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[[folder:Hitomi Kanzaki]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/MaayaSakamoto (Japanese), Creator/KellySheridan (Ocean Group), Creator/CaitlinGlass (Funimation) (English), Ilaria Latini (Italian), Julia Meynen (German), Pilar Morales (Catalan, series and Spain, movie), and Alma Wilhelme (Latin America)

The heroine and focus character of the series. Hitomi was just a normal high school student with a schoolgirl crush on her track team [[SempaiKohai sempai]] Amano when a string of events leaves her stranded on Gaea. To add to her problems, her latent psychic abilities (manifesting before only as hunches and surprisingly accurate Tarot readings) begin to explode in power, frequently barraging her with disturbing images of what is to come.

'''Tropes that apply to Hitomi'''
* ActionSurvivor: Being on the track team sure comes in handy when you have to do things like, say, leaping ''six'' meters across a gaping chasm to save Van.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: In the movie she suffers from depression bordering on suicidal feelings.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: To Van in episode 1 (seen), and later in episode 19 (not shown, but implied).
%%* AudienceSurrogate : Hitomi Kanzaki is considered as one.
* BoyishShortHair: Probably to indicate her athleticism.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Hitomi goes back to Earth at the end of the series.]]
* TheChosenOne: In the movie.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: What's actually behind the accuracy of her fortune-telling. [[spoiler:Her talisman is an Atlantean artifact that can change fate, realizing the dreams of its user. However, her anxiety always makes her imagine bad fates. Yes, whenever she predicted a disaster, she actually ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero made it happen]]'']]
* CrashIntoHello: A ''dramatic'' variant, with Van.
* DeathIsCheap: [[spoiler:Hitomi actually dies twice in the series for several minutes.]]
* DidNotGetTheGuy: [[spoiler:Hitomi chooses to go back to Earth while Van stays behind in Gaia to help his world heal from the war it just endured.]]
* GenericCuteness: Has rather plain looks, which once or twice trouble her.
* GirlNextDoor: At first.
%% * GreenEyes
* FaintingSeer: A rare case where said character is ''TheHeroine''.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Merle.
* HairAntennae: Symbolizes her sunny disposition (and is not present in The Movie version where she is an EmoTeen, except in a childhood flashback)
* IdenticalGranddaughter: She and her grandmother [[http://escaflowne.anime.net/images/characters/y/yuri.gif Yuri]] (when the latter was younger, that is) look exactly alike. Appearance-wise, the young Yuri was basically a long-haired Hitomi.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:With Van, since he is a half Draconian.]]
* {{Joshikousei}}: Wears her very cute uniform like, 70% of the time.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Eventually she becomes this to Van.
* LoveEpiphany: [[spoiler:After she is briefly sent back to Earth, Hitomi finally realizes that the one she really loves is Van.]]
* LovingAShadow: Hitomi's crush on Allen is based on the fact that he looks, acts, and even ''sounds'' like her beloved Amano-sempai.
* MagicSkirt: The animators were explicitly instructed to keep away from giving her any {{Panty Shot}}s.
* MementoMacGuffin: Her pendant, given to her by her late grandmother.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: When Millerna asks Hitomi to do a tarot card reading on which man she should marry, she sees that Millerna's marriage to Dryden will go badly while her marriage to Allen will make her happy. Because Hitomi loves Allen too, she uses her power to switch a card (thereby altering fate) and tells Millerna Dryden would be the better choice for her. As a direct consequence of altering fate, the wedding is attacked by Guymelefs and nearly gets the couple killed.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: A completely normal schoolgirl who ends up TrappedInAnotherWorld.
* PassionateSportsGirl: Subverted, as it's hinted that she joined her school's track team because she had a huge crush on the team captain Susumu Amano rather than her love of sports. Her running skills do come handy later in the story, though.
* PluckyGirl: Starts as a GirlNextDoor, then must develop a stronger will as time passes. Eventually she becomes a textbook example of this trope.
* PowerStrainBlackout: Her ability to see into the future, via Tarot Cards, often has this effect on her afterwards. It's eventually revealed that both the duration and the severity of her fainting spells is determined by her emotional state. Meaning, the greater her anxiety, the greater its toll on her following her vision; not to mention the part about [[spoiler: her anxiety making those visions come true!]]
* {{Protectorate}}: To Van.
* SayMyName: "VAAAAAAN!"
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: She wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. Justified in that the only other clothes she has with her are her running clothes.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When Millerna dolls her up in a dress in Asturia, Van is left dumbstruck.
* {{Shorttank}}: Is kinda tomboyish, but not to [[TheLadette ladette]] extremes.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The only thing that puts the Destiny Prognostication Engine through more hell than the Escaflowne: [[spoiler:the love between her and Van]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Not only does Hitomi resemble her grandma, but she looks a LOT like [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/doblaje/images/1/10/Madre_de_Hitomi.png her unnamed mother]].
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: She is stuck on Gaea.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B towards Van.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Merle.
* WhatTheHellHero
-->'''Hitomi:''' I saw it -- you ''[[BloodKnight enjoyed]]'' fighting! I don't want you protecting me if [[HeWhoFightsMonsters this is what it does to you]].
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[spoiler:Hitomi's visions are not set in stone -- it's her ''anxiety over them'' that makes them come true.]]

