Experienced Protagonists: The Lagoon Crew are experienced in handling cargo work in Southeast Asia, which sometimes does lead in to hijacking ships if needed to. Dutch and Revy are experienced fighters, with either bare hands or small arms while Benny is familiar with hacking thanks to some of his years in university before he was forced to drop out. While Rock is new to the crew, he is familiar with the business world, as well as fluent in several languages.
"My life had become the rush-hour commute, the fake laughing, lowering my head, risking my life to score points. And all of that was fine as long as I had a place to drink after work and a batting cage nearby. And then, just like that, none of that mattered anymore."
A former Japanese Salaryman, Rokuro "Rock" Okajima serves as the the Lagoon Company's negotiator and translator, and is the series' primary POV Character. Although the least physically dangerous member of the Company, Rock possesses the ability to negotiate with heavily-armed, insane, hyper-violent individuals; he not only gets out of such negotiations alive, but even convinces them to see things his way.
Action Survivor: He's survived being caught in the middle of multiple gunfights, being kidnapped several times, a collapsing building, boat chases, car chases, assaults from various ultra-violent maniacs... and Revy.
Badass: Not the usual kind, but a badass nevertheless.
Badass Bookworm: Not only does his business and schmoozing experience cause him to be the best negotiator of the Lagoon company, he also plans out the events of an arc before hand based on his limited knowledge of the people involved..
Badass Pacifist: Rock absolutely refuses to use firearms, and the furthest he has gone to inflict bodily harm was to assault Chaka with a bowling pin.
Being Good Sucks: At the beginning of "The Wired Red Card", he complains of this because of being shot with a blank at the end of the previous arc after all his efforts to save everyone.
Beware the Nice Ones: Easily the most decent and sympathetic human being in Roanapur, and usually very polite and even-keeled... but just as dangerous as his crewmates, albeit in a different way.
Brown Eyes: Rock has these, and is the closest thing to a "good guy" in the series.
Butt Monkey: In his old job, he got his ass kicked a lot by his bosses. He's shaken this off as he adjusts to his life as a pirate.
Character Development: Growing from his first appearance as a sad sack into one who can survive among some pretty awful people; not necessarily a completely positive change.
The Chessmaster: Shown in full flux during the end of the "Baile de la Muerte" arc, where set up nearly the entire ending with a few choice words and a really accurate prediction of how people would act.
Creepy Monotone: In the OVA, Rock's voice remains dead flat for nearly the whole duration after his master plan begins. Given his usual excitable nature, it gets unsettling fast.
Cunning Linguist: It's unknown exactly how many languages Rock actually speaks (or at least understands) but they at least include Japanese, English, Russian and Chinese. When Balalaika went to Japan for business, she even hired Rock as her interpreter.
Cynicism Catalyst: Whereas the old Rock would have been moved by Fabiola's lingering idealism towards a morally-gray-world where justice and decency can exist if you want it to, the double-whammy of failing to save both Hansel and Gretel and Yukio from Balalaika's clutches has knocked that hope clean out of him. The only response he had instead is now a cold, apathetic, Revy-like snarl.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Rock can show hints of this at times, such as when he talks to Sister Yolanda about how drugs seem to be sold on the street without the mafia's knowledge, why they'd put clean sheets in the shed instead of a sleeping area, and why there seems to be a discrepancy between the amount of guns moving to and from the church. It did help diffuse an otherwise hostile standoff between Revy and Eda at the time, and it allowed them to get the grenade launcher they ordered.
Dark Messiah: Shows signs of becoming one, as even when he acts like a Magnificent Bastard and even though he's becoming progressively more and more villainous, his actual intents and goals have no malice in them, and he wants nothing more than to help people.
Distressed Dude: Revy gripes about how Rock gets captured all the time, leading to a funny moment when Yukio abducts him towards the end of the Yakuza arc.
"Great! Now he's been kidnapped by a schoolgirl!"
The Dulcinea Effect: Puts his ass on the line for Yukio, a girl he has only just met, and who proceeds to try and kill him, though unlike most examples it's because she reminded him of his old self.
