga, after Zak has struggled to hold the country together during years of civil war.]]
* {{Gonk}}: In the manga. He's drawn realistically in the OVA, however.
* GovernmentInExile: At the end of the OVA, he is forced to flee Asran.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Zak received the kingship from his dying father, much to his brother Abdael's chagrin.
* NeverBareHeaded: He is always depicted with a ''keffiyeh'' on his head.
* NobleFugitive: At the end of the OVA.


[[folder: Abdael Vashtal]]

An Asranian prince who leads the anti-government forces in Asran's civil war.

* ArchnemesisDad: To Saki. The father and son fight on opposite sides of Asran's civil war and are determined to kill each other.
* BatmanGambit: Kanzaki manipulates him with one. In manga that didn't make it stateside, Kanzaki secretly arranged for Julianna and Project 4 to set fire to Soria's tomb. Kanzaki told Abdael that King Zak's forces desecrated the tomb, enraging Abdael and convincing him to collaborate with Project 4.
* DrugsAreBad: In the manga, Abdael is a drug addict. At the end of the manga, Abdael stumbles through Asran City in a drug-induced haze before Saki catches up with him.
* TheExile: For the first half of the manga, Abdael lives in exile in Sweden. He returns to Asran in manga issues that didn't make it stateside.
* {{Irony}}:
** [[spoiler:In manga issues that didn't make it stateside, Julianna arranges for an unconscious Soria to receive medical treatment, which cures Soria's blood cancer. If Abdael has simply waited for the world's medical technology to catch up, he could have cured his wife without plunging Aslan into civil war.]]
** [[spoiler:Abdael loved Soria so much that he placed her in a cryogenic chamber until a cure for her blood cancer could be found. He started Aslan's civil war so that he could gain control of the country, sell its petroleum, use the oil revenue to develop Aslan's medical technology, and find a cure for Soria's cancer. In the process, he devastated the country that Soria loved, tried to kill her eldest son, and allowed himself to become a horrible man who would have disgusted Soria.]]
* LeanAndMean: He's tall and extremely thin.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: See Monster Sob Story below.
* MonsterSobStory: [[spoiler: In the manga, his wife Soria was near death due to her blood cancer after giving birth to Rishar. He arranged for Soria to be put in cryogenic suspension until treatment could be discovered, hiding her cryogenic chamber under her tomb. Toward the end of the manga, we learn that Abdael wanted to take control of Asran so that he could develop its medical technology through foreign capital, hopefully allowing for Soria's cure to be developed.]]
* NeverBareHeaded: He is always depicted with a ''keffiyeh'' on his head.
* OffingTheOffspring: He tries to have Saki assassinated.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied. Abdael is noticeably absent from flashbacks of Saki's youth, suggesting that he didn't play a big role in Saki's upbringing.


[[folder: Soria]]
-> (Manga only)
Abdael's beloved Greek wife, mother to Saki and Rishal. She reportedly died giving birth to Rishal.

* DeathByChildbirth: In a heartbreaking childhood flashback, Saki weeps after Soria dies giving birth to Rishar. [[spoiler: Neither Saki nor Rishar realize that she is not dead, just cryogenically preserved.]]
* EasyAmnesia: [[spoiler: After being revived from cryogenic suspension, Soria does not initially remember who she is.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Soria is a blonde who embodies beauty, grace, maternal tenderness, and love for her adopted country, Asran.
* [[spoiler: HumanPopsicle: Soria suffered from blood cancer, which left her near death after the birth of Rishar. Her husband, Prince Abdael, put her in cryogenic suspension until a cure could be found. The public was told she died in childbirth.]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: At the end of the manga, Soria, Rishar, and King Zak are left to transition Asran from a monarchy into a modern republic.]]
* [[spoiler: VillainousRescue: Julianna, working on behalf of Project 4, discovers Soria's cryogenic chamber hidden underneath her tomb. Julianna makes it appear that the tomb has been burned, then takes Soria's chamber out of Asran and has her revived.]]


[[folder: Kitori Palvanaff]]
-> (TV anime only)
King Zak's daughter and a fighter pilot in the Asranian air force.