[[folder:Van Slanzar de Fanel]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Yoshiko Kamei [child] and Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese), Creator/KirbyMorrow (Ocean Group), Creator/AaronDismuke (Funimation) (English), Fabrizio Manfredi (Italian), Bjorn Schalla (German, Series), Robin Kahnmeyer (German, Movie), Angel de Garcia (Spain, Movie) and Creator/JesusBarrero [child] and Creator/JoseGilbertoVilchis [teenager] (Latin America)

TheHero, pilot of the [[HumongousMecha Escaflowne]] and newly crowned king of the country of Fanelia. Van has the misfortune of having his kingdom burned to the ground on the day of his coronation, and is now forced on the run from the Zaibach Empire.

'''Tropes associated with Van:'''
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: He dealed a very important one to [[spoiler: Folken]] as [[ChildrenAreInnocent a little boy.]] [[spoiler: When a pre-FaceHeelTurn!Folken was explaining the Dragon-killing Ritual, little Van innocently asked "Why does the dragon have to die? Poor him!"; Folken was taken aback, then agreed with little Van's sympathy for the dragon.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: He is crowned king just moments before TheEmpire invades his kingdom.
* BerserkButton: A past poster boy. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Do. Not. Hurt.]] [[{{Protectorate}} Hitomi.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Allen's Betty for Hitomi's Archie.
%%* {{Bishonen}}: So, so pretty.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Once after a dragon-induced concussion, and once when somebody starts dismantling the Escaflowne, heart first, while he's still synchronized to it.
* BreakTheCutie: Van probably goes through more physical and emotional torture than any other character in the series.
* BringMyRedJacket: Wears a red shirt. It's often covered in blood.
* CainAndAbel: With Folken. [[spoiler: They make up at the end. And then, Folken ''dies''.]]
* CannotSpitItOut: He comes ''very'' close to confessing to Hitomi in episode 19...[[MomentKiller and then he fucks it up]]. [[spoiler:Luckily, he gets it right at the end of the series.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: He starts enjoying the physical/emotional torture he's given later, to the point Hitomi gets ''terrified'' of him.
* DeclarationOfProtection: He swears to protect Hitomi several times.
* DefrostingIceKing: He comes off as aloof and somewhat cold at first. Hitomi defrosts him ''fast''.
* {{Determinator}}: "I...I can ''[[ICanStillFight still fight!]]''"
* FreakinessShame: [[spoiler:He is ashamed of his wings because they marked him as a descendant of the Atlanteans, who are universally disdained in the setting, but Hitomi (who comes from another world altogether) just finds them beautiful.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Half Draconian on his mother's side.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: As the series progresses, Van starts cracking from the strain of the BreakTheCutie process and gradually goes from a borderline MartialPacifist to an all-out BloodKnight. Thank God for the PowerOfLove, or he might have gone off the deep end.
* HotBlooded: He's voiced by Creator/TomokazuSeki. What else do you expect.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:With Hitomi, since he is a half Draconian.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: His stance on his relationship with Merle. Her feelings are clearly beyond that, though.
* LoveHurts: Seeing Hitomi preferring Allen over him deeply hurts him, especially when [[spoiler:he sees them kissing under the influence of the Zaibach empire]].
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: In episode 19, resulting in an ArmorPiercingSlap from Hitomi.
* ModestRoyalty: Or to quote Hitomi, "''He's'' a prince!?"
* NobleFugitive: Despite being a king, he spends most of the series on the run from the Zaibach empire, who need him so they take control of the Escaflowne themselves. While the royalty of countries like Austuria are at least somewhat sympathetic to his plight, they're not entirely willing to risk their asses by truly granting him refuge.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Allen's Noble Male.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: If this were the real world, there would have been no chance in hell of Van surviving episode 14, [[spoiler:Draconian heritage]] notwithstanding.
* ParentalAbandonment: Father is dead, while his mother disappeared in search of his missing brother and is strongly implied to have died.
* PeekABangs: Borderline. His hair isn't always there, like most examples, but it tends to entirely cover up one of his eyes -like in the picture- more often than not.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: [[AllThereInTheManual Official]] [[UniverseBible sources]] list him as 165 cm and 51 kg (5'5" and 112 lbs, just about) -- in other words, absolutely ''tiny''. [[MusclesAreMeaningless He is introduced killing a dragon the size of a small building]] [[Awesome/MechaAnime in single combat]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Allen's blue. It's even ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* SayMyName: "HITOMIIIII!"
* ScreamingWarrior: The inevitable result of letting [[Creator/TomokazuSeki Tomokazu]] '''''[[HotBlooded "THIS HAND OF MINE]] [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam GLOWS WITH AN AWESOME POWER!"]]''''' [[Creator/TomokazuSeki Seki]] voice your HumongousMecha pilot.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Thanks to his minimal shirt.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Escaflowne's existence plays absolute ''hell'' on the Zaibach Empire's Destiny Prognostication Engine, which is why they're investing so much into capturing both it and it's pilot.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Comes off as this at first.
* {{Synchronization}}: Halfway through the series, Van applies Hitomi's dowsing technique to gain more control over the Escaflowne. Unfortunately for him, the link works both ways -- mentally ''and'' physically.
* UnstoppableRage: [[spoiler:Van just goes utterly ''apeshit'' on the Dragonslayers]] in the 14th episode.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: TV Van is not a case of this, despite the frequent ClothingDamage. ''[[TheMovie Movie]]'' Van, [[LoinCloth on the other hand...]]
* WarriorPrince: You are not allowed to be King of Fanelia until you kick dragon ass in single combat. This is precisely what Van does in the first episode.
* WingedHumanoid: [[spoiler:Due to being a HalfHumanHybrid of the Draconian race, Van has wings that he can "summon" when he needs to.]]