Establishing Character Moment: The first time that Rock shows that he's not the timid weaksauce salaryman he appears to be is when Revy goes into a spiel about how Rock probably couldn't even begin to match her in a drinking game, only for him to flip his shit, call her bluff, and proceed to match her shot-for-shot in Bacardi (the challenge is then interrupted by grenades). The second time is when he comes up with the idea to kill an attack helicopter with an obsolete torpedo boat and flips off the pilots when it succeeds.
Even Evil Has Standards: It's hard to call him "evil" but yeah. He may have willingly chosen to become a pirate and run with very unsavory people doing very unsavory things, but dammit, he still has morals!
Evil Makeover: Averted. He insists on keeping his typical white-collar suit from his Salaryman days instead of slipping into more comfy, action-oriented clothes. Considering that being in the Lagoon Company is his new job, he intends to treat it as such.
The Face: He isn't much for violence like Revy and Dutch, but he makes up for it by being the Lagoon Company's negotiator.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: His eyes were shown as fairly wide at the beginning of the series, when he was at his most inexperienced and idealistic, but over time, they have narrowed considerably, as he became more competent/cynical. It should be noted that this style of eye is used to denote such badasses as Revy, Roberta, Ginji, etc.
Good Is Not Nice: He's usually the exact reverse of this trope, being rather polite and soft-spoken, but plays it straight In El Baile de la Muerte.
Grin of Audacity: In contrast to the bloodthirsty Slasher Smiles sported by the likes of Revy, Balalaika and others, Rock's badass smiles tend toward this, and usually come out when he's got a crazy plan in mind, or when he's requesting something incomprehensible by villain standards (such as showing mercy to someone). He's made more use of it since chapter 72, which combined with the narrowed eyes has cemented his status as a badass. It was also used in his earlier moments of awesome, with Revy's drinking challenge, and with the takedown of the Extra Order chopper.
Guile Hero: Has to relay on his wits and negotiation abilities to survive and as time passes becomes a better and better example of this trope. In El Baile de la Muerte he embraces the role, with mixed results, and during the arc in question often acts like a Magnificent Bastard.
The Heart: He isn't much for violence like Revy and Dutch are, but he makes up for it by being the Lagoon Company's negotiator and "Villain in Training". He's also the most idealistic of the crew, which occasionally puts him at odds with the more cynical Revy.
Heel Realization: Rock grows to realize the path he has chosen after he fails to save Yukio and the Washimine clan from destruction. He experiences this again after Fabiola calls him out on his plan that, while saving Roberta from herself, also nearly got Garcia killed.
Hidden Depths: Rock is, at first glance, one of the most unassuming and harmless-looking fellows in Roanapur. People who don't know him think he's a little streak of nothing. The people who do know him aren't so naive. Rock has no real power himself, but he knows how to manipulate the power of others to a dangerous level. In a way, he's one of the most powerful people in Roanapur because he knows what to do, who to talk to and what to say to get shit done!
I Choose to Stay: He could have gone anywhere, could have started another honest life somewhere else, but he chose to stay with the Lagoon Company, having taken a shine to the pirate lifestyle.
Improvised Weapon: Although not usually a physical fighter, he did defend himself from a chainsaw using a metal shelf one time, and then there's the above example where he trips Chaka up using spilled cleaning fluid and knocks him out with a bowling pin.
Lima Syndrome: He tried to defy this, but he ends up sympathizing with Garcia while Lagoon Company holds him captive.
Manipulative Bastard: Seems to be growing into one. He's a complicated example because the Lagoon Company are already very morally ambiguous and he's progressively becoming more bitter and cynical and quite enjoys playing this role, but still never quite crosses the line into becoming a full-fledged villain like the majority of the cast, and he still wants to help people.
Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Revy's Masculine Girl. While he isn't exactly girly, he isThe Heart among the company and is much more traditionally feminine in comparison to Revy, who is The Lad-ette and the one between the two of them with all the combat skills and who in later arcs acts as his protector.
