Characters: Busou Renkin
A list of characters and character-related tropes from Busou Renkin!
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP), Steve Staley (EN)The Hero of the story, Kazuki is a very well-meaning guy that enjoys helping people. At the start of the story, he's caught in the crossfire between Tokiko and a Homunculous and killed, but Tokiko gives him a Kakugane as a means of resurrecting him. He uses it to create a Busou Renkin later on.
- All-Loving Hero: He's nice to everybody, he tries to save everybody, and even helps people who were killing him not five minutes before, even people who were killing him five minutes previously, then stop, then betray the truce, he'll still help them!
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- Anime Hair: While not as bad as his namesake he's got some weird hair.
- Badass: Definitely.
- Badass Normal: Before getting his powers, facing down a giant snake-like homunculus with nothing but a steel pipe! Guy's got some guts, even though getting them ripped out of him doesn't do him any good, he still manages to cope with it.
- Battle Couple: With Tokiko.
- BFS: His Busou Renkin, Sunlight Heart.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards his actual sister Mahiro, who really needs it, Tokiko who really doesn't, (but it's still very cute) and the entire goddamn human race, which really, really needs it.
- Boring Invincible Hero: Deconstructed with the First Episode Resurrection and just avoided the Decoy Protagonist trope.
- Can't Stay Normal: Had the chance to go back to his regular life after Tokiko resurrected him with the Kakugane. He didn't take the offer, apparently.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed as it got him killed in the first episode.
- Clingy Macguffin: Since he'll die without his Kakugane.
- Covert Pervert: He's a really Nice Guy and doesn't think that dirty, but he does have a Porn Stash.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Because he doesn't have a heart, Kazuki will oftentimes take a normally lethal hit to the torso in order to deliver a blow of his own.
- Determinator: Justified because of his new heart but even then it also makes you wonder how much more he can take.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Got his foo' self killed trying to save a chick he didn't even know.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Papillon certainly does.
- First Episode Resurrection: And purely on Tokiko's whim.
- First Girl Wins: Do we need to spoiler that?
- Hades Shaded: As Victor III
- The Hero
- Heroic Suicide: Thankfully he doesn't have to go through with it.
- Hypocrite: Papillon called him this for wanting to continue fighting him despite having been killed, comparing it to how he was practically on his death bed because of his illness and wanting to fight to continue to live. It's when Kazuki fights Papillon and says that he should stop killing and accept his fate that he begins to call Kazuki this, when Kazuki got a second chance. Of course the entire thing falls flat because Kazuki doesn't have to kill people in order to survive. That chances after the whole Victor thing, but once again falls flat because Kazuki fights to find an alternative that means not having to siphon life from people.
- I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: Does this multiple times to Tokiko, one notable example was him hugging her protectively while giving his In the Name of the Moon speech, and he was shirtless. Cue Luminescent Blush. Also arguably when he touches her scar at the very end.
- Idiot Hero
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially his BURST THROUGH! MY BUSOU RENKIN! attack, which involves shooting forward super fast and super hard.
- Likes Older Women: To Tokiko's amusement.
- Official Couple: With Tokiko.
- Ordinary High-School Student
- Power Dyes Your Hair: And skin.
- Purple Eyes
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Tokiko's Blue Oni.
- Senseless Sacrifice: In the first episode, he dies trying to save Tokiko, but Tokiko wasn't actually in any danger and was just luring Homunculus Mita into a trap.
- Shirtless Scene: Gets a couple, but prominently when he turned into a Victor which could count as Fan Disservice.
- Spear Beam: Sunlight Heart doubles as a Boom Stick.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Sunlight Heart makes him a Lightning Bruiser and his ability to become Victor can be very broken however he is also the least trained member of Alchemist Warriors.
- Walking Wasteland: His Kakugane is actually the third Black Kakugane, thus giving him the power to counter Victor, though almost at the cost of his life-drain aura becoming stronger and killing everybody else.
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP), Tara Platt (EN)Kazuki's savior and lancer, Tokiko introduces him into the world of alchemy and saves his life by giving Kazuki a Kakugane. Total Badass.
- Action Girl
- Action Girlfriend
- Anti-Hero: She's willing to Shoot the Dog.
- Badass: Even more than The Hero, which is saying something.
- Badass Adorable: She DEFINITELY has her moments.
- Battle Couple: With Kazuki.