[[folder:Allen Schezar]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/ShinichiroMiki (Japanese), Creator/BrianDrummond (Ocean Group), Creator/SonnyStrait (Funimation) (English), Peter Fletchner (German), and Óscar Flores (Latin America)

A member of the Knight Caeli that happens to bear an uncanny resamblance to Hitomi's crush, Amano. Allen is the sole, impeccable gentleman among a RagtagBunchOfMisfits that guard one of Asturia's outposts. Despite his near perfect outward appearance and demeanor, he's hiding quite a number of abandonment issues just below the surface.

And yes, the Goliath's hero unit in ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' is named after him.

'''Tropes associated with Allen:'''
* TheAce: Among the biggest ones in the series.
* BadassCrew: He is the Captain of one.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Van's Veronica for Hitomi's Archie.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Allen has a thing for attaching himself to barely legal ingenues out of misplaced filial instinct.
* {{Bishonen}}: Even prettier than Van, and that says ''someting''
* CallingTheOldManOut: Allen wants to do this to Leon, his DisappearedDad. [[spoiler: Turns out Leon was ''DeadAllAlong''.]]
* TheCasanova: He even has [[spoiler:the bastard son to prove it]] though he doesn't seem to do it on purpose; he just has a tendency to fall for women [[StarCrossedLovers he can never be with]], even if they ''do'' reciprocate, which they usually do.
* ChekhovMIA: Both his father and little sister. [[spoiler:His father Leon was DeadAllAlong, and his little sister Selena was forcibly turned into ''[[AxCrazy Dilandau]]''.]]
* ChickMagnet: ... How many girls have fallen for him? There's Hitomi, Millerna, [[spoiler: Marlene]]...
%%* DaddyIssues
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:Turns out that he was DeadAllAlong.]]
** [[spoiler: He also ''is'' one to Prince Chid, though it's likely Chid doesn't know it.]]
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Hitomi feels attracted to him because of his incredible resemblance to her sempai.
* FailureKnight: [[spoiler:For not protecting his mom and Selena, and later for what happened between him and Marlene.]]
* GiantPoofySleeves: Contrasting with Van's [[SleevesAreForWimps chronical lack of sleeves]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Certainly a noble and knightly kind of character. He has a bit of trouble with the ''chaste'' part of the trope though.
* KnightInShiningArmor: From start to finish. He always does the right thing, even when it hurts.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Just look at his picture!
* LovingAShadow: He's not [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces looking for love]] so much as for a ReplacementGoldfish for his missing younger sister.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Van's Roguish Male.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: A well-spoken, clean-shaved gentleman commanding a RagtagBunchOfMisfits.
* OutOfFocus: In the movie he is downplayed to a secondary character and the LoveTriangle between him, Van and Hitomi is nonexistent.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Van's red.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: His reason for leaving his post as a Knight Caeli and accompanying Van and Hitomi.
* StayInTheKitchen: He seems rather chauvinistic at times to Princess Millerna and Hitomi, though this is somewhat explained through his traumatic backstory [[spoiler: in which his mother died of a broken heart ''and'' his sister disappeared.]]


