Kogarasumaru is a small Storm Rider team whose members are the main protagonists of this story. They begin with a single motivation: a desire to rise to the top, crush whoever is already there, and take their place. However, as they become more and more involved in the world of A-Ts, they realize things will not be as cut-and-dried as they had thought.They're all first-class badasses. Yes, even Onigiri. The team possesses three kings: Kazu, the Flame King, Agito, the Fang King, and Ikki, the Storm King.
Almighty Janitor: At one point they had a king with his own Regalia, a king with his own road, and the named successor to a third king, and they were still in D-class.
The Lancer — Kazu: Ikki's best friend whose lack of confidence provides a contrast to his Hot-Blooded leader. He also constantly lives in Ikki's shadow and admits to being "a nobody" in comparison.
The Big Guy — Buccha & Onigiri: respectively, the biggest member of the team who tends to rely on strength more than anything and the least skilled team member who can only rely on a surplus of raw power.
The Smart Guy — Agito: the most intelligent and tactically-inclined member of the team.
The Chick — Yayoi: the team's caretaker who makes sure the team members don't drop dead from exhaustion from overworking themselves.
The Sixth Ranger — Emily: she didn't really have a specific role in the team and unless she's needed for a six-man battle, she's mostly a substitute for when someone else is injured/busy.
Itsuki Minami is the male protagonist of the series. Prior to the beginning of the series, he was established as the leader of his school's gang, the East Side Gunz. There, he earned the nickname "Babyface", which has followed him into the A-T world. He has shown an extreme amount of talent with the Air Trek, to the point of being a genius at it. He is the founder of the team Kogarasumaru as well as its leader. He is the current Storm King of the Hurricane Road.Ikki is a boisterous, hot blooded young man who acts like a prick but has a heart of solid gold. Despite coming across as a moron, he consistently shows himself to be a charismatic leader and a brutal fighter who, though he never takes things too far, fights with exceptional cunning and underhanded tactics. Ikki strongly believes in striving to achieve one's goals instead of taking shortcuts or letting somebody else give it to you, which brings him into direct conflict with the series' Big Bad, who wants to forcefully change the world for the (in his eyes) betterment of everybody.
All According to Plan: He wishes. Whenever a battle that had been going poorly turns around, Ikki likes to claim that it's because everything has been going all according to plan. It rarely is.
Animal Motifs: Crows. One even made a nest of his hair, thus his nickname.
Anti-Hero: He's somewhere between a Disney Anti-Hero and a Pragmatic Anti-Hero. He's a good guy, especially to his friends, but he can be quite selfish at times, he fights dirty, and his only real motivation is to fly with his A-Ts, and while he'll stop someone from enslaving the world, he doesn't have any plans to make it a better place himself.
Berserk Button: Hurting his friends is one thing, but hurting Ringo is quite another. The first time you see him actually pissed is after Ringo gets knocked out shielding him from Inuyama's head-butt early in the series. Another big button of his is betraying your friends. He was enraged when he found out Ringo ordered the hit on Simca.
Bishōnen: He isn't as pretty as characters like Agito or Orca, but he definitely fits.
Blood Knight: An interesting example: he likes fighting, and his first solution to a problem is to beat it up, but he doesn't like using A-Ts, one of the two loves of his life, for battle, preferring to just use them to have fun. However, he'll still use them to fight if he must.
Blow You Away: As a rider of the Hurricane Road, he specializes in manipulating the air.
Blue with Shock: Sometimes, when he's driven to comical despair over something.
Book Dumb: Oh, Dear Lord... his marks are consistently low, and he is always at risk of being held back a year.
Orihara: "You punks should be grateful. I mean, the questions are so easy even grade-school kids could answer them."
Ikki: "Yeah, but we're more stupider than grade-school kids."
Chivalrous Pervert: While he's not nearly as bad as Onigiri, he's got quite the perverted streak and will often take the opportunity to grope either Rika or Ringo despite knowing the consequences. However, he'll never try to actually put the moves on a girl who isn't already propositioning him.
Cloudcuckoolander: While he's not as pronounced as some examples of this trope, Ikki has given some really odd reasons for some of the decisions he's made.
Combat Pragmatist: Ikki does this a bit. An example from Chapter 309: while Nue is having a heart to heart talk with his father, Ikki takes the opportunity to slug Nue in the face.]]
Delinquent: In the beginning of the series, he even had his own gang.
Denied Food as Punishment: He loves meat, so if he makes an idiot of himself in the few days leading up to the Noyamano household's "meat night," he doesn't get to eat.
Determinator: Don't get in his way. No seriously, don't. If you're lucky, he'll just plow through you, but if you aren't, he'll go out of his way to put you out of commission before continuing on as before and you don't want that. Either way, no matter what you throw at him, he'll shrug it all off and keep going.
The Gadfly: He'll dick around with anybody from friends and family to teachers to people he just met, just for the hell of it.
Genre Savvy: Not as much as some examples of this trope, but he tends to see any twists his enemies pull coming. For example, in the fight with Behemoth, he knew Akira would try to attack him after shaking his hand, so he took precautions. In the final battle, he figured Sora wouldn't play fair and took precautions to save everyone's lives.
Giver of Lame Names: He really can't name operations very well. For instance, the plan to get Akito's bank book from Kaito's trailer was called "Operation City Hunter Wriggling in The Darkness."
Guile Hero: On several occasions, he is outclassed or in over his head somehow, but he pulls through with superior planning or by bending the rules in imaginative ways. The crowning example would be in the final battle, in which, thanks to the rules they set for the match, neither he nor Sora can activate their god-like regalia. Ikki's solution: tune the Storm Regalia for Ringo and put them on her because the rules say nothing about whether or not she can use them. It stops Sora from blowing them all up.
The Hero: The story follows his quest to become the Sky King.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to Sora's promise to give everyone wings, the entire world starts baying for Ikki's blood when the latter challenges the former. After the truth of what Sora was planning is outed to the public, this trope becomes averted, and by the end of the series, Ikki has been hailed as the Sky King.
Heroic BSOD: Ikki just loses it after the reveal that Sora is the Big Bad and has been using him the whole time. He doesn't practise, he doesn't abuse his friends for no reason, and he'll talk about anything besides A-Ts. Hell, he even almost drove his bike off a cliff, not because he wanted to die, but because he didn't care about anything enough to be careful. His friends actually get quite concerned about him.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In this series, if the situation isn't serious, Ikki will act like a selfish dick for the amusement of the reader. If things are actually serious, though, he's quite caring and selfless.
Team Kogarasumaru insists that Ringo and Ikki are made for each other, but Ikki begs to differ, as his heart belongs to Simca. To settle the question Onigiri asks Ikki to close his eyes and try to visualize the face of the girl he likes. Cue two-page spread of Kururu Sumeragi. To say Ikki is shocked would be an understatement. It's subverted later, though.note As of chapter 327, Kururu is not the one whom Ikki will "tune" with (tuning is quite close to having sex, and performed more often than not by official couples), since she's actually holding the aircraft carrier they're in together. After he thanks Kururu gently for her hard work, Ikki actually asks Ringo to tune in with him. So in the end, Ringo became the Victorious Childhood Friend.
After Ringo confesses to him, he takes a good long look at their relationship and realizes that he's been in love with her for a long time. After that, he takes the first feasible moment to push for a Relationship Upgrade.
Made of Iron: He's spent much of his life getting beaten daily by Mikan, who possesses Super Strength. As a result, he's got insane levels of endurance.
Magnetic Hero: Kilik states that this is the aspect of Wind Riders that annoys him the most: they seep into peoples hearts like a gust of wind. This is after Ikki won him over.
Oblivious to Love: Despite Ringo's feelings for him being painfully obvious to the reader (and most characters) from day one, Ikki had no idea until she finally confessed to him. He was understandably pissed with himself for unwittingly hurting her and taking her for granted for so long.
Post-Kiss Catatonia: He freaks out every time Akito kisses him, but it's Played for Laughs. It's played much more seriously when he freezes up right after the first time Ringo kisses him.
Power Copying: He copied Thor of Sleipnir's ability to create vacuums.
Relationship Upgrade: He and Ringo finally admit to each other that they're the most important people in each others' lives and seal the deal by become each others' link tuners.
The Rival: He sees himself as one to Kururu in terms of willpower.
Save the Villain: As the energy from the Sky and Storm Regailas wears off and gravity returns to normal, he passes up the chance to get rescued by helicopter to save a falling Sora despite all the crap he put Rika and him through.
The Scream: He delivers two, once after each time Akito kissed him.
Self-Imposed Challenge: For much of the first part of the series, he wore heavy training weights, even during his fight with Behemoth and during the Devil's 33, as he saw all of those challenges as practice. Ringo eventually forces him to go I Am Not Left-Handed during their fight by cutting the weights off his body.
Smug Super: Although it's mostly a front, he tends to very arrogant and boastful. It's usually played for laughs, but he's still probably the strongest character still alive in the series.
Take a Third Option: When faced with the choice of standing with Genesis against The Sleeping Forest or with The Sleeping Forest against Genesis, he gives them both the finger and tells them he'll take them both down. He ends up loosely allied with The Sleeping Forest anyway.
Unskilled, but Strong: Not in terms of physical strength (although he is still quite strong). His riding style for most of the series is this: he has endless raw talent with A-Ts, giving his tricks high output, but his technique is often sloppy, causing him to rarely reach his true potential and bust his A-Ts much more quickly than any other character. All his practicing pays off by the final battle, though, making him quite precise and able to match Sora with regular A-Ts without destroying them.
Was It All a Lie?: While he doesn't ask this, it's clear from his internal monologue that he's thinking it when he finds out that his roommates are all Gravity Children and he realizes the gravity of them being members of The Sleeping Forest.
Agito, Akito, and Lind Wanijima are the three personas inhabiting the body of Kaito Wanijima's younger brother.The youngest and dominant persona, Agito was created by Akito to cope with the mental stress created by his pacifist nature and responsibilities as Fang King. As such, his strength is derived from his desire to protect Akito. He is aloof, foul-mouthed, and violent, but despite this, his great skill and surprising intelligence make him a valuable asset to Kogarasumaru. Eventually, he warms up to the rest of the team, and even gets involved in their antics from time to time.Akito was the dominant personality prior to Agito's creation and his polar opposite in almost every aspect. He's timid, gentle and feminine both in behavior and appearance. Nonetheless he is even more frightening than Agito when angered.Lind is the third personality that comes out when the other two are having trouble, and is far more powerful and violently proactive than Agito. He's ruthless, sadistic, disdainful, and has a playboy attitude towards women. He is actually the first personality of the body and was initially believed to be a copy of Kaito's personality. It was revealed in chapter 300 that this personality is in fact that of Gazelle, one of the original Gravity Children and Akito and Agito's mother.All of the personae are King-Level Bloody Road riders.
Dark and Troubled Past: Where to begin? All the things that Akito was forced through actually forced him to create an Ax-Crazy personality just to protect himself, and Lind is the personality of someone who was actually killed.
Eyepatch of Power: Akito and Agito have this. Which eye it covers decides which personality is in control.
Glass Cannon: His attack output is staggering but because of his small body, he's quite frail.
Heel-Face Turn: He started off as a psychopathic hunter of A-T riders working for the cops. Then he became a psychopathic hunter of A-T riders working for Kogarasumaru (although they didn't know about his "hunts"). Eventually he managed to completely soften up.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Akito and Agito find out in chapter 301 that Kaito isn't their big brother, but their own father. Agito wasn't too happy about it either.
Missing Mom: Akito/Agito/Lind's mother is Gazelle, who kills herself before she even gave birth to them.
Razor Wind: It involves using the inertial force created by rapidly accelerating and decelerating to send a kind of directed shockwave through the air.
The Smart Guy: The most intelligent and perceptive member of the team.
Someone to Remember Him By: His retroactive first appearance was at Kaito's doorstep; with a letter introducing him as the salvaged child from Gazelle's body and Kaito's son, even if his body has been 'grown' by the Dr. Minami's lab.
Abduction Is Love: Yayoi pulled this on him and he didn't seem to mind. In fact, her tying him up and taking him out across a lake in a rowboat is one of the first times we really see him calm down and openly show his softer side. He doesn't evenswear.
