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Sofiyia "Balalaika" Pavlovena
Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP), Patricia Drake (EN)A former Soviet VDV special forces commander turned mafia queen; member (along with Mr. Chang and two others) of the four-person commission that regulates crime in Roanapur. Her real name is Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena.
"Hotel Moscow will show no mercy to anything in its way. We will reject it and annihilate it. Family, friends, even the pet dog if necessary."
- Affably Evil: Balalaika is generally calm, collected, funny, will occasionally spare people's lives on the grounds that they amuse her, is usually willing to negotiate before resorting to violence, and has only lost her temper once in the entire series. However, if negotiations don't go her way, she won't even blink before casually gunning down everyone in the room.
- Alone with the Psycho: Inverted when Balalaika finds herself alone with Psycho for Hire Hansel. The inversion is that Balalaika quite easily has him killed.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Balalaika reminds the leaders of the other criminal organisations that her organisation will destroy anyone gets in their way. And their families. And their pet dog, if necessary.
- Asexuality: Even though she can get flirtatious with guys like Rock or, more seriously, Mr. Chang, she finds sex boring and uninteresting, and has no real sex life to speak of. There's also her completely bored-to-death look when she edits porn videosnote .
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Is the head of Hotel Moscow, and is certainly in the upper echelons of the series lethality tier.
- Badass: She's Revy's role model in this regard. Whether it's negioations, war, or knife fighting, few can match her.
- Badass Army: The Vysotoniki were all former Soviet commandos with the Spetsnaz and the VDV and they all had combat experience in Afghanistan against the Mujahideen.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Her normal wear is a red business top with a long skirt bottom.
- The Baroness: Do NOT get on her bad side if you value your life. Trust us on this one.
- Beauty Mark: To side of her left eye.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Averted. While her famous scars are the result of being captured and tortured in Afghanistan, what really set the Kapitan down that road was her country's "thanks" for their soldiers' service.
- Berserk Button: One of the surest ways to get on Balalaika's bad side is to torture or kill any of her men.
- Big Bad: Granted, it's a series where nearly every character is an outright villain, but if there's any one character that fits the bill, it's Balalaika, in both the literal meaning of the trope (Hotel Moscow is the most dangerous criminal faction in Roanapur) and the fact that she's a Big Good to the main cast (who are also criminals).
- Big Good: To the main protagonists and anyone she looks after and/or gives jobs to. She treats them well and usually comes to lend a hand dealing with competing evils. Of course, this is only provided there's something in it for her and they don't get on her bad side; her true loyalty only lies with her war comrades. Case in point; though she's amused by Rock's Adorkable nature and takes a liking to him, the one time he pushes her too far with accusations and demands, she doesn't hesitate to flip him on the roof of a car and put a gun to his head.
- Blood Knight:
- According to Revy she'd rather give up sex than pass up a chance to wage war.
- In the light novel, she welcomed an old subordinate who'd found himself on the opposite side refusing the olive branch because it meant that he, like herself, meant to continue fighting to the bitter end.
- Break the Cutie: In the anime, we see her as an innocent young girl who wanted to join the Olympic biathalon team. Then the Afghan War happened and she got completely trashed.
- Broken Bird: Thanks to the Afghan War and the subsequent collapse of her country, the cute teenager who wanted to become an Olympic marksman and make her family proud ended up as a cynical, scarred, and stylishly brutal Mafia queen.
- The Chessmaster: In the old tradition of "game of kings", she crushes the opposition with superior tactics. The Washimine family didn't know what hit them. Most of them were dead before they realized she was moving against them.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise. The head of Washimine clan attempted to do this at first because Balalaika was obviously going overboard, providing a very undesirable sort of help.
- Coat Cape: She wears her Soviet military coat like this.
- Combat Pragmatist: On a large scale, as she fights her mob wars like military operations. Her men smashed the Washimine Group special forces-style, complete with snipers, frag grenades, flash-bangs, explosives and whatnot and suffered no casualties; the only loss from Hotel Moscow is the ex-KGB and his men, who are not part of Balalaika's ex-airborne troops and who she never liked anyway.
- Cool Big Sis: To Revy, anyway, who even refers to her as "Anego" which means "Sister". Though Revy isn't above calling Balalaika a bitch when she pulls a gun on Rock or has her men shoot Revy and Shenhua in the arms.
- Covered with Scars: She has burn scars all over her body, ending at her thighs.
- Dark Action Girl: Before she graduated to The Baroness she was a sinister soldier sniper.
- Deadpan Snarker: Moreso than anyone else in this series.
- Death Seeker: Balalaika confesses to Chang that her driving motivation is to "meet that one fated person in that one fated battle" and die remembering who she once was.
- Dissonant Serenity: Nothing says "I love my job" like grinning while snapping a Yakuza leader's neck, stopping to engage in a philosophic debate about the nature of the human condition with a would-be assassin whom she has just had shot or politely apologizing to Lagoon Company for any inconvenience they may have experienced during their last mission which ends with some unlucky bastard's apartment exploding.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Given what she saw in Afghanistan, it's not a shock she has this.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Balalaika (and a large portion of her men) served as Spetznaz during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; their tactics and training are used with brutal efficiency in their criminal operations.
- Embarrassing Nickname: The only one who "gets" to call Chang "Babe" to his face. Naturally, he (and everyone else who dares) responds with "Fry Face".
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her real name is Sofiyia Pavlovena. She is rarely addressed by that.
- Evil Laugh: Her reaction to Rock trying to talk her down near the end of the Yakuza arc is sinister amusement.
- Eviler Than Thou:
- Her confrontation with Hansel she proves that she is both more ruthless and more cruel.
- The yakuza, especially Yukio, learn that they are not nearly pragmatic enough to match her in mob warfare.
- In the light novel, she out-eviled Mr. Chang of all people, laughing in his face when he offered to take out her rebellious subordinate so she wouldn't have to kill one of her own.
- Femme Fatalons: She has long pink talons.
- Former Regime Personnel: She's ex-Soviet military. She also came from a rather high-ranking family.
- Friendly Sniper: She was considered a better shot than any of her men in Afghanistan, not to mention much more approachable before things went to shit for them.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her Start of Darkness episode "Little Soldier Girls" reveals that she wore her hair like this prior to enlisting in the Soviet Special Forces. This serves to highlight the contrast between the innocent girl that she was, and the nihilistic Blood Knight that she becomes.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars:
- Balalaika has a large part of one side of her face scarred as a result of the war. She's sometimes called "Fry Face" because of it. She still manages to look attractive regardless.
- The first time you see her arms in Chapter 64.
- The swimsuit special by the author/artist shows that it's actually most of her torso (assuming the doujin is canon).
- Icy Blue Eyes
- In-Series Nickname: Besides her pseudonym Balalaika, some of the other crime syndicates in Roanapur have been known to call her "Fry Face" because of her burn scars.
- Iron Lady: The no-nonsense leader of a gang of Russian commandos-turned-hitmen and the scariest member of their outfit by far.
- It's Raining Men: Former VDV Airborne Troops captain.
- Kick the Dog: Sending Rock a picture of Yukio, whom he inadvertently drove to suicide, with a big red "x" over it after the ordeal in Japan. Considering her general attitude towards him, it could be considered more of a morbid joke, but she did kick several other dogs in that arc, such as slaughtering an already weakened Washimine clan just because she could.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Chen by tying him up in his own apartment and blowing him up for attempting to kill the Lagoon company.
- Lady of War: She was the captain of a Russian army squadron with enough manpower to potentially fight and hold on their own should World War III occur, and she hardly ever swears or raises her voice, maintaining a distinct air of grace and respect when speaking or being spoken to, and would probably shoot you without hesitation.
- Lzherusskie: The name "Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena" is a typical case of klukvanote . The order of names is totally wrong (it should be "Sofiya Pavlovna Irininskaya"), and the last name sounds really fake to real Russians.
- The Mafiya: Unlike most other women pertaining to a Mafia-like organization, she's in charge instead of being just a regular Mafia Princess. If anything, she's more of a Mafia Queen. She's too experienced and too powerful to be a mere "princess".
- Mama Bear: You hurt her subordinates, you will be dead soon. And. VERY. Messily. Hansel and Gretel didn't pay attention to this.
- A Mother to Her Men: Balalaika's concern for her subordinates are her a large source of her Pet the Dog moments. If you attack any of her men, you will be DEAD. Note this extends to her part-time employees as well, most notably the Lagoon Company. She might be utterly ruthless, but her recurring trait is her unswerving loyalty to her comrades, regardless of duration.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A balalaika is a type of stringed instrument, but it's also Russian military slang for a Dragunov sniper rifle (which Balalaika used during the Soviet-Afghan War).
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the English Dub version of episode 3, when she is threatening Chen, she briefly slips into a thick Russian accent. Granted, she is Russian, but this is the only time she ever does it in the series. Maybe Patricia Drake just threw it in and nobody bothered to change it.
- Pet the Dog: Many, mostly concerning her relation with both her henchmen and Lagoon Company.
- The smile◊ she gives to Rock at the end of the Yakuza arc, which is one of the few times she gives an honest smile instead of Technically a Smile.
- The revelation of why she was discharged, mainly, due to an international incident when she was photographed by media somewhere her unit shouldn't have officially been, is a pet the dog moment for her since the reason she got photographed was because she went out of her way to save a child.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Quotes an 80's song while delivering one of her most brutal The Reason You Suck Speeches.
- Power Hair: Averted. She is powerful, badass, feared and a strategist but she has the long, flowing, slightly wavy tresses usually worn by weak and fragile damsels in distress
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Nice commie ones like "Comrades, raise your fists!" or "Cock your hammers!"
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black tights under her long business skirt.
- Psychotic Smirk: A common expression of her's as she's about to kill someone.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Mr. Chang's Blue.
- Renegade Russian: It's The '90s the nineties, she is a former Soviet VDV special forces commander and now a mafia queen.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one of these to her Vysotniki before leading them to avenge their comrades' deaths.
- Scars Are Forever: Justified, given their severity. Her face and body were badly burned during the Afghan War.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Done to Hansel, with a sniper rifle. She gives three words and a sound effect to deal with one of the creepiest little psychos you'll ever meet.Balalaika: "I said KNEEL!" *BANG*
- Slasher Smile: When she's enjoying herself she sports a wide and scary grin.
- Smoking Is Cool: Usually has a nice big cigar on hand. She also smokes Parliaments from time to time.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is on the taller side of the character spectrum, and has a very toned physique underneath her business suit.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Continues to wear a Soviet military coat over her shoulders even after joining the mafia. She and her men also wear their old uniforms, as well.
- The Captain: "Kapitan."
- The Stoic: Keeps her cool even as Hansel tells her how one of her men died an agonizing death, screaming out to her.
- The Strategist: She's the brains of her personal army.
- Straw Nihilist:Balalaika: In the grand scheme of things, our lives are meaningless. They're light as air… like a candy wrapper.
- Technically a Smile: If Balalaika ever smiles at you, it's recommended that you make sure your last will and testament is up to date. She even used to provide the page image.
- Touché: She admitted that Yukio's van trick was an "effective counter-measure" which means Yukio had to be crushed absolutely.
- Tranquil Fury: Even when she's in the depths of teeth-gnashing, blood-boiling rage, Balalaika tends to speak like a patient mother scolding her children. She raises her voice in anger exactly twice. Both times are among the tensest points in the series.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: This is Balalaika at age 9.
- Warrior Poet: Sometimes lapses into how War Is Glorious.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: As a young girl she takes on the challenge of becoming an Olympic shooter as her success would restore her father's honor, though it's not said what he did wrong (given the Communist-era setting, it's possible he was disgraced for political unreliability).
- Would Hurt a Child: Zig-zagged. Like Mr. Chang, under certain circumstances she has no compunctions about hurting children physically and very violently. Even though she did not do it directly, Hansel and Gretel got no special treatment for being children, and the fact that they killed some of her men no doubt helped, and it's heavily implied that she would have done it herself if given a chance. And in the anime, a flashback to the Afghan War shows her shifting her sniper fire away from a child running towards its mother, but presumably she'd have no qualms about killing a Child Soldier, and does mention that her men had to fight some in Afghanistan.
- Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell: She is a disillusioned former Soviet Special Forces commander who turned to a life of crime after being screwed over by the government in the wake of the war.
- Young and in Charge: During the series she is around her mid-thirties, which implies she became a lieutenant and later kapitan in her twenties during the Afghan War.
- Younger Than They Look: It says a lot about what life's done to her that people keep trying to add the "Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have" trope to a character canonically in her late thirties.
Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (JP), Mark Acheson (EN)Balalaika's former platoon sergeant during the Soviet-Afghan war, Boris is utterly loyal and devoted to her and is almost always at his Kapitan's side.
- Bishounen: According to one of the omakes, he used to be an incredibly scrawny, girlish-looking boy (the Shout-Out to Rose of Versailles was very obvious), so to fix this, he joined the Army and took 20 levels in badass. Even more hilarious is that everyone, even Balalaika, told him he was an idiot for doing such a thing.
- Big Beautiful Man: Inverted, as he is very muscular with wide set shoulders.
