Characters: Aldnoah.Zero

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    Inaho "Nao" Kaizuka 
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae

An ordinary Earth boy who has an amazing ability to remain calm in dangerous situations. He winds up thrown into the center of the conflict when the civilian caravan he's helping to escape picks up both a girl who knows the truth about the princess's assassination, and the princess herself.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His sister calls him "Nao-kun".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's very single-minded, has severe difficulty communicating, and can get lost in his own world at times. He's outrageously calm for being a Child Soldier and barely emotes at all. Something's up with this guy, but exactly what is anyone's best guess.
  • Anyone Can Die: His in-universe attitude: he has no illusions that everyone's going to get out of this alive, and that in war everybody has a target painted on their back. He gets shot in the eye in the finale. The next episode reveals he survived, and 19 months later, he has some kind of Electronic Eye as part of the reconstructive surgery done to replace his eye.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He quickly figures out an enemy Kataphrakt's abilities and limitations by simple observation and then reviewing video footage.
    • To the point that he's able to take down the Dioscura single-handedly after only a few minutes of fighting it.
  • Badass Bookworm: He brings three things to the table as a military asset for Earth - a decent-but-unexceptional aim, Nerves of Steel, and considerable knowledge of physics both basic and advanced. They're all important, but it tends to be the last one that ends up being most lethal.
  • Badass Normal: The mecha version. In the first half of the series, Inaho only pilots a basic trainer Kataphrakt and using his wits, manages to defeat several seemingly unstoppable Orbital Knights. So far he's the only Terran who has successfully defeated a Martian Kataphrakt, let alone two or three, and lived to tell about it.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: After surviving getting shot in the head, his left eye is replaced with a robotic eye with a powerful computer in it that he can add his unused brain power to. This lets him pull off extremely long range and difficult shots easily and has made him a Living Lie Detector, amongst other things. In addition, he received the Aldnoah Activation Factor after coming into contact with Princess Asseylum's blood, allowing him to power an Aldnoah Drive.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: a mech variety with Marito in episode 20.
  • Boom, Headshot: On the receiving end of one at the end of Episode 12, courtesy of Slaine after he (Inaho) goes for his gun rather than surrendering or talking his way out.
  • Cherry Tapping: He faces off against opponents who have superior Kataphrakts compared to the trainer one he uses. Nevertheless, given enough time to analyze his opponents attacks and discover their weaknesses, he still manages to defeat them with a much weaker unit.
  • Child Prodigy: His tactical and observational skills allow him and a small group of friends to defeat one of the Maritan Kataphrackts, something that none of earth's military could manage.
  • Cold Sniper: Extremely calm under pressure, and he almost always uses his rifle for single precision shots rather than full-auto. Made more official in Season 2 where he's primarily been shown using a longer rifle for extremely precise, long distance shots.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • His strategic skills manage to get his group away from an attacking Kataphrakt more than once.
    • Also, the reason he chooses to keep piloting his technically inferior Sleipnir Kataphrakt instead of upgrading to an Aerion is because the Sleipnir is lighter and faster, and heavier armor is generally useless against Martian weaponry which are almost all a One-Hit Kill anyway.
  • Creepy Child: Inaho was apprently considered this, since he didn't cry during Heaven's Fall, and generally stoicism.
  • Emotionless Guy: He seems incapable of emoting.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His reaction to seeing a missile flying toward him and his friends is to tell them that they should probably get out of there in the exact same tone of voice he was using while reading a supermarket flier about eggs on sale.
  • Eye Scream: His left eye was shot out by Slaine in Episode 12. Naturally he got better, with a brand new eye to boot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes off this way largely because of his lack of emotions when talking to others.
  • Fatal Flaw: His lack of social skills and tendency to act without explaining himself. His friends grumble about it throughout the show, but it doesn't seem like too much of a big deal until it gets him seemingly killed.
  • Genre Savvy: He is able to figure out how to exploit the Kataphrakt's weaknesses simply from observing it in action for a short while, along with viewing some video footage of it. And in episode 2, while being pursued by Trillram with Yuki's mech stuck on their APC, he tells Inko to slam on the brakes. While it seems counterintuitive at first, Trillram's mech inadvertently helped by atomizing the lower part of Yuki's mech, thereby lightening their load and allowing them to drive a little faster.
  • Guile Hero: He relies on his strategic skills rather than the Super Prototypes most other main characters in his position do.
  • Living Lie Detector: Becomes this thanks to his cybernetic eye, which can analyse vocal stress patterns. It's how he can tell that Princess Asseylum is an imposter, and that Inko's making excuses for gaining weight.
  • My Hero Zero: Picks up the callsign Mustang Zero Zero in Season 2, and his Sleipnir is marked 00.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing rattles this guy, whether it's missiles flying at him or being locked in mortal combat with enemy Kataphrakts.
  • No Social Skills: He has severe difficulty not reverting straight to Brutal Honesty when talking to people, and often fails to grasp the context of questions he's asked (for example, he often interprets 'why did you do X' as 'why did you do X in Y manner' rather than 'why did you do X at all'). More dangerously, he has great difficulty in explaining himself to others, and tends to use actions rather than words to get himself out of tight situations. Generally taken as further evidence of that Ambiguous Disorder of his.
    • In season 2, he notes that Inko's gained weight, calls her out on stress eating and her excuses, and flusters poor Inko almost to tears. And he has no idea what happened.
Inaho: I thought with this eye, it'd be easier to read Inko.
Rayet: That confirms it. You're an idiot.
Inaho: *scans Rayet with eye* You're telling the truth.
  • Not So Stoic: He is phased by the loss of those he considers close, and his first Martian Kataphrakt kill was one out of revenge for his dead friend. He is also disoriented about Asseylum's apparent death in Episode 12. The second OP shows him being much more emotional.
  • Parental Abandonment: He lives with his older sister and their parents are nowhere to be found. The show's director confirmed in an interview that their parents died during Heaven's Fall, and Inaho and Yuki had to grow up with the support of other relatives and people close to them.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He has this as his default expression.
  • Red Baron: Inaho's early victories were all performed in training Kataphracts, which are painted bright orange. By episode 6, the students have been moved into military-grade olive green Kataphracts, but the Vers forces have started keeping an eye out for the bright orange one. Guess who jumps back into a trainer after his standard-issue mech fails to boot. And even in season two, he still prefers to use his trainer unit along with its orange color, and still outperforms his comrades as well as his enemies, all of whom are using arguably better Kataphrakts by this point. note 
  • Reluctant Warrior: He's stated on a few occasions that he's not fighting out of any desire to, but sitting still doing nothing would be even worse.
  • Science Hero: His victories over the Martian Kataphracts rely heavily on his high-level knowledge of various physical phenomena.
  • Significant Birth Date: His student ID card indicates he was born on December 7, "a day that will live in infamy." Another significant event on December 7 was the launch date for Apollo 17, which triggered the divergence point for this series' Alternate History. Other information revealed indicates that his birthdate was retconned into February 7. The reason why is unknown, especially since the events of the first season were explicitly stated to take place in December 2014.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • He was more interested in the sale on eggs going on than watching the VERS princess as her convoy drove by, and later when it's attacked.
    • Later, he's more interested in finishing his omelette than evacuating from the Martian invasion.
  • The Rival: Feels himself to be that to Slaine, whom he distrusts:
    • Cemented in Season 2; Calm offers to repaint his Sleipnir, but Inaho declines, because he wants Slaine to be able to find him.
  • Stat O Vision: His new cybernetic eye can display additional information. Including a person's profile and includes a built-in lie detector.
  • The Stoic: He's completely unfazed by witnessing the death of one of his best friends. Though he appears to be shocked momentarily, it only lasts for a few seconds before he's back to his calm self.
  • The Strategist: His calm analytical demeanor makes him very good at fighting the Martians in spite of the technological disadvantage.
  • Taking You with Me: Subverted in episode 5. He deliberately goads Vlad into getting close, then nullifies the latter's laser swords using reactive armor to deflect the energy, and gets a firm grasp on Vlad's kataphrakt. He then asks the ship to deliberately list to the side, and falls towards the ocean when Vlad attempts to power up his sword some more, but jettisons out of the mech before both suits fall into the water. Vlad's plasma sword superheats the water and causes a steam explosion, killing him in the process.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Confides in Inko the first night of the war that he's not fearless and is uncertain that they will make it out alive, though his tone of voice and facial expressions don't change much.
  • Tranquil Fury: He is eerily calm, but it is clear that Okisuke's death has made him angry, best exemplified in what he says right before riddling the interior of the Nilokeras with bullets:"This is for my friend." His calmness gets on his sister's nerves a little bit, and she calls him out on it in episode 11 after he suggests another crazy plan to have Asseylum shut down the landing castle assaulting the Earth HQ. Seeing as how the alternative was that they get wiped out, Yuki reluctantly goes along with his plan.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: According to the novel detailing his past, when Inaho was a small child, he was frequently bullied by other kids, because of how they found his lack of emotional expression creepy. So Inaho got revenge on his bullies by digging holes, luring them to fall into said hole, and then throwing rocks at them, one of said bullies ended up breaking his leg.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: If Inaho dies in battle, not only do the Earth Forces lose a highly-capable pilot, but the Deucalion won't be able to function, due to losing Inaho's Aldnoah Activation Factor.

