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"That's right. Our main weakness is that we're stupid."
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Everyone does so eventually.
- Badass Crew
- Brainless Beauty: The most.
- Character Development
- Classical Anti-Hero
- Death Is Cheap
- Fire-Forged Friends: As a result of rebelling against a god.
- Hair Colors: Lots of them. Range from several colors.
- Idiot Hero: All of them really. They're all idiots. Yuri even calls herself one even though she's the smartest.
- Rage Against the Heavens: For giving them all such a short and unfair life.
The Protagonist. He wakes up in the afterlife, not knowing where he is, or who he is. He only remembers his last name.
- Amnesiac Hero: He can't remember anything from his past life, not even his first name.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: He confesses his love to Kanade in the final episode as he begs her to stay with him before she passes on.
- The Caretaker: To his sister, the survivors of the train wreck, and to help his friends pass on in life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he regains his memories, he learns that his first name is Yuzuru. He was a slacker who spent most of his life working menial jobs to provide for his ill little sister. After she died he realized that she had gotten more out of life than he had despite being bedridden, but in helping her he had found a way to give his life meaning. So he cut his hair and started studying hard, hoping to become a doctor someday. He was on his way to take the college entrance exam when the train he was riding crashed. Trapped inside a collapsed tunnel, he helped keep the other survivors alive for seven days before finally succumbing to his own internal injuries. His final act was to fill out the organ donor information on the back of his ID card, dying just as rescue arrived.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Everyman: Subverted. Otonashi may initially be presented as an average guy onto whom we're meant to project, but he ultimately proves to be far more virtuous than your average person.
- Friendless Background: He thought friends were a pain to have before his sister's death.
- Foreshadowing: Since his body was probably the only one in good condition when the digging crews finally came for rescue right after his death, it was used for just that purpose. His heart was donated to a still-living Kanade.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After he was fatally injured in the train crash and tries to help everyone who was still alive, Otonashi's final actions were not panicking or feeling sorry for himself, he signs his organs to be donated for medical use.
- I Choose to Stay: After successfully sending away his friends to the other side, Otonashi chose to remain in the afterlife with Kanade, but it didn't work as she passed on, leaving him alone. "Another Epilogue" shows that he didn't leave for a while, becoming the Student Council President to help out newcomers to the afterlife, either to help them pass on or to replace him.
- Important Haircut: When he was still alive, he cut his hair when he decided to quit being a slacker and become a doctor.
- Incurable Cough of Death: in episode 9, due to internal bleeding.
- Ironic Hell: For someone who sacrificed everything for the happiness of his friends he himself is denied of his own happiness and is left all alone; however, it all depends on how you interpret the ending. Well, he did get reunited with Kanade after being reincarnated. Perhaps to the point of actually getting stuck in Purgatory as the School President, helping lost souls who were there along the way as seen in the alternative ending epilogue.
- Irony: Spends half the show trying to get everyone to pass on and get over their emotional baggage from their past lives, but he's also the only one who doesn't, in the end. Ouch.
- Last Name Basis: Justified. He only can remember his last name, so everyone calls him that. His first name is revealed to be Yuzuru.
- Love at First Punch: His first encounter with the girl he eventually falls in love with ends with her stabbing him in the chest.
- Meaningful Name: "Otonashi" means "no sound" refering to his missing heart. The word "otonashii" also means "docile/quiet", which is quite fitting for his status as Only Sane Man in the SSS.
- The Medic: Subverted. Otonashi never shows his skills in purgatory. Not that he needs to.
- The Mole: Otonashi is determined to fix all of the SSS members' regrets, so he has Angel become the villain again so he can stay close to the group and find out their pasts.
- Starting at the end of episode 9; this just reinforces his neutrality.
- Apparently, Yurippe already knows about his plan, as shown in Episode 11.
- From a different perspective, that also makes him a Reverse Mole.
- Nice Guy: Despite his snarky moments, he is a guy who is willing to help others in need, hence his dream to become a doctor and is even willing to sacrifice his life and make himself and organ donor so that his remains will be used to save another life.
- One Head Taller: Than Kanade. Very much obvious when he hugs her in the last episode.
- Only Sane Man: He has touches of this amongst all the various quirks of the SSS, and defintely qualifies in the OVA.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covered his left eye when he was alive, before his sister's death. It symbolized his antisocial attitude at the time. He cut it to the length familiar to us when he resolved to embrace life and open himself up to people.
- Please Don't Leave Me: In the last episode, Otonashi asks Kanade to stay with him. However, it turns out that she was there because she wanted to thank him for his heart donations. When Kanade thanks him, Otonashi hugs her, begging her to not to say it and stay with him, but eventually she disappears, leaving Otonashi alone and heartbroken.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hinata's Red. Ironic, considering their hair colors.