- The Dragon: We can safely assume he is this to Balalaika, despite not having seen him do much so far. It's implied he was her platoon sergeant make in the formal military and he is always at her side speaking with her or delivering orders to the rank-and-file.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Admits to Balalaika that taking out Hansel's leg and hand with a sniper rifle and letting him slowly bleed to death gave him the chills. Though he may have been talking about how he was letting one of the only people to kill a member of the Vysotniki in-series within twenty feet of her.
- Former Regime Personnel: The Soviet Union doesn't exist anymore.
- Rugged Scar: The large scar across his face is his most distinguishing feature. Like Balalaika he presumably acquired it during the Soviet-Afghan War. Presumably a knife wound.
- Sergeant Rock: The fact that she addresses him as "sergeant" rather than by name suggests that he's her former platoon sergeant.
- The Stoic: One of the least emotive characters in the series.
- Terse Talker: Speaks in short, clipped sentences.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), Richard Newman (EN)Member of the Vysotniki
- Friendly Target: The reason he was introduced. Although his death doesn't seem like it was intended to make the audience sad, just horrified.
- Human Pincushion: Remember that mention of horrifying? The other reason he was introduced was part of being a demonstration on how insane Hansel and Gretel are.
SakharovHe is a corporal and member of the Vysotniki.
- Friendly Target: The reason he was introduced. Seriously, he didn't even survive the episode he was introduced in. Although his death doesn't seem like it was intended to make the audience sad.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His introduction to the show is brutally cut short to show that Hansel and Gretel are Dead Serious.
Kan Yi Fan Triad
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Trevor Devall (EN)A former police officer with the Royal Hong Kong Police turned Triad leader; currently engaged in an friendly competition with Balalaika over control of the Roanapur underworld.
"You know, sometimes it just feels like I'm wading through a giant sea of shit."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The head of the Triad in Roanapur, and the best gun-fighter in the series.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: He and Revy make an awesome version of this - See the terrorist arc.
- Badass: Revy calls him "sir" which should instantly tell you he's the most badass guy in a town full of them. (It's obvious that Revy wants to be a cool, rich and powerful Triad boss just like Chang when she grows up.)
- Blatant Lies: He tells Rock that, as a former cop, he's seen both sides of the law and has a different perspective from anyone else. He was actually a corrupt cop, responsible for the deaths of his fellow officers and other nasty stuff. He was on the other side from the start.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Apathetically and matter-of-factually talks about his absolute lack of compassion for the sexually-abused Ax-Crazy children Hansel and Gretel because he is a black-hearted cynical scumbag and is completely comfortable with that fact, not to mention that they killed some of his men. This is the defining difference from the kind-and-honorable Papa Wolf gangsters played by Chow Yun-Fat that he is based upon.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: He engages in this during the Hansel & Gretel arc. Chang and a group of his Mooks are outside Verrochio's place and he casually mentions, "You may want to duck". Seconds later one of Verrochio's goons goes flying through the air and the Mook ducks and barely manages to avoid being hit by the body.
- The Chessmaster: The one who commissioned Rock to see through to ending Roberta's rampage.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Chang looks suspiciously like Chow Yun-Fat.
- Cool Shades: Considering his character design is based on Chow Yun-Fat, this comes with the territory.
- Cynical Mentor: Shows shades of this toward Rock in "El Baile de la Muerte" arc. He sees to it that Rock gains points in chessmaster at the same time as lossing points in compassion.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Don't call him "Babe" (Unless you're Fry Face).
- Even Evil Has Standards: He considers having to kill old friends a rotten deal. So in the light novel, he offers to take care of such an enemy for Balalaika… Too bad she's Eviler Than Thou.
- Evil Laugh: Gives one after Rock calls him out for what he is.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he is generally friendly towards the Lagoon Company and might be mistaken as Affably Evil at first, he reveals during his Breaking Speech to Rock that his friendliness doesn't mean a thing.
- Guns Akimbo: Unlike Chow Yun-Fat's characters, Chang's Weapons Of Choice are two Beretta 76s. He also uses a pair of AMT Hardballer Longslides borrowed from his subordinates.
- Identical Stranger: The light novel mentions offhand that when he visited Beijing, he was mistaken for a celebrity. Wonder who that could have been?
- I Have Many Names: It's played for laughs in the light novel. Biu would prefer that Chang not add "Master Ninja" to his repertoire of nicknames.
- Mr. Fanservice: Without his glasses, he is very handsome; with the glasses he is very handsome.
- Nerves of Steel: Normally cheerful and emotive, this guy is also capable of being completely calm during a massive shootout. The only time he lost his cool was when Eda told him he was an insect compared to the might of the United States.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The already mentioned Chow Yun-Fat.
- Not So Different: He started out on the right side of the law, only to defect when by all counts he shouldn't have had to, and now serves as an Only Sane Man for fellow criminals. Chang is more than happy to point this out to a horrified Rokuro.
- Only Sane Man: Generally acts as a voice of reason towards the other local crimelords, particularly Balalaika.Are we going to break this up and kill each other before we even get to the agenda? I can imagine the party over at the Justice Department if we did.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Balalaika's Red.
- Rousing Speech: Saddles his fellow crime heads with a villainous version, after the Only Sane Man quote eventually accomplishes zilch. Two pages' worth can be found on the Quotes Page.
- Unwitting Pawn: Most everyone knows that Chang is the true "ruler" of Roanapur, having the most power and influence. What they don't know is that his benefactor is the CIA itself. The only reason he's allowed as much power is because the CIA makes use of his South-China drug and weapon trade routes for their own ends. It also explains why the Triad is the Church's biggest customer. This fact is not lost on him.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Of the untied variety, hanging around the collar of his coat.
- Slasher Smile: Rarely done, but has one or two of these on occasion, usually accompanied by a cigarette between his teeth.
- The Triads and the Tongs: Mr. Chang is a Pak Tsa Sin (a high ranking officer) of the Kan Yi Fan, a fictional Triad based in Hong Kong.
- Affably Evil: Quite cheery most of the time, whether she's skewering hapless Mooks, or delivering an unfortunate man in a suitcase to be chopped up by a goth with a chainsaw. She and Revy even have a (relatively) friendly conversation whilst trying to kill each other.
- Asian Speekee Engrish: Speaks like this in both the Japanese and English dubs, something Revy makes fun of whenever they see each other.
- Ax-Crazy: She can get rather… enthusiastic about chopping up people with kukuri knives.
- Badass: She's like Revy but with swords instead of guns and with the addition of martial art skills.
- Dark Action Girl: She's as insane as she is capable.
- Dragon Lady: She's a Taiwanese assassin who wears cheongsam/qipao and talks in pidgin English (or Japanese, respectively). Don't underestimate her because of that if you value your life.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: She presumably speaks fluent Chinese, but her English (and Japanese, in the original) is utterly dreadful both in grammar and pronunciation, to the point where Revy (who is Chinese-American) nicknames her "Chinglish". It's not a good idea to take her poor language skills for stupidity, unless you want to be knifed to death."My English not good because I am pure Taiwanese. Maybe you like me to skin your ass, bitch?"
- Femme Fatalons: She has long red nails.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Wears long stiletto heels on purpose to keep her edge in an environment where almost nobody knows martial arts. When she gets serious, they come off.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: The difference between her and every other woman in the show is that she kicks ass while wearing an elegant red qipao.
- Knife Nut: She's as good with the knives as Revy is with the guns. She also has some kunai for long distance fighting, and can toss her Kukris if her opponents are further away.
- Kukris Are Kool: She fights with a much more practical version of a Whip Sword: twin whip kukri. She's good enough to behead people with them from 30 feet away.
- Lady of War: She's damn graceful with those kukris and kunai.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Very easy to underestimate given her Engrish. You'll regret laughing though when her knife comes out.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair style involves a long fringe that occasionally covers her eyes.
- Power Trio: She forms one with Lotton and Sawyer. They even live together now!
- Qipao: She loves wearing these, though she's Taiwanese to be precise.
- Rapunzel Hair: Wears her hair very long as part of her Dragon Lady motif.
- She's Got Legs: That dress shows off every inch.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: While she's pretty deadly in melee combat with her Kukris, they're also attached on a rope to her wrists, so she can also hurl them for mid-ranged combat. Her accuracy with them is pretty good as well.
BiuChang's most visible assistant, apparently his second-in-command.
- Beleaguered Assistant: He's introduced with Chang casually tossing his cell phone at him, and further appearances put them into a lighter, more serious version of the Comedic Duo.
- The Comically Serious: With a boss as apparently whimsical as Mr. Chang, Biu's appearances tend to cast him as Chang's Straight Man. The light novel's "Master Ninja" incident comes to mind.
- Cool Shades: Always wears shades.
- The Dragon: Though we've never seen Biu fight, he's highly enough ranked that he can (lightly) banter with his boss and occasionally discuss fairly personal matters.
- Straight Man: To Chang's "carefree mob boss act."
- Triads and Tongs: He belongs to the Triad.
Ripoff Church / Church of Violence
Voiced by: Jun Karasawa (JP), Lisa Ann Beley (EN)An easy-going, sunglasses-wearing nun with the so-called Church Of Violence. Revy's confidante and only friend. Also an undercover agent for the CIA.
"God's not in today. He's on vacation in Vegas."
- Badass Boast: Her retort to Chang."And another thing, smack talk has no effect on those stronger than you. You and your men have the power to bring men and whole companies to your heels, but we have the power to bring entire nations to our heels, if not to ruin."
- Beneath the Mask: The ending of the Greenback arc and her role in the El Baile De La Muerte arc indicate that what we see of Eda is mainly a front.
- Berserk Button: Anyone who puts a bullet in the church had better damn well be prepared to go to war. She doesn't appreciate apprentice priest Rico calling her "sis," either."That's SISTER to you, jackass!"
- Cluster F-Bomb: Second to Revy in the swearing department.
- The Cheerleader: When de-aged in the omakes.
- Cool Big Sis: To Rico because he's new. She insists he calls her "Sister".
- Cool Shades: She always wears them - the few times we see her without them, she's either in disguise or otherwise acting officially as a field officer, versus the normal 'undercover' role.
- Dark Action Girl: Along with many other characters in the show, she's a vile criminal.
- Gainax Bounce: There is no way in hell that she wears a bra whilst in her civvies.
- The Glasses Come Off: Any time Eda takes her sunglasses off, she becomes ice-cold and dead serious. And it's scary how much of a change it is.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Fufills the role of heavy drinker despite being a nun.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: She calls Him a trickster that turns water into wine.
- The Lad-ette: While not as much as a hardass like Revy, she drinks more then Revy, sleeps around more (as in a little) than Revy, and still kicks copious amounts of ass.
- Ms. Fanservice: Just look at her◊ when she's wearing her "street clothes", especially since it's very obvious in that photo that she's not wearing a bra... or maybe even still in her nun's habit.
- Naughty Nuns: She's very attractive for a nun. And if she was ever under a vow of chastity, she told it to fuck off years ago.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: You'll see her coming anyway, unless she's really serious.
- Nun Too Holy: The most prominent example on the show."What the hell's your problem?! Don't you know what Jesus said in Luke 11? 'Don't trouble me. The door's locked' — got that, bitch?"
- Shipper on Deck: She seems to have taken an interest in Rock/Revy, although that's when she's not hitting on Rock herself… which could be an act, and if it is, it's a damn good one.
- Stripperific: When not wearing her nun outfit, she's showing a lot of skin.
- The Tease: She frequently comes on very heavily to Rock, much to his embarrassment and Revy's annoyance. As if the poor guy didn't have enough stress in his life...
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: "That's SISTER to you, jackass!"
- Vitriolic Best Buds/With Friends Like These...: With Revy. Will point a gun at each one second and then have casual small talk the next.
- Weapon of Choice: A Glock 17L.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: When she's not in her nun habit, she dresses similarly to Revy.
- The Woman Behind the Man: Between her CIA connections, the Ripoff Church's intel network, and her own deals with Mr. Chang, Eda is effectively the true ruler of Roanapur. The only person with any suspicion of this is Rock, whom Eda warns not to dig any further.
Voiced by: Akiko Takeguchi (JP), Shirley Millner (EN)Leader of the Church of Violence. Very likely has a background in intelligence herself, as she is fully aware of Eda's status, and acts as an informant/confidante to her. But they might just have some kind of deal with the CIA.
"My dear, you could learn a thing or two from that young man, you know. In the end, waving your gun around doesn't work. You'll never do good business like that."
- Affably Evil: Seems like just a benevolent, soft spoken elderly lady, aside from the eyepatch. And, you know, the weapons dealing and the drug smuggling.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: A gold-plated Desert Eagle.
- Church Militant: Although it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front, they are still holy scripture reciting, habit wearing, and gun carrying weapons smugglers.
- Cool Old Lady: Wouldn't it be awesome if your grandma was more like this?
- Corrupt Church: If her church is a genuine house of worship instead of a mere facade, then it is a lot more involved in drugs and weapons than love and forgiveness.
- Eyepatch of Power: The picture says it all: eyepatch, gun, and grin.
- Hand Cannon: A gold-plated and engraved Desert Eagle to be exact. And this 70-year-old lady can fire it with one hand.
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to one Omake, before she was a wrinkled old lady, she was a knock out.