* ActionGirl: She's a skilled fighter pilot.
* ChickMagnet: When she arrives at Area 88, several male pilots shower her with gifts and attention.
* {{Expy}}: Of Sela Bernard from manga issues that did not make it stateside. She resembles Sela and serves as {{the squadette}} at Area 88.
* InSeriesNickname: Mickey calls her "Princess", which is [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething entirely deliberate]].
* PickyEater: She apparently dislikes scrambled eggs. When they're served for breakfast in the base cafeteria, she dumps her eggs onto Kim's plate.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: By becoming a fighter pilot, she takes an active role in Asran's civil war.
* TheSquadette: She's the only female pilot at Area 88.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Kim.



[[folder: Goh "Rocky" Mutsuki]]

A foreign photojournalist on assignment in Asran.

* {{Artificial Limbs}}: [[spoiler:After ramming a jeep into oncoming anti-government vehicles back in Asran, Rocky lost an eye and an arm. His lost arm was replaced with a prosthetic.]]
* BareHandedBladeBlock: In the manga, he does this when a Bedoin chieftain swings a sword at him.
* ChekhovsGun: A photograph he took at Area 88 is later published in a magazine. When Ryoko sees the photo, she realizes that Shin is still alive and sets off to find him.
* IntrepidReporter
* {{Handicapped Badass}}: [[spoiler:In the manga, he rescues Taeko from a car that sunk into Tokyo Bay.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the manga, after anti-government forces massacred a Bedoin tribe he had befriended, Rocky flies into a rage. He drives a jeep head-on into anti-government vehicles, [[spoiler: losing an eye and an arm in the process.]]


[[folder: Makoto Shinjou]]
->(TV Anime Only)
A photographer researching the Asranian civil war and mercenary life at Area 88.

* CameraFiend: He makes a nuisance of himself by photographing every aspect of life at Area 88, including an injured pilot.
* {{Expy}}: Of Rocky from the manga and OVA.
* [[spoiler: {{Heel Face Turn}}: Kanzaki sent Shinjou to Area 88 to photograph Shin's death. Instead, Shinjou returns to Japan and secretly tells Ryoko that Shin is still alive.]]
* IntrepidReporter: He tells Area 88 that he performs this role.
* [[spoiler: {{The Mole}}: Unbeknownst to anyone, he was sent to Area 88 by Kanzaki to confirm Shin's death.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Mysterious Informant}}: He tells Ryoko that Shin is still alive on the day she is supposed to marry Kanzaki.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He's on the receiving end of one after [[spoiler: the Area 88 pilots discover why he's really in Asran.]]


!!Other Mercenaries

[[folder: Gary "Mac" [=MacBurn=]]]
-> (Manga only)
An American veteran from Harlem who served alongside Mickey during the Vietnam War. The head of Project 4's forces in Asran under Kanzaki.

* AcePilot: He served as a U.S. navy pilot during the Vietnan War and later joined the Blue Angels.
* AntiVillain: He works for the villainous Project 4, but he's shown to be a noble character. For example, he's also a loving father who works as a mercenary in order to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. He spares Sela's life when she defects, and shares painful details of his life with Mickey when they meet outside of combat.
* BadassBeard: He's a badass pilot with a chin curtain.
* BrokenPedestal: Mac admits to Mickey that he envied him when they attended the Naval Academy together. Mac is less than pleased to learn that Mickey has become a mercenary in Asran.
* TheDragon: To Kanzaki as part of Project 4.
* DrowningMySorrows: When he learns of his daughter's death, he drinks to cope with his grief.
* DrugsAreBad: His wife Jennifer died from drug use. Their daughter Miriam was born with health problems because of this.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He has a daughter back in the U.S.
* {{Foil}}: To Mickey. Mac's life of hardship and heartbreak contrasts sharply to Mickey's former life of wealth.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He went from a poor young man in Harlem to a high-ranking soldier in the world's most dangerous arms network.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Mac is a widower who serves as a mercenary in order to raise money for his daughter Miriam's medical treatment. Near the end of the manga, Mac learns that his daughter has died in the hospital.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: He grew up in poverty in Harlem.


[[folder: Laurent Bosch]]
-> (Manga only)
A French mercenary leader who recruits Shin for an escorting mission in the African nation of Bambara.

* BigBadFriend: He was actually sent to kill the presidential family.
* CarpetOfVirility: His arms and chest are very hairy, compared to those of other male characters.
* CharacterDeath: Shin stabs him to protect Layla and Rohde.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: He and his fellow mercenaries are hired to escort the president's family out of Bambara after a coup.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, after Shin leaves Area 88 and takes up residence in France, Bosch spends time with him. Shin is having difficulty coping with civilian life, and Bosch convinces him to work as a mercenary again.


[[folder: Error]]
-> (Manga only)
An androgynous mercenary who serves under Bosch.

* CodeName: Error.
* {{Crossdresser}}: He dons a dress and convincingly passes for a woman while escorting Lydia and Layla.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Even compared to the series' {{bishonen}}, Error is very androgynous. This allows him to pass for a woman during his deployment.
* FriendlySniper: He's very protective of Layla and Rohde, expressing romantic feelings for Layla.
* GunNut: He's first introduced while practicing with his rifle in Bosch's basement.


[[folder: Escape Killers]]
-> Manga and OVA
* AffablyEvil: After a miserable setback, Shin throws his helmet down in anger. One of the Escape Killers picks it up and hands it back to him saying "This protects your head. You should treat it with more respect, Mr. Kazama". Shin snatches his helmet, telling them to mind their own buisness. Unphased, the three pilots look on as Shin angrily walks away in frustration, knowing that they have found their "mark". They know what he'll probably try to do later.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Averted, since this is TheSeventies. In the OVA, The leader is the short guy with the biggest afro.
* BountyHunter: Essentially what these guys are. They are called in to hunt down deserters.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Saki is giving a bit of {{Exposition}} in which he outlines the only three ways to leave Area 88, the third being "deserting". At the mention of this word, the three pilots (whom we are not yet privy to their purpose), overhear that word and noticeably look up from their own private conversation.
* {{Leitmotif}}: When the three pilots arrive and it is revealed that they are Black, a kind of "funk" style music plays as they exit their planes.
* ScaryBlackMan: Suprisingly averted: None of the three Escape Killers look physically intimidating. But the leader does have a somewhat sinister looking face that suggests cunning. It's also worth mentioning that he is the shortest of the three.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: "No one in the Middle East has ever made it past us. Care to try your luck?"

!!Other Characters

[[folder: Ryoko Tsugumo]]
-> Japanese Voice Actresses: Creator/SakikoTamagawa (OVA), Creator/SatsukiYukino (TV series)
-> English Voice Actress: Creator/HilaryHaag
A wealthy young woman who was romantically involved with Shin before his disappearance. Daughter of the president of Yamato Airlines.

* DadTheVeteran: Her father was a Japanese fighter pilot in World War II.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: After much struggle and heartache, she finally gets Shin at the end of the manga. His amnesia provided a {{relationship reset button}}.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: In the TV series, she donates to an orphanage and is shown happily playing with the children.
** In the manga, she adopts Josie, a French-Japanese orphan.
* JerkassBall: For some reason, she speaks harshly of Kanzaki's mother right after Kanzaki told her about his mother's suicide in the manga.
--> '''Ryoko:''' I feel bad about saying this, but I think your mother must have been a very weak person. To end up like that, I mean. Even if I were in her situation and lost my man. As long as I had the memory of the love I shared, I'm sure I would be able to handle it.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: She is consumed by her love for Shin and her determination to find him, which leads her to make questionable decisions, such as failing to ask herself why Shin might be at Area 88 in the first place, accepting Kanzaki's {{scarpia ultimatum}}, and [[spoiler:repeatedly uniting with Shin after he breaks her heart]].
* LoveMartyr: In the manga and OVA, Ryoko is willing to endure much hardship to release Shin from servitude. [[spoiler: Too bad he breaks her heart.]]
* LovingAShadow: Her love for Shin can be interpreted as this in the manga and OVA.
* MsFanservice: She gets a nude scene in the OVA and several nude scenes in the manga.
* MyGirlBackHome: For Shin. She pines for him in Japan and France while he serves in Asran.
* NotSoDifferent: From Kanzaki's late mother. Like Kanzaki's mother, she is obsessed with her absentee lover, and she [[spoiler:attempts suicide when he breaks her heart]].
* {{Ojou}}: She's a gracious young woman from a wealthy family.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Josie in the manga.
* PimpedOutDress: She's wearing a stunning FairytaleWeddingDress in the last episode of the TV series.
* [[spoiler: {{Runaway Bride}}: At the end of the TV series. She was about to marry Kanzaki, until Shinjou secretly told her that Shin was still alive.]]
* [[spoiler: SpurnedIntoSuicide: In manga that did not make it stateside, Ryoko cuts her wrist after Shin breaks her heart over the phone. Taeko discovers her and gets her medical attention in time to save her life.]]
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: She puts Shin on a pedestal and is consumed by her love for him, convinced that life will be fine when they are reunited.
* WideEyedIdealist: In the manga and OVA, she has very idealistic ideas about love, which she takes to the point of HonorBeforeReason. Less so in the TV series.
* [[{{ManChild}} Woman-Child]]: In the manga and OVA, she's emotional, immature, and prone to acts of poor judgment. Averted in the TV anime.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the manga and OVA, Ryoko seems to think she's in a romance story instead of a war story. She places great faith in the power of love, oblivious to why Shin would be at Area 88 in the first place and how war might have affected him.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Lavender Hair]]: She's depicted with lavender hair in the OVA and TV anime.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Played straight in the TV series. In the manga, she lacks the maturity and wisdom of the traditional Yamato Nadeshiko, making her a downplaying of this trope.


