Vincent Law /Ergo Proxy
Vincent Law is one of the main characters of the anime. At the beginning of the series Vincent is portrayed as a unimpressive immigrant technician from Mosk whose main goal is becoming a "Fellow Citizen" of the utopian city Romdeau. Vincent is forced into exile from Romdeau following criminal accusations into the desolate tundra of post-apocalyptic Earth. During the series he is joined by the child "Auto-Reive" Pino and the Intelligence Bureau investigator Re-L Mayer to uncover his past and his relationship to the titular Ergo Proxy.
- Achilles' Heel: As a Proxy Vincent is essentially indestructible to all forms of damage. There are really only two things that can kill a Proxy: FP weapons and UV radiation
- Amnesiac God
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To Re-l Mayer
- Anti-Hero: He starts off as a weak-willed, low-status immigrant just trying to make good for himself.*
- Bad Ass: He doesn't realize it for a long while, but once he does the gloves come off.
Vincent: " I am Ergo Proxy - the agent of death."
- Badass Creed: Are the last lines of the series, but damn - it's a badass way to close a series.
- Become a Real Boy: Like Pino in this respect and also why he hopefully will also survive on contact with sunlight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Vincent is even tempered, generous and kind to almost everyone he meets, until you threaten him or Pino.
- Berserker Tears: Vincent is prone to these while in proxy form. Usually while killing another proxy.
- Broken Tears: Several times over the course of the series. Most noteable is when Vincent is lying on the ground weeping after Proxy One forces him to face the fact that he is a proxy.
- Bungled Suicide: Vincent attempts this by jumping from the dome exhaust pipe after being accused of treason, ending his goal of becoming a "fellow citizen".
- The Chosen One: Hoody said that Vincent was this to the rest of the commune dwellers when they started to suspect him. Then it ended up sort of being true...
- Dark and Troubled Past: As Ergo Proxy he constructed the Romdeau Dome only to abandon it to live with his lover, Monad Proxy.
- Doom Magnet: Well, he is the agent of death.Vincent: " Am I the Angel of Death? Everything I touch stains with blood. Everyone around me dies."
- Eyes Always Shut: Starts out this way, but they open after he becomes less meek.
- Fanservice Pack: Over the course of the series, he gets better looking and even seems to grow several inches taller.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom:As Ergo Proxy
- Green Eyes: When he finally opens them in episode three.
- Horrifying Hero: As Ergo Proxy he is often referred to as "a monster".
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Vincent has the habit of getting everyone he cares about killed, since he is the agent of death.
- The Kirk: To Re-L's Spock and Pino's Mccoy.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Initially, Ergo Proxy comes across as his Superpowered Evil Side and is a distinct entity from the meek Vincent.
- Meaningful Name: "Vincent" derives from the Latin word "Vincere", to win.
- Nice Guy: Vincent is pretty much a overall decent person wanting to help everyone from infected Autoreives to snarky goth girls.
- Papa Wolf: Do NOT mess with Pino. Seriously, don't.
- Protagonist Without a Past: Vincent has no memories from his past life in Mosk.
- Psychotic Smirk:
- Quest for Identity: The middle section of the series focuses on Vincent regaining his lost memories by traveling to the Mosk Dome.
- Reality Warper: Implied during the conclusion of the series finale.
- Really 700 Years Old: Ergo Proxy was responsible for the creation of the Romdeau dome, making him roughly a thousand years old.
- Split-Personality Merge: Something like this at the end of the series as he finally has both Ergo Proxy's powers and Vincent's personality.
- Screw Destiny: Vincent decides to continue to live in the world after the re-population of the earth, despite the fact that Proxies are now no longer useful and will be killed when exposed to sunlight. It is implied in the final episode that Vincent has somehow changed his physical composition to survive.
- Superpower Lottery: Ergo Proxy is essentially a demi-god possessing Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Shapeshifting, and Immortality.
- Survivor Guilt: Vincent is indirectly responsible for getting the entire population of The Commune killed.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several, even!
- What the Hell, Hero?
Voiced by Rie Saito (JP), Karen Thompson (EN)
Re-L is a Intelligence Bureau investigator tasked with locating and destroying Cogito infected Auto Reives. One night after leaving an ongoing investigation she is confronted by a "monster" in her apartment. After this event she is caught in a net of conspiracies around the Cogito Virus, the Domed Cities and the mysterious "Proxies". While investigating she joins with the exiled Vincent Law and self aware Auto Reive Pino to expose the truth.
- Action Girl: takes down infected Autoreivs with her signature shotgun, she even able to kill a Proxy with FP bullet.
- Ambiguously Human: It is subtly implied throughout the series that Re-l may not be human, but a imperfect clone of Monad Proxy, which would explain Vincent's inherent attraction to her.
- Anti-Hero: She's a bit cold emotionally and has a definite mean streak, but there's no question she's one of the good guys.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: She refuses to believe that Vincent is a Proxy until witnessing his transformation firsthand.
