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Marika Katoschoolgirl who participates in her school's space yacht club and works part-time at a local Maid Cafe. It soon turns out that she is actually the only daughter of Gonzaemon Kato, captain of the pirate ship Bentenmaru, and therefore the only person who can take his place (legally). While she's reluctant to take on the role, she does display natural talent for the job and accepts becoming Captain of the Bentenmaru. She also captains Odette II as Yacht Club's President after Jenny and Linn graduate.
- Ace Pilot: Marika's first scene shows her piloting a "dinghy" (a small one-person space ship) from space to a landing on the ground with considerable skill (although it's actually a simulator).
- Even the Girls Want Her: Be it as an Ordinary High-School Student or a Pirate Girl.
- Guile Hero: Tends to use her tactical prowess to avoid fighting opponents head on.
- Idiot Hair: Most visible when she's in her school uniform.
- The Kirk
- Meido: Marika works part-time at a noir-style high-class Maid Cafe.
- Ordinary High-School Student: At the start of the show.
- Pirate Girl: Daughter of the late Captain of the Bentenmaru and it's current Captain.
- Action Girl: Takes on "a brave passenger" aboard the Princess Apricot in a sword fight, and wins... kinda.
- Affably Evil: Tells the passengers of the Princess Apricot they won't be harmed so long as they comply with her demands.
- Badass Adorable: When they raid the Princess Apricot Hyakume says the passengers will be really happy as not only do they get to experience a pirate raid, the pirate's captain is a cute girl.
- Badass Cape: One of the many modifications Mami added made the cape on Marika's pirate uniform even more badass looking.
- Badass Longcoat
- Catch Phrase: Saa! Kaizoku no jikan da! (It's time for some piracy!)
- Combat Pragmatist: When she loses her duel against Kane she uses a hidden gun to just shoot him instead.
- Cool Hat: de rigueur for a pirate captain, specifically it's a Bicorne.
- Evil Is Hammy: Especially her big speeches during the raid on the Princess Apricot. Chiaki even comments that Marika seems to be getting really into it.
- When she herself poses as Marika in ep. 10, though, she arguably hams it up even more.
- Evil Laugh: In episode 6... well she gives it a a go at least.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Thanks to Mami's modifications
Chiaki KuriharaNew Transfer Student to Marika's class, Chiaki turns out to be aware of Marika's parentage, and display similar skills in piloting a space ship. It is later revealed that she's actually the daughter of the captain of the pirate ship Barbarossa.
- Ace Pilot: She won the dinghy race after all.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't call me that." In reference to the Insistent Terminology.
- Combat Pragmatist: In Sailing 1, she fires off a low-powered flare to blind the would-be kidnapper, then uses the resulting gunfight to cover her extraction of Marika.
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Evil Is Hammy: When imitating Marika's pirate persona, she chews the scenery even more than her.
- Foil: To Marika.
- Hime Cut: Her usual hairstyle.◊
- Insistent Terminology: Hates having -chan being added to her name.
- Luminescent Blush: When eating sweet things, especially chocolate parfait.
- New Transfer Student: Twice!
- Pirate Girl
- The Spock
- The Stoic: Except when she encounters a chocolate parfait.
- Sweet Tooth
- Tsundere: Type A. Oh, lordy.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A. Misses the grade S only by having a Hime Cut instead of required twintails.
- Ace Pilot: He's as skilled as he is handsome.
- Badass: He doesn't get to show it off much, but he's pretty handy with his weapon of choice: a massive Hand Cannon.
- Bishōnen: In his role as a teacher, he teaches a few dozen teenage girls, several of whom notice how pretty he is.
- In Episode 19, after they've learned his identity, several of them demand he teach them how to pilot dinghies. Very loudly and insistently.
- Hand Cannon: He carries a massive revolver that can punch fist-sized holes through an android.
- Twin Switch: Performs one with his younger twin brother Shane near the end of the series.
- Undercover as Lovers: He and Misa pose as a married couple as part of their cover identities at Hakuoh Academy.
