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[[folder: Main Characters]]

!!Marika Kato
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MikakoKomatsu (Japanese), Creator/LuciChristian (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75MarikaKato_377.jpg]]

The main character. Marika starts off the story as a [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent schoolgirl]] who participates in her school's space yacht club and works part-time at a local MaidCafe. It soon turns out that she is actually the only daughter of Gonzaemon Kato, captain of the pirate ship ''Bentenmaru'', and therefore the only person who can take his place (legally). While she's reluctant to take on the role, she does display natural talent for the job and accepts becoming Captain of the ''Bentenmaru''. She also captains ''Odette II'' as Yacht Club's President after Jenny and Linn graduate.
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* AcePilot: Marika's first scene shows her piloting a "dinghy" (a small one-person space ship) from space to a landing on the ground with considerable skill (although it's actually a simulator).
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Be it as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent or a PirateGirl.
* GuileHero: Tends to use her tactical prowess to avoid fighting opponents head on.
* IdiotHair: Most visible when she's in her school uniform.
* TheKirk
* {{Meido}}: Marika works part-time at a noir-style high-class MaidCafe.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: At the start of the show.
* PirateGirl: Daughter of the late Captain of the ''Bentenmaru'' and it's current Captain.

'''Tropes relating to Marika's Pirate persona'''
* ActionGirl: Takes on "a brave passenger" aboard the ''Princess Apricot'' in a sword fight, and wins... [[CombatPragmatist kinda.]]
* AffablyEvil: Tells the passengers of the ''Princess Apricot'' they won't be harmed so long as they comply with her demands.
* BadassAdorable: When they raid the ''Princess Apricot'' Hyakume says the passengers will be really happy as not only do they get to experience a pirate raid, the pirate's captain is a cute girl.
* BadassCape: One of the many modifications Mami added made the cape on Marika's pirate uniform even more badass looking.
* BadassLongcoat
* CatchPhrase: ''Saa! Kaizoku no jikan da!'' (It's time for some piracy!)
* CombatPragmatist: When she loses her duel against Kane she [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim uses a hidden gun to just shoot him instead.]]
* CoolHat: ''de rigueur'' for a pirate captain, specifically it's a Bicorne.
* EvilIsHammy: Especially her big speeches during the raid on the ''Princess Apricot''. Chiaki even comments that Marika seems to be getting really into it.
** When she herself poses as Marika in ep. 10, though, she arguably hams it up even ''more''.
* EvilLaugh: In episode 6... well she gives it a a go at least.
* PimpedOutDress: Thanks to Mami's modifications

!!Chiaki Kurihara
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KanaHanazawa (Japanese), Creator/CaitlynnFrench (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75ChiakiKurihara_8513.jpg]]

Introduced as just the NewTransferStudent to Marika's class, Chiaki turns out to be aware of Marika's parentage, and display similar skills in piloting a space ship. It is later revealed that she's actually the daughter of the captain of the pirate ship ''Barbaroosa''.
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* AcePilot: [[spoiler:She won the dinghy race after all.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Don't call me that." In reference to the InsistentTerminology.
* CombatPragmatist: In Sailing 1, she fires off a low-powered flare to blind the would-be kidnapper, then uses the resulting gunfight to cover her extraction of Marika.
* DefrostingIceQueen
* EvilIsHammy: When imitating Marika's pirate persona, she chews the scenery even ''more'' than her.
** EvilLaugh: Of the [[NoblewomansLaugh Noblewoman]] variety.
* {{Foil}}: To Marika.
* HimeCut: [[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/uploads/chars/4758-1651283120.gif Her usual hairstyle.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Hates having -chan being added to her name.
* LuminescentBlush: When eating sweet things, especially chocolate parfait.
* {{Meganekko}}
** SpecsOfAwesome
* NewTransferStudent: Twice!
* PirateGirl
* TheSpock
* TheStoic: Except when she encounters a chocolate parfait.
* SweetTooth
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A. Oh, ''lordy''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A. Misses the grade S only by having a HimeCut instead of required [[GirlishPigtails twintails]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: ''Bentenmaru'' crew]]

!!Kane [=McDougal=]
->'''Voiced by:''' MasayaMatsukaze (Japanese), Creator/ChrisPatton (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75KaneMcDougal_9423.jpg]]

