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she is revealed to be the result of genetic engineering to create a ghoul/human hybrid.
- Ace Pilot: She becomes one of these by the end.
- Balloon Belly: In the ending.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Clothing Damage: All the time!
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When she's in a dangerous situation, her latent abilities emerge and allow her to fight.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She's more clumsy in Misaki Chronicles, such as accidentally causing a gun to fire. Fortunately it wasn't a real gun.
- The Ditz
- Green Eyes
- The Klutz
- Military Brat: Her father was an officer on Watcher's Nest who died in what was reported as an accident but had something to do with the Ghouls.
- Ms. Fanservice: She gets the lion's share of it in this series hands down.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents died when she was young.
- Her mother is alive in Misaki Chronicles.
- Tomato in the Mirror: It's obvious to the audience at the start that she's something... Well, for starters, she's a Ghoul, and that the real Misaki Kureha is in a suspended chamber all this time.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She caused the Ghoul events just to prevent the loss of Luxandra and Suzanna.
- You Killed My Father
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Ace Pilot: She's the most naturally talented pilot of the girls other than Misaki when her Ghoul side emerges, and is very irritated at being passed-over for command of their cadet cadre in favor of Suzanna. Then Luxandra feels guilty for hoping something would happen to Suzanna when she chooses to resign and be mind-wiped.
- Afraid of Needles: A minor running gag early on: she's fearless in a cockpit and the most comfortable with the military lifestyle, but she's very uncomfortable having blood drawn.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The opening sequence says she's Mexican and she's got the coloring of a dark-skinned mestiza, but her name is rather blatantly not of Latin American origin.
- Bloody Handprint: She leaves one on a group photo of the girls as she's being Eaten Alive by the Ghoul.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: When the girls go out on leave in "Specular", she drinks one martini and completely passes out.
- Informed Ability: Her bio in the opening sequence says her special ability is painting, but this never comes up in the series.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She actually subverts it by being a good character with evil scars.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Despite Luxandra's natural talent, Ertiana initially designates Suzanna as her successor in the squadron commander role, and Luxandra is jealous. Then she feels guilty for it after Suzanna declines the promotion, instead choosing to leave the service and be Mind Wiped. Kiri confesses to Luxandra she felt the same way.
- Scars Are Forever: Subverted. She can remove the scars on her face but decided to keep them as a reminder of her decision to save others.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She's the only one of the girls to die in the first series, Eaten Alive by a ghoul in episode 10.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a bright pink hair ribbon.
- Military Brat: Since her family was in the military, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her family.
- Mind Wipe: She resigns from the service in "Watcher's Nest" and has her mind wiped of the last two years to prevent knowledge of the Ghouls from getting out. Misaki meets her as a civilian later but Suzanna doesn't recognize her.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the dub she uses a fake-sounding upper-class British accent that slips to more Australian-sounding at one point.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the second season.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Like Luxandra, she's briefly jealous of Suzanna for getting command of the squadron instead of her.
- Tomboy: She's the most athletic of the girls, and unlike most of them her "special ability" of martial arts is shown briefly in an episode.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Insects, according to her bio. Given they live on a space station this never comes up.
Crew of Watcher's Nest
Lieutenant Commander Lyar von Ertiana
- Ace Pilot: She's the best of the best, even when Misaki catches up to her.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In typical anime fashion, just add "von" for instant German.
- Badass Cape: In Misaki Chronicles
- The Chains of Commanding: She's more the "aloof CO" type in command style than A Mother to Her Men, but she's still protective. When Suzanna gets Mind Wiped, Misaki calls Ertiana out on doing that to a subordinate, but the lieutenant calmly explains why it's necessary, all the while maintaining a tone that clearly says she doesn't like it any more than Misaki does.
- Cool Big Sis: She has this sort of relationship with Kotoko.
- Old Maid: She's pushing 30 and reportedly trying like mad to avoid becoming this: it's said in an early episode that she's had a mail-order marriage collapse.
- Iron Lady: A somewhat softer version but none the less efficient.
- Mama Bear: While stern, she's very protectiv of the pilots under he command, especially Misaki, and goes out of her way to keep them safe. She also got really pissed off at Bernard when temporarily messed with Kotoko's programing and turned her against everyone as distraction.
- Moe Couplet: With Kotoko.
- Rank Up: She's a lieutenant commander in the premiere but it's actually set between episodes 12 and 13. In the series proper she starts as a lieutenant and is promoted to lieutenant commander in "Tragedy of Cherubim" (which is also when the girls except Suzanna are officially commissioned).
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Ace Pilot
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Ax-Crazy: See Brainwashed and Crazy
- Badass Adorable: She's a fully capable pilot and very skilled with a minigun, she also cute as hell.
- Bare Your Midriff: Both her piloting outfits in both seasons.
- BFG: She's shown once using a chainsaw-grip minigun in target practice.
- Body Backup Drive: She can't truly die even if her body is destroyed,shown in episode 1. As long as her mind and memories(which are link to computers) are intact then she can always come back when her body is rebuilt.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: At one point Bernard reprograms her to shoot anyone who pursues him and Misaki, forcing Lyar to shoot her to neutralize Kotoko. Luckily she's able to quickly repair and restore Kotoko's programming back to normal.
- Child Soldiers: Looks like this, but she's an android so she really isn't.
- Fanservice Pack: Her personality becomes more exuberant and childlike when she's rebuilt at the start of Season 2. Her body on the other hand...
- Girlish Pigtails: In Misaki Chronicles
- Hotter and Sexier: In the second season.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: And how.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Her piloting outfits in both seasons are unusually skimpy and revealing compared to the rest of the pilots', and neither Lyar nor any of others seem to find this odd.
- Moe Couplet: With Lyar
- Nice Girl: Oh so very much, she can be serious when needed but otherwise Kotoko is a very sweet and caring girl.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: She even bleeds.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: With her machine gun.
- Token Mini-Moe
- Vapor Wear: Whoever designed her combat suits must have been a pervert.
- We Can Rebuild Him: She gets trashed multiple times, including getting a Rampart armor blown up around her in the anachronically ordered pilot episode, but since she's an android she's always patched up and comes back for more.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Because she's an advanced android.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink actually.
- Zettai Ryouiki: With all of her outfits.
Commander Wolfgang Woerns
Da Chief is usually filled by Ertiana.
Chief Petty Officer Luke Walker
- Artistic License – Military: His rank is given in early dialog as CPO, but the opening credits say he's a sergeant, which is an army-style rank rather than the navy ranks used by everyone else (and no, the words for the ranks aren't the same in Japanese).
- Mauve Shirt: He has little role in the story other than filling the drill instructor archetype, but isn't just there to be killed off, either.
- Sergeant Rock: As a senior noncom attached to the Seraphim he's the girls' lead drill instructor, but he's a calm and collected teacher rather than the Drill Sergeant Nasty style.
- Twofer Token Minority: He's both the only black character and the only American.
Dr. Prim Snowlight
Omnidisciplinary Scientist from Sweden attached to the station.
- Anti-Hero: She constantly flips between the two in season one.
- Artificial Human: She's Le Blanc's sister.
- Informed Ability: Her stats in the opening say her special skill is swimming, we never get to seen it though.
- Meganekko: A pretty hot one.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Reportedly has several doctoral degrees despite apparently being little older than Misaki and her squadmates.
- Teen Genius