Note: Character descriptions sourced from [[http://www.patlabor.info/chara.htm Schaft Enterprises fansite]] and TheOtherWiki's ''Patlabor 2'' article.

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[[folder:Main Characters]]
!Officer Noa Izumi
-->Voiced by: Creator/MinaTominaga (JP), Elisa Wain (EN)

Born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido in 1978, she is the pilot of the first Ingram in Unit 2 (first forward of Division 2). She loves Labors (to the point of obsession) and nicknames her Ingram "Alphonse" after her deceased pet dog and cat. A dedicated police officer, very easy going and cheerful, she never loses her cool. That is unless somebody damages her beloved Alphonse.

* AcePilot: While she's not ''amazingly good'', she's pretty reliable which counts for alot in the ultimate RealRobot series. She's also pretty skilled in hand to hand labor combat. During the selection tournament, she only lost to Kanuka in the finals because her battery ran out. Later on, her skill becomes well known enough that [[spoiler: Schaft repeatedly singles her and Alphonse out to (illegaly) test SuperPrototype combat labors in actual combat]].
* ActionGirl: Noah is less of a badass out of her labor than in, but she's the only one who can last more than 3 seconds against Takeo in Judo. She lasts 8. And Noah also defeated a criminal who was armed with a knife, using only her bare hands.
* AscendedFangirl: She joined the police force in the hopes of piloting a Labor because she'd spent her childhood watching [[HumongousMecha Mecha]] {{Anime}}, even if she knows a Labor is not ''quite'' like ''[[Anime/MazingerZ a Mazinger]]'', ''[[Manga/GetterRobo a Getter]]'' or ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam a mobile suit]]''. Still she got pretty disappointed when she was told that no, a Labor does not fly.
* BadassAdorable: One of the nicest girls you'll ever meet, so long as you're not a criminal or make the mistake of [[BerserkButton damaging Alphonse.]] [[NothingIsScarier Seriously, don't.]]
* BerserkButton: Damaging her Labor, Alphonse.
** Also in the manga, don't use Labors for criminal/terror acts.
* CharacterDevelopment: Invoked in the second movie, where the tells Asuma that she doesn't want everyone to think of her as just "that girl who loves labors".
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: She forms a close bond with Asuma, and they tend to hang out, while they're off duty. Plus, they have [[ShipTease chemistry.]] Needless to say, it isn't long before their squadmates start to think that their relationship goes deeper than [[JustFriends "just friends".]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: She doesn't drink often, but when she does, she goes all the way. Comes from being a liquor store owner's daughter.
* TheHero: Except in the second and third films, where she's OutOfFocus.
* ICallItVera: Her beloved Alphonse.
* IdiotHair: On occasion.
* IdiotHero: She starts out this way, but matures over the course of the series.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* MaybeEverAfter: With Asuma, at the end of ''The Mobile Police/New Files'' continuity.
* {{Meganekko}}: In the manga version, she wears glasses when she's off duty. They don't seem to be prescription since she regularly pilots her labor without them.
* OtakuSurrogate: For anyone who's into mecha.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Asuma, though their relationship starts to lean a little more toward being romantic, near the end of the series.
* PluckyGirl: No matter what the task, Noa gives it her all.
* RedHeadedHero: More auburn brown, but close.
* RedOniBlueOni: She's red, Kanuka's blue.
* ReplacementGoldfish: As noted above, her patlabor is actually "Alphonse the Third".
* ShesGotLegs: Shown in chapter 5 of the manga version. It's no wonder [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/patlabor/c005/4.html those guys]] were hitting on her, [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/patlabor/c005/6.html check 'em out!]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's the tomboy, Kanuka is the girly girl.
* VocalEvolution: In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Operation Extend'', her voice is more deeper than in previous incarnations, since the last time Creator/MinaTominaga voiced her was in ''WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3'' in 2001, albeit is not as exaggerated as Ohta.

!Captain Kiichi Gotō
-->Voiced by: Ryunosuke Ohbayashi (JP), Michael Schwartz (EN)

Gotō is the Captain of Unit 2 and was born in the Taito Ward in Tokyo. Although he may seem very laidback and even apathetic, but is quite a strategist, and knows how to get the best out of his team even if it means tricking them. He has gained the reputation of being very sharp and rumour has it he was purposely sent out to the SVU so he wouldn't cause any trouble. He still manages to do so anyway. Gotō has a crush on Shinobu, which is completely unrequited (poor Gotō...). Gotō is a heavy smoker, has athlete's foot and can often be seen wearing traditional Japanese wooden sandals around the office.