Helmsman aboard the ''Bentenmaru'', and Marika's substitute teacher.
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* AcePilot: He's as skilled as he is handsome.
* {{Badass}}: He doesn't get to show it off much, but he's pretty handy with his weapon of choice: a massive HandCannon.
* {{Bishonen}}: In his role as a teacher, he teaches a few dozen teenage girls, several of whom notice how pretty he is.
** In Episode 19, after they've learned his identity, several of them demand he teach them how to pilot dinghies. Very loudly and insistently.
* HandCannon: He carries a massive revolver that can punch fist-sized holes through an android.
* [[spoiler: TwinSwitch: Performs one with his younger twin brother Shane near the end of the series.]]
* UndercoverAsLovers: He and Misa pose as a married couple as part of their cover identities at Hakuoh Academy.

!!Misa Grandwood
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ShizukaIto (Japanese), Creator/CarliMosier (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75MisaGrandwood_784.jpg]]

The medic aboard the ''Bentenmaru''.
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: How bad is it? Marika and Gruier exhaust themselves from screaming in terror.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: She ''really'' likes her drink.
* TheMedic: Presumably.
* MsFanservice: By the show's relatively restrained standards.
* MulticoloredHair
* NumberTwo: Quite surprisingly for TheMedic, serves as a ''Bentenmaru's'' XO, especially in a crew management aspect.
* RedBaron: "Bloody Misa".
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted as she's pretty kind. (Though she has a ''terrible'' bedside manner when taking care of wounded.)
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Her outfit when on-board the ''Bentenmaru''. Think "[[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/uploads/chars/4758-484439404.gif skintight bodysuit with bits cut out of it]]".
* UndercoverAsLovers: She and Kane pose as a married couple as part of their cover identities at Hakuoh Academy.

!!Schnitzer
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KentaMiyake (Japanese), George Manley (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Schnitzer_3942.jpg]]

The ''Bentenmaru'''s weapons officer, a hulking, demonic {{cyborg}}. Not a GentleGiant by any means, but much nicer than one might expect from his appearance.
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* TheBigGuy: Literally and metaphorically.
* CapedMecha: Cyborg, technically, but apart from that he's got the aesthetic down pat.
* ChestBlaster: Six of 'em, and they're implied to be only part of an extensive suite of built-in weaponry.
* FaceOfAThug: Actually looks outright ''demonic'', though when he talks he's fairly polite and soft spoken. He's also shy about being seen by people he doesn't know unless he's working.
** He looked much more humanoid in the novels, not unlike the Ironbeard, actually.
* HornedHumanoid: It ''may'' be a helmet but he's never seen with it off.
* TheQuietOne: While he does speak occasionally, he doesn't talk much at all.
** BewareTheQuietOnes: Well, he ''is'' a nine-foot-tall cyborg. Also the ''Bentenmaru's'' weapons officer, and commander of ''Bentenmaru's'' marines.

!!Coorie
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/YuiHorie (Japanese), Creator/HilaryHaag (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Coorie_5624.jpg]]

Electronic Warfare officer.
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* {{Adorkable}}
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* HandyFeet: She can type with her toes.
* NerdsAreSexy: (Male) pirate EW officers all swoon about her when she is in her nerd getup. {{Lampshaded}} when Marika wonders why they didn't prefer her "outside clothes", and Coorie's answer that EW officers spend too much time "watching the truth" to worry about appearances.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses
* TheGlassesComeOff[=/=]LettingHerHairDown: She's [[BeautifulAllAlong quite the looker]] [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/MouretsuPirates-Coorie.jpg without her nerd get-up]]. Kane mentions in episode 24 that she should just stick to that look, but Coorie refuses to.
* PlayfulHacker
* SweetTooth

!!Luca
->'''Voiced by''': KaoruMizuhara (Japanese), Creator/MonicaRial (English)[[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Luca_5158.jpg]]

Navigator and Seer.
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* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CovertPervert: Surprisingly enough, Luca gets a dreamy look at her face at memory of being able to hang out at the beach with a bunch of attractive guys.
* EyepatchOfPower

!!San-Daime
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka (Japanese), Creator/GregAyres (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Sandaime_7015.jpg]]

Engineer, Damage Control.
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* RealMenWearPink: He collects stuffed animals.
* WatchThePaintJob: Goes into a frenzy at the thought of the Yacht Club accidentally breaking Bentenmaru.