The Ace: Let's see... he's an extremely skilled rider, an expert in all things related to Air Treks, and extremely intelligent. Furthermore, thanks to his Bishōnen looks, he's so popular with the ladies that it freaks him out. It's stated that he is part of the 1% that the Big Bad hates so much.
Ax-Crazy: When he's first introduced, he enjoys brutally crushing his enemies. Even after his Heel-Face Turn, he's still far too willing to resort to violence.
Let's put it this way: you know you've got a bad case of this when your own friends think you've come a long way from what you once were when you give an enemy the chance to surrender before deciding to kill them.
Badass Normal: As he isn't a Gravity Child or a Brain Charger, he has no special powers.
Berserk Button: Agito has a lot of these. The biggest, though, is threatening Yayoi. Lind pushed it pretty hard when he told Orca (who was holding her hostage) that she was just a woman who could be easily replaced. Agito was pissed enough to break free of Lind's control and take his body back.
Defrosting Ice King: He started off hating Kogarasumaru and only staying because Akito liked them, but then he began to open up to them, start going out with Yayoi, and even join in on some of their shenanigans.
The Determinator: He isn't as pronounced as severe cases like Ikki or Nike, but Agito refuses to give up. In his battle with Thor, for example, he cuts his own legs in order to render his opponent's technique harmless and he keeps going.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: When training the rest of Kogarasumaru for the cube battle with Behemoth as part of his general nastiness.
Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, for some reason, he cannot recognize Yayoi without her trademark ponytails. Once is bad enough, but when it happens again and again, after he's seen what she looks like with her hair down, it gets pretty ridiculous.
Hair-Trigger Temper: The only one who beats him in this regard is Nike. If you do anything around Agito, if you even talk to him when you're a stranger, he'll flip out.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: It's not as obvious as Kazu's case, but he doesn't really think he's capable of protecting Akito. However, these issues are cleared up when he reclaims his place as the Fang King.
Hidden Depths: At first glance is a sadistic and violent psycho, but deep down, everything he does is for Akito, and later his other friends, and he actually has some issues about not being good enough.
Ineffectual Loner: While he is still badass enough to hold his own by himself, there are many times when he tries to go it alone, such as during the fight with Behemoth, when he fails and only succeeds with Kogarasumaru's help. He eventually learns to play with the rest of the kids when he realized that it's more fun to beat up a bunch of opponents with your friends than it is to beat them up alone.
Jerkass: At least in the beginning, before he became a...
Lame Comeback: He delivers an epic one to Thor during their fight:
Agito: "Who did you say was "escaping"? I was just... um... staying upwind from your stank-ass pit hair..." Audience: "Wow... That was weak..." Thor: "Body odour cannot travel through a vacuum." Agito: "That just shows you how stinky your BO actually is!" Yayoi: "Talk about childish insults..."
Misery Poker: He plays a variant of this with Thor of Sleipnir. Thor laments how he and the rest of Team Sleipnir have no memories since their Brain Charger personalities were only created a few years ago, and how they had to live with having no hope and no purpose in life for years. Agito quickly tells him to shut the fuck up as the hell that he and Akito had been put through far outweighs what Sleipnir went through. It also doubles as a "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Thor as well as Sleipnir as a whole.
Agito: "What makes some asshole born just a few years ago on a "different level"? Don't give me that lip. I've been through shit you can't even imagine, kid."
Only Sane Man: He often fills this role — pretty peculiar considering he's one of the more unstable members of the cast. Unlike the rest of the team, he doesn't have a perverted streak, he isn't impulsive, and he likes to think of himself as above their retarded antics.
Rescue Romance: With Yayoi Nakayama. She'd always been at least somewhat attracted to him, but their relationship really started picking up speed after Agito saved her from Orca.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He tends to try to quit the team whenever Kogarasumaru is in an unfavourable position. It's not that he's a coward, quite the opposite, in fact, but if something he isn't looking forward to comes up, he'll try to ditch them. His leaving is always played for laughs and always denied by the rest of the team. A good example is when Kogarasumaru loses to the White Wolf Clan and they all think that they'll have to wear extremely embarrassing outfits for the rest of the series.
Agito: "Fuck! Don't be looking like that now. How shameful. You lost, so... you have to honour your agreement. Although it was just a short time, I had fun. Don't cry. See ya."
Kogarasumaru: "Not again, you damn shark!"
Security Cling: It could be considered this when Yayoi first tunes Agito.
Berserk Button: Just don't hurt Kaito, even if Agito or Akito is in control. If you do, Lind will take control and he will kill you.
Bi the Way: Lind is flirtatious with woman and he seems to something of a playboy, but his obsession with Kaito and his true identity as the personality of Kaito's deceased female lover makes it clear that gender is nothing to him.
Exotic Eye Designs: Lind has the Over-Cross Twinkle Eyes, an inherent trait in Brain Chargers.
Kazu is the second in command of team Kogarasumaru and Ikki's best friend. By nature, he is insecure and timid, a trait that is only exasperated by the brash and overbearing personalities of some of his teammates. This introverted nature often leads others to underestimate him, especially when they compare him to the likes of Ikki and Agito. In reality, he is hard-working and dedicated, and a competent fighter and Storm Rider.Kazu is a Speed-type rider who rides the Apollon Road, a refined form of the Flame Road incorporating Time Tricks, which calls on his speed and agility.
All Your Powers Combined: In his fight with Nike, he uses the Flame Regalia to tap into the power of several powerful riders' roads.
Berserker Tears: He has these in his fight with Nike. Given how he watched Aeon and (apparently) Onigiri die right in front of him, coupled with his already intense hatred of the Gem King, it's hardly a surprise.
Bishōnen: When he takes that nappy hat off, at least.
Chick Magnet: He wasn't aware of it, but he had been famous on the internet since Kogarasumaru's battle with Behemoth. When he joined a cult— long story— the girls flocked to him.
Classical Anti-Hero: He starts out as this, being a self-deprecating failure in combat with a snarky streak, but by the end of the series he's evolved straight into a normal Hero.
Defeating the Undefeatable: Kazu was already getting some serious Badass cred from his fight with Sleipnir, but he finally proves, once and for all, that he's no longer the little bitch who needs Ikki to fight for him when he takes out Nike. Sure, he had help, but he still stood alone for much of the battle.
Elemental Rivalry: Between him and Nike. He is fire and while Nike doesn't use Ice powers, he does have a clear Ice Motif going on. In the last part of the battle, Kazu is at the breaking point of his rage and Nike is more stoic than he has been for most of the battle.
Fragile Speedster: Taken Up to Eleven after he takes sufficient levels in badass. At one point he moved faster than the eyes of two king class riders could follow, then said something along the lines of "oops, silly me, I forgot to unlock my back wheels." He wins his fight against Nike because he took nothing worse than a few punches and kicks directly. Everything else he dodged. It's clear that if any of Nike's real attacks had hit, Kazu would have been toast.
Foil: His is Nike. Both he and Nike have undying loyalty to a wind rider. They are both the number two of their group. But while Kazu is a Fragile Speedster, Nike is a Mighty Glacier. Nike is a gravity child while Kazu is normal. Kazu had been on the losing side of almost every single fight he'd ever been in, but that only motivated him to do better. On the other hand, Nike had always been ridiculously strong and impossible to defeat, and when he realized that he had lost to Kazu, he completely lost it. And while Kazu depended on his friends and gained strength from their bonds, Nike was always alone except for a person who constantly manipulated him, making him powerful, but also extremely brittle.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has some crushing self-esteem issues. He gets over them spectacularly in his fight with Nike.
It's Personal: Kazu has hated Nike and wanted nothing more than to kill him after he murdered Spitfire. It gets played with later: despite everything Nike has done, Kazu finds he has trouble hating Nike because of the way Sora manipulated his brother into becoming nothing more than a killing machine with no free will, and he even feels a little sorry for him. He even begs Nike to say something so unforgivable that Kazu can hate him enough to kill him, because knowing how Nike became the way he was had defanged his hatred.
Kick Them While Theyre Down: After finding a way around Nike's Jade Armour, Kazu's attacks start to actually have a noticeable effect and Nike falls to his knees. The first thing Kazu does is hit him as many times as he can. It's justified, as Nike has a habit of faking damage, and even if he wasn't, he'd still get up again despite the damage, so it's only prudent to take the opportunity to inflict as much damage as possible.
Kill It with Fire: After he takes Spitfire's place as the Flame King, he tries to kill Nike with his flames.
The Lancer: His timidity provides a contrast to Ikki's Hot Bloodedness, and he constantly lives in Ikki's shadow and admits to being "a nobody" in comparison.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He does this when Agito is introduced to their class, stating that there's now another character who sticks out more than he does.
Let's Get Dangerous: When push comes to shove, this timid guy will kick your ass. Even if you're Nike.
The So-Called Coward: In most stressful situations, he's quite timid, but if anybody needs him, he ignores his fear and heads out to kick ass.
Took a Level in Badass: In the second half of the series, he decides to stop being a wimp and man the fuck up. He even manages to beat Nike of all people.
Undying Loyalty: Kazu has long since decided to follow Ikki and even though it's his dream to one day surpass his friend, he would never even consider betraying him.
Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Aeon have a bit of this going. They make fun of each other, argue with each other, and even attack each other, but Kazu was crying tears of joy when he heard Aeon was still alive. For his part, Aeon admits that Kazu has great potential and he only stole the flame regalia so that Kazu's inexperience with the flame road wouldn't have nasty consequences if he used them before he was ready, and in his last moments he tuned the regalia to Kazu.
Mihotoke Issa, a.k.a. Fats Buccha, is a heavily-built, tanned fighter who specializes in close combat. His elements of character design, especially the three lines on his forehead, are based off the wrestler Abdullah the Butcher. Before joining Kogarasumaru, he was the leader of the team Night Kings (Yaou) and savagely beat down Kazu and Onigiri. After losing to Ikki in a Hurdles match, he becomes good friends with Ikki, Kazu, and Onigiri and becomes a founding member of Kogarasumaru. Big, intimidating, and surprisingly intelligent, Buccha has deep technical knowledge and analytical skills when it comes to A-Ts, but he suffers from a crippling lack of confidence.Buccha rides his own unique road called the The Rock Road (not to be confused with the Gaia Road, which it is something of a derivative of) which emphasizes physical hand-to-hand attacks enhanced by his A-T's momentum.
The Big Guy: While he's not stupid, he tends to default to the application of brute force when he gets into a fight.
Can't Catch Up: Subverted. He starts to believe this is the case because he never had the same levels of natural talent that Ikki and Agito had, but once he starts to see himself as The Load, he decides to work as hard as he can anyway, and eventually catches up to his friends.
Mighty Glacier: His default fighting style. He was slow when compared to people like Ringo, Kazu, and Agito, but he was so insanely tough that he could shrug off most hits.
Lightning Bruiser: When he upgrades his Pump Up technique to enhance his legs, he gets an insane boost in speed. He still has the same endurance, and although his upper body is no longer being reinforced, he can still hit as hard as he used to because of the added power from his momentum.
Stout Strength: He looks like an obese slob, but he's got the most raw strength on the team.
Temporary Bulk Change: His Pump Up Technique. The fat in his stomach is actually blood pooling thanks to his overeating. When he wishes, he can transfer said blood to his muscles and gain a much more impressive build. Later in the series he leans how to do this with his legs to give him more speed. After the aforementioned example where he pumped up his legs, he burned off so much energy that the bulk change has become permanent, at least until he eats it back.
Onigiri is one of Ikki's childhood friends. He is 15 years old and a part of Kogarasumaru. His head looks like a riceball (Onigiri in Japanese, hence the name). Onigiri is a pervert whose imagination is so potent that he can as good as see through anything if there's an attractive girl behind it. He frequently uses his powers to peer through walls into women's bathing area and through their clothes and characterized as a pig.Onigiri rides his very own road, the Smell Road. It utilizes Onigiri's body odor to distort an opponent's senses and create illusions. It is very disgusting.
Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason, he has dark red hair in the OVAs, while in the manga and anime he has black hair.
Berserk Button: Harm/kill a girl or an old person in front of Onigiri. I freaking dare you to.
The Big Guy: While he starts off quite useless, he manages to fill a powerhouse role in the team later on. For example, his highest R.E.A.D. is 360, which is higher than the estimated R.E.A.D.s of Ikki and Ringo at the start of the final battle, though both of them likely surpassed that as the fight progressed.