     Slaine Troyard 
Voiced by: Kensho Ono

A young boy who tutors the princess about Earth. He knows so much about it because he was born there. Official material reveals that he and his father defected to Mars about five years prior to the story's beginning.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He is consistently disparaged and abused by Martians for his Terran heritage but is powerless to fight back.
  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: In the second season, he's become more ambitious and morally ambiguous, and is perfectly willing to engage in skullduggery and deception to get what he wants. The funny thing is that he believes that the goals he's trying to accomplish aren't his own.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In episode 3, when strafing Inko and Calm. By Season 2, this has gone away completely.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The guy's had a pretty rough life as a Martian subject, so it's unsurprising that he latches onto the few people who treat him moderately decently like a remora in heat:
    • A Flash Back in episode 5 shows when he first lands in Martian territory. He has a large amount of hyperoxygenated fluid in his lungs for Liquid breathing, and coughs violently in an attempt to remove it. A young Asseylum who happened to be nearby at the time, assists him in it with reverse mouth to mouth resuscitation (sucking liquid out, instead of breathing air in). This could also count as a First Kiss.
    • Saazbaum saves his life (or so they both think), treats him with respect whilst he's a prisoner, and finally lets him go to do as he will despite the fact that they both know they're on opposite sides. In return, Slaine rescues him during the Deucalion's assault on his landing castle. However, after Saazbaum shoots Asseylum, he plots revenge and evens the score in season 2.
  • Best Served Cold: Does this to people who have treated him like crap, given the opportunity. He shoots Trillram after the latter says he has to kill Asseylum. And though he didn't quite plan for it, he lets the trap he originally set for Inaho in episode 15 do Saazbaum in, citing the latter for shooting Asseylum and putting her in her current condition as a result.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Trillram should not have underestimated him and his dedication to the Princess. Saazbaum should not have taken his rescue at face value.
  • Bodyguard Crush: His Undying Loyalty for Princess Asseylum can be VERY easily seen as one of these.
  • Character Development: Goes from being a Butt Monkey, Extreme Doormat and The Chew Toy in the first season to a much smoother operator, hinted to have his own motives and goals, in the second season. He proves this by killing Saazabaum and taking leadership afterwords.
  • The Chessmaster: Gradually turns into one later in the show, due to having access to new privileges and power as he rises within the VERS ranks. As a result, he achieves more in a few months than the entire VERS Empire failed to do in several decades.
  • The Chew Toy: The poor guy can't catch a break. Every time it looks like he's about to achieve something substantial or reunite with the princess, fate never fails to screw him over. Only for the first cour, though: he becomes much more passive-aggressive and capable of standing up for himself in the second cour, and with his accession as Count Slaine Saazbaum Troyard his chew toy days might just be over.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He's loyal to the Vers family, but he hesitates when he's facing Terrans because he's one of them. Later, he gets into an even more dangerous conflict as he grows to respect and sympathise with Saazbaum despite the fact that he's the ringleader of the plot to assassinate his beloved princess. Initially resolved quite suddenly in Episode 15, though, calling into question whether Slaine really had that conflict in the first place. But by episode 20, Eddelrittuo starts to worry about him after Asseylum wakes up and tries to remember her time on Earth, and with Inaho. He claims everything he's doing is for Asseylum's sake, but Eddelrittuo isn't so sure.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's quite capable of this, although he goes about it much differently than Inaho:
    • In episode 15, he fires off some shots into space with his Tharsis, seemingly to test out his unit. Said shots come back into play at the end of the episode, when they rain down on Saazbaum's Kataphrakt. Though he originally intended to kill Inaho with it, Saazbaum gets into the line of fire, and he uses this opportunity to kill him off for shooting Asseylum. Then he uses Saazbaum's death to try and unite the Martians together and stop their internal squabbling.
    • In episode 19/20, he forces some of the knights loyal to him to do something they've never done before due to their pride: fight a coordinated attack, rather than individually. They likely did it partly to show their loyalty to Slaine, but also because by this point they should have figured out fighting solo, especially against that orange Kataphrakt, means they're certain to lose.
  • Deuteragonist: To Inaho's protagonist.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He takes a lot of verbal abuse from Trillram in Episode 2 for his hesitation to kill. In the next episode, after Trillram angrily snaps at him to come with him to kill the princess and insults him again, he snatches Trillram's service pistol out of its holster and guns him down on the spot.
    • Saazbaum gets this as well as revenge for shooting Asseylum.
  • Distressed Dude: Soon after Inaho shoots him down at the end of Episode 7, Cruhteo picks Slaine up and tortures him. And then after that, Saazbaum's Dioscura barges into Cruhteo's Landing Castle, kills the latter, and abducts Slaine.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being seemingly capable, the VERS knights don't seem to value his help very much out of Fantastic Racism. Cruhteo even slaps him for even asking to see combat to avenge Asseylum's death. Ultimately averted in season two: after he becomes a count, he gains the favor of many others. He has been able to amass so much power that he's on his way to becoming the next emperor of Vers. Even Barouchruz, who has contempt for Slaine because of Fantastic Racism and killing Marylcein, acknowledges that nothing can stop his rise to power.
  • Enemy Mine: Decides to defect to the Earth after finding out of the Martian conspiracy to kill the princess.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he doesn't initially object to the VERS Empire invading Earth, he doesn't take it too well when he learns Princess Asseylum was killed, only to later be found alive. And Trillram wanted her dead to conceal the justification for their invasion.
  • Extreme Doormat: He lets people constantly abuse and mock him for his heritage as an earthling, and even participates in the invasion of earth despite wanting peace. The former is a bit distressing because he's very close to the princess, someone with the authority and reason to stop any bullying he may face.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Unlike the other characters Slaine doesn't have any pupils. Unusually enough in the flashback where he first meets Princess Asseylum he is shown having them, it most likely was an animation error.
  • Foil: According to his profile, he's this to Inaho. While one controls his emotion and is logical, Slaine is meant to be emotional and intuitive. At least the initial intent seemed to be during conceptualization. In actual execution over the course of the series, though? Because he acts on his emotions rather than thinking things through, he just ends up making things worse.
  • Freak Out: Saazbaum seemingly killing Princess Asseylum makes him snap. He then repeatedly shoots Saazbaum and executes Inaho.
  • Heel Realization: Realizes this in episode 19 when he begins lying and manipulating Lemrina, forces other knights to swear fealty to him, and begins a new offensive on Earth. Despite this, he recognizes that he's too deep into his Gambit Roulette to turn back, even if Asseylum ends up hating him.
  • Going Native: Tries to in Mars, as an immigrant from Earth. It doesn't work out too well largely because most of the Martian knights view him as a lesser being due to his origins on Earth despite being Asseylum's tutor about the planet.
  • Happily Adopted: Saazbaum adopts Slaine in episode 15 after some irate Martian knights insult and even attempt to attack Slaine for being a Terran despite him working with the Martians all this time. He immediately tells everyone within shouting distance this, lest someone think that he was just lying. This comes back to bite Saazbaum's behind when Slaine ends up killing him later in the episode, then uses his new father's death to take up his position within the Martian knight's ranks.
  • The Heart: One of his character descriptions in the official website, as the most kindhearted character at core of the show.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Once he finds out about the plot to kill Princess Asseylum, he kills Trillram on the spot, and later helps Inaho against Femianne...
  • Hope Spot: One happens to him in episode 8, after being subjected to torture by Cruhteo, the latter finally realizes that he was actually trying to be loyal to Princess Asseylum, and orders his men to tend to his wounds. He also vows to get to the bottom of the conspiracy and punish those responsible for starting the war. Unforunately Saazbaum arrives in his Kataphrakt, and kills Cruhteo, while also kidnapping/rescuing a wounded Slaine.
  • I Owe You My Life: He feels indebted to the princess and the Vers family for saving him and his father five years ago.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Pulls off some pretty incredible maneuvers with his sky carrier, including a Pugachev's Cobra followed by a rapid vertical climb. Pretty impressive for a transport plane.
  • Just in Time: In episode 7, he deflects one of the Hellas' fists away from Inaho and crew in the nick of time to save them. Can be considered a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Kiss of Life: How Asseylum saved him 5 years ago.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Reports to Cruhteo that Trillram's death was the result of being caught in the meteor bombardment. Since said bombardment would also vaporize the body, his story is airtight... until Saazbaum hears it and happens to be the one person in the world who would know this can't possibly be true. He sees right through his story and immediately investigates when details don't match up.
    • Does it again with Saazbaum. With Slaine taking his position as Count, some of the other counts have raised suspicions as to how he did it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This realization hits him in full force right after Saazbaum guns down the princess and then smiles at Slaine, congratulating him for saving him.
  • Nice Guy: Being a "good person/boy/child" is the basis of his personality. He does take several jumps down the slops in season two.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him telling the Emperor about Asseylum's survival plays right into Saazbaum's plans to convince the Emperor that this story is false and Slaine is a Terran spy.
    • Happens again in the final episode when he saves Count Saazbaum from being killed by Inaho, leading to Saazbaum being able to off the Princess right in front of him.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: The first season could be seen as Slaine being conflicted between the two sides before settling on the Vers' side. Following his killing of Saazbaum, it's made apparent Slaine is following his own path to reform Vers, but is still an enemy of Earth.
  • Save the Villain: He makes a snap decision to save Saazbaum right before Inaho is going to finish him during the battle in Castle Saazbaum. It backfires on him.
  • The Starscream: Episode 13 reveals that at the end of the previous season he told Saazbaum, at gunpoint, that as long as the Princess lives Saazbaum is free to pursue his ambitions. In Episode 15, he happily lets Saazbaum get blown to bits by the trap Slaine had set up earlier, usurping Saazbaum's title as Count.
  • Target Spotter: He had to briefly serve as this in the third episode after Trillram's surveillance drones were blinded by smoke and he couldn't see where he was going.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Whatever can go wrong for him, will go wrong.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Asseylum, to the point where he absolutely will not break under torture if it would endanger her life.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Asseylum carries his and his father's prayers of peace.

