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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.
  • Action Survivor: Survives not only the missile attack on Princess Asseylum's convoy (while he wasn't targeted, he was close enough to have gotten hit by an explosion or debris), but also a close encounter with a Kataphrakt.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's very single-minded 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.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He quickly figures out an enemy Kataphrakt's abilities and limitations by simple observation and then reviewing video footage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 anyways.
  • 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, Triilram'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.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing rattles this guy, whether it's missiles flying at him or being locked in mortal combat with enemy Kataphrakts.
    • Not So Stoic: He is very much phased by the loss of those he considers close though, his first Martian Kataphrakt kill was one out of revenge for his dead friend.
  • Parental Abandonment: He lives with his older sister and their parents are nowhere to be found.
  • 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.
  • Reluctant Warrior: He tells Asseylum in episode 8 that he's only fighting because of the threats posted by the VERS knights, and not for her.
  • 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. This was probably to make the series setting make more sense, since if Inaho is 15 years old in 2014 based off his original birthday, that would mean the show takes place in December 2014, which does not match the weather patterns shown.
  • 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:
  • 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.

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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Trillram should not have underestimated him and his dedication to the Princess.
  • 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.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He's loyal to the Vers family, but he hesitates when he's facing Terrans because he's one of them.
  • 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.
  • Distressed Dude: He's been captured by Sazaaban, the mastermind of the interplanetary war.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Want Them Alive: Saazbaum requests Cruhteo to capture Slaine alive.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Nice Guy: Being a "good person/boy/child" is the basis of his personality.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Due to hearing a lot about Earth, she is eager to go there as a goodwill ambassador to try and mend torn relations between Earth and Mars. Even after the fighting starts, she doesn't try to justify the Martians' actions against Earth, and instead apologizes for it, and vows to fix the problem.
  • 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: She's probably 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 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Ironic Name: He's actually the most Hot-Blooded and prone to rashness of the main group.
  • 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.

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.

  • Bridge Bunny: Part of the bridge crew for the Wadatsumi and later the Deucalion, and definitely the cutest one to boot.

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.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He literally disappears pretty quickly from the story, due to getting atomized when he loses grip of Inaho's hand and falls towards the pursuing Trillram's mech.

Warrant Officer 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.
  • 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 aren't around, and she fusses and worries about his well-being constantly.
  • 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 when Inko 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.

Lieutenant Koichiro Marito

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai

An officer 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 blames Marito for getting John killed in 1999.

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.



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.


Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa

A high-ranking Vers official and the apparent mastermind behind the conspiracy to frame Earth for the Princess' assassination. He pilots the Dioscuria Kataphrakt.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the pro-war conspiracy within the Vers Empire, and by far their deadliest warrior. Of course, Orbital Knights are expected to be capable fighters in order to justify their position, but Saazbaum just goes beyond.
  • Battle Couple: He and his fiancee were this 15 years ago.
  • Big Bad: Unless a curveball is thrown all of a sudden, he seems to be the main villain of the show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Among others, he makes sure to kill Cruhteo before the latter can get into his Kataphrakt. Pragmatic Villainy, indeed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considering what his plan does to the Earth, it's made amply clear that he cares about Earthlings even less than most of his fellow VERS inhabitants.
    • Actually subverted. 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.
  • Hypocrite His entire motivation is that the woman he loved died in Heaven's Fall, which he blames the Royal Family for. Gee, Mr. Sazaabackstab, I wonder just how many countless good people lost their loved ones and family members thanks to your stupid bid for power and revenge plot?
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
  • I Want Them Alive: After Slaine goes rogue, he repeatedly requests that Cruhteo recover him alive and to refrain from killing him. When it seriously looks like Cruhteo is going to kill Slaine during his torture session, Saazbaum goes into action to get Slaine back himself.
  • 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 it's own armor to use as drones.
  • 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.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted - he was the only Orbital Knight 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.
  • 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.
  • Transforming Mecha: His Kataphrakt can switch modes into a Space Plane capable of traveling in orbit and in atmosphere.
  • 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...


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.


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 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.


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 and a large ego. Fittingly enough, her mecha has a spider theme.
    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.
  • 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 captured 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her default choice of legwear.


Voiced by: Inori Minase

Princess Asseylum's handmaid.
  • 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.
    • Might be true, given that she drove a car in episode 11 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.
  • 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. Toke
  • 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.
  • 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: Subverted. 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.
  • 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 emperor 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
  • When He Smiles: He shows a very pleasant smile in a picture on the official website together with Slaine and Asseylum as kids.

Viscountess Orlane

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

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. Saazbaum also refers to her.
  • Smug Super: After wiping out a whole squadron of tanks with ease, she comments to Saazbaum that the 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.

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