Hidden Depths: Onigiri shows that he's more than a pervert when he tells Ikki about how much he appreciates girls and women as people. He'll still admire the female body, but he'll also look deeper. It's not just hot air — he ends up with Sharome, one of the least physically developed female characters in the series.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a great guy and a loyal friend, but often his perverted exploits border on sexual harassment.
Lethal Joke Character: He's absolutely useless until you put him in a fight with a girl, at which point he gets as powerful as Nike.
Emily is part of the track team together with Yayoi Nakayama. She has short dark brown hair, sometimes depicted as black itself, along with dark brown eyes. Has a big crush on Kazu.She eventually joins the team Kogarasumaru and acts as their back-up. Even though her Air Trek skills aren't that great, she seems to be able to summon up super strength and endurance, from taking hits from powerful Storm Riders and brushing them off easily to delivering extremely powerful kicks and wrestling moves, through her pure strength of will and "The Power of Love".
Action Girl: She's not as powerful as the Noyamano sisters or other skilled riders, but she can still hold her own in most battles she takes part in.
Badass Adorable: She's very cute, has good looks, and after Ikki's fight with Buccha, she drop kicked Spitfire in the back of the head after Ikki realized he was trouble.
Groin Attack: When she, Yayoi, and Agito get kidnapped by members of Trident, she takes down more than half of them with this.
Let's Get Dangerous: She and Kazu are chased by the extremely dangerous Gabishi whom several badasses have already been powerless to stop. Kazu is absolutely powerless and soon begins to lose his courage. Aeon Clock gets his ass kicked. Things are looking grim until suddenly, Emily decides to stop cowering and hoping Kazu will protect her and she attacks Gabishi, performing a suplex on him and not letting go. Her determination to help in the fight even gives Gabishi cause to praise her, and she keeps him from moving long enough for Aeon to smash a motorbike over his head.
Super Strength: She inexplicably has superhuman strength. She can hold down Gabishi, a king class rider, and at one point she broke open a watermelon by head-butting it.
Took a Level in Badass: And how! She went from being a non-combatant to outmanoeuvring Kilik, if only for a few moments.
Unskilled, but Strong: More pronounced earlier before she gets more skilled with A-Ts, but even after that, she is still the least skilled member of the team by far. On the other hand, she's probably as strong as Buccha. In the simulated battle with the old Sleeping Forest, she even dropped a statue on Kilik.
Yandere: Do not hurt and/or get between her and Kazu.
Yaoi Fan Girl: In Chapter 192, Ikki is seen feeding Agito (without Agito cursing) and Emily begins to squeel.
Yayoi was part of the track team with Emily and later becomes something like the team's manager. As such, she is Kogarasumaru's Team Mom and she looks after the rest of the team, especially when they get so focussed on training that they forget to eat or rest. She has a crush on Agito, who surprisinglyhas no problems with this. Oddly enough, she has the ability to communicate with Ikki's crow. She also has the ability to tell the exact time, down to a second — a trait that is shared by the more affluent tuners of Tool Toul To. Ine Makigami stated that she saw potential in Yayoi as a link-tuner, even mistaking Yayoi for the team's tuner. During Kogarasumaru's battle against the original Sleeping Forest in the Inorganic Net, when Agito got injured, she tunes him back to health and finally completes the Fang Regalia that had been merged into his A-Ts.
Clark Kenting: An accidental version: Agito can never recognize her unless her hair is tied up. A running gag for more than half the series is Yayoi greeting Agito with her hair down and him responding with "Who the fuck are you? Why are you talking to me?"
Cute Storm-Rider Team Manager: She's the one who takes care of the rest of the team when they're too busy practicing to care about things like food, water, rest, etc., she keeps track of their progress, and she even has two Kogarasumaru Hero Worshippers as assistants.
The Chick: She has absolutely no combat abilities but she's always there supporting the rest of the team.
First Kiss: It was meant to be for Agito, but instead she kissed Lind to give him air.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: She's surrounded by ridiculously powerful people like Ikki, Agito, Kazu, and Buccha, and even Emily is extremely attractive, has a large bust, and is a star athlete. On the other hand, Yayoi is something of a Ridiculously Average Girl and feels like a pointless fifth wheel, despite the fact that without her being the Team Mom, the team would train with far less efficiency and probably severely injure themselves by overworking.
Team Mom: She takes care of the team when they're to busy training to look after themselves. Without her, they would likely drop dead from exhaustion.
Yandere: She lacks the typical Ax Craziness, but she did go so far as to kidnap Agito and tie him up.
The Sleeping Forest
The Sleeping Forest is a team of eight Gravity Children who stand at the top of the Trophaeum Tower. The current incarnation of the team is the second, and only their leader, the Gem King Kilik, was on the original team. The Sleeping Forest is dedicated to protecting the Sky Regalia and preventing anybody from using it, as Kilik fears its powers are too much for the world. Each and every one of them is a King-Class rider.
Badass Crew: They took out the original Sleeping Forest.
The Sixth Ranger — Onibasu (he gets the least characterization out of the entire team)
Red Herring: The first appearance of members besides the Noyamano sisters has them brutally attacking Storm Riders, as if to tell the audience "We're the bad guys." Then they take out Simca.Really, though, they're not so bad and their previous actions were an attempt to avert a war and keep non-combatants where they belong: on the sidelines.
Bait-and-Switch Boss: Although it occurred around the middle of the series instead of at the end, they were built up to be the series' Big Bads, but almost immediately after Ikki comes face to face with the entire team, the real Big Bad is revealed.
Ringo is the deuteragonist of the series, Ikki's childhood friend, and a member of the Noyamano family that adopted Ikki into their household. However, behind her seemingly plain and unimpressive guise of a junior high school student, she is actually the successor and leader of the legendary team, The Sleeping Forest. She is a Queen Class Rider and the current Thorn Queen of the Thornier Road. She's also a second generation Gravity Child. She helps Kogarasumaru in times of trouble under the "guise" of Croissant Mask.She's in love with Ikki, a theme that has been used profusely for both dramatic and comedic effect throughout the series. She ends up being victorious... when she becomes his link tuner.
A Friend in Need: She often helped out Kogarasumaru in their early days, even though she would have been punished if she had been seen fighting for anybody besides The Sleeping Forest, because at the time Kogarasumaru was an extremely weak team that needed help.
Action Girl: She's the most badass lady in the series, and probably the biggest badass besides Ikki and Sora.
Dark Action Girl: Whenever she gets sufficiently pissed off, she becomes exceptionally brutal and ruthless.
Action Girlfriend: Downplayed. Ikki was never a normal teenager, he was a delinquent with a Charles Atlas Superpower, and he was always interested in A-Ts but never thought he could actually use them. It was Ringo (in the manga, at least) who properly introduced him into the A-T world and got him started. While she still helped him out after that, he kinda took it from there on his own.
Anguished Declaration of Love: A variant. She and Ikki are saying goodbye for what could very well be the last time, as she's about to head into battle with the Big Bad, and, realizing that she may never have another chance, she finally tells Ikki that she loves him.
Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to Simca when the latter implies that Ikki is like her puppet.
Ax-Crazy: It comes out when she's angry. While she's nowhere near as bad as Nike, being around her becomes quite dangerous.
Betty: To Simca's Veronica. She's been friends with Ikki since they were children and has loved him for years. Unlike Simca, she absolutely refuses to use Ikki for her own ends and always supports him.
Badass: She's one of two people who utterly trash Ikki single-handedly, the other being Akira Udou, and she's the leader of The Sleeping Forest, a team that decides leadership by the ability to kick ass.
Badass Adorable: Her unrequited love for Ikki and emotional insecurity make her quite endearing, yet if anybody threatens her or her friends, they get utterly trashed.
Badass Bookworm: She's got to be the smartest member of the main cast and she is quite studious.
Combat Stilettos: Her later A-T models: her second pair of A-Ts used the ball-roller system, so they actually looked like a pair of normal high-heeled boots, and her third pair were high-heels with slightly smaller than average wheels at the front and slightly larger wheels than average at the back.
Cover Blowing Superpower: For the first part of the series, Ringo was established as a skilled rider and all of her friends were aware of this, but what they weren't aware of was that even then, before she took various levels in badass, she was one of the most badass riders in the series. Even as Croissant Mask, she couldn't fight to her true potential or use her Thornier Road for fear of revealing herself.
Cry Cute: When the Storm Regalia gets shot when Kururu shields her from an attack from one of Genesis' soldiers.
Death Glare: She gives a pretty good one to Agito when he was still an enemy. Coupled with her Battle Aura, it scared the shit out of him.
The Determinator: Just fighting is extremely painful for her, even if her opponent's attacks don't even come close to touching her, yet with one exception (her fight with Ikki, which she didn't really want to fight anyway) she refuses to give in. This is especially pronounced in the final battle, in which she fights for extended periods of time, even after she takes a vicious wound to the side of her face.
Exotic Eye Designs: Par for the course for a Gravity Child. She usually keeps them hidden.
Fragile Speedster: She's noted several times to be ridiculously fast, and though Ikki beats her in all out speed, she is far more nimble and next to impossible to touch in a fight. However, she isn't all that tough thanks to not being Made of Iron like several other characters as well as the damage the Thornier Road inflicts on her body.
Glass Cannon: She isn't all that tough, but the Thornier Road allows her to fuck shit up on a grand scale
The Glasses Come Off: She wears glasses most of the time, but she always takes them off when getting ready for asskicking.
Heroic RROD: Thanks to the Thornier Road, she can't fight for extended periods of time without temporarily incapacitating herself afterwards and subjecting herself to unimaginable pain, both during her fight and for about a day afterward. Having perfectly tuned Thorn Regalia somewhat diminishes this. Somewhat.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: She's got crappy self-esteem and has a tendency to beat herself up for any mistakes she makes. She is also utterly incapable of believing Ikki could actually love someone like her.
I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: The main reason why it takes her so long to tell Ikki she loves him is the fact that they're very close. All throughout the time when he was crushing on Simca or getting closer to Kururu, she suffered in silence because she knew that if she confessed to Ikki and he rejected her, he would feel extremely guilty about hurting one of his closest friends, and she didn't want that.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She genuinely supports Kururu, whom she believes will be able to help Ikki the most and make him happy. However, both Kururu and Ikki see things differently.
Nice Girl: She's very kind and always friendly, even to people who might be her enemies. Just don't hit her Berserk Button.
Not so Above It All: With the exception of her stint as Croissant Mask, which gave her eternal embarrassment, in earlier volumes, Ringo was always more levelheaded and normal than the entirety of Team Kogarasumaru put together and was typically divorced from their antics. However, in later volumes, she gives in and lets them sweep her up in their enthusiasm, showing herself to be just as weird as the rest of them and even getting involved in their team poses.
Only Sane Man: For much of the series when it comes to Kogarasumaru.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Croissant Mask. It's her in a school swimsuit wearing a cape, a massive hat, a wig, and glasses, all of which she pilfered from the drama club's storage room in a hurry.
Patient Childhood Love Interest: To an almost painful degree with Ikki, as she just sits through his crushing on Simca and later his growing relationship with Kururu, never saying anything because she didn't want Ikki to feel guilty about hurting her if he chose one of the other girls. She finally confesses as they part ways for what could possibly be the last time before she heads off to war with the Big Bad. Long story short, he feels the same way.
Precision F-Strike: When Simca tells Ringo that she wants to manipulate Ikki into achieving his full potential for her own gain, and tells Ringo not to get in the way, Ringo simply slaps her and calls her a bitch.
Purple Eyes: She has purple eyes and she's also the leader of The Sleeping Forest and an epic badass.
Shrinking Violet: In an understated case similar to Yayoi's, she acts normal but has almost zero self-confidence when she isn't acting Ax-Crazy. Hell, when she confessed to Ikki, she doesn't have the confidence to do it herself, and feels the need to hide behind her Croissant Mask persona to get the words out.
Stepford Smiler: As much as she tries to act like nothing's wrong, she despises the fact that she must use A-Ts to fight and her constant inability to convey her feelings to Ikki really gets to her. Kilik once told her that she sounds like she is crying whenever she runs and that he thinks she should smile more often.
