Characters: Armored Trooper VOTOMS
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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Voiced by: Hozumi GoudaA 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.
- A God Am I: It turns out Chirico is an Overman and that he was destined to become the new God of the Astragius Galaxy. He acted like this when he got the offer, but it was all an act to kill Wiseman.
- Alpha Strike: Being a Mini-Mecha pilot that makes use of traditional ordnance, his most desperate strategies are slamming his opponent with everything in his arsenal. This carries over to his appearances in Super Robot Wars during his strongest moves, Assault Combat.
- 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.
- The Determinator: If there is one trait that defines him as a character it's this. You shoot him, you can kill the entire unit he's in, you can blow up the entire city he's in, you throw entire ARMIES at him and he doesn't. Ever. STOP.
- 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...
- Flashback Nightmare: In Super Robot Wars Z2 Hakai-hen, he relives the events of the Pailsen Files OVA in the first half of Scenario 39.
- 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.
- Taken to its memetic extreme in Super Robot Wars Z3: Jigoku-hen when he can use it to destroy entire battleships, seemingly unstoppable barriers, and even physical gods.
- 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...
- Human Popsicle: Chooses to become one at the end of the TV series, to wait for a world without war with Fyana.
- Icy Blue Eyes: They have a green tint to them, though.
- 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.
- Nerves of Steel
- The Quiet One: The Trope Codifier, as far as Anime protagonists go, and particularly so in earlier episodes.
- Red Baron: Ever since killing Wiseman, the Church of Marteal gave Chirico a badass nickname since they know they'll be in deep shit if they ever dare mess with him. That nickname? The Untouchable!
- 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.
- The Stoic: His expression practically never changes, and it's such an iconic part of the character that he wears it on literally every image he appears in. However, There was that time Basara played Dynamite Explosion on Aim. Upon hearing the song, Chirico smiled.
- Stoic Woobie: Though he never complains or Wangsts about it, his life has been truly hellish, which probably has something to do with his perpetual non-expression.
- Starting from about the Kummen arc, he gets a little better about connecting with his friends. He even smiles a little when he reunites with Vanilla and Coconna at the former's nightclub.
- The Chosen One
- ▄bermensch: Despite being the one destined to be God, instead he killed the Evil God despite the power he offered; his battle's a pretty clear allegory for the differences between the Ubermensch and the Last Man.
- Walking the Earth: After Shining Heresy, his stories always end like this.
- 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.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: With Coconna and Vanilla eventually; he's the big part.
- Arms Dealer: Starts out a little petty in the Woodo arc, but he's Assemble EX-10's supplier 3 months later, in Kummen.
- Cool Old Guy: The other three - yes, this includes Chirico(!) - take to calling him 'Tottsan' ('Pops') in short order.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Coconna.
- Black Best Friend: A possible rare anime example, although he might just be overly tanned. (It has no bearing whatsoever on the plot.)
- Funny Afro
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Was a former Gilgamesh pilot at some time during the Hundred Years' War, and can do pretty unbelievable things with attack helicopters.
- Badass Driver: In the series as well as the Big Battle OVA, she shows quite the skill at keeping cool in vehicles under heavy fire.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Vanilla.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Wears a dress with feathers around the shoulders at the Kunmen nightclub. (Apparently certain feathers go in and out of style, too.)
- The Heart: During the Woodo arc, it's Coconna who browbeats Vanilla and Gotho into rescuing Chirico, ultimately talking them into giving away their 3 BILLION gold coin treasure so he can escape.
- Love Triangle: She likes Chirico, but is competing with Fyana. This leads to an interesting take on First Girl Wins, as Coconna's the better-developed character by the time Fyana shows up.
- Token Minority Couple: Coconna eventually marries Vanilla, and they have 6 Patchwork Kids.
- The Smurfette Principle
Assemble EX- 10
Ru ShakoA Quentian mercenary and a squadmate of Chirico's while he's fighting in Kunmen on Melkia. Plays a bigger role in the story during the Quent arc and Phantom Arc OVA.
Voiced by: Masashi Hirose
- Dirty Coward: Implied with his ACE Bonus in ''Super Robot Wars Z2.2: Saisei-Hen. His damage increases when he attacks an opponent with a smaller level than his own.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Glory Hound
- Jerkass: Oh yes.