- Reincarnation Romance: It's implied in the ending that he and Kanade will have this in their next life.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: Otonashi lived a fulfilling life and died content. The setting is specifically designed to help people experience the youth and happiness they never had in life. When he regains his memories, he helps everyone move on to the next plane.
- Secret Stab Wound: The train crash left him with internal bleeding, though he hides the injury from the other survivors to avoid demoralizing them.
- Shirtless Scene: In the first episode.
- Super Window Jump: Courtesy of the SSS.
- They Killed Kenny: Three times within the first six minutes—of the first episode, yet!
- Averted after episode 1, not counting his death in the real world that is.
- Trauma Conga Line: First his little sister dies from a terminal illness. Then he gets in a train accident. While trying to find an exit, he finds out that both sides of the tunnel are blocked, and the remaining survivors have very little supplies. Then he finds out he's got some serious internal injuries when blood soaks through his shirt. Finally, he dies just moments before a rescue crew is able to breach the rubble.
Kanade Tachibana (a.k.a. Tenchi or "Angel")
Kanade, initially known as "Angel", is the Student Council President and the enemy of the SSS. The kids in the Battlefront presume she is an angel assigned to oversee their purgatory because she appear to be making people disappear.
- Action Girl: Superhumanly strong and fast and can summon weapons to use.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She has numerous powers, and is the Student Council President.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Arm-Fold: What she does all the time in the baseball episode. She even wears a cool baseball outfit to look more badass.
- Billy Needs an Organ: Kanade's reason for remaining in purgatory was to thank the individual who had donated the heart she had received.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: She can summon blades onto her wrists as her main combat method.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She received the heart that Otonashi donated as his dying act and wanted to thank him for it before ascending.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After Otonashi learns her name, she begins to warm up. This is partially due to the fact that she realizes that people who get close to her will move on. In the last episode, because almost everyone has moved on she drops the Ice Queen act.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She finally manages to pass on and disappears in Otonashi's arms.
- Disc One Final Boss: Who is also the main heroine.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Because Overdrive works passively, Angel manages to fling Takeyama by his nose just by casting her fishing rod during Operation Monster Stream.
- Doppelgänger Attack: One of Angel's abilities. All copies have the same abilities as the original, including the aforementioned Doppelgänger Attack.
- Dual Wielding: With two Hand Sonic blades, which she needs to slice twice as much ass.
- Dumb Muscle: A rare female example. Yuri lampshades on this by saying that Kanade is better at fighting than pondering over a plan.
- Dungeon Bypass: Laws of physics need not apply.
- Emotionless Girl: She is so emotionless that SSS considers her even less alive than NPCs. However, she's more of the "emotionally repressed" type than outright emotionless.
- Enemy Within: Her absorbing the evil clones caused her to relapse to violence and fighting the SSS, except that it doesn't, but Otonashi asked to pretend, after he asked her to help him get them to move on (which was her goal in the first place), and they needed an opponent to focus on in the meanwhile.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone in SSS only calls her "Angel", because that's what they believe she is. Her real name is Kanade Tachibana. Subverted. She's not really an angel, and Otonashi at least makes a point of calling her by her real name from the moment he finds it out. Well, one of them, anyway.
- Evil Albino: She appears like this, being a pale-skinned, white-haired girl who is set up as the main antagonist. Subverted as it turns out she's not evil and is in fact the main heroine of the story, making her a Heroic Albino instead.
- First-Name Basis: Otonashi and her have formed this special bond.
- Flash Step: Her Delay ability.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Her Guard skill, which gives her a blade coming out of her sleeve. It changes as it "goes up" in level, which goes from a short blade, a long blade, a trident, a giant flower, and when she upgrades to a fifth level, a sinister claw. Ultimately, subverted, since it's a defensive weapon and once we learn more about her personality under the chilly exterior.
- Gratuitous English: "Guard Skill: [English Phrase]."
- Healing Factor: When shot, her body spits the bullet out and repairs the hole in seconds. (Other characters have to "die" before being auto-healed.) Then she activates Distortion...
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Her first Heel–Face Turn came about in ''understanding'' her, at least a little bit. Her Face–Heel Turn from episode 9 was due to Otonashi asking her to feign a relapse into the authoritarian stance, so the SSS will be focused on her while he helps them pass on. Her "last" Heel–Face Turn in episode 13 is permanent.
- Hero Antagonist: She's the acting Student Council President working to keep people in line until they obliterate, and actively stops the SSS from wreaking havoc, with extreme prejudice. She's actually just trying to keep the peace in the school so that the students can come to peace and move on.