"Just you wait... you and that ambition of yours that stains the sky will one day be shattered and crushed by a crippling blow from the heavens... In the past, there have been two occasions when I held your life in my hands and spared it. There will not be a third."
Kilik is the Gem King of The Sleeping Forest, both past and present, a first generation Gravity Child, and the one actually calling all the shots. Though he began as one of the series' main antagonists and was even built up to be the Big Bad, his role has become something closer to that of the Big Good as his motives and the truth about The Sleeping Forest is revealed. Though one of the most reserved and physically unassuming storm riders in the series, Kilik is intelligent, arrogant, and extremely powerful. He viciously protects the Sky Regalia from the world, believing that its power was too much for the world to handle and would only lead to chaos and suffering.He and Sora founded The Sleeping Forest to protect the Sky Regalia and keep its vast power from falling into anybody's hands, but after growing disillusioned with the violence and suffering storm riders subjected each other to and then discovering Sora was only using The Sleeping Forest to take the Sky Regalia for himself, he gathered several Gravity Children who shared his opinions on the Sky regalia and led a coup against The Sleeping Forest and personally crippled Sora. He then rebuilt The Sleeping Forest to serve the purpose he originally intended for it: protecting the Sky Regalia from any who would use it. In this pursuit, he is extremely ruthless, and there are very few lines he won't cross if it means accomplishing his goal.He is considered the most powerful of the original eight Kings of Sleeping Forest and the most gifted among all the Gravity Children. His Gaia Road operates on the principles of piezoelectricity and is powerful enough to almost completely destroy a building.
Awesomeness by Analysis/20% More Awesome: Is very fond of testing people using a one hundred point rating system. In battle, he is able to accurately analyze any situation and quickly come up with strategies to deal with them.
Badass: He was considered the most powerful Gravity Child, and one of his basic techniques has the power to almost level a building.
Badass Bookworm: He's smart and gives off a nerdy vibe when he isn't busy terrifying people.
Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: He originally comes across as a ruthless bastard who betrayed his friends to prevent worthless normal humans from ever reaching the sky. It turns out he's actually quite reasonable as long as you're not trying to take the Sky Regalia. If you are, though, expect him to send The Sleeping Forest after you.
Exotic Eye Designs: As a Gravity Child, he has cross shaped pupils, called Twinkle Eyes. He is noteworthy in that he is the only one who never covers them. Even Nike and Sora keep them covered most of the time.
The Dreaded: As the mighty Gem King of the Gaia Road and the one who shattered The Sleeping Forest, Kilik's name is enough to terrify anybody who knows it.
Et Tu, Brute?/This Is Unforgivable: He and Sora founded The Sleeping Forest to keep the Sky Regalia hidden away from the world, and they gathered like-minded Gravity Children to help. However, when he discovered that all of the members actually agreed with Sora's opinion that the world would be better with the Sky Regalia's power, and even condoned the creation of new Gravity Children, he felt like each and every one of them had betrayed everything that he stood for. Though he was merciful enough to spare their lives, he never forgave any of them, and he didn't even seem terribly put out when one of them, who had eventually come over to his line of thinking, was murdered.
Made of Iron: He invokes this by exposing his body to insane amounts of pressure to make himself extremely tough so that he can endure the Big Bad's Wind Road.
Mission Control: He temporarily becomes this to Kogarasumaru during their fight with Sleipnir. Though his ability to communicate with Kogarasumaru is cut off by the Big Bad, his short instructions at the beginning of the battle were indispensable.
Shadow Dictator: Even if he's an extremely powerful Rider, he's a brilliant strategist who prefers to take a back seat when it comes to fighting and pull the strings of events rather than putting himself in the spotlight.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: No, really. It was him who saved several other Gravity Children who were about to be scrapped; this group at the very least includes all of the other Gravity Children in the original Sleeping Forest as well as Nike.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that nobody should wield the power of the Sky Regalia and will not hesitate to brutally put down anybody who tries.
You Have Failed Me: Subverted. Before we even see him outside of a flashback, both Gabishi and Om are terrified of returning to him having failed in their assigned tasks. Hell, Gabishi, who remained mostly stoic while he was being threatened with torture, was visibly scared of Kilik's wrath. However, as Kilik constantly wears a Jerkass Façade, if the two of them were actually punished, they were left none the worse for it.
Wind God Road: Gale Road Regalia: Wind Subregalia R.E.A.D. Level: Unknown, likely above 300 Shadow:Unknown◊
Mikan Noyamano is the second eldest of the Noyamano sisters, a member of The Sleeping Forest, and a second generation Gravity Child. She acts like an evil tomboyish girl with short messy pink hair, and is the disciplinarian of the family (Read: she pounds the shit out of Ikki whenever he acts up).She is regarded as The Sleeping Forest's "Wind God," which implies she is a Queen-class Wind-type Rider, and she follows the Gale Road, a form of the Wind Road that emphasizes strength and aggression over speed. She is often called a "Female Gorilla" by the other characters thanks to her brute strength and violent tendencies. She was even strong enough to break out of Aeon Clock's "Time" technique using sheer force.
Yaoi Fangirl: Maybe. It's possible that she actually likes the idea of two bishonens in a relationship, but given her personality, it's likely that she's only enjoying it because it just lets her torment Ikki more.
Known as Ume to her family, she is the the youngest of the Noyamano family, a member of The Sleeping Forest, and a second generation Gravity Child. Her hobby is the creation of puppets in the guise of gorgons, which creep out Ringo and Ikki to no end, and she's always seen carrying one with her.Ume is a Queen-level Storm Rider, despite her age and diminutive appearance. Although her Road has not yet been revealed, she specializes in tuning and tinkering, making her a rider of either the Pledge Road or an equivalent.
Action Girl: While she isn't as skilled in hand-to-hand combat as her sisters, her A-T weaponry lets her hold her own in a fight.
Creepy Child: While she's mostly quite normal, the dolls she makes and the little song she sings while she's at it freak Ikki and Ringo out. Hilary Haag's performance in the dub can actually make the viewer feel a tad bit uneasy.
Creepy Doll: She's actually made more than a hundred of them
Cry Cute: In episode 22 of the anime, when she thinks she'll have to fight Ikki.
Exotic Eye Designs: As a Gravity Child, she has the same Twinkle Eyes as the rest of them, though hers are usually hidden.
Spider Tank: When invading Aeon Clock's research institution she rides a skull with A-T wheels and spider legs, and it loses the wheel pretty quickly. What keeps it from becoming a Mechanical Horse is the fact that the thing is packing a giant A-T cannon.
There Was a Door: While she never actually got to pull it off, the first thing she thought of when faced with a door with powerful electronic protection was to pull out her BFG.
Wrench Wench: Not as often as Kururu, but she displays the same insane affinity for technology.
Face Skinner Gabishi is one of the original Gravity Children and the Horn King of Sleeping Forest. He stood with Kilik years before the story began when he took down most of the rest of the original Sleeping Forest. His penchant for unnecessary brutality is almost as bad as Nike's.His (unnamed) road is similar to Agito's Bloody Road in that it uses inertial energy to create blasts of force, but instead of having a "fang" like Agito, he creates a devastating blast.
Ax-Crazy: It rivals Nike's. He doesn't consider it a job well done unless he's torn someone's face off. In fact, one of the first things he does in the story is nail the mask of a rider he defeated to a wall in Genesis territory. The fun part was that the skinned face was still attached.
Badass: He takes out Nue at some point, plows through Kazu and forces Aeon to go on the defensive, and its only when a newly tuned Nue comes back for a rematch with his tuner and gets the drop on him and electrocutes him that Gabishi goes down.
Dark Is Not Evil: Well, not completely evil. He wears black clothes and loves skulls, even wearing a mask shaped like one, but while he is more than a bit Ax-Crazy, he's still one of the good guys and he reserves his attentions for his enemies.
Meaningful Name: Gabishi is the name of a Chinese assassination weapon that resembles a large needle with a finger-ring.
Nothing but Skulls: Boy, does Gabishi love them. He has one for a mask, and his A-Ts are covered in tiny skulls.
Obviously Evil: He has long pale hair, a skull mask, and is covered in black clothes and skulls. Subverted when it turns out that he's not all that evil, just extremely brutal to those who make themselves his enemies.
Oh Crap: He gets one when a recently tuned Nue comes back for a rematch so soon after his previous defeat, and then gets another, bigger one when, after he's been captured by Genesis, Yoshitsune shows him a number of very pissed off people who are missing their faces because of him. However, he recovers quickly. He gets a more real Oh Crap moment when Genesis lets him go because he figures now he'll have to face Kilik's wrath.
Red Baron: He's known as Face Skinner Gabishi thanks to his tendency to rip off the faces of his victims.
Shrinking Violet: Outside of battle, he's rather timid when not dealing with his teammates.
Wave Motion Gun: His signature attack, Air Cannon, involves him kicking the same spot in the air with his A-Ts over and over again at extremely high speeds. The wheels accelerate at the beginning and brake at the end of each kick, creating a lot of heat and compressed air from the friction of the wheels and storing it in his A-Ts. Eventually, Gabishi releases all the pent up power in a massive blast of superheated air, and the release of the heat energy creates light, making it look like a big laser-beam.
The Worf Effect: His rampage did two things: it made team Sleeping Forest look powerful and aggressive and it showed us how badass Nue is.
Om is one of the original Gravity Children and the Water Queen of the Lather Road. Like Gabishi, she joined Kilik to bring down the original Sleeping Forest. She seems to be The Sleeping Forest's recon specialist as she often wears a suit full of surveillance equipment.
Genesis is a massive team made up of countless smaller teams, including Behemoth and Trident. Genesis was created by Simca with the purpose of toppling the tower of Trophaeum and depose The Sleeping Forest so that all Storm Riders can fly free.In reality, Genesis was founded by Nike, and while their goals still involve bringing down Trophaeum and annihilating The Sleeping Forest, the true purpose behind this is quite different from what Simca imagined: give Sora the opportunity to steal the Sky Regalia and rule over the sky. This makes them the Big Bads of the series.
Base ona Cool Boat: Genesis' headquarters is an American aircraft carrier that they highjacked.
Theme Naming: A good number of the second gen gravity Children have names from assorted Arthurian Legends: Arthur, Shalott, Gawain, Percival, Merlin, and Morrigan. The most obvious ones are Merlin, Gawain, and Percival. Arthur, though a common name, counts as a reference given the other names on the list. Shalott, though not a part of the mythology, comes from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott," which is inspired by/a retelling of the Arthurian tale of Elaine of Astolat.* Also culturally referred to as Shalott Morrigan is iffy, as The Morrígan/Mórrígan* Meaning "Phantom Queen" and "Great Queen" respectively. Yes, that little accent on the "o" makes that much difference. was a figure from Celtic Mythology, but many modern writers have been trying to link it to Morgan le Fay, aka The Queen Bitch of (the most well known telling of) Arthurian Legend.
Sora is the former Wind King of the Wing Road, and original leader of the legendary Storm Rider team called Sleeping Forest. He would later regain his title as the Wind King and take over as the leader of Genesis along with his twin brother Nike.He is often shown as a carefree and charismatic, albeit arrogant, person. He can be easy-going and friendly, but this attitude changes later on to a more serious tone. He can be egotistical when it comes to his abilities as a Storm Rider and has been shown to be very manipulative of his comrades in order to achieve his goals.He is the primary antagonist of the series.His end goal is to use the Sky Regalia to set everybody on Earth free from gravity, letting them experience the freedom of flight, and to stand at the top of the new world that would result.
Always Identical Twins: Subverted and then later played straight between him and Nike. The two of them have similar faces, but their builds are quite different. However, in the past, they looked, and even dressed, exactly the same as the other.
Always Someone Better: Hell, when Ikki first meets him, he pulls more impressive stunts in a wheelchair than Ikki does with A-Ts.
Badass: He's already a Gravity Child and a King-level Rider. What makes him even more badass? It's only recently been revealed that he has NEVER turned on his Air Trecks in battle until his current fight with Ikki
Handicapped Badass: Was crippled before the start of the series by Kilik, but that hasn't stopped him from pulling off badass stunts, even before the reveal.
Blindfolded Vision: Hearing too. When he activates the Sky Regalia, he blinds and deafens himself, but because of the Sky Regalia, he can see and hear anything he wants through Electric Brain Space. He can also use satellites and such things to see and listen to people.