- Badass Longcoat: Arguably subverted; despite her competence at her job, she's nowhere near as badass as she presents herself, a fact that becomes apparent after leaving Romdeau. This is bitterly lampshaded by Iggy after he contracts the Cogito virus, when he calls her out on acting like a badass government agent when she's really kind of a spoiled brat. Just how accurate this is is ambiguous, however; it could just be the rantings of a wounded friend taken for granted for too long. And despite all that, she still remains tough as nails throughout ensuing events.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Vincent Law.
- Badass Normal:
- The Comically Serious
- Deadpan Snarker
- Decoy Protagonist: Re-L is initially portrayed as the protagonist of the series by most of the promotional material, by episode four she is demoted to supporting character.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Hell of a slow thaw, though.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Everyone else has normal skin tones, whereas Re-l is straight black and white.
- Emotionless Girl: mild example, she has the tendency to be angered easily.
- Good is Not Nice: Vincent is well aware of this.
- Goth: She's something of a snarky, gloomy goth, dressing in all black and wearing lots of eyeshadow.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Re-l isn't evil, but you couldn't tell that by looking at her.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially when compared to the rest of the citizens of Romdo.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Her pale blue eyes compliment hergoth aesthetic.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: She chafes at Romdeau, where much of the human population are so coddled and helpless that they're effectively automata.
- Faking the Dead: Re-l fakes her death at the hands of Cogito infected Autoreivs, so that she can sneak out of Romdeau to pursue Vincent and uncover his connection with the Proxies.
- Great Detective: Re-L works as a detective of the Romdeau Intelligence Bureau.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She initially comes off as cold and arrogant, especially towards Vincent, but goes out of her way to rescue him.
- Kiss of Distraction: She uses this on Vincent to distract him from the pistol loaded with Proxy killing FP bullets
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Re-L to Vincent
- Mercy Kill: She kills the decapitated Cogito infected Iggy.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as other female characters in anime, but is particularly prominent when Ergo Proxy has flashbacks of their first meeting in her bathroom.
- Of course, given that the flashback is from his POV, it's combined with Male Gaze.
- Nepotism: Since her grandfather is the Regent Re-L is given a great deal more liberty than you're average citizen, that is until her grandfather decides she's disobeyed him too many times and decides to have her assassinated.
- Rule-Abiding Rebel: All Re-L does is complain about the monotony of her dystopian city, but does nothing to change it.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Re-L ignores her orders to end her investigation of the Proxies.
- Seeker Archetype: Re-l becomes obsessed with uncovering the nature of Proxies to the point that she is willing to discard her previous life.
- The Spock: Re-L is rational and skeptical, playing off of Pino's childlike naivety.
- Spoiled Brat: She's the granddaughter of the regent and she has no qualms about using it to her advantage.
- Super OCD: It's been speculated that Re-l might have OCD, judging from the way she conducted an earlier investigation of Vincent's room (she lined up a cup on a stand in the mirror image of another) and the way that she behaved in episode 16. However, the former case could be the result of years of strict government training and the latter a result of Cabin Fever.
- Sweet Tooth: She has a thing for ginger ale.
- Tsundere: towards Vincent Law. At the beginning of the series she doesn't pay any attention to the lowly immigrant, once she learns his true nature o she frequently abuses him by to test the extent of his power.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Towards Vincent Law
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Judging from some old videos from Daedalus, Re-l seemed to be pretty cheerful growing up. Then she just became... gloomy.
- Weapon of Choice: Her signature pump-action shotgun.
- "Well Done, Granddaughter" Chick: In the end, Re-l just wants her grandfather's love and recognition.
- When She Smiles: At the end of episode 16, upon seeing Re-l give a true smile, Vincent is seen blushing.
Voiced by Akiko Hajima (JP), Rachel Hirschfeld (EN)Pino is one of the three main characters of Ergo Proxy. Pino is a "companion-type Auto Reive" designed to act as a surrogate daughter to residents of Romdo who are prohibited from rearing children. During the course of the show Pino becomes infected with the Cogito Virus which gives her a consciousness and full range of emotions, as such Pino often behaves like a normal (if not hyperactive) young girl.
- Become A Real Girl: See Meaningful Name. It's kind of implied that this does happen in a literal sense, and it's necessary for the series to have a happy ending of any kind as otherwise, she'd be killed by ultraviolet light like all autoreives.
- Cheerful Child: Throughout the series she's always optimistic regardless of the situation.
- Creepy Child: Before Character Development.
- Curious as a Monkey:
- The McCoy: She is childish and emotional in contrast to Re-L's stoic rationalism.
- Meaningful Name: She shares a name with Pino of Black Jack, and for both of them the name alludes to Pinocchio and their status as an artificial child.
- Please Wake Up: Can't understand that her friend Timothy has died.
- The Pollyanna:
- Robot Girl: She is a companion Auto Reiv designed to be a couples surrogate child.