- Human All Along: She is not an angel as SSS had assumed. She is a normal human like everyone else.
- Ill Girl: While she was alive.
- Immune to Bullets: With Distortion active, they refract through her body like laser beams, causing no apparent damage.
- Implacable Woman: A shot to the legs will slow her down, at least until she activates Guard Skill - Distortion, but it won't stop her.
- Leitmotif: Angel's Flight from the anime and its Official Soundtrack. The beat seems to resemble a track of heartbeats.
- Literal Change of Heart: She was the lucky recipient of the heart Otonashi donated upon his death.
- Magic from Technology: She conjures hand blades, slingshots and wings using a single computer program.
- Me's a Crowd: She uses "Harmonics" to copy herself. But the copy is evil, and can also use Harmonics... in short order, there are about a hundred evil Angels running around. They all eventually get re-absorbed into the original and erased.
- Musical Theme Naming:
- Her real name is Kanade Tachibana, and Kanade means "playing music".
- Most of her abilities, such as Harmonics and (Hand) Sonic. Also, Distortion, Overdrive, and Delay are various guitar effects.
- Mystical White Hair: She has long white hair to emphasise her supposed magical nature as an angel.
- Nice Hat: Wears a baseball cap in episode 4.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: She is not making people disappear. In reality she just helps people achieve peace and move on. Otonashi surmises that she doesn't have any friends because all of them have disappeared and the remaining people don't want to. After Otonashi makes friends with her he quickly realizes that perhaps she isn't quite as different from the SSS members as they might think.
- Older Than She Looks: Despite her looks, she's still about the same age as the rest of the cast. Turns out she's so small because her heart condition inhibited her growth.
- One Woman Army: She can take an entire barrage of small arms fire and grenades without a scratch, and still get up to kick ass.
- Our Angels Are Different: Most importantly in that she really isn't one.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Angel's rivalry with Yuri can be interpreted as this.
- Parrying Bullets: She can block bullets with her Hand Sonic.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse
- Poor Communication Kills: The entire conflict could have been averted had she talked about her goals and the world's purpose properly. She's aware of it, too. She even admits to having horrible communication skills.
- Precision F-Strike: It happens...
- The Quiet One: She speaks rarely, briefly, and softly.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Angel clones.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yuri's Red.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Pale skin with light hair? Check. Eerily stoic behavior? Check. Sequestered emotional baggage? Well... Defrosting love interest? Double check.
- Reincarnation Romance: It's implied in the ending that she and Otonashi will have this in their next life.
- The Rival: Of Yuri.
- The Stoic: For most of the time.
- Student Council President
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She could be a perfect example of an Emotionless Girl in the first few episodes but after Otonashi learns her name he begins noticing that she does subtly display humanity and feeling.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: She is believed to be a magical angel, with her yellow eyes being a hint. However, she is not an angel.
- Super Strength: In the same episode, Angel manages to lift both the entire SSS (sans Yuri, plus Fish Saitou) and a giant monster fish by jumping.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mapo Doufu. In the last Episode she made a song about it.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Waif-Fu: Provided the waif in question is also a Knife Nut.
- White Hair, Black Heart: The only character with white hair, and the only known enemy. Subverted; she's a Disc One Final Boss and not evil at all.
- Winged Humanoid: She has the ability to sprout wings from her back that, while they don't enable her to fly, can be used to slow her descent. They also allow her survive long drops, such as jumping from the roof of a building.
- Wings Do Nothing: Subverted. Angel's wings seem to be mere decoration at first, but they actually function for gliding short distances.
Yuri "Yurippe" Nakamura
- Action Girl: Manages to defeat one of the Angel clones on her own.
- Affably Evil: When she's at her worst... See here. Check this one too.. Ultimately limited by the fact that she never does permanent harm to anyone (not that she could) — she's just a very mean boss.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She is capable of fighting one on one with Angel.
- Badass Adorable: See above.
- Broken Bird: Due to the tragedies she suffered in her past life, she refused to accept her fate and she started the SSS to rebel against the Heaven.
- Byronic Hero: Though mitigated by the light-hearted nature of the story.Hinata: Why is she so quick to reject the smallest bit of happiness? She's always rushing headlong toward something...
- Cool Big Sis: To the SSS. And later to Kanade◊
- Dangerously Short Skirt
- Dark and Troubled Past: Yuri was the eldest of four siblings. When she was little, robbers broke into her house when her parents weren't home. Unable to find anything worth stealing, they told Yuri that they would kill one of her siblings every ten minutes unless she found them something of value. But Yuri couldn't find anything; not in the first ten minutes, nor in the next. By the time the police arrived 30 minutes later she'd been pushed so far over the Despair Event Horizon that she doesn't recover until late in the series.
- Decoy Protagonist: Around Episode 2 or 3, it seems as if she is the main heroine of the story. That role actually belongs to Kanade.
- Despair Event Horizon: The murder of her siblings at the hands of thugs.
- Disney Death: In episode 12. To wit: though Disney Deaths are the norm in Purgatory, Episode 12 deserves a special mention because Yuri managed to escape with her soul despite being assimilated by the shadows seconds earlier.
- Easily Forgiven: Especially in the Manga.
- Evil Laugh: In episode 4, when she thinks Otonashi's team is about to win against Tenshi's team.
- A God Am I: Yuri actually thinks about becoming God. Then she realizes that she came there to save everyone.
- Heel–Face Turn: It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when she pulled this, but it's quite obvious she made the turn by the time she officially "redeemed" herself at the end of episode 12.
- Hair Decorations
- Knife Nut
- Locked Out of the Loop: Averted. Yuri is actually really good at figuring out what's going on, even when characters actively try to hide the truth from her.
- Naytheist: Naturally due to her intense hatred of God.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Yuri's rivalry with Angel can be interpreted as this.
- Pragmatic Hero: Until episode 11, this often blended with Villain Protagonist. Following the cementation of her Heel–Face Turn at the end of episode 12, she more closely resembles a Knight in Sour Armor who's ready to move on from all this carnage.
- Rebel Leader
- Redemption Equals Death: She disappears just one episode after she redeems herself by eliminating the source of the Shadows.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Angel's Blue.
- The Rival: Of Angel.
- Shout-Out: Her headband is supposedly inspired by Yukiko Amagi.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: "Humans don't have the patience to wait even ten minutes for something!" Cue destruction of computers and the halt to the shadow attack, as well as her redemption.
- Surrounded by Idiots: A fun case were she admits to being an idiot too.
- Team Mom: In episode 11, when she orders her entire militia to put some serious thought into passing on lest they get assimilated by the Shadows. If that didn't seal her Heel–Face Turn, her actions at the end of episode 12 certainly did.
- Tsundere: Very heavy on the Tsun.
- Villain Protagonist: At least at first. Especially evident in the OVA. In the main series, though, this tends to blend with Pragmatic Hero, and she goes to pure Anti-Hero around episode 11, when she decides to have everyone in the SSS pass on before they can get assimilated by the Shadows, eventually going on to Adopt the Dog at the last second by blasting every computer into oblivion that was responsible for the Shadows and cementing her Heel–Face Turn in the process.
- It's hard to call her "Evil" to being with, though. She simply has a horrible misunderstanding of what the school's purpose is, and what being "obliterated" means. She's simply desperate to hold onto her friends and allies to the point of being willfully ignorant.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki
- Alliterative Name: Hideki Hinata.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Yui.
- Berserk Button: Minor one: he hates Kawaiiko, as Yui learned the hard way:Hinata: *Death Glare* Huh? What did you just say?Yui: Yui, nyan!Hinata: *puts her in reverse swastika* THAT'S WHAT I HATE ABOUT YOU!!!
- Bishōnen: Especially in the light novel illustrations.
- Bromantic Foil
- Butt Monkey: The most notable of the SSS. Even better the 3rd time around.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In a way. He turns out to be the key to Yui moving on in the end. No wonder she deliberately derailed his team's baseball game against Kanade six episodes earlier!
- Dark and Troubled Past: In his past life, he was a baseball player who let his team down at a major tournament and has yet to really forgive himself, then was given drugs to make himself feel better. He died in a truck accident.
- Genre Savvy: During episode 8 he calls out TK's Heroic Sacrifice as a scene from a shonen manga.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Mistaken for Gay: A running gag between Otonashi and Hinata.
- Number Two: As one of the original creators of the SSS along with Yuri.
- The Promise: He promised to marry Yui in their next life.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Otonashi's Blue. Ironic, considering their hair colors.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Extreme case whilst the rocket propulsion chairs are happening.
- True Companions: In the Manga, Yuri and Hinata team up and form the SSS.
- Would Hit a Girl: Though Yui is also hitting back and bending him with wrestling moves and it's always slapstick and Played for Laughs.
- Wrestler in All of Us: See Berserk Button.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Girls Dead Monster
- Berserk Button: Do NOT touch her beloved guitar.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When she was alive, she had a troubled home life, with her parents fighting constantly. As a teenager, she discovered music as an escape and inspiration. Later, she found an abandoned guitar and taught herelf to play, busking on street corners and dreaming of gaining independence from her parents by supporting herself with her music. However, during one of her parent's arguments, her father accidentally hit Iwasawa in the head with a bottle, causing a cerebral contusion which eventually led to a stroke. She woke up in the hospital, unable to speak due to aphasia caused by the stroke, and died in the hospital some time later.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Not necessarily dying, but her last concert before disappearing was really amazing and touching.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Hisako in the manga.