- The Neidermeyer: To the point where his men defy his orders to follow Chirico, much to his displeasure.
- Unfriendly Fire: Tries to off Chirico when they capture Fyana. Chirico wins and he was presumed to have died.
- Villain Team-Up: With Viral, Timp and Beck in Saisei-Hen
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda
- Glass Eye
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Often steps in on Chirico's side to protect him from Kan Yu.
- Face-Heel Turn: Actually somewhat averted, but he and Kan Yu are secretly collaborating with Rochina to get Fyana.
Voiced by: Show Hayami
- Cain and Abel: His sister is working with La RÚsistance, but it's actually averted as they aren't necessarily bad people even though they are tools of the Society.
- Rebellious Rebel: He feels that the Veela rebels are misguided in their actions and believes that they can modernize if they cooperate with the Melkian government.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Potaria becomes president sometime between the series and Phantom Arc and tries to carry out his vision, only to become the object of a coup d'etat and crushed to death.
Secret Society and Antagonists
Col. Jean-Paul Rochina/Kotta Luske
Voiced by: Banjō GingaA 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.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with Chirico when they're under attack by the Society.
- Hidden Agenda Villain:
- 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.
- Villainous BSOD: He goes crazy when Chirico kills Wiseman.
- Evil Old Folks
- Sinister Minister
- Villainous BSOD:When he learns that Chirico is the one chosen to become God, and the Society's purpose was merely to bring them to the current one.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Wiseman kills him shortly after this happens.
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Initially, while the rest of their dialogue becomes more like Twin Banter.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Arron wears a brown uniform, while Gurran wears a turquoise colored one.
- Mad Scientist
- Dark Action Girl
- 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.
- High Heel-Face Turn
- MacGuffin Girl
- Phlebotinum Dependence: She requires jijirium to survive.
- Shower Scene: She needs them to live, but the purpose is pretty obviously some glowy blue Fanservice.
- Super Soldier
- Ace Pilot: The most skilled & dangerous of the Perfect Soldiers.
- Char Clone: Well, as close as it gets in VOTOMS...
- The Rival
- Super Soldier
Voiced by: Hidekatsu ShibataGod of the Astragius Galaxy and subject of the Secret Society's worship who manipulated the Balarant and the Gilgamesh into starting the war.
- Big Bad
- Deity of Human Origin:Was once one of the Overmen, a race of supermen from Quent who ruled over the Astragius Galaxy 3000 years before the start of the series. Now he inhabits a computer system.
- Evil God
- Deal with the Devil
- Kill the God: Ya...me...ro...Chi...ri...co...
- Large Ham
- The Man Behind the Man
- Mysterious Employer : Rochina was secretly taking orders from him all along.
- 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.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:Chirico turns down his offer.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Super Robot Wars Z2: Wiseman wants humanity to evolve through conflict in order to fight the overal Bigger Bad of the series and, failing that, for Chirico to inherit his powers and knowledge to fight in his stead.
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.
Voiced by: Chikao OhtsukaFounder 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
- Evil Cripple: As a result of Wockam's torture he's left with severe brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair until his death in The Last Red Shoulder.
- Insane Admiral: The "pet project" type; then-Colonel Pailsen's "unique survivalist" research claims the lives of over 800 soldiers and eats up huge amounts of Gilgamesh's equipment and funds.
- Sinister Shades
- Villainous Breakdown: During the end of Roots of Ambition, when he finds out that Chirico is still alive and now displays absolute defiance against him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Alone Again, she arrives as The Cavalry to assist the Church against a militant splinter sect. During the battle, she gets shot and bleeds out.
- Super Soldier
- The Rival
- Villain Override: The auxiliary brain.
- Big Bad
- 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.
- Sinister Minister
- 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.
- Gonk: Kochak.
- 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.
- The Smart Guy / Big Good: Barcoff
- The Big Guy: Gary Godan
- 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.
- Big Bad
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Gray Eyes
- He Who Fights Monsters: Pailsen was rumored to have killed his father, so he manipulated the military tribunal to place him in his "care" in order to exact revenge.
- In the Back: When Pailsen's manipulation is made clear, his subordinates turn on him and Rochina kills him.
- Smug Snake