Characters: Black Cat
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Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (JP), Minami Takayama (JP, child), Jason Liebrecht (EN), Luci Christian (EN, child)Formerly Chrono No. XIII, nicknamed the Black Cat for the bad luck he brought his targets, Train abandoned his career as an assassin to become a Sweeper: a licensed bounty-hunter. Easy going and friendly, Train just wants to live his life freely. Unfortunately, as the re-emergence of his ex-partner Creed Diskenth proves, Train's past may not be as far behind him as he thinks...
- Badass Adorable: When he was transformed into a child. Subverted on the "badass" bit where he couldn't handle his gun very well.
- Badass Longcoat: During his days in Chronos. (Which also contributes to the reason why some people thought he was better off in Chronos in the anime than when he went off on his own and started wearing doughnuts on his clothes.)
- Badass Normal: All of Train's ridiculous abilities? Pure training combined with a really sweet gun.
- Big Damn Heroes: Invoked. He waits up from the ceiling beams shortly after regaining his adult body back and watches the new Gas Mask Mooks, only stepping in at the last minute because he thought it would be cool. Cue the next panel where Sven beats Train to within an inch of his life.
- Bishōnen: Very much so. Especially in the anime, and the later chapters of the manga (due to Art Evolution).
- Boring Invincible Hero: One of his fights with Creed is a tie; everyone else he beats, pulling one trick after another out of his hat.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He's shown having a HUGE hangover soon after drinking a small bottle of wine.
- Chick Magnet: Kyoko, Rinslet, Saya, and... it gets into the realm of Even the Guys Want Him.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He later gets the ability to turn his gun into a railgun, but he believes in the epilogue that he lost it once he no longer needed it - i.e., after he defeated Creed.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Sure, a huge portion of girls in the series want him. And so does Creed.
- Fatal Attractor: He doesn't seem to be able to attract very normal love interests. It would be rather interesting to know if he would still choose to be a Celibate Hero and appear to be Asexual if a halfway decent and semi-normal woman would come into his life. His (possibly) blooming feelings for Saya (the most normal of his love interests) is cut very short by... a certain very jealous person. Rinslet is a very manipulative thief who constantly takes advantage of him and tricks him into doing things for her. Kyoko is too much of a borderline Yandere who is overly aggressive and a Stalker with a Crush. And that's not even mentioning Creed, who is the most insane and obsessive pervert when it comes to Train.
- Heel-Face Turn: Apparently had one before this story begins.
- He's Got Legs: Moreso in the anime, but oh my goodness.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sven.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot down other people's bullets.
- Moral Dissonance:
- Train gives one speech after another about how killing is wrong, and releases psychos like Shiki, The Doctor, and Creed after defeating them. Yet at the same time, he killed two much less threatening opponents in cold blood in the first two issues. Might be due to the author not having figured out just what direction he wanted to take the comic yet.
- Something similar happens in the anime but it can be explained by Character Development.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even after leaving Chronos, his old nickname still paralyzes his bounty targets with fear if they find out his name or see the tattoo.
- Sprouting Ears: In more comedic moments, he sprouts cat ears. Definitely to go along with his Animal Motifs.
- Super Senses: In the Anime, when blinded by a plant-based monster, he was able to fire a perfect shot to the heart by just listening to the sound of the monster's necklace jingling.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: After Volume 1.
- Trigger Happy: Of the non-lethal variety. He's shown to get antsy and irritated when he hasn't shot anything in a while.
- Unknown Rival: Technically he is aware that Eve wants to be his rival... he just doesn't really care and tends to treat it like a big joke. She is not amused.
- What Beautiful Eyes: His yellow, cat-like eyes. They're commented on several times by Creed and Saya - both of whom say that they're beautiful.
- Badass: Sven has his moments, when Train isn't hogging the spotlight.
- Bullet Time: He gets this as an ability by training with his Vision Eye. Unfortunately, this was left out of the anime.
- Dual Wielding: Does this against Golem, one of the Doctor's cyborgs, with a pistol in one hand and his briefcase in the other.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Particularly specialized for creating various innovative weapons.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Train.
- The Lancer: Sven is Train's best friend and closest confidant, and functions as second-in-command of their team once Eve and Rinslet join up.
- Never Bareheaded: Sven never stops doing two things; wearing a hat and smoking.
- The Smart Guy: He's the go-to-guy for technology, and fights his opponents based on uncovering their weaknesses.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being little more than the gadget-guy, and the brains of the outfit to a powerful force in his own right, after upgrading his eyes's abilities from seeing the future, to seeing in slow-motion, enabling him to evade attacks with ease, as demonstrated in his battles against Deak Slaky, and his aborted one with Echidna.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Uses such a weapon which he designed himself and which is masked as an attache case.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His green hair stands out particularly in a world of mostly normal hair colours.
- Badass Bookworm: Can remember the contents from every book she has read, and uses this to her advantage to take a level in badass.
- The Big Girl: Eve is physically the most powerful member of the team, and is borderline bulletproof. She frequently uses herself to shield others, and while she's quite bright, her strategy for defeating enemies typically relies on hitting them very hard.
- Break the Cutie: Durham tried this and uses Eve's blood to leave her friends a message.
