Characters from ''Anime/SoRaNoWoTo'': the members of the Republic of Helvetia 1121st Tank Platoon, and supporting characters from the town of Seize and beyond.

!1121st Platoon


!!Private Kanata Sorami
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->'''Voiced by:''' HisakoKanemoto

Protagonist of the series, Kanata joined the military to learn how to play the trumpet and was assigned to the 1121st Platoon as a bugler. A cheerful and optimistic person, her presence helped to lighten the mood within the platoon.
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* ACupAngst: It only comes up in one scene, but Kanata is aware of Rio and Filicia's assets.
* AMinorKidroduction: We first meet her as a little kid in a flashback to the time she met a certain bugler.
* BadassUnintentional: Kanata just wanted to learn to play the trumpet.
* CountryMouse: Kanata comes from a particularly remote and backwards part of Helvetia, where old Japanese customs are stronger.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Bugle mastered, Kanata spends the second OVA wondering what she should do now.
* DreadfulMusician: Starts off as one, but finally figures out how to blow in episode 5. She still can't hold a candle to Rio's jazz trumpet, though.
* EpicHail: Someone has to tell both armies the peace has been signed!
* HairDecorations: A single clip on her left temple.
* ExactWords
-->'''Rio''': [...] So make as many problems for me as you'd like. I did the same[...]
-->'''Kanata''': Understood, ma'am! From now on, I'll make as many problems for you as I can!
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her haircut, with a single tress hanging.
* HairstyleInertia: As seen in the flashback to the time she met [[spoiler: Princess Iliya.]]
* InformedFlaw: Kanata claims to get lost a lot. She gets lost exactly twice, both cases shown in the first episode. She does, however, get easily distracted, and is prone to wandering off her path if something catches her eye.
* MeaningfulName: Her given name is written with kanji that mean 'the other side', 'distant' or 'over there'. In episode 13, [[spoiler: she declares that she'll go with Rio to find the promised land at the other end of the world]].
* ShaggySearchTechnique: Kanata has a knack for stumbling upon interesting things, be it ancient diaries, automated watchposts or ''giant winged skeletons''.
* SuperSenses: Her hearing. It starts as perfect pitch, and then heads into the "no one could have heard that" territory.
* WomenDrivers: By the second OVA she's already driving the platoon's jeep. Although she drives slooowly, she gets distracted easily.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: That's what her senpai Rio told her in episode three when she worried about being useless.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Episode four shows how you can improve your trumpet technique following advice from a glassblower: don't overdo it.

!!Sergeant Major Rio Kazumiya [[spoiler:Arkadia]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' YuuKobayashi

Second-in-command of the 1121st Platoon, Rio appears as a cool and unflappable person with a no-nonsense attitude and can be very strict in demanding military discipline and issuing orders. However, she also cares a lot about her fellow members, which makes her greatly admired by the younger members, especially Kureha.
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* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: The first arc of the series is Rio mulling over whether to keep ignoring the family that snubbed her for years and keep her freedom or give in, get into an arranged marriage and stop a war.]]
* [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage: To the enemy Emperor!]]
* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes]]: In the series finale.
* CoolBigSis
* EpicHail: [[spoiler: Good thing Kanata has SuperSenses.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of Chihaya Kisaragi from VideoGame/TheIdolmaster.
* HairstyleInertia: As seen in the flashbacks to her childhood, Rio has kept the same HimeCut for years.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBastard]]: [[spoiler:An illegitimate child of the Arkadia royal family]].
* HimeCut: Somewhat unkempt.
* HotBlooded: Rio doesn't do things half-assed, from giving speeches to cooking.
* [[spoiler:KingIncognito]]: [[spoiler:But for Filicia, the rest of the girls don't know who Rio is exactly.]]
* LethalChef: Bits of the kitchen turn up as ingredients of her cooking, so Kanata doesn't take her offer to help her in the kitchen in episode 8.
* MementoMacguffin: A jingle bell inherited from her [[spoiler: older half sister.]]
* MissingMom: Her mom died at an early age, as seen in episode three's flashback.
* MixedAncestry: Rio is of mixed heritage [[spoiler: since she lacks the PhenotypeStereotype looks of her blonde, green-eyed half-sister and her last names are Japanese/Greek]].
* [[spoiler:MultiethnicName: Rio Kazumiya Arkadia]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Her father ignored her for years until her older sister died and he needed a princess, ''any'' princess, to marry away.]]
* [[spoiler:RebelliousPrincess]]: [[spoiler: Being elevated to princess status just to be politically married, Rio isn't too keen in adopting her new station.]]
* [[CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough Sergeant Rough]]
* TeamDad
* ThatsAnOrder: When Kanata proves too keen on learning what is behind the mysterious cellar door in the first OVA Rio resorts to pulling rank on her.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The singular example, at that - though the Priest refers to her as 'the black-haired girl' at one point.