A Match Made in Stockholm: He meets the Lagoon Company when they kidnap him, but he ends up joining them after he begins to bond with them and his department chief declares him dead.
Morality Chain: To Revy. Starts more as a Morality Pet but, as their relationship thickens, he becomes this. Especially when she makes it very clear to him that she would never let anyone else talk to her the way he does or tolerate his naïveté from anybody else. Suffice it to say that in the event of Rock's death, Revy would make the events of the Nazi arc look like cheerful shoujo by comparison.
Noble Demon: Calls himself a crook-in-training, but is willing to help people like Garcia, Gretel and Yukio.
Non-Action Guy: Most of the time. However, he also stands as a prime example that "non-action" does not automatically equate to "weak" — put a gun to his head, and he'll not only keep it but quite possibly throw it back in your face. This fearlessness, combined with his ability to network, have made him recognized as one of Roanapur's most dangerous figures, despite his never even touching a gun.
Papa Wolf: He really doesn't like children being mistreated/put in danger, as seen with Garcia, Gretel, and Yukio. Notably, when Yukio was abducted, he mounted a rescue, and seeing what her captors had done brought out his foulest language and drove him to actually assault the ringleader. And later, he risks his life by trying to persuade Balalaika to spare her.
Pragmatic Hero: From the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc until the El Baile De La Muerte arc. By the end of Season 2, Rock freely admits that justice is non-existent, and that morality is a sham, yet he still believes in helping people because it's his "hobby."
He's easily the most polite and well-spoken cast member, so when he does swear, it means he's truly furious, such as when he has it out with Revy, or when he sees how Chaka and his gang have mistreated Yukio.
"Hey! (Hits Chaka over the head with bowling pin) Fuck you!"
Psychotic Smirk: His usual wry grin darkens into this during the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA, especially when he approaches Garcia for the last time.
Garcia: I don't trust that look on your face...it's weird.
Rock: I don't know what you're talking about. This is what my face always looks like when I'm asking for a favor.
Garcia: You...want my help again?
Rock: Yeah. This is my favor face.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rock gives one to Revy when he for the first time had enough of her behavior. It was so effective, it almost made her cry. Even more impressive considering her initial response was to pull a gun on him, and he just pulled it away before she put one between his eyes.
Supporting Protagonist: The story is told from his point of view, but Revy is the one who does most of the fighting and is the poster girl for the series. Later, though, Rock begins to get more focus and he becomes quite an interesting character himself.
Talking the Monster to Death: Does this several times, most notably with Balalaika at the end of the final arc. Though she made it clear that she was still calling the shots.
That Man Is Dead: Rock ends the first arc by calling out his former boss, stating that Rokuro Okajima is already dead and thus signifying his departure from his salaryman position and former life and joining the crew of the Lagoon.
The Unfavorite: The reason he hasn't contacted his family to let them know he's alive. He claims his distant relationship with his parents was because they preferred his older, more successful brother.
"All they saw in me was another little ghetto rat with no power and no God. What’s left for a poor little Chinese bitch to rely on? It’s money of course. And guns. Fuckin’ A, with these two things, the world is a great place."
A nihilistic Chinese-American gunwoman and the Lagoon Company's primary muscle. Known as "Two Hand," after her preferred style of shooting. Her first name is apparently "Rebecca", but nothing more is known of her past apart from the implication that it wasn't a happy one.
Action Girlfriend: Rokuro was a normal salaryman with a dead-end job and there's nothing special about him aside from being pretty smart. Then she kidnapped him and tries to sell him for a ransom. Although they're not confirmed to be a couple... yet.
Ax-Crazy: When she's in a bad mood, which is often. During the events of the Nazi arc, Revy went on a quite psychotic killing spree, and in the manga, she didn't even spare the noncombatants. Dutch called her on this, telling her he didn't remember hiring "Charles fucking Whitman."
Badass: She's the poster girl and one of the two primary characters for a series full of 'em.
Revy has a Hair-Trigger Temper and gets pissed off at pretty much everything but later on, she develops one of these about Rock. Do NOT mess with him around her if you value your life.