- Indirect Kiss: Or attempted to with Otonashi in Episode 3 with her water bottle.
- Informed Ability: In life, according to her teachers, she could go anywhere with her grades, however, she doesn't want to depend on her parents any more.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She's the first character to disappear during the series after deciding to inspire others with her music in her next life.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced in Episode 1, disappeared in Episode 3.
- Ascended Fangirl
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hinata.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may act like an idiot Fangirl, but she actually proves to be a worthy replacement for Iwasawa, and even writes the lyrics to Iwasawa's final song.
- Catch Phrase: "What an idiot."
- Chained by Fashion
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cute Bruiser: German Suplex anyone?
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cute Monster Girl: Her skirt has a pointed tail, and her ribbons resemble horns.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As a kid, she was hit by a car, leaving her totally paralyzed. She spent her whole life watching TV and admired lots of things on it. She wanted to do a German Suplex, hit a homerun, and dribble by 5 people and score in soccer, and marriage.
- A Death in the Limelight: Episode 10 is focused entirely on her, and ends with her disappearing.
- Expressive Hair: Yui has a difficult time hiding her excitement upon joining Hinata's baseball team.
- Expy: To Yuka Uchida from Minami-ke, a red-haired girl with Curtains Match The Windows and Girlish Pigtails. Both of them are voiced by Eri Kitamura.
- Fangirl: Yui towards SSS's diversion unit/band, Girls Dead Monster. (Becomes an Ascended Fan Girl later)
- Yui herself has some fangirls.
- Genki Girl: Justified by the fact that she did not have the ability to move her own body when alive.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Idiot Hair: Yui sports one, appropriately.
- Ill Girl: She was a quadriplegic in life.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: Cuddly and cute as a button though she may be, Yui has an extremely foul mouth by Japanese standards and is prone to using very masculine slang and vocabulary when addressing her seniors.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In one episode, she indirectly kills Hinata by kicking him into the business end of Angel's knife. In the next scene, she accidentally kills herself by slamming into a steel support beam.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: During the Heroic Sacrifices, she didn't even sacrifice herself to an Angel Clone. She gets swiped at the very end by a giant construction beam.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's optimistic and full of energy. And for bonus points, her love interest Hinata has blue hair.
- Sempai/Kohai: Subverted with a backhand smack."It would seem that the contents of your brain have melted and is dripping out your nose."
- Shoo Out the Clowns
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Hinata, though they don't actually kiss. Hinata promises to marry her in the next life.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl
- Token Mini-Moe
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak
- Too Dumb to Live: Lynched herself◊ with her own microphone.
- Wrestler in All of Us: How she and Hinata normally resolve their differences.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
- Voiced by: Chie Matsuura (JP), Elizabeth Bunch (EN)
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Iwasawa in the manga.
- Informed Ability: According to Hinata, she's very athletic. Zig zagged, as while we never got to see her play in the baseball episode (she was on Takamatsu's team, apparently), in episode 6, she leapt out of the window very quickly when Naoi showed up.
- It's All My Fault: When she was alive, the main vocalist of her band committed suicide. She blamed herself on her death and gave up music ever since.
- Mahjong: She's really good at it — unless you believe Sekine's account in the Gi De Mo short story, in which case she's an incredibly audacious cheater. (In Sekine's account, Hisako palms three tiles and then claims victory with only three melds instead of four.)
- Voiced by: Emiri Katou (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)
- Genki Girl: A lot of fan art portrays her as one.
- Screwy Squirrel: She enjoys playing tricks on others to see their reaction.
- Those Two Girls: With Irie, possibly.
- Unreliable Narrator: The GiDeMo short stories that accompanied the light novel are supposed to be her journal entries. Each one ends with her band-mates discovering the journal and objecting to how they're being portrayed — among other things, Iwasawa is depicted as a crazy perfectionist with a Kansai accent, Hisako is shown cheating at Mahjong, and Irie plays tricks on the NPCs.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Other SSS Members
"How shallow-minded."Ninja of the SSS. Also very strange.
Voiced by: Fuko Saito (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)
- Action Girl: The strongest fighter of the SSS by miles. In Track Zero, she fights Angel to a draw.
- Adorkable: under her stoic facade.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Badass Boast: She compares her presence in battle to 100 men.
- Badass Armfold: In group gatherings, is often found off to the side, leaning against a wall with her arms folded.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Catch Phrase: "How shallow-minded."note In Japanese "Asahaka nari", which means "superficial" or "silly"; the "nari" is also an archaic form, hinting that she may be from a distant past era.
