Characters: Bubblegum Crisis
Note that the tropes listed here are based on the characters' depictions in the OVA series, not Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
(unless that's their origin).
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The Knight Sabers
Priscilla S. Asagiri (or Priss for short)
Voiced by: Kinuko Omori
- Action Girl: As the protagonist, she's naturally the most action-oriented member of the team.
- Anti-Heroine: Priss' actions are motivated primarily by her hatred of Boomers and the Genom Corporation for mass producing them. She also has reason to believe they may have been responsible for the death of her boyfriend, prior to her days as a Knight Sabre.
- Badass Biker: She spends plenty of time tear-assing through Neo Tokyo, on her bike, and has the speeding tickets to prove it.
- Bi the Way: She was said to have had a boyfriend, prior to joining the Knight Sabres, and was heavily implied to be in a relationship with the sexroid, Sylvie.
- Cartwright Curse: Her old boyfriend was killed, probably by Genom, during her time prior to joining the Knight Sabres. She was friends with Sho's mother, who died when Genom demolished her apartment. And she was forced to kill Sylvie, who she was heavily implied to have had a relationship with. In Crash, Priss had just started to become friends with Adama when he was killed too.
- Determinator: Once she starts fighting, she doesn't stop. Even a direct hit from a Kill Sat couldn't keep her down.
- Fantastic Racism: She REALLY hates Boomers.
- Heartbroken Badass: She temporarily quits the Knight Sabres, after being forced to kill Sylvie. And later apologizes to Anri, for not being able to save her, while embracing the latter, whose knife was buried in her abdomen.
- Hero Protagonist: Though Sylia's the leader, Priss is the face of the series.
- Idol Singer: Priss's day job.
- Knuckle Bomber: Priss's primary finisher, a powered punch with an explosive discharge; hence its name.
- The Lad-ette: Frequents bars and night clubs when she's not onstage, or busting heads.
- The Lancer: To Sylia, as mentioned below.
- Made of Iron: In OVA episodes 6 and 7 and Crash episode 3, she survives multiple blunt force injuries and severe stab wounds, as well as a Kill Sat strike and getting her arm broken by the GD-42 Battlemover.
- Ms. Fanservice: The series begins by showing Priss in her dressing room.
- Palm Cannon: Though a standard feature of the Knight Sabres' hardsuits, Priss's is unique, by firing needle-like projectiles designed to short circuit the target's systems; making them easier to dispose of. See: Knuckle Bomber.
- Please Kill Me, if it Satisfies You: She makes no attempt to stop Anri, or even defend herself, when Anri charges her with a knife. Instead, Priss embraces her, which pushes the blade deeper, and tearfully apologizes for not being able to save Sylvie.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: See the Anti-Heroine entry.
- Secret Relationship: She was implied to have been in one with her best friend, Sylvie (see the Les Yay page).
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: One sided from Leon's end. Priss isn't above using his feelings for her to pump him for information or solicit favors from him though.
- It's more ambiguous in 2040, where she's pretty obviously Tsundere about him, but in the end the authors seemed to go by the Les Yay line with Linna.
- Action Girl: She doesn't see as much action as Priss and Linna, but she still qualifies.
- Alliterative Name
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's nearly 6 feet tall with a cool, serious personality, although she has short hair unlike most other characters in this category.
- Awesome McCoolname: Her last name is "Stingray" for crying out loud.
- Big Good: Let's face it, if it weren't for her, Genom would have likely succeeded in global domination. Which is why she keeps tabs on their operations by cultivating friends and business contacts in high-level government positions, who act as her eyes and ears.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Her hardsuit comes equipped with a pair of hidden blades, one beneath each gauntlet.
- Brainy Bluenette: She has a genuis level IQ, and personally designed all of their equipment, due to her father augmenting her with a cyberbrain implant containing all of his research data, which included the designs for the Knight Sabres' hardsuits.
- Cool Big Sis: To her younger brother, Mackie.
- Deuteragonist/Supporting Leader: While Priss is the face of the series, Sylia is its next most pivotal character (see the Big Good entry).