* AFatherToHisMen: He can be manipulitive, at times, and his methods are unorthodox, but he always has his division's best interest at heart.
* AuthorAvatar: For director MamoruOshii in the second movie.
* BatmanGambit: He is a master of getting people do to what he wants by making them think it's what ''they'' want.
** From the first movie:
-->''Goto has just [[ReversePsychology manipulated]] Shinohara into putting his career on the line to find something out for him and then stepped in to get him off with 'just' a suspension.''\\
'''Shinohara:''' The only thing I don't get is how the commander found out about it all?\\
'''Gotoh:'' ''(deadpan)'' Oh, that? I ratted you out, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking even the not wearing a helmet part.]]\\
'''Shinohara:''' Commander!?\\
'''Gotoh:''' Look at it this way, now you have enough free time to snoop around for me some more.
* ColonelBadass: Do not underestimate Goto.
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually directed toward his superiors.
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl: At the end of the OVA continuity, Shinobu turns herself in with Tsuge because [[MayDecemberRomance she still had feelings for him.]] Much to Gotoh's disappointment.]]
** [[spoiler: ThrowTheDogABone: The [[{{Ultraman}} Igram-man episode]] of ''The Mobile Police'' continuity, ends with Gotoh and Shinobu becoming an OfficialCouple. Too bad it was AllJustADream.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: Is voiced by [[Film/EventHorizon Captain John Kilpack]] in the original dub of the first two movies.
** Creator/RogerCraigSmith: Voices him in the [[BandaiEntertainment Bandai Visual]] dubs of said films.
* HopelessSuitor: To Shinobu, who strictly maintains [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship a professional relationship]] between them.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: To say he an Shinobu have a [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship strictly professional relationship]], you'd swear these two were actually married. See the related entry in Shinobu's section, further down.
* {{Mentor}}: To his division, mainly to Asuma.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Don't ever fool yourself and think you're getting anything by him, without him noticing. Asuma and the others get a not so subtle reminder, when they return from an undercover rescue operation and find he followed them. Gotoh even brought fries!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Moreso than his superiors would like.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: [=SVU's=] headquarters is located on reclaimed land that's practically in the middle of nowhere, which why the higher ups have Gotoh stationed there, where he can't ruffle any feathers. So they think....
* SupportingLeader: Along with Shinobu.
* TeamDad: A...trickier one than most.
* ThemeNaming: He and Nagumo are both named after WWII admirals.
* {{Troll}}: Some of the stunts he pulls to discipline his squad can be desribed as such. Kanuka calls him out on it on more than one occasion. So does Shinobu.
-->'''Shinobu:''' ''(impressed)'' That was brave of you to face that Labor the way you did. Weren't you scared?\\
'''Gotoh:''' ''(deadpan)'' No. Sakaki told me it was harmless.\\
'''Shinobi:''' ''(disillusioned)'' Wha- So THAT'S why you were acting so bravely?\\
'''Gotoh:''' ''(deadpan)'' Pretty much.\\
'''Shinobu:''' ''(annoyed)'' I give up. [[SarcasmMode So what'll your adoring public say, when they find out?]]\\
'''Gotoh:''' ''(smirks at door)'' I wonder....?\\
'''Asuma, Noa, Kanuka, Otah, Shinshi, and Hiromi:''' ''(eavesdropping outside door)'' [[TricksterMentor THAT CHEAT!]]

!Officer Asuma Shinohara
-->Voiced by: Creator/ToshioFurukawa (JP), DanGreen (EN)

Asuma was born in Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture and is 21 years old at the start of the series. Asuma is the son of the owner of Shinohara Heavy Industries, the makers of the Ingram. So why is he a public servant? Apparently his father forced him into being one. A member of Unit 2, he provides backup[[note]]really more like field command, issuing directions from the ground[[/note]] for Noa's Ingram and is her partner. He can be quite short tempered and sometimes gives the impression he would rather be somewhere else. Still he is quite a competent police officer.

* AgentMulder: If it involves anything supernatural, or paranormal, he's all for it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Is familiar with all Labors, both civilian, police and military alike, since he's the son of the founder of [=SHI=] and has been exposed to the labor industry at a young age.
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly in regard to Otah and, sometimes, Noa.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Except him and Noa, for the reasons covered in her example entry. The last two or three episodes imply they may be headed toward a RelationshipUpgrade.
* {{Foil}}: To Otah, due to their [[OnlySaneMan conflicting]] [[CowboyCop personalities.]]
* TheLancer: To Gotoh.
* MaybeEverAfter: With Noa at the end of ''The Mobile Police/New Files'' continuity.
* MissionControl: For Noa; more mobile than most, but he fills the role.
* NonActionGuy / NonActionSnarker: See the DeadpanSnarker entry.
* NotSoAboveItAll: As per the AgentMulder entry, and he's not above eavesdropping on the women, while they're in the bath, either.
* OedipusComplex: Relations between him and his father are so strained, that Asuma usually spends his vacations at the squad's barracks, rather than visiting home, like his teammates.
** In the final episode of The New Files, he meets his father [[spoiler: while visiting his older brother's grave]], and speaks with him briefy. The only words we're allowed to hear, is when Asuma parts with his father, by telling him to take better care of himself; which suggests they may have begun to reconcile their differences.
* OnlySaneMan: Asuma shares this spot with Kanuka and, later, Kumagami, as they're the most levelheaded members of the team. Which often makes him a foil for [[CowboyCop Otah.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Noa, though their teammates [[EveryoneCanSeeIt think there's something more]] between them.
* {{Sidekick}}: Effectively this, for Noa.

