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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Badass: Sven has his moments, when Train isn't hogging the spotlight.
The Lancer and The Smart Guy: Sven is Train's best friend and closest confidant, and functions as second-in-command of their team once Eve and Rinslet join up. He's also 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Alternately 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Using enhanced senses to compensate for eye damage, blind Number Krantz can most often be found in the company of his partner, Baldor.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: And how! About the only thing that keeps it ambiguous is that he never comes right out and says "I love you Train!"
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.
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 slice Train's neck.
Cool Sword: It's invisible. Its secondary mode on the other hand, is less Cool, and more creepy. As formodethree....
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An ordinary high school girl...or so she seems to be.
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.
Karma Houdini: After murdering numerous people by burning them alive from the inside out, all with disgusting sexual overtones, she gets off scott-free. 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.
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.
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.
A young boy who serves as one of the most dangerous, if inexperienced members of Creed's faction.
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 that 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 Terrorist: 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 In-Training: "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.
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.
The Brute: For some reason I don't think 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.
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.
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.
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/Weak, but Skilled: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Power Fist: His one concession to practicality are his gauntlets, which tend to come in handy when punching bullets, acid-skinned psychopaths and whatnot.
Butt Monkey: 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 manga where this role goes to Kevin instead.
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...
To be fair, this only applies in the manga as in the anime, the role of the Butt Monkey goes to Rivers.
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...
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.
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 lso suffered a lot of hardships before becoming a Sweeper.
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.
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.