- Drives Like Crazy: How bad is it? Marika and Gruier exhaust themselves from screaming in terror.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She really likes her drink.
- The Medic: Presumably.
- The Mentor: Acts as Marika's guide through her training as the new pirate captain of the Bentenmaru and provided most of the exposition for the ways privateers carry out their jobs. Marika depends on her so much to the extent that it becomes quite a stressful situation for both when Misa and the crew are sick and out of commission and Marika has to carry out a mission without her!
- Ms. Fanservice: By the show's relatively restrained standards.
- Multicolored Hair
- Number Two: Quite surprisingly for The Medic, serves as a Bentenmaru's XO, especially in a crew management aspect.
- Red Baron: "Bloody Misa".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted as she's pretty kind. (Though she has a terrible bedside manner when taking care of wounded.)
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit when on-board the Bentenmaru. Think "skintight bodysuit with bits cut out of it◊".
- Undercover as Lovers: She and Kane pose as a married couple as part of their cover identities at Hakuoh Academy.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), George Manley (English)The Bentenmaru's weapons officer, a hulking, demonic cyborg. Not a Gentle Giant by any means, but much nicer than one might expect from his appearance.
- The Big Guy: Literally and metaphorically.
- Caped Mecha: Cyborg, technically, but apart from that he's got the aesthetic down pat.
- Chest Blaster: Six of 'em, and they're implied to be only part of an extensive suite of built-in weaponry.
- Face of a Thug: Actually looks outright demonic, though when he talks he's fairly polite and soft spoken. He's also shy about being seen by people he doesn't know unless he's working.
- He looked much more humanoid in the novels, not unlike the Ironbeard, actually.
- Horned Humanoid: It may be a helmet but he's never seen with it off.
- The Quiet One: While he does speak occasionally, he doesn't talk much at all.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Well, he is a nine-foot-tall cyborg. Also the Bentenmaru's weapons officer, and commander of Bentenmaru's marines.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Handy Feet: She can type with her toes.
- Nerds Are Sexy: (Male) pirate EW officers all swoon about her when she is in her nerd getup. Lampshaded when Marika wonders why they didn't prefer her "outside clothes", and Coorie's answer that EW officers spend too much time "watching the truth" to worry about appearances.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses
- The Glasses Come Off/Letting Her Hair Down: She's quite the looker without her nerd get-up◊. Kane mentions in episode 24 that she should just stick to that look, but Coorie refuses to.
- Playful Hacker
- Sweet Tooth
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Covert Pervert: Surprisingly enough, Luca gets a dreamy look at her face at memory of being able to hang out at the beach with a bunch of attractive guys.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Real Men Wear Pink: He collects stuffed animals.
- Watch the Paint Job: Goes into a frenzy at the thought of the Yacht Club accidentally breaking Bentenmaru.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Kalob Martinez (English)Sensors, Intel.
Mami EndoMaid Cafe. The only named character who has never been into space.
- Curtains Match the Window
- The Fashionista: Makes several modifications to Marika's pirate uniform
- She also designs a crew uniform for Odette II.
- Genki Girl
- The Captain: Acts in this role for the Odette II's cruise. While she doesn't seem to share Marika's tactical talent, she appears a natural at the crew management aspect.
- Club President
- Damsel in Distress: In episode 17 it's revealed she's being forced into an Arranged Marriage by her uncle, and Lynn wants to hire the Bentenmaru to rescue her.
- Damsel out of Distress: The rescue attempt is rendered moot when she takes a chance to escape by shooting her way to an electronic warfare/recon fighter with a pistol she had hidden under her wedding dress.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Ojou: Heir to the Dolittle Space Shipping conglomerate.
- Precision F-Strike/Sophisticated as Hell: Her response to Lightning 11's demand for the Odette II's immediate surrender was "Bakame!" which is roughly equivalent to saying "You stupid son of a bitch!" in English, Crunchyroll subtitled it as "Nuts!". Either way it's not language you'd normally hear from an Ojou
- Put on a Bus: Jenny has graduated from Hakuoh Academy by Sailing 12. (But she comes back during the Hakuoh Pirates arc.)