- Lady of War: Very cultured and very well versed in the Bible. Mixes this rather well with being able to blow your shit up with a gold plated Desert Eagle.
- Never Mess with Granny: Especially not when she's firing a freakin' Desert Eagle one-handed.
Ricardo a.k.a Rico.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Simon Hill (EN)Eda's assistant and a newcomer in the Church Of Violence, who makes his debut in the "Greenback Jane" arc.
- More Dakka: His weapons of choice is an M60 Machine Gun.
- Naïve Newcomer: In the Greenback Jane arc, he's a new member to the Church of Violence.
- Running Gag: "That's SISTER to you, jackass!"
- Sexy Priest: A cute and laid-back man in priestly vestments.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or green, in his case.
The Lovelace Household
Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (JP), Tabitha St. Germain (EN)A maid who worked for four years at the Lovelace household in Venezuela. Although her domestic skills such as cleaning and cooking were somewhat lacking, she developed a close friendship with the young son of the Lovelace family, Garcia. Roberta was once known as Rosarita Cisneros, a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. She was taken in by the Lovelaces to clear a debt of honor between Roberta's father and the head of the family, who then became her master.
Balalaika: "Take a look at her eyes. Don't you notice anything?"
Boris: "The eyes of a soldier."
Balalaika: "That's correct, sergeant. And that's not all. She's one hell of a rabid dog."
Boris: "The eyes of a soldier."
Balalaika: "That's correct, sergeant. And that's not all. She's one hell of a rabid dog."
- Abnormal Ammo: Using a metal rod that is capable of penetrating armor isn't what is expected for a centuries-old musket to fire.
- An Arm and a Leg: The end of the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA for the anime leads to Roberta's 'reckoning' for her actions during the arc; she gets into a fight with an American special forces unit and loses her left arm from the shoulder down, her right leg from the knee down, her right eye and two fingers on her right arm and is left wheelchair-bound. This was a notable departure from the original manga, which was much kinder to her – Roberta killed almost all of the Americans and got away without so much as a scratch.
- The Atoner: She was a FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba. After becoming disillusioned, she ran away and became a maid for a pacifist.
- Ax-Crazy: To say that she lost her shit following Diego's death is a very, very, very mellow way of putting it. Lots of guns? Check. Boiling blood? Check. Munching on stimulants like candy? Double check. Hallucinating? Oh yes. Delusions of still serving Garcia in the middle of a gunfight? That too. And that's not even factoring in the gratituious amounts of evil laughs and slasher smiles.
- Badass: Biggest one in the series. Revy knows this as well. The merest mention that "The Maid" is back in town is enough to set everyone on edge, because the only thing it could mean is trouble.
- Badass Adorable: With VERY heavy on the badass part but still, when you see that kind-hearted side of her, you really can't help but want to take her home with you. She blushed when Garcia kissed her. Take away Roanapur and FARC, and this woman is wholly capable of exuding cute.
- Badass Creed: "In the name of Santa Maria, a hammer blow of righteousness to all injustice."
- Beware the Nice Ones: On a good day, she's just an adorable family maid. Threaten her charge, and she'll turn back into "The Bloodhound".
- Berserk Button: If you kidnap a member of the Lovelace family, she will kill you and everyone who stands in her way. If you kill a member of the Lovelace family, she will kill EVERYONE.
- Boobs of Steel: According to the creator, out of all the girls who fight (this cancels out Jane), Roberta, who is the most powerful fighter, has the biggest endowed chest at an H.note
- Braids of Action: Wears her hair in two braids on the sides of her head and she's so tough she is constantly compared to the Terminator.
- Briefcase Blaster: Used one in her initial appearance for the surprise factor.
- Bringing Running Shoes to a Car Chase: She overtakes the Lagoon Crew's vehicle at a dead run and leaping right on the rear with a trench knife. There's a reason she's often compared to the Terminator.
- Byronic Heroine: Let's see: morally neutral, physically attractive, largely concerned with personal interests, suffering from a troubled past that still haunts her, guilty of crimes, cynical, jaded and self-destructive. Yeah, she fits the bill.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She can outrun a car and fire machine guns one handed due to her assassin training.
- Composite Character: A combined Expy of El Mariachi, The T-1000 and Mary Poppins, or as the author calls her, "Death Poppins".
- Crazy-Prepared: Let's see, she shows up in Roanapur with an umbrella made of Kevlar that has a built in shotgun, a suitcase made of the same with a built in machine gun and rocket launcher, and she hides enough grenades to demolish an entire building in her maid's skirt. And then there's what's inside her suitcase besides all that.
- Creepy Good: Not good in a heroic sense, but she's the closest thing the show has to an Anti-Hero aside from Rock, since her only motivation is to save a young boy from certain death, and later, to avenge his father. She had to earn this however; before her redemption, she murdered countless innocents and children…
- Cry Cute: The adorably sad eyes she looked at Garcia with when she hung off the edge of Dutch's car.◊ Aww, can I take her home with me?
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She catches one of Shenhua's kukris in her teeth, uses it to block the other kukri (with it still in her teeth), then shatters it right in Shenhua's face (again with her teeth). When Sawyer steps in, Roberta jams the chain and snaps the blade with the trigger guards of her IMBEL. And when it's Lotton's turn? She gives him the boot. Lotton survived, thanks to his Crazy-Prepared-ness, but it should be noted that the steel codpiece Lotton used to protect his goods was crumpled like a soda can from the impact.
- Dark Action Girl: Fits both the "dark" and the "action" parts with emphasis given her ruthlessness and past.
- The crew of the Lagoon repeatedly jokes that she could be the T-1000. All jokes stop when she starts climbing up the back of their car with a pair of trench knives. After catching up to them on foot at a dead run. What makes it awesome is that she's even imitating Robert Patrick's "knife hand" sprinter's run.
- Take a look at Roberta's Blood Trail under Nigh Invulnerable, just being able to MOVE under that condition guarantees this trope.
- Don't Look at Me!: After she has brief sex with the FARC Commander and then beats his head into a paste, Garcia comes around the corner and begs for her to stop, causing her to have a complete mental breakdown and say these exact words.
- The Dreaded: Meet the only character that can put all of Roanapur on edge. News that the "Bloodhound of Florencia" was in the city put the entire power structure of its three warring criminal organizations into utter chaos for the week that she was there.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: She does this after she finishes mowing down a group of thugs in a bar with her umbrella gun, revealing to the surviving thugs that she had several grenades hidden under her dress and had pulled off all the pins in the process.
- Face–Heel Turn: During the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc. While she was never on the Lagoon Company's side, she was more of a "Face" until her Sanity Slippage as a result of her master's assassination from the bombing done by the NSA.
- Foil: For Revy. Similar violent backgrounds, inhumanly efficient man-killers, dangerously unhinged, and both fly into a homicidal rage if their morality pets are harmed (Rock for Revy, Garcia for Roberta). But, Roberta is capable of suppressing her violent nature, is easily capable of loving, desperately seeks a purpose in life (in contrast to Revy's nihilism), is much more polite and intelligent, and feels guilt for all the things she did in the past. Essentially, she's how Revy would be if she tried to add purpose to her life and allowed herself to feel love or remorse.
- A Glass in the Hand: She does this with a beer mug – holding just the handle – at the Yellow Flag, one of the few hints we get that she's an utter Badass before she breaks out the kevlar-lined Parasol of Pain and starts blasting people to hell.
- Guns Akimbo: Amongst her weapons are a pair of IMBEL 1911s, which she wields against Revy's Cutlasses. And later, she adds drum clips to them.
- Hero Antagonist: In her first appearance, she was trying to retrieve Garcia from his kidnappers, (which were the protagonists)… and is utterly unstoppable in her pursuit.
- Hypocritical Humor: "I have no need for filthy language." During her fistfight with Revy, "STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THIS!"
- Implacable Woman: Rock makes a joke on how she's like the Terminator. Turns out it couldn't be closer to the truth.
- Kill 'em All: Borders between this and Roaring Rampage of Revenge in response to her master's death.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's got impressive foot speed and is WAY stronger than she looks.
- Mama Bear: You look at Garcia wrong, you're deader than dead.
- Meganekko: Spoiler: She doesn't actually need glasses.
- Mexican Standoff: Her epic battle with Revy crossed into a threeway with Hotel Moscow.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- After she shoots Garcia because he denounces her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Also has this reaction upon realizing that while she was tongue kissing and getting screwed by the FARC Commander as a distraction in order to brutally kill him, Garcia was right around the corner, listening in on the entire thing in horror.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- Nigh Invulnerable:
- Made of Iron is a standard power for characters in this series. Roberta is not so much made of 'Iron' as 'diamondoid, probably poured over a base of Wolfram or some other extremely dense, tear-resistant material'.
- The final episode of Roberta's Blood Trail averts this trope. In the manga, Roberta came out of the entire ordeal without a scratch (all the blood on her clothes belonged to her victims). In the OVA, however, she is severely wounded by the Grey Fox unit to the point of losing her right eye, right leg, and left arm, and if that isn't bad enough, her right hand's index and middle fingers are shot off. The only reason she can still walk in the ending is thanks to a cobbled together prosthetic right leg.
- Ninja Maid: She doesn't just know kung fu; she's bloody invincible, and carrying enough weaponry in her maid uniform to depopulate a small country. Considering that she used to be the infamous "Bloodhound of Florencia", the most dangerous hitwoman from the FARC…
- Not So Different: Her and Revy. Pointed out by everyone.
- Parasol of Pain: Hers is made of Kevlar and has a built in shotgun. And that's just one of her many pain-inducing items.
- Precision F-Strike: See Hypocritical Humor, above.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: There's nothing wrong with her eyes. She wears the glasses as part of her "Roberta the peaceful maid" persona. They help her stay in character.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Who would believe that the clumsy housemaid who just burned dinner is actually the "Bloodhound of Florencia"?
- One Woman Army: A fully armed drug cartel meets her in a bar. She kills all of them with ease.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Averted. When they're aren't opaque, you see a glare with the fury of 10,000 Hells.
- Rapunzel Hair: Had it even in her FARC days.
- Red Baron: The Bloodhound of Florencia
- Redemption Failure: Tried to be a good person by being a loyal servant and a mother/sister of sorts to Garcia… sadly, all that went out the window with the murder of her master/Garcia's dad at the start of "El Baile De La Muerte". Worse yet, this was exactly what the antagonists of said arc were trying to accomplish.
- The Rival: One of the many Dark Action Girl rivals for Revy. Unlike Eda, it's less on a personal level and purely from a "I'm just better than you" point of view. Unlike the others though, she's the only one who's arguably "stronger" than Revy, besting her whenever they fight.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: What happens when Garcia gets kidnapped. It's absolutely terrifying to both Garcia and the Lagoon Company.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Roberta's master (and Garcia's dad) is killed at the start of "El Baile De La Muerte", a trail of destruction is Roberta's response.
- Sanity Slippage: During "El Baile De La Muerte", she starts downing Ritalin like it's candy, which pushes her far beyond her limits.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: She uses them to hide her perpetual Death Glare.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Lampshaded when Roberta changes from her maid's outfit to a amazonian look.
- She Who Fights Monsters: In El Baile De La Muerte she hunts the killers of her dear master and becomes more dangerous than them. Only Garcia, Fabiola and Rock's plan were enough to snap her out of psycho-mode.
- Shower of Angst: We see her sulking in the shower right after her master's demise.
- Slasher Smile: In "El Baile De La Muerte". holycrap.
- Sociopathic Hero: She was once an amoral killing machine but has now dedicated herself to the Lovelace family and goes completely off the deep end when she thinks her young master has died.
- Specs of Awesome: Her permanently Scary Shiny Glasses only make her look even more badass.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her last name, Cisneros, has been localized as "Tisneros". Admittedly this is closer to how the name is pronounced in Japanese.
- Tranquil Fury: After Abrego's cartel kidnap Garcia, she rips through his goons and tears a swath across Roanapur to get him back, all the while having the emotional expression of a brick wall.
- The Unfettered: In "El Baile De La Muerte", she will kill those who killed her master then return to the young master. And she's not particular about what it does to her, anyone else, or the long-term consequences. Move or die.
- Undying Loyalty: Fiercely loyal to Garcia and his father.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Her moral code can be seen as heroic (by this series' standards at least) since she gave up her life as a FARC guerrilla to become the maid of a pacifist and she only returns to her old ways to save the son of her master. But goddamn is she ruthless and terrifying. Then her moral code goes down the crapper with the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc.
- Unstoppable Rage: If you kidnap or kill her masters, she will hunt you down through single photographs and kill you. You have a slight chance of surviving if you are a member of the Green Berets, otherwise you are dead.
- Villain Protagonist: During the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc.
- Walking Armory: Roberta carries a gatling gun briefcase, shotgun disguised as an umbrella, at least one knife, and a crapload of grenades.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: During the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc.
- Worthy Opponent: To Revy. Roberta's actually the only person in the series who's gone toe-to-toe with Revy in both a gunfight and a fistfight and won; In their first gunfight she briefly knocked Revy unconscious with a grenade, and then knocked her out again in a fistfight (this time for several hours).
Garcia Fernando Lovelace
Morality Chain back.
- All-Loving Hero: Stubbornly refuses to resort to violence as a means to an end, knowing the consequences of it. He also keeps Fabiola from making this mistake. The one time he appears to subvert this, it was a ruse.