!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/IkueOtani (Japanese), Jocelyne Loewen (Ocean Group), Creator/AlexisTipton (Funimation) (English), Christin Marquitan (German), and both Claudia Mota and Mayra Arellano (Latin America)

Van's closest, and [[ClingyJealousGirl clingiest]] friend. She has quite the love-hate relationship with Hitomi, thanks to Van's feelings for her

'''Tropes associated with Merle:'''

* CatGirl: She has cat ears and a tail.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: She's a friend of Van's since early childhood, and makes no secret of the fact she's got a crush on him. Unfortunately for her, Van only views her as family.
* ClingyJealousGirl: The main reason she's so hostile towards Hitomi, in the beginning, is because she's afraid she'll try and steal Van from her. [[spoiler: Which she sort of does, but unintentionally.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: So cute.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Sorta; her fur is rather dark.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Hitomi.
* GenkiGirl: Though not incapable of being serious.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: When Merle manages to (literally) slap Hitomi and (not-so-literally) Van out of [[spoiler:a dark vision, which saves their lives]].
%%* TheGlomp: On Van.
* GoingCommando: Merle doesn't wear underwear, a fact that is shown quite often.
* HopelessSuitor: To Van.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHim: Merle begins taking this approach after it becomes obvious that Van is in love with Hitomi. Her anger at Hitomi in the second half of the series isn't because Van likes her more, but because Hitomi's LoveTriangle indecisiveness is hurting him.
* InterspeciesRomance: Wants this with Van.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She eventually accepts the fact Van loves Hitomi and backs off.
* MoralityPet: Shares this role with Hitomi to Van.
* MouthyKid: She always has her heart on her sleeve... and that's not necessarily a good thing.
* PluckyComicRelief: Merle's straightforward and child-like personality provides some... funny moments.
* RoseHairedSweetie: She has pink hair and is very energetic. She also fits the FieryRedhead variety.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In the original at times.
* TokenMiniMoe: She's just 12-13, so...
* TokenNonhuman: A CatGirl traveling alongside humans, except [[spoiler:Van [[HalfHumanHybrid isn't quite human either]]]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: She uses her cleavage to store several of Hitomi's belongings in episode 8.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Hitomi.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is pink.

[[folder:Princess Millerna Sarah Aston]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/MayumiIizuka (TV series), Aki Takeda (Film) (Japanese), Creator/VenusTerzo (Ocean Group), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (Funimation) (English), Antje von der Ahe (German) and Martha Ceceña (Latin America)

The youngest princess of Asturia who happens to be quite smitten with Allen, but betrothed to Dryden Fassa. Millerna is not quite comfortable being royalty, particularly since it she was forced to abandon her medical studies because of it.

'''Tropes associated with Millerna'''
* AdaptationalBadass: In the movie, Millerna serves as the first mate aboard Allen's land ship and is a proficient fencer.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Blonde hair in the TV series, orange hair in the movie.
* BelligerentSexualTension: To a very mild degree, with Dryden.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sorta.
* FashionableAsymmetry: In the movie.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A beautiful and young princess with blonde hair.
* LovableAlphaBitch: She is introduced as a mild AlphaBitch, but she mellows out soon.
* MarryForLove: What she wants. [[spoiler:It doesn't go quite as planned.]]
* TheMedic: And one that's ''not'' a WhiteMagicianGirl.
* MedicalMonarch: Is studying medicine, and is quite an accomplished physician, as well as being a princess.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Played with. She and Dryden are a mild version of BelligerentSexualTension. They grow fond of each other as the series advances. [[spoiler:The trouble starts after their disastrous wedding. Dryden decides he cares for Millerna, and might be in love with her at that point, but he feels he still has to work hard to become truly worthy of marrying a girl like her.]]
* PimpedOutDress: Wears some of these and dolls up Hitomi in one too.
%%* PluckyGirl: So much.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Her dresses are pink.
* RebelliousPrincess: She'd rather be a medic and MarryForLove than a traditional princess.
* {{Shorttank}}: Even more noticeable due to how her sisters are all much more quiet and {{Ojou}}-like.
* TomboyishPonytail: In the movie.
* {{Tsundere}}: More towards Dryden than towards Allen.
%%* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter
* ZettaiRyouiki: In the movie.

[[folder:Dryden Fassa]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/JurotaKosugi (Japanese), Creator/MichaelDobson (Ocean Group), Creator/EricVale (Funimation) (English), Stefan Gossler (German), and Jorge Ornelas (Latin America)

Millerna's fiance. A brilliant and successful merchant with a frank, laid-back demeanor and a massive generosity streak.