Amusingly enough, she seems to have developed a Berserk Button about her Berserk Button, in that she doesn't like it when it's made apparent that an apparently selfish nihilist like herself actually cares about someone (i.e. Rock)
Bilingual Bonus: In the manga itself, Revy displays a proficiency in Cantonese Chinese aside from American English.
Blood Knight: Revy is a Sociopathic Hero who gleefully indulges in the carnage that she finds herself in, often sporting a Slasher Smile and becomes obsessed with an enemy if they are shown to be particularly deadly or skilled.
Break the Cutie: You just know that Revy went through something like this during her childhood.
Broken Bird: She also hits every single button on the trope (tragic past, cynical attitude, mentoring a more idealistic teammate, such as Rock, etc.).
Brooklyn Rage: Although she doesn't shown any accent, Revy is from New York.
The Brute: The main fighter, and primary muscle of the Lagoon Company.
CelibateVillain Protagonist: Despite being Ms. Fanservice, so far, she hasn't been shown to have any sex life to speak of. At one point Eda lampshades this by teasing her about it, "When it comes to you and men..." Makes more sense once we find out in the OVA that she was raped by a police officer when she was a teenager. Of course, another more present reason is her growing relationship with Rock. Him aside, the only other men she shows any real interest in are all for non-sexual/non-romantic reasons; usually ones whom she hopes to fight aside/kill with, or ones whom she hopes to fight/kill.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Although she'd more than likely deny it, she does not like other women trying to make a move on Rock. For example, she always responds aggressively to Eda's flirting with him, and at the time when Jane taunted her about thinking of ringing Rock into an orgy, Revy threatened her to stay away from Rock, or she would show her just what she got up to with her female partners in prison...and why she was so good at it they could never go back to anyone else.
Cluster F-Bomb: Revy is the primary contributor to the high volume of F-bombs dropped in the series proper.
Cynicism Catalyst: Among other really crappy stuff that her early years entailed, Revy was beaten and raped by a policeman as a teenager. Apparently, it was this event that finally made her snap and start fighting for herself — by killing everyone in the way.
Dark and Troubled Past: Back when Revy was a kid, she lived with a severely alcoholic father who was horribly abusive to her, at one point smashing a bottle into her face. One day, she was chased out of the house by her father's violence and sat crying on the sidewalk when a Dirty Cop arrested her for no reason and then brutally beat and raped her once she was in her jail cell. When Revy's father apparently did not care about what had happened to her and told her to get another beer, this was the final straw which led to her making him her very first kill. Other incidents followed such as the time she was beaten nearly to death for a crime she didn't commit, and the number of crimes she committed growing up means that she's still got outstanding warrants in New York.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Whether she likes it or not, Rock's decency and kindness IS beginning to rub off onto her personality.
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted. She does hit and abuse Rock, even almost shoots him at one point, but it is never portrayed as normal or acceptable. Moreover, Rock eventually stands up for himself and succeeds in convincing her that there are other ways to solve her issues than her guns. She feels ashamed after this confrontation and mostly stops abusing him after that. From then on, when Revy does yell at Rock, it's usually because he's done something stupid (like running off in the middle of a fire-fight and getting kidnapped, or nearly getting himself and Revy killed by pissing off an Ax-Crazy Russian mob boss), and she's quick to calm down afterward.
"Wow. You shot your own subordinates. Despicable to the end."
Feather Motif: Loose feathers tumbling around on the ground often show up in Revy's flashbacks. We find out later that these refer to her very first kill her own father, where used a pillow as an impromptu silencer.
Gratuitous English: In the original Japanese version, Revy busts out a lot of Engrish during her trip to Japan, likely to reflect her cussing out the locals in a language aside from Japanese. While heavily accented, the English she speaks is actually grammatically correct.
Hollywood Atheist: Revy gave up on God when she was young, a product of growing up on the harsh and unforgiving streets.
I Call It Vera: She calls her guns "cutlasses" after their moniker, the "Sword Cutlass Special 9mm", which is fitting, as she is a pirate.