- Break the Cutie: Vehemently defied. During the entirety of El Baile de la Muerte, the poor boy is tormented and given several chances to Jump Off The Slippery Slope, but he never breaks completely and is deadset on bringing Roberta back to her old self with a minimum of bloodshed.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Gun included, albeit unloaded; he only fires blanks with it, in a gambit to stop Roberta's Roaring Rampage of Revenge without killing any more people. It works.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Becomes the Lovelace family head out of necessity after his father is killed.
- Cooldown Kiss: Gives one to Roberta to revert her from psycho mood.
- Cuteness Proximity: Seems to cause this a few times in "El Baile de la Muerte", first when they go to the wrecked Yellow Flag several of the scantily clad ladies that Bao is hanging out with seem quite taken with him, and Shenhua hugs him and out right and asks if he wants to be her son.
- Distressed Dude: Introduced as a victim of kidnapping. It's not his fault; he ain't a child soldier like several other kids in this series. It's never stated if he had even a sliver of combat training his entire life.
- Harmful to Minors: Watching his maid slaughter a drug cartel while they swear up a storm.
- He Is All Grown Up: Roberta told him that she was impressed by how much he had grown in her absence (after he had straddled her, no less).
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With Roberta.
- Mexican Standoff: Fakes one with Roberta as part of the plan to bring her down from her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Morality Chain: To Roberta. Around him she acts like a nice Meido. When he's not around her, she tends to go crazy.
- Name Order Confusion: Just like Balalaika, his name should be written in Spanish as "Fernando Garcia Lovelace", as Fernando is normally a first name and Garcia Lovelace are paternal and maternal last names in many Latin American countries.
- Precocious Crush: He has a crush on his maid Roberta, who's in her mid-to-late 20's. In "El Baile de la Muerte", he kisses her.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: "See? We're not dead."
Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace
Voiced by: Ryunosuke Obayashi (JP), Michael Kopsa (EN)Garcia's father, Roberta's boss and leader of the Lovelace family. Whose tragic death kicks off the El Baile de la Muerte arc.
- Class Traitor: He is of the old landowning class in Venezuela (well known for their right-wing politics), but when he was killed he was participating in a meeting of Hugo Chavez' fledgeling Fifth Republic Movement - which was even then socialism-inclined.
- Disappeared Dad: More like blown to smithereens, but still…
- Impoverished Patrician: According to Rock, the Lovelace family is on the lower rungs of Venezuelan high society. While he still has quite a bit of money due to plantations, it's still not much compared to what the Lovelaces used to have in the past. This is due to Diego's political beliefs (he's a quasi-socialist amongst a famously capitalist group) and the harrassment of the Colombian cartel.
- Morality Chain: Roberta owes him her new chance at life, and thus she goes batshit when he kicks it.
- Name Order Confusion: Just like his son, "Fernando" is not a last name (not even with the "San" in front of it). Unlike his son, Diego and Jose are proper first names.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death kicks off the "El Baile de la Muerte" arc.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Fabiola becomes Garcia's caretaker.
- Action Girl: One of the very few female warriors in the series that aren't considerably darker.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She learned Capoeira from watching people practice. No formal training involved.
- Badass: She equals Revy in hardcoreness but in a adorable way, only character so far who calls Revy out on her Dark Action Girl routine and verbally own her without fear or hesitation of Revy usually shooting the crap outta someone.
- Badass Adorable: Basically Roberta Lite.
- Bare Your Midriff: Late in "El Baile de la Muerte", she ditches her maid outfit for bike shorts, a sports bra, and an unzipped hoodie. Averted in the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA when the hoodie remained zipped.
- Capoeira: Uses this in conjunction with gunplay.
- Celibate Heroine:"There is no need for you to be concerned about my breasts. Even if they grew as big as melons I have no intention of anybody fondling them."
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Shoots Rock with a blank and cracks his rib at the end of "El Baile De La Muerte". While his actions end up saving their lives, his methods are still enormously underhanded and get Roberta and Garcia hurt, and she calls him out on this.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- Dance Battler: Well versed in Capoeira, and uses this to dodge bullets while dual-wielding shotguns.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: When she pulls out a China Lake grenade launcher (that she hid on her back, underneath her outfit) to take out an SUV.
- Foil: To Revy, she represents the integrity of living a hardcore lifestyle without going psycho and giving up on the world. She's also probably Revy's alternate self, if she were a maid and very polite.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman!: Sadly doesn't have as much success as Garcia did with Roberta, but hey, she tried.
- Good Parents: Her parents were hard-working and passed on their strict moral values despite living in a Wretched Hive. When Fabiola says she was beaten for stealing, Revy assumes they are Not So Different from her own Abusive Parents. Fabiola thinks otherwise.
- Groin Attack: With a knife concealed in her shoe. Ouch!
- Guns Akimbo: Dual-wields two Techno Arms MAG-7 shotguns that she hides in her sleeves.
- IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lets put it like this, if this series needed an action movie hero who was a straight up good guy with steadfast idealistic ethtics, Fabiola would be that role and Garcia would be the sidekick or the Heart of the two. While Revy would probably be the main villain alongside Rock as the mastermind of the two.
- Kirk Summation: To Revy of all people, who has been insisting that they live in a horrible, vicious world and that Fabiola needs to stop being so idealistic. She finally gets fed up with it and insists the world is neither, and that she can accept that the world is a gray place and the one who really thinks the world is black and white is Revy herself. Neither Revy nor Rock were impressed.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She undoes her bun when she has an informal conversation with Garcia.
- Little Miss Badass: About 14 to 15 years old, one of the shortest characters in the series, and packing enough firepower to shoot out the entire frontage of the Yellow Flag and blow up an SUV in one shot.
- Modesty Shorts : Being a Dance Battler who fights in a Maid outfit, bike shorts are a must to prevent unwanted attention.
- The Napoleon: Is picked on because of her lack of height; a rather unwise thing to do.
- Ninja Maid: Not as lethal as Roberta, but then again it's very hard to be as lethal as Roberta.
- Not So Different: Averted; she sports Roberta's fang-like Slasher Smile at one point, and Revy tries to push Fabiola more towards her nihilistic point-of-view, but she rejects Revy's arguments and never revels in violence like Revy or Roberta do.
- Plucky Girl: One of the few characters in the series who believes that problems can be solved without violence, and stalwartly holds onto this belief despite Revy's constant attempts to convince her otherwise.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Done up into her maid frill. It doubles as Compressed Hair.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Carries a pump-action China Lake grenade launcher during her fight at the Yellow Flag.
- Street Urchin: Her backstory involved living on the street before coming to the Lovelace household.
- Undying Loyalty: Similar to Roberta, being taken in by the Lovelace family earned them her eternal loyalty.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She makes no effort whatsoever to hide that she detests the methods and mannerisms of Lagoon Company, especially Rock and Revy. Regardless, she puts up with it for Garcia and Roberta's sake.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: During the Yellow Flag shoot-out she inflicts serious injury, but tries to avoid killing anyone.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Rock at the end of the Roberta arc, because of him using most of the characters involved as pawns and the fact that he did it for fun as well to win the bet with Mr. Chang.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair in this case.
The Washimine Clan & associates
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Revy at the bowling alley against Chaka's group.
- Badass: This guy can take on Revy herself with only a sword, slice bullets in half mid-flight, and thoroughly earned his title of "Manslayer Ginji." He is by far the deadliest man in the Washimine clan.
- Berserk Button: Harm Yukio in any way and you will die slowly and painfully. Chaka found that out the hard way.
- The Big Guy: Revy calls him "Jumbo" for a reason.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Yukio, whom he pledged loyalty to.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Honestly, his almost-supernatural swordsmanship belongs in a completely different genre, much less century.
- Dodge the Bullet: When he's not cutting bullets in half in midair Ginji dodges them with ease, despite his size, at point blank range.
- The Dragon: Number one enforcer for the Washimine Clan.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ginji with not just Yukio, but any female character.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The only reason he goes back to the Yakuza is because he loves Yukio.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Ginji uses a shirasaya blade. Semi-justified in that he's part of the Yakuza.
- Lightning Bruiser: Huge but fast.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's a muscled giant with sunglasses and a katana who spends some time shirtless.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: He's first seen working in a festival booth. He also says that being poor is better than "selling women and drugs."
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: He averts this completely. And wins.
- Papa Wolf: Do not even look at his protégé Yukio wrong.
- Red Baron: Manslayer Ginji.
- Retired Badass: Was contentedly working as a vendor until he was called out of retirement.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue and Revenge: Goes through the punks who kidnapped and mistreated Yukio like a hay reaper ("Did you want to see my sword that badly?!"), then goes after the ringleader, chops up his gun, severs then the hands holding it, knocks the guy into a pool, and pushes him under to drown.
- Samurai: With his katana, loyalty to his traditional minded master and other aspects, he fits this mode.
- Slasher Smile: Witholds it most of the time, but lets it slip for a moment when he takes down Laptev's group, and finally lets it out during the final battle.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Emphasis on the "tall" part. The other two stand stil.
- Tattooed Crook: Has a large traditional yakuza-style backpiece.
- Together in Death: With Yukio. After Revy kills him she kills herself.
- Worthy Opponent: Revy immediately pegs him as one for her. He slowly stops denying his inner psycho and admits he sees her the same way. That's why he has a duel with her.
heir to the Washimine Clan, who takes over leadership of the group when it's at war with Balalaika and the old one, Tsugio Bandou, loses his life.
- Anti-Villain: One of the few honorable and ethical people in the series just happens to be antagonistic to the viewpoint characters. She chooses to become a yakuza boss when Balalaika kills the previous one, since she's next in line.
- Beauty Mark: Under her mouth.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: She chose to die by her own hand, either to: avert being at the mercy of rival clans or Hotel Moscow, preserve her honor like an oldschool Yamato Nadeshiko would, or to be with Ginji or a mix of all three.
- Big Bad Wannabe: The underworld has a really steep learning curve and Balalaika had a few decades of experience on her.
- Breaking Speech:
- Break the Cutie: Her entire arc was determined to do this to her repeatedly. Her dad dying, the No Sympathy from others in the Yakuza, Hotel Moscow on the offensive, Chaka kidnapping and humiliating her, and finally, her lover's death before her eyes.
- Broken Bird: Once she reaches this, she ends up crossing the Despair Event Horizon and kills herself.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Rock rescues Yukio from capture, humiliation and imminent rape, then begs her to leave the underworld. She thanks him politely and then unleashs a brutal Breaking Speech of his own motives.
- Doomed Moral Victor: She lives her life without compromising her principles, which is why she turns to evil despite Rock's advice.
- Despair Event Horizon: She kills herself after Revy kills Ginji.
- Evil Feels Good: While she thinks the festivals her family hosted were fun, she thinks robbing a bank to be even more fun.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the manga, she's smiling sadly at Rock and Revy as she pierces her throat with Ginji's katana and neck and falls on his lifeless body.
- Gory Discretion Shot: In the anime, we don't see her actually pierce her throat with Ginji's katana, and instead just hear the sound, which might actually be worse. In the manga we get a front seat to everything.
- Hair Decorations: She ties her hair with a cute blue bow.
- Hate at First Sight: She told Rock that his relative freedom compared to her caused her to hate him.
- Honor Before Reason: The entire reason she took over her Family was because she felt obligated to her subordinates, despite the fact that none of them wanted her to sacrifice her civilian life for them and that there was absolutely no chance of victory. Justified as her refusal to leave Balalaika's forces alone is made on the very reasonable grounds that she had no reason to trust Balalaika to keep her word after having broken it to wage war on her Family in the first place.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Willingly takes leadership of a Yakuza gang, and laughs at Rock's suggestion that she leave the underworld. It doesn't end well for her.
- Improbable Age: A 17-year-old teenager has no business trying to fight an older veteran like Balalaika and her ex-special forces henchmen, even with the help of Ginji and the rest of the Washimine Clan. It's made even worse by the intervention of Chaka and his group. That sort of thing doesn't work in real life.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: She kills herself by piercing her own neck with a katana.
- Joshikousei: Her black-blue school uniform. She wears it even after having dropped out of school to lead the Washimine group, until she is forcibly and horribly stripped of it. Also, this.◊
- Kimono Is Traditional: Wears a simple one after the incident with her school uniform, and when she commits suicide.
- Meganekko: Averted. She wears glasses and is very beautiful, but she isn't as naive as the average glasses-wearing girl tends to be.
- Out-Gambitted: Frequently because of the steep learning curve in the underworld. Her trick with the van worked nicely, but the rest did not.
- The Philosopher: She likes to read philosophy treatises in her spare time.
- Seppuku: Or better said, jigai only with a katana than a dagger.
- Shameful Strip: When captured by Chaka and his group. By the time Rock and Revy find her, the poor girl only has her panties and jacket on. For worse, we get close-ups of her butt and legs.
- See You in Hell: The message that she asks Rock to relay to Balalaika before commiting suicide in the manga.
- Subordinate Excuse: Rocky accuses Yukio of this, saying she accepted the role of Yakuza boss just to be with Ginji, who could never have a normal life with her.
