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Train Heartnet

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Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (JP), Minami Takayama (JP, child), Jason Liebrecht (EN), Luci Christian (EN, child), Sergio Mesa (SP)

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...
  • The Atoner: His defining character moment and part of the reason why he left Chronos.
  • Art Evolution: He already looks quite obviously handsome in the first volumes, but as chapter 173 came, he has become a downright bombshell.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Anything that reminds him of Creed will make him furious because the latter killed his friend Saya. Though he eventually mellows out from this later in the series.
  • 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.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: A Rare Male Example of a criminal with a cat theme. The series title is his alias and he shamelessly sports a fluttering black cloak and a bell on a red string as a necklace.
  • Defector from Decadence: He defects from Chronos after Saya's death at the hands of Creed.
  • The Dreaded: Even after quitting the title of XII Ith agent of Chronos, he still makes people shit their pants just by revealing who he is. It's saying something when even the AxCrazy Creed, who is a psychopath that isn't afraid of anyone, respect Train and doesn't want to deal with him when he's angry.
  • 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: He has long and slender legs.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Sven travel around together as sweepers all the time, and adopt a "kid".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot down other people's bullets.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, Train, is a steam locomotive.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not being able to save Saya from being killed by Creed.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: Train is very oblivious of a lot of character's feelings for him. Though he's especially this way with Creed, who is unbelievably outright about his scary obsessive love for him. In the manga, after all these years, Train is shown to still be incapable of understanding what possible reason Creed would have for killing Saya. There's even a scene where Creed tells Train that he would at least want to have Train by his side even as a dead body rather than have Saya have him. When other characters are creeped out by this, Train dismisses it by telling them to ignore him, and that Creed is simply being selfish and weird. Missing the point, no?
    • May actually be intentional where Creed is concerned. Creed's complete Lack of Empathy is what defines him, so to Train, when Creed is flipping out and being a creeper, that is just him being "selfish and weird" to Train. It would also explain why he doesn't get Creed's reasons for killing Saya, as Train is a pretty empathetic person, so he wouldn't really understand Creed's Moon Logic.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His trademarked gun Hades.
  • 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, he decides not to kill anyone else.
  • Trigger Happy: Of the non-lethal variety. He's shown to get antsy and irritated when he hasn't shot anything in a while.
  • 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.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Train has been an assassin for many years.....but the biggest soft spot he possesses is about children. In the manga, he describes how he was about to shoot a man, but he realized the man was holding a young girl. He stopped, and couldn't pull the trigger, so he was shot, instead. He lived, but this is part of the major Heel–Face Turn he undergoes throughout the series.

Sven Vollfied

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Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Brandon Potter (EN), Dani Albiac (SP)

Train's partner, Sven is a former agent with the International Bureau of Investigations (IBI). He considers himself a gentlemen, and believes one should always treat women with respect. His infamous trick briefcase, and Vision Eye allow him to be a highly effective Sweeper.
  • Briefcase Blaster: His modified suitcase contains a machine gun, a net launcher, some gas, explosives, and other nifty gadgets for almost every occasion.
  • Bullet Time: He gets this as an ability by training with his Vision Eye. Unfortunately, this was left out of the anime.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: His right eye can see between a few seconds to a maximum of five minutes into the future, however it drains him of his energy rapidly. It's actually a Tragic Keepsake from his friend and former colleague Lloyd.
  • Dual Wielding: Does this against Golem, one of the Doctor's cyborgs, with a pistol in one hand and his briefcase in the other.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Over his right eye. When he takes it off, he can see into the future.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Particularly specialized for creating various innovative weapons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Sven travels around with Train as sweepers all the time, and adopt a "kid".
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a nice white fedora.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the go-to-guy for technology, and fights his opponents based on uncovering their weaknesses.
  • Smoking Is Cool: It's one of his signature habits.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Uses such a weapon which he designed himself and which is masked as an attache case.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His Vision Eye is a gift from his long-deceased friend Lloyd.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His green hair stands out particularly in a world of mostly normal hair colours.