- Cute Bruiser: No matter how misanthropic you are, it's tough to deny that Eve's a cute little girl.
- Genius Bruiser: She read every book Train and Sven own, and memorised them. She's also pretty good with technology, which likely stems from the nanomachines inside her. Also capable of being surprisingly tricky in combat, as she establishes against both Kelly Barris, and Leon.
- Girlish Pigtails: Occasionally changes her hairstyle to this for no reason.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair is usually untouched but in some episodes she has pigtails or a flower and in episode 17 her hair decorations make her look like she has Mickey Mouse ears.
- Hair Intakes: Her hairstyle has two little "cat ears".
- Heel-Face Turn: Has her's at the very start of the series.
- Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Train has shades of this. Her "rivalry" with Train can be seen as a type of Sibling Rivalry on some levels, as Sven is definitely the most mature of the trio, and considering how she was raised Sven is probably the closest thing to a father figure she has. Add in the fact Train acts as childlike as he does Eve could very well see Train almost as an older brother who is competent enough that she feels the need to prove to "Papa Sven" that she's at least as competent as him, if not better.
- Precocious Crush:
- Prehensile Hair: Shapeshifting prehensile hair, no less.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is nearly as long as her body.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Just like Rei Ayanami, Eve is a red-eyed, pale-skinned Artificial Human who at first seems to be an Emotionless Girl, but eventually opens up and reveals a Sugar and Ice Personality. She even shares a dub voice with her.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Her entire schtick consists of changing shape throughout a battle, picking the best form as required by circumstance.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: At first appears to be an Emotionless Girl, and even once she gets over it she's still rather cool and quiet. She's also intelligent, loyal, insatiably curious, and one of the kindest people in the series.
- Tagalong Kid : She starts out as one before she improved her control of her nanomachines.
- Took a Level in Badass: Eve is a textbook example of how to do this well. When she starts out she can only shift her hands into blades, and at best serves as a distraction when capturing bounties. She later upgrades to being the knockout weapon, and as the series progresses, is even able to take down a few bounties with little to no help from Train and Sven, becoming a fully liscenced Sweeper. Her shapeshifting also improves, allowing her to do full-body transformations. All her training comes together for her book 15 battle against Leon, which, in addition to being one of the series' best fights, demonstrates just how far Eve has come.
- Tyke Bomb: She was raised by Torneo to be a weapon, and a murderer before she was eleven years old. Defused, and subsequently adopted by Sven.
- Unknown Rival: She views Train as her 'rival', both as a Sweeper (her goal is to one day be stronger than him) and for Sven's attention. It annoys her to no end that he doesn't really take this very seriously and seems to prefer teasing her about it than returning the thought.
- Cool Big Sis: Tries very hard to be one to Eve.
- Tsundere: In the manga, she's one over Train (emphasis on the dere-side). In the anime, she's one over Sven (emphasis on the tsun-side), in both she's one over Jenos (emphasis very much on the tsun-side).
No. I, Sephiria Arks
- Badass: After Train and superpowered Creed Sephiria is the most powerful person in the series. If Creed hadn't already had the Immortality Nanomachines implanted she would have beaten him. She even had a built-in bomb that would have detonated the moment Creed finished her off, which would have killed him too since his brain is his weak spot. Sephiria. Is. Awesome.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom:Sephiria: Chronos will deal with the enemies of Chronos in the Chronos way.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: She can juggle a wineglass. On the tip of her sword. Not to mention her ultimate attack, wherein her sword can (somehow) disintegrate people.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: She's a Lady of War who leads a special military unit of assassins, is ridiculously skilled at using a sword, and her last name is probably a homage to Joan d'Arc.
- Lady of War: Beautiful, elegant, soft-spoken, wields a lady-like cutlass, and the only person in the series other than Train who actually comes close to beating Creed one-on-one.
- A Mother to Her Men: She genuinely cares for the other Numbers, and is even seen crying over the death of Beluga.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In the manga at least. In the anime she comes across as more of a fanatical Knight Templar zealot than anything else.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female Chronos Number.
- Super Speed: Sephira's fast as a matter of course, but a few of her attacks nudge her into this territory.
- Tyke Bomb: "I was raised to serve Chronos".
No. II, Belze RochefortBadass.
- Badass: Just watch his match against Charden and Kyoko.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a military-looking coat, complete with shoulderboards and braiding.
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice.
- Crazy-Prepared: Belze didn't know about Kyoko's fire-manipulating abilities. That didn't stop him from showing up to their fight in a flame-proof trenchcoat. As Charden puts it, "Got to hand it to the Numbers: they come prepared."
- Knight in Sour Armor: Knows that Chronos isn't the nicest group of people, but also knows that without them the world will be overrun with anarchy.
- Number Two: In addition to the obvious, he serves as Sephira's second-in-command.
No. III, Emilio LoweZero Numbers in the anime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light green.
No. IV, Kranz MadukeBaldor.
- Ax-Crazy: Between his actions and the testimony of other characters, it's apparent that Kranz agrees with most of Baldor's viewpoints on the world and is almost as much of a psycho. He's simply far less obvious about it.
- Badass: One of the few people in the series to go toe to toe with Train, an impressive feat even if he was in child form at the time.