- Together in Death: With Ginji, as she kills herself few minutes after he dies duelling Revy.
- Too Clever by Half: Her relentless philosophizing is just a front for her uncertainty and desire to be with Ginji, but it lets her delude herself for long enough for her whole life to wind up in ruin.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She is forced to do this in order to attempt her entire Yakuza faction from being wiped out by Hotel Moscow and the higher-ranking Yakuza clan in charge. She doesn't get any slack.
- Yakuza Princess: Her family has been the head of this organization for a long time. Her people didn't want her to sacrifice her peaceful life to take over because they didn't think she could handle it. Other "followers" like Chaka tried to kill her or sell her into sex slavery). She can barely keep up with other mafia factions, and as a result, both she and her protector Ginji end up dead.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She fits the trope as "the young Samurai girl who takes up the family business". She even commits suicide in the traditional manner of a Japanese noblewoman, and while wearing a kimono even.
- You Are in Command Now: Becomes head of the Washimine clan after The Leader kicks it. She did well with what she had at hand, being able to figure out what was going on a lot faster than her more experienced subordinates, and she made a decent showing against the head of the rival Family, but even her skills at leading couldn't compensate for the fact that she started off with a very small gang (a portion of whom were Ax-Crazy traitors) who had been targeted for annihilation by both a much larger gang headed by freakin' Balalalaika. Really, the only factor she had in her favor was the Revy-level Bad Ass enforcer/love interest Ginji, and that's not enough to dig her out of the pit she started in.
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Jonathan Holmes (EN)One of the Washimine family's enforcers who attempted to take control of the family.
- Amazon Chaser: Revy being dangerous and violent is a huge turn-on for him.
- Asshole Victim: His death was horrible, but he was a complete and utter bastard who deserved every second.
- Bad Boss: Shoots his own men for no good reason. That was the thing that made Revy pissed with him. That, and beating up Rock.
- Blood Knight: He wanted to duel against Revy, cowboy style. Instead, he got to duel Ginji and that didn't end up well for him.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Instead of protecting the young head of the family, he kidnaps her.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ginji slices off his hands and knocks him into a swimming pool to drown, while also using the blunt end of his sword to push him underwater and drown him faster. It's a very unpleasant way to die, but Chaka seriously had it coming.
- Dirty Coward: He sees nothing wrong with beating a non-combatant just to provoke his colleague into a gunfight, then running away while toting a human shield when things go badly for him and shooting several of his henchmen just because he's pissed.
- Dumb Blonde: Unbelievably stupid and shortsighted.
- Dumb Muscle: He fancies himself a modern-day gunslinger, but he's really just a low-level thug who does a lot of dumb shit and winds up getting noticed solely because of how awful his behavior is.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire existence revolves around petty acts of cruelty and being a colossal dick.
- Faux Affably Evil: When he first appears, he seems like a dimwitted yet likeable mook who harbors an almost childlike enthusiasm for guns and shootouts. However, this facade quickly dissipates after he "snaps" and reveals himself for the murderous psychopath he truly is.
- The Gunslinger: Fancies himself one. Revy tells him that he's nothing more than a barely-competent poser with serious delusions of grandeur. He doesn't take her advice.
- Hate Sink: Most of the show's criminals are difficult to hate because of tragic backstories, redeeming qualities, or the fact that they're just plain cool. Chaka, on the other hand, was basically intended from day one to be loathed by the audience.
- Humiliation Conga: After seeing his entourage of thugs get wiped out, he makes a run for it while taking Yukio as a hostage. Rock makes him slip with spilled cleaning fluid, bashes him in the head with a bowling pin, and liberates his hostage. Then Revy drop-kicks him in the face and grinds his balls under her heel whilst delivering a Reason You Suck Speech. Then he goes one-on-one using a revolver against Yukio's protector, who can cut bullets in mid-air with a sword. Predictably, he loses badly, gets cut up, and is finally finished off by drowning. From what we've seen of him, he deserved every single thing that came to him.
- Jerkass: Despite having a cast that's almost all villains, Chaka stands out as being the biggest asshole in the entire show.
- Kick the Dog: He's one hell of a guy.
- Beats up poor Rock savagely for cutting in on his "conversation" with Revy, hoping to provoke her into a quickdraw duel.
- Kidnaps Yukio, lets his buddies beat her up and strip her nearly naked, and plans to sell her into sexual slavery to "a real sicko" (and he gleefully describes in detail some of the horrible things she's going to be forced into).
- Criticises his guys for being "pussies" during the fight in the bowling alley, whilst making his way to the exit using Yukio as a human shield, and later shoots the last surviving gang members just because he's annoyed.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His men are just as cheerfully amoral and monsterous as he is, so his really horrible treatment of them doesn't earn pity.
- Mugging the Monster: Let's put it this way: when you're trying to impress/intimidate Revy by bragging about having a body count that she passed a long time ago, you are doing this. To be fair, he was far enough from Roanapur and low enough on the food chain that he probably had absolutely no clue who he was messing with, but when you have that cavalier an attitude when dealing with someone as dangerous as her even when you're confronted with tons of evidence that you are in way over your head, anything that happens to you is definitely your fault.
- Not Worth Killing: Why Revy refused to fight him and turned him over to Ginji instead. She was fully aware that he had absolutely no chance of surviving a fight against either of them, but whereas Ginji had a case of It's Personal with him, he was just a loser in way over his head as far as Revy was concerned.
- Psycho for Hire: An idiot, but psycho nonetheless that works for the Yakuza.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a blood-crazed moron who functions roughly on the same level as an adrenaline-fueled teenager.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He fancies himself a Wild West-style gunman. Revy sees this as evidence that he's a poser and a show-off.
- Sadist: Really loves hurting people.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's one of the few people to rival Revy when it comes to having a dirty mouth.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's a big deal, but in reality, he's an absolute nobody who gets noticed only because his behavior is too atrocious to not do something about.
- The Sociopath: And not a particularly high-functioning one, at that. Whether it's associates, victims, enemies, or his own subordinates, he has no empathy or remorse.
- The Starscream: If Starscream had been a psychopath. He attempted to become the boss of the family by beating up Yukio and then wanted to rape her and sell her out to the Russians. Rock and Ginji were rather demonstrative in response.
- Stupid Evil: He acts needlessly sadistic towards Rock, Yukio and his subordinates, and he winds up paying dearly for this later on.
- Threw My Bike on the Roof: He's being an asshole for the sake of it and gets nothing from it.
- Too Dumb to Live: Seriously overestimates his abilities, as shown by his trying to take on Revy one-on-one even after seeing her and Ginji tear through his entire gang like hay reapers. She drop-kicked his sorry ass rather than waste the bullet, before letting Ginji slice him to pieces and drown him to death.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Rock, Revy, and Ginji storm his hideout to rescue Yukio, he reacts with his usual bravado. However, he's quickly subjected to a Humiliation Conga. The cracks start to appear when Rock snatches his hostage from right under his nose, leading him to shoot his own henchmen in the back when they try to abandon him. Things get worse when he challenges Revy to a duel, only for her to dropkick him in the face and declare him Not Worth Killing. Finally, when Ginji chops off his hands and knocks him into a swimming pool to drown, he's reduced to thrashing around and shrieking impotent death threats.
- Would Hit a Girl: As can be gleaned from the above, he's an abusive asshole to both genders.
- Would Hurt a Child: Beaten, stripped, threatened, humiliated, you name it does it or planned to do it to Yukio.
- You Have Failed Me: The way he kills his remaining men by shooting them in the back when they run away from him.
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), John Novak (EN)Yukio's immediate predecessor as the leader of the Washimine clan, and a friend of her late father Ryuzou. By the time he took charge, the clan was already in danger of being absorbed by a larger and more powerful rival. He resorts to contacting the Russian mafia for help, leading to the events of the story arc.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For him, the final straw came when Balalaika proposed kidnapping the rival clan leader's family members.
- Failure Is the Only Option: In the end, he is left with two equally undesirable choices: either continue cooperating with Hotel Moscow and have every other yakuza clan in Japan turn against the Washimine clan, or cut ties with their erstwhile ally and incur the wrath of the mafia.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Resorts to increasingly drastic measures in order to keep the clan going, including human trafficking.
- Neck Snap: Balalaika responds to him breaking their deal by grabbing him. She doesn't bother with guns or knives.
- Number Two: He was a lientenant to Ryuzou, before the latter died.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Part of him was sent back to the yakuza in a briefcase.
- Mauve Shirt: One of the few members of the Washimine clan who had a name and some character to him.
- Pet the Dog: Tries to defend Yukio from Chaka and his group, rallying support for her.
- Hair Decorations: Blue hair ribbons.
- Foil: To Yukio, showing what she might have been if she were born in a normal family.
- Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in two cute tails. It's a contrast with her more mature friend Yukio, who doesn't use this trope.
- Naïve Everygirl: She is quite unaware of Yukio's background and wouldn't imagine a girl her age would be put in charge of a Yakuza family.
- Tender Tears: As Yukio embraces her status as her clan's heiress, waves her goodbye and wishes her well, Maki breaks down in tears, realizing this is probably the last time she will see her friend and there's nothing she can do about it.
Other Criminals & Outlaws
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Eli Gabay (EN)The leader of Roanapur's branch of the Colombian Manisarela Cartel.
- The Cartel: The Colombian Manisarela.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Rivals Revy in terms of swearing-to-nonswearing dialogue ratio.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He mellows down a lot after the end of the Maid arc.
- Harmless Villain: Relatively. He's the least threatening of Roanapur's four bosses.
- No-One Could Survive That: He's at ground zero of the Yellow Flag bar being grenaded by Roberta, but is seen alive (albeit beaten and bloody) in the hands of Hotel Moscow in the next episodes. He's seen later, very much alive, which is actually pretty impressive, considering this is Hotel Moscow we're talking about.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Despite being Colombian, he is named after the Mexican drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego, one of the founders of the Mexican Gulf Cartel.
Voiced by: Katsuhiko Sasaki (JP), Fred Henderson (EN)A political terrorist and member of the Japanese Red Army who runs afoul of the Lagoon Company during their delivery on insider info of a middle-eastern terrorist group he's allied with.
"Bro, you don't know the half of it. When I left Japan, it was because I gambled everything I had. On activism and the concept of permanent worldwide revolution. You have a will and a mission, you concede battles but never the fight."
- Affably Evil: Seems completely genuine in his friendliness.
- Cool Old Guy: He really is no worse than most of the mafia types the crew usually associate with.
- Determinator: Of the Kierkegaardian "knight of faith" type. He keeps being a terrorist because being an enemy of the state is what he finds meaning in doing.
- The Exile: From Japan because he was part of the Japanese Red Army.
- Friendly Enemy: Towards Rock. They have a civil conversation after Rock is kidnapped.
- Friend or Idol Decision: He chooses to kill Ibraha rather than let him run their allies into the jaws of certain death to get the plans back.
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted. He's the only open atheist in Black Lagoon whose tragic backstory is unrelated to his atheism.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: As he mentions, he has no problem with conceding battles if the fight goes on. Which is why he survives the arc and Ibraha doesn't.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Kozo Okamoto.
- Not So Different: Zig-zagged towards Rock. He starts making the comparison as two men driven by ideals they compromise on but never give up on. Rock throws it in his face. Takenaka then admits they probably are different. Rock later admits he had a point in the comparison, and the arc becomes another point in Rock's Character Development that leads Rock to be not so different after all.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to his companion Ibraha because he is less drien by emotion and has a clearer head and focus.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: He gambled everything on his ideals, which is why he keeps doing it even though the world isn't listening. If he gives up on his ideals then he'll truly have nothing.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Presented as very sympathetic for someone who willingly chose to be a villain.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: While his affiliation with the Real Life Japanese Red Army is all but stated outright, Takenaka has long outgrown any ideas that he's able to create world-wide revolution and affiliates himself with terror groups that have wildly different ideals from his own. He keeps doing it anyway.
Voiced by: Akimasa Ohmori (JP), Trevor Devall (EN)An Irish driver who worked with Shenhua at one time. A compulsive coke fiend (or pot, in the anime), he has a distressingly frequent tendency to hallucinate at inopportune times, such as in the middle of a car chase.
Revy: "Are you the getaway driver?"
Leigharch: No, I'm a fuckin' lawyer! What you do you think?!"
- Badass Driver: Mixes this with The Stoner.Shenhua: Even when his head off to Mars, he never mess up driving.
- Bedlam House: According to Shenhua, he's currently in an asylum due to having taken so much coke that "he never came back from Mars".
- Bowdlerize: He's on cocaine in the manga, and "merely" on pot in the anime.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an Irish getaway driver whose car driving skills are completely flawless, even though he drives under the influence of so many drugs that he tends to spend his workday screaming various non-sequiturs about pop culture. Eventually he overdoses and winds up in an institution.
- Don't Try This at Home: Remember kids, drugs are bad, and you should certainly never take them before driving.
- Drives Like Crazy: Skilled as he is, he's still one crazy muthafucka behind wheels.
- Drunken Song: Does this with cocaine, belting out a soulful rendition of The Minstrel Boy while high in the light novel.
- Non Sequitur Thud: Delivers one when Revy kicks him for getting high. And then just keeps spewing them.