Eve

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Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (JP), Brina Palencia (EN), Ariadna Jiménez (SP)

An eleven-year old girl taken in by Train and Sven, Eve started life as a biological weapon, created by mob boss Torneo, and commissioned by Creed Diskenth. The shapeshifting nanomachines in her blood let her fight on Train and Sven's level.
  • Artificial Human: A genetically-engineered bioweapon made using nanotechnology.
  • Badass Bookworm: Can remember the contents from every book she has read, and uses this to her advantage to take a level in badass.
  • BFS: Her hands can morph into blades that are almost as big as she is.
  • 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.
  • Drop the Hammer: Her favorite form of non-lethal combat. She can morph her hair into a giant hammer to smash her enemies with.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She usually wears a lot of lolita dresses of varying styles.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted. Unlike Train and Sven, she's been seen wearing all kinds of clothing, but mostly Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Her hands and hair can morph into shields for defense.
  • Meaningful Name: Eve is not only a female name, but is a shortened form of evening.
  • One-Winged Angel: Only used once in the anime when Torneo's lackey uses a device on her to stir her nanomachines. She becomes more demonic with her arms, legs, and hair turning into blades, glows yellow, is able to fly, and has a very menacing Death Glare. Sven saves her from this state by pulling the device out, barely surviving in the process. In the manga, Train prevents the transformation from happening by shooting the device out of Torneo's hand before he could put it on her.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Eve has transformed herself into a mermaid during her battle against Leon at one point, giving her full movement underwater and allowing her to pull off a surprise attack from the river.
  • Power Gives You Wings: She can sprout wings to gain flight.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: In the anime adaptation only. She becomes the power source for Eden, a mechanical lifeform controlled by the Zero Numbers.
  • Precocious Crush: On Sven. Interestingly enough, she finds Train's relationship with Sven enough of a threat to be jealous of Train. Fangirls have interpretations of what this means.
  • 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.
  • Younger than She Looks: Eve has a surprisingly developed body for being an eleven-year old. Though it could be because of the nanomachines.

Rinslet Walker

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Voiced by: Yukana (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN), Pilar Morales (SP)

A thief-for-hire who contracts Train and Sven for help with a job, Rinslet later becomes a part-time member of the team.
  • Action Girl: In the manga, she is a very competent thief. Not so much in the anime version.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: She doesn't have a cat theme but definitely fits all of the main requirements. She's flirtatious, sly and very proud of being one of the best, most resourceful thieves in the world. She likes jewels, but dislikes stealing anything that she cannot carry on person.
  • Cool Big Sis: She desperately attempts to become this Eve.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as Rinsel Walker in Spain.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Again, averted. Just like Eve, Rinslet is seen wearing various outfits.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She certainly likes to dress up in revealing outfits.
  • 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).
  • Whip It Good: She carries a whip with a heart shaped tip for moving quickly.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has lavender hair.

    Chronos 

No. I, Sephiria Arks

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Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN), Isabel Muntané (SP)

The leader of the Chrono Numbers, Sephiria is tasked with eliminating threats to Chronos, especially Creed Diskenth and his Apostles of the Stars.

No. II, Belze Rochefort

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Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

The second-in-command of the Chrono Numbers, Belze is extremely loyal to Sephira. He tends to handle day-to-day matters and interacts with their subordinates more often then she does. An utter badass.
  • 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 Lowe

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Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Orion Pitts (EN)


No. IV, Kranz Maduke

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Voiced by: Atsushi Kakehashi (JP), Viktor Walker (EN)

Using enhanced senses to compensate for eye damage, blind Number Krantz can most often be found in the company of his partner, Baldor.