!!Hyakume
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/KeijiFujiwara (Japanese), Kalob Martinez (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Hyakume_7206.jpg]]

Sensors, Intel.
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* CoolOldGuy

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hakuoh Academy]]

!!Mami Endo
->Voiced by: ChiakiOmigawa (Japanese), Creator/BrittneyKarbowski (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75MamiEndo_7266.jpg]]

Marika's friend and co-worker from the MaidCafe. The only named character who has never been into space.
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* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* TheFashionista: Makes several modifications to Marika's pirate uniform
** She also designs a crew uniform for ''Odette II''.
* GenkiGirl
* {{Meido}}

!!Jenny Dolittle
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RinaSato (Japanese), Creator/ShannonEmerick (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75JennyDolittle_6646.jpg]]

President of the Hakuoh Academy Space Yacht Club -- and, therefore, captain of the ''Odette II'' until her graduation. Lynn's lover.
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* TheCaptain: Acts in this role for the ''Odette II'''s cruise. While she doesn't seem to share Marika's tactical talent, she appears a natural at the crew management aspect.
* ClubPresident
* DamselInDistress: In episode 17 it's revealed she's being forced into an ArrangedMarriage by her uncle, and Lynn wants to hire the Bentenmaru to rescue her.
* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler:The rescue attempt is rendered moot when she takes a chance to escape by shooting her way to an electronic warfare/recon fighter with a pistol she had hidden under her wedding dress.]]
* LipstickLesbian
* SchoolIdol
* {{Ojou}}: Heir to the Dolittle Space Shipping conglomerate.
* PrecisionFStrike[=/=]SophisticatedAsHell: Her response to ''Lightning 11'''s demand for the Odette II's immediate surrender was "Bakame!" which is roughly equivalent to saying "You stupid son of a bitch!" in English, Crunchyroll subtitled it as [[ShoutOut "Nuts!"]]. Either way it's not language you'd normally hear from an {{Ojou}}
* PutOnABus: Jenny has graduated from Hakuoh Academy by Sailing 12. (But she comes back during the Hakuoh Pirates arc.)
* SilkHidingSteel: A pistol to be precise [[spoiler: and the silk was her wedding dress.]] It's a visual metaphor for her personality.

!!Lynn Lambretta
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YokoHikasa (Japanese), Creator/EmilyNeves (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75LynnLambretta_9577.jpg]]

Vice-president of the Space Yacht Club. A troublemaker and skilled hacker. She is also Jenny's lover.
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* AlliterativeName
* ButchLesbian: Rare example of one being portrayed as attractive and feminine.
* ClubPresident: She takes over after Jenny [[PutOnABus graduates]].
* TheLancer: To Jenny.
* PlayfulHacker
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A

!!Ai Hoshimiya
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/AiKayano (Japanese), Margaret [=McDonald=] (English)

A new member of the Space Yacht Club and a rookie pilot.
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* AcePilot: Effortlessly dodges gunfire from [[spoiler:Jenny's]] EvilUncle ships.
** In episode 20 she dodges out of danger easily when one of the other girls loses control of her yacht in the simulator... which Kane had set to replicate the "great red spot" on Jupiter which is home to ''the strongest winds in the solar system''.
** In episode 21, after her dinghy's electronics have been knocked out, Ai has no navigation systems. What does she do? Open the hatch and proceed to stellar navigate by ''sight'', without even a sextant.
* BadassAdorable: When she's in at the helm, she's like a moefied [[Series/{{Firefly}} Wash]].
* DudeMagnet: During the Space Yacht Club's [[spoiler:raid on the Princess Apricot]] out of all the girls, she is the only one being hit on.
* NiceHat
* ShrinkingViolet: Appears as this at first, but is slowly starting to come out of her shell.