- "I forgot! We have to go to Liverpool! Jimi Hendrix is calling for me! To defeat the Klingons-ASAP! Oh Captain Picard here I come!!"
- "Where're you ladies takin' me? Could it be? Could it? The legendary nude beach?!"
- (When the car gets shot up) "Barbarella is holding an anti-war sign in the nude!"
- "Playmates! There are exactly one hundred Playmates! Starting from the nineties! It's the attack of the Playmate Army!" *with accompanying hallucination, no less*
- "What? My application for the Black Panthers was denied again?!?"
- Perma Stubble: Apparently, they don't shave "on Mars".
- Put on a Bus: It's implied that his liberal drug use resulted in his brain being permanently fried.
- The Stoner: He spends so much time "on Mars" because he's constantly smoking cocaine (or Pot). This causes him to hallucinate weird things, say weirder things, and get kicked by Revy for being high on the Job.
Hansel and Gretel
Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP, Hansel), Tomoko Kaneda (JP, Gretel), Ashleigh Ball (EN, Hansel), Jocelyne Loewen (EN, Gretel)
- Affably Evil: They're both bug-fuck insane, but no one ever said that they were impolite.
- Ambiguous Gender: They both have short hair and swap a wig and voices, taking turns being the boy and the girl. Parodied in an omake where all the characters changed genders… and they still looked exactly the same.
- Ax-Crazy: Literally, in Hansel's case.
- Badass Adorable: Of the creepiest variety imaginable. They use their cuteness to throw people off guard before attacking.
- Batman Gambit: They diverted the hired guns out for their bounty by bribing two local orphans to pose as them.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Is a somewhat unique case in that they're children, and were raised under torture and abuse and implied rape as opposed to being decent people who were warped by it. So here it's less "Torture Makes You Evil" and more "Being Surrounded By Pain and Suffering Practically Since Birth With No State Of Being Known To You Other Than Pain Makes You Fucked Up."
- BFG: Gretel, an 11-year-old child, fires a Browning Automatic Rifle from the hip. Not entirely unrealistic, since Bonnie (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) carried a cut-down one much of the time and she was 90 pounds soaking wet, but still eyebrow raising.
- Black Comedy Rape: Their sexual assault on a terrified Garcia in an omake is Played for Laughs.
- Blood Knights: They were hired to kill but they don't care about money. They care about the killing.
- Break the Cutie: Raised in snuff films made them nasty little buggers.
- Brother-Sister Incest: They kiss onscreen.
- Brother-Sister Team: AKA the "Vampire Twins". Also, good luck figuring out which one is which, or even if they are different genders.
- Children Forced To Kill: They started out like this, being forced to kill other children in snuff films just to survive. At some point they began to enjoy it.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What they do to poor Meshov. And in a sense, what Balalaika does to Hansel as punishment.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: They end up as Creepy Twins due to this.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Raised in snuff films made them nasty little buggers.
- Creepy Children: Their behavior when killing people is cheerful. Their behaior when torturing is gleefull.
- Creepy Children Singing: They sing a duet, the quotes are above. Gretel also sings shortly before she dies, this time it's not nearly as creepy.
- Creepy Crossdresser: Hansel and Gretel switch clothes. It's never explicitly stated what their real genders are; all the audience knows is that the girl carries the machine gun and the boy carries the axe. When they switch clothes they switch weapons too. The anime reveals that they also switch voices.
- Creepy Twins: Seriously it got them in the pantheon (family). In their Establishing Character Moment, they're even compared to the twins from The Shining!
- Cry Cute: Hansel breaks down into tears as he bleeds to death.
- Cute and Psycho: Cute and innocent-looking ? Check. Ax-Crazy ? Check.
- Cute Little Fangs: Hence "vampire twins".
- Dark and Troubled Past: Horrible orphange, snuff films, mercenary work, etc.
- Depraved Bisexual:
- Gretel (we think) enjoyed feeling up Eda a little too much.
- In an omake, both of them wanted to 'play doctor like the adults do' with Garcia.
- Dissonant Laughter: Hansel. Right after a sniper destroys one of his knees, he laughs at Balalaika stating she planned to watch him bleed out.
- Dissonant Serenity: They rival Johan when it comes to cheerfully and politely committing unthinkable atrocities.
- Does Not Know How To Say Thanks: Gretel is given genuine compassion, a hug and Tender Tears by Rock. The poor girl is so dumbfounded that she sexually offers herself to him, truly thinking that it's the best way to thank him. He doesn't react well.
- Dress Hits Floor: Gretel does this. It's intended to be disturbing, for us. She wanted to titillate Rock, and Rock (rather understandably) isn't happy about her gesture of gratitude.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: It looks like Gretel is going to get away with the help of one of Black Lagoon's contacts, then after she tells Rock she'd like to meet him again the getaway man shoots her in the face, revealing that Balalaika had paid him off.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: They both are always wearing some type of Lolita gothic attire as part of their vampiric theme.
- Enfant Terribles: They know full well how cute they are, and they love using it to catch their victims by surprise.
- Evil Albinos: They even have blue eyes, which real albinos can have.
- Evil Gloating: Hansel taunts Balalaika with news of how one of her men screamed out for her as he was slowly tortured to death.. This is not a good idea.
- Fan Disservice:
- Freudian Excuse: Nothing can excuse their actions, but they have a pretty valid reason as to why they're as damaged as they are. Anyone would be fucked up in the head having survived what they were put through.
- Giggling Villains: Though Gretel does break out a full-blown Evil Laugh once when Eda asks her why they're still after Balalaika, even though they killed the guy who hired them.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Hansel and/or Gretel, when the current Hansel wields the axe (Since they switch personas, if one of them is a girl, it'd be this—at the very least, it'd be cute kid With Psycho Weapon).
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Hansel gets in close with a massive ax, Gretel works at range with a machine gun. When they switch outfits and personalities, they also switch weapons.
- Hair Decorations: Gretel wears a black hair ribbon.
- Half-Identical Twins: They come across as this because they are the same height and hair color. But switching roles on screen makes this questionable, but it is still possible.
- Harmful to Minors: The world was not kind to these poor kids. Their backstory involves snuff porn and implied child rape.
- Hypocritical Humor: Hansel asks for help dragging a Russian mobster to their car.Gretel: But that's a boy's job. It's not very ladylike to carry heavy things. (opens fire with her BAR rifle)
- I Love the Dead: Though according to Gretel, they have never tried it with an "Ivan" before.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: They get really turned on at the thought of everybody coming to kill them.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Refer to each other as nii-sama and nee-sama (very formal, respectful and hinting at romantic feelings) in the Japanese version while using "fratele meu" and "sora mea" (the Romanian words for "my brother" and "my sister") in the English dub.
- It's worth noting that in Japanese, they both refer to each other as the older brother/sibling. Normally, even twins recognize one as the older one and use appropriate terms. This is yet another thing that makes their identities ambiguous.
- Kill the Cutie: Gretel, in a nice hat and while thanking Rock with a cute smile, is head shotted.
- Knight of Cerebus: Their introduction marked the darker turn the second season would take compared to its first.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Gretel thought she could escape from Roanapur safely via hiring the Lagoon company to do so, but at the very moment she steps out, it turns out Balalaika had sent a sniper to pull this trope on her.
- Last Kiss: Granted he almost certainly wasn't aware that it would be their last, but Hansel gently kisses Gretel on the lips as the two of them split up to confuse their pursuers. They both die without reuniting later.
- Laughing Mad: They're so beyond broken they almost always have a smile and often laugh. Especially when being violent.
- Little Miss Badass: Gretel. Despite being only eleven years old, she has the ability to run and fire a Browning Automatic Rifle to great effect as well. She might be a cross-dressing boy. Similarly, her "brother" may fit this trope...
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Both twins use weapons that are somewhat oversized for them. At one point Hansel even drags a grown man around, even though he complains that the man is heavy.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Damn it, Gretel... er, Hansel... you know what, forget it!
- Nausea Fuel: What they did to that one Russian grossed out some of the gangsters who hired them.
- Nice Hat: Gretel wears a very cute black hat at the end of her story. It's blown away in the wind when she gets the Pretty Little Headshots treatment.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Gretel really got in Eda's face when she and Hansel ran into Revy and her. She also groped Eda after catching her alone a bit later, and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit if her change of tone was any indication.
- Obliviously Evil: They have no problem killing and torturing people because that's how they believe the world works.
- Official Couple: With each other.
- Only Known by Their Nicknames: Hansel and Gretel are what they were called in the snuff films they were forced to take part in.
- Outlaw Couple: They're just so cute together! Just look.◊
- Pervy Patdown: Gretel when disarming Eda.
- Pet the Dog: Gretel mentions or implies mild guilt at bribing two local orphans to certain death.
- Precocious Crush: Gretel's blush when Rock hugs her may imply a small one. Then again, he's the first adult who has been genuinely kind to her.
- Pretty Little Headshots: How Gretel dies◊. Then again, she was wearing a wig...
- Psycho for Hire: The Italian mob hired them to kill some of their rivals.
- Puppy Love: While they are two young kids in a pretty loving relationship, it is played purely for squick value.
- Rapunzel Hair: Gretel's long hair goes well with her aristocratic looking costume. It's a wig. Her actual hair is boyishly short.
- Sanity Has Advantages: Hansel would not have fallen for Balalaika's trap if he hadn't been completely out of his gourd and didn't have bloodlust-induced tunnel vision, and she was fully aware of this fact.
- Shout-Out: Hansel and Gretel both resemble "the twins from The Shining," as pointed out by a traumatized survivor of their attack on a bar.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Gretel's (Or Hansel's) beautiful singing is something you'd never expect out of a deranged serial killing child. Even Dutch can't help but notice.Dutch: Girl sure can sing. Hard to believe it's the voice of a homicidal maniac. A devil with the voice of an angel.
- Slasher Smile: See for yourself◊. Yeah. Think vampires.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Gretel can fire a Browning Automatic Rifle (with a teddy bear or doll keychain attached to the barrel) from the hip. There is some real-life precedent for this. Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde infamy) is reputed as having fired a BAR from the hip, and she was quite small at 4'11" and 90 pounds. The BAR was noted for having fairly low recoil, as it was heavy (around 20 pounds loaded) and had a recoil-reducing mechanism in the buttstock.
- Snuff Film: What these two were forced to do. They survived by becoming ruthless killers.
- The Social Darwinists: They live with the belief that if they kill as many people as possible and show off their strength they will survive no matter what.
- Split Personality: "Hansel and Gretel" are personalities the twins developed to cope with their traumatic childhood. They can decide themselves who wants to be who at any given time.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're almost always seen together, provide some of the show's most brutal violence, and even converse in a similar manner shown on the trope page.
- Together in Death: The end credits for 15 show them together on some ethereal beach.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The sheer number of people they kill (and how they do it) is just the start of how messed-up these two are. And tragically, they can't even imagine the world any other way.
- Twincest: They look like twins at any rate and kiss on screen.
- Twin Switch: Taken to an incredibly creepy level. They flawlessly transition into the other twin's place by switching clothes, changing their voices, and even swapping their personalities. It gets to the point where it is impossible to tell which twin is which and what gender they are at all (it is implied that their primary and secondary sexual characteristics have been disfigured, so even that might not be a good indicator).
- Unholy Matrimony: They murder, torture and do all sort of gruesome things together. Despite being incestuous underage siblings, their relationship is the only humanising thing about them.
- The Unreveal: We're not shown (which is just as well) whether 'Gretel' really is Gretel when she exposes herself to Rock. Either way it's not surprising Rock freaks out; having a kid of any gender flash him will do that to anyone. The worst part? It's heavily implied that their genitalia were so badly mutilated that Rock didn't even know what he was looking at.
- Villainous Incest: Just one part of their sick behaviour is their incestuous relationship, with kiss included. And this is one of the least disturbing things about them.
- Voice Changeling: When they switch roles, they switch voices too. When Hansel has his hand shot off by Balalaika's men, the pain and stress causes him to randomly switch between Hansel's and Gretel's voice every few seconds.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Young children with death white hair and a two story kill count.
- Would You Like to Know How They Died?: Hansel gives one to Balalaika, which turns out to be last thing he ever does.
Claude "Torch" Weaver
Voiced by: Youichi Nishijima (JP), Jason Simpson (EN)One of the Carnival of Killers hired to hunt down Jane in the Greenback Jane arc.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a Psycho for Hire who likes to burn people with his flamethrower; he seems quite pleasant.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a fat Mormon who won't touch booze and maintains a cheerful attitude throughout the entire affair. He also gives Revy a legit run for her money.
- Big Fun: If it's a Serial Killer party, then he's all kinds of fun.
- Dissonant Serenity: He wears a contented grin and talks happily in a Texas good 'ol boy accent while trying to kill everyone with his flamethrower.
- Dumb Muscle: Guy likes fire to the point where he doesn't exactly think things through to the end.Russel: What in God's name is going on here!? No one asked you to turn this place into the Burning Man! Sweet Jesus! You had one simple job to do! All you had to do was catch one little girl!Weaver: Those folks are all up on the roof. But the fire's so darn fierce I can't get up there...
- Drink Order: Milk (alcohol is against his religion).