No. V, Nizer Bruckheimer

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Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Daniel Penz (EN)

The leader of Chronos' Cerberus commando team, Nizer has some personal issues with Creed, stemming from the death of the previous No. X, Ash.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Lightskinned, but with a stereotypically black facial structure.
  • Bald of Awesome: He has no hair and can kick ass when he needs to.
  • Dual Tonfas: He wields a pair of tonfas named "Dioskouroi" with incredible skill, allowing him to reduce a large regenerating creature to nothing with only speed.
  • 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

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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.
  • Canon Foreigner: He only appears near the end of the anime.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Anubis's voice is pretty damn scary in both English and Japanese.
  • It Can Think: Despite being a wolf, he is capable of human thinking and speech.
  • Meaningful Name: Considering the mythological motif the Numbers seem to like, it only makes sense to name a werewolf Anubis.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes always glow red just to show how competent and dangerous he is in battle.
  • Rolling Attack: He does this with his sharp tail whip to shred his enemies to pieces.
  • Whip It Good: His tail is equipped with a bladed whip.

No. VII, Jenos Hazard

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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Troy Baker (EN), Óscar Redondo (SP)

Chrono Number VII fancies himself a ladies man and can be a bit of an idiot, but he's definitely a useful person to have around in a fight. A member of the Cerberus commando unit.
  • 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 se, 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

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Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP), Justin Cook (EN)

Some people join Chronos because they believe they can use its power and influence to make a difference in the world. Baldor (as he is usually called), is not one of them. If the Numbers give out "Most Unpleasant" awards, this guy will be the winner, every time.
  • Ax-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: Along with Krantz, Baldor can kick major ass when he needs to.
  • 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: 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Happens twice in the manga. The first time, he correctly points out that, despite having pulled a Heel–Face Turn, Kyoko is still an international terrorist; the second time, he mocks Eve for saving the life of one of Creed's mooks, and his insults are proven somewhat correct when the ungrateful mook tries to pull a Taking You with Me on the group.
  • Pet the Dog: Right before confronting Train's group in the hotel room they're staying at, Baldor tosses the hotel's desk clerk a huge wad of cash to cover the repair costs.
  • 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

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Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (JP), Daniel Drumm (EN)

The only black member of the Numbers, he appears to be good friends with Jenos. Anime only.
  • Canon Foreigner: He only appeared in the anime.
  • The Gambler: He uses a deck of playing cards made out of orichalcum as his main weapon.
  • 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.
  • Death Dealer: While in use, his cards glow gold and are able to cut through even the hardest surfaces.
  • Taking You with Me: He's on the receiving end of this by Maro, who grabs him by the leg and drops a massive Gravity Bomb on them both, crushing his bones.

No. X, Lin Shao Lee

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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

Chronos' master of disguise can make himself look like almost anything.
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen: An extremely pretty and girly-looking boy.
  • Cultured Badass: He's really dignified for a Chronos Number.
  • Dance Battler: He fights with his scarf in such a way that it makes him look like he's dancing.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: You wouldn't guess it at first until you hear his voice.
  • 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

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Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (JP), Gordon Holey (EN)

The final member of the Cerberus commando unit, Beluga is easily one of the most physically-imposing characters in series, a fact which his ridiculous name somehow fails to detract from.
  • 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.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Despite having a ridiculous-sounding name, this guy is very strong, determined, and not to be underestimated in battle.
  • 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 Ordrosso

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Voiced by: Rokuro Naya (JP), Randy Tallman (EN)

The oldest member of the Numbers and a veteran of the Tao Wars. Mason makes only a brief cameo in the manga, but plays a major role in the anime.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the anime, he betrays Chronos and becomes the leader of the Zero Numbers, and plans to assimilate the whole world with Eden.
  • Ascended Extra: Goes from a one-page cameo in the manga to a major antagonist in the anime.
  • Assimilation Plot: His goal in the anime.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's been in the Numbers for longer than many of the other members have been alive.
  • Badass Moustache: Has a Fu-Manchu.
  • Big Bad: In the anime, he is revealed to be a traitor to Chronos and is the main antagonist of the Eden arc.
  • Light 'em Up: His primary way of attacking is with blinding flashes of light.
  • Powered Armor: His Tao power can allow him to generate an enhanced suit of armor around his body. Unfortunately we don't see much of it in combat onscreen.