- Belated Backstory: Her origin is not revealed in the manga until the final issue, where it's revealed she's the only person in her school who survived a homunculus attack, and ended up killing the homunculus (who had posed as a fellow classmate) with the Valkyrie Skirt, using the Kakugane which was being used to heal her wounds. She gained both her scar and her hatred of homonuculi during the incident.
- Boring but Practical: Other alchemists get flashy Stock Superpowers. Tokiko just gets a bunch of extra limbs ending in sharp objects. Fortunately, it turns out that having extra limbs ending in sharp objects is incredibly good for killing people.
- Catch Phrase: Often yells something about her opponents' guts, such as her intentions to rip them out, splatter them etc; also On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase
- Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't really fight fair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Whenever she isn't fighting.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She started out as somewhat cold to Kazuki, but starts growing attached to him over time and finally falls in love with him.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Her Busou Renkin's sub-name is Death Scythe, she's pretty to boot.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Well Mahiro does anyway.
- Fantastic Racism: Really, really hates homunculi or anybody who would help them.
- Four Is Death: Her Busou Renkin, "Busou Renkin of the Death Scythe: Valkyrie Skirt," has four blades.
- Going Commando: She doesn't wear a bra, not like she needs one, but was it necessary to show her undress?
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's noticeable, representing her status as an Anti-Hero, but it's even, showing her inherently good nature.
- The Hunter: Was the Sole Survivor of a homunculi massacre, which explains her ruthless attitude toward them.
- Improbable Weapon User: Even more then Kazuki, it's four scythes on the end of robot arms attached at her thighs.
- The Lancer
- Magic Skirt
- Ms. Fanservice: Her clothes are always getting ripped up and she reluctantly wore a bikini in one episode.
- Averted for the most part, though, due to Watsuki making deliberate decisions to avoid this. For example, her Valkyrie Skirt was going to be an actual skirt (as in, the blades come out from under her skirt,) until he realized that it would result in a lot of accidental Panty Shots.
- Official Couple: With Kazuki.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Kazuki's Red Oni. Though she gets quite excited during battle.
- Rescue Introduction: Subverted. Kazuki thought she was in danger of being attacked by Homunculus Mita, but she actually was just luring it into a trap.
- Scars Are Forever: The scar across her nose that she got from a homunculus attack. Actually, it could have been healed, but she wanted to keep it.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut
- Sexy Mentor
- Sole Survivor: Of a homunculus attack on her school. She was rescued by Captain Bravo.
- Spider Limbs: Her Valkyrie Skirt.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Specially at the beginning.
- Transfer Student Uniforms: Keeps the uniform she transfers in with, but for a justifiable reason, as the long skirt used by Kazuki's classmates would interfere with the Valkyrie Skirt.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Has blanked out all of her life before being found by the Alchemic Army.
- Tsundere: She becomes angry whenever Kazuki does something really stupid, but she truly comes to love him.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Kazuki, her Busou Renkin specializes in precise and swift movement, as opposed to giant energy blasts. As Kazuki himself notes, it's almost completely lacking in flashy special abilities like most of the others, but the device's range of motion and her perfect control of it is beyond anything modern science could reasonably create, and incredibly deadly in its own right.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B-.
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Spike Spencer (EN)Once known as Koushaku Chouno, a sickly loner despised by his family, he became a homunculus and a massive ham as well.
- Agent Peacock
- Ambiguously Gay: Beyond his manner of dress, his obsession with Kazuki is nuts
- Animal Motifs: Butterflies.
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Normal->Empowered Badass Normal: In the second episode, he is riding around totally calmly on Washio's back, even when Washio is attacking and defending - from a few hundred feet up in the air. Including perfectly holding his balance during dives and blurringly-fast maneuvers. Not bad for a guy with an Incurable Cough of Death. Then he becomes a homunculus and gains his Busou Renkin...
- Barely-There Swimwear
- Card-Carrying Villain
- The Chessmaster
- Combat Sadomasochist: One of the saner examples of this (and more of a masochist than sadist), but he has shown what seems like arousal in reaction to injury, and on the sadist front, look at his commentary after eating his family.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Ever since he became an homunculus, he no longer responds when called "Koushaku Chouno". He only makes an exception to his Worthy Opponent Kazuki though.
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Tastes Good
- Facepalm Of Doom: Delivers one to his asshole brother, and keeps it rolling from there. He appears able to consume people through creepy orifices in his palms—he just sucks them right in, leaving behind nothing but their empty clothes.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Invoked to the extreme when he becomes a homunculus and dons...this◊. Most characters are utterly weirded out by him and his bizarre fashion sense.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Friendly Enemies: Toward Kazuki, with a massive amount of Foe Yay on his part
- Glass Cannon: Can blow people to smithereens with his Busou Renkin, Near-death Happiness, but suffers from a severe lack in stamina due to his disease.