Dark Messiah: Like Ikki, he wants to help people. Unlike Ikki, he believes that people can only be helped if you force your help upon them and he is utterly ruthless in achieving his goals, and wants to stand at the top of the world once he's finished changing it.
Foil: To Ikki. The only thing they have in common are their good intentions. Beyond that, their opposing personality traits emphasize those of the other: Ikki believes in inspiring others, Sora believes in forcing help upon them. Ikki will never screw someone over and always shows mercy, but Sora will ruthlessly use and/or crush any who stand in his way. Ikki cares about his friends more than anything, while Sora tried to blow Rika up to stop Ikki.
I Am Not Left-Handed: When he starts losing his battle with Ikki, Sora informs his opponent that things are about to get serious because now, for the first time in battle, he's going to insert the batteries into is A-Ts.
InformedInability: Sora has been stated to have been weak as a Gravity Child, and was even going to be scrapped as a failure. However, in battle, he's done nothing but kick ass, only losing when he planned to lose (except in the final battle, of course), and he took out all of The Sleeping Forest and killed Kilik with deactivated A-Ts. In other words, he kicks ass while using regular roller-blades.
Jade-Colored Glasses: He once admired the world, but when he realized how selfish and apathetic people were, he became bitter and cynical.
Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: He originally wanted to give the 99% of people who are worthless a meaningful existence, and from there, he decided that he should give everyone in the world an insane amount of power by giving everybody the power of the Sky Regalia. If they ended up abusing it, that would just mean they weren't worthy of their own existences and deserve the catastrophe that would follow. If they didn't, they would have wings, and he would have control over all of them thanks to him being the master of the Sky Regalia.
Laughably Evil: He's just so energetic and funny with almost everything he does that his antics are often played for laughs. He has the ability to take very little seriously, and often gets into amusingly childish arguments with Nike over how dull some things are.
Locked into Strangeness: After he obtained the Sky Regalia, his hair turned white. The other wiki hypothesizes that this was caused by his exposure to the core reactor at the bottom of the Trophaeum Tower.
Manipulative Bastard: Initially, he's portrayed as a mentor/brother figure to Ikki and helped train him to use the Wind Regalia. In reality, he was just using poor Ikki so that he could reclaim the Wind Regalia. Sora (again) takes this to a whole new level after executing his grand-master plan to obtain the Sky Regalia. Not only did his cowardly and villainous personality turn out to be false (allowing Kilik to drop his guard and be led into thinking that Sora was a shallow and self-centered person), his original defeat against Kilik during the collapse of the Old Sleeping Forest was planned from the beginning as he only needed to collect the missing codes of the remaining Regalias that was required to unlock the full potential of the Sky Regalia. He succeeds. Now he's the Sky King, thereby succeeding in fulfilling his own made-up prophecy. Afterwards he gives a speech telling the whole world he did all of this to solve all world issues and 'save' all of the 'good defects' (aka humans), in which he claims to be 99% of the world's population (with the 1% being hinted at as the Gravity Children, most notably Kilik). How does the vast majority of the world react to this? They applaud him for his actions.
Meaningful Name: He actually shares his name with his twin, the only difference is that the kanji for Sora's first name would translate to "Sky", while Nike's would be "Space".
Pet the Dog: At one point he was beaten up by three gangsters for trying to stand up to them to protect a girl and a pair of nerds. Afterwards, he had Nike kidnap all six of them (gangsters and victims) and told the victims to kill the gangsters. When the two nerds refused, Nike killed them, and then killed the gangsters, but Sora let the girl go because she gave him her handkerchief after he was beaten up.
Rage Against the Heavens: In a sense. While the world of Air Gear has no fictional god per se, Gravity is often likened to a god thanks to the endless power it has over everything. Much of Sora's motivation to do what he does is to end this tyranny.
Graceful Loser: However, after the aforementioned incident, once Ikki and Ringo temporarily switch off the Earth's gravity, he realizes that Ikki had managed to accomplish what he had originally wanted, which was to give the people of the world freedom, and he concedes defeat with a simple, "Guess I've got no choice, then. It's [the sky's] all yours."
Straw Nihilist: He believes the world is defective and devoid of morality. He also refuses to believe anybody can change their lot in life, and so sets out to force the world to change both his life and the lives of the vast majority of humans that aren't exceptional.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: One interpretation of his actions, in that he wants to solve the world's problems but is a complete bastard about it. However, he still wants to end up in control of everything, so his good intentions may be suspect.
Simca is a rider of the Ring Road. She wears unique looking but nothing out of the ordinary A-Ts. They are black stilettos with a single wheel. She is masterful in the art of riding, being able to perform difficult tricks, run fast, and climb buildings, but she lacks actual fighting abilities. She takes a great interest in Ikki, whom she believes is destined to one day become the legendary Sky King, and who has practically idolized her since watching her ride A-T through his neighborhood. She also appears to have a somewhat romantic interest in him.
Absolute Cleavage: In the last part of the series, when the only clothing she has is a jacket that she doesn't bother to zip up.
Manipulative Bitch: Though not nearly to the same extent as Sora, Simca counts as a minor version of this early in the manga. All of her interactions with Ikki are (mostly successful) attempts at bringing out his more of his full potential and (mostly unsuccessful) attempts at making him loyal to her.
Maybe Ever After: With Nike. While she's not exactly happy with the overbearing, possessive way he's treated her in the past, she's no longer afraid of him and it's obvious that she's started to care about him and wants to help him.
Morality Pet: She's this to Nike. She's the only person he cares about besides his brother, and his interactions with her are his main humanizing point.
Nice Hat: She wore one before her important haircut.
Took a Level in Badass: After Nike went berserk when he realized that the last key to the Sky Regalia was still on the aircraft carrier, Simca punches him out. Even though he was badly wounded, this is still an accomplishment for someone who is supposed to have no combat skills.
Known as "Aeon Clock", Sano is a Storm Rider who was once a member of team Behemoth. After Behemoth disbanded, he was recruited into Genesis by Simca. While he is normally serious, he is often used as a comic relief with his homosexuality being a recurring gag. He is very analytical, often thinking ahead.He teamed up with Spitfire to fight Sora and Nike, but the two Flame Road Riders lost. Aeon needed extensive cybernetics to keep himself alive and he was forced to work for the Takeuchi brothers. Some time after his battle with Sora and Nike, he stole the Flame Regalia from Kazu.Aeon is a King-Level Storm Rider who follows the Flame Road and specializes almost exclusively in the "Time" techniques.
Cool Car: He's seen driving a Lamborghini Murciélago and an Aston Martin Vanquish, among other cars.
Cyborg: Once again, after his run-in with the Takeuchi Brothers, his body is robotic and has integrated Regalia. Subverted when there's nothing remotely "human" about the body, it is simply a puppet that he is controlling from Electric Brain Space.
Dead All Along: The last chapter reveals that the real Sano died the same day as Spitfire, and the Sano that appears afterward was a robot controlled from electric brain space.
Deflector Shield: Can use heat waves or a similar concept to create a wall of hot air to stop oncoming projectiles.
Does Not Like Women: With exception for Ryo Mimasaka and Simca. He doesn't so much as hate all other women as much as he simply ignores their existence if at all possible.
Good All Along: While he was forced to do some horrible things by Sora, most of his antagonism towards Kogarasumaru was actually to help them. For instance, he stole the Flame Regalia from Kazu, not for greed, but because Spitfire had asked him to hold on to them until Kazu became experienced enough to use them without hurting himself.
Invisibility: He can use heat to bend light around his body.
Kick Them While They Are Down: Played for laughs when he and Spitfire do this to Nike to settle a disagreement. Both of them think that they got more hits in than the other, so when they can't agree, they go right back to kicking him before simply agreeing to disagree.
Large Ham: While Aeon isn't the largest source of ham in this series (we're looking at you, Inuyama), he's the most consistent. He always starts a scene in a calm and reserved fashion before getting more and more into it. In fact, whenever he shouts "TIME!", one can almost see the ham floating around him.
Time Stands Still: He is the very best at these techniques. He technically doesn't stop time, but rather hits enough nerve endings on his opponent to paralyze them and give the appearance of time stopping.
Unstoppable Rage: Against Nike and Sora after they killed Ryo Mimasaka. He got so fast that not even Spitfire could see him move when he punched Sora in the face. Subverted because he was going up against the Big Bad and The Dragon, so his rage ended up being quite stoppable.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Spitfire. At one point they got into a fight over who kicked Nike more times over the course of a single attack. When they can't decide, they go right back to kicking him, insulting each other all the while.
Sora Takeuchi's twin brother and Dragon. He gave himself the name "Nike," the name of the Greek goddess of Victory, to reflect his overwhelming power and the fact that he has never been defeated in battle. He was well known throughout the A-T world and widely feared as an unstoppable force of destruction who has left nothing but bodies in his wake.He is extremely mentally unstable and has a deep hatred for the one who took everything away from his brother: the Gem King, Kilik. Despite being Sora's twin, the two aren't very similar: appearance-wise, Nike has a taller, bulkier, and far more muscular body than his brother and possesses a different hairstyle. In terms of personality, Nike is belligerent and tends to favor the use of brute force while Sora is more of a Magnificent Bastard.He is the current Gem King of the Jade Road. It fuses the Wing Road with the Gaia Road, reflecting his philosophy of total control over both Land and Sky. Combined with his great physical strength and insane endurance, this Road makes him a very formidable opponent. He is very loyal to his brother and in love with Simca.
Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Thanks to having his shoulder blades removed (and just keeping his arms in place with his ridiculously powerful muscles), Nike's arms have an unlimited range of movement.
Actually a Doombot: Nike pulls this on Onigiri when the latter appears to be beating him. The robot blows up, wounding Onigiri, and Nike steps out of a door, vaguely amused.
Always Identical Twins: Subverted and then retroactively played straight between him and Sora. The two of them have similar faces, but their builds are quite different. However, in the past, they looked, and even dressed, exactly the same as the other.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: One of his defining character traits is his pride in his own skill in battle and the fact that he has never lost a fight. This serves as one of his greatest strengths as it makes him a determinator of the highest class, but it also serves as his Achilles' Heel, as he ended up being defeated when his pride and resolve were crushed. However, unlike most examples, he has loyalties that lie beyond his own strength, namely his brother.
Badass: His battle level is 428, the highest shown in the series. He more than lives up to it. It takes the combined efforts of four powerful riders to take him out, and none of them ended the battle in a condition where they could even walk.
Barbarian Longhair: While it's generally messily tied up behind his head when he's not in combat, when he lets his long hair down it's automatically unkempt and very badass.
Body Horror: Not as bad as some examples, but he had Sora cut out his shoulder blades, giving his arms a full range of movement.
Chekhov's Gunman: He's first mentioned in a conversation between Spitfire and Yoshitsune and said to live in America. A few volumes later, he's revealed to be The Dragon.
Combat Pragmatist: Despite his overwhelming power and endurance, Nike fights dirty. He'll attack anybody who bothers to run their mouth in front of him, he has a habit of having his opponents hit him with their toughest attacks and letting them think that he's out of the fight before he comes back and hits them when their guards are down, and if his enemies have defenceless friends on the battle field, they will be used as shields. That isn't to say he relies on these tactics to be dangerous, though.
Om: "His strength lay in surprise attacks." Gabishi: "No... that was just his preference..."
Determinator: Despite his status as Nigh Invulnerable making it difficult for anything to really put a dent in him, he still fits this. Over the course of his final battle, enough attacks get by his invulnerability to give him numerous wounds that would each easily kill a normal person, and he just keeps going. Punch through his armour? He'll get up and keep fighting. Cut off a foot that he needs so that he can, you know, ride and fight effectively? He'll get up and keep fighting. He spent the last part of his fight with Kazu with rather large shards of metal stuck in his back, one of them even passed clean through his body and drew blood from his chest, and he really didn't notice. Say what you will about how defective the man's moral compass is, but you have to admit he doesn't give up easy.
Nike: "Don't underestimate me. It's just one leg."
The Dragon: To Sora. He's his most trusted servant and his second in command. When Sora was out of action, Nike was the one who really set things up with Genesis.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Nike is a quieter, less insulting, but far more Ax-Crazy version of this trope. He'll only insult you once for every mistake you make, so that means he'll insult you about once or twice, three times if you're lucky. After you've made that many mistakes, he kills you.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares for both Sora and Simca, although he can only express his affection for the latter in his own condescending, domineering way.
