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Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP); Scott Simpson (EN–OVA), Tony Oliver (EN–Movie, Mini-Goddess), Drew Aaron (EN–TV)A engineering student at the Nekomi Institute of Technology and a member of the NIT Motor Club. He's below average height† and kind of a doormat, often taken advantage of by his classmates. One day while forced to stay in his room taking calls for people, he accidentally dials the Goddess Relief Office and summons the goddess Belldandy, who says she will grant him one wish. Assuming she's part of an elaborate prank by his seniors, he wishes for her to stay by his side forever. They've been together ever since, and their relationship is the core of the series. Unfortunately for everyone, Keiichi isn't good at expressing his feelings.Originally from Kushiro, a small town on the northern island of Hokkaido, Keiichi is a very skilled mechanic and an exceptional race driver. He is eventually bestowed the directorship of the Motor Club, which he subsequently passes on to Sora Hasegawa. At the point he was supposed to have graduated (but turned out to be one class short), he started working at the repair shop Whirlwind owned by the Motor Club's founder, Chihiro Fujimi. At some point after that, he picked up the stray class and finally graduated, though we never actually see him do so.
- Accidental Pervert: Every once in a while, Keiichi becomes one which can be attributed to either pure accident or somebody who pulls the strings in order to make Belldandy jealous and dishearten her enough to leave Keiichi and go back to Heaven. Most of the time it's played for comedy, as Belldandy trusts Keiichi's loyalty to her. But when it's played seriously, it's played dead seriously, if Belldandy's jealousy storms are of any indication.
- Badass Biker: He's the best racer in Nekomi until Chihiro returns, especially when riding his bike with Belldandy on the sidecar.
- Badass Normal: During the Angel Eater arc, Keiichi demonstrated that, thanks to having received love from multiple goddesses, he is one of the few mortals capable of supporting an angel. And the guy pulls it off TWICE.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- In the anime, Skuld realizes that she has this kind of relationship with Keiichi in the episode where she temporarily grows up. In the rest of the media, this is the way it goes whenever she's not mad at him. While he laments on the fact that Skuld is interrupting his love progress from time to time that doesn't stop him from treating Belldandy's sister like his own.
- In First End, Keiichi dies saving Megumi from a car accident. Peorth even argues that this is what drove him.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied in the TV series. When Mara first showed up and turned Keiichi into a scooter (for kicks) after Belldandy and Urd caught her, they made her give them the demonic password to turn Keiichi back to normal. When Keiichi came back… naked… Belldandy blushed bright red, while Urd just looked down and grinned with an interested "Hmmm…". Given Urd's personality, it's likely if Keiichi didn't have one of these, she'd have poked fun at him for it.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Played with but ultimately subverted. While under the effects of a botched potion made by Peorth, poor old Keiichi has not only his sister Megumi crawling all over him, but Skuld and Urd as well… and Peorth herself in the anime. Naturally, once Bell steps in and nullifies the potion, everybody's back to normal.
- Butt Monkey: Occasionally, usually whenever something created by Urd, Skuld, Mara, Tamiya, Otaki, or Chihiro is involved. Many chapters in the third quarter of the manga have multiple shots of Keiichi sporting looks of pain or horror.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Every time Keiichi has naughty thoughts about Belldandy, someone notices and promptly calls him out on it… if he doesn't do it himself.
- Chaste Hero: Has trouble even just saying "I love you" to Belldandy, much to everyone else's consternation. This is partly In the Blood – his father Keima is a severe gynophobe• – but also due to Heaven altering Keiichi's mind so that he wouldn't lust after Belldandy to maintain the separation between divine beings and mortals even in the face of the contract that bound Belldandy to him. And Belldandy knew the entire time.
- Chastity Couple: With Belldandy. Neither of them are really satisfied with this, though.
- Chick Magnet: Once Belldandy stays with him, all the ladies show some interest in him at some point, except Chihiro. It's not that kind of series though.
- Covert Pervert: Has a porn stash in his room. Everyone (except Belldandy) knows about it and where it is – in the back of the second drawer of his desk – and pokes fun at him for it.
- Deadpan Snarker: As the Only Sane Man, he has moments where he lets rip.
- Determinator: Able to break out of situations where he shouldn't be able to out of sheer will and love for Belldandy (such as when he was possessed by the Lord of Terror). Also implied in one episode/chapter that this is how he's such a good racer - he trains constantly.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- He is seen smoking in his first appearance. This habit vanishes once Belldandy appears.
- His mechanic skills are not apparent at first, it took Otaki's interference to repair his busted sidecar in the first chapter.
- He is initially more dishevelled and less level-headed; he's also wimpier and even more of a pushover. The art evolution also made his features softer and gave him a neater appearance.
- Famed In-Story: Keiichi has at the very least local fame at NIT, much to his surprise. If Megumi is famous herself, it's partly due to Keiichi's exploits as well.
- Forgotten Anniversary: Incidentally subverted. He wasn't planning on it but he happened to get married to Belldandy on his own birthday. No chance of forgetting that one.
- Fun with Acronyms: Gives himself the nickname of K-1 (Kei-ichi).
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Seeing Urd deep-kiss Belldandy (to remove a throat virus) caused him to bluescreen.
- Give Geeks a Chance: A motorcycle geek who gets the girl of everyone's dreams – of course, everyone else wonders just how the hell that even happened.
- Guile Hero: Whenever he's in a dangerous situation, Keiichi's ability to think on the fly has saved him and the Goddesses multiple times over.
- Interspecies Romance: With Belldandy.
- Living Legend: A considerably tame example. Keiichi is famous at NIT for his exploits with the Motor Club and for his relationship with Belldandy, as the Professors Kakuta point out.
- Magic Contract Romance: With Belldandy.
- Mayfly–December Romance: With Belldandy. Unfortunately for her, he's the mayfly.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Happens to him a lot – either accidentally, via magical mishap, or if another woman tries to actively pursue him. Fortunately he only has eyes for Belldandy. Unfortunately, Belldandy's jealousy storms exist.
- Nice Guy: If Keiichi wasn't one of these, there would be no story in the first place. And many girls adore this genuinely nice guy, too.
- Only Sane Man: Ends up having to play straight man to humans, gods, and demons alike.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: As the result of a mild retcon.
- Super Drowning Skills: Until he met the Lorelei, Keiichi didn't know how to swim. To put things in perspective, it took the accidental magical influence of a race of mermaids for him to be able to swim; he was that bad at it.
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: He always draws the shortest stick in this respect, as people around him tend to abuse his good nature, even his friends. This is one of the reason Belldandy loves him, as he does not mind bearing the weight.
- Understanding Boyfriend: He has somewhat gotten used to the many complications that comes packaged with living with Belldandy and her two sisters.
- At least in the manga he says at one point that dealing with all the weirdness is a small price to pay if it means he can be with Belldandy.
- Unlucky Everydude: Keiichi started out as this, before eventually being developed into more of a Nice Guy. It would be difficult not to become nicer under the constant scrutiny of a divine being, though.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- He is very much this with Chihiro. She's basically the older sister he never had.
- With Skuld, whenever she's not mad at him.
- Weirdness Magnet: Comes part and parcel with having 3 goddesses living with you, not to mention having the leaders of both Heaven AND Hell as in-laws by the end of the manga. Jeesh, guy's got it kinda rough.
- You Must Be Cold: Subverted. Keiichi has a great tolerance to cold because he is from Hokkaido.
Angel: Holy Bell
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Akemi Okamura (JP–Mini-Goddess 1-13), Yumi Touma (JP–OVA [young]), Mio Shionoiri (JP–Movie [young]); Juliet Cesario (EN–OVA), Bridget Hoffman (EN–Movie, Mini-Goddess), Chloe Thornton (EN–Movie [young]), Eileen Stevens (EN–TV)A goddess who ends up contractually bound to Keiichi Morisato after he accidentally dials the Goddess Relief Office. Ever since, Belldandy lives with Keiichi at the Tariki-Hongan Temple in Nekomi City, Chiba Prefecture (near Tokyo). She actually has the power to cancel the contract at any time, but she won't, saying Keiichi is a special person in her heart and that her purpose is to make him happy.Belldandy is kind, patient, and warm, not only to Keiichi but to everyone without exception. She can easily sense other people's emotions, and tries her best to be empathetic to all those around her. However, even though Belldandy tries her best to be as kind as possible, it is revealed that she's actually incredibly insecure about her own emotions, particularly if it involves Keiichi in any way. If she sees any human girl pursue him, she'll become jealous and her subconscious rage will precipitate a power-leak that affects everything in the immediate vicinity, referred to as a "jealousy storm"Belldandy is licensed as a Goddess First-Class (Unlimited), and as such is highly skilled. Her power is so great, in fact, that she is required to wear a special earring on her left ear which constantly seals the full brunt of her magical strength. Belldandy's angel is Holy Bell; her elemental attribute is wind. Like all angels, Holy Bell augments Belldandy's magical powers when called upon, and like all angels, she also reflects her master's current state.
- All-Loving Heroine: Comes with the territory of being a First-Class Goddess. In her case, "all-loving" goes so far as to include inanimate objects.
- Alternative Continuity: The mythical Norn Verðandi is a Jotun giantess and Valkyrie unrelated to the Aesir (the Norse pantheon). Though there are three main Norns, there are also numerous minor Norns that govern the fate of mortals.
- Apocalypse Maiden: In The Movie. Twice.
- Bash Brothers: When racing with bike and sidecar, Belldandy and Keiichi are this. Their synergy must be seen to be believed. Sadly for fans of the anime, this only shows up in the manga… and one scene early in the movie.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: It's revealed near the end of the manga that she'd been monitoring Keiichi for years and had developed feelings for him even before meeting him face to face when she descended to Earth to fulfill his wish. However, she did not expect to get stuck away from heaven due to said wish. She was upset about this early in the manga and it showed, though it worked for the better eventually.
- Berserk Button:
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is the sweetest person you'll ever meet… unless you piss her off, especially if you try to harm Keiichi.
- While most of the early examples of this is comical in nature due to her expressions, the first serious example of this is in the manga when Keiichi and Sora are trapped inside the Motor Club room with a love potion-infused lunch box. Knowing where the love potion comes from, she confronted Urd with them with a Death Glare that is enough to make her older sister of all people to tremble in fear.
- Don't make her jealous. If she's in Clingy Jealous Girl mode, she subconsciously causes small explosions and freak weather changes.
- Oh, and don't threaten her either. Toshiyuki Aoshima tried to rape her once, and this got him tossed through a wall. With a tornado.
- Blow You Away: Her elemental affinity is wind.
- Break the Cutie: In the movie. She is so traumatized by Celestine's actions that her memory has to be erased.
- Brought Down to Normal: She's not physically as strong or coordinated when she doesn't have her powers; she even pines at not being able to sing. It is not outright stated if this extends to her preternatural capacity to excel in all earthly tasks, though it's implied. In hindsight, she argues that she would not like being as limited as a human.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: One of the restrictions of being a first class goddess.
- However, just because she can't lie, it doesn't mean she has to tell the truth. She can and has withheld information… like in the very late manga where it's revealed that she knew about Heaven altering Keiichi's mind so he would not desire Belldandy sexually. This was the path of least resistance when she bound Keiichi in contract, as the Judgement Gate was a considerably riskier alternative that could have meant losing each other forever. All for the sake of being with him.
- Child Prodigy: As Velsper found out when they performed their Doublet ceremony, she could easily counter anything that he could throw at her when he was trying to prove her lowly compared to him.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She really is kind, compassionate, and warm, but also very possessive of Keiichi. She won't say or do anything, but just be prepared for magical feedback that can cause anything from minor explosions to freak weather changes, caused by her subconscious mind. She will only act if anyone directly threatens Keiichi… and HOLY SHIT will she act.
- Compelling Voice: Even in a world where most magic is based on song, Belldandy stands out for having this. It's so powerful that when performing at a karaoke tournament to support the NIT Motor Club, even Mara (who had been planning to take advantage of the event by converting the song into a demonic spell) was overcome by the feelings of bliss that ensnared the crowd while she sang. So much so that she joined everyone else to sign up for club membership.
- Conditional Powers:
- Belldandy's powers and the access clearance that she can attain entirely depend on her licensure; she still has her powers, but the license itself grants her different levels of what she can do with them. The license is also symbolic, as it serves as proof that she has the self-control and dexterity to wield said powers responsibly.
- As shown in the reality of Yumi Touma's book First End, Belldandy's (and other goddesses') capacity to affect the nature and the environment around her entirely depends on the condition that she doesn't violate universal laws; in other words, nature itself obeys her authority as a goddess as long as she respects what it entails. In reciprocity, nature can refuse to obey her if it deems that she violated said laws (like the fact that she tried to override Keiichi's death by restarting the universe). It's fair to mention that no said instance occurred in the manga itself.
- Death Glare: When anyone threatens Keiichi, she tends to give this. She can even scare her father with it. And her father is Tyr, the Almighty.
- De-Power: In several occasions:
- She becomes tremendously vulnerable when she gets sick;
- Welsper renders her powerless in order to destroy time;
- Hild removes Holy Bell from her in order to force a familiar inside;
- Eihwaz drains her power through a series of rigged rooms, though she ultimately fails; Hagall then drains her completely in the end;
- Subverted in First End. She finds herself powerless once she and her sisters restart the universe to keep Keiichi alive; she tries to heal an ancient tree that doesn't heed to her spells, but she eventually realizes that she's not actually powerless, only that nature won't obey her because she committed the sin of breaking the rules of reality by restarting the universe.
- Dissonant Serenity and The Stoic: Through most situations where another person or even Goddess would be pulling their hair. Even when angered she doesn't betray a sneer.
- The Ditz: Comes off this way to people due to her trusting nature and unfamiliarity with the human world.
- For some reason she is even more of a ditz when in her mini-form.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She's usually barefoot, wearing very short and loose "socks" that leave her toes and heels bare and a pair of anklets.
- The Dreaded: The other goddesses and Mara are terrified at the idea of her getting enraged, to the point that a simple Death Glare from her has once paralized Urd, Skuld and Peorth through fear.
- Drunk on Milk: One 12oz/355mL can of cola and she's hammered.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Her first goddess outfit is heavily Indian-esque, with a forehead marking to match. Said marking also changed sizes often to reflect her emotions.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the manga. The animated adaptations, produced years later, use her final characterization.
- Originally relied on red lightning magic with no traces of wind at all. See her entry for Shock and Awe below.
- Although still friendly, she didn't really think much of Keiichi at first, often rolling her eyes at how pathetic he was. Of course this changed quickly once the contract was in place, but that's more because his Hidden Depths and Nice Guy nature grew on her.
- She was very outwardly emotional to the point of easily picking fights with Urd early on (granted, Urd means well but is very unpleasant to be around at the beginning). It tones down when Skuld appears in the manga, as Belldandy's younger sister needs a role model to look up to. She can still show anger, but it is only reserved for situations where she is heavily provoked.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: With the way Urd and Skuld behave, she might as well be the oldest sister out of the three.
- Fauxreigner: Most people that meet her think that she is a Westerner, and her mannerisms and customs are Scandinavian; early in the manga, Belldandy does admit that she's mostly familiar with Scandinavian cuisine until she begins to try more endemic dishes. Justified due to her being a Norse goddess.
- Fingerless Gloves: While in her goddess outfits.
- Friend to All Living Things: And some unliving things as well. See Machine Empathy below.
- Foreshadowing: Early in the manga when Belldandy and Keiichi first kiss, Keiichi is surprised at the unseemly fact that from nowhere thousands of flowers just sprouted around them; though he thinks nothing of it at the time, during the Niflheim arc Belldandy uses the same tactic to be able to hide from Hagall and it's later revealed that the flowers are a reaction to the living contract that Belldandy had enacted initially upon Keiichi, rendering him unable to lust for her for years until the contract was dissolved at that very moment.
- Go-Getter Girl: According to Urd and Skuld, Belldandy just collected Goddess licenses as a hobby before she met Keiichi. To put things into perspective, she is a Norn who also has the combative ability to have earned a Valkyrie's Silver Wings. This is part of the reason why Skuld never understood why Belldandy settled for a lowly mortal down at the Earth when she used to be so much more in Heaven. Unpredictably, she excels in all earthly activities too.
- Hair Antennae: Typically 4-6, but varies wildly in the early manga.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Belldandy's hair color varies over time, depending on when Fujishima colors her. Started silvery-purple in the manga which slowly turned grey and eventually settled with light brown while black and white are reserved for the majority of Heaven flashbacks. The anime invariably makes her hair dirty-blonde.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She goes catatonic before the events of the movie when she learns that her mentor Celestine turned traitor; it's so bad that they have to erase the memory for her to begin functioning again.
- Home Sweet Home: She worked hard enough as a goddess for most of her life to earn herself a respite on Earth without anyone batting an eye in Heaven. With Keiichi, they both built a home to live in and surrounded themselves with loyal friends and family. Damn anyone else if they don't let her go all "domestic".
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Everything she wears. She'd look gorgeous even dressed as the Michelin Man.
- Improbable Hairstyle: As a goddess, it's understandable that her hair is immaculate and impeccable; her ponytail, however, is idiosyncratic on its own and it's extremely rare to see it undone.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Defines the concept of a pure-hearted person. The definitive moment would probably be the Angel Eater arc. Attempting to turn her evil by replacing her angel with a demonic familiar resulted in the familiar being purified and becoming (functionally) an angel… at least until Welsper got ahold of it.
- Informed Ability: In addition to being a goddess, she also happens to be an engineering student at Nekomi Tech, although we hardly ever see her work with machines. Probably due to the fact that between Skuld, Megumi, and Chihiro, the series already has three wrench wenches, not to mention Keiichi himself and the Auto Club as a whole. That said, during one emergency, she was able to upgrade Chihiro's small bike and turn it into a full blown superbike using parts from nearby crashed or junked vehicles, while riding it.
- The Ingenue: So sincere, naïve, and nice that it hurts. One demon even comments that her niceness is a potent spiritual attack, and there are plenty of examples in the manga where it's been weaponized. It's also shown to be a method of deflection.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Only in the anime; in the manga her eyes are sorta greyish, like her hair.
- Insecure Love Interest: Despite being a goddess, she often asks Keiichi if she's good enough to be with him, usually if she suspects another woman is getting too friendly with him. And he constantly reminds her that she is. In chapter 285 this is revealed to be partly because Belldandy was aware of Heaven's manipulation of Keiichi's mind when the contract was first made.
- Interspecies Romance: With Keiichi.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She is an incredible fighter who is always immaculately dressed. Even her battle suit could pass for a night dress.
- Lady of War: She's gentle, graceful, and uses a staff as a weapon. Her angel even uses a bow and arrow.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever she removes the earring that seals her powers (like in the Lord Of Terror story), someone is going to come to a bad end. The land around her literally distorts because she's got so much power at her disposal and is about to use it.
- Lonely at the Top: Being the tenet of support for Urd and Skuld means that they don't play with her the way they play with each other. She's actually jealous of the relationship between her sisters.
- Love Before First Sight: Belldandy tells Keiichi she has been watching him (as part of her job) most of his life, and was in love with him before they ever met.
- Love You and Everybody: Comes part and parcel with being a first class goddess. She is however willing to make an exception for Keiichi in that she will always choose him over everyone and everything else, which she makes explicit even when she's drunk in Volume 15:Belldandy: "If I had to choose between saving the world and saving Keiichi... I would save Keiichi."
- Machine Empathy: This is how she deals with machines; she talks to them like an understanding friend and fixes their problems. As she stated, "Every last nut and bolt is like a friend to me". This is also the reason why Banpei is so attached to her despite not having an emotion program.
- Magical Girlfriend: Contractually and doing a really damn good job at it.
- Magic Contract Romance: With Keiichi.
- Magnetic Hero: Attracts others to her with her compassion and inner steel. It is even implied several times in the series that she is the one who holds the main character group together.
- Mayfly–December Romance: With Keiichi. Unfortunately for her, he's the mayfly.
- Martial Pacifist: She's ridiculously powerful, but prefers domestic work and singing. The "pacifist" part disappears late in the manga when she and (especially) Keiichi's lives are in danger.
- Neat Freak: She's very obsessed with cleaning and putting things in order. This reflects in her appearance, her approach towards everyday life, and her problem-solving skills.
- Never Gets Drunk: She could drink a distillery's worth of booze and not even hiccup. But keep her away from the cola.
- Nice Girl: She works for the Goddess Help Line, the public face of the Heavens. What did you expect?