- Good Costume Switch: His purple butterfly logo turned orange in the finale.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hidden Depths: Who knew the sickly wallflower Chouno Koushaku would become the shameless, flamboyant Papillon?
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: 'Cause of a shitty childhood this is his personal philosophy.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Both before and after his transformation.
- Immortality Immorality: Homunculi have to eat people, but he doesn't—it's the desire of the homunculi to become human that drives them to consume human flesh, and since he hated his human life, he doesn't have to eat them.
- It's All About Me: Subverted; he actually does nice things since they benefit himself as well, like helping Kazuki since only he can defeat him, well that's his excuse.
- Large Ham: PAPIIII...LLON!!!.
- Mad Bomber: His Busou Renkin allows him to create and control gunpowder, and he's rather crazy.
- Noble Demon
- Offstage Villainy: Its indicated that in order to transform himself, people had to die, including children, although Chouno didn't kill them himself (his minions probably did), but after that, he doesn't really do anything evil (although he makes threats that sound like those of an Omnicidal Maniac).
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Takes it to the point where he's effectively one of Kazuki's most valuable allies. Not that either of them have actually noticed this little detail.
- Playing Against Type: Wait, what?
- Refuge in Audacity
- Self-Made Orphan: He ate his father, brother, and family bodyguards- doesn't come off as that bad though, since all were assholes
- The Starscream: Can't stand being second best.
- Stripperific: His costume is essentially just a jumpsuit and a mask.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His Busou Renkin, Near Death Happiness, takes the form of a pair of giant butterfly wings made of gunpowder that he can control and blow up at will.
- Teen Genius
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Chou means butterfly in Japanese (the full surname would translate to "butterfly field") and Papillon is the French word for butterfly.
- Trouser Space: He likes hiding things in his crotch... a little too much. Not having any pockets doesn't help.
Captain Bravo (Mamoru Sakimori)
Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)A captain of the Alchemist Warriors that Kazuki and Tokiko work for, Captain Bravo gives them advice and help on many occasions.
Tropes associated with Captain Bravo
- Anti-Villain: Post-Face-Heel Turn
- Badass: Goes without saying.
- Badass Long Coat: It's one of his special powers.
- Blue Oni: Color coded and matched with Hiwatari.
- Calling Your Attacks: BRAVO!!! ______!!!
- Catch Phrase: It's all in his name.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His Renkin, Silver Skin, only helps his defense, all his earth shattering punches and acrobatics come from hard work and dedication.
- The Charmer: Bravo Secret Art! Captain Bravo...Kiss!
- Collared by Fashion: When wearing his coat.
- Face-Heel Turn: It doesn't last forever though.
- The Good Captain
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His Busou Renkin is armor, so he just kicks ass with his bare hands.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It may not have been needed to a Big Damn Heroes, but it was still very cute.
- Large Ham: Very, very hammy.
- Mr. Fanservice: Ripped, handsome, kind, charming, energetic, badass and protective of children.
- My Greatest Failure: The attack on Tokiko's school, of which she was the Sole Survivor.
- Nigh Invulnerable: He has a regenerating invincible coat.
- Papa Wolf /Team Dad
- Rated M for Manly
- Rule of Cool: His main creed. "Why? 'Cause it's cooler that way!"
- Stone Wall: He tries to compensate for having a purely defensive Busou Renkin with impressive barehanded-combat skills, but the fact remains that he's better at taking hits than dishing them out.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Considering that he specializes in unarmed close combat, it's not that surprising that he pulls off some wrestling moves, like an Octopus Stretch and an Argentinean Backbreaker.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)Another Alchemist Warrior, who's called in to deal with Victor and Kazuki's black Kakugane, total dick. Likes fire.
- Blood Knight: Loves burning people, doesn't matter who.
- Colonel Kilgore
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Loves calling his minions ladies.
- Freudian Excuse / My Greatest Failure: It's doubtful he was ever nice, but his Blood Knight and General Ripper tendencies really came to the fore after the massacre in Tokiko's school, much like with Captain Bravo. Both were deeply affected by that event: Bravo became near suicidal in his desire to protect others, Hiwatari just went "Screw this, the world is insane anyway, we might as well be crazy, too".
- General Ripper
- Nuke 'em: His Busou Renkin, Blaze of Glory, is a napalm bomb.