!Officer Isao Ōtah
-->Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (JP), James Wolfe (EN), Creator/SamRiegel (EN, Bandai dub of the first two films), Creator/RichardEpcar (EN, ''Anime/WXIIIPatlaborTheMovie3'')

Ōtah is the 2nd forward of Division 2. He was born in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture and is 26 at the beginning of the series. He is a complete gun maniac and will almost always try to use force over all other options when solving a dispute. Though he is reckless and violent, he is an integral part of the team, and actually manages to end situations quicker than Noa.

* TheBigGuy: He may be short, but he's got a pretty solid build and the power that comes with it.
* BigOlEyebrows: Thick bushy ones.
* BoisterousBruiser: Whether in his Labor, or with Judo.
* ButtMonkey: Though to be fair, he usually brings it on himself...
* CowboyCop: Which gets him in hot water nine times out of ten.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Usually shown as a LeeroyJenkins kinda guy, but he's actually a good shot and can be pretty effective if he just think things through a little.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Damn near constantly, due to having a hair trigger temper.
* {{Determinator}}: When his labor's arm gets dismembered in the last episode, he shugs it off, saying he's used to it, and resumes chasing after the culprit.
* GunNut: Picture [[PoliceAcademy Tackleberry]] with a HumongousMecha and a severe case of TestosteronePoisoning, and you've got this guy.
* HotBlooded: OH YES. Deconstructed in the second movie's climax, where he endangers the plan by acting like a cartoon character instead of a rational human being.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's really not that bad, once you get to know him. Just don't expect him to admit it, [[TestosteronePoisoning 'cuz it's not manly.]]
* LargeHam
* MoreDakka: His tactic of choice. Otah runs through ammo like water through fire hoses.
* TestosteronePoisoning
* VocalEvolution: Unlike Noa Izumi, he's got worse in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Operation Extend'', since the original voice actor tries ''really hard'' to sound like him like in his younger years, but it's more obvious his voice actor has become too old for the role and due to that, Banpresto had to [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerate his character more than in the anime]] to compensate this.

!Lieutenant Kanuka Clancy
-->Voiced by: Creator/YouInoue (JP), Angora Deb (EN)

Kanuka is a Police Officer on loan from the New York Police Department and was born in Oahu, Hawaii. She is 21 at the beginning of the series. She is half Japanese, half Irish-American. She is a competent officer who does everything by the book and is often disgusted by the tactics used by the SVU. In Division 2 she acts as Ōta's backup. Though among the SVU there is a rumour that the NYPD sent her to them because she was a problem officer.

* TheAce: Blackbelt in Judo, expert Labor pilot, and in disarming bombs, graduated with honors from MIT, you get the idea.
* ActionGirl: As much as Noa.
* AllThereInTheManual: According to a booklet in a DVD box set, her father was a millionaire.
* BrotherChuck: She disappears without comment in the second and third movies. Some fans assume she died at the climax of the first film[[note]]which is weird, since you can see her being helped up to her feet at the end[[/note]], but she probably just returned to the NYPD. (Given the tensions flaring up during the second movie, she may simply not have been able to get to Tokyo in time.)
* ButNotTooForeign: Her grandmother was a Japanese immigrant, who married an American pilot stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
* CoolCar: In the series, she drives a Porsche 911 in episodes 18 and 23 and a blue one in episode 44.
* FairCop: All of the SVU's members are at least not ugly, but Kanuka is downright beautiful.
* IdenticalGranddaughter: She looks exactly like her grandmother did.
* LadyOfWar: Both in and out of her mecha. She's a crack shot and master of both judo and kendo.
** Kanuka's combat skills, in and out of her labor are awe inspiring. The woman took down a courtyard of Yakuza, with a wooden sword while clad in a kimono. And, in the first film, Gotoh specifically called her in to assist SV2 with the raid on the Ark.
---> '''Customs Agent''': Are you here to see the sights?\\
'''Kanuka''': No. Combat.
* MukokuSeki: Notably averted. It's ironic that the show's only American also looks the most stereotypically Asian (though she ''is'' at least half-Japanese).
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Tell me that her surname doesn't remind you of an American thriller novelist...
* NotSoAboveItAll: Kanuka's disciplined and takes pride in herself as an officer, but she can be just as juvenile as the rest of the squad, depending on the circumstances.
* OfficerOHara: ...well, she's a cop with an Irish surname who can drink heavily when the situation warrants, but that's about as far as it goes.
* TheOtherDarrin: In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Operation Extend'', she's voiced by Creator/YuriAmano, after her original voice actress (Creator/YouInoue) died some years ago.
* PutOnABus: She returns to New York about halfway through the TV series.
** TheBusCameBack: ...and comes back for one episode in the second OVA. And for Movie 1.
* RedOniBlueOni: She's blue, Noa's red.
* TheRival: She develops an intense but friendly rivalry with Kumagami when she comes back to visit the SVU, being fellow [[TheAce aces]] and all.
** The TV series also seems to set her up as this to Noa at the start.
* TheSixthRanger
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's the girly girl, Noa's the tomboy.