- Not So Above It All:
- Before Skuld showed up, Belldandy and Urd fought almost as often as Urd and Skuld would later do. She was also prone to wacky face faults back then, something that would usually be out-of-character for her to do as the resident Yamato Nadeshiko.
- When it comes to racing, her competitive streak rivals Keiichi's.
- In First End, Belldandy nearly destroys the universe to keep Keiichi alive.
- Overwhelming Exception: Keima (Keiichi's father) is afraid of most if not all women except his wife Takano, his daughter Megumi… and Belldandy.
- Parental Substitute: Due to the huge age difference, their busy mother, and Belldandy's status as The Reliable One, Skuld sees Belldandy as more like a mother than a big sister, which is part of why she is not okay with Keiichi "stealing" Bell away from her.
- Parrot Exposition: Especially in the anime, she occasionally repeats whatever Keiichi is surprised about to reflect her purity and cluelessness on earthly customs.
- Person of Mass Destruction: When she gets jealous, she causes storms, and wishes that she grants can destroy the entire world - in theory. (In practice, anyone who would wish for the world's destruction won't get a wish.)
- The Pollyanna: Invoked. She is very optimistic and positive, but she is not above worrying and she has clearly defined limits to her patience. She's very difficult to move, but she is most definitely not invulnerable.
- Power Limiter: As with most high-level deities, Belldandy wears power-limiting jewelry… namely a double-clasp earring. It's a bad day for whoever is on her receiving end on the rare occasion she removes it.
- Promotion to Parent: Ansuz, due to her obligations, was never around Belldandy or Skuld, so their raising depended largely on their own devices and the use of mentors. As such, Belldandy practically raised Skuld like her daughter, which is why her little sister is so protective of her.
- Rebellious Princess: At Tariki-hongan Temple, Belldandy is the only resident goddess who doesn't even show hints of doing any research or any intention of continuing her duties in Heaven and has been called out numerous times on this.
- The Reliable One: Is the most constantly responsible among the three sisters.
- She's Got Legs: Belldandy is not nearly as showy as other girls in the manga, but her immaculate legs are shown to be the feature that Keiichi most admires and ogles on her.
- Shock and Awe: Early in the manga, where Belldandy is more outwardly emotional, red lightning orbs are prominent in her magic. Victims of Bell's lightning magic includes the Earth Spirit, Keiichi, Urd, Sayoko, and Aoshima on separate occasions. This disappears once Mara is introduced and she started using wind magic instead.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Keiichi.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It should be Verðandi… and it is in certain translations.
- Toren Smith, the original English translator of the manga, was well aware of the Norse elements and the "correct" spelling – in fact he wrote a short essay explaining it to readers – but opted to use Fujishima's incorrect transliteration anyway, concluding…
- Spy Catsuit: Her riding leathers for when she's racing, all of which have some form of heart motif.
- The Three Faces of Eve: The calm, compassionate, and domestic Belldandy, goddess of the present, represents the wife.
- Turn Out Like Her Father: Hild argues that Belldandy's attitude and demeanor reminds her so much of Tyr that she finds it unnerving. This is one of the reasons Hild is both fond and resentful of Belldandy at the same time, and why she picks on her in particular.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Several characters comment that Belldandy is terrifying when something threatens or demeans her boyfriend. They're not lying.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Out of all people, with Keiichi (even though they're supposed to be a couple). The guy is not even inches past first base with her, though their compatibility and love for each other goes past the ceiling. Turns out his lust for her has been artificially locked in place pretty much since they met because Belldandy didn't want to go through the Gate of Judgement, which poses the risk of losing each other forever.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Despite being a Norse Goddess, Belldandy embodies this trope to the fullest – sweet tempered, loving and devoted, gentle touch of inner iron, there's even a picture of her in a kimono on Images Links.
- Weirdness Magnet: Most of the otherwordly or supernatural events that happen in the series are due to her constant presence on Earth. She argues that she's effectively creating an imbalance just by being there, which consequentially causes the creatures from Niflheim to try to compensate or drive her away from Earth. And then, Urd and Skuld showed up too.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Class A in the OVA while wearing her race queen/pit girl outfit.
Angel: World of Elegance
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP); Lanelle Markgraf (EN–OVA), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (EN–Movie), Wendee Lee (EN–Mini-Goddess), Shannon Conley (EN–TV)Belldandy's older half-sister, and the second Goddess to appear to Keiichi. Urd ranks as a Goddess Second-Class, Limited license (management category), similar to her youngest sister Skuld. She is the Yggdrasil System Administrator and Manager. Though she is much more powerful than her sisters, she is not a First-Class Goddess for several reasons (she declined promotion because she felt doing so was the best way to protect her sisters). Urd shares a common father with her younger sisters, but has a different mother, the Daimakaicho, Hild. Because of this, Urd is a hybrid of Goddess and Demon, reflected in the half-white/half-black appearance of her Angel, World of Elegance. Her elemental attribute is fire and lightning.Urd fancies herself a Goddess of Love, so she comes to Earth to spur Keiichi onward with love potions and well-meaning (but deceitful) advice. However, as punishment for deserting her post and for using her powers on Earth without authorization, The Almighty banishes her from Heaven until further notice. After being allowed to go back, she decides to stay on Earth instead.
- Absolute Cleavage: A feature of most of her wardrobe.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her goddess outfit is dark blue in most manga illustrations and the OVA, but in the TV series and the movie it is purple.
- Alchemy Is Magic: To reflect her status as the Norn of the Past, Urd is shown to be a talented potion maker. Justified because many cultures in the past began experimenting with alchemy.
- The Alcoholic: Justified. Alcohol is her main source of energy on Earth.
- Antagonistic Offspring: A mild example towards Hild. Deep down, though, Urd does love her.
- Big Breast Pride: She's VERY proud of her large chest, to the point of having an "if you've got it, flaunt it" mentality and being occasionally accused of being a hooker. She even goes so far as to tease Skuld about it… never mind that poor Skuld is physically a kid 99% of the time.
- Big Sister Instinct: Frequently pops up from time to time whenever Belldandy and Skuld are in danger. She is wiling to risk her life for her younger sisters.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Urd's inherent powers are potentially leagues above those of her sisters and possibly any other deity except The Almighty and Hild (her parents), but she prefers to hang out with her siblings to watch over them and have some fun instead.
- Broken Bird: Due to her heritage. See Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid, though.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Cannot express any feelings of affection for her mother, in case her soul gets charmed by the demons.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Averted! Part of the reason Urd refuses to become a first class goddess is she believes that it's important that she retain the ability to tell a lie to protect those she loves. She has such a reputation for lying that even Belldandy can see through her.
- Characterization Marches On: When Urd first appears in the manga, she tries to rape Keiichi (which is played for comedy) in order to "advance" his knowledge of sex – her intent was to make him less fearful of approaching intimacy with her sister. She is also shown to be outright mean-spirited towards Skuld (who isn't a Bratty Half-Pint during her first manga appearance). Post Volume 6, Fujishima softened her up quite a bit and made her less of an "Evil Big Sister" and more of a "Cool Big Sister" character. To reflect this, his art style changed to make her less mean and jerky looking.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Urd's logic on how engines work can be a little bit off; in "Mystical Engine" she believes that they are powered by trolls. Turns out The Cuckoolander Was Right several pages later.
- Consummate Liar: She is so good at lying that she refuses to be promoted to a first class goddess so that she can use those talents to protect her beloved ones and pair Keiichi and Belldandy together.
- Comically Missing the Point: Keiichi brings Urd and Skuld an extra TV so they stop going at each other's throats, completely missing the fact that it's not the TV that they like as much as competing with each other.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: How Urd likes to deal with people, particularly Skuld and Aoshima.
- Cool Big Sis: Only develops into this in later adaptations and manga chapters. In the movie she's much more mature than average.
- Daddy's Girl: Subverted. Being the daughter of the Daitenkaicho and the Daimakaicho has brought her very little advantage, though her relationship with her father is implied to be the key to her being out of trouble in spite of her mistakes (though this extends to Belldandy and Skuld too). One of the problems she faced early on in her life was that, as a half-goddess half-demon, she was seen as a potential liability and given very little credit for her achievements, so she only found consolation with her sisters and no one else.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Well, white or silver-haired, but you get the idea.
- Death Glare: One of the things◊ she gets from her mom.
- The Dreaded: Chrono nervously remembers Urd as "The Exchanger Of Goals And Means" and "Heaven's 2nd Class Goddess Of Destruction". This carries overtones of an ominous reputation that Urd seems to have in the heavenly ranks.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: The times Urd fully accessed her demonic magic caused… problems.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: As indicated in Belldandy's entry above, Urd doesn't act like she's the oldest out of the three. She exhibits many second child traits and stereotypes, especially the rebellious aspects.
- Fighting Spirit: Summoned a muscular genie to shoot rubber bands for her in the Great Rubber Band War against Skuld's wooden tank and Peorth's makeshift vine railguns. There's also the snowman she created in the OVA.
- Fingerless Gloves: One of the accessories she's worn over the years. Later they get swapped out for regular.
- Urd and Skuld are banes to one another and will spend every waking hour trying to one-up and upset each other in every way possible; they do this so much that it makes Belldandy jealous.
- She is this to Hagall. Urd is Hild's natural daughter who cannot express love or admiration for her mother for fear of becoming fully demonic; Hagall is Hild's adoptive daughter who loves Hild unconditionally and is wholly demonic through and through.
- Foreshadowing: Many characters commented that Urd acted more like a demon than a goddess before her heritage was discovered.
- Fountain of Youth: For one episode (three manga chapters), due to Yggdrasil's system malfunction right after the Lord Of Terror arc.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Played with. Urd is the Beautiful Sister by default, but she is quite snarky sometimes and no intellectual slouch herself (unless machines are involved). She also tries to hook Keiichi and Belldandy together while Skuld tries to keep the two apart.
- Good Bad Girl: She's tried getting Keichi to be more assertive with Belldandy by getting him to have sex with her even when she has full knowledge of the restrictions imposed to Keiichi towards feeling any lust towards Belldandy; it seemed that she did it in the eventuality that the contract would be broken by doing so, which it didn't until Belldandy lifted it.
- Good Is Not Soft: Even when separated from her demon self, full-Goddess!Urd still strikes Keiichi with a thunderbolt for staring at her during a Panty Shot (courtesy of Skuld who stamped a marking on her behind to differentiate Goddess!Urd from Demon!Urd)
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her default outfits in the anime are mostly of this color.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Can at the very least, say "I love you" in multiple languages.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially in the early parts of the manga, Urd is very easy to anger. She mellows down post-Lord of Terror though.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She is very sociable and very alcoholic.
- Hopeless with Tech: Being a foil to Skuld and to reflect her status as the Norn of the Past Urd is this, normally Type 2. She does well with the Yggdrasil system though; she is even the system administrator. It's the mechanical stuff that she has problems with, which stands out more because sophisticated machinery is a common feature in the series.
- Hot-Blooded: Is extremely passionate and fiery in many things she does; Skuld assumes her to be foolish due to this trait of hers.
- I Am Not My Mother: Though deep down she finds Hild cool, she is seriously against returning to Hell with her or going full demon.
- Immortal Immaturity: Can be just as bratty as Skuld.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: It fits her potion-making talents, she even wears them when she isn't making any.
- Lady of Black Magic: She has the graceful appearance, elemental affinities of fire and lightning, and an Angel named "World of Elegance". However, she doesn't have the composure, instead being headstrong, short-tempered, and bratty.
- Love Goddess: Or so she fancies herself to be. Almost if not all of her attempts at planning this result in trouble for whoever she tries helping, usually poor old Keiichi.
- Makeup Is Evil: She was depicted with heavy sharp mascara and deep red lipstick when she was posessed by the Lord of Terror. The same applies to her demon self when it is separated from her in a later arc. In the case of the latter it wears off when she went undercover so that Keiichi and Belldandy cannot tell the difference between her and full-goddess!Urd.
- Mid-Air Bobbing: Prefers to float rather than sitting on furniture.
- Ms. Fanservice: Provides most of the fanservice in the series with her voluptuous figure and revealing outfits, and she's fully aware of it.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Can pull this off just like her mother.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Half-demon on her mother's side. Subverted in that there doesn't seem to be any prejudice on either side and most of the angst comes from Urd herself coming to terms with her demon ancestry, though one flashback to Urd's past in volume 30 showed that some lesser unnamed goddesses might have had a problem with it.
- Not So Different: From both Skuld and Hild.
- Not So Above It All:
- She's really, really proud of being Hild's daughter and she finds her extremely cool, only that she cannot say it out loud for fear of turning into a demon.
- She's willing to cheat and lie not only for the sake of her sisters, but also for Keiichi.
- Only Sane Woman: Surprisingly gets moments of this every now and then. Keiichi is still the main one with her around.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Whenever Urd lets her demonic side come to the fore, as in the Lord of Terror or the Split Bodies arcs, she becomes significantly less comical and more threatening. Everyone notices, and everyone is terrified when they see it. This generally occurs whenever she is not the comic relief in a story arc (which she usually is).
- Gets flipped on its head during the Split Bodies arc - in an attempt to identify which body is the demon, Keiichi reasons that he can tell the two Urds apart by looking into their eyes. When he tries it, both Urds give him identical Moe expressions, causing him to freak out because Urd never does "innocent and cute".Keiichi: "I have seen the stuff nightmares are made of."
- Gets flipped on its head during the Split Bodies arc - in an attempt to identify which body is the demon, Keiichi reasons that he can tell the two Urds apart by looking into their eyes. When he tries it, both Urds give him identical Moe expressions, causing him to freak out because Urd never does "innocent and cute".
- Parent with New Paramour: Her parents were forcibly separated by the Gate of Judgement, though Tyr later married Ansuz and had Urd's sisters with her. Urd and Ansuz get along just fine, as Ansuz argues that having Urd was more than worth the risk her parents had to go through to create her.
- Percussive Maintenance: A firm believer of this trope.
- In "I'm the Campus Queen", she kicked the bike she's supposed to repair due to her frustration of not knowing how to fix them and being left behind by other contestants. This technique actually works in her favor.
- She also tried to do this in order to fix Banpei, who anxiously waited for his "girlfirend" to be given sentience by Skuld. Amusingly Urd's hand gets hurt by Banpei's helmet.
- Playing with Fire: She can also cast fire magic, though usually via World of Elegance's aid.
- Pretty Freeloaders: Along with her younger sister Skuld. Keiichi is quick to point this out.
- Qipao: An outfit she's commonly seen wearing.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She's quite aware of her status as Ms. Fanservice, and happily shows off at every opportunity.
- Shipper on Deck: Actively ships everyone and everything she sees fit, namely Keiichi/Belldandy, Skuld/Sentaro (to some extent) and Banpei/Sigel. Her strained relationship with Troubadour probably took part in it.
- Side-Effects Include...: Though she fancies herself a Love Goddess, Urd is more given to potions and pharmacology. However, her tendency to go overboard and constant interception from third parties such as Skuld and Peorth means that none of the stuff she concocts works like it's supposed to most of the time and it's even worse when she's not consulted about it.
- Shock and Awe: This is Urd's elemental affinity, so throwing lightning bolts everywhere is her go-to move, usually whenever something ticks her off. Her ultimate move also involves summoning a magic circle conjuring a violent lightning storm.
- Spanner in the Works: She and Skuld really like to help Keiichi and are always the first ones to jump the gun for him in his endeavors, though they always end up causing more harm than good.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Although "Urd" is indeed one of the accepted Norse spellings of the name, "Urdr" and "Urðr" are more common in primary texts.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's not really that tall, but she is the tallest resident in the temple. She also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous.
- The Tease: Rivals Peorth in this department.
- The Three Faces of Eve: The flirty, fiery, half-demon Urd, goddess of the past, represents the seductress.
- Trickster Mentor: Acts as one to Keiichi when it comes to his love story.
- Troll: The main difference between Skuld's immaturity and hers is that Urd likes to make fun of people for shits and giggles, at times bordering malicious intent. This can arise ire even in Belldandy.
- Unwanted Assistance: She tends to get so enthusiastic about progressing Belldandy and Keiichi's relationship that she might as well throw a wrench in the works instead. Curiously, this is played straight even when she isn't overtly trying to help, since she does absolutely nothing to prevent Skuld from actively interfering in their close moments either.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With her youngest sister Skuld. Used to be this with Mara, and still shows shades of it.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- As she's part-demon, she has a weakness to a genre of music. Depending on the translation, it's either Austrian polkas or Japanese enka.
- When she's divided into good/evil Urd, her evil side resides within a clone of her made by Mara. Turns out, a clone's body isn't nearly as efficient at handling a goddess's powers, which leads to its defeat.
- With Friends Like These...: She often does more harm than good. Whenever she's not trying to amuse herself, she can be somewhat reliable. The only person that finds her completely trustworthy when it counts, out of all people, is the equally unreliable Skuld (not even Belldandy).
- The Worf Effect: As exemplified in the Angel Eater and Niflheim arcs, she is usually the first one to get knocked out despite her strength.
Angel: Noble Scarlet
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP); Pamela Weidner (EN–OVA), Sherry Lynn (EN–Movie, Mini-Goddess), Kether Donohue (EN–TV)The younger sister of Belldandy, and the third Goddess to appear to Keiichi Morisato. She is the third daughter of the Almighty Tyr, and his second daughter with Ansuz. Skuld has a Goddess Second-Class, Type One (limited) license: a category similar to her eldest sister Urd. Skuld is one of Yggdrasil's system debuggers. She compensates for her lack of magic power with her innate talent for invention, which is known throughout Heaven. Skuld is an engineering genius, capable of building just about anything out of the most mundane parts under most limited resources. She can compute equations and redesign even the most complex engineering blueprints in no time.She travels to Earth after Belldandy's proximity to Keiichi started creating an increasing number of bugs in Heaven's supercomputer Yggdrasil. At least that was her official excuse, as she believed Belldandy was living with Keiichi against her will. She tried to convince Belldandy to return to Heaven to resolve the bug problem and at the same time with the ulterior motive of alleviating her loneliness. After realizing that Belldandy's relationship with Keiichi was not going to end any time soon, Skuld decides to stay on Earth and act as Belldandy's unofficial chaperone. She is also noted to have a head-butting relationship with her sister Urd.Her elemental attribute is water, though her reliance on her inventions and explosives made this less apparent at first. She begins to develop her goddess powers later in the story as part of her Character Development, including eventually gaining an angel, whose name is Noble Scarlet.
- A-Cup Angst: Sometimes has shades of this despite being (in goddess terms) a kid, mostly whenever Urd ribs her for her lack of maturity. The TV series makes it more obvious.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the main cast.
- Bad Liar: She's nowhere as experienced as Urd in that respect, so every time she resorts to lying, it comes crashing down on her like a house of cards.
- Berserk Button: She has four:
- Don't treat her like a little kid, regardless of how she looks and/or acts.
- Don't call her out for liking cute things unless you're Belldandy.
- Don't criticize her inventions.
- Getting too close to Belldandy will make her very upset, especially if the person in question is Keiichi.
- Cat Smile: Gives a very mischievous one towards the diskette-bound Lord of Terror before she erases him with a magnet.
- Children Are Innocent: She might not be a proper child – as a goddess, she's potentially thousands of years old already – but she is indeed much younger in mind, body, and experience than her sisters and their friends.
- When the Gate of Heaven prompts Keiichi to insert the giant key in her chest keyhole, all that innuendo is actually lost on Skuld, who is just making a confused expression filled with worry. Keiichi, Urd, and Peorth are red as beets, while Belldandy has one of her jealously outbursts.
- This is likely why she is the only main character to not be corrupted by the forces of evil(Keiichi and Urd were once possessed by the Lord of Terror, Belldandy appears to be so when Hild forced a demonic familiar into her).
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In a sisterly manner towards Belldandy.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Played with. Skuld can use magic, which she mainly uses to build her gadgets; it's shown that this magic is so powerful that it can overcome Hrungnir's nullification, which neither Belldandy nor Urd can flank. While she's practicing her elemental manipulation powers with water, Skuld shows that her abilities are enormous if unsupervised by either Urd or Belldandy.
- Cry Cute: Occasionally when she's not blowing off her fuse she resorts to crying instead, during the episode where Urd calls Banpei useless.
- Cute Bruiser: By default since she couldn't use her magic until she fell for Sentaro and it started to develop.
- Cuteness Proximity: Her hotheaded nature will dissipate when she sees cute animals and machines.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments in her early appearances (where Urd's recklessness and Hair-Trigger Temper is at its peak) and in Flights of Fancy.
- Depending on the Writer: Skuld's jealousy towards Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship varies every chapter and adaptation – most of the time she butts in from the word go to stop them but it tones down when there are more pressing matters (understandable), when it is her focus episode, or when it involves ghosts.