Voiced by Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)
Iggy is a supporting character within the series. Iggy is Re-L's loyal robotic entourage who acts as a personal assistant when she works as an inspector with the Bureau of Intelligence.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Double Subverted. He gets infected with the Cogito virus when Romdeau's ruler sics his Autoreivs on Re-L, but actually keeps his sanity for a time. Then Re-L orders him to go back to Romdeau on his own, at which point it kicks in for real.
- Alas, Poor Scrappy: In-Universe. Re-L clearly doesn't like being around him for much of his screentime, on account of believing him to be Just a Machine and her grandfather's spy. It's only after he rails on her under the effects of the Cogito virus, and has to be put down after saving her life that she shows any sincere affection towards him.
- Ambiguously Gay. Later episodes reveal that Re-l deliberately chose him to sound this way.
- Jekyll & Hyde: As he lays dying in Re-L's lap, he continually shifts between his old personality, who begs Re-L to forgive him and not to hate him, and his Cogito infected self, who angrily blames her for getting him killed. The possible implication being that even after developing sentience, it was the Cogito infection causing him to attempt his kidnapping and murder not Iggy
- Jerkass Has a Point: Subverted. After completely losing it, he chews out Re-L essentially for thinking herself more Badass than she really is, but whether one agrees with him or not, his "plan" (consisting of dragging Re-L back to Romdeau, where she'll likely be arrested and/or executed, and he'll likely be decomissioned for being infected) is so unbelievably half-baked, that his only response is to ignore Re-L for calling him out on it. And that's not even getting into trying to kill Vincent to keep Re-L for himself, basically decimating whatever point he could possibly have.
- Killed Off for Real
- Nice Guy: Peppy, supporting, optimistic, and protective, hard to see why Re-L dislikes him at first. Until later that is.
- The Watson: Iggy acts as this to Re-L during her time as a inspector.
- Yandere: Becomes this later in the series after getting the Cogito Virus.
Voiced by Hikaru Hanada (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
- Anti-Hero: He means well. Really.
- Ax-Crazy: Post Sanity Slippage.
- Badass Longcoat
- Break the Haughty
- Dark Messiah:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Inspector Javert: Shades of it anyway.
- It's Personal: Blames Vincent Law for the death of his wife and infant son.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets shot by Real/Monad Proxy and then is killed by being impaled on broken glass.]]
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his surrogate Autoreive daughter Pino.
- Sanity Slippage
- Tall Dark and Snarky
- The Stoic: Until he goes completely insane.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Starts as this. Descends into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, before coming to his senses in his final moments.
- Creepy Monotone
- Killed Off for Real
- Mad Scientist:
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Greek mythological figure Daedalus, the expert craftsmen who constructs paper wings for him and his son, Icarus. This is referenced in the series finale when Real/Monad Proxy flies towards the sun to commit suicide.
- Not Good with Rejection: Re-L and her clone Real choosing Vincent over him.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Re-L, even going so far as to create a human-Proxy hybrid clone of her all for himself.
- The Peeping Tom: Possesses numerous recording of Re-L throughout her life.
- Yandere: Towards Re-L
- Big Bad
- Large Ham
- Grey and Gray Morality / Evil Versus Evil: He's pretty much responsible for much of the story's events, and ultimately, Romdeau's destruction, but everything he's done is in retaliation for what the Creators have done and are planning to do.
- Kill All Humans:
- The Man Behind the Man
- Manipulative Bastard
- ‹bermensch: Fits the bill. He was created to heal the planet Earth, and then die so that it would be handed over to his Creators. Proxy One essentially decided "Fuck that", and instead rejected their plans and ideals, opting to create a proxy who could survive sunlight i.e. Ergo Proxy, both to ensure at least one Proxy survived the genocide, and as a big, fat screw you to the Creators.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's part of a species of immortal demigods who are intended to self-destruct when planet Earth heals up, as thanks for having fixed the mess their creators started in the first place. Understandably, he's a bit upset.
Monad Proxy/ RealOnce she confronts Vincent he uses his Proxy powers to kill Monad. Monad shares an intimate relationship with Ergo Proxy to the point that she is willing to absorb his painful memories leading to her insanity. Monad returns in the later episodes as a clone of Re-L by the Yandere Doctor Dedalus who creepily names her "Real".
- Death Seeker: Monad attempts to convince her lover Ergo Proxy/Vincent to die with her given that the purpose of the proxies has been completed. Vincent refuses stating that he wants to live on with Re-L.
- Driven to Madness: By accepting Ergo Proxy's memories (along with the experiments conducted on her comatose body)Monad is turned into a hideous disfigured monster that goes out of its way to kill Vincent Law
- Heroic Albino:
- Icarus Allusion: Monad's death is a direct reference to the death of Icarus by flying too close to the sun.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Monad wants more than anything for Ergo Proxy to be happy.
- Winged Humanoid: