Characters: Angel Beats!

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"That's right. Our main weakness is that we're stupid."

    Main Characters 

Yuzuru Otonashi

"When it all ends, what will happen to us?"

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Blake Shepard (EN)

The Protagonist. He wakes up in the afterlife, not knowing where he is, or who he is. All he remembers is his last name.

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.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Kanade.
  • Bishōnen
  • The Caretaker: To his sister, the survivors of the train wreck, and to help his friends pass on in life.
    • His final living actions in episode 9 can be seen as this in the way that they inspired everyone around him, although they're more unambiguously a Tear Jerker moment (see below).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Every Man: 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 Angel, thankfully it didn't work. "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Literal-Minded
  • 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.
  • 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: Had this 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.
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • 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.

Yuri "Yurippe" Nakamura

"Operation, Start!"

Voiced by: Harumi Sakurai (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Leader of the SSS. She hates God and is willing to lead a rebellion against Him because she is not willing to quietly accept her fate and disapear. She is the one who nicknamed the student body president Angel, presuming her to be an angel of God because of her powers.

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.
  • Action Girl
  • 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 - she's just a very mean boss.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the Special episode where she makes everybody starve to death for her mistake. And this was before she got Angel removed from the student council.
  • 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 real life, this caused her to start the SSS.
  • Byronic Hero: Though mitigated by the light-hearted nature of the story.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the SSS.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: See Despair Event Horizon.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt
  • Decoy Protagonist: In the first couple of episodes, it seems as though 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.
    • Another in Episode 12, but for something real serious—when she's considering becoming the new God.
    • Lampshaded by Yusa in the first OVA.
    • Even better, in the OVA she is obviously imitating Lelouch.
  • Expy: Yuri is often referred to as Haruhi with a different hair color and outfit. Although her headband is supposedly inspired by Yukiko Amagi.
  • 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: Subverted. Despite being a Haruhi expy, 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 Disappearance: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Purple Hair
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Angel/Tenshi/Kanade Tachibana

"I am not an Angel."

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

Angel is what the SSS are fighting against: the Student Council President. The kids in the Battlefront presume she is an angel assigned to oversee their purgatory because she seems to be 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.

Hideki Hinata

The Protagonist of the Manga adaptation of the SSS, who quickly becomes friends with Otonashi. 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, and was given drugs to make himself feel better. He died in a truck accident.

    Girls Dead Monster 

Masami Iwasawa

"Just as I was saved, I'll save someone else."

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The original vocalist and leader of Girls Dead Monster.

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. In episode 3, she disappears after deciding to inspire others with her music in her next life (see the quote above).


"Even death can't cure idiocy."

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

The new vocalist of Girls Dead Monster. 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. Hinata ends up "marrying" her. She passes on in Episode 10.


Voiced by: Chie Matsuura (JP), Elizabeth Bunch (EN)

The lead guitarist of Girls Dead Monster. When she was alive, the main vocalist of her band committed suicide. She blamed herself on her death and gave up music ever since.
  • 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.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Iwasawa in the manga.
  • 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.)

Shiori Sekine

Voiced by: Emiri Katou (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

The bassist of Girls Dead Monster.
  • Genki Girl: A lot of fan art portrays her as one.
  • Those Two Girls: With Irie, possibly.
  • Screwy Squirrel: She enjoys playing tricks on others to see their reaction.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The Gi De Mo 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 an Irish accent, Hisako is shown cheating at Mahjong, and Irie plays tricks on the NPCs.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Miyuki Irie

Voiced by: Kana Asumi (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The drummer of Girls Dead Monster.

    Other SSS Members 


"How shallow-minded/thoughtless."

Voiced by: Fuko Saito (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

Ninja of the SSS. Also very strange. According to herself in the manga, her daily life consisted in "polishing her skills to kill people."


"Get chance and luck."

Voiced by: Michael Rivas (JP), Adam Van Wagoner (EN)

A mysterious person in the SSS. No one knows about him at all, or his past.
  • The Ace: Seems to be good at everything the plot calls him to do. Except English, where his pronunciation is perfect. . .but his vocabulary is limited to Engrish non-sequiturs.
  • 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!


"I feel like I could do the 100 man kumuite!"

Voiced by: Eiichiro Tokumoto (JP), Rob Mungle (EN)

Judo expert. Everyone calls him Matsushita 5th Dan out of respect.


"Do you want to die? 100 times?!"

Voiced by: Shun Takagi (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)

The supposed rival of Otonashi, Noda wields a massive halberd compared to the guns favoured by the rest of the SSS. However, this is mostly played for laughs rather than taken seriously, as Otonashi doesn't take their 'rivalry' even remotely seriously.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Axe On A Stick: His weapon of choice.
  • Bishounen
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's lean and incredibly well toned with a muscular physique
  • 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 h 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.
  • 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 Indigo Hair

Ayato Naoi

"You are toilet paper."

Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)

Was Student Council Vice-President. He then became President when Angel was kicked out for her "bad" grades. He believes that he is God. 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.


"You're next."
Fujimaki to Otonashi.

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

Uses a shirasaya and gives off a tough guy vibe.


"Are you trying to get me naked?"

Voiced by: Takuhiro Mizushima (JP), Kalob Martinez (EN)

Gives off the vibes of The Smart Guy, but is actually an idiot.


"Call me Christ."

Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (JP), Dylan Godwin (EN)

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.


"Ah! I forgot!"

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP), Corey Hartzog (EN)

A member of the SSS and Hinata's roommate. Was thought to be an NPC until Hinata figured out that he wasn't. Notable for excelling in absolutely nothing.


Voiced by: Yui Makino (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

Yurippe's eyes and ears around the school. Its through her the leader keeps tabs on everyone. In charge of communications and is almost always communicating though her headset.

In the prequel she first appears as a mad girl who kills every man she meets, until Angel reprograms her to get rid of her negative emotions.


Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)

He leads Guild, the SSS branch that develops weapons… from dirt, using their memories.
  • The Big Guy: Of the original few SSS members.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: A variant, as he started out by building guns. How? By molding every separate component out of dirt, no less.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Believe it or not, he's the same age as Yuri and the others.

    Other Characters 


Shadows multiply from NPCs. Even worse, they can consume the souls of humans, effectively making them NPCs for all eternity.

Yuri's 3 little siblings

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.
  • Anyone Can Die: Yuri found out the hard way when they were felled by burglars.

Hatsune Otonashi

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)

Otonashi's younger sister. The only reason why he lived is to see her and buy her random manga. She dies, and because of her death, Otonashi sees that his sister had more life than he did despite being bedridden.


Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)

A man who helped out Otonashi when they were caved in the tunnel. After Otonashi treated his wounds, Igarashi aids him in assisting the other victims. Little is revealed about his character.

Non-Player Characters

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.