- The Dreaded: As in Urd's entry of this trope, Chrono jumps back at the presence of Skuld while scowling; much like Urd, Skuld also seems to have an ominous reputation in heaven.
- Drop the Hammer: A debugging mallet used to squish the Yggdrasil bugs. After creating Banpei she rarely carries it with her, though it manages to show up from time to time.
- Doing In the Scientist: All those machines she makes are ultimately revealed to be the result of one of her latent goddess powers.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Invoked. As she finds out in the TV series, Keiichi doesn't treat her any differently even when she's accidentally grown up, meaning that she did recognize that he has boundaries that he always respects regardless of the situation; as such, to Keiichi, Skuld is not any less Belldandy's little sister just because she's temporarily older.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Skuld hates being treated like a 12-year old. Unfortunately for her, not only does she look the part, she also acts like it. It doesn't really matter that she's centuries or millennia old in Earth terms, since by heavenly reckoning she is still a kid, and she does not take that well.
- To Urd as mentioned in her entry.
- She is this to Hrungnir. They are both overtly proud Gadgeteer Geniuses and the little sisters of tremendously powerful beings which they love unconditionally. Incidentally, they both use red battle suits.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To reflect her status as the Norn of the Future. She's turned an advertisement manikin with that just repeats the same sentence over and over into a fully functioning robot with human level intelligence.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Played with. Skuld is the more recluse Smart Sister by default but she also has her bratty moments. She also tries to keep Keiichi and Belldandy apart while Urd tries to hook them together.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a large hair ribbon around her head in the middle of the manga. Initially functions as a device to resist mind-control during the "Queen Sayoko" arc, she continues to wear it until the end of volume 20. The movie (which was in production during said time period) keeps the ribbon too.
- Hammerspace: She can stuff infinite amount of bombs bigger than her fists, batteries and remote controllers inside her shirt.
- Hates Being Alone: The main reason she showed up at Tarikihongan in the first place is because her sisters left her alone in Heaven. Though she is extremely runty and proud, she is shown to enjoy the company and friendship of most people she meets as long as they don't treat her as a kid. In particular, she is utterly terrified of being left alone in a fight because of her underdeveloped powers.
- Hero In Training: She is on the road to become one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, goddess in Heaven according to Urd… that is, if she's able to keep her pride in check. It's shown that both Urd and Belldandy are actively working on her, though they are cautious in not filling her with ideas, seeing that Skuld is already very cocky.
- Hot-Blooded: Skuld has a very short fuse compared to her sisters. She's not only prone to outbursts, she is also markedly confrontational and trigger-happy. The virtue in all of this comes from the fact that while she measures the consequences of her actions poorly, she is never malicious.
- Idiot Hair: Only one strand, as oppposed to Belldandy's 4-6.
- If Its You Its Ok: She doesn't keep any secrets from Sentaro, so he's fully aware that Skuld and her sisters are actual Goddesses.
- Imagine Spot: Appears in the form of cutesy crayon drawings in the OVA and the TV series.
- Inverted Trope:
- Much to the contrary of Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship, Skuld is actually the one who is pursuing a relationship with Sentaro and not the other way around. She is the one worrying about advances, what to do or not to do, and making an effort not to alienate him. Though it seems to be working, it's not happening nearly as fast as she'd like. She does get a tremendous boost to her powers as a result, though.
- In spite of both being machine and design geeks, this is not a common aspect that Skuld and Keiichi have that affects their relationship for the better as it should. If anything, they rarely if ever interfere with each others' work. Most of their interactions concern Keiichi's relationship with Belldandy.
- Little Miss Badass: She may be small, but she can still kick some ass.
- Loving Bully: She is more than willing to slap Keiichi around◊, but she is no stranger to◊ his kindness and love for her.
- Making a Splash: This is her elemental affinity and it shows from her ability to teleport to anywhere with water, though she never used it initially due to her inexperience with magic. Her water magic develops later on in the series.
- Mundane Made Awesome: She has an habit of doing this by sheer passion, but her crowning achievement in this trope is her defeat and killing of the Lord of Terror by erasing a floppy disk with a magnet.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: She will fly into a fury if Keiichi gets too cozy with Belldandy, especially in the anime and early on in the manga. Later on in the manga this is toned down as she matures and as Keiichi and Belldandy finally grow closer. It's nearly absent in the OVA.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Invoked. Though Skuld is shown to have grown up◊ by design since the beginning of the manga, Ansuz remarks that she hasn't really gotten any bigger. That's her mom saying that.
- Not So Above It All:
- She'll never admit it, but she is as close to loving Keiichi as part of her family as she is to Belldandy. One of her character development aspects is her gradual realization of seeing Keiichi as a reliable and caring person.
- She loves Urd as much as she loves Belldandy. If anything, she trusts Urd more than Belldandy does.
- Not So Different: From Urd and Keiichi.
- Only Six Faces: If her inventions have a face they will usually ended up looking like Banpei. Sigel is spared from this because she is a repurposed human-made automaton whom Skuld retrofitted an AI into at Banpei's request.
- Overnight Age-Up: For one episode (1½ chapters of manga). She was more then a match for Belldandy while it lasted. And while she was at it, she began to develop feelings for Keiichi.
- Overwhelming Exception: She rarely shows behaviors that resemble either Belldandy's or Urd's... except when she's with Sentaro; it's then when Skuld shows that she's their sister indeed.
- Plot Tailored to the Party: The episode where she (temporarily) grows to adult size in the anime is a combination of two separate stories in the manga: one where she grows up and Urd shrinks due to problems at Yggdrasil, and one where she unwittingly intercepted an "I love you" declaration from Keiichi. note
- Power Incontinence: Tends to accidentally go overboard when using water magic, this is caused by her lack of experience controlling them.
- Pretty Freeloaders: Along with her eldest sister Urd.
- Puberty Superpower: Starts developing her powers as soon as she learns to love – in other words start maturing and learning to feel for someone outside of her own family.
- Reality Warper: Give her a pile of junk and chances are she'll make a Humongous Mecha out of it in seconds.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: She probably could have revolutionized the world a dozen times over if she didn't keep her talents to herself. This is even lampshaded.
- The Resenter: She really dislikes praising Keiichi and considers him a braggart even when the praise is completely warranted. She somewhat mellows out in this respect because of his kindness towards her.
- Semantic Superpower: Invoked and played with. It's never made clear whether Skuld is actually a true genius regarding her creation of fantastic machinery due to her knowledge, or rather an individual that can achieve mechanical marvels out of sheer willpower and applied magic. Though she might be an actual genius, the speed on which she can build incredible machinery is certainly supernatural. According to her sisters, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her actual potential.
- Sore Loser: After having her robot trapped by Megumi's in the Robot Wars, she took down both robots by detonating her own to make the fight a tie. Later, Belldandy encouraged her to shake hands with Megumi as a sign of friendship… only for poor Megumi to get electrocuted by her at the end.
- Spanner in the Works: She and Urd really like to help Keiichi and are always the first ones to jump the gun for him in his endeavors, though they always end up causing more harm than good.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Hild quickly notes that Skuld resembles Tyr.
- Stuff Blowing Up: On three, everybody! 1, 2, 3: Skuld Bomb Away!
- She was once exposed to an enchanted object that makes everyone see it as something or someone they can't help but kiss. To her, it looked like a missile.
- Sweet Tooth: Especially ice cream since it's her main energy source.
- The Three Faces of Eve: Immature kid sister Skuld, Norn of the future, represents the child.
- Tim Taylor Technology: Most of her inventions are powerful, but very impractical.
- Tsundere: Towards Sentaro in the manga and in the TV series.
- Unsound Effect: The very first power she develops makes her able to stamp words on her target. If the power amplifier in Queen Sayoko's arc is of any indication, it can become powerful enough to destroy walls.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Skuld is afraid of ghosts. This trait is plot device to keep her from interfering the drama caused by Chieko Honda and Shiho Sakakibara pursuing Keiichi in front Belldandy on separate occasions.
- Wrench Wench: Can build amazing devices and even robots out of even the most mundane of spare parts. Revealed to be a form of magic late in the manga.
- Yandere: Non-romantic example. See My Sister Is Off-Limits! above.
- You Keep Telling Yourself That: She actually likes Keiichi as a person and she's glad that he and Belldandy are together, not that she'll ever admit it.
Angel: Gorgeous Rose
• .Upon arriving on Earth, she immediately and continually tried to seduce Keiichi, believing what he really needed was to have his carnal desires reawakened – Keiichi resists, and she falls in love with him as a result – with the possibility of his seeing her as more useful than Belldandy being an added bonus. For a time, Peorth harbored a deep resentment towards Belldandy because Bell had reported the removal of a bug in Yggdrasil as a team effort after the bug knocked Peorth out. Believing Belldandy was pitying her, she held a grudge… though Bell is eventually able to clear it up as a misunderstanding, and in later appearances the two are on much friendlier terms, although Peorth's incessant flirting with Keiichi puts some strains upon this new relationship.Her magic is based on the element of Earth, mainly associated with roses and vines. Her angel, Gorgeous Rose, follows suit.
- Butt Monkey: She is the most prone to be humiliated out of any of the goddesses. Over the course of the story, she...
- ...receives her first service call in who-knows-how-long, only to discover it's for Keiichi, who doesn't want her and has already contracted with her (in her mind) bitter rival.
- ...has most of her plans on trying to seduce Keiichi comically backfired.
- ...is the point-goddess during the "Demon Child" arc and gets de-aged into a kid and loses her powers as a result.
- ...tries and fails to return to Heaven as a result of the Gate going on strike. In the end, Urd and Skuld adopt an offhand comment from Keiichi and get her through the Gate by shooting her out of a cannon.
- Composite Character: Of all the Norns, really – she has Belldandy's rank, responsibilities, and power level; Urd's fashion sense and tendency towards being a seductress; and Skuld's temper.
- Fingerless Gloves: Most of the time. Initially, she wore what seemed to be leather work gloves over white gloves.
- Fountain of Youth: During the Mysterious Child arc, Velsper uses his control of Yggdrasil to "rewind" Peorth's time, turning her into a child. Unlike with Urd 10 volumes earlier, Peorth lost her powers almost completely. Also unlike Urd (and Belldandy during this arc), Peorth did NOT return to normal once the system was fixed – after a few months, the sys-admins were able to restore her powers, but not her original form.
- Gratuitous French: In the Dark Horse manga translation, Peorth is extremely fond of peppering her speech with French and antiquated English... at least when she's not angry or apathetic. Even Gorgeous Rose is named "La Rose Magnifique" in the original Studio Proteus translation.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In her original introduction in Chapter 66, she even states that she's in charge of fulfilling the carnal/earthly desires and that she's the best at it in her agency.
- Implied Trope: Chekhov's Gift. While she did gauge Urd in order to provide her with a First Class license, it's implied that Peorth actually meant it as a personal gift to Urd to praise their mutual friendship. Urd eventually declined the licensing for unrelated reasons, however.
- Keigo: Peorth's speech pattern in the original Japanese is rather antiquated and polite, used in Real Life only by upper-class women raised before World War II, thus extremely unfitting for a girl who looks and dresses like her. Studio Proteus/Dark Horse opted to translate this by having her use Gratuitous French (see above).
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Subverted. She is the last resident goddess in Tariki-hongan, but she is as problematic to Keiichi as Urd and Skuld.
- Love Goddess: Occasionally tries to play this role for Keiichi and Belldandy, if not Keiichi and herself (see Shipper on Deck below).
- Married to the Job: Even when it seems that she is slacking off at Tariki-hongan, she has actually been on duty the whole time, supervising Urd in particular so that she can evaluate whether she can upgrade her to Goddess First Class. It doesn't mean she didn't enjoy her time there.
- Meaningful Name: Peorth is the name of the Anglo-Saxon rune ᛈ, which has an uncertain meaning; linguists associate it as part etymologic roots meaning "apple tree" or "pear tree", albeit it's also linked to a wood-wind musical instrument as part of a runic poem.
- Meido: Makes anyone who's working under her for special missions wear maid outfits. Poor Chrono.
- Mode Lock: After she's turned into a kid, fixing Yggdrasil doesn't restore her adult body; she's still a kid the next time she appears (albeit with her powers back). It takes the combined efforts of all three Norns plus the personal intervention of Hild herself to allow Peorth to grow up again.
- Ms. Fanservice: Possibly the most obvious example in the series. Her default "robes" – a black tanktop with a boob window, black bikini bottom, and leather accoutrements – are even more revealing than what Urd wears. Lampshaded by Lind in one instance, during an ESCAPE of all times.
- When she gets turned into a kid, her clothes don't shrink with her, meaning they become very loose. After Welsper points this out, she immediately covers up in embarrassment, leading him to lampshade her sudden change in attitude.
- Oblivious to Love:
- She completely misinterprets Tamiya's interest in her, thinking him gay for Keiichi.
- She also follows the advice of a trashy romance novel; this is especially ironic considering she fancies herself a love goddess.
- Not So Above It All: During her early stay at Tarikihongan, Peorth mostly was there to put Urd and Skuld in their place; eventually she found herself pulled down to their schemes and causing as much trouble as them.
- Petal Power: Peorth's Storm of Roses attack in the anime, though in the manga she uses whole roses instead of just the petals.
- The Rival: With Belldandy at first. Then, with both Urd and Skuld for TV rights.
- Shipper on Deck: Eventually ships Keiichi/Belldandy but initially shipped Keiichi/herself.
- Short Hair with Tail: How she styles her hair.
- Spanner in the Works: Peorth is shown to cause procrastination in Heaven every time she comes back with souvenirs from the Earth. Productivity does plummet.
- Sublime Rhyme: By lucky coincidence, her name rhymes with "fourth".
- Sweet Tooth: She is markedly fond of pastries and can spend a considerable time just savoring their scent and appearance alone. She'll refuse to eat any pastry that is not pristine up to her standards. It's also implied that she likes to advertise such things in Heaven among other stuff.
- The Tease: Even more so than Urd.
- Vitriolic Best Buds. First and foremost, with Lind. After her come Urd and Skuld.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: The tone of the series would have been completely different if it had been Peorth picking up the phone in Chapter/Episode One.
- Whip It Good: Involving the thorny vines she is able to summon.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She attempts to win Keiichi's heart by following the dating methods she read in romance and porn manga. This might work if she was the series' actual love interest (she isn't). During that time, she also assumes that she's in a hentai manga. This is lampshaded by the narrator when she fantasizes having sex with Keiichi after a date.
One Winged Angel Lind; Rind
Angel: Cool Mint and Spear Mint
ice, even though she is able to control fire and lightning beams perfectly.Lind had to deal with a lot of teasing and pity in her younger days because her angel only has one wing – turns out she ended up with Binary Angels, Spear Mint and Cool Mint, who each only have a single wing, but no one in Heaven besides Lind knew that because she could only summon one at a time. Frustrated by her inability to call forth both angels at once (and the resulting sadness of them never meeting), Lind chalked it up to "weakness" and threw herself in to Valkyrie training with incredible ferocity. This gained her a reputation as a Goddess of extreme violence and kept anyone from trying to get close to her… and she still couldn't summon both her angels at once. Eventually, she is able to call out both her angels by realizing that she lacked a belief in herself and a trust towards others during her fight with the Angel Eater planted inside of her by Hild in an attempt to replace her angels with devils. She has since become more open and smiles often. She has also established close friendships with Keiichi Morisato, Belldandy, and Peorth.
- Action Girl: She is a Valkyrie, after all. That's kinda their thing.
- An Axe to Grind: Her preferred weapon is a halberd (pole-axe with a spear on the end).
- Blood Knight: She admits at one point that she is fond of breaking things.
- Conditional Powers:
- Her angels won't come out at the same time – not because she isn't powerful enough, but because there was never an instance where she really needed them. It took her a long time to realize this. Incidentally, this is exactly the same thing that prevented Skuld from successfully hatching Noble Scarlet.
- As a Valkyrie and a member of the Fighting Wings, Lind can drop power restrictions very easily, but she risks both her physical integrity and her life by doing so.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Best at fighting out of the goddesses, but the worst at magic. Her attempts to fix Keiichi's house are so bad she and Peorth pass it off as being the demon Hagall's doing.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out seemingly cold and impersonal, but eventually warms up to the point of considering Keiichi a lifelong friend.
- When facing a seemingly possessed Belldandy, she tells Keiichi and Skuld to leave everything to her, despite the fact that she had given her second angel, Cool Mint, to Keiichi to allow them to fight the Angel Eater. Granted, she had special booster patches on her uniform that allowed her some extra strength, however using all those up (as she was planning to do) would have meant that she would never be able to fight again afterwards.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She makes a point to show Belldandy that she is indeed full of emotions, but she's not that good in the way of conversation or interpersonal relations.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears her hair longer on one side than the other, probably ties in to her angels having only one wing each.
- Giftedly Bad: She is so uniformly awful at restoration magic that the objects she tries to fix become permanently distorted in a half-ruined mess. Somehow, these distortions become ingrained as their objects' natural state, making it impossible for anyone else to restore them to their original shapes. Later becomes a plot point when Peorth orders Lind to "fix" the Gate to Hell, knowing it would become so screwed up it couldn't possibly close - thus giving Keiichi and the Norns enough time to escape.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: She can use magic, but mostly fights using her halberd and bare hands.
- An Ice Person: Her elemental domain is ice.
- I Am Not Left-Handed:
- Pulls this on Hild when the reveals that she has more than one angel.
- Her using a huge halberd is simply her way of being polite and giving her opponent a chance. She's actually deadlier without it.
- In-Series Nickname: One-Winged Lind, see One-Winged Angel below. She also has another one – (Twin-Angel Lind, a nickname known by only a few).
- Iron Lady: At the outset, she betrays very little emotion. When she realizes that she unwittingly became the host of the Angel Eater and puts all the goddesses at the temple in peril just by her mere presence, Skuld is understandably upset at her; Lind does feign shame, but argues that she's not going to dwell on it or lose precious time apologizing.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after the Norse giantess/princess Rindr, who was a lover of Odin and gave birth to Váli/Bous, Balder's death avenger.
- Not So Stoic: She was so intent on becoming a great fighter that she even forgot how to smile. Before she went to Tarikihongan, she was shown to be a straight arrow with a no-nonsense behavior to compensate for the fact that her angels only have one wing and she was unable to call them out together (so almost no one knew she had two). After defeating the Angel Eater, she's able to summon both her angels, counts the goddesses and (especially) Keiichi as intimate friends, and even become BFF's with Peorth. She just needed to relax a little.
- Plucky Girl: One of the few goddesses able to fight even with her angel (both of them) taken from her, despite the sheer amount of shock from this that usually causes most other goddesses to lose consciousness.
- The first time, when she discovers that the Angel Eater had piggybacked onto her angel Spear Mint. She doesn't hesitate to rip the angel and the Angel Eater out of her.
- Physical Goddess: Emphasis on "physical".
- Power Limiter: Her halberds function as these, lowering combat potential instead of increasing it. It's implied that this is both for training and to limit collateral damage.
- Worlds Greatest Warrior: Lind's job description as one of the strongest Valkyries in Heaven.
- When She Smiles: Lind becomes a lot less chilly and intimidating, almost to the point of being downright cute.
- Woman in White: She's never seen in anything other than her Valkyrie uniform, which is white with blue trim.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cobalt blue in one manga cover, sky-blue everywhere else.
Chrono, Ere & Ex
Chrono voiced by: Masako Jo (JP, TV Series), Yui Horie (JP, Movie), Rebecca Soler and Alissa Brodsky (EN, TV Series), Tara Sands (EN, Movie)Three goddesses who maintain Yggdrasil. They generally help Peorth and Lind and such by giving relevant exposition, or lines to increase dramatic tension. They also serve as people for Peorth or Lind to give orders to, allowing the commanding character to verbally direct the conflict, and to explain the dangerous nature of certain actions. Chrono in particular is given a greater focus in the manga.
Ere voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (JP, TV Series), Rumi Kasahara (JP, Movie), Alissa Brodsky (EN, TV Series), Elizabeth Cartier (EN, TV Series), Barbara Goodson (EN, Movie)
Ex voiced by: Yoko Honna (JP, TV Series), Akiko Yajima (JP, Movie), Emily Blau (EN, TV Series), Karen Neill (EN, TV Series), Emily Brown (EN, Movie)
Ere voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (JP, TV Series), Rumi Kasahara (JP, Movie), Alissa Brodsky (EN, TV Series), Elizabeth Cartier (EN, TV Series), Barbara Goodson (EN, Movie)
Ex voiced by: Yoko Honna (JP, TV Series), Akiko Yajima (JP, Movie), Emily Blau (EN, TV Series), Karen Neill (EN, TV Series), Emily Brown (EN, Movie)
- Adaptation Expansion: Chrono has brown hair in her first appearance in the movie where she plays a minor role; she is blonde in the manga, where she is shown to be a potential Valkyrie.