    Apostles of the Stars 

Creed Diskenth

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Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Chris Patton (EN), Ramón Rocabayera (SP)

A complete and utter nut-job, Creed is Train's former partner from his assassin days, before he became a Chrono Number. Completely incapable of understanding other people's emotions, or even basic social conventions, Creed murdered Train's not-girlfriend Saya and is now intent on forcing him to join up with his revolution against Chronos. The strongest antagonist in the series, he is not to be trifled with.
  • A God Am I: Once he gains full power over Tao and nanotechnology, he claims himself to be one.
  • 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. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he did realize that that weak point existed, but he wasn't aware that it was possible to exploit.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While it is stated that Creed is mentally ill, it's never said about what condition he actually has.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Although the only thing that keeps it ambiguous is that he never comes right out and says "I love you Train!"
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his arm courtesy of Jenos.
  • Arch-Enemy: There is no one that Train wants to take down more.
  • Art Evolution: At first, Creed looks like this in chapter 12 when he was first introduced. Despite complimenting on his looks, he actually didn't look that good. But in chapter 173, he has evolved into a much, much more obviously pretty boy.
  • Ax-Crazy: An utterly crazed psychopath who cherishes slaughter.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: He has quite a few:
    • Don't talk about Train as though you are close to him.
    • Anything that reminds him of Saya, including the mere mention of her name, will make him furious to the point that he suffers a Villainous Breakdown because of it.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series.
  • Bishōnen: Definitely is one of the more good-looking guys around, and the Art Evolution of the manga only helps.
  • 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.
  • Camp Gay: He's got leopard print, high-heeled boots, a laced corset, feathers, takes a bath filled with rose petals (in the anime), and there's that business with Train....
  • 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....
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Creed is in love with Train's carnage, and wants him badly. Badly enough that he gets downright murderous toward anyone he sees as "in the way", including Train's not-girlfriend Saya.
  • Cry Cute: When he was about to kill Train in chapter 182, he cried. That was probably the only time Creed truly showed sadness and devastation as he really would not want to kill Train.
  • 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.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the anime, he may have been defeated by Train. But all there is left at this point is Mason.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: The manga always show him with pitch black, blank eyes that looks honestly creepy. The anime averted this by making his eyes violet, but his blank black eyes in the manga is a great way of showing that this dude is insane.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As crazy and bloodthirsty Creed is, he really genuinely loves Train. He keeps attempting to have Train joined him despite being rejected many times, and only Train can make him show emotions other than cockiness and apatheticness. In fact, while Creed can ruthlessly kill people for no reason at all, he only attempts to kill Train because he believes that the "witch" had corrupted him so much that killing Train is the only way Creed can have him by his side. He even cries when he is about to finish Train off, showing clearly just how much he would rather not do that.
  • 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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the Spanish dub, in contrast to his slender body and face.
  • 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.
  • Implacable Man: Thanks to his Healing Factor.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: He is exceptionally skilled with parrying blades and bullets with ease.
  • 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 destroyed 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Creed may be a major nut job, but he's a handsome man.
  • 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.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Creed's whole goal is to cleanse the world of weak people that don't have superpowers and rule the remaining people as King with Train as his Queen. Er, partner.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice, once against Sephira and once against Train. Made worse because you really don't see it coming.
  • Orchestral Bombing: Taken to great effect with his Leitmotifs in the anime, complete with an opera chorus.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile: He does this a couple of times.
  • 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.
  • The Sociopath: Big time. He cares less for the people and the world for the matter. He just wants to be with Train no matter the costs.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: In the manga, he is usually calm and polite, until getting angry. His anime voice is also sweet and and very soft.
  • Something About a Rose: Creed often carries a rose, and this is taken to ridiculous extremes in the anime version, where his bath is full of roses. Also, he encloses a rose in the letter he sends to Train. Train is not amused.
  • 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 B.S.O.D.:
    • 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: His crazy rampaging crush on Train is so obvious that everyone notices it... except 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He certainly likes to paint himself as one with ambitions to overthrow Chronos and make the world a better place. However his unstable sociopathic nature and his obsession with Train makes him anything but.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Creed is not only white-haired, but insane, bloodthirsty, and wants to conquer the world; dude even compares himself to Lucifer. He also has a really creepy crush on Train.
  • Wicked Cultured: He has great tastes in art and classical music.
  • 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.