!Officer Mikiyasu Shinshi
-->Voiced by: Creator/IsseiFutamata (JP), Jonny Asch (EN)

Shinshi is the driver for the second carrier. He was born in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture and is 29 at the start of the series. Originally Ōta's backup until Kanuka replaced him, he is a quite introverted man, but can become surprisingly violent if provoked enough. He is also the rather henpecked husband of Tamiko, who is rather possessive of him. Shinshi is the only married member of the team, which occasionally bites him in the ass.

* ADayInTheLimelight: He really only gets one episode where he's the focus, when a business takes note of his computer skills and tries to lure him away from the SVU.
* BerserkButton: DO NOT insult his wife. Or the institution of Marriage.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shinshi seems to have... "issues".
-->'''Shinshi: (with [[ScaryShinyGlasses shining glasses]] and SlasherSmile)''' *whispering* "Cut, and cut, and cut, and cut..."
* HappilyMarried: His wife gives him a really hard time, but at the end of the day, they truly love each other.
* HenpeckedHusband: He is well and truly whipped. But he's deeply in love with Tamiko all the same.
* NerdGlasses: It sort of defines his character.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When his glasses start to shine, ''run''.
* TheSmartGuy: He's a wiz with computers, he was even offered a management position at a high profile computer company.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Since their job is to just drive the Patlabors to crime scenes, he and Hiromi are often relegated to the sidelines. Additionally, they were introduced as a pair in the manga continuity.

!Officer Hiromi Yamazaki
-->Voiced by: DaisukeGouri (JP), Gregory Wolfe (EN)

Hiromi is the quiet giant amongst the members of the SVU, in fact the tallest member of the team, at two metres tall. He was born on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, and is 23 at the start of the series. Even though he looks rather intimidating, he is quite gentle in action and words. He tends the tomatoes in the greenhouse and looks after the henhouse at the SVU in his spare time. These duties actually provide a substantial amount food for the officers. His main duty in Division 2 is driving the first Labor carrier.

* TheBigGuy: Clocks in at around 2 meters tall, and has the physique to fire a [[{{BFG}} 20mm anti-labor rifle]] ''standing''.
* TheChick: Despite being male, he's the most domestic member of the SVU and is there mostly for emotional support (and gardening, and driving the labors in a truck) than anything else.
* FriendlySniper: Played with in both movies when [=SV2=] is deployed on the scene to provide anti-Labor support via anti-material sniper rifles.
* GentleGiant: There are two reasons why Hiromi wasn't selected to pilot a labor - he's too gentle to actually attack the enemy, and he doesn't fit in the cockpit.
* RealMenWearPink: He loves gardening and cooking.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Shinshi.

!Captain Shinobu Nagumo
-->Voiced by: Creator/YoshikoSakakibara (JP), Adriana (EN)

Shinobu is the Captain of Division 1 and was born in in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. She is a professional, competent police officer. Basically the exact opposite of Captain Gotoh. She always keeps her mind on the job and never loses her cool. Often she talks back to her superiors when she disagrees with an order, and this is probably why she remains at the SVU rather being promoted to another job more worthy of her skills. She is often slightly jealous of Division 2's successes and the equipment they get, but she never really lets on.