- Bash Brothers: With Baldor.
- Cool Helmet: He uses a Zechs Merquise-ish one to cover his damaged eyes.
- Handicapped Badass: Being blinded doesn't seem to slow Kranz down much.
- Knife Nut: Uses one as his Weapon of Choice. The fact that it's made of Orichalcum and can cut through anything is nothing to sneeze at.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Baldor's Red Oni.
- The Stoic: He really doesn't talk much.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised from birth to be an assassin.
No. V, Nizer Bruckheimer
- Ambiguously Brown: Lightskinned, but with a stereotypically black facial structure.
- Bad Ass: He kills a regenerating wolfman by tearing it apart faster than it can heal. Bad. Ass.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts this against Creed, but is saved by Jenos.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Subverted. He fails to even wound Creed, and is severely injured by Echidna.
No. VI, Anubis
Voiced by: Andrew Tipps (EN)A giant black wolf capable of human speech who is the last Chronos Number to be introduced. Anime only.
- Canis Major: A giant black wolf.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Anubis' voice is pretty damn scary in both English and Japanese.
- Meaningful Name: Considering the mythological motif the Numbers seem to like, it only makes sense to name a werewolf Anubis.
No. VII, Jenos Hazard
- Bishounen: Although not nearly as extreme as some of the other examples on this page. He's at least recognisably male.
- Casanova Wannabe: He never once succeeds at picking up women, despite trying multiple times throughout the series. His character profile even notes that he has a remarkably low success rate.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Don't try and hurt a girl in front of him. Especially Rinslet.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Jenos "Hazard". As in dangerous. As in, will cut you to pieces with wires if you don't get your hands off that girl.
- Razor Floss: Uses it as his main weapon, doing everything from catching Rinslet, to deflecting Beluga's shot at Nizer, and severing Creed's arm.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Outside of the elders of Chronos, the Chrono Numbers are noted as being among the top of the command chain, and Sven even reacts to one of Jenos' appearances as finally being able to talk with someone sensible from Chronos.
- Token Good Teammate: Okay, the Numbers aren't exactly evil per say, but their morality is pretty loose at the best of times, something that Jenos has some obvious problems with. Especially when it comes to the idea of sacrificing his teammates.
No. VIII, Baldorias S. Fanghini
- Axe Crazy: Easily the most openly sadistic, overly ruthless, and clearly unstable member of the Numbers, Baldor derives enjoyment from bullying and tormenting others, and likes his job far, far too much. Even the other Numbers are wary around him.
- Just in case you didn't realize that he was completely insane when you first saw him, Belze has a line where he mentions that he (Baldor) and Kranz wiped out an entire town at some point. Maybe an exaggeration, but still...
- Badass Beard: He is undoubtedly Badass and he has a goatee.
- Bash Brothers: With Krantz.
- Beard of Evil: He has a classic, evil goatee.
- Epic Flail: His weapon of choice is a very long, very heavy chain ending in what is essentially a bowling ball. It lacks the handle, but remains a most Epic Flail.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Baldor is almost as bad as the people he hunts down.
- Improbable Weapon User: A flail? Fine. A flail that has a rocket on the head so he can remote-control it after throwing it? Now you're getting weird.
- Jerkass: All the time. When he isn't being psychotic, he's giving cold-hearted, speeches on the pointlessness of sparing your enemies or showing mercy, and criticising the heroes' way of living. Not even his Badassery can keep him from coming off as a completely unlikeable, unflinchingly brutal creep.
- Psycho for Hire: Borderline example. The only thing keeping him out of it is his steady employment with Chronos.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Kranz's Blue Oni.
- Slasher Smile: He even has one after getting hit in the head with a steel briefcase! He may be a total lunatic but you have to admit he's a Badass.
- Token Evil Teammate: He definitely makes an appropriate counter to Jenos.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised from birth to become an assassin. Considering that, is it really a surprise he turned out how he did?
No. IX, David Papper
- Improbable Weapon User: Gambling Cards. Admittedly not as bad as Xiao Li's scarf, but still.
- Scary Black Man: Averted, he's a pretty affable guy.
No. X, Lin Shao Lee
- Berserk Button: Accidentally stumbles onto Train's berserk button, by using his Master of Disguise powers to look like Creed. After Train threatens him, Lin takes off the disguise, and apologizes.
- Hitman with a Heart: He's frightening in combat, but surprisingly cheerful outside of it. He also feels an obligation to the Sweepers he got involved in the battle with Creed, and goes out of his way to bail them out.
- Improbable Weapon User: It's a ''scarf''. It's made of Orichalcum cloth. He uses it something like a ribbon dancer in rhythmic gymnastics, as a combination of whip and shield, and makes kicking his opponents' asses look elegant and graceful.
- Master of Disguise: He can look like just about anyone, to the point where it borders on Shapeshifting.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Amusingly, given the above, his longest-running disguise really just looks like himself wearing a pair of glasses. Though, as he points out, he doesn't really need an elaborate disguise given that none of the people he's trying to fool know what his real face looks like.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A very literal take on the trope.
No. XI, Beluga J. Heard
- Bash Brothers: With Nizer.