'''Tropes associated with Dryden:'''
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: The repair bill for Escaflowne? 50 million, which one of the crew calculates is equivalent to two thousand years worth of their salaries. Dryden casually offers his entire fleet, causing his assistant to choke and sputter that the fleet is worth at least ten times that.
* BelligerentSexualTension: To a very mild degree, with Millerna.
* {{Bishonen}}: Normally a borderline case, due to facial hair and overall unkempt appearance. But on his WeddingDay (clean-shaven, no glasses, NiceHat, etc.) he's a classic example.
* BrutalHonesty: Dude never sugarcoats his words.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His first scene is in his airship. He's had an entire ''swimming-pool-sized'' aquarium installed in his room... so can romance the mermaid he freed and is transporting back to her home.
* GuileHero: Very kind-hearted and rich, but also very cynical and manipulative when needed. See how he completely owned Allen with words alone ''and'' [[spoiler: how he dealt with the creators of Escaflowne and got them to fix it, thus saving Van's life.]]
* InsecureLoveInterest: [[spoiler:Dryden gives Millerna back the wedding ring after their disastrous wedding, claiming that he's not worthy of her quite yet.]]
* InsufferableGenius: He is quite aware of how awesome he is, and is quick to point it out.
%%* IntrepidMerchant: To the T.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Abrasive, hedonistic, kinda selfish. Also generous, kindhearted and quick-thinking.
* LennonSpecs: In a medieval-like environment.
* MadDictatorsHandsomeSon: Dryden's father makes an appearance before him in episodes 6 and 7, where he pays to have Hitomi kidnapped. Dryden thankfully doesn't take after him in any way.
* MerchantPrince: He used his vast fortunes to secure a place at the Asturian court and now uses his political connections to gain even more money.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Played with. He and Millerna are a mild version of BelligerentSexualTension. They grow fond of each other as the series advances. At the end, [[spoiler:Dryden decides he cares for Millerna, and might be in love with her, but after their disastrous wedding, he feels he still has to work hard to become truly worthy of marrying a girl like her.]]
* PermaStubble: For the most part until [[spoiler: the botched wedding episode]] where he, surprisingly, [[SheCleansUpNicely looked quite dashing]]. Seriously, who would've [[BeautifulAllAlong thought]]?
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Dryden ''seems'' at first to be one of these. But is [[ObfuscatingStupidity quite]] [[GuileHero smarter]] than he looks.
* TheTeamBenefactor: An IntrepidMerchant, with zero fighting skills, who manages to join Hitomi and Van's little gang by providing funding (read: an ungodly sum of money) for the eponymous mech's mid-season repairs.


!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/TesshoGenda (Japanese), Don Brown (Ocean Group), Chris Guerrero (Funimation) (English), Thomas Kastner (German) and Jorge Fink (Latin America)

One of the "three master swordsmen of Gaea" and Van's retainer/surrogate father. Balgus dies while covering Van's escape from Fanelia, but he nonetheless shows himself to be a major influence on both Van ''and'' Allen in the past.

'''Tropes associated with Balgus:'''

* BadassGrandpa: Balgus took out a [[HumongousMecha Guymelef]] ''on foot''.
%% * {{BFS}}
%% * CoolOldGuy
%% * MentorOccupationalHazard
* ParentalSubstitute: To Van.
* PosthumousCharacter: Most of what we learn about Balgus comes after his death.
* SternTeacher Both Van and Allen.

[[folder:Emperor Dornkirk]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Masato Yamanouchi (Japanese), Creator/RichardNewman (Ocean Group), Jeremy Schwartz (Funimation) (English), Horst Lampe (German), and Federico Romano (Latin America)

Emperor of the Zaibach empire. Through Atlantean technology and a {{Magitek}} device known as Destiny Prognostication Engine, Dornkirk seeks to create a future for Gaea free of war -- Even if it means burning down a city-state every now and then

'''Tropes that apply to Dornkirk'''
* BigBad: The series' main villain.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Confirmed by WordOfGod to be Sir Isaac Newton. In RealLife, Newton did have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton%27s_occult_studies quite an interest in alchemy and the occult]], though of course he never took it to the horrific ends Dornkirk does.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: [[BigBad Dornkirk]] is perpetually hooked up to a massive life-support machine keeping him alive well past when he should have died of old age. In the last episode, [[spoiler:he rips free of it and lets Folken kill him to set in motion his ThanatosGambit]].
* EmperorScientist: He is actually [[spoiler:Sir Isaac Newton]] magically transferred to the fantasy world.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler:As part of his plan to activate his fate engine.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He seeks an Instrumentality where there would be no war or fighting, even if it involves [[KickTheDog kicking a few puppies]] along the way.

[[folder:Dilandau Albatou]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/MinamiTakayama (Japanese), Creator/AndrewFrancis (Ocean Group), Creator/JoelMcDonald (Funimation) (English), Laura Lenghi (Italian), Claudia Urbschat-mingues (German), Albert Trifol Segarra (Spain, Movie), and Creator/VictorUgarte [[spoiler: and Rebeca Gómez [as Selena] ]] (Latin America)

A complete and absolute ''psycho'', Dilandau is the man put in charge of capturing Van and the Escaflowne. He his happy to oblige to this order -- provided he gets to blow a lot of shit up on the way.