[[folder: Taeko Yasuda]]

The graceful, no-nonsense executive secretary of Yamato Airlines and Ryoko's best friend.

* ChristmasCake: In the manga, she's very self-conscious about being unmarried at age 28. The fact that other characters nag her about it doesn't help.
* DemotedToExtra: Although she had a prominent role in the manga plot, she's far less prominent in the OVA and TV series.
* {{Foil}} / TheLancer: To Ryoko. She's mature, independent, and confident, in contrast to the immature and emotion-driven Ryoko.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Ryoko. She are Ryoko are close friends whose loyalty to each other is boundless.
* MegaNekko: She's a smart, attractive woman with glasses.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: In the manga and OVA, she has Kanzaki arrested for tax evasion.
* SexySecretary: She serves as the executive secretary at Yamato Airlines.
* [[{{HeKnowsTooMuch}} She Knows Too Much]]: In the manga, when Taeko uncovers Kanzaki's underhanded dealings, Kanzaki and Julianna try to have her killed.
* [[{{TheSmartGuy}} The Smart Gal]]: In the manga, she has considerable intelligence and savvy, which helps her unravel Kanzaki's schemes. She is also the first person to deduce that Kanzaki had something to do with Shin's disappearance.
* TheSocialExpert: In the manga, she's skilled at reading people, such as when she draws details from Kanzaki's meeting with a rival airline representative. She also sees through Kanzaki's friendly fascade and realizes how dangerous he is far before Ryoko does.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She's tough and assertive in public, but kind and sensitive with those she loves, such as Ryoko and Josie.


[[folder: Satoru Kanzaki]]
-> Japanese Voice Actors: Creator/YoshitoYasuhara (OVA), Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (TV series)
-> English Voice Actor: Creator/JasonDouglas
A ruthless, power-hungry man who grew up with Shin at the same Catholic orphanage. He gets Shin out of the way by tricking him into signing a three-year contract with the Asranian air force, then sets out to take over Yamato Airlines. In the manga, he becomes the leader of a global arms network called Project 4 and interferes with the civil war in Asran.