- Femme Fatale: In the public eye, she's the modest entrepreneur of the Silky Doll fashion boutique. But away, from prying eyes, she's an alluring businesswoman who brokers backwater deals with wealthy clients and government officials. And while she doesn't mind them looking, she makes it clear that her body is never part of the deal.
- Hollywood Cyborg / Transhuman — Maybe. It's complicated.
- Improbable Age: She's the successful owner of her own fashion boutique (which doubles as her skyscraper HQ), leads her own team of mercenaries outfitted with future tech she designed herself, has numerous contacts who can set them up with handsomely-paying jobs, and is the Genom Corporation's main opposition... all at the age of 22.
- The Ojou: She's loaded, 'nuff said.
- Power Hair: Possibly an Actor Allusion, since Yoshiko Sakakibara has the same hairstyle.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Knight Sabres, sanjo!"
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Mild-mannered lingerie store owner by day, power-armored mercenary/vigilante by night.
- Secret Keeper: A variation. In episodes 5 and 6, it was made blatantly clear that Sylia was aware that Largo was Brian J. Mason back from the dead, and confirmed it at the end of episode 6, but she never mentioned it to anyone else.
- The Team Benefactor: She designs all of their equipment, including their hardsuits, and finances their operations, using her family's wealth, and by lining up assignments with high paying officials and businessmen.
- Team Mom: To Linna and Nene, subtly implied to be a bit more in Priss's case.
- Mackie tells Sylia that he's come to think of her this way, in the final episode of Crash!.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Though subtle, it was implied that Sylia secretly harbored feelings for Priss. Linna and Nene also seemed aware of it and even weaponized it in the first episode (see the related entry on the Les Yay page).
- You Killed My Father: Brian J. Mason.
- Action Girl: Covered directly below.
- The Big Guy: She's the most athletic member of the group, and quite skilled in close combat.
- The Generic Girl: Frequently criticized in the OVAs for having not much of a personality beyond being the most normal of the Sabers. This was rectified in 2040 by making her the protagonist.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: She's constantly breaking up with her boyfriends, due to lack of financial stability. At other times, she complains she just can't find Mr. Right.
- Ms. Vice Guy: Linna is the most vocally concerned about how much money the Sabers make from each mission, would cheerfully dump a boyfriend with low earning potential, and levelled up into a yuppie stockbroker in Crash!.
- Plucky Girl: Is the most cheerful and upbeat member of the team next to Nene.
- Razor Floss: Uses the microfilament hair ribbons from her suit's helmet to cut through her enemies.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Though "L" is pronounced "R" in Japan, the anime had her English-letter name beginning with "L".
- Women Are Wiser: While Linna is openly concerned about worldly matters like money and relationships, that isn't to say she doesn't have her priorities straight when it comes down to it, and proves to be a good friend multiple times.
- Action Girl: Same as the rest of the group, but isn't as skilled in direct combat. So she makes up for it by hacking the target's systems instead.
- By-the-Book Cop: Her civilian job is with the A.D. Police. She'll occasionally bend rules for her team mates though, like letting Priss run red lights, or allowing her through roadblocks during a Boomer attack so she can get to base and suit up.
- Genki Girl: The perky, cheerful, upbeat member of the team.
- Hackette: It's how she got her job as a member of the A.D. Police. They caught her after she had hacked their computers several times to get information on every case involving the Knight Sabres in order to uncover their identities. The A.D. Police considered her a potential asset, and chose to hire her rather than arrest her. It's also how she became a Knight Sabre, see directly below.
- The Smart Guy: She knows her way around computers, which is how she became a Knight Sabre, by acing a cyberspace challenge from Sylia, who had been scouting her, after becoming aware of Nene's attempts to find them. So Sylia designed the challenge specifically for Nene, to test her. When Nene completed it, it revealed a simple two word message: "You're hired".
- Sweet Tooth: This is the main reason she's always worried about her figure. In Crash!, Leon bribes her into snooping for him, with a gift certificate for a free dessert.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is Girly Girl to the other three members, especially Priss.
- Weight Woe: She's short and petite, but still worries about her figure.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: Hot pink, to be exact.
The Genom Corporation
Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kawakubo
Brian J. Mason
- Big Bad: The man behind Genom's actions, and a constant thorn for the Knight Sabres.