    Asseylum Vers Allusia 
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya

The princess of the Vers empire, who does not subscribe to her religion's belief that Terrans are inferior primitives. Instead, she pushes for peace between the two, but unknowingly becomes the catalyst for a new interplanetary war.
  • Action Survivor: Killed in the first episode by a missile strike from a terrorist group. Except it was a body double, and the real princess was hiding as a tourist when the fighting breaks out.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite her cute appearance, there is no denying the fact that she's a competent fighter herself.
  • Badass Princess: She's perfectly capable of flipping and body pressing someone her size or bigger with little effort. In Episode 3, she volunteers to be the standing gunner in the counteroffensive against Trillram and manages to not only expertly handle a grenade launcher in her first experience with live combat, but also buys the group the time they need by singlehandedly driving Trillram back with sheer force of will and charisma.
  • Break the Cutie: In addition to her assassination being the justification for the VERS knights to invade Earth, she is constantly reminded that it's her fault, whether directly with people blaming her for the war, or indirectly when she overhears people talking about how they lost friends and loved ones due to this conflict. You can almost hear something inside of her snapping after she broadcasts a message that she's alive and orders the Martians to cease hostilities in episode 10/11, only to then wonder why the Earth HQ is under assault shortly after sending out said message.
  • Cassandra Truth: Finally gets her chance in episode 10 to try and stop the war. She broadcasts an announcement that she's alive and well, and orders a cessation of hostilities from the Martians. Unfortunately the Martians operating the moon base that receives the signal is loyal to the knights, and Saazbaum tells Slaine her message will go unheard by them.
  • Convenient Coma: In Season 2. She wakes up in Episode 19, however.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: One can see that unlike Inaho, who gets shot clean through the head, Asseylum's head is only grazed by Saazbaum's bullet, so it is not unlikely she merely passed out from the shock.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Asseylum has long, blonde hair (when not disguised), is shown to be rather naive and innocent, is one of the few non-racist Martians we've seen, and is doing what she can to end the Earth-Mars war and achieve peaceful relations with Earth. We even see her showing enough purity of spirit that she forgives Rayet for trying to kill her and then apologizes for the role her visit to Earth played in Rayet's suffering in episode ten.
  • In the Back: Saazbaum shoots her in the back at the end of Episode 12.
  • It's All My Fault: She feels this as the war was sparked off thanks to the assassination attempt and wonders if it would have better off if she'd never gone to Earth in the first place. Despite that, she does accept the blame anytime someone angrily confronts her about it, though this has the odd effect of dissipating their anger at her, or causes confusion in the case of Rayet.
  • King Incognito: After the war starts she pretends to be an ordinary tourist caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Naive Every Girl: Has a rather optimistic attitude about wanting to patch up relations between Earth and Mars. Unfortunately terrorists attack her convoy, and the Martian knights use this as a justification to restart hostilities. She quickly learns that War Is Hell.
  • Never Found the Body: The ending narrative of season one states that "the whereabouts of Princess Royal Asseylum Vers Allusia... are still unknown".
  • Nice Girl: She wants peace between the Martians and the Terrans, and does not view Terrans as inferior beings.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Many people, both Terran and Martian, point out that had Princess Asseylum never come to Earth in the first place, the Martians never would have had a pretext in invade. Asseylum hears these words while in disguise, and takes it rather hard.
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • Episode one lead us to believe she was assassinated by high-ranking members of the Martian government to get an excuse for a war, but it turned out to be a body double. She'd fallen ill because of the change in gravity.
    • Happens again in Episode 10, when after being choked out, she was still able to be revived within the crucial handful of minutes that passed before truly dying.
    • A third time occurs in Episode 12. A recent press conference concerning the build-up to the second season shows that it doesn't take. In Episode 13, we find out the "Asseylum" who appears giving speeches is another Martian princess using a holographic disguise to stir up anti-Earth sentiment on Mars. The real Asseylum is being kept on the Moon base in a medically induced coma in a liquid-suspension tank.
  • Parental Abandonment: You'd never know this from watching the show, but the series timeline on the website tells us her father, second emperor of Vers, died while commanding his armies on the Moon when it exploded in 1999, and a post-season 1 interview with the show's director reveals her mother also died shortly after giving birth to her.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: She literally walks right up to Rayet's gun and kneels before her after Rayet reveals who she really is. The sheer contradiction of her attitude towards Rayet confounds her so much that she ends up not going through with it, though not before she fires a few shots which hits the ground around Asseylum.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not only is she actively seeking to end the war as quickly as possible, her bloodline allows her to powers the Aldnoah-based flying battleship the team found in the secret base at Tanegashima.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's very long. After the assassination attempt, she uses Martian technology to hide its true length and color.
  • They Died Because of You: She is constantly reminded of this by several people, even though she was just as much a pawn in the VERS knight's plans to invade Earth. She attempts to fix things up, but faces potential stiff opposition from both sides, as well as the chance that no one may believe her.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: What several of the VERS knights felt about her after she's assassinated. Cruhteo in particular, regrets being unable to have her reconsider going to Earth on a goodwill mission, which may have prevented her death in the first place. Others, such as Trillram and Saazbaum, would prefer that she stay dead so they can continue using her death as an excuse to attack Earth.
  • Transformation Sequence: She does one in Episode 3 to reveal she's still quite alive to Trillram, as well as to buy Inaho some time for his plan.
  • Tritagonist: The show's heroine, and the most important character after Inaho and Slaine.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: One of the most idealistic characters in the series. Hence why she was determined to go to Earth despite the threats on her life.

United Earth Army

    Rayet Areash 
Voiced by: Sachika Misawa

A Martian girl who grew up on Earth as a sleeper agent. Her father attempted to kill the princess in order to please his superiors, but is killed to keep it secret. Rayet is then forced to run from Trillram's Kataphrakt, and is saved in time by Yuki Kaizuka, subsequently travelling along with the other refugees.
  • Action Survivor: Becomes one thanks to the start of the war, and Trillram killing her father in front of her, along with attempting to assassinate her as well. She's also nearly killed off during the Martian attack on the Terran headquarters, but the Martian Kataphrakt attacking her suddenly leaves the area after Saazbaum calls for him.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A photo of her with her father shows her wearing clothing depicting this in episode 9.
  • Boomerang Bigot / You Are What You Hate: Despite being the daughter of a Martian, she has decided that all Martians are her enemy after her father's murder. Everybody else around her is not privy to this and thinks she's just a random Earth civilian.
  • Deep Cover Agent: She's a Martian placed on Earth for years with her father.
  • Driven to Suicide: Once Asseylum began genuinely apologizing for her loss and showing true sympathy for her, the conflicting feelings were too much for Rayet to handle and she put the gun to her own head. But Inaho quickly disarms her by locking the slide back on her pistol, rendering it unable to fire.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: She displays some in episode 9 after reliving the death of her father after Yuki puts Trillram's kataphrakt in her training simulation when she requested a more difficult challenge.
  • Easily Forgiven: Well, Inaho and Asseylum certainly forgave her quite quickly for attempting to murder Asseylum. The military, though, thought differently and placed her in solitary confinement until Saazbaum's attack on UE HQ inadvertently freed her. By the time episode 13 starts about 19 months later, she is once again serving in the military alongside Inko and Inaho.
  • Genre Savvy: In episode 5, she wisely tells Asseylum that if she were to reveal her identity while they were still on the ship and vulnerable to attack, it would actually make things worse at the moment.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Absolutely hates Asseylum because of how Spoiled Sweet she appears to be. Despite being a Martian, and the cause of the current war which indirectly led to the death of her father, Asseylum seems popular and accepted by the Terrans around her. This causes Rayet to go briefly mad, and strangles Asseylum in the shower in episode 9. Asseylum's apologies in episode 10 after said attack only further confuses her, leading her to attempt suicide until Inaho stops her.
  • Harmful to Minors: Witnesses her father murdered in front of her eyes by Trillram.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She already does this in episode 3 when she helps take out Trillram, but it's really cemented in episode 11, when she pilots a Kataphrakt to help defend Asseylum in getting to her destination. By the time of episode 13, she seems to have more or less fully integrated herself into the Deucalion's crew.
  • He Knows Too Much: She's a top priority target for Trillram, and consequently Saazbaum, as she's the only survivor of the Martian sleeper cell on Earth that knows the true circumstances of the princess's assassination.
  • Hypocrite: She blames the princess for everything she's gone through and the war, when both she and her father were perfectly in power to prevent all of it, and are more responsible for the latter as well.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: She claims to have no Kataphrakt training in episode 9, yet is really good at piloting one during simulations. She claims it's due to having played video games.
  • Liar Revealed: After Asseylum more or less identifies her as her assailant, Rayet steals Magbaredge's gun and launches into a Motive Rant that ends up spilling her true identity and who she and her father were.
  • Little Miss Bad Ass: She proves to be a very competent soldier.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The murder of her father completely turns her loyalties around. She has now elected to fight with the Earth forces against Mars.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During a bout of insanity in Episode 9, she chokes Asseylum, mostly out of jealousy at how the latter seems so calm and somewhat happy during this war, and also presumably because of her philosophy that "all Martians are the enemy". In contrast, she lost her father, who was a Mars loyalist and was killed for it after he finished his mission. She does immediately snap out of it and regrets what she's done however.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Episode 9, her attempted murder of Asseylum causes the Deucalion to lose power and crash due to the princess being the one who powers the Aldnoah drive. However, Inaho is able to revive the princess quickly with the help of a defibrillator and some CPR.
  • Stellar Name: Rayet and her father, Wolf Areash, were presumably named for Wolf-Rayet stars.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her default choice of legwear.

    Inko Amifumi 
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

The local Student Council President, she is a cheerful girl who quickly takes charge of a group of evacuating refugees when the war begins.
  • Badass Adorable: Even though she's just a student she's a capable pilot and does really well in battle usually. She still gets flustered quite easily and still manages to be upbeat and innocent during battle (witness her child-like amazement at the Hellas's flight mode).
  • Chekhov's Skill: One of the first things we see her doing is Kataphrakt training on a heavy anti-materiel sniper rifle. This rifle is used to destroy the section of the bridge the Nilokeras is standing on in episode 3.
  • Childhood Friends: With Inaho.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows hints of this. During simulation training in episode 9, Yuki casually mentions how Inaho seems to enjoy talking to Asseylum and this garners a strong reaction from Inko, who immediately asks to end the session before running off to talk to Inaho.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Though it was kind of forced on her due to the APC she was in being pursued by Trillram.
  • Genki Girl: Even during wartime, she stays optimistic around her friends.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Utilizes this in episode 17 when she reports to HQ that there's nothing going on in her sector after the base goes on alert due to a prisoner escape. However, she says that as she's watching Inaho and Rayet release Mazuurek from prison, and is wondering why they're doing it, since neither one of them told her of the escape plan.
  • Ship Tease: With Inaho. It's quite clear she is attached to him, and while Inaho doesn't really show it much, he is close to her.
  • Student Council President: She tries to order Inaho and some of the other boys to help them out with the parade for Princess Asseylem after finding out they're very short-staffed for the event.
  • Target Spotter: She briefly serves as this for Inaho during the battle against Femieanne.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Nina's girly girl, being athletic and sporting short hair.
  • War Is Glorious: After Captain Magbaredge says that the things Inaho has pulled off would make him worthy of a medal if he were an enlisted soldier, her reaction is basically "Earning medals in combat? That's so cool!" Lt. Marito, however, is quick to dispel any such notions.
  • Weight Woe: Inaho mentions she's gotten slightly heavier in episode 14. His monotone responses to her replies only makes things worse, and Rayet even calls him an idiot after seeing Inko angrily run off. And in episode 17, she, along with Nina and Kaoru, are shocked to find out Rayet has never been on a diet, yet maintains a very slim figure.