- Ascended Extra: Chrono gets her own story arc in volumes 37 & 38.
- Bit Character: Ere and Ex are not given any significant plot in neither manga nor anime.
- Bridge Bunnies: In the movie and TV series.
- Call Back: A goddess (Chrono) that is a superb fighter but is severely lacking in other aspects of being a goddess? Hello again, Lind! This does set a precedent where the focus on fighting forces the Valkyries to neglect other abilities that are second-nature to normal goddesses.
- Canon Immigrant: They were originally introduced in The Movie (and then appeared in the TV series) before being added to the manga several years later.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Chrono might seem fragile and ditzy, but she's actually an extremely fierce and fearsome fighter; it's implied that her fighting abilities even surpass Belldandy and Urd's own, as she is able to sucker-punch the latter without either Norn being able to counter her. She's a serious candidate for Silver Wings Valkyrie.
- Cute Bruiser: It's a remarkable thing when a character with such poor sense of orientation like Chrono is at the same time a tremendously able fighter and martial artist, amply demonstrating it while fighting with Welsper... who is a cat... and while she's wearing a maid dress.
- The Ditz: Played with, as the mission as entrusted by Peorth required this particular set of "assets" from Chrono.Narrator: Chrono was foolish by nature.
Narrator: Chrono had no sense of direction.
Narrator: Now would be a good time to mention that Chrono was also clumsy.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Invoked. Chrono is by no means dumb, but she's so insecure that it affects her confidence, her decision-making, and her self-esteem.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Chrono subdues a program note by round-kicking it to stun it, showing a remarkable display of dexterity. Keiichi is floored by the awesomeness of her move and tells her so. She's not very used to the praise and it's implied that no one in Heaven has told her anything of the sort before, so it becomes a huge boost to her confidence.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Chrono was not only being tested on her ability to retrieve the program entrusted to her, she was also sent to Earth so she could get brownie points in her pursuit of becoming a Valkyrie. In the end, when she has ostensibly shown her chops, Lind is willing to give her a commendation for Silver Wings based on her performance.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Subverted with Chrono. She has the appearance of a girl in her mid-teens, younger than Belldandy but older than Skuld.
- Meaningful Name: Their names suggest that they might be lesser Norns of Time; the original Norse mythology mentions that there are many other Norns aside from the three main ones:
- Chrono is a word of Greek origin referring to time and its measurement;
- Ere is an archaic English word of Germanic origin meaning "before", mainly used in poetry;
- Ex is a prefix of Latin origin meaning "formerly" (among other meanings)
- Never Accepted In Her Hometown: Chrono has never received such praise and admiration from anyone in Heaven like the ones she received from Keiichi and Belldandy. It's implied that Peorth sent her to Earth to boost her confidence, which is something that she always had been lacking.
- Nightmare Face: Normally cute, Chrono is prone to make these kind◊ of expressions◊ whenever a cat shows up.
- Ninja Maid: Chrono, who happens to be a Valkyrie in training, is forced by Peorth to wear a maid outfit when she goes to Earth to deliver a program to Belldandy.
- Replacement Goldfish: The three of them perform maintenance on Yggdrasil, which is the job that Belldandy, Peorth, Urd, and Skuld used to do.
- Self-Deprecation: Chrono is well aware that she is clumsy and easily confused, so she beats herself up with this constantly. She's even told by Belldandy that she should seriously drop it.
- Short Hair with Tail: Not visible from the front, but Ex styles her hair this way, much like Peorth.
- Spanner in the Works: Chrono for Peorth. Chrono is terrible at office work and multitasking; she makes quick decisions and actions that are often wrong and disastrous. While this line of thought does not help her in her current task, it makes her an extremely talented fighter and a noteworthy candidate for the Fighting Wings; Peorth sees these attributes in her and sends her on a mission that will showcase them, and she makes sure that Lind is there to witness her accomplishments. It works out perfectly.
- Super Reflexes: Chrono can attack way faster than what Belldandy can react to; this is remarkable, considering Belldandy is already a licensed Valkyrie.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Chrono has an intense, blinding fear of cats.
- Bishōnen: After Art Evolution kicks in, he trades his muscles and rugged facial features in Urd's Volume 4 flashback for a slimmer figure and a smooth face. His hair also become longer and he gains Pointy Ears to give him an elf-like appearance.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets violently jealous when it comes to Urd, often employing a song that results in the victim being reduced to a bug-filled corpse. Keiichi nearly met this fate but for a timely counterattack from Urd.
- Jerkass: He is very easily offended and often uses Disproportionate Retribution to exact satisfaction. He's remarkably out of touch regarding almost everything that comes into collation.
- Pointy Ears: Gains them after Art Evolution.
The Almighty, Kami-sama, Daitenkaicho
Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (JP-OVA), Hidetoshi Nakamura (JP-TV), Dave Underwood (EN-OVA), Marc Thompson (EN-TV)
Tyr, the Almighty ("Daitenkaicho", "ruler of heaven" in the original Japanese) is the head god. As the Almighty, all goddesses ultimately answer to him and he is responsible for maintaining reality, time, and probability as we know it. His attitude and personality is very commanding, but he is very polite and forgiving; He has forgiven the Norns for disobeying his orders multiple times (as is suggested by Keiichi in the manga). The Almighty One is very blunt and straight-forward. He does not understand how humans act and communicate, possibly because He has not been to Earth in a long time.Throughout the manga and anime his face is never seen – it's always shrouded in shadow, turned away, too close-up, or he's speaking via proxy. All that can be discerned is that he is tall and well-built, with long black hair – it's stated that Skuld looks a lot like him. He also has many seals on his hands, neck, and on his ears, which just goes to show how insanely powerful he is.He is shown to have a rather low opinion of mortals in general and Keiichi in particular, and does not like being challenged.
- Alternate Continuity: The Tyr from O/AMG is related to the Norse Mythology version where Tyr is the leader of the Aesir instead of Odin. In this media's case in particular, the Norns are his daughters, where in the original myth they are not related (and as a matter of fact, the Norns are actually Jotun giantesses and are Valkyries too; also, there are more than three Norns).
- Always Someone Better: It's shown that Ansuz and Hild are equally powerful; this implies that Tyr is more powerful than either of them. As such, the office holder of the Daitenkaicho is stronger than the Daimakaicho.
- Amicable Exes: It's said by Ansuz that Tyr still loves and misses Hild very much. These two wives of his are also surprisingly friendly with each other too.
- Divine Possession: Tyr has the power to possess other beings and communicate and use his powers through them, which he has demonstrated twice: Once with Yuki Gomorrah, a student/fortune teller at Nekomi Tech, and once with the Gate of Judgement.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The Dark Horse character profiles always lists him as, "The Almighty: Almighty."
- The Faceless: His face is never fully shown. The only thing that is ever shown of him in the manga is his arm; this might be an actual Mythology Gag, as the mythological Tyr only has one hand, having lost the other one to the wolf Fenrir. Another clue to his appearance is that Skuld bears a strong resemblance to him, if Hild's remarks and a close-up in the 1993 OVA is of any indication.
- God: Well, duh.
- Not So Above It All: He doesn't want to give Belldandy's hand away in marriage because he doesn't think that either she or Keiichi will bear the pain of losing each other. The Lake Goddess even catches a glimpse of him crying over this before he leaves the Gate's body.
- Overprotective Dad: Even though Keiichi passed the test that would allow him to remain with Belldandy, Tyr insists that he'll only accept it if Keiichi performs a miracle. Which in this case is a bike timetrial that makes the Isle of Man TT race look downright easy.
- Parent with New Paramour: When he was forcibly separated from Hild, he married Ansuz; she gets along with Urd in spite of not being her mother.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He's able to lie with impunity (which Bell calls him out on), and refuses to accept K1 and Bell's passing the Judgement Gate's trial, forcing Keiichi to further prove himself.
- The Trickster: Has elements of this in chapters 293-296.
Serves as the Big Bad of the movie.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
- Broken Pedestal: Poor, poor Belldandy. She crossed the Despair Event Horizon after he was defeated and sealed away, and only being given amnesia could fix her.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in The Movie; not even MENTIONED elsewhere. Though he could be the figure accompanying Belldandy to her Doublet ceremony in the manga.
- Evil Mentor: To Belldandy, he was an Anti Villainous Mentor.
- Expy: Of the biblical Lucifer.
- Fallen Angel: In his case, his initial rebellious act was to abolish the Gate of Judgement; in turn, he was stripped from his powers and physical body, and sealed to drift across space.
- Grand Theft Me: Towards the end of the series, he possesses Keiichi's body.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's an Anti-Villain, but he's a much more serious antagonist than most of the canon villains.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He erases Belldandy's memories of Keiichi as a part of his Evil Plan
- Love Redeems: As Celestine possesses Keiichi's body, he manages to feel and witness the love between Keiichi and Belldandy, which helps him change his mind...
- Man in White
- No Pronunciation Guide: The original Japanese dub shows that it's pronounced "celesteen", bypassing the "e" at the end of the name; the English dub follows suit. However, the official spelling suggests that it can be pronounced like "Einstein", but that's not the case.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He was deeply frustrated with Heaven's methods, thinking they weren't enough to make people happy. Then he tried to destroy the Gate of Judgement, and things went From Bad to Worse.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard not to talk about him without revealing a major plot twist that occurs halfway through the movie.
Morgan le Fay
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Fits the trope when she's first introduced in the movie in her human appearance. She's just as physically able as the goddesses themselves.
- Anti-Villain: She's not really evil. See "Broken Bird" below.
- Broken Bird: Lost her loved one when they couldn't go through the Gate of Judgement, which embittered her deeply.
- Canon Foreigner: Only exists in The Movie.
- Cuckold: Her attempts to come on Keiichi to drive a wedge between him and Belldandy look a LOT like this. Subverted in that it wasn't to steal Keiichi away, but to make Belldandy emotionally vulnerable enough to have Celestin turn her into his Apocalypse Maiden.
- Dark Magical Girl: Perhaps the best example in the whole franchise, as she isn't downright evil but very, very troubled.
- Foil: To Belldandy concerning Keiichi's affections.
- Forceful Kiss: On Keiichi.
- Walking Spoiler: N'aww! Really?
The personifications of the various portals between dimensions/realms. Two Gates make an appearance in canon – One of them, Gate of Heaven, took a humanoid form and visited the Tarikihongan Temple in search of the meaning of the emotion called "Love"; and the second one, the Gate of Judgement, was summoned by Ansuz to enforce judgement upon Keiichi and Belldandy and first appeared in the movie as an inanimate entity. All Gates from the system have exactly the same appearance save for their garb and all have exactly the same memory backup.This entry includes tropes related to the Gates of Hell, though these are not shown to be proper characters.
- Adaptation Expansion: Inverted, as the Gate of Judgement has more meat in the Manga: the Gate of Judgement first appeared in the movie, though it appeared as inert. There, Keiichi and Belldandy go through it almost effortlessly. In the manga, the Gate appears in the same humanoid form as the Gate of Heaven to enforce judgement upon Keiichi and Belldandy and they literally went through Hell and back to cross it and the ordeal itself was emotionally enormous.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Subverted. The gates of the Heaven's Gate system are very much conscious, living beings with personalities and humanoid forms; they just happen to be gates.
- Anthropomorphic Personifications: They are living gates who can take humanoid form.
- Bratty Half-Pint: They have powers and knowledge beyond the goddesses' own, but they are severely lacking in social cues. As such, Gate of Heaven looks down on everyone in the Temple, especially Keiichi.
- Enfant Terrible: Though diminutive compared to the goddesses at the temple, the Gate of Heaven is considerably stronger than all of them. The Gate of Judgement does not take lightly the fact that Keiichi and Belldandy were able to step out of the illusion inside her and promptly cuts the glitch with great force.
- Evil Counterpart: Subverted. While the Gates system of Heaven features living gates, there's no indications that the gates that lead to Hell are alive or even have similar nature as their counterparts.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As the Gate of Judgement points out, the personifications will appear just because there are gates in heaven.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The whole key insertion ordeal; see Visual Innuendo below.
- Hive Mind: As mentioned on the description, all of Heaven's Gates share the same memory and are (mostly) identical to one another.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The Gate of Heaven is an eternal beholder with endless curiosity whom no one talks to. Curious as to why a great number of goddesses have gathered at the temple and the rumors from gods and goddesses passing by regarding that place in particular, the Gate promptly visits the temple, effectively locking every opening in and out of heaven.
- Ingesting Knowledge: The Gates System runs because it feeds on the information from the beings that pass through it. This just happens inconsequentially and the passers-through don't mind; however, because of this matter-of-fact approach the Gate of Heaven initially doesn't take "no" for an answer because she never has had experienced a negative from anyone that goes through her, considering she's barely perceived to begin with. This makes her seem rude and carefree.
- Jerkass: The Gate of Heaven behaves like this toward Keiichi because she doesn't know better, treating him as if he were stupid, though eventually she comes to appreciate his input. Belldandy is not exactly thrilled by this.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Every Gate shown has the same vocal tic (outlined below). When the Gate of Judgement stops using it, that clues Keiichi into the fact that Tyr the Almighty had hacked the gate and was meddling in his trial.
- Paper People: Invoked. Heaven's Gates are personifications of two-dimensional portals; their humanoid bodies show mass and volume, and feature everything in a normal body except arms. Their "coat" moves and behaves like their upper limbs, and fulfills every function related to arm and hand movement. When they're deployed, they show only their heads or no anatomic features at all.
- Road Trip Across the Street: Happens twice:
- The Gate of Heaven opens permanently at Tarikihongan Temple so that she can visit Keiichi and the Goddesses frequently. This comes up into collation again during the coup against Hild, where Lind and Peorth escape Heaven's shutdown directly to the temple.
- Hild places a Gate of Hell a corner away from the temple for convenience.
- Verbal Tic: Every Gate ends their sentences with na no, translated in English as "you know?". When one of the Gates doesn't do this, it's a plot point (see above).
- Visual Innuendo: Gate of Heaven accepts deploying herself once again to allow Peorth to return to Heaven under the condition that Keiichi inserts an enormous key inside her chest; she makes it sound extremely dirty, so much that Urd and Peorth are horrified at the prospect and Belldandy has one of her jealousy outbursts.
Ansuz is the CEO of the Goddess Collective, the second and current wife of the Daitenkaicho Tyr, and the mother of Skuld and Belldandy. She acts as the Interspecies Intimacy Inquisitor when Belldandy gives the Kiss of Truth on Keiichi, and facilitates their Judgment Gate trial. She is named after the ancient Norse rune, and the name of a god in Germanic paganism. She is the last goddess shown in the manga.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Her official title is the Interspecies Intimacy Inquisitor.
- Cute Bruiser: She's the mother of Belldandy and Skuld, so she has plenty of cute to spare; she's also a brutal fighter. She can fight one-to-one with Hild to a stalemate.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The first thing she does when she barges into Hell is telling Hild to shut up because single people have no perspective in marriage matters. This triggers their fight, though it turns out just to be friendly, albeit absurdly violent, banter.
- Friendly Enemy: She and Hild enjoy each other's company a lot, as it seems that there are not many other beings that can talk with them on equal terms. Ansuz even expresses disappointment at Hagall telling her that she has to leave Hell lest she becomes trapped in there.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Due to her obligations, her daughters and her step-daughter were raised by mentors and tutors, and were basically left to their own devices. Though they have a mutual amicable relationship, they are not particularly close to each other; when she shows up in Niflheim to enforce the Gate of Judgement, the Norns are actually more surprised than happy to see her once again.
- The High Queen: She is the highest-tier goddess featured in the manga and the wife of the Daitenkaicho.
- Hot-Blooded: She is more than willing to give Hild a run for her money in both banter and battle. She is also shown to enjoy it. This is very much unlike any other goddess shown in the manga except Lind.
- Invisible Parents: It's shown that her daughters and Urd are fostered and mentored by other gods and goddesses because of her responsibilities.
- Ironic Echo: When Hild first appears in the story, Belldandy admonishes her for waiting for Urd to call her to show up, knowing that she should have come at the very moment her daughter needed her and not a single minute after. Ansuz appears for the first time precisely after Hild calls out Belldandy on her hypocrisy regarding Keiichi; she actually shows up as removed from the situation as possible and not due to any personal reasons, meaning Ansuz didn't come because her daughter Belldandy needed her but out of duty. At least Hild showed up out of concern!
- Married to the Job: Apparently, interspecies romance is so prevalent in the universe that she is constantly and unequivocally busy for most of the manga until the last arc.
- The Missus and the Ex: Her sparring with Hild is incredibly violent until Urd brings them down from their adrenaline rush. They actually don't mind each other that much and are downright friends. She is also very friendly and familiar with Urd, arguing that her existence is the biggest plus to Hild and Tyr's life-threatening relationship and that she is more than worth the trouble they went through.
- Nepotism: Subverted. She enforces the Judgement Gate on Belldandy regardless of her being her daughter.
- Not So Different: From Hild, according to Keiichi. When she fights Hild, he notices that he finds them equally monstrous.
- Parent with New Paramour: She is Tyr's second wife. She has a good relationship with both Hild and Urd.
- Replacement Goldfish: Hild taunts her with this in order to make her mad, considering that Ansuz the Daitenkaicho's second wife.
- Thinking Up Portals: She is able to open a portal to Hell on her own with very neither any qualms nor requiring any permission from the Daimakaicho whatsoever.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Interestingly, she has teal hair◊ even though her daughters have light brown and black hair. However, Belldandy originally had silvery-purple hair before changing it in order to stand out less on Earth, and Skuld's black hair is explicitly stated to come from their father.
The Lake Goddess and The Bard
The Lake Goddess is the subject of the hypothetical scenario given to Belldandy and Keiichi when they go through the Gate of Judgement. In her case, she contains Belldandy. The Bard in turn contains Keiichi.
- Came Back Strong: She was given the drive and the courage to persevere by Keiichi and Belldandy, from which she redefined herself as a Goddess. She gained enough power to break free from a prison as devised by Tyr himself and she came out confident enough to challenge his authority. Ponder that for a moment to put in perspective just how damn strong she became.
- The Determinator: She first cuts her bounds to the lake in despair due to the death of the Bard and she is in turn punished by being contained for all eternity; only, she caught a glimpse of Keiichi and Belldandy before being encased, which gave her hope for the future. During the Daitenkaicho's trial of Keiichi, the Lake Goddess breaks off her eternal shackles and helps the couple through their trial, much to the surprise of the Daitenkaicho.
- Deus ex Machina: She pulls Keiichi from the void once he falls from the Daitenkaicho's bike course, which would have meant his death. Serves as double and triple, because she is literally a goddess and she gives Keiichi his motorcycle back.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Lake Goddess spends a near-eternity encased due to her breaking her vows. Good thing Keiichi and Belldandy gave her a glimmer of hope.
- Mental Story: Most of the arc takes place in the heads of the Goddess and the Bard. Keiichi and Belldandy are inside their bodies, but cannot act on their own, just witnessing the scenario.
- Morality Ballad: The scenario was supposed to teach Keiichi and Belldandy about the dangers of their relationship and how much are they bound to lose when they are separated by Keiichi's death. In turn, the scenario taught the Lake Goddess to persevere beyond her eternal punishment and help Belldandy and Keiichi through their trial in defiance of the Daitenkaicho.
- The Power of Love: Her love for the Bard makes her break off her ties to the lake, earning her an eternity of punishment; the love between Belldandy and Keiichi brings her back.
- Pyrrhic Victory: The Goddess used to be a maiden from a nearby village who was sacrificed by drowning into the lake in order to end a period of severe drought. The Earth spirits offer her to keep her life in exchange of guarding the lake. Though she initially thrived as a goddess, the village eventually disappeared and people stopped visiting the lake, making her duties somewhat pointless. Then came the bard, who offered his whole life in order to keep her company. Her losing him to old age drives her to the point of despair, making her break her vows and be punished for eternity.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The Bard decides to spend the rest of his mortal life with the Lake Goddess.