- Schoolgirl Lesbian: Before her graduation, though revealed only after. In love with Lynn Lambretta.
- School Idol
- Silk Hiding Steel: A pistol to be precise and the silk was her wedding dress. It's a visual metaphor for her personality.
- Alliterative Name
- Butch Lesbian: Rare example of one being portrayed as attractive and feminine.
- Club President: She takes over after Jenny graduates.
- The Lancer: To Jenny.
- Playful Hacker
- Schoolgirl Lesbian: Before her graduation. In love with Jenny Dolittle.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
- Ace Pilot: Effortlessly dodges gunfire from Jenny's Evil Uncle ships.
- In episode 20 she dodges out of danger easily when one of the other girls loses control of her yacht in the simulator... which Kane had set to replicate the "great red spot" on Jupiter which is home to the strongest winds in the solar system.
- In episode 21, after her dinghy's electronics have been knocked out, Ai has no navigation systems. What does she do? Open the hatch and proceed to stellar navigate by sight, without even a sextant.
- Badass Adorable: When she's in at the helm, she's like a moefied Wash.
- Dude Magnet: During the Space Yacht Club's raid on the Princess Apricot out of all the girls, she is the only one being hit on.
- Nice Hat
- Shrinking Violet: Appears as this at first, but is slowly starting to come out of her shell.
Hakuoh Academy Space Yacht ClubA club at Hakuoh Academy which Marika is a part of. Its activities include dinghy simulations and practice cruises on its training vessel, the Odette II. Its members have been involved in the Bentenmaru's affairs a few times after learning of Marika's pirate heritage.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The hoodies the members wear are colour-coded to their school year, cycling between pink, green and blue. Gruier and Grunhilde have black ones.
- Idiot Hair: Ursula has this.
- Put on a Bus: The members who graduated towards the end of the Golden Ghost Ship arc.
- Back for the Finale: Talvikki and Flora return in the final episode with Jenny to help fly the Odette II while the rest of the club returns home for exams.
Princess Gruier Serenity
- Badass Adorable/Little Miss Badass/Badass Princess: She may not be an Action Girl but the way she addressed the Serenity ships in Episode 9 was pretty badass, especially the threatening way she signed off.Gruier: ...Cease fire immediately! Failure to comply will be regarded as treason! That is all!
- Expy: Hello, future descendant of Sailor Moon!
- Good Is Not Nice: Centuries-old royal families are not known for playing fair, and consequently, little Gruier has a surprisingly vicious streak.
- The McCoy: As of the "Hakuoh Pirates" arc, she is falling into this role.
- Odango Hair: Apparently her character design was redone for the anime as a Shout-Out to Sailor Moon.
- Pimped-Out Dress: A white one with trimming of white flowers.
- Pirate Girl: Though only briefly when Marika lets her borrow the outerwear from her uniform. When Marika suggests the switch one of the other crew members even (jokingly) calls her "The Pirate Queen".
- Of course, she was one of the Hakuoh Pirates, too.
- And then in the last episode, she's got her own pirate outfit, and is disappointed she won't get to use it.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Spell My Name with an "S": Gruelle in the official website but Gruier in the anime.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to her own sister Grunhilde's Tomboy.
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Kalin Coates (English)Gruier's younger sister.
- Ace Pilot: In episode 21 she came in second in the yacht race, losing only to Chiaki.
- Odango Hair: After entering Hakuoh Academy.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's not afraid to lead her soldiers into battle.
- Badass Princess: Who wears a prince outfit.
- Tomboy: Her military uniform resembles more of a prince's take on an old Royal Marines/British Army redcoat uniform.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to her own sister Gruier's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
Yotof Sif Sideux
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese), David Wald (English)The Grand Chamberlain of the Serenity Privy Council.
- Badass Grandpa: In the manga, he has a brief fight with Schnitzer and easily holds his own.