- BFG: His bazooka is huuuge! It can also transform, doubling as a Big Freakin' Hammer.
- The Big Guy: For the entirety of the Chrono Numbers.
- Drop the Hammer: His bazooka converts into a gigantic sledge in a matter of seconds.
- Heroic Sacrifice: As he and the other members of Cerberus flee Creed's castle, the ceiling collapses. Beluga stays behind, holding it up while Jenos hauls the half-dead Nizer out. If you've gotta go, that is the way to do it.
- The Quiet One: At least in comparison to Nizer and Jenos.
No. XII, Mason Ordrossoas the Big Bad.
Apostles of the Stars
- Achilles' Heel: He tells both Sephira and Train that if they can destroy his brain, his new Healing Factor won't be able to save him. Destroying the Imagine Blade at Level 3 is eventually revealed to be a second one, which even Creed was unaware of.
- Ambiguously Gay: Although the only thing that keeps it ambiguous is that he never comes right out and says "I love you Train!"
- Arch-Enemy: There is no one that Train wants to take down more.
- Bad Boss: Creed has no problem murdering subordinates who disobey orders, no matter what the effect may be on the morale of his other henchmen.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As part of his Body Horror.
- Body Horror: After he activates his Imagine Blade Level Three. It fuses with him, adding an extra arm, complete with far too many eyes and transforms his real arm into a sword. Because Creed just wasn't vile enough apparently.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Especially prominent when fighting Train where he cackles and grins like a crazy maniac. At one point, he invites Train to shoot him, 'binding them forever'. With a twisted smile on his face, of course. He becomes quite upset when Echidna and Charden stop the bullet from going through his head. He could have just as easily moved his blade a few inches to the side and sliced Train's neck.
- Cool Sword: It's invisible. Its secondary mode on the other hand, is less Cool, and more creepy. As for mode three....
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was abandoned by his mom, who blamed him for the lack of men in her life. He later lived on the streets, and was assaulted by the police on at least one occasion before joining Chronos.
- Depraved Homosexual: He's a depraved something or other - as long as it involves Train. With emphasis on the Depraved.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Creed was already extremely dangerous—as in capable of blocking bullets with his sword—before Shiki came along and said, "Hey, want to unlock your inner potential? Just drink this Tao elixir." He spends most of the series continually upgrading his potential, resulting in his use of the Immortality Nanomachines in his last battles against Sephira and Train.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Creed is the living embodiment of this, although it at times verges on "Insanity Cannot Comprehend Sanity." Literally every problem in series was triggered by Creed's inability to process, or even understand ordinary human feeling. Creed honestly can't understand why his murder of Saya would prevent Train from wanting to join him. Similarly, it leaves him unable to understand why his Bad Boss tendencies will lead to poor morale among his subordinates. Creed seems to see people as existing apart from one another, and as such social cause and effect has almost no meaning for him, which only fuels his issues.
- Evil Counterpart: To Train. While their personalities are quite different, morally he's who the Black Cat might have become, had he not met Saya. He was even considered for the position of Number XIII but was passed over due to his mental instability.
- Evil Laugh: Constantly. Just in case we hadn't figured out that he was completely nuts.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Toward Train, and anyone who he percieves as coming between the two of them.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: And it's not played for laughs, being linked to both his Bad Boss and Axe Crazy tendencies.
- Healing Factor: The whole point of the immortality nanomachines; no matter what is done to him, they restore him to perfect condition in a matter of moments. He claims the only way to stop him would be to destroy his brain, but Train gets around that.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Creed's attempt to turn Sven into a monster to get Train to join him again gave Train the ability to use the rail gun shot that destroyed the Imagine Blade and literally broke Creed's mind.
- If I Can't Have You: He eventually comes to this conclusion as a last resort, when he finally realizes that Train probably is not going to change his mind and become Creed's partner. Heck, he even mentions that if he can't make him come to his side to rule the world, he'll just keep him by his side as a dead body. This disturbs Train only slightly (considering it's pretty tame compared to some of the other crap Creed does).
- Immortality Seeker: He wants immortality desperately.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He became obsessed with Train because of his swift and precise assassination skills (and also Train's hate-filled eyes).
- Katanas Are Just Better: His kotetsu blade, before Saya broke it.
- Lack of Empathy: As discussed under Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, Creed seems to be incapable of empathising with anyone. Not only does he casually murder subordinates who fail him, but he doesn't seem to comprehend why this behaviour would bother the other members of his team; similarly he does not understand why his killing of Saya prevents Train from wanting to join him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The only Apostle to get what he deserves. He isn't killed or imprisoned, but his mind is shattered.
- Lightning Bruiser: Of the hardhitting speedster variety. Creed's almost as quick as Sephira (save when she uses her Super Speed) and inflicts blows that regularly shatter the architecture around him.
- Mad Love: He's absolutely crazy about Train. Train constantly tries to beat him off of him, and attempts numerous times to kill him. And Creed just can't seem to take a hint. Train must be resisting because someone "evil" is influencing him... and that person must be killed.
- The Mentally Ill: Creed's a rare case of sociopathy being played as a mental illness.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: "Oh, so you're the cause of why Train won't come to me! Time for you to Die." (He attempts this at least three times, with at least three different people.)