Charden Flamberg

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Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

One of Creed's Apostles, and one of the first ones we meet. Always dressed like he just stepped out of a Gothic novel.
  • 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.
  • Cool Shades: Of the classic variety.
  • 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.
  • Grim Reaper: His blood can take on the forms of grim reapers with Sinister Scythes of which he can control at will.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the anime only, he gives up on his ambition to take down Chronos after Train breaks up his fight with Sephiria, and he proceeds to live a normal life. He later teams up with Train's group along with Kyoko to take down Eden later.
  • 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. He avoids this fate in the anime though.
  • Nice Hat: A very nice hat. It's how some characters (read: Train) have come to identify him.
  • 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He decides to leave the Apostles after realizing Creed's evil deeds.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: If you're fond of nineteenth century fashion, anyway.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unlike Creed, Charden definitely wants to overthrow Chronos and make the world a better place. He gives up on this ambition in the anime after his fight with Sephiria.

The Doctor

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Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)

One of Creed's closest and most fanatical followers, the Doctor is one scary SOB who shows utterly no remorse for his actions and sees the entire world as test subjects for his exmperiments.

Deak Slathky

One of the later additions to the Apostles of the Stars. Likes to hurt women. A lot.

Durham Glaster

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Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN), Tasio Alonso (SP)

A cowboyish-looking man, who can channel his Chi into his guns, vastly increasing their power. Challenges Train for the title of the Ultimate Gunman.
  • 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.
  • Cowboy: He invokes the image of one.
  • 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.
  • Trigger Happy: Durham loves to shoot his gun on someone he hates, especially Train. One scene in the anime shows him shooting a crystal ball displaying Train several times out of anger.
  • Vader Breath: A variant. His mask distorts his voice to sound more mechanical.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Durham doesn't get a lot of screen time. He gets curb-stomped by Train and is the first member of the Apostles to be killed.
  • You Have Failed Me: Gets killed by Creed after being defeated by Train.

Echidna Parass

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Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)

One of the higher-ranking Apostles, Echidna has direct access to Creed, and often conveys his orders to the rest of the Taoists. Her ability to teleport makes her very, very dangerous.
  • Catch-Phrase: "The dye has been cast!"
  • 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.
  • For Happiness: Her motivations are purely to give happiness to Creed.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: Creed is far too busy obsessing over Train to notice her.
  • 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: Despite being an extremely attractive, popular and world-famous actress who could definitely find a much nicer man, she chooses to stay by Creed's side. And it's made clear that she doesn't go through with doing evil things because she really likes to - it's all for Creed's happiness. Even though Creed is shown openly to be incredibly obsessed with Train and have very disturbing sexual fantasies about Train.
  • Number Two: Shiki's a more traditional Dragon and acts as the field leader, but Echidna actually runs the organisation for Creed.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Over her left eye.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is loyal to Creed.
  • Villain Teleportation: She's a villain. She teleports. At the end of the day she's more or less Creed's getaway-woman.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted. Everyone knows Echidna is a famous actress and some even look up to her, but as soon as everyone finds out that she's with the Apostles, the governments don't hesitate to put a bounty on her head.
  • 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.