- Charles Atlas Superpower
- Custom Uniform: She remodeled her clothes herself from her school uniform, as she finds it uncomfortable.
- Cuteness Proximity: Just look at the image!
- Taken Up to Eleven in Episode 11 after Yuri gives out that speech about everyone choosing their own path. She stares at a bunch of them and winds up another toy. Could be a hint at her own past.
- Taken even further in the special episode when she just raised the tension meter to 9999 just for saying CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joined the SSS after they defeated her.
- Disney Death: In episode 2.
- Dumb Muscle: Rare female example; in the baseball episode, disappointed in herself for letting her Cuteness Proximity lead her into a trap, she decides to exercise her focus by balancing a broom on her hand at all times. Emphasis on "at all times".Yui: [upon learning of the above] Yup, she's a moron.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Yuri thinks she might be from the past. She is at least clearly bugged by modern school uniforms or English-borrowed words such as "geimu".
- Mysterious Past: Her backstory and how she acquired her ninja skills are never explained. According to herself in the manga, her daily life consisted in "polishing her skills to kill people."
- One Woman Army: "Consider your forces a hundred men stronger."
- The Quiet One: To the point that when she does decide to comment on the situation, the rest of the cast freaks out.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Rebel Relaxation
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Shout-Out: Possibly named after another socially awkward ninja.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is usually written "Shiina", but the cover of the volume 4 manga writes it "Sheena". The official guidebook also spells her name as "Seana".
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Super-Persistent Predator: When fighting Yurippe and Hinata, she tracks them down from the bottom of the (very deep) underground base to the school grounds.
- You Are Number 6: She doesn't have a name − only the codename "C7". Yuri names her after its Japanese pronounciation ("shii-na")
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark blue hair.
"Get chance and luck."A mysterious person in the SSS. No one knows about him at all, or his past.
Voiced by: Michael Rivas (JP), Adam Van Wagoner (EN)
- The Ace: Seems to be good at everything the plot calls him to do. Except English.
- Blindfolded Vision: He wears a large bandanna that hides his eyes.
- Catch Phrase: "Get chance and luck!"
- Chained by Fashion: The handcuffs on his necklace, if nothing else.
- Dance Battler: Not necessarily battling using his dancing skills. He just dances well and can fight.
- Episode 12, he takes out Shadows using his dancing techniques.
- Dead Star Walking: Some sources say TK was intended to be a rapper and possibly black, i.e. TwopacK. If this was the joke the author intended to make, then this dead star had been walking around outside heaven for more than a decade!
- Gratuitous English: His pronunciation is perfect (His VA's a native English speaker), but his vocabulary is limited to Engrish non-sequiturs.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: While he's racially ambiguous, it's mentioned that his English stinks, so it can be inferred that he might be Japanese, which makes his entire shtick more of being a case culturally enamored.
- Grind Boots: Well... head.
- The Gunslinger: Tied with his Dance Battler status, TK enjoys toying with Shadows as much as he does his guns.
- Hidden Eyes
- Mysterious Past: SSS members admit that they know absolutely nothing about TK's past, or if "TK" is even his real name.
- Only Known by Initials: He's only known as "TK", and nobody knows if that even stands for his name.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: A large number of TK's lines are either attributable to foreign pop culture or J-pop lyrics (see Waxing Lyrical). Some of them are:
- Waxing Lyrical: Some of TK's more bizarre lines ("Get chance and luck," "I kiss you," "wild heaven", "come on, let's dance", etc.) are derived from the titles and lyrics of songs by J-pop / rock group TM Network. It may not be a coincidence that TM Network's producer and musician, Tetsuya Komuro, is also known as "TK".
"I feel like I could do the 100 man kumuite!"Judo expert. Everyone calls him Matsushita 5th Dan out of respect.
Voiced by: Eiichiro Tokumoto (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)
- BFG: He unleashes a rocket on Tenshi in the first episode.
- The Big Guy
- Eyes Always Shut: Except during the Heroic Sacrifice.
- Formerly Fat: Episode 12, he lost weight. The SSS members didn't even recognize him. However he feels stronger.
- Offhand Backhand
- Put on a Bus: Matsushita 5-Dan apparently goes off to the mountains in Episode 10, and doesn't return before episode 12.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat udon.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cute Little Fang: Sometimes sports one in the manga.
- Dumb Muscle
- Hikikomori: He was apparently one when he was alive, according to the second drama CD.
- Hunk: Has a chiseled, athletic physique.
- Large Ham: So much so that in the OVA, when everyone is forced to act as hammy as possible, Hideki remarks that Noda is just acting like he always does.
- Love at First Sight: Which makes it ridiculously easy to manipulate him. Just tell him it's for Yurippe's sake.
