Attention: As VOTOMS relies heavily on plot twists and the Chirico saga is composed of 52 TV episodes, 4 Short Anime Movies, a 12-episode OVA, and two 6-episode OVAs released over a nearly 30-year period, it's not advisable to read the spoiler text as it can totally ruin your experience of a particular work. You have been warned.
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Chirico CuvieA Gilgamesh Federation pilot "raised" in a research facility on Sunsa by Yoran Pailsen from the planet Melkia, and the hero of the series. Groomed from birth to succeed Wiseman as God of the Astragius Galaxy.
Anti-Hero: Type III for most of the TV series, Type V in the last few episodes.
Badass: Taken Up to Eleven levels. This is the man who killed God. Twice. And then became His son's stepfather.
Boring Invincible Hero: Can sometimes approach this due to his nigh-supernatural nigh-immortality, but is largely counteracted by his depressed demeanor and the fact that even if he apparently can't DIE he can be wounded to extremely large degrees or have his AT shot out from under him. Thankfully he heals from severe injuries such as gunshot wounds in a matter of days, and crippling injuries in a matter of weeks.
Captain Crash: Although he's possibly the best real robot pilot ever, he NEVER is able to make it out of battle without getting his Scopedog or Scopedog variant wrecked and abandoning it. Sometimes he even goes through more than one per fight. Despite this, he still usually manages to win.
This is a slight exaggeration. He can at times keep a Scopedog intact for more than one battle. Specifically in the second arc he had Marshydog that he kept intact or repairable for the majority of it, though of course it is still eventually destroyed. Still yes he probably goes through at least 100 Scopedogs.
Drowning My Sorrows: While aboard unmanned Battleship X, he is forced to hear and watch footage of the Red Shoulders in action. This is his reaction.
He apparently has a high alcohol tolerance though, as a toast with Fyana earlier in the episode shows that he's never had a drink before in his life. So he goes from a glass of wine to a glass of spirits - then straight from the damn bottle...
Glass Cannon: In Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen, his mecha goes down in a few hits, but if his Prevail and ????/ Abnormal Survivor ability kicks in, his damage and evade goes through the roof. In the series, he can make hundreds of kills, but can never seem to keep a Scopedog.
Hand Cannon: His "Armor Magnum" pistol which is specifically mentioned to be an anti vehicle cailber weapon. Not only is it massive but true to its name it can shoot down helicopters with a single shot and pierce AT's and tank armor.
Healing Factor: Recovers very quickly from injuries, to the tune of having fractured his hip then participated in a battle barely a week later. And then there's that time he survives a space station impact...
Limited Wardrobe: Is practically NEVER seen, even in the side stories, without his safety-orange pilot suit. This gets ridiculous when he's in the totally-not-Vietnam Kummen, but apparently it has some sort of cooling system built-in.
The only time he wore something different was during the Melkian parade during the end of Roots of Ambition OVA, where he wore a green Gilgamesh uniform with a red beret.
Made of Iron: Chirico gets shot, stabbed, and beaten pretty often, but keeps on going. Note that he has this trope going in addition to an incredible healing ability, which is one of his Overman powers.
To drive the point home, Chirico even survives a space station crash in Shining Heresy. Nuff' said.
Mid-Season Upgrade: In Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen, he gets the Red Shoulder Custom, Turbo Custom LRS and Turbo Custom ISS Scopedogs. Saisei-hen, however, grants him two new units, the Rabidlydog and the Rocket Launcher Scopedog. Subverted in the anime: he does get several upgrades, but none of them survive long.
Revenge: The Last Red Shoulder follows him and his old team as they attempts to kill General Pailsen.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Especially early on, he treats every person who tries to kill him an enemies in his own personal war, meaning he simply arms up a Scopedog AT and goes after them with extreme prejudice, including massacring entire gangs and police forces all because their leaders tried to kill him. Gradually he moves away from this tendency to mass-murder his foes thanks to Fyana's love and the friendship of Gotho, Coccona, and Vanilla, though it remains an EXTREMELY stupid idea to screw with him at all.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the Roots of Treachery OVA, we see he was put through an extremely darwinistic Training from Hell when his superiors noted his uncanny survivability and transferred him to the Red Shoulder Battalion. His past with this group haunts him throughout the TV series, though it's only when he's aboard Battleship X and forced to watch Red Shoulder footage that he's actually paralyzed by it.