Kyoko Kirisaki

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Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (JP), Monica Rial (EN), Mar Nicolás (SP)
An ordinary high school girl... or so she seems to be.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The anime tones down her murderous tendencies. She only kills one person, and this one actually deserved it.
  • Affably Evil: A Genki Girl and Cloud Cuckoo Lander who is surprisingly friendly for someone who kills people by burning them alive from the inside out. She seems to have a genuine Villainous Friendship with some of her fellow Apostles Of The Stars. After Train "saves" her from a thug that was threatening her (she was seconds away from killing said thug so he really didn't save her, she just thought it was the thought that counted and that he was really cute) she develops a crush on him, which leads to her making a Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Kyoko's morality standards are hard to understand. She doesn't seem to realize that her powers are harming people nor does she think that she's using them for a good cause, and she doesn't fully understand what the Apostles stand for. She just uses her powers because she wants to just for fun, and is perfectly ok with killing people as if it's no big deal. The only reason she becomes set on the right path is because of her crush with Train.
  • 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.
  • For the Evulz: There really is no justification for Kyoko joining the Apostles other than having the opportunity to burn stuff and enjoying it. Though she mellows out from this mindset because of Train.
  • Genki Girl: She's a very bubbly, energetic, cheerful girl.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: And played completely straight, no less.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She abandons the Apostles of the Star along with Charden.
  • 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.
  • Kiss of Death: Fiery kiss of death.
  • Little Miss Badass: She may be a school girl, but she is not to be taken lightly.
  • Love Redeems: Due to her feelings, she commits herself to Train's own personal philosophy to not kill senselessly.
  • Perky Female Minion: She's one of the most enthusiastic members of the Apostles.
  • 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.
  • 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: She loves popsicles.

Leon Elliott

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Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN), Carlos Lladó (SP)

A young boy who serves as one of the most dangerous, if inexperienced members of Creed's faction.
  • Adults Are Useless: Leon runs on the belief that all adults are nothing but corrupt bastards who only care about themselves and hurt other people for personal gain. Thus, he thinks they're useless to run the world.
  • 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.
  • 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. He certainly would give Marty McFly a run for his money.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Leon has blue hair.

Maro

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Voiced by: Yasuhiko Kawazu (JP), Brad Jackson (EN)

Hailing from the birthplace of the Tao, Maro is one of the original members of the Apostles of the Stars, and affects the appearance of a sumo wrestler. Shiki seems to hold him in relatively high regard among the Taoists.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bruiser: Maro is actually quite clever in battle, provided that you don't push his Berserk Button. His own cleverness would turn against him though when Train or David use his gravity powers to their advantage.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Maro's attacks are swift and powerful enough to crush rock and dent metal.
  • The Last of His Kind: Like with Shiki, Maro is one of the last surviving true Taoists on Earth.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's a Taoist who's descended from an ancient land and a proud warrior.

Preta Ghoul

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Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Taliesin Jaffe (EN)

A late addition to the Apostles of the Stars, and a nasty one at that. Preta is a former preacher who turned mass murderer. Has the power to make stuff rot just by touching it.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: There's a reason why Preta is feared among the police and other people because his corrosive acid nearly makes him untouchable. Both Saya (in the anime) and Sven think of ways to get around this though.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has elongated canine teeth.
  • Hollywood Acid: Instantly corrodes anything he touches.
  • No-Sell: His acid can corrode bullets before they even reach the vital spots in his body.
  • 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.

Shiki

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Voiced by: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)

A founding member of the Apostles of the Stars and the one who first introduced Creed to Taoist powers. The most powerful of the group after Creed himself, Shiki is a true Tao master who serves as both the Apostles' second-in-command and one of their more dangerous field agents.
  • The Beastmaster: Uses Summon Magic to create and augment giant insects.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Shiki's specialty.
  • Bishōnen: Much to everyone's surprise.
  • 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.
  • The Last of His Kind: He's one of the last surviving true Taoists on Earth after nearly all of them were wiped out by Chronos in the Taoist war.
  • 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.
  • Superpower Lottery: Shiki has three mastered Tao arts. Everybody else, even Creed, has one by comparison. If it weren't for his fragility, he'd be literally unbeatable.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and is a member of the Apostles.

Eathes

An 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.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a weirdly-designed hat on his head.
  • 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 Force

A 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.
  • Cyborg: Their bodies are enhanced by cybernetics.
  • Elite Mooks: They serve as lackeys of the Apostles.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Like all of Creed's Mooks, they wear masks to conceal their faces.
  • More Dakka: The Golem model, who has had eighty percent of his body replaced with guns.