* ADayInTheLimelight: She's really the hero of the second movie.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Gotoh's got it bad. Sadly, the feeling isn't mutual.
* ByTheBookCop: Unless given reason not to.
* ChristmasCake: Shinobu's in her mid-late 20's and is a police captain, so her mother worries about her chances of marriage. While Shinobu appreciates her concern, she's dedicated to her career and appears to be in no hurry to settle down. Though given the way she and her fellow captain, Gotoh, [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple relate to each other]], you'd think she ''already was''.
* ColonelBadass: She may be by-the-book, but don't think for a second she'll allow herself to be [[BlindObedience railroaded]], or that she won't question an order she finds suspect. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdncqUJ_fjQ As seen here.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually in regard to Gotoh's more questionable tactics (i.e. [[{{troll}} trolling]]), and his squad's reckless behavior.
* FairCop: Though she usually dresses very conservatively (she ''is'' a police captain, after all), when dressed casually she's very pretty.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: The way she and Gotoh relate to each other, they could easily be mistaken for a married couple. She knows him like a book, especially when he's trying to charm her. Likewise, he knows when to tease, and when not to push his luck. This is best seen in both ''"The SVU's Longest Day"'' and the final episode of the {{OVA}} continuity.
** In ''The New Files'' continuity, this is best seen in the ''Two in Karuizawa'' episode which focuses exclusively on them (covered extensively on the [[Heartwarming/{{Patlabor}} heartwarming moments page]]).
* [[spoiler: OldShame: In the second film, it's revealed that she had an affair with her instructor, Tsuge, who was a married man. It wasn't long before word of the affair reached the top brass, which is why she eventually had to settle for a job at the [=SVU=]. A photo and the details are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patlabor_2:_The_Movie seen here]], at the OtherWiki.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Alongside Gotoh in the [=SV2=]. She's a stickler for proper procedure and carries out her duties without fail, but if she has reason to question an order, or find your motives suspect, she won't hesitate to say so.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: For reasons covered in the [[spoiler: OldShame]] entry.
* ShesGotLegs: Revealed in the 12th episode of ''The New Files'', which features two lingering pan shots of them. Not to mention, Gotoh having to be told twice to [[DistractedByTheSexy keep his eyes on the road, instead.]]
* SupportingLeader: With Gotoh.

!Chief Seitarō Sakaki
-->Voiced by: Osamu Saka (JP), Frankie Rome (EN)

Sakaki is the head mechanic of the SVU. His training was in mechanics, and he doesn't really understand the electronics and computers in the Labors[[note]]he struggles with software in the animated continuities, but has apparently gotten used to them in the manga[[/note]]. Though he's supposedly only the head mechanic, most of his job is to order the other staff around, primarily the maintenance crew but sometimes the members of Division 2. ''Easily'' the most respected member of Special Vehicles 2, he commands fear, respect, admiration, and loyalty from all who know him.

* CoolCar: A green Shelby Cobra AC.
* CoolShades: He's never seen without 'em... even at night or at home! (Except once, close to the end of the TV series.)
* GrumpyOldMan: It's ''usually'' subdued, but it's there.
* {{Mentor}}: To a lot of people, from the Special Vehicles 2 maintenance crew to the higher-ups at the MPD, Sakaki is the ''God of Maintenance''. On a day-to-day basis, though, he's grooming Shige to take his place.
* MrFixit: He's 62 - been doing his job since machines were ''invented''. If he can't fix it, it ain't broke! (...Or Hoba did something to the software.)
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:By the time the live-action series takes pace, Sakaki has already passed away.]]

!Chief Shigeo "Shige" Shiba
-->Voiced by: Creator/ShigeruChiba (JP), Curt Gebhart (EN)

Shigeo, or just plain Shige, is second in command of the maintenance crew at Special Vehicles 2. He is a man truly dedicated to his work, though sometimes he can go overboard. He is a proud member of the SVU, and makes sure the Labors work perfectly. He takes over from Sakaki when he retires (though is more than happy to defer to him if a serious need arises).

* GadgeteerGenius: Understands Labors from the ground up as well as or better than anyone - oh, and he built the ''[[{{BFG}} Riot Gun]]'' Division 2 occasionally uses.
* HotBlooded: To a point that it interferes with his job. Hot blood seems to be a trait common to the whole mechanic team, in fact.
* LargeHam: Unlike Ōta, he's not "on" all the time, but when he is, he doesn't go halfway. (Creator/ShigeruChiba is actually ''really good'' at this kind of role - it's especially clear during Shige's Mini-Pato episode.)
* OlderAndWiser: Is this to the new [=SV2=] recruits in the mid 2000s.
* PassingTheTorch[=/=]YouAreInCommandNow: Shige's in charge of the [=SV2=] maintenance teams by the time the live-action series start.
* TheSmartGuy: It's not too obvious, given how he normally acts, but Shige [[spoiler:not upgrading the AV-98s to the Hyper OS due to mistrusting it and, more impressively, creating a working computer model of vibration effects of the entire Tokyo Bay area]] drives the third act of the first movie. (He apparently also understands English pretty well, translating Kanuka's notes on Division 2 more quickly than Shinshi.)
* ZanyScheme: He's usually in on them.