!!Private Kureha Suminoya
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EriKitamura

The designated gunner of the 1121st Platoon, Kureha is also the youngest member in the platoon. However, she is perhaps the most serious member and is a stickler for military regulations. Greatly admires Rio and Major Klaus.
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* ACupAngst: Could be, she looked a lil displeased, when Kanata looked at Rio's and Filicia's, but not at her's.
* CryCute: She drops her professional facade and let's out the waterworks when the rest of the crew decides [[spoiler: to go AWOL and stop Hopkins plan to reignite the war with Rome. She goes with it, of course.]]
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Kureha loves to talk about her parents - although he barely remembers them.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She sleeps with a lederhosen-clad teddy bear.
* GirlishPigtails: Her usual hairstyle (tied with red ribbons) except while wearing her helmet.
* GreenEyedMonster: At first Kureha resents Kanata for getting some of Rio's attention as the newbie.
* MilitaryBrat: Her father was a tank commander and her mother a military nurse.
* NeverGetsDrunk: The only girl sober at the end of the first OVA. She still gets a hangover, though.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Kureha is the only member of the 1121st that thinks there's something wrong with Filicia's relaxed approach to command.
* StraightMan: Not only is Kureha generally the most serious of the five (barring Noel's [[SugarAndIcePersonality kuudere-ness]]), she's the only person living in the Clocktower Fortress with ''[[JustForPun (comparatively)]]'' [[JustForPun few]] LesYay [[JustForPun scenes]].
* {{Tsundere}}: She might act tough and professional but she's actually a softie. "I-It's not like I did it for you or anything like that..."
* WithDueRespect: She's the most military-minded of the crew, pulling rank on Kanata during the second episode on their tour through the base. When Filicia [[spoiler: decides to hide Aisha the enemy soldier]] she properly objects.

!!Corporal NoŽl Kannagi
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AoiYuki

The designated driver and mechanic of the 1121st Platoon, NoŽl is a taciturn and reserved person who spends much of her time tinkering at the platoon's tank ''Takemikazuchi''.
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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Encouraged by Yumina to make up for her role in the Invisible Reaper plague, she pilots the Takemikazuchi against her own army in episode 12.]]
* {{Bokukko}}: She uses the male pronoun ''boku'' to refer to herself.
* BrokenBird: ''Machines don't betray you.'' [[spoiler: Unlike Colonel Hopkins, they won't take advantage of a little girl to recreate biological weapons of mass destruction.]] Thanks to Kanata and Aisha, she gets better.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She may not answer you while driving, wonder at a pillbug, fall asleep at random and be quite laconic, but she can repair ''anything'', save those pesky Black Boxes.
* ChildProdigy: [[spoiler:Singlehandedly repaired the facility used to manufacture a biological weapon known as the "Invisible Reaper" as a little girl]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Filicia mentions that Noel has changed a lot since Kanata arrived. Noel also declares herself happy when Kanata doesn't arrive at the Clocktower Fortress on time, but by episode 4, she [[SleepCute falls asleep on Kanata's shoulder]].
* EmotionlessGirl
* [[spoiler: FailureKnight]]: [[spoiler: Aisha reminds her of one of the victims of the Invisible Reaper.]]
* MoreDakka: Her weapons of choice (other than [[FanNickname Tank-Kun]]) are apparently always heavy machineguns with lots of ammo. [[spoiler:Be it a drum-fed [=MG42=] or a bucket-fed water Gatling.]]
* [[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]
* MysticalWhiteHair: She's fifteen and white haired, and as seen in the flashback [[spoiler:to the time she worked for Colonel Hopkins]], she's been white haired since an early age.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:When faced with her DarkAndTroubledPast.]]
* TheQuietOne: Noel says very little and when she does have something to say, she uses as few words as possible to say it.
* RedBaron: [[spoiler:Her connection to the Invisible Reaper bio-weapon earned her the epithet for herself]].
* ReiAyanamiExpy: White-haired, pale-skinned stoic pilot that hardly speaks, when she does she uses a monotone and has a DarkAndTroubledPast coming back from when she was a ChildProdigy.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: She has a tendency to pull all-nighters working on the tank, resulting in narcolepsy.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: No'''Ž'''l.
* TheStoic
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Deeply stoic and distant, but that's because she's [[BrokenBird severely emotionally scarred]] by [[spoiler:her part in the Invisible Reaper]]. Underneath that cold exterior, there's a very kind-hearted and caring girl who wants to become 'a lovely wife'.
* TeenGenius: Repaired the super-advanced Takemikazuchi alone, in an old, dilapidated high-school gym and achieved fluency in [[strike:German]] [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Holy Roman]] in just under two months.
* TerseTalker: NoŽl is pretty concise when she talks. While she is sober.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Hopkins used her to repair the facility that recreated the Invisible Reaper plague, giving her a serious case of MyGodWhatHaveIDone.]]
* WrenchWench: She's the Takemikazuchi SpiderTank pilot and mechanic.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her nightwear.