Third Class Earth Spirit
- The Determinator: He is put into a mouse's body by Belldandy to remain inconspicuous towards Megumi. When Mara takes possession of Megumi's body, she confines him into an inert plush toy. Out of sheer willpower, the Earth Spirit is able to make the plush toy move and he heads towards NIT to save Megumi. He is ran over a couple of times and a dog chews him out, but he makes it to campus, where he is able to attack Mara.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When he first battles Belldandy he doesn't realize who she is and how much she outranks him. Belldandy has to peg him down a few times before she makes him see the error on his ways.
- Guardian Angel: After he is given his leyline back, he is tasked with protecting Megumi where possible.
- House Fey: He is one for Megumi even though he is not bound to the apartment anymore when Belldandy restored his leyline. He protects the apartment and Megumi because he swore Belldandy he would do so.
- Jerkass Gods: He is not very happy that humans severed his leyline, making him lose most of his powers. In retribution he haunts the apartment, keeping most interest parties away.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He is effectively stranded inside the apartment when his power line is severed. He just took it a step too far by targeting humans that had nothing to do with it.
- Not So Above It All: He grows very fond of Megumi as he is tasked to protect her from harm.
- Poltergeist: He behaves this way towards anyone that dares enter the apartment.
A magical broom that belongs to Urd and is in the possession of Belldandy. Stringfellow is the fastest broom in heaven.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: It is utterly in love with Belldandy and it's tremendously overprotective of her.
- Distinguishing Mark: It's no special broom other than having some runes and feathers tied to it.
- Foil: To Gluhen Des Herzen. Stringfellow requires little more than a pep talk to be insanely fast
- Innocent Innuendo: He only wants to be with Belldandy because he wants her to sweep the floor by using it. No more, no less.
- Utility Magic: It's a racing broom, but it's more than content to be used by Belldandy to just sweep the floor.
- Shout-Out: Its namesake is the protagonist of Airwolf, Stringfellow Hawke.‡
- Yandere: Towards Belldandy.
- Bifauxnen: Was originally drawn to be pretty sexless in the manga, even once claiming to be Belldandy's fiancé, before being eventually outed as female. As the series went on, her design shifted significantly (see below).
- Boobs of Steel: Despite (or perhaps because of) her constant failures, Mara demonstrates an unrivaled ability to take physical punishment in stride and, until Thrym's appearance, was the most physically-active of the demons. Accordingly, when reappearing after the Lord of Terror arc, she's shown to be very well endowed.
- But Not Too Evil: The crux of her conflict with the Norns is that their constant presence in Nekomi makes her job more difficult, so she'd like them to return to Heaven. To that end, she's set her sights on breaking up Keiichi and Belldandy. However, she's actually very fond of them (and especially of Urd) even as she's willing to slap them around. Whenever she allies herself with another demon, she's always the lesser of two evils – see The Lord Of Terror, Demon!Urd, Hild – and she attempts to reduce the harm caused whenever the plan goes awry. She always fails at it, but she tries.
- Butt Monkey: After her debut chapter, she becomes more incompetent and frequently receives the bad end of things. She's not that bad of a demon or even remotely powerless, but her weaknesses were figured out pretty fast. It doesn't help that she and the Norns were friends before being given their tasks.
- Cute Little Fangs: Gets these after Art Evolution makes her Progressively Prettier.
- Evil Laugh: A very convincing one, which is kinda ironic considering how poor her actual skills are.
- Evil Plan: Increasing the market share of demons is the purpose of her zany schemes. It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context, if there was any context to begin with.
- Girliness Upgrade / Characterization Marches On: With the years she became increasingly more feminine in the manga. Whereas she was largely asexual in the beginning, from the Lord of Terror arc onward she began getting more shapely and with less sharp features. From the arrival of Hild, she also got less malicious as well.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Given the number of times she gets easily discarded by the Goddesses and Banpei, she does qualify.
- Good Hurts Evil: A mild form; as noted under Weaksauce Weakness, she's hurt by anything that counts as a lucky charm. In one instance, Mara used Demonic Possession on Megumi, and Belldandy was able to drive her out with a cup of tea that had a stalk floating straight up in it. As seen in the chapter where she accidentally stepped on a lucky arrow, human lucky charms aren't enough to kill her, but they can severely hurt her and even give her amnesia.
- Harmless Villainess: She is too goofy to be taken as a serious threat. She was presented as a danger in her early appearances, but suffered heavily from Villain Decay, becoming more of a Butt Monkey, and her plans became less dangerous when the series established that gods and demons have rules against killing each other.
- Hidden Buxom: Those Boobs of Steel were kept well out of sight until Belldandy revealed that Mara is a woman.
- Involuntary Dance: One of her weaknesses. She can't stop dancing (badly) if she hears rock music. note
- Manipulative Bitch: Invoked many times. She tries to be this but she's hardly ever successful.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: One of her plans, involving putting everyone at Nekomi Tech under Sayoko's mind-control (Sayoko's wish) and having her tell the mind-controlled Belldandy to return to Heaven (the payment), almost succeeded; it only failed because Sayoko told Belldandy to return "home", causing her to return to the temple where she lives with Keiichi. And until Keiichi returned home and found Belldandy there, characters and the readers thought she had won until The Reveal.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Several of her outfits feature this, such as in the second season of the anime.
- Our Demons Are Different: She's very human-like, even compared to her fellow demons. One could argue that her time on Earth has caused her to go native (not unlike Belldandy).
- Pretty Freeloader: Rarely if she's staying with Keiichi and the Goddesses.
- Progressively Prettier: One of the main examples in the series; she gets more physically attractive as the series progresses.
- Punch Clock Villain: Prevalent in the second season of the anime, where she's even helping the Goddesses and Keiichi a couple times.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has them, and is evil (or tries to be; she doesn't usually succeed).
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Inverted, and made into a Weaksauce Weakness. See Involuntary Dance above.
- Spell My Name with an "S": See variations of her name above. The official spelling used by Fujishima/Kodansha (and subtitles) is "Marller". The Dark Horse manga translation (and English dub) use "Mara", which is how it's written and pronounced in Japanese.
- In this case, paradoxically, the English translation is more correct, as "Mara" references both a Buddhist demon and a Hindu god of death.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Used to be this with Urd, before the latter went to Heaven to become a goddess.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She's allergic to lucky charms. Usually it just gives her a terrible headache, but contact with one she never touched caused her to faint and lose her memory. Also see Involuntary Dance above.
- Zany Scheme: ALL THE TIME!! And they all fail hilariously. Well, except for that one time with Sayoko...
- Affably Evil: Despite being Satan she's not too bad, especially compared to other demons she keeps in check. So far whenever helping the main characters she's refrained from every double-crossing them despite her rather mean-spirited temperament.
- Amicable Exes:
- She and Tyr still love each other very much and it's said that he pines for her so much that even Ansuz (his current wife) worries about him.
- She and Ansuz herself are in surprisingly good terms; they're not above beating the crap out each other, though.
- At Least I Admit It: She had to go through the Gate of Judgement and lost Tyr forever. She's not very happy about it but she went through it fair and square. She is the first to notice that Belldandy did something funky to be able to stay with Keiichi for so long with them being from different species, so she calls her out on her hypocrisy.
- Benevolent Boss: Played with. Even though she's not above throwing his lackeys under the bus and kicking them around, she is unequivocally loved by all of them; they'll even usurp her if that's what it takes to keep her alive.
- Berserk Button: Do refrain from pointing out the possibility of her pulling a double cross or refusing a deal with her.
- Boobs of Steel: Very big in the chest (she's a little bustier than her daughter Urd, who already has the largest chest of the regular cast by a healthy margin), and very tough to match (she's strongly suggested to be capable of enduring anything the goddesses could dish out, at least physically).
- Four-Star Badass: She IS the leader of Hell after all.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: One of the clues that she's Urd's mother.
- Death Glare: Comes part and parcel with her status and power level. Urd is also capable of a similar glare.
- Generation Xerox: She's effectively a darker-skinned, taller Urd with a different hairdo and a mean streak.
- Horny Devil: Some shades of it since she'll flirt with most anything.
- Hot as Hell: Her picture used to be on the trope page.
- I Gave My Word: She says she keep any deals she makes and has so refrained from abusing any loopholes. A Deal with the Devil isn't all that dangerous when its with her as long as you don't wish for something too extreme.
- Leonine Contract: Hild states that she had the firm intention of returning the Norns and Keiichi to Earth once Hagall is defeated, but she backs up from the promise to force Belldandy to confess her hypocrisy regarding her relationship contract with Keiichi by rendering him unable to lust for her for years. Keep in mind how messed up is that it's the Devil herself who is calling Belldandy a liar and a hypocrite with all the right to do so because Hild at least followed the rules regarding inter-species romance and is still paying the price by not being able to see Tyr anymore even when they still love each other.
- Loving Bully: One of the reasons she picks on the Norns (Belldandy in particular) is because they remind her of Tyr. She loves them just as much as she despises the fact that they represent her separation from him.
- Mama Bear: She wants nothing more than to be with Urd, and this is presumably one of the reasons she leaves an fractional avatar of herself in Nekomi.
- Ms. Fanservice: Like mother, like daughter.
- I Want My Mommy: Played with. Urd cannot tell her that she loves her, but that doesn't mean that she cannot care about her mom, as she cries and lashes out when she learns that her mom could have died had there not been a coup. Admitting that much at least won't turn her into a demon.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: She looks just like Urd-only with a more mature makeup and hairdo.
- Not So Above It All:
- While she's antagonistic towards the Norns, it's shown that she loves Urd very much and she would like nothing more than her daughter to be at her side; then again, she's certainly not above smacking Urd around for good measure.
- She even betrays some pride in Hagall when she talks about her with the Norns. This brings out a jealous response on Urd; however, it's shown that (for once) she didn't say it to annoy Urd, but rather as a matter-of-fact admittance.
- Not So Different:
Volume 5:Urd: I don't remember raising you to come running at your sisters for every little problem!
- She act times acts exactly like Urd. One exchange of insults they throw at each is almost word for word the same as one between Urd and Skuld:
Skuld: I don't remember being raised by you, period!Volume 22:Hild: I guess I didn't raise you properly, huh?
Urd: You didn't raise me at all!
- From Ansuz. They might be a goddess and a demon, but they are equally powerful, feisty, quarrelsome and belligerent. They'd have to be similar, both having been married to Tyr. They even like each other.
- Purple Eyes: Another thing she shares with her daughter.
- Parental Substitute: In Urd absence, she raised Hagall in her stead. Hagall argues that she'll never replace Urd in Hild's heart, but Urd argues that Hagall is fortunate to be with Hild in the first place, something that she herself will never be able to do.
- Running Gag:
- Hild likes to kiss people out of the blue. She's caught AT LEAST Keiichi, Lind, and Hagall off-guard. And they all freaked out.
- Every word she utters makes Mara recoil in guard, since it can mean either praise or punishment. Take into consideration that she's actually fond of Mara; curiously, she also elicits this reaction on Hagall.
- Satan: Since she's the ruler of all demons.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Hild and Anzus are equally snarky, feisty and belligerent; no wonder Tyr married both, since they're two of his type of woman.
- Vocal Dissonance: Her mature voice doesn't change even in her avatar form, who looks even younger than Skuld.
- Walking Wasteland: In her first appearance across all versions, she states if it weren't for all the power-limiting jewelry she wears (yes, she uses multiple ones), her entrance into the human world would likely destroy the whole city, and even with them, her entrance still causes dark clouds to appear and stir as well as kicking up gale-force winds.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Nowhere near as evil as most examples.
Voiced by: Emiri Katou (JP-Drama CD)A demon, who is in a doublet, a link of fate established to preserve the balance between Heaven and Hell, with Belldandy. The doublets normally forget each other, but Welsper cursed himself to remain in child form in exchange for remembering his encounter with Belldandy. The curse could only be broken if Belldandy speaks his name. It turned out that his body could not handle his growing power, so he worked to break the curse by installing a virus in Yggdrasil to stop time. After Belldandy is accidentally de-aged to a child and remembers his name he ends up having the curse broken, and returns to the demon realm. However, because he hacked into Yggdrasil, he was punished afterwards by being reincarnated into a kitten. Since then he has been staying in the Tarikihongan Temple with the main characters, though he doesn't do much.He is the only demon who shows a tsukaima (demon servant, English translation: "familiar"), having it obtained by Keiichi after neither him nor Belldandy could handle the burden of bringing the creature which almost transformed her into a demon because of Hild. His black fur becomes white spotted, but he returns normal after naming his tsukaima as "Die Wespe der Blauen Lanze" ("The Wasp of the Blue Lance" in German).
- Abhorrent Admirer: He loves Belldandy so much that he almost destroyed the universal mechanism of time itself for her to remember him. As he put it to Keiichi, once he met her, he could not possibly afford to forget her, so he froze himself in time to retain her memory; the strain this brought to the Doublet almost killed them both.
- Arc Villain: Of the Mystery Child arc.
- Blow You Away: His elemental attribute is wind.
- But Not Too Evil: Even though he is one of the most dangerous demons ever encountered in the manga, Welsper does not act out of malice even when he has the opportunity to do so and is very insightful when given the chance. This is why he is allowed to live at the Tarikihongan Temple when he is depowered. Given what he did, though, everyone else but Belldandy has a chip on their shoulder when it comes to Welsper, and Urd and Skuld tend to pick on him. He's not exactly loved, just merely tolerated. He also sincerely loves Belldandy.
- Cats Are Mean: Has occasional occurrences of this; however, (s)he's no Garfield.
- Compressed Adaptation: Welsper is never introduced in the Anime even when he appears before Hild does and also makes an appearance in Fighting Wings.
- Friendly Enemy: Implied Trope. Should the demons of Niflheim be aware that Belldandy is Welsper's Doublet, this implies that they respect the Pact with Heaven more than it seems, as they could easily dispose of the powerful goddess by killing Welsper, meaning that demonkind seeks the preservation of both Belldandy and Welsper's lives. In perspective, this means that they sincerely don't want the war between Heaven and Hell to continue even when they have the opportunity to do so with a catastrophic blow. Either that, or they simply don't know who's Welsper's Doublet in the first place.
- Gender Bender: Was reincarnated as a female cat, though he's quite, QUITE male in his mind. Implied to be how he managed to keep his mind and a fraction of his powers.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: When she finds out he still has his memories, Hild punishes him by making sure everyone knows, as leaving him at the temple with everyone knowing his true gender is far more cruel than dragging him to hell to be tortured.
- Gratuitous German: How he names his familiar.
- I Know Your True Name: The goal of his debut arc is for Belldandy to remember his name so that his curse can be broken.
- It's All About Me: He believes he's the only one worthy to receive Belldandy's attentions, and he nearly breaks all of space and time to get what he wants. Becomes downplayed in later arcs, though he still behaves as though he's much more important to the plot than he actually is.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He is willing to playfully sabotage everyone at the temple except Belldandy, and he will relent any scheming if it helps her just a little bit.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He points out to Keiichi that he himself would not be able to forget Belldandy given the same circumstances, to which Keiichi has no retort. Yes, it's an evil thing to do to destroy time to be with her, but even the mere memory of her makes all worth it.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He is the only being in-canon, out of both Heaven and Hell, that knows who his Doublet is. Not knowing who one's Doublet is happens to be a huge part of the pact between Gods and Demons, if not the most important part.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Since he became a cat he has aquired some feline instincts, much to his chagrin.
- Older Than They Look: Turned himself into a kid permanently so as not to forget Belldandy, who he was in doublet with. Ends up biting him in the ass somethin' fierce, as his kid body cannot withstand his growing powers.
- The Power of Love: Inverted. Welsper almost destroyed the universe because he loves Belldandy; he later relents almost all of his demonic powers just to be with her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is German in origin, so "Welsper" is correct (and is used in the original Japanese materials), but the Dark Horse translation uses "Velsper" to make its proper pronunciation clearer to readers.
- Stating the Simple Solution: As a side effect of obtaining his familiar, Welsper become unaesthetic enough to be confused with a rag by Belldandy. In order to get help from Hild, Belldandy has to engage in a spectacular broom race with her. After all is said and done, Hild reveals that all that Welsper actually had to do to get rid of his faded spots was to christen his Familiar. Just that.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the broom Gluhen Des Herzen, as they were an extremely successful racing team.
- Asshole Victim: The premise of his powers.
- The Gadfly: He claims that happiness works akin to the Law of Conservation of Energy - there is only so much happiness in the world, so if he wants to become happier, he has to make other people miserable.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the English dub of Flights of Fancy, at least...he lets out a long, drawn-out "''Merde!'"
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: No matter the version, Senbei is really, REALLY bad about spouting phrases from multiple languages.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: He works with Mara, and is just as if not MORE incompetent at causing misfortune.
- Jackass Genie: And one full of himself at that.
The Lord of Terror
A virus that runs on Yggdrasil. It is divided into two parts—the will of the Lord of Terror, and the "Ultimate Destruction Program", Fenrir. It wants to destroy the world and create a world for demons in its place (this happens only in the anime, while in the manga we can see that his intent is to destroy the entire universe in order to create a new, violent one; this is the reason why Keiichi, possessed by the program, wants Skuld to build a 10 dimensional scythe for cutting the 10 dimensional string of the universe, which permit its existence). The heir to the Lord of Terror was Urd, because of her mixed ancestry. Basically, the Great Lord's will influenced Urd and eventually sealed her will away. It then utilized the urn Mao Za Haxon, which contained the Ultimate Destruction Program's bootup. After it had possessed Keiichi, Belldandy told it to transfer to her but it could not possess her, as the base wavelength was different, and was quickly forced to transfer itself to a floppy disk and was then erased by Skuld with a magnet.
- Anti-Climax: The Lord of Terror, who was on the verge of rampaging through the city just mere hours before ends up locked in a diskette which is then write-locked.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the 1st Season of the TV series which corresponds to his titular arc in the manga.
- Canis Major: the Ultimate Destruction Program, which is a version of the wolf Fenrir, which in this series is Kaiju sized.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Seriously, where the hell did this guy come from?
- For the Evulz: He will destroy reality and he has no other purpose for existing. As a matter of fact, he is the only character in the manga that is purely evil.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He wants to destroy reality, and then, we don't know what.
- Grand Theft Me: Its main method of survival is to jump from a dying/weak body into a stronger one. In the series it goes from Urd to Fenrir to Midgard to Keiichi to a floppy disk.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to destroy reality; all ten dimensions of it.
- Ultimate Evil: He is more evil than the demons of Niflheim. The main difference is that his goal is total annihilation, whereas the demons at least have more productive goals. As such, the Lord of Terror does never show his actual appearance.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He gets erased... from existence... by Skuld... with a small magnet. Granted he was forced into a floppy disk and she explains why that would kill him.
- Why Won't You Die?: He is incredibly resilient and opportunistic, infecting hosts with extreme virulence. The key to his defeat, as the Norns eventually realize, is to try to force him into an incompatible host.
The second most powerful demon in Hell, who takes the control of Hell in a rebellion against Hild and declares herself Daimakaicho, because she thinks Hild has lost the power and glory of the demon world. Through an elaborate plan to get more share of wishes on Earth and to destroy everything related to the Goddesses, she imprisons Hild and sends her servants to attack Chibi-Hild on Earth, however she manages to escape and goes with Belldandy to ask for help (manga chapters 240 till 262). Hagall usually talks about herself in third person at least while she's acting like a nutter and her powers include mental control and hypnotism. Besides, she is a very selfish and ambitious demon who does not consider the energetic balance between Heaven and Hell (brought by human contracts).
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted. Her early lack of dominion over her powers caused her considerable harm (see her childhood and apprenticeship pictures); before Hild took her under her wing, she was basically destitute and a complete mess.
- Big Bad: Fills this role in the penultimate arc of the manga.
- Big "NO!": An internal one when Hild takes over her body.
- Boobs of Steel: Second-strongest in Hell, and some manga panels even depict her with larger breasts than Hild's (mostly due to her outfit).
- Crippling Overspecialization: Hagall is excellent bar none when it comes to hypnotism but mediocre in other forms of spells; in spite of this, she is powerful enough to be Niflheim's second-in-command.
- Cute and Psycho: Inverted since her psychoness is mostly a role she plays and her real personality is rather adorable, if a little foul-mouthed.
- The Dragon: was supposed to be this to Hild, until she rebelled.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She's a snappy dresser alright! Frilly skirts and all!
- Hot as Hell: Very, very much; she is as dangerous as she is gorgeous.
- Humble Pie / Humiliation Conga: She's defeated by a field of flowers and a loagie to the ear, and later Urd smacks her around for good measure. After this, it turned out that she's a lot sweeter than she betrayed before.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Her power consists in altering her victim's perception through eye contact and inducing nightmarish situations into their minds.