- Family Values Villain: A softspoken possible-Mormon who doesn't drink or swear (he and Lotton are probably the only people on the show not to do the latter). He's also an Ax-Crazy pyromaniac who roasted his own wife.
- Faster Than They Look: Revy comments on how quick he is for a man his size, and it's part of the reason why he can give her a tough fight.
- Fat Bastard: Probably the fattest character to ever appear on the show, and one of the most sadistic.
- Flamethrower Backfire: What happens after Revy shoots the tanks on his flamethrower trough his stomach, causing the exhaust to blast through his gut, before he explodes. "You're a rocket man, baby!"
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Uses both a full-on backpack flamethrower and a cigerette-lighter version.
- Meaningful Name: "Torch".
- Professional Killer: One of the many assassins from that arc.
- Pyromaniac: All those flames without a care.
- Straight Edge Evil: He's the only one in the series who doesn't cuss or drink. He also enjoys setting things on fire, one of those things having been his wife.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Lotton, at first. Later on, he acts mainly as Russel's primary bounty hunter.
- Would Hit a Girl: "Shucks! I do get a kick out of playing chase with a young lady like yourself!"
Voiced by: Shimpachi Tsuji (JP), Paul Dobson (EN)Leader of the Neveral Cartel in Florida. Hired Jane and her group to counterfeit money for them, only for her to escape after he kills their network administrator. Is unfamiliar with Roanapur, and in over his head
- Bad Boss: The whole reason Jane ran away is his mistreatment of his employees.
- Bullying The Dragon: Rather quickly pisses off Revy and the Rip Off Church, and it only gets worse from there...
- Fish out of Water: He was unprepared for the simmering cess pit that is Roanapur. He really wants to go back to Florida.
- Revenge Before Reason: Was willing to summon all his allies to Roanapur, and didn't care that doing so would provoke Hotel Moscow and the Triad.
- Too Dumb to Live: Which is why Lobos kills him in order to stop a potential war from happening.
Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki (Japanese), Jason Simpson (English)The Neveral Cartel's representative in Roanapur. Unlike Elvis or Russell, he understands how the town works.
- Dirty Coward: What Elvis and Russell think he is because he doesn't want to provoke Hotel Moscow or the Triad. The truth is that they're idiots.
- Only Sane Man: What he actually is. He is the local representative who's spent enough time in-town to know that you do not piss off certain people in Roanapur. That's why he's still alive after the hunt for Greenback Jane.
"Groovy" Guy Russell
- Cowboy: He's either one completely or just affecting airs to be cool.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is treated like a total Butt Monkey from his first entrance, and his obnoxious and bossy attitude doesn't help things either. All said and done, other than Shenhua he's also the deadliest and most competent of the bunch.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Gets absolutely no respect from the bounty hunter "circus" in Roanapur.
- Fish out of Water: He'd be much more at home in Florida "fucking cows" as one of them puts it.
- He Knows Too Much: Is killed by Eda when he twigs to the fact that she is a CIA operative.
- Hidden Depths: As the above trope indicates, he's much sharper than he lets on. Just not smart enough to know when to stop running his mouth or to listen to Lobos.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The other killers mock him and view him as a Small Name, Big Ego, but he holds his own quite well in a gun duel with Eda.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: One of his jobs entails simply replying "Yes boss." to everything Elvis says.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts it in the end by trying to sabotage the Lagoon's engines. Doesn't work that way.I'll show you who's boss, stupid engine! When this is all over, I'mma drink til I go blind! And fuck expensive women til my balls hurt! Don't push me, you damn nun! I'm sick and tired of dealing with you people!
Voiced by: Nobuaki Kanemitsu (JP), Alex Zahara (EN)A Cuban special forces operative, hired by the FARC to capture or kill Rosarita Cisneros/Roberta during her rampage in Roanapur - and with good reason, this man is skilled enough to take her on. He knows a lot about her past, though Roberta herself does not recognize him.
- Amazon Chaser: Has a thing for Rosarita. She's as Amazon as they get.
- Badass: This is the only man to legitimately get the upper hand on Death Poppins.
- Badass Baritone: He's given a very deep voice in the dub.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: This guy can block her blow for blow, and punch hard enough to make her vomit. Keep in mind, a car crash doesn't leave a scratch on this woman.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's got a serious hard-on for her, but he's also not about to let her get on top. Even when sex is on his mind, he keeps his distance and his gun aimed.
- Didn't See That Coming: He was playing it safe, but he didn't expect her to have a derringer hidden in her belt buckle - it cost him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The deepest voice of any member of the cast.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: After shooting him, Roberta proceeds to pummel his head into a paste..
- We Hardly Knew You: He was on screen for hardly 10 minutes, but the fact that he was largely dominating Roberta earns him a spot.
- Would Hit a Girl: Then offer to fuck her at that.
He hired Hansel and Gretel to assassinate Balalaika and Chang so that he could take control over Roanapur's underworld, but quickly found that the Creepy Twins didn't enjoy being told to kill.
- Bad Boss: He's alsmost as as bad to employees as Chaka.
- The Chessmaster: Admittedly, his strategy for knocking out Balalaika was decent, hiring in outsiders who wouldn't be traced back to him (especially since one of his own "conveniently" dies). Except the outsiders were less-than-subtle spree killers.
- Gory Discretion Shot: While we don't see the result of the twins turning on him, we certainly hear it.
Other Recurring Characters
Janet "Greenback Jane" Bhai
schedule slips and shoot one of her co-workers to death before giving her a 48-hours deadline to finish her job, she flees from the members of the cartel and eventually seeks sanctuary with the Church of Violence, unleashing a mad pursuit.
- Boobs of Steel: Averted rather interestingly for a series that typically plays this straight. Has the biggest bust of the prominent female characters at a whopping K, yet is the weakest female in the cast. Or, more accurately, one of the only weak females in the cast.
- Butt Monkey: Her first time in Roanapur sucked incredibly hard. Her colleage gets shot and she has to run from a cartel. Jane goes to the Ripoff Church for sanctuary, and gets ripped off by Eda. Eda then betrays her to many contract killers to get more money. Jane gets a little rest in a bad motel, then gets chased by a bunch of madmen the rest of the night. And Eda kept extorting more and more cash from the unfortunate sod, too.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's a blond Indian woman.
- Geeky Turn-On: She once says watching Benny break code turns her on.
- Hair Decorations: Her headband.
- Harmless Villain: She is so ineffectual in her villainy that it's hard to take her seriously. Then the tenth book came out, and changed that magnificently.
- Insufferable Genius: Listening to her detailed explanation on how she prints money is PAINFUL. She also takes no small amount of glee for proving Revy and Eda don't know how to recognize counterfeit cash.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses and is very smart in certain areas. She's also yappy, bitchy, and full of herself, so she doesn't really fit all the criteria.
- Ms. Fanservice: Unintentionally so in her first arc. As of her reappearance, she's embraced this wholeheartedly, from dress to manner.
- My Girl Is a Slut: Not at first, but after having sex once with Benny in her intro arc, she returns to Roanapur as a "grade-A fuck freak" (As Revy puts it) who's implied to regularly sleep around. She's also ditched the modest work shirt and skirt for this getup. Benny doesn't seem to care though, or at the very least is too flustered by her hyper sexual behavior to say anything.
- Naïve Newcomer: Starts like that, but Character Development takes care of that. Though she didn't think about the possible consequences about letting her colleague, who had probably never been to Thailand, come from Bangkok to Roanapur BY HERSELF. Later on it's revealed that she planned from the beginning to betray that colleague anyway, it means she probably just didn't care.
- Pair the Smart Ones: With Benny, Lagoon's hacker-man. She once said watching him work turned her on.
- Panty Shot: Keeps being subjected to her flowing skirt going up and giving the viewer a nice view of her legs and panties.
- Really Gets Around: After visiting Roanapur for the first time. By the time she returns, it's implied she's gotten a bit out of control. You know it's bad when even Rock dismissively calls her a "harlot". Also revealed an interest in getting herself gangbanged. And she planned on roping Rock into it. Revy was pissed about it.
- She's Got Legs: And boy did she have to use them while running from the freaks of Roanapur.
- Technobabble: Over the finer details of counterfeit money. Revy is not amused.
- Threat Backfire: When Revy threatens to screw Jane so hard that no-one but Revy will be able to sexually satisfy her ever again, Jane has a look on her face like she was either in awe of the boast, or thinking about making Revy go through with her threat.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After she showed up in Roanapur once again, especially when she frames Li for hacking into the PLA.
- Underboobs: After her first arc, she's taken to wearing a slim tube-top and just plain skimpier clothes in general.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Jane's actions in framing Li sets off the events of the Wired Red Wild Card arc.
- You Have 48 Hours: What the Floridian cartel tells her. She manages to escape from them.
CIA too gets involved, due to having a nice fat stake in the opium trade - effectively making the whole ordeal a giant pissing match between the two organizations. As Caxton puts it, he just walked into a "gigantic clusterfuck."
- Achilles' Heel: His is the fact that he's a Friend to All Children. While it made him a badass during Nam, nowadays it just serves to paint a target on his back - much to the dismay of his men.
- Affably Evil: To the point where he can hardly qualify as "evil" at all. He's one of the only few genuinely decent people in the entire series.
- The Atoner: The moment he realizes that he's unwittingly responsible for destroying Garcia's family and driving Roberta insane, he aims to do right by it - to the point where he even hands Garcia a gun to shoot him if it'll satisfy him.
- Badass: While he didn't do it all by himself, his men were ultimately responsible for shooting up Roberta to the point where she's now a cripple (but just in the OVA). Even Balalaika gives him the highest of praise for his skills.
- Batman Gambit: Together with Rock and Garcia, he orchestrated temporarily faking his death to help Roberta snap back to reality AND capture Shue Yan.
- Eagleland: An extremely rare positive portrayal of this trope; Shane embodies all of the positive attributes an ideal American soldier should have. Instead of trigger-happy maniacs, this man is what all marines should strive to be like.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It cost him practically all of his men, but in the end he accomplished his mission, gave Garcia closure and helped save Roberta. He's last seen on the boat at the end of El Baile de la Muerte arc - chapter 76. In the OVA, he's last seen standing together with son, and wife of the Japanese engineer at the Lovelace mansion.
- Foil: Balalaika's. They both went out of their way to save a child and were put in less than desirable situations as a result: Shane now operates assassinations and other wet-work assignments for the NSA, and Balalaika was discharged (the Soviet Union collapsed almost immediately afterwards anyway). The only difference is, Shane held onto his ideals and still had a place to call home, even if it's not what it used to be. Balalaika on the other hand had nothing but her men - the only place she could remotely call a home was the Russian mafia - remnants of the KGB and GRU.
- Friend to All Children: Single-handedly defended a little girl during the Vietnam War from his own men, and current-day went out of his way to keep Garcia safe.
- Heel–Face Turn: It can be assumed that he quit working for the United States as he's seen with Roberta and Garcia at the end.
- Honor Before Reason: Another one of his flaws. During Nam, he went up against his entire unit to protect a little Vietnamese girl from getting raped. He also nearly got shot by Garcia due to this.
- Nice Guy: One of the only few genuinely good people in this fucked up world.
- Worthy Opponent: He has earned Balalaika's respect as a commander and soldier worth killing - on the battlefield. In a shithole like Roanapur, the respect she has for him opts her to send the Desantniki to cover his escape. The manga, and the anime are different in this case. In the manga Balalaika was indecisive about the Grey Fox, and she wished to attack them. Only after Mr. Chang persuasion she decided to send the Desantiki to cover their escape.
Lotton the Wizard
- Anti-Villain: He's one of the nicest people in the show, and is only really antagonistic from the viewpoint of the protagonists (and even then, only in his first appearance).
- Badass Longcoat: Averted. While he does carry a Cool Gun (a Mauser C96), Cool Shades and wears a Badass Longcoat, his first appearance in an action scene ended with him being shot off of a rooftop before he could finish his In the Name of the Moon speech. It hasn't gotten any better for him since.
- Big Entrance: Has an obsession with this that's Played for Laughs.
- Bishōnen: His excessive good looks lead Revy to first assume he's Shenhua's "man-whore".
- Cool Gun: His twin Mauser C96s; the so-called "Broomhandle" Mauser which was used as the basis for Han Solo's blaster.
- Cool Shades: He tries to look cool with these, but fails.
- Crazy-Prepared: He might not be all that bright, but he has a Bulletproof Vest unlike the rest of the Carnival of Killers and metal armor for his groin, which helped save his balls when Roberta kicked them.
- Drink Order: Milk, since he Can't Hold His Liquor.
- The Dulcinea Effect: "There's no way I can just ignore an injured girl and let her die."
- The Fool: One the one hand, he seems to be a complete idiot, what with his obsession with being "cool" leading him to trying to deliberately invoke shonen style actions that just cause him to get shot at. On the other hand, he also manages to survive by having the common sense to do things like wear body armor, and even saves Sawyer and Shenhua from Roberta by intervening at the right time and allowing her to beat him up.
- Guns Akimbo: With two Broomhandle Mausers, except he didn´t get to use them onscreen yet.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Sort of. He saves both Shenhua and Sawyer, but given the Crapsack World setting of this series, both seem pretty nice—they then became semi-loyal allies instead of killing him immediately thereafter. Yes, they'll kill anyone if the price is right, but if that's the worst thing about you in Roanapur, you can't be that bad, so he may have actually been on point with this one.