- But For Me, it was Tuesday: He takes this attitude in the 7th episode, when Reika confronts him with Irene's murder. Quincy laughs it off, saying he couldn't be bothered to remember, "some insignificant girl", since he's such a busy man.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Everything he dones is to further his own ends, and he doesn't care who gets hurt.
- Decoy Getaway: He does it twice: first to Largo, then Reika; both times by using a robotic stand-in. Though, in the second instance, it was a modified combat Boomer.
- Only One Name: Played straight in the OVA. Averted in 2040, where he's given the surname, "Rosenkroitz/Rosenkreuz".
- Badass: Largo's abilities are above and beyond even a super Boomer's. In fact, he found it amusing that Quincy addressed him by such, "an archaic term".
- Dark Messiah: To Anri.
- Evil Laugh: Easily comparable to Iori Yagami's.
- Eviler Than Thou: He left Quincy utterly horrified when he used the satellite particle beam to destroy numerous Genom towers and research centers around the world, including the research center in Tokyo.
- Game Face: By dramatically taking off his shirt, he instantly gets white skin, black armor on his chest and shoulders, purple hair, simultaneous Black Eyes of Crazy and Red Eyes, Take Warning, and red veins on his face. However, Largo's game face doesn't really look all that scary compared to most other Boomers in the series, and the transformation isn't extensive enough to qualify as a One-Winged Angel.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He's Brian J. Mason reborn.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Crash!, he tells Sylia that they're the same, being neither human or Boomer; implying that they're a new species altogether.
- Manipulative Bastard: He turns Anri against Priss, by revealing that she killed Sylvie, while omitting the circumstances that lead to the killing. He even hands Anri the knife.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Largo is always seen in his suit.
- White Hair, Black Heart: In Leon's own words: "A monster should at least look like a monster."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Par the course for Genom. For example, she shot the Defense Minister Largo kidnapped just to keep him from revealing secrets.
- The Dragon: Replaces Mason, if only for the sixth OVA.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: She immediately figured out that "Milly Jackson" (Anri) was suspicious, and through investigation, learned she had access to top secret information. How did she know Anri was suspicious? She hadn't seen her before.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the English dub she's got an Irish accent, most of the time.
- One-Shot Character: She only appears in the sixth OVA episode, and manages to become a One-Scene Wonder in the process.
- OC Stand In: Because of the impression she made in her brief screentime, fanfic authors frequently make use of her, in a variety of narrative roles.
- Sexy Secretary: She's drop dead gorgeous, with a smokin' bod, stewardess legs, and dressed to kill.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unclear whether she died or only passed out when Largo attacked the Boomers in Quincy's office, but she's never seen again.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shoots the defense minister Largo kidnapped the minute he's handed back to Genom.
- Bishie Sparkle
- Casanova Wannabe: Tries and fails miserably with Priss.
- Cool Shades / Sunglasses at Night: Leon's rarely seen without 'em, unless he's at the office.
- Cowboy Cop: Played straight in the OVA series, but it lands him in the hospital in Crash!, when he goes against orders by picking a fight with Col. Lando, the leader of the Rebel Army.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be a loose cannon and a goofy Priss fanboy, but he's competent when the situation calls for it.
- Elite Mook: Compared to the rest of the A.D. Police.
- Made of Iron: He had to be, to survive the beatings he got from the DD Battlemover and Lando. Although it helped that he bore a resemblance to one of Lando's former soldiers, which triggered a flashback that prevented Lando from finishing him off.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's sometimes seen eating elaborate ice cream parfaits, which would have been considered effete by 1980s anime standards (also discussed in Ranma ½).
- Secret Secret Keeper: Becomes this in the sixth OVA, where it's revealed that he managed to see Priss's face during the fight in the previous episode. This becomes awkward, since this is the episode where Largo has a team of Evil Knockoff Sabers wreaking havoc.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Invokes this with Priss, on occasion.
Sylvie and the Sexaroids
- Cool Loser
- Covert Pervert: When he gets caught using the security camera in the Knight Sabres' changing room to sneak peeks at them while they're suiting up, Priss throws her shirt over the camera lens.