- Implied Trope: Happily Adopted. While she's shown to be Hild's dragon and second in command, it's implied by the way Hild refers to her and her familiarity when speaking about her even after her treachery, that she's a lot more to Hild than just her apprentice: she's the daughter that Hild raised in Urd's absence.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She put Hell upside down to save the life of Hild, who is basically her mother; even though Hild tricked her to do so, she doesn't care and is ecstatic to learn that she will not die.
- Kick the Dog: Holy Bell!!
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: In the Goddess Miyaku Team fan-lation at least, after she drops the psycho façade she has the absolute worst language out of ANY character in the manga, being the only character to actually drop F-bombs when the worst anyone else has is maybe "damn".
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "hail" in old Norwegian, old Icelandic and in Anglo-Saxon.
- Replacement Goldfish: As Hagall points out, Urd should be Hild's second-in command and is shunning a rightful position of privilege that anyone in Hell would die for. Urd does envy Hagall for being able to actually be around Hild all the time, which is something she'll never be able to do herself.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When she first meets Hild, she's dressed in rags and looks like she's destitute. Hild takes her as her apprentice, gaining a tremendous boost in beauty and status.
- She's Got Legs: Long, shapely and immaculate.
- Show Girl Skirt: With all the lift and frills.
- Spare to the Throne: She is Hild's heir apparent in terms of might and power. Relationship-wise, she is Hild's daughter in all but name and Hagall loves her as so.
- The Star Scream: A successful one at that, seeing as when we're introduced to her, she's already taken over Hell.
- Undying Loyalty: Her true motive for "usurping" Hild. She's trying to save Hild from the clause in demonic law that requires the ruler of Hell to die when her term expires. Being usurped doesn't count as "expiring".
Come forth Darkness! A beam of Light into the Darkness. A grain of Light into the Darkness. True Darkness.A powerful demon who serves Hagall in a rebellion against Hild. Her name has the 'rune of sound' "Þ" (Thurisaz, Thorn or Thurs). Her main power is an ability "to see sounds" and combat in complete darkness. She battled against Keiichi and Belldandy in chapter 251 to 255 of the manga. In chapter 255, Halval lost the fight through a plan of Keiichi Morisato: he was influenced by the kiss of Chibi-Hild who transferred some of her knowledge to him before she went back to Niflheim.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Halval cannot see beyond the speed of sound; as the broom Dragon Flame Death Heart is supersonic, this costs her the fight.
- The Black Sheep: Literally and figuratively. First, she's not very close to the rest of the rebellious demons and they don't trust her that much; and second, she is ostensibly the only dark-haired demon in the whole manga.
- Dark is Evil: The only way to describe her powers is drowning darkness. It's not only that she makes light absent; for all intents and purposes, light doesn't exist and cannot be generated in her presence.
- Darker and Edgier: Curiously, she is the first demon that the Norns and Keiichi face in Hell and she sets the tone for the rest of the series; that tone? Dark.
- The Drag-Along: She wasn't nearly as invested in the coup as the rest of the demons and was mainly there because Hagall asked her to. After she is defeated, she is out of the picture for the rest of the manga.
- Empty Eyes: Her eyes are pitch black. She does have sclera, but she doesn't seem to have pupils.
- The Load: To the rebels at Niflheim. Eihwaz even points out that she doesn't know Halval that well and finds her to be not very trustworthy.
- Overwhelming Exception: She is the least violent of the five rebellious demons. That doesn't mean that she isn't tremendously fearsome.
- Rule of Scary: Even Belldandy looks terrified when the lights go out while facing Halval. The Norns and Keiichi spent a considerable amount of time being sitting ducks while Halval just played into their fear.
- Super Senses: Her main power is the ability to "see" sounds. This means "seeing" loud noises is the equivalent of a bright light in her face.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Effectively disappears from the story after she loses the fight against the Norns.
Thrym is a demon that serves Hagall in the rebellion, that specializes in physical strength. She is a strong, tall and muscular woman, with short hair. She challenges Belldandy and co. and blocks their passage through Nifelheim from chapters 257 to 261. Her strength is so immense she's able to deflect sound-waves by punching in the air.
- Affably Evil: Is overall very friendly, though is at the same time remorseless about any harm she inflicts on others even they can't fight back.
- The Berserker: Subverted. Thrym is not driven by bloodlust, but rather thrives for finding a worthy fighting opponent.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Just look at her!
- The Brute: While she's supernaturally strong and fast, she exclusively relies in her physical prowess and doesn't seem to be able to use magic in any way whatsoever.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Becomes friendly with the Keiichi and the goddesses once they beat her.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: If she didn't have such prominent cleavage Thrym wouldn't look female at all.
- Megaton Punch: Anything she punches breaks. Even songs and giant gothic doors.
- Worthy Opponent: This is what she seeks while engaging in combat. She gives praise every time is due, though she escalates the threat immediately after to probe the waters.
Hrungnir (also translated as Mokkurkalfi) is also a demon that serves Hagall. She wears a mask and a helmet somewhat resembling an old German WWI uniform. She is a "puppeteer" in that she's able to create and control robots and machines, similar to Skuld. Unlike Skuld, she views her creations as tools rather than with affection. Unsurprisingly, when Keiichi and company confront her, due to disabling magic in the room she ends up fighting Skuld.
- Eldritch Abomination: She is the only demon that shows her non-humanoid true nature to Keiichi. The guy almost pissed himself in fear of what he witnessed and was left crying rivers until Belldandy intervened and scolded her.
- Evil Counterpart: To Skuld,to an extent. Both are young red-clad Gadgeteer Geniuses whose main strength relies on their inventions.
- Hypocritical Humor: Skuld points out that Hrungnir prides herself too much in her work not to care about it; she eventually realizes that her crafts actually care about her as they defend her from Skuld's attacks.
- Not So Above It All: She might be a demon, but she will not abide to her sister dying even if that was the plan. It even softens Eihwaz' heart a little to hear it from her.
- Red Ones Go Faster: The reason why she wears red is this.
- Wrench Wench
- Worthy Opponent: She's every bit as tech-savvy as Skuld and they actually praise each others' creations. Skuld even offers her to help her rebuild her mechanical familiar, though she declines.
A demon that looks like a five year old girl and seems pretty harmless. She's actually Hrungnir's older sister and Hagall's second in command.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With her sister Hrungnir. According to the latter, Eihwaz is so snappy that it doesn't make it particularly easy to love her.
- The Chessmaster: Eihwaz created the conditional rooms where most of the action in Niflheim takes place. As it turned out, all the rooms were created to gauge and drain powers from the Goddesses in order to make them vulnerable.
- Cute and Psycho: A cute little girl with a love for karaoke. But she has a really bad attitude waiting to pop out.
- The Dragon: While Hagall is Hild's Dragon, Eihwaz is Hagall's in turn.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain
- Not So Above It All: She is willing to sacrifice herself by setting a barrier in order to protect her sister Hrungnir from Skuld's anti-proton bomb explosion, if only to give her one second more of life. This, after seeing Urd trying to contain the explosion itself to save Skuld.
- Older Than They Look
- Paper Fan of Doom: Whacks Hrungnir with it. "Who are you calling ill-tempered?!"
- Sadistic Choice: Almost forces Keiichi to kill her to save Belldandy from fading into nothingness.
Dragon Flame Death Heart / Gluhen Des Herzen
A magical, demonic, sentient broom that belongs to Hild. It belonged to Welsper before he began his omnicidal crusade.
- The Ace: It's the fastest device in both Heaven and Hell.
- Chekhov's Gun: Had it not been there with its supersonic speed, the Norns and Keiichi would not have been able to win over Halval.
- Crippling Overspecialization: It is the fastest broom in both Heaven and Hell, but its range is actually very short.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's snarky and snappy as hell (pardon the pun). It's remarkable, considering it doesn't have a face.
- Fatal Flaw: It's proud to a fault.
- Foil: To the broom Stringfellow, which only requires a pep talk to be fast; also, Stringfellow is very content to just be a broom.
- Genius Bruiser: It's not only that it's fast; it's also tremendously agile in combat, as Halval comes to eventually understand. Had she not given up the fight, he would have killed her.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Invoked. When they first get through the gates of Hell, the Norns notice Keiichi fidgeting while riding Gluhen Des Herzen and begin getting concerned that the speed and the broomstick might be crushing Keiichi's testicles... all of them... yes, even Skuld... yes, seriously.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: Skuld basically has to destroy it by overpowering it in order to make it fast enough to get out of Hell.
- Hot-Blooded: He is the kill-first, ask-questions-later kind of being. He'd even kill his fellow demons given the circumstance (as Halval almost found out).
- Implied Trope: Worthy Opponent. Considering his previous speed records and accomplishments, it's implied that Gluhen Des Herzen would have defeated Belldandy and Stringfellow if Welsper had been the rider.
- Non-Indicative Name: Dragon Flame Death Heart is not a broom per se; it's actually a vacuum cleaner.
- Not So Above It All: He misses Welsper very much and has nothing but praise for his former rider; he even considers Welsper as a far superior rider than Hild.
- Off on a Technicality: In order to race in a proper broom race with Belldandy, Hild has to demonstrate that Gluhen Des Herzen is a vacuum cleaner, even though it looks more like a rocket than a broom.
- Played Straight: Aside from Welsper, the Lord of Terror and Garmr, Gluhen Des Herzen is the only being that actually acts like a demon in the series; this means, antagonizing and sometimes brutish.
- Point of No Return: He accompanies Keiichi and Belldandy up until the throne room of Hell. He stops at the door and says that he took them up until the point where he cannot be considered a traitor and that he cannot antagonize the ruler of Hell directly; he then bids farewell to his companions and wishes them luck.
- Rule of Cool: It's a vacuum cleaner that looks like a cross between a harpoon and an electric guitar. It even floors Skuld with its design.
- Undying Loyalty: To Hild. He even endures an alliance with the Norns for her sake.
- The Unfettered: Halval genuinely thinks that her life is in danger when Gluhen Des Herzen attacks her. Had she not thrown the towel, he could have killed her.
- Utility Magic: It's the fastest device ever built... and it's a vacuum cleaner.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: He was this with Welsper until he found himself depowered. He was then appropriated by Hild.
- We ARE Struggling Together: He cannot abide to a Hell ruled by Hagall, so he allies himself to the Norns and Keiichi in order to topple her.
A character exclusive to the novel Ah! My Goddess!: First End by Yumi Touma, Urd's seiyuu. She is the governess deity of the dead who is always accompanied by the wolf Garmr.
- Alternate Continuity: It's not known whether this version of Hel is the daughter of Loki or whether she's the sister of Fenrir like in the original Norse mythology.
- Bonus Boss: She is at the very least at the same power level as Hild.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: Described as a "monstrous beauty".
- Second Hand Story Telling: According to Hild, Hel was the first to notice there was something wrong when Keiichi and Urd's souls were missing from the universal implosion that killed everyone.
The Dread Watchdog of Niflheim. Garmr appears once in the manga after being invoked by mistake and also in First End as the constant companion of Hel.
- Angry Guard Dog / Right-Hand Attack Dog: He guards Niflheim and he has an attitude to match it. He also accompanies Hel wherever she goes.
- Invocation: Garmr is mistakenly summoned by Shiho Sakakibara by enacting a spell she does not know. When she tells him so, he goes ballistic.
- Summoning Ritual: Sakakibara invokes Garmr while attempting to call a Buddhist spirit. She was doing it that bad.
- Who Dares?: Garmr asks why he was summoned. Sakakibara tells him that she wasn't calling him, prompting his ire.
Nekomi City and the Nekomi Institute of Technology (NIT)
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (JP); Emily Bauer (EN–TV), Amanda Spivey (EN–OVA), Stephanie Greene (EN–Movie)Keiichi Morisato's younger sister. Like him, she attends the Nekomi Institute of Technology as an engineering student. Megumi is also a very skilled mechanic and motorcycle driver. She goes on to become the "queen" of bike racers around Nekomi. Belldandy has remarked that she sees a similarity between Megumi and Skuld, and that she would like to see Skuld learn some things from Megumi. In stark contrast to Keiichi's legendary bad luck with girls pre-Belldandy, Megumi is very popular with boys, but she is not lucky in love because all of her boyfriends feel eclipsed by her motor-queen status. The Dark Horse translation suggests there's also a bit of Big Brother Worship verging on Big Brother Attraction, as she says to herself after losing yet another boy, "You'll never hold a candle to Keiichi."
- The Alcoholic: Only when she gets dumped, at which point she then goes to unload on Keiichi and (along with an equally drunk Urd) proceeds to pick on him, much to his chagrin.
- Baleful Polymorph: One early manga chapter deals with Mara transforming Megumi into a nice sports car. As Megumi was still in her Big Eater phase, she demanded the premium gasoline when she "got hungry."
- Big Eater: In her early manga appearances she's constantly snacking. This was phased out after Art Evolution made her more attractive.
- Biker Babe: The "Queen of the Ridge", a title she earned by winning multiple races around a mountain road against the previous holder. She doesn't like the title. See No Guy Wants an Amazon and Overshadowed by Awesome for why.
- Cat Smile: Her default expression. It's even more pronounced when Mara took over her body.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: She is the so-called "Motor-Queen" of NIT. She doesn't like it that much because whenever she starts dating someone, her "subjects" turn antagonistic towards said person because of her status, and dating her is carrying a banner. The other problem is that she is the Queen whether she likes it or not.
- Diving Save: In First End, Keiichi dies in this manner to save her life in a traffic accident.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Every guy she dates breaks up with her because they can't handle the pressure going out with the Nekomi's Queen of the Ridge.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Not many know it, but she refuses to be called Queen (short for "Queen of the Ridge") because, in her words, the true king is Keiichi, and Belldandy his queen.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She's in the Softball Club, is very good at the sport, and is very determined to keep the club alive.
- Plucky Girl: Nothing fazes her.
- Shout-Out: Possibly named after the actress and singer Megumi Mori. They even share some resemblance to each other, especially during her first manga appearance.
- Wrench Wench: As a Morisato, she's gotta be.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (JP); Marc Matney (EN–OVA), Bob Papenbrook (EN–Movie), Marc Thompson (EN–TV Series)One of the former directors of the Motor Club and Keiichi's sempai. Recognizable by his muscular body and thick lips. Is almost never seen without his partner Otaki by his side.
- Big Eater: Is notorious for his huge appetite. In the Golden Hammer Rally, the prize money for the race (which Keiichi and Belldandy won) had to be withheld due to him and friends consuming all the food provided by the sponsors.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Extremely competent with the mechanical side of cars and motorbikes, and just as crazy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Both him and Otaki are a tad eccentric.
- Drop-In Character: Frequently pops out of nowhere and disappears into nowhere. He almost always appears behind Keiichi, usually to announce Motor Club-related stuff.
- Gonk: The guy is freaky-looking, more so after Art Evolution. His sunken eyes and fish lips is the main factor.
- The Glomp: How Tamiya welcomes all new members of the Auto Club. Most end up quitting immediately.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Otaki.
- In-Series Nickname: Is called "Den-chan" by Otaki.
- Just Friends: Tamiya and Otaki might be inconsiderate, brutish and dismissive of Keiichi, but they are the only two young men that never ogle at Belldandy even once. If anything, they're surprisingly respectful of their relationship.
- Mistaken for Gay: When he talks to Keiichi about Peorth (who he had a crush on) on a corner, the goddess assumes that those two are into each other.
- Theme Naming: Tamiya, Otaki, and Hasegawa are all named for Japanese model-making companies.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He becomes bulkier as the series progresses. Originally he's the same size as Otaki.
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP); Sean P. O'Connell (EN–OVA), Daran Norris (EN–Movie), Scottie Ray (EN–TV)One of the former directors of the Motor Club and Keiichi's sempai. Is almost never seen without his partner Tamiya by his side. Always wears a black biker jacket and spark plugs for earrings. Eventually, he starts dating Satoko Yamano, one of the campus's most attractive female students.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Extremely competent with the mechanical side of cars and motorbikes, and just as crazy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Both he and Tamiya are a tad eccentric.
- Crazy-Prepared: This guy wears spark plugs for earrings. He always have spare parts ready, even during summer vacations.
- Cosplay: His hobby, also one of the things he shares with Satoko.
- '80s Hair: A mullet.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Although he and his girlfriend are both cosplayers, he finds Mr. Yamano's interest in cosplay to be so intense as to be kind of creepy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tamiya (though unlike Tamiya, he gets a girlfriend).
- In-Series Nickname: Is called "Dai-chan" by Tamiya.
- Just Friends: Tamiya and Otaki might be inconsiderate, brutish and dismissive of Keiichi, but they are the only two young men that never ogle at Belldandy even once. If anything, they're surprisingly respectful of their relationship.
- Literal-Minded: When he asked what should he wear for a dinner at Satoko's house, Belldandy suggested something noble and elegant like a knight, so he grabbed his fullmetal armor.
- Theme Naming: Tamiya, Otaki and Hasegawa are all named for Japanese model-making companies.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Otaki is afraid of dogs.
Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP); Satomi Koorogi (JP–TV 2nd season), Zoe Martin (EN–TV), Stephanie Griffin (EN–OVA), Melissa Fahn (EN–Movie)Keiichi's kohai. The former treasurer, bookkeeper, and as of "Sora Unchained" arc-the director of the N.I.T. Motor Club. Incidentally the only member of the club who does not motorcycle as she prefers cars instead.
- A-Cup Angst: Much to her chagrin.
- The Alcoholic: Has been known to get very plotzed at social gatherings. Unfortunately for everyone, she's a depressed drunk, and wallows in self-pity about her below-average (by NIT standards) looks, height, and chest size.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's in love with her classmate Toshiyuki Aoshima, but she's too timid to do anything about it. Aoshima isn't nearly as jerky with her as with other people (at least he knows her name, which is something).
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As the treasurer of the Motor Club, she is the ultimate person that says what can/cannot be done with budget, which brings her considerable angst. Unwittingly, she starts being seen as an authority and later becomes the director of the Motor Club. She might not be a gear-head, but she is at the very least a very good bookkeeper and administrator.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever, ever say that she looks like a high-schooler.
- Cool Car: Drives a tuned-up original Fiat 500. She later buys a motorcycle built by Tamiya and Otaki.
- Hidden Depths: Revealed to have good direction skills in the "Sora Unchained" arc; she knows how to find which shortcuts to use depending on the time and the situation.
- Informed Ability: Implied to be a Wrench Wench by virtue of her being in the Nekomi Motor Cycle Club as well as a few comments by the other club members, though we never actually see her working on anything.
- Lethal Chef: Her nickname was the "Chef Murderer", Belldandy eventually helps her get better. Actually, her case is an interesting subversion. In the TV series, she was actually a great cook, but suffered a Heroic B.S.O.D. whenever asked to cook for an audience, causing her skills to deteriorate. This tied into the plot of the episode, where she had performance-anxiety issues about a go-kart race for NIT's Auto Club. Again, Belldandy, being the kind of "person" she is, helped Sora get (heh) back on track.
- Meganekko: When she's not in her Opaque Nerd Glasses mode.
- Older Than They Look: A college student who looks like a schoolgirl. Mentioning this is her Berserk Button.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Her glasses become these anytime she's out of focus in a panel or placed in a comical situation.
- Theme Naming: Tamiya, Otaki, and Hasegawa are all named for Japanese model-making companies.
- Youthful Freckles: One of the factors contributing to her schoolgirl appearance is her freckled cheeks.
Jerkass Toshiyuki Aoshima (her younger cousin) and later still Mara to bring Bell down. Naturally, they fail.As the series progresses, she gradually becomes less and less antagonistic, even offering Keiichi relationship advice and foiling Mara's schemes. It seems as though she develops feelings for Keiichi at the beginning of season 2, when she didn't feel as lonely when he was with her. Sayoko has seen both Urd and Belldandy use their powers, although she now believes that Belldandy is a witch. She is shown to have much pride, and seems to almost enjoy competing with Belldandy at times.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: She realizes that something is up with Belldandy, but refuses to believe her when she says she's a goddess. Instead, she assumes she's lying and is really a witch. In the anime, she even assumes that "Goddess" is merely a title because she calls herself "Queen".
- Ambiguous Syntax: In the end of the Queen Sayoko arc, she is forced by Mara to command Belldandy to "go back home" with the firm intention of sending Belldandy back to Heaven; turns out, Belldandy's home isn't heaven anymore, it's the Tarikihongan Temple at Nekomi, which is precisely where an inconsolable Keiichi finds her when he returns "home".