Jerkass: Particularly towards Rock at the beginning of the series, until he stood up to her and chewed her out. She's mellowed since then, but it's important to remember she's still not a particularly nice person...
Nineties Anti-Hero: She's a card carrying example of this. She has a rough but cool name, a nihilistic outlook, a stripperific outlook, buxom, a gun in each hand, and to top it off, the series takes place in the 1990s.
Rape as Backstory: In the El Baile De La Muerte OVA, it's revealed that Revy was raped as well as beaten by a police officer during her days as a teenage street punk. Though it's definitely not her entire backstory, it and her father's complete indifference to it and her subsequent killing him for it was part of the longTrauma Conga Line that led to her being like she is now.
Straw Nihilist: She denies the existence of meaning, at least academically. For practical purposes, however, she'll preach the virtues of money and guns over God and love, since this is what she has been able to rely on in her life.
Stripperific: Somewhat justified by the climate of Thailand, but Revy's outfit is ridiculously skimpy. Short jeans and a tube top may allow for ease of movement, but they're not going to protect against bullets. To her credit, she does dress more sensibly when visiting Japan in the winter in the Fujiyama Gangster Paradise arc.
"But what would a woman who normally wore a bikini masquerading as clothes have to wear, to be even more racy?" (Rock's thoughts on the matter, when Revy finally agrees to do a show for Rowan.)
Talk to the Fist: She's fond of gunning down blowhards in the middle of their speeches.
Tattooed Crook: Revy has a quite prominent tribal tattoo on her shoulder.
Tranquil Fury: Revy's "Whitman Fever," which is more a relapse of Ax-Crazy than actual anger. When Revy starts to look like she's sleep-deprived and stops yelling and swearing, there will be blood and there will be lots of it. Revy's eyelids lower and she occasionally smiles slightly whenever she goes into such states.
Vapor Wear: Partially averted, her panties are visible at all times cause she never zips up her shorts. But her bouncing, and other clues imply she doesn't wear a bra. When we see her room it's shown that she just hangs it on the lamp in her room, thus giving us a literal example of Lampshade Hanging. She definitely wasn't wearing one when she hid those documents for the CIA in her top. One of the agents even complains about them being all sweaty...
Vitriolic Best Buds/With Friends Like These...: With Eda, although it's hard to tell which of the two it is. Somehow, the two are best friends despite over half of their dialogue consisting of them insulting each other, and they even pull guns at each other several times, but seem to get along well enough when they share a common goal (i.e. money, booze, Seinfeldian Conversation, shooting at other people, or any combination of the above).
When She Smiles: One of the major signs of the effect Rock has had on her. Very rarely is that Revy smiles without it meaning somethingelse, so getting her to smile earnestly is a major accomplishment. Most notable during the Japan arc; when Revy notices Rock watching her play with a group of young kids (in her own unique way), where she not only smiles, she blushes.
Would Hurt a Child: She usually has to be provoked into it, but Revy isn't above hurting or even killing kids. As Dutch says when he's ordering Rock to take over watching Garcia from a pissed-off Revy at the beginning of the first Roberta arc, "not a lot of maternal instinct there."
Yandere: Revy gets pretty creepy when Jane considers seducing Rock.
"Either way, we’re not the type to shoot at human beings. That’s why we stay with the fort."
An American computer hacker who acts as the Lagoon Company's communications officer and radio operator.
Affably Evil: Though definitely less evil than most in the series, Benny is a pretty decent guy, and would probably be great to have a beer and a few laughs with. His day job involves murder, drug running and grave robbing.
Badass Creed: "Fuck the Nazis" is a family motto, apparently. He is Jewish, after all, even though there is probably not much Kosher left in him seeing his line of work, although he could be of the Reform sect.
Blond Guys Are Evil: He is a pirate and has no moral compunctions about it but he is among the least actively malevolent of the lot, seeing that even his girlfriend is more active than him in that matter.
The Cynic: Benny has no illusions whatsoever about the evils he ignores on a daily basis. He hasn't got Revy's materialistic nihilism, but he's about as cynical as Dutch.