- One-Winged Angel: Twice, once against Sephira and once against Train. Made worse because you really don't see it coming.
- Power Born of Madness: Creed's Villainous Breakdowns and Freak Outs only serve to fuel his already monstrous abilities.
- Scenery Censor: Creed is pretty much the character that is seen butt-naked the most in the entire series. Though one of the more infamous moments with this is when he's in a bathtub daydreaming and moaning about Train, only for his privates to be covered by strategically floating rose petals.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Creed is most definitely Train-sexual. Poor Echidna, she doesn't have a chance.
- Smug Snake:
- He is completely convinced that Train will eventually join him, despite copious amounts of evidence pointing to the contrary. When he finally realizes the truth, he does not take it well.
- He also seriously overestimates his organization, arrogantly proclaiming that the Apostles of the Stars can defeat the Numbers. Aside from Creed himself, none of the Apostles, despite their admittedly impressive powers, even hold a candle to the Numbers.
- Stalker Shrine: In the episode 20, he's revealed to have made a giant sculpture in Train's likeness as well as a painting of Train and him together.
- Stalker with a Crush: His obsession with, and borderline hero-worship of Train definitely comes off as this. He's like a fangirl gone horribly wrong. Some notable examples include him searching for and stalking Train for two years (with photos he took of Train and the people who are getting between him and Train), spying on Train and Saya's bantering and playful interactions (all while getting pissed off to the point of clenching his fists until they're bleeding, while cursing Saya for daring to come near his Train), following Train and getting orgasms while Train went around killing people, using Shiki's insects as spy cameras to watch Train as he sleeps...
- Villainous Breakdown: A couple of times. It only makes him more dangerous, as his insanity fuels his powers.
- Villainous BSOD:
- After Train refuses to kill him. He's left comatose in a wheelchair.
- Also after Train intercepts the injection of nanites that Creed was going to use to turn Sven into a monster. Train even notes that Creed shouldn't have used it if he wasn't prepared to deal with every possible outcome.
- Villainous Crush: On Train.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His later clothes have his chest constantly exposed.
- We Can Rule Together: He offers Train this countless times. According to him, his entire plot to rule the world will always be incomplete if Train isn't by his side. When he finally realizes that Train will never join him, he decides he'll have to kill him himself and keep him by his side as a dead body.
- Yandere: He's insanely obsessed with Train and seriously loses all his cool and rationale when there's anything to do with Train, letting his jealousy and obsession make him go out of his way to kill anyone getting in the way of him and Train... including making a serious effort to kill Train himself, by the end.
- Bishōnen: Especially after he takes off his glasses. Even Kyoko mentions that she would be all over him if she weren't already hot for Train.
- Bloody Murder: Charden's Tao ability involves manipulating his own blood.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Averted. He's probably the sanest member of Creed's little party.
- Give Her A Normal Life: He asks Train and Sven to take Kyoko to safety, because she shouldn't, in his eyes, be risking her life to deal with Chronos.
- Karma Houdini: He defects after witnessing Creed's Bad Boss tendencies, and makes a clean escape. He was one of the stabler members of the group, although a panel in the last volume suggests he may have have accquired an Incurable Cough of Death complete with Blood from the Mouth. How karmic
- Noble Demon: Unlike the other Apostles, Charden has legitimate complaints about Chronos, cares about his teammates, and genuinely wants to make the world a better place.
- Nice Hat: A very nice hat. It's how some characters (read: Train) have come to identify him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: If you're fond of nineteenth century fashion, anyway.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: No name is given as of the last volume. You know what? I don't think we want one.
- Evil Genius: Along with Echidna and Shiki, the Doctor forms the Apostles' uppermost rank, taking orders directly from Creed, instead of through Shiki like the rest of the group. His function seems to be providing Creed with the latest technology, and setting the overall agenda whenever Creed is absent.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Werewolves, bioweapons, berserker-rage inducing drugs...what will he think of next?
- For Science!: That in a nutshell, is his motivation for why he does what he does.
- Karma Houdini:
- His ending up homeless in the streets just doesn't seem like enough, given what he's done.
- Averted in the anime, where he is killed when Eden is destroyed.
- Knife Nut: Flying mentally created scalpels to be exact.
- Mad Scientist: His motive for joining Creed was to gain access to test subjects.
- Master of Illusion: His Warpworld ability, which traps you in a hallucination of his design.
- The Medic: Proof that even this trope can be used for evil. The Doctor is the rare, non-heroic, and utterly sadistic version, using his abilities to keep Creed and the other Apostles going, no matter how badly injured they may be.
- Mental World: His power. See Mind Screw for details.
- Mind Screw: His powers run on this, trapping you in a world of his imagining, where the people you love most appear to be trying to kill you.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Went from The Medic to Master of Illusion as the plot required.
- Sadist: He's only in the revolution for the chance to hurt people.
- Squishy Wizard: It only takes one hit to put him down.
Deak SlathkyOne of the later additions to the Apostles of the Stars. Likes to hurt women. A lot.
- An Ice Person: His powers involve the manipulation of ice.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: With him being one of the most bishounen characters in the cast, it's hard to tell he's a guy until he starts ranting about how much he hates women.