Exotic Eye Designs: Comes with being a Gravity Child. He mostly keeps them hidden, but they come out in his battle with Kazu.
Freudian Excuse: Becoming a psychopathic killer was not something he chose, but rather something that Sora forced upon him by isolating him from all of his friends (the other Gravity Children) and brainwashing him to believe that victory in battle was the only thing that mattered.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Back before Kilik tore down The Sleeping Forest, he was nothing. He barely rode A-Ts and he spent most of his time out of the country, so Kilik had forgotten about him. Then he stole the Gem Regalia, created the Jade Road, founded Genesis, and became a legend in the A-T world.
Kilik: "He wasn't just Sora's shadow anymore... soon, nobody could touch him. He had grown into the revered god, Nike.
Genius Bruiser: He appears to be big, hulking brute who lets his brother do the thinking for him, but he actually possesses a tactical mind and the ability to accurately analyze other riders' abilities.
Genre Savvy: He commented that the Big Badleaving Ikki to do as he pleased was a bad idea and would come back to bite him in the ass. He also knows that people tend to drop their guards after they've beaten an opponent, so he tends to play dead after taking an enemy's strongest attack before sucker-punching them. Even if his attack doesn't take them out, they're almost always exhausted while he's as fit as always.
Hero Killer: Let's see, Spitfire, Aeon Clock, and Mimasaka Ryo die in a battle with him and Sora. On his own, Nike kills Yoshitsune, and then kills Aeon Clock again, permanently this time, and takes out Onigiri and even after a long battle, Kazu needs to use the power of other roads and finally hit him with his own road's most powerful attack powered by countless riders all over the world to finally bring him down.
Horned Hairdo: When he unties his hair, two of his bangs tend to stick up, looking like rather long horns.
Karma Houdini: He seems to be heading in this direction. Despite the fact that he's lost a leg, he's got Simca to care for him and he seems to finally be free of his brother's influence.
Kick the Dog: He does this quite a bit. An interesting double subversion occurs when he "attacks" Simca, whom he is in love with, stating that his love for her is a weakness. Then it turns out he missed, and Nike muses that his love for her threw off his killing strike and it starts to look like he's finally going to display a bit of humanity. Then he essentially says, "Nah, just screwing with ya," uses a blast from the Gem Regalia to throw Simca at Kazu, and takes advantage of the distraction to attack. If it wasn't for Benkei's intervention, Kazu would have lost a leg.
Knife Nut: While he doesn't use it all that much in battle, he does carry around a combat knife. He does use it to threaten people and torture them for shits and giggles. He's also notable for being one of the only high-class riders who carries a normal weapon (the other being Alexander Locke, the flame king that Aeon Clock defeated, who carried a handgun).
Laughably Evil: He's by no means incompetent, but his sociopathy and arrogance let him see a lot of things other characters do as funny, and whenever he laughs, he looks ridiculous. Like Sora, he rarely takes things seriously and plays around in many situations other characters would take seriously. And then, whenever he tries to be suave and cool, he manages to screw it up for himself, such as when he was trying to wax poetic to Simca and almost bit his own tongue off.
Lightning Bruiser: While he isn't normally as insanely fast as Fragile Speedsters like Aeon, Spitfire, and Kazu, or even as fast as his brother Sora or Ikki, but he is by no means slow, even by Storm Rider standards, and when he needs to, he can put out huge bursts of speed. He is also likely the toughest character in the series, taking ridiculous amounts of damage before finally going down, and he hits insanely hard, even without using his arsenal of powerful tricks.
Mad Love: He's in love with Simca and expresses it in a very aggressive and domineering manner. Except for possibly near the end of the series, she wants none of it and is terrified of him.
Meaningful Name: Nike, the Ancient Greek Goddess who embodied victory. Nike had never lost a battle in his life before he fought Kazu.
Nigh Invulnerable: His Jade Road hardens his body — including his clothes for an extra layer of protection — to insane levels. Even if you manage to actually hurt him, the force rebound will probably destroy your weapon and seriously fuck up your body. However, even after Kazu found a way to completely nullify his Jade Armour, Nike took a truly inhuman amount of punishment, including an attack powerful enough to destroy an aircraft carrier, and not only did he survive, he remained standing. Even after he is defeated and missing a leg, Ikki complements him, saying that the only way they could beat him was to shatter his heart, because they could not do the same to his body.
Oh Crap: Nike subverts this all the time. It's almost standard procedure for him to take a massive hit, act like this attack will finally take him down... before he laughs it off and gets up. When he stops doing this, run, 'cause he just got serious.
Pet the Dog: Though it is undermined somewhat by the above Kick the Dog incident, Nike does use his own body to shield Simca from falling shards of metal that pierced even his armor (not that it slowed him down any). And even when he attacks her, he only temporarily paralyzes her, covering her chest with his own blood to make the wound look fatal, and when he uses her as a distraction (he throws her at Kazu who immediately catches her) he goes for Kazu's leg — while most of his previous attacks went for center body mass — as if he wants to avoid hitting her.
Perpetual Frowner Although he breaks it from time to time to give off a rather immature laugh when he wants to screw with people.
Shadow Archetype: To Kazu. Both are the Number Two to their respective leaders, and both at one time had crushing self-esteem issues. However, while Kazu found strength in his friends and gained confidence in himself thanks to the example Ikki, and to a lesser extent the others, set, Nike was manipulated and isolated by his brother and he eventually came to have only one purpose in life. Kazu realized that he could do next to nothing by himself, but instead of despairing, he fought with the strength of his friends, and later that of thousands of people. Nike was made to think that he needed nobody, and fought alone, only realizing at the end that he would have been much stronger — and much happier — if he had embraced those who had tried to reach out to him.
Taking You with Me: He destroyed a massive valve on Genesis' aircraft carrier in order to sink it and kill everyone on board.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The advised tactic when dealing with him is to use this as many times as you can. He himself possesses a number of tricks that are each powerful enough to be classified as this.
Tragic Villain: While he's a mostly unrepentant jerkass who kicks the dog often and balances over the Moral Event Horizon, he becomes oddly sympathetic when we see just what made him the way he is. He's been used as a weapon for most of his life by the brother he looks up to and Spitfire even states that his brother kept him isolated from everything that could have dulled his edge as a weapon. As a result, his life gradually lost all meaning outside of killing to achieve victory in battle. When he finally realizes how close everything that could have given him a normal life was, he laments the fact that the other Gravity Children could have become his wings instead of just his bastard of a brother. However, he feels that even if he's finally realized this, he's come too far and that there is no way he would be able to live a normal life. The way the scene plays out, it makes it feel like he's a slave to his own need for victory.
Unstoppable Rage: He arrived at the battle between the old and new Sleeping Forests just as it ended. After watching Kilik cripple his brother and take his regalia, Nike went ballistic, and Kilik, exhausted as he was, needed to sacrifice his own regalia in order to escape with his life.
Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Justified and Downplayed. Justified because Nike has never lost a battle, causing him to think himself an invincible god of victory (hence the meaningful name). Downplayed in that putting him down was still insanely difficult: of the three good guys who entered the fight, one died, another was taken out before the battle's half-way point, and the third severely damaged his own body to use the attack that finally stopped Nike.
You Have Failed Me: If you work for him, for the love of God, whatever you do, don't screw up.
Kick Them While They Are Down: Played for laughs when he and Aeon do this to Nike to settle a disagreement. Both of them think that they got more hits in than the other, so when they can't agree, they go right back to kicking him before simply agreeing to disagree.
Spirit Advisor: He fits this somewhat after his death. While anybody could see him, only a small number of people have access to the laptop that displays him.
Video Will: Spitfire appeared to have made one of these. After he dies, Ikki and the gang huddle up and watch the tape he had left behind. It helps Ikki get back on his feet after he learns of Sora's true colors. It's subverted when it's revealed that he's actually communicating with them from electric brain space.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Aeon Clock. At one point they got into a fight over who kicked Nike more times over the course of a single attack. When they can't decide, they go right back to kicking him.
The Worf Effect: He and Sano were painfully dominated and killed by Nike and Sora.
Worf Had The Flu: His injured leg kept him from performing to the best of his potential.
Nike: How could he not sink when he only had one wing?]
Aeon Clock's maid, assistant, and bodyguard, who also has a crush on him. She follows the Flame Road and is a skilled rider.
All Your Powers Combined/Power Copying: Her custom regalia is a prototype regalia called the Focke Wulf, which can duplicate the Infinity Atmospheres of the original 8 roads at 88% efficiency. In other words, she can use all the powers of all the eight kings at the same time for only a small decrease in the power of the techniques.
Badass Surprisingly enough, yes. She managed to fight Nue's entire team of Gravity Children single-handedly when Ikki was having trouble with just Nue.
Bodyguarding A Badass: As the head of the Sano Family's security forces, she's technically Aeon's bodyguard. He doesn't need it.
Christmas Cake: Not quite, but at age twenty-four, she's getting close. She lampshades this trope when she introduces herself by saying that despite how she looks, she's twenty-four and ready to tie the knot any time now. It's likely that this is the reason why she likes to act much younger than she is.
Combat Stilettos: Her A-Ts have only a single wheel on the toes coupled with long stiletto heels.
Cool Big Sis: She ends up being something resembling this to Nue's team of Gravity Children.
Odd Friendship: With Black Burn. The only thing they have in common is the ability to imbibe large amounts of alcohol and an obsession with sex, but she's also one of the few people to realize how much he loves his kid.
Smarter Than She looks: She's all around much more competent, smart, mature, and badass than she originally seemed.
Stripperific: Her maid uniform leaves very, very little to the imagination.
Time Stands Still: She uses a variant of the Time technique that can be used at a range at a cost of power.
Victoria's Secret Compartment: Implied. She makes a suggestive face and suggestive sounds before handing Aeon Clock a bug another character had found, and Aeon immediately freaks out, asking where she got it from.
Gravity Child affiliated with Genesis. Playful yet deadly, he is a Bishōnen with light-colored hair and tanned skin. He is a King-level rider specializing in the aquatic environment, using what appears to be a fusion of Agito's Bloody road and Om's Lather Road.
Blood Knight: Up to Eleven! Even after Lind took him apart, including slitting his throat, he stood up while he was receiving medical treatment, jumped onto a missile one of his allies shot at Lind, and rode it so that he could return directly to the fight.
Cute But Psycho: While not nearly as murderous as people like Nike, he is still rather unstable.
Would Hit a Girl: Subverted. He made it appear as though he destroyed Yayoi's face, but in reality he merely covered it with a gutted fish just to get a rise out of Agito.
Trident is a conglomerate of all the prominent Storm Rider teams in Kansai and is loosely allied with Genesis. The team is led by Yoshitsune, the Rumble King, and his second in command, Benkei, but all decisions are decided by a three way vote between Yoshitsune, Benkei, and Hatakeyama, a forum of which all members of Trident are a part and whose vote is achieved by general consensus.Yoshitsune was considered dangerous by Sora, so the leader of Genesis sent an army of assassins led by Nike to wipe out Trident. Sadly, they succeeded, killing Yoshitsune and much of Trident.
Yoshitsune is the leader of Trident, a conglomerate of all the Air-Trek teams in Kansai, and the current Rumble King of the Over Road. Considered a genius tactician, his abilities, both on the battlefield and off of it, have earned him considerable respect.Sora saw his ability to return attacks back at the sender as a threat and ordered Kansai invaded. After a battle that lasted much of a night, Nike arrived to kill an exhausted Yoshitsune, but not before the Rumble King had handed his Regalia over to Benkei.
Badass: When you can redirect a point-blank rail-gun blast back at the mecha that shot it, you deserve this title.
Badass Boast: When faced with the aforementioned giant mecha, his reaction was (paraphrased) "You want to take me down, you'll need to bring a Macross!" This statement is accompanied by a panel showing a scale that indicates the Macross is 1200 meters tall.
Badass Normal: And he's not a gravity child. In fact, during Kogarasumaru fight with the old Sleeping Forest, Ikki says that Yoshitsune is more adept at using the Rumble Regalia than the original Rumble King, Dontores, was in his prime.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Yoshitsune is a gamer with perverted tendencies who seems to take nothing seriously, who nevertheless is still the leader of all the A-T riders in West-Japan and one of the biggest badasses in the series.