* AmbitionIsEvil: His lust for power drives him to commit heinous acts, such as tricking Shin into signing a mercenary contract, seizing control of Yamato Airlines, entering into a business agreement with Farina, arranging murders with Julianna, and heading the Project 4 arms network.
* BatmanGambit: In manga that didn't make it stateside, he secretly arranges for Juliana and Project 4 to set fire to Soria's tomb in Asran City. He then tells Abdael that King Zak's forces desecrated the tomb, enraging Abdael and convincing him to collaborate with Project 4.
* BeardOfEvil: He grows a beard in later issues of the manga that didn't make it stateside.
* BeneathTheMask: In the manga and OVA, Ryoko learns what kind of person Kanzaki truly is when he takes over Yamato Airlines through underhanded means and later proposes a ScarpiaUltimatum.
** In the manga's Kanzaki's private thoughts give readers a glipse into his true nature. For example, after a Yamato plane crashes into Tokyo Bay, Kanzaki visits the victims' grieving family members in a temple. He puts on the appearance of a concerned and humbled company president, but his thoughts show his true ruthlessness.
--> '''Kanzaki:''' I will realize my ambition by stepping on the bodies of the fallen.
* BigBad: Later in the manga as the head of Project 4.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In the manga, he betrays Shin, the Tsugumos, and Farina.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Well, dead man's ''son'' impersonation. In the Animerica manga, after Julianna murders Farina, Kanzaki takes on the false identity of Farina's son to evade the authorities and inherit Farina's wealth. He was known as Satoru Farina for much of the manga.
* DevilInPlainSight: In the manga, Taeko suspects that Kanzaki is involved in dubious activity long before Ryoko and Mr. Tsugumo do.
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: In the manga, Kanzaki never anticipated that both King Zak's forces and the anti-government forces would turn on Project 4.]]
** [[spoiler: In the manga, Kanzaki arranged for Soria's tomb to be burned, thinking that the desecration would anger Abdael into attacking King Zak's forces more aggressively. He didn't realize that Soria was still alive in a cryogenic chamber underneath the tomb, and Julianna never told him.]]
* [[spoiler: DuelToTheDeath: In the final issue of the manga, Shin kills Kanzaki in an aerial duel.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: He loved his late mother, and her suicide deeply traumatized him. He remarks to Ryoko that his mother was a beautiful woman.
** Possibly subverted by his {{mommy issues}}, a result of his mother trying to take him with her when she committed suicide.
** Kanzaki's love for his late mother might be more than filial. He tells Ryoko that she resembles his mother, then proposes a {{scarpia ultimatum}} to Ryoko several pages later.
* EvilFormerFriend: To Shin. He and Shin grew up together in the same orphanage and were close friends, until he tricked Shin into signing a mercenary contract.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In the manga and OVA, Kanzaki starts as a Yamato Airlines pilot but later takes over the company through shifty stock deals with a rival company. In manga issues that did not make it stateside, he exerts immense power as the head of Project 4.
* GeneralFailure: In the manga and OVA, after taking over Yamato Airlines, a Yamato plane crashes due to inferior parts that Kanzaki bought from Farina's company. The resulting financial and public relations nightmare was a serious blow to the airline.
** In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Kanzaki eventually becomes the leader of an arms network called Project 4, which tries to take over Asran through an alliance with Prince Abdael, Saki's father. [[spoiler: It fails when anti-government forces thwart them.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: His motivation for many of the things he does.
* {{Jerkass}}: When not hiding behind his civilized mask, he's petty, cruel, and smug.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In the manga. Kanzaki tells Ryoko that her fixation on an absentee Shin is reminiscent of his mother's fixation on his estranged father, which ended in his mother's suicide. [[spoiler: Confirmed later in the manga when Ryoko tries to kill herself after Shin breaks her heart over the phone.]]
--> '''Ryoko:''' I feel bad about saying this, but I think your mother must have been a very weak person. To end up like that, I mean. Even if I were in her situation and lost my man. As long as I had the memory of the love I shared, I'm sure I would be able to handle it. And I would never involve a small child in my problems.

--> '''Kanzaki:''' It's easy to have such an idealistic attitude. But, would your attitude hold up if you were really faced with the same kind of situation? ... Shin has been missing a long time. And you don't know whether he's alive or dead. Yet, you still love him. In retrospect, is your situation any different?