- Nice Hat: He wears a black fur hat.
- Serial Killer: Used to keep women's bodies in his freezer. Way to pick'em Creed.
- Straw Misogynist: Why does he hate women exactly?
- Blood Knight: Big time. He's always looking for a fight. In fact, it's the only reason he signed on with Creed in the first place.
- Cool Mask: Has a Hannibal-style one over his mouth. He's hiding a gun inside it.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: He leaves a note to Train to duel him by using Eve's blood after he injured her badly. He gets his fight all right.
- The Gunslinger: Complete with cowboy hat, boots, and poncho.
- Magic Bullets: He charges them up with his Tao powers for maximum effect.
- You Have Failed Me: Creed does this to him.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem shooting people in the back if she thinks it will help Creed on his way to victory.
- The Baroness: She's definitely got the personality down.
- The Dark Chick: Along with Shiki and the Doctor, Echidna takes her instructions directly from Creed himself. In addition to being the group's only female member, following Kyoko's desertion, she is the only member of Apostles' upper-echelon with a positive reason for joining.
- Declaration of Protection: To Creed, after the latter falls into a coma.
- Defector from Decadence: In an odd way. She was a movie star before becoming Creed's right-hand woman.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted. Echidna gets away, but she sees Creed, the one person she cares about more than anyone else slip into a coma from which he is unlikely to return. Indicators are she'll spend the rest of her life taking care of him.
- Love Martyr: To Creed, who is far too busy obsessing over Train to notice.
- Number Two: Shiki's a more traditional Dragon and acts as the field leader, but Echidna actually runs the organisation for Creed.
- Psycho Supporter: Her support for Creed verges on full out obsession.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Creates gates through which she can walk. She can also create smaller ones, teleporting guns, grenades and other weapons into position for a sneak attack.
- Villain Teleportation: She's a villain. She teleports. At the end of the day she's more or less Creed's getaway-woman.
- When She Smiles: In the end of the anime, after retiring with Creed to the country villa.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Greenish-bluish actually.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Her anime version. She's just as much a Cloud Cuckoolander, and seems really sweet and innocent. But then she cheerfully burns a female thug to death with the same innocent smile, and you really start to wonder how put together she is in her head.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kyoko doesn't even really seem to understand what the Apostles of the Star are actually trying to do. She just kind of does whatever she feels like doing, no matter how little sense it makes.
- Cute and Psycho: Yeah, she's cute as a button. She also has no qualms at all with killing people by burning them to death, and in the manga, she deliberately kills them by burning them from the inside out just for the laughs.
- Genki Girl: She's a very bubbly, energetic, cheerful girl.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: And played completely straight, no less.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence
- Karma Houdini:
- After murdering numerous people by burning them alive from the inside out, all with disgusting sexual overtones, she gets off scottfree. It's a bit harder to swallow than the business with Charden, as she's a worse person.
- It's easier to swallow in the anime, where she only kills one person, and this one actually deserved it.
- Kiss of Death: Fiery kiss of death.
- Playing with Fire: Has the ability to exhale flames thanks to her awakened Tao power.
- Pyro Maniac: An utter nutjob who likes kissing people so that she can burn them alive from the inside out. Manga only.
- Psycho for Hire: Combine Cloud Cuckoo Lander with villainy and you get this. Kyoko doesn't give a damn about Creed's revolution, but enjoys the opportunity to use her powers on other people. Manga only.
- Rescue Romance: She falls hard for Train after he 'saves' her from a thug who was threatening her. Amusingly, she had been about three seconds away from brutally murdering the criminal when Train took him down, so he didn't actually save her from anything... she just thought he looked really cool while he was doing it, and that was good enough for her.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Pretty much the foundation of her interactions with Train.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Train, played for laughs.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She picks this up after becoming smitten with Train, after spending most of the series prior as a ruthless killer. Even he notes that it's a rather drastic shift in her outlook, but then she's a very weird girl.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Popsicles.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Crossed with Evil Is Dumb. Leon's strategy against Eve pretty much boils down to "Hit it 'till it stops moving." As Eve points out in the manga, Leon could easily have beaten her by sucking all the air out of her lungs, but didn't because she deliberately kept him too enraged, causing him to focus on trying to cut her in half instead. Likely justified by his age: I don't know many seventh-graders who are really into that whole "strategy" thing.
- Blow You Away: Leon has the power to manipulate the wind, using for both offensive and defensive purposes, as well as flight.
- Child Soldier: After living through a never-ending civil war, where the government ignored the plight of people like himself, Leon thinks that this is the only way to get the "stupid grown-ups" to listen.
- Freudian Excuse: Leon's parents died when he was four, and he was raised by his sister, who died three years prior to the series start, leaving him with the impression that good people are always the first to die.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the very end, he saves Train and Creed from falling to their deaths, an act which helps him dodge the Karma Houdini status of many of the other Apostles.
- Most Writers Are Adults: Suprisingly averted. Leon's behaviour is pretty much what you'd expect from an especially sadistic twelve year old.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "The good people...the naive people...they die first." Leon is one bleak-minded little jerk, stemming from a history of very grim life experiences. He's not quite Creed yet, but he's getting there.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Consistently mocks and looks down on Eve for being a girl. Justified and perhaps even excusable due to the fact that he's still at the "girls have cooties" age.