- Mistaken for Gay: Twice in Heaven's Door. First he runs away in tears after Char calls Yurippe his "wife" (as in "she resembles my wife"), Hinata thinks he has a crush on Char. Then he runs away again when he thinks that Hinata and Yuri are a couple. Yuri logically deduces that he has a crush on Hinata. To sum it all up:Yuri: Our main weakness is that we are all idiots.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's lean and incredibly well toned with a muscular physique.
- Shirtless Scene: Episode 4.
- Super Window Jump: In the same way as Otonashi.
- Unknown Rival: To Otonashi.
- The Worf Effect: He does seem relatively strong, but he is cosistently taken out first by some accident, blunder, or sheer bad luck, be it in the main series or Heaven's Door.
- Yandere: Implied to be a mild one for Yuri, but Death Is Cheap and its played entirely for laughs.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has indigo hair.
- Abusive Parents: His father neglected him and then forced him to switch his life with his twin brother's after he died. And while his father did acknowledge him briefly, he was later forced to live like he was never himself.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Is actually pretty good with firearms, wielding two pistols simultaneously during the shadow assault with pretty good accuracy. And he has Hypnotic Eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When alive, his brother was his father's apprentice in pottery, while he remained in his room, ignored by the world. Then his brother died and he had to take his place, but wasn't nearly as good at the craft as his brother. Having no choice but to live his life as someone else he began to think that his entire life was a charade. It gets worse: just as he was getting the hang of the pottery thing and became determined to be the best, his father became bedridden, unable to teach him further. Without the strict training regimen, Naoi never gets better at the craft and his life, which he perceives wasn't his to begin with, is now pointless.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: He never pulls off anything personally impressive. His threat came from turning NPCs into a personal armed army that the SSS refused to harm due to a code of honor. Untrained NPCs would have given minimal aid against the rogue Tenshis and the nature of the Shadows would have made said ability useless entirely.
- Easily Forgiven: Even if Death Is Cheap, his actions were too much. And SSS just forgives him and lets him join them.
- A God Am I
- Heel–Face Turn: Naoi becomes a lot less threatening after he joins the SSS. This could be due to Otonashi keeping him in check for the most part.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Otonashi.
- Hypnotic Eyes
- Karma Houdini
- Manipulative Bastard: During the Heroic Sacrifice moments, he hypnotizes Ooyama, making him think he's a clown and the Tenshi clone is a lonely girl, and Ooyama has to make her laugh as a clown.
- Manly Tears: It's implied he starts to cry in Otonashi's arms at the end of Episode 6, and flat out sobs during Episode 13.
- Nice Hat
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When using his hypnotic abilities.
- Replacement Sibling: He had a twin brother who was a genius at the family trade, pottery, while Naoi's own skills were pretty average, making Naoi decidedly The Unfavorite. When the brother died, his father forced Naoi to pretend to be him.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Otonashi.
- Stalker with a Crush: Kind of this towards Otonashi.
- Start of Darkness: Anyone going through what he went through would wind up with an overly inflated ego if they're insecure enough about themselves. And damn, was that poor blighter insecure about himself several times over.
- The Stoic: Usually.
- Student Council President
- Token Evil Teammate: After joining the SSS, Naoi continues to harass everyone (usually Hinata) with his hypnosis, as well as constantly insulting the rest of the group (except Otonashi).
- Theme Twin Naming: His twin brother was named "Hayato".
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Turning a fair fight from winnable to slaughter.
- The Unfavorite: When he was still alive. Due to the fact that his brother was amazing at his father's trade, his brother's death got a lot of stress put on him by his father.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Arguably what happened during his confrontation with Otonashi; he was essentially forced to realize that he himself was ultimately responsible for his own misery.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- Yandere: He can be this to Otonashi.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark green hair.
shirasaya and gives off a tough guy vibe.
- Balloon Belly: In the special episode.
- Beady-Eyed Loser
- Big Eater
- Gilligan Cut: During episode 2, he tells Otonashi that he would be the one who died next. A few seconds later...
- Super Drowning Skills: He cannot swim. Seen in Episode 2.
- Sword and Gun: Episode 12.
"Are you trying to get me naked?"Gives off the vibes of The Smart Guy, but is actually an idiot.
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (JP), Kalob Martinez (EN)
- Fate Worse Than Death: His fate to being reduced to an NPC. Ultimately an averted trope, because he gets better.
- The Glasses Come Off: As a result of his Fate Worse Than Death. They thought that it was serious when Takamatsu left his glasses there.
- Hand Cannon: Weapon of Choice.