** In the manga, he also criticizes Ryoko for having Josie with her during a jaunt to the Middle East. Given that Ryoko adopted Josie on a whim at a young age (Ryoko was only 20 at the time), he had a point, although his motive was mainly to take a swipe at Ryoko.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: Kanzaki tricked Shin into signing a mercenary contract. At the end of the manga, Shin kills Kanzaki in his capacity as a mercenary fighter pilot.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He deceives and manipulates everyone around him in his ongoing quest for power.
* ParentalAbandonment / DarkAndTroubledPast: His mother committed suicide after his father abandoned her. She drove her car off an embankment with little Kanzaki inside. Kanzaki survived, but the first thing he saw when he emerged from the wreck was his dead mother's body.
* {{Pride}}: His undoing. In the OVA, he's so confident in his newfound power as head of Yamato Airlines that he makes mistakes and trusts the wrong people. He's blindsided when his allies from a rival airline abandon him after a Yamato Airlines plane crashes in Tokyo Bay. In the manga, he's so confident in Project 4's influence that he fails to anticipate [[spoiler:Asran's pro-monarchy and anti-government forces setting aside their differences to oust Project 4.]]
* SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids: In the manga, when Kanzaki delivers a {{scarpia ultimatum}} to Ryoko, he tells her that he doesn't believe in love.
--> '''Kanzaki:''' You just told me you can endure anything, didn't you? I'm the kind of person who doesn't believe all that true love nonsense. If you say you can endure anything for love, I want you to prove it.
** Later in the manga, he also mocks the idea of love when [[spoiler: Shin abandons Ryoko to return to Area 88.]]
* TheSociopath: He is ruthless in his quest for power, with no consideration for morality or human life.
* SoftSpokenSadist: His voice and appearance are much less ominous in the TV series than in the OVA. In the TV series, he comes across as reserved and completely ''normal'', which makes his villainy all the more frightening.
* VillainousCrush: On Ryoko. At first, Kanzaki wants a relationship with Ryoko in order to rise up in the Yamato Airlines hierarchy. This is why he proposes a marriage of convenience to her in the TV series. In the manga and OVA, however, his sexual attraction to her is also rooted in sadism, as demonstrated by his ScarpiaUltimatum proposal.
** In the manga, Kanzaki confesses that Ryoko looks like his mother. [[MommyIssues Hoooooooo boy.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In the Animerica manga, he arranges for Julianna to murder Farina.


[[folder: Guisseppe Farina]]

An Italian arms dealer and mafia don.

* AffablyEvil: He is gracious with guests and captives alike.
* ArmsDealer: In addition to running a legitimate company, he sells illegal arms worldwide. In the manga, his crowning achievement is a mobile land carrier, which he offers to sell to Asran's anti-government forces.
* TheDon: He's a powerful don in the Italian mafia.
* EvilCripple: He is confined to a wheelchair.
* EvilOldFolks: He's an elderly man who engages in evil activities, such as selling arms, arranging assassinations, introducing a nuclear-armed land carrier to Asran, and playing deadly games with Shin, Mickey, and Rishar.
* AGlassOfChianti: He's fond of wine.
* MonochromaticEyes: His eyes are completely white with no irises or pupils.
* MutilationInterrogation: In the manga, Mickey's jet is shot down by Farina's land carrier. As a captive, Farina and his henchmen threaten to [[{{FacialHorror}} cut Mickey's face]] into a {{Glasgow Grin}} if he doesn't provide information on Area 88. Fortunately, it was only a bluff.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: His assistant Julianna kills him by giving him poisoned wine.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Kanzaki arranged for Julianna to murder him in the Animerica manga.


[[folder: Julianna]]

Farina's secretary, Kanzaki's lover, and later a member of the Project 4 arms network.

* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter: Julianna gives birth to Kanzaki's son at the end of the manga.]]
* DarkMistress: To Kanzaki. She's an evil woman who serves as both lover and [[TheDragon dragon]] to an equally evil man.
* TheDragon: To Farina, and later Kanzaki.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:She cannot bring herself to kill Soria. She arranges for Soria's cryogenic chamber to be transported outside of Asran before burning down Soria's tomb.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: In manga issues that did not make it stateside, Julianna [[spoiler:abandons Kanzaki and Project 4 after she discovers Soria (Saki's mother) in a cryogenic chamber.]] She also confides in Taeko about [[spoiler: Soria]] and Project 4.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:She's never held accountable for her crimes.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: In the manga, when Taeko uncovers the truth about Kanzaki's underhanded dealings, Julianna oversees her attempted assassination. She and her thugs kidnap Taeko, inject her with a small amount of alcohol, and send her car into Tokyo Bay to make it look like a drunk driving accident. Fortunately, Rocky rescues Taeko from drowning.
* [[spoiler: MorningSickness: In the manga, nausea is one of the first signs that she is pregnant.]]
* PoisonIsEvil: On Kanzaki's prompting, she kills Farina by poisoning his wine in the Animerica manga.
* [[spoiler: SomeoneToRememberHimBy: In the last issue of the manga, she names her baby Satoru, after his late father Satoru Kanzaki.]]