- Super Power Lottery: Oh god yes. Flight, regeneration and fire control are vast understatements of his ability.
- Token Evil Teammate: Seems the worst out of all the Alchemist Warriors. His friendship with Bravo is genuine, though.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: With a Sarashi.
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)A rookie Alchemist Warrior that was apprenticed by Tokiko. Fell in love with her when she gave him a reason to become an Alchemist Warrior. Strongly dislikes Kazuki at first, not just because of jealousy, but also because Tokiko puts herself at danger to help him. Uses Gear Chakram.
- Guest Star Party Member: Only appears in the second part of the series, but is one of the main characters from then on.
- Heel-Face Turn: Decides to quit hunting down Kazuki for Tokiko's sake. This does progress into an actual friendship, even if not an easy one.
- Hot for Teacher: Tokiko was his mentor.
- Ignored Rival: Thinks he can take Tokiko away from Kazuki. Kazuki doesn't lift a finger to stop him - he doesn't have to.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually. It's noted that he actually becomes more mature when he stops dwelling on his feelings for Tokiko.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: I understand you think Kazuki is stupid (and he really is), but do you need to be such a gigantic prick to him?
- Weak, but Skilled: Takes down a lot of people with his relatively weak abilities using his brains and speed.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks that he's the Romantic False Lead and Veronica between Kazuki and Tokiko, but he really isn't; Tokiko does like him, but not in any romantic way, while Kazuki is completely oblivious to their "rivalry" and talks about what great friends they are. Kind of veers into All Love Is Unrequited territory.
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)An ancient alchemist who was given a Black Kakugane in place of his heart in order for him to survive. This granted him amazing strength, durability, and the abilities of flight and regeneration, but also drove him mad. Uses an axe.
- An Axe to Grind
- Awesome McCoolname
- Big Bad
- Evil Counterpart: To Kazuki
- Gravity Master: The ability of his Busou Renkin, Fatal Attraction. Can create a black hole at full power.
- Hades Shaded
- Made of Iron: Took the attacks from missiles and five separate Busou Renkins powered by a giant robot without a scratch.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Playing Against Type: Kid Hero Yuri Lowenthal plays the Big Bad.
- Victor Can Breathe In Space
- Walking Wasteland: It's like breathing to him; even if he wanted to stop it, he can't.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Wants to destroy all things related to alchemy because the Alchemist Army turned his daughter into a Homunculus and sent her out to kill him.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN)Originally named Lunare Nikolaev, Moon Face is a homunculus with a moon-shaped head and a higher-up of LXE He is depicted as constantly cheerful, rarely seen without smiling, and he uses the catch phrase "Moon~" whenever possible. After LXE is defeated, Moon Face is put into custody by the Alchemy Warriors, and later sent to the Moon with Victor and the other homunculi. Moon Face joined the LXE a hundred years before the start of the series, when he came from Russia to Japan for reasons unknown.
- Doppelgänger Attack: The ability of his Buso Renkin, Sattelite 30.
- Hero Killer
- Meaningful Name: his head looks like a moon his name is also a play on "moon phase", which refers to his Buso Renkin's ability to create a duplicate representing every phase of the moon during a month.
- His original name also counts, being similar to "lunar", meaning "of the moon".
- Name's the Same: He is not the Enid Blyton character.
- Shout-Out: Watsuki stated that he got the idea of Satellite 30 from the character Agent Smith from The Matrix Reloaded.
- Verbal Tic: "Moo~n!"
Voiced by: Katsumi Chou (JP), David Lodge (EN)Around a century ago back when Bakushaku Chouno was a normal human, new sciences and technologies were flooding in from all over the world. One of them was alchemy which most people dismissed as charlatanry, however Bakushaku sensed there was more to it and so he began to delve into its mysteries. To his disappointment he found that there were limits to how far he could go on his own. His studies had consumed a fortune and years of his life went by until he discovered the homunculi and the Kakugane which led him to a dead end. However, not long after he met Victor Powered, a traitor of the alchemist warriors, the two then joined forces. Victor was severely injured so in exchange for his knowledge of alchemy, Bakushaku promised to heal him when he had finished his research.At some point later Bakushaku became a humanoid homunculus and discarded his identity, now calling himself Dr. Butterfly. He then went on to found the L.X.E.
- Animal Motif: The Moth despite being called Dr. Butterfly
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Moustache: Which is fake.
- The Dragon: To Victor
- Evil Old Folks
- Light Is Not Good