    Calm Craftman 
Voiced by: Taishi Murata

A student from the Shin-awara high school. He's a foreigner who notes that Japan is in a lot better shape than the country he came from.


  • The Engineer: After being drafted into the UFE, he was quite disappointed to be assigned as a mechanic, as his Kataphrakt piloting scores were too low to justify giving him an Areion.
    • By Season 2, he's effectively settled into being one of the Deucalion's senior mechanics.
  • Hidden Depths: He's surprisingly knowledgeable about Norse Mythology in Episode 14.
  • Ironic Name: He's actually the most Hot-Blooded and prone to rashness of the main group. It becomes a Meaningful Name after he settles down and begins taking pride in his work as a mechanic.
  • Revenge: After Shin-awara is leveled by an orbital bombardment, he starts burning for revenge against the Martians. Subverted somewhat when he meets Asseylum face-to-face.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Averted; he did consider deserting the UE army after the Battle of Novostal'sk, but opted not to as he figured it would be dishonoring Okojo's death.

    Nina Klein 
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma

Another student at Shin-awara high school, she is also a foreigner and from the same country as Calm.


  • Ascended Extra: She starts getting more scenes in the show's second half. Case in point, she had more dialogue in Episode 13 alone than she did for the entirety of Episodes 1-12.
  • Bridge Bunny: Part of the bridge crew for the Wadatsumi and later the Deucalion, and definitely the cutest one to boot.
  • Girlish Pigtails: How she does up her hair. Even after formally enlisting.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Inko's tomboy, being fashion-conscious and with long girlish pigtails, as opposed to the athletic Inko's short hair.
    • In Season 2, she reports to the bridge of the Deucalion in her school uniform instead of her assigned UFE Class Cs, because the school uniform was cuter.

    Okisuke "Okojo" Mikuni 
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya

A friendly joker who everyone likes, although he doesn't seem to be doing too well grade-wise in his courses.
  • Keet: Upbeat and enthusiastic in everything he does.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first named character to die in the series, and to a rather gruesome demonstration of Trillram's void barrier.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He dies trying to save Yuki. However, even without his help, Yuki makes it out just fine.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He disappears quickly from the story, as he gets atomized when he loses grip of Inaho's hand and falls towards the pursuing Trillram's mech.

    Yuki Kaizuka 
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

Inaho's older sister and a Warrant Officer in the UE Army. She serves in Lt. Marito's platoon and is also an instructor for the students during their Kataphrakt training courses.
  • Adult Fear: She truly worries about Inaho being thrown into actual combat, knowing he could be killed anytime.
  • Artificial Limbs: Downplayed; after she injures her left arm in combat against the Nilokeras, Dr. Yagarai fastens an exoskeletal arm brace for her after they link up with Captain Magbaredge. He also indicates that if she'll be making heavy use of her arm, she'll need to be on painkillers or else it'll hurt real bad.
  • Commander Contrarian: Turns into this when Inaho comes up with his crazy idea to assault Castle Saazbaum via a HALO drop. She's the one calling him insane and bringing up all the problems that could happen with this plan. To no one's surprise, she's wrong, of course.
  • Cool Big Sis: She tries to be this to Inaho, but she isn't completely sucessful in that regard.
  • Heavy Sleeper: She complains to Inaho about him letting her sleep in in the first episode. He then reminds her that he did wake her up repeatedly, but she brushed him off. He then comments that she may be able to make it to work on time if she runs out of the house immediately... all while she's still in pajamas and barely touched the food he just made.
  • Promotion to Parent: For Inaho, considering their real parents are deceased, and she fusses and worries about his well-being constantly. That said, it does seem that Inaho does a better job of taking care of her than she does him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She allows a surprisingly amount of freedom to her students, and later while she tries to stop Inaho from attacking Trillram, she ends up letting him do it due to what she told him before about acting on his guts and instinct more.
  • Sergeant Rock: To her students, particularly to Inko when she follows her into battle.
  • Shipper on Deck: She really wants her little brother to get close with the Princess.
  • Team Mom: She's one of the instructors for Inaho and his friends, and serves as as a kind of mother figure for them. After she is WIA and unable to pilot a Kataphrakt, Inaho tells her she needs to reassure the civilian refugees and keep their morale up.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With her own brother, ironically. She allows a pretty wide degree of freedom for his actions, considering he is a conscripted soldier in the United Forces of Earth, but even Yuki has her limits, and she will yell at him if she feels his battle plans are getting too crazy.

    Koichiro Marito 
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai

A Lieutenant in the United Earth Army, he participated in the war against Vers 15 years ago. The scars of that conflict still weigh on him. Along with Yuki, he also serves as a Kataphrakt instructor for the students.
  • Action Survivor: He survived in the first conflict in 1999, although it left him embittered as a result. He also manages to survive Trillram's attack on his mecha in episode 2 due to only getting cut in half, but the top half where he was piloting manages to fall away before it can get vaporized by the Kataphrakt's attack.
  • A Father to His Men: He refers to his students as his children, which really gets Darzana's attention until he clarifies that he means students.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: a mech variety with Inaho in episode 20
  • Cassandra Truth: He's tried to tell people about what he saw 15 years ago, but the UE government's coverup is so effective that nobody believes him. Even a fellow lieutenant in his platoon derisively refers to him as a "fraud."
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He seems to be a regular patron at his local bar, drinking to avoid dealing with the horrors he witnessed during the 1999 war. In addition, he keeps a flask of alcohol in his shirt pocket wherever he goes. Doctor Yagarai repeatedly lectures him on his alcoholism.
  • Government Conspiracy:
    • He encountered a Martian Kataphrakt on Tanegashima island during the war 15 years ago and came face-to-face with the terrifying power of Aldnoah. This is in direct contrast to what the United Earth government told its citizens that no Martians ever made it to Earth's surface (per the show's website); they took great pains to cover up just how outmatched Earth was against Mars.
    • It's also revealed that the coverup was also due to the government having found the remains of the Martian Kataprakt and then using the island as a secret base to build an experimental battleship based off of its technology.
  • Libation for the Dead: While the Wadatsumi is sailing through Tanegashima, he tosses a bottle of alcohol into the ocean in remembrance of the team he lost, then pulls the flask out of his pocket to indulge in a drink with Yagarai and Magbaredge.
  • Mercy Kill: He shot and killed Humeray at his request, as he was trapped in his tank and was burning alive. This is really what caused his PTSD.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of his friend John Humeray in 1999 haunts him immensely.
  • Passed Over Promotion: Due to the Cassandra Truth he told in his report, he was Reassigned to Antarctica and stalled in his career at just an O-3 in his mid-thirties,note  though his PTSD and alcoholism also made its impact.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Rather to Shin-awara, after his Tanegashima Report.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He deliberately gives orders to another squad not under his command when they run into Trillram attempting to kill Rayet, whom they assumed was a civilian at the time. While the squad's commander objects, his orders ultimately end up saving her by distracting Trillram long enough for Yuki to rescue her.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He saw action in the 1999 war on Tanegashima Island, and he did not come out of it unscathed. Right before he and his platoon engage the Nilokeras Kataphrakt in Shin-awara, his right hand is visibly shaking. The effects of this trauma start to manifest themselves more strongly as the conflict wears on, such as in episode 5 when he attempts to get in a kataphrakt to engage against Vlad, but shakes so uncontrollably and suffers blurred vision that he's unable to go out there. Though fortunately for him that ends up saving his life as Vlad made quick work of the soldiers who did attempt to engage him, and Inaho takes care of him shortly afterwards.
  • Sole Survivor: His whole tank platoon was wiped out in 1999 except for him.
  • They Died Because of You: In episode 6, Captain Magbaredge blames Lt. Marito for the death of her brother during the battle of Tanegashima, who also happened to be his best friend. This hits him rather hard, particularly as she essentially says her brother was murdered by him, adding to his Survivor Guilt. Episode 9 reveals she wasn't entirely wrong. He did kill his friend, although it was a Mercy Kill, as the tank they were in caught on fire. Humeray's leg was pinned inside, and was burning alive, so he asked Marito to kill him. Marito ends up shooting his friend to relieve his suffering.
  • Veteran Instructor: Along with Yuki, he supervises the students in their live-fire Kataphrakt training drills.
  • War Is Hell: As he succinctly puts it to Inko:
    "Honor's essentially the only thing you can be rewarded for in war. Dying for fame isn't really so bad. Surviving to live a wretched life afterward is terrible as well."

    Soma Yagarai 
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi

A doctor who happens to know Marito, he is part of the group of refugees evacuating Shin-awara.
  • The Medic: He takes on these kinds of duties after the war starts, including fastening a sling for Yuki's injured left arm (later upgraded to an exoskeletal arm brace) and commandeering the sick bay on the Wadatsumi and then the Deucalion.
  • Team Dad: Once Yuki Kaizuka is back in action as a Kataphrakt pilot, he essentially takes over the leadership role for the civilian refugees.
  • There Are No Therapists: Technically true as he's not a therapist by trade, but averted otherwise as he is trying to help Marito with his past trauma.