Catch and Return/Attack Reflector: The Over Road specializes in sucking up any wind based attacks and hurling them right back with increased power, and the Rumble Regalia requires this tactic if the user wants any kind of power out of them. Yoshitsune is the undisputed master of this technique.
Cheshire Cat Grin: He wears one almost constantly. Hopefully, you'll never see him lose it.
The Chessmaster: He's regarded in universe as a genius tactician, although we don't really get to see much of this so it becomes something of an Informed Ability. However, we never see him make colossally dumb moves either and he does take precautions that actually foil the Takeuchi Brothers' plans, so it can be easily argued that this is more due to lack of screen time than it is due to not being much of a tactician.
Crazy-Prepared: He saw Genesis' attack on Osaka coming. He even removed his Regalia and handed them over to Benkei before Nike showed up because he didn't think he would live through the invasion. Even Nike complimented him on it.
Due to the Dead: Sadly averted, as his body is stolen by Nike and brought to Sora. Given Sora's track record when it comes to the corpses of his enemies, it's likely his body was given no respect.
Genius Bruiser: He's extremely skilled with the Rumble Regalia, perhaps even more so than Dauntless, but his intellect is considered a far greater weapon.
Glasses Pull: Whenever he gets serious, he pulls off his shades.
Loveable Sex Maniac: After Kogarasumaru returns from Osaka, his first reappearance is climbing out of the window to the girls' changing room, chewing on a bra. He is later seen with a woman on each arm.
Meaningful Name: Presumably named after Minamoto no Yoshitsune, one of the greatest warriors of his time.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Although his intelligence is no secret in universe, he tends to portray himself as a bit of an oddball and give weird reasons for his decisions so as to disarm the people around him. How much of this is a front and how much of it is actually him being weird is up for debate.
Perp Sweating: He was assigned with the task of interrogating Gabishi after the latter's capture.
Exasperated Perp: While it was obvious that there was mundane torture involved, Gabishi specifically mentions Yoshitsune's mind-games as being particularly effective. The image accompanying this statement imply that the mind-games are of this nature rather than Break Them by Talking.
Precision F-Strike: When Ikki tries to cheat at the Devil's thirty-thirty, Yoshitsune makes his anger perfectly clear with a screamed "You son of a bitch!"
Reasonable Authority Figure: As the leader of all the A-T riders in Kansai, he shares their opinions when it comes to accepting Ikki as the leader of Genesis. However, he sends out Benkei to stop his men from attacking Ikki and his friends because they're his guests and it's bad form to attack one's guests.
Yoshitsune's second in command, Benkei is a King Class rider of the Over Road. She helped Kogarasumaru train and acted as a standin during Ikki and Agito's hospital stay.The death of Yoshitsune as well as most, if not all, of team Trident devastated her, more so than the loss of a leg she endured in the battle. She swore revenge on Nike and finally took it by cutting off one of his feet.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She cuts off Nike's foot but the shock rebound she got from attacking someone whose blood was stronger then most types of stone shattered her weapon, reopened the wounds on her leg, and took her out of the fight.
Broken Bird: She loses a lot of her playfulness after Trident is destroyed, replacing it with an almost defeated outlook on life.
Tragic Keepsake: After Benkei lets Kururu dismantle the Rumble Regalia to create the Storm Regalia, all she has left of Yoshitsune is a piece of his broken glasses.
Behemoth was a subsidiary of Genesis. It was the largest team in Japan, possessing over a thousand members, and was led by the Fang King: Akira Udou, The Great Beast. They had five King-Class riders: Akira and the Four Titans, but despite this, they never rose higher than D-class. Behemoth would always throw one out of every three matches so that they would never rise a rank, always staying in D-class to prey upon the weak. Their stated reason for doing so was to clip with wings of anybody who had the audacity to dream of flying.However, that was only a facade, as Akira's true objective was to halt the rise of weaker teams who would only get slaughtered if they got involved in higher ranked matches and, more importantly, keep them from getting caught up in Genesis' war with The Sleeping Forest.They were defeated by Kogarasumaru and disbanded.
Almighty Janitor: Their leader is the Fang King, and his four closest subordinates are absolute monsters in combat, yet they are only a D-Class team.
The Dreaded: They were this to D, E, and F-class teams thanks to their monstrous size and powerful top five riders.
The Great Beast Akira Udou was the leader of Behemoth and the Fang King of the Bloody Road. Before he founded the team, he was a member of the Windstorm G-men and Agito's only friend. However, he betrayed Agito, defeating him and taking the Fang Regalia before leaving the G-men and founding Behemoth. He stayed in D-class to crush weaker teams and prevent them from rising into C, B, and A Class, supposedly for fun but really as a favor to Simca, who didn't want weak riders to be slaughtered in the Gram Scale Tournament and the War with The Sleeping Forest.After he was defeated, he surrendered himself to the Windstorm G-men in return for the freedom of his men, and soon rejoined their ranks, taking Agito's place as their most powerful rider.
Butt Monkey: How he's treated by Kaito and Yasu, the old cop, after he returns to the Windstorm G-Men. At one point they tell him that if any countries got pissed with Japan because Kaito fired a rocket launcher at a stolen American aircraft carrier, they'd blame it on him. Yasu even "reassures" him that he probably won't get the death penalty because he's underage.
Chain Pain: During his time in Behemoth, he had chains attached to his wrist. He would use them to hold an opponent still before attacking them with his Fang.
Crippling Overspecialization: He purposefully modified his A-ts to enhance the power of his Fang. However, this made the resulting mechanisms inside the wheels so complex that he could barely jump, even without the Regalia being activated. After the Regalia's activation, he can't jump at all. This was a reflection of the promise he made to his crippled girlfriend, Renfa, to stay with her on the ground.
Jerkass Façade: Pretends to be a jealous bastard who feels the need to clip the wings of anybody who has a chance of flying, but really he's just preventing those that are too weak to survive in the extremely brutal A-T world from getting too involved.
Take Me Instead: He lets himself be arrested so that his friends won't pick a fight with the cops and dig themselves deeper and deeper into trouble with the authorities.
Wake Up Call Boss: He provides Kogarasumaru with their first difficult fight and personally lands one of them in the hospital.
We Used to Be Friends: To Agito, although they manage to repair their relationship after Kogarasumaru's fight with Behemoth.
When He Smiles: After spending all of his screen time frowning or in a berserk rage, he gives his girlfriend some rather sweet smiles in a flashback and gives Ikki an encouraging smile right before knocking him out.
The Worf Effect: He and his entire team of Windstorm G-Men got dominated by Nike and Sora. But then again, everybody gets their asses kicked by those two.
Dubbed "The Cyclops Hammer" on account of his insane physical strength, Mitsuru Bando was Akira Udou's right hand man. After Behemoth disbanded, he founded his own team. He remains on good terms with both Kogarasumaru and the other members of Behemoth, but for the most part he's stayed neutral in the war between Genesis and The Sleeping Forest. However, after receiving an invitation from Aeon Clock, he joined Kogarasumaru's invasion of Genesis' aircraft carrier.
Actually That's My Assistant: Although it's Ringo who reveals his true identity, not his boss Akira. He's just punched out Onigiri and Ikki, and actually sent Buccha (who weighs more than 400 pounds) flying, Buccha is in the middle of thinking that he had to be Akira Udou when Ringo voices the confirmation of her suspicions that he was only The Dragon.
Attack! Attack! Attack!: His primary tactics in battle involve two steps: 1) run at opponent. 2) Use momentum and insane strength to hit opponent really hard.
Invulnerable Knuckles: Downplayed. While his knuckles would likely be supported by his insane muscles, he prefers to protect them with big solid knuckle-dusters.
Made of Iron: He took at least forty-five of Ikki's A-T accelerated punches to the face and all he got were a few cuts and bruises.
Mighty Glacier: By no means slow, in fact his punches are extremely fast, but they're easy to dodge if you know they're coming and are prepared, and he's no good at dodging. Just don't let him hit you.
Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are a solid dark grey colour. They earned him the insulting nickname "Bug-Eyes."
Ryo Mimasaka was "The Gorgon Shell" of Behemoth, so named for her ability to paralyse her opponents. She is a childhood friend and assistant of sorts to Aeon Clock and the two are very close. After the disbanding of Behemoth, she became affiliated with Genesis when Aeon Clock joined up. She was impaled by Nike while she protected Aeon Clock and Spitfire.It turns out she was alive all this time, but she is on life-support and has been held hostage by Sora to force Aeon Clock to follow his orders.
Action Girl/Faux Action Girl: She straddles the line between these two. While she's never won a fight in-series, these losses had little to do with combat ability: Onigiri beat her psychologically after she painfully dominated most of the fight, and the second time, when she almost died, she was facing Nike. Everybody loses to him, and she was the only one who was able to avoid his Jade Road's paralysis.
Dishing Out Dirt: We never really see it, but because she rides the same Gaia Road as Kilik, we can assume that she has these abilities.
Groin Attack: She delivers a horrendously painful one to Onigiri. Like always, he was riding his A-Ts upside down, so she paralyzed him, then rode up the wall and ceiling before dropping down on him with her foot. The entire audience felt it.
Heroic Sacrifice: Stepped in the way of a helicopter rotor that Nike hurled at Aeon Clock and Spitfire.
Informed Ability: She's only been in two fights — one against an enemy who can beat any girl, even Rika, and one against Air Gear's Hero Killer. As such, she never gets a chance to really show off the badass credentials that got her her place as one of the Four Titans of Behemoth.
Underestimating Badassery: Kind of. She knew that Nike was monstrously powerful, but even so, she underestimated just how strong he really was, which resulted in her "death." She stated that she could have deflected the rotor he threw at Aeon Clock completely if she had been prepared for it, but she had assumed he wasn't that strong and let her guard down.
Tool Toul To
Tool Toul To is a team originally created to assist the Kings with their Regalias. They are a completely neutral group and will assist any King regardless of which side they are on. Each King is assigned a tuner who becomes familiar with the King and acts as their personal tuner.
Neutral No Longer: Their new leader sides with Kogarasumaru, bringing them into conflict with Genesis.
Fanservice: What with how all of them (sans Ine, Kanon, and Rune) spend most of the last part of the series wearing skintight, kin-coloured bodysuits.
Non Action Girls: The entire team. The only ones who can even actually ride A-Ts are Ine, Kanon, and Rune.
True Neutral:invoked Their stated policy for years before the series began was to support any and all kings, no matter what team they were on, in an attempt to uphold the balance of the A-T world. However, over the course of the story, they defy this stance and side with Kogarasumaru.
The Two Guys: The only males on their team seem to be Kanon and Rune.
Kururu Sumeragi is the leader of the current team Tool Toul To and Pledge Queen. She has very messy hair, and uses pins in attempt to keep it kempt. She always carries tools around in her clothing. She is Ikki's Tuner and wants to get to know him better personally and in order to tune him better.
Odd Friendship: With Ume. Despite having almost polar opposite personalities, they get along quite well and respect each others' abilities.
People Puppets: The Pledge Regalia allows her to control her teammates, using them as extensions of her own body and resulting in far superior tuning for whomever they work on.
Replacement Scrappy: In Universe, it seemed she was this to Ringo, as the other girls told her to stop trying to replace the latter. It's subverted, though, when they go on to say that she should help in a way that reflects her own strengths as that is far more helpful than trying to imitate someone else.
Zettai Ryouiki: She wears a skirt more often than the other Tool Toul To girls, and she wears grade A stockings.
Voiced By: Yuki Kaji (JP)
Kanon is Ringo's Tuner and Kururu Sumeragi's cousin. He has an obsession with Ringo and seems to harbor romantic intentions. He presses on in his disregard for Tool Toul To's neutrality by actively battling against Kogarasumaru, though he at least seems to respect their leader.He rides on the Ring Road and is the only Ring Road rider revealed to have offensive capabilities.
Badass: Oh, hell yes. For someone who rides a Road that doesn't have any offensive abilities, he can hold his own quite well in battle. He even fought off Gabishi and fought Ringo to a standstill with not even a scratch on him while she had her clothes shredded. If he had been trying to kill her instead of just lure her away from the Trophaeum Tower, it's likely that he would have done some serious damage.