!!Second Lieutenant Filicia Heidemann
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaEndo

Leader of the 1121st Platoon, Filicia adopts a very relaxed approach in commanding the platoon, beginning with her insistence of FirstNameBasis amongst platoon members. She cares a lot about her subordinates and wanted them to be as happy as possible during their time in the Clocktower Fortress.
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* [[spoiler:TheAntiNihilist]]: [[spoiler: In episode seven she declares life to lack meaning but for the one people give it themselves, and the meaning of her life is to protect her squad mates/surrogate family.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:She doesn't hesitate for a moment to put a gun to the head of Colonel Hopkins and later shut him up with a warning shot in episode 12.]]
* CallBack: During the battle of Vingt-et-un, [[spoiler: shortly before Filicia's entire tank platoon was killed, Lieutenant Olga gets the tank moving with 'Alright, let's go, my girls!' During the [[LetsGetDangerous Let's Get Dangerous]] scene in episode 12]], Filicia says the same thing to the girls of the 1121st.
* [[CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough Captain Smooth]]: She nicely ''suggests'' "fun" things to do.
* FearOfThunder: Filicia usually smiling, calm composure breaks down during thunderstorms, as seen in episode two.
* [[spoiler:FlashbackNightmare]]: [[spoiler: Episode seven has her flashing back to the time she spent trapped with a mummified soldier in a subway tunnel, triggered by seeing her own blood.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Beautiful, young, humble, nice all around [[spoiler: channeling all her guilt and sorrow into positive things]].
* HiddenDepths: Filicia starts as the TeamMom and grows into an IronWoobie as we learn more of her past and motivations.
* MamaBear: Filicia is a really nice girl... But make her girls cry and you'll regret it!
* MeaningfulEcho: See CallBack.
* {{Meganekko}}: Pretty, always smiling and composed, giving orders that sound like suggestions, and a tad vulnerable.
* AMotherToHerMen: Filicia lists among the rules of the fortress that no one is to be addressed by rank, and she does every kind of menial tasks not usually performed by officers, like cleaning up the bathroom in episode 2.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Germanic name = Golden hair and blue eyes.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Her glasses hide her eyes for serious effect in episode seven and for laughs in the first OVA.
* [[spoiler:ShellShockedVeteran]]: [[spoiler: In episode seven it is revealed that Filicia is the lone survivor of her previous unit and got chronic hallucinations and survivor guilt out of her ordeal. Doting on her unit is her way of coping with it.]]
* [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler]]: [[spoiler: She keeps all her serious psychological issues to herself.]]
* [[spoiler:SurvivorGuilt]]: [[spoiler: Her crew was killed during Vingt-et-une, and she started having hallucinations urging her to join them.]]
* TeamMom: You won't find officers who give [[GroupHug group hugs]] often.
* UnsuspectinglySoused: Can't really be called 'unsuspectingly', since she knew she was drinking alcohol; more like [[{{Dissimile}} soused after spiking everyone's tea and overestimating her own tolerance]].