Apparently he wasn't always a notorious Stoic, and it's his combat experience that made him that way.
Weapon of Choice: Unless he's got no choice but to use another AT type (like when escaping from an enemy base and needing to steal a ride) he'll use a Scopedog. If the enviroment isn't suited for the standard type, he'll use a variant modified for that instead. Although he's proficient in all the Scopedog's armaments, his favored weapon is the heavy assault rifle. If he can't use that due to weight reasons, like when needed to make his AT as light as possible or when the water proofing equipment made it heavy enough as it was, he'll opt for the smaller submachine gun instead.
Boleuse GothoA salvager and arms dealer who Chirico first meets during his time on Melkia in Woodo.
Col. Jean-Paul Rochina/Kotta LuskeA Gilgamesh intelligence officer, who brutally interrogates Chirico at the beginning of the series. His main objective for the first half is recapturing an AWOL Super Soldier, but his ultimate goal is to watch over Chirico for Wiseman and make sure that he succeeds in becoming God.
Laughing Mad: By Shining Heresy, we see that the years have not been kind to him at all and he's just as obsessed with Chirico as ever.
The Quisling: In Pailsen Files, he kills Wockam and defects to Pailsen to help with his research after he's told that the "Pailsen Files" were faked research used to confuse them, and takes on his new name.
Stuffed into the Fridge: In Shining Heresy ep. 5, we're told that PS's have an average lifespan of 2 years, and Chirico knew at the end of the TV series that her time was almost up so they froze in order to stay together forever. They were awakened early and had time to reunite for all of 30 seconds.
Load-Bearing Boss: His death causes the destruction of Quent and the massive Gilgamesh-Balarant combined fleet.
Master Computer Takes a lot of notes from HAL. Their "death" scenes are extremely similar
Only Mostly Dead: Zig-zagged. Wiseman shows up in Phantom Arc; turns out he had transported out at the last minute along with some of the Quentians. Chirico agrees to his request to raise the Child and unplugs him...again.
Mellowlink AlityThe protagonist of Armor Hunter Mellowlink one of the few OVA's that doesn't directly focus on Chirico himself. Mellowlink was a humble private in the Melkian Armed Forces who's entire unit was betrayed by his unscrupulous commanders, who are working for Chirico's mortal enemy, the Secret Society. As the sole survivor of the Schwepps Unit, Mellowlink hunts down the conspirators with nothing more then determination and an old anti-AT rifle.
Almighty Janitor: Officially, he's only a private. However, he ends up going up against former higher-ranking officers and proving himself a more capable soldier in spite of all the handicaps he's bogged with.
Badass: Though he isn't the one-man war-machine Chirico is, Mellow is seriously hardcore. Even though he was trained as an AT pilot, he insists on hunting down the men who betrayed him and his friends using only an anti-AT rifle.
To drive the point home, in the second episode he challenges his target to a Battling Match without even using an AT himself.
Batman Gambit: While Chirico seems to prefer using heavy armaments and AT's to fight his battles, Mellow favors trickery, traps, and deception, partially out of necessity.
Been There, Shaped History: Almost. Mellowlink's story takes place just before the TV series starts (he's basically running around in that time frame between Chirico's last mission and his arrival in Uudo), and while the Pranbandoor Scandal is actually part of the Perfect Soldier plan, Mellow himself doesn't have much to do with anything. (He killed off a major contributor in Kunmen, which probably didn't contribute to its stability, but that's about it.)
BFG: Mellowlink's signature anti-AT rifle is truly huge, being slightly longer then he is tall. In a subversion, it's also completely outdated for the tactics used in the series' timeline, bordering on being a museum piece - it works, just not in any way that an equivalent number of A Ts couldn't do better.
Bayonet Ya: Mounted on the underside of the massive weapon is a huge piledriver spike, which is propelled by the same kind of 50mm explosive charge an AT's Arm Punch is, which Mellow uses to spear right through AT armor. (Which wouldn't work in real life, unless that spike really vibrates during use.)
Cosmic Lottery Winner: Mellowlink is insanely lucky, even described as such during the final episode. However, unlike Chirico he doesn't have a milennia-old supercomputer backing him up, nor does he have a Healing Factor beyond that of a normal person.
Cool Bike: His vehicle of choice for most of the series. (One with a similar design shows up in Shining Heresy as well.)
The Determinator: Nearly as much as Chirico is, especially given his personally enforced method of hunting his targets.
Finishing Move: Mellowlink always kills his targets with the piledriver spike on his rifle...
One Buwwet Weft: ...because he keeps running out of ammo and tricks over the course of the battle, and ends up having to get up close and personal. He generally does fine against the mooks though.
Flashback Nightmare: One episode has him reliving the events of his unit's brutal demise after being stuck by a thorn from a plant that has hallucinogenic properties. (Subverted slightly, in that events proceed slightly differently in the hallucination than in the actual flashback he has later, once the drug wears off.
Nervesof Steel: Most episodes have him facing down what amounts to a bipedal tank without even a vehicle to protect himself from their huge autocannons, and not even blinking - most of the time without much more than an anti-AT rifle.
Roaring Rampageof Revenge: The entire plot of his OVA. Unlike Chirico, his targets are individuals who screwed him (and his platoon) over, so the body count he's personally responsible for over the whole OVA probably adds up to around that of one episode of the original series.
Hot-Blooded Sniper: Though he keeps a cool head during fights, he's certainly prone to shouting and anger quite a bit more then the perpetually stoic Chirico.
Tribal Facepaint: Mellow is often shown with four lines of it smeared across his face. Though most of the episodes he's bare-faced, you know he's about to kill someone whenever he smears the four lines across his face, using different materials in different episodes, including mud, oil, Polymer Ringers Solution, and his own blood.
Gen. Yoran PailsenFounder and commander of the infamous Unit X-1 of the 24th Melkian Strategic AT Special Operations Corps (the Red Shoulders). His goal is locating and creating a unit of "unique survivalists" akin to the Perfect Soldiers. After the war, he assists the Secret Society with their PS research. Appears in The Last Red Shoulder, Roots of Treachery/Ambition, and Pailsen Files
Karma Houdini: Ultimately averted: he becomes Pope, but his daughter refuses to talk to him again and it leaves him utterly broken. In Phantom Arc, he tries to take resposibility for the Child of God from Wiseman, but Wiseman already picked Chirico. He dies from his own bullets ricocheting when he attempts to kill the child.
Pailsen FilesThe Barcoff SquadronAfter Roots of Treachery, Chirico is transferred to a new unit of people who have a high survivability. Little do they know that it's Wockam's experiment to test the validity of Pailsen's unique survivalist research.
Dirty Coward / The Ditz: Dare Kochak, who sometimes ends up ruining their missions due to his incompetence; he began his career as a technician and never really hit his stride in combat. Nor Barcoff is also revealed to be this, since he was demoted back to MCPO from Lieutenant for abandoning his men while terrified.
Genius Ditz: Being a technician beforehand, however, allows Kochak to determine which mixture ratio of the PRL is best suited for an AT under certain environments, he even goes as far as to taste test it to see which is the most suitable one, which saved the Barcoff squad from a massive cold air-mass in ensuring that their AT's would still go on running without having the PRL to either freeze up completely or blow up right in their face.
Enfante Terrible: It's hinted that Zaki may be an early Perfect Soldier prototype.
The Mole: Kochak reports the details of their survival to Wockam.
Vigilante Man: The "Gilgamesh Purification Committee" targets them for execution because Gary's survival somehow was the result of many deaths, even though those deaths are mostly not explained to the audience.
Not So Invincible After All: After Chirico reveals that they were being tested, they let the idea that they're unique survivalists go to their heads. Kochak is killed as a result of stupidity in combat, Godan is killed not-so-stupidly under heavy Balarant fire, Barcoff makes a Heroic Sacrifice to cut through said fire, and Zaki is Driven to Suicide when he figures out he was made to kill Chirico.
Fedok WockamA Gilgamesh war hero and an important person in the Ministry of Intelligence who commands the forces of the ISS. He's the one who sets out all the tests that the Barcoff Squad has to pass; he wants to prove that they're unique survivalists in order to build his own power as well as humiliate Pailsen.