- Beneath the Mask: She'd actually like Belldandy if she stopped praising herself so much and the residents of Tarikihongan wouldn't object calling her a friend should she just lay off her pride. As a matter of fact, she's the only person that ever comes close to not liking Belldandy and not being liked by Belldandy, though being bombarded with kindness from her reduced it to just plain avoidance in the end.
- Bitch Alert: The first time we see her (in Keiichi's flashback, no less) we can guess she's a bitch.
- Bondage Is Bad: She's more of a jerk, but she's also a member of the BDSM club.
- Brains and Bondage: As a college student, we can guess she has quite the brain.
- Character Development: Starts out as wanting to steal Keiichi simply to beat Belldandy, but later on seems to develop genuine feelings for him. Like Urd, how she was drawn later on also reflects her character development; she's gradually drawn to look less bitchy and menacing.
- Evil Is Petty: When first introduced, she literally has it all - beauty, brains, money, and a powerful family that owns an influential corporation. But because Belldandy upstaged her in the desirability department, she becomes an emotional wreck and shows off a mile wide vindictive streak. Naturally, Mara takes advantage of this more than once in her attempts to mess with Belldandy.
- Harmless Villain: Doesn't really have that much of a evil streak. Possibly because she does seem to develop genuine feelings for Keiichi and other antagonists overshadow her quickly.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Most of the problems she faces against the Goddesses stem from the fact that she is a very lonely person. The main problem is that she wants what she cannot have, which is Keiichi.
- Implied Trope:
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During the Chrono arc, Belldandy, Keiichi and Chrono find Sayoko drumming on cans on the street. She argues that she felt the need to bang on the cans, but unlike the rest of the people who are victims of the program, she is aware that something is wrong, it's not something that she would rationally do and she is somewhat aware that Keiichi and Belldandy are able to do something about it, so she asks him for help.
- Wrench Wench: She attended NIT with Belldandy and Keiichi, though it seems that she didn't become a gearhead like them. As her father is the owner of one the largest car model producers in Japan, it's assumed that Sayoko went to NIT mainly to study mechanical and automotive design.
- Jerkass: Early-on in the anime and the manga, at least; she's not as bad in the OVA.
- Jerkass Façade: Later in the manga her main drive is that she has a reputation to maintain... only that no one is paying attention.
- Lady Drunk: She readily drowns her sorrows after anything bad happens to her.
- Lady Killer In Love: A Gender Inversion."why do the words and the smile of a pathetic guy like him have the power to make a queen like me feel like such a piece of garbage?"
- Last Lousy Point: She has money, an important name, social status, attractiveness and a line of suitors; the only problem is that she doesn't have any friends and the first and only person she wants affection from doesn't see her that way... he just wants her as a friend. This, of course, bugs her to no end.
- Manipulative Bitch: At the beginning.
- Rich Bitch: Originally, though it was revealed that she was a Lonely Rich Kid deep inside.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It was Keiichi whom she wanted all along, creating an Unrequited Love Switcheroo situation for her.
- The Ojou
- The Rival: Fancies herself as this to Belldandy. It's gone quite well for her.
- Unfazed Everywoman: Mara gave her a freakin' palace and complete dominion over its physics from thin air, but somehow she is still skeptic about Belldandy and her sisters being anything other than regular women.
- Victory Is Boring: When a wish from Mara puts Belldandy in a stop where Sayoko has mind controlled her, she loses interest in having Belldandy bow to her because she wants to prove herself better on her own terms. Mara had other plans, but they didn't work out.
- Worthy Opponent: She eventually comes to see Belldandy as this and even begins to betray some admiration for her. It doesn't help her case as a rival when Keiichi, Belldandy and her sisters do express sincere concern for her well being. Belldandy herself has made clear that she doesn't want Sayoko as her rival, but she'd fight for Keiichi against her if she has to. Pig-headed as she is, Sayoko doesn't quite get all the hints Belldandy leaves her, so there's that.
- Attempted Rape: Almost had his way with both Belldandy and Skuld in separate occasions but got jossed in extremis.
- Asshole Victim: Pretty much brings misfortune on himself because he's an asshole.
- Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Has shades of this, especially when he turns on the "rapist" mode.
- Break the Haughty: Thinks extremely highly of himself and Karma's a bitch.
- The Casanova: Especially towards Belldandy and Adult!Skuld.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Jerk. Ass. Extraordinare.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Especially in the manga, Aoshima is always shown to comb his hair back.
- Jerkass: Don'tcha want to just bitchslap him?
- Pet the Dog: He finally showed a bit of concern when he found Sora in pain. And promptly got knocked out by her rapidly expanding boobs!
- Shipper on Deck: In chapter 49, he tries to ship Keiichi and Sora together so that he can have Belldandy for himself.
- Author Appeal: The cool headed, mature "goddess of mechanics" seems to be the mangaka's personal dream girl. Maybe this is why she is not romantically interested in anyone.
- Benevolent Boss: Chihiro is Keiichi's friend first and his boss second. She's even willing to go to his house to check on him if there are mere hints that something's not OK.
- Biker Babe: Though far from a leather-clad Hell's Angel.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a pilot as good as Keiichi, and even better than him as a mechanic. She's also the founder and first president of the Motor Club and Tamiya and Otaki's worthy predecessor, and extremely prone to join the shenaningans of the rest of the group.
- Cool Big Sis: For Keiichi and later for Megumi too in all but name. As Hasegawa's Sempai at the Motor Club, she serves this purpose along Keiichi as well.
- Cuteness Proximity: Chihiro is a sucker for anything cute.
- The Dreaded: Is introduced as tremendously scary by Tamiya and Otaki before she becomes a regular cast member. Keiichi soon learns that it isn't all hyperbole.
- Implied Trope: Retired Badass. By the way she is presented, she could have easily been a "Motor-Queen" before Megumi and the previous Queen.
- Iron Lady: Can cow Tamiya and Otaki with a single glance.
- Late to the Party: After their ordeal with the Lorelei, the fatigued gang returns to the hotel and end up collapsing together on the floor. Chihiro finds them and throws a fit, so they assume she thinks that they did funny stuff together; she's upset that they didn't invite her to the booze.
- Noodle Incident: The reason why Tamiya and Otaki are so terrified of her is never really descriped in-universe. Keiichi is too scared to ask while the other Motor Club members are given cryptic unhelpful answers. Belldandy is the only one who knows the full story, as described on The One That Got Away entry below.
- Not So Above It All: She's certainly dedicated to her business and professionalism, but if she gets even a hint that Keiichi and the goddesses are involved in some shenanigans, she will almost always drop what she's doing to try joining in.
- The One That Got Away: To Tamiya and Otaki. They both proposed to her and she turned them down (not because she doesn't love them back, but actually because she couldn't decide between the two). One of the main reasons she keeps them around is because they are her friends and they still love her and respect her very much, though one of their misgivings is that they cannot help but to treat her as their superior all the time.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Keiichi/Belldandy.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Once Keiichi and Belldandy started working for her she becomes the most featured human character in the manga after Keiichi up to volume 39.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a tough, no nonsense, motorcycle-riding, drag-racing, mechanical genius who's also a huge fan for everything that's even the slightest bit cute.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She's for all intents and purposes the big sister that Keiichi never had including teasing and bullying.
- Wrench Wench: So much so that Keiichi says that she could be a goddess of mechanics.
- Allergic to Routine: He is very passionate about BMX and practices by the riverbank at every opportunity he has. Meeting Skuld only made it even better.
- Every Scar Has a Story: He gets upset at Skuld for fixing his bicycle to pristine condition because every dent in the framework meant a gradual step toward becoming better at BMX. He is particularly upset at her for erasing the dent that resulted from the accident he had when he first met her.
- The Everyman: Apart from his passion for BMX, Sentaro is just a regular schoolkid.
- If Its You Its Ok: Skuld doesn't keep any secrets from Sentaro, so he's fully aware that Skuld and her sisters are actual Goddesses.
- Mentor Archetype: This is the type of relationship he has with Belldandy, who is more than ready to coach him regarding his pursuit of Skuld. The more he talks with Belldandy, the more he wants to be with Skuld.
- The Power of Love: Meeting Sentaro made Skuld considerably more familiar with wielding her powers.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Skuld getting closer to Sentaro caused her to lose Noble Scarlet the first time. She wouldn't see her angel again until Fighting Wings.
- Relationship Upgrade: As curious as it sounds, it's Skuld who is trying to court Sentaro and not the other way around; she's actively trying to take it one step ahead, though she's slow and inexperienced at it.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He aims only for Skuld, even when Urd throws herself at him to spite Skuld.
- Unfazed Everyman: He seems to be the only person outside Tarikihongan that is fully aware that Skuld and her sisters are genuine goddesses. He doesn't pay mind to that in the very least.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's Skuld's best friend and they both take with dismay the very thought of not being able to see each other, but an outsider may not immediately realize this given their usual interaction.
They start going out and she eventually gets her father's approval of Otaki.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappeared from the manga rather early on, with Otaki's affections shifting back to Chihiro once she came back into his life. This makes Satoko's prominent (though brief) place in the TV series – produced some 15 years after her last manga appearance – all the odder.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: One of the things that she shares in common with Otaki.
- Apparently, she gets it from her dad, which unnerves Otaki to no end when he tries to get him to try different outfits.
- Shrinking Violet: Very much shy.
a.k.a. "Dr. Morrow"/ "Dr. Moreau"
A professor at NIT, an industrial engineer and robotics researcher, Dr. Morozumi is an obsessive man fixed in perfecting the mechanics of human-like locomotion, particularly making robots walk.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He is fascinated by the automaton Sigel and stalks her to kidnap her in order to dismantle her to find out the nature of her walking mechanism.
- Creepy Good: He is a man of science that is in a serious research block that makes him obsessive and reclusive. He isn't very keen in social cues and is an altogether unpleasant guy. Misguided as he is, his actions don't actually point towards him proceeding out of malice, but rather despair.
- In Universe Nickname: NIT students refer to him as "Dr. Morrow" or "Dr. Moreau" as a reference to The Island of Doctor Moreau and its Mad Scientist Deuteragonist, especially due to his obsessive and reclusive nature.
- Jerkass: He almost kills Sigel because he doesn't consider her a living being.
- Just a Machine / Not Even Human: His justification to kidnap and dismantle Sigel is that he doesn't see her as a sentient being, but only as a machine.
- Never Lend to a Friend: He exploits Chihiro for mechanical parts by overplaying him being her former teacher at NIT. Problem is, there is only so much respect she has for him when he doesn't pay her back. He has owed her a lot of money for a long time.
- No Social Skills: The main reason most people avoid him is because of not only this, but also because he has little social boundaries and doesn't bother asking for permission.
- Science Is Bad: He is willing to forego various moral barriers in order to advance his research. Judging by his attitude, he is way past the point of desperation.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He kidnaps Sigel even when Belldandy tells him that she's a sentient being; he becomes the unintended victim of this when Belldandy makes his inventions sentient and eager to walk... as a matter of fact, they don't shut up about it.
- White and Grey Morality: He commits crimes such as kidnapping Sigel and threatening to dismantle her to re-engineer her mechanics for the sake of science. It takes an ass kicking from Banpei and a word from Belldandy to make him see the error on his way.
- Writer's Block: The whole reason he kidnapped Sigel is because he hit an insurmountable plateau in his locomotion research.
The Kakuta Professors
a.k.a. Nekomi Tech's Dual Horns
A married couple of professors from NIT. Professor Kakuta (him) was Keiichi's professor.
- Cool Teacher: To Keiichi. Most of Professor Ozawa's students skipped his classes in order to go to Kakuta's, especially considering that Kakuta is a pleasant man where Ozawa isn't.
- Happily Adopted: Professor Kakuta was adopted by his wife's family. His original name before he legally changed it was Kenji Tobita.
- Happily Married: The camera arc of the manga is essentially one long exploration into the depth of their feelings for each other. As Keiichi notes at the arc's conclusion, even after some decades of being together they still see each other as the young dreamer they fell in love with in the first place.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Professor Kakuta (her) is mentioned by various characters to have been a remarkably beautiful woman in the photographs recovered from her husband's camera.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the blue to Professor Ozawa's red.
- The Rival: He is one to Professor Ozawa, though he isn't very keen at humoring Ozawa with the rivalry. It's mostly out of Ozawa's side.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: In 1964 he spent all of his savings on a camera to photograph his fiancee. She is not very happy about this and makes him lock the camera away.
A teacher at NIT and the self-professed rival of Professor Kakuta.
- Jerkass: He is an outright unpleasant man.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though his students like to play hooky and attend Kakuta's classes, it doesn't mean that he isn't qualified to do his job. The whole situation means he is about to lose his job if he lets it worsen.
- Lawful Stupid: Belldandy is actually trying to get into NIT to be with Keiichi through alternative means; Ozawa is very right to be suspicious, but for the entirely wrong reasons – a couple of these reasons are that he is suspecting foul play from Kakuta and that they (Kakuta and Belldandy) are proceeding out of malice and trying to make him look bad.
- The Rival: To Professor Kakuta, though it's only from his own side.
- Skipping School: His students do not like going to his classes and rather go to Kakuta's. Kakuta picks up his slack, but he isn't quite happy about it either.
- Super OCD: He fixes his eyes on Belldandy because he doesn't remember her on the institute's roster. He spends a rather long time and a considerable effort trying to prove that she isn't a student. Tamiya notes that once he engages in something, he pursues it obsessively.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: He actively tries to uncover dirt on Kakuta. One of his beliefs is that Kakuta put Belldandy in his own roster to attract students away from his class.
- Cute and Psycho: She's very pretty (enough to make Belldandy jealous), and albeit she's not that crazy, she is very delusional when it comes to her "abilities".
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She summons Garmr by mistake and tells him that this wasn't intentional. Garmr understandably takes offense at this.
- Falling into His Arms: Belldandy goes ballistic because Sakakibara is a little too touchy with Keiichi, even when she's not intending to do it.
- Hollywood Exorcism: She mixes up spells, casts, and even religions.
- Hypocritical Humor: Just to illustrate how clingy she is, it's Urd, out of all people, who gets offended and points it out to Keiichi.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She creates enormous problems and she takes credit when they are solved.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She's deluded herself into believing that she is a good exorcist. She's dangerously unprepared at doing so.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: The irony of it all is that Sakakibara does have special powers in the first place, as she was able to summon Garmr accidentally with incantations. She successfully exhibits an amplified version of these powers during the Queen Sayoko arc. The castle enhances the powers of individuals that have powers already, as Urd and Skuld find out. Still, even when Sakakibara is considerably more powerful, she is no more a threat than she was before.
- Love Letter Lunacy: She contacts Keiichi through a love letter in his locker, only for him to realize that she thinks that he's haunted and she wants to do the exorcism.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She is a little too cuddly with Keiichi for comfort. It's not clear whether this is the case with every one of her "clients", but it's quite enough to make Belldandy fume.
- Psychic Powers: She thinks that she can feel spirits haunting people and buildings. She doesn't realize that she's playing with fire when she summons Garmr, a hellish creature. She later thanks Keiichi with a kiss on the cheek for validating her delusions.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Keiichi is unable to turn her down due to politeness and sheer excitement at the fact that someone like her is paying attention to him, but she starts overstepping her boundaries with him the longer he humors her presence. Urd even calls him out on this, as he's unwittingly making Belldandy feel increasingly like a third wheel by doing so.
- Cool Old Guy: He is a cheerful, caring and devout man who gave Belldandy and Keiichi shelter when they needed it the most. He made them work for it, though.
- Put on a Bus: He never came back from his pilgrimage. He does show up twice in the TV show, with one of his returns involve Urd and Skuld sending him back running to his travels and the other one has him temporarily kicking Keiichi and Belldandy out when the latter is infected by a demon bug.
- Spot the Imposter: He initially thinks that Belldandy is a demon, but realizes that she's the complete opposite. He decides to seek a level of enlightenment like hers and leaves the temple to engage in pilgrimage.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He allows Keiichi and Belldandy to stay at the temple, but he makes them do the maintenance and cleaning on it. It's especially grueling on Keiichi.
- Walking the Earth: He went to walk the Earth seeking spiritual enlightenment... in the late 1980's. He didn't come back at all in the manga.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: That's quite the pilgrimage he's on, considering he left the temple early in the story.
The Motor-Queen, The Queen of the Ridge
A street motorcycle racer that rivals Megumi. She is mostly seen at the Inoku-Radai Circuit.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has overtones of this.
- Always Second Best: She lost to Megumi twice even though she has a more powerful bike. She relents her title to Megumi due to this.
- Always Someone Better: Megumi lets her see that both are nowhere as good as Keiichi and Belldandy.
- Bit Character: She's tied to the Inoku-Radai Circuit, she always wears her racing attire, she doesn't appear that much and she doesn't seem to be a student at NIT.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's an excellent rider, but she loses against Megumi and Keiichi because she performs minimal maintenance on her bike.
- Unknown Rival: She's racing for the sake of racing; Megumi is racing to get to class in time.
- Weirdness Magnet: Whenever something supernatural happens on the road, it happens to her.
A character exclusive of the book Ah! My Goddess!: First End by Yumi Tohma (as authorized by Kosuke Fujishima himself), Izumi is a student at Nekomi Tech who meets Keiichi on an event organized by the Motor Club. Izumi is the person that Keiichi would have met had he and Belldandy failed to meet.
- Downer Ending: Izumi and Keiichi's relationship comes to fruition at the cost of his relationship with Belldandy. Had Belldandy hung on, reality would have been shattered. In the end, the Goddesses memories are erased for their security and Belldandy only hangs on to the ring Keiichi gave her as a gift without any knowledge of where it came from.
- Replacement Goldfish and The Other Darrin: To Belldandy. When Belldandy realizes that clinging to Keiichi would result not only in his death but on the destruction of the universe itself, Keiichi's prospective relationship with Izumi as shown by Hild makes Belldandy abandon her relationship with Keiichi with full assurance that he would be happy even without her.
Angels and Familiars
Heavenly and demonic entities that are bound to goddesses and demons respectively in order to enhance their powers and indicators of their state; the angels and familiars featured in the story are:
- Holy Bell: Belldandy's angel
- World Of Elegance: Urd's angel
- Noble Scarlet: Skuld's angel
- Gorgeous Rose: Peorth's angel
- Spear Mint and Cool Mint: Lind's twin one-winged angels.
- Die Wespe der Blauen Lanze (Blue Lance's Wasp): Belldandy, Keiichi and eventually Welsper's familiar.
- Mokkurkalfi's mechanical familiars.
Tropes that apply to the angels/familiars:
- Anti-Gravity Clothing: Their garbs consist of nothing but floating strips of fabric (in Gorgeous Rose's case; thorny vines) which conveniently cover all interesting bits.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Indirectly: whenever goddesses are sick or receive damage, it's their angels who show the obvious physical changes that are being incurred.
- Beneath the Mask: Invoked. The angels are subject to the exact same emotions as their hosts; it's specially egregious in the case of Noble Scarlet, as all of her initial actions when she was diminutive reflected Skuld's desires and behaved accordingly. Whereas Skuld wanted to approach Sentaro, Noble Scarlet pushes her to do so and whereas Skuld orders her to go back into her egg form should she do something like that again, the little angel literally does so much to Skuld's anguish.
- Blow You Away: Holy Bell's powers are wind-based.
- Cute Bruiser: All angels, though Lind's twin angels and Noble Scarlet are of special mention.
- Green Thumb: Gorgeous Rose mainly attacks with roses and thorny vines.
- Guardian Angels: An angel is a goddess's closest companion, and is the mirror reflecting a goddess's true nature and innermost soul.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: According to Keiichi (who is as a matter of fact the only human to have hosted an angel), the sense of loss that goddesses feel when their angels are removed from them is effectively crippling; in perspective, during the battle against the Angel Eater, Lind lost both Spear Mint and Cool Mint.
- Literal-Minded: In the case of young angels and familiars such as Noble Scarlet and Die Wespe der Blauen Lanze, which causes considerable problems for their hosts. Mokkurkalfi's familiars are also prone to this while they're on earth, though they are following compulsive orders from the Daimakaicho Hagall to tip the wish balance.
- Making a Splash: Noble Scarlet uses water magic.
- Not So Different: Angels and familiars can both be bound to goddesses and perform similar functions to their respective hosts. Demons don't usually employ familiars because they consider them a vulnerability.
- Playing with Fire: World of Elegance utilizes fire magic. In fact, Urd needs to summon her if she wants to use a fire spell.
- Plucky Girls: In droves.
- The Power of Friendship: Angels are introduced to goddesses at an early age as permanent companions and enhancers of their powers.