!Supporting Characters

!!Sister Yumina
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MisatoFukuen

A [[strike:miko]] [[strike:nun]] well, she works at the church and takes care of the orphans, all right?
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* FauxFluency: Whereas NamiMiyahara's Aisha is pretty fluent in German - err Roman, Creator/MisatoFukuen clearly isn't. Fortunately Sister Yumina isn't supposed to be, being Helvetian, which means Roman is likely her second language.
* NunsAreMikos: An inversion of the usual example; she looks more like a miko, but acts more like a nun.
* ParentalSubstitute: She runs the local orphanage with a gentle hand.
* RummageSaleReject: Not so much herself - her hakama-habit is actually quite fetching - but she doesn't spare the children or Kanata her poorly-coordinated choices of clothing.
* UnsuspectinglySoused: In 'The Fortress At War', when [[spoiler: Filicia spikes everyone's tea and gets them to drink several cups each]]. Less unsuspectingly later in the same episode, though.


!!Major Klaus
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/UnshoIshizuka

A courier [[spoiler: and part-time standard bearer]] responsible for supplying the 1121st with their mail and their new recruits. [[spoiler: Has the same name, and looks like]], 'Miracle Klaus', the Desert Wolf.
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* CallToAgriculture: After finishing his military service, his plan is to become a farmer.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: He's good at what he does, but Kanata likely won't be riding with him again anytime soon.
* [[spoiler: IdenticalStranger]]
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse example - The Desert fucking Wolf.
* RedBaron: The Desert Wolf.
* OlderThanHeLooks: He's ''fifty-one''.

!![[spoiler: A'isha]] Aldola
->'''Voiced by:''' NamiMiyahara

A [[spoiler: Roman soldier]] introduced in Episode 11 after she [[spoiler: is found by Kanata and Kureha while on patrol.]]
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* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BilingualDialogue: Given that she only speaks [[strike:German]] Roman, much of her dialogue, including a major [=CMoH=], requires a translation team fluent in German as well as Japanese.
* BreastAttack: Noel gropes her breast to forestall being stabbed in the neck with a syringe. It works very well.
* ButNotTooForeign: Her grandmother was Helvetian.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: [[spoiler: She breaks a leg, almost freezes to death, gets groped, gets hunted as an excuse to ruin the peace talks and then shot, all just for crossing the frontier to try getting a peek of her grandmother's town of origin.]]
* [[{{Forgiveness}} VersŲhnlich]]: [[spoiler: Aisha forgives NoŽl for her role in the Invisible Reaper plague in episode 12.]]
-->''Du hast genug gelitten, deshalb vergebe ich dir, auch wenn dir sonst niemand vergeben sollte.'' [[spoiler: You have suffered enough, therefore I forgive you, even when probably no one else will.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: See BilingualBonus. The Roman dialogue wasn't translated for the viewers in the original airing.

!!Iliya Arkadia, a.k.a. [[FanNickname "Grace"]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RyokoOno

War heroine and daughter of the Archduke of Helvetia, she crossed the paths of several of the girls of the 1121st Tank Platoon before they were assigned to the Time Keeping Fortress.
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Wholesome heroine, savior of lost people and perfomer of AmazingFreakingGrace.
* HimeCut: Fitting her BadassPrincess status, this traditional Japanese hairstyle looks strange on a blonde. Her half-sister sports the same haircut.
* OneeSama: Her half-sister pretty much worshiped her.
* TheParagon: Everyone who ever met her was inspired by her wholesomeness (in different ways), especially Kanata, Rio and Filicia.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Golden hair and green eyes.
* PosthumousCharacter: She only appears in flashbacks.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She was a revered Helvetian war heroine.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Besides all her wartime heroism, she died saving a kid from drowning.

!!Naomi
->'''Voiced by:''' Mayuno Yasukawa

Owner of the glasswork shop and ally of the Clocktower Fortress girls.
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* FriendInTheBlackMarket: She acts as a go-between for smuggling illegal ''calvados'' as a side to her curio shop.
* InsistentTerminology: Do not like people addressing her in terms that would reveal her age and insists them on using the age-neutral "Naomi-san" instead.
* MsExposition
* ObaSan: She's in her forties.

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