"What do you expect to happen to her? Get cured? Go to school, be happy and make friends? It will never happen and that's just how reality is."
Hollywood Nerd: Extremely tech-savvy, and his "office" is essentially a nerd cave. Also has a pretty nice body under that Hawaiian shirt.
Informed Judaism: Only ever mentioned during their encounter with the Neo-Nazis but he drinks alcohol, smokes, delves into cyber-piracy and isn't seen giving shit about his religion otherwise. Justified in that being a pirate is either the reason or the consequence of him disregarding the religion's teachings.
Nice Jewish Boy: Sure he's brainy and usually more affable than the rest of the cast but that's it. As noted above, he's just as morally dubious as his buddies and is completely desensitized about death, killing and any other pleasantries Roanapoor has to offer.
Non-Action Guy: Considering he's the residential techie, it makes sense.
Badass Driver: At one point he drives the Lagoon at full speed at a wrecked freighter to use it as a ramp in order to get airborne and shoot a torpedo at a helicopter. Christ. Granted, it was Rock's idea, but Dutch deserves kudos for actually pulling it off.
Mysterious Past: Major Caxton says that Dutch's story about being a Vietnam vet is a lie because he claimed to be part of an offensive while in a unit that didn't take part in it, and he didn't understand basic military lingo that a 'Nam vet would have known. His actual past (or if Caxton was even right) is still unknown.
"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."
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.
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. And their families. And their little dogs too.
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 although anyone who edits for a living can tell ya that after the first 30 minutes even porn gets boring when you're editing them.
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 (lest we forget, 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.)
Blondes are Evil: She is a ruthless Mafiya leader who, while quite affable and protective of her associates, has no real moral standards or mercy toward anyone else. She even holds the current page image.
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 sniping team. Until 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.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise. Full stop. The head of Washimine clan attempted to do this at first because Balalaika was obviously going overboard, providing a very undesirable sort of help.
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 casualty; the only loss from Hotel Moscow is the ex-KGB and his men, who is not part of Balalaika's ex-airborne troops and who she never likes 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.
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.
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."
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.
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 kill your ass without hesitation.
Lzherusskie: the name "Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena" is a typical case of klukva* a.k.a. nonsense that foreigners commonly think is accurate about Russia. The order of names is totally wrong (should be "Sofiya Pavlovna Irininskaya"), and the last name sounds really fake to actual 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. As said above, if anything, she's more of a Mafia Queen. She's too experienced and too powerful to be a "princess".
Mama Bear: You hurt her subordinates, you will be dead soon. And. VERY. Messily. Hansel and Gretel didn't pay attention to this, so...
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).
Pet the Dog: Many, mostly concerning her relation with both her henchmen and Lagoon Company.
Particularly, the smile◊ she gives to Rock at the end of the Yakuza arc, which is one of the few times she gives an actual, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dragon: We can safely assume he is this to Balalaika, despite not having seen him do much so far.
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.
Rugged Scar: The large scar across his face is his most distinguishing feature. Like Balalaika he presumably acquired it during the Soviet-Afghan War.
Sergeant Rock: The fact that she addresses him as "sergeant" rather than by name suggests that he's her former platoon sergeant.
Friendly Target: Pretty much 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.
"You know, sometimes it just feels like I'm wading through a giant sea of shit."
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.
Affably Evil: Starts out as this, but reveals himself as Faux Affably Evil later on. While he is generally friendly towards the Lagoon Company, he reveals during his Breaking Speech to Rock that his friendliness doesn't mean a thing.
Badass: Revy calls him "sir" which should instantly tell you he's the most baddest 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.)
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.
The Chessmaster: The one who commissioned Rock to see through to ending Roberta's rampage.
Evil Laugh: Gives one after Rock calls him out for what he is.
Guns Akimbo: So does this (See Cool Shades). 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: Played for laughs in the light novel. And by laughs, Biu would prefer that Chang not add "Master Ninja" to his repertoire of nicknames.
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.
Not So Different: 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.