- Razor Wind: Uses it against Eve several times.
- Sky Surfing: Uses a surfboard propelled by his own wind powers.
- Story-Breaker Power: As Eve points out, Leon could kill just about anyone in-story by dispersing the air that they need to breath. Fortunately, being all of 12, he doesn't think of this.
- Acrofatic: For a guy that big, he can move!
- Berserk Button: Calling him "fat" or insinuating that he's obese.
- The Brute: It's unlikely that Maro's ever heard the word, "subtle." Also an example in a Five-Bad Band sense, as of the Apostles who take orders from Shiki instead of Creed, he seems to be the highest-ranking.
- Gravity Master: Controls the gravity in the area immediately around him, and can direct compressed "gravity bombs" at his opponents.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- He uses his gravity powers to both enhance his strikes and weaken/stop the blows of his foes (particularly Train's bullets, which fall to the ground uselessly). Train eventually defeats him by attacking from above - because the bullets are going down, Maro's Gravity Master abilities make them even faster, and thus even more damaging.
- In the anime, he dies fighting David, who leaps over Maro and uses the combination of the falling "gravity bomb" and his own enhanced downwards kick to knock Maro down. However, Maro survives long enough to grab David and fire off a huge "gravity bomb" that fatally crushes them both.
- Badass Preacher: Averted. Preta's physically weak, and far too disgusting to be Badass.
- Bald of Evil: His hair fell out when his abilities activated.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has elongated canine teeth.
- Hollywood Acid: Instantly corrodes anything he touches.
- Pointy Ears: Preta has short, pointed ears.
- Poisonous Person: Preta has the ability to secrete acid from his pores in his skin.
- Tattooed Crook: Preta has red tattoos all over his body.
- Serial Killer: Killed sixteen people.
- Cool Mask: Keeps his entire face covered in purple bandages to conceal his appearance. Also a case of Mask of Power: it stores his Chi and reroutes it through him, allowing his strength to charge while he wears it. When the mask comes off… watch out, Train.
- Cool Sword: Uses a sword forged from Tao seals against Train. It throws fire!
- The Dragon: To Creed. He's his most powerful follower, commands the defence of the island, and has to be defeated before Train can enter Creed's mansion. With the exception of Echidna and the Doctor, Creed's orders to the other Apostles are sent through him, and he serves as a field commander while Creed is occupied. It's worth noting that it takes River and Train cooperating to bring him down.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Shiki couldn't care less about defeating Chronos or bringing revolution to the world. He's just out to prove that the Tao is the world's most superior weapon, and he'll hurt however many people he has to in order to do it.
- Glass Cannon: Shiki's regular attacks do more damage than anything this side of Train's rail-gun, Sephira's last attack and Creed's final release. Good thing he's a Squishy Wizard.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Or boy as it turns out.
- Psychotic Smirk: Seems to be his default expression once the mask comes off.
- She's a Man in Japan: Let's keep track, shall we? In the original Japanese manga she was female, in Viz's English translation of the manga he was male, and he was also a guy in both versions of the anime.
- Squishy Wizard: Shiki is maybe five feet tall, slender, and unimposing, especially once the mask comes off. He relies on seals, barriers, and various powers of the Tao to keep him safe, in both distance and close-range combat, avoiding getting hit until near the very end of his battle with Train. When Train finally does hit him, he goes down from a single attack. Unusual for a villain, but pulled off well.
- Summon Magic: His most commonly used combat technique is the ability to summon assorted giant insects to fight on his behalf.
- White Hair, Black Heart.
EathesAn ape that has taken the Tao elixir, and who has gained the ability to copy others based on who he sends his spirit out to copy.
- Creative Sterility: While Eathes can duplicate the skills and knowledge of anyone, he's unable to apply it in any way to make something new.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Train takes out Eathes with a single kick to the head. In this case, Eathes was still quite conscious and could have continued fighting; he just knew he was outmatched and decides to switch tactics.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Based on his design, Eathes is likely some variety of orangutan.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Eathes is stated to start thinking of himself as more and more human each time that he uses his ability. By the time of the final battle, it's suggested that he just thinks of himself as an ape-shaped human. Avoids developing empathy, though, likely due to the fact that he spends much of his time around The Doctor and Creed.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Pretends to pull a Heel-Face Turn to take out the main trio while they're distracted, but they see through it.
- Mega Manning: His main ability.
- Pointy Ears: The main distinguishing feature of Eathes' human transformations (besides, of course, keeping his hat and robes).
- Stealth Pun: A monkey with the power to imitate (i.e. "monkeying" or "aping") the abilities of others.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Once Eathes has used his spirit to copy someone, he can transform into said person at will. It's implied that he must transform into that person to be able to use their skills.
The Demon Star ForceA group of five Mooks specially altered with robotic technology. They confront Sven, Eve, Baldor, Kranz, Jenos, and Shaolee in the final album of the manga.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the anime, he's gets lost in the sewers, constantly attacked and shown to be incompetent in his first appearance, mocked by everyone else due to his cowardly like personality and tends to get his ass kicked a lot. This does not happen in the manga where this role goes to Kevin instead.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga he's blonde, while the anime gave him pink hair.