'''Tropes that apply to Dilandau'''
* AfraidOfDoctors: In TheMovie. Though there's a ''very'' good reason for it.
* TheAlcoholic: He drinks quite heavily even though he's underage by Earth standards, though InUniverse; [[ValuesDissonance 15 is considered legally an adult on most of Gaea]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: In the manga. [[spoiler: Also, Dilandau is a girl who ''stays'' a girl the whole story in the manga.]]
* AxCrazy: Not only gives absolutely zero fucks about the collateral damage his rampages inflict, but seems to like doing it even more because of it.
* BadBoss: To the Dragon Slayers, but despite this they have UndyingLoyalty to him [[spoiler:even after death]].
* {{Bishonen}}: When his face isn't contorting horribly he's not bad looking, but situations where you can see this become less and less frequent as the show goes on.
* BloodKnight: Does not care at all about Zaibach's goals or philosophy and is purely in it for the carnage.
* BreakTheHaughty: Oh boy was Dilandau ever shaken up after [[CurbStompBattle that one battle]] with Van.
%* TheBrute
* CharClone: An AxCrazy variant. He acts as TheRival to Van and even Allen to an extent, pilots custom red Guymelefs, [[spoiler:and turns out to be Allen's little sister Celena. Basically, imagine if it was [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Sayla Mass]] who went nuts.]]
* CosmicRetcon: [[spoiler: This is basically what Fate Alteration does: it turns you into a totally different person, physically and mentally.]]
* CrossdressingVoices: Voiced by a woman in the Japanese version and several other language dubs. [[spoiler:And actually subverted.]]
* DawsonCasting: At the time the English dub of the show was first produced, Dilandau's English voice actor, Creator/AndrewFrancis, was the only actor to avert this, though whether his voice actually [[VocalDissonance suits the character or not]] is still [[BrokenBase debatable to this day]]. [[VocalEvolution His voice changes for the better in the movie]].
* TheDragon: To Folken in the movie.
* EasySexChange: [[spoiler: Although it's implied that there ''was'' a long, drawn-out process of ''some'' kind to transform Celina into Dilandau, at the end, Dilandau easily transforms back into Celina, and stays that way.]]
* EvilAlbino: Seems at first like a straight example [[spoiler:but then played with since his coloring seems to be the result of the Fate Alteration experiments]].
* FreakOut: The BreakTheHaughty process somehow manages to make Dilandau even ''more'' fucked up. He spends several episodes freaking out in epic and continuous ways.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler:He's actually a girl named Selena Schezar that was mutated by Zaibach's fate alteration machines.]]
* AGlassOfChianti: Has a taste for red wine.
* HairTriggerTemper: His henchmen quickly learn that it doesn't take much to wind up on the receiving end of a beatdown from him.
* HatesBeingAlone: The sole idea of being alone makes him more crazy than he already is.
* KarmaHoudini: In TheMovie.
* LaughingMad: When killing and destroying, he has an EvilLaugh that would make TheJoker himself proud.
** They're amped UpToEleven [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKAKjncf_BM#t=11m00s in]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxLnrqo6D54#t=17m27s the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iv8nUQE5Pc#t=03m40s German]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvIQBoxiirM#t=14m42s dub]]. And they are absolutely ''bonechillingly creepy''.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:He is Allen's [[GenderBender sister]] Celena Schezar.]]
* MeaningfulName: The name "Dilandau" is a pretty clear nod to Durandal, the legendary sword tainted with a curse of insanity to prevent it from being wielded by the wrong hands.
* MidSeriesUpgrade: Well, more like end-of-series upgrade, but. He upgrades to a Guymelef called the Oreides four episodes from the end of the series. It appears to be a souped-up, stylized Alseides with dual flamethrowers/even more liquid metal claws (his only remaining soldier Jajuka also receives one, albeit in rank-and-file blue). [[spoiler:In an aversion to this trope, however, the Oreides doesn't appear to do him much good, due to his increasingly-unstable nature, at least against main characters. Van pretty much takes it apart during the final battle with Escaflowne.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Dilandau has what has got to be the most epic freak out ''ever'' over the cheek scar Van gave him.
** [[MadnessMantra "It stings...It stings...It stings..."]]
*** "Cheek... cheek... cheek..."
*** "My face. He cut my beautiful face!"
* MoralMyopia: Only ''Dilandau'''s allowed to fuck with Dilandau's Dragonslayers, understand?
* NoPronunciationGuide: How do you pronounce his last name?
* TheOphelia: Becomes a male version post FreakOut. [[spoiler:Then again, he ''is'' actually female...]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: The only thing keeping him sane. Yes, ''[[AxeCrazy that]]'' is his ''sane'' mode. He might beat the shit outta the Dragonslayers, but if one of them is wronged by somebody else, the attacker will DIE. [[spoiler: Just as a certain MasterOfDisguise.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Oh, yes...
* PsychoSupporter: To the Zaibach empire.
* PsychoticSmirk: One of his default expressions.
* PyroManiac: "BURN BURN BURN!"
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: His Dragonslayers.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: And they even seem to glow when he's feeling especially AxCrazy.
* ScarsAreForever: Maybe they wouldn't be if he'd stop ''scratching'' at it.
* SelfHarm: Has a tendency to pick at the cut on his face and reopen it, despite being warned that this will slow the healing. The {{Mook}} who first points this out to him promptly gets backhanded.
* SissyVillain: [[JustifiedTrope But there's a very good reason for that]].
* SlasherSmile: His ''other'' default expression.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Does this whenever he's at his home base, usually while brooding.
* TheSociopath: Seems like a straight example at first, but after [[spoiler:the loss of the Dragon Slayers he's shown repeating their names to himself sadly, and then we find out who he really is and how he got that way.]]
* SociopathicSoldier: To an ungodly degree.
* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Dilandau is what you get when you kidnap innocent little girls, like Selena Schezar, and put them through Fate Alteration experiments.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler:Despite his horrendous treatment of the Dragon Slayers, they're devoted enough to him that their spirits show up to try and stop Van from killing him even after they all die.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:Dilandau used to be a genuinely sweet little girl by the name of Selena Schezar.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When all the Dragon Slayers are killed.]]
* VocalEvolution: The movie was dubbed after the TV series, not surprisingly. But if you watch both the series and the movie in English, you'll notice it within seconds of movie Dilandau's appearance.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart

[[folder:Folken Lacour de Fanel]]

!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/JojiNakata (Japanese), Creator/PaulDobson (Ocean Group), Creator/VicMignogna (Funimation) (English), Sergio de Stefano (Italian), Bernd Vollbrecht (German), and Creator/VictorUgarte [child] and Jorge Santos [adult] (Latin America)

Van's long-missing brother. After his dissappearence ten years ago, Van finds his brother -- only to find that he's serving as TheDragon in Emperor Dornkirk's plans.

'''Tropes that apply to Folken'''

* AdaptationalVillainy: In the movie Folken is a psychotic BigBad, while in the original series he was more of an AntiVillain or a DragonWithAnAgenda to the actual BigBad, Emperor Dornkirk (who is absent from the movie altogether). In fact, [[spoiler:in the series he eventually has a HeelFaceTurn]].
%% * AffablyEvil
* AloofBigBrother: Towards Van, as he's very cold to him. [[spoiler: In the series he actually loves Van very much, but can only show it after his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AntiVillain: A deeply compassionate man, who has joined TheEmpire to protect the world... ''by any bloody means''.
* ArtificialLimbs: He has a mechanical arm.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:After his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AxCrazy: In the movie.
* BadassLongrobe: He's always wearing a robe that covers almost all of his body.
* BenevolentBoss: He treats all of his subordinates with respect, even the races that are despised by the general population.
* BigBad: In the movie.
* BrokenPedestal: For Van. [[spoiler: Eventually becomes a RebuiltPedestal.]]
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Van's Abel.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:He defects Zaibach after he finally realizes Zaibach's methods are wrong.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: ALL his actions in TheMovie.
* TheDragon: His authority within Zaibach is second only to Emperor Dornkirk.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: While Folken was TheDragon to the EmperorScientist of Zaibach, he also had his own plans.
* EightiesHair: Most evident in the movie.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: He employs cat people and even doppelgangers - a race even [[AxCrazy Dilandau]] despises - and treats them with the same high standard of respect and courtesy that he does for all of his men.
* EvilGenius: Since he's the ''Strategos'' (tactician and strategist) for the Zaibach army.
* FacialMarkings: He has a purple tear drop shaped tattoo under his right eye.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:Folken's wings are revealed to be black when he shows them the second time, and explains that they represent how the fate alteration experiments have shortened the time he has left.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Half Draconian on his mother's side.]]
* HandicappedBadass: After he failed to kill a dragon, he lost an arm to the beast. [[spoiler: Very meaningfully, at the very end of the TV sries, his soul is seen with ''bot''h arms.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:He defects Zaibach and joins the good guys near the end of the series.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:He finally realizes Zaibach's methods are wrong.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Stupid Dornkirk.]]
** [[spoiler:More deserved in TheMovie at the hands of Jajuka, though.]]
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Failing to pass the Dragon rite, Folken joined Dornkirk in hopes that he can create a world where his brother Van won't have to fight as king.
* StrawNihilist: In the movie.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He treats all his employees equally and looks at their results instead of politics or race. He never considers YouHaveFailedMe.
* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler:The leaders don't trust him after his HeelFaceTurn. Neither does Van, until [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Folken saves *both* of them from a dragon]].]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:In the movie.]]
%% * TheSpock
* ThatManIsDead: "Folken of Fanelia is dead. I died the day that dragon ripped this arm off, and it was Emperor Dornkirk who gave me life again."
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: His soul is among those who watch ovr Hitomi's return home in the TV series, alongside the twins' and his parents' own.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He joined TheEmpire in hopes of realizing Zaibach's ideals of a world free of war and to ensure Van would never have to shed blood, even if it involves [[KickTheDog kicking a few puppies]] along the way.
* WingedHumanoid: [[spoiler:He has wings sought due to being a HalfHumanHybrid of the Draconian race.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sky blue hair.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:When Hitomi reveals that confronting Dornkirk will kill him, Folken tells her that the result of all of his {{Deadly Upgrade}}s mean that he doesn't have much longer to live anyhow.]]

[[folder:Naria & Eriya]]

!!!!!! Naria - Voiced by Creator/YuriAmano (Japanese), Creator/SaffronHenderson (Ocean Group), Creator/MichelleRojas (Funimation) (English) and Ruth Toscano (Latin America)
!!!!!! Eriya - Voiced by Creator/NarumiHidaka (Japanese), Creator/SaffronHenderson (Ocean Group), Creator/FeleciaAngelle (Funimation) (English) and Rebeca Gómez (Latin America)

They are the eighteen-year-old leopard girls who serve as soldiers under Folken's command. Naria (the older of the twins) is the silver one and Eriya is of course the gold one. Folken rescued them from a mob of humans when they were eight-years-old so it is only natural that they have an attachment to him.

* CatGirl: They are leopard girls.
* CoDragons: To Folken.
* DemotedToExtra: In the movie, they're dancers.
* IOweYouMyLife: As seen above, Folken rescued them in their DarkestHour.
* RapidAging: The fatal side-effects of the amplified fortune (luck) intensifier causes them to age gradually and ultimately kill them.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: They're alive in TheMovie. Unlike the anime. They have no affiliation to Zaibach or Folken. Instead, they're dancers.
* TheJinx: Their amplified luck causes destruction and turmoil around everything and everyone near them. [[spoiler: And to themselves.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: They're in love with Folken and would give their lives for him.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: When Hitomi is about to say goodbye to Van and return home, the spirits of the girls ''and'' Folken are present, finally free from their burdens.]]


!!!!!! Voiced by Creator/KoujiTsujitani (Japanese), Creator/ScottMcNeil (Ocean Group), and Creator/ChuckHuber (Funimation) (English)

A soldier in the Zaibach troops, and a very special one. First, he's an anthropomorphic canine of sorts, having the looks of a dog (more seemingly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_Hound an Afghan hound.]] Second, [[spoiler: he took care of little Selena Schezar in her early Zaibach days, and was a sort of BigBrotherMentor to her.]] Jajuka feels horrendously guilty because he was powerless to [[spoiler: save Selena from the horrid treatment that turned her into Dilandau]], and becomes [[spoiler: Dilandau]]'s follower in hopes that he'll be able to fix his error someday...

* AnimalMotifs: He has the face and head of a dog, is also loyal and devoted as a well-trained one.
* ChekhovsGunman: We see him first during [[spoiler: Dilandau/Selena's brief stunt as TheOphelia]]. Later, he reappears with a vengeance.
* FailureKnight: Jajuka feels horrendously guilty because he was powerless to [[spoiler: save Selena from the horrid treatment that turned her into Dilandau]]
* GentleGiant: A ma who is as huge as he's kind.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Body of a man, head of a dog
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Shields Dilandau in the middle of the final battle, and dies begging him to become Selena again. His death triggers Dilandau's last VillainousBreakdown... and switches him back to Selena, the gentle girl he used to be.]]
%% * LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* MoralityPet: To [[spoiler:Dilandau]]. [[KickTheDog Subverted in the movie]].
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:Sorta took Leon and Allen's place in Selena's life, until things went downhill.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: More prominently in TheMovie.

[[folder:Gaoh and Varie Fanel]]

!!!!!! Voiced by (Gaoh): Creator/AkioOhtsuka (Japanese), César Soto (Latin America)
!!!!!! Voiced by (Varie): Creator/YoshikoSakakibara (Japanese), Olga Hnidey (Latin America)

The dead parents of Folken and Van, and the RulingCouple of Fanelia.

* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler: Varie fell into heavy depression after Gaoh's death and Folken's disappearance, and left to look for the later. She never returned, so it's safe to assume that she died of this before finding him (and she ''is'' later seen TogetherInDeath with her husband, so).]]
* GoodParents: Both of them loved their boys, specially Varie.
* LoveAtFirstSight: On a full moon night, a young Gaoh saw a just as young Varie stepping into a lake [[spoiler: and extending her wings]]; he fell in love with her right there, and she liked him back as well.
* UptownGirl: Gaoh was a WarriorPrince, Varie was a non-Fanelian woman [[spoiler: and more exactly, [[AngelicBeauty a member]] of the WingedHumanoid race that's despised in the planet.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: When Hitomi is about to say goodbye to Van and return home, she sees the souls of Varie and Gaoh (among others), hugging happily.]]