Rousing Speech: Saddles his fellow crime heads with a villainous version, after the above quote eventually accomplishes zilch. Two pages' worth can be found on the Quotes Page.
A Taiwanese assassin in the employ of Mr. Chang. She prefers to use various edged weapons in close combat, in particular a pair of kukri knives linked together with a length of leather rope at the handles, thus using them as modified rope darts. She is also skilled in the use of throwing knives.
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.
Ax-Crazy: She can get rather... enthusiastic about chopping up people with kukuri knives.
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.
I Sound Like A Retard In Chinglish: 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 beknifed to death.
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.
Chang's most visible assistant, apparently his second-in-command.
Beleaguered Assistant: Introduced with Chang casually tossing his cell phone at him, and further appearances could almost put them into a lighter, more serious version of the Comedic Duo.
"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.
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.
The Man 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.
"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."
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.
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.
Church Militant: Although it's unclear whether its members are actually religious or are just using the Church as a front for weapons smuggling.
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."
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.
Anti-HeroAntagonist: In her first appearance, she was trying to retrieve Garcia from his kidnappers, (which were the protagonists)... and is utterly unstoppable in her pursuit.
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.
Ax-Crazy: During"El Baile De La Muerte", Roberta not only falls into this state, but takes it Up to Eleven.
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.
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 Colts. 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.
To the point where 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.
The Dreaded: Meet the only character that can put all of Roanapur on edge. News that "Bloodhound of Florencia" has come to the city puts the entire power structure of it's three warring criminal organizations in to utter chaos for the week that she was in.
Face-Heel Turn: During the "El Baile De La Muerte" arc. Whilst 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.
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 Sistema Colt Modelo 1927s, which she wields against Revy's Cutlasses. And later, she adds drum clips to them.
Hypocritical Humor: "I have no need for filthy language." During her fistfight with Revy, "STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THIS!"
Made of Iron is a standard power for Black Lagoon characters. 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 completely subverts this by being different from the manga. In the manga, Roberta came out of the entire ordeal without a scratch. In the OVA, 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...
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.
The young son of Roberta's master Diego, heir to the Lovelace family. When he's kidnapped and later the Lagoon company gets the work of "transporting" him, Roberta goes against our "heroes" to get her Morality Pet back. And that's just the beginning...
Name Order Confusion: Just like Balalaika, his name is 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.
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, but when he was killed he was participarting in a meeting of Hugo Chavez' fledgeling Fifth Republic Movement - which was even then socialism-inclinced.
Impoverished Patrician: To a degree. While he still has quite a bit of money due to plantations, it's still not compared to what the Lovelaces used to have in the past, due to their political beliefs 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.
Another maid in the Lovelace household, and the only one who's trained in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry like Roberta. After she leaves in her 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.
Badass: No fucking doubt, she's just as cool as Roberta and 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.
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.
"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", despite his doing everything possible to help her and Garcia, even if he did have to manipulate them and gamble with their lives.
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.
Small Girl, Big Gun: Carries a pump-action China Lake grenade launcher during her fight at the Yellow Flag.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: 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 or Rock were impressed, though.
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.
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.
Retired Badass: Was contentedly working as a vendor until he was called out of retirement.
Roaring Rampage of Rescueand 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.
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.
A high school girl and 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. And chooses to become a yakuza boss when Balalaika kills the previous one, since she's next in line.
Completely deconstructs Rock when he tries to convince her that the path she has chosen is wrong.
He is later able to, politely, tell her to shut up, stating that his path is not only a perfectly valid way to live, but also one that allows him to see that she is simply not cut out for the life of a gangster.
Break the Cutie: Her entire arc was determined to do this to her repeatedly.
Gory Discretion Shot / Sound-Only Death: 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. Subverted in the manga, where we get a front seat to everything.
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 normal 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: Horribly deconstructed. A 17-year-old teenager has no business trying to fight 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.
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 after. Needless to say, it ends badly.