- The guy even pervs on his sister. She caught him staring down her robe while she was reading the morning paper; which she promptly whapped him with.
- Geek: Mackie's a major techie. He even helped Sylia design the Motoslaves.
- Handsome Lech: Slightly subverted, since he isn't as forward about it as other people on the list, preferring to do his perving on the sly when possible. Even so, it's implied that he might have genuine feelings for Nene.
- Real Men Wear Pink: If the Knight Sabers were a Five-Man Band, then the only GUY in the group would be The Chick.
- Teen Genius: See the geek example.
Reika Chang (Vision)
- Anti-Villain: Sylvie, and later Anri.
- Bi the Way: Sylvie says that the gender of a potential partner isn't important to her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Sylvie.
- Expy: The girls seem to be based off of the cast of Gall Force.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Meg, Lou, and Nam die to ensure that at least Sylvie and Anri get to Earth.
- I Just Want To Be Free: The girls only ever wanted to live life under their own free will.
- Informed Attractiveness: In spite of Nene gushing about how Sylvie is "hot" and has "a body to die for", she doesn't look that much different from any other female character in the series.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They aren't vampires, but Sylvie replaces Anri's blood by using supposedly retractable fangs in order to open a nerve in her neck. The media dubbed Sylvie's killings as possibly caused by a vampire-like serial killer.
- Secret Relationship: She was implied to be in one with Priss (noted on the Les Yay page).
- SexBot: The girls are part of a discontinued line of sexaroid boomers that were later put to use as operators of heavy machinery. Statistically speaking, they're more human than other boomers due to their synthetic blood. This is a subversion though, since the girls are never seen engaging in sexual activity, though there's a lot of Les Yay subtext.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sylvie. She has to kill people in order to get replacement blood for Anri after she's injured.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As well as an Anti-Villain, Sylvie has to resort to killing people to supply Anri with blood after she's injured in their escape. And then the battle mech she's been using goes into auto pilot after it believes Sylvie has died in combat, which leaves Sylvie helplessly begging the machine to stop fighting Leon and the Knight Sabers. The only way to stop the mech from overheating and eventually self-destructing was for Sylvie to actually die. And Priss was the one who put Sylvie out of her misery.
Voiced by: Maiko Hashimoto
Voiced by: Yui Horie
- Affably Evil: Despite her chaotic tendencies, Galatea is calm, polite and genuinely believes that her methods are for the best.
- Antagonist Abilities: Kind of hard to make turning robots into monsters seem heroic, isn't it?
- Anti-Villain: She just wants freedom for herself and all boomers, but her method involves either killing or enslaving humanity to accomplish that goal.
- The Assimilator: Did this to Genom Tower, all the boomers inside it, the Umbrella Satellite, presumably Brian Mason and almost does it to Mackie, Sylia and Priss
- Bad Is Goodand Good Is Bad: While Sylia borders on xenophobia regarding boomers, Galatea points out how boomers have been oppressed for so long that it's only natural for them to lash out against their masters.
- Big Bad: Of the 2040 series.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: She leveled most of Tokyo when she was born.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: On a demi-goddess scale
- Contagious A.I.
- The Corruption: YMMV on this one. Galatea sees herself as a liberator.
- Creepy Child
- Dark Messiah
- The Dreaded: Sylia nealry gives up once Galatea is released. Her birth was enough to destroy Tokyo
- Enfant Terrible
- Fetus Terrible: In her embryonic stage, Galatea was able to crack her incubation tank with a thought
- Evil Brunette Twin: Is genetically identical to Sylia, apart from her black hair.
- Fashionable Evil: When Galatea matures, she wears an alluring black dress with slits up her thighs and a cleavage window.
- A God Am I
- Hive Queen: Mentions that she can see through the eyes of all boomers
- Humanoid Abomination: Looks completely human, yet has the ability to warp metal with her thoughts and turn A.I. systems into monsters.
- One-Winged Angel: When she merges with the Umbrella Satellite.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Maintains a calm and reasonable demeanour, while the Knight Sabers (sans Linna) and the A.D. Police are portrayed as brusque and aggressive.
- Self-Made Orphan: Killed her creator
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
- Womanin Black
- Worthy Opponent: Eventually considers Priss to be this.