    Darzana Magbaredge 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano

A captain in the UE military, she commands the amphibious assault ship Wadatsumi of the Fourth Escort Fleet.
  • The Captain: She personally led the rescue mission to Shin-awara, which was a surprise to Marito as he thought he and his hand-picked crew were on their own for it.
  • Conscription: Once war is formally declared by the Vers Empire on Earth, the first thing she does is conscript everyone on the Wadatsumi who has some form of military training into the United Earth military.
  • Genre Savvy: She knows better than to question Inaho's tactical decisions. When a main character tells you to do something, it probably pays to listen to him. Of course it helps that he's actually won a fight against a Vers Kataphrakt, and survived an encounter with a second one.
  • Mildly Military: She was oddly okay with Nina wearing her school uniform on the bridge in Episode 13. It may have had something to do with the Martian Kataphrakt about to close in on them at the moment.
  • Ramming Always Works: Does this a lot after getting the Deucalion including doing so againt Femieanne.
    • In Episode 11, while the Deucalion attempts to launch Princess Asseylum on Saazbaum's Landing Castle via HALO jump, Saazbaum himself shows up with his Dioscura, dealing severe damage to the ship. Unable to maintain altitude, a phased Magbaredge orders the logical course of action: crash the Deucalion into the castle. It works, and it creates a large breach in the Landing Castle.
    • Rams it through the ruins of a city when trying to extract the crews Kataphrakt platoons from a assault by three powerful Orbital Knights at the same time.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While she was ready to abandon Yuki Kaizuka due to the fact that the chances of finding a single soldier in radio-jammed hostile territory being too slim, as soon as Marito told her there were civilians also trapped in the combat zone, she immediately authorized him to put together a rescue party.
  • Smart People Play Chess: She was able to keep up with Inaho in a chess game in Episode 15, even moreso given that the game was being played mentally without being displayed on a screen until the end.
  • You Killed My Father: "Magbaredge" is her adopted family's name. Her birth name is Humeray, and her brother John was Marito's best friend in his tank platoon. She believes Marito killed her brother in 1999, and she's actually completely right - the only bit of information she's missing is the motivation and circumstances. She eventually gets the whole story when she views records of Marito's counseling sessions.

    Kaoru Mizusaki 
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura

Magbaredge's executive officer on the Wadatsumi.
  • The Comically Serious: All the time, which probably is one of the main reasons for her being Hollywood Dateless.
  • Commanding Coolness: Magbaredge introduces her as a "Shousa", equivalent to a Lieutenant Commander.
  • Hollywood Dateless: She's an attractive woman but can't seem to land a date despite her best efforts, which Magbaredge continually lectures her for. This becomes a Running Gag between the two: Mizusaki suggests a plan of action, Magbaredge then criticizes her about why she can't get a date. Magbaredge has identified several personality flaws in her that include not being punctual, being too brutally honest in her opinions, and being unwilling to take risks when it comes to looking for a boyfriend.
  • Number Two: In charge of things on the ship when her boss isn't around.

The VERS Empire

    Cruhteo 
Voiced by: Show Hayami

The stern patriarch of Castle Cruhteo, at the beginning of the series he is hosting the Princess of Vers before she heads over to Earth. He is the pilot of the Tharsis Kataphrakt.
  • Character Development: He goes through a bit in episode 8 when he realizes he had been wrong about Slaine being a spy. He even proposes an alliance with Earth forces to retrieve the Princess, showing that his Fantastic Racism may have abated a bit. Sadly, Saazbaum doesn't see it that way.
  • Classy Cane: Being a noble, he carries around a cane. His happens to contain a whip.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Cruhteo seems entirely fine with milking the princess' death for all its strategic worth, but after torturing Slaine for treason and subsequently realizing that the "filthy Terran" has been the only one trying to investigate the conspiracy amongst the Orbital Knights to assassinate the princess, Cruhteo decides his loyalty to the royal family is more important than their military conquests, orders Slaine treated medically, and means to call for a ceasefire. Too bad Saazbaum kills him almost immediately after this.
  • Fantastic Racism: He has a very low opinion of Slaine, who is an Earth-born human, even though he appreciates the fact that Slaine is Asseylum's tutor.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: He is killed by Saazbaum as soon as he learns the truth about the Princess and realizes Slaine was his ally, not his enemy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has a mild one once he realizes that Slaine was able to hold out under torture in order to protect the princess.
    Forgive me, Slaine. You have proven your loyalty a thousand times over.
  • Pet the Dog: He seems to genuinely care about Asseylum's safety, and all evidence indicates that he was not part of the conspiracy to assassinate the princess. He also seems to regret not being able to stop her from going to Earth on a goodwill mission, which later ends up killing her (not really) and becoming the justification for the VERS Empire to invade Earth.
  • Torture Always Works: He acknowledges such methods are archaic and barbaric, but they still get results.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's completely oblivious to it, but him passing on to Saazbaum Slaine's story of Trillram dying in the meteor bombardment clues Saazbaum in that something is really wrong with that story.
  • Whip It Good: His cane hides a whip, which he ends up using during his torture of Slaine.