Yakuza Princess: Deconstructed. Her people didn't want her to sacrifice her normal life to take over (and some of her "followers", like Chaka, even try to get her dead or sold into sex slavery), she can barely keep up with other mafia factions, and both she and her protector Ginji end up dead.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Thoroughly deconstructed, as the "young Samurai girl who takes up the family business" ends up in Hell because of that. She even commits suicide in the traditional manner of a Japanese noblewoman.
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 even close to enough to dig her out of the pit she started in.
One of the Washimine family's enforcers who attempted to take control of the family.
Affably Evil: Subverted. 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.
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.
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.
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: All the Goddamn time. 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. He's one hell of a guy.
The Sociopath: And not a particularly high-functioning one, at that.
The Starscream: If Starscream had been a psychopath. 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.
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: And does. As can be gleaned from the above, he's the abusive asshole version of this trope.
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: How Balalaika responds to him breaking their deal.
Number Two: What he was to Ryuzou, before the latter died.
The leader of Roanapur's branch of the Colombian Manisarela Cartel.
Cluster F-Bomb: Rivals Revy in terms of swearing-to-nonswearing dialogue ratio.
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.
Leigharch: No, I'm a fuckin' lawyer! What you do you think?!"
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.
A pair of incestuous, prepubescent porn star assassins with shared multiple personality disorders. Creepy as Hell. And just as horribly broken due to their horrendous common backstory, in which they barely survived both an Orphanage of Fearand being starlets in Snuff Films.
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.
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 Practicallly Since Birth With No Other 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.
Creepy Children Singing: They sing a duet, the quotes are above. Gretel also sings shortly before she dies, this time its not nearly as creepy.
Creepy Crossdresser: Hansel and Gretel actually 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: Squared, cubed, and then raised to the power of itself. Seriously it got them in the pantheon (family).
Cry Cute: Hansel breaks down into tears as he bleeds to death.
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 laughing right after a sniper destroys one of his knees, he laughs at Balalaika stating she planned to watch him bleed out.
Dissonant Serenity: Seriously, 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.
A bit of Girl on Girl Is Hot is nice... but not when the girl doing the fondling is a pre-teen murderer and batshit insane. Not to mention she gropes the other girl at gunpoint.
There's also an omake scene involving Garcia, but that's more hilarious than fan-servicy or fan-diservicy.
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.
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.
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.
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 11 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 though. Similarly, her "brother" may fit this trope...
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.
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.
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: And it's among the least unsettling things about them.
Twin Switch: Taken to a 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 parts of their body covered by their clothes have been deformed, and that wouldn't be a good indicator).
Villainous Incest: The least disturbing thing about them. They currently hold the page image.
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.
An Indian counterfeiter whose goal is to create perfect counterfeit money. After members of the Floridian cartel that hired her lose patience with her due to continued 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, unleasing a mad pursuit.
Naïve Newcomer: Starts like that, but as of the latest chapters, not so much. 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.
A handsome, long-coated adventurer introduced during the Greenback Jane arc, he is one of the few survivors of the band of mercenaries hunting for Jane. He now lives with the other two, Shenhua and Sawyer the Cleaner.
Anti-Villain: He's actually one of the nicest people in the show, and is only really antagonistic from the viewpoint of the protagonists.
Bishōnen: Pretty much the only adult one in the series.
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.
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 Genre Savvy 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.
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...
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.
The Butcher: It's even her legitimate career to hide her bounty hunting.
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 Mute: A subversion; 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. Without it, not so much.
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, 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.
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.
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'sstate at the time it's understandable, since the woman broke Sawyer's chainsaw in half with her bare hands.
Claude "Torch" Weaver
Voiced by: Youichi Nishijima (JP), Jason Simpson (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
The Florida cartel's "trouble buster" who leads the group hired to go after Jane.
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.
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!
Head of an Italian mafia operating in Roanapur. 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.
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.
Pointy-Haired Boss: Admittedly, he was under some stress at the time. He still repeatedly smashed his lieutenant's face into his desk. For offering advice.
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 pretty much 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 probably explains why he's survived for so long.
Overshadowed by Awesome: A war veteran who routinely survives having his establishment torn to pieces by nearly every faction in Roanapur, of all places. In just about 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.