!Lieutenant Takeo Kumagami
-->Voiced by: KeikoYokozawa (JP), Tara Jayne (EN)

Kumagami is Ōtah's backup. She is Kanuka's replacement after she returns to New York. She was top of her class, and is an exceptional police officer. She was courted by several police agencies, but eventually chose the SVU because of the challenge. Kumagami seems to be very level headed and nothing seems to faze her, though the antics of her workmates sometimes annoys her. Kumagami has an irrational fear of the supernatural, especially ghosts as her father was interested in the topic and she heard many ghost stories when she was a child.

* ActionGirl
* AgentScully: She'll adamantly denounce the existence of anything supernatural, until it's staring her in the face; especially [[spoiler: ghosts]], because she was left traumatized by [[spoiler: her father's ghost stories]], when she was a child.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Kumagami is short, has a boyish haircut, and looks rather tomboyish (but still feminine). She's also an expert at judo.
* {{Fainting}}: She's calm and composed in most cases, but her fear of ghosts and especially [[spoiler: rats]] will [[PlayedForLaughs make her check out on you.]]
* NotSoStoic: When she's frightened, which thankfully isn't often. But when it comes to ghosts [[spoiler: or rats]], [[{{Fainting}} yeah.]]
* OldFlameFizzle: Would you believe she once had a thing with [[spoiler: Richard Wong?]]
* [[SixthRanger Replacement Sixth Ranger]]: In her debut episode, she has trouble fitting in because her teammates couldn't believe anyone with her credentials would willingly sign up for duty with the SVU.
* TheRival: To Kanuka when they briefly meet.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Kanuka.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did it Have To Be Ghosts?]]: One of the few things she's afraid of. When Gotoh jokes that there's a ghost behind her, she has a fullblown panic attack that makes her seem [[TheWoobie so vunerable]], that it's [[{{Moe}} actually cute.]] Noa even lampshades it.
-->'''Asuma:''' ''(dull surprise)'' Hn. Who knew?\\
'''Noa:''' ''(blinks stunned)'' Cute.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Supporting Characters]]
!Detective Takahiro Matsui
-->Voiced by: Creator/TomomichiNishimura (JP)

A detective with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Matsui once asked Gotōh for his help in strange case, but now is often called upon by Captain Gotōh for help on crimes which involve specialist investigation.

* FriendOnTheForce: Though they're both police, Matsui is Gotōh's insider on police investigations.
* TheInspector

!Tamiko Shinshi
-->Voiced by: ShinobuAdachi (JP), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (EN)

Tamiko is the overbearing but loving wife of Mikiyasu Shinshi. She seems like the perfect housewife, but under her sweetness and light persona she can be a she-demon. Somewhat possessive of her husband, she can turn frighteningly mean if she thinks he has been hard done by. Strangely Tamiko and Mikiyasu seem made for each other.

* ClingyJealousGirl: She hates it when her husband spends more time with his friends than with her.
* HappilyMarried: Beneath all their differences, yes, they are.
* {{Housewife}}

!Lieutenant Tsutomu Gomioka
-->Voiced by: Creator/AkioOhtsuka (JP)

Gomika Tustomo is the first forward in Division 1 of the SVU. He is an incredibly competent officer and Labor pilot. At the end of the series he becomes captain of the newly-formed Division 3.

* ColonelMakepeace

!Jitsuyama
-->Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura (JP)

Jitsuyama is head of the Shinohara Labor factory. His career in mechanics began when he started a business up with Asuma's father. To Asuma he is kind of like a substitute father and he often comes to him when he needs advice concerning Labors.

!Momoko Sakurayama
-->Voiced by: Music/MegumiHayashibara (JP), Sonny Dey (EN)

Momoko Sakurayama is a tabloid television journalist who always seems to be there at the right time to get that scoop. After following the SVU to get several scoops, she later helps them in their Griffin Labor case.

* HotScoop: If there's trouble and it's news, she'll be there in the middle of it. Not surprisingly, this almost gets her killed. See directly below.
* LargeHam: Seen during her farewell speech to her devoted fans when she thought she was going to be crushed to death by a Labor. [[spoiler: The pilot was a disgruntled patient who thought he was terminally ill.]]
* IntrepidReporter: She makes [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles April O'Neil]] look timid.

!Shigeki Arakawa

An intelligence officer assigned with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff's office assisting Gotōh and Shinobu in locating and apprehending the terrorist Yukihito Tsuge into custody. Arakawa assists the SVU by providing pictures of Tsuge's assets via American military spy satellites and secretly meeting up with Gotōh to pass on him intelligence obtained on Tsuge, earning Shinobu's ire due to her suspicions about him and his intentions.