!!Hakuoh Academy Space Yacht Club

A club at Hakuoh Academy which Marika is a part of. Its activities include dinghy simulations and practice cruises on its training vessel, the ''Odette II''. Its members have been involved in the ''Bentenmaru'''s affairs a few times after learning of Marika's pirate heritage.
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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The hoodies the members wear are colour-coded to their school year, cycling between pink, green and blue. Gruier and Grunhilde have black ones.
* IdiotHair: Ursula has this.
* PutOnABus: The members who graduated towards the end of the Golden Ghost Ship arc.
** BackForTheFinale: Talvikki and Flora return in the final episode with Jenny to help fly the ''Odette II'' while the rest of the club returns home for exams.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Serenity Kingdom]]

!!Princess Gruier Serenity
->'''Voiced by''': HarukaTomatsu (Japanese), Creator/MonicaRial (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75GruelleSerenity_5923.jpg]]

A princess who stows away on the ''Bentenmaru''.
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* BadassAdorable[=/=]LittleMissBadass[=/=]BadassPrincess: She may not be an ActionGirl but the way she addressed the Serenity ships in Episode 9 was pretty badass, especially the threatening way she signed off.
--> '''Gruier:''' ...Cease fire immediately! Failure to comply will be regarded as ''treason''! That is all!
* {{Expy}}: Hello, future descendant of Franchise/SailorMoon!
* GoodIsNotNice: Centuries-old royal families are not known for playing fair, and consequently, little Gruier has a surprisingly vicious streak.
* TheMcCoy: As of the "Hakuoh Pirates" arc, she is falling into this role.
* OdangoHair: Apparently her character design was redone for the anime as a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* PimpedOutDress: [[http://starchild.fm/cgm/ecommerce/starchild/images/large/5b33447fbf2c875d116a05018c68931f.jpg?1329698426 A white one with trimming of white flowers]].
* PirateGirl: Though only briefly when Marika lets her borrow the outerwear from her uniform. When Marika suggests the switch one of the other crew members even (jokingly) calls her "The Pirate Queen".
** Of course, she was one of the Hakuoh Pirates, too.
** And then in the last episode, she's got her own pirate outfit, and is disappointed she won't get to use it.
* RapunzelHair
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Gruelle in the official website but Gruier in the anime.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to her own sister Grunhilde's Tomboy.

!!Grunhilde Serenity
->'''Voiced by''': HisakoKanemoto (Japanese), Kalin Coates (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75GrunhildeSerenity_7807.jpg]]

Gruier's younger sister.
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* AcePilot: In episode 21 she [[spoiler: came in second in the yacht race, losing only to Chiaki]].
* OdangoHair: [[spoiler:After entering Hakuoh Academy.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's not afraid to lead her soldiers into battle.
** BadassPrincess: Who wears a ''prince'' outfit.
* {{Tomboy}}: Her military uniform resembles more of a prince's take on an old Royal Marines/British Army redcoat uniform.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to her own sister Gruier's Girly Girl.
* TomboyishPonytail

!!Yotof Sif Sideux
->'''Voiced by:''' Atsushi Ono (Japanese), David Wald (English)

The Grand Chamberlain of the Serenity Privy Council.
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* BadassGrandpa: In the manga, he has a brief fight with Schnitzer and easily holds his own.
* Really700YearsOld: Not quite so much, but he is quite a bit older than he looks, and he looks to be in his eighties. Explained in the novel by him being a genetically engineered, extremely long-live "Methuselah".
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His last name is alternately spelled "Sydow".

!!Catherine

A commander in the Serenity royal bodyguards.
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* NinjaMaid
* TheVoiceless: In the anime.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Others]]

!!Ririka Kato
->'''Voiced by:''' YukoKaida (Japanese), Creator/ShelleyCaleneBlack (English) [[quoteright:75:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/75Ririka_Kato_6713.jpg]]

Marika's mother, and a former SpacePirate herself.
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* ActionMom
* IronChef: Can cook really well.
** LethalChef: When she was a pirate. Misa recalls her food and gets shivers from the memories.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She doesn't seem to impede the decisions Marika makes throughout the series, and in fact is rather supportive of her goals.
* RedBaron: "Blaster" Ririka.
* RetiredBadass: When the show begins, she's working as an air traffic controller, having retired a long time ago from piracy. [[spoiler: In the Grand Cross arc, she joins Ironbeard's crew, and proves she still has her old skills.]]
* SupremeChef: To the point that her cooking is a regular subject of the series' FoodPorn moments.
** In episode 13, Misa mentions that when she first came on board, she was a LethalChef.