    Saazbaum 

A high-ranking Vers official and the mastermind behind the conspiracy to frame Earth for the Princess' assassination. He pilots the Dioscuria Kataphrakt.
  • All Your Powers Combined/Final Exam Boss: The Dioscuria displays a wide array of abilities during the final battle, including the Nilokeras's forcefield, a Laser Blade like the Argyre, and a Rocket Punch like the Hellas.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the pro-war conspiracy within the Vers Empire, and their deadliest warrior. Of course, Orbital Knights are expected to be capable fighters in order to justify their position, but Saazbaum just goes beyond.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He accomplishes his series-long goal of killing the princess despite dying soon after, though it was only a short-term goal won at enormous cost, and the ending narrative states that Asseylum's whereabouts are unknown.
  • Battle Couple: He and his fiancee were the only two Orbital Knights sent to Earth as scouts 15 years ago.
  • Big Bad: He's the ultimate mastermind behind the ploy to assassinate princess Asseylum, using her death as an excuse to send the VERS Empire into a war against Earth.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Unlike the Argyre, which holds in its hands the hilts of its beam swords, the Dioscuria emits its Laser Blade directly from the palm of its hand.
  • The Chessmaster: He makes the VERS Emperor dance like a puppet, and always seems to stay ahead of every attempt to uncover his deception. The racism of the VERS towards the Earth works in his favor here.
  • Combining Mecha: The Dioscura's full stature is actually made up of Saazbaum's command mech and two smaller drones. When up against Inaho, he calls the drone back to combine with his Kataphrakt, gaining all the abilities displayed by the previously defeated Nilokeras, Argyre and Hellas.
  • Corrupt Politician: Initially appears to be this, instigating a war for his own self-advancement, but it turns out that his motives are far more principled and personal than simple greed and lust for power.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • When Slaine runs away from Cruhteo in episodes 6/7, the latter is obsessed with following and chasing after him. Saazbaum tells him not to. He tells Cruhteo that if they go after him, Slaine may alter his course in an attempt to lose them, so it was easier to simply track his movement and see what he was planning to do. It works out perfectly, as they recapture him in episode 8 after finding him helping Inaho to fight Femianne.
    • Not only does he kill Cruhteo before the latter can get into his Kataphrakt, he also retrieves said Kataphrakt to hold it in his custody. Pragmatic Villainy indeed.
    • And then in the final battle, Saazbaum doesn't utilise Vers' powerful jamming; rather, he taps into United Earth comms so he can listen in on their plans, and is thus in position to prevent Deucalion from dropping a Kat with Asseylum onto his Landing Castle.
    • In Episode 15, Saazbaum engages Inaho in the newly-repaired Dioscuria, and has made a point of relocating the gap in his barrier so that Inaho can't easily exploit that weakness. Despite this however, Inaho still manages to find said weakness. This also ultimately kills him, as Inaho's attack destroys his barrier, preventing it from blocking Slaine's hail of bullets which he originally intended to use against Inaho.
  • Determinator: In the final battle of Season 1, he keeps fighting even after he is gravely injured, his mech heavily damaged and it's functions disabled, to the point where he even survives Slaine shooting him four times in a rage.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He blames the royal family for the death of the woman he loved and is jealous of the earthling's resources and culture, so he attempts to assassinate an innocent teenage girl and launches a war that causes the deaths of millions.
  • Drone Deployer: The major reason why his machine is so big is because it can detach parts of its arms and legs to form up as Kataphrakt drones that operate autonomously.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He seriously disapproved of Cruhteo's torture methods in Episode 8, and told him to stop more than once. Cruhteo not listening to him led him to leave his Landing Castle and attack Castle Cruhteo.
    • He also greatly respects Slaine's father because Slaine's dad saved him when he was stranded on Earth during Heaven's Fall.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Mixed with a little bit of Defiant to the End. When Slaine riddles him with bullets, he just smiles and taps his own forehead in a 'you missed a bit' gesture.
    • In Episode 15, when he realises he's pretty much doomed to a trap Slaine setup a fair bit of time in advance, he again smiles, and says approvingly, "Not too shabby."
  • Fantastic Racism: A subversion, seeing his interactions with Slaine paint him in a different from the other Orbital Knights: he seems to be fully aware that the VERS Empire is not really superior to Earth - if anything, he admits it is inferior due to never having developed a culture of its own because of its lack of natural resources. One of his reasons for causing the war is to provide VERS with said resources.
  • Freudian Excuse: While he's certainly the most aggressive of the VERS knights regarding attacking Earth, he tells Slaine his motive in episode 9.The second Emperor of Mars declared war on Earth the first time around, prompting the knights to go with him. Unfortunately Saazbaum was seriously wounded during the Heaven's Fall incident that shattered the moon. It was only because of Slaine's father that saved him, although his fiancee was killed during that war. As a result, he vowed to punish the Emperor by attempting to kill the royal family line via Asseylum's assassination, and continuing the war as a result. Whether he's telling the truth or lying to Slaine is another matter though.
  • General Ripper: He has absolutely zero qualms about launching an orbital bombardment and raze an entire city to kill one kid who knows about the conspiracy. What's worse, Trillram warns him that he would also hit the landing castle of Count Cruhteo, who would consider this as an attack against him. Saazbaum doesn't seem to give a damn - thankfully for him, Cruhteo doesn't seem to know that he was the one responsible for the bombardment.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is extremely jealous of how Earth has a far more vibrant culture, better food, and vaster history than Vers does. It doesn't help that due to economic sanctions, Earth is partially responsible for the mess Mars is in.
  • Hypocrite His entire motivation for waging war against Earth is that the woman he loved died in Heaven's Fall, which he blames the Royal Family for. You'd have to wonder just how many countless good people lost their loved ones and family members thanks to his bid for power and revenge plot.
    • There's also his racism. He makes it clear that he understands how the teachings of Terrans being inherently inferior is likely something the Emperor made up to divert dissent about the poor Martian quality of life away from him, but he still resents the people of earth out of jealousy. Despite having a fraction of their technological capabilities, average or even crummy earth foods would be considered rare delicacies on Mars, and earth also has a much more vibrant culture.
  • I Owe You My Life: This is his reason for assaulting Castle Cruhteo when under the impression that Slaine was about to be murdered. Slaine's dad saved his life during Heaven's Fall. After he hands the Tharsis to Slaine, he considers his debt paid off.
    • This is also why he elevates Slaine to the position of knight, and later his heir; Slaine deliberately shot him and then gave him the option of bleeding out, or helping Slaine get medical treatment for Asseylum, and by extension himself. Saazbaum actually appears to approve of Slaine's deviousness in getting him to owe his life to Slaine a second time.
  • I Want Them Alive: Once Slaine is confirmed to be a traitor, Saazbaum instructs Cruhteo to capture him alive, the reason of which is not obvious at first. It's because Slaine's father saved him in the past, and when he thinks Cruhteo is about to kill Slaine via extended torture, Saazbaum gets out in his Kataphrakt and attacks Castle Cruhteo by himself.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite everything he's done, he receives no sort of punishment or retribution for his part in attacking Asseylum. Slaine does shoot him, but then goes to save his life on the condition that he doesn't hurt Asseylum anymore and even serves under him. And though the Emperor was told that Asseylum was assassinated, it doesn't seem to bother him at all when he finds out she's still alive, and he doesn't even question Saazbaum about said conflicting report.
    • Finally gets his comeuppance in Episode 15, courtesy of a trap laid by Slaine, with some unknowing assistance from Inaho.
  • Laser Blade: His Kataphrakt has two of them, just like Vlad's Argyre. Unlike the Argyre, it has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve as well.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: The biggest problem he sees with the lack of natural resources on Mars: the populace is too focused on simply having enough food and water to make it through each day that there is complete cultural stagnation.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's got the Emperor wrapped around his finger and convinces him the Princess is dead and that Slaine is an Earth spy feeding him lies in order to have him issue a formal declaration of war against Earth. He also tells Slaine he was behind the assassination in episode 9, but gives his reasoning for it. See his Freudian Excuse for further info.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Dioscuria has an impressive array of missiles in its shoulders, apparently modelled on the main weaponry of the Landing Castles.
  • Master of All: His Dioscuria, averting the Crippling Overspecialisation of most Orbital Knights' Kataphrakts. Its flight-mode gives it unmatched mobility, its thick armour and stealth functionality give it solid survivability, and its shoulder-mounted missile banks and pair of plasma swords make it deadly at all ranges. It can also detach parts of its own armor to use as drones. The final battle between Saazbaum and Inaho also showcases all of the abilities displayed by the previously defeated Kataphrakhts; the Nilokeras' negation barrier, the Argyre's beam sabre, and the Transforming Mecha/Attack Drone capacities of the Hellas.
    • Logical Weakness: However, it also inherits all of the same weaknesses of those Kataphrakhts, along with a few new ones due to the combination of those abilities (such as needing to deactivate the negation barrier in order to launch the Attack Drone arms.
    • Flaw Exploitation: Inaho exploits every last one of the Dioscura's flaws in the final fight.
  • Meaningful Name: His mecha. On top of having "oscur" in the name, it also refers to the Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux), who among other things are Greek gods of horsemanship. Earth Kataphrakts are usually named after mythological horses. Though it's more likely the Kataphrakt is named after the Dioscuria albedo feature on Mars.
  • Noble Demon: Even though he's warmongering and treacherous, Saazbaum has a sense of honor and seems to genuinely think that VERS will be all the better if Earth is conquered. Slaine comes to respect him for this.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted - he was one of the few Orbital Knights that elected to stay in space and bide his time rather than charging in to slaughter Earthlings for honour and glory, but it was less because of a lack of personal ability and more because he was waiting for an opening. As it turns out, he's a superb pilot flying one of the Empire's most dangerous Kataphrakts.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He is by far the most dangerous Vers pilot. Not only is his Kataphrakt insanely powerful, but in stark contrast to all the other Orbital Knights, Saazbaum does not show off, brag about his machine's abilities, or underestimate his enemies: he hits hard, he hits fast, and he does it without a word or a wasted second. Another significant factor is that he is the only Knight who has live combat experience from the previous war and came very close to death during that time, so he has no delusions of his own invincibility.
  • Obviously Evil: He clearly looks like a villain, and his comments in the first episode (about how they would go to war with Earth should the princess die) just beats it over the viewers' head.
  • Pull the Thread: After hearing the strange story of Trillram supposedly dying in a meteor shower, he sends an agent down to the ruins of Shin-awara city to investigate and finds evidence that this is definitely not true.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Of course the Dioscuria would have this color scheme.
  • Samurai: The Dioscuria looks very much like a classic shogun warlord of the Meiji era.
  • Spikes of Villainy: You can see the guy went to great lengths to make his Kataphrakt as terrifying as possible.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Slaine saves his life when Inaho overpowers him. In return, Saazbaum shows up to ruin Slaine's reunion with the princess and shoots her before his very eyes.
  • Transforming Mecha: His Kataphrakt can switch modes into a Space Plane capable of traveling in orbit and in atmosphere.
  • Villain Has a Point: Despite being the orchestrator of an apocalyptic war, he openly admits to Slaine that he is aware of how stupid returning to a feudal system of government was. He also feels that the Emperor did this and made everyone hate earth as a means of consolidating his power, a sentiment many viewers had expressed right after the first episode.
  • Villainous Valour: He's honourable (though not quite in the same way as his fellow Orbital Knights), determined, and capable of retaining some measure of his dignity and ideals even when everything's going horribly wrong. Best exemplified in his last scene in Season One - see Face Death with Dignity above.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to him, one of his reasons for launching the war is that Earth has access to much greater natural resources than Mars, and he believes that by conquering Earth he would genuinely and vastly improve the lives of VERS citizens. His other reason for launching the war, however, is much more personal...
  • Worf Effect: He's killed off rather quickly in episode 15, showing how much more cunning Slaine has become.

    Trillram 
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

A count of the Vers Empire who is part of Saazbaum's clan but has been living on Cruhteo's Landing Castle for some time. He pilots the Nilokeras Kataphrakt, a unit equipped with a barrier that absorbs anything that comes in contact with it. He's one of the Martians privy to the conspiracy to assassinate the princess.
  • Achilles' Heel: Just like Achilles himself, the Nilokeras has one tiny part of its body that is not shielded and ends up being the key to its destruction.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Mocks Slaine for his hesitation to open fire on the F-22 squadron engaging them and promises to show him "the joys of the battlefield."
  • Asshole Victim: By the end of Episode 3. Was it really wise to yell that it was your plan to kill the princess all along at her most loyal supporter whom you abused almost whole your screentime?
  • Blood Knight: He loves being in battle and killing people.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Not him, but his mech's dev team. The Nilokeras's barrier absorbs everything, including light, which should, theoretically, make the exposed bits incredibly easy to spot and target (because they're the only bits that aren't eye-hurtingly black). However, those exposed bits also contain holographic projectors which superimpose an image of the mech above the barrier when it activates, making the dividing line between protected and unprotected areas far less obvious.
  • Dead Star Walking: Being a character voiced by Takahiro Sakurai, Trillram formally appears for all of two episodes before kicking the bucket at the hands of an angry Slaine.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Balks at the idea of using orbital bombardment solely to kill Rayet Areash, as it would also damage if not destroy Count Cruhteo's Castle.
  • For the Evulz: Done several times in episode 2.
    • When he's being airdropped, he deliberately flies into the path of one of the pilots that ejected to kill him, for no other reason than he wanted to kill people, even if they weren't posing a threat to him any longer.
    • Later he toys with the squad Marito and Yuki are with, and takes his time killing them one by one. He even wonders if Marito's last ditch knife attack is heroic or suicidal idiocy.
    • While pursuing Rayet and the other main characters, Okisuke attempts to rescue Yuki out of the mech after they seemingly lost Trillram. Unfortunately he shows back up, and Okisuke loses his balance and nearly flies off, though Inaho catches his hand. As they desperately try to hold on, Trillram utters a villainous Bond One-Liner {"Need a hand?"}, and stomps hard nearby, causing Inaho to lose his grip. Okisuke then falls back towards Trillram's mecha and vaporizes in front of Inaho.
  • Implacable Man: He was way too obsessed with wanting to kill Rayet. Considering he was nigh-invulnerable at the time, he probably should have finished her off before dealing with those pesky Earth forces attempting to pelt him with bullets.
  • The Juggernaut: His Nilokeras Kataphrakt has a force field that disintegrates anything it touches, rendering conventional weapons useless against him. It's able to literally walk through bridges and buildings as if they weren't even there.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Slaine kills him when he realizes that he partook in the attempted assassination of the princess.
  • Logical Weakness: Inaho figures out that the Nilokeras's force field cannot possibly cover the whole body and it needs to have gaps in order to allow the mecha to walk and communicate with the outside world, so he submerges it in water to find them which gives him the opening needed to destroy the machine's interior.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Nilokeras was still largely intact after a meteor bombardment, as seen in Episode 4.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Asks Cruhteo for permission to enter the battlefield so he can plant the Vers flag at the spot of Asseylum's assassination. In reality, he's going out to kill the deep-cover Martian agents who did the deed so he can destroy all evidence of the False Flag Operation.
  • Mighty Glacier: His Kataphrakt was a lumbering beast compared to the other ones seen briefly, but it didn't matter since his Deflector Shields vaporized anything or anyone dumb enough to attack it.
  • Oh, Crap: Has this look after Inaho figures out how to get around his mecha's shields.
  • Sink the Lifeboats: Deliberately steers the aerial ship transporting his Kataphrakt into the path of an ejecting enemy pilot.
  • Smug Snake: While in the safety of his Kataphrakt shields.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His smug demeanor starts cracking after Inaho and friends blind his surveillance drones with smokescreens and chase off Slaine's airship. The breakdown comes into full effect after Asseylum reveals she's still alive.
  • Warmup Boss: He's the first major antagonist that Inaho and the other Terrans face off against.
  • Younger Than They Look: Character data shows Trillram is only 25. He looks at least a decade older.