* ScaryShinyGlasses

!Captain Fuwa
-->Voiced by: MasakoKatsuki (JP), Vibe Jones (EN)

Fuwa is an old friend of Captain Nagumo, and is her contact within the JGSDF. She's occasionally done favors for Nagumo, and has worked with SV2 on several occasions. She pilots the ARL-99 Helldiver, a military paratrooper labor derived from the AV-98 Ingram.

* ItsRainingMen: There's a reason they call her ride a [[MeaningfulName Helldiver]].
* FriendOnTheForce: To Nagumo.
* KaijuDefenseForce: A Captain in the JGSDF.
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!Utsumi / Richard Wong
-->Voiced by: HirotakaSuzuoki (JP), MichaelSinterniklaas (EN)

A very mysterious man working at Schaft Japan, in charge of the Griffin project. He seems to smile all the time and gives off the impression he's happy-go-lucky, but in fact he is very calculating, eccentric and cunning, and will stop at nothing to get the desired result. Utsumi is an alias; his real name is Richard Wong and he is from the Hong Kong division of Schaft.

* AffablyEvil: Well... he's certainly affable. As for the "evil" part... see the LaughablyEvil, ManChild, and {{Troll}} entries below.
* ApologeticAttacker: Right as he lays out a guard with a flying roundhouse kick!
-->'''Wong:''' ''(apologetic)'' Sumi-ma- ''(punctuates last syllable with kick)'' SEN!!
* BenevolentBoss: A stark contrast to his partner, Kurosaki.
* [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster:]] He even manages to get one over on Gotoh. [[spoiler:Who then meets him at the airport as he's trying to leave...]]
* EyesAlwaysShut: Except for when it's important.
* FriendlyEnemy: He acts this way at least. If nothing else, he's very polite and considerate for a villain. He even took offense when one of his associates [[spoiler: shot Kumagami.]]
* KarmaHoudini: After all the trouble he causes for [=SVU2=] and his company, Schaft gives him his old job back 'cuz they need him.
** Slightly subeverted at the end of ''The New Files'' when he loses his job. But then, it wasn't like he cared. Not only do he and Kurosaki escape, they all but literally ride off into the sunset!
* LaughablyEvil: It's really hard to believe this guy's a villain sometimes, given his antics.
* ManChild: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivp0bC-ait4 A mild mannered version]], but it shows in some of the stunts he pulls; like the {{troll}} entry below.
* OldFlameFizzle: In ''The New Files'', it's revealed that he and [[spoiler: Kumagami]] were an item. It doesn't work out, as seen in the {{troll}} entry below.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: It doesn't have the usual effect, in his case. It's just there to remind you that he's the bad guy.
* {{Troll}}: Toward his boss at Schaft and his ex: [[spoiler: Kumagami!]] When she confronts him in The New Case Files, he tells her he intends to turn himself in, allegedly because of his feelings for her. It was a lie, naturally. The moment she drops her guard, he [[BridalCarry scoops her up]] and literally dumps her... [[PlayedForLaughs in a laundry basket]], then makes his escape!
* UndyingLoyalty: Wong absolutely refused to abandon [[TheDragon Bado]], even at the insistence of his partner, Kurosaki; despite jeopardising his own chances at escape.
** Finally subverted in the second OVA, where after repeated attempts to reason with Bado, he cuts his losses and bails on him.

!Kurosaki
->Voiced by: TakayaHashi (JP), Creator/WayneGrayson (EN)

Kurosaki is head of the Phantom labor project, and later second in command of the Griffin project. He seems to be a rather cold man and like Wong will do what ever it takes to get the result he wants.

* TheDragon: To Wong, human-scale.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Which contrasts him with the typically soft-spoken Wong.
* JerkAss: A stark contrast to his partner, Richard Wong.
* KarmaHoudini: He's considerably more violent than Wong, yet never pays for it.
* ObviouslyEvil: Seriously, with all the evil smirks, smugness, and the light always glinting off his glasses just so, he might as well wear a tag that says: "Evil Bastard".
* SmugSnake: See the preceding entry directly above.

!Badrinath Harchand / Bado (Bud) Renard
-->Voiced by: Takuma Gouno (JP), Jamie [=McGonnigal=] (EN)

Bado is a very young Indian boy (about 12 years old) who is the pilot of the experimental Griffin Labor. A very competitive young man, his main aim seems to be beating Noa and her Patlabor rather than actually testing the Griffin. He can be very short tempered, and thinks his work for Schaft is just a game rather than actual work.