Break His Heart to Save Him: Pulls this by stealing a kiss from Ringo in front of Ikki — and then revealing that yes, she's the one who put Simca in the hospital. Apparently to force the two to confront their issues with each other.
Butt Monkey: When he's not being enigmatic and ambiguous, he tends to get abused by everybody.
Good All Along: Neither he nor his manipulations have actually hurt anybody, and though at one point he respected Sora's goal, he has always been firmly opposed to the man and his methods.
Heel-Face Turn: While he was never really evil to begin with, his intentions were ambiguous for most of the series and he always ended up opposed to Ikki, but he joins Kogarasumaru for the invasion of Genesis' aircraft carrier.
Hopeless Suitor: To Ringo. He's well aware of this and is mostly fine with it.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ringo again. In fact, he purposefully shatters any chance he has of getting with her to push her and Ikki together.
Manipulative Bastard: When it comes to Ikki and Ringo. He's arguably a benevolent version of this trope, as his manipulations were meant to force Ikki and Ringo to deal with their issues and to set crucial events in motion.
Romantic False Lead: To Ringo. He invoked this trope himself to force Ringo and Ikki to stop keeping secrets from each other, namely about The Sleeping Forest, so he's a rare, completely selfless version of this trope
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He was aware from the get-go that he had absolutely no chance with Ringo and though he made a few feeble attempts to win her, he ended up pushing her away forever, pushing her towards Ikki in the process.
The Gadfly: It's not prominent, but she likes to tease Kururu, especially about Ikki.
Genki Girl: She's almost always hyperactive, even when focusing on something extremely challenging that requires discipline.
Kick Chick: While not to the point that the series' action girls take it, she has attacked a few people (like Hako and Kazu) by kicking them.
The Lancer/Number Two: She fulfils this role to Kururu as she holds the rank of deputy leader and takes command of Tool Toul To when Kururu is indisposed. Her boundless energy and optimism also makes her a nice foil to Kururu.
Nice Hat: While all the Tool Toul To girls (besides Hako) have one as part of their uniform, she's notable for being the only one who keeps it through all her appearances, even when she strips down into her tuning suit.* for the uninitiated, these suits are full body suits that record all of a body's information. They're also completely transparent.
A tuner with serious self-esteem problems who is constantly trying to prove her worth to the team. She's extremely jealous of Kururu's skill, so much so that when Kururu finished her work on the Sky Regaila prototype, Hako switches out Kururu's parts with her own. She eventually becomes so desperate to become Ikki's tuner that she tries to seduce him into it but is rejected. Soon afterwards, she is kidnapped by Nike and becomes Sora's tuner, but she eventually rejoins Tool Toul To after coming to terms with herself.
Ine was the first Pledge Queen of Tool Toul To and of the original Sleeping Forest. She was a child genius and the daughter of the head researcher/designer of A-T technology, and though she was not a Gravity Child, she had such an innate understanding of how A-Ts worked that she was even more skilled with the Pledge Regalia than Simca, the one for whom it was originally designed. She is also knowledgeable in medicine and runs her own hospital. Though none of the Gravity Children require tuners, Spitfire still has a close relationship with her before his death. She passes down her title of Pledge Queen to Kururu Sumeragi.
Badass Normal: Well, maybe not "Badass," per se, but she outclassed Simca when it came to tuning skill. The thing is Simca is a Gravity Child who rode the Ring Road while Makigami is a normal.
Glasses Do Nothing: The above picture is one of the few times you see her glasses over her eyes.
Heroic BSOD: Had a short one after the death of Spitfire.
Hospital Hottie: She owns and runs a hospital and is herself a skilled physician.
In-Series Nickname: "Snail" and similar names thanks to her hair. In Japanese, it's also a pun because the word "makigai," a sound-alike to her name, means snail. Agito also calls her "Shit-hair" on account of her hair's appearance when she is Super-Deformed.
A first generation Gravity Child and Ine Makigami's second. He can commonly be found scouring massive piles of A-T parts for the rare valuable parts that turn up.
Artificial Limbs: When his left hand was cut off, it was clearly robotic, and the cluster of weapons and tools that come out of his right sleeve seem to indicate that at the very least, he has a pair of artificial arms.
Berserk Button: Insulting and turning your back on Kilik seems to be one. Stealing or throwing away regalia is another.
Blade Below the Shoulder: Has quite a few blades and other assorted instruments packed into his arms, and he uses them to attack Nike.
Covert Pervert: Even more surprising than Kilik. When the Tool Toul To girls strip down to their tuning suits, his expression remains exactly the same, but he tells them that despite his appearance, he's actually quite excited. Apparently, seeing them all naked every day is quite revitalizing.
Skunk Stripe: Inverted. His hair is mostly white, or at least of a light colour, and he has several streaks of dark hair.
The Stoic: Up to Eleven. Not even having his hand cut off by Nike could get a big reaction out of him. When his expression finally does change, Ine wonders how many years it's been since the last time it happened.
Not So Stoic: He gets visibly pissed when Nike steals the Wind Regalia.
The (Former) Sleeping Forest
The original team of Kings, founded and led by Sora. It was disbanded when Kilik, along with Gabishi, Om, Nina, and Onibasu of the new Sleeping Forest, attacked the other members (sans Rika and Ine), crippling them and taking their titles as Kings. The team scattered: some retired, some became reclusive, others founded their own teams, and Dauntless seemed to have disappeared altogether.Note: Unless stated otherwise, all images in this folder are images of how a character looked years before the start of the series.
Wind King. See "Genesis" folder for details.
Gem King. See "The Sleeping Forest" folder for details.
Thorn Queen. See "Others" folder for details.
Flame King. See "Genesis" folder for details.
Pledge Queen. See "Tool Toul To" folder for details.
Dauntless is the former Rumble King of the Over Road. He is one of the original Gravity Children. His Regalia were worn on his arms so that he could draw on his great upper-body strength. He was, at least when the first Sleeping Forest was active, a popular rapper. He sided against Kilik during the Kilik incident and lost his Regalia and presumably his ability to ride. After the battle, he later disappeared, although his death is never confirmed, or even implied.Click here to see what he looks like without his hood.
Attention Whore: Possibly. Sora tells Rika that Dauntless likes being at the centre of attention, but because of his lack of screen time, it's hard to tell if this is true or not.
Badass: In the virtual battle between Kogarasumaru and the original Sleeping Forest, he was sent to hunt down the members of Kogarasumaru one by one. When he is instead ambushed by the entire team, he alters his plan slightly and takes them all on, holding all of them back for a time before most of them manage to slip around him at the cost of leaving Buccha to get pounded into the floor.
Made of Iron: He took powerful attacks from almost all of Kogarasumaru like it was nothing.
Meaningful Name: It's pretty hard to scare him. Not even a giant and rather creepy monster phased him, even after it wounded him and broke one of his Regalia.
Mighty Glacier: He's not all that fast compared to other riders, but he's absurdly tough. Furthermore, on top of his natural toughness, air-based attacks have little effect on him because his Over Road just throws them back.
Nerves of Steel: He doesn't completely qualify for this as he isn't stoic, but his name is deserved: he really is dauntless.
Stone Wall: He borders on this sometimes. While he is perfectly capable of launching devastating attacks, one of his abilities is to use his Over Road to actually create an invisible wall of pressure. Although anybody getting hit by this ability when it's activated will feel like they've been hit by a freight train, after that, he cannot attack, or even move, really. However, the wall is solid enough for Buccha to ride on it.
Stout Strength: Subverted. He initially looks like he's big the way Buccha is big thanks to his massive hoodie, but after that gets shredded, it becomes obvious that he has a Heroic Build to rival Nike's.
Verbal Tic: He tends to end his sentences with "Gowa." According to the translation notes for the official translations, this is a tough, rather aggressive sound, so it's fitting.
What Happened to the Mouse?: He's the only member of the original Sleeping Forest whose fate is unknown. It seems he disappeared after the Kilik Incident. It's possible he decided to pursue his career as a rapper, but this is mere conjecture.
Falco was the Fang King of the Bloody Road and one of the first generation Gravity Children. He sided with Sora and fought against Kilik along with the rest of The Sleeping Forest. In the fight that followed, he was badly injured and his Regalia were stolen. He became a recluse, living in an apartment and playing dating sims and hentai games all day.Click here to see what he looks like now.
Threshold Guardian: Watches over one of the entrances to Electric Brain Space as well as Sleeping Forest's permanent seed, and Kogarasumaru must pass his test before they can take part in the Gram Scale Tournament.
Trash of the Titans: While it's nowhere near as bad as Buccha's place, his apartment is still far from neat and tidy.
Black Burn was the Thunder King of the Rising Road and one of the original Gravity Children. He sided with Sora and the rest of his team against Kilik. In the resulting battle, he was badly injured and his Regalia were badly damaged. However, when Dr. Minami repaired it, he opted not to reclaim his place as Thunder King and instead passed it on to Nue, who is also his son. Despite passing on his title, he still involves himself in the A-T world as the masked Storm Rider known as Hanged Man.Click here to see what he looks like now.Click here to see what he looks like as Hanged Man.
Alcoholic Parent: To Nue. However, it seems that he was never really abusive, just a big embarrassment to his more responsible son. At one point his son even wonders if he could sever their bond as father and son.
Always Someone Better: To the current Thunder King, Nue. He easily overpowered him, and Ikki states that, unlike Dauntless, who was weaker than the current Rumble King, Black Burn is much, much stronger.
Badass: In his first appearance as Hanged Man, he punched out Ikki without using any tricks, just brute force.
The eldest of the Noyamano sisters. She acts like a typical older sister and takes care of the family. To support her sisters and Ikki, she works as Destler Bartlett, a female pro-wrestler.Rika, being the former Thorn Queen of the original Sleeping Forest, was known to be a very skilled and merciless rider. In her battle with Ikki she claims that if she were on Air Trecks Ikki would be laying in a pool of his own blood.
Anger Born of Worry: The reason she's such a bitch to Ikki about his riding A-Ts is because she's worried that he'll get himself hurt, either by the inherent danger in moving at high speeds at high altitudes or in a Storm Rider war like the one that crippled Sora.
Boobs of Steel: By virtue of being an actual adult, she has humongous tits. She's also the most badass female character in the series.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Sora and Nike kidnap her and turn her into a pseudo-Brain Charger, giving her a more brutal version of her Sleeping Forest personality and making her utterly loyal to Sora.
Dude Magnet: At least three members of the old Sleeping Forest were in love with her: Sora, Kilik, and Dontores.
Hostage Situation: Even Brainwashed and Crazy, she was important to a good number of characters and so functioned as a valuable hostage that made Kilik's life much more difficult than it needed to be.
Pregnant Hostage: Despite Rika's skill, the united Sleeping Forest could have non-lethally subdued her easily. However, the fact that most of the things they could possibly do to her would endanger her unborn child complicated things.
Promoted To Parent: Presumably, Ringo, Mikan, and Ume were actually adopted by Rika's mother, but even if they weren't, Rika was still a high school student when she started looking after her sisters, and she was already the head of the household (and still in high school) when Ikki went to stay with them.
Known as the "Shinjuku Crocodile", he is Agito/Akito/Lind Wanijima's older brother or rather, their biological father, and the leader of the Windstorm G-Men, a special S.W.A.T. team that was created specifically for hunting down and arresting Storm Rider teams.
Anti-Hero Antagonist: He is a cop, after all, and he's not corrupt, merely exceptionally brutal. And given what he saw A-T riders do, his belief that all Storm Riders are criminals is pretty understandable.
Ikki and co.'s homeroom teacher who possesses an over-imaginative mind and is convinced that all of her male students want to rape her. Though she is a relatively minor character, the amount of tropes she has to her name outweigh some supporting characters.
Genre Savvy: A running gag since her first appearance has her constantly suspecting a male character is planning on raping her. Considering the amount of hentai featuring male students nonchelantly violating their female teachers as well as the title artist's former work, this is kind of justified. She couldn't know that she was thankfully in another genre.
Smarter Than She Looks: Despite acting like a ditz — which doesn't appear to be an act of the Obfuscating Stupidity kind — she was smart enough to become a teacher and she is remarkably on the ball when she needs to be.
Stripperific: At times. The above picture is her evening dress, and she barely wears anything for a swimsuit