- Badass: God yes! He may look like a refugee from Dragon Ball Z, but damn he can fight. He even manages to avoid letting his Charles Atlas Superpower make him look ridiculous, a feat in and of itself.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Goes in unarmed when everyone else is packing an arsenal.
- Determinator: Almost to the same degree as Train. He's been shot, blown up, had his ribs cracked by a giant insect, and gotten up every time.
- No Sense of Direction: In the anime, River somehow manages to get lost and wander into a sewer.
- Power Fist: His one concession to practicality are his gauntlets, which tend to come in handy when punching bullets, acid-skinned psychopaths and whatnot.
- The Rival: Becomes one to Train, albeit of the friendly variety. Instead of fighting one another, he decides they should have a contest to see who can capture Creed first.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has pink hair in the anime.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks to be one of the older sweepers but he's in fact 19.
Kevin MacDougalA young sweeper who allies with Eve following Shiki's assault on the Sweeper Alliance's boat. Rumored to have brought down an entire drug cartel by himself.
- Badass Normal: Possibly the most realistic version in the entire manga.
- Butt Monkey: Kevin just gets pounded all throughout the final arc. He's wounded in the landing, Leon kicks his ass, Train kicks his ass (In one shot! Entirely by accident!), and to cap it all off he almost dies Taking the Bullet for Eve. Poor guy, though, to be fair, this only applies in the manga as in the anime, the role of the Butt Monkey goes to Rivers.
- Guns Akimbo: He uses two as his default weapons.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's able to shoot Creed's guards through the gaps in their otherwise impervious armor.
- Ineffectual Loner: Subverted as he's very much willing to work with people if the situation calls for it.
- Older Than He Looks: He is referred to as a kid many times (especially in the anime) and does appear to be 16 but he's actually 23.
Saya MinatsukiCreed did not take well...
- The Gwen Stacy: Creed's murder of her is what finally pushes Train into leaving Chronos.
- Hair Intakes: Her hairdo has two intakes that resemble little cat ears.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She uses the reflect shot against Creed, bouncing the a bullet off of various objects until it finally strikes him from behind.
- The Not-Love Interest: Her function in the plot is similar to that of a traditional dead lover / love interest; in fact, Train's affection for her is enough to cause Creed to "take drastic measures". But it's later revealed, perfectly and seriously, that Train never contemplated any romantic involvement with her.
- The Pollyanna: The end of the manga reveals she is this. Despite her Dark and Troubled Past, she was carefree and had a positive view in life. It comes to bite her in the ass later, because Creed only sees her as a carefree girl who has never understood pain and loneliness and therefore, does not understand Train.
- Posthumous Character
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: She has no memories of her life before the age of ten, due to heavy abuse from her parents. Her first real memory is waking up in hospital and being carried off to a relative's house. She also suffered a lot of hardships before becoming a Sweeper.
- Cultured Badass: Was reading what appears to be The Art of War in one of the flashbacks in the manga.
- Evil Mentor: He occupation was an assassin and his intents were to build Train into one so he'd be strong enough to keep on living.
- The Gunslinger: Given he was the one who conditioned Train, it's to be expected.
- Jerkass: Seemingly taunts Train during his training, which doesn't help he killed his parents.
- Social Darwinist: He shows a few shades of these beliefs in the recaps involving him, but it doesn't appear to be out of arrogance.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In fact, he refuses to assassinate people raising children. His client knew this fact and omitted any information regarding Train so he would take the assignment.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: He raised Train in place of his parents after he killed them.
- Humiliation Conga: Not only he loses all his investment when Eve leaves for Sven, but his research literally goes up in flames, his mansion is a wreck, and gets captured before Creed offs him. Of course, he deserved every bit of it for being a monster.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After his capture, Creed has Shiki kill him.
- Ax-Crazy: Noted as being a bit unbalanced even before taking the elixir, but Charden tells Kyoko that some people, like Gyanza, completely lose their sanity upon taking it.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: As his power is to increase the power and density of his muscles, he doesn't bother with anything else.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After Train defeats him with a freezing bullet, his body burns off the rest of his energy via his Tao powers.
- It's Personal: Intent on going after Sven because Sven had arrested Gyanza years ago.
- Made of Iron: When he increases his muscle density.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's the most powerful Taoist in the world. In reality, he's nothing but fodder compared to the Apostles, and his powers give him the least potential.
Lugart WonA professional assassin that specializes in hand-to-hand combat. He runs across Train when Train was brought to a party as a token date by Rinslet.
- Badass Normal: Can easily put his hand through a wall with nothing beyond sheer training.
- Lightning Bruiser: Able to rapidly take out a dozen bodyguards in an eyeblink, and even managed to hold his own against Train.
- Mad Artist: Of sorts - sees assassination itself as an art, and prefers to do it as efficiently as possible (including killing only the target, and doing so in a single blow).
- The Rival: To Train.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He promises to one day have a match with Train to see if his martial arts are superior to Train's brawling and gun skills. The series ends before he can make a reappearance, and he's seemingly replaced with River as a Lighter and Softer replacement bare-handed rival.