* BrattyHalfPint: He behaves this way when he's bored or doesn't get what he wants. Otherwise, he's really not that bad.
* CrossDressingVoices: In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Operation Extend''.
* {{Expy}}: He looks like [[NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Nadia]] with longer hair.
* [[DudeLooksLikeALady Kid Looks Like a Girl]]: Exactly what it says. Bado can easily pass for a girl even without a disguise. Wong even uses this to their advantage when he and Bado make their escape at the end of the Griffon Arc.
* ImprobableAge: The kid's an ace Labor pilot at age 12. More importantly, he can also survive the physical effects merely operating the Griffin would have on most anyone else.
* TheOtherDarrin: In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Operation Extend'' he's voiced by TomoeHanba, after his original voice actor (Takuma Gouno) becomes too old to reprise that role, as he voiced him when he was a kid.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Bado refused to back down or listen to reason, despite being out-numbered and low on power, all because he didn't want to give Noa the satisfaction of making him withdraw a second time. [[spoiler: She invokes her 'Big Sister' rights and put's him in his place, by body slamming him and his HumongousMecha on the tarmac!]]
* TheDragon: To Richard Wong, Labor-scale.
* WorthyOpponent: Bado eventually comes think of Noa this way.
* UndyingLoyalty: Bado may complain about alot of things, but he knows that, when it comes down to it, Wong's got his back. So he gives him the same in return.
** Finally subverted in ''The New Files'', where Wong cuts his losses and ditches Bado, who refused to withdraw from his [[ItsPersonal rematch with Noa.]]

!Eichi Hoba

A software programmer who worked for Shinohara Heavy Industries, Hoba designed a revolutionary new operating system that was quickly implemented in almost every labor the Tokyo. After completing his work, Hoba commits suicide, and shortly later it becomes apparent that his new OS contains a virus that causes labors to go berserk--which due to their ubiquity, threatens the entire Tokyo metropolitan area.

* AsTheGoodBookSays: He leaves numerous biblical quotes for the investigators to find, and his name ("E. Hoba") is the Japanese pronunciation of "Jehova" (which, being a corruption of the original pronunciation, delights him).
* EvilGenius: So much so, that it took three other geniuses combined (Gotoh, Asuma, and Shige) to stop his plans from succeeding.
* GoOutWithASmile: Right before taking a swandive from atop the Ark.
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning[=/=]ThanatosGambit: Kills himself after setting things up, but before the chaos begins. A slight variation in that the plan (itself not really clear, as Hoba left very little evidence of it besides the virus and biblical quotes) would have advanced with or without him, but him being dead means that the police can't easily piece things together, and ''certainly'' can't whip up an anti-virus in time. Gotoh suspects he killed himself in complete confidence that it would succeed.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:But guess what? He really is dead. ...As far as we know.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: The only time we see him alive is as he's getting ready to jump.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[EpilepticTrees Speculated by some fans.]] [[spoiler:He attached his employee badge to his pet raven to set off a Never Found the Body-paranoia, and give his pursuers a Secret Test of Character. Division 2 is only able to prevent the destruction of Tokyo because they decide to try and save Hoba when they think he's alive. They wouldn't have made it to the backup-system in time if they had decided to collapse the Ark with him still in it.]]
* XanatosGambit: If the police don't stop his plan, then labors (including those in nuclear plants and underground construction sites) run amok and kill thousands. If they ''do'' stop it, then the Babylon Project is crippled[[note]]...until the next movie[[/note]]. Either way, he wins.

!Yukihito Tsuge

An ex-JGSDF lieutenant colonel who went missing after his UN Labor platoon was attacked by armed guerrillas in the Southeast Asian forests, Tsuge changed his brown hair to white and plotted terrorist activities in the Greater Tokyo Area under the assumption of a revolt from the ranks of the Self-Defense Forces. His main motive was for the people to see the reality that he had gonett through during his UN peacekeeping tour. He has a history with [[spoiler: Shinobu.]]

* TheChessmaster
* MayDecemberRomance: Tsuge had an affair with [[spoiler: Shinobu]] (who was 19 at that time), whereas he was in his early 30's.
* NewOldFlame: Revealed during the events of the second film, as noted by the preceding entry.
* [[StartofDarkness Start of Darkness]]: In the prologue of movie 2, a JGSDF labor patrol in Southeast Asia under his command came under attack by anti-[=UN=] guerrillas, and is almost completely wiped out, while they're ordered to hold their fire.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Tsuge was [[spoiler: Shinobu's]] instructor, at the time they were together. [[spoiler: At the end of the second film, she turns herself in along with him because she still had feelings for him.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: From his point of view, though fans disagree... including [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Hayao]] [[http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/interviews/m_oshii_patlabor2.html Miyazaki!]]
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