     Sweeper Alliance 

River Zastory

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Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (JP), John Burgmeier (EN), Ángel del Río (SP)

A member of the Sweeper Alliance, and probably it's strongest after Train. He's been a Sweeper for five years when we meet him, and is a master of the Garbell Commando, a martial arts form that lets him—wait for it—punch bullets out of the air.
  • 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.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Goes in unarmed when everyone else is packing an arsenal.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the anime, he is never safe from any type of abuse.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He punches bullets out of midair.
  • Clothing Damage: During his fight against Preta Ghoul, his clothes get damaged.
  • 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.
  • Gentle Giant: He's certainly a very nice guy under his intimidating appearance.
  • Lovable Coward: In the anime, he is an incompetent but a friendly individual.
  • 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.
  • Unknown Rival: Unfortunately, in the anime version, he doesn't know that Train is his rival.
  • 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 years old.

Kevin MacDougal

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A 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.
  • The Quiet One: Comes off as one in the anime.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Especially in twos.
  • Staying Alive: Despite nearly getting hurt multiple times, he manages to stay alive.

    Others 

Saya Minatsuki

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Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN), María Rosa Guillén (SP)

A Sweeper who lived in Train's apartment building, Saya became an extremely close friend of the No. XIII. It was her influence that ultimately prompted him to consider leaving Chronos and becoming a better human being, a fact that Creed did not take well...
  • Boyish Short Hair: She wears her hair in a bob-cut.
  • Death by Origin Story: Creed kills Saya, which motivates Train into leaving Chronos and becoming partners with Sven and Eve.
  • Disposable Woman: Being Train's first real friend, her death gives Train the reason to want to kill Creed.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In the manga, Saya met Train after he was injured during a failed assassination event, in which Train hesitated at killing his target because his target was holding a child. After Saya found the injured Train, she decided to take him in and treat his wounds. They built a friendship afterwards.
  • Fragile Speedster: She runs very fast, especially considering she always wears geta sandals.
  • Genki Girl: Saya is fairly energetic for being a Sweeper.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairdo has two intakes that resemble little cat ears.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Creed kills her.
  • 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 Mentor: She teaches Train how to be a better human being and survivor.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: She doesn't survive her fight with Creed.
  • 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.
  • Pinball Projectile: Her entire fighting style is based on this. Her Reflect Shot bounces a bullet off several hard surfaces to strike her target from unpredictable angles. After her death, Train learns to pull this off as well.
  • 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: She was killed by Creed long before the start of the series.
  • 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.

Zagine

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Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

The character who killed Train's parents before the series began, and also trains him to being a professional assassin.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: He died long before the start of the series.
  • 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.

Torneo Rudman

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Voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), Grant James (EN)

The boss of an organized crime ring, he's also been dabbling in weapons development. Funding nanotech research led him to create Eve, as well as give money and research information to the Apostles of the Stars.
  • Bad Boss: Torneo really doesn't care for his lackeys and sees them as disposable pawns to use as prey for Eve.
  • Fat Bastard: Of every definition of it.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Death: In the anime, Torneo suffers a similar but different fate when he heads down to his lab to find it going up in flames. He breaks down mentally despite his lackey telling him to evacuate and the lab explodes on him.
  • Starter Villain: In the anime adaptation.
  • The Unfought: Justified in that he's not the combat type. He lets his guards and Eve fight for him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After his capture, Creed has Shiki kill him.

Gyanza Rujikke

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Voiced by: Masuo Amada (JP), Chris Rager (EN)

A killer that was given the Tao elixir by the Apostles of the Stars, but turns his back on them when they try to recruit him later.
  • Achilles' Heel: His right knee sports an old injury that Sven gave him years ago. Train takes Gyanza down in the anime by shooting at his knee with an explosive round.
  • Afro Asskicker: Has a nice afro and has Super Strength.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His Tao power turns his skin green.
  • 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: He's 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.
  • Super Strength: His Tao power allows him to increase the strength of his muscles to superhuman levels.

Lugart Won

A 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: He views Train as his rival.
  • 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, and is never seen again.


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