- Rule of Cute: All angels (and even the familiar) share the same perkiness and enthusiasm. Not to mention, they're all very affectionate huggers.
- The Symbiote: Goddesses and angels are effectively dependent of one another once they are bound. This is a vulnerability that is exploited at least twice in the manga by demons.
- Synchronization: Angels are psychically linked to their goddess hosts.
- True Companions: What every angel is to her goddess. Belldandy states that, to a goddess, her angel is her closest companion. Peorth also states that an angel and her goddess are "one heart in two bodies."
- Two Beings, One Body: In most cases; in the case of Lind, it's three beings in one body.
- Undying Loyalty: Every angel feels this for her goddess. One of the biggest examples occurs during the Velsper arc, when Velsper tries to attack Peorth. Before the attack can hit her, Gorgeous Rose appears and wraps her wings around Peorth to protect her. When Velsper later muses that Peorth was able to escape serious injury because she used her angel as a shield, Peorth is quick to correct him; Gorgeous Rose wasn't used as a shield, she was protecting Peorth out of her own free will.
- The Voiceless: To mortals. The angels can speak not only to their goddess hosts but also to one another. Inexperienced angels and goddesses have to communicate via gestures, though time makes the communication between the parts implicit, as they are one mind and one soul.
Banpei is a Buddhist-monk-like robot built by Skuld that resides in the Tarikihongan Temple. His original job was to guard the temple from the demon Mara. Programmed to be extremely territorial, Banpei develops a personality in which he gradually becomes more attached to the inhabitants of the temple that grows into an automatic, independent intelligence.
- Accidental Pervert: The main reason why Sigel doesn't want him close to her is that she finds his devotion to her creepy. It doesn't help that whenever she starts to mellow down, something happens that makes Banpei look like a pervert in Sigel's eyes.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: The first Banpei was too aggressive for its own good, an aspect of him which he basically paid with his life. The second Banpei was both more sociable and less of a stickler.
- Alternate Self: There have actually been two Banpeis proper. The first Banpei was shown to grow extremely aggressive and territorial towards all residents of Tarikihongan except Belldandy; much if not all of that Banpei's sentience was lost when he ran out of battery power. The second Banpei grew out of it when Stringfellow and Welsper are introduced in the manga. This latter version is the one featured in the rest of the story.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The second Banpei is much nicer than the first one, but once Sigel is in danger he will draw a really angry face on himself and go berserk towards the assaulter.
- Crazy-Prepared: Banpei arms himself with every possible weapon and upgrade available as soon as he hears Sigel in distress.
- Cute Machines: As with all of Skuld's inventions, he is cute for a robot.
- Just a Machine: Personality-wise, Skuld argues that there is nothing in Banpei's programming that would have led him to fall in love with the automaton who would later be named Sigel. Belldandy proves her wrong.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He is willing to self-destruct if it means saving Sigel. She isn't having any of that sort of talk, however.
- King Mook: Leads an army of Mimawaris (essentially mini-Banpeis) against Keima, who literally disarmed the hostile Sigel out of self-defense.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Banpei's development of A.I. that is capable of love can be attributed to his creator, Skuld, who unwittingly uses extremely powerful magic to manufacture her inventions out of thin air, though the world of Ah! My Goddess! happens to have the rule which states that even inanimate objects have their own spirit and drive.
- Meaningful Name:
- Banpei is the Pinyin of Chinese Mandarin for "a good fit" or "to be well matched". Its design is a vague nod to a Buddhist monk motif. It also means "sentinel" in Japanese, fitting Banpei's role as the temple's guardian.
- Mimawari means "patrol" in Japanese.
- Pygmalion Plot: With Sigel. When he begins longing for a more equal partner, he asks Skuld to give Sigel sentience; Skuld makes it happen.
- Pygmalion Snapback: Sigel isn't happy at Banpei's single-sided affections.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Banpei is very feisty and emotional, even though he doesn't have facial expression.
- Robot Buddy: Due to Skuld's tinkering, Banpei can have an infinite array of upgrades and functions.
- Surveillance Drone: His original work aside from guarding the temple.
- Talking with Signs / The Voiceless: Invoked, but not with signs proper. Banpei can only communicate with gestures and doesn't have the capacity of speech, so he carries an erasable marker everywhere that he uses to draw facial expressions in his own face.
- Teru Teru Bozu: One of the inspirations for Banpei's design.
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (JP-Drama CD)An automaton girl that Banpei finds while driving by the riverbank, becoming infatuated with her. Sigel is initally a "Greeting" robot that greets clients on a small locale, though Banpei eventually asks Skuld to give her sentience; however, Skuld forgets to program any friendship or kindness towards Banpei, which makes Sigel extremely wary and callous towards the robot (not that this prevents Banpei from trying).
- Clockwork Creature: Sigel is very human-like for an automaton.
- Damsel in Distress: Sigel often finds herself in this situation much to her annoyance, as it means that she has to rely in Banpei's rescue.
- Fauxshadowing: Sigel doesn't get repaired at the end of of the manga after Lind's unwitting magic tampering.
- Fembot / Robot Girl: To Banpei's man-bot.
- Hollywood Density: She is light and small enough to stand balanced on Keiichi's head without visible discomfort from him.
- Just Friends: Sigel comes to realize that she doesn't want Banpei to pursue her, but rather to keep each other company.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
- The only permanent resident of Tarikihongan who is indifferent towards Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship. Probably why she doesn't get that much focus in the manga and why she is left out from the Niflheim arc onwards.
- She is the only resident of Tarikihongan out of two (with Welsper) that does not appear in the TV anime even though she was introduced early enough in the manga.
- The Load: Due to the limited features installed in her by Skuld compared to Banpei, Sigel tends to see herself this way. In the end of the manga, she is left alone in the temple in a state of complete disrepair and she mentions this trope.
- Love Imbues Life: Subverted. This is what Banpei intended when Skuld gave sentience to Sigel, though it didn't turn the way he wanted; as such, Sigel does feel this way towards her main benefactor, Skuld.
- Meaningful Name: Sigel the name of the runic symbol ᛋ; itself is the Anglo-Saxon derivative of the Proto-Germanic word Sowilō, which means "Sun" and "Victory". Belldandy gave it to her because it's "the rune which reveals life".
- Meaningful Rename: Up until her encounter with Dr. Morrow, she was just known as "Robot-Chan"; Belldandy then named her Sigel because she thought that "Robot-Chan" was too belittling.
- Non-Lethal K.O.: Sigel is very fragile in this respect. She is knocked unconscious about every time she appears in the manga, as her body has a mechanism to shut down to preserve basic functions intact. This makes her rely on Banpei or Skuld more than she'd like to.
- Not So Above It All: She avoids Banpei with a passion, but to some degree she does recognize that Banpei is her friend and most loyal companion.
- Pygmalion Plot / Pygmalion Snapback: With Banpei until she was given sentience by Skuld.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: She just might as well be a little girl other than her Rocket Punch. This is the very reason why Dr. Morrow is interested in dissecting her to find out about her components and the nature of her bipedal locomotion (which is his main focus in robotics).
- Rocket Punch: Sigel's signature offensive move; it's her signature move because it's her only move. Predictably, she continuously complains to Skuld about her apparent lack of battle features.
- Rollerblade Good: Sigel's preferred method of locomotion. She has motorized rollers installed on her heels.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Subverted. Sigel threatens to self-destruct when Skuld tries to force her to like Banpei; though Skuld argues that it's an empty threat since she didn't install a sequence like that in Sigel, she eventually relents because Sigel is deadpan serious about not being forced. It's also a callback to Rule of Funny, as most if not all of Skuld's inventions do have a self-destruct feature.
- Stubborn Mule: Belldandy calls her out on her disdain towards Banpei, telling her that although keeping a distance is not wrong, there's no reason for her to hate someone that loves her so obviously and is almost entirely devoted to her.
- Torpedo Tits: Subverted, though lampshaded; Sigel really expected to have these on her chest and Skuld promptly tells her that she didn't even remotely think of the possibility of installing those in Sigel. Instead, she has recharging plugs on her chest.
- Tsundere: Harsh as sandpaper towards Banpei when she's given sentience, though she slowly mellows out.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Due to Lind's witless magic, Sigel is left alone in the temple deformed by the wonky spells. This is never addressed again. She did return for the drama CD epilogue though.
Keima & Takano Morisato
Keima voiced by: Houchou Ohtsuka (JP-Drama CD)
Takano voiced by: Naoko Matsui (JP-Drama CD)Keichi and Megumi's very eccentric parents.
- The Ace: Takano, at playing Mahjong; she is good enough to beat goddesses.
- Action Dad: Regardless of his eccentricities, Keima is the person that instilled the passion for mechanics and motorsports into Keiichi and Megumi.
- Almighty Mom: Takano's obviously the one person keeping Keima from driving everyone else insane.
- Anticlimactic Parent: The goddesses notice first hand the dangers of Keima's gynophobia, as he shows them exactly what Megumi and Keiichi told them he would be; Takano, however, is not mentioned beforehand and the goddesses find her to be very doting and charming.
- Badass Biker:
- Keima is a better biker than Keiichi and Megumi combined and has the knowledge to be a highly specialized mechanic; he only sees this as a hobby, as he is a glassblower by trade.
- Assuming Nekomi is in the vicinity of Tokyo, he traveled almost 900mi on his motorcycle just to see Keiichi and his vehicle is still pristine.
- Berserk Button: Keima has two completely different ones. The first, being touched by women other than Takano is an irrational one that sends him amok; the second, being called "dad" by either Keiichi or Megumi is a rational one that earns their kids an admonishment from him.
- Cat Smile: Takano is almost never seen without one. Inherited by Megumi.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Keima's gynophobia is so out of control that he should be institutionalized. His son and daughter are very afraid of what he can do when he is off the rails.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Keima might be a glassblower and a gearhead, but he is also a very good fighter.
- Doting Parent: To Megumi, though Takano and Keima eventually come to Nekomi to find how Keiichi is doing on his own.
- Friendship Trinket: Keima sculpts extremely intricate glass pendants with the shape of feathers to give to the goddesses as a token of appreciation and parting gift. They inadvertently show their true nature as goddesses to him and Takano.
- Happily Married
- Hippie Parents: The reason behind their eccentric behavior towards his kids.
- Hyper Awareness: Takano is the first one that realizes that there is something supernatural about Keiichi's girlfriend and their companions.
- If Its You Its Ok: Takano argues that Keima lets her close because they love each other.
- Insistent Terminology: Keima does not like that his kids call him "dad"; as a matter of fact, he has insisted most of his life that they must always call him Keima.
- Like Father, Like Son: Regarding motorcycles. According to Takano, it's the one thing that Keima and Keiichi have in common and it's the tenet of their relationship.
- Mad Artist: Keima is a superb and extremely detailed glassblower who is dangerously afraid of women.
- Older Than They Look: Keima looks at the very least twenty years older than Takano; she also doesn't seem one day older than Keiichi himself.
- Open-Minded Parent: They have to be, once they realize their son is dating a goddess.
- Overwhelming Exception: Belldandy is the only other woman that can approach Keima without him crawling up the walls, as he finds out.
- Parental Favoritism: He and Takano dote their daughter Megumi with money and sustenance while they left Keiichi to fend off by himself and through his own devices. Keima, however, argues that he did this because he expects no less from his own son.
- Plot Hole: When Keima first meets Urd, Skuld and Peorth, the latter one is floating in mid air; justified in him being too afraid of women to even notice something like that.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Keima only lets his wife physically touch him. He is very, very afraid of other women until he meets the Norns.
- So Proud of You: A very understated example. Chihiro discovers that Keima regards Keiichi in this way when inquiring into the true reasons for his visit, despite his outward appearence of aloof disinterest.Chihiro: So you were worrying about him?Keima: Worrying? No way. He's my son.
- Tough Love: He and Takano leave Keiichi to his own devices and no sustenance like they did with Megumi.
A race of mermaid-like sea creatures that at one instance show up at a Beach Episode.
- Attack Backfire: Skuld tries to attack one of them with an overpowered water pistol. As a creature bound to water, the Lorelei brushes it off without effort.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: They come close ashore to seek their mermen in order to have their "Love Festival". They use a MacGuffin called a "Whale's Tear" for such purpose, although one of the Lorelei spilled its contents into the water and it ended up seeping into Keiichi's ear when he was underwater. This makes him able to hear their beckoning song, so the Lorelei think Keiichi is a merman.
- Hidden Elf Village: The Lorelei are not often seen because the Whale's Egg's content does not reach humans very easily.
- Honey Trap: The Lorelei mermen have to be lured through song... only that they end up lured by the goddesses song instead of the one from their mates.
- Hunks: Played for laughs. The Lorelei mermen are shown to be hunky bro-like individuals where their mates are shown to be dainty and delicate females.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: They are more a mixture of mermaids, fairies and elves than mermaids proper. They also have wing-like appendages and as Keiichi notices, they're transparent underwater.
- Unscaled Merfolk: They don't appear to have scaly fish skin.
- Dead All Along: Chieko died not long after Hotarunosuke left the mansion in the 1930's.
- Fighting Spirit: She's a manifestation of will that haunts the mansion with the sole drive to meet Hotarunosuke again.
- For Want of a Nail: Had she not died and was able to pursue a relationship with Hotarunosuke (as they were leading to), his family dynamics would have been considerably different, leading to the possibility that neither Keiichi nor Megumi had existed.
- Ghostly Goals: She has lingered in the mansion since the 1930's on the promise that Hotarunosuke Morisato gave her a lap around the lake in his motorcycle. This is decades after both died.
- Haunted House: She's the manifestation of will haunting it.
- House Fey: She maintained the Honda Inn for sixty years after her death.
- Irony: When she introduces herself, she states that she is the temporary caretaker. According to Belldandy, she had never seen a Shinnentai that lasted as long as she did.
- Our Ghosts are Different: She is not properly a ghost, but a physical manifestation of the desire left by an unfulfilled promise. She is physical and she is more than aware that she's been dead a long time.
- Poltergeist: Unlike a ghost, Chieko's Shinnentai is a physical entity.
- Shout-Out: Named after the voice actor Chieko Honda. Amusingly her namesake went to voice the character in the TV series.
- Theme Naming: Much like other human characters in canon, she is also named after the car and motorcycle manufacturer Honda.
a.k.a. Hotaru-no-Suke Morisato
Keiichi's nearly-identical grandfather, presumably from Keima's side.
- Due to the Dead: Keeping respect towards him and Chieko, Keiichi refuses to appropriate Hotarunosuke's motorcycle, even when it's a classic. Also, while he did free Chieko's Shinnentai, Hotarunosuke did not fulfill his promise after all and he'd need the motorcycle to do so.
- For Want of a Nail: Had Chieko not died and was able to pursue a relationship with Hotarunosuke (as they were leading to), his family dynamics would have been considerably different, leading to the possibility that neither Keiichi nor Megumi had existed.
- Like Father, Like Son: Not to mention, like grandson too; Hotarunosuke was an avid motorcycle enthusiast just like Keima and Keiichi.
- The One That Got Away: For each other. Chieko and Hotarunosuke seemed to be in love, but it all withered away when she died. The manifestation of her will to meet him again lingered on the mansion for more than sixty years.
- The Promise: As Keiichi explained to Chieko, Hotarunosuke did not fulfill his promise of taking her for a motorcycle ride precisely because she died.
- Posthumous Character: He has been dead for decades.
- Secretly Wealthy: A Brough Superior motorcycle (as it's stated in the footnotes) was five times more expensive than what an average Japanese person would have earned in a year in the 1930's. Hotarunosuke would have had to be very affluent to own one.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Keiichi is identical to him verbatim, enough to fool the spirit of a maid he met before the war.
The Ninja Clan
Kodama, Mistress of Confusion
Sheringan* , The Peeping Tomboy
A group of diminutive ninjas created by Mara out of lab mice.
- Apple of Discord: Kodama turns Urd and Skuld against each other by hitting them where they hurt the most.
- Cute Bruiser: They kick ass and they are at the most six inches tall. They are also remarkably dangerous.
- Gratuitous Ninja: They're cute, funny, deadpan, and they turn the temple upside down with their wars of attrition.
- Honey Trap: Kodama hypnotizes and tries to seduce Keiichi in order to be caught by Belldandy in fraganti. The only problem is that Keiichi realizes pretty fast that Kodama looks Super-Deformed, making her plan backfire.
- Lemony Narrator: As a way of self-referencing and criticizing his own work, Kosuke Fujishima makes Kodama refer to Keiichi and Belldandy's relationship as "at kindergarten level".
- Melodrama: Everything surrounding them consists of loyalty struggles and their duty as ninjas, almost at a Kabuki theater level; Mara did base their personalities on a film she had just watched.
- Ninja: Other than being half-a-foot tall, they fill the trope wholeheartedly.
- Rule of Funny: By the way they act, they could have just stepped out of a Toshiro Mifune film.
- Seppuku: Kodama decides to take her own life when she fails her mission, only to be stopped by Belldandy and convinced that she shouldn't waste her life like that.
- Shapeshifting: Kodama can impersonate Urd and Skuld to the point.
- Theme Naming: All three of them are named after Shinkansen trains.
- The Stool Pigeon: The first thing Sheringan tells her fellow ninjas is that she is going to tell on them to Mara.
- Hikari never does completely leave Mara's side, attempting to kill Keiichi once more before being stopped by Kodama.
- At the end of their arc, they all collectively defect from Mara's service.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: Kodama and Hikari were best friends from when they were still mice.
Eri & Tasuga
Childhood friends and former school classmates of Chihiro from her seaside hometown. Eri runs a jetski and snowmobile shop while Tasuga runs a motorcycle shop.
- All Behaviorism Is Pavlovian: Eri complains about Chihiro and Keiichi's need for a start signal to begin racing, arguing that they must have been racehorses in a previous life.
- Meganekko: Eri: glasses, check; cute, check.
- Not So Above It All: She was unwilling to surrender a snowmobile Chihiro wanted for parts until she, just like everyone else, was asked by Belldandy. She done fell.
- Not So Different:
- Eri and Tasuga are more than happy to oblige Chihiro with her pursuit of building her dream bike, as long as someone pays them for the parts.
- Tasuga is every bit a gearhead as Chihiro is.
- Old Friends: They've known Chihiro since before she attended NIT.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Chihiro is confronting with having to wallet the whole bill for Eri and Tasuga, so Eri makes Belldandy convince Chihiro; when she brushes off the haze, she tries to escape, only to be trapped in her own conceit.
- You Owe Me: Chihiro dragged everyone to town to build their dream machines but tries to play hooky on Eri and Tasuga. She unwittingly jumps on Skuld's motorcycle, which traps her in its folding feature.
The Ghost Motorcycle
The second Shinnentai introduced in the story. It used to be a motorcycle built and used by Chihiro which was dropped down a seaside cliff by accident. It haunts the often visited Inoku-Radai circuit that leads to NIT.
- Fighting Spirit: It's a manifestation of will of a motorcycle that Chihiro built and dropped off a cliff in an accident.
- Ghostly Goals: It wants nothing more than to race again and be ridden.
- Not So Above It All: Its desire to ride is overridden by his elation at finding someone to compete with it. It first competed with Megumi, who lost to it, and this almost cost her her life as the ghost led her to the cliff where it dropped years before; it later is defeated by Keiichi, and this prompts it to lead him and Belldandy to its whereabouts.
- Our Ghosts are Different: It is not properly a ghost, but a physical manifestation of the desire left by an unfulfilled promise. It wasn't an actual living being in the first place (it's a motorcycle), but its purpose was unfulfilled anyway because of the accident.
A race of sentient robot-like creatures that start frequenting Chihiro's shop to be repaired by Keiichi during off-hours.
- Ambiguous Robots: They are very much mechanical beings that live beyond the scope of humanity. They are alive, but it's left to the imagination how much of a "robot" race they are.
- Cute Machines: They are at the most, dog-sized and come in all sorts of shapes and forms.
- Insistent Terminology: They keep referring to Keiichi as Belldandy's servant; however, they do not do this out of malice.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: They are not properly robots, but rather living beings that happen to be made of metal.
- Not So Above It All: They express a sincere admiration for the amount of detail-oriented work Keiichi dedicates to their maintenance. In turn, they start to come to him in crowds.
- Remote Body: The first machiner introduced to Keiichi is the landing train of a considerably larger flying device that is flying circles around Nekomi, being unable to land.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Invoked; they are not human-like in appearance, but they are very contrarian and feisty.
- Technology Porn: Keiichi is floored by the beauty, exquisiteness and filigree of the Machiner's parts; however, his contemplation is confused with perversion by the Machiner.