    Vlad 
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto

A noble from Castle Cruhteo, he pilots the Argyre Kataphrakt, a melee-oriented unit armed with two plasma blades.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Argyre's blades can cut through nearly anything, but reactive armor disperses them temporarily - enough time for Inaho to grapple the enemy Kataphrakt. Also, the extreme heat emanating from the swords means that submersion into water is a big no no...
  • Aerith and Bob: Among the Martians, this guy is the only one who has a name you could expect to find in the real world.
  • Blood Knight: Not as much of a maniac as Trillram, but he does seem to be enjoying himself in battle.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not attacks per se, but he was awfully fond of reading aloud the startup sequence for his energy sword.
  • Coup de Grâce: In episode 2, finishes off a UE Kataphrakt by stabbing it while it is helpless on the ground.
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: Possibly even moreso than Trillram, since his mecha still has no ranged attacks (short of throwing its weapon at the enemy) nor does it have the impenetrable defenses of the Nilokeras.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he gets onboard the ship that Inaho and the other surviving Terrans are on in episode 5, he takes out the gun emplacements first. Then when the Terran kataphrakts arrive, he rushes them while attempting to dodge or deflect their fire, and sandwiches himself between them, and the ship bridge. This forces them to stop firing lest they hit friendly forces up there, particularly their commander, and he quickly makes mincemeat out of them. Fortunately he's Out-Gambitted by Inaho who's also utilizing this trope to his advantage as well.
  • Dual Wielding: Brings along a second plasma sword when he attacks the Wadatsumi.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has the deepest voice in the entire cast so far.
  • Glass Cannon: While his beam sword can destroy practically anything it touches, his mech is rather fragile and must deflect or dodge every attack that comes at it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Inaho's Kataphrakt grabs the Argyre's arms and immobilizes them, Vlad increases the power output to his beam swords until they become so hot the convection begins melting Inaho's Kataphrakt. Unfortunately for Vlad, once the Wadatsumi intentionally lists to the side and he falls into the ocean, the superheated beams end up causing a massive steam explosion that obliterates him.
  • Honor Before Reason: In episode 5, even though there's supposed to be a cease-fire between Earth and Vers, he goes after the Wadatsumi so he can "avenge his fallen honor."
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He prefers fighting with only one blade, but when he gets serious, he can draw another.
  • Implacable Man: Much like Trillram with Rayet, he chases after Inaho, wanting to kill him to restore his lost honor after the latter managed to survive their first encounter. Unfortunately for him by that point Inaho has learned enough about his suit's abilities to exploit its weakness.
  • Hot Blade / Laser Blade: The plasma emanating from his beam sword is so hot that it can detonate explosive ordnance prematurely before it can harm his machine. It also melts the tips of regular ammunition, reducing their penetrating power and aerodynamics.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: He is able to deflect gunfire with his laser sword.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The Earth forces identify his sword as a katana.
  • Not Worth Killing: He says that Inaho and co. are not worth his time, though it should be noted that he says that after they've already escaped, so it's probably more of an excuse than anything. He does chase after them in the next episode, and this time wants to finish the job.
  • Samurai: To a T. His mecha is armed with beam katanas and he puts Honor Before Reason.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throws his katana right at the bridge of landing craft #1, and then again at one of the Wadatsumi's deck guns.

    Femieanne 
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida

A female Orbital Knight. She pilots the Hellas Kataphrakt, which attacks by firing its own six arms at enemies.
  • Achilles' Heel: The engines mounted on her mech lack the molecular armor that make the rest of the machine invincible, and the fists can be damaged when they open their fingers.
  • Armor of Invincibility: Her rocket fists are literally hardened to a single molecule and cannot be scratched, only knocked off-course. But should they open their fingers, their molecular armor collapses.
  • The Baroness: She is attractive and has a bit of a sadistic streak, as well as a large ego. Fittingly enough, her mecha has a spider theme.
    Femianne: Entering my territory without so much as a 'by your leave?' Such atrocious manners. I must rake you over the coals. Rather hot ones.
  • Berserk Button: Destroying her Kataphrakt's fists really sets her off.
  • Character Tics: She is seen twirling her hair around her finger.
  • Contralto of Danger: Fitting her status as The Baroness, she has the lowest voice of the entire female cast.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Aside from its fists, the Hellas has no other weapons, which render it vulnerable to close-up attacks. Unfortunately for our protagonists, the Hellas has an alternate mode that is much faster.
  • Flunky Boss: The Hellas' flying fists can apparently be steered. They act more like melee-oriented minions than actual "projectiles".
  • Giant Spider: Her mecha has six arms and two legs - eight limbs in all, giving it the appearance of a humanoid spider.
  • I Call It "Vera": She named her mech's fists. All six of them, after demons from the Ars Goetia.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Hellas in flight mode is incredibly fast and maneuverable thanks to having six engines. It even survives the Deucalion ramming it, though a sniper round quickly destroys it after.
  • Long-Range Fighter: In contrast to the previous two Orbital Knights, Femieanne hangs back far from the battlefield and lets her flying fists do the fighting.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Hellas' fists are tough enough to easily penetrate military-grade armor and shrug off impacts from any and all weapons. Thankfully, they can at least be knocked off course. The main body of the mech itself is also absurdly strong, to the point that it took a head-on collision from an enormous flying battleship at top speed and was still largely intact. Though this apparently caused enough damage to the frame that it could be destroyed with a single high-explosive sniper shot.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Six arms, and they're all flying at you.
  • Ramming Always Works: After she loses her fists and converts her Kataphrakt into flight mode, she moves to ram Slaine's sky carrier, and then the bridge of the reverse-engineered Martian battleship once it appears. Its molecular armor would have allowed it to emerge unscathed if not for the fact that her engines get shot out and she ends up getting run over by the battleship instead.
  • Rocket Punch: This mecha specializes in firing out its fists at the enemies. Unusually for this trope, they can actually be controlled and act more like drones than actual projectiles.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Hellas can convert itself into a flying platform with six engines.

    Eddelrittuo 

Voiced by: Inori Minase

Princess Asseylum's handmaid.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mazurek correctly identifies her as having been with Asseylum while on Earth, though she tries to deny it. After he mentions Inaho's name however, Eddelrittuo is unable to deny it any further. He then gives her the pendent Inaho gave to him to give to the real Asseylum, which triggers a Flash Back of when she lost it after being shot by Saazbaum back in episode 12.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite having spent a lot of time with Terrans and even assisted them, she still seems to be in her position of being Asseylum's caretaker after rejoining the Martians, and no one bats an eye about that.
  • Fantastic Racism: She seems to be a lot more contemptuous towards Earth residents than the Princess herself.
  • Little Miss Badass: Claims to be able to pilot a Kataphrakt. Whether or not this is true, she seemed perfectly willing to go off and fight, if only the adults would let her. She then proves to be very competent in Episode 11 by driving a car through a war zone while being shot at with bullets and later a missile.
  • Maid And Maiden: The maid to Asseylum's maiden. She is a very rare example (perhaps the only example) of the maid being younger than the maiden, and a child on top of that.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: In Season 2 she keeps the same design despite 19 months having passed between seasons.
  • Running Gag: The number of times she almost accidentally revealed the princess's identity reaches comical levels.
  • Serious Business: People showing proper manners and forms of address toward the princess are a really big deal for her.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest character of the cast

    Rayregalia Vers Rayvers 

Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa

The initial leader of the colonization effort to Mars, he spearheaded the creation of a separate Martian cultural identity by calling for independence from Earth. His efforts bore fruit when the Holy Vers Empire named after him was founded in 1985 with himself as emperor. His rule ended in 1997 due to health problems, and he was succeeded by his son Gilzeria. After Gilzeria was killed in action during the Heaven's Fall disaster in 1999, he has re-ascended to the throne. He is Asseylum's grandfather.
  • The Emperor: The founder of the Holy Vers Empire. In an unusual case of this trope, his reign ended, but then his son died and he had to be put back on the throne as Asseylum was still an infant at the time.
  • Emperor Scientist: The first survey team that crossed the Hypergate to explore Mars in 1975 was made up almost entirely of scientists and researchers, and he was their leader.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: He was the leader of Mars' colonization effort, and thanks to the power of the Aldnoah, built an empire which claimed independence from Earth.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Is suspicious of Slaine, who has close ties to Asseylum, and places his trust in Saazbaum instead, who claims Slaine is a spy. While it could be justified as Slaine was from Earth, and Saazbaum has been a Martian for quite some time, what makes him fit this trope is the fact that shortly after talking with Slaine, he immediately orders hostilities to restart instead of doing the fact finding mission he ordered initially. And in the latter half of the show, he doesn't question Saazbaum on why Asseylum suddenly shows up again despite having been murdered.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He was the one who started calling for Martian independence from Earth in 1982, two years after large-scale immigration began to Mars. The notes on this timeline in 1982 indicate that he began to resent Earth because the Martian Immigration Program, the world authority that was supposed to regulate travel to Mars, did not offer any assistance to the new settlers on how they could adapt to life on Mars and more or less left them on their own. The MIP's indifference to the hardships the colonists faced was a major factor in the Martian independence movement gaining major steam and becoming violent in 1983.
  • Projected Man: Due to health issues and the onset of old age, he uses holographic imagery to project himself in the throne room while staying in his bed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In episode 5 he orders his forces to halt their attacks and orders a fact finding mission to see what really happened to Asseylum. He correctly suspects that the Terrans likely wouldn't have deliberately killed her off knowing it would start a war, but can't rule out that maybe a fringe group of Terran terrorists did it to provoke a war. Unfortunately, Saazbaum makes it sound like the latter, and tricks the emperor into thinking that Slaine is a Terran spy trying to send out misleading rumors, particularly that Asseylum is still alive.
  • Soap Opera Disease: When we first see him in Episode 5, he's confined to bed, very exhausted, and is putting up a facade of being a healthy ruler by way of holograms. In Episode 14, his health has taken a drastic turn for the worse. He is now permanently hooked up to a respirator, has to have some kind of force field isolating his bed, and is barely conscious to the point that when he receives a report that his granddaughter is alive (in complete contrast to his earlier belief that she was dead), he more or less just nods and accepts it unthinkingly.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: When he first discovered the Aldnoah, they recognized him as their creator and burned their activation processes into his very genes, giving him supreme authority over them. All of his descendants share this power, and he can give a limited amount of the Aldnoah's powers to others in exchange for their loyalty.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Abdicated in 1997, back to work by 1999.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Saazbaum has him controlled pretty well and convinced him his granddaughter is dead and Slaine is a spy. Saazbaum reveals in episode 9 it was because of the second emperor, his son Gilzeria, going to war against Earth fifteen years prior, which forced him to also fight for his lord. Unfortunately he was nearly killed in the Heaven's Fall incident, and he lost his fiance. Hence why he attempted to assassinate Asseylum to "punish" the emperor and wipe out the Mars royal family line: even though Gilzeria died on the Moon, Rayregalia is still part of Saazbaum's revenge scheme.
  • When He Smiles: He shows a very pleasant smile in a picture on the official website together with Slaine and Asseylum as kids. Within the span of his actual appearances, however, he's constantly frowning due to all the drama going around his empire.