[[folder: Josephine "Josie" Durant]]
-> (Manga only)
An orphan of mixed Japanese-French ancestry, whose heartbreaking story prompts Ryoko to adopt her.

* {{Bishoujo}}
* ChekhovsSkill: The lip-reading skill she learned from her late mother. She uses it to determine that Shin is shouting "Ryoko" when he flies near a commercial plane which she and Ryoko are on board. She also uses it at a Swiss hospital to determine that a man on the telephone is [[spoiler: discussing a plot on Saki's life.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Her lip reading skills serve as an important plot device on two occasions.
* CrashIntoHello: With Sawa.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: After her parents' deaths, her Japanese grandparents refused to take her in because they disapproved of [[MalignedMixedMarriage her parents' marriage.]]
* HeartwarmingOrphan: She's a sweet, energetic little girl who finds a home with Ryoko after losing her parents.
* MixedAncestry: Josie is of mixed Japanese and French descent.
* SatelliteCharacter: To Ryoko and Taeko.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Josie disappears from the manga for a long time after meeting Saki in Switzerland. In later manga issues that didn't make it stateside, Josie reappears as a teenage girl and looks completely different.


[[folder: Matsunosuke Sawa]]
-> (Manga only)
An employee of Yamato Airlines and Saki's bodyguard during his time in Europe.

* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: On two occassions, he protects Saki with his sword against gun-wielding opponents.
* BaldOfAwesome: He a formidable swordsman with a bald head.
* CoolShades: Never seen without them.
* CrashIntoHello: Josie accidentally runs into him, and his unusual appearance startles her.
* DoggedNiceGuy: He proposes to Taeko shortly after meeting her, earning him a slap in the face. Later, he travels to Switzerland to meet up with her, bringing him into contact with Saki.
* LoveHurts: His unrequited infatuation with Taeko brings him only sorrow.
* TookALevelInBadass: He's skilled with a katana and serves as Saki's bodyguard during Saki's medical visit to Europe.


[[folder: Kanzaki's Mother]]
-> (Manga only)
Kanzaki's mentally unstable mother who committed suicide when Kanzaki was a child.

* CuteButPsycho: She tried to kill her own son in a murder-suicide attempt, but Kanzaki remembers her as a beautiful woman.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Son]]: Both she and her son are unhinged, and both [[spoiler: die trying to take someone else with them. Kanzaki's mother tried to take Kanzaki with her when she committed suicide, and Kanzaki tried to take Shin with him during an aerial duel.]]
* MurderSuicide: What she tries to do with her young son. [[spoiler: She also successfully killed Shin's parents before her suicide.]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Ryoko. Both women are obsessed with absentee lovers. [[spoiler: Also, both women attempt suicide when spurned by their loves. Kanzaki's mother was successful, while Ryoko was not in issues that did not make it stateside.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: She's long dead when the story begins.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[spoiler: By killing Shin's parents and herself, she set the stage for Shin and Kanzaki bonding at the same orphanage ... and the rest is history. Her dark history with the Kazamas and her suicide also triggered Kanzaki's {{start of darkness}}.]]
* SpurnedIntoSuicide: She commit suicide after Kanzaki's father abandoned her. She drove her car off a cliff while Kanzaki was sleeping inside. Kanzaki survived the crash, but she was killed.


[[folder: The Balla Homme Family]]
-> (Manga only)
The ruling family of the African nation of Bambara.

* TheCoup: Nadato Balla Homme loses power due to a coup and his forced to flee Bambara with his wife Lydia and his children Layla and Rodhe.
* OrphansOrdeal: After Nadato and Lydia are killed, Layla and Rodhe struggle to make it out of Bambara safely alongside Shin and Error.
* TheReveal: Kim Abba is one of their sons.
* SwissBankAccount: Before his death, Nadato gives Shin the access card for a Swiss bank account worth millions of dollars.
* {{Qurac}}: Their home country, Bambara.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: President Nadato Balla Homme only appear for a few issues. However, the Swiss bank account he bequeaths to Shin makes Shin very wealthy. Shin will later use this wealth to combat Project 4 behind the scenes.