- Heroic Build: Just look at his picture above
- Hunk: Three male members of the SSS were seen shirtless in the anime. Otonashi with an average build, Noda with a lean toned build, but Takamatsu is seen with the most developed abs, chest, shoulder, back, bicep and tricep muscles of the trio period.
- Large Ham: The result of any Shirtless Scene he invokes.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "MY BODY WAS MADE FOR [subject]!" in the OVA.
- More Than Meets the Eye: Is actually quite well-built under those clothes.
- Sacrificial Lion: In episode 11, Takamatsu is attacked by the shadows and turned into an NPC, just to show how dire the situation is.
- Shirtless Scene: He's prone to these.
- The Smart Guy: Subverted. Doesn't do much except work out in the middle of class and state the obvious.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Extreme case whilst the rocket propulsion chairs are happening.
- Stoic Spectacles: Even going as far as having at least six pairs!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"Call me Christ."A genius hacker who Yuri enlists to infiltrate Angel's computer. He insists on being referred to as Christ, but at the time of writing no-one has ever used this name for him.
Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (JP), Dylan Godwin (EN)
- Catch Phrase: "Call me Christ"
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He doesn't like to be called Takeyama.
- Genius Ditz: Any "normal" person would know what kind of answers wouldn't fit in a certain subject.
- Insistent Terminology: Takeyama: "Call me Christ." No one does.
- Irony: Everyone calls him Christ in the 3rd Angel Beats Drama CD, though at this point he no longer wishes to be called Christ.
- Mouthful of Pi: Enough to subdue Noda.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- The Smart Guy
- Stoic Spectacles
- Balloon Belly: In the special episode.
- Big Eater
- Catch Phrase: "Nante baiorensu!" (Such violence!) or "Nante saabaibaru!" (Such surviving skills!). Lampshaded by Hinata.Hinata: Are you trying to turn that into a meme?
- Friendly Sniper
- The Generic Guy: Hinata lampshades this in the novels.
- In the manga he is so generic that Hinata mistakes him for an NPC.
- He's introduced in the anime as (paraphrased): "His most remarkable characteristic is that he has no remarkable characteristics".
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He doesn't specialize in anything, but he is decent at everything.
- Master of None: He has no specialties.
- Nice Guy: Hinata thinks so after spending more time with him.
- Schmuck Bait: He runs into one of Tenshi's clones and his death given some "words of encouragement" from Naoi.
- Took a Level in Badass: Blowing up a Shadow with a sniper rifle.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: 3rd Angel Beats Drama CD.
- Voiced by: Yui Makino (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)
- Blinding Bangs: When she first appears in Heaven's Door.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Usually towards Yurippe.
- Does Not Like Men: At first in the manga. Not only does she not like them, she tries to kill every single one she comes across. She first appears as a mad girl who kills every man she meets, until Angel reprograms her at her request to get rid of her negative emotions.
- Emotionless Girl: Her expression never changes. Only when her feet are tapping along to the beat of the music and a Girls Dead Monster concert can anyone tell she's enjoying herself.
- Emotion Suppression: In the manga, she gets Angel to lock up the traumatized parts of her mind so she can live without torment. After that, she becomes the stoic person we know from the anime.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Last Words: "As expected Yurippe-san, you're the best one suited for the villain…" (in the OVA)
- Mission Control
- The Quiet One
- Rape as Backstory: Strongly implied in the manga.
- The Stoic
- Tsurime Eyes
ShadowShadows multiply from NPCs. Even worse, they can consume the souls of humans, effectively making them NPCs for all eternity.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Quite literally, as Takamatsu found out.
Yuri's 3 little siblings
Yuri's younger siblings from when she was alive.
- Kill the Cutie: They were murdered when robbers invaded Yuri's home. They depended on her to find something valuable so that the robbers wouldn't have to kill them. Every 10 minutes that pass, they kill a child. Yuri couldn't find anything and the police came 30 minutes later.
- Expy: An Ill Girl voiced by Mai Nakahara. Can you think of any other Key character who was always sick?
- Ill Girl
- Snow Means Death: She dies on her brother's back, Christmas Eve.
- Walking Spoiler: Just knowing about her gives away some important part of Otonashi's past life that he can't remember at first.
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)
- The Lancer: To Otonashi in the train wreck.
The remaining student body who do not resist God's influence, willingly or unwillingly.
- Cannon Fodder: Any student is fair game for a shadow.
- Colour Coded Characters: Their uniforms contrast strongly with those worn by members of the SSS. They also almost never have hair colours different from a very dark brown or black (but not hazel or grey).
- The Stoic: Takamatsu. Other NPCs do display emotion, especially during a Girls Dead Monster performance.
- The NPC controlling the computers behind the Shadows in episode 12 plays this straight, even admitting that he's incapable of emotions.