    Orlane 

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

A Martian Visountess and the pilot of the Deucalion Kataphrakt, which controls gravity. She is responsible for wiping out Marito's platoon. The remains of her mecha would eventually be converted by Earth forces into a flying battleship prototype. She was also Saazbaum's fiancee, and perished in the aftermath of the Hypergate's destruction, leading to Saazbaum's grudge against the royals.

  • Gravity Master: Her mecha can manipulate gravity, which turns out to be a very versatile ability: it can float and deflect projectiles fired at it because of this.
  • Hime Cut: Her preferred hairstyle, apparently.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: She tells Saazbaum to escape without her when the Hypergate explodes and the space-time distortion waves disable her anti-gravity flight.
  • Mind over Matter: Her primary offensive tactic is to lift enemies in the air using anti-gravity, then slam them into the ground.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: The Moon's destruction caused all manner of unstable gravitic fluctuations across the Earth, which disabled her Kataphrakt's anti-gravity engines and left her trapped on the island while giant chunks of lunar rock were raining down on her position.
  • Posthumous Character: She is dead by the time the series starts, but her mecha is prominently featured in Marito's flashbacks. She's also Saazbaum's Cynicism Catalyst.
  • Shout-Out: The Deucalion is the very first Martian Kataphrakt shown in the series, via Marito's flashbacks. The fact that it's a tripod is without a doubt meant to immediately establish parallels between this series and War of the Worlds
  • Smug Super: After wiping out a whole squadron of tanks with ease, she comments to Saazbaum that Earth was hardly even worth coming to.
  • Tempting Fate: Just as she says that taking over Earth will be easier than expected, the Hypergate explodes. The aftermath renders her mecha unable to fly and simultaneously causes a massive cataclysm on the Earth's surface...
  • Tripod Terror: The Deucalion is the only machine in the series to be a three-legged mech.

    Lemrina Vers Envers 

Voiced by: Shiina Natsukawa

Introduced in Season 2. Another princess of Mars who is working with Slaine and Saazbaum by disguising herself as Asseylum, thanks to holographic illusions. While disguised, she sends messages to drum up Martian support for Saazbaum's cause. She is an illegitimate daughter of Emperor Gilzeria, making her Asseylum's half-sister.

  • Bastard Bastard: An illegitimate daughter of the throne and heavily resentful of her sister.
  • Body Double - El Cid Ploy: Lemina disguises herself as her comatose half-sister in order to make radio broadcasts to the Martians, telling them to attack Earth.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She seems to have developed one on Slaine, if the kiss on the lips that she gave him is an indication. Taken further when she announces she's going to marry him at the end of Episode 18 after he defeats Marylcian in a duel.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: We haven't seen them interact face to face since Asseylum is in a Convenient Coma by the time Lemrina is introduced, but we do know that Lemrina (Smart Sister) resents Asseylum (Pretty Sister) since she is an illegitimate child while Asseylum is the "official" Martian Princess, and seeks to replace her as she works with Saazbaum and Slaine as Asseylum's Body Double.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While she has some respect for Asseylum, she also holds some resentment towards her sister, as the latter is very well known, gets to enjoy life somewhat and see things for herself. Meanwhile Lemrina's existence is minimized to the point that only a few Martians are even aware of her existence, and she's largely restricted to a wheelchair.
  • Hidden Backup Princess: She appears to be this, largely unknown to Vers society and confined to the Moon base just in case the Vers military needs someone who can activate Aldnoah in a pinch.
  • Ill Girl: She's confined to a wheelchair but seemingly isn't completely paraplegic as she can walk in low gravity.
  • Not So Different: Slaine tries to present himself as being in the same boat as Lemrina after she deactivates his Kataphrakt. At first it seems to work, as Lemrina stops being obstructive towards him and even helps him out on some of his plans. But later on she starts to get upset when she suspects he's just using her for her authority, as well as getting closer to Asseylum.
  • Remember the New Guy: There was no indication there was another Martian princess before Season 2; this is justified in story by Lemrina being a royal bastard and needing a wheelchair. It's later revealed that she's a tightly kept secret, with only a very small number of personnel on the Moon base even knowing of her existence.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Lemrina is taught by Slaine about Earth and even has Eddelritou as an assistant, just like Asseylum once was. But it's heavily deconstructed as Lemrina is actively trying to replace the beloved Asseylum in people's lives, along with Slaine's.
  • The Resenter: Towards her older sister. By episode 20, she really starts to get bitter towards Asseylum, due to Slaine's obsession with her. She also starts to suspect he's just using her for her power and authority to get closer to Asseylum as well.
  • Sick Bed Slaying: Narrowly subverted. She goes to her sister's unconscious body and starts turning off the life support while telling her how how she (Asseylum) will be replaced. Lemrina backs out at the last minute and restores the life support, stating that while Asseylum is a puppet, she's also her sister. In episode 19, she wonders if her doing this caused Asseylum's condition to change. Slaine claims her condition changed, implying it's for the worse, when in fact it's the opposite.

     Harklight 

Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa

Slaine's personal servant, after his promotion to an Orbital Knight.

  • Not So Different: Like Slaine, he too has suffered lousy treatment by the upper-class society of Vers due to his low-born status. He's even okay with Slaine using underhanded moves in order to secure his status and post, going so far as to strip Martian knights of their status with trumped up charges if they refuse to obey and follow him.
  • Rags to Royalty: In episode 19, Slaine gives him a personal Kataphrakt for his undying loyalty.
  • Secret Keeper: He's one of a handful of personnel on the Moon base who is aware of Lemrina's existence, and goes to great pains to make sure she stays a secret.
  • Undying Loyalty: Respects Slaine immensely, and seems to be his sole confidant in his plan to kill Saazbaum.

     Mazurek 

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga

One of the VERS knights introduced in season 2.

  • Adorkable: He's young, handsome, at times endearingly naive, and, most important, not as blatantly evil as most other Martians, which makes him an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Blow You Away: His Kataphrakt utilizes this attack to deflect any incoming attack headed his way. Unfortunately for him, while it's great for stopping attacks on someone fighting him on level ground, it doesn't protect him against a vertical attack launched from above.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In the episode 20 it turned out that behind his Adorkable exterior hides the mind on par with most of the series' Chessmasters. One of Mazurek's defining traits is the refusal to be blinded by prejudice, so endemic in most other Martian knights.
  • Not So Different: Inaho finds out that he's not hellbent on destroying Earth like some of the other Martian knights appear to be. He also finds out Mazuurek enjoys studying Earth and its culture, and only attacked because of his obligations as a knight.
  • Pull the Thread: He manages to get an audience with Princess Asseylum, and relates his story of having been captured to her, and asking about her time on Earth. She tells him about her time there, and paints it in a negative light. This contradicts everything Inaho told him about Asseylum, proving him right when he claimed this Asseylum is an imposter. He then conveniently manages to have his ship break down near Slaine's landing castle shortly after Slaine left, manages to find Eddelrittuo, and find the place the real Asseylum is at.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He doesn't really have any interest in attacking Earth, nor does he feel any hatred towards Earthlings. In fact, he greatly respects Earth and its culture and would rather not fight at all unless specifically ordered to.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is derived from a traditional Polish dance, which is spelled exactly this way in Polish, and the most subs use this spelling. On the other hand, the Japanese narration clearly says "Mazurka", which is a name of the dance that is normally used outside of Poland and is actually more popular around the world.
  • Token Good Teammate: He laments having to attack Earth, and doesn't want to burn it to the ground like some of the more radical knights. After Inaho finds out his loyalty lies with Asseylum, and like her, wanted a peaceful relationship with Earth, he helps Mazuurek escape prison to become a Reverse Mole to find where she's at, and to help Inaho find out what Slaine's motives are.

     Marylcian 

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba

One of the VERS knights introduced in season 2 who holds great contempt for Slaine.


  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: He attempts this when challenging Slaine in combat for the right to be the caretaker of the moon base and Princess Asseylum. However, he loses, and all of his assets, such as his landing castle and Kataphrakt, are then transferred to Slaine, inverting the trope.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering his combative attitude towards Slaine, he could be considered one, even in light of everything Slaine had done to help out the VERS Empire.
  • Attack Drone: The Herschel deploys a large number of remote-controlled laser cannons.
  • Beam Spam: His drones fire a lot of these. Even Slaine has difficulty evading them due to the sheer number of shots being fired.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Subverted when he fights Slaine. At first, it seems like he is going to destroy Slaine with his mech's massive amount of weaponry that even the Tharsis can't predict, but Slaine manages to trick him into entering an area that makes him waste most of his weapons. Immediately after, Slaine kills him almost instantly.
  • Death In All Directions: His main plan to defeat the Tharsis's future sight ability is to hit it from all around at once, negating his enemy's advantage.
  • Fantastic Racism: Shares this trait with all other racist Martians.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock:How he dies due to Slaine.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Some random Terran schlub saved Count Saazbaum, defeated many of our enemies, took out an entire spacebase on his own, and got adopted into the VERS knight ranks after repeatedly proving his loyalty to the VERS Empire? Sounds like I need to challenge him in combat and show him his place!

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