!!Show
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HirokiYasumoto (Japanese)

An agent from the Bentenmaru's insurance company, the Harold Lloyd Insurance Union.
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* FunnyAfro
* JiveTurkey: In the dub.
* LargeHam
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Marika was afraid to talk to the insurance agent at first due to Ririka's tale of HamToHamCombat she did with him. Turns out Show replaced that guy a few years earlier, and understood that the previous guy's method of doing things wasn't always the best. He actually does quite a bit to help Marika out during the series, whether its providing information, or pulling strings to let her pirate with a "back up" crew when the main crew is sick and quarantined.

!!Kenjo Kurihara
->'''Voiced by:''' YasunoriMatsumoto (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)

Chiaki's father and captain of the pirate ship ''Barbaroosa''.
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: In episode 25, Marika has the chef transmit a message to the other pirate ships regarding where the final fight is going to take place. The song playing in the background is the pirate song, with an extra addition of girls singing a bit off-key. Kenjo, upon hearing it, tells one of his crew mates to broadcast it across the entire ship. Chiaki is then shown hiding under the covers of her bed, and a short cutaway scene shows her and Marika recording the song being broadcasted. Marika, on the other hand, smiles proudly and seems to enjoy the song.
** Not to mention that he tells Marika that she is Chiaki's ''favorite pirate''.
* TheLancer: He seems to serve as one for Marika during the Grand Cross arc, as he's something like her second in command as far as the fleet is concerned.
* LargeHam
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Like Ririka towards Marika, he gives Chiaki a surprising amount of freedom. A large part of it is mostly to ensure Marika's safety, but he also has no qualms with letting Chiaki fill in for Marika while the latter searches for the ghost ship with Gruier.

!!Robert Dolittle
->'''Voiced by:''' Eizou Shuda (Japanese)

Jenny's uncle and the head of Hugh and Dolittle Interstellar Transportation.
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilUncle

!!Ironbeard/[[spoiler: Gonzaemon Kato]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RikiyaKoyama (Japanese), Mike Yager (English)

A mysterious pirate registered with the Galactic Empire and the captain of the ''Parabellum''.
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* BadassCape
* CoolMask
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: In the anime.]]
* LargeHam: Has a penchant for making dramatic entrances; his first appearance is standing ontop of his ship, dramatic wind blowing his cape behind him (it's actually a projected hologram) and adding sound effects to weapons fire. He also steals Quartz's thunder right out from her when she's making her big speech to the pirates.
* [[spoiler:NarratorAllAlong]]

!!Quartz Christie
->'''Voiced by:''' YukoSanpei (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)

The captain of the experimental ship ''Grand Cross'', [[spoiler: the culprit behind the pirate hunting incidents]].
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* CanonForeigner
* InvisibilityCloak
* LatexSpaceSuit

!!Old Man[=/=]Legendary Chef

A famous Chinese chef whose restaurant served as a meeting point and base for the Sea of Morningstar original pirates. His sons (two of whom we've seen in the series) are running a chain of restaurants around Tau Ceti space which serves as a pirates' secret communication network.
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* CoolOldGuy
* SupremeChef: His shaved ice (recipe of which is preserved by his sons) is apparently a dessert to die for and is famous even in the Galactic Empire.
** When his eldest son prepares it in the episode 25, he mentions that the sauce alone is matured for 500 years.

!!Frontier Pirates

Some of the other pirate captains and crews who hold Letters of Marque from the War of Independence like the Bentenmaru.
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* MeaningfulName: Witherspoon, the captain of the El Santo. He seems to get through quite a lot of them.
* {{Ninja}}: Master Dragon and the Shangri-La crew.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Novel/Manga-Only Characters]]

!!Jackie

A criminal hacker and scammer whom Marika faces several times during the novels.
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* TheCracker
* ThemeNaming: His various assumed surnames (Celsius, Fahrenheit etc) are all units of temperature.

!!Müller Grant

A frontier pirate captain (the non-privateer sort) and a high-ranking executive of a Pirate Guild.
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* GiantWaistRibbon: She has a white one behind her coat but in front of her cape.
* LongLived: Being a Methuselah.
* PirateGirl
* PointyEars

[[/folder]]
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