- Really 700 Years Old: Not quite so much, but he is quite a bit older than he looks, and he looks to be in his eighties. Explained in the novel by him being a genetically engineered, extremely long-live "Methuselah".
- Spell My Name with an "S": His last name is alternately spelled "Sydow".
CatherineA commander in the Serenity royal bodyguards.
Ririka KatoSpace Pirate herself.
- Action Mom
- Iron Chef: Can cook really well.
- Lethal Chef: When she was a pirate. Misa recalls her food and gets shivers from the memories.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She doesn't seem to impede the decisions Marika makes throughout the series, and in fact is rather supportive of her goals.
- Red Baron: "Blaster" Ririka.
- Retired Badass: When the show begins, she's working as an air traffic controller, having retired a long time ago from piracy. In the Grand Cross arc, she joins Ironbeard's crew, and proves she still has her old skills.
- Supreme Chef: To the point that her cooking is a regular subject of the series' Food Porn moments.
- In episode 13, Misa mentions that when she first came on board, she was a Lethal Chef.
- Funny Afro
- Jive Turkey: In the dub.
- Large Ham
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Marika was afraid to talk to the insurance agent at first due to Ririka's tale of Ham-to-Ham Combat she did with him. Turns out Show replaced that guy a few years earlier, and understood that the previous guy's method of doing things wasn't always the best. He actually does quite a bit to help Marika out during the series, whether its providing information, or pulling strings to let her pirate with a "back up" crew when the main crew is sick and quarantined.
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)Chiaki's father and captain of the pirate ship Barbarossa.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In episode 25, Marika has the chef transmit a message to the other pirate ships regarding where the final fight is going to take place. The song playing in the background is the pirate song, with an extra addition of girls singing a bit off-key. Kenjo, upon hearing it, tells one of his crew mates to broadcast it across the entire ship. Chiaki is then shown hiding under the covers of her bed, and a short cutaway scene shows her and Marika recording the song being broadcasted. Marika, on the other hand, smiles proudly and seems to enjoy the song.
- Not to mention that he tells Marika that she is Chiaki's favorite pirate.
- The Lancer: He seems to serve as one for Marika during the Grand Cross arc, as he's something like her second in command as far as the fleet is concerned.
- Large Ham
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Like Ririka towards Marika, he gives Chiaki a surprising amount of freedom. A large part of it is mostly to ensure Marika's safety, but he also has no qualms with letting Chiaki fill in for Marika while the latter searches for the ghost ship with Gruier.
Voiced by: Eizou Shuda (Japanese)Jenny's uncle and the head of Hugh and Dolittle Interstellar Transportation.
Ironbeard/ Gonzaemon Kato
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Mike Yager (English)A mysterious pirate registered with the Galactic Empire and the captain of the Parabellum.
- Badass Cape
- Cool Mask
- Faking the Dead: In the anime.
- Large Ham: Has a penchant for making dramatic entrances; his first appearance is standing ontop of his ship, dramatic wind blowing his cape behind him (it's actually a projected hologram) and adding sound effects to weapons fire. He also steals Quartz's thunder right out from her when she's making her big speech to the pirates.
- Narrator All Along
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)The captain of the experimental ship Grand Cross, the culprit behind the pirate hunting incidents.
Old Man/Legendary ChefA famous Chinese chef whose restaurant served as a meeting point and base for the Sea of Morningstar original pirates. His sons (two of whom we've seen in the series) are running a chain of restaurants around Tau Ceti space which serves as a pirates' secret communication network.
- Cool Old Guy
- Supreme Chef: His shaved ice (recipe of which is preserved by his sons) is apparently a dessert to die for and is famous even in the Galactic Empire.
- When his eldest son prepares it in the episode 25, he mentions that the sauce alone is matured for 500 years.
Frontier PiratesSome of the other pirate captains and crews who hold Letters of Marque from the War of Independence like the Bentenmaru.
JackieA criminal hacker and scammer whom Marika faces several times during the novels.
- The Cracker
- Theme Naming: His various assumed surnames (Celsius, Fahrenheit etc) are all units of temperature.