- In the Name of the Moon: Is very fond of pre-battle speeches. Black Lagoon being the kind of show that it is, it doesn't do him much good.
- Joke Character: He deliberately acts like a shonen action hero. In Roanapur. He pretty much never gets to do anything in battle because people shoot him down whilst he's posturing and/or monologuing.
- Large Ham: Mostly thanks to his tendency to deliver In the Name of the Moon speeches at the drop of a hat.
- Made of Iron: Played with. Even when he's shot, falling down from a building or being kicked in the balls (by Roberta of all people!), he just rises up again and continues on. Luckily, he's smart enough to wear a bulletproof vest and a metal codpiece, though he got kicked so hard that the codpiece dented, and still fell from a rooftop onto solid asphalt. In general he takes far more punishment than most people could handle.
- Meaningful Name: The alternate translation of his name qualifies; his name is Rotton, pronounced "rotten", and he's an absolutely rotten gunslinger.
- Nice Guy: Now that Rock no longer qualifies for this trope, he is the sole possessor of it in Roanapur.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Rotton? Lotton? The North American translation says its Lotton while most of the scanlations says its Rotton...
- Token Good Teammate:
- Compared to his fellow bounty hunters, who are either complete psychopaths at worst and a bunch of backstabbing cutthroats at best.
- Also of the Power Trio he's formed with Shenhua and Sawyer. One's a gleefully violent assassin, the other is a macabre "cleaner" who hacks up living people and corpses alike with total aplomb. And then there's Lotton, who deliberately runs on idealistic action hero tropes.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Inverted. He's the whitest haired and nicest character in the series.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: And judging by how disconnected from the harsh realities of life he is, it's going to take a lot more to break him than it did to break Rock.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Lotton acts like he came from a more idealistic series. Even Rock has become more savvy to the way the world works than he has. But at least the guy who behaves like he's got Plot Armor is savvy enough to wear actual armor.
Frederica Sawyer "the Cleaner"
Voiced by: Asami Yaguchi (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN)A feared presence in the Roanapur underworld, who helps the various crime organizations dispose of corpses (and soon to be corpses) with her trusty chainsaw. Actually a rather pretty young goth girl.
- Ax-Crazy: Sawyer loved chopping up people with her chainsaw so much that she became a professional cleaner so she could slice up all the unfortunate people that pissed off the different mafia groups in Roanapur.
- Badass Adorable: She's capable of fighting people with her chainsaw, to the point she can actually deflect bullets with it, but at the same time, she's a surprisingly cute, even vulnerable-looking goth-girl.
- The Butcher: It's even her legitimate career, to hide her job as a body-cleaner, torturer-for-hire, and amateur bounty hunter.
- Chainsaw Good: So good in fact that she can use it to deflect bullets.
- Cleanup Crew: Everybody brings their garbage to her, be it dead or still moving.
- Creepy Monotone: She has one of these whenever she uses her artificial voice box to communicate.
- Cute Bruiser: A cute goth girl, but quite capable of beating the hell out of anyone, and won't think twice about slaughtering her way through a melee with her chainsaw.
- Cute Mute: Downplayed; while she is cute in a goth-punk sort of way and does appear to be missing her vocal cords, she can be quite mouthy when she has her electrolarynx device.
- Dissonant Serenity: She's quite cheerful; at one point when she's explaining that the bad odor in a hotel room results from the ooze from rotted corpses she had to clean up there earlier she smiles happily while all around her, people are losing their lunch, and may in fact be giggling because the others are losing their lunch.
- Earn Your Title: Sawyer "The Cleaner": she cleans up messes, specializing in body disposal, and the bodies being alive or dead doesn't matter to her.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Her fellow mercenaries have this reaction during the Greenback Jane arc, as most of them have never seen her in person, and those who have, only saw her swathed in surgical dress which obscured her features.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: She's a cute-looking gothic woman whose weapon of choice is a chainsaw.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Given her violent profession, her slashed throat signifies the evil scars.
- Goth: She dresses as a goth when not "on the job". She's basically the Lone Psycho Goth, although she's more lone, due to having her vocal cords cut, and psycho, because everyone in this series is, than because she is a goth.
- She does have her Perky Goth moments, but even those are tempered by her usual deadpan expression.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone refers to her by her last name Sawyer, her full name is Frederica Sawyer.
- Meaningful Name: Sawyer - Saw-er, one who saws. Not to mention the Shout-Out below.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She loves playing violent video games and discussing the clean-up jobs she does.
- Only in It for the Money: Averted, She enjoys the money, but she does enjoy the work too.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: It appears that nobody knows her first name, only Sawyer the Cleaner. Revy also calls her by the nickname Goth Girl.
- Parrying Bullets: Blocks bullets... with a chainsaw.
- Psycho for Hire: She really loves both her jobs; her job disposing of bodies after torturing that person, and her job as a bounty hunter.
- Samus Is a Girl: Several characters react this way in-universe when they discover that she's female, since most people deal with her when she's covered head to toe in scrubs that obscure her face.
- Self-Harm: It's implied that she does this. In Chapter #41, scars can be seen on her wrist while she is climbing a ladder, and a few official artworks featuring her show a fairly large amount of scars on her wrists.
- Shout-Out: Her name and weapon of choice are one to the family in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.
- Slashed Throat: She lost her voice to a throat injuries and the subsequent scar left a rather massive impression.
- Vague Age: She looks young enough to be in her mid teens, though looking at her status and "profession", it's possible she's already in her 20's.
- Villainous BSOD:
- Whenever she loses her communication device, an Ultravoice. She later upgrades to a choker-mounted version to prevent such incidents.
- She's later seen shaking in terror after the team confronts a crazed Roberta. Considering Roberta's state at the time it's understandable, since the woman broke Sawyer's chainsaw in half with her bare hands.
- Villains Out Shopping: When she, Shenhau and Lotton appear in Roberta's Trail of Blood, she and Lotton are happily playing a videogame together.
Voiced by: Shiro Saito (JP), Alec Willows (EN)Bao is the owner and bartender of the Yellow Flag Bar. His establishment is frequently filled with bullet holes, blown-up, and otherwise trashed, but he always survives by hiding behind his armored bar and firing a shotgun at any threats. Revy owes him for damages, but always manages to avoid paying. He also owns a brothel set up on the top floor of his bar and he is a former ARVN soldier who fought in The Vietnam War.
- Bad-Guy Bar: The Yellow Flag, naturally. It seems to be the "main" bar of the city and is where all of the place's criminal factions can meet up at any given time. Balalaika even foots the bill when Roberta blows the place up, indicating that it may be a front for Hotel Moscow. What that means, regarding Bao himself, is anyone's guess.
- Butt Monkey: A mild example. He and his bar have to take a lot of shit throughout the series, and it is treated as a Running Gag, but it's rarely ever targeted at him personally. He just isn't on anyone's radar, and that explains why he's survived for so long.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly for the bar; he's probably a former ARVN soldier and the flag of the Republic of Vietnam was mainly yellow, in contrast to the Communist red.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: A war veteran who routinely survives having his establishment torn to pieces by nearly every faction in Roanapur. In any other work of fiction, he'd probably be one of the most Badass people around. Here, he's a very minor character who doesn't even rank as far as Badass goes.
- Retired Badass: He is a former ARVN soldier who fought in the Vietnam War.
- Two Shots from Behind the Bar: He keeps a shotgun behind the bar handy for inevitable shootouts.
People's Liberation Army
Sergeant-Major Feng Yifei / Li Xinlin
- "How I die, and thus how I live, are choices only I can make. Only I can decide. Isn't it the greatest?"
- Anime Chinese Girl: Interestingly averts almost all the typical stereotypes. She also has a detailed backstory, coming from Shennongjia, Hubei province, and being the granddaughter of a veteran of the Chinese Civil War.
- A-Team Firing: She gets into a shootout with Revy at point blank range while attempting to hijack Rock's car and every shot misses. Except poor Rock who has to contend with all the hot shell casings flying at him.
- Bilingual Bonus: After Janet smugly reveals how she played her like a fiddle, she furiously yells an untranslated "Ta ma de!" at her ("FUCK YOU!").
- *Click* Hello: Suddenly holds Rock up at gunpoint while his car is stopped near the Yellow Flag, as she knew the bar is a regular destination of his.
- Deadpan Snarker: When a guy at an Internet cafe tries to hit on her.Random guy: "Now that's a rare sight. You don't see many girls in this town in a net cafe. Hey you. Where'd you come from?"Feng: From the entrance.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her family placed no expectations on her. She never developed any goals in life either, so they ended up booting her to the PLA.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Invoked. Once she calms down and realizes just how badly screwed she is, she resolves to fight with every fiber of her being.
- Forehead of Doom / Meganekko: Sawyer refers to her as "the forehead glasses girl."
- Gratuitous Chinese: One memorable exchange has her chiding Revy in Cantonese for being so mean to her considering they're both ethnic Chinese people. Once Rock translates it, Revy just scoffs at her.
- She's also a fluent speaker of both Mandarin & Cantonese.
- Hackette: A star example of the PLA's cyberwarfare division. Her superior proudly tells her she will pave the way for China's coming online army.
- Hidden Depths: "The only things I'm strong against are fate and beer." She says this shortly after it's revealed she can outdrink Revy.
- In Vino Veritas: After Revy pulls her to the Yellow Flag to learn more about her, they get to drinking, and in an unintentional example of this trope, Feng has massive alcohol tolerance and is still completely sober even after Revy gets completely smashed. This leads to Revy telling her a lot about the "El Baile de la Muerte" arc disaster, giving Feng a much better handle on Rock's personality.
- Military Academy: A graduate of the PLA's Communication Academy in Xi'an city.
- Nom de Guerre: Feng Yifei is a pseudonym; her real name is Li Xinlin.
- No Social Skills: Discussed and averted. She's quite comfortable with the atmosphere of a brothel. Revy expresses surprise at this, having expected Feng to be a geek "who lived and breathed awkwardness". Feng simply comments that her profession required "more skills than simply using a computer", such as being amiable.
- Not So Different: Her situation is uncannily similar to how Rock ended up in Roanapur, which is the major reason why he chooses to help her. This whole trope gets played out for the entirety of Chapter 85, which is essentially one long chat between her and Rock about how similar they are.
- Reckless Gun Usage: This is Black Lagoon so not unexpected, but of all the people in this series, she's the only one who doesn't have a holster and simply stashes her TT-33 in the back of her pants. Not to mention her waving her gun at a crowd of people with her finger on the trigger and holding Rock up at gunpoint after she gets disavowed by the PLA... though in her defense, she was having a bit of a Freak Out at the time.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: While hiding out in a brothel, Revy gets the girls there to dress Feng up in something more "appropriate" for Roanapur, including a long wig and rather Stripperific wear. Unfortunately for Feng, this leads to some perverts trying to hit on her. Fortunately, Revy and Rock are there to show them the door.
- Smooch of Victory: Once Rock decides to help her by passing along some useful information about Roanapur to her, she asks him why he's doing so. He says it's for his own reasons. So she walks up to him and plants one on him. Much to Revy's surprise.
- The Scapegoat: Was made into one by PLA officials in order to hide their involvement after Janet "framed" her for a hacking job.
- Unwitting Pawn: She was completely played by Janet and didn't even know it.
Feng's boss back in China. He oversees her operations.
- Bad Boss: Despite the trope below, he still ordered the assassination of Feng as per his orders from Major General Liu.
- Benevolent Boss: Made an unauthorized call to Feng after she was "burned" by the PLA to let her know she was on her own and that he would do everything he could to make sure her family was taken care of.
- The Handler: He was Feng's only point of contact with the PLA.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: He's mostly concerned with staying on General Liu's good side.
Major General Liu
Ma's superior officer.
- Insane Admiral: A general in this case. He liquidates the entire first division after the Germans catch on to the PLA's cyber-espionage activities due to concern it will damage German-Chinese relations. Though it seems so far, the only person slated to be outright killed is Feng.
- Internal Affairs: Operating as this to Colonel Ma's division after the Germans got solid proof they had been compromised by PLA espionage.
- He Knows Too Much: His suspicions about Feng jump up after it's revealed she knew about the existence of Annenheim Distribution, a PLA shell corporation that was supposed to be above her paygrade.
- Unperson: After the operation to spy on Rainbach AG is compromised, he orders the complete dissolution of the entire operation, including all peoples associated with it.
- You Have Failed Me: He's pretty furious with Ma's division for getting detected by the Germans.
2nd Lt. Yeyin
General Liu's assistant.
- Adorkable: She spends most of her time looking like a deer in the headlights or awkwardly hiding behind her paperwork.
- Beleaguered Assistant: The poor girl has her hands full trying to run errands for her boss.
- Expy: Yes, it's true that Psycho-Pass came out years after this arc started, but DAMN if she doesn't look identical to Akane. Given Gen Urobuchi's involvement with Black Lagoon, maybe this was intentional.
- Only Sane Employee: She sure looks like it, especially when her superiors are having shouting matches with each other. She just tries to stay out of the fight and recite whatever useful